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CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
ALL FIREARMS ARE ANTIQUES AND AS SUCH ARE SOLD ONLY AS
COLLECTORS ITEMS - THEY ARE NOT TO BE FIRED
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ROBBINS AND LAWRENCE PEPPERBOX - Pat. 1849
and produced between 1851 and 1854. This is a .28 cal.
- 3 1/2" barrel - fluted, hinged at bottom and
engraved, along with the frame. Serial # 280 .
Mechanically needs work and shows some minor very
light pitting in a few areas. Popular pre-War personal
weapon.
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M-1816 SIMEON NORTH U.S. SINGLE SHOT
FLINTLOCK PISTOL
- Early type with the larger
stamping on the lockplate - Undated but was
produced probably 1817-1818. .54 Cal. manufactured
in Middletown, Conn. These are not encountered
often. Looks to be original flint, stock is very nice
with only two small spots on left side that may have
a filler but done and matched well. Good cartouche
and also has a small '3' stamped near butt on right
side. Very good and clear stamping on lockplate,
may be two replacement screws inside lock as the
ends that show behind the hammer are not properlt
rounded - minor issue. Replacement ramrod. You
would be hard pressed to find a nicer one. Came
from an old collection.
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1854 BATTY PEACE FLASK - Good honest 1854 dated Peace
Flask by Batty. This has a very deep and rich patina (most of the
photos came out light but picture the darkest patina in the
photos, but over the entire flask). Also has a black residue in
patchy areas that appears to be powder residue. Good seams,
minor wear but a bit dinged up (as one might expect). A good
compliment piece to that Mississippi Rifle on the wall.
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$ 325.
HORSTMANN & SONS NON-REGULATION
INFANTRY OFFICER'S SWORD WITH POSSIBLE
CONFEDERATE USAGE
- Good honest and right out
of an estate in Virginia, this 30" blade sword with
leather scabbard has obviously not been touched in
ages before the blade being lightly cleaned. Barely
able to see the "Horstmann & Sons" and
"Philadelphia" on opposite ricassos. Blade has much
bright to dark blotchy finish and is lightly etched
with trophy and floral patterns but I can not make
out any 'US'. Along with coming out of Virginia
there is a crude sword hanger clip on one of the
suspension rings the type of which have been found
on Leech & Rigdon scabbards. Scabbard is very
sound and strong.
BOOT KNIFE WITH PISTOL GRIP - Double edged,
6 1/4" spear point blade (10" overall length). Has
what looks to be very aged walnut grip and sheath
with tin (deep patina) for all metal hardware.The
blade, while shiney does have noticible flaws as can
be seen in photos.
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RARE MODEL 1855 SPRINGFIELD PISTOL
CARBINE WITH ATTACHABLE STOCK
-  With
only slightly more than 4,000 made, this is one of
the most sought after guns of the Civil War era.
Both Barrel and lockplate dated 1855, correct 400
yard leaf sight, markings good and legible (eagle
on the Maynard Tape Primer door a bit light),
cartouche is only visible by the rectangle - no
initials left, bench mark on pistol is '8' and on
stock is '6' (rarely are these found together
matching). Barrel rifling still good. Indentations
on grip from attachable shock showing use.
Typical dings and wear. Very light pitting on
areas of the lockplate. Many were initially issued
to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Cavalry in the west.
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$ 5250.
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ABSOLUTELY THE NEATEST SIDE KNIFE / SKINNING KNIFE
I'VE SEEN IN A WHILE
- Approx. overall knife length 11 1/4" -
blade approx. 6 3/4". Handle is wood with a rawhide sewn cover.
Scabbard is wood with a red dyed rawhide sewn cover that over the
years has shrunk causing some wrinkling on the rawhide - CHECK
THE PHOTOS ON THIS ONE!!
SOLD
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CONFEDERATE GEORGIA BRIDLE CUTTING PIKE
HEAD
- This is one of the pike heads from that
spectacular find recovered along the tracks of the
Manchester and Wilmington Rail Road in 1980.
While completely rusted, is still solid as most of
them were.
SOLD
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M-1860 COLT 4-SCREW ARMY REVOLVER - EARLY
SERIAL
- Very nice looking Colt Army revolver with a 20,220
serial number - all matching including the wedge. Very good
markings including the cylinder scene which is at least 90%
visible - perhaps more, Colt - New York Address on barrel.
There is an extremely light cartouche on the left grip but one
must hold the gun on an angle in the right light to spot it.
Precious little finish is on the gun so I will call it none.
Mechanically it is tight and very good, rifling is good. One of
the best Colt Armys I've had in a while.
M-1840 HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD - IMPORT - CONFEDERATE
USE?
- Clemen & Jung imported for the War, mainly on the US side
but suspected some were purchased by the Confederacy also.
Regardless of which side this went to, odds are that it ended up in CS
hands as the grip has been re-wrapped with oilcloth - common in CS
reworked grips - and well worn in. Wire has broken as you can see in
photos and missing on most of the grip. Deep patina on brass guard,
blade is dark and has C&J stamp on ricasso, scabbard very dark
surface rust with typical dents. what I would consider a good
secondary Confederate sword.
$ 895.
SOLD
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M-1853 SLANT BREECH SHARPS CARBINE - "SO CALLED
JOHN BROWN SHARPS"
- SN 11974 early serial number for
this model. This was the model that abolitionist John Brown and
gang were armed with at Harpers Ferry. Brass butt plate, patch
box and barrel band. Has the early 9" sling bar. The sight is
missing the slide for long range and the hinge pin lever is
broken (not all that uncommon to see this). Mechanically
appears fine although not sure about Sharps pellet primer
system. Stock is in very good condition and has the initials
"LKD" carved in. The patch box has initials "MD" scratched in
2 places. The metal has a spotty - brown / white steel finish and
personally think it could probably benefit by tearing it down and
giving it a good cleaning to even out the finish but I leave that
decision to the buyer. Good condition.
SOLD
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M-1863 STARR .44 CAL. ARMY PISTOL - POSSIBLE
7TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY (CUSTER'S MICHIGAN
CAV BRIGADE) CONNECTIONS
- This weapon SN
27576 does fall in the range of Starr revolvers that
were issues to Custer's 7th Cavalry. It does have a
good amount of documentation and signed COA that it
belonged to Pvt. John J. Burrows of the 7th Michigan
Cav. The ID is based on initials carved into the base of
the grip and the serial number range. I personally
would need more to convince me as I really don't see it
in the grip carving. Any cartouche that may have been
on the grips are long worn off as can be seen in the
photos. Could use a little fine tuning on the
mechanical aspect. Overall gray metal finish but not a
bad looking gun at all. All of Burrows records and
previously COA will accompany the pistol but the price
will not reflect a documented Custer Cavalry weapon.
SOLD
Reduced
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M-1840 NCO SWORD - IDENTIFIED & INSCRIBED - 12TH NEW YORK
STATE MILITIA
 - Very nice looking Ames NCO sword dated 1860. Inscribed
on the clamshell "SERGT. THOMAS HOUSTON / CO. F / 12 REG NYSM
1861". Inscription does have some scratching over it done long ago but still
very legible and rich patina covers all - some areas with a reddish and some
areas with a brownish coloring. Felt washer still intact, leather scabbard very
solid and sound with no separation on seam and no creases. Brass on drag has
several dents. Overall a nice looking sword. The 12th NYSM was a busy 3
month regiment and Thomas Houston is listed in the rosters. They sailed
from New York City to Fortress Monroe, Va. on April 21, 1861 arriving on
April 23. Later the regiment moved to Annapolis and Washington, D.C.. They
were assigned to General Mansfield's command, mustering in on May 2. They
advanced into Virginia on May 23 and occupied Arlington Heights, Va on May
24. They were ordered to join General Patterson's Army and did so on July 6.
They took part in a skirmish near Martinsburg on July 12 and near Bunker
Hill on July 15. They were mustered out in New York City on August 5, 1861
with the expiration of their term of service. There may also be ties to the 8th
NYHA and / or the 186th NYI but can't confirm this. Very Good Condition.
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CONFEDERATE BOWIE- Approx. 17 5/8" overall length
with an approx. 12 3/4" blade which is approx. 1 1/2" in
height and a bit over 1/4" thick at the guard. Original
handle, by the peened tang doesn't look as though it was
ever apart - sturdy guard. Hard to tell but looks like the
blade may have been constructed from a file. Grip is very
tight to the blade.
The one issue with this is that it appears
long ago the blade was sharpened and dulled at the point but
also priced to suit.
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$ 1095.
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C-1860 SHEFFIELD CLIP POINT BOWIE WITH
INSCRIPTION - MANSON
- Nice Sheffield Bowie
knife made by Manson with the etched blade of
'OK' and 'AND SUBMIT TO NOTHING THAT IS
WRONG'. There is a part of the etching before this
which is often worn off quickly as it is on this knife.
A small portion of it can be made out but only a few
letters. The phrase should start with 'Americans
Ask For Nothing But What Is Right' - this is the
invisible part. Blade is approx. 6 1/2" in length and
overall of approx. 11 1/2". It has a fancy pressed
cast German Silver handle (as is the hardware of
the scabbard). Blade is clean but does have some
light pitting on the point as can be seen in photos.
Scabbard is very solid but missing the frog button.
Overall a very nice looking clip point bowie.
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$ 965.
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PISTOL POWDER FLASK - GOODYEAR GUTTA PERCHA 1851 - Nice
gutta percha (hard rubber) pistol powder flask made by the Goodyear
Company in the mid-1800's. Approx 4 3/4" in height, these had, as one
would expect a lower survival rate than metal flasks. In 1851 Goodyear
began making all kinds of items out of hard rubber and flasks were
included. It is marked (very lightly) GOODYEAR'S PATENT MAY 6,
185(1). Very good condition.
M-1842 H. ASTON SINGLE SHOT PISTOL - DATED
1850
- .54 cal. smoothbore, marked on lockplate 'US'
and 'H. ASTON' and behind the hammer 'MIDDTN
CONN 1850'. Barrel is marked with the 'US' and 'JH'
& 'P' inspector's marks. Cartouche on the stock no
longer visible. Metal has a few minor light rough
areas but not bad, brass all good. Stock has a small
crack on the right side starting at the breech and
under the sideplate. Overall a good sound M-1842
which are considered among the more attractive
martial weapons made.  
$ 765.
$ 295.