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
NON REGULATION FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD -
German made for Civil War US use, has an iron guard with
the cut out eagle and 'US' with the motto 'E Pluribus
Unum'. Grip is wood with fish skin and wire wrap (some of
the thin single strand wire loose, twisted wire is tight). Blade
is very nice with etched floral, eagle with motto and 'US'.
Some light rust near ricasso and a few areas of light pitting
near point of blade (see photos). Metal hilt and scabbard
have deep brown patina (see photos for better idea of finish).
Sword is not pristine but is a very good example of these
imports. Etching on the blades isn't usually seen this nice
which helps to make up for the other imperfections.
M-1855 (Second Type) BRASS TIPPED .58 CAL. TOMPION -
Most tompions you see these days are all wood. This is a
variation of the M-1855 Second Type. It has a brass head
screwed through the top into the maple body. It is shorter than
the 4 13/16" length listed in the Gun Tool Book (actual length
approx. 3" (more like the normal all wood tompions seen) and
has a cruciform slot but O.D. of the Brass head is right on the
money. Deep patina on the brass and age shown on the wood
M-1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD - EMERSON & SILVER
- Nice attic condition sword, purchased from an estate in
Michigan - owner not known. Nice patina on brass, sharkskin
grip with triple wire wrap. Grip may have been re-fit ages ago
as the sharkskin just barely overlaps the front of the guard and
tang has been re-peened. Metal scabbard a chocolate brown
with deep patina on the brass mounts and drag - missing the
throat. Has one dent in lower scabbard bending scabbard
slightly (could be straightened). Lightly etched bright blade
has maker's name on ricasso - Emerson & Silver / Trenton.
Etching on blade also has typical eagle, floral designs, flags
and a fancy script US. Frosting on blade is partially worn
down but still looks good. Sword was made by Emerson &
Silver for private purchase. Extremely light speckled water/rust
stains on lower part of the blade.
M-1850 STAFF OFFICER'S SWORD - HORSTMANN - Good
looking Staff sword (worn by Majors, Colonels and Generals).
Bright blade still retains all of the etching, Typical sharkskin
grip with wire wrap (wire loose at end), US in guard. Metal
scabbard a chocolate brown with pleasing patina on the brass
mounts and drag. Lightly etched bright blade has maker's
name near ricasso - W.H. Horstmann & Sons / Philadelphia.
Etching on blade also has typical eagle, motto "E Pluribus
Unum', floral designs, US. Sword was made by Horstmann for
private purchase and heavily used as is evidence from the worn
scabbard drag. Extremely light surface rust stains with some
light pitting on lower part of the blade all of which can be seen
in the photos. Sword was cleaned (50+ years ago ??) but has
been untouched since, allowing a nice light mellow look to the
brass. Some whitish area on sharkskin near both ends - looks
like residue from that early cleaning.
PRE-WAR M-1851 COLT NAVY .36 CAL. NAVY
REVOLVER - 1858 - Early date fourth model made in 1858.
All matching serial numbers with exception of the loading
lever which shows no serial number but is a very good looking
match. The wedge has the same number but looks to have
been re-blued - the die stamps look to be the same as on the
rest of the gun. There is a stress crack on the front of the brass
trigger guard and a hairline crack on the left side of the frame
right above the trigger. Grips are heavily worn and have a
worn edge at the bottom of each. No cartouche but there is a
inspector's 'M' on the left side of the trigger guard. Very little
(5%-) left of a cylinder scene. Mechanically the cylinder
rotates with the cocking of the hammer but is as you might
expect, loose. There is also a bit of wiggle between the frame
and barrel. Colt address legible but has nicks as can be seen in
photos. Decent representative and early production piece.
EARLY PLUG BAYONET- C-1680-1710 European plug
bayonet. This style was the first for bayonets and preceded the
later socket bayonets. Overall length is approx. 19 1/2" with
an approx. 5" handle made out of a burly looking English
Walnut (?). These were used in the hunting community along
with the military. This does have a touch mark (see additional
images) but I believe it may be a hunting bayonet although
this same style bayonet with this cross guard is shown in
Neumann's book "Swords and Blades of the American
Revolution" (Pg. 34 - # 7B). Bayonet is in very good condition
but cross guard is loose and there is a crack in the grip.
RARE MODEL 1855 SPRINGFIELD PISTOL -
(No carbine attachable stock) 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,
most markings good and legible (eagle on the
Maynard Tape Primer door almost completely
worn off and due to pitting on top of barrel near
nipple, the 1855 on the barrel is a bit tough to
see), cartouche is visible including initials, bench
mark on pistol is '17'. Barrel rifling still visible
but worn. Indentations on grip from attachable
shock are very light showing the gun was rarely
used with the missing carbine stock. Typical dings
and wear. Pitting on areas of the barrel near
nipple. There is a crack in the stock as can be
seen in the photos. Gun will not hold half cock
but does hold full cock. Still a hansome looking
gun with good aging. Many were initially issued
to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Cavalry in the west.
TRANSITIONAL MODEL 'FLAT LOCK WATERS'
SIGLE SHOT PISTOL - According to Flayderman
this was a transitional model between the M-1836
Flintlock and the M-1842 Percussion pistols made by
Waters between the mid 1840's and 1849. Instead of
the usual bevelled edge on the lockplate, these were
completely flat with a Waters & Co. / Milbury, Mass.
& date in front of the hammer. No cartouche on the
stock but barrel is stamped with a US and the JH
inspectors stamp. These were made in several type of
'conversion' styles, this one with a barrel type bolster
with inspector's stamp. There are several issues - the
left side plate (rear section may be a replacement and
the barrel tang screw appears to have been replaced.
Someone also years ago decided to do some amateur
scroll work on the stock (can be seen in photos).
Mechanics are good.
.69 CALIBER ROUND BALL BULLET MOLD -
Approx. 6" in length and a ball cavity of approx.
.64" . It is quite pitted but these are becoming
increasingly harder and harder to find. Most of
what you see are the small civilian or hunting
calibers - not the larger military calibers. Not a
gem but good for display.
M-1819 HALL BREECH LOADING FLINTLOCK
RIFLE - WITH BAYONET - Second production type
dated 1832 and marked 'J.H. HALL / H. FERRY'
with date. Light oval cartouche on left side of stock.
Mechanics good, .52 caliber with a 32 5/8" barrel.
Due to the hammer dead center on the gun the sights
are off to the left side as can be seen in the photos.
Because of this the bayonet slot is also slightly off to
one side insuring that when fixed on the rifle, the
bayonet sits at 90 degrees from top center. The bayonet
is not the typical style with the t-slot but all else
matches the regular Hall rifle bayonet including the
offset slotted bridge on the socket and fits beautifully.
It does have a fair amount of light pitting as can be
seen in photos. Approx. 40% of original brown on
barrel. Stock is very good with a few chips as shown.
Almost kept this for my collection.
WILMOT'S PATENTED TOMPION - 1863- Brass barrel
tompion for approx. .54 - .58 caliber barrel. These are marked
on the top as can be seen in the photos "PATENED NOV. 24,
1863". These were placed in the barrel then by rotating the head
would draw up the base and expand the diameter to lock in the
barrel, thus protecting it from the elements. Material body is still
intact but loose and a bit frayed. The rubber (?) compound
under the material will no longer expand. Good condition.
M-1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD - SCHUYLER,
HARTLEY & GRAHAM - MOTTO "STAND BY THE
UNION" - Beautiful sword sold by the New York
dealer Schuyler, Hartley & Graham and well marked
on the blade. Fantastic etching on both sides (the
same) of the motto "Stand By The Union" along the
staffs of two flags, a grand eagle with the motto "E
Pluribus Unum", scroll work and a Liberty Cap
surrounded by rays. Blade is bright - no real rust. Grip
is sharkskin with the triple wire wrap in very nice
condition. It appears as though the guard has had a
clear lacquer coating perhaps to keep the gilt bright
and you might never know if you weren't looking with
a magnifying glass. No scabbard unfortunately. very
beautiful sword and with a patriotic motto etched on
the blade - which is not encountered often.
M-1833 DRAGOON OFFICER'S SWORD - IMPORT -
Along the same lines as the Ames except for several
features; the blade is a bit longer at approx. 34 5/8" in
length, the back of the blade is flat as opposed to
rounded. It is unmarked but has an etched blade with
floral and military motifs along with an open shield
near the ricasso for a military dealer to place his name
or a presentation. Brass guard has engraving with
small areas of original gilt showing in the low areas
and sharkskin grip with a triple wire wrap. Blade does
have areas of pitting as can be seen in the photos but
still a somewhat respectable piece. No scabbard.
MID 1700'S .79 CAL. BULLET MOLD FOR THE
EARLY BROWN BESS MUSKET - Great piece to
accompany the early Brown Bess .79 cal. musket. The
cavity is absolutely huge on this. No markings seen
anywhere. The previous owner had picked this up in
Scotland. Dark patina and for its age I would say this is
in very good condition including the cavity.
M-1860 COLT ARMY REVOLVER - 1863 - Nice Colt
.44 Cal. Army revolver - manufactured in 1863 and has
all matching serial numbers including the wedge.
Cartouche are visible on both grips, cylinder scene is
very good. Overall gun metal gray with often seen
brown staining, mechanically works. Has often seen
nicks and light dents, no real pitting, just the brown
ORIGINAL GATLING GUN CRATE WITH 9
PACKAGES OF BLANK CARTRIDGES - This is a
marked Frankford Arsenal crate for 1000 Gatling Gun
blank cartridges. Included are 9 packages of Gatling
Gun blank cartridges, each containing 20 cartridges
(wrapped in plastic wrap to keep them from damage).
Crate is missing the top but has the internal sheet
metal intact. It has been cut open - as I understand it,
these they were repacked in 1905 (after so long the
black powder deteriorates and the ammunition is
scheduled for repacking). These were repacked in
January, 1905 and each packet along with the crate are
marked with that packing date - no original
manufacturing date is shown, or visible. Blanks for the
Gatling Guns were also used to train horses for
battlefield gunfire. The nine cartridge packets are all
solid but have varying degrees of stains, smudges, etc.
These will not be shipped so delivery will have to be
BOYLE, GAMBLE & MacFEE SABER BAYONET
WITH SCABBARD - This is an unmarked bayoney as
is mostly encountered. Blade is 20 1/2" in length and
has an unstopped fuller. For these bayonets, the blade
is in very nice condition with only very minor surface
rust. The only marking is a two digit bench mark
"13" on the bottom of the mortised slot. The clip
locking button is frozen. The patina on this is choice!
It has that deep reddish brown color that only 150
years and Confederate brass can give. The scabbard
does not belong to this bayonet but the patina is darn
near a perfect match to the bayonet grip showing that
the pair has been together for nearly forever and is
probably the reason the blade is in such good
condition. The leather is in very good condition with
just very minor surface cracks and a solid seam.
M-1818 STARR CAVALRY SABER - Nathan Starr
Model 1818 saber, clip point and very clean blade, very
little pitting. Marked well with the 'US / P / LS / N.
STARR' although the last 'R' in Starr is only half
visible. The LS is the mark of Luther Sage, the
inspector. The wood grip was originally covered with a
thin leather but this (as many are now found) has
come off leaving a nice aged wood. The sword still
retains the leather washer. The scabbard shows obvious
damage from use in the form of dents and one spot
below the mid-ring mount that has actually formed a
crack in the metal as can be seen in the photos.
Scabbard is relatively clean.
CONFEDERATE BRIDLE CUTTER PIKE HEAD -
DUG - One of approximately 700 that were recovered
in 1980 along the tracks of the Wilmington &
Manchester Railroad in South Carolina. A
Confederate supply train that contained the pikes was
captured and burned. No doubt the Union forces had
absolutely no use for these and left them to burn.
Approx. 18" in length and 5 3/4" in height.
M-1840 CAVALRY SWORD - SPANISH FORT, AL -
Full length M-1840 Cavalry sword with a steel guard
(highly suggesting this was a product of Tiffany). It was
recovered from the Spanish Fort, Alabama area. All
metal parts are present (with exception of the wrap).
Guard and blade have a good amount of pitting on
them as would be expected but there are areas of minor
pitting also. What remains of the wood grips have been
FIRST MODEL MERRILL CARBINE - Early model
Merrill - less than 14,500 made between the two
models. This one has seen definite use, rifling is clean
but worn. Brass patch box still retains extra nipple and
all brass (butt plate, patch box, trigger guard and
barrel band) have a pleasing aged look. All markings
are proper and legible. Matching serial number is
marked both on the lock plate and the back of the
breech lever. Walnut stock has seen heavy use with
nicks and dings but all are old and aged over.
Cartouche can be made out on left side of stock but
very faint. Bolster screw head is broken off but done
ages ago. According to the records it appears that this
serial number (while not a direct hit) falls within the
range of the 1st Kentucky Cavalry and appears to have
been originally issued in June, 1863 then re-issued
later after the War. New information: Can't believe I
missed this but it is so light and with the patina blends
in so well - initials and possible state on the patch box.
There are 4 initials in block letters that are very clear
"BBTR" on the lower edge of the patch box (written
upside down) and on the top edge in script, which is
extremely light (use of a lit magnifying glass helps
immensely) it looks to be a definite "B R" then two
nondescript letters/numbers what looks to be "Tenn" -
once again you must really look. Perhaps some
persistant research can come up with something.
NEW MODEL 1863 SHARPS CARBINE -
Approximately 40,000 of this model were produced
during the War. This breech loader was among the
more popular weapons used. This is a good solid
carbine with a pleasing, uniform tone on both the
wood and metal but near the end of the barrel is some
light pitting. All markings are crisp and legible. Two
cartouche on left side of stock. Several dings in the
wood but done long ago. Rifling is worn but clean.
Records show that the Sharps in this serial number
range seemed to be scattered among regiments with
many going to Illinois Cavalry regiments but others
going to Maryland and New Hampshire Cavalry
regiments so can't really pin that down. Overall a
pretty nice looking carbine with undoubted War use.
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