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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-1840 HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD - ID'd TO 2ND
MICHIGAN CAVALRY - German import attributed to
use by 2nd Michigan Cavalry bugler Abner Stimpson.
The initials A.S. can be seen on the pommel cap. There
are also initials of JD on the top of the guard which
could stand for a number of men with those initials in
the same regiment - perhaps having been issued twice
within the regiment. The leather grip has been worn
through to the wood in several small places, wire wrap
still in place. Deep patina on brass and most of scabbard
(back area of scabbard has brighter areas of metal,
perhaps was cleaned a long while back. Replaced washer.
The sword was obtained by the previous owner in
Western Michigan near where Stimpson was from. He
enlisted in Co. L as a bugler on 9/14/61 in Niles, Mi. He
re-enlisted on 1/5/64 at Mossy Creek, Tn, he became
Regimental Bugler on 4/1/64 and mustered out on
8/17/65 at Macon, Ga. Jim Genco's book 'Arming
Michigan Regiments 1862-4' does show the 2nd Cavalry
as being issued up to 333 M1840 Cavalry Swords just
during the 1862-4 period.
M-1836 WATERS SINGLE SHOT MARTIAL PISTOL
CONVERTED TO PERCUSSION DATED 1843 -
Produced by Asa Waters in Millbury, Mass. It is a .54
cal. smoothbore, was originally made as a flintlock and
was as so many were, converted to percussion, the
majority of which were done in the 1850's. This one is
dated 1843 which was the second to last year of
production on these. Action is strong on the hammer,
cartouche on the left side of the stock is very light but
visible. Very minor amount of light pitting around nipple
as is common. Most of the metal has a partial brown
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 also.
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.