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Griswold and Gunnison

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Exceptional Confederate Griswold and Gunnison revolver #1105. This weapon is truly an outstanding example of a primary Confederate States of America factory produced First Model percussion revolver as manufactured under direct military contract circa April to May, 1863, at Griswoldville, Georgia. The revolver falls between two known serial numbers as noted in Confederate Handguns (#1101 and #1146), both of which have been known on the collector and researcher market since the early 1960s. This rare handgun is absolutely untouched in all respects and does not appear to even have had a screw turned since the Civil War era. Finish is 100% original overall.

This weapon additionally has an associated provenance to William F. Flowers of the 1st and 4th North Carolina (Confederate) Cavalry as researched by a previous owner. Investment grade.

SOLD

Very rare Confederate cavalry carbine as manufactured and assembled at the Richmond Arsenal in Virginia circa early 1863 (see page 107, C.S. Armory Richmond by Paul J. Davies). This is a classic example of the type of weapons produced in Richmond which utilized both arsenal manufactured parts as well as parts from captured US weapons...it has a 25" barrel with "pinched" front sight and has the re-inspection "star" marking at the rear of the breech as detailed on page 607 of Confederate Rifles & Muskets by Murphy and Madaus. The iron buttplate has a US marking, very typical for this series. The lower sling swivel which is normally in the buttstock is missing but the stock is correctly tapped to accept the threaded assembly. Priced very well for a primary Confederate weapon.

$6,500

Richmond Arsenal Carbine

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Griswold Cutlass

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Rare Confederate Navy Cutlass made by Thomas Griswold and Company, New Orleans, Louisiana circa 1861--full line marking. Traces of old silver paint from a GAR hall display. No scabbard.

$4,500

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Civil War Whitney-ville NAVY Plymouth Rifle, nice! Dated 1864 with a strong bore and very nice overall--a tough weapon to find on the collector market. Includes Collins marked sword bayonet and scabbard as shown. Also called the Dahlgren Rifle, .69 caliber, and one of only 10,000 produced.

$2,850


Confederate field artillery projectile, 3"/10 lb. rifle, dewat (disarmed), fine excavated condition.

$350

Artillery Shell

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1863 Tower Enfield

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ADDFantastic Civil War Tower Enfield rifled musket dated 1863, right from a North Carolina estate near Greensboro. Attic find and with rare European pine stock--looks bleached, but it is not--just oils evaporated in the old home over the many decades. Very rare in that it has the anchor-B stamp in the wood as well as the Birmingham Small Arms Trade stamp in buttstock and barrel appears to have never been scrubbed--it looks like most ALL the original blued finish is intact. Original rear sight and ramrod, too, and 25-25 marked breech indicating .577 caliber. A keeper and pure Confederate!

$2,650


Confederate Richmond Armory rifled musket dated 1862.  Medium high hump, plain iron buttplate (no markings) and brass nosecap--100% as real as they come and complete, end to end.  Gun was cleaned many years ago and patina is going back to a smooth brown.  Inexpensive primary Confederate infantry weapon.

$7,500

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Secondary Confederate Model 1842 musket by William Glaze of Columbia, South Carolina, aka “Palmetto Armory.” Manufactured in 1852 for use by militia troops of the state of South Carolina, this weapon is only one of three known with a long range rear sight affixed. Once in the private collection of William Edwards, author of “Civil War Guns,” this fine weapon is unmolested in any way and retains a full deep brown patina overall. The William Glaze marking is more visible on the barrel than the digital camera actually shows and all other markings are clean and crisp. It was purchased by John Sexton of Stone Mountain Relics several years ago from Charles Edwards, the son of the author. Fine and rare of an example as you will ever encounter.

$17,500

Wonderful US Model 1823 Bell crown infantry hat with exceptional front plate, all 100% authentic and original in all respects and so far beyond rare--well, you won't find another easily!  The type worn in the Seminole and Mexican Wars.

$5,500

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Attic fresh and totally unmolested M1855 Harpers Ferry rifled musket, you will have a hard time in this life finding another this honest and right from the Richmond, Virginia area!  Nothing missing and has the seldom seen JB cartouche of James Burton, who was Master Armorer at Harpers Ferry (and later for the Confederacy).  Dated 1858, brown and simply superb example still retaining the original long range rear sight and brass nosecap and even the ramrod!  Very little doubt it was used by a Confederate.

$3,750
1275-1279:  Union officer frock coat, fresh from New England!  Likely a Massachusetts soldier, but no known identification.  Body is in solid condition but the inner lining, which was a high grade of tailored silk, is tattered.  Shows use of horsehair inside chest area for padding.  Eagle "I" infantry buttons are original to the coat, and those which are missing are inside the pocket of the jacket.  Again, the body lining is in poor condition but the outside is fine--and it comes with a wonderful set of 1st Lieutenant of line shoulder straps!  We offer conservation/restoration services on items such as this for an additional fee.  Least expensive DEAD REAL Civil War officer uniform coat on the market today.

$2,800

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Bona fide Civil War field used weapon as recovered from a creekbed outside of Richmond, Virginia...a true battlefield relic in all respects and totally complete, just as dropped or tossed during the Civil War. There is no doubt THIS ONE saw battlefield use! Carefully preserved and mounted on a 150+ year old slab of heart pine from an old Virginia barn, this great relic is ready for display or as the centerpiece of your dug collection.

$1,250


Identified KIA Union Frock Coat! Original 1862 issue infantry enlisted frock coat of Pvt. Wilfred Barker, Company G, 18th New Hampshire Infantry who died in action in an assault on Fort Stedman on April 2, 1865, before Petersburg, Virginia. This frock, complete with original New Hampshire buttons, is a prime example of a state issued frock and is incredibly rare -- very few exist even in museum collections. The coat is faded from age and has numerous areas of insect damage from the traces of blood on it...the vermin tend to attack those spots first. This coat is well documented and surfaced at an auction in New Hampshire about a decade ago and is accompanied by an original copy of the unit regimental history.

$7,500

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US M1861 .58 Rifled musket made by Trenton, 1863.  Very scarce pattern with the "T-star" marking associated with Louisiana issued weapons--and this one is IDENTIFIED!  Name stamped in single line (not individual letter) format of "JBROOKS")--this is right from the family of John Brooks, who served in the 116th NY Infantry from 1862 until 1864 when he was transferred first to the 11th Company, Veteran Reserve Corps and the the 24th Infantry, Veteran Reserve Corps--while IN LOUISIANA!  Whether the marking is Confederate, as implied in the new book on Confederate Enfield markings by Steven Knott, or indicative of Union Louisiana use, either way, IT IS LOUISIANA!  The weapon was passed down from John Brooks to Peter Brooks, then to Peter Bernard Brooks, then Kenneth Brooks, to Linda Brooks Wooley who sold it--it originally came with a set of Mann's Patent accoutrements, but they are NOT included with the weapon.  The gun is full length, complete, untouched and accompanied by its original socket bayonet WITH scabbard, too!  Great price on an IDd wartime piece with deep Southern association.

$2,750

Beautiful pair of Smith Patent shoulder straps with early 1861 style stencil on reverse. Very, very difficult straps to locate on the open market as officers in artillery were few and far between compared to infantry units. Standard grade for light and heavy artillery, 2nd Lieutenant.

$595

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Regulation US Army enlistedman M1858 Forage cap with clear maker tag of Phillips in crown.  Body is slightly chewed on by insects but as honest and field worn as they come.  Insignia indicates use by artillery and the chin strap and side buttons are original, too.  Body lining and sweatband are in poor condition, however, as shown.  We offer conservation/restoration services on items such as this for an additional fee. If you want a dead real bummers cap on the cheap, here you go!

$2,600

Pristine pair of Smith Patent Major of infantry shoulder straps--as with all infantry staff ranks (Major and above), these beautiful straps have the darker blue background and a wonderful overall patina. Fresh from a museum deaccession in upstate NY. Exceptional.

$695

Fine pair of Smith Patent line infantry officer shoulder straps in sky blue, the REAL combat guys! Straps show evidence of actual field use and wear.

$375

Wonderful Civil War era ninth plate tintype in half case of a little soldier! He is wearing a Zouave looking tunic and clearly has either a Secession Badge or a Patriotic Badge on his chest...image is very nice, but the glass in front has a small crack, upper left--will cost you about a buck to replace.

$125


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Beautiful M1841 Mississippi Rifle by Robbins, Kendall and Lawrence, 1847. Fine condition overall with clear inspector marks, original brass tipped ramrod and nice bore. Has been arsenal modified to .58 caliber, indicating Civil War use. A fine Vermont manufactured weapon prized by Jefferson Davis and his men in the Mexican War and beyond!

$2,450


Colt Pocket percussion revolver Model 1849, .31 caliber, S/N 328,7xx circa 1871, generous amounts of original nickle finish and a REAL cowboy and going westward weapon!

$850

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Historical investment grade tactics book printed in London in 1727, Exercise for the Horse, Dragoons and Foot Forces printed by John Baskett, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty. This fantastic pre-Revolutionary War leather bound book has the bookplate in the front of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), one of six aides-de-camp to General George Washington in 1777 and who rode beside Washington in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth. Hamilton was the first US Secretary of the Treasury (September 11, 1789) and leader of the Federalist Party--thus a long time political enemy of Thomas Jefferson. Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. If you are looking for a genuine rarity in US historical artifacts, here it is.

$12,500


Strong looking serious Yankee image, sixty plate tintype, of a fully field dressed infantryman holding his cocked Tower Enfield rifle musket in his hands. His shell jacket has shoulder tabs which generally indicate New York or Pennsylvania early war troops. Very clear photograph--flecks in online images are dust reflections--the picture is clear. In full cardboard case.

$550


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Beautiful Civil War Tower Enfield rifled musket dated 1862 and totally unmolested; will clean exc+ if so desired. No markings to indicate Northern use--85%+ chance of this being pure Confederate. Original rear sight is mounted BACKWARDS--often done with sharp shooting weapons--and there is a screw below the lock added to put tension on the sear, meaning a hair trigger action! Fresh from an estate in eastern Virginia--you can see there was a bayonet on it for a very long time, but gone by the time I got it, sorry. A prize for any collection. Has rare BSAT (Birmingham Small Arms Trade) stamp on lock plate--very seldom seen like that.

$1,850


1854-1859

Exception US Model 1861 rifled musket by Norwich, 1864. Standard .58 caliber designed for the minie ball. Totally honest example, unmolested, fine bore and basically uncleaned in any manner for way over 100+ years.

$1,850

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Rare North Carolina long rifle, full stock, by Anderson Lamb, Jamestown, NC, circa 1850-1860. Anderson Lamb lived from 1815-1891 and is noted as the most prolific of all Jamestown rifle makers. Most examples are half stock and not as embellished as this one, which has numerous inlays along the stock on both sides (note one is missing). 40” rifled barrel is about a .38 caliber and the weapon is an original percussion example with the classic three hole, extra long tang. Standard Golcher lock assembly. Appears to have the original ramrod, but the tip has been replaced. Dual triggers, one a full set. Weapons like this were often carried by Confederate soldiers early in the Civil War.

$1,850


Exceptional Artillery Officer slouch hat circa 1862-63 with a clear fragment hole in crown! By family history, this hat was worn at Gettysburg by Lt. William Pelham Wright of the 1st New York Light Artillery who was wounded in action July 3, 1863. Wright enlisted at Auburn, NY at age 27 on 10/11/1861 and was commissioned Lieutenant 11/18/1861. After being wounded, he was placed in Camp Letterman Hospital and later discharged for wounds on 6/6/1864. His mother was the well known abolitionist Martha Coffin Pelham Wright. This hat surfaced in an auction in Utica, New York, from an estate of a descendant of the McMartin family (Flora McMartin married W.P. Wright). While not a positive identification, the initials "WPW" are clearly visible under the sweatband of the hat in old brown ink.

$5,500

 

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Honest field used Starr Single Action Army percussion revolver, shows age and use, serial number on cylinder appears to be 4783, a solid representative example of a popular Cavalry weapon, .44 caliber, used in the Civil War. Pre-holiday special price

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Colt Model 1851 "Navy" .36 caliber percussion revolver S/N 101424 as manufactured in early 1861. Crisp Hartford barrel marking and weak cylinder scene and has an owner's name carved in the bottom of the brass backstrap"W.R. xxxx" (last part has been obliterated). Honest battle weapon with a chance of having Confederate use.

SOLD

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Very rare US Civil War Hospital Department bottle as excavated from a field surgery site in Virginia near the Chantilly battlefield. Aqua blue with typical stains from being buried underground for 150+ years. At one time these sold for over $750 but the economy has corrected them a bit...for now.

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Colt Model 1860 "Army" percussion revolver S/N 28,353 as manufactured in early 1862. Scarce "4-screw" frame model (originally issued with a shoulder stock to the US Army) with visible cylinder scene and strong New York barrel marking. This one is crisp enough to shoot! Includes originalflap holster which has had the lower portion shortened as often done in the field to accommodate a faster draw.

$2,350

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Beautiful piece of Civil War era gold "mourning" jewelry. T-bar pinback on this memorial item also called "hair jewelry." It was common to take a lock of hair from a deceased loved one and mount it in a fine gold locket--just like this one!

$325

 


Regulation US Model 1839 oval belt plate with solder filled back and single hook clasp. Exceptional non-dug condition overall. This pre-War plate was still actively in use during the Civil War and many times found with Confederate association. It shows obvious use overall but no damage.

$575

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Nifty little Remington .41 caliber over and under deringer pistol, smooth gray finish, nice grips and early serial number 854.

$650

Miller's Conversion to .58 rimfire (circa 1865-1867) of a Parkers' Snow Company contract M1861 rifle musket (1864). Relatively scarce weapon that utilized a breech action installed on a modified Civil War weapon. 100% original and complete and totally "attic found" from an old collection in upstate New York. One of only a few hundred ever made.

$1,250

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US Model 1855 rifled musket as manufactured at the Springfield Arsenal in Massachusetts in 1860. This weapon is one of the last of the regulation US Government contract "Maynard Tape Primer" system weapons manufactured and retains the iron patchbox as rarely seen on late production weapons.  Many of the 1860 dated weapons were shipped to arsenals in the South and are considered by most collectors to be secondary Confederate.  Standard .58 caliber bore made to accomodate the minie ball projectile. A very rare date on a primary US martial weapon.

$2,450



 

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