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BU-135
GEORGIA STATE SEAL BUTTON - MINTZER - Approx. 24mm+. Desirable
Georgia State Seal with the W.G. Mintzer - Phila 1861, rmdc back mark - one of
the few Civil War buttons actually dated. Button shows very minor wear on the
high relief points and is in VGC.
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REVOLUTIONARY WAR PAY VOUCHER - CONNECTICUT
LINE - 1781
- Approx. 5 5/8" x 7 3/8" - Dated June 5, 1781 for
Ephraim Parrish's service in the Connecticut Line of the
Continental Army of the United States. All hand written,
normally you find these pre-printed and filled in. Very good
condition.
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104TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - CAMP SCENE -  Approx.
10 3/8" x 14 3/4" overall with the bordered image being
approx. 7" x 13 3/4". This is a War period hand watercolored
illustration of the 104th NYI camp scene at Belle Plain, Va.
no doubt in the winter months of 1862-63. These were many
times purchased by the soldiers from the suttlers. Paper does
have typical light creasing from being rolled up for such a
long time and does have two rips (repaired with archival tape).
The 104th was a battle hardened unit, taking part in many
hard fought battles including 2nd Manassas, South Mountain,
Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,
Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna, Cold
Harbor, Petersburg and Weldon Railroad.
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NEW PARIS, OHIO - GAR POST DINNER TICKET - 1889 -
GAR Dinner ticket for the benefit of the Caleb Marker Post
No. 646 in New Paris, Ohio. Ticket is number 120 and also
includes the detached stub. On the back of the ticket there are
a number of raffle items that include gold watched, a silver
tea set and a horse, buggy & harness (like giving a car away
these days). Ticket is in very good condition.
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ALBUMEN - 40TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - Mount approx. 9
1/8" x 10 5/8" with image size approx. 6" x 8".  Image of 1st Lieut.
Eugene Mason, Company C, 40th Massachusetts Infantry. On the reverse
in pencil is "For Alice - Eugene Mason". On the Civil War Data Base
there is a post War photo of Mason and there is no doubt this is the same
person. At the beginning of the War Mason enlisted in the 6th Mass. Inf.
and was mustered out 3 1/2 months later. He joined the 40th Infantry on
Sept. 1, 1862 but was mustered out due to disability on January 26, 1863.
Albumen is in very good condition.
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L-77
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121ST NEW YORK STATE VOLUNTEERS - MENTIONS
ASSASSINATION, LEE, JOHNSTON
- Four page letter written in period
ink from Corporal John M. Lovejoy to his mother, dated April 20, 1865.
Very well written letter about their recent march to Danville in pursuit of
Johnston and mentions all the news that has taken place in the previous
four weeks; Lee's surrender to Grant, Assassination of Abraham Lincoln,
Surrender of Joseph E. Johnston, etc. Very legible, see entire transcript on
the bottom of the 'Additional Images Link'
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1924 MOURNING CARD - WITH AUTOGRAPH OF FLORENCE
KLING HARDING
- Approx. 3 3/8" x 5" - Sent after the death of
Warren G. Harding to a gentleman from Mt. Vernon, NY who had
requested autographs of both the President and First Lady. Mrs.
Harding signed the envelope but the Presidents which was once in
the cover, is now missing from the group. Typed by Mrs. Harding's
secretary, she asks that he not let his friends know she sent this as
she had so few of the President's autographs left. Very good
condition but has remnants of black paper on back of envelope
from a scrapbook.
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1963 MOURNING THANK YOU CARD - FROM JACQUELINE
KENNEDY
- Approx. 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" - Sent after the death of John
F. Kennedy to a woman from Seattle, Washington who had sent her
condolences on the death of the President. Very good condition.
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GENERAL OFFICER'S SWORD - E. LYON - E. Lyon in Paris,
France made purely high grade swords with this one made for the
U.S. market. Production was not great and they are rarely
encountered. According to John Thillmann in his book on Civil
War Army Swords, these were basically a M-1840 Foot Officer's
Sword with General Officer's embellishments. There are
photographs of Generals Lorenzo Thomas and U.S. Grant
holding these type of swords. Lyon used almost exclusively
Klingenthal blades - considered the best French blades made and
the name is etched on the flat back of the blade. This particular
sword has the double clam shell hilt with the folding rear shell,
an applied American eagle with the lightning bolts in its claws.
The hilt grip is solid cast and the detail is spectacular. The
scabbard is brass with engravings and an applied eagle on a shield
and has a nice chocolate brown patina. Very little gold gilt left on
the hilt and scabbard. The scabbard has several dents. The blade
is etched on one side with a floral pattern, Military motifs and the
motto 'E Pluribus Unum'. On the opposite side is much the same
but with 'U.S.' in place of the motto. The blade is far from
pristine but for the most part is fairly decent (able to see the
etching, etc. but does have random dark spots) and it does have a
rough area with pitting up near the hilt. Still has the original
washer. This must have looked stunning when it was new. A
chance to get a rarely seen example without spending multiple
thousands.
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CORPS BADGE (20th CORPS) OF WILLIAM C. CAMPBELL OF THE 2nd
MICHIGAN CAVALRY.
- Badge is made of sheet silver approx. .047" in
thickness and no sign of a pin having been attached. This was probably sewn on
if it was worn on clothing. 1 1/2"(H) x 1 1/2"(W) and has black tarnishing in
places. Inscribed with his initials "WCC". Campbell was bugler in the 2nd
Cavalry from Sept. 11, 1861 till October 22, 1864.. During that time the
regiment took part in the battles of New Madrid, Mo., Shiloh, Corinth,
Perryville, Franklin, Chicamauga, Resaca along with close to 150 other
engagements. This was purchased in a large collection from western Michigan
where the owner had made a notation of who it belonged to.
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HISTORY OF BATTERY A - 1ST RHODE ISLAND LIGHT ARTILLERY -
by Thomas M. Aldrich - Providence - 1904 - 408 pages - many photographs
of men in the regiment. History written by a member of the Battery and
covers the War time battles fought by the regiment. This Battery was one of
the most active artillery batteries in the War, especially with their service on
Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg. Other battles included Antietam,
Fredericksburg, Bristoe Station, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania,
Chancellorsville, Harper's Ferry, Fair Oaks along with many others. Good
condition, decent binding, small ex-personal library stamp inside cover,
several pencil notations from what may have been a member of the unit,
some scuffing along edges as can be expected.
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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.
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U.S. OFFICER'S WAIST BELT & PLATE - I have never
yet had a plate on a belt that is as worn as this one is.
This has such an even patina that the applied German
silver wreath almost looks to be brass until you inspect it
with a glass. The separation between the wreath and plate
is only really visible from just under the eagle's claws. I
have never seen a keeper this worn and the back of the
plate has been worn nearly completely smooth. This may
have been worn all four years of the War and another
twenty after. Belt is well worn and a bit flaky but solid -
looks like it may have been shortened or replaced at one
time and has holes on the entire length of the belt.
W-185
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.
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28TH NEW YORK INFANTRY -  GAR reunion announcement for the 28th
New York Infantry held in Canandaigua, NY on May 4, 1885. Paper is in
very good condition but does have folds. The 28th fought in the battles of
Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Groveton, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and
Chancellorsville.
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28TH NEW YORK INFANTRY -  GAR reunion ribbon for the 28th New York
Infantry held in Niagara Falls, NY on May 22, 1889. Ribbon is in very good
condition with just a few very small stains. The 28th fought in the battles of
Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Groveton, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and
Chancellorsville.
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28TH NEW YORK INFANTRY -  GAR reunion ribbon for the 28th New York
Infantry held in Lockport, NY on May 22, 1894. Ribbon is in very good condition
with just a few a bit of discoloration on the reverse side. The 28th fought in the
battles of Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Groveton, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and
Chancellorsville.
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SIGNED 3 PULL TELESCOPE - WHEELING, WV - Brass body
telescope signed 'H. Sheff / Wheeling, W. Va". Best I have found
was that the Sheff Brothers had a retail store in Wheeling in the
1870's. Closed, the length is 9 3/4" and completely pulled is
approx. 29 1/4". Diameter of the body is approx. 1.8". The optics
are extremely good.
D-88
3rd NEW YORK CAVALRY STATE COMMISSION TO
SECOND LIEUTENANT
- Handsome vellum certificate
(approx. 11 3/4" x 16 5/8") dated December 1, 1864
promoting  Jonathan W. Kent to the rank of 2nd
Lieutenant of the 2nd NYC (this was a mistake as Kent
was actually in the 3rd New York Cavalry). This may be
the reason that the certificate has 'Duplicate' written
vertically across the middle of the document. Filled in
writing is a bit weak as is Governor Horatio Seymour's
signature. Still retains the State Seal - good looking
document.
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AU-73
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GEORGE CLYMER - DOUBLE SIGNER - DECLARATION OF
INDEPENDENCE AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
- Approx. 7
3/8" x 8 3/4" 3 page ALS - folded cover. 1793 letter from George
Clymer to his Brother-in-law Samuel Merideth (also a signer of the
US Constitution) who at the time was the U.S. Secretary of the
Treasury in New York (cover is addressed as such). Letter addresses
what appears to be personal business deals (as they were business
partners) and other items (see transcript on 'Additional Images'
link). Clymer, as one of the Founding Fathers was a Delegate from
Pennsylvania. Along with signing the Declaration of Independence,
he would later sign the U.S. Constitution and served as a
Representative in the First Federal Congress from 1789-1791.
Letter is in very good condition, especially considering the age, is
written in period ink on laid paper. There is some separation on the
main fold (approx. 50%) but both sides still intact. Wax from cover
seal is still present. Letter mentions a 'Hamilton' but unsure
whether that is reference to Alexander.
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PERSONAL INVITATION FROM SECRETARY OF WAR STANTON -  
Approx. 4 7/8" x 7 3/4" invitation from Edwin and Mrs. Stanton for a Misses
O'Bannon to visit on a Thursday evening - January 24th - at their residence -
no year given but during Stanton's stint as Secretary of War, the 24th only
landed on a Thursday in 1861 & 1867. Ink is a bit light - good condition.
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1873 INAUGURAL BALL INVITATION FOR PRESIDENT U.S.
GRANT
- Invitation sent from the Secretary of War at the time -
William Belknap to Mrs. Thomas W. Ruger (wife of the
Superintendent of West Point) for the March 4, 1873 Inaugural
Ball. Invitation has a seal with the initials of Grant and Henry
Wilson (VP). Also lists the Managers of the Ball which includes a
Who's Who of the political world at the time. Names like William T.
Sherman, James Garfield, Benjamin Butler, William Scott
Hancock, etc., etc.. Includes the envelope and the Secretary of War's
business card. Very good condition.
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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.
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.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.
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EARLY SET OF BALANCE SCALES - Brass scales in a wood box,
includes 5 weights. Box is approx. 3 1/8" x 6 1/2" x 1" in height. It is
lined with red felt and has a compartment for the weights. Box is covered
in a textured paper that has signs of a maker on the top when viewed
closely but can not make it out. Judging by the construction of the box,
locking hooks & loops and scales, I would say this was c-1830-40's at the
latest. Good condition.
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17th MAINE INFANTRY - CAMP BULLOCK - Four page letter written in
period ink from George W. Doughty of Co. E. This was written after his
release from the hospital from being wounded at Orange Grove, Va. Very
interesting letter about how their camp is structured and the common duties
of soldier life. Mentions his Captain having been killed in the same battle
he was wounded in. Very legible, see entire transcript on the bottom of the
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CDV - FREDERICK HILL MESERVE COPIES OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN -
TAKEN FROM THE ORIGINAL PLATES
- Image of Abraham Lincoln made by
Frederick Hill Meserve in the early 1900's off the original plates. These were the
famous Cooper Institute photographs by Mathew Brady on February 27,1860 that
were credited with showing Lincoln in a light that helped win the election. This
has Meserve's stamp and notations in his hand on the reverse. Unfortunately due
to the paper used at that time, it lacks the clarity that the period CDV's had but
they were taken from the original plates.
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CDV - FREDERICK HILL MESERVE COPIES OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN -
TAKEN FROM THE ORIGINAL PLATES
- Image of Abraham Lincoln made by
Frederick Hill Meserve in the early 1900's off the original plates. These were the
famous Cooper Institute photographs by Mathew Brady on February 27,1860 that
were credited with showing Lincoln in a light that helped win the election. This
has Meserve's stamp and notations in his hand on the reverse. Unfortunately due
to the paper used at that time, it lacks the clarity that the period CDV's had but
they were taken from the original plates.
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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.
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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.
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CDV - IDENTIFIED FULL LENGTH ARMED OUTDOOR SHOT - Unfortunately
the only things this CDV needs is better condition and a clearer ID. Nice shot of a
soldier with just about everything possible - what looks to be a Colt Special Model
Rifle (or a model 1864 but this looks to be an early War image). Cartridge box,
cap box, bayonet fixed on the rifle and scabbard slightly visible, knapsack and
blanket. Clarity is not real crisp but pretty darn good. On the problems side, it
looks like the image had a hard travel at one point in time where the mount got
bent and ripped which also carried on partially into the image breaking through
the albumen paper down near the trigger guard of the rifle and carrying to the
right - showing as white on the image - can surely be lightly touched up to tone
that area down. Also the name - there are about 15 possibilities (USCT soldiers by
that name being excluded) - nost of which were from Ohio and New York - my bet
is on New York.
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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.
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FIRST DAY COVERS - FINAL REUNION OF THE UNITED CONFEDERATE
VETERANS
-  3 First day covers for the 1951 Norfolk, Virginia Final Encampment
of the United Confederate Veterans. All three covers are postmarked the same - May
30, 1951 Norfolk, Va.9:00am. All of course have the 3 cent UCV stamp. All in good
condition.
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FIRST DAY COVERS - FINAL REUNION OF THE GRAND ARMY OF THE
REPUBLIC
-  2 First day covers for the 1949 Indianapolis, Indiana Final
Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic. Both covers are postmarked the
same - August 29, 1949 Indianapolis, In. 9:00am. All of course have the 3 cent GAR
stamp. Both in good condition.
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GAR SILVER ANNIVERSARY BADGE FROM THE 1891 DETROIT NATIONAL
ENCAMPMENT
-  Badge with the relief of General William T. Sherman on the
front and the GAR badge with military motifs on the reverse. Some light scratches
and ribbon just a tad faded otherwise good condition.
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RIBBON FOR THE WILLIAM T. SHERMAN MONUMENT DEDICATION 1903 -  
Ribbon is for the dedication of the Washington, D.C. statue to William T. Sherman
held on October 15, 1903. Has a celluloid diamond (as part of a pin bar) with corps
badges and "The Army of the Tennessee". Excellent condition.
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12TH NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - CAST IRON ENFIELD
RIFLE
-  Just shy of 16" in length, this very heavy cast iron, great
reproduction of an Enfield rifle has on the reverse side of the stock '12
N H / VOLS' in the casting. These are not often encountered - some
have been known to have a bayonet although this doesn't appear to
have ever had one. Old gold paint, half worn off make you wonder if
this was once in the possession of a GAR Post. Good condition.
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1891 GAR NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT DELEGATE BADGE - DETROIT -  
Delegate badge for the 25th National Encampment held in Detroit, Michigan in
1891. The book on the GAR badges states that there were 1,013 delegates for this
encampment. The ribbon has a few frayed spots, mainly on the right edge and
several tarnished spots mainly on the reverse. Guessing these could probably be
cleaned up a bit if so desired. Michigan pin bar has the T-bar pin and also has a
few darker areas - mainly the M & N of Michigan - all of which can be seen in the
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DRAKE'S PLANTATION BITTERS BOTTLE - PAT. 1860 - Approx. 3" square
and 10 1/4" in height. Looks to have been excavated but very little ground action.
Embossed text on the top angled area "DRAKE / 1860 / PLANTATION / X /
BITTERS" and on the opposite side, "PATENTED / 1862". Through the brown
glass can be seen many flaws and air bubbles. Top spout has a shallow 'V' which is
smooth to the touch so as these were not known to have this 'flaw' I would assume
that it was at one time chipped and then touched up and ground smooth. Good
condition.
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WORLD WAR ONE TANK CORPS CARVED CANE - One of
the more interesting canes I've had, approx. 34 3/4" in length
and carved from a hard wood. The grip is carved into what I
would call a dragon head, the eyes being carved separately and
inserted into holes. Carved into the cane is "TANK CORPS /
U.S. ARMY / FRANCE / 1918" and opposite that is the owners
initials "W.S.B.". Also has 5 bands of carved diamonds and
circles. Looks like the bottom was carved down to add a tip no
doubt to protect the wood from wearing down but the added tip
is no longer there. Great WWI soldier's folk art carving and
from the newly formed Tank Corps yet.
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WORLD WAR ONE CHRISTMAS DINNER MENU - 1917 - In the
shape of the regimental & company guidon of Troop F, 17th
Cavalry organized at Fort Bliss, Texas and based (in 1917) at
Miami, Arizona. Menu is for the second Christmas dinner and
includes not only the menu but also the Troop roster. Approx. 5
1/4" x 7". Very good condition.
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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.
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CDV - COLONEL WILLIAM P. INNES - 1ST MICHIGAN ENGINEERS &
MECHANICS
- Image of Innes as a full bird Colonel. B/M of T.M. Schleier of
Nashville, Tn. Period ink ID on both front and reverse - very good condition.
Innes was commissioned in December, 1861 and mustered out in October, 1864
and was commissioned Bvt. Brigadier General in 1865. The 1st Michigan
Engineers & Mechanics took part in many battles including Mill Springs, Ky.,
Perryville, Ky., Stones River, Murfreesboro and Bentonville among others.
W-194
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.
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3 PIECE SHALER BULLET - COMPLETE - DUG - Years ago I
purchased a large relic collection which included almost 13,000 dug
bullets - just about everything you could imagine. In that group were
three complete Shalers of several different variations. I sold one right
away, kept one for my own collection and have now placed the third up
for sale. A digger is lucky to get even one piece of a Shaler let alone
the entire 3 piece bullet. They fit nicely together but of course due to
their travels don't fit completely into one another. Rarely seen!!
Recovered in Virginia.
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DUG TOURNEQUIT STARAP CLAMP- Great for a Civil War Medical
display. Still retains the four rollers and shows why it was discarded on
the battlefield - the threaded hole for the thumbscrew had cracked,
probably rendering it useless. Nice piece to show the desperate struggle
to save lives due to the wound. Good patina.
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GAR REUNION RIBBON - 103RD OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY -  Ribbon for
the 40th reunion of the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry held in Randall's Grove on
August 21-28, 1906. The 103rd were present at the Battles of; Blue Springs and
Dandridge, Tn., Resaca, Dallas, Marietta, Kennesaw Mountain and Atlanta, Georgia
among others. Ribbon is solid with exception ofthe small pin holes where the Veteran
had it attached to his clothing and a small hole just below the town's name. Has
several areas of staining that can be seen in the photos.
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GAR HAT BADGE WITH THE POST # 18 -  GAR metal wreath with
GAR center placed on the typical swatch of black felt which would be
sewn on the hat. This also has two applied letters '18' which no doubt
indicated the Post number. The one has a period repair of thread
holding the bottom of the '1' on where the brass pin appeared to break.
Some discoloration in places on the metal .
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47TH NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT - 1913 CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -  
Badge for 'Member of Staff' of the 47th National Encampment in Chattanooga,
Tennessee held on September 15-20, 1913. Badge has a relief of Commander
Alfred B. Beers. Ribbon has a small tear just under the pin bar on the right side
and the metal components have several areas of discoloration - otherwise in solid
condition.
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TEXAS STATE FAIR - PIN FOR CIVIL WAR VETERANS OF THE GAR -  
Nice 1" diameter celluloid pin for which must have been GAR Day at the
Texas State Fair - October 23, 1911. Made by the Fred Lake Company in
Dallas Texas. Good condition.
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ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND REUNION RIBBON - GRAND RAPIDS,
MICHIGAN 1885
-  Wide "Aids to Assistant Marshal ribbon for the 17th
Annual Reunion of the Army of the Cumberland held in Grand Rapids,
Michigan on September 16-17, 1885. Ribbon is in good solid condition but
the combination of black print on red silky ribbon wasn't great for show.
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1896 REUNION RECEPTION COMMITTEE RIBBON -  Unfortunately there is no
location of this reunion shown but judging by the names on the badge it was an
important reunion. It reads: Reception / Committee / Gens. / Alger / Sickles /
Howard / Stewart / Marden / Corp. Tanner / Oct. 20, 1896. Ribbon is in very good
condition.
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LORAIN COUNTY, OHIO SOLDIERS & SAILORS -  Nice ribbon for the August
11, 1898 20th Reunion of the  Soldiers and Sailors of Lorain County held in
Grafton, Ohio. Ribbon in very good condition but has a red stain in the lower left
corner.
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U.S. NAVY VETERANS MOMUMENT DEDICATION -  This is an "it is what it
is" ribbon. Condition is not good. Overall the ribbon is fairly strong but it is
discolored (or stained) and there is tape across the top and bottom of the back side
(so it doesn't affect the front of the ribbon itself. The top tape helps to hold on to
the pin on the back side. BUT, not often do you see reunion or in this case,
Monument Dedication ribbons for the U.S. Navy Veterans. Most everything is Army
related. This is for the Monument Dedication in New Haven, Connecticut on June
17, 1887.
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REMINGTON .44 CAL. ARMY REVOLVER - Recovery site unknown
but must have had a violent end probably during reloading as the gun
is in half cock position, empty cylinder and both the loading lever and
cylinder pin are both broken with the broken end of the cylinder pin
still holding in the cylinder and the ram portion of the loading lever
still in the hole. Trigger guard also missing. Heavily rusted condition
as would be expected. A relic any hunter would die to pull out of the
ground.
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ILLINOIS ADJUTANT GENERALS REPORT - VOL. 6 - 106TH ILL - 131ST
ILL
- Springfield, Il. - 1900 - Soldier's rosters of the 106th Illinois Infantry
through the 131st Illinois Infantry. Lists the soldiers of each mentioned regiment
along with their residence,date of enlistment and rank, date of muster and
remarks, such as date of discharge, killed, wounded or missing along with
where. Book has tight binding but does have scuffs on the covers as would be
expected with a 118 year old book.
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LINCOLN ASSASSINATION SHEET MUSIC - 1865 - 'THE NATION
MOURNS - FUNERAL MARCH TO THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM
LINCOLN - THE MARTYR PRESIDENT'. Published in 1865. Nice
portrait of Lincoln on cover. Separation on the bound end as it was
once bound in a volume. Would look great in a frame.
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LINCOLN ASSASSINATION SHEET MUSIC - 1865 - 'IN
MEMORIAM - IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN'. Published in
1865. Separation on the bound end as it was once bound in a volume.
Would look great in a frame.
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CDV - 15th MICHIGAN INFANTRY - WOUNDED AT SHILOH - Image of Lt.
Henry F. Wallace - Company I, 15th Michigan Infantry. He enlisted on
December 2, 1861 and was commissioned into Co. I on January 1, 1862. He was
listed as wounded at Shiloh on April 6, 1862 and discharged due to those injuries
on August 2, 1862. Carte is id'd nicely on the reverse in period ink, "Lt. F.
Wallace / Lt. US Vol / Corunna / Mich". Overall condition is very good but does
have some smudges on the card.
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MARYLAND COLONIAL CURRENCY - 1776  CC-45 - Approx. 2
3/4" x 3 9/16" Two and two thirds dollar note issue date of August 14,
1776, only 41 days after the Declaration of Independence. Printed by
F. Green - Annapolis 1776. Good Condition.
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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 stains.
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HMS HOOD SOUVENIR ASHTRAY FROM GANGWAY -
There isn't a more epic and devastating naval battle during
World War 2 than the one against the British Fleet including
the H.M.S. Hood and the German battleship Bismark. The
Bismark placed a perfect shell that completely destroyed the
H.M.S. Hood with heavy loss of life. This does not include the
original box that it was packaged in but that box label states
that on the final voyage, the gangway was left behind and
these commemorative ashtrays were made from the brass treads
of that gangway. Just this past September one was sold on
Ebay for over $300 with the box. This one, without the box and
in need of cleaning (if desired) is much less. Made by Greatrex,
Ltd. in England.
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LETTER FROM IOWA GOVERNOR SAMUEL KIRKWOOD TO
ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE FROM
POSSIBLE ATTACK
- ALS Letter dated May 10, 1861 from
Governor Kirkwood of Iowa to Governor Richard Yates of Illinois
asking for mutual military assistance should either Iowa or Kansas
be attacked from southern forces. Unfortunately Kirkwood's
handwriting isn't what I would call the best so there were several
words I could just not quite make out but the text is shown on the
'Additional Images' link. Perhaps a fresh set of eyes would help.
Great insight as to the nature of the individual states working
together during that most uncertain time.
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ADMIRAL DEWEY PAPERWEIGHT - Approx. 2 1/2" x 4" x3/4"
glass paperweight with insert of Admiral Dewey and the Battleship
Olympia. No chips or cracks. Would be perfect for the desk of a
Span-Am enthusiast.
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PRE-CIVIL WAR MISSISSIPPI JUG - SIGNED - Approx. 10 1/2" high x 4 5/8"in
diameter. Glazed jug signed by F.A. MEYER. Francois A. Meyer is listed as a potter
in Biloxi, Mississippi from approx. 1857-60. Rim of spout has chips and is a bit
rough and there are several areas where the glaze has been worn off and has
stained areas which you often see with these type of containers. "F A MEYER" is
struck deep on the upper cone portion of the jug. Has it's flaws, but a good
pre-Civil War item.
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PATRIOTIC COVER - GENERAL BURNSIDE - Patriotic envelope
with engraving of General Ambrose Burnside, Commanding the
Burnside Expedition. Printed by Magee in Philadelphia. Good
condition but does have staining along the left edge.
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72nd INDIANA GROUPING - WILDER'S LIGHTNING BRIGADE -  
Group of items from Captain Arius U. Craven, Co. D, 72nd Indiana of
the famous John Wilder's "Lightning Brigade". Group consists of a
Wilder's Brigade GAR reunion ribbon (has issues, some weak areas
and some substance that got stuck on it & stained), post-War CDV of
Craven (modern ID on reverse), copy of a photo of Craven in uniform,
a business card of Cravens' and two 72nd Indiana War time receipts
for supplies , both signed by Craven. Not the prettiest grouping but
72nd Indiana none the less.
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GLOWING TESTAMENT TO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE JAMES
RIFLE CANNON
- Four page letter hand written copy on March 1, 1862 by
the Adjutant General of Illinois originally written on February 20, 1862 by
Capt. Jasper M. Dresser of the Illinois Light Artillery, Company 'A' to
Governor Richard Yates just after the battle of Fort Donelson that describes
the battle in very good detail and his battery's effectiveness using the James
Rifle Cannon against the Confederate forces. Transcription is on the
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24TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY OF THE IRON BRIGADE -
KILLED AT GETTYSBURG
- Certificate (approx. 4 3/8" x
8") dated August 9, 1864 signed by Michigan Adjutant
General John Robertson attesting to Sergeant George
Pettinger's service in the 24th Michigan Infantry. He
enlisted on August 7, 1862 at Detroit. He was killed in
action on July 1, 1863 and is buried at the Soldier's
National Cemetery at Gettysburg. Not going to sugar coat
this, it is ugly, folded, wrinkled, has been taped (long
ago) as can be seen on the reverse, with some tape
residue on the front. Also across the front, in faint red
period ink are those desirable words, "KILLED IN
ACTION GETTYSBURG, PA / JULY 1st 1863"
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2ND MICHIGAN INFANTRY - BATTLE OF FIRST BULL RUN - Eight page
letter from Alfred Jeffery of the 2nd Michigan Infantry written on August 2,
1861 on patriotic stationery. The letter chronicles the regiments step by step
movements from the time they left Detroit, the passing through Baltimore and
through the First Battle of Bull Run. Very detailed and graphic in places.
Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Excellent letter.
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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 worked out.
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5TH NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY  PRE-PRINTED
PASS
- Not often kept by soldiers as they were generally
handed back to the guards when returning. (approx. 2
3/4" x 3 1/2") dated Oct. 22, 1861 from Camp Jackson in
Concord, NH. Made out for Simon Dorr and hand signed
by Capt. Edward E. Sturtevant (who was wounded at Fair
Oaks and killed at Fredericksburg, Va. Signed in print
by Col Edward E. Cross who was wounded 3 times at Fair
Oaks, Antietam and Fredericksburg and died of wounds
at Gettysburg.
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96TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY PASS - FRANKLIN, TN -
Written one month after the battle of Franklin, this half
page hand written pass allows Major John C. Smith and
men to procure lumber for use at a hospital in Franklin.
The 96th Illinois was involved in the Battle of Franklin
with minor casualties. Smith would go on to become a
Brevet Brigadier General. By the looks of the back of
the pass, it was folded and in the bottom of his baggage
for a while.
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CDV - CONFEDERATE REV. BENJAMIN MORGAN PALMER - Image of The
Rev. Benjamin M. Palmer who was the 1st Moderator of the Presbyterian
Church in the Confederate States of America in New Orleans, La., gave a
lengthy and heated sermon on November 29, 1860 defending slavery as an
institution. The sermon was widely distributed in the South and had a huge
influence when it came time for Louisiana to vote on joining the Confederacy.
The image has a pencil inscription on the front "Rev. Dr. Palmer / Kansas
Rebel". The Palmer is correct, Kansas not so much. E & HT Anthony, New
York back mark. CDV has light contrast and top corners are slightly clipped. An
important figure in the Louisiana secession movement.
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7th VERMONT INFANTRY - ORDNANCE INVOICE - SPRINGFIELD
RIFLES
- Hand written Ordnance Invoice dated October 1, 1863 for
Company G of the 7th Vermont Infantry at Barrancas, Florida. The page
is loaded with such items as Springfield Rifles, Bayonets, NCO Swords,
Tompions, Belt Plates, Gun Slings, etc. Don't often see these this loaded  
Document is in good condition.
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19TH MISSOURI INFANTRY / 13TH U.S. INFANTRY
PRE-PRINTED PASS
- Pre-printed Pass made out by the
Provost Marshal in St. Louis, dated December 17, 1861
for Joseph L. Horr who was at that time a Private in the
13th US Infantry to travel to Iowa and Illinois. The pass
is signed by Horr on the back along with his physical
description and pledge of allegiance to the Union. The
pass is signed in print by George E. Leighton of the 19th
Missouri Infantry as well as a railroad ticket agent. Pass
has some light staining and some separation at the seams.
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100TH INDIANA INFANTRY -  Ribbon for the 36th Reunion of the  100th Indiana
Volunteer Infantry "Persimmon Regiment". Ribbon in good condition but has a
stain in the upper portion as can be seen in photos. The 100th participated in the
Battles of Missionary Ridge, Jackson, Ms., Dallas, Ga., Atlanta and Jonesboro,
among others.
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CDV - 93rd OHIO INFANTRY - TRANSFERRED TO VRC - Image of Pvt.
James W. Johnston - Company G, 93rd Ohio Infantry. He enlisted on December
2, 1861 and was commissioned into Co. I on July 25, 1862. He was transferred
out on January 15, 1864 to the VRC. The 93rd fought in the battles of Stones
River, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge before his transfer and though the
rosters don't show him as wounded, his transfer may have been the result of one
of these battles. Nice period ink ID on reverse. Some smudging.
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CDV - 100th OHIO INFANTRY - TRANSFERRED TO VRC - Image of Pvt.
Henry H. Fisher - Company G, 100th Ohio Infantry. He enlisted on December 2,
1861 and was commissioned into Co. I on August 10, 1862. He was transferred
out on October 1, 1864 to the VRC. The 100th fought in the battles of Dallas,
Kenesaw Mountain and Atlanta before his transfer and though the rosters don't
show him as wounded, his transfer may have been the result of one of these
battles. Nice period ink ID on reverse. Some smudging.
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RARE BERDAN'S SHARPSHOOTERS RUBBER BUTTON - Approx. 20mm+.
General pattern GI-94 General Service button made of rubber. B/M - N.R. Co. /
Goodyear's P=T 1851. These were used strictly by the two regiments of Berdan's
U.S. Sharpshooters. Button shows minor wear on the high relief points, small
crazing around edges and is in VGC.
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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.
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9TH CORPS - PERIOD CORPS BADGE - Brass badge with white
enamel (indicating the 2nd Division of the 9th Corps) with a T-Bar pin
back. This badge can be seen on page 52 of the Stanley Phillips' "CIVIL
WAR CORPS BADGES" book (the one in the book has red enamel for
the 1st Division). The 9th Corps fought not only with the Army of the
Potomac but also in the Western Theatre. The 2nd Division contained
such Regiments as 6th & 9th NH Inf., 48th, 50th & 51st Pa Inf., 7th &
12th RI Inf, 2nd MD Inf., 21st, 29th  & 35th Mass Inf., 46th & 51st NY
Inf., 86th & 129th Ohio Inf., 116th & 118th Ind. Inf., as well as Batteries
L & M of the 1st Mich. Lt. Art., along with Batteries from the 2nd NY
Art., 2nd U.S. Art., 15th Ind. Art. as well as others. Very good condition.
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CDV - 127th ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Image of John B. Westendorf of the 127th
Illinois Infantry. He mustered in on August 20, 1862 and was discharged on
June 5, 1865. It is signed in period ink on the front and has a St. Louis
photographer's back mark. The 127th fought in the battles of Arkansas Post,
Vicksburg, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Ezra Church,
Jonesboro and Fayetteville, among others. Image has some smudges but
otherwise in very good condition.
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CDV - 11th & 8th MICHIGAN CAVALRY - Image of Thomas H. Wright -
Saddler - 11th Michigan Cavalry and also (for several months before mustering
out) in the 8th Michigan Cavalry. He enlisted on November 3, 1863 and was
mustered out on July 20, 1865. The 11th fought in the battles of Mount Sterling
and Cynthiana, Ky., Saltville, Wytheville and Marion, Va. along with numerous
other small battles and skirmishes. Carte is signed in period pencil on the front
either as 'Mr. H. Wright' or 'Thos. H. Wright' - hard to distinguish. On the
reverse near the top very lightly you can make out ' ___ Wright / 11 Mich
Cavalry'. Carte has some light smudging and ID is light but otherwise in very
good condition.
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CDV - 36th INDIANA INFANTRY - Image of 1st Lieut. and Adj. Zene C.
Bohrer, 36th Indiana Infantry. He enlisted on October 29, 1861 as a Sgt. Major  
into Co. E, 36th Ind. Inf. and was mustered out on October 21, 1864. The 36th
fought in the battles of Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Ringgold, Resaca,
Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain and Marietta. Carte has a later pencil ID and a
Nashville photographer's back mark. There is a period pencil inscription
indicating the image was taken in May, 1863 in Nashville. Some light smudging
otherwise very good condition.
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CDV - 36th INDIANA INFANTRY - Bust image of 1st Lieut. and Adj. Zene C.
Bohrer, 36th Indiana Infantry. He enlisted on October 29, 1861 as a Sgt. Major  
into Co. E, 36th Ind. Inf. and was mustered out on October 21, 1864. The 36th
fought in the battles of Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Ringgold, Resaca,
Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain and Marietta. Carte has a later pencil ID and a
'MORSE & PEASLEE, ARMY PHOTOGRAPHER, DEPARTMENT of the
CUMBERLAND' photographer's back mark. There is a period pencil inscription
indicating the image was taken in December, 1863 in Bridgeport, Alabama.
Some light smudging otherwise very good condition.
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1868 U.S. GRANT CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 1" in
diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Grant with
"GENERAL U.S. GRANT / 1868" and "I PROPOSE TO FIGHT IT
OUT ON THIS LINE / IF IT TAKES ALL SUMMER" on the reverse.
Some discoloration on the reverse but overall very good condition.
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1852 GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT CAMPAIGN MEDALLION -
Approx. 1 1/8" in diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of
Scott with "GEN WINFIELD SCOTT / FIRST IN WAR / FIRST IN
PEACE" and a nice spread eagle relief with "SCOTT & GRAHAM /
UNION & CONSTITUTION" on the reverse. Mellow patina and
overall good condition.
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1844 HENRY CLAY CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 7/8" in
diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Clay with
"HENRY CLAY / THE ASHLAND FARMER / BORN APRIL 22,
1777 / 1844" and a nice balance scale relief with "WEIGHTED IN
THE BALANCE AND FOUND WANTING / DEMOCRATS &
WHIGS" on the reverse. Mellow patina with much wear - overall fair
condition.
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45th ILLINOIS INFANTRY - GAR ID TAG -  GAR ID tag (approx. 1"
in diameter and made out of what appears to be German silver) for
Francis M. Armstrong of Company D, 45th Illinois Infantry. The
address on the tag states Eagle Grove, Ia which is where he moved to
after the War and is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Eagle Grove.
The 45th fought in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Champion
Hill, Vickburg and others. Very good condition.
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CDV - 85th INDIANA INFANTRY - Bust image of Major Robert E. Craig, 85th
Indiana Infantry from Newport, Indiana. He enlisted on September 4, 1862, and
was placed in Field & Staff position and also Provost Marshal in Murfreesboro,
Tn. He died of disease in Murfreesboro on April 2, 1864. The carte is inscribed
in period ink on the front 'Your Obt Servt / Robt. E. Craig, Maj. / & Provost
Marshal of / Murfreesboro, Tenn.' and on the reverse 'To / Jos. A. Jones P.M. /
Terre Haute / Indiana'. The photographer's back mark is "Butler, Bonsall & Co.
/ Army Photographers / General Rousseau's Division'. The 85th fought in the
battles of Thompson's Station, Resaca, Dallas, Kennasaw Mountain, Atlanta as
well as others.  Some light smudging otherwise very good condition.
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CDV - UNIDENTIFIED LIGHT ARTILLERY CORPORAL - Full length image
of a Light Artillery Corporal carrying a light artillery sword and a holstered
pistol. Washington, D.C. Photographer. Some smudging, small tear at bottom
center which enters the albumen paper and some damage in that area.
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CDV - 47th INDIANA INFANTRY - Bust image of Captain William M. Henley,
47th Indiana Infantry. He enlisted on April 1, 1862 and was mustered out on
December 29, 1864. The 47th fought in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion
Hill, Vickburg and Jackson, Mississippi along with Alexandria and Spanish
Fort, Alabama as well as others. There is no photographer's back mark. There is
a period ink inscription on the front ' W.M. Henley / Capt. Co. I 47th Indiana'.
Some light smudging and slightly clipped corners but otherwise very good
condition.
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CDV - 10th MAINE INFANTRY - Bust image of 2nd Lieut. Henry Francis
Smith, 10th Maine Infantry. He enlisted on October 4, 1861 into Co. E, 10th
Me, Inf. and was mustered out on May 8, 1863. The 10th fought in the battles
of Winchester, Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and Chancellorsville.
Carte has a Portland, Maine photographer's back mark. There is a period ink
inscription on the front 'Henry F. Smith' and an ink inscription on the reverse -
probably post War 'Henry Francis Smith / 2nd Lieut Co E 10th Me / about 1863
/ Moved to San Diego, Cal.'. Carte is very clean and in very good condition.
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CDV - 33rd ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Seated view of James L. Dayton of the 33rd
Illinois Infantry. He enlisted on August 24, 1861 into Co. E, 33rd Ill. Inf. with
no date of discharge given. It is inscribed on the front in period ink 'J.L.
Dayton' and on the reverse 'LaMoille / Bureau Co. / Ills'. The 33rd fought in the
battles of Magnolia Hills, Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Big Black River Bridge
and Vickburg, Mississippi. Carte has a New Orleans photographer's back mark.
Some light smudging otherwise very good condition.
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CDV - 10th & 1st MAINE INFANTRY - Bust image of Captain Elijah Morrill
Shaw, 10th Maine Infantry (and 2nd Lt. in 1st Maine Inf). He enlisted on May
3, 1861 to August 5, 1861 in the 1st Maine Inf. then in the 10th Maine from
October 1, 1861 - ?. The 10th fought in the battles of Winchester, Cedar
Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and Chancellorsville. Carte has a Lawrence,
Maine photographer's back mark. There is a period ink inscription on the front
'Truly yours / E.M. Shaw' and an ink inscription on the reverse - 'Adjutant at
First / Capt. Co. H. 10th Maine / Elijah Morrill Shaw / 2d Lieut 1st Maine /
Adjutant 10th Maine'. Carte is clean, contrast is very light, good condition.
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CDV - 33rd ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Full standing view of Dennis E. Dayton
(probably a relative of James L. below) of the 33rd Illinois Infantry. He enlisted
on August 24, 1861 into Co. E, 33rd Ill. Inf., re-enlisted January 1, 1864 and
mustered out November 24, 1865 at Vicksburg . It is inscribed on the reverse in
period ink 'Denis E. Dayton'. The 33rd fought in the battles of Magnolia Hills,
Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Big Black River Bridge and Vickburg,
Mississippi. Carte has a Princeton, Illinois photographer's back mark. Carte is in
very good condition.
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CDV - 53rd MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - Seated armed view of Harlan P.
Partridge of the 53rd Massachusetts Infantry. He enlisted on August 25, 1862
into Co. B, 53rd Mass. Inf. and mustered out September 8, 1863. It is inscribed
on the front in period ink 'H.P. Partridge' and on the reverse 'Harlan P.
Partridge / Sergeant Major / 53 Reg Mass'. The 53rd fought in the battles of
Fort Bisland and Port Hudson, La.. Carte has no photographer's back mark.
Carte has some staining on the mount otherwise in very good condition.
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CDV - 2nd INDIANA CAVALRY - KIA - Bust image of Asa S. Smith, 2nd
Indiana Cavalry - Wayne County, Indiana. He enlisted on September 13, 1861
and re-enlisted January 10, 1864. The 2nd fought in the battles of Gallatin,
Hartsville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta as well as
others. Smith was killed in action at the battle of Scottsville, Alabama on April
2, 1865. There is a Richmond, In. photographer's back mark. There is a period
ink inscription on the reverse ' Asa S. Smith / Co. C  2nd Ind / Cavly'. Some
light staining on mount but otherwise very good condition.
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CDV - 13th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - ANTIETAM - Bust image
of William B. Barron, 13th Massachusetts Infantry - Boston, Mass. He enlisted
on June 29, 1861 and was discharged on November 25, 1862 due to wounds
received at Antietam on September 17, 1862. There is a great 13th Regiment
Mass. Vol. photographer's back mark. There is a period ink inscription on the
front ' Yours Truly / Wm B. Barron / Co. F  13th Regt'. Some light staining and
smudges on mount along with very light contrast & fading on the image.
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6TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY (CUSTER'S CAVALRY BRIGADE)
CAPTAIN'S COMMISSION - JACOB O. PROBASCO
- Very
nice commission with Michigan State Seal intact, signed by
Governor Austin Blair for Capt. Jacob O. Probasco, dated
December 10, 1864. Probasco enlisted into Co. E of the 6th on
September 8, 1862 as Corporal and rose through the ranks to
Captain. He transferred on November 16, 1865 into the 1st
Michigan cavalry where he was mustered out on June 6, 1866.
The 6th was involved in the battles of Gettysburg, Falling
Waters, Todd's Tavern, Wilderness, Yellow Tavern, Cold Harbor,
Trevillion Station, Winchester, Front Royal among numerous
others. VGC.
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TOWN OF READFIELD, MAINE WAR BOND - Approx. 10" x 11"
Bond approved on February 17, 1865 and issued January 1, 1870
for the Town of Readfield, Maine to raise $31,000 to cover the War
Debt. The bond amount is $100. and still retains 6 of the interest
coupons. Towns, Cities and States would issue these to cover the
debt of things like bounties for soldier enlistment, aid to soldier's
families, etc. Very good condition.
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MEXICAN BORDER WAR MEDALLION - Approx. 1 7/16" in
diameter copper medallion with relief on the front of a US soldier
kneeling while aiming his rifle with 'In Memory of My Life on the
Mexican Border' and on the reverse is a beautiful American Eagle with
'Trust in the Lord and Keep Your Powder Dry'. This all took place
along the border with Mexico from the years 1910-1919 in battles with
Pancho Villa and took 523 American soldiers and 427 civilians and
857 Mexican soldiers and 400+ civilians. Some light wear.
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MICHIGAN STATE SEAL BUTTONS - GODDARD &
BRO. - EXTRA
- Two Michigan State Seal Buttons - one
coat, one cuff - dug, recovered from battlefield of Mine
Run, Va. in the location of the 4th and 5th Michigan
Infantry position. Faces are relatively good, the reverse,
especially on the coat size is difficult to read the back
mark but there is enough to figure out the back mark.
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1781 CONNECTICUT REVOLUTIONARY WAR
SOLDIER'S PAY DOCUMENT
- From the State
Pay-Table Office November 7, 1781, the order to pay a
Captain Ebenizer Bernard G__. Document is approx. 3
7/8" x 6 1/4". Signed by the Pay Table Committee signers
Eleazer Wales and Fenn Wadsworth. Does have one small
archival tape tack on reverse, good condition.
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1938 NAZI GERMANY - AUSTRIA DISTRICT COUNCIL BADGE -
NSDAP "One People, One Reich, One Leader - 1938" labeled on a
ribbon draped across the map of Germany and Austria. Made of zinc
and manufacturer's marking on the reverse of F. Mannheim. Pin is
intact, reverse in good condition while front contains the typical zinc
oxidation. Much of black finish around map relief is worn out. Not
pristine but an honest piece.
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GAR MEMBERSHIP BADGE - STAR NUMBERED - Standard type 3 GAR
membership badge. Star is numbered M8428. Badge has faded ribbon but is
in very good condition.
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GAR DRESS UNIFORM BELT & PLATE - Nice quality
stitched leather belt with the more uncommon GAR plate
having the GAR intertwined letters and the crossed sabers,
rifles, cannons and anchor in the corners. Also has an extra
sizing buckle in the rear taking up extra belt. Leather is folded
over with seam in back. Leather is stiff as you can see in the
additional images it will stand separated. Does have black
smudges of old dirt, ink, ??
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GAR DRESS UNIFORM BELT & PLATE - Fancy quality
material bullion & leather belt with the GAR plate having the
GAR cresting the GAR Star over a stippled back round. Inside
of belt is the typical stitched black leather that has a partially
worn off finish. Leather and material are somewhat supple.
Other that the expected wear, this belt is in very nice condition.
First belt of this quality I have seen.
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12TH INDIANA CAVALRY - CAMP ANDERSON - MICHIGAN
CITY
- Approx. 5 7/8" x 7 5/8" Certificate of Enlistment for Pvt.
Isaac Personett in Indian Creek Township, Pulaski County, Indiana
on January 4, 1864 into the 12th Indiana Cavalry. Personett was in
the 12th from Jan., 1864 till Nov. 10, 1865 and took part in the
battles of Huntsville, Alabama and Murfreesboro, Tn. Document is
in good condition.
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5TH NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - CERTIFICATE OF
DISABILITY
- Approx. 7" x 8 1/2" Certificate of Disability for
Private James Gould of the 5th New Hampshire Infantry. He was
wounded in action on June 30, 1862 at White Oak Swamp, Va. I
don't know if he took advantage of this certificate as the records
listed him as deserting in April, 1863 and this is the only possible
J.E. Gould listed in the rosters living in Hillsboro County - though
Weare, NH is not listed as his residence. Document is in good
condition.
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PENNSYLVANIA - DISTRICT 20 ABSTRACT OF (DRAFT)
EXEMPTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPT. 5, 1863
- Approx. 8
1/2" x 13 1/4" Document listing 21 men with the address, draft date
and reason for exemption. Reasons include sending a substitute,
paying $300., alien, under age, only son of a widow, aged parents
and Election of Parents (what this is I don't know). Document has a
3" separation on the middle fold but otherwise is in good condition.
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48TH OHIO INFANTRY - CAMP DENNISON - 1862 - Approx. 8"
x 9 3/4" Letter from the Ohio Adjutant General's Office to the
Commandant of the 48th OVI at Camp Dennison, Columbus, Oh.
dated January 11th, 1862. The letter is instructing that the regiment
is to be fitted for the field as rapidly as possible, transportation will
be provided when needed and no leave of absences shall be granted
with exception of emergencies. This letter shows the dire situation in
which the troops were needed. The 48th took part in the battles of
Shiloh, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Sabine Cross Roads, among
others. Letter has several 3/4" areas of separation on folds but
otherwise is in good condition.
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15TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY MANUAL - ANDERSON'S
CAVALRY
- by Brig. Gen. Philip St. George Cooke - Washington - 1862
- This rather WELL USED manual is identified to Company 'M' of
Anderson's Cavalry which was the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry (or the
160th PA. Regt). It is marked in period ink on the inside cover
"Sergeants & / Corporals / Co M / Anderson Cavalry" and then again on
the title page "Co. M". The 15th Cav. had losses in the battles of Charles
City Cross Roads, Va., Antietam, Nashville, Stones River, Lavergne,
Dandridge, Mossy Creek, Lynchburg among other numerous skirmishes.
The manual is beaten but intact and spine is still strong for the use
shown. Waterstained, some cloth missing on back cover.
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TINTYPE - UNION SERGEANT - FREDERICK, MD - a hair under 1/6
plate size tintype of a Union Sergeant with slight tinting to his cheeks.
There is a card under the image - an 1858 card for the Frederick County
Agricultural Society with period ink writing on the reverse "Frederick MD /
Jan 29, 62" and in period pencil "Rec Thursday Feb. 6th / from my
husband". Unfortunately no ID. Looks to have a rain cover on his kepi.
Image is a little dark but not bad, a few small minor spots on the image,
has a full case but spine is detached. The light line near his collar is a
reflection and not in the image.
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AMBROTYPE - ID AS CHARLES STONE 47TH & 59TH MASS INF - 1/9
plate size ambrotype of a Union soldier seated wearing a frock coat with
slight tinting to his cheeks. Under the image written in a more modern
pencil is " Prv Charles Stone / Co. E 47 Mass". He is listed as serving in
the 47th Mass. Inf. from September, 1862 to September, 1863 and in the
59th Mass. fromJanuary, 1864 to May, 1865 then in the VRC until August,
1865. He is also listed as wounded in action at Petersburg on 6/17/1864. I
had no reason to doubt the ID but always would like to see that nice period
ink instead of later pencil. Has a full case that has the spine repaired with
black tape (and a very nice job), The light line from shoulder to shoulder is
actually a reflection and is not in the image.
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TINTYPE OF 3 UNION SOLDIERS - 1/6 plate size tintype of three Union
soldiers seated and wearing frock coats, all with kepis. Ever so light blue
tinting to the trousers and with slight tinting to their cheeks. Don't know if
they're brothers but more than likely close friends as they each are holding
hands with hands also on the shoulders. Has a full case but original spine is
weak. The light line about chin height is a reflection and not in the image
An image out of the ordinary.
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INTERLOCKED BULLETS - Years ago I purchased a huge collection of
dug items which included darn near everything you could imagine in
relics, much of which I still have in inventory. In this grouping were aver
12,000 dug bullets. This was separated from the main group and at first
thought it was a CS Gardner peeling away from the insert. On closer
examination see that the insert does not have a cavity (it does look and is
slightly recessed but not the Gardner style cavity). It appears to be a .54
cal. (?) carbine bullet that has been hit from behind by a .44 cal pistol
bullet (measurements bear this out). Immediately started thinking of the
old 'mid-air' collision but couldn't figure a pistol bullet 'catching up' to
the carbine bullet from behind. I believe what happened here was the
carbine bullet may have struck something (tree, fence post, etc.), then by
a stroke of luck the pistol bullet hit it from behind - just a bit off center,
in fact if it had gone any more off center it probably would have split
the carbine bullet and never stayed together. A neat oddity.
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DUV (DAUGHTERS OF UNION VETERANS) COFFEE /
TEA CUP
- Daughters of Union Veterans china coffee or tea
cup with gold logo, and trim around the rim and handle.
Decent size cup measuring approx. 3 1/2" across the rim and
2 1/2" in height. There is no manufacturer's marking. There
are no chips or cracks but bottom rim is ever so slightly rough
from sitting. Very good condition.
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CIVIL WAR SHEET MUSIC - THE UNION ARMY MARCH
Published in 1861. Nice color cover with a dedicated to the
Commanders, Officers & Privates of the Union Army theme,
showing Generals McClellan, Rosecrans, Wool, Sigel and Blenker. 8
pages complete with rough binding edge as it was once in a privately
bound volume. Very good condition.
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1880- WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK CAMPAIGN MEDALLION -
Approx. 1" in diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of
Hancock in uniform with "WINFIELD S. HANCOCK" and a  Civil War
2nd Corps badge relief with "2 / A / C " in the clover leafs along with "A
SUPER SOLDIER / A MODEL PRESIDENT" along the border on the
reverse. Good original gilting seen in spots - overall very good condition.
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GAR DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS RECORDS OF
ANNUAL MEETINGS
- Blue cloth bound hardcover books
approx. 5 3/4" x 9" with gold lettering and rather thin -
having only about 50-90 pages each. They have photos of
Veterans in their GAR uniforms (maybe 1 or 2 per volume).
Have 12 of these from different years in the 30's & 40's.  
Several have minor cover conditions which I can furnish on
request.
The years available are: 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937,
1938, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1944.
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9TH CORPS - PERIOD CORPS BADGE - Heavy gauge stamped brass
badge , high relief, approx. 1 5/8" x 1 3/4".  This badge can be seen
on page 51 of the Stanley Phillips' "CIVIL WAR CORPS BADGES".
There are no loops or pin on reverse - may not have been issued (or
purchased). The 9th Corps fought not only with the Army of the
Potomac but also in the Western Theatre. The 2nd Division contained
such Regiments as 6th & 9th NH Inf., 48th, 50th & 51st Pa Inf., 7th
& 12th RI Inf, 2nd MD Inf., 21st, 29th  & 35th Mass Inf., 46th & 51st
NY Inf., 86th & 129th Ohio Inf., 116th & 118th Ind. Inf., as well as
Batteries L & M of the 1st Mich. Lt. Art., along with Batteries from
the 2nd NY Art., 2nd U.S. Art., 15th Ind. Art. as well as others. Very
good condition just a few dark spots.
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4TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY KIA GETTYSBURG CIVIL WAR
PERIOD MESS CUP
- Heavy gauge tin approx 4" in diameter and 4
1/2" in height, soldered construction and has the typical flat bottom
and looped pin handle construction you like to see in a good Civil War
cup. This is basically no more than a regular drinking cup that had
the wire hanger and lid added to it. NOW THE INTERESTING PART
!! Several years ago I purchased a massive collection. This was a
collection that came from a Civil War dealer / collector that had passed
away. In that collection was a huge box of tin mess gear - some Civil
War, some later period that included this mess cup and the drinking
cup also listed here. I am just now getting around to going through it
and while cleaning this piece I see scratched in the bottom what I think
is a '4'. Now, using a magnifying glass I can clearly see "4th / Mich /
Benson" (the Mich is more difficult to make out but can). I checked
the Michigan rosters for Benson and the only Benson that was in any
of the '4th' Michigan Regiments (Inf., Cav. or Artillery) was  Adelbert
Benson of the 4th Michigan Infantry. Records show that he enlisted in
the 4th Michigan - Company A at Adrian in June, 1861 and was Killed
at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 (no doubt in the Wheatfield). I have
added a photo of the bottom but is difficult to make out in the photos
but it is definitely old scratching and the rust is seen through the
scratches.
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CIVIL WAR PERIOD DRINKING CUP - Heavy gauge tin approx 4" in
diameter and 4" in height, soldered construction and has the typical
flat bottom and looped pin handle construction you like to see in a
good Civil War cup. There is something scratched into the bottom of
the cup but unfortunately I can not decipher anything through the
rough finish that is left. Perhaps something might if enough time was
spent on it but . . . I doubt it. looks like it may have had a hard life as
it is bent out of the round shape at the top and has a blackish color
almost as though it had been in a fire. A good honest Civil War
soldier's cup.
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CIVIL WAR STYLE COFFEE POT - Heavy gauge tin approx 9" in
diameter at the bottom and 10" in height, soldered construction and
has the typical flat bottom. They made this style for a long period of
time so it's hard to say if it is as old as the Civil War. I did come across
a photo of 3 soldiers who had a pot very similar that included the
rolled 'stripes' (for lack of a better word) as are on this pot. I had felt
that these were of a slightly later period but I guess I stand corrected.
There are solder remnants of where a plaque was at one time.
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CIVIL WAR CAP BOX - Well used and still good finish. No makers
stamp. Owner  had carved his initials on the back 'JT' and inside
the flap with a 'XX'. Some light spotting on the one side where it
appears something may have splashed on it and would probably be
covered with a light rubbing of dark brown shoe polish but I rather
the final owner make that choice. No wool or pick.
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CIVIL WAR PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX - Nice solid pistol box
made by Joseph Davy & Co. of Trenton, NJ and so marked. Also
has some remains of the Federal Inspectors stamps. Most of
finish worn off of closing strap as should be expected on a used
box.
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ORIGINAL OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS - GREENE CARBINE -
Approx. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 'DIRECTIONS FOR USING GREENE'S
CARBINE' on very thin paper and distributed by the Massachusetts Arms
Company. The Greene carbine was manufactured by Massachusetts
Arms between 1855-57 and total quantity was only 300 for the US and
another 2,000 for Great Britain. The instructions are probably as rare as
the guns. Excellent condition.
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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.
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