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CONFEDERATE - 55TH GEORGIA INFANTRY ID'd TIN DRUM
CANTEEN - Genuine Confederate Tin Drum Canteen belonging to
Capt. John P. Allen. Scratched into the side, barely visible unless
you're looking for it and with all the patina in the scratches, it reads:
"Capt Jno P Allen 55th Geo Regt Randolph County Geo May
16". Once I found this and figured what it read I went to the rosters of
the 55th to confirm and there he was, just as listed. In the 'Additional
Images' there are many photos showing the etching - trying to catch
the best light for the photograph. I don't know the significance of the
date, I couldn't see a year. Allen was present at Gettysburg and was
Captured on September 9, 1863 (just two months after Gettysburg) at
Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. No doubt he had this with him at
Gettysburg and had carried it with him through the War and probably
as a POW. Mike O'Donnell just photographed this canteen earlier this
month and is planning on placing it in the new Canteen Book he is
revising. Canteen has dents and a few small holes as shown in the
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.
DOWLING'S EDITION OF HARDEE'S RIFLE AND INFANTRY
TACTICS MANUAL - 1862 - WRAPS - 152 pgs., New York, 1862 -
Colorful cover edition showing a zouave painting the title on a wall with
the assistance of two other soldiers. Soft cover wraps (all present) which
is quite remarkable considering the use that it appears to have had. It is
entirely intact but well worn, is stained as can be seen in the photos, and
has many dog-eared pages. I have owned many manuals, none like this
edition. Great piece for a camp or personal effects display.
NICE GAR CANE WITH CANNON BARREL GRIP - Beyond
a doubt the best generic style GAR cane I've owned. Not the
typical 'walking stick' cane normally seen. Approx. 35" in
length and over 5/8" in diameter - a good sturdy piece of what
looks like ebony. Grip is a heavy piece of cast metal in the
shape of a cannon tube and shows the GAR membership
badge with crossed rifles, swords and an anchor, with 'GAR'
and '1861 & 1865'. Looks as though in places there may have
been a goldine finish on the grip. The bottom tip still retains
this or may be a replacement but fits the wood perfectly so
believe it is original to the piece. Very good condition.
CAVALRY CARBINE SLING HARDWARE - DUG - All three metal
segments of the cavalry carbine sling recovered from same location.
The carbine sling swivel, the buckle and the tip of the belt commonly
referred to as the 'bat wing'. Recovered from Virginia is about all I can
give for location. Nice grouping.
CDV OF CAVALRY BUGLER - POSSIBLE ID - This image was
originally offered with a very similar bugle but the buyer only wanted the
bugle itself so I offer the CDV as a separate lot. The soldier is holding the
bugle in one hand and his cavalry sword in the other. There is a very
faint name on the reverse which I have boxed in pencil - appears to be a
Jas (James) for the first name and the last name I had trouble with.
Would be a good research project. The carte is worn as can be seen and
soft corners but the subject matter is pretty decent.
DECK OF PERIOD MINIATURE PLAYING CARDS - Full deck
of 52 cards, each measuring approx. 1.3" x 1.7". All of the high
face cards are watercolored, the reverse are all dark brown. No
box - all are loose and in very good condition. Probably date
c-1850. Favorite camp activity for the soldiers.
CAVALRY CARBINE BOOT - Leather boot with strap & buckle, these
were mounted to the saddle with the strap and the carbine barrel would
be placed through it to keep the gun in place while riding. Unmarked
and in very good condition.
28TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - GAR reunion ribbon for the 28th New
York Infantry held in Olcott, NY on May 22, 1906. Ribbon is in very good
condition. The 28th fought in the battles of Winchester, Cedar Mountain,
Groveton, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and Chancellorsville.
28TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - GAR reunion ribbon for the 28th New York
Infantry held in Medina, NY on May 22, 1908. Ribbon is in good condition but
has a tear on the lower right about 1" from the bottom. The 28th fought in the
battles of Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Groveton, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and
28TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - Approx. 6" x 13 1/4" heavy paper
GAR 1893 reunion insert for the 28th New York Infantry. This is an
insert that came with the 1893 reunion invitation and is in good
condition with some age toning as can be seen in the photos. It also
shows the battle flag of the 28th with the battle honors. The 28th
fought in the battles of Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Groveton, 2nd
Bull Run, Antietam and Chancellorsville.
1895 TEXAS A&M CADET 'BEST DRILLED MAN' BADGE - Nice
badge showing the Texas Star in the middle of crossed rifles with
'A&M. C', 'Best Drilled Man' and the year '1895'. Pin on reverse has
been broken but remains show it is a 'T' bar pin of the period. Main
part of the badge is two piece construction. Badge has a bit of a bow in
it which probably happened the same time the pin broke.
28TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - GAR reunion ribbon for the 28th New York
Infantry held in Lockport, NY on May 22, 1909. Ribbon has an eagle pin bar
is in good condition but has a stain over the year. Ribbon manufacturer's tag
on reverse - Steiner - St. Louis. The 28th fought in the battles of Winchester,
Cedar Mountain, Groveton, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and Chancellorsville.
12th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY - GAR reunion ribbon for the 12th
Connecticut Infantry held in Middletown, Ct. on October 20, 1890. Ribbon is
in good condition but does have some staining on bottom as can be seen in
photos. Battle honors are also on the ribbon. The 12th fought in the battles of
Georgia Landing, La., Pattersonville, La., Bisland, La., Port Hudson, La.,
Winchester, Va., Fisher's Hill, Va. and Cedar Creek, Va.
ORIGINAL 1868 GENERAL ORDERS FOR MEMORIAL DAY - 5
3/8" X 8 3/8" General Orders Sheet dated May 5, 1868 from General
John A. Logan - Commander of the GAR designating the 30th of
May as a day of remembrance and for it to be continued on a yearly
basis. Paper has a bit of age toning on the left side, otherwise in very
good condition. Great piece of memorabilia for the very first
151st NEW YORK INFANTRY - GETTYSBURG MANEUVERING -
letter dated June 28, 1863 Maryland Heights (Harpers Ferry) from
Zephram Larvier to his wife. Mentions building fortifications on the
Heights, mounting heavy guns. Have given up all ideas of being
attacked. Expecting a heavy battle to come off soon - Rebs are on the
old Antietam battleground and he expects a heavy battle to come
soon. Mentions supposed to go to Williamsport to destroy a Reb
pontoon bridge. Excellent Letter - peiod ink and vgc.
GREAT 1856 LETTER PREDICTING THE ELECTION AND THE
WAR - dated August 8, 1856 from John C. Nelson to a Captain. He
writes: "...You may set down for sure for Buchanan every Southern
State, making 120 electoral votes, and with Penn. and California he
will have just enough to elect him 149, but I predict in less than two
years we are (to) have Civil War, which will last ten years. Slavery is
to be legalized in every free(?) state by a decision of the Supreme
Court in the care of Passamore Williamson (?) and then look out for
music - the North won't submit - so get your "bayonet" ready - you
must fight . . ". Great letter, period ink and in vgc.
34th NEW YORK INFANTRY - DESCRIBES THE BATTLE OF
FREDERICKSBURG WITH SOME GRAPHIC DETAIL - Dated
December 17, 1862 - Camped near Fredericksburg, Va., written by
Frank Bailey, Co. F, 34th New York Inf. to his brother and sister.
Click on 'Additional Images' for more transcribed excerpts. Mentions
their 'Dead Beat' Major who tried to get out of the fight, how he
himself has "sailed around under the enemy's shells and bullets for
five days but the shell have killed men so near me that their brains
flew in my face". He writes about another soldier by name who had
his leg blown off at the knee by a shell, bombardment of the city and
the devastation. Excellent letter - not often seen with this much
graphic detail. Has cover, written in period ink.
1863 MANUAL - INFORMATION ON MUSTERING OFFICERS
AND OTHERS OF KINDRED DUTIES - 4 1/2" X 7" - Washington
1863 - 55 pgs - wraps. Instructional booklet for the title mentioned.
Complete with fold out forms this is one of the manuals rarely seen.
The nature of a soft covered manual surviving this long is rare and
this one is in extremely nice condition. One stain on the back cover
going into several pages in the back (see photos) and one minor
corner chip on front cover. Other than that, hard to believe the
CDV - 13th MICHIGAN INFANTRY - Image of Van Renselaer
Germond Co. H, 13th Michigan Inf. Germond mustered in Aug. 30,
1864 and mustered out June 8, 1865. During that period the 13th was at
Lookout Mountain constructing military hospitals, was in pursuit of
Forrest in Northern Alabama, Sherman's March to the Sea, actions at
Dalton and Savannah, the Carolina campaign, Surrender of Johnston
and in the Grand Review in DC. Carte is nicely ID'd on front and back in
period ink but does show signs of water staining.
CDV - 11th & 12th NEW JERSEY INFANTRY - Image of Captain
John T. Hill Co. I - 11th New Jersey Infantry. Hill mustered in as
Captain on August 18, 1862 and was discharged out for promotion to
Major into the 12th New Jersey Infantry on August 17, 1863. While in
the 11th NJ, the regiment was engaged in the Battles of Fredericksburg,
Chancellorsville and Gettysburg where they suffered greatly with 26 killed
and 122 wounded. Carte is nicely ID'd on back in period ink and is in
good condition. His kepi clearly shows '11' in the infantry bugle.
SURGEON CHARLES H. CRANE - LINCOLN
ASSASSINATION ATTENDING SURGEON - Assistant
Surgeon General Charles Henry Crane (later Surgeon General)
on document dated May 28, 1864 to surgeon of 56th Colored
Troops Infantry (5" x 7 1/2"). When Abraham Lincoln was shot
and taken to the Peterson House, there were three surgeons
attending him that had all probed Lincoln's brain for the bullet.
Crane was one of those three. E. Lawrence Abel in his book, "A
Finger in Lincoln's Brain - What Modern Science Reveals About
Lincoln . . ." has a very good description and time line on what
occurred during those hours. Document is in good condition
with age toning on several edges. This was in a Civil War
Surgeons personal privately bound book of printed orders that he
was involved with, some signed by various surgeons. The binding
was falling apart with some damage to a number of the
TAMBOURINE OF A MUSICIAN IN THE 54TH
MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY (OF THE MOVIE 'GLORY'
FAME - I have recently purchased a large CW music collection
from a long time collector. This, (along with a tambourine and
drum from the 18th Mich Inf and more) was in that group. it
measures approx. 2" in height x 8 7/8" main head diameter. On
the underside of the head is the owners name of Thomas E.
Planter (sic - Platner). The information that came with it notes
that it was on loan to the Boston GAR Post 200 at one time and
belonged to Thomas E. Platner of Hudson, NY. Platner was cited
as a Laborer who enlisted at the age of 17 in the 54th
Massachusetts on March 10, 1863. He was mustered into Company
A as a Private on March 30, 1863 and eventually became a
drummer boy for the company. On June 12, 1865 he was promoted
to the 54th regiment's 'Principle Musician' which he held until
mustering out on August 20, 1865 at Mt. Pleasant, SC. I did a good
amount of research on this to verify the information as much as
possible due to the flipping of two letters on the inscription. This
can be found on the 'Additional Images' Link. The tambourine
itself appears to have the original head which is held on with tacks.
The wood construction body is held together with irregular head
nails (period). Thomas' name is on the underside of the head in
period ink. The tambourine contains 13 sets of stamped brass
cymbals in a two tiered set up. The thumb hole is trimmed in ivory
which will pass the ivory sales criteria due to the obvious age of the
item). Again, for more information, see the 'Additional Images'
CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPH LOCKET - Approx. 1 1/2" in diameter this
double photo locket has two tintypes, one of a soldier (with a glass you can
make out eagle buttons on his uniform) the other I would assume is his
wife. Glass covers the tintypes. The case snaps closed with a thumbnail
raised assist to open. Has a loop for suspending from a chain. Very nice
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
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.
MICHIGAN REGIMENTAL 'BROWN BOOKS' - I have
just purchased a large hoard of Michigan 'Brown Book'
rosters. These were printed in about 1902 for the State of
Michigan. Each volume covered a particular regiment with
several of the later volumes covering perhaps all the
Artillery batteries, Special Units, etc. These are priced
separately depending on the regiment and condition of the
books. Most all are vgc on the inside, for the most part
bindings are tight and the covers have varying degrees of
scuffs and / or light soiling. Even the 24th Infantry and
Custer's 1st, 5th, and 6th Cavalry regiments are available.
E-mail for regiment availability and pricing. At this time
every volume is available.
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 patina.
CDV - 22nd MICHIGAN INFANTRY LT. COL. HENRY S. DEAN -
Image of Henry Dean as Lt. Colonel, no photographer's back stamp but has
tax stamp dating image to later in the War. Nice ID on reverse in period ink
"Yours Truly / Henry S. Dean / Lt. Col 22' M.V.I.". He enlisted as 2nd
Lieut on 7/28/62. He was promoted to Captain on 7/31/62, Major on 1/5/63
and Lt. Colonel on 6/7/64. He received a Bvt. Colonel commission in
March, 1865. He was also promoted to the Staff of Brig. Gen. Granger as
Asst IG in June, 1864. Carte is in vgc with just several light spots on front.
CDV - 11th MICHIGAN CAVALRY PVT. LEVI WILLHELM - Image of
Willhelm as a private holding what looks to be a small bible or cdv album,
no photographer's back stamp. Nice ID on reverse in period ink "Levi
Willhelm / Co. I 11 Michigan Cavlery (sic)". He enlisted as a private on
11/16/63 at Adrian, Mi. and was mustered into Co. I on 11/24/63 and was
discharged for disability in Detroit on 4/26/65. Carte is in gc but has several
light stains as can be seen in photos.
1903/4 STEREO VIEW OF THE HIGH WATER MARK AT
GETTYSBURG - Very clear stereo view by Underwood &
Underwood copyrighted on front 1903 and on the back
1904. View shows what appears to be a veteran sitting on a
flank marker next to the Rhode Island Light Artillery
monument. In the backround is the Copse of Trees and
High Water Mark monument. What appears to be a horse
drawn tour buggy is also in the back round. Image is very
15TH WEST VIRGINIA INFANTRY HONORABLY DISCHARGED
MEDAL - Given by the State of West Virginia to the veterans, this
Honorably Discharged medal was issued to Martin Cordry of Co. C,
15th West Virginia Infantry. Cordry was in from start to finish. The
15th participated in the battles of Cloyd's Mountain, Va., Meadow
Bluff, Va., Snicker's Gap and Snicker's Ferry, Va., Ashley's Gap, Va.,
Winchester, Cedar Creek and Petersburg. The medal is missing the
backing ribbon and pin on the pin bar. The mount is loose on the
medallion (as most of them are due to the nature of the clasp). Cordry's
name and unit are stamped in the side of the medal.
CDV - 62nd ILLINOIS INFANTRY - LT. LEWIS R. STICKLE - Image of
Stickle as Lieutenant. Has a Matoon, Illinois photographer's backmark and
also two tax stamps. ID on reverse is in pencil. He enlisted in the 62nd as a
Corporal on 2/1/62 and was mustered in on 4/10/62. He re-enlisted on
3/3/64, was promoted to 1st Sergeant then 1st Lt. on 6/21/64. He mustered
out on 4/14/65. The only major action the 62nd saw during this period was
Holly Springs, Mississippi where the regiment suffered 1 killed, 2 wounded
and 14 POW. Carte has top two corners clipped and has minor scuffs of
CDV - UNIDENTIFIED ILLINOIS SERGEANT - Nice seated view wearing
a frock coat with sergeant stripes showing and arm resting on a photo
album. Has a Decatur, Illinois photographer's backmark. Clean image but
backround contrast a bit dark.
133RD INDIANA INFANTRY -
CERTIFICATE OF HONORABLE SERVICE
IN THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE -
Handsome certificate (approx. 13 1/4" x 15
7/8") that were mainly given to the short term
regiments (100 days, etc.). this is made out to
Winfield Geiger, Co. I - 133rd Indiana
Infantry. It was a 100 day enlistment, from
May 17, 1864 to Sept. 5, 1864. The 133rd was
sent to Nashville and guarded the Nashville &
Chattanooga, Tennessee & Alabama and the
Memphis & Charleston Railroad lines,
keeping Sherman's supply route open. The
signatures of Lincoln and Stanton are in the
typeset. Has folds and some staining.
1st NEW YORK MOUNTED RIFLES - Approx. 3 3/4" x 6
1/2" heavy stock card - invitation to the 16th Annual
Reunion and Dinner of the Society of the First New York
Mounted Rifles to be held at Rogers, 6 Park place, New
York City on February 22, 1894. Nice card - shows the
membership badge of the 1st NYMR in a silver ink. Card is
in very good condition with only a smudge that can be seen
in photo and some weak corners as can be expected. The
1st NYMR was nearly in constant motion throughout
Virginia and North Carolina loosing 2 officers and 30
enlisted men in killed and mortally wounded along with 3
officers and 124 enlisted by disease, etc., with operations
that included many large battles.
BRIGADIER GENERAL BENJAMIN ALVORD - Document
on Paymaster General's Office stationery when Alvord was
Paymaster General, dated March 20, 1875 addressed to Maj.
J.W. Nichols, Paymaster at Fort Brown, Texas. Pre-printed
document concerning disbursements. Signed by Benjamin
Alvord as Paymaster General. Alvord graduated from West
Point in 1833, participated in the Seminole War as an officer
in the 4th US Infantry, In the Mexican War he fought in the
battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma and Mexico City. In
1862 he was promoted Brigadier General of Volunteers and
placed in command of the District of Oregon where his issues
with the Nez Perces Indians forced him to be relieved of his
command in March, 1865. He was promoted to Paymaster of
the US in 1872 and Brigadier General in 1876
46 STAR US FLAG - OKLAHOMA - Approx. 11
3/4" x 17" silk flag - perfect size for framing &
hanging on a wall. Colors are vibrant - this one has
been stored away in a good spot. This flag was active
from 1908-1912 for the State of Oklahoma. One
area does have an issue, on the top edge where the
canton meets the stripes the silk has some splitting
as can be seen in the photos. The rest of the silk in
the flag is strong. This bad area would be
minimized of course if this is framed or remaining
between glass, plastic, etc.
30th MICHIGAN INFANTRY DISCHARGE - This is a discharge
from a Michigan regiment of which not too much is found. It
was a late War muster and they didn't really take part in much
at all. They were mustered in for the purpose of guarding
against an anticipated raid from agitated Canadians against
eastern Michigan towns. Corporal Thomas H. Lucas was
originally in the 1st Michigan Lancers Cavalry Brigade (another
short lived regiment) in late 1861-early 1862. On Nov. 30, 1864
he again enlisted into Co. C of the 30th Michigan Infantry and
was discharged on June 17, 1865. Some partial minor splits in
paper at folds.
5TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY BRIGADE -
Reunion held in Owosso, Michigan on October 19, 1895. One of the 4 Michigan
Regiments (1st, 5th, 6th, & 7th) that made up Custer's Michigan Cavalry
Brigade with the Army of the Potomac. This brigade has been credited with one
of the main reasons why the Union forces were victorious at Gettysburg,
intercepting the Confederate Cavalry trying to swing around and pinch the
Union forces from behind as Pickett came in from the front. Ribbon has some
light type transfer and light staining that can be seen in the photos otherwise the
ribbon is very solid.
29TH OHIO VETERAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Reunion held at
Sturgeons Point in Geneva, Ohio in August, 1898. The ribbon here tells it all
with the battle honors listed: Winchester, Port Republic, Cedar Mountain,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Dug Gap, Resaca, New Hope Church, Pine Knob,
Kenesaw Mountain, (P)Beach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Savannah, North Edisto
River, Goldboro. A busy and battle tested regiment. Whitehead & Hoag sticker
still on reverse - very nice badge in extremely good condition.
CDV - 77th PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY - WOUNDED AT STONES
RIVER - Image of Private William Biven, Co. F, 77th Pa. Inf. Carte has a
great period ink presentation inscription on the reverse "Compliments of /
Wm. Bivens / Co. F 77th Regt / Pa Vols / To John Burgoyne / of Co. K
14th Regt / Mich. Vols / Veterans". Nashville, Tn Photographer. Bivens
enlisted on 9/1/61 at Chambersburg, Pa, mustered in on 10/9/61 - no
discharge date given. He was wounded in action at Stones River, Tn on
12/31/1862. Carte has a chip of albumen paper missing and clipped
corners, all of which can be seen in photos.
CDV - 14th MICHIGAN INFANTRY - HARVEY SMITH - Image of Harvey
Smith, most likely of the 14th Michigan Infantry as it was in the album
belonging to John Burgoyne of the 14th with the above 77th Pa CDV
presented to Burgoyne. ID is in pencil on reverse and there was in fact a
Harvey Smith in the 14th. One other soldier's image was in the album and
assume it may be Burgoyne but has no ID. The person I purchased these
from was an antique dealer and had unfortunately split up the album
instead of keeping it together so this information is all I have. Nashville, Tn
photographer. CDV has clipped corners as can be seen in photos.
CDV - U.S. GRANT & HENRY WILSON 1872 PRESIDENTIAL
CAMPAIGN - Nice campaign carte with an albumen image of Grant and
running mate Henry Wilson. Has a positive campaign note on bottom
mentioning a plus for Grant's previous term " Despite the annual large
reductions of the rates of taxation., the public debt has been reduced
during General Grant's Presidency, at the rate of one hundred million
dollars a year " (wouldn't it be nice if we were working in that direction
today). Carte has rounded corners and fading of text near the bottom.
Pencil note on the back mentioning that the owner's mother gave this to
an uncle at 11 years old.
1815 U.S. ARTILLERY PAY ROLL SHEET - ACTIVITY
IN WAR OF 1812 - Approx. 15 1/4" x 20" on laid paper.
Pay roll sheet of a Company of Artillery commanded by
Capt. John B. Walbach. Document shows the enlistments
in 1814 & 1815 and this pay roll is dated April 30, 1815.
The document is in very good condition with only some
separation at edges of folds.
CDV - MINNESOTA WAR OF 1862 - INDIAN PARTICIPANT - CUT
NOSE - Image of Cut Nose, of the Dakota Sioux. Photo was taken by J.E.
Whitney, famous Indian & western photographer dated 1862. CDV has a
tax stamp from St. Paul but unfortunately can not read the year (1864-67).
In 1862, in Minnesota what started as a dispute over hunting lands, a
Dakota from a small hunting party murdered a white family of five and as
a result the Dakotas decided to attempt to run out the settlers by raiding
other white settlements. Death tolls range from 500-800 settlers killed.
Abraham Lincoln ordered General John Pope to Minnesota to suppress the
uprising. This resulted in the arrest and conviction of over 300 Dakota
Sioux that were sentenced to hang. Lincoln stepped in and reduced that
number to 38, who were hanged on December 26, 1862 in the largest mass
execution in US history. Cut Nose during the massacre murdered 18
Women and Children and 5 Men. Strange enough he was not one of those
that were hung. Carte is in VGC but does have dark area on bottom of
CDV - MINNESOTA WAR OF 1862 - INDIAN PARTICIPANT -
STANDING BUFFALO - TA-TANKA-NAZIN - Image of Standing Buffalo,
of the Dakota Sioux. Photo was taken by J.E. Whitney, famous Indian &
western photographer dated 1862. In 1862, in Minnesota what started as a
dispute over hunting lands, a Dakota from a small hunting party murdered
a white family of five and as a result the Dakotas decided to attempt to run
out the settlers by raiding other white settlements. Death tolls range from
500-800 settlers killed. Abraham Lincoln ordered General John Pope to
Minnesota to suppress the uprising. This resulted in the arrest and
conviction of over 300 Dakota Sioux that were sentenced to hang. Lincoln
stepped in and reduced that number to 38, who were hanged on December
26, 1862 in the largest mass execution in US history. He is listed a
participant and was not one of those that were hung. Carte is in VGC but
has dark area on reverse.
CITIZENS BANK OF LOUISIANA - $100.00 Unissued -
c-1850's. Printed by Hawden, Wright, Hatch & Edson - New
Orleans. Colorful maroon colored reverse. Very Good Condition.
RARE LEE'S PATENT BADGE - CO. B 16TH WISCONSIN -
Lee's patent badge that were individually made by Company and
Regiment. Backround color is chipped, missing ribbon, all else
good. The 16th Wisconsin took part in the Battles of Shiloh,
Corinth, Kenasaw Mountain, Atlanta and Jonesboro, among
other operations and actions.
1845 TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP - GARRARD COUNTY,
KENTUCKY - Approx. 4" x 7 3/4" Transfer for a slave boy
named Jacob and worth $300. dated June 13, 1845. Trimmed as
to amount of paper needed for the document. Very good
1814 MASSACHUSETTS MILITIA ENROLLMENT
CERTIFICATE - Approx. 3 3/8" x 5 5/8" Enrollment for Noah
Emory, Jr. into the Company of Capt. James Goodwin
instructing Noah where to proceed for duty. Dated April 27,
1814. Some paper discoloring but otherwise good condition.
1812 GENERAL ORDERS - PENNSYLVANIA MILITIA -
Approx. 6 5/8" x 7 3/4" Printed General Orders dated Meadville,
27th September, 1812 - gives the basic rules and regulations and
contains a great line, "Patriotism may do much, but when
united with order and discipline, it is invincible". Laid paper in
1813 MILITIA OF MASSACHUSETTS AND WARRANT -
CAVALRY COMPANY- Approx. 7 3/8" x 11 3/4" Hand written
warrant from Captain Jacob Batchelder's Cavalry Company
directing those listed in the company to appear at a designated
location for inspection and review. Cavalry documents from the
War of 1812 are very hard to come by. Laid paper - Some
separations at folds but otherwise in very solid condition.
C-1830-60 FOUR LENS GREEN TINTED EYEGLASSES- This
pair of glasses once belonged to the author of the book
'Spectacles of the American Revolution' - though they don't date
that early. Glasses have four panels of lenses, two of which can
be moved to the side of the eye to block the light. Brass frames
with a 'PFau' hallmark. Nice Pair.
C-1830-60 EYEGLASSES WITH CASE - Good period pair of
glasses with case (there is no patent date or 'Parker' on the case).
Frames are made of steel and show imperfections and light rust
stains. Clear lenses - good solid pair.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD 'SHARPSHOOTERS' GLASSES - The
jury is still somewhat out on these. Francis Lord in the
Encyclopedia of the Civil War' and the antique spectacle
collectors on their sites list them as sharpshooter's glasses due to
the frosted amber lenses with a round clear amber center. Many
believe these were developed for a medical eye condition. Either
way it seems every Civil War collection has a pair. Good
MEDICAL FLEAM (BLEEDER) - Typical Civil War period
medical fleam, single blade and unmarked. These were meant
for opening the veins and bloodletting. Used also for animals -
horses, etc.. Good condition.
MUSIC BOOK - TRUMPET OF FREEDOM - 1864 - 63 pages
containing 46 songs. Approx 6 3/8" x 9 3/4". Desirable music
book with patriotic songs. When this can be found the price is
normally in the $400 range and in 50 years of collecting and
dealing has been the first one I've had. There is staining and
some rough edges but is intact which is a wonder considering
the fragile nature of the paper.
MICHIGAN STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY RIBBONS (4) -
Four ribbons from the 1891, 1892, 1894 and 1895 Michigan
State Medical Society conventions. Good condition with some
stains as can be seen in photos.
CDV - 1st ILLINOIS CAVALRY / 83rd ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Image of
Wesley B. Casey - no photographer's back mark. Bust view shows Casey as a
1st Lieut., it is ID'd in pencil on the bottom of the front and in period ink
on the reverse. Casey enlisted into the 1st Illinois Cavalry but his Company
was detached to the 83rd Illinois Infantry where he fought most of his entire
time in the army. He joined the 83rd and was with them from 7/5/62 until
8/5/64 when he resigned. While in, the 83rd took part in the battles of
Waverly, Tn., Stones River, Tn., Fort Donelson, Tn., Clarksville, Tn. and
Uniontown, Ky. While not listed in the data base, in the Wall's 'History of
Jefferson County', Casey is noted to have been wounded at Fort Donelson
(shot through the arm) and having a horse fall on him, crushing his leg.
The CDV is a bit dirty and does have a very light crease in the lower section,
lightly noticed on the reverse.
CDV - 1st ILLINOIS CAVALRY / 83rd ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Image of
Wesley B. Casey - no photographer's back mark. Bust view shows a bearded
Casey as a Lieut. wearing a kepi, it is ID'd in period ink on the bottom of
the front and in pencil on the reverse. Casey enlisted into the 1st Illinois
Cavalry but his Company was detached to the 83rd Illinois Infantry where
he fought most of his entire time in the army. He joined the 83rd and was
with them from 7/5/62 until 8/5/64 when he resigned. While in, the 83rd
took part in the battles of Waverly, Tn., Stones River, Tn., Fort Donelson,
Tn., Clarksville, Tn. and Uniontown, Ky. While not listed in the data base,
in the Wall's 'History of Jefferson County', Casey is noted to have been
wounded at Fort Donelson (shot through the arm) and having a horse fall
on him, crushing his leg. The CDV is a bit dirty and does have several
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
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - MIDDLE STREET IN TOWN
- Large format stereo by Webster & Albee of Rochester, NY. Not
often do you see photographs of the town of Gettysburg. Mostly
seen are the battlefield, veteran and monument views.
Fortunately the identification of Middle Street can be barely
made out on the labeling (bottom of the right side photo) but no
idea of which direction the camera is pointed and which
intersection but with most of the original buildings still intact, it
may be possible to identify just where on Middle Street it was
taken. Card is in very good condition, has two black spots as can
be seen but these are in the actual photograph.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - 14TH CONN. INF,
ANDERSON'S MASSACHUSETTS SHARPSHOOTERS AND
1ST RHODE ISLAND LIGHT ARTILLERY - Large format
stereo by Webster & Albee of Rochester, NY. Early view looking
down Hancock Avenue with the three monuments listed above.
Card is in very good condition.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - 93RD NEW YORK
INFANTRY MONUMENT - Large format stereo by Webster &
Albee of Rochester, NY. Early view taken from Meade Avenue.
Card is in very good condition.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - 15TH AND 50TH NEW
YORK ENGINEER'S MONUMENT - Large format stereo by
Webster & Albee of Rochester, NY. Early view taken between
Stannard's Column and Hummelbaugh's. Card is in very good
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - FELLED TREE BY
ARTILLERY ON CULP'S HILL - Stereo view by L. Mumper of
Gettysburg. Early view taken on Culp's Hill with huge tree torn
down near base from an artillery shell. Not a real sharp photo
but still fairly detailed. Several black spots on photo look like
period ink but are in the actual photo. Card is in good condition.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - RAILROAD CUT - Large
format stereo by Webster & Albee of Rochester, NY. Early view
looking down the railroad cut where so many lives from both
sides were lost mainly on the first day of the battle. Card is in
very good condition.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - ARTILLERY ON
CEMETERY HILL WITH TOWN IN THE DISTANCE - Stereo
view by L. Mumper of Gettysburg. Early view taken on Cemetery
Hill showing several Parrott cannon on the old original park
iron carriages and the town of Gettysburg in the backround.
Card is in very good condition - contrast a bit dark.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - DEAD CONFEDERATE
SOLDIERS AT THE WHEAT FIELD - ROSE WOODS - Stereo
view by L. Mumper of Gettysburg. Early view taken near the
Rose Woods showing the Confederate dead gathered for burial.
This was originally attributed to Gardiner and the wagon in the
backround is supposed to be his. Card is in very good condition.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - LITTLE ROUND TOP -
LOOKING NORTH - Stereo view by L. Mumper of Gettysburg.
Early view taken on Little Round Top showing the view that the
Union forces had looking north. Card is in good condition but
has a wrinkle in the right side of the photo.
CDV - 125TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Image of Capt. George W. Holloway
- Danville, Illinois photographer's back mark. Bust view shows Holloway as
a Captain, it is ID'd from an identical image on the Civil War Data Base
website (plus one that I had in the past). He joined the 125th and was with
them from 9/3/62 until 6/9/65 when he was mustered out. While in, the
125th took part in the battles of Chickamauga, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw
Mountain, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Louisville, Ga. and Bentonville. The CDV is
in good condition but has been trimmed on the top end.
CDV - 1ST MASSACHUSETTS BATTERY - HEAVY ARTILLERY - CO. A
- Image of Corporal George L. Tebbitts (Tebberts on the data base) -
Woburn, Mass. photographer's back mark. Seated view, it is ID'd on the
reverse in period ink with full name and unit. He enlisted on 2/25/62 until
10/20/65 when he was mustered out. Company 'A' of the 1st Heavy Artillery
was stationed in the Boston Harbor forts during the War, guarding the
harbor. CDV is in good condition with several spots that can be seen in the
CDV - MINNESOTA WAR OF 1862 - INDIAN PARTICIPANT - LITTLE
CROW - Image of Little Crow, of the Dakota Sioux. Photo was taken by
J.E. Whitney, famous Indian & western photographer dated 1862. In 1862,
in Minnesota what started as a dispute over hunting lands, a Dakota from a
small hunting party murdered a white family of five and as a result the
Dakotas decided to attempt to run out the settlers by raiding other white
settlements. Death tolls range from 500-800 settlers killed. Abraham
Lincoln ordered General John Pope to Minnesota to suppress the uprising.
This resulted in the arrest and conviction of over 300 Dakota Sioux that
were sentenced to hang. Lincoln stepped in and reduced that number to 38,
who were hanged on December 26, 1862 in the largest mass execution in
US history. Little Crow, according to the inscription on the image, was the
leader of the uprising. Strange enough he was not one of those that were
hung. Carte is in fair condition , shows much wear, clipped corners and
damage to the left side of the carte, all of which can be seen in the photos.
38 STAR U.S. PARADE FLAG - INDIAN WARS - Polished
cotton parade flag, approx. 8 7/8" x 14" - great size for that
Indian Wars display. For the admission of Colorado in August,
1876 and good until 1889 when the Dakotas were admitted. Flag
has a margin on the staff end where it was attached to a stick
pole. Some damage on that end which can be seen in the photos,
not really too bad. Stains on lower right. Polished cotton is
slightly stiff due to the nature of the material. Great addition to
an Indian Wars display.
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.
STATE OF GEORGIA - $10.00 January 15, 1862 Engraved by
Douglas - New Orleans. Light red overprint. Very Good
Condition but uneven cut.
BANK OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA - The odd $4.
note - May 16, 1855 Bald, Adams & Co. New York / Bald,
Cousland & Co. Phila. Light red 'FOUR' overprint. Good
Condition but uneven cut and has been circle cut cancelled.
BANK OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA - $10. note -
October 18, 1861 Printed by Rawden, Wright, Hatch & Edson,
New York. Red 'TEN' overprint. Bank stamp on reverse. Good
Condition but uneven cut and has been 'X' cut cancelled.
STATE OF VIRGINIA - $10. note - October 15, 1862 - Keating
& Ball, Columbia, SC. Green 'TEN' and 'X' overprint. Paper
watermarked 'TEN'. Bank stamp on reverse. Good Condition,
some light staining, nice looking note.
CONFEDERATE - $100. note - February 17, 1864 - Keating &
Ball, Columbia, SC. Light pink color on obverse, strong blue
reverse. Good Condition, light signatures, good looking note.
CONFEDERATE - $100. note - June 20, 1862 - J.T. Paterson,
Columbia, SC. Printed on white paper - no watermark. Good
SOLDIER'S STENCIL - 46TH PENNSYLVANIA INF. - Typical
Civil War period brass stencil with lead backing. Cut out of G.W.
Pearsall (George W. Pearsall of the 46th Pa. Inf.). Unfortunately
the regiment is not included - not all stencils included this.
Pearsall was in the 46th from September, 1861 to September,
1864 and while in the 46th was involved in many battles
including Winchester, Antietam, Cedar Mountain,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Resaca, Ga., Dallas, Ga., Kennesaw
Mountain, Peach Tree Creek and Atlanta. Good condition and
4TH MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Company H & I 33rd reunion held
at Lamb, Michigan in St. Clair County on June 15, 1905. The 4th Michigan was a
good hardened regiment that lost heavily at Gettysburg in the Peach Orchard.
Other battles included Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Spottsylvania among many others. Nice badge in
5TH MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Reunion held at Lapeer,
Michigan on August 31, 1898. The 5th Michigan was a good hardened regiment
that took part in the battles of Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, Second
Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run
among many others. Badge has a condition issue with the celluloid button
showing the Third Corps Badge which is splotchy and discolored.
DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN - REPRESENTATIVE - Representative badge
for the 16th Annual reunion held at Owosso, Michigan on March 20-22, 1894.
Ribbon is in good condition but has several places where material and paper are
stuck to the badge where it had at one time been mounted to something.
1ST MICHIGAN ENGINEERS AND MECHANICS - Celluloid pinbar and
drop for the 34th reunion held at Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 11,
1899. The 1st Michigan E&M was an active regiment that took part in
building bridges, roads, etc., but also participated in the battles of
Perryville, Stone River, Lavergne, Bentonville and the Surrender of
Johnston's Army. The badge also has the somewhat strange motto of "We
Don't Surrender Much". Badge is in good condition.
1ST MICHIGAN ENGINEERS AND MECHANICS - Celluloid pinbar and drop
for the 45th reunion held at Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 12, 1910. The
1st Michigan E&M was an active regiment that took part in building bridges,
roads, etc., but also participated in the battles of Perryville, Stone River,
Lavergne, Bentonville and the Surrender of Johnston's Army. The badge also
has the somewhat strange motto of "We Don't Surrender Much". Badge is in
fair condition, worn ribbon and discoloration to the celluloid pin button.
2nd (17th MICHIGAN INFANTRY) MICHIGAN INFANTRY
DISCHARGE - Private Eli Lezotte was originally in the 17th
Michigan Infantry from February, 1864 to May 31, 1865 and on
May 31 was also mustered into the 2nd Infantry to be mustered
out on July 28, 1865. It was common with Michigan troops to be
basically transferred to another regiment to await discharge and
would be recorded as discharged out of that last regiment. While
in the 17th Michigan Infantry Lezotte was taken prisoner at
Spotsylvania Court House, Va. Document does have missing
paper at some areas of the folds.
1st MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY
BRIGADE DISCHARGE - Private Martin E. Warren was in the
1st Michigan Cavalry from August, 1864 to July, 1865. Not
much is known about him but at the time of his discharge he
was at the US Hospital in Frederick, Md. During his time in
service the regiment was involved in the battles of Front Royal,
Weldon Railroad, Winchester, Port Republic and Cedar Creek
among many others. Document is in good condition.
28th MICHIGAN INFANTRY DISCHARGE - Corporal William
Monroe was in the 28th Michigan Infantry from September,
1864 to June, 1866. While in the 28th Michigan Infantry the
regiment took part in the battles of Wise's Forks and Kinston,
NC. One of his pension papers is included with the discharge.
Document is in good condition.
10th MICHIGAN INFANTRY DISCHARGE - Private Darwin
Reid was in the 10th Michigan Infantry from November, 1861 to
February, 1864 and then re-enlisted, becoming Corporal and
finally discharged in July, 1865. This is his first discharge in
February, 1864. While in the 10th Michigan Infantry the
regiment took part in the battles of Buzzard's Roost, Ga, New
Hope Church, Ga, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree
Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro and Bentonville - among others.
Document has some missing paper and separation at the folds.
118th US COLORED INFANTRY DISCHARGE (and 148th
NYI) - Private Charles B. Randolph was in the 148th New York
Infantry from December, 1863 to December, 1864 and during
this time was taken prisoner at Petersburg, Va., paroled and
promoted to Sergeant. In April, 1865 he was commissioned as
Captain in the 118th USCT until he mustered out in February,
1866. While in the 118th USCT the regiment took part in the
siege operations of Petersburg and Richmond before moving to
Bravos Santiago, Texas until the expiration of service.
Document is in good condition and is signed by Bvt. Brig.
General John C. Moon who was Captain in the 85th and 88th
Ohio Infantry then Colonel in the 118th USCT. Document is in
7th MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY
BRIGADE DISCHARGE - Private Henry Godfrey was in the 7th
Michigan Cavalry from February, 1864 to June, 1865. During
his time in service the regiment was involved in the battles of
Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, Yellow Tavern, Hawes' Shop, Cold
Harbor, Trevillion Station, Front Royal, Berryville, Winchester,
Cedar Creek and Five Forks among many others. Document is
in good condition.
INDIAN DEPARTMENT BUTTON - (U.S. FEDERAL
DEPARTMENT - 23mm Dia. Coat - Has Motto - 'God Helps Those
Who Help Themselves' - Back mark is 'U.S. Indian Department' -
TINTYPE - ENGINEER - 1/9 plate tintype in geometric gutta
percha Union case. View is a bit dark and shows engineer
seated, holding a Hardee hat with Engineer castle. He is also
wearing a foot officer's sword. He is also wearing a jacket with
shoulder tabs and of all the engineer uniforms I have checked
on, the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics are the only
ones I've seen with both the Hardee hat and tabs on the jacket -
this is not to say that it is Michigan for sure (but did come
from a Michigan collection). The tintype is also a period copy -
with a tintype being a one shot deal, if duplicates were desired
later then the photographer would photograph the photograph.
That's what this appears to be. There is a blotchy appearance
in places as can be seen in the photos. The Union case does
have a crack (shown in the photos) and as expected is weak in
that spot. As a result the case will not clasp - not a big deal if
displaying the image in an open case.
2nd NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEERS - SPAN-AM - There are generally two
types of ribbons, printed and tapestry. The tapestry are as beautiful as they
come. This is a large ribbon (approx. 3" x 10 1/2") made by Warner Woven
Label Co., in Paterson, N.J. It is a 1923 ribbon to commemorate the
twenty-fifth anniversary of the departure of the 2nd New Jersey Volunteer
Infantry for the Spanish American War. The festivities were held in Paterson,
NJ on May 1-2, 1923. The ribbon has great graphics and is as nice as you will
ever see one - that is if you can find another one. Photos don't do it justice.
1864 UNION LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TICKET - Years
back a good number of these from Ohio surfaced. They used to bring well
over $200 but since the discovery have dropped to a more reasonable rate.
This is one of those, a Mahoning County, Ohio ballot but it has been
altered for use in Lake County. It is in very good and clean condition with a
small stain in upper left corner. (approx. 3 3/8" x 7 1/2")
TWO TICKETS FOR THE U.S. INTERNATIONAL EXPO -
1876 - Not one but TWO Package Tickets for the United States
International Exhibition held in Philadelphia between May 10
and November 10, 1876. Printed by the Philadelphia Bank Note
Co. The graphics are beautiful. There is a red overprint on the
obverse of 'FIFTY CENTS' . Printed on ticket stock. The two
tickets allow you to display both sides. (approx. 2 1/4" x 3 3/4"
each) Each ticket is serial numbered and I do have a number of
these sets to offer, so the exact serial numbers shown in the
photos may not be the same but the condition is guaranteed to be
as good as those shown in the photos
42 STAR U.S. PARADE FLAG - c-1890 - Cotton parade flag,
approx. 11 7/8" x 17 3/8" - great size for display. For the
admission of Washington in November, 1889. Four states came
in the same cycle year making the official flag go from 38 to 42
stars but Washington was actually the 42nd admitted to the
Union. Bottom red stripe just a bit narrow, due to the printing.
Very nice condition.
CDV - WOUNDED SPAN-AM SOLDIER WITH ARM IN SLING - Image of
soldier with arm in a sling. Photographer - Fotografia La Paz - Manila.
Wounded soldier's images always a focus in a display. CDV does not have
great contrast and is in fair condition with spotting that can be seen in the
CDV - LIBBY PRISON - RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHER - Image of Libby
Prison in Richmond, Va. with the photographer's marking of Anderson -
Richmond, Va. Believe this image to have been taken shortly after
Richmond was taken as there are what appears to be Union soldiers outside
guarding. Clothes can be seen hanging out the windows probably after
washing. Interesting image. CDV has a bit light contrast and is in good
PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION HANGING - c-1902 - Mounted
albumen, approx. (6 3/8" x 8 1/2" mount - 4 1/2" x 6 3/4"
image). Shows the hanging of two bandits at Tayabus Province
(now Quezon), Philippines by the United States Army during the
Philippine Insurrection. This along with other views of the same
event have been published. Partial description in period ink on
reverse. Mount has been trimmed as seen in photos and in one
spot on reversed - taped. Contrast is a bit light.
16TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY 1913 GETTYSBURG
REUNION WATCH & GROUPING - Watch of Horace Eldred
of the 16th Michigan Infantry, hand painted on the dial face
commemorating the 1913 reunion at Gettysburg and nicely
done. The watch is a large, gold filled Hampden Watch Co.
piece made in 1883 (by the serial number) and unfortunately
needs attention mechanically as it does not run. Grouping also
has a post-War photo of Eldred showing him wearing a GAR
lapel pin, his marriage certificate, newspaper article and his
life history typed on onion skin paper and done while he was
still alive as the history speaks of him in the present text.
Condition on all pieces is as shown - the paperwork not in
great shape. Eldred was mustered in the 16th on August 24,
1861 and discharged May 8, 1864 due to wounds received in
action at Rappahannock Station.
GAR - MERRILL HORSE BATTALION - MICHIGAN - The Merrill Horse
was a 3 unit group of Cavalry (known as Troop H, I & L) raised in
Michigan and offered directly to Maj. Gen. John Fremont in Missouri.
They were under the command of Col. Lewis Merrill, were mustered in and
as an independent regiment was assigned to the State of Missouri and
designated as the 2nd Missouri Cavalry. They took part in the Battles of
Memphis, Mo., Moore's Mills, Mo., Kirksville, Mo. and Little Rock, Ar.
Ribbon is in excellent condition.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD ID'd PRESENTATION POST-MORTEM
SURGEON'S KIT - DATED 1863 - Wade & Ford, NY
post-mortem kit - case approx. (5 3/4" x 10 3/4" x 3"H)
Engraved presentation on top: "DOCTOR H.J. DEVLIN / FIRST
PRIZE FOR / CLINICAL RECORD / SESSION 1862-63 / FROM
PROFESSOR JOHN T. METCALFE". Metcalfe was a graduate
of West Point in the 1830's and grew to be a major player in
medicine. Henry J. Devlin, for all his talent unfortunately died
in April, 1864 of Typhus Fever while a house physician at
Bellview Hospital in New York at the age of 25. This is a partial
set, many pieces marked Wade & Ford, NY (1860-66) and there
are also pieces that are unmarked or substituted and several spots
missing instruments. There are two pieces that are post War. The
case is missing one of the re-enforced corners but otherwise in
very good condition. Pieces marked Wade & Ford include:
Lifting Backbone Saw, Bowel Scissors, Costotome (Hammer),
severasl scalpels tenaculeum. One piece is a period Tiemann
(Post-Mortem Knife). Set also includes Disection Tweezers,
Suture Needles, Reaction Chains & Hooks.
EARLY TO MID-1800'S MEDICINE CHEST OR
APOTHECARY CHEST - Chest approx. (6 5/8" x 9 1/4" x
8"H) Pressed leather designed chest, is missing lock, hinges and
top strap. Top tray holds the medicine bottles and has 19 inserts
for bottles. I believe that of the 14 bottles included, at least 9 are
original to the case and perhaps as many as 11. These bottles fit
very well to each of the pockets and 9 have an embossed "N.S"
on their sides. Pulling out the bottle tray there are several items
in the case, a Medicine Glass in the original glass case, a leather
pouch, an early wallet with writing that I can't make out, scalpel
/ eraser, partial balance scale, 2 trays and an old Loewy Drug
container (this may date much later than the chest). Neat
looking chest for a medical display.
24TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - IRON BRIGADE - One page letter
written in period pencil from Timothy O. Webster to his wife and
friends. Dated September 3, 1862 after arriving in the Washington
area. He explains his trip from Michigan, how there has been much
fighting in the area and that he has lost his knapsack. Webster would
be killed in 1864 at the Battle of Petersburg. Full transcription of the
letter shown in 'Additional Images' link. Good condition.
5TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY
BRIGADE - Four page letter written in period ink from QM Sergt.
Carlton Hawks to the wife of deceased comrade Ashley R. Jackett.
Dated July 8, 1864, Hawks answers Mrs. Jackett about an inquiry of
her husband's watch. Hawks goes on to explain the regiment's recent
movements and the state of the War at that time - Lee's suspected
movements, the 2nd Corps' movements, etc. Full transcription of the
letter shown in 'Additional Images' link. Good condition but does have
some separation at folds.
PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - Large document
(approx. 16 7/8" x 22") appointment of Carlos Burroughs for
Postmaster of Collinwood in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Document is dated January 16, 1902 and signed on February
5, 1902. Roosevelt's signature is good and reasonably strong.
Post Office Department foil seal and ribbon still intact - many
times you see these missing. Document has some
discoloration, some small tears along edges and several
chipped edges which can be seen in photos. Roosevelt was one
of our most admired Presidents. During the Spanish
American War he was of course, Lt. Colonel of the Rough
Riders, famous for their charge of San Juan. As a
conservationist he set aside large amounts of land for
National Forests and Parks and also won the Nobel Peace
Prize. Roosevelt was a big game hunter and naturalist. He
enjoyed quoting the proverb "Speak softly and carry a big
stick" and also felt that the President was a 'steward of the
GUNPOWDER KEG LABEL - AMERICAN POWDER MILLS C-1883
- these are often mistaken to be Civil War Period labels but with A.O.
Fay as President they are actually circa 1883. It is approximately 6
1/16" in diameter and in extremely good condition. The graphics are
DRUM IDENTIFIED TO THE 18TH MICHIGAN
INFANTRY - Drum belonging to Squire Johnson,
musician in the 18th Michigan Infantry. The top head
has his name "S Johnson" in pencil and inside the
drum, opposite the vent hole, also period pencil is the
repair notation "Whitehall Sept. 16th 1876 / Repaired
by O.W. Horton / for M.B. Johnson / 18th M.V.R.". It
was common practice for instrument repairmen to
place these notations inside the drums when repairing
them. M.R. Johnson was Miles R. Johnson, also of the
18th Michigan Regiment (and previously in the 7th
Michigan Infantry). I have been unable to confirm
whether this was a brother, cousin, etc.. Squire
Johnson enlisted in the 18th at Monroe, Mi as a
musician on August 14, 1862 and was discharged on
June 26, 1865. The drum appears to have a maple
shell with brass tack design and a bone (?) vent piece.
It is approx. 16 1/2" in diameter and 11' high. There
is a repaired crack in the side that can be seen in the
photos and probably the one responsible for the repair
notation inside. The drum has been restrung, has
several replaced ears, repaired torn heads. Snares are
present. The 18th was not in an extremely active
combat unit but did participate in actions at Snow's
Pond, KY., Danville, KY., Nashville, Decatur, AL.,
Courtland, AL. and Athens, AL. They had 8 KIA, 3
Died of Wounds, 208 Died of Disease, 12 Died in CS
Prisons and 68 that Died in the Explosion of the
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PAY VOUCHER - 1781 - 6TH
REGIMENT NEW YORK DUTCHESS COUNTY MILITIA -
Voucher for Connecticut resident John Willson
(Wilson)(spelled both ways on the voucher) for the sum of
twenty seven pounds and twelve shillings for his service in the
Army. Supporting documentation shows Connecticut resident
Wilson served as Captain in Col. Morris Graham's Regiment
(6th Regiment Dutchess County Militia) during the War.
Document is approx. 6 1/4" x 7" and printed on laid paper.
Period ink notation on reverse notes the 6th Regiment. Very
PRE-WAR M-1851 COLT NAVY .36 CAL. NAVY
REVOLVER - 1858 - Early date fourth model made in 1858.
All matching serial numbers with exception of the loading
lever which shows no serial number but is a very good looking
match. The wedge has the same number but looks to have
been re-blued - the die stamps look to be the same as on the
rest of the gun. There is a stress crack on the front of the brass
trigger guard and a hairline crack on the left side of the frame
right above the trigger. Grips are heavily worn and have a
worn edge at the bottom of each. No cartouche but there is a
inspector's 'M' on the left side of the trigger guard. Very little
(5%-) left of a cylinder scene. Mechanically the cylinder
rotates with the cocking of the hammer but is as you might
expect, loose. There is also a bit of wiggle between the frame
and barrel. Colt address legible but has nicks as can be seen in
photos. Decent representative and early production piece.
1863 CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN
AMERICA - LOADED WITH HAND COLORED MAPS -
Approx. 6 1/4" x 8 3/4" Johnson & Ward - New York - 1863 -
Spectacular book in fantastic condition giving the events of
the War in chronological order from the beginning up to
January of 1863. This is complete with 8 Johnson and Collier
hand tinted maps of the Southern States along with 2 fold out
maps of the United States and the Richmond, Virginia area.
The state maps are in excellent condition, the fold out maps
have a few minor tears. I have only owned two of these books
and actually think this may be the same one I owned years ago
as it is in the same condition - good tight binding and just a
few worn areas on the spine and corners.
11 STEREO VIEWS OF HARRISBURG, PA - CIRCA
1860-1880 - Large format stereo views in excellent
condition of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania street scenes.
There is one duplicate so ten different scenes. They
include Market Street from the Railroad tracks, County
Jail, National Hotel (2), The Lochiel House, The Leland
House, Opera House, Safe Deposit Building,
Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge, Fountain at the State
Capitol and West State Street.
EARLY 1793 LAST WILL PASSING SLAVE TO HIS WIFE -
Dated June 29, 1793 Approx. 7 1/4" x 12" - 1 page - front and
back. Last will and testament - Lincoln County, Kentucky lists his
individual slave by name Jacob, leaving him to his wife and to be
sold after her death. Document is in good condition.
CITIZEN'S BANK OF LOUISIANA - $100. note - American
Bank Note Company with a Patent date of June 30, 1857. Green
overprint on obverse, strong orange reverse. Unissued & Great
Condition, light signatures, good looking note.
CITIZEN'S BANK OF LOUISIANA AT SHREVEPORT - $50.
note - American Bank Note Company with a Patent date of June
30, 1857. Green overprint on obverse, strong orange reverse.
Unissued & Great Condition, good looking note.
1781 CONNECTICUT DOCUMENT - From the State
Pay-Table Office October 9, 1781, the order to pay the
Quartermaster for charges to the State. Document is
approx. 3 3/4" x 6 3/4". Good condition..
CIRCA 1880-90's NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD JACKET
- 107th INFANTRY ID'd - Nice National Guard jacket with
honest light amount of wear (mainly to piping and collar
areas), inside very much intact and good condition. Some
small repairs. Label inside identifies it to Company C of the
107th New York National Guard. That label is stitched over
the manufacturer's label. There are also three names in period
ink (one on the tag and three more in the lining - one the
same as on the tag). Buttons are marked Scovill Mfg. Co. -
Waterbury, Conn. 7th Regt - Standard. Jacket is missing only
one button, that being on the collar. There are 49 buttons on
the jacket, all the same Excelsior National Guard New York
State Artillery. Epaulette tabs are still intact.
CIRCA 1880-90's MARYLAND NATIONAL GUARD JACKET
- Nice Maryland National Guard jacket with light amount of
wear (mainly to piping areas and collar), inside very much
intact and has sewing repairs as can be seen in photos. There
are several small holes in the jacket. There is no
manufacturer's label and there is a stencil on the lining
identifying it to Company C of the 22nd Regiment. Buttons
are marked Horstmann & Bros. & Co., Phil.. Jacket is
missing only two buttons. There are 44 buttons on the jacket,
all the same 5th Regiment Maryland National Guard.
Epaulette tabs are still intact.
M-1851 RECTANGULAR EAGLE SWORD BELT PLATE WITH
APPLIED GERMAN SILVER WREATH - Good looking plate with
the applied wreath, no keeper and has bench mark of 536 on the
reverse. Front of plate appears to have been cleaned many years ago
but has a pleasing look.
43rd MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - LARGE
ALBUMEN - 1863 - (12 3/4" X 13 5/8" mount - 9 1/2"
X 11 1/8" albumen image size). There were a number of
these shots taken by Lieut. G.H. Nickerson on March 13,
1863 at Camp Rogers in Newbern, N.C.Most of what you
see are the distant views of the troops in a square
formation - not a close view as this one. There is a
pre-printed description and title on the mount.
Unfortunately this one has some water damage as can be
seen in the photos. The image itself is not too bad but
does have areas of spotting in the lower left and upper
right edges. There is a bit of waviness in the mount due
to the water.
CDV - 10th MICHIGAN INFANTRY - WOUNDED AT JONESBORO -
Image of 2nd Lieut. John Algoe of the 10th Michigan Infantry. He enlisted
in the 10th October 21, 1861 and was discharged March 8, 1865 for wounds
received at Jonesboro. Michigan State University has a letter from Alex.
Campbell of the 10th where he writes about visiting Algoe in the hospital
and describes the visit as such, "Allen and I went to see Lieut. Algoe who is
here wounded. He had his right under jaw shot away by a minie ball. It has
been a very painful wound but he is not nearly well and will probably be
home in a month or so, poor fellow. His Country owes him and other
wounded heroes a debt she never can repay". The CDV is in very good
condition and has a period ink ID on the front..
CDV - 11th MICHIGAN INFANTRY - WOUNDED AT DALLAS, GA. -
Image of Private Sydnor Tutewiler of the 11th Michigan Infantry. He
enlisted in the 11th December, 1863 and was mustered out in September,
1865 as a Corporal. Tutewiler was wounded in action near Dallas, Ga., on
May 27, 1864. His full ID is pre-printed in gold ink on the reverse side. I
have had other 11th images done the same way so there must have been a
photographer that offered this service. This particular photographer is in
New Albany, Indiana. The CDV is in very good condition and has a period
ink ID on the front.
CDV - PROBABLE 66TH ILLINOIS, CO. D (A MICHIGAN COMPANY) -
Image of an unknown soldier that accompanied a grouping that included
Michigan members of Company D, 66th Illinois Infantry - Birge's Western
Sharpshooters. Many images of the Michigan Company found show them
wearing their 15th Corps Badges and ID tag with an eagle pinbar as this
image has. There is no photographer's back mark but there is a tax stamp
which would date it no earlier than 1864. CDV is in good condition but
does have several stains.
GAR - 97TH PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY - REUNION PROGRAM -
1912 - Program (approx. 4 3/4" x 7 3/4" - one sheet folded for four
pages) for the 29th Annual Reunion held on Saturday, October 26, 1912
- Place not listed. Program has folds but is in very good condition and
shows the battle torn flag of the regiment on the front..
CLARKE'S CONFEDERATE ALMANAC - 1864 - (approx. 4 5/8" x 7
1/2" - 24 pages including front & back covers). This is the "Cheap
Edition" of Clarke's Confederate Almanac for the year 1864,
calculated for the latitude and meridian of the Richmond, Virginia
region. Sold by Bell & Co. of 55 Market Street in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Like most almanacs of the day it notes previous historical events and
that also includes battles of the War fought in the previous years of
1861-62 but not 1863. Completely intact on poor quality paper as most
later War years books and periodicals were. Faded on covers and two
small areas on back cover with holes.
IRON BRIGADE LADDER BADGE - 19TH INDIANA INFANTRY - One
of the most sought after Brigades of the War. The legendary Iron Brigade,
made up of the 24th Michigan, 2nd, 6th & 7th Wisconsin and the 19th
Indiana. This badge was for a member of Company B of the 19th Indiana
Volunteer Infantry. The regiment took part in the Battles of; Gainesville,
Va., 2nd Manassas (Bull Run), South Mountain, Antietam,
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Yellow Tavern,
Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River, Cold Harbor and
Petersburg. The Iron Brigade suffered the most casualties of any Brigade
during the War - proportionately. The name of the Iron Brigade it is said,
came from an exchange between Generals Hooker and McClellan, when,
at South Mountain McClellan asked Hooker who was holding a position.
Hooker replied that it was a western brigade, McClellan stated that they
must be made of iron, of which Hooker responded with a comment on
how they fought at 2nd Bull Run. The name stuck and they were
considered one of the best Brigades in the Union Army