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GWYN & CAMPBELL TYPE 1 CARBINE - Only
approximately 8,500 of these were made during the
mid-War years. This is the Type 1, or 'grapevine' carbine
with the more elaborately curved lever and hammer.
Lockplate is marked: "Gwyn & Campbell / Patent / 1862
/ Hamilton, O". Also on the frame is marked "Union /
Rifle". All metal has a brown patina (some pitting on the
top left portion of the round portion of the barrel where
the octagon area stops and a small amount on the butt
plate. Long range sight is missing the slide. The wood has
a pleasing look but on the bottom of the stock has a few
'fresh' scrapes that could be touched up. Not really too
many of these left around.
SILVER 7TH CORPS BADGE - Approx. 15/16" in diameter, made
from a thin gauge silver and meant to be suspended either by an eagle
type pin or chain. Definitely looks to have been made by a jeweler and
not a sutler's type of ware. Has the initials MD engraved. There is a
nice view of General J.J. Reynolds, commander of the 7th Corps
wearing a similar badge but as a pin, not a suspended style.
CIVIL WAR BELT PLATE - LEATHER BELT REMNANTS STILL
IN HOOKS - Dug plate recovered outside of Richmond in the
1970's. Nice chocolate brown patina, lead on reverse chipped away
in spots but still has leather from the belt stuck under each of the
arrows and keeper loop. This would mean that the belt was still
engaged with the plate when it hit the ground. the plate looks to
have been struck with a shovel during the excavation causing a light
crease above the 'S'.
CONFEDERATE VETERAN REUNION BIBLE - Small Book of
Revelations handed out by the Bible Society of Virginia at the 1932
Richmond, Va. Confederate Reunion (approx. 3" x 4 1/2"). Cover has
a water stain, otherwise in good condition.
CDV - 10th, 37th & 20th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Sergeant Otis
B. Wood enlisted in June, 1861 as a Pvt. in the 10th Mass. Inf. He re-enlisted in
Dec., 1863 and in June, 1864, transferred into the 37th Mass. Inf. In June, 1865
he was transferred into the 20th Mass. for discharge in July. He would eventually
rise to the rank of 1st Lieutenant in June, 1865. As a member of the 10th
Massachusetts he was wounded in the shoulder at the battle of Salem Heights,
Va. on May 3, 1863. Period ink inscription on reverse: "O.B. Wood Sergt. Co. H
/ 10th Mass". Carte is in good condition.
LARGE 21 STAR EXCLUSIONARY GRAND LUMINARY
CIVIL WAR FLAG - Flag is dated 1861 very faintly on the
lower white stripe on the reverse side with other writing. This
massive 65" x 134" (5.4' x 11.1') is impressive. These
exclusionary flags in the grand luminary pattern of a large
star surrounding a single large star are considered among
the rarest of Civil War flags. This flag also has the white
stripes on top and bottom (not often seen). Early, just after
secession many in the Northern States felt that the South
had abandoned the Union and a few made 'exclusionary'
flags. These varied based on the view of the maker. Some
from Illinois (as Illinois was the 21st State) took the total
number of states (34) and subtracted the seceeded states and
the border states coming up with the total of 21 and made
flags to suit. This flag is made of cotton with painted stars
on both sides (a common practice of the time). The stripes
of the flag for the most part are solid with several repairs
that have been made (patches or extra red sewn on the back
side for strength. The real issue is the canton. With the
painted stars hardening over time and the improper storage
of the flag, the stars have cracked (along with them the
material) having major damage to two of them. All hand
sewn, a hoist rope sewn on the hoist and small rope sewn
into the outer edge around the stripes. The two strikes
against this rare flag is the condition of the canton and the
size. Will need restoration.
UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERAN 1875 - Approx. 23mm
diameter. Tin back with backmark - 'Goodwin's Pat. July 27,
1875' on reverse, some parts barely legible but otherwise in good
UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERAN OFFICER'S - Approx.
23mm diameter. Backmark - 'Waterbury Co's. / Waterbury,
Conn.' on reverse These are known to have been made c-1920's
and replicate the original Confederate Army Officer's button
(CS5-12 style). Very worn, good condition.
AMES 1864 PATENT MESS KIT - One of the rarest, if not
THE rarest knife, fork, spoon mess kits of the Civil War.
These are nearly impossible to obtain and aren't even listed
in the Civil War price guides. I have never seen another
myself. Made of cast steel (maybe one of the reasons of
survival) the knife and spoon are one piece that interlock for
storage with the fork. Both pieces are marked "Ames Patent
/ Sep 17, 1864 / Cast Steel". Fork markings are not as clear
as the knife. There is something (perhaps an ID on the top
edge of the knife but it is just too scratched up and the
markings are not deep enough to clearly make out. To
unhook the set, you lift up on the handle of the fork Pegged
into a hole in the wood of the knife handle) then slide the
pin through the slot to the hole (same type of slot set up as is
on the regular mess kits).
31ST MICHIGAN INFANTRY REAL PHOTO POSTCARDS (11) - A
nice group of eleven real photo postcards of the 31st Michigan
Infantry, Company H during the Span-Am War. photos show the
camps, transportation, mess and play (with the blanket toss). One
image with a group of the men shows three of them wearing Co. H /
31st Mich sweat shirts. On the paddle wheel boat with a glass you can
see the soldiers on deck. Some of the cards have light contrast but all
are in good condition and all are unused. The 31st Michigan Infantry
did make it to Cuba but not much going after that.
CDV - THE TRENT AFFAIR - CAPT. CHARLES WILKES - Among the many
accomplishments of Captain Charles Wilkes (which included the discovery of the
Antarctic continent - actual land mass in 1840 and commanding the Potomac
River Flotilla), he was also the Captain of the USS San Jacinto which was the
ship that nearly incited a War between Great Britain and the United States when
on November 8, 1861 it stopped the British mail packet Trent several hundred
miles off the coast of Cuba which carried the Confederate commissioners James
Mason and John Slidell. The San Jacinto fired warning shots, boarded the Trent
and took Mason & Slidell prisoners. Photo was taken by Charles Fredrick in New
York and dated 1861.
CDV - BRADY PHOTOGRAPH OF MAJOR GENERAL U.S. GRANT - Great
3/4 view of General Grant that is not often seen. Taken by the premier
photographer Mathew Brady (the reverse showing the earlier Brady back mark).
In this view Grant is shown with a nicely tailored frock coat. A choice image!!
CDV - 1865 BRADY PHOTOGRAPH OF PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON -
If there was a reason Brady was considered a premier photographer, this CDV
shows why. Taken after the assassination of Lincoln, this image is about as
striking as they come, clear and stoic in pose. Later Brady back mark on reverse
and the speckled gold border and Brady / Washington print on obverse. A
CDV - 1863 BRADY PHOTOGRAPH OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN -
Extremely nice and desirable carte of Abraham Lincoln in 1863 with the early
Brady back mark on reverse. It's been a long time since I've had a Brady Lincoln
- Not Anthony from Brady, but an actual Brady! They don't pop up every day!
Heritage Auctions in August of 2018 sold this same view with the same early
back mark for $2500. - The buyer then placed it up for bids and has a high bid
of $3000 right now for it. Looking at that one Heritage has and this one, I think
this one is the better of the two. Looks like the two were taken from different
sections of the plate (a CDV camera often had 4 lenses placing 4 images on the
wet plate. With this process each of the four had just a ever so slightly different
angle on the plate but just enough to tell if you study it). A screamer Lincoln
CDV - 144TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - JOHN A. COULTER - Standing view
of John A. Coulter of the 144th New York Infantry Coulter enlisted in August,
1862 and attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant before mustering out in June,
1865. Image is ID'd on reverse in very light period ink as "Your Friend / John A.
Coulter / Lieut. 144th NYI". Image has an Elmira, NY photographer's back
mark. There are a few chips in the albumen paper (as can be seen in the
'Additional Images' link and also has a 'wrinkling' in the mount and albumen
paper on the bottom 1/3 of the image where it looks like someone may have tried
getting the tax stamp off. The 144th spent nearly the entire War in the Virginia
and South Carolina.
TINTYPE IN CDV MOUNT - 28TH KENTUCKY INFANTRY - JOHN FOOS -
WIA - Gem size tintype in a CDV mount of John Foos, 28th Kentucky Infantry.
Foos enlisted in April, 1862 and no date is given for mustering out. Foos was
wounded in action on June 27, 1864 at Kennesaw Mountain, afterwards being
hospitalized in Louisville, Ky. Image is ID'd on front below image in very light
period ink as "Yours Truly / John Foos / Portland / Ky / Co. H 28 Ky Regt".
Image has an Louisville, Ky Photographers back mark.
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. This is the second one I've had in the
last several years and up till then I only recall seeing one other
copy. My first one was scarfed up by another dealer. This can be
found with the price normally near the $400 range. There is
staining and some rough edges but is intact which is a wonder
considering the fragile nature of the paper. There are several
corners missing on pages (one shown on the 'Additional Images'
page) and several tears on pages. Also retains a Peoria, Illinois
(Dealers?) stamp on the front.
U.S. SANITARY COMMISSION - DIRECTIONS TO ARMY
SURGEONS ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE - 1862 (?) 8 page U.S.
Sanitary Commission circular on the directions to Army surgeons on
the field of battle. These are directions in treatment for things such
as gunshots, amputations and all type of wounds in general. Very
U.S. SANITARY COMMISSION - SPECIAL INSPECTION OF THE
GENERAL HOSPITALS - 1864 41 page U.S. Sanitary Commission
circular on the Report to the Committee in May, 1863 of the
Department of the Special Inspection of the General Hospitals.
Notes on the report as well as: Notes on Spotted Fever, Report on the
Use of Bromine in the Hospitals of Louisville, Nashville and
Murfreesboro and a Letter on the Sanitary Condition of
Washington. Some spotting on the outer pages as can be seen in the
C-1837 OFFICER'S WAIST BELT PLATE - Large plate (approx.
3.1" x 3.77") which you will not see in the Kerksis book on
American Military Plates. The only place I've seen this plate
displayed is in the Smithsonian Institution book 'American Military
Insignia 1800-1851' by J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell.
In this book (on pages 92-93) they describe the plate perfectly as an
unusually large plate struck in medium brass and crimped over a
heavier piece of brass backing. They continue stating that it is
believed to be an officer's plate by the ornate design and dating it by
the 25 stars and the fact that the eagle holds 5 arrows with points
pointing inward which was generally indicative of the period
between 1832-1836. The plate is known to be in both brass and silver
- this example is in brass. Face of the plate has a mellow patina.
The reverse of the plate shows four arrow hooks that are protruding
cut-out arrows from the heavier brass backing.
14TH CONNECTICUT INFANTRY (CO. F) REUNION CUP - Small
(2.48" in height x 1.7" diameter at top rim) bone reunion cup for the
14th Connecticut Infantry - Company 'F'. Carved in is the American
flag, a liberty cap on the pole with a ribbon crossing the flag with the
company and regiment. Nice aged patina.
SPAN-AM (OR MEXICAN BORDER) SOLDIER WITH AN 1897
WINCHESTER PUMP SHOTGUN - Image appears to be more Span-Am
than it does Mexican Border War, complete with blanket roll, canteen
and what you may never see again, holding a M-1897 Winchester pump
shotgun. These were used VERY sparingly during those two conflicts but
more in WWI as 'Trench Guns'. I have yet to have seen a Span-Am
period soldier with one. Mount has a chunck broken off but the image
has not been affected.
NAVY AND OFFICERS OF THE MARINE CORPS REGISTER FOR
THE YEAR 1855 - Washington, 1855 - 135 page book which contains
information on the Navy & Marine Corps including; names, ranks and
station posts for the officers, pay tables, information on the staff of the
Naval Academy at Annapolis, vessels of War (with additional
information), Navy Yards and Shore Stations, Squadrons, Laws and
General Orders. One stop shop for your naval information. Hard cover,
binding is solid.
RHODE ISLAND STATE SEAL - Approx. 23mm diameter. Back
mark - SCOVILL MFG. CO. - WATERBURY. Very nice Civil
War period button with very little wear, light stain over 'MFG' on
CONNECTICUT STATE SEAL - Approx. 23mm diameter. Back
mark - SCOVILL MFG. CO. - WATERBURY. Very nice Civil War
period button with virtually no wear - extremely good condition.
1854 ALABAMA PROMISSORY NOTE - NO ALCOHOL TO SLAVES
- Chambers County, Alabama - approx. 4 5/8" x 7 3/4". Apparently, to
keep slaves from getting a bit out of hand, establishment owners would
need to sign this form which reads, "I do solemnly swear that I will not
sell any Spirituous Liquors to any Slave or Slaves, or purchase any
commodity from him, her, or them, without permission of the owner
or overseer of such Slave or Slaves, or knowingly suffer the same to be
done by any Partner, Agent, Clerk or Servant or any other person upon
any premises, if in my power to prevent the same; nor will I knowingly
permit any Gaming of any description to be carried on or played on or
about my premises - So help me God". Have several. Very good
AMBROTYPE OF A VERY DETERMINED LOOKING GENTLEMAN
WEARING AN 1860 LINCOLN FERROTYPE DISC - Ninth plate
ambrotype in a full case (a bit shaken but still in pretty sound condition) of
a gentleman in civilian clothes wearing an 1860 Abraham Lincoln ferrotype
presidential campaign disc. In the 'Additional Images' link the likeness of
Lincoln is more than clear enough to make out exactly who it is. Ambro
has a few scratches & wear but overall not too bad with fantastic subject
matter. No question who he wanted as President. Not a lot of these images
34TH PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY (5TH PA. RESERVES) -
Approx. 5 1/2" x" x 8 3/4" Printed and filled out November, 1861
Provision Return document for Company C of the 5th Reserves
when at Camp Pierpoint (Pa). Signed by Capt. Alfred M. Smith who
would later become Brevet Colonel. The 34th would be involved in
such battles as: Gaines Mill, South Mountain, 2nd Bull Run,
Antietam, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House among
2ND BERDAN US SHARPSHOOTERS / 40TH NY INF. - Approx.
6 1/8" x" x 7 3/4" Hand written document signed by Mustering
Officer William Price Shreve who would later become Major and
also serve on Hiram Berdan's staff. The document is dated
December 21, 1863 and written as a member of the 2nd USSS,
mustering in a soldier to the 40th New York Infantry. There are
three various mustering related stamps across the front, one stating
the soldier is mustered and counted against the quota required.
1833 MILITARY AND NAVAL MAGAZINE OF THE UNITED
STATES - April, 1833 (Approx. 5 1/2" x 9") 64 pages, wraps.
Information on the Military (Army and Navy), see Contents on
'Additional Images' page. Sound condition, some corners curled up.
Have other volumes if interested.
VIRGINIA STATE SEAL - Approx. 23mm diameter. Back mark -
SCOVILL MFG. CO. - WATERBURY, CT. - RMDC. Very nice
pre-Civil War period button with wear - definitely saw service. Nice
halo look as gilt is worn off except near the figures. Very good
CONFEDERATE WOOD DRUM CANTEEN - Approx. 7"
diameter x 2 1/4" wide - typical Confederate wood drum
canteen, missing spout (which is usually the case). Metal
bands that also contain three tin strap loop bars. You can
make out the circular lathe tool marks on the side,
though very light. There are very light scratching in the
sides, some resembling letters but I can't make out
anything with them. Bands are loose due to the shrinkage
of the wood through the years. One might think of
placing just a tad of glue under one of the bands and on
one or two of the wood slats just to avoid it slipping off if
the right conditions line up for that 'perfect storm'. Good
solid canteen although its water holding days are far
behind it. Does have one spot where white paint (?) has
dripped as can be seen in photos.
FORT DONELSON NEWS - NEW YORK TIMES - MAP EDITION
- February 22, 1862 (Approx. 15 3/4" x 22") 8 pages - Information
on the siege of Fort Donelson includes a very small partial list of
killed and wounded, also another list of exchanged prisoners at
Fortress Monroe, including interestingly enough a good number
from California. The map of the battlefield area is approx. 6 5/8" x
10 1/4". This is one of those style newspapers that was made of one
huge sheet of paper on which 4 'papges were printed on each side
then it was folded to the size of one 16" x 22" (approx.) sheet as
shown. Does have a large water stain as can be seen and some rough
edges as can be expected.
EARLY STEREO CARD - LARGE FORMAT -WASHINGTON
MONUMENT - Stereo cards became popular in the 1850's and
well into the 1930's. This is an early stereo card of the building
of the Washington Monument I would guess at the very end of
the first stage of construction which was completed in 1854.
The temporary cap can be seen as well as the work sheds
around the base. Several light stains.
U.S. NAVAL UNION JACK - 40 STARS - 1889 - Approx.
20" x 28" - Forty star flags are among the toughest to
obtain no to mention in a naval jack. This was to
commemorate the addition of the 'Dakotas' when it was
thought that they were coming in as one state. All cotton
and sewn. Some rough areas that can be seen in photos.
There is a name "Lydecker" on the staff border in old
brown ink. Thought it may have been a naval boat (this
flag being small for a ship) but could find nothing on it. I
did find an officer, Major - Colonel G.J. Lydecker who
was with the Corps of Engineers and whose career kept
him in and around the Great Lakes and other water
bordering areas in the mid 1880's - late 1890's so am
thinking this may have something to do with him even
though he was Army.
US LIFE SAVING STATION - SHEBOYGAN, WI - Mounted
photo (mount approx. 9 3/8" x 12") of the U.S. Life Saving
Station at Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Image shows not only the
station itself but also the U.S. Engineer Department building.
The photographer's stamp of G.G. Winscher of Sheboygan is
on the reverse. Great clarity. The USLSS was instituted in 1846
and was known as such until 1915 when it became the U.S.
11TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - Image grouping of Henry C.
Damon, 11th Michigan Infantry. Damon enlisted in Aug.,
1861, was taken prisoner at Chickamauga on Sept. 20, 1863,
escaped in July, 1864 and discharged a month later. Albumen
(approx. 6 1/8" x 8 1/8"), tintype (1/6 plate) of Damon & his
wife and a tintype (1/9 plate) of Damon with his dog.
Unfortunately there is no written ID on any of these items, only
a tag from the gentleman that obtained it, a former dealer in
western Michigan. I assume that due to 3 images together the
ID is probably legitimate. The albumen has damage as can be
seen and really, the tintypes are nothing spectacular but should
be all together.
CDV - 31ST IOWA INFANTRY - WESLEY JOHN NEWMAN - Image was
identified from an identical one from Ron Coddington of Military Images
Magazine on the Civil War Faces web page. There is no photographer's back
mark, just a revenue stamp placing this image near the end of the War. Newman
enlisted in August, 1862 and was discharged in June, 1865. He is wearing a
'Forty Rounds' corps badge and an ID badge with an eagle pin bar. During that
period of time the 31st took part in the battles of; Arkansas Post, Vicksburg,
Missionary Ridge, Ringgold, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta,
Jonesboro, Savannah and Bentonville among others. Carte has a few stains as
can be seen in the photos.
CDV - 9TH VERMONT INFANTRY - MAJOR CHARLES JARVIS - KIA NEW
BERNE, NC - Image was identified from an identical one in the Library of
Congress and also shown in the CW Data Base. There is a Boston photographer's
back mark on the reverse. Jarvis enlisted in May, 1863 and was wounded on
December 1, 1863 while on a scouting mission near New Berne, NC where he
died of his wounds that same day. Carte has some scuffs and light stains but
otherwise in gc.
CDV - 10TH AND 37TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - CAPT. JOSHUA A.
LOOMIS - WIA -WINCHESTER, VA - Image was identified from an identical
one in the Library of Congress and also shown in the CW Data Base. There is a
Springfield, Mass. photographer's back mark on the reverse. Loomis enlisted in
the 10th Mass. June, 1861 until August, 1862. In Sept., 1862 he was in the 37th
Mass. until being discharged due to his wound received at Winchester, Va on
Sept. 19, 1864. While in the service of these regiments, they were involved in the
battles of; Fair Oaks, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, Gettysburg, Wilderness Mine
Run, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Fort Stevens,
Charlestown, WV and Winchester among others. Carte has some scuffs and light
stains but otherwise in gc.
EARLY PUPPY PAW BELT PLATE RECOVERED FROM THE
BATTLE OF THE WILDERNESS - Dug puppy paw plate recovered
from the Wilderness. Plate is quite damaged and has an old typed
cloth label on the front of the plate. The initials of the digger (I
assume) are on the side of the label. Plate is still very solid.
7TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY REUNION RIBBON - 1893 - (approx 1 5/8" x 6 5/8")
ribbon for the June 13, 1893 reunion of the 7th Michigan Infantry held in Lowell,
Michigan. The heavily fought 7th took part in the battles of: Fair Oaks, Savage
Station, Glendale, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Frederickburg, Gettysburg, Bristoe
Station, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River, Cold
Harbor, Petersburg, Deep Bottom Run, Hatchers Run among many others. Ribbon
is in good solid condition.
7TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY REUNION BADGE - 1907 - Badge for the June 18,
1907 reunion of the 7th Michigan Infantry held in Dundee, Michigan. Has a
wolverine pin bar and a celluloid drop with images of Stephen Rawson and James
McDaniels, two members of the 7th. The heavily fought 7th took part in the battles
of: Fair Oaks, Savage Station, Glendale, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Frederickburg,
Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House,
North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Deep Bottom Run, Hatchers Run
among many others. Ribbon is in good solid condition.
MICHIGAN GAR STATE ENCAMPMENT REUNION BADGE - 1906 - Badge for
the June 14-15, 1906 encampment held in Saginaw. Very good condition.
NEW YORK STATE ENCAMPMENT REUNION PENNANT -
1912 - (approx. 7 3/4" x 23 1/2") Felt pennant for the New York
State annual GAR encampment held in Newburgh, NY on June
27-28, 1912. Pennant is in good condition but has the very
extreme point missing and the very bottom of the GAR star worn
NATIONAL GAR ENCAMPMENT REUNION PENNANT - ROCHESTER
1911 - (approx. 8 1/4" x 17 1/2") Felt pennant for the 45th Annual National
GAR Encampment held in Rochester, NY. Pennant is in good condition.
(2) GAR CAMPAIGN CELLULOID BUTTONS - (Approx. 1 1/2" diameter
and 1 3/4" diameter) Two GAR campaign buttons, one for Commander in
Chief and another for Senior Vice Commander in Chief. Good condition.
1886 SAN FRANCISCO NATIONAL DELEGATE BADGE - Among the
hardest to obtain with only 489 delegates. This badge was originally issued
with the typical gold ribbon. When I received this it had the post officer flag
ribbon pinned to the pin bar and drop. Those old straight pins are shown and
included. I thread tacked the three pieces together for presentation purposes.
Close examination shows the original pin holes from these pins. These early
delegate badges were not as elaborate as the later badges. This is made of white
metal. The back of the pin bar has a patent date of Feb. 23, 1886 and the back
of the GAR star states "Member of the 20th National Encampment GAR San
10K GOLD DEPARTMENT OF MAINE - LADIES OF THE
GAR - PAST PRESIDENT BADGE - Complete in the
Chicago jeweler's case, beautiful gold badge (unmarked but
had it confirmed as 10K by a jeweler) and weighs 15.5g.
Back of the drop is engraved "Presented to / Lucille B.
Bowlby / By Dept. of Maine / L.G.A.R. / June 15th, 1939".
Very nice badge.
1895 LOUISVILLE, KY. NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT TRAIN ROUTE -
C&O RAILROAD - Advertising pamphlet for the C&O Railroad tour
going through the Virginia Battlefield. Either going from the Louisville
Encampment or for future trips - not clear which. Tour map of the
Virginia battlefield in the fold out along with histories of the battles
visited. Decent condition, some staining and a few small areas of missing
stock at fold corners and very minor separation on a few folds. Nice for
125 years old.
DAGUERREOTYPE OF YOUNG MAN WITH GREAT HAT - Clean 1/6
plate daguerreotype (late 1830's - mid 1850's) of a young man with a bit of
an attitude. Great hat!! Full leatherette case with hinge intact but weak.
1876 STEREO VIEW - DAREDEVIL CROSSING
NIAGARA FALLS - Great view of Signorina Maria
Spelterini crossing the rapids of Niagara Falls on a tight
rope with peach buckets on her feet!! This successful
crossing was done on July 12, 1876. Good condition.
1880's STEREO VIEW - DAREDEVIL CROSSING
NIAGARA FALLS - View of Stephen Peer crossing the
rapids of Niagara Falls on a tight rope. Peer did this
several times but his luck ran out. Many different stories
circulate including one where, on June 25, 1887 while
drunk he tried walking the rope with street shoes. Good
condition but has missing paper on front right - does not
affect the image..
CDV - VRC - HAND TINTED - IDENTIFIED - Nicely hand tinted CDV of a
soldier in the Veterans Reserve Corps. Washington, DC photographer and is
identified on reverse in ink but I have been unable to identify the name with
any having been in the VRC so this will be a research project as well. Good
CABINET PHOTO - PORTLAND, OREGON FIREMAN & TICKET -
Cabinet of a Portland, Oregon Fireman probably about the turn of the
century and an 1895 ticket for the Fireman's Grand Ball in Union, Oregon.
Ticket in very good condition, cabinet photo is very light on contrast -
unable to read headgear insignia.
ALBUMEN PHOTO LAFRANCE FIRE ENGINE -
Attractive mounted albumen of the New Style Piston
Fire Engine manufactured by the LaFrance Fire
Engine Company of Elmira, NY. Mount is approx.
8" x 10" and actual image is approx. 5" x 8".
Contrast is a bit light on the top of the image as can
be seen in the photos but a nice piece for the Fire
11TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - 1906 - Large ribbon for the August 23 -
24, 1906 reunion held in Adrian, Michigan. The 11th michigan was very
active in the western theatre, taking part in the battles of: Gallatin, Tn.,
Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw
Mountain and Atlanta, among others. Some smudges as can be seen in
photos but otherwise a sound ribbon.
57TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - GETTYSBURG -
Nice, clear stereo view of the 57th New York statue
on the Gettysburg battlefield near the Wheatfield.
The 57th was not only engaged at Gettysburg but
also took part in battles such as Fair Oaks, Gaines'
Mill, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Bristoe Station, Wilderness and Petersburg among
1ST COMPANY USSS, 2ND AND 3RD MICHIGAN INFANTRY - CDV of Lt.
Roger A. Sprague signed on the bottom in period ink "Lt. R.A. Sprague / 2nd
Mich Vol Inft". Sprague started the War in the 1st Company of USSS but was
discharged for disability. In March, 1863 he re-enlisted into the 2nd Michigan
Infantry until October, 1864 when he was discharged to accept a commission
in the 3rd Michigan Infantry where he remained until May, 1865. He was busy
while in the service. When he served in the above mentioned units, they were
engaged in the battles of: USSS - Snicker's Gap, Munson's Mill, Yorktown
and Hanover Court House. 2nd Mich - Jackson, Ms, Lexington, Ky, Blue
Springs, Campbell Station, Knoxville, Fort Saunders, Wilderness, Spotsylvania
Court House, North Anna River, Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor, Petersburg,
Weldon Railroad, Peebles Farm. 3rd Mich - Decatur, Al, Murfreesboro, Tn. -
Two top corners clipped.
SPAN-AM - 3RD NEW YORK INFANTRY ID'd
GROUPING - Group belonging to Private Frank B.
Warner - In May, 1898 he enlisted in the 3rd New
York Infantry for two years and on July 12, 1898
transferred to the US Hospital Corps. The 3rd stayed
in the States but he may have served in the War
theatre while in the Hospital Corps (reference later to
the campaign hat). In the group is his M-1889
campaign hat which has a Spanish 3rd Infantry
collar insignia attached (picked up in the theatre??),
pair of trousers, haversack with strap, canteen with
strap, gaiters and eating utensils with original leather
holders. The majority of which have his initials
inscribed on them.
The campaign hat has a detached sweatband but it is present. The ribbon is still in great shape and
there is a hole (as can be seen in the photos at the top front edge of the fold. The Spanish insignia
I've been told was a rare practice by some soldiers when they could obtain captured insignia, so
perhaps when in the Hospital Corps he was able to get this). Trousers are in very good condition with
only a small hole in the crotch but at the very bottom - would not see while displayed. There have
been belt loops added but other than that pretty straight. The canteen, haversack and eating utensils
show little wear. The gaiters look to be used the most, missing one of the brass buttons. Marked inside
as Wiley's Leggings - Fastening Patent March 31st, '85 and has inspector's stamp along with
Note: There is a New York greatcoat that I acquired with this grouping but the owner did not believe it
was Warner's so is not included in the group - if interested please inquire.
ALBUMEN OF UNKNOWN CAVALRY (?) ALL
HOLDING COLT REVOLVING RIFLES !!! - Small
albumen image (mount approx. 4 5/8" x 5 7/8" &
image approx. 3 5/8" x 4 7/8") perhaps of a small
company showing 29 soldiers with 2 NCO's and
clean shots of 20 Colt Revolving Rifles and partial
views of the rest!! On the reverse in pencil is written
"21st Ohio" but serious doubt whether this could be
. Hard to say whether this is a period ID but I have
now reason to doubt it due to the uniforms and the
fact that the 21st Ohio was not a mounted infantry
regiment. The back round is a bit washed out but
looks to be a possible camp in the hills behind
(actually appears to be makeshift horse stables). Not
the best of condition but content is killer!
HISTORY OF THE 15TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY - THE
ANDERSON CAVALRY - Philadelphia, 1906 - by Charles H. Kirk - 1st
Lt. of Company E - 786 pages with separate fold out map inside back
cover pocket. Contents include: Stone River, Chickamauga, Missionary
Ridge, Prison Life and Escape from Andersonville, 2nd East Tennessee
Campaign, Johnston's Surrender, Muster Roll, Official Reports, and
much more. Hard leather cover with gold lettering & graphic, some
scuffing as can be seen, binding is solid.
ORPHAN BRIGADE - POW CAMP CHASE - Letter written on
March 18, 1862 by Maj. Samuel K. Hays of the 2nd Kentucky
Mounted Infantry (Orphan Brigade). He writes from Camp
Chase to a woman in Newport, Kentucky thanking her for
sending clothing to be distributed to certain troops from
Tennessee and Mississippi. Hays was from Kenton County, Ky.
and must have known this woman as he gives his regards to the
Lieutenant (husband?) and her three sons. Hays was also
promoted from Captain to Major and in 1861 served as AQM
on staff of General Buckner. He was captured at Fort Donelson
where the regiment sustained a tremendous number in POW's.
Transcript is on 'Additional Images' link. Very good condition -
AMERICAN FLASK & CAP CO. SHOT FLASK - The American Flask & Cap
Company was listed in the New York directories from 1857 to 1870. They
made both metal powder flasks and leather shot flasks. This is a beautiful
example of the hunting shot flask with the embossed hanging hare pattern.
These were generally sold as pairs, one metal powder flask and one leather
shot flask, both having the same pattern. Measure has makers name stamped.
Leather is in remarkable condition, stitching is complete and tight. Metal
measure has worn finish as can be seen in photos.
1ST MICHIGAN ENGINEERS & MECHANICS - DISCHARGE -
Discharge of Narley G. Rawson of Company A. Rawson enlisted in
December, 1863 and was discharged with this certificate in
September, 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee. While Rawson was in the
1st Michigan E&M they participated in the battles of: Brownsboro,
TN, Big Shanty, GA, Louisville, GA, Kingston, GA, Savannah, GA,
Murfreesboro, TN, Fayetteville, NC, Bentonville, NC and others.
Document has some calligraphy style inkwork and is in very sound
and good condition.
GAR REUNION SOUVENIR CANTEEN - RELIEF OF JOHN LOGAN -
Canteen (approx. 2 3/16" in diameter) suspended by a period multi-color
red, white and blue string. Has the relief on one side of General John A.
Logan, 3rd Commander in Chief of the GAR from 1868-71. There is no
date or place for this souvenir canteen but with Logan's relief I would
venture to say it is from those years, making it a very early GAR item. The
reverse side has 'GAR / SOUVENIR' and around the edge their famous
saying 'WE DRANK FROM THE SAME CANTEEN'. There is no cork for
the spout and there is one blem on the front about midway between Logan's
nose and the edge.
GAR CAVALRY REUNION BADGE - Generic badge with no unit
designation, reunion, place or date. This is extremely close in design to a
known 1st Massachusetts Cavalry badge. It also contains design segments of
the Sheridan's Cavalry Corps badge. Some discoloring on the ribbon below
the pin bar.
FREDERICK W. SEWARD - WOUNDED ON NIGHT OF
LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION - Signed letter as Assistant
Secretary of State dated February 26, 1863 on Department of
State stationery to the Hon. Amos Tuck regarding to an
application by Tuck and others for a Mr. Dodge as US Consul.
Frederick Seward was the son of William Seward, Secretary of
State and was badly wounded trying to protect his father from
conspirator Lewis Paine who's assignment it was to kill Seward.
Frederick Seward was also the person that took the message to
Lincoln about an assassination attempt planned as he was to go
through Baltimore on way to the inauguration.
CDV - 24TH NEW YORK INF. - WOUNDED - 2ND MANASSAS - Image of
1st Lt. Henry Sandhovel, Company H 24th New York Infantry. Sandhovel
enlisted in may, 1861, was wounded in action on August 30, 1862 during the
battle of 2nd Manassas (Bull Run) and discharged in May, 1863. Signed in
period ink on front bottom.
CDV - 22ND NEW YORK INF. - DIED OF WOUNDS - 2ND MANASSAS -
Image of 1st Lt. Charles Piersons, Company C 22nd New York Infantry.
Piersons enlisted in June, 1861, was wounded in action on August 30, 1862
during the battle of 2nd Manassas and died of his wounds on September 7,
1862. Signed in period ink on back bottom.
CDV - 2ND CONNECTICUT HEAVY ARTILLERY. - DIED OF WOUNDS -
WINCHESTER - Image of Pvt. Franklin Bunnell Company A 2nd CT. Heavy
Artillery. Bunnell enlisted in September, 1862, was wounded in action on
September 19, 1864 during the battle of Winchester and died of his wounds on
October 25, 1864. Signed in pencil on back top.
1833 KENTUCKY LAST WILL - MENTIONS 7 SLAVES - Three
page (approx. 7 1/2" x 12 1/4") Last Will and Testament of William
McHargue of Knox County, Kentucky dated April 27, 1833.
Interesting will as he leaves to two sons half each of the plantation
grist and saw mills while his other sons he leaves $5. each from the
perishable part of the plantation. Besides this he leaves the same two
sons seven slaves by name completely after the death of his wife.
UNMOUNTED (BUT MATTED) ALBUMEN - CIVIL
WAR CAMP - Larger albumen image (approx. 6 3/4"
x 12" mounted on mat board 8 7/8" x 14" and an
opening 4 1/2" x 9 3/4") Scene is that of a Civil War
camp, many tents set up in several locations and what
looks to be a fort with cannon against the tree line
(may also be an ammunition bunker). Image is badly
wrinkled, has a dark contrast and is missing a portion
of the top right corner (not visible with the mat - only
under as the 'Additional Images" shows. It is held in
with corner mounts. Close up views show decent clarity.
NEW YORK STATE ENCAMPMENT REUNION PENNANT -
1915 - (approx. 11" x 28 3/4") Felt pennant for the New York
State annual GAR encampment held in Albany, NY on June
24-26, 1915. Pennant is in very good condition.
GAR NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT REUNION PENNANT - 1915
- (approx. 13 1/2" x 33 1/2") Felt pennant for the National GAR
encampment held in Washington, D.C. on September 27 -
October 2, 1915. Pennant is in good condition but has just a few
spots on the letters where the paint is cracked.
1891 GAR NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT DELEGATE BADGE - DETROIT - WITH
ORIGINAL BOX- 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 and medal are in very good
condition. Michigan pin bar has the T-bar pin. The original box has Silver
Anniversary information printed on silk lining which has several frays as can be
seen in photos. These are hard to find and I've been fortunate to get two in a short
period of time but to have the original box for this special anniversary of the GAR
encampments is beyond lucky.
CDV - 13TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - TWICE WOUNDED - Image
of Lt. Joseph C. Colburn Company E, 13th Mass. Inf. Colburn enlisted in
July, 1861, was wounded in action on August 30, 1862 during the battle of
Second Manassas (Bull Run), promoted to Captain, was discharged for
promotion as Major in the 59th Mass. Inf in October, 1863, was again
wounded on June 17, 1864 at Petersburg and discharged for disability as
Colonel on April, 28, 1865. While in those heavily engaged units he went
through the battles of Bolivar Heights, WV, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam,
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court
House, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Petersburg as well as others. Carte has
a nice period ink ID on the bottom front but image itself has a very light
RUINS OF FORT TICONDEROGA, NY - Mid 1800's view of
the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga, NY (which of course has been
restored). Image taken by Montreal photographer J.G. Parks.
Identified in print on the front and period ink on reverse.
HOUSE IN QUEBEC WHERE U.S. GENERAL RICHARD
MONTGOMERY'S BODY WAS LAID OUT - Mid 1800's view
the house the General's body was laid out after his death in the
ill fated attack on Quebec on December 31, 1775. Image taken
by Quebec photographer L.P. Vallee. Identified by a painted
sign next to the door reading "The Body of / Genl Montgomery
/ U.S. Army / Was Laid Out / In This House / 31 Decr 1775".
Very little wear.
MICHIGAN STATE SEAL BUTTON - MG1A - Silver plated -
Approx. 23mm diameter. Back mark of Cullen Brown - Detroit
with 6 stars surrounding the shank. I was lucky to get 4 of these
from the same source, all the others are sold, this is the last one.
Very difficult to find this early MG1A button and Cullen Brown
was the only maker. Easily distinguished from the normally seen
MG4's by the narrow shield. Silver plating is dark and worn in
places. The photos don't come out well on the face due to all the
lines across the entire back round of the shield. Small blem on
the right side of the rim as can be seen.
CDV - 16TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - KILLED - 2ND BULL RUN - Image
of Pvt. Docktor Bruce Bradley Company B, 16th Mich. Inf. full standing with
rifle and Hardee hat. Bradley enlisted in August, 1861, was killed in action on
August 30, 1862 during the battle of Second Manassas (Bull Run). It is ID'd in
period ink on reverse as 'Docktor B. Bradley' but also has what looks to be
period pencil 'Doctor was born / 1834 and killed / 1863 (sic) Aug 30th / at the
Battle of Bulls / Run in a charge on the / enemy / Bo. F, 16th Michigan Inft'.
In that charge and the battle the regiment lost 96 killed, wounded and missing.
Contrast of the image is a bit dark.
NORTHERN MICHIGAN SOLDIERS & SAILORS REUNION RIBBON - Reunion
ribbon of the President of the Northern Michigan Soldiers & Sailors for the annual
reunion held in Grayling, Michigan August 25-26, 1896. The ribbon has pin holes
at top where it was pinned to a Vets clothing and a little rough area on the bottom
as can be seen in the 'Additional Images'.
GAR REUNION RIBBON - 103RD OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Ribbon
for the 46th reunion of the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry held on the Lake
Shore in Sheffield, Oh on August 20-27, 1912. 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.
GAR REUNION RIBBON - 72nd OHIO VETERAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY -
Ribbon for the 49th reunion of the 72nd Ohio VVI held on the Lake Shore in
Sheffield, Oh on August 20-27, 1912. The ribbon has the image of Major
Eugene Rawson who died of wounds received in 1864 at Old Town Creek,
Mississippi. The 72nd was present at the Battles of; Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg,
Memphis, Nashville, Spanish Fort among others. Ribbon is solid.
73RD NEW YORK INFANTRY - ARMY OF THE POTOMAC -
Letter written on February 25, 1863 by Patrick Quin(n) believed to
be of the 72nd. Doing research, he mentions in the letter an M.
McCollough and the only regiment where the two names are
common and the unit was in the Army of the Potomac on that date
was the 72nd NYI. Transcription of the letter is on the 'Additional
Images' link. He writes about picket duty, 18" of snow, personal
things and the battles in the past where he had men fall on both
sides of him. Awkwardly written at times but legible. Letter has some
separations at some folds but fairly well intact.
EARLY STEREO VIEW - GETTYSBURG - SOLDIER'S
NATIONAL MONUMENT (CEMETERY) - Image taken by
H. Frank Biddle, Shippensburg, Pa. of the Soldier's
National Monument in the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
This monument, dedicated in 1869 was very close to where
Lincoln was standing during the dedication of the cemetery.
Card in good condition.
POSSIBLE CONFEDERATE ASSOCIATED
TELESCOPE - SPENCER & BROWNING - Single pull
telescope (approx. 20 1/2" when closed, approx. 35"
extended and approx. 2 3/8" in diameter on the main
body), marked 'Spencer Browning & Co. / London / Day
or Night'. Spencer, Browning & Co., according to the
Tim Prince book 'The English Connection' was a supplier
of telescopes to the Confederacy. The book states that a
telescope from this maker were found on board the CS
ironclad Albemarle and also one used by Commander
Waddell of the CSS Shenandoah. It goes on to state that
according to Federal prize records, a number of optics by
this company were included in the captured cargos of
attempted blockade runners. The book shows several
examples with different body styles and marking
variations. Brass body has a pleasing patina, optics are
STATE OF OHIO MARKED MODEL 1842
SPRINGFIELD MUSKET - 1848 dated M-1842
Springfield musket for the Ohio militia and in two places
marked 'OHIO', one on the left side of the stock above the
trigger, the second below the barrel tang on the top of the
butt stock. Sought after especially by Ohio collectors.
Early enough for the last year of the Mexican War
(officially ending February 2, 1848) and undoubtedly
used in the Civil War. Lock stamping very nice, no chips
in stock, just typical dings and dents from a used musket.
Barrel is pitted around hammer as can be seen photos
with light peppering elsewhere but not bad. Middle barrel
band is missing the sling swivel and the end cap barrel
band has a broken tip that would normally fit into the
hole on the cap to keep it in place (cap is tight but will
come off if forced as it is not retained with spring tip). It
is void of all US inspectors markings. Lockplate marked
US as is butt plate, which is also stamped with "2" over
"69". Stock has several sets of initials carved in no doubt
from soldiers as was a common practice of the period.
Bottom of ramrod altered to hold cleaning swatch. (A
M-1842 bayonet to fit this gun can be furnished for an
extra $100. if desired)