CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
|ALL FIREARMS ARE ANTIQUES AND AS SUCH ARE SOLD ONLY AS
COLLECTORS ITEMS - THEY ARE NOT TO BE FIRED
NON REGULATION FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD -
German made for Civil War US use, has an iron guard with
the cut out eagle and 'US' with the motto 'E Pluribus
Unum'. Grip is wood with fish skin and wire wrap (some of
the thin single strand wire loose, twisted wire is tight). Blade
is very nice with etched floral, eagle with motto and 'US'.
Some light rust near ricasso and a few areas of light pitting
near point of blade (see photos). Metal hilt and scabbard
have deep brown patina (see photos for better idea of finish).
Sword is not pristine but is a very good example of these
imports. Etching on the blades isn't usually seen this nice
which helps to make up for the other imperfections.
RARE MODEL 1855 SPRINGFIELD PISTOL -
(No carbine attachable stock) Only slightly more
than 4,000 made, this is one of the most sought
after guns of the Civil War era. Both Barrel and
lockplate dated 1855, correct 400 yard leaf sight,
most markings good and legible (eagle on the
Maynard Tape Primer door almost completely
worn off and due to pitting on top of barrel near
nipple, the 1855 on the barrel is a bit tough to
see), cartouche is visible including initials, bench
mark on pistol is '17'. Barrel rifling still visible
but worn. Indentations on grip from attachable
shock are very light showing the gun was rarely
used with the missing carbine stock. Typical dings
and wear. Pitting on areas of the barrel near
nipple. There is a crack in the stock as can be
seen in the photos. Gun will not hold half cock
but does hold full cock. Still a hansome looking
gun with good aging. Many were initially issued
to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Cavalry in the west.
.69 CALIBER ROUND BALL BULLET MOLD -
Approx. 6" in length and a ball cavity of approx.
.64" . It is quite pitted but these are becoming
increasingly harder and harder to find. Most of
what you see are the small civilian or hunting
calibers - not the larger military calibers. Not a
gem but good for display.
M-1819 HALL BREECH LOADING FLINTLOCK
RIFLE - WITH BAYONET - Second production type
dated 1832 and marked 'J.H. HALL / H. FERRY'
with date. Light oval cartouche on left side of stock.
Mechanics good, .52 caliber with a 32 5/8" barrel.
Due to the hammer dead center on the gun the sights
are off to the left side as can be seen in the photos.
Because of this the bayonet slot is also slightly off to
one side insuring that when fixed on the rifle, the
bayonet sits at 90 degrees from top center. The bayonet
is not the typical style with the t-slot but all else
matches the regular Hall rifle bayonet including the
offset slotted bridge on the socket and fits beautifully.
It does have a fair amount of light pitting as can be
seen in photos. Approx. 40% of original brown on
barrel. Stock is very good with a few chips as shown.
Almost kept this for my collection.
M-1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD - SCHUYLER,
HARTLEY & GRAHAM - MOTTO "STAND BY THE
UNION" - Beautiful sword sold by the New York
dealer Schuyler, Hartley & Graham and well marked
on the blade. Fantastic etching on both sides (the
same) of the motto "Stand By The Union" along the
staffs of two flags, a grand eagle with the motto "E
Pluribus Unum", scroll work and a Liberty Cap
surrounded by rays. Blade is bright - no real rust. Grip
is sharkskin with the triple wire wrap in very nice
condition. It appears as though the guard has had a
clear lacquer coating perhaps to keep the gilt bright
and you might never know if you weren't looking with
a magnifying glass. No scabbard unfortunately. very
beautiful sword and with a patriotic motto etched on
the blade - which is not encountered often.
M-1833 DRAGOON OFFICER'S SWORD - IMPORT -
Along the same lines as the Ames except for several
features; the blade is a bit longer at approx. 34 5/8" in
length, the back of the blade is flat as opposed to
rounded. It is unmarked but has an etched blade with
floral and military motifs along with an open shield
near the ricasso for a military dealer to place his name
or a presentation. Brass guard has engraving with
small areas of original gilt showing in the low areas
and sharkskin grip with a triple wire wrap. Blade does
have areas of pitting as can be seen in the photos but
still a somewhat respectable piece. No scabbard.
MID 1700'S .79 CAL. BULLET MOLD FOR THE
EARLY BROWN BESS MUSKET - Great piece to
accompany the early Brown Bess .79 cal. musket. The
cavity is absolutely huge on this. No markings seen
anywhere. The previous owner had picked this up in
Scotland. Dark patina and for its age I would say this is
in very good condition including the cavity.
M-1818 STARR CAVALRY SABER - Nathan Starr
Model 1818 saber, clip point and very clean blade, very
little pitting. Marked well with the 'US / P / LS / N.
STARR' although the last 'R' in Starr is only half
visible. The LS is the mark of Luther Sage, the
inspector. The wood grip was originally covered with a
thin leather but this (as many are now found) has
come off leaving a nice aged wood. The sword still
retains the leather washer. The scabbard shows obvious
damage from use in the form of dents and one spot
below the mid-ring mount that has actually formed a
crack in the metal as can be seen in the photos.
Scabbard is relatively clean.
FIRST MODEL MERRILL CARBINE - Early model
Merrill - less than 14,500 made between the two
models. This one has seen definite use, rifling is clean
but worn. Brass patch box still retains extra nipple and
all brass (butt plate, patch box, trigger guard and
barrel band) have a pleasing aged look. All markings
are proper and legible. Matching serial number is
marked both on the lock plate and the back of the
breech lever. Walnut stock has seen heavy use with
nicks and dings but all are old and aged over.
Cartouche can be made out on left side of stock but
very faint. Bolster screw head is broken off but done
ages ago. According to the records it appears that this
serial number (while not a direct hit) falls within the
range of the 1st Kentucky Cavalry and appears to have
been originally issued in June, 1863 then re-issued
later after the War. New information: Can't believe I
missed this but it is so light and with the patina blends
in so well - initials and possible state on the patch box.
There are 4 initials in block letters that are very clear
"BBTR" on the lower edge of the patch box (written
upside down) and on the top edge in script, which is
extremely light (use of a lit magnifying glass helps
immensely) it looks to be a definite "B R" then two
nondescript letters/numbers what looks to be "Tenn" -
once again you must really look. Perhaps some
persistant research can come up with something.
NEW MODEL 1863 SHARPS CARBINE -
Approximately 40,000 of this model were produced
during the War. This breech loader was among the
more popular weapons used. This is a good solid
carbine with a pleasing, uniform tone on both the
wood and metal but near the end of the barrel is some
light pitting. All markings are crisp and legible. Two
cartouche on left side of stock. Several dings in the
wood but done long ago. Rifling is worn but clean.
Records show that the Sharps in this serial number
range seemed to be scattered among regiments with
many going to Illinois Cavalry regiments but others
going to Maryland and New Hampshire Cavalry
regiments so can't really pin that down. Overall a
pretty nice looking carbine with undoubted War use.
New Information Added
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
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.
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)
COMPARTMENT FLASK - These flasks first were popular during the
flintlock period so the user could carry extra flints, patches, etc. in the
compartments. Later they were used in the percussion era for caps and
bullets. There are two compartments in the bottom of this flask with
swivel covers. Approx. 4 3/4" overall height, brass with a very pleasing
and dark patina. This pattern is shown as number 461 in Riling's 'The
Powder Flask Book'. Spring on the charger is a bit weak to the point that
it doesn't snap shut when released, otherwise very good condition.
POWDER HORN WITH TWO POWDER MEASURES -
Small (approx. 5 1/2" in length) horn with two powder
measures (2" and under in length) that are made of bone.
Horn has wood base and a wood stopper. Measures are
attached to the horn with a very thin strip of sinew and a
thicker strip of leather. One chip in horn otherwise very
SPENCER CARBINE ISSUED TO 3RD MICHIGAN
CAVALRY - This Spencer carbine belongs to a friend
of mine who asked me to sell it for him. This carbine is
a direct hit for serial number issued to Pvt. George
Haynes of Company I, 3rd Michigan Cavalry. This is
accompanied by a small group of copied documents of
Haynes and the 3rd but most important is a copy of the
document from 1865 showing the serial number on this
gun and attaching it to George Haynes. The notation
lists it as 'returned' so not sure if that meant Haynes
returned the carbine or the carbine was returned to
him. No idea or records that I'm aware of that shows
when the gun was originally issued. The entire
document also shows another 16 Spencer serial
numbers and who they were issued to in the 3rd. The
serial numbers span a 22,000 range so this may have
been the second issue for them as they are not
sequential. The gun has a very nice look to it, very well
used but not ragged. Metal is gray to brown, wood is
worn, showing years in the War, no cracks but has
some gouges (nothing recent).Contrary to the
paperwork included I have trouble seeing any cartouche
on the wood, understandably with the wear. Bore also
shows wear but rifling still very visible. Price on this as
on everything on the website) includes shipping.
M-1860 AMES CAVALRY SWORD - Ames -
Chickopee, Massachusetts Cavalry Sword, dated 1865.
Nice looking sword from late War and mainly used
during the Indian Wars and this one did see use. Rack
numbers are stamped on the branch of the guard and
on the drag of the scabbard. Same 'C7' on both but
sword has '34' and scabbard '66' so during use the
scabbards must have been swapped. Drag of the
scabbard is worn. Grip is complete and I would estimate
that the leather is about 80% original finish with the
20% worn off. The blade looks to have had a flash of
nickel - nothing heavy.
C-1820-50 INFANTRY / ARTILLERY OFFICER'S
SWORD - German import of a c-1820-50 Militia style
Infantry / Artillery Officer's sword. Typical bone grip,
brass eagle head pommel grip with half clam shell
guard displaying a spread eagle. Blade is etched with
stand of flags and floral motif. German maker's stamp
on ricasso. Blade is gun metal gray and clean with
exception of a few small pitted spots. Very slight and
very minor shake in grip. No scabbard.
MAYNARD CARBINE - SECOND MODEL - .50 Cal.
single shot breech loading carbine made by the
Massachusetts Arms Co. in Chicopee Falls, Mass. Very
nice and deep makers markings and inspectors stamps
on metal as well as the cartouche stamps in the stock.
Barrel has beautiful bluing still intact, wood still
retains many sharp edges. Frame shows little left of the
case hardened coloring. Total produced over 20,000.
Extremely nice example.
SMITH CARBINE - .50 Cal. single shot breech loading
carbine. Smith carbines were produced by three
companies, this was produced by the American
Machine Works in Springfield, Massachusetts. Carbine
is in beautiful condition with nice case hardened
coloring on the frame, good bluing on the hex portion
of the barrel and again near the muzzle with the bluing
feathering out at the end of the fore stock - my guess
where the soldier may have been holding it. Very fine
light peppering (more discoloring than pitting) on the
barrel locking bar. Walnut stock is in very nice shape
with exception of fine hairline crack on left side of
wrist as can be seen in photos. May have been a state
contract or private purchase as there are no cartouche
5TH ILLINOIS CAVALRY REMINGTON NEW ARMY
REVOLVER - Remington .44 cal. New Army Revolver
SN 39918. This is not a direct hit on the Springfield
Research Service but everything hundreds above and
below of those known issued were issued to the 5th
Illinois Cavalry. What solidified this one was the name
on the bottom strap of the grip "A C Tigner". When
checking the rosters of the 5th Illinois Cavalry his name
comes up as Archibald C. Tigner. Tigner, from
Bloomington, Illinois mustered in to Co. C of the 5th
Cav. on Dec. 10, 1861 as a Private. He re-enlisted on
March 10. 1864 and was mustered out on October 27,
1865. He was also promoted to Trumpeter (date not
listed). The 5th Cavalry fought in the Western Theatre
during the War and show 21 engagements including
Helena, Pocahontas, Smithville and Little Cypress,
Arkansas as well as Clinton, Jackson, Port Gibson,
Black River, Coldwater and Ellisville, Mississippi
among others. There is a name also carved in the left
grip but that one does not come up in any rosters (may
be a post War addition). There is the remnant of a
cartouche on the left grip amidst the carving. The gun
itself is in poor condition. Mechanically it does not
work, the cylinder pin grip is broken off and there is a
replaced screw in the loading lever but at the end of the
day we know who had it and the unit he was in and it
will display decently.
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