and WAR OF 1812
REVOLUTIONARY WAR DOCUMENTS CAN BE FOUND BUT WHEN THEY CONTAIN ARMS
INFORMATION, ARE RARE. PAPER WAS SCARCE DURING THAT PERIOD RESULTING IN
NO REAL SET SIZE FOR DOCUMENTS & RECEIPTS. ANY SIZE OF PAPER THAT COULD
BE FOUND AND WOULD WORK IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE FOR THE PURPOSE INTENDED
1791 POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR REVOLUTIONARY WAR
VETERAN - Power of attorney for the Rhode Island veteran Clark
Hopkins, that fought in the late regiment commanded by Col. Topham.
Document is approx. 7 3/4" x 10 5/8" and in very good condition.
1791 POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR REVOLUTIONARY WAR
VETERAN - Power of attorney for the Rhode Island veteran James
Brown, that fought in Col. Trehabits (?) Company. Document is approx.
8" x 11 3/4" and in very good condition.
1791 POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN
- Power of attorney for the New York veteran Paul Brimley, that fought in
Col. John Torpping's (?) Company. Document is approx. 8 1/4" x 12
1/4" and in very good condition.
CDV - GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON & FAMILY - 1860's period
CDV (approx. 2 7/16" x 4") engraving of General Washington in uniform
seated with his family. Reverse is blank. Carte is in very good condition but
does have rounded corners.
COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS DOCUMENT - 1756 - 7 3/4 X
12 3/8" pre-printed and filled in for the county of Hampshire for
a gentleman from Springfield. Has the heading "GEORGE the
Second, by the Grace of GOD, of Great Britain, France and
Ireland, KING, Defender of the Faith, Etc." This is basically a
court document with judgement for a civil case. Neat document
from 20 years prior to the Revolution. Does have a few small
holes at the intersection of folds and also a few minor separation
areas on the folds. Good condition.
WAR OF 1812 PERIOD CANTEEN - - Approx 7" dia x 2
7/8" wide good solid period cheese box style canteen. Is
painted black but the paint under the black is a very light
pastel colored green as can be seen in the photos. the only
marking is a 'T' on the side (perhaps the owner's initial or
perhaps a state such as Tennessee and Jackson's troops??)
There are four leather strap loops nailed on - all intact.
Good early canteen - VGC.
BEAUTIFUL CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION RIBBON - BATTLE OF
LEXINGTON- Approx. 2 1/4" x 8" high. A Committee member's badge
for the Centennial of the Battle of Lexington held on April 19, 1875.
Ribbon is partially separated from the pinbar but otherwise in GC.
UNITED STATES CURRENCY - 1779 CC-88 - Approx. 2
13/16" x 3 5/8" $2.00 Note issue date of January 14, 1779,
only 2 1/2 years after the Declaration of Independence. Has red
overprint on graphic and 'UNITED STATES' on left border.
Printed by Hall and Sellers 1779. Fair Condition.
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.
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.
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
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..
EARLY PLUG BAYONET- C-1680-1710 European plug
bayonet. This style was the first for bayonets and preceded the
later socket bayonets. Overall length is approx. 19 1/2" with
an approx. 5" handle made out of a burly looking English
Walnut (?). These were used in the hunting community along
with the military. This does have a touch mark (see additional
images) but I believe it may be a hunting bayonet although
this same style bayonet with this cross guard is shown in
Neumann's book "Swords and Blades of the American
Revolution" (Pg. 34 - # 7B). Bayonet is in very good condition
but cross guard is loose and there is a crack in the grip.
GEORGE CLYMER - DOUBLE SIGNER - DECLARATION
OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION -
Approx. 7 3/8" x 8 3/4" 3 page ALS - folded cover. 1793 letter
from George Clymer to his Brother-in-law Samuel Merideth
(also a signer of the US Constitution) who at the time was the
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in New York (cover is addressed
as such). Letter addresses what appears to be personal business
deals (as they were business partners) and other items (see
transcript on 'Additional Images' link). Clymer, as one of the
Founding Fathers was a Delegate from Pennsylvania. Along
with signing the Declaration of Independence, he would later
sign the U.S. Constitution and served as a Representative in
the First Federal Congress from 1789-1791. Letter is in very
good condition, especially considering the age, is written in
period ink on laid paper. There is some separation on the
main fold (approx. 50%) but both sides still intact. Wax from
cover seal is still present. Letter mentions a 'Hamilton' but
unsure whether that is reference to Alexander.
MARYLAND COLONIAL CURRENCY - 1776 CC-45 - Approx.
2 3/4" x 3 9/16" Two and two thirds dollar note issue date of
August 14, 1776, only 41 days after the Declaration of
Independence. Printed by F. Green - Annapolis 1776. Good
1781 CONNECTICUT REVOLUTIONARY WAR
SOLDIER'S PAY DOCUMENT - From the State
Pay-Table Office November 7, 1781, the order to pay a
Captain Ebenizer Bernard G__. Document is approx. 3
7/8" x 6 1/4". Signed by the Pay Table Committee
signers Eleazer Wales and Fenn Wadsworth. Does have
one small archival tape tack on reverse, good condition.
LADLE RECOVERED AT VALLEY FORGE - Fantastic
relic from the Revolutionary War camp of General
George Washington. A shallow dish ladle which would
have probably been used to melt lead for bullets. I see no
lead residue as the ladle is heavily pitted from ground
action but very solid. In old white paint on the handle is
"Valley Forge 1777-1778". Total length is approx. 17
1/4" and bowl diameter is 4" and 3/4" in depth.
Completely hand forged. Recovered in the 50's but no
other information known.
WAR OF 1812 - CAMP HOLLY - MORNING REPORT -
ANDREW STEVENSON'S COMPANY OF ARTILLERY - Large
(7 7/8" x 12 3/4") two sided sheet giving the morning reports
ranging from January 18-28, 1815 (technically after the Peace
Treaty was signed but only several weeks after the Battle of New
Orleans). Captain Stevenson's Company of Artillery was a
Richmond, Va regiment and Camp Holly (Camp Holly Springs)
was located near the junction of Newmarket and Long Branch
Roads northwest of Malvern Hills, Virginia. It was established in
the Spring of 1813 and occupied until after the War ('Virginia in
the War of 1812' by Sharol Fletcher). Document is on laid paper
and in very good condition.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PAY VOUCHER -
CONNECTICUT LINE - 1781 - Approx. 5 1/2" x 6 3/4" -
Dated April 7, 1781 for Oliver Burnham's service in the
Connecticut Line of the Continental Army of the United
States. All hand written, normally you find these pre-printed
and filled in. Burnham was the brother of the signer of the
document, Wolcutt Burnham. Very good condition with the
bottom torn as was common practice during the period.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR RECEIPT FOR ARMS - JULY 5,
1776 - Approx. 3" x 8 1/4" - DATED ONE DAY AFTER
THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF
INDEPENDENCE!! Receipt for two "Country Arms with
the Bayonets" signed by Edward Ells who was a Captain in
the Third Regiment of the Connecticut Line. The third's
general meeting was in Middletown, Ct., and participated in
the battle at Danbury, took post at West Point, was camped
at White Plains with Washington's Main Army and served
under General Heath on the east side of the Hudson River
along with later service. These receipts are highly desirable
when they mention weapons of accouterments and when
dated so close to the signing make a real focus point in a
1814 GOVERNMENT PAMPHLET CONCERNING THE
PEACE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE US AND
GREAT BRITAIN - Approx. 6 1/4" x 9 1/4" - 28 pages. This
was printed by President Madison and referred to the
Committee of Foreign Relations with dialog on the
negotiations for a treaty of peace to end the War of 1812.
This is an uncut copy, meaning that the pages are not even
on the unbound edge and also the tops of the pages are still
attached and uncut to separate them fully. Concerning the
fact that it is over 200 years old it is in very good condition.
WAR OF 1812 - 1814 AGREEMENT PAYING FOR
SUBSTITUTE- Approx. 8" x 8 3/4" - Memorandum dated
November 11, 1814, drawn up between two men. One
paying the other $30. for six months in the Militia as a
substitute. No state is named. Good condition.
WAR OF 1812 - U.S. ISSUE WOOD DRUM CANTEEN-
Approx. 7 1/4" Dia. x 2 1/2" Wide - Standard US canteen
from the War of 1812. Most of these you see have been
painted over with an M.S. but this is the original U.S.
reddish painted, marked with the maker's stamp "JR' on
the reverse side and also personalized by the owner with a
carved 'E+B' near the hole. Canteen is very solid but does
have a few issues. The old strap loops were removed
(originals were short and normally mounted near the
middle of the width) and a more lacquer type finish is over
those areas - probably to seal the nail holes of the removed
straps. Wear can be seen in the middle of the canteen in
these areas from the original strap wear. New strap bands
were added from old leather and personally if I were keeping
this I would remove those strap bands. Still a good sound
example of the more desirable US marked 1812 canteen.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD CARTRIDGE BOX -
Approx. 11" Long x 2 1/2" Wide and on the original belt
that is approx. 3" in height. Leather is very dry and top flap
is present but a bit ragged & detached. Wood block has 24
drilled holes for cartridges. Outer side of the box has a
tooled design along with tacks. On the back side of the box
where it is attached to the belt, the leather has pulled away a
bit from the wood block as can be seen in the photos. Not
pristine by any stretch but a good honest piece. Could use
some TLC and leather treatment.
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. Corners worn.
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.
WAR OF 1812 - M-1808 US CARTRIDGE BOX - Large cartridge
box, typical M-1808 pattern with wood block to hold 26
cartridges, has a pocket inside the outer flap with access to a
compartment below the block for gun tools, etc. There is quite a
bit wrong with this box, a chunk of leather missing from the
front flap, missing the finial for the flap latch, missing one of
the back straps (actually the second is present and tucked in the
accoutrement compartment) and missing the roller buckles and
straps but strangely enough with all that missing it still looks
decent for an 1812 display - and the price is far below that of a
complete box (I paid $800 for the one in my collection).
TYPE SIGNED GEORGE WASHINGTON - COLUMBIAN
CENTINEL - 1794- Four page newspaper Columbian Centinel
(Boston, Mass) from March 7, 1794. Interesting items are two
laws (back before everyone had to have a rider tacked to a law)
listed on the front page with the type set script signature of
George Washington. The Centinel was one of few that would
have a script signature of Washington for this type of matter.
Paper is in very good condition but has two pieces of scotch tape
on the back page - negligible.