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ACRYLIC SWORD & SCABBARD STAND: This pair of acrylic sword & scabbard stands was designed to hold one sword and its scabbard. Each is 5 inches tall and designed with square edge groves to prevent the sword or scabbard from flipping over as often happens with similar stands with a rounded cut. They will accommodate swords of all sized from small bowie knives to cavalry sabers.  This design presents a very clean and crisp display that is attractive. $29.00


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F366. CHECKERED STOCK VOLUNTEER ENFIELD RIFLE: This is a very high-grade Checkered Stock Volunteer Enfield, which are usually an iron mounted Pattern 1856 type rifle. These have a stock made of better grade walnut with checkering, a high-grade finish and infrequently additional features. This gun is complete and in near-mint condition with all original parts to include the nipple protector and chain. The lock is marked CROWN / YOUNG GLASGOW / 1859. On the underside of the stock by the swivel there is a circle-cross stamped into the wood.  I have seen this mark on a number of Civil War guns, but have no idea what it represents. If this gun made it to the Civil War, it most likely was a private purchase. $2500.00


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F368. WHITNEY NAVY REVOLVER: This is a Whitney Navy percussion revolver from the era of the American Civil War. The Whitney Navy was a 6-shot, .36 caliber, single action percussion revolver that was manufactured from the late 1850s through the early 1860s. Some 33,000 Whitney Navy revolvers were produced during the production run, with many seeing US government use. The US Army acquired 10,587 of the revolvers between 1861 and 1864 and the US Navy purchased an additional 6,226 between 1863 and 1865. The state of New Jersey purchased 920 Whitney Navy revolvers in 1863, but 792 of those guns were subsequently resold to the US Army in 1863 and 1864. A number of Whitney Navy revolvers also appear to have been acquired by the South and saw service during the American Civil War. Some were purchased prior to the outbreak of hostilities and many more after the conflict started. These later production guns were no doubt obtained through a combination of capturing weapons and purchasing the guns surreptitiously from secondary retailers rather than Whitney. At least two-dozen Whitney Navy revolvers are known to have been repaired for use by the 4th Virginia “Black Horse” Cavalry, and a handful of identified Whitney Navy revolvers with Confederate provenance exist was well. It is not surprising that the revolver found favor on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.  This Whitney Navy revolver appears to have been US government purchased and is marked with an Anchor on the top of the barrel, and was period plated to protect it from exposure to salt water. It is maker marked on the barrel, but also has the name A A WHITE scratched in as well.  I did a quick search of this name and have not yet found a US sailor of naval officer, but found plenty of cavalry soldiers, both Union and Confederate that may have carried this gun. The original take-down lever has been period replaced with a steel pin, which may be a Confederate alteration.  The gun is tight and properly cycles, and hold in both half and full cock. The grips are original and have the same serial number as on the loading leaver; 25353, and the rifling is strong. $1500.00








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F307. CONFEDERATE ROLLER-BUCKLE BELT WITH COLT NAVY SLIM-JIM HOLSTER & HARTFORD COLT 1851 NAVY REVOLVER: This is a Confederate Roller-Buckle belt with a Colt Navy Slim-Jim holster, complete with a Hartford Colt 1851 Navy Revolver. The serial number 92654 matches on the lower & upper receiver, the loading lever, the trigger guard and the wedge; however, the back strap has a different number; 80716. Serial number 92654 dates to 1859 and 80716 to 1857. Many of the 90xxx Colt Navy Revolvers were purchased by Southern states prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. The Hartford make on the top of the barrel is well worn, but readable; the action is tight and holds in both half and full cock positions; the nipples, front site and all screws are original, and there is even some original silver on the trigger guard. The Confederate Roller-Buckle belt is in good shape with one repair as shown in the photos, and the Colt Navy Revolver Slim-Jim Holster has beautiful patina and the single loop with a very cool period repair on the reverse. The holster is soft at its top from wear, but displays well with the revolver and the belt. This price is for the revolver, belt and holster. $2600.00


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F364. ENGLISH PATTERN - 1856 ENFIELD 2-BAND RIFLE:  This is an English Pattern – 1856 Enfield 2-band rifle. It is complete with all original barrel band, sling swivels, adjustable real site, steel butt plate and trigger guard, and ramrod. The lock is TOWER marked and dated 1861 and properly functions in both half and full cock, and the nipple is original. The stock has expected dings and bumps and is complete with no breaks, and is maker marked T. TURNER. Also, to the real of the trigger guard and swivel is stamped a CROWN and B S A for the Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited (BSA). All the steel has the same matching plum-brownpatina. The barrel has no longer rifled and smooth bore. $1800.00 


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U980. ROBY – M1840 NCO SWORD: This is a Roby M1840 NCO sword with a metal scabbard. This has been in a private collection for over 50 years and is fresh to the marker, and has never been cleaned or polished. This hilt is tight and has a dark muster patina with inspection mark “A.G.M’ on the guard. The blade was never sharpened and has an even dark gray patina, is Roby maker marked and inspected “U.S / 1864 / A.G.M”. The scabbard is metal with its original finished and brass mounts. The drag has several dings indicating the sword was carried, and is inspect marked “DFH”, and the frog pin is bent, but complete. The M1840 is a sword carried by senior NCOs and is common; however, it is nice to find one that is untouched with such rich patina. Shipping is included in this price. $575.00  


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U939. WAR OF 1812 – MOUNTED ARTILLERY OFFICER SABER:  This is a Mounted Artillery Officer saber which dated to the War of 1812.  It is English made with a very curved etched blade, which originally was blue with gold etching. All the bluing is gone, but you can see traced of original gold, and the etching is deep and crisp. The original and complete brass hilt is loose due to the shrinkage of the bone grip, which has both straight and diagonal checkering lines. This sword can be dated to the period of the War of 1812 because it is retailer marked: RICHARD & Co. New York City, and in business 1808-1816. They imported swords from Richards’ relative, gun and sword maker Henry Richard, London, England, as well as other English exporters.  Shipping is included! $975.00


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USCB01. WAR OF 1812 – MOUNTED ARTILLERY OFFICER BRASS SABER SCABBARD:  This is a War of 1812 brass Mounted Artillery Officer saber scabbard. It has a curve that can accept the above sword, but the sabers langets prevent it from completely seating. The throat piece is missing and there are some dents. Sold as is! $450.00


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U979. UNMARKED AMES - MODEL 1860 NAVAL CUTLASS & ORIGINAL SCABBARD: This is an unmarked Ames Model 1860 Naval Cutlass with the original scabbard. Both the US Navy and Army had a contract for this style cutlass and those where Ames marked; dated and inspected. However, many of the states placed orders and those blades most likely are void of maker or inspection marks. The cutlass blade is stamped with an anchor and is dated 1862, and shows period sharpening. The hilt is tight and the grip retains original leather and brass wire; which often is missing. The blade washer is a later addon and can be removed if desired. The leather scabbard is complete with reverse rivets and a brass upper mount with a brass frog stud and a brass drag. The brass fittings are believed to have been post-Civil War since the cutlass saw long periods of use even up until the Second World War. The leather is a little soft below the frog stud. I have priced this at a discounted price, which included shipping. $875.00


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F365. EXTREMELY RARE - JAPANESE BOSHIN WAR - BRITISH PATTERN 1861 CAVALRY CARBINE: The Boshin War is also referred to as the Japanese Revolution, the Boshin Senso, or the Yang Earth Dragon’s War of the Year. From 1868 to 1869, various forces who supported the Tokugawa Shogunate and who wanted for the Imperial Court to regain control over the country fought each other in a series of battles. According to records, the origins of the war can be traced back to the discontent of young samurai warriors and several nobles of the shogunate’s failure to efficiently handle the events brought about by the end of Japan’s isolation policy a decade earlier. The primary way in which the “traditionalists” sought to overwhelm the Shogunate forces was to modernize their own armies and to acquire modern firearms from England, Europe and the United States. The end of the American Civil War in 1865 had made a huge number of obsolete percussion-muzzleloading rifles and rifle muskets available on the secondary market from international arms traders like Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. While these guns were being replaced with modern metallic cartridge breechloaders in most of the world, a muzzleloading Enfield pattern rifle or rifle musket was a huge technological advantage against the traditional smoothbore Tanegashima-tsutsu matchlocks in Japan. The traders were only too happy to arm what was looking to be a Japanese civil war.

This English Pattern 1861 Cavalry Carbine is in amazing condition and complete with all original parts to include barrel bands; swinging ramrod; sling swivels; nipple protector and chain; adjustable rear site, and a strong 5-grove minty bore. The lock has a Crown and is marked TOWER 1862 and is void of British military marks. The stock is maker marked KYNOCH & Co. BIRMINGHAM, and to the right is a 16-petalled chrysanthemum.This flower is also stamped in the breach beside the hammer.

The Imperial Seal of Japan or National Seal of Japan, also called the Chrysanthemum Seal, Chrysanthemum Flower Seal, or Imperial chrysanthemum emblem is one of the national seals and a crest used by the Emperor of Japan and members of the Imperial Family. By 1872, it was decreed that all breechloading firearms be transferred to Imperial government control in Tokyo and soon thereafter all Enfield pattern rifles be forwarded to Imperial arsenals for alteration to breechloader; however, this carbine was not altered and is in its original configuration.

Tim Prince wrote the following:

A very interesting gun for a lot of reasons. First of all even though George Kynoch went into business in 1862, he did not become a major force in gun making until he acquired William Tranter’s factory circa 1884-85. Additionally the gun has a Pattern 1861 cavalry carbine rear sight, rather than the Pattern 1856 small leaf rear sight. The Pattern 1856 Cavalry carbine was updated to the Pattern 1861 with the new rear sight, the adoption of 5-groove rifling and changing from the Palmer clamping barrel bands to the new Baddeley patent bands. Since this gun has the earlier Palmer bands I’ll bet it’s still a 3-groove gun that Kynoch refurbished and updated prior to sale to Japan. Note also there are 2 sling swivels and no saddle bar & ring, probably Japanese requests. Almost none of the British military Pattern 1861 cavalry carbines were ever issued in percussion, most were held in storage and were altered to Snider before they were ever issued. From a Civil War standpoint, there is no evidence that any of the Pattern 1861 cavalry carbines were imported.   (Barrel is 5-grove)  then it is technically a Pattern 1861. That’s a very rare carbine in percussion.

Though not an American Civil War weapon, this unique and extremely rare Enfield Cavalry Carbine has amazing history. $2100.00


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F352. 55TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY REGIMENT (COLORED TROOPS) – IDENTIFIED ENFIELD RIFLE, CARTRIDGE BOX & FIELD MIRROR: In the Mid-1980’s, an Enfield Rifle, Cartridge box and a field shaving mirror were sold at an estate sale by an African-American (Black) family, who were descendants of a Colored Soldier from the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiments. These items were sold off individually and after a 30+ year search, have been reunited. Unfortunately, the record of the sale is not available, and the family history is gone, but luckily each item was Civil War period marked with the soldier’s name: Steven Ward. The name Steven L Ward is stenciled on the flat area of the Enfield opposite the lock, as well as on the field Shaving mirror, and the name Steven Ward is stenciled on the underside of the cartridge box flap, and the backside of the shoulder strap. These two versions of the name are helpful, but present a challenge for a positive identification since no living descendant exist, and will require extensive research of the names and each item for characteristics unique to the 55th Massachusetts infantry. The Civil War data-base list two Union soldiers named Stephen L. Ward, and eighteen soldiers with the name Stephen Ward, of which three were African-American (Colored).  Many of these soldiers can be eliminated because they had late enlistments; served in non-combat or non-infantry units, or were not issued Enfield rifles.  This narrows the list to the two soldiers with the name Stephen L. Ward, and the three African-American (Colored) privates.

Of the two named Stephen L. Ward, one was from the 1st Michigan Light Artillery and enlisted 9/6/1864 and mustered-out 8/1/1865. His enlistment period is late in the war and he would not have been issued an Enfield Rifles. The second soldier was from the 13th New Jersey Infantry, and though he had an early enlistment of 8/25/1862 and survived the war, his unit did not receive Enfield rifles, but carried Springfield Rifles.  Based on these facts, these two soldiers can be ruled out in regards to these identified items. This leaves the three African-American (Colored) soldiers with the same name Stephen Ward.

The first enlisted on 7/19/1863 into the US Colored Troop, 4th Cavalry, New Orleans. This unit was issued cavalry carbines and would not have received Enfield rifles. The second enlisted on 5/27/1865 into Company A, 128th United States Colored Infantry. As a late-war Federal unit, it is possible it received Enfield rifles, but more likely Springfield rifles. Also, as a late-war enlistment, this solder would have been issued a model 1864 cartridge not the 1861 version.

The third Colored soldier is Private Stephen Ward of the 55th Massachusetts Infantry. He enlisted 5/29/1863 into the 55th Massachusetts Infantry and was killed in action on 11/30/1864 at Honey Hill, SC. He was born in Tennessee and was most likely a slave who escaped to Ohio. This 55th was issued Confederate Enfield Rifles from captured blockade runner ships, purchased in Prize Auctions by the State of Massachusetts.  This, as well as some other details mention later, make it highly probable this identified group belongs to Private Stephen Ward of the 55th Massachusetts Infantry. CLICK TO READ THE COMPLETE HISTORY FOLDER.  $12,500.00


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U787. AMES MODEL-1832 FOOT ARTILLERY SWORD (1833): This is an Ames Model-1832 Foot Artillery Sword, dated 1833.  It was made during the second year of production (1833) and is one out of the first 4000 produced in the years 1832 & 1833. This is considered both a Mexican War and Civil War sword.  It is especially rare not only for its early production date, but its outstanding condition.  The hilt is tight, the blade is bright, rust free, and shows light period sharping. The underside of the guard is maker marked S. HUSE/ NEWBURYPORT with an inspection mark “C”. The blade is marked with the Ames Eagle over N.P. AMES Springfield, and UNITED STATES / 1833 / ?. The scabbard is solid with both original mounts and rivets, no breaks, light crazing with two areas of leather loss, but overall, near mint.  This is an amazing find. $2200.00


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U977. EMERSON & SILVER MADE – MILLER & CO. NEW YORK RETAILED SILVER PLATED NON-REGULATION OFFICERS SWORD:  This Non-Regulation Officers sword was made by Emerson & Silver and retailed by Miller & Company, New York. There are several features that identify the maker as Emerson & Silver; the grip shape, the Keystone mark on the blade, the tulip shape scabbard throat piece and the numbering on the mounts. The sword is high-grade with silver plated hilt and back strap and the silver-plated mounts and the fancy drag. The grip is 98% original shark skin with triple strand wire, and the original white buff leather washer hold the blade tight.  The blade is marked Miller & Co. New York with two etched panners with some pitting near the tip. The scabbard is complete with all mounts and screws, and detailed chase work. Emerson & Silver where in business 1860-1865 and had a New York City office 1860-1864. Miller (John) & Co. New York where in business 1863-1868 and sold presentation grade swords. It is rare to find a Miller retailed sword, especially one which it silver plated. $2900.00  


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C455. BOYLE, GAMBLE & MCFEE ARTILLERY SHORT SWORDThis is an artillery short sword made by Boyle, Gamble & McFee of Richmond, Virginia; and matches the known existing marked specimen. The sword is in great condition with a period sharpen blade; tight hilt; and the original copper-brass mounted scabbard with both mounts. The scabbard is strong; has expected crazing and some leather loose, and has shrunk allowing 1/2 of the blade to be exposed. $3700.00


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F363. 59TH ILLINOIS IDENTIFED – 1863 TYPE-1 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE-MUSKET: This is a Springfield Model 1863 Type-1 rifled musket manufactured by Springfield Armory. The Model 1861 was the most commonly used longarm in the American Civil War, with over 700,000 manufactured. The Model 1863 also has the distinction of being the last muzzle-loading longarm produced by the Springfield Armory and was produced in two variants. The Type I eliminated the band springs and replaced the flat barrel bands with oval clamping bands. It also featured a new ramrod, a case-hardened lock, a new hammer, and a redesigned bolster. This gun is fully functional with all original parts except a replaced nipple, and the original .58 caliber barrel was smooth bored most likely after the war. The gun is tack decorated on both sides with two Corps badges on the stocks right side; a Crescent Moon with a star (7th Corps) and a convex, curved cross (16th corps); a large U S, and tacks outlining the lock plate. On the other side there are tacks around the lock screws and tacks between where some sort of disk or coin once was. On the opposite side of the stock are the initials H. H. R. and 95 ILL.  

A search of the Civil War data base for the 95th Illinois infantry regiments found one and only one match: Corporal Henry H. Rowe. He was an 18 years-old farmer from Hebron, Illinois and enlisted 11 August 1862 as a private and promoted to Corporal. He survived the war and mustered out 17 August, 1865.  The 95th Illinois was formed late summer of 1862. All companies were formed out of Boone and McHenry Counties and were mustered into federal service on September 4, 1862. After training at Camp Fuller near Rockford the regiment took to the field, proceeding to Jackson by way of Cairo and Columbus. There they joined the growing army under Major General Ulysses S. Grant, who was preparing to advance on the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg. The 95th was assigned to the XVI Corps and took part in Grant's northern Mississippi Campaign in late 1862. This abortive first move against Vicksburg ended when the Union supply line at Holly Springs was disruption by Confederate cavalry under General Earl Van Dorn. Along with the rest of the army, the 95th retreated back into Tennessee. Reassigned to the XVII Corps under General James McPherson in January 1863, the regiment spent time in occupies Memphis before embarking down the Mississippi River River to Lake Providence. There the regiment received its "baptism of fire" by skirmishing with some Confederate raiders on February 10, 1863. In early April they moved to Milliken's Bend in preparation for the beginning of the Vicksburg Campaign. The Ninety-fifth was temporarily detached from the Second Brigade, Seventeenth Army Corps and assigned to the Brigade made up for the Red River expedition. The Ninety-fifth was engaged at the capture of Fort De Russey and in the battles of Old River, Cloutierville, Mansuar, Yellow Bayou and all the movements of that advance and retreat. In the battle of Bayou, the Sixteenth Corps was hotly engaged, and the Ninety-fifth fought during a portion of time under one of the severest fires of artillery it ever experienced in a field fight.  I was not able to determine Corporal Rowe’ s service in the VII Corps.  The VII Corps designation was used twice: Department of Virginia and Department of Arkansas. It is possible Rowe served was assigned to a unit under either of these VII Corps, but his muster sheets are currently unavailable. Here is an opportunity to add an Illinois identified Springfield rifle that saw action with the 95th Illinois Infantry Regiment. $3200.00


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C454. BOYLE & GAMBLE SIDE KNIFE WITH ORIGINAL SHEATH: This is a unmarked Boyle & Gamble Side Knife with original brown leather sheath. The knife is 14 1/2 inches long with a 10 1/4 x 1 1/2-inch clip point blade. The blade has great casting and filling marks, and appears to never to have been sharpened. The wood grip is tight and pinned with a brass washer, and the brass guard has great casting flaws. The brown leather sheath is 100% complete with the belt loop, and all original cotton stitching and in near-mint condition. $3800.00



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