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U651. AMES M1860 NAVAL CUTLASS, SCABBARD & FROG: This is an Ames M1860 Naval Cutlass complete with the original scabbard and frog. The hilt is tight with 100% original leather and no wire, which is common. Its rack number is 12M 655. The blade is Ames marked and dates 1862, but no inspection mark making this most likely a state or Army purchased cutlass. The leather blade washer is original, and there is some minor surface pitting. The scabbard is original and complete with all the rivets including the tip. It has a few soft spots, but no breaks. The frog is very unique. Both have taken on a brown patina to the leather. It is not often that you find a cutlass complete with the scabbard and frog.

$1795.00

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U636.   SAUERBIER M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD:  This M1850 Foot Officers sword is a product of Sauerbier from New Jersey and though it is unmarked, the distinct features associated with Sauerbier; the screw attaching the guard to the pommel cap; the design of the unstopped fuller; and the pommel cap nut are obvious.  The guard is the design with the small US in the center and it is tight with no movement. The pommel cap has additional chase-work; the leather grip has a little wear, but 100% triple strand wire. The leather blade washer holds the blade tight. Also, it is frosty with outstanding etching to include Lady Justice holding a scale above her head and a large US on one side and military motif to include cross cannons, which could indicate the sword was for an artillery officer. The scabbard has the throat and drag unique to Sauerbier, is dent free, and a nice gray-brown patina.

$2600.00

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U644. M1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD - SCHUYLER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM: Most examples of the Civil War M1852 Naval Officers sword are either an Ames or Horstmann (W. Clauberg, Solingen) product, and it is rare to find specimens by other makers or retailers. This is the first example of a Schuyler, Hartley & Graham M1852 Naval Officers sword I have ever acquired.  I located it at the 2016 Baltimore Antique Arms show this past March. This sword is in near-mint condition with the slightest of wear on the grip, and some minor areas of dark spots on the blade.  The hilt and scabbard mounts retain 100% original gold wash. The scabbard leather is complete and solid. The white shark-skin grip is near perfect with 100% original wire. The blade is frosty with amazing etching to include the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham mark, Anchors, and a stylish US over N. Simply one of the best!

$2900.00 

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CS01.  CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SABER: Wow! This Confederate Cavalry scabbard was discovered in upstate New York and most likely was a battlefield recovered war trophy. It is 38 inches with a steel body and a brass throat, mounts and drag. The throat piece is very large and tight, as are the ring mounts and drag. The steel has a nice deep brown patina and is still very solid even with the pitted surface. At the base near the drag are two holes, but the area is still strong. The scabbard was design for a saber with a very pronounced curve. There is an exact example of this scabbard complete with the saber in the archives of the Wisconsin Civil War collection. That saber has a heavy three-branch guard with a large curves blade.  If you have the matching saber for this scabbard, I will gladly purchase it or sell this to you. $1600.00 

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C262. CONFEDERATE SIDE-KNIFE & RUSSET-BROWN ROLLER BUCKLE BELT: This is a great original Confederate side-knife with its original russet-brown scabbard and matching russet-brown roller buckle belt. The 13 inch long knife has an 8 1/4 inch spear-point blade, with an S-shape steel guard and solid wood grip. There is a copper rivet at the base where peened. As you look at the blade and guard, you can see great casting flaws and file marks. The russet-brown scabbard has a tin throat piece and is solid, but missing the belt loop. You can see where it was stitched with cotton thread, the same type stitch on the back-side of the belt. The russet-brown belt is all original and complete with its roller buckle and tin belt keeper, which is rare! It is more common to fine belts with leather belt keepers. The belt shows wear, is complete with cotton thread stitching, and has a great matching look to the knife. This is a great Confederate belt rig.

$2600.00

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FC04. STARR ARMES CO. SINGLE ACTION 1863 ARMY REVOLVER: This is a Starr Single Action Army Revolver was designed as an improved and less costly successor to the Starr Double-Action Revolver. Next to the Colt and Remington, it was the major handgun bought by the U. S. Government. You often find these guns either in minty condition or beat down and gray.  To find one like this is rare.  It shows use, but not abuse.  It retains at least 80% + original blue with areas of nice brown patina. The action is tight and properly functions. The right side of the grip has a cartouche, and the serial number 39331 matches on all parts. The loading lever catch is weak.   

ON CONSIGNMENT, MUST SELL!
REASONABLE OFFER - CONSIDERED
$3900.00

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FC03. STARR ARMES CO. DOUBLE ACTION 1858 ARMY REVOLVER: This is a Starr Army Revolver often referenced as being double action.  It is not truly a double-action revolver, but a self-cocking with a separate firing trigger. This gun retains 25% original blue on the barrel and 40% on the cylinder, blue spots throughout and nice rich brown patina. The serial number is 8019, which matched on all parts. The gun properly functions and the action is tight, and the trigger works in both settings. Overall this is a very nice gun!

ON CONSIGNMENT, MUST SELL!
REASONABLE OFFER - CONSIDERED
$2300.00

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U619. M1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD – BOATSWAIN JOHN A. FLOYD: This Model 1852 Naval Officers sword is identified to Boatswain John A. Floyd. The sword is not maker marked, but might be an Ames product; however, it is marked by the retailer A. W. Pollard & CO. Boston, MA.  The hilt retains much of the original gold wash and it tight, and on the outside guard is etched JOHN A FLOYD.  The grip material, which is original, is unusual in that it is a fine brass mesh material with twisted brass wire. The scabbard is missing the drag, and the back seam is open below the second mount. Both mounts retain 100% original gold was and have the retention screw. The top mount has JOHN A FLOYD etched on the back side.

John Adams Floyd was born in Boston November 26, 1826 and a resident of Abington, Massachusetts, and died May 13, 1894 at the age of sixty-eight.

He enlisted in the Navy April 18, 1838 as a Landsman for three years, and served on the USS Columbus (Date of Enlistment - May 26, 1838) and on the USS Cyane (May 27, 1838 – May 29,1842) until discharged.  However, he did not stay out long and would shortly reenlist, but under the alias Charles Smith. The reason for the name change is unknown.

On April 19, 1843 he reentered the navy as a Seaman and was assigned to the receiving ship, USS Pennsylvania (Date of Enlistment – May 22, 1843). He would then be assigned to the USS Macedonia (May 23, 1843 – May 10, 1845), when he was discharged. He would again reenlist as Charles Smith on October 13, 1846 as a Seaman for the “Cruise” and serves on the USS Vincennes (Date of Enlistment – April 13, 1847).

On May 16, 1862, Floyd would again enlisted in the Navy for the Civil War serving on the USS North Carolina (May 16, 1862 – June 30, 1862); the USS Adirondack (July 1, 1862 – September 7, 1862) up until it sank; and the USS Conemaugh as a Chief Boatswain’s Mate (September 8, 1862 – December 16, 1864) until his discharge and promotion. On December 22, 1864 he would promote as an officer to Acting Boatswain and be assigned to the USS Richmond for the remainder of the war until mustered out on August 15, 1865.  Boatswain Floyd was on the USS Richmond and present with Farragut's fleet. He was recognized for his bravery while leading a rescue party to save crew members from a stranded ship on the sand bar in Mobile Bay.

I have had this sword for over a year while looking for a replacement drag. If you have one for sale, I will buy it. Complete military record with 199 pages of historical documentation included with  the sword.

$2600.00

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U649. SAUERBIER PLAIN HILT TYPE-1 OFFICERS CAVALRY SABER: This saber has a plain Type-1 hilt with the turn-downed pommel cap unique to Sauerbier. There were two sizes for the guard, and this one is the slightly smaller example. The grip is 100% original shark-skin with a single twisted brass wire. The original blade washer is present and the 34 1/2 inch M1860 style blade is bright with much original frosting mixed with some dark spots here and there (no pitting), and detailed etching to include a raised wing eagle and large U.S. The scabbard is a matching Type-1 style with wide plain brass mounts having only a single scribed line at the border. All mounts retain the original screws and have a pleasing patina. This is a great example of a Sauerbier Plain Hilt Type-1 Officers Cavalry Saber.

$2300.00  

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U643.  M1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER – HORSTMANN, EMERSON & SILVER AND SAUIEBIER: This Model 1840 Cavalry Officers Saber is a unique piece not only because it is a Civil War period sword, but is a great example of the cooperation between sword makers and retailers at that time. Emerson & Silver and Sauerbier were both located in New Jersey and were major producer of edge weapons during the Civil War. Often they would use parts from each other to produce a finished product, and it is common to find their swords in the others scabbard. Horstmann & Son was a retailer located in Philadelphia, and they purchase from both makers. On the blade of this saber is a Keystone symbol associated with Emerson & Silver, which identifies the maker, and Horstmann mark to identify the retailer. The scabbard throat piece and mount are unique to Sauerbier. All this put together makes this sword completely original. The hilt is plain in design with 100% original leather and wire, and the blade is un-etched. The scabbard is dent free, but shows wear on the mounts and drag. The screws for the top two mounts are gone and the center portion mounts have shifted a little, but the patina attests to this occurring long ago. This is a great example of a field used Cavalry Officers saber.

$1600.00

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F209. SAVAGE NAVY REVOLVER - POSSIBLE CONFEDERATE USAGE: The Savage Navy revolver self-cocking revolver is one of the weirdest, most recognizable and possibly most ungainly handguns of the Civil War era. The .36 caliber, 6-shot revolver had a 7” octagon barrel and a unique action. The gun featured a unique ring shaped cocking lever inside, the heart shaped trigger guard, which was used to advance the cylinder and cock the hammer. The shooter could then fire the gun with the traditional trigger. The gun was the final version of a family of self-cocking revolvers that were built upon the Figure-8 design of JS North. Beyond its unique action, the gun was revolutionary in that it was a “gas seal” revolver. The cylinder moved forward when the action cocked, and a recess in the chamber mouth engaged a tapered forcing cone at the rear of the barrel. The effect was a gas seal between the chamber and the barrel, which practically eliminated the loss of gas and pressure from the usual gap between the barrel and cylinder. This meant that the gas from power charge was more effectively converted into propulsion for the bullet and increased its velocity for a given powder charge, over convectional revolver designs. With the coming of the Civil War, the need for revolvers outweighed any misgivings that the military may have had about the design, and the coveted contracts were almost immediately forthcoming. The state of Massachusetts procured 285 of the Savage revolvers early in the conflict. Additional arms were sold to military outfitters and arms retailers like Schuyler, Hartley & Graham and William Syms & Brothers. Both of these companies sold Savage Navy revolvers to the US government during early 1862, for as much as $25 per gun. The Savage Revolving Firearms Company secured the first US military contract, directly with the US government on October 16, 1861. This contract called for Savage to deliver 5,000 pistols between October 1861 and March 1862 at the price of $20 per revolver. Another contract was received from the government in November of 1861 to supply an additional 5,000 revolvers, at $20 each, between November 1861 and May of 1862. Savage completed their initial contract in a timely fashion, but had trouble delivering the guns from the second contract on the agreed to schedule. The second contract was temporarily voided by the Ordnance Department, but after negotiating with Savage, an agreement was reached where the 4,500 outstanding guns from that contract would be delivered at the lower rate of $19.00 per pistol. The deliveries under the second contract were completed by July of 1862. Of the approximately 20,000 Savage “Navy” models produced during the Civil War the US Ordnance Department took delivery of 11,384 of the guns, and the Navy took delivery of 1,126. The balance of approximately 8,500 guns, were offered for civilian sale, although most those revolvers no doubt ended up seeing action during the war as well. The pistols saw significant field service during the war, and were issued to at least 26 US cavalry regiments and were listed among the arms of some half dozen or more Confederate cavalry regiments. US volunteer cavalry regiments that were issued Savage Navy revolvers included the 6th, 10th & 13th Illinois, the 5th & 15th Kansas, 11th Kentucky, the 3rd, 4th & 7th Missouri, 7th New York 3rd Ohio, 7th Pennsylvania, 1st & 2nd Wisconsin, 1st Vermont and the Potomac Brigade. The revolvers were also issued to the 1st through 9th Missouri State Militia Cavalry. The two regiments who carried the most Savages on their ordnance rolls were the 4th Missouri State Militia Cavalry with 714 and the 2nd Wisconsin with 400. Confederate cavalry units that listed the Savage Navy among their arms were the 11th Texas, 7th Virginia, and the 34th & 35th Virginia Cavalry Battalions.

This is an early martially marked revolver with matching serial number 7849. A cartouche is visible on the left grip. Additionally, there are assembly marks on several parts of the gun, either //// or ****(Dots). Also, the grips are original with serial number 7849 and //// on the inside. These marks may indicate the gun was Confederate captured and arsenal inspected before being place back into service for the South. Overall it is a brown gun, but there is trace original blue and some case coloring on the ram-rod housing part and other parts. The gun is tight and is fully operational, and the cylinder timing is correct. This pistol is mechanically excellent and functions exactly as it should in every way. The top strap of the revolver is clearly marked in three lines:

SAVAGER.F.A. Co. MIDDLETOWN, CT
H.S. NORTH PATENTED JUNE 17 1856
JANUARY 10 1859. MAY 15 1860

$3400.00

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F210: WHITNEY NAVY REVOLVER -SCARCE 1ST TYPE, 2ND MODEL:  The most famous and easily recognized revolver manufactured by Eli Whitney, Jr. was his Navy Model. This revolver came on the scene just prior to the War Between the States.  An improved second model was developed as the War began and sales increased as Whitney worked to market his revolver.  The Navy Model is 36 caliber with a standard barrel length of 7 5/8 inches. The term “Navy” referred to the caliber and size of the revolver. These revolvers were purchased by both the US Army and Navy. Approximately 35,500 Whitney Navy revolvers were manufactured, including about 1,500 of the First Model and approximately 34,000 of the Second Model. Both models went through a few improvements, resulting in four “types” of the First Model; and five “types” of the Second Model.  Whitney used a unique cylinder scene that included a Shield with half of it being the US Stars & Stripes and half being the English Coat of Arms. Facing the shield on either side was an American Eagle and England’s Trafalgar Lion. This scene covered one side of the cylinder and was duplicated on the other side. Later, one side of the cylinder was replaced with a Naval scene with an American Shield with a ribbon across the shield.  On the ribbon is written “Whitneyville”. Whitney obtained a contract with the US Army in 1862, and provided about 7,602 revolvers through 1863. The Army also obtained Whitney revolvers through other private vendors as well, resulting in over 10,000 Whitney Navy revolvers being used by the Army. The US Navy purchased 6,226 Whitney revolvers during 1863-1865. About 50% of the 34,000 Second Models were purchased by Army & Navy.

This is a fantastic early example of a Whitney Navy Revolver that dates just prior to the beginning of the Civil War and is one of the nicest early 2nd Models I have seen in a long time. The Second Model was Whitney's response to improvements needed to the fragile First model. It featured a thicker top strap on the frame, a brass trigger guard, and rounded grip panels. There are 5 distinct variations or "types" of 2nd Models, this one being the first and most desirable variation with the ball-type loading lever catch and the single safety notch on the back of the cylinder. The gun has all matching numbers throughout (1842) to include the grips, and the top of barrel is marked "E. WHITNEY N HAVEN" and has a Naval anchor stamped at the barrels base. The grips each have a strong cartouche, and sub-contract inspector marks are on many of the visible gun parts. The action is tight and properly works, all the nipples are original, and the rifling is strong. The gun has a pleasing gray-brown patina. If you've been looking for a nice example of an early Whitney revolver with that elusive single safety notch on the cylinder, this is an exceptional example in great condition!

$2600.00

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C259. CONFEDERATE BOWIE - SIDE KNIFE: This Confederate Bowie Side-knife was recently discovered in Louisiana and is being presented to the public for the first time. WOW, what an amazing find. From end to end the knife is 18 inches with a 111/4 inch spear point blade. The blade has never been cleaned and has great untouched patina. The original leather blade washer is complete and keeps the knife tight, and the solid wooded grip looks to be from a tool such as a file. The scabbard is a piece of art. It is leather covered wood with tin for the throat, drag and sides. You can see some leather lose, which exposes the wood, and you will notice the patina is perfict as well. Also, there is a flat button attached to the throat for use with a frog device. The scabbard design was influenced by a designed common to French short sword, and since the knife was discovered in Louisiana, the French influence would be strong. Also, the throat and drag are held in place with period staples. This is a rare find!

$4500.00

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C260. CONFEDERATE MOLE ENGLISH MODEL 1853 CAVALRY SABER - BATTLE FIELD DAMAGES: During the Civil War, the Confederate government purchased thousands of English Model 1853 cavalry sabers.  Many cannot be positively identified as Confederate except those marked ISAAC & Co or the Mole version with the brass guard, which was exclusively made for the Confederacy.  The brass guard Mole saber has the basic appearance similar to its steel guard counterpart, but the main branch of the guard is flat and wider. Unfortunately, the brass guard has an inherent weakness and the top branch was too thin at the junction with the guard, and almost always is found broken or repaired. This one is battle damaged and all branches are gone.

This is a battle damages example, which may have been the result of a soldier being thrown from his horse. All the branches and the top of the guard are sheared off. As a result, you can easily see the MOLE mark on the blade and the face of the guard, which is normally hidden under the leather blade washer. The pressed leather grips are in great condition. The blade is nice, and the original scabbard is completed. The ring mounts are closer than normal, but that may have occurred when the sword was damaged from a fall. Also, there are several sword nicks to the scabbard. If you have been looking for a Confederate saber with evidence of being in combat, this is it!

$1500.00

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C261. CONFEDERATE NAVAL CUTLASS.  This is a near-mint Confederate Civil War Naval Cutlass, and is similar to item C239 & C249, which both recently sold. The cutlass style is a copy of the model 1841 cutlass, but with a crude eagle in the pommel cap, no rivets, and great sand casting flaws. The blade is 21 inches long and narrow at the base. I have seen these with a variety of different leather scabbard, but the one for this is missing at sea. The cutlass is in near-mint condition with a bright original blade, a hilt with nearly 100% original finish, and outstand sand-casting stippling on the guard. The guard, which is originally rounded, shows use and is dented flat, this is very common. It will be hard to find a better condition example of the Confederate Naval Cutlass.

$1500.00

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