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F141. STARR MODEL 1858 ARMY REVOLVER - MILITARY
INSPECTION MARKES AND CARTOUCH MARKS ON THE GRIPS: This is a great example of the unique Starr Model 1858
Army, which functions both double
& single Action. While the design was innovative and way before its time,
the self-cocking mechanism was delicate and expensive and lead to the Starr
company to drop the model in preference to a cheaper and more robust single
action design, the Model 1863. Although referred to as a "double
action" revolver, the large trigger actually only cocked the hammer and
rotated the cylinder, it did not fire the gun. Pulling the large trigger all
the way to the rear pressed a very tiny recessed trigger that actually released
the hammer to fire the gun. During the time it was produced, approximately
22,000 Starr M-1858 Army revolvers were produced, with about 16,100
going to fill US government contracts. The remaining production (about 6,000 or
about 27%) were sold commercially to the public. This particular gun is one of
those government contract models. The
cartouches on the grips are strong, and there are US sub-inspector stamps on
the primary sub-assemblies of the gun.
The gun is a 6 shot, .44 caliber revolver
with a 6" barrel. The action is very a little soft, but works well in both
single & double action. The gun is mechanically tight and times and locks
up perfectly. The serial number 21736 is readily visible on upper and
lower sections of the frame, the cylinder and face of the hammer. The US
Sub-inspector initial appears on all over the gun.
The frame is crisply and clearly marked on
the right side: STARR ARMS Co. NEW YORK and on the left side: STARR'S
PATENT JAN. 15. 1856. The
bore needs to be cleaned, but you can see strong rifling. The percussion cones
(nipples) are all in excellent, but one may be replaced. The barrel has a mix
of smooth brown patina with traces of original blue as does most of the gun
with more blue on the main frame.
Overall this is a great M-1858 Starr Army
and would be an excellent addition to any Civil War era handgun collection. $1750.00
U472. ROBY - M1850 FOOT OFFICERS' SWORD: This is a Roby Foot Officers' sword with the original maker marked scabbard. The hilt is tight with 100% original grip and double strand wire; however, there are a few thin spots. The brass hilt and scabbard mounts have matching patina. The original blade washer holds the blade tight, and the blade is Roby maker marked and has great Roby frosted etching. There are a few small nicks towards the top 1/3 of the blade, but no pitting. The Roby marked scabbard retains all original months and screws, and the leather has 90% original finish with some minor crasing and wear above the drag. $1775.00
U538. PRESENTATION GRADE - M1860 CAVALRY OFFICER'S
is a high quality Presentation Grade M1860 Cavalry Officer's Saber. The saber
has a German silver grip, ornate hilt and pommel cap, with a German silver
scabbard made by Clauberg, and is in outstanding condition. The Clauberg marked blade has a nice grayish
patina, which gives the etching of the Eagle and US a striking look. The blade has never been sharpened and is nick
and ding free. The scabbard has
high-grade mounts with ornate chase work, and retrains all original screws. Between
the ring mounts is etched the presentation:
Lieut J. L. Halstead
C Washington Greys
friends as a token of their
Joshua L. Halstead was a member of a National Guard unit from New York City known
as the Washington Greys. During the Civil War many of the National Guard units
were attached to state units formed for the war. Records show that members of the Washington
Greys were attached to the 47th NY Infantry, the 8th
Regiment NY, the 4th Independent Battery, and the 3rd Cavalry
Regiment, NY. Currently, I have been unable to find Lt. Halstead in the Civil
War data base to place him with any of these units; however, that is not unusual for members of National Guard units
from the Civil War. Further research at
the New York State Archives for the state records is needed.
able to find him listed in the post-war records of the Annual Report of the NY
Adjutant General's Office for 1869 that list Joshua L. Halstead as a LT. in Co.
C of the Washington Grey’s Cavalry.
a sword of this caliber would be listed around $5500.00, but with the post-war inscription
I have priced it accordingly. This is a
great sword for any collector, especially one interested in the military history
of New York and New York City. $3975.00
U540. AMES M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S
SWORD: This is an Ames M1850 Staff & Field
Officer's sword complete with its original scabbard. This hilt retains much
original gold wash, 100% original shark-skin grip and double strand wire, and
is tight with no dings, dents or bends. The original white-buff blade washer
keeps the 32 inch blade tight. The Ames marked blade is bright but not minty, and
shows some light original frosting with some areas starting to darken. However,
there are no nicks, dents on dings in the blade, and it has never been
sharpened. The standard eagle and E. Pluribus Unum is on one side with the
early block shaped US on the other side.
The original Ames marked scabbard is dent free with all its mounts and
screws and retain generous amounts of gold-wash. $2800.00
U541. AMES M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S
SWORD: This is an Ames M1850 Staff & Field
Officer's sword complete with its original scabbard and is slightly better than
the one listed above. This hilt retains 90% original gold wash, 100% original shark-skin
grip and double strand wire, and is tight with no dings, dents or bends. The
original white-buff blade washer keeps the 32 inch blade tight. The Ames marked
blade is bright, near-mint, shows much original frosting, and the etching
is crisp. There are no nicks, dents on dings in the blade, and it has never
been sharpened. The standard eagle and E. Pluribus Unum is on one side with the
script shaped US on the other side. The original
Ames marked scabbard is dent free with all its mounts and screws and retain generous
almost all original gold-wash. Simply an outstanding example of the Ames M1850
Staff & Field Officer’s Sword! $3300.00
U534. IDENTIFIED M1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER:
M1840 Cavalry Officers' saber is identified to Major Joseph Hotchkiss
Whittlesey who fought in the Indian Wars, the Mexican War, and the Civil War.
Major Whittlesey was a military man through and through and had
been constantly identified with military life from the time he entered West
Point. He was a native of New York, from which State he was appointed a cadet
to West Point in July, 1840, and graduated second in his class from that
institution July 1, 1844, as second lieutenant. He was promoted in the army to
Brevet Second Lieutenant of the Second Dragoons USA. From that time he served
in frontier duty until the Mexican war, through which he served, and was made a
brevet first lieutenant on February 23, 1847, for gallant and meritorious
conduct in the battle of Buena Vista. At the close of the Mexican war he
resumed frontier service in New Mexico and was for a time engaged in scouting
against the Ute and Apache Indians. From 1852 to 1854 he was stationed at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas, and during the next two years at Fort Union, New Mexico.
In 1855, Captain J.H.
Whittlesey of Co. H of the 1st Dragoons is wounded in a skirmish with Apaches
in New Mexico's White Mountains southeast of Los Lunas. He was a Major of the Fifth Cavalry stationed at
Fort Dalles, Oregon, and during the time he was stationed, investigated the
Sound and other portions of Washington Territory.
He served from the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion, commanding hisregiment in active engagements down to the winter of 1863, when he was retired
from active service on account of disability, resulting from exposure and
hardships during long and full service.
In 1844, the supply of swords was limited and most CavalryOfficers saber was the French import M1840 model. They were very plain and lacked etching on the
blade. As such, most cannot be considered American used unless there is some
type of etching/engraving on it. In this
case, the pommel cap is engraved J H Whittlesey USA
leaving no doubt this is an identified Union Officer saber. The saber shows heavy
use and no question saw action during Whittlesey 20+ years of service.
This hilt is the standard M1840Cavalry Officer design with original shark-skin grip with double-strand wire.
The plan blade has several nicks and has evidence of period sharpening. The
scabbard has a brown patina and several door dings near the drag.
Included are Whittlesey’s military records with extensive historical information. Here is an opportunity to own a
great historical sword! Please look at the photos and read the historical information.
U409. AMES MILITIA OFFICERS' SWORD, 1840-1847: This is an Ames Militia
Officers' sword, c. 1840-1847. The blade is marked N.P. Ames / Cutler /
Springfield. It has a highly gilt helmet-head
pommel, and cross guard with a mother-of-pearl plague grips. The obverse side
has two stress fractures, but no breaks.
The reverse side is flawless. The
blade bright has no pitting or nicks.
The scabbard is complete with all mounts, no major dents, and retains
98% original gilt. Simply a beautiful
sword, which will displays exceptionally well in any collection! $1825.00
M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD: This
is the version of the M1850 Staff & Field Officer's without the US in the
guard. It is often misidentified as a
Foot Officer's sword; however, the guard is larger and conforms to the
regulation for the Staff & Field sword.
This one is a Clauberg made sword, but retailed by Boker New York City,
which is marked on the top of the pommel cap. The hilt is tight and has a nice
even mustard colored patina, and the grip is 100% original shark-skin and triple wire.
The quillon has a great design and sits higher then most other examples. The
frosty blade has great etching with the American eagle and US, and it is
unsharpened; nick and rust free with no dark spots. Even the point is sharp, and it is Clauberg
maker marked with IRON PROOF on the top of the blade. The scabbard is in mint condition with no
dings or dents, and has a deep rich brown patina, just the way you want to find
U542. W. CLAUBERG 1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER – AMES
DESIGN: One of the most popular Cavalry Officers' sabers during the
Civil War was made by Ames, and several foreign manufacturers copied the design
for retailers in America. Ames ultimately sued for copy-right infringement and
won bringing an end to the importation of the copies. However as a result, these sabers are almost
as rare to find as the Ames version, but valued at a fraction of the cost.
This saber is Clauberg made with the
flying eagle on the inside of the guard with traces of original gold wash.
The grip is 100% original shark-skin with triple wire. The unsharpened Clauberg
marked blade is lightly etched with faint original frosting, and US and the
spread Eagle in the center panels. The scabbard is one of the better ones I
have seen with a bright steel finish and all original brass mounts. An Ames
version would be valued $7500-$8900, but here is a chance to own a unique
example of a Cavalry Officers' saber well below the cost of the Ames
U543. SAUERBIER CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER, MID GRADE TYPE
1, PLAIN MOUNTS: Sauerbier cavalry officer's sabers
are seldom encountered and always have distinctive features. This example is a
mid-grade type 1 Officer's saber with plain mounts, and is the exact one
featured on page 349 of the book “Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers” by
John H. Thillmann. It has an etched blade with a large panel with the maker
mark, and bold block lettered US. The hilt is deeply engraved with a great
chased quillion, guard and knuckle bow. The pommel cap is the unique Sauebier
turned down version with a recessed spanner nut, and the grip is the typical
oversized version with 100% original leather and wire. This is a rare saber to
find, and how often do you have the chance to own one that is published and
well documented. $3975.00
M1850 FOOT/ARTILLERY OFFICER'S SWORD with EARLY 1800’S BLADE: This
is a unique and rare variant of the M1850 Foot Officer's sword in that it has
an early 1800's blade with a huge curve.
The standard M1850 foot officer hilt is in outstanding condition with
greater than 90% original gold wash, and 100% original black leather and triple
wire. The early 1800's blade is held tight in place with the original red felt
blade washer. The 33 inch near-mint condition blade has an 11 inch blue field
with gold etching of the American eagle and HONOR AND MY COUNTRY, and the
remainder of the blade is as bright as the day it was made with no nicks or
dings. The original leather scabbard is
strong with all original mounts, but has an open back seam from the middle
mount to the drag. This is normal for its age and does not detract. I know of
two other similar swords that exist. I speculate that a retailer such as
Horstmann & Sons had extra blades in inventory and mounted them on the M1850
hilt early in the war due to the limited supply of blades and the high demand
for officer sword as states and Federal governments gear up for war. This sword
has been hidden away in a private collection and only was discovered recently
making it fresh to the market. It has never
been seen on another web-site and is being made available to the public for the
first time. If you are looking for a unique Foot Officer’s sword from the Civil
War, this is it. $2500.00
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