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F153.  RARE CONFEDERATE SINCLAIR, HAMILTON & COMPANY:During the Civil War a large proportionate of 1853 Enfield Rifle Muskets were supplied by the Sinclair, Hamilton & Company, and they may have received as many as five contracts from the Confederacy. Sinclair, Hamilton & Company acquired their arms through five furnishers: EP Bond, James Kerr, Parker, Field & Co, CW James and Scott & Son. The furnishers often marked their guns with a large single letter on the upper comb of the stock: B for Bond, a K for Kerr, and F for Parker, Field & Co, a J for James and an S for Scott & Son. These guns are found to have a Control Number on the butt plate, ram-rod, and the matching bayonet. Often the ram-rod and bayonet are no longer with the gun, or the numbers do not match due to the fact that these were interchangeable items. Also, these early muskets are normally JS marked.

Later version of Sinclair, Hamilton & Company provided Rifle Muskets are found with the following marks and were acquired from many additional suppliers:

This Confederate Enfield is in near mint condition with a barrel that appears unfired. The original nipple has no damage and retains its original case coloring. The stock is amazing with only a small hair-line crack from the trigger tang running back on the right side. Near the butt plate tang is the Sinclair, Hamilton & Company mark.  This inspection mark also appears on the flat area opposite the lock. The lock is marked with the Crown, Tower, 1862 and the underside of the stock is a supplier marked JOHN  MARSON.  All the original bands are present as well as the sling swivels and rear site. All metal parts have the same plum-brown patina.

$3400.00

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F206. CONFEDERATESINCLAIR, HAMILTON & CO. MARKED 1853 3-BAND ENFIELD RIFLE: During the Civil War a large proportionate of 1853 Enfield Rifle Muskets were supplied by the Sinclair, Hamilton & Company, and they may have received as many as five contracts from the Confederacy. Sinclair, Hamilton & Company acquired their arms through five furnishers: EP BondJames KerrParker, Field & CoCW James and Scott & Son. The furnishers often marked their guns with a large single letter on the upper comb of the stock: B for Bond, a K for Kerr, and F for Parker, Field & Co, a J for James and an S for Scott & Son. These guns are found to have a Control Number on the butt plate, ram-rod, and the matching bayonet. Often the ram-rod and bayonet are no longer with the gun, or the numbers do not match due to the fact that these were interchangeable items. Also, these early muskets are normally JS marked.

Later version of Sinclair, Hamilton & Company provided Rifle Muskets are found with the following marks and were acquired from many additional suppliers:

This Confederate 1853 3-band Enfield rifle is marked with the Oval SHC, which is believed to be the last of several marks use by Sinclair, Hamilton & Co. as they filled their final contract for these rifles by the Confederate government.  As such, there are not as many Oval SHC rifle, available, and this is only the third I have found. If was discovered in Mississippi and most likely was carried by a soldier from that state. This rifle is all original with great un-touched brown patina on all steel parts, and a dark stock and matching parts, as well as matching assembly numbers. The stock is maker marked JOHN  MARSON and XX III (23) in the ram-rob channel. The barrel is maker marked SMITH and the number 23 twice. The lock is maker marked SMITH and the number 23, and both lock retention screws are marked XX III (23). Also, all three barrel bands are numbered 23, and the only part with a different number is the barrel retention screw with the mark X\ //.   

The Oval SHC mark is by the butt plate tang, and on the flat area opposite the lock, and between the top barrel band and the brass nose cap there is the outline of a large oval, but the SHC is worn since the is where a soldier held the top of the rifle.  This third mark is extremely rare and only this first time I have found this marking. The rifle still retains the original rear sight, which still works, and there remains good rifling in the bore, though it is dark and can use a good cleaning.  

$2600.00

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F208. M1854 LEFAUCHEUX PIN-FIRE REVOLVER: The Pin-Fire revolver was a new invention at the time of the Civil War, and the Lefaucheux revolver made in France was the version of choice. During the Civil War several states to include Kansas, Colorado, Ohio and Missouri ordered close to 1500, while the United State government purchased just over 24,000. The serial range for the US contract is 25,000 – 37,000, while the state purchased guns are believed to be earlier numbers. This 4 1/2 inch revolver has serial number #33390, which puts it is the middle of the US Government contact.  The gun is complete with the original unloading rod and cylinder latch; is tight; retains all original screws; lanyard-ring; and some original blue finish and original finished grips. The shorter barrel gun is believed to be an officer version similar to those carried by officers of the French Foreign Legion. With a serial number so close to the US Contract range, this revolver could have been purchased by the Government or one of the Northern States.

$1400.00

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F207. STARR .36 CAL. NAVAL REVOLVER: This Starr revolver is a unique revolver developed prior and used during the Civil War.  It was designed with a sliding switch on the trigger to allows the soldier or sailor to use the gun in a double-action configuration, or single-action by cocking it with the main trigger and using a second smaller trigger to fire the gun.  You will see the more common Army version all the time, but the Naval .36 Caliber version is rare to find.  This Navy Starr revolver has a brown-gray patina and only small traces of original blue. The frame is marked Starr Patent Jan. 15. 1856 on one side, and Starr Arms Co. New York on the other side. All screws are original to the gun. The bore has strong rifling and the cylinder has original nipples, and they are all very nice. The cylinder, grip, upper receiver, and lower receiver under the grip have matching serial number 2636, the trigger has number 2372; however, its patina matches the gun and I have no doubt was factory installed.  The one piece grip is in very nice condition, and has a sailor’s name, FORD, carved in it. Overall, this great example of a rare and not often seen Navy Starr Revolver is a great piece of Civil War naval history.

$1950.00

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C257. CONFEDERATE FOOT OFFICERS SWORD - COLUMBUS, GEORGIA: This Confederate Foot Officers sword is attributed to A. H. DeWitt or L. Haiman & Brothers, Columbus, Georgia. The majority of specialists in the area of Confederate swords believe it to be a DeWitt, but a few lean towards Haiman. Either way, it was made in Columbus, Georgia and a rare find! The sword is totally original, 100% complete, and in pristine condition. The hilt is tight and the guard displays great sand-casting flaws. The one-piece pommel cap has never been removed, and the back side of it is smooth where peened. The leather grip is 100% original and complete with a heavy single-strand wire. The unstopped fuller blade is 27 3/4 inches long and held tight with the original blade washer, and is un-etched. The scabbard is a work of art being made of leather covered wood with brass mounts. Each mount retains the original brass attachment pins, and the top two ring mounts have the unique design attributed to A. H. Dewitt, and retain their original brass hanging rings. This unique Confederate Foot Officers sword is rare not only for the fact it was made in Columbus, Ga., but for the exceptional condition it is in.

$10,500.00

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U640.  PATTERN 1821 ENLISTED CAVALRY SABER: This is a pattern 1821 enlisted cavalry saber. This example is totally void of foreign marks and was imported into the United States and used by many state militia both north and south of the Mason Dixon line.  This is the saber that would have seen action in many conflicts between 1821 and 1865 to include: Texas war on Independence, Texas-Indian wars, Black Hawk War, Mexican & American War, and the Civil War as well as many smaller engagements. This saber is in great condition and has been well cared for over the years. The steel hilt has a deep plum-brown patina, is tight, and retains 100% original leather and retains all the main strand of original wire. The blade is nick free and has a great uncleaned patina with some areas of dark spots, but no rust or pitting; and the scabbard is dent free, and also has the same matching patina. This sword has been properly cared for over the years account for its excellent condition.

$750.00

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U641.  SILVER HILT - M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This German silver hilt Model1850 Foot Officers is the mount officers version because it is in a metal scabbard. It is marked W. H. HORSTMANN & SONS PHILIDELPHIA and IRON PROOF on spine of the blade. The hilt retains 100% original gold wash, has a German silver grip with all original triple wire. The 31 inch blade is etched in the standard pattern of the period with US and the American eagle on their respective sides, and is frosty with a mirror finish. There is some dark spotting, so it is not mint condition. The original red felt washer is present, but has darkened with age. The scabbard fits like a glove, and the outline of the throat-piece matches the contact area on the guard. The scabbard has a steel body with brass mounts, and a few minor dings.

$1900.00

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