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F119. CONFEDERATE SINCLAIR, HIMILTON & CO MARKED P-1853 ENFIELD RIFLE MUSKET: F119. CONFEDERATE - SINCLAIR, HIMILTON & CO MARKED P-1853 ENFIELD RIFLE MUSKET: This is an example of a Confederate marked and imported P-1853 Type III Enfield Rifle Musket. The gun bears the mark of one of the largest suppliers of arms to the Confederacy, Sinclair, Hamilton & Company. The mark is on the underside of the stock, just in front of the trigger guard tang. Four variations of the mark have been noted by researchers, and this one has been designated as the Type 1 mark, consisting of a (CROWN) / S / HC / (ARROW). The mark is light, but visible without magnification. The outside of the lock is marked with the typical Birmingham marks of a Crown behind the hammer and TOWER / 1861 forward of the hammer. The action of the gun works perfectly and is still quite crisp; both half and full cock work just fine. The gun retains its original sling swivel on the front of the trigger guard and the forward. It is very common for documented CS guns to be missing their rear sight; and in the case of this gun the original is missing, but was replaced with a Union style site that dates to 1864. All barrel bands are original and complete. Shipping is $35.00 $2995.00
C197. CONFEDERATE NAVAL CUTLASS - LEECH & RIGDON: This Confederate naval cutlass is believed to have been made by Leech & Rigdon and is unmarked. The hilt is a sand-casted copy of the Union version, but is much cruder. The eagle in the pommel cap is not well defined, and you can see sand-casting flaws throughout the entire grip. The rivets are crude and are slightly raised above the grip, and the guard is well made. You can see a slight pink hue to the metal as a result of the higher copper contents. The 20 1/4 inch blade is tight, has never been cleaned and is nick free. This is a rare confederate cutlass in outstanding condition! $3995.00
PH01. CONFEDERATE NAVAL POWER HORN: This is a newly discovered Confederate Naval Power Horn. The horn is 17 inches long and was most likely used for priming ship-board cannon. It is decorated with several ships, the Confederate 1st National flag (7 stars), a compass, the date 1860, a design that looks like islands or whales, two not yet identified symbols, and the name J. Tobias. Initial researched identifies Tobias as a Jewish family that emigrated from Spain to flee persecution, and settled in South Carolina. At this time, I do not know which Confederate ship J. Tobias was on. As you look at the ships on the horn, you see a Confederate ship in pursuit of a Union ship. On the top mast of the Union ship you can see a US flag, and on the Confederate ship you can see what appears to be a Confederate flag. The date 1860 is significant and supports the South Carolina connection because it was in December of 1860 that the state voted to secede from the Union. The two diamond shaped designs are unknown to me, and may help in identifying the Confederate ship carved on the horn. If and when J Tobias is identified to a particular Confederate ship, the value of this Confederate relic will double. $2950.00
U470: TIFFANY SWORD, STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS CIVIL WAR SWORD, PRESENTATION GRADE: This is an absolutely outstanding Tiffany Staff & Field with Collins marked blade. It is beautiful. Although there are no other marks, it is most certainly a product constructed by Tiffany that was sold to a dealer/vender for marketing. It has a classic Tiffany style silver grip that is identical to those on Tiffany products and as most are aware, Tiffany used Collins (this is dated 1862) as its main supplier of high quality blades, even on its finest presentation grade swords. The blade is excellent with beautiful etching and the German silver scabbard is adorned with chaised decorative mounts. Mounts and hilt retain almost all of the original gold-gilt. A REALLY NICE SWORD, PRICED RIGHT. An investment grade sword!! $5,495.00
U508. EMERSON & SILVER PRESENTATION-GRADE STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS' SWORD: This Emerson & Silver Presentation-grade Staff & Field sword is the exact one shown on page 319 of Civil War Army Sword by John H. Thillmann and the last Color Section page. Include with the sword is a letter from Thillman when he sold the sword in March 2012. This sword has a non-regulation guard with an eagle and stand of flags in the shape of a fan as a backdrop. This guard design is usually associated with French-made Officers' swords and often used by Emerson & Silver or Sauerbier. The silver grip has a unique shape associated with Emerson & Silver. The trademarked Emerson & Silver blade made at the E&S Keystone works is finely etched. The steel scabbard has cast-and-chased mounts, which are simply beautiful. $5395.00
CN04. UCV (UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS) CANTEEN - ARIZONA MADE: I do not normally purchase UCV or GAR items, but this was very unique and tied to the state of Arizona, and being that my site is located in Arizona it just make sense to bring this back to the state where it was made. Hopefully, there is a collector here in Arizona that would like it. It is a United Confederate Veteran (UCV) canteen made for a Confederate reunion. It is a miniture copy of a Confederate tin canteen, measure 4" x 4" with a tin screw top, and a linen sling. Large enought for whiskey or tequila. On the from you can see the faint outline of the letters "UCV" and on the back you can see the makers information: "O K" "Angel Contreras" "Wickenburg." The 1880 US Federal Census records show A. Contreras listed as a Tinsmith, and Wickenburg is a town in Arizona just west of Phoenix. He most likely made this canteen for one of the few Confederate reuion held in Arizona. Arizona play a small part in the Civil War, but afterthe war many veterans ended up in the state because of the gold, silver & copper mines. The canteen is in outstanding condition! Here is a unique piece of American history tied to both the Civil War and the state of Arizona. $475.00
U463. IDENTIFIED NAVAL OFFICERS' SWORD, UNIFORM, COMMISSION PAPER, BELT AND WAR RELIC: This is truly a rare find, a Civil War naval grouping identified to Howard D. Potts, Assistant Engineer U.S. Navy. It includes a swollow-tail dress uniform, naval officers' sword, commission paper, war relic, Civil War naval belt with buckle, and a post-war naval belt with buckle. Howard Potts was born in Pennsylvania on December 16, 1840. He entered service at the very outbreak of the war under "Presidents Lincoln's first call for 75,000 troops" as a private and band member in Captain McKnight's Ringgold Light Artillery from Reading Pennsylvania. His original term of service was for three months, in keeping with the belief by both sides that the conflict would be a short one. Howard Potts re-enlisted in November 16, 1861 as a Third Assistant Engineer U.S. Navy where he began a long naval career. He would later promote to Second Assistant Engineer.
Here is a list of his assigned ships and posts during his career. While at sea, he would see action against several Confederate naval vessels, and the Korean Punitive Expedition of 1871.
This uniform tells of the years of service from the Civil War to the Korean Punitive Expedition of 1871. The Naval Officers' dress uniform is an original Civil War period coat with all matching buttons and Assistant Engineer rank insiginal on the sleeve. The addition of the red is a Post-war addition. The jacket has some moth holes, but nothing major. The inside has the padding expected in the Civil War uniform. The sword is a Civil War version of the M1852 Naval Officers' sword retailed by Horstmann. The retailer marking is faint from years of wear, but reads "W. H. Horstmann & Sons Philidelphia," which is the Civil War period markings. The scabbard is complete and has Howard D. Potts name and USN on both sides of the throat piece. The patina is even and all original, and the hilt is tight with 100% original wire and shark-skin grip. The Civil War period Naval Belt's leather matched the scabbard, and the buckle is the two-piece version. The commission paper has been professional framed. The ink is faded, but readable. The post Civil War belt has one remaining hanger strap. Also included is a war relic. I do not know what it is, but suspect it is from one of the ships on which Potts served. Included is a binder complete with historical information of Potts' military service, with his complete pension record. I found a report he drafted about damage to the USS Tioga during the fight to capture the Confederate steamer Herald, in which a Confederate shot damaged his ships machinery.
This is a great Naval group with an appraised value of $8000.00. Shipping will be $45.00 because two boxes will be required. PRICE ON REQUEST
U504. AMES – M1860 CAVALRY SABER, 1859: Here is another early dated Ames saber. It is an 1859 dates Ames M1860 Cavalry saber with different inspection marks on the blade, pommel cap, and drag. The hilt is tight with a nice aged patina, original leather and wire with the original leather blade washer holding the 34 3/4 inch blade tight. The blade is Ames maker marked, and inspection marked "G.G.S." and dated 1859, the pommel cap is double inspected marked "JH" & "WA" and the drag is marked "G.K.C." The blade is bright with no blemished nicks or dings. The scabbard has a nice mellow light brown patina with no rust or pitting. Several years ago this saber was selling for close to $2000, but it is available for far less. $1395.00
U506. T-MARKED (TOMES) OFFICER'S SABER: This is another T-marked Officer's saber, which is believed to have been made by Tomes, Son & Melvain as documented in John H. Thillmann's book Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers. This saber is in outstanding condition with 100% original leather grip and triple strand wire, which is tight. The ornate hilt is hand-chased and engraved with deep foliate, pommel cap brim is chased, branched are chased, and the guillon has a fine foliate design. Compare this to the other one I just sold U487 and you will see the difference in the design. Since these were hand chased, no to will be 100% identical. The T- marked blade is in great condition with no rust or dent. The plain steel scabbard developed a nice richbrown patina. All the T-Marked Officers sabers are early Civil War period pieces. $1795.00
U507. AMES – M1860 CAVALRY SABER, 1862: There are many cavalry saber for sale, but I look only for early dated ones in very nice condition. This is one such saber. It is an 1862 dates Ames M1860 Cavalry saber with matching inspector marks "D" on the pommel cap, blade, and drag. The hilt is tight with a nice aged patina, original leather and wire with the original leather blade washer holding the 34 3/4 inch blade tight. The blade is Ames maker marked, and inspection marked “LD” and dated 1862, and is bright with minor blemished near the last 6 inched of the blade. The scabbard has a nice brown patina with no rust or pitting. Several years ago this saber was selling for $1200-$1300, but it is available for far less. $975.00
U505. HORSTMANN PATTERN 1822 OFFICER SABER: This is German made saber and a date to the early 1850’s, and were used through the Civil War. A number of these sabers are identified with the Philadelphia First City Troop, but more are shown in period images of Civil War officers. The hilt on this one is very large, with a leather grip and single strand wire. The original blade washer holds the blade tight, and you can see fancy etching and the Horstmann mark on the blade. When I discovered this saber, the blade was covered in old oil. After I wiped all the oil off I found the blade was bright. The scabbard is of a heavy design, which I believe is a period replacement. This is a nice sword at a reasonable price. $850.00
U494. CLAUBERG CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER with GERMAN SILVER HILT & SCABBARD: This is a high-grade/presentation quality sword, which show evidence of being carried into battle and has seen the elephant. It is a Clauberg product and shows the quality for which they were known. All the brass has taken on deep rich reddish-brown patina. The German silver grip is 100% original. The guard is missing its two branched, which were either sheared off by being struck by some type of ordinance. The original blade washer holds the 35 1/2 inch blade tight. The blade has a gray patina, which enhances the blades superb etching. The German silver scabbard retains its original wood liners and keeps the blade from rattling. All the mounts are complete with original screws, and has beautiful chase work! The drag does have afew carried dents. This saber is all original and never altered or cleaned. Personally, I love finding swords like this…can you hear it speak? I sure can! $2395.00
U502: HIGH GRADE AMES MILITIA OFFICER'S SWORD: Here is an Ames Militia Officer's sword. Circa 1850 - 1860. This is NOT your average Militia Sword. Seldom seen, fancy cast guard. Twisted wire wrapped mother-of-pearl grip is in good condition; some small chipping, which is not unusual. The Knights head pommel is set loose, and is intentionally not tightened so as to avoid damage to mother-of-pearl leafs.
High quality, frosted blade is superbly etched in a crisp, classic Ames style displaying panoply of arms, patriotic eagle with "E Pluribus Unum" needle inscribed within banner below stars and burst. Blade also has etched acorns, oakleafs and other floral motifs. Needle inscribed Ames inscription can be seen under languet (with some difficulty due to languet).
Brass scabbard is accented with acanthus leaf design around mounts and drag. Some staining and minor dents, but otherwise good condition; no maker's mark. One of the top carry rings has an ever so slightly smaller diameter than the other two. When I found this sword the original asking price was $1600.00, but I was able to get it down so the savings can be passed on to the next collector. Enjoy! $1300.00
U503: ROBY - M1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD: This is a Roby M1850 Foot Officer's sword with the original scabbard. The hilt retains 100% original shark-skin & triple-strand wire, and retains much of the original gold wash. The original buff white blade washer keeps the 32 inch blade tight. It is Roby maker marked with "IRON PROOF" on the spine of the blade, and the etched is still frosty and bright. Roby had some of the best etched blades! The scabbard is complete with all original mounts, which each retaining better than 90% of the original gold wash. The blade leather scabbard has a protective coating on it. I have seen many other swords with this period modification and believe it was to protect the scabbard from water & exposure damage. This is a very solid example and available at a reasonable price. $1395.00
U474. EMERSON & SILVER PRESENTATION-GRADE PHOENIX GUARD STAFF & FIELD SWORD, TOMES SON & MELVAIN RETAIL MARKED: This is a rare Staff & Field sword! It is a silver hilt, Rising Phoenix guard Staff & Field sword made by Emerson & Silver and retailed by Tomes Son & Melvain New York. The German silver grip retains 100% original triple-wire and has great patina. The hilt is tight with even patina, and shows a Phoenix rising from flames towards the "U. S." in the guard. The blade is held tight by the original red leather blade-washer; is maker marked "W. Clauberg, Solingen," with the retailer mark for "Tomes Son & Melvain New York." The blade is bright with traces of original frosting and a spread eagle with radiating rays, and "U.S." and military motif. There are a few minor nicks showing evidence it was carried and used. On the top of the spine of the blade near the hilt is the number "31" and the "IRON PROOF" mark. The scabbard is 100% original and extremely rare and in amazing condition! It is leather covered steel with brass mounts. This was a scabbard designed introduced during the Civil War and in most cases, the leather is in poor condition and often is missing or flacking away. This retains 100% of the original leather and with the exception of the crazing near the top month, is in amazing condition. The brass months have nice chase work and the top mount has "U.S." on the front and a presentation shield on the reverse, on the drag is stamped the number "31'' which matched the number on the blade. I have handled one other example of a Rising Phoenix hilt, but it had a standard ray-skin grip and leather scabbard. This sword surfaced several years ago and I purchased it then, and it has been in a private collection until I recently reacquired it. I have not seen another example exactly like this. Here is your chance to add a nice rare investment grade sword to your collection! $4500.00
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