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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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A121. AMES M1860 CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER HILTED - SCHUYLER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM RETAILED: One of the rarest and most sought-after swords is the Ames M1860 Cavalry Officer’s saber, and it is often missing from most advance collections. Even more rare, is an unmarked specimen sold to an independent retailer. Most likely, this sword blade was factory damaged and repaired prior to being sold to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham who then etched and sold it. The entire sword is Ames, from the pommel cap to the guard; the shark-skin grip and wire; the blade and the even more rare steel scabbard with wide brass mounts. 12 1/4 inches from the tip is a dove-tail factory repair. It most likely was buffed out and not visible when done, but is noticeable today, and the blade if full length to the scabbard, which is period. The blade is Schuyler, Hartley & Graham retailer marked and etched. The scabbard is in great condition with a few minor dings and all mounts, and only missing the screw for the drag. The pommel cap and guard are a little loose, and there is some missing wood, and shark-skin near the pommel cap. The hilt is identical to the one depicted on page 87 of John Thillmann’s book Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers, and the scabbard in identical to the one depicted on page 90. This appears to be an Ames M1860 Cavalry originally made for the 1861 US Ordnance contract, but had an issue with the blade and was sold off and retailed by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. Cavalry officer’s swords are rare, and scarcer is the Ames saber. However, since it is not 100% Ames its value is less and more reasonably priced. $1900.00

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U992. 1ST CONNECTICUT HEAVY ARTILLERY ID'ED FOOT OFFICERS SWORD:  This sword belonged to Lieutenant Nelson B. Gilbert of the 1st. Connecticut Heavy Artillery. The characteristics of the sword indicate that it most likely was made by Sauerbier. The leather grip and twisted wire, as well as the hilt and pommel cap, are 100% original and tight. The blade shows wear, but the etching is strong. The original top-stitched leather scabbard has crazing, but is strong and firm, and retains all original mounts, which show a high copper content. The top mount is engraved as follows:

Lt N B Gilbert

1st Arty C V

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On 5/22/1861, Gilbert  was commissioned into "H" Co. CT 1st Heavy Artillery and was discharged on 2/15/1864. On 10/27/1864 he was commissioned into CT 3rd Light Artillery and Mustered Out on 6/23/1865 at Virginia. His unit was heavy involved in several engagements throughout the war. $2500.00

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U960. RARE - SAUERBIER NON-REGULATION PATTERN 1821/22 CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER: This non-regulation saber must have been made for a mounted officer, artillery officer, or a cavalry officer because the blade is both long and heavy, which made it a very serviceable saber. The non-regulation hilt retains 100% original gilt and 100% original leather and triple-strand wire. The Sauerbier marked blade has deep strong etching with much original frosting under a nice gray patina. The steel scabbard is in near-mint condition and is decorated with the flame throat piece, panoply of arms and the skull and crossbones ring mounts, and the large drag. $2700.00

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F395. CONFEDERATE ALTERED - HARPERS FERRY 1842 MUSKET - 1845 DATED:  This 1842 Harpers Ferry musket is Confederate altered to the size of a 2-band rifle, and once had a Confederate blade site. It is in attic-found condition and has not been cleaned and is all original! The stock is rough with a few splits in the stock near the left side of the barrel, but the wood is strong and not loose. The lock properly functions in both half & full cock position and is dated the same as the barrel;1845. The ramrod is originally for an 1860 Springfield rifle, but was shorten and treaded at its bottom, not just cut down. On the top of the barrel, you can see two groves for a Confederate blade site, which is long gone. There is also is saddle wear on the underside forward of the trigger guard.  Shipping & Insurance is included. $995.00

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F396. CONFEDERATE - PATTERN 1856 SHORT RIFLE - "COMMERCIAL VARIANT"This Confederate Pattern 1856 Short Rifle is referred to as a "commercial variant" because of the brass butt plate and trigger guard, and the four - groove barrel. It is all original with both barrel bands, both sling swivels, the nipple protector attached to the ring and chain, and the bayonet lug without the extended key. The bore is mirror bright with strong rifling, and the barrel retains the original rear site. The 1861 dated lock is tight in both half & full cock and properly functions. The stock has expected wear, but is solid with good staddle wear, and the letter “W” carved in the stock opposite the lock and on the side of the butt stock. The stock is all original and never sanded, and the Sinclair, Hamilton, & Company viewers mark “Crown over block “SHC” is to the rear of the trigger guard. The wood Springfield rifle tompion came with the gun. I got this gun at a great price and am passing on the saving to the next owner.  Shipping & Insurance included. $1600.00

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C393a. CIVIL WAR BOWIE KNIFE with ORIGINAL SHEATH: This is an exceptional Civil War bowie knife! When I saw the sheath with the tool-worked design; the brass mounts with brass pins, and lead around the belt loop, I said Confederate. Then I looked at the knife with its polished wood grip; steel cap and brass ferrule and polished spear-point blade, I said maybe Union. The cutler who made this knife was skilled at his profession! It is one of the best Civil War bowie I have seen. It is 17 1/2 inches long with a 10 5/8-inch spear-point blade. The blade is made of high-quality steel, shows filling marks, and has a shape edge on both sides. The oak grip is solid with no breaks or movement, and is capped with a steel disk with a brass ferrule at the steel guard. The sheath is solid with no breaks, but has shrunk about a 1/4 inch. The brass mounts are pinned in place and have a design cut in the edge facing the leather. Confederate or Union, itdoes not matter, it is one of the finest examples of a Civil War bowie knife. Shipping & Insurance included. $3900.00

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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 innear-mint condition. Shipping & Insurance included. $3825.00

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C460. ALABAMA – CONFEDERATE SIDE KNIFE: This Confederate side knife is attributed to Alabama by its similarities to other known knives from that state. It is 17 3/4 inches long with a 12 1/2-inch x 2 1/4-inch spear point blade, which has great flaws and filing marks. The wood grip is tight and has a split, which was most likely cause when the tag was pinned with a brass cap. There is a brass ferrule above the diamond shaped cross guard. Shipping & Insurance included. $2925.00

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C470. CONFEDERATE - MISSISSIPPI IDENTIFIED BOWIE SIDE KNIFE: This Confederate Side knife was discovered and purchased in Mississippi. When acquired, there was a verbal story that is belonged to a Mississippi soldier, but there was no additional history.  It was later discovered the name “W H Harris” was carved on the top of the grip and initials “W H” on the right side. The initial search of the Civil War data base identified several Mississippi soldiers with this name, and more was needed for a positive identification. On closer examination of the lead ferrule, I found the letter “E” carved on both sides, which most likely is a unit identification.  With this added information, I was able to narrow the search for a Mississippi soldier enlisted in a unit with a “Company E” and found two: William Hansford Harris "E" Co. Mississippi 18th Infantry and William H. Harris "E" Co. 2nd Partisan Rangers Mississippi Infantry. Since both have similar names, this knife could belong to either, and so I have provided historical information on both. William Hansford Harris: On 4/20/1861 he mustered into "E" Co. Mississippi 18th Infantry. He was discharged for disability from battle wounds on 11/15/1861. He was wounded on battle twice: first in the leg, and then in the arm, which was amputated. This led to his discharge. He survived. William H. Harris:  On 9/1/1862 he mustered into "E" Co. MS 2nd Part Rangers Cavalry. His muster sheets show that he was wounded near Ripley Mississippi, but remained with the unit at least October 1864. The knife is 17 1/2 inches long with a 13-inch spear-point blade made from a file. You can still see file teeth marks all over the blade. The blade is period sharpened and has an even patina. The grip looks to be walnut with a lead ferrule, a brass cross-guard, and a brass plate with three pins. The original sheath is brown leather, bottom stitch, and reinforced with heavy wire at its end.  As mention above, the name “W H Harris” is carved on the top of the grip and initials “W H” on the right side, and the letter “E” is carved on both sides of the ferrule.  The knife is in superb condition and most likely carried by one of the two identified Mississippi Soldiers. Shipping & Insurance included. $4900.00

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C452. ALABAMA IDENTIFIED - JAMES CONNING CONFEDERATE FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is a James Conning Mobile Alabama Foot Officer’s sword identified to a Lieutenant F. M. Jones (Francis M. Jones). This hilt is one of the two designs attributed to Conning and has great sand-casting flaws, a smaller flat sided quillion, and the number “213” in the face of the guard under the blade. The pommel cap is the high-mound version common to Conning with a laurel-leaf design, and the grip is original with 100% leather and twisted wire. The original unstopped fuller blade is unetched and tight with no movement. The James Conning scabbard fits tight to the blade with some expected shrinkage, and is opened on the back side half way between the middle mount and drag.  On the top back side of the throat mount it reads “Made by James Conning Mobile” and on the bottom the number 226, and on the front is etching the name F. M. Jones. The middle mount also has the number 226, but there is no number on the bottom drag, which is a period replacement either replace by Jones or a Northern soldier when it was captured. Francis. M. Jones (F. M. Jones & Frank M. Jones) was born March 8, 1837 and died after 1908. He enlisted October 1861at Monroeville Alabama as a private and later promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in company E, 23rd Alabama infantry regiment and muster out as a 3rd lieutenant. He was capture at Champion Hill on 17 May, 1863 and remained a prisoner of war until paroled and exchanged February 20, 1865. Identified Confederate sword are rare and this one is especially unique being made by James Conning and carried by an Alabama officer who survived being a Prisoner-of-War for almost 2 yearsShipping & Insurance included. $15,000

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