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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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C422. VIRGINIA M1840 NCO SWORD & BELT AND FROG – MINT CONDITIONPrior to the outbreak of hostilities with the north, the state of Virginia purchased 1200 sabers from the Ames company, and other blades and parts to fabricate more swords. The Virginia Ames contract sabers where dated 1860 and uninspected; however, there are a few known examples of Ames US inspected 1860 sabers that ended up in the Virginia armory and those sabers have a secondary Virginia Confederate stamp inspection 6-point Star. To date, I know of one 1860 dated & inspected Ames Musician sword with the Virginia Confederate 6-Point Star and seen three 1860 dated & inspected M1840 NCO sword with the same Virginia Confederate 6-Point Star. I also know of a few dated and US inspected M1840 Artillery with the Virginia Confederate 6-Point Star. This star has only been found on US inspected1860 dated Ames swords.

This M1840 NCO sword is the third example I have seen with the 1860 date & inspection and the Virginia Confederate inspection 6-point star. As you look at the underside, you see the original J.T. inspector mark and the Virginia Confederate 6-point inspection star. The hilt is tight and the blade is bright, and it is housed in an original Ames inspected scabbard. The reverse clam shell guard was factory modified which reduced its profile and made it easier to carry in the frog. It is unknown if this was a request from Virginia and just done be Ames for another contract. The sword comes with the leather from and white cloth belt and the flat plain brass buckle.  The overall condition is MINT! This is an extremely rare Confederate sword! Shipping & Insurance included. $3500.00


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F403. 1ST MODEL MAYNARD CARBINE - POSSIBLE MISSISSIPPI, BUT MORE LIKELY GEORGIA: This is an example of the scarce and desirable 1st Model Maynard Carbine. The guns were produced in both carbine and rifle lengths, with 20” and 26” barrels respectively, and were offered in both .35 and .50 caliber. The U.S. Army held a contract for 400 of the .50 military pattern carbines. These guns were ordered with fixed sights only (no tang sight), and specified the use of a sling ring on the trigger plate tang, rather than on a traditional sling bar on the side of the carbine. These carbines were delivered in March and April of 1859. In late 1859 the US Revenue Cutter Service ordered an additional 200 Maynard carbines. While the first 100 arms ordered were referred to as “rifles”, it is believed that all 200 of these guns were in fact carbines, chambered for the .50 Maynard cartridge. In February of 1860, the US Navy ordered 50 1st Model Maynard carbines, also in .50 caliber. The Massachusetts Arms Company also produced sporting versions of the rifle and carbine and offered them for sale to the general public in both barrel lengths and calibers as well as in cased sets, often with a second barrel, loading tools and a variety of optional accessories. According to arms researcher, author and historian James D McAulay, a number of famous Southerners purchased Maynard sporting arms. These men included South Carolina’s Wade Hampton, Georgia senator Robert Toombs and Vice President John Breckenridge of Kentucky; all of who became Confederate Generals during the American Civil War. The initial production goal of the Massachusetts Arms Company had been 5,000 arms. According to McAulay, as of October 1, 1860 the company had sold approximately 1,400 guns and had a total of 3,527 arms in inventory. The inventory on hand was distributed as follows:

                                                                                                        326 2nd Quality Arms 

                                                                                                        459 .50 / 20” / Sporting

                                                                                                        676 .50 / 20” / Military

                                                                                                        142 .50 / 26” / Sporting

                                                                                                        160 .50 / 26” / Military

                                                                                                        1,326 .35 / 20” / Sporting

                                                                                                        425 .35 / 20” Military

                                                                                                        13 .35 / 26” / Military

McAulay further notes that approximately 90% of the remaining inventory of 1st Model Maynard rifles and carbines were purchased by southern states and militia companies between October 1, 1860 and April of 1861. McAulay’s research indicates that the majority of the guns went to the states of Mississippi, Florida and Georgia. According to his figures, Florida acquired a total of 1,030 guns in December of 1860, all of which were carbine length (20-inches) and were chambered in .35 caliber. Mississippi acquired 800 guns in December of 1860 as well. Their purchase included both carbines (625 total) and rifles (26” barrel, a total of 175) and the guns were a mixture of .50 and .35, with all 175 of the rifles and 300 of the carbines being .50 and the remaining 325 carbines being .35. All 650 of the Georgia purchased guns were all .50 caliber carbines. While Florida and Mississippi acquired their guns directly from the Massachusetts Arms Company, Georgia purchased their guns (650) in January and March of 1861 from the firm of W.J. Syms & Brothers of New York City. Syms sold an additional 1,700 Maynards between October 1860 and May 1861. It is estimated that all but about 100 of these guns went to southern purchasers. McAulay notes that approximately 800 of these guns went South Carolina and Louisiana. The balance of the estimated 800 “Confederate” sales by Syms were apparently made to Kentucky and Tennessee in April and May of 1861. A substantial number of Confederate regiments were at least partially armed with 1st Model Maynard rifles and carbines during the Civil War, resulting in the guns (in both barrel lengths and calibers) being listed in the 1863 Confederate Ordnance Manual as a standard issue Confederate carbine. Some of the Confederate units armed with the guns included the 1st and 6th Florida Special Battalion of Infantry, 2nd Florida Cavalry, 5th & 9th Georgia Cavalry, Cobb’s Legion of Cavalry (Georgia), 1st Louisiana Cavalry, 11th Louisiana Infantry, 1st & 4th Mississippi Cavalry, 9th, 14th & 15th Mississippi Infantry, 18th North Carolina Infantry, 3rd Tennessee Cavalry, 35th Virginia Cavalry Battalion and the Waccamaw South Carolina Light Artillery. Some 1st Model Maynards were also issued to the Confederate ironclad CSS Atlanta. The production of the 1st Model Maynard was brought to an end by a fire at the Massachusetts Arms Company factory in January of 1861. Dr. Maynard proceeded to buy out all of the various partners and owners of the company in 1862 and by 1863 the factory was back in business, producing the 2nd Model Maynard Carbine for the US Ordnance Department.

This 1st Model Maynard Carbine has a 20” barreled, .50 caliber and is a military configuration carbine. Based upon Confederate purchase records, it is almost certain this gun was sold to either Mississippi or Georgia. Since Georgia purchased roughly twice as many .50 carbines than Mississippi, the gun is twice as likely to have gone to Georgia. The gun is properly maker marked and is complete but with two different serial numbers: the tap cover is the number 4438 and the barrel is 4429, which is just 9 numbers off.  It is possible this was a factory error, but likely occurred in the field while soldiers were cleaning their gun.  The hammer action is soft, but holds in both half and full cock positions. On the underside is the cavalry carry ring.  The stock is complete with the original patch box cover and steel butt plate, and on the right side are the initials M.A.B. and the faint carving of Co. B.  A detail searched of the Civil War Data base for the state of Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, North & South Carolina found a few possible matches, with one Cavalry soldier: M.A. Black, "B" Co. GA. Wright's Cavalry.  This may have been his carbine, but more research is needed. The gun is currently with my show inventory and will be on display at upcoming show. If purchased, shipping will be delay until I bring it home after a show. Shipping & Insurance is included. $5500.00


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A118. HORSTMANN MODEL 1860 CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER, TYPE-2: This Horstmann saber has a model 1860 unembellished hilt with a sharkskin grip and triple strand officers’ wire. Since it has an unadorned brass guard, it is believed to be an early war saber made when they were very scarce. The hilt is firm, and the original blade washer holds the 35 1/2-inch quill back blade tight. The patina on the blade makes the etching pop, and you can easily see the Horstmann mark, the military motifs, which include a field tent, Tecumseh, an American Eagle on both side, and US in a shield. The scabbard is German silver-plated steel with a brass throat piece designed for the quill back blade, and two brass mounts with rings and a brass drag.  All fittings are tight and have deep original untouched patina. This is a rare example of an early Civil War sword!  Shipping and Insurance is included. $1600.00


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F408. CONFEDERATE ENFIELD ARTILLERY CARBINE - BARNETT: This is a hard-to-find Confederate Enfield Artillery Carbine, which is only the third have had for sale. It is complete with both sling swivels and barrel bands, the correct period blade site, and has a CROWN TOWER / BARNETT lock. Forward of the butt plate tang is one of the known inspection marks for Confederate acquire Enfields, a CIRCLE “S.P” and no other marks. The ramrod is original and the rifling is very strong. Shipping and Insurance included. $4500.00


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A126. NON-REGULATION FOOT OFFICERS SWORD – MINT CONDITION: This is a Non-Regulation foot Officers sword in mint condition. The hilt and backstrap retain 100% of the original German Silver finish and the grip has 100% original shark skin with original triple-strand wire; and the original leather blade washer holds the bright frosty blade tight. The blade is maker marked “F. Horster Solingen” “IRON PROOF” with a round brass PROVE inlay. The scabbard has its original finish with a few minor dings.  Overall, this sword is in mint condition, and it will be difficult to find a better example! Shipping and Insurance is included. $1500.00


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A117. HORSTMANN MODEL 1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER – SHORT BLADE: This is a Horstmann M1840 Cavalry with the 31 ¼ inch short blade as described in John Thillmann’s book “Civil War Cavalry & Artillery saber” pages 216-222. The hilt is tight and the grip is 100% original with triple twisted wire. The pommel cap has a trumpet-like appearance and the inside quillion is plain. The blade has strong etching and is Horstmann retailer marked, and is held tight with the original blade washer. The scabbard is original to the saber and has brass rings and mounts.  All the brass has a deep pleasing patina. This pattern saber pre-dates the Civil War by 20 years and saw continuous use well after the war. Shipping & Insurance is included. $1500.00


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A130. MODEL 1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD – W. CLAUBERG: This is a Model 1852 Naval Officers sword made be W. Clauberg, Solingen. I suspect it is a late war production because the maker die stamp was worn and some of the letters are weakly struck. The sword shows wear, but is in great condition with a tight hilt; 100% original white shark-skin grip and triple wire; the original red felt blade washer; a strong and complete scabbard with all original mounts; and a frosty blade with deep etching, though it has some areas of salt & pepper dark spots.  The top mount has some movement, but the middle and drag are tight. The Union navy was smaller than the Army and therefore there are fewer M1852 Naval Officers swords then those carried by officers in the field. Shipping & Insurance is included. $1600.00


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C483. CONFEDERATE, KENANSVILLE – LOUIS FROELICH SHORT SWORD: This short sword is often referred to as a Kenansville or Louis Froelich short sword, but some believe it may have been made in the Richmond area. Either way, it is a highly sought-after Confederate sword. This example is in amazing attic condition with a tight original wood grip, no guard movement, and a 16-inch spear-point blade; all with great patina.  Shipping & Insurance is included. $4750.00


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C485. CONFEDERATE SIDE KNIFE – COLLEGE HILL BLADE: This is a Confederate Side Knife made with a College Hill blade. The construction of this knife is exceptional and it may be completely made by College Hill. The grip, pommel cap, guard, blade and sheath are all well-made and have great casting flaws on the blade, and all brass to include the sheath mounts. The leather is pure Confederate. The knife is 15 inches with a 10 1/4-inch blade with an unstopped fuller and the pen notch common to College Hill blades. The sheath is strong with a little stitching separation above the bottom mount. This is a fine example of a Confederate side knife! Shipping & Insurance is included.  $2300.00


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F409: CONFEDERATE CAPTURED M1859 SHARPS NEW RIFLE – C&R INSPECTION LETTER “F”: This Sharps M1859 New Rifle was discovered by and purchased from Rafael Eledge of Shiloh Civil War relics. At some point, the gun was Confederate captured and went through the Clean and Repair (C&R) process.  On the underside of the stock behind the trigger guard is the letter “F” which is one of the known inspection marks for C&R weapons. The “F” stamp likely belonged to First Lieutenant William E. Foster, the supervisor of all cleaning and repair production at the Danville Arsenal. Ordered to this assignment on July 26, 1862, he directed C & R work at the satellite facility until late 1864. The rifle is in great condition with no issues. It is mechanically sound; the bore has strong rifling; the stock and forearm are intact; and the original patch box cover is present. The “F” stamp is very strong and deep, and the bayonet key looks to have been arsenal repaired or replaced, and the period leather sling is original and came with the gun. The rifle is serial number 36955 and remains relatively well marked throughout, with the factory-applied markings faintly legible. The rear of the lock plate is marked in two lines: C. SHARPS’ PAT. / OCT. 5th 1852 and directly behind the hammer in two lines: R.S. LAWRENCE PAT. / APRIL 12th 1859. The reverse of the receiver is additionally marked: C. CHARPS’ PAT. / SEPT. 12th 1848. The top of the barrel is marked in a single line, near the receiver: NEW MODEL 1859, and in three lines forward of the rear sight: SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO / HARTFORD CONN>. The base of the rear sight is also marked in three lines, reading: R.S. LAWRENCE / PATENTED / FEB 15th 1859. A Confederate captured (C&R) Sharps Model 1859 New Rifles is a rare find, and one with the C&R inspection letter “F” is extraordinary. Shipping & Insurances is included. $7500.00




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