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    F153. CONFEDERATE 1853 ENFIELD RIFLE - SINCLAIR, HAMILTON & COMPANY MARKED: During the Civil War, a large proportionate of 1853 Enfield Rifle Muskets were supplied by Sinclair, Hamilton & Company and are found with the following marks:

    This Confederate 1853 3-band Enfield is in near-mint condition with the Oval SCH mark. The original nipple has no damage and retains its original case coloring. The stock, which is crudely carved,  has some dings and scratched from use, but no cracks. Near the butt plate tang is the Sinclair, Hamilton & Company Oval SHC mark,  which 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 supplier marked: JOHN  MARSON.  All the gun bands are marked 10, and both sling swivels and the rear site are complete.  All metal parts have the same plum-brown patina. $2900.00

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    F207. STARR .36 CAL. NAVAL REVOLVER: This Starr revolver is a unique revolver developed prior to and used during the Civil War.  It was designed with a sliding switch on the trigger to allow 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 and is a great piece of Civil War naval history. $1650.00

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    F208. M1854 LEFAUCHEUX PIN-FIRE REVOLVER:  In many ways the large bore marital pinfire revolver, based upon the patents of Casimir and Eugene Lefaucheux was one of the most modern and advanced handguns to see use on the battlefield during the American Civil War. Thousands of these pinfire revolvers were imported for use by US troops, and at least a few hundred (and quite probably many more) saw service with Confederate troops as well. Although US government purchases only record about 13,000 M1854 Lefaucheux patent pinfire revolvers as being officially purchased (along with over 2.2 million cartridges), surviving examples and regimental records indicate that far more than that were imported. The primary importer of M1854 revolvers was George Schuyler who purchased 10,000 Lefaucheux revolvers for the US government. Most of Schuyler’s purchases appear to have been made directly from Lefaucheux in Paris. However, extant examples indicate that many Belgian licensed copies were also imported during the war. The Ordnance Department did not appear to differentiate between the French and Belgian made versions, in much the same way that they often lumped French and Belgian made muskets together without any distinction at all. Other importers who provided pinfire revolvers to the US government included Herman BokerSchuyler, Hartley & GrahamGeorge Raphael (who provided the Raphael revolvers to the US), Alexis Godillot of Paris (who provided the Perrin revolvers to the US) and even Tiffany & Company. US cavalry units that received significant numbers of pinfire revolvers included the 5th IL, 2nd & 5th KS, 6th KY, 8th MO, 1st WI and the 9th MO State Militia Cavalry. The Springfield Research Service serial number books list the serial numbers for 69 Lefaucheux revolvers that were in the possession of Company B of the 9th Missouri State Militia Cavalry during 1863. These 69 revolvers range from serial number 33,895 through 42,522. This 9,000+ range of serial numbers within a single company of US cavalry makes it relatively easy to extrapolate that Lefaucheux revolvers within the 25,XXX through at least the 45,XXX range are within the realistic realm of US purchased revolvers that saw use during the Civil War. However, it is equally clear that any pistols with a lower serial number could easily have seen use during the war as well. Confederate units under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest had at least a few hundred of these revolvers in their possession in late 1864. A May 25, 1864 Ordnance Report from Meridian, Mississippi by Forrest showed his 1st Division in possession of 190 French Pistols and his 3rd Division in possession of another 160. It is almost certain that these French Pistols were Lefaucheux revolvers. Additionally, in 1864 the Selma Arsenal was offering Lefaucheux revolvers for sale to Confederate officers at a price of $25 each, including 12 cartridges. In August of 1864, the Selma Arsenal listed the following pistol ammunition in their inventory ”For French Pistol (LeFaucheux) caliber .472k – 52,800 rounds”. This is very clear indication that CS Ordnance Department was actively trying to keep ammunition available for a decent number of Lefaucheux revolvers in the field. Using the theory that the CS Ordnance Department was trying to maintain an inventory of between 20 and 50 rounds per pistol, this would indicate they were trying to keep between 1,056 and 2,640 pistols supplied from Selma alone.

    This M1854 Lefaucheux 4 1/2 inch revolver has serial number #33390, which puts it is the middle of the US Government contact and right before the Missouri known contract numbers. 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. $1300.00

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    F213. 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 allow 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 gray-brown 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, the cylinder nipples appear original, the original grip has a trace cartouche on the left side, and the upper and lower receiver, as well the grip, have matching serial number 2294. Overall, this is a great example of a rare and not often seen Navy Starr Revolver. $1650.00

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    F215. 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 Confederacy also purchased several, but the exact number and serial number range for the Southern acquired pin-fire revolvers is unknown. This gun is complete with the original unloading rod and cylinder latch; is tight; retains all original screws; lanyard-ring; and original finished grips. The 6 1/4 inch barrel gun is engraved the top and side. It is Lefaucheux maker marked with an early low serial number LF 7727. $1050.00

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    F224. CONFEDERATE ENFIELD – PATTERN 1858 BAR ON BAND RIFLE:  This is an extremely rare Confederate rifle. It is an 1858 Bar on Band Enfield rifle with iron mounts making it an early Confederate purchase. It is also marked with a Crown S H C for Sinclair, Hamilton & Company. This mark was their second stamped used.

    The photo lighting makes the wood look lighter. So, I took a photo of the Crown SHC without it, so you can see the dark brown color of the wood.  The stock is complete with no breaks, but there is a small chip above the SHC mark. All the steel has a nice pleasing patina. The rifling is very strong. The Crown SCH marks can be viewed without magnification. The lock is dated 1861. The nipple protector is present, but the chain is broken. Opposite the lock plate side is the letters WF and a N. All the original bands are complete with swivels and the bar on the top band for the bayonet. Here is your change to own a rare Confederate rifle. $4100.00

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