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EL01.  ENFIELD 1853 MUSKET LOCK, TOWER 1861: This is a musket lock for an 1853 Enfield musket. It fully functional in half & full cock, and is all original. It is marked with the Crown and TOWER 1861 on the face plate, and maker marked MOXHAM on the inside plate. $295.00

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EL02.  ENFIELD 1853 MUSKET LOCK, TOWER 1862: This is a musket lock for an 1853 Enfield musket. It fully functional in half & full cock, and is all original. It is marked with the Crown and TOWER 1862 on the face plate, but hard to make out the makers name on the inside plate. $325.00

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F114.  CONFEDERATE ARSENAL CONVERSION MUSKETThis musket is a Confederate arsenal or field conversion musket, which is in great untouched attic condition.  It originally was a M1816 flintlock and you can see the Springfield mark and an eagle head on the lock plate.  The drum bolster is crudely configured, and the hammer almost has a blacksmith made look to it.  All metal parts have the same aged patina, and the stock matched as well.  Under the middle band you can see a period arsenal repair to the stock. Even the original ram rod has the same matching patina.  Confederate conversion muskets are a good buy since they are more affordable, and underscore the make-do disposition of the Confederate war machine.  I have discounted this for the collector looking for a Confederate carried musket, but at a great entry level point for the new or young collector. $795.00

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F127. BRITISH PATTERN 1842 MUSKET- CONFEDERATE: I purchased this Confederate carried musket from Larry Hicklen (Middle Tennessee Civil War Relics) who acquired it from a North Alabama estate. The lock plate & screws have Roman numerals associated with a Confederate arsenal repaired firearms. Confederate purchasing agent Caleb Huse reported the purchase of 21,040 British muskets, which were likely surplus weapons decommissioned from the British military to include this smooth-bore 75 caliber musket. It was the last regulation smooth bore musket produced for the British Army.  The barrel is secured with three flat keys and a swivel screw.  Two of the flat keys are missing the head, and the holes were filled in at a Confederate Arsenal. The front site acts as a bayonet stud, and the plain notched dovetail rear sight is brazed to the barrel. The lock is of the familiar Enfield design, and it is maker marked Lacy & Co. London. When removed, you can see the arsenal Roman numeral XXII, and lock action works correctly. However, when the lock is in place, it does not hold in the full-cocked position. The stock is solid, but you can see the Confederate Arsenal repair on the right side, and a crack on the left. The ram-rod is original to the gun. This is an affordable Rebel carried musket.  $995.00

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F140.  STARR MODEL 1858 ARMY REVOLVER: This is an excellent example of the unique Starr Model 1858 Army, which functions both double & single Action. . While the design was innovative and way before its time, the self-cocking mechanism was delicate and expensive and lead to the Starr company to drop the model in preference to a cheaper and more robust single action only design, the Model 1863. Although referred to as a "double action" revolver, the large trigger actually only cocked the hammer and rotated the cylinder, it did not fire the gun. Pulling the large trigger all the way to the rear pressed a very tiny recessed trigger that actually released the hammer to fire the gun. During the time it was produced, approximately 22,000 Starr M-1858 Army revolvers were produced, with about 16,100 going to fill US government contracts. The remaining production (about 6,000 or about 27%) were sold commercially to the public. This particular gun is most likely one of those government contract models.  The cartouches on the grips are worn off, but the typical US sub-inspector stamps on the primary sub-assemblies of the gun.

The gun is a 6 shot, .44 caliber revolver with a 6" barrel. The action is very crisp and works well. The gun is mechanically tight and times and locks up perfectly. The serial number 2596 is readily visible on upper and lower sections of the frame, the cylinder and face of the hammer. The US Sub-inspector initial W appears on the frame.

The frame is crisply and clearly marked on the right side: STARR ARMS Co. NEW YORK and on the left side: STARR'S PATENT JAN. 15. 1856. The bore is brilliant and in appears unfired and shows sharp rifling and original bluing, the percussion cones (nipples) are all in excellent, crisp condition. The cylinder chambers appear un-fired and are perfect as well. The barrel retains about much original blue in streaks with a mix of smooth gray-brown patina. This odd finish wear is typical of Starr’s, as their finishes tended to flake over time and present odd wear patterns. The frame retains about much bright brilliant blue finish. The most finish wear appears on the very top of the frame and barrel. The cylinder retains roughly 80% original blue, mixed with a gray-brown patina, and the grip frame retains about 10% blue, faded to a smooth gray-brown patina. The screws and the tiny recessed trigger retain about 90%+ vivid fire blue and are truly striking in appearance. The hammer has a smooth brown patina. The oil finished wood grips are in great condition with only some minor light handling marks, but no visible cartouches.

Overall this is a great M-1858 Starr Army and would be an excellent addition to any Civil War era handgun collection.  $2700.00

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F143.  CONFEDERATE JS  MARKED ENFIELD – "FURNISHER" CONTACT MARKED "J" FOR C.W. JAMES, & INVENTORY CONTROL NUMBERED BUTT PLATE:  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.

This musket is an extremely rare "J" marked contract rifle produced by C.W. James Birmingham.  The gun shows heavy use and evidence of being arsenal repaired.  I discovered it at the Baltimore Antique Arms show and passed by it several time because I did not see a Tower lock on the gun.  However, when I picked it up I saw the Inventory Control Number 8921A on the butt plate and the JS  on the underside of the stock.  The Confederates where known for sending damaged weapons back to the armory to be repaired, and this is one such example. As you look at the stock you can see there was some battle damaged, which must have destroyed the original lock.  The armory repaired the stock and used a Moore "M" Enfield rifle musket lock dated 1863 for a replacement.  As you look at the photos, you can see the patina on the lock, wood and screwed is untouched and evidence of being together since the Civil War. The numbered butt plate is deeply etched and the "J" is clearly visible on the top of the stock near the butt plate tang. The JS shows the expected wear, but is easy to read.  Just the way you want to find them!  The barrel and bands all have a deep brown patina, and there is still rifling in the barrel. The ram-rod does not have a control number, but is period and one inch short.  It is not often that you will see a totally un-touched example of a Confederate M1853 Enfield musket, especially one that have an Inventory Control number on the butt plate, JS  marked, and the even rarer "J" Furnisher mark on the stock. If it had a matching ram-rod, rear site and original Tower lock this gun could easily sell for $9000.00.  However, since it has the arsenal repair the gun is available for less.

With care, I pulled the lock and you can see that the patina on the wood and metal show that the repair and replaced lock were done a long time ago and is period.

I just love this gun because it speaks volumes about how resourceful the South was to keep weapons in the hands of Confederate soldiers. $2600.00

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F145.  MANHATTAN NAVY REVOLVER, 6 INCH: This is a Manhattan 6 inch Navy revolver with 80% strong cylinder scene, 70% original grip finish, and traced of silver on the brass. The action is tight and cycles perfectly, crisp. The gun has matching serial number 30894 on all parts. There is a flash of blue on the bottom of the barrel.  $1100.00

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F156.  CONFEDERATE SINCLAIR, HAMILTON & COMPANY: During the Civil War a large proportionate of 1853 Enfield Rifle Muskets were supplied by Sinclair, Hamilton & Company, and these Rifle Muskets are found with the following marks depending on when supplied:

This is an early example of  the scares Sinclair Hamilton & Co. mark by the trigger tang. The lock is marked with a Crown to the rear, and 1861 Tower forward of the hammer and is fully functional.The original rear sight is gone, but was period replaced at a Confederate Arsenal with a Springfield sight, as was the hammer screw; notice the screw head design.  While checking my inventory, I found a bayonet, which perfectly fits this musket and matches others I have found on Enfield muskets.  It has matching patina, and more importantly it has no British inspection marks.  The bore’s rifling is strong; and sling, which is worth several hundred dollars, is included at no additional cost. $2450.00

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