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Auction Description for Rock Island: Session 2 - September Premiere Firearms Auction

Session 2 - September Premiere Firearms Auction

(952 Lots)

by Rock Island Auction Company


952 lots with images

September 14, 2013

Live Auction

7819 42nd Street West

Rock Island, IL, 61201 USA

Phone: 800-238-8022

Fax: 309-797-1655

Email: info@rockislandauction.com

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Historic and Highly Desirable Berdan Sharp Shooters Sharps Model 1859 Double Set-Trigger Rifle

Lot 1000: Historic and Highly Desirable Berdan Sharp Shooters Sharps Model 1859 Double Set-Trigger Rifle

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Description: Historic and Highly Desirable Berdan Sharp Shooters Sharps Model 1859 Double Set-Trigger RifleSharps Model 1859 Breech loading Rifle with factory double set triggers manufactured c. 1862. This rifle is one of the 2,000 special order Sharps Model 1859 Rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department in April 1862 to arm the 1st and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooter Regiments ("Berdan's Sharpshooters"). The Sharps rifles ordered by Berdan to arm his regiments were equipped with factory installed double set-triggers, angular socket bayonets with combination front sight/bayonet lug, and rear sights with 800 yard center notch. All of the Berdan Sharpshooters rifles had the Lawrence patent pellet primer and a stock with casehardened patch box. The 2,000 Model 1859 Sharps Rifles purchased for issue to Berdan's Sharpshooters fall in the 5,400-5,700 serial number range (the lowest known Berdan Sharps serial number is 54374 and the highest serial number is 57567). Berdan's Sharps rifles had the standard finish with blue barrel and breechblock, casehardened barrel bands, receiver, hammer, lever, patch box and buttplate with black walnut stock and forearm. The left barrel flat is stamped with the small "O.W.A." sub-inspection mark of Ordnance Sub-Inspector Orville W. Ainsworth who sub-inspected most of the Berdan's Model 1859 rifles. The left stock wrist has a faint Ordnance final inspection mark that consists of the script initials "JT" in and oval with rounded ends. The "J.T." final inspection mark of Ordnance Inspector John Taylor is found on most Berdan's Sharps rifles with legible inspection marks. The serial number, "56518", is stamped on the upper receiver tang. The barrel, left and right sides of the receiver and lock plate have the standard Sharps and R.S. Lawrence patent markings. The two U.S. Sharpshooter regiments were recruited from selected marksmen from Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin by Colonel Hiram Berdan. Equipped and trained as skirmishes and issued the dark green uniforms with black buttons made famous by British rifle regiments in the Napoleonic Wars, Berdan's Sharpshooters formed an elite corps in the Army of the Potomac. The Sharpshooters saw their first action in the Peninsula Campaign in April 1862 and subsequently fought in nearly every engagement of the Army of the Potomac until they were disbanded in February 1865. Berdan's Sharpshooters claimed to have inflicted more Confederate casualties than any other regiments in the Federal Army. Sharps Model 1859 Rifles in the 53,000-57,000 serial range with factory double set-triggers and "OWA" and "JT" sub-inspection marks are scarce. Experts have identified fewer than 50 Sharps Model 1859 rifles with all of the Berdan Sharpshooter features.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1859BBL: 30 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 52 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 56518

Condition Report: Fair. The rifle is all original and shows the hard use typical of a weapon used in combat. The barrel, receiver and other components have a dark age patina with scattered pitting. The factory and Ordnance sub-inspection markings on the barrel, receiver, lock plate and upper tang are all legible. The "JT" Ordnance final inspection mark on the stock is faint but identifiable. The R.S. Lawrence pellet primer is complete and functional. The set-triggers require adjustment. The stock has a large chip missing between the lower sling swivel and the buttplate. The remainder of the stock and forearm are fair with moderate-heavy handling wear. Nearly all of the 2,000 Berdan Contract Sharps Model 1859 Rifles were issued to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters. A small number of Berdan's Sharps rifles were issued to the famous 42nd Pennsylvania "Bucktails" and the 1st and 2nd Companies Massachusetts Sharpshooters ("Andrews Sharpshooters"). Few, if any, of the Berdan's Sharps rifles survived in better than "good" condition and most, like this example, show hard combat use. This is a solid example of a scarce and very historic Berdan Sharps Rifle. It is one of the very few Civil War small arms that can be definitely associated with a specific unit or combat engagement.

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Very Fine U.S. Civil War Colt Special Model 1861 Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Lot 1001: Very Fine U.S. Civil War Colt Special Model 1861 Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

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Description: Very Fine U.S. Civil War Colt Special Model 1861 Rifle-Musket with BayonetColt manufactured the Model 1861 Special Musket from 1861 to 1865 for the U.S. government for use in the Civil War with this example manufactured in 1863. It is equipped with a blade front and three-leaf folding rear sight. The bolster is stamped with the American eagle. The date "1863" is stamped on top of the chamber with "V/P/eagle head" on the upper left barrel flat, "M" on the left and "P" on the tang. The lock plate is dated "1863" to the rear of the hammer and is marked "U.S./COLT'S Pt F.A. Mfg Co/HARTFORD Ct" in front of the hammer. Mounted on a smooth straight grip stock, with a tulip head ramrod, three screw-secured barrel bands, sling swivels, a brown leather sling, "RAT" and "JT" cartouches stamped opposite the lock, "A.W.M" on the comb and a "U.S" marked buttplate. Complete with a "U-S" marked bayonet, which is 21 inches overall with an 18 inch triangular blade and a leather scabbard and belt hanger.Manufucture: ColtModel: 1862BBL: 39 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58Finish: brightGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Very fine, with the original armory bright finish remaining overall, showing some minor handling marks and a small amount of pitting and a scattered brown patina. Stock is near excellent, with a few dents and scuffs. Leather items show chipping and cracking. Bayonet is good as cleaned, with mild spotting. Mechanically excellent.

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Historic Engraved Documented 3rd Veteran Volunteer Infantry U.S. Type II Martial Henry Rifle

Lot 1002: Historic Engraved Documented 3rd Veteran Volunteer Infantry U.S. Type II Martial Henry Rifle

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Description: Historic Engraved Documented 3rd Veteran Volunteer Infantry U.S. Type II Martial Henry RifleThis is an attractive example of a historic Henry lever action rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company for the U.S. Ordnance Department in 1865 with Springfield Research Service (SRS) letter. In April-May 1865, the Ordnance Department purchased 637 Henry lever action rifles from the New Haven Arms Co. These late production U.S. Contract rifles are generally referred to as "Type II" rifles to distinguish them from the 800 "Type I" U.S. Contract Henry rifles purchased in 1863 to arm the 1st D.C. Cavalry Regiment (Type I rifles have Ordnance inspection marks, Type II rifles do not have Ordnance inspection marks). The Type II rifles were issued to the 3rd U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry (VVI) regiment. The 3rd VVI was one of nine Veteran Volunteer regiments recruited in early 1865 to serve as an elite corps of experienced infantry. The VVI regiments were issued Sharps, Spencer or Henry rifles. As an enlistment incentive, VVI soldiers were allowed to retain their rifles on discharge. The 3rd VVI was organized in February 1865 at Camp Stoneman, District of Columbia, and was stationed in the Shenandoah Valley and Washington defenses before it was mustered out of service at Camp Butler, Illinois, in July 1866. The SRS letter that accompanies the rifle states that Henry Rifle serial no. 7278 was issued to Corpl. Louis Heiligmann, Co. B, 3rd VVI. Corporal Heiligmann's service records indicate that he was born in Wurtemberg, German, and previously served in the 27th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry before he enlisted in the 3rd VVI on March 29, 1865, at age 28. His occupation is listed as a cabinet maker. Heiligmann was discharged from the 3rd VVI at Madison, Wisconsin on March 29, 1866. The SRS letter states that it can be assumed that Corpl. Heiligmann kept Henry rifle serial number "7278" when he was discharged. This rifle has a blue barrel with integral magazine and the distinctive Henry brass gunmetal receiver and crescent buttplate. The hammer and lever have a casehardened finish. The barrel has the late nickel silver squareback front sight blade and dovetail mounted folding leaf rear sight. The rear sight has a 900 yard center notch and retaining screw at the top of the leaf. The receiver lacks the rear sight dovetail found on early production Henry rifles. The brass buttplate is the second pattern with sharply pointed heel. The buttplate has a hinged trap door and the trap contains the late pattern four-piece jointed steel cleaning rod issued with Henry rifles in this serial number range. The straight grain black walnut stock has a varnished finish. The left side of the stock has a factory sling swivel and the left side of the barrel has a factory screw-fastened loop for a sling hook. Sling swivels were standard features on Type II U.S. Henry rifles. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the late style two-line legend "HENRY'S PATENT.OCT.16.1860./MANUFACT'D. BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS.CO.NEWHAVEN.CT." using all serif letters. The serial number "7278" is stamped on the top of the barrel behind the rear sight, on the left side of the lower receiver tang, inside of the upper tang inlet of the stock and on the inside of the buttplate below the trap door. The buttplate and receiver have the late style cap screws which are correctly not stamped with the rifle serial number. The brass receiver and the heel of the brass buttplate are engraved with restrained floral designs and zig-zag scrollwork. The left side plate is decorated with a Federal shield with arrows and spears flanked by crossed flags. The right front of the receiver is engraved with an oak leaf and acorn motif and the right side plate is engraved with a blank inscription panel. The engraving on the left side plate and receiver is nearly identical to the engraving on U.S. Contract Henry rifle serial number "3351" illustrated on page 141 of "THE HENRY RIFLE" by Les Quick. The engraving was almost certainly executed after Corpl. Heiligmann was mustered out of service. There are at least three identified Henry rifles from Co. B, 3rd VVI that have similar engraving. One of these rifles belonged to a German veteran of the 27th Pennsylvania Volunteers who was also mustered out of service in Madison, Wisconsin. The engraving on both rifles may have been executed by the same person following the Civil War. Identified and engraved U.S. Contract Henry rifles are very rare.Manufucture: New Haven Arms Co.Model: Henry RifleBBL: 24 inch octagonStock: varnished walnutGuage: 44 Henry RFFinish: blueGrips: Serial Number: 7278

Condition Report: Fine as embellished during the period of use. The barrel and magazine retain at least 40% of the high polish period applied custom blue finish. The lever and hammer have 40% of the original case colors remaining. It is extremely rare to encounter a U.S. Contract Henry rifle with any original finish. The brass receiver and buttplate have a mellow unpolished patina and are very fine. The side plate joints are tight with minimal edge wear and the engraving is sharp. The barrel legend and serial number are crisp. The reoiled stock is very good with a few, minor handling marks. This is an exceptional example of a period engraved Type II U.S. Henry rifle with SRS documentation from the National Archives.

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Excellent Civil War Gwyn & Campbell Type II Breech Loading Carbine

Lot 1003: Excellent Civil War Gwyn & Campbell Type II Breech Loading Carbine

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Description: Excellent Civil War Gwyn & Campbell Type II Breech Loading CarbineManufactured by Edward Gwyn and Abner Campbell in Hamilton, Ohio, c. 1864. The carbine features the Type II flat hammer, short lever, buttplate with curved heel and short base folding leaf rear sight. A cavalry sling bar and ring are mounted on the left side of the receiver. The part octagon barrel has a military blue finish and the receiver, hammer, lever and buttplate are casehardened. The breechblock and tang are fiery niter blue. The stock is oil-finished black walnut. The lock plate has the "GWYN & CAMPBELL" patent markings and "1862" date behind the hammer. "UNION/RIFLE" is roll stamped on the right side of the receiver. The serial number is located on the bottom of the barrel, the receiver and the breechblock. A "PT" Ordnance inspection mark is stamped on the underside of the barrel in front of the serial number and single letter Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on most components. The left side of the stock is stamped with two Ordnance inspection marks that consist of the script initials "RKW" and "WHR" with rectangular borders. A total of 4,000 Type II carbines were manufactured by Gwyn & Campbell; most of these carbines were issued to Midwestern or Western Cavalry regiments.Manufucture: Gwyn & Campbell Model: Union-CarbineBBL: 20 inch part octagonStock: walnutGuage: 52 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 2770

Condition Report: Excellent. The carbine appears to be unfired and shows only very light storage wear. The barrel retains more than 90% of the military blue finish. The receiver, hammer, lock plate, lever and buttplate retain 95% of the casehardened finish with strong case colors. Nearly all of the fiery niter blue finish is present on the breechblock and tang. The stock is excellent with raised feather grain, minimal handling wear and extremely crisp Ordnance inspection marks. This is an excellent example of a an as issued, Gwyn & Campbell Type II breech loading carbine.

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Exceptional U.S. Civil War Maynard Second Model Percussion Breech Loading Carbine

Lot 1004: Exceptional U.S. Civil War Maynard Second Model Percussion Breech Loading Carbine

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Description: Exceptional U.S. Civil War Maynard Second Model Percussion Breech Loading CarbineThis is a very nice example of a Maynard Second Model carbine (also known as the "Model 1863") as manufactured by the Massachusetts Arms Company of Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, from 1863 to 1865. The left side of the receiver is stamped with the four line Maynard patent dates marking and the right side has the three line Massachusetts Arms address. The lower tang is stamped with the serial number. The letter "S" is stamped on some of the components with the letter "M" on the rear sight. Pinched blade front sight, three leaf rear sight to 500 yards and saddle ring bar with ring on the left side of the receiver. Mounted with a smooth oiled walnut stock with two clear boxed cartouches on the left side behind the receiver. Among the Union cavalry regiments armed with these Maynards were the 9th and 11th Indiana and the 11th Tennessee.Manufucture: Massachusetts Arms Co Model: Maynard-2nd CarbineBBL: 20 inch part octagonStock: walnutGuage: 50 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 15453

Condition Report: Excellent. The barrel retains 95% plus original blue finish showing some minor thinning and some very scattered minor spotting. The receiver, hammer and lever retain 90% plus original case colors. The stock is also excellent with some scattered minor dings and handling marks. The cartouches are crisp. The markings are clear. Mechanically excellent.

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Outstanding Smith's Patent Breech Loading Civil War Carbine

Lot 1005: Outstanding Smith's Patent Breech Loading Civil War Carbine

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Description: Outstanding Smith's Patent Breech Loading Civil War CarbineThe Smith Carbine was manufactured by the American Machine Works of Springfield, Massachusetts from 1861 to 1865 and was one of the most important Federal Cavalry carbines manufactured. Designed by Gilbert Smith, the production of this breech loading percussion carbine was almost entirely consumed by government contracts, with limited numbers going to the civilian market. A total of 30,362 Smith Carbines were purchased by the United States during the Civil War. Smith Carbines were considered to be accurate and reliable weapons. Standard three sets of markings on the left side of the frame "MANUFACTURED BY/AM'N M'CH'N. WKS/SPRINGFIELD MASS", agents' names "ADDRESS/POULTNEY & TRIMBLE/BALTIMORE U.S.A." and "SMITH'S PATENT/JUNE 23, 1857". The left side of the barrel has a U.S. Government inspector's initials of "LFR" and a "W" at the rear of the lower tang. Dovetail brass blade front sight and folding leaf rear sight absent of yard markings. Breech loading action with barrel release latch inside the trigger guard, freeing the barrel to pivot downward. Casehardened hammer and action with a saddle ring and bar mounted on the left side of the frame, and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a steel buttplate. There is an oval script "JH" cartouche on the left side of the stock wrist and a small "JH" on top of the stock directly ahead of the buttplate tang.Manufucture: Poultney & TrimbleModel: SmithBBL: 21 5/8 inch part octagonStock: walnutGuage: 50Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 7063

Condition Report: Excellent. The barrel retains 95% original blue finish mixed with smooth plum patina. The barrel latch retains 98% of the original bright blue finish with some minor spotting. The trigger guard retains 95% plus original bright blue finish with some minor wear and spotting. The buttplate and barrel band retains half of the blue mixed with a smooth brown patina, and the receiver retains 95% plus original bright vivid case colors. The wood is also excellent with some overall scattered minor pressure dings and crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent. An exceptional as issued Smith's Patent Civil War carbine.

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Excellent Civil War Starr Model 1863 Army Single Action Revolver

Lot 1006: Excellent Civil War Starr Model 1863 Army Single Action Revolver

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Description: Excellent Civil War Starr Model 1863 Army Single Action RevolverModel 1863 Army Single Action Revolver manufactured by the Starr Arms Co. of New York, New York, c. 1863-1865 as part of a 25,000 revolver contract with the Ordnance Department. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, six-shot cylinder, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The hammer and loading lever have a casehardened finish. The one piece walnut grip is oil finished. The round barrel has a dovetail mounted steel half-moon front sight. The top of the hammer has a groove that serves as the rear sight. The right side of the frame is roll stamped "STARR'S PATENT JAN. 15, 1856" below the cylinder. "STARR.ARMS. Co. NEW. YORK." is roll stamped on the opposite side of the frame. Single letter "B", "C" and "M" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on most components. The lower left side of the grip is stamped with the Ordnance Sub-Inspection mark which consists of three script initials with a rectangular border. The Ordnance final inspection mark consisting of three script initials with a rectangular border is stamped on the lower right side of the grip. The serial number, "37939" is stamped on the side of the cylinder and in the frame hammer slot. The Starr Arms Co., was the Ordnance Department's third largest supplier of revolvers during the Civil War; only Colt and Remington produced more revolvers under government contracts.Manufucture: Starr Arms Company Model: 1863BBL: 8 inch roundStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 37939

Condition Report: Excellent. The barrel has 80% of the blue finish intact with the balance fading to an attractive brown patina. The cylinder and frame retain 90% of the original blue finish; most of the wear is concentrated on the trigger guard and back strap. The loading lever and hammer have close to 95% of the vivid case colors intact. The revolver mostly storage wear with no flash pitting on the percussion nipples or cylinder. The grip is very fine with light-moderate handling wear. The Ordnance sub-inspection and final inspection marks on the grip remain legible. This is a very good example of a Civil War percussion revolver.

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Exceptional Civil War Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver

Lot 1007: Exceptional Civil War Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver

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Description: Exceptional Civil War Remington New Model Army Percussion RevolverRemington New Model Army revolver manufactured c. 1864. Remington made over 110,000 New Model Army revolvers for the Ordnance Department during the Civil War. The Remington New Model Army revolvers were the primary handgun of the Federal cavalry during the last two years of the war. The New Model Army revolvers remained in service with the cavalry until they were replaced by the Colt Single Action Army revolver c. 1874. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, loading lever, frame and cylinder. The hammer has a casehardened finish and the trigger guard is brass. The two piece walnut grips are oil finished. The top of the octagon barrel is roll stamped "PATENTED SEPT. 14, 1858/E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILLON, NEW YORK, U.S.A./NEW MODEL". Small "P" and "J" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on most major components. The Ordnance final inspection mark which consists of the script initials "JP" in a rectangle is stamped near the bottom of the left grip. The serial number, "90757" is stamped on the underside of the barrel. The partial serial number "0757" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: New ModelBBL: 8 inch octagonStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 90757

Condition Report: Excellent. The revolver appears to be unfired and retains 90% plus of the bright original high polish blue and casehardened finish. The octagon barrel and six shot cylinder have nearly all of the original finish intact. There is no flash pitting on the rear face of the cylinder or the percussion nipples. The frame has some finish flaking that is typical of Remington revolvers but retains at least 95% of the high polish blue finish. The hammer has all of the case colors intact. The brass trigger guard has an untouched patina. The grips are excellent with nearly perfect ordnance final inspection mark and retain nearly all of original oil finish. This is an exceptional example of a Civil War Remington New Model Army revolver in as issued condition.

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Documented Confederate Inspected Second Model LeMat Two-Barrel Revolver with Paris Address and London Proofmarks

Lot 1008: Documented Confederate Inspected Second Model LeMat Two-Barrel Revolver with Paris Address and London Proofmarks

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Description: Documented Confederate Inspected Second Model LeMat Two-Barrel Revolver with Paris Address and London ProofmarksRare Second Model LeMat Two-Barrel revolver made in Paris, France, c. 1864-1865. The top flat of the revolver barrel is roll stamped with the third style address "SYSTme LEMAT Bte S.G.D.G. PARIS". The right side of the barrel, the right side of the frame and the side of the cylinder are stamped with the serial number, "2322". The LeMat "Star/LM" is stamped on the right side of the barrel next to the serial number. London "Crown/V" and "Crown/CP" view and proofmarks are stamped on left side of the .42 caliber barrel, the grapeshot barrel and above each chamber of the nine-shot cylinder. The cylinder is stamped with the "M" inspection mark of Confederate Navy inspector Lieutenant William H. Murdaugh who inspected the Paris made LeMat revolvers sent to London for proofing and delivery to the Confederate agents in 1864. The revolver has the Second Model features that include a full octagon .42 caliber barrel, pivoting loading lever on the left side of the barrel, pull out disassembly latch on the front of the frame, round trigger guard with no spur, center mounted change lever on the hammer nose and boss on the butt frame with lanyard ring hole. The revolver has two piece checkered walnut grips. The unique LeMat revolver was patented by Dr. Jean Alexandre Francois LeMat of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1856 and featured a .42 caliber barrel with 9 shot cylinder that revolved on a smooth bore 16 gauge grapeshot barrel. A lever on the hammer pivoted the hammer nose to engage either the percussion nipples on the cylinder or the grapeshot barrel nipple. Approximately 2,900 LeMat revolvers were manufactured in Liege, Paris and Birmingham c.1856-65. During the Civil War the Confederate government awarded contracts for 900 LeMat revolvers for the Army and 600 revolvers for the Navy. A substantial number of LeMat revolvers were carried by prominent Confederate officers during the Civil War. The most famous of these officers was General J.E.B. Stuart who commanded the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. This revolver is illustrated and described on page 209 of "LeMat, The Man, The Gun" by Forgett and Serpette. "Confederate Handguns" by Albaugh, Benet and Simmons lists LeMat serial number 2239, 2339, 2393, 2448, and 2469 as having London proofmarks and Lieutenant Murdaugh's "M" stamp on the cylinder. A copy of "LeMat, The Man, The Gun" is included with the revolver.Manufucture: Le Mat Model: 2ndBBL: 6 3/4 inchStock: Guage: 42 cal/ 16 gaFinish: brownGrips: walnut checkeredSerial Number: 2322

Condition Report: Fine. The revolver is all original. The barrel, cylinder, loading lever, hammer, frame and trigger guard have 40% original blue with the balance an untouched, deep brown patina with scattered patches of light pitting. The percussion nipples on the cylinder have light-moderate flash pitting; one nipple is broken. The walnut grips are fair with moderate-heavy handling wear. The LeMat markings, London proof and view marks, Confederate inspection marks and serial numbers are all crisp. The action is functional but the cylinder timing is off. All LeMat revolvers are scarce and desirable firearms. Confederate inspected LeMat revolvers, like this example are some of the most valuable and difficult to obtain of all Civil War handguns. This is an outstanding example of a unique LeMat two barrel revolver with genuine Confederate Navy inspection marks.

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Exceptional U.S. Civil War Remington Model 1863

Lot 1009: Exceptional U.S. Civil War Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Contract Rifle with Sword Bayonet

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Description: Exceptional U.S. Civil War Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Contract Rifle with Sword BayonetManufactured by the Remington Arms Co. in 1863. Referred to by collectors as the "Zouave" rifle, the Model 1863 Contract Rifle was an improved version of the U.S. Model 1855 Rifle manufactured by the U.S. Harpers Ferry Arsenal. The Model 1863 Rifle was referred to in official documents as the "Harpers Ferry Pattern" rifle. The Model 1863 Rifle has the distinction of being the last percussion rifle adopted by the Ordnance Department and is generally considered to be the highest quality and best designed percussion military longarm. The barrel has a deep blue finish. The hammer and lock are casehardened. The screws and band springs have a niter blue finish. The forend cap, barrel bands, trigger guard, patch box and buttplate are brass. The stock is oil finished black walnut. The rifle has a heavy round barrel with wide base iron front sight and 1855 style rear sight with three folding blades. The right side of the muzzle has a lug for a saber bayonet. The bright finished straight shank tulip head ramrod is secured by a spring in the stock. The brass patch box is similar to the style used on the Model 1855 rifle and contains a spare percussion nipple. The lock plate is dated "1863" behind the hammer and roll stamped with the Federal Eagle and Shield motif above "U.S." "REMINGTON'S/ILLION N.Y" is roll-stamped ahead of the eagle motif. The top of the barrel is stamped with the date "1863". The "Eagle-head/P/V" acceptance proof and inspection marks are stamped to the left of the date. The left barrel flat is stamped "STEEL" followed by the Ordnance inspection stamp "H.S.L". "U.S." is stamped on the heel of the buttplate. "U" is stamped on the right side of both barrel bands facing the muzzle. "L" or "C" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on all of the brass furniture and the lock plate. The left stock flat is stamped with the Ordnance sub-inspection and final inspection marks. The upper mark consists of the script initials "HDJ" (Henry D. Jennings) in a rectangle and the lower mark has the initials "BH" (Benjamin Hannis) with a rectangular border. The rifle is complete with the original sword bayonet and scabbard. The bayonet has a bright finished 20 inch fluted blade and cast brass grip with down-turned quillion. "C" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on the grip and quillion. The scabbard has a black leather body with brass tip and throat and round brass frog stud.Manufucture: RemingtonModel: 1863BBL: 33 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Near new. The rifle is in unfired, as issued condition and shows only minor storage wear. The barrel, rear sight and trigger retain nearly all of the original blue finish. The exceptionally attractive case colors on the hammer and lock plate are vivid and nearly all intact. The screw heads retain most of the fire blue finish. The brass furniture has not been polished and has a good looking age patina. The stock is excellent plus with untouched feathered grain. Wear is limited to a few minor storage marks. The Ordnance proof and inspection marks on the barrel, stock and other components are sharp. The bayonet has nearly all of the original polish on the blade and is excellent. The black leather scabbard body has no flaking or stress marks and the stitching is tight. The cast brass bayonet grip and the brass scabbard tip and throat are in excellent condition with an attractive patina. This is an exceptional example of a Remington "Zouave" percussion rifle in nearly new condition.

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Very Fine Scarce Civil War Millbury Model 1861 Percussion Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Lot 1010: Very Fine Scarce Civil War Millbury Model 1861 Percussion Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

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Description: Very Fine Scarce Civil War Millbury Model 1861 Percussion Rifle-Musket with BayonetBelieved to have been manufactured by A.H. Waters & Co. of Millbury, Massachusetts, this is a very scarce example of a U.S. Civil War era Model 1861 rifle-musket. The lock plate is dated "1864" at the rear and has the correct unusual eagle facing to the rear with downward point wings (in contrast to all other contract rifle-muskets of this type) and "U.S." MILLBURY" is stamped ahead of the hammer. The barrel, like the lock, is dated "1864" with the left side at the breech having "V/P/eagle head" proofs and "PB" inspector initials. The rifle-musket is equipped with a three leaf rear sight marked "1," "3" and "5." The three barrel bands are stamped with the letter "U" on the right side and single letter inspector initials are stamped on most of the components. It has the armory bright finish with casehardened hammer and lock plate. The full length stock has two script letter cartouches on the left flat and the buttplate is stamped "US" on the tang. The socket bayonet is marked "US."Manufucture: US MilburyModel: 1864BBL: 40 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58Finish: bright/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Very fine. The hammer and lock plate retain 98% plus of the very attractive vivid original case colors. The remaining metal surfaces have a very attractive bright appearance. Limited pin point pitting is present. The stock is excellent with some scattered minor pressure dents. The cartouches are legible. A scarce U.S. long arm that would be great addition to any Civil War collection!

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Extremely Rare One of Only Ten Factory Engraved Sharps Model 1851 Sporting Carbine

Lot 1011: Extremely Rare One of Only Ten Factory Engraved Sharps Model 1851 Sporting Carbine

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Description: Extremely Rare One of Only Ten Factory Engraved Sharps Model 1851 Sporting CarbineThis is a very nice example of an extremely rare factory engraved Sharps Model 1851 Sporting Carbine manufactured by Robins & Lawrence in Windsor, Vermont, between October 1852 and April 1855. The carbine has the distinctive Maynard priming mechanism. The receiver lacks the sling ring hole in the left side found on Model 1851 Sporting Carbines below serial number 900. "SHARPS FIREARMS" by Frank Sellers indicates that a total of 10 Model 1851 Sporting Carbines were manufactured with 60 bore (45 caliber) barrels, engraved receivers, patch boxes and buttplates, and varnished stocks and forearms. The carbine has a brown finished barrel secured by a brass barrel band. The receiver, hammer and lever have a casehardened finish. The patch box and buttplate and buttplate are brass. The carbine is not fitted with the sling bar found on lower grade Model 1851 Carbines. The receiver, hammer, lever, patch box and buttplate are decorated with delicate and well-executed scroll engraving. The barrel has a folding Beach-type front sight and 'Squirrel Ear' rear sight. A folding leaf rear sight is mounted on a post on the upper tang. The top of the barrel is marked "ROBBINS&/LAWRENCE" between the barrel band and rear sight. "C. SHARPS/PATENT/1848" is stamped on the upper tang followed by the serial number, "1776". The pellet primer door is marked: "EDWARD MAYNARD/PATENTEE/1845" and serial numbered "1776" on the inside. Mounted with a smooth varnished walnut forearm and straight grip stock.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1851-CarbineBBL: 21 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 45Finish: brown/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 1776

Condition Report: Fine. The carbine retains 40% of the original brown on the barrel with an attractive deep brown patina on the balance. The remaining metal surfaces have a smooth gray patina with strong original bright case colors on the inside edge of the hammer and in the loading cut out of the receiver. There are traces of original niter blue finish on the rear sight. The markings are clear and metal surfaces are generally smooth with some roughness near the muzzle. The Beach front sight is missing the post. There is some scattered and very light pitting on the sides of the receiver and lock plate. The top of the breechblock and hammer face show only traces of flash pitting. The engraving is crisp. The Maynard tape primer mechanism is complete and functional. The brass barrel band, patch box and buttplate have an attractive unpolished aged patina. The engraving on the patch box and buttplate is sharp. The stock and forearm have moderate handling wear and are good overall with most of the original high polish varnish. There is a period repaired crack in the right side of the stock wrist that extends from the upper to lower receiver tang. This is a fine example of an extremely rare factory engraved Sharps Model 1851 Sporting Carbine.

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Excellent Civil War Martial Rodgers & Spencer Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 1012: Excellent Civil War Martial Rodgers & Spencer Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Excellent Civil War Martial Rodgers & Spencer Single Action Army RevolverThis six-shot .44 caliber percussion single action revolver was manufactured by the Rogers & Spencer Col. of Willow Dale, New York, and was part of a 1864 Ordnance Department contract for 5,000 revolvers. Most of these Rodges & Spencer revolvers were delivered after the conclusion of hostilities in April 1865 and were never issued. The top strap is marked "ROGERS & SPENCER /UTICA N-Y". The matching serial number is located on the bottom of the grip strap, the cylinder, the underside of the barrel, the loading lever, cylinder and the left side of the frame. Ordnance "B" sub-inspection marks are stamped on the barrel, frame, loading lever, cylinder, trigger guard, and grips. Cone front and frame notch rear sights, blue finish with casehardened hammer and loading lever. Fitted with smooth walnut grips with a sharp boxed "RPB" cartouche on the lower left side and each panel is numbered to the gun on the inside.Manufucture: Rogers & Spencer Model: ArmyBBL: 7 1/2 inch octagonStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 1333

Condition Report: Excellent. The revolver retains 97% of the original blue finish, showing scattered patches of smooth brown patina as well as with some bright edge wear and handling marks. The grips are fine as repaired, with a mended crack on the right panel and a few scattered minor dings and scratches. The cartouche on the left panel remains sharp. The markings are sharp. The action is excellent.

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Excellent Martially Inspected Civil War Starr Arms Model 1858 Double Action Revolver

Lot 1013: Excellent Martially Inspected Civil War Starr Arms Model 1858 Double Action Revolver

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Description: Excellent Martially Inspected Civil War Starr Arms Model 1858 Double Action RevolverManufactured in the 1850's and 60's. The left side of the frame is marked with the one line address and the one line Starr patent date is on the right side of the frame. The matching serial number is marked on the barrel, barrel lug, cylinder, frame in the hammer well, and on the inside of the hammer. MBH/ 0131340" has been scratched into the frame beneath the cylinder and on the front strap. Single letter inspection marks are stamped on several components. Blade front and hammer notch rear sights, blue finish with casehardened hammer, trigger and loading lever, and fitted with a smooth one-piece walnut grip with a sharp four letter cartouche on the left side and a three letter on the right.Manufucture: Starr Arms Company Model: 1858BBL: 6 inch roundStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 8655

Condition Report: Very fine. The revolver retains 75% plus of the bright original high polish blue finish, showing areas of brown patina, strongest on the grip straps, forward portion of the barrel and trigger guard, showing some scattered handling marks and mild edge wear. The grip is excellent, with some minor dings concentrated mainly on the bottom. The markings are clear. The action is fine.

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Cased Lap Desk of Two English Proofed Post Civil War Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolvers Inscribed to Confederate General and U.S. Senator Randall Lee Gibson with Accessories and Presidential Pardon -A) Colt Model 1849 Revolver

Lot 1014: Cased Lap Desk of Two English Proofed Post Civil War Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolvers Inscribed to Confederate General and U.S. Senator Randall Lee Gibson with Accessories and Presidential Pardon -A) Colt Model 1849 Revolver

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Description: Cased Lap Desk of Two English Proofed Post Civil War Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolvers Inscribed to Confederate General and U.S. Senator Randall Lee Gibson with Accessories and Presidential Pardon -A) Colt Model 1849 RevolverA) This lot consists of two Colt Model 1849 revolvers inscribed to Confederate General and U.S. Senator Randall Lee Gibson. The back strap on both revolvers is inscribed "Gen. R.L. Gibson C.S.A./New Orleans." Born at Spring Hill, Kentucky, on September 10, 1832, Randall Lee Gibson grew up on his father's plantation in Terrebonne parish. He graduated from Yale college in 1853 and went on to study law at the University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Gibson became heavily involved in the pro-secession faction of the Democratic Party and was an aide-de-camp to Governor Moore before entering the Confederate Army in March 1861 as a Captain in the First Louisiana Artillery. By the late summer of 1861, he was commissioned as a Colonel in the Thirteenth Louisiana Infantry. In April of 1862 Gibson and his men participated in the Hornet's Nest during the Battle of Shiloh. The Hornet's Nest was a position on the battlefield where Union forces held off fierce Confederate attacks. Ordered by General Braxton Bragg, Gibson led his brigade in three unsupported attacks on the Hornet's Nest. Union guns nearly destroyed Gibbon's brigade and his failure to overcome heavy Union fire resulted in Bragg calling Gibson "an arrant coward." Although the Union line ultimately collapsed at the Hornet's Nest, their sacrifice allowed General Grant time to regroup his scattered and retreating army and establish a new defense. Gibson went on to fight in the subsequent campaigns of the Army of Tennessee, which ended with the Battle of Spanish Fort. In January 1864, he was promoted to Brigadier General. He and his men fought with distinguish at the Spanish Fort. Leading a force of 2,500 men, Gibson was able to resist a siege until the last moment before escaping at night. Gen. Richard Taylor commented, "Gibson's stubborn defense and skillful retreat make this one of the best achievements of the war." After the war, Gibson practiced law at New Orleans until he was elected as a Louisiana Democrat in the House of Representatives in 1875 and then elected as a U.S. Senator in 1882 which he served as until his death in 1892. During his postbellum political career, Gibson deplored the gap between the rich and poor, fought for a reformist public school agenda that included federal funding, petitioned for levee construction and other flood control measures, and sought common ground between the extreme political positions of his era. The "A" revolver was manufactured in 1864 and the "B" revolver was manufactured in 1868. Standard one line New York barrel address on the top barrel flat, "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side of the frame (this marking is double stamped on the "A" revolver), "31 CAL" on the trigger guard and the stagecoach holdup scene roll-engraved on the cylinder. The left side of the barrel lug is marked with "crown/V' and "crown/GP" proof marks with the two alternating between each chamber on the cylinder. The matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap with the partial serial number on the barrel wedge, cylinder and arbor pin. Blue finish with casehardened hammer, frame and loading lever and fitted with a smooth one piece varnished walnut grip. The revolvers are cased in a leatherette English lap desk with accessories. The top of the case has a folding brass handle and the interior has a lid compartment cover marked "W. LEUCHARS/38 PICADILLY LONDON." The brass circular turn lock has the W. Leuchars marking along with "M/592." There is a side compartment containing an ink case, a light case, and a Leroy W. Fairchild pen with case. The main compartment has folding covers featuring a silk line portfolio with the other side retaining three ivory mounted writing tools. The French style navy blue velvet fitted interior retains the two revolvers, an unmarked powder flask, a steel Colt's patent two cavity bullet mold, a screwdriver and an Eley cap tin. With this lot is a Gibbon's official Presidential pardon which is dated Sept. 25, 1866. The pardon has been laminated.Manufucture: ColtModel: 1849BBL: 4 inch octagonStock: Guage: 31 percussionFinish: blue/casehardened/silverGrips: walnutSerial Number: 252675B) As described in "A."Manufucture: ColtModel: 1849BBL: 4 inch octagonStock: Guage: 31 percussionFinish: blue/casehardened/silverGrips: walnutSerial Number: 304492

Condition Report: Very good. The revolver retains traces of original blue finish and case colors with a mottled brown-gray patina on the balance. The grip straps retain traces of original silver plating with the exposed brass having a pleasant mellow patina. Most of the cylinder scene remains. The grip is very fine showing some minor handling marks. The case is very fine showing some scuffs and handling marks. The accessories are very good or better.

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Documented and Historic Civil War Remington Model 1863 New Model Navy Revolver Identified to a Union Officer

Lot 1015: Documented and Historic Civil War Remington Model 1863 New Model Navy Revolver Identified to a Union Officer

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Description: Documented and Historic Civil War Remington Model 1863 New Model Navy Revolver Identified to a Union OfficerThis is a solid example of a Remington New Model Navy Revolver with Civil War history to both a relative of Robert E Lee and Daniel Boone. The revolver is accompanied by extensive documentation that indicates it was the property of James A. Price. Price was a resident of Weston, Missouri, where he practiced dentistry. His mother was a first cousin of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and he married the great granddaughter of frontiersman Daniel Boone. During the Civil War James A. Price served as a Captain in the 18th Missouri Volunteer Infantry which fought as part of the Union forces. Interestingly, Price chose to stay with the Union despite his deep southern background and living in a southern Missouri community. Captain Price was wounded and narrowly escaped capture at the "Hornets Nest" during the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862. As Captain of Company K, 18th Missouri Volunteers, Price was part of a small group led by General Prentiss that held off a series of fierce Confederate attacks. But once surrounded by Confederate troops, General Prentiss surrendered himself and what remained of those under his command (2,200-2,400 men). The heroics of General Prentiss and other men like Price allowed General Grant to regroup his scattered and retreating army and establish a new defense. Price, who escaped the "Hornest Nest" and still suffering from his wounds, subsequently saw action at the Battle of Corinth and afterwards resigned from the service due to disability on July 7, 1862. Later in the war Price served as a Colonel in the Missouri State Militia. After the war, Price returned to Weston where efforts from a southern sympathic town attempted to discredit his war record and take away his pension. Several men who served under Price's command during the Battle of Shiloh wrote letters to defend their Captain with one stating, "No braver man ever looked into the muzzle of Rebel muskets than Captain James A. Price. I was with him in the times that tried men's souls and I know whereof I speak." The revolver is complete with extensive documentation of the Price family. The documents state that this revolver was found in Price's campaign trunk in the family home in Weston, Missouri. The revolver was on display for thirteen years at the museum located in the Price-Loyles House in Weston. The revolver has a blue frame and octagon barrel, casehardened loading lever and hammer, brass trigger guard and two piece walnut grips. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped "PATENTED SEPT. 14. 1858/REMINGTON & SONS.ILLION.NEW YORK U.S.A./NEW MODEL." The serial number "33644" is stamped on the underside of the barrel and left side of the frame under the grip. Remington manufactured approximately 22,000 New Model Navy revolvers between 1863 and 1888.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: New Model Army RevolverBBL: 7 3/8 inch octagonStock: Guage: 36 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 33644

Condition Report: Good. The revolver shows moderate service use and retains traces of original blue finish with the balance a dark brown patina. The frame shows patches of light pitting with moderate flash pitting on the percussion nipples and the faces of the cylinder. The hammer retains traces of the original case colors. The grips show extensive handling wear with numerous minor dents and scratches. The barrel markings are clear. The action is fine. This is a solid example of a Civil War production Remington Model 1863 New Model Navy Revolver with extensive documentation that indicates ownership by a Civil War veteran and prominent Missouri pioneer.

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Rare Civil War Confederate Spiller and Burr Percussion Revolver

Lot 1016: Rare Civil War Confederate Spiller and Burr Percussion Revolver

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Description: Rare Civil War Confederate Spiller and Burr Percussion RevolverBrass frame percussion revolver manufactured by Spiller and Burr in Macon, Georgia c. 1864. The revolver has a distinctive flat sided brass frame with six-shot cylinder with six stop slots, octagon barrel and two-piece walnut grips. The revolver has a sighting groove on the top strap and a brass cone front sight. The hammer has borderless knurling on the spur and the cylinder has a safety notch located between each percussion nipple. The serial number "1248" is stamped on the underside of the barrel, on the top of the loading lever and on the bottom of the grip strap. "C.S." is stamped on the right side of the frame ahead of the cylinder. The Spiller and Burr factory was initially located in Richmond, Virginia, subsequently relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1862 and in January 1864 moved again to the Macon Armory in Georgia. Total production at all three locations is estimated to be approximately 1450 revolvers. The high serial number of this revolver indicates that it was probably manufactured at the Macon Armory in 1864.Manufucture: Spiller & Burr Model: NavyBBL: 6 inch octagonStock: Guage: 36 percussionFinish: blue/brassGrips: walnutSerial Number: 1248

Condition Report: About good, incomplete. The revolver shows the hard use that is typical of Confederate made weapons but is an all original Spiller and Burr revolver. The barrel and loading lever have a smooth, dark brown patina. The serial numbers on both components are sharp. The cylinder has the same dark brown patina as the barrel and lever with moderate flash pitting on the rear face and percussion nipples. The fine brass frame has a deep, untouched patina. The frame has numerous light dents and scratches and some scattered patches of surface discoloration. Two deep notches are filed across the back strap and grips. The "C.S." marking on the frame and the serial numbers on the backstrap, barrel and lever are crisp. The hammer and trigger have a dark patina; the forward portion of the hammer has moderate flash pitting. The cylinder will not turn and the hammer will not fully cock. The cylinder pin screw in the frame is missing. The grips are in poor condition; the right grip is missing a 1 3/4-inch by 1/4-inch chip along the back strap and has a deep scratch at the junction with the frame. The left grip has a 3/4-inch chip missing from the bottom front edge and a hair-line crack that runs from the screw escutcheon to the top of the grip. Although this revolver shows hard use, it is a rare example of an all original Confederate Spiller and Burr percussion revolver.

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Civil War Maynard Single Shot Percussion Carbine

Lot 1017: Civil War Maynard Single Shot Percussion Carbine

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Description: Civil War Maynard Single Shot Percussion CarbineThis is a Second Model carbine as manufactured by the Massachusetts Arms Company of Chicopee Falls Mass. Manufactured between 1860 and 1865. The left side of the receiver is marked "EDWARD MAYNARD/PATENTEE/MAY 27. 1851./DEC. 6. 1859." The right side is marked "MANUFACTURED BY/MASS. ARMS CO./CHICOPEE FALLS." There is a "JM" inspection mark on the left side barrel flat and the serial number is marked on the lower tang. Regulation cavalry sling bar and ring on the left side of the receiver. Fixed front sight and two leaf folding rear sight to 500 yards and smooth straight grip stock with boxed "AJN" and "JM" inspector cartouches.Manufucture: Massachusetts Arms Co Model: Maynard-2nd CarbineBBL: 20 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 50Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 10114

Condition Report: Fine with 70% blue finish remaining on the barrel and the balance a smooth brown patina. The casehardened parts have small areas of discoloration. The stock is fine with exceptional and original raised feathered grain, some minor scratches and dents. All of the markings are clear and the cartouches are crisp. Firing pin is absent but function correctly.

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Rare Martially Inspected Civil War Ball & Williams Ballard Carbine

Lot 1018: Rare Martially Inspected Civil War Ball & Williams Ballard Carbine

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Description: Rare Martially Inspected Civil War Ball & Williams Ballard CarbineManufactured in the 1860s with this example having been U.S. martially inspected. Ball & Williams received a U.S. contract for 5,000 carbines in January 1864 but only delivered 1,500. Ball & Williams forfeited the U.S. contract due to receiving higher prices from a Kentucky contract. These U.S. contract pieces, such as this example, have "MM" inspector marks. The frame has the "MM" inspector mark and "BALL & WILLIAMS/Worcester, Mass./MERWIN & BRAY, AGT'S/NEW YORK" on the left side and "BALLARD'S PATENT/NOV. 5, 1861" on the right side. Matching numbers appear on the frame and barrel at the breech with the breech block having the assembly number "778." Pinched blade front sight and two leaf rear sight. Smooth forearm and straight grip stock with sling swivels and carbine buttplate. The left side of the buttstock is stamped with a clear script "MM" cartouche.Manufucture: Ball & WilliamsModel: BallardBBL: 22 inch part octagonStock: walnutGuage: 44 RFFinish: blueGrips: Serial Number: 9778

Condition Report: Fine. The carbine retains 30% of the original blue finish with a crisp mottled brown patina remaining on the balance. Rust is present on the buttplate. The wood is very fine with some minor pressure dents. The cartouche is crisp. Mechanically fine.

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Historic 6th Cavalry Marked Sharps New Model 1863 Cartridge Conversion Carbine

Lot 1019: Historic 6th Cavalry Marked Sharps New Model 1863 Cartridge Conversion Carbine

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Description: Historic 6th Cavalry Marked Sharps New Model 1863 Cartridge Conversion CarbineFollowing the Civil War the U.S. Government decided to convert many percussion military arms to metallic cartridge. These carbines were completely refurbished by Sharps during the conversion process and if needed the stocks were replaced with ones not having a patch box, which is the case with this example. This carbine is chambered for the 50-70 round with the 3 groove barrel. The top of the barrel is marked "NEW MODEL 1863" at the breech (faint). The left side barrel flat is marked with the letter "C". Lawrence patent rear sight and block front sight with brass blade. The lock is marked with the Sharps and Lawrence patent dates, and the serial number is on the upper tang. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with the "DFC" ribbon cartouche on the left side, as well as "Co B" followed by "Co B 6TH CAV", the latter a bit difficult to read. The 6th Cavalry is an historic regiment of the United States Army and began as a regiment in the Civil War, being organized in August of 1861 and took part in 16 major and minor campaigns and their related battles during the Civil War including Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. During a majority of the 1870s and 1880s the 6th Cavalry was based in the Southwest and served in the thick of the Apache Campaigns and also took part in the West during the Indian Wars.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: NM 1863 ConversionBBL: 22 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 50-70Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 92964

Condition Report: Very good as arsenal refurbished at the time of conversion. The barrel is a mix of thin blue finish and smooth brown patina. The remaining parts have a smooth mottled gray patina. The wood is very good with a shallow indentation running from the top to the bottom on the left side of the stock, and overall some minor dents and scratches. The lock markings are clear. The action is very fine.

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U.S. Civil War Spencer Carbine

Lot 1020: U.S. Civil War Spencer Carbine

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Description: U.S. Civil War Spencer CarbineManufactured from 1863 to 1865, the Spencer Carbine was one of the most popular firearms used by the Union forces in the Civil War. Blade front sight, ladder rear sight adjustable to 800 yards and saddle ring bar with ring. The top of the receiver has the Spencer address and patent marking with the serial number on the upper rear. Smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a single barrel band, two script cartouches on the left side of the wrist and a sling swivel on the buttstock.Manufucture: Spencer Model: CarbineBBL: 22 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 52Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 61405

Condition Report: Very good. The carbine has a mottled brown patina with a darker patina on the barrel. The wood is very good plus with a minor chip missing from the forearm (right side) and some minor handling marks. The cartouches are weak but legible. Mechanically fine.

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Attractive Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Carbine with Patriotic Eagle Silver Inlaid Stock

Lot 1021: Attractive Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Carbine with Patriotic Eagle Silver Inlaid Stock

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Description: Attractive Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Carbine with Patriotic Eagle Silver Inlaid StockThe top of the barrel is stamped with the three-line Hartford, Connecticut address and "NEW MODEL 1863" with left side of the barrel at the breech stamped "E.A.W". The barrel is numbered to the gun. R.S. Lawrence adjustable ladder rear sight, Sharps and Lawrence patent markings on the action and saddle ring bar only. The saddle ring is stamped "TWR". Smooth straight grip stock and forearm with period added pewter forend cap and German silver eagle inset on the buttstock.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1863-CarbineBBL: 22 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 52 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: C5702

Condition Report: Good. The carbine has a smooth mottled brown patina which is darker on the barrel. The wood is very good with a hairline crack near the lower tang and a number of minor handling marks. Mechanically fine. A real piece of Americana!

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Factory Engraved Silver Plated New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic No. 1 Pocket Pistol

Lot 1022: Factory Engraved Silver Plated New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic No. 1 Pocket Pistol

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Description: Factory Engraved Silver Plated New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic No. 1 Pocket PistolThis is an example of a factory engraved Volcanic No.1 Pocket Pistol manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co. The New Haven Arms Co. manufactured approximately 850 No. 1 Pistols with 3 1/2-inch barrels between 1857 and 1861. This pistol has a blue octagon barrel and integral magazine, silver plated brass receiver, casehardened hammer and two-piece flat bottom varnished walnut grips. The sides and top of the receiver and back strap are factory engraved with well executed open scrollwork. A steel front sight blade is mounted on the barrel at the muzzle and a fixed rear sight is mounted in a dovetail on the receiver. The top of the barrel is roll stamped with the legend "NEWHAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB. 14. 1854". The barrel marking is the format utilized by the New Haven Arms Company after it was reorganized from the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co., in April 1857 by Oliver Winchester. The serial number, "1307" is stamped on the lower left side of the butt beneath the grip and on the inside of both grips. The Volcanic pistols and rifles are scarce and historically important firearms. The Volcanic lever-action design and integral, spring-loaded magazine were the basis for the successful Henry rifle and Model 1866, 1873 and 1876 Winchester rifles and carbine. The Volcanic "Rocket Ball" cartridge was one of the first commercially produced self contained cartridges. Ownership of stock in the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co., and subsequent reorganization and ownership of the New Haven Arms Co., introduced shirt maker Oliver Winchester to the firearms business and led to the formation of the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., in 1866.Manufucture: New Haven Arms Co.Model: VolcanicBBL: 3 1/2 inch octagonStock: Guage: 31 VolcanicFinish: silver plated/blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 1307

Condition Report: Fine. The pistol retains 30% of the original blue and 70% original silver-plated finish. The barrel has significant amounts of blue finish in protected areas The balance has a silver-gray patina with scattered handling marks and traces of light pitting. The silver-plated receiver has wear on contact points; most of the silver plating is dark and tarnished with age. The case colors on the hammer and lever have aged to a mottled, gray-brown, patina. The grips are in very good overall condition with minor dents and scratches and retain about 50% of the original vanish finish. The barrel markings are sharp and the engraving is crisp and deep. This is a fine, completely original example of a scarce and historically significant factory engraved New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic No. 1 Pocket Pistol.

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Exceptional Civil War Rogers & Spencer Army Model Revolver

Lot 1023: Exceptional Civil War Rogers & Spencer Army Model Revolver

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Description: Exceptional Civil War Rogers & Spencer Army Model RevolverSix-shot, .44 caliber percussion single action revolver manufactured by the Rogers & Spencer Co., of Willow Dale, New York, as part of a 1864 Ordnance Department contract for 5,000 revolvers. Most of the Rogers & Spencer revolvers were delivered after the conclusion of hostilities in April 1865 and were never issued. The revolver has an octagon barrel with brass cone front sight, solid frame with sighting groove in the top strap and two-piece walnut grips. The barrel, frame and cylinder have a high polish blue finish and the loading lever, hammer and trigger are casehardened. The walnut grips are oil finished and have nickel silver screw escutcheons. "ROGERS & SPENCER/UTICA N-Y" is stamped on either side of the tops trap sighting groove. The serial number, "650" is stamped on the underside of the barrel, the left side of the frame, side of the cylinder and bottom of the grip strap. The Ordnance final inspection stamp which consists of the script initials "RPB" with a rectangular border is stamped on the lower left heel of the grip. Small "B" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on the barrel, frame, cylinder and grip.Manufucture: Rogers & Spencer Model: PercussionBBL: 7 1/2 inch octagonStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: walnutSerial Number: 650

Condition Report: Excellent. The revolver appears to be un-fired and shows only storage wear. The barrel and frame retain 98% or more of the high polish blue finish. The cylinder has several small patches of flaking and light turn marks but retains 90% of the blue finish. The percussion nipples and rear face of the cylinder show no flash pitting. The loading lever, hammer and trigger retain 98% or more of the muted case colors. The walnut grips are excellent plus with perfect Ordnance final inspection and sub-inspection marks and all of the original oil finish. The markings on the barrel, frame and cylinder are crisp. The action functions perfectly. This is an outstanding example of a Civil War Rogers & Spencer Army Model revolver in as issued condition.

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Fine Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver

Lot 1024: Fine Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver

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Description: Fine Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Remington New Model Army Percussion RevolverManufactured from 1863 to 1875. The top barrel flat is stamped "PATENTED SEPT. 14, 1858/E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A./NEW MODEL". Most of the major components are stamped with single letter sub-inspector marks including "D", "R", and "H". The barrel is numbered to another revolver (121002) with the sub-inspector mark "D" on the left flat and "P" on the right flat. The revolver is fitted with smooth grips featuring a script cartouche on the left panel and "D" sub-inspector mark on the bottom of both grip panels. Both grip panels are numbered to the gun.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: New Model Army RevolverBBL: 8 inch octagonStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 122239

Condition Report: Very fine. The revolver retains 70% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. There are a few patches of minor pitting. The grips are fine with an extremely small filled repair near the bottom and some minor handling marks. The cartouche is excellent. Mechanically excellent.

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Exceptional Civil War Remington Contract Model 1863 Zouave Percussion Rifle

Lot 1025: Exceptional Civil War Remington Contract Model 1863 Zouave Percussion Rifle

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Description: Exceptional Civil War Remington Contract Model 1863 Zouave Percussion RifleModel 1863 Percussion Contract Rifle manufactured by the Remington Arms Co., in 1863. Referred to by collectors as the "Zouave" rifle; the Model 1863 Contract Rifle was an improved version of the U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1855 Rifle. The Model 1863 Rifle was referred to in official documents as the "Harpers Ferry Pattern" rifle. The Model 1863 Rifle has the distinction of being the last percussion rifle adopted by the Ordnance Department and is generally considered to be the highest quality and best designed percussion military longarm. The barrel has a deep military blue finish. The hammer and lock are casehardened. The screws and band springs have a niter blue finish. The forend cap, barrel bands, trigger guard, patch box and buttplate are brass. The stock is oil finished black walnut. The rifle has a heavy round barrel with wide-base iron front sight and 1855 style rear sight with two folding blades. The right side of the barrel muzzle has a lug for a saber bayonet. The bright finished straight shank tulip head ramrod is secured by a spring in the stock. The brass patch box is similar to the style used on the Model 1855 rifle and contains a spare percussion nipple. The lock plate is dated "1863" behind the hammer and roll stamped with the Federal Eagle and Shield motif above "U.S.". "REMINGTON'S/ILLION N.Y" is roll stamped in two lines ahead of the hammer. The top of the barrel is stamped with the date "1863". The "Eagle-head/P/V" acceptance proof and inspection marks are stamped to the left of the date. The left barrel flat is stamped "STEEL" followed by the Ordnance sub-inspection stamp "R.K.A.". "U.S." is stamped on the heel of the buttplate. "U" is stamped on the right side of both barrel bands facing the muzzle. Single letter Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on all of the brass furniture and the lock plate. The left stock flat is stamped with the Ordnance sub-inspection and final inspection marks. The upper mark consists of the script initials "HDJ" (Henry D. Jennings) in a rectangle and the lower mark has the initials "BH" (Benjamin Hannis) with a rectangular border. Most of the 12,501 Remington Model 1863 Contract Rifles apparently were not issued and remain in very fine-excellent condition. The rifle is fitted with a Spanish-American War era leather sling.Manufucture: RemingtonModel: 1863BBL: 33 inchStock: walnutGuage: 58 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Excellent plus. The rifle appears to be unissued and unfired and shows only storage and handling wear. The barrel and rear sight retain at least 98% of the original military blue finish. 99% plus of the vivid casehardened finish is present on the lock plate and hammer. The brass furniture has an attractive mustard yellow patina. The stock is in excellent plus condition with a few minor storage marks. The ordnance inspection marks on the left flat are extremely sharp. This is an exceptional example of a the last percussion rifle adopted by the Ordnance Department.

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Rare Civil War Merrill Breech Loading Percussion Rifle

Lot 1026: Rare Civil War Merrill Breech Loading Percussion Rifle

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Description: Rare Civil War Merrill Breech Loading Percussion RifleManufactured by James H. Merrill of Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1862. The Ordnance Department purchased 770 Merrill rifles which were issued to the 21st Indiana Volunteer Infantry and individual sharpshooters. Only about 800 Merrill rifles were manufactured between 1862 and 1865; surviving examples are rare. This rifle has a bright finished barrel with large half-moon shaped iron front sight, lug for a sword bayonet on the right side and two leaf folding rear sight that serves as a latch for the breech lever. The receiver, operating lever, bevel edged lock plate, hammer and bolster are casehardened. The forearm cap, barrel bands, side plate, trigger guard, patch box and buttplate are brass. The iron ramrod has a flared tip. The stock is oil finished black walnut. The rifle serial number is stamped vertically on the lock plate behind the hammer. "J.H. MERRILL BALTO/PAT. JULY 1858/APL. 9 MAY 21-28-61" is stamped in three lines on the lock plate ahead of the hammer. The top of the operating lever is roll stamped "J.H. MERRILL BALTO./PAT. JUL. 1858" in two lines. A Ordnance final inspection stamp which consists of the script initials "ZB" (Zadock Butt) with an oval border is stamped on the left stock flat. A block "F" is stamped on the right side of the stock ahead of the patch box. Although manufactured in limited numbers, Merrill breech loading rifles saw action during the siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, in 1863 and were considered to be accurate and effective weapons.Manufucture: Merrill Model: BreechloadBBL: 33 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 54 percussionFinish: brownGrips: Serial Number: 8515

Condition Report: Very good plus. The rifle is all original and shows moderate service wear. The bright finished barrel has aged to a smooth plum-brown patina. The exposed areas of the hammer, breechblock and lock plate have a mottled brown patina. The protected areas of the breechblock and receiver retain substantial amounts of the casehardened finish. The brass furniture has never been polished and has a dark untouched patina. The buttplate has moderate handling wear. The markings on the lock plate and operating lever are sharp. The Ordnance final inspection mark on the left stock flat is crisp and completely legible. The stock is very good and shows a professionally repaired wrist with moderate service wear with scattered minor scratches and handling marks. This is a rare example of a rare Civil War breech loading rifle that would be a great addition to any collection of Civil War firearms.

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Ball & Williams Ballard Patent Single Shot Military Pattern Rifle

Lot 1027: Ball & Williams Ballard Patent Single Shot Military Pattern Rifle

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Description: Ball & Williams Ballard Patent Single Shot Military Pattern RifleBlade front and two-leaf rear sights with the Ballard's patent markings on the right side of the receiver, and the Ball & Williams address and Merwin & Hulbert agent markings on the reverse. Matching numbers are present on the barrel and frame with matching partial numbers on the breechblock and extractor. Smooth stock with three barrel bands, sling swivels and a smooth buttplate. Though no state markings are present, this rifle falls with the serial number range and has the proper configuration for Ballard full stock rifles ordered by the State of Kentucky during the Civil War, delivered from July 1864 to March 1865.Manufucture: Ball & WilliamsModel: Ballard SportingBBL: 30 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 46Finish: brownGrips: Serial Number: 12138

Condition Report: Good, showing a textured dark brown patina overall, scattered pitting and mild handling marks. The stock is good as period refinished, with some chipping around the extractor, edges and barrel bands, dents and scratches. Mechanically good.

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Unique Factory Cased Silver Plated Sharps New Model of 1859 Breech-Loading Carbine

Lot 1028: Unique Factory Cased Silver Plated Sharps New Model of 1859 Breech-Loading Carbine

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Description: Unique Factory Cased Silver Plated Sharps New Model of 1859 Breech-Loading CarbineThis is unique example of a civilian Sharps New Model of 1859 Carbine manufactured circa 1861. The carbine has a silver plated finish on all components and a varnished straight grain walnut stock and forearm. There are no military inspection or sub-inspection marks on the carbine. The carbine retains the military sling bar and ring and has a complete Lawrence pellet primer. The barrel has a Lawrence patent short leaf folding rear sight with 800 yard center notch. The barrel, rear sight, receiver, and lock plate have the standard Sharps and Lawrence patent markings. The serial number "68930" is stamped on the upper receiver tang. The initials "R.K." are boldly engraved in Old English letters on the top of the barrel over the factory "NEW MODEL 1859" markings. The carbine is equipped with a factory walnut partition case. The case interior has seven compartments and is lined with red baize. The case contain the following: double cavity iron bullet mold marked "NEW MODEL 1866/52" on one leg, adjustable charger powder flask with gold plated top and brown lacquer body embossed with a relief oval hunting scene featuring a hunter, dog and deer, empty original packet of ten 52/100 Sharps cartridges, two original .52 caliber linen cartridges, spare percussion nipple, several lead bullets, several percussion caps and key. None of the accessories are original to the casing. Introduced in 1859, the Sharps New Model 1859 was available as a carbine, military rifle and sporting rifle. The New Model 1859 and its successor the New Model 1863 were quality .52 caliber carbines that were popular among Union Civil War troops. Even the Confederacy manufactured copies of the Sharps carbine in Richmond, Virginia. In actuality Sharps New Model 1859 and New Model 1863 carbines were all one model with the difference in designation being merely a difference in barrel markings, a cleanout screw and minor sight change. 3,000 New Model carbines were manufactured with brass furniture and another 30,000 were manufactured with iron furniture. Silver plated factory examples remained undocumented in SHARPS FIREARMS by noted Sharps expert Frank Sellers, and civilian Sharps New Model carbines are rare given that fact that factory production was devoted to the war effort.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: New Model 1859BBL: 22 inch roundStock: varnished walnutGuage: 52 percussionFinish: silver-platedGrips: Serial Number: 68930

Condition Report: Very fine. The carbine retains 75% of the silver plated finish. Most of the plating on the barrel is intact. The plating on the receiver, hammer, lever has heavy flaking and the underlying metal is dark and has considerable pitting. There is moderate-heavy flash pitting on the top of the breech block and the percussion nipple. The stock and forearm retain most of the varnish finish and are very good. The action functions well. The engraved monogram on the top of the barrel is crisp. The case exterior is fine overall with minor scratches and handling marks and one hairline crack. The interior is good overall. The fine original red baize lining is faded but clean. There are several discolored spots and compression marks in the lid lining from contact with the carbine. The lining on the partitions nearest the hammer and front sight is torn. The powder flask is excellent and retains about 90% of the gold plated and brown lacquer finish. The cartridge packet is good. The bullet mold has a light covering of surface rust and the two linen cartridge are good. This is a unique silver plated inscribed civilian Sharps New Model 1859 carbine with factory partition case creates a one-of-a-kind piece. No similar examples are illustrated in "SHARPS FIREARMS" by Frank Sellers.

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Rare Confederate Fayetteville Armory Percussion Rifle

Lot 1029: Rare Confederate Fayetteville Armory Percussion Rifle

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Description: Rare Confederate Fayetteville Armory Percussion RifleRare example of a Confederate Model 1855 pattern rifle manufactured at the former federal armory at Fayetteville, North Carolina, c.1864. The Fayetteville Rifles were manufactured using machinery captured from the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry and were a simplified version of the U.S. Model 1855 Rifle. This late production 'Type IV' rifle has the characteristic low profile lock plate with brass buttplate, trigger guard, barrel bands and forearm cap. The rifle has the standard, three-leaf, Model 1855 pattern, rear sight and straight-shank iron ramrod with tulip head. The lock plate is dated "1864" behind the hammer and roll-stamped in front of the hammer with the Federal eagle and shield motif above "C.S.A." followed by "FAYETTEVILLE". The top of the barrel is dated "1864" parallel to the bore and the left side of the barrel is stamped with "V/P/Eagle head" proof and inspection marks. The buttplate tang is stamped "CSA" ahead on the top screw. The right side of the upper and lower barrel bands are stamped with the standard "U" marking. The black walnut stock has an inspection mark that consists of the script initials "JB" with an oval border stamped on the left flat. The Fayetteville Rifle was a high quality weapon that was manufactured in quantity. Nearly 5000 Type IV rifles were manufactured by the Fayetteville Armory in 1864.Manufucture: Fayetteville Armory Pistols And Rifles Model: Percussion RifleBBL: 33 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58 percussionFinish: brownGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Good. The rifle appears to be mostly original. The condition is typical of Confederate made weapons which inevitably were issued and show the effects of hard service. The bright finished barrel has a dark patina above the stock line. The barrel has scattered age discoloration with moderate-heavy flash pitting surrounding the nipple bolster. The barrel date and inspection marks remain clear. The lock plate has a silver-gray patina and the hammer and bolster are dark. The lock plate, hammer and bolster all show the flash pitting typical of a rifle that saw service. The date, Federal eagle and armory markings are clear. The bolster clean-out screw is a replacement. The brass forearm cap, barrel bands and buttplate are in good condition with an un-touched patina. The stock is in fair condition with moderate handling wear and a deep crack on the left flat between the lock screws. The inspection mark on the left flat has been improved by hand carving. This is a solid example of one of the best designed, best made and most widely issued Confederate made long arms. This important rifle would be a stand-out piece in any collection of Civil War firearms or military.

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Very Rare Civil War Confederate Officer's Saber Belt and Eagle Head Spurs with Mullinax Authentication Letter

Lot 1030: Very Rare Civil War Confederate Officer's Saber Belt and Eagle Head Spurs with Mullinax Authentication Letter

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Description: Very Rare Civil War Confederate Officer's Saber Belt and Eagle Head Spurs with Mullinax Authentication LetterSaber belt and spurs attributed to Confederate Colonel E. J. Harvie. The group consists of a black, folded leather saber belt with three-piece brass belt buckle bearing the Virginia State Seal and a pair of cast brass eagle head spurs with twelve-pointed iron rowels. The group is accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity by Steve Mullinax, author of "CONFEDERATE BELT BUCKLES AND PLATES" dated 1998. the letter states that the author believes the belt set is authentic and was "used in the Confederacy during the American Civil War". Also included with the group is a photocopy of a typed and notarized letter that states the belt was originally property of Colonel Edwin James Harvie, C.S.A. of Chula, Virginia. The belt is constructed of folded black leather and has two sliding leather keepers and two sliding leather loops for saber/sword slings. A leather tongue stitched to the inside of the belt to protect the uniform from contact with the buckle. The light-medium weight belt is a typical pre-war or early Civil War pattern officer's saber belt. The three piece brass belt plate is typical of the type used by Virginia militia officers ca. 1850-1890. The plate displays the Great Seal of Virginia which depicts Virtue with an upraised sword and spear over the vanquished Tyranny surrounded by the motto "SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS/VIRGINIA". The outer portion of the buckle and the edges of both keepers is decorated with cast oak leaves. The buckle and keeper are not bench-marked. The belt is complete with two delicate, gold-plated, brass saber hangers with snap hooks. The relatively lightweight construction of the belt and light-weight, full-dress saber hangers probably means this belt was probably intended for wear with a dress uniform and was not a service belt. The fact that the belt has a Virginia state seal buckle when documents that accompany the belt indicate Colonel Harvie served in the Army of Tennessee may indicate that this belt is a pre-Civil War militia officer's belt. The three piece brass spurs have well detailed cast eagle heads and are complete with the original black leather straps. The flashy eagle head design is also typical of spurs that were popular during the Mexican War and the period before the Civil War. This is a rare officers saber belt with Virginia state seal and high quality officer's spurs attributed to a Civil War Confederate Colonel.Manufucture: NoneModel: NoneBBL: Stock: Guage: Finish: Grips: Serial Number:

Condition Report: Fine. The light weight folded weather shows typical wear with one small tear in the upper edge of the belt, some loose stitching on the inside and scattered flaking on the edges of the belt and keepers. The light-weight Civil War officers saber belts were delicate and are hard to find in the complete condition. The belt buckle has an attractive patina and is in very good condition with moderate handling wear. The saber hangers are in excellent condition and retain most of the gold plated finish. The spurs are in very good condition with a nice, untouched patina; the straps are original to the spurs and are in good condition. This is a very good example of a rare, identified, Civil War Confederate officer's group.

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U.S. Civil War Maynard Second Model Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Lot 1031: U.S. Civil War Maynard Second Model Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

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Description: U.S. Civil War Maynard Second Model Breech Loading Percussion CarbineManufactured circa 1863-1865, and known to have been issued to the 9th & 11th Indiana and 11th Tennessee cavalry regiments. Blade front and 3-leaf rear sights with "N" on the rear sight base, "S" on the chamber, saddle ring bar and buttplate, "MANUFACTURED BY/MASS. ARMS CO./CHICOPEE FALLS." on the right side of the receiver and "EDWARD MAYNARD/PATENTEE/MAY 27. 1851./DEC. 6. 1859." on the reverse. The lower tang is dated "1865". Smooth straight wrist stock with "GWP" and "JM" cartouches on the left side of the wrist.Manufucture: Massachusetts Arms Co Model: Maynard-2nd CarbineBBL: 20 inch part octagonStock: walnutGuage: 50Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 23551

Condition Report: Very good with a mixed brown and gray patina overall. Showing mild spotting and handling marks. Bright edge wear is visible on the barrel, and traces of vivid case colors are present on the frame. The stock is fine with crisp cartouches, raised grain, some dents and scuffing. Mechanically fine.

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U.S. Poultney & Trimble Smith's Patent Breech Loading Civil War Carbine

Lot 1032: U.S. Poultney & Trimble Smith's Patent Breech Loading Civil War Carbine

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Description: U.S. Poultney & Trimble Smith's Patent Breech Loading Civil War CarbineBlade front and ladder rear sights with "L.F.R." stamped on the left barrel flat. Casehardened receiver with barrel release latch inside the trigger guard, "MANUFACTURED BY/AM'N.M'CH'N.WKS./SPRINGFIELD.MASS", "ADDRESS/POULTNEY & TRIMBLE./BALTIMORE. U.S.A.", and "SMITH'S PATENT/JUNE 23. 1857" on the left side near the saddle ring bar. Smooth forearm and straight grip walnut stock with an oval "JH" cartouche on the left side of the wrist and a steel buttplate.Manufucture: Poultney & TrimbleModel: SmithBBL: 21 1/2 inch part octagonStock: walnutGuage: 50Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 11787

Condition Report: Very fine with 85% of the original blue finish, showing areas of brown patina, a mixed brown and grey on the barrel band, and scattered handling marks. Bright case colors are visible on the frame with areas of mixed brown and silver patina, particularly along the edges. Stock is also very fine with some dents, particularly on the forearm, mild chipping around the buttplate, and some handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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Sharps New Model 1863 Cartridge Conversion Carbine

Lot 1033: Sharps New Model 1863 Cartridge Conversion Carbine

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Description: Sharps New Model 1863 Cartridge Conversion CarbineFollowing the Civil War the U.S. Government decided to convert many percussion military arms to metallic cartridge. These carbines were completely refurbished by Sharps during the conversion process and if needed the stocks were replaced with ones not having a patch box, which is the case with this example. This carbine is chambered for the 50-70 round with the 3 groove barrel. The top of the barrel is marked "NEW MODEL 1863" at the breech (faint). The left side barrel flat is marked with the a very faint "W". Lawrence patent rear sight and block front sight with brass blade. The lock is marked with the Sharps and Lawrence patent dates, the left side of the receiver has the Sharps patent date and the serial number is on the upper tang. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with faint cartouche on the left wrist and absent of the "DFC" ribbon cartouche on the left side.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: NM 1863 ConversionBBL: 22 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 50-70Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: C10494

Condition Report: Fine as arsenal refurbished at the time of conversion with 60% blue finish on the barrel and showing spots where the finish has faded from a solvent or chemical. The lock, hammer and receiver retain much of the dark case colors with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The wood is very fine with a few scattered minor dents and dings. The lock and receiver markings are readable. The action is fine.

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Civil War U.S. E.G. Lamson Production Palmer Patent Breech Loading Carbine

Lot 1034: Civil War U.S. E.G. Lamson Production Palmer Patent Breech Loading Carbine

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Description: Civil War U.S. E.G. Lamson Production Palmer Patent Breech Loading CarbineThe Palmer carbine, manufactured by E.G. Lamson & Co., of Windsor, Vermont, is significant as the first metallic cartridge, bolt-action weapon accepted by the Ordnance Department for issue to the U.S. Army. The Ordnance Department purchased 1,001 Palmer carbines late in the Civil War. Blade front and two leaf folding rear sights, with "M.M" inspection stamp next to the sight and "Wm. PALMER/PATENT/DEC. 22, 1863" near the handle. Casehardened lock and hammer, the former marked "U.S./E.G. LAMSON. &CO./WINDSOR, VT" ahead of the lock and "1865" behind. Oil finished walnut stock, with one "U" marked barrel band, oval "MM" cartouche on the left side ahead of the sling ring, "CSP" on the comb and "P" on the hammer, trigger guard and the buttplate heel.Manufucture: Palmer Model: Saddle RingBBL: 20 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 50Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Fine, showing a mixed brown patina overall. 30% of original finish, mostly in the protected areas and scattered handling marks. 50% case colors are present on the lock and hammer with the trigger guard and buttplate showing chiefly a gray and brown patina. The stock is fine with sharp cartouche, mild dents and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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Civil War Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Carbine

Lot 1035: Civil War Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Carbine

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Description: Civil War Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 CarbineManufactured from 1862-65. The carbine has the unique leather barrel cover to protect the blue barrel from rust. The leather is secured by two screws at the breech. Note that the carbine has a 23 1/2 inch barrel. Standard Model 1862s have a 24 inch barrel. The barrel is numbered to the gun. The left side of the frame is marked with the three line Sharps patent date and the right side has the four line address. Smooth straight grip stock with sling swivel and brass buttplate.Manufucture: Sharps & HankinsModel: 1862 NavyBBL: 23 1/2 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 52 RFFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 12386

Condition Report: Very good. The barrel retains most of the leather cover which has age cracking. The remaining metal surfaces have a smooth dark patina with traces of silvered out original case colors. The brass has an attractive patina. The repaired stock is very good with some scattered minor handling marks. Mechanically fine.

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Scarce Civil War Gallager Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Lot 1036: Scarce Civil War Gallager Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

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Description: Scarce Civil War Gallager Breech Loading Percussion CarbineManufactured by Richardson & Overman of Philadelphia with a total production of about 12,700 in the 50 caliber. This is a single shot, breech loading percussion carbine with a walnut straight grip stock, carbine buttplate and iron patch box. The rear of the lock is marked "GALLAGER'S PATENT/JULY 17TH 1860" and "MANUFACTD BY/RICHARDSON & OVERMAN/PHILADA" over the serial number directly behind the hammer. The front sight a fixed pinched blade and the rear two leaf folding. There is a saddle ring bar and ring mounted on the left stock wrist. There is a faint boxed cartouche behind the saddle ring bar and a crude "SAMUEL backward J" scratched into the left upper side. The Gallager carbine saw extensive service during the Civil War including cavalry units from Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.Manufucture: Gallager Model: Percussion-CarbineBBL: 22 1/4 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 50 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 10829

Condition Report: Fair with a smooth mottled brown patina on the barrel, lever and barrel tang, and a darker patina on the hammer, lock and frame. The patch box and buttplate have a gray patina with some minor pitting. The stock is god with wood fill on the left edge where it meets the frame and a few minor dents and handling marks. The markings are clear. Mechanically fine.

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Remington New Model Navy Metallic Conversion Revolver

Lot 1037: Remington New Model Navy Metallic Conversion Revolver

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Description: Remington New Model Navy Metallic Conversion RevolverManufactured at the factory from 1873 to 1888, this New Model Navy rimfire cartridge revolver features a loading gate and an ejector rod on the right side. Many of these types of revolvers were not conversions, but actually left the factory as cartridge revolvers. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two line patent date/address over "NEW MODEL." The number "495" is stamped on the barrel, grip strap under the left grip panel and both grip panels and the numbers "40826" on the grip strap under the left grip panel and "0826" on the barrel. Fitted with smooth varnished grips.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: New ModelBBL: 7 3/8 inch octagonStock: Guage: 38 RFFinish: nickelGrips: walnutSerial Number: 495

Condition Report: Extremely Fine. The revolver retains 90% plus original nickel finish with a patch of minor pitting (left frame side). 60% muted original case colors remain on the hammer. The grips are very fine with most of the original varnish, a repaired chip (left panel), a missing small chip near the frame (left panel) and a few minor handling marks overall. Mechanically excellent.

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Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver

Lot 1038: Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver

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Description: Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Remington New Model Army Percussion RevolverManufactured from 1863 to 1875. The top barrel flat is stamped with the 1858 patent date over the New York address over "NEW MODEL." Most of the major components are stamped with single letter sub-inspector marks including "L," "R," and "W." The barrel is numbered to the gun. The revolver is fitted with smooth grips featuring a clear script cartouche on the left panel and "L" sub-inspector mark on the bottom of both panels.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: New Model Army RevolverBBL: 8 inch octagonStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 73038

Condition Report: Fine. The revolver retains 75% original blue finish on the barrel and cylinder with a smooth gray patina on the frame. The grips are fine showing some pressure dents and chipping on the left panel and a few minor handling marks overall with a clear cartouche. Mechanically fine.

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U.S. Civil War Contract Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion Revolver

Lot 1039: U.S. Civil War Contract Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion Revolver

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Description: U.S. Civil War Contract Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion RevolverThis is one of an estimated 5,000 Army Model revolvers manufactured by Rogers & Spencer Co. for a U.S. contract issued in November 1864. Silver cone front and frame groove sights with the top strap stamped "ROGERS & SPENCER/UTICA N-Y" on either side of the sighting groove. Matching numbers on frame, barrel, cylinder, loading lever and butt with the number "2643" on the back of both grips. Small "B" inspection marks are stamped on most of the components. Fitted with smooth walnut grips with a script "RPB" cartouche on the lower left.Manufucture: Rogers & Spencer Model: PercussionBBL: 7 1/2 inch octagonStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 3158

Condition Report: Fine. The revolver retains 40% original blue finish with the balance a smooth gray patina. The hammer and loading lever retain traces of original case colors. There are a few areas of minor pitting. The otherwise fine grips have a crudely repaired vertically split/reglued right rear panel, a series of minor dings on the bottoms and a few minor handling marks overall. The cartouche is crisp. Mechanically excellent.

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Remington New Model Army Metallic Conversion Revolver

Lot 1040: Remington New Model Army Metallic Conversion Revolver

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Description: Remington New Model Army Metallic Conversion RevolverThis is a factory conversion example of the New Model Army revolver which has the rare patent marking on the cylinder. The top barrel flat has the two line patent date/address marking stamped over "NEW MODEL." The lower side of barrel has "911" near muzzle, "J" near hammer catch and the number "71498" near the frame. The left side of the silver plated brass trigger guard is stamped "UB." Under the right grip (frame strap) is number "429", under the left "9" over "11" then the number "71498."The cylinder is stamped "PATENTED APR 3rd 1855." Fitted with smooth varnished walnut grips.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: New ModelBBL: 8 inch octagonStock: Guage: 46 RFFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 71498/911

Condition Report: Fine. The revolver retains 50% plus original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown-gray patina. The trigger guard retains 40% original silver plating and the hammer retains traces of original case colors. The grips are also fine with a series of minor pressure dents on the bottoms and some minor handling marks overall. Mechanically fine.

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Scarce Documented Civil War Era Austin T. Freeman Cartridge Conversion Revolver Pictured in

Lot 1041: Scarce Documented Civil War Era Austin T. Freeman Cartridge Conversion Revolver Pictured in "A Study of Colt Conversion and Other Percussion Revolvers"

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Description: Scarce Documented Civil War Era Austin T. Freeman Cartridge Conversion Revolver Pictured in "A Study of Colt Conversion and Other Percussion Revolvers"Manufactured in 1863-1864. This example has been converted to .44 Henry rimfire cartridge. The top strap of the frame has the standard markings. The serial number "930" is stamped on the underside of the barrel, the bottom of the loading lever, on the frame, on the back of the cylinder, on the back of the backing plate and on the right side of the butt strap under the grip. Fitted with smooth walnut two piece grips. This specific revolver is pictured and described on pages 424-427 of the book "A Study of Colt Conversion and Other Percussion Revolvers" by R. Bruce McDowell.Manufucture: Freeman Austin T Model: ArmyBBL: 7 3/8 inch roundStock: Guage: 44 Henry RFFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 930

Condition Report: Good as period converted to cartridge and refinished. There are traces of blue finish on the hammer, loading lever and in the protected areas with a gray/brown patina on the balance. There are scattered scratches and dings overall. The grips are very good as revarnished. Mechanically needs work as cylinder does not rotate correctly.

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New Jersey Marked Colt Model 1861 Special Model Rifle-Musket Dated 1862 with Bayonet

Lot 1042: New Jersey Marked Colt Model 1861 Special Model Rifle-Musket Dated 1862 with Bayonet

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Description: New Jersey Marked Colt Model 1861 Special Model Rifle-Musket Dated 1862 with BayonetOriginally developed for sale to the United States Government, Colt wound up with a quantity of 1861 Special Rifle-Muskets that had been rejected by the ordnance inspectors. Colt's loss, defrayed by selling the arms to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, turned out to be a gain for several states, including New Jersey, who acquired the arms for their militia forces at below standard rate. Blade front and 3-leaf folding rear sights, with the American eagle on the bolster, "1862" on top of the chamber, conjoined "VP" on the upper left flat, "N.J" and "STEEL" on the left flat. The lock plate is marked "1862" to the rear of the hammer, and "U.S./COLT'S Pt F.A. Mfg Co/HARTFORD, Ct" ahead. Smooth straight grip stock, with a tulip head ramrod, three screw-secured "U" barrel bands, sling swivels, a "N.J" stamp opposite the lock, and a "U.S" marked buttplate. With a "US/C" marked socket bayonet, 21 inches overall with an 18 inch triangular spike.Manufucture: ColtModel: 1861-MusketBBL: 39 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58Finish: arsenal brightGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Very good plus, with some minor spotting and handling marks on the arsenal bright steel. The stock is very good, with scratches and dents. Bayonet is good, with a mixed brown and gray patina and scattered handling marks. Mechanically very good.

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U.S. Civil War Remington Model 1863

Lot 1043: U.S. Civil War Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Rifle with Sword Bayonet

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Description: U.S. Civil War Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Rifle with Sword BayonetManufactured circa 1862-1865. Blade front and three leaf rear sights, with "1863" on the breech near the "V/P/eagle head" markings, "STEEL G.P" on the left flat and the bayonet lug on the right side near the muzzle. Casehardened lock plate, marked "1863" behind the hammer, "eagle/REMINGTON'S/ILION, N.Y.", "U.S." and "B" in front of the hammer. Smooth straight grip stock, with brass barrel bands, tulip head ramrod, a pair of cartouches on the reverse of the lock, "P" marked brass patch box and an "A/U.S." marked buttplate. With a brass-hilted sword bayonet, 25 inches overall with a "S" marked 20 1/8 inch blade and the hilt marked "C" and "B.H".Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: 1863-RifleBBL: 32 1/2 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Very fine, with 80% of the original blue finish, showing a well aged brown patina with mild handling marks overall. The front sling swivel has come off. Fine case hardening is visible on the lock, with the color strongest in the area protected by the hammer and a mixed silver and brown color overall. Stock is fine, with a thin crack on the left side opposite the lock and some dents and scuffing overall. The bayonet is fair, with pitting concentrated at the tip. Mechanically excellent.

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Parker, Snow & Company Model 1861 Miller Conversion Breech Loading Rifle

Lot 1044: Parker, Snow & Company Model 1861 Miller Conversion Breech Loading Rifle

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Description: Parker, Snow & Company Model 1861 Miller Conversion Breech Loading RifleOriginally manufactured in 1864, this Parker, Snow & Company Rifle was one of approximately 2,000 upgraded with the Miller breech loading system by Meriden Manufacturing circa 1865-1867. Blade front and 3-leaf rear sights, with the lock plate marked "1864" behind the hammer and "eagle/U.S." and "PARKERS' SNOW&CO./MERIDEN.CONN." ahead of the hammer and the rimfire breechblock marked "W.H. & G.W. MILLER/PATENT MAY 23, 1865/MERIDEN MAN'F'G. CO./MERIDEN, CONN." on top and "618" on the bottom. Smooth stock, with three "U" marked barrel bands, "GR" and "6" cut into the left side of the buttstock, and a smooth "U S" marked buttplate.Manufucture: Parker, Snow & CoModel: 1861BBL: 39 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58Finish: brightGrips: Serial Number: 618

Condition Report: Very good as converted, with mild spotting and handling marks on the overall bright steel. A few thin cracks/dings are present on the hammer. Stock is good, with some thin cracks around the lock plate and loading cutout, scattered dents and mild scratches and chips. Mechanically fine.

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William Horstmann & Sons Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword with Scabbard

Lot 1045: William Horstmann & Sons Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword with Scabbard

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Description: William Horstmann & Sons Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword with ScabbardRegulation pattern Civil War officer's sword measuring 35 3/4 inches overall, with a 30 3/4 inch curved double fuller blade etched with patriotic designs and scrollwork on the sides, "IRON PROOF" on the spine, the Horstmann Philadelphia address on the right side, and a stamped "8" on the left ricasso. Cast brass guard and hilt, with cut through and engraved vine and oak leaf patterns, and a brass wire wrapped rayskin grip. With a gilt brass fitted brown leather scabbard.Manufucture: NoneModel: NoneBBL: Stock: Guage: Finish: Grips: Serial Number:

Condition Report: Good. Patches of spotting and brown patina are present on the blade, with approximately 40% of the original nickel finish, showing strong etching overall. The hilt has turned a mixed aged patina overall, with some verdigris around the guard and minor handling marks on the grip wrap. Traces of original gilt finish are present on the scabbard fittings, especially around the suspension bands, with a dark aged patina on the brass, scuffing and cracks on the leather, and mild handling marks overall.

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Regulation Civil War Ames Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword and Model 1872 Style Officers Saber

Lot 1046: Regulation Civil War Ames Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword and Model 1872 Style Officers Saber

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Description: Regulation Civil War Ames Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword and Model 1872 Style Officers SaberManufactured circa 1862. The sword has a 31 1/2 inch single fuller blade acid etched and dry needle engraved with "US" and military motifs and floral sprays. The Ames trademark is etched on the obverse ricasso of the blade and stamped on the brass upper suspension band of the scabbard. The brass hilt has a single branch guard with pierced floral decorations, pommel with cast ancathas leaves on the back and rayskin grip wrapped with a double strand of brass wire. The black leather scabbard has two suspension rings mounted on wide brass bands and a brass drag. The Model 1872 Officer's saber has a narrow curved 33 inch single fuller blade with acid etched U.S. Eagle and Shield surrounded by floral sprays on the obverse and an interlinked "US" surrounded by floral sprays on the reverse. The ricassos are stamped with a France import stamp, a round gold proofmark and a New York importer's mark. The gold plated brass hilt generally conforms to the Model 1872 Officers Saber pattern with three branch cast guard and ray skin grip wrapped with a double strand of brass wire. The scabbard has a nickel plated body with cast brass gold plated throat, suspension bands and drag.Manufucture: NoneModel: NoneBBL: Stock: Guage: Finish: Grips: Serial Number:

Condition Report: The Model 1850 Foot Officers Sword is fair-good. The blade has a silver gray patina with scattered spots of age discoloration and several nicks in the edge. The hilt is good. The brass pommel and guard have scattered age discoloration and minor handling marks. The grip is intact with moderate handling wear; the wire wrap is original and complete. The scabbard is good overall with smooth leather. The drag has numerous small dents and the edges have been altered. This is a good example of a regulation Civil War Ames Model 1850 Foot officers Sword that shows typical service wear. The Model 1872 Style Saber is very good overall. The blade retains 85% of the plated finish with sharp engraving. There is some scattered age spotting near the tip. The hilt retains about 60% of the gold plated finish and is very good. The rayskin grip is complete and the wire wrap is tight. The scabbard is very good retaining most of the original nickel plated finish.

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Very Fine Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver

Lot 1047: Very Fine Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver

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Description: Very Fine Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Remington New Model Army Percussion RevolverManufactured from 1863 to 1875. The top barrel flat is stamped with the 1858 patent date over the New York address over "NEW MODEL." The barrel and grip panels are numbered to the gun. Most of the major components are stamped with single letter sub-inspector marks including "D", "W", and "C." The revolver is fitted with smooth grips featuring a clear script cartouche on the left panel and "D" sub-inspector mark on the bottom of both panels.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: New Model Army RevolverBBL: 8 inch octagonStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 90782

Condition Report: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% plus bright original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown-gray patina. The hammer retains some strong original case colors. The grips are excellent showing some minor pressure dents with a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent.

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Unmarked Miniature Brass Cannon with Carriage and Caisson

Lot 1048: Unmarked Miniature Brass Cannon with Carriage and Caisson

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Description: Unmarked Miniature Brass Cannon with Carriage and CaissonThis unmarked brass miniature 70 gauge percussion muzzle loading cannon measures approximately 13 inches in length and 1 5/8 inches in diameter. Mounted on a hardwood and brass carriage with a cast iron wheels and a brass priming canister. A removable brass caisson with two cast iron wheels is attached and includes a ammunition box and a charge canister. The overall measurements of the combination are approximately 21 inches long by 11 inches wide and 8 1/2 inches high at the axle line. Weight is approximately 25 pounds. Complete with seven iron 70 gauge cannon balls, a powder measure and a brass tipped ram.Manufucture: UnknownModel: CannonBBL: Stock: Guage: Finish: Grips: Serial Number:

Condition Report: Fine. The brass has a dark aged patina with some handling marks, minor high edge wear and a few scratches. The wood is very good with some scratches, a couple of minor surface cracks and the finish flaking. The cast wheels show some chipping of the black enamel finish.

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Four Brass Bullet Molds

Lot 1049: Four Brass Bullet Molds

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Description: Four Brass Bullet MoldsTwo brass 2 chamber (round and conical) bullet molds one marked "MASS ARMS CO." and the other marked "CHICOPEE FALLS" and one unmarked brass 2 chamber (round) bullet mold. Also included is a wood handled single cavity Starr Army .44 bullet mold.Manufucture: NoneModel: NoneBBL: Stock: Guage: Finish: Grips: Serial Number:

Condition Report: Very good to fine. All show a dark patina with some spotting, wear and marks from use.

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