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Session 3 - September Premiere Firearms Auction

by Rock Island Auction Company


831 lots with images

September 15, 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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Extraordinary U.S. Contract Ball Repeating Carbine

Lot 3000: Extraordinary U.S. Contract Ball Repeating Carbine

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Description: Extraordinary U.S. Contract Ball Repeating CarbineE.G. Lamson & Co., of Windsor, Vermont, c. 1865. Lamson & Co., manufactured 1,002 of the Ball Carbines under a 1864 dated contract with the Ordnance Department. These carbines were delivered to the Ordnance Department in May 1865 at the end of the Civil War. The carbine has a seven shot magazine, sling bar and ring on the left side of the receiver cleaning rod/ramrod on the right side of the forearm and two leaf folding rear sight graduated to 600 yards. The barrel has a military blue finish. The barrel bands, receiver, hammer, lever and buttplate are casehardened. The stock and forearm are oil finished black walnut. The left side of the receiver is roll stamped "E.G. LAMSON & CO./WINDSOR. VT./U.S./BALLS PATENT./JUNE, 23, 1863./MARCH, 15, 1864." An Ordnance final inspection mark that consists of three script initials with a rectangular border is stamped on the left side of the stock wrist immediately behind the receiver. A small block "G.G.S." sun-inspector's marks is stamped on the top of the stock comb and underside of the forearm. Small "S" Ordnance sub inspector's marks are stamped on most components.Manufucture: E.G. Lamson & Co.Model: Ball CarbineBBL: 20 1/2 inchStock: walnutGuage: 50 rimfireFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Near new. The carbine is in as issued, unfired condition and shows virtually no storage or handling wear. The barrel has 99% of the military blue finish. The cleaning rod/ramrod is bright and has all of the reverse polishing marks at the tip. The barrel bands, receiver, breechblock, hammer, trigger guard and buttplate retain 99% of the vivid case colors. The screws have nearly all of the niter blue finish intact. The factory markings on the left side of the receiver are crisp. The stock and forearm are perfect with unhandled raised grain sharp edges and perfect Ordnance final inspection and sub-inspection marks. The stock and forearm are free from handling and storage marks. This is a nearly new example of a scarce low production Ball Repeating Carbine. This is a mint condition Ball Carbine that cannot be improved upon.

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Excellent Civil War Gwyn & Campbell Type II Carbine

Lot 3001: Excellent Civil War Gwyn & Campbell Type II Carbine

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Description: Excellent Civil War Gwyn & Campbell Type II CarbineManufactured by Edward Gwyn and Abner Campbell of Hamilton, Ohio, c.1863-1864. The breech loading carbine has the Type II pivot-type lever latch, short lever, flat hammer with beveled edges and short base rear sight. A sling bar and ring are mounted on the left side of the receiver. The part octagon barrel has a military blue finish with wide base iron front sight and folding leaf rear sight. The rear sight, breech block, upper receiver tang and butt plate have a niter blue finish. The receiver, side plate, hammer, lever and lower tang are casehardened. The stock is oil finished black walnut. The lock plate is roll stamped "GWYN & CAMPBELL" in an arch above "PATENT/1862/HAMILTON.O." "UNION/RIFLE" is stamped vertically on the right side of the receiver. The serial number is stamped on the bottom of the receiver, underside of the barrel and the breechblock. Single letter Ordnance inspection marks are stamped on most components. The Ordnance Department final inspection mark which consists of the script initials "WHR" in a rectangle is stamped on the left side of the stock wrist. A small block letter "WHR" sub-inspection mark is stamped on the stock comb just ahead of the buttplate. Gwyn & Campbell manufactured approximately 4,000 Type II breech loading carbines in 1863 and 1864. These carbines were issued primarily to Federal cavalry regiments in the Army of the Cumberland and the Army of the Tennessee.Manufucture: Gwyn & Campbell Model: UnionBBL: 20 inch part octagonStock: walnutGuage: 52 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 2753

Condition Report: Excellent. The carbine is in as issued, unfired condition and retains 97% of the original casehardened finish with only very minor storage wear. The barrel has 95% plus of the military blue finish. The receiver, hammer and loading lever retain nearly all of the fiery case colors. Most of the high polish niter blue finish is present on the breechblock. The niter blue on the upper tang, buttplate and rear sight has some flaking but remains about 85% intact. The stock is in the same excellent condition as the barrel and receiver with unhandled raised feathered grain and nearly perfect Ordnance inspection mark. Wear is limited to a few very minor storage bruises. This is an excellent example of a Federal Civil War Gwyn & Campbell Type II Union cavalry carbine that would be very difficult to improve upon.

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Magnificent Documented Sharps Panel Scene Gustave Young Engraved Model 1853 Percussion Sporting Rifle

Lot 3002: Magnificent Documented Sharps Panel Scene Gustave Young Engraved Model 1853 Percussion Sporting Rifle

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Description: Magnificent Documented Sharps Panel Scene Gustave Young Engraved Model 1853 Percussion Sporting RifleManufactured between 1854 and 1856. This rifle is pictured and described on page 103 of "STEEL CANVAS" by R.L. Wilson. The rifle is pictured with the original wooden shipping box (with gun) and accessories. The box lid is stamped with the owner's name and address "FERDINAND RHOADS/SHAMOKIN/NORTHUMBERLAND CO PENNA.". A simple internet search discovered a grave listing for Ferdinand Rhoads (Jan. 7, 1835 to Oct. 21, 1897). His gravesite is located in the Irish Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. His spouse was Lucretia Chamberlain Rhoads and the couple had two children, William H. Rhoads (1860 - 1860) and Clara C Rhoads (1864 - 1865). A Ferdinand Rhoads is also listed in the book Trevorton Sesquicentennial, 1850-2000: Remembering the Past, Cherishing the Present, Enriching the Future as a Trevorton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, as a Civil War veteran. In the book History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, a Ferdinand Rhoads is listed as a Sergeant who served with The Shamokin Guards during the Civil War. The Shamokin Guards was mustered into service in September 1861 and assigned to the 46th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, as Company K and fought in such battles as the Second Battle of Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam (at the famous Dunker Church), Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and later participated in Sherman's March to the Sea. Company K of the 46th Regiment was mustered out of service on July 24, 1865. The rifle is decorated with dense Germanic scroll engraving on a punch dot background on the breech end of the barrel, the hammer, lock, lower tang, lever, frame, buttplate tang and patch box assembly. There is also an oval game scene engraved on the center of the patch box lid and a hunter with rifle is engraved on the left side receiver hump. The edge of the muzzle is engraved with a wavy border. The Sharps patent markings on the receiver and lock plate are engraved in panels with double line borders, C.SHARPS/PATENT/1852" on the lock and "C.SHARPS/PATENT/1848" on the left side of the receiver. Wilson states that the rifle engraving was executed by Gustave Young's shop. (The hammer has nine dots stamped on the spin, which was a method used by Gustave Young to denote the level of embellishment. He also did this on Colt Revolvers.) The consignor notes that only four Model 1853 Sporting Rifles were made with "Extra Engraving". The rifle has a heavy 90 bore/.40 caliber full octagon barrel. The barrel has a dovetail mounted front sight with brass blade and folding leaf rear sight. The top barrel flat is marked "SHARP'S RIFLE/MANUFG.CO./HARTFORD CONN.". The slant breech receiver tang is fitted with the early style long range folding tang sight secured by a single screw. The rifle has a single set trigger. The matching number is stamped on the top of the receiver, barrel under the forearm and on the inside of the forearm. The barrel is browned with casehardened remaining parts, and mounted with a smooth straight grain black walnut forearm with a pewter forend and straight grip stock with a steel carbine style buttplate.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1853-RifleBBL: 25 1/2 inch octagonStock: walnutGuage: 40Finish: brown/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 8421

Condition Report: Fine. The barrel retains traces of the thin brown finish with some scattered age spotting. The case colors on the receiver, lock plate, patch box and buttplate have faded to a smooth steel gray patina. There is some minor flash pitting on the nipple and hammer face and some age discoloration on the inside of the primer housing. The tang sight retains traces of the niter blue finish. The sliding sight aperture is absent. The buttplate has a smooth dark gray patina with crisp checkering on the heel. The stock retains 75% of the original varnish finish and is very good with minor handling and storage marks. The forearm has more handling wear and is good-very good. The markings and engraving are crisp and clear. The action is fine. The wooden box is good with a chip absent on the lower right side and overall moderate-heavy wear associated with wooden box of this age. This is a very good example of a very rare well documented Gustave Young 'Extra Engraved' Sharps Model 1853 Sporting Rifle.

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Scarce Merrill Type I Officer's Model Breech Loading Carbine

Lot 3003: Scarce Merrill Type I Officer's Model Breech Loading Carbine

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Description: Scarce Merrill Type I Officer's Model Breech Loading CarbineThis type I single shot breech loading carbine was manufactured by J.H. Merrill of Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1862. The carbine is a high grade version or Officer's Model manufactured for commercial sale that features sliver plating on the barrel band, trigger guard, patch box and buttplate. It also has well executed open scroll engraving on the top of the breechblock, front and rear edges of the lock plate, hammer, sling bar mounts, trigger guard, patch box and buttplate. The carbine has a round barrel with iron front sight blade and two-leaf folding rear sight. The breechblock has the early knurled latch. A carbine sling bar and ring is attached to the left stock flat. The black walnut stock has the small patch box found on type I carbines. The lock plate is roll stamped "J.H. MERRILL BALTO/PAT.JULY, 1858/APL 9 MAY 21-28-31" in three lines in front of the hammer. The serial number "2840" is stamped vertically on the lock plate behind the hammer and on the top of the breechblock. The top of the breechblock is stamped "J.H. MERRILL BALTO/PAT.JULY 1858". The Ordnance Department purchased nearly 15,000 Merrill Carbines during the Civil War. Commercial production carbines like this example are very scarce.Manufucture: Merrill James H Model: 1st ModelBBL: 22 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 54 percussionFinish: blueGrips: Serial Number: 2840

Condition Report: Very good. The carbine shows minor wear and is original condition. The unplated components have a mottled gray-brown patina with patches of age discoloration. The silver plated components retain 60% of the original finish. The screw heads are battered. Markings are light. There is flash pitting on the breechblock and hammer. The engraving is faint on the hammer and other components that receive handling wear. The stock is good overall showing a long hairline crack with a sliver of wood missing near the lock plate with moderate handling wear and rounded edges surrounding the lock plate and left flat. This is a solid example of a scarce Merrill Carbine variation.

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

Lot 3004: U.S. Civil War Smith's Patent Breech Loading Carbine

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Description: U.S. Civil War Smith's Patent Breech Loading CarbineThese carbines were designed by Gilbert Smith and almost all of the production consumed by U.S. government contracts, with limited numbers going to the civilian market. The carbine has a dovetailed German silver blade front sight and folding leaf rear sight absent of yard markings. The left side of the frame is marked "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 barrel flat is marked "L.F.R" at the breech. The breech loading action has a barrel release latch inside the trigger guard and a saddle ring bar with ring mounted on the left side. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock fitted with a steel carbine style buttplate. The left side of the stock wrist has an oval script "JH" cartouche and there is a small "JH" on the top of the stock ahead of the buttplate tang.Manufucture: Poultney & TrimbleModel: SmithBBL: 21 5/8 inch part octagonStock: walnutGuage: 50 PercFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 4573

Condition Report: Very fine. The barrel retains 60% original blue thinning finish with plum patina on the balance and showing some minor spotting. The action retains 50% faded original case colors with a smooth mottled grayish brown on the balance. The trigger guard and barrel latch retain 70% bright original blue finish with minor spotting. The wood is also very fine with at least 90% original oil finish remaining and showing some scattered minor dents and dings. The cartouche is very crisp. The markings are clear. Mechanically excellent.

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Scarce Civil War Ball Repeating Carbine

Lot 3005: Scarce Civil War Ball Repeating Carbine

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Description: Scarce Civil War Ball Repeating CarbineE.G. Lamson & Co., of Windsor, Vermont, c. 1865. Lamson & Co., manufactured 1,002 of the Ball Carbines for an Ordnance Department contract in 1864. The carbines were delivered to the Ordnance Department in May 1865 just after the end of the Civil War. The carbine has a seven shot magazine, sling bar and ring on the left side of the receiver and folding rear sight graduated to 600 yards. The barrel has a military blue finish, the barrel bands, receiver, hammer, lever and buttplate are casehardened and the stock and forearm are oil finished walnut. The left side of the receiver is roll stamped "E.G. LAMSON & CO./WINDSOR. VT./U.S./BALLS PATENT./JUNE, 23, 1863./MARCH, 15, 1864." in six lines. A "P" and a Ordnance final inspection mark that consists of three script initials with a rectangular border are stamped on the left side of the stock wrist immediately behind the receiver.Manufucture: E.G. Lamson & Co.Model: Ball CarbineBBL: 20 1/2 inchStock: walnutGuage: 50 rimfireFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Fine. The carbine retains 60% of the original blue finish. The blue finish on the barrel has some scattered surface discoloration. The case colors remain 30% intact and have aged on the balance to a brown patina. The stock and forearm are very good with numerous minor handling marks. The receiver markings are crisp and the Ordnance proof and inspection marks are faint but legible. This is a solid example of a scarce Civil War carbine.

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Historic Documented Cased Naval Presentation Whitney Second Model Navy Revolver with Relief Carved Pearl Grips Formerly of the W.M. Locke Collection

Lot 3006: Historic Documented Cased Naval Presentation Whitney Second Model Navy Revolver with Relief Carved Pearl Grips Formerly of the W.M. Locke Collection

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Description: Historic Documented Cased Naval Presentation Whitney Second Model Navy Revolver with Relief Carved Pearl Grips Formerly of the W.M. Locke CollectionWhitney Second Model Navy revolver manufactured c.1863. The revolver has single letter Ordnance sub-inspection marks stamped on the barrel, frame, cylinder and trigger guard. The serial number, "19114" is stamped on the top of the loading lever; no other serial numbers are visible. The Whitney markings have been removed from the top strap. Other than the Ordnance sub-inspection marks, no markings remain on the cylinder. The top barrel flat is stamped with the block letter presentation: "PRESENTED BY JOHN CAMPBELL ESQ. AND FRIENDS OF PHILADELPHIA". The upper right barrel flat is stamped with the block letter inscription: "TO CAPTn WILLIAM THOMSON. S.S. "DELAWARE" and the lower right barrel flat is inscribed "FEBY 1867". The revolver has two-piece pearl grips. Both grips are relief carved with a dove carrying a flower in it's beak on the base of each grip with leaf borders on either side. The cosigner notes state that that the carving represents a 'Noah's Ark Dove' with an olive branch that symbolizes "peace and a new beginning after the Civil War's end". The S.S. Delaware was a 357 ton paddle wheel gunboat that mounted three guns. The Delaware was built in 1862 and sold in 1865. The revolver is complete with an American style mahogany case with red velvet lining and seven compartments. The top of the case has inlaid brass reinforcements on each corner an a scalloped, inlaid brass plate in the center. The case contains an empty 250 cap tin of Eley Bros. percussion caps for Colt's belt and pocket pistols, a key, four .36 caliber conical bullets, blue iron double cavity .36 caliber Colt bullet mold, copper fixed charger powder flask with eagle, shield and cannon embossed in relief on both sides, Colt L-shaped combination screwdriver/nipple wrench and American Powder Co., package of six combustible cartridges for navy pistols. This revolver was formerly in the world famous gun collection of William M. Locke and is pictured and described on page 468 of "THE WILLIAM M. LOCKE COLLECTION. The accessories were apparently added after the revolver left the Locke collection.Manufucture: Whitney Arms Company Model: NavyBBL: 7 15/16 inch octagonStock: Guage: 36 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: mother of pearlSerial Number: 19114

Condition Report: Very good. The revolver has a silver-gray patina overall. There are patches of age discoloration on the barrel and brass trigger guard. The presentation inscriptions are sharp but the serial number and Ordnance sub-inspection marks are faint. The relief carved pearl grips are very fine and show some dirt and age discoloration but no significant wear. The case is very good. Exterior wear is limited to a few minor handling marks. The red velvet lining is clean and unfaded; the only significant wear is compression marks from the revolver cylinder. The accessories are good overall; the cap tin has a faded darkened label, the bullet mold has 50% of the blue finish with numerous dents and handling marks, the flask has a dark patina with patches of black discoloration and a few minor dents and the cartridge packet has been opened and re-sealed with tape. This is a remarkable and unique presentation cased Whitney Second Model Navy revolver from the famous W.M. Locke collection.

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Extremely Rare Serial Number 4 Savage & North Figure 8 Percussion Revolver

Lot 3007: Extremely Rare Serial Number 4 Savage & North Figure 8 Percussion Revolver

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Description: Extremely Rare Serial Number 4 Savage & North Figure 8 Percussion RevolverThis is a very rare example of one of the estimated 50 Fourth Model Figure 8 Revolvers that were manufactured by Savage & North from 1856 to 1859. The revolver is very similar to the Third Model but with an iron frame and flat sides. The number "4" is marked on the loading lever. The top strap is stamped "E. SAVAGE, MIDDLETOWN CT./H.S. NORTH PATENTED JUNE 17TH 1856". The left side of the loading lever is stamped with a 1858 patent date (faint). Fitted with smooth varnished walnut grips.Manufucture: Savage & North Model: Figure 8BBL: 7 inch octagonStock: Guage: 36 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 4

Condition Report: Good. The revolver has a mottled gray patina with some very minor pitting. The bottom of the trigger guard exhibits file marks as does the left side plate. The period refinished grips are very good with two small notches on the left panel and some minor handling marks. Mechanically fine. These "Figure 8" Savage North Revolvers are seldom encountered in any condition!

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Rare Factory Engraved Remington New Model Police Cartridge Conversion Revolver with Presentation Ivory Grips

Lot 3008: Rare Factory Engraved Remington New Model Police Cartridge Conversion Revolver with Presentation Ivory Grips

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Description: Rare Factory Engraved Remington New Model Police Cartridge Conversion Revolver with Presentation Ivory GripsManufactured circa 1865 to 1873 with a total production of approximately 18,000. These revolvers were originally manufactured as a percussion revolver and then they were factory converted to cartridge. This revolver features factory floral scroll engraving on the side barrel flats at the front and rear, (flanking a star burst), cylinder, frame and lower rear sides of the loading lever. The upper barrel flats and top strap sides have a scallop and dot border. The top barrel flat is marked with the two line patent dates/address over "NEW MODEL". The matching serial number is marked on the bottom barrel flat and left side of the frame under the grip. The rear cylinder conversion plate is marked "40" and "590". "40" is also marked on the bottom barrel flat at the muzzle. The matching serial number is also marked on the inside of the left grip panel. The revolver was silver plated with a casehardened hammer and niter blue trigger. Fitted with smooth ivory grips with scrimshawed inscription "L.A.J. to J.M.J." behind the grip screw and "to J.M.J." in front of the screw.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: New Model PoliceBBL: 3 1/2 inch octagonStock: Guage: 38 RFFinish: silverGrips: ivorySerial Number: 7240

Condition Report: Extremely fine. The revolver retains 75% of the original silver plating with areas that have darkened with age mixed with a smooth dark patina. 60% of the original niter blue remains on the trigger. Traces of gold remain on loading lever and hammer. The grips are excellent with an attractive grain and mellow aged patina. The markings and engraving are clear. The action is excellent. Few Remington handguns are of this extremely high quality!

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Scarce Remington Model 1890 Single Action Army Revolver with Holster

Lot 3009: Scarce Remington Model 1890 Single Action Army Revolver with Holster

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Description: Scarce Remington Model 1890 Single Action Army Revolver with HolsterRemington only manufactured about 2,000 of the Model 1890 Single Action Army revolvers from 1891 to 1894. The Model 1890 was the successor to the Model 1875 and was intended to be the competitor of the Colt Single Action Army. This model of revolver is the most sought after of all of the Remington manufactured handguns. The revolver has the distinctive round barrel that lacks the web beneath the ejector housing found on Model 1875 Remington revolvers. The top of the barrel is marked "REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION, N.Y." and "44 C.F.W" is marked on the left side of the frame just below the cylinder. The matching serial number is marked on the lower left side of the frame under the grip panel and on the loading gate. The revolver has a blade front (slightly modified), and frame notch rear sights, lanyard stud and ring mounted on the butt and is fitted with checkered hard rubber grips featuring the "RA" monogram at the tops. Comes with a floral tooled triple loop Heiser holster.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: 1890BBL: 5 3/4 inch roundStock: Guage: 44-40Finish: nickelGrips: hard rubberSerial Number: 945

Condition Report: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% original nickel finish with a dark patina on the exposed areas. There is some minor pitting on the front edge of the cylinder and signs of some cleaning in the same area. The grips are fine with light handling marks and crisp checkering. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is fine. The holster is very good with some moderate flex cracking on the bottom of the back skirt, and some of the lining and stitching near the top is absent.

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Scarce Factory Engraved Fluted Cylinder Remington Rider Percussion Double Action New Model Belt Revolver with Ivory Grips and Holster

Lot 3010: Scarce Factory Engraved Fluted Cylinder Remington Rider Percussion Double Action New Model Belt Revolver with Ivory Grips and Holster

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Description: Scarce Factory Engraved Fluted Cylinder Remington Rider Percussion Double Action New Model Belt Revolver with Ivory Grips and HolsterManufactured from 1863 to 1865, this fluted cylinder variation is rare with only a few hundred produced. These revolvers are found in the 3 digit or less serial number range. The revolver features factory floral scroll and punch dot engraving on the muzzle end barrel flats, rear of the barrel, frame. Cylinder flats and back strap. The barrel address has a scallop border and there is scallop bordering on the top strap, frame sides and back strap. There is a leaf design on the trigger guard. The top barrel flat is marked "MANUFACTURED BY REMINGTONS ILION, N.Y./RIDERS' PT AUG. 17, 1858 MAY 3, 1859", (second line faint), and the matching serial number is marked on the bottom barrel flat and the left side of the frame, under the grip. This revolver has the distinctive full fluted cylinder, the front sight is absent, frame notch rear sight, brass trigger guard, was finished blue, had a casehardened hammer and niter blue trigger. Fitted with smooth ivory grips. Comes with an unmarked period Slim Jim flap holsterManufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: RiderBBL: 6 1/2 inch octagonStock: Guage: 36 percussionFinish: blueGrips: ivorySerial Number: 191

Condition Report: Good. The metal surfaces have a brown and gray patina with some scattered minor pitting. Almost all of the silver remains on the trigger guard which has darkened with age. The grips are very good with some minor age cracks on the bottoms, small hairline cracks around the screw escutcheons, a couple minor chips and a caramel patina. The engraving is clear. The action fine. The holster is fair with some material absent on the flap as well as a tear in the closure hole. The brass stud is partially separated and there is a hole through the leather were the cylinder would rest. The belt loop has separated at the lower rivets and there is some moderate to heavy flex wear. The stitching remains tight.

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Rare Documented Second Model LeMat Two-Barrel Percussion Revolver

Lot 3011: Rare Documented Second Model LeMat Two-Barrel Percussion Revolver

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Description: Rare Documented Second Model LeMat Two-Barrel Percussion RevolverManufactured in Paris, France, c. 1862-1865. This revolver is pictured in "LeMat, The Man, The Gun" by Forgett and Serpette on page 99. Patented in 1856 by Dr. Jean Alexandre Francois LeMat of New Orleans, Louisiana, the LeMat revolver was a unique pistol that combined a 9 shot .42 caliber percussion revolver with a .63 caliber smoothbore grapeshot barrel. The grapeshot barrel served as the center axis for the cylinder. The Second Model, Paris made, LeMat revolvers had a full octagon upper barrel with loading lever mounted on the left side, rounded trigger guard with no spur, pull-out assembly latch, butt with a lanyard ring hole and hammer with center mounted pivoting striker. In the upper position the striker engages the percussion nipples in the cylinder and in the lower position contacts the percussion nipple for the center grapeshot barrel. The top of the barrel is engraved "SYST. LeMAT BTE. S.g.d.g. PARIS" in Old English style script. The right barrel flat is stamped with the serial number, "1906" followed by the LeMat logo which consist of a star above the letters "IM". The serial number, "1906" is also stamped on the right side of the frame below the cylinder and on the side of the cylinder. Total production of LeMat revolvers in Liege, Paris and London was less than 2,900 between 1856 and 1865. During the Civil War the Confederate government awarded contracts for 900 LeMat revolvers for the Army and 600 revolvers for the Navy. Many senior Confederate officers, most notably cavalry commander General J.E.B. Stuart, carried LeMat revolvers. General Stuart carried a LeMat revolver when he was mortally wounded at the battle of Yellow Tavern, Virginia in 1864. A copy of "LeMat, The Man, The Gun" accompanies the revolver.Manufucture: Le Mat Model: 2ndBBL: 6 3/4 inch octagonStock: Guage: 42Finish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 1906

Condition Report: Very good plus. The revolver is original and has an even brown patina. The percussion nipples and adjacent portions of the cylinder, frame and hammer have light flash pitting. There are a number of shallow dents on the butt near the lanyard hole. The screws all show moderate screwdriver battering. The two-piece walnut grips are good and the checkering shows moderate handling wear. The barrel markings and the serial numbers are sharp. The action is tight and functions well. The revolver lacks a lanyard ring. This is a rare example of a rare Parisian LeMat Two-Barrel Percussion Revolver.

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Rare Civil War Berdan Sharpshooter Sharps New Model 1859 Breech-Loading Rifle

Lot 3012: Rare Civil War Berdan Sharpshooter Sharps New Model 1859 Breech-Loading Rifle

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Description: Rare Civil War Berdan Sharpshooter Sharps New Model 1859 Breech-Loading RifleManufactured in 1862 with factory double set triggers, this rifle falls within the primary serial number range (54,390-57,547) for the 2,000 New Model 1859 Sharps Rifles manufactured expressly for issue to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooter Regiments raised by Colonel Hiram Berdan ("Berdan's Sharpshooters"). Most of these rifles were factory fitted with double set triggers at Col. Berdan's request. The 1st and 2nd USS were recruited by Berdan from selected marksmen in Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin. Recruits were required to place ten shots in a ten inch circle at 200 yards. The regiments were initially armed with Model 1855 Colt Revolving Rifles, which were replaced by the Sharps rifles in the spring of 1862. Utilized as primarily as light infantry or skirmishers, the 1st and 2nd USS regiments fought in nearly every major engagement of the Army of the Potomac from Yorktown in April 1862 through the siege of Petersburg in 1864. The 1st and 2nd USS played a prominent part in the Battle of Gettysburg. The two Berdan Sharpshooters regiments claimed to have inflected more casualties on the Confederate Army than any other two regiments in the Army of the Potomac. Casualties quickly reduced the two Berdans regiments below the authorized strength of 2,000 men and excess Model 1859 Sharps Rifles were issued to the 42nd Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry Regiment ("Bucktails") and the 1st and 2nd Companies, Massachusetts Sharpshooters ("Andrews Sharpshooters"). Both of these units saw extensive service and had well deserved reputations as hard fighting units. Fewer than 60 Model 1859 Sharps Rifles have been identified by collectors as rifles from the 2,000 gun Berdan Sharpshooter contract. This rifle has all of the Berdan Model 1859 Sharps features that include double set triggers, socket bayonet lug and John Taylor sub-inspection and final inspection marks. The rifle has a block front sight that serves as a lug for a socket bayonet and a folding leaf rear sight with 900 yard center notch. The forearm has an iron tip and is secured by three spring fastened barrel bands. The receiver has the R.S. Lawrence patent pellet primer and factory double set triggers. The stock has a casehardened patch box and buttplate. The serial number "54582" is stamped on the upper receiver tang and on the underside of the barrel beneath the forearm. The serial number falls between identified Berdan Sharps rifles No. 54,580 and 54,610. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "NEW MODEL 1859" between the rear sight and the receiver. The C. Sharps and R.S. Lawrence patent dates are stamped on the right side of the side plate and receiver, left side of the receiver and top of the rear sight base. A "T" (Ordnance Sub-Inspector John Taylor) sub-inspection mark is stamped on the left barrel flat. The oval script "JT" final inspection mark stamped on the 2,000 Sharps Rifles manufactured for the Berdans Sharpshooters is visible with close inspection on the left stock wrist. The rifle originally had a military blue barrel with color casehardened barrel bands, receiver, hammer, patch box and buttplate. The barrel has been polished bright which was typical of soldier carried Civil War weapons; most of the bright finish is visible underneath the forearm. Several pictures of Berdans Sharpshooters show Sharps rifles with polished barrels and receivers.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1859BBL: 30 inchStock: walnutGuage: 52 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 54582

Condition Report: The rifle is in very good condition and exhibits the service wear that is typical of combat used weapons. Virtually all the identified Berdans Sharps Rifles show similar wear. The rifle has a replacement hammer screw; all of the other components are original to the rifle. The barrel was soldier polished in the field and the exposed portions have a dark untouched patina while protected areas remain bright. The barrel markings and "T" sub-inspection mark are clear. The casehardened receiver, hammer, lever, patch box and buttplate have a silver-gray patina with some scattered spots of surface discoloration. The patent markings and serial number are clear. The Lawrence pellet primer is complete. The stock and forearm show the same service wear as the barrel and receiver with numerous minor nicks and scratches. The Ordnance final inspection mark on the left stock wrist is visible but faint. This is a great example of a rare Sharps Rifle that almost certainly saw combat with the Berdans Sharpshooters, Pennsylvania Bucktails or Andrews Sharpshooters at Gettysburg and other hard fought Civil War battles. This veteran rifle would be a standout piece in any advanced Civil War or U.S. martial arms collection.

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Rare Civil War Spencer Model 1860 Army Style Navy Inspected Rifle

Lot 3013: Rare Civil War Spencer Model 1860 Army Style Navy Inspected Rifle

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Description: Rare Civil War Spencer Model 1860 Army Style Navy Inspected RifleThis is an example of one of the Model 1860 Army Style rifles shipped to the U.S. Navy in 1863. The order was filled from stock on hand and these rifles were without bayonets. (See page 45 of "Spencers Repeating Firearms" by Roy Marcot). Also comes with a hand written letter from Roy Marcot stating that this rifle is one of the Model 1860 Army Type rifles sold to the Navy in 1863. He also states that the serial number "goes along with the September 63 delivery date, as this was the tail end of the Army contract for 10,000 (reduced to 7,500) and just before the Army carbine contract deliveries (sic) were made (in October 63)". He ends the letter by saying "I believe that you have a true gun here, and the first that I've chronicle in the range". The top of the receiver is marked "SPENCER REPEATING/RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS/PAT'D MARCH 6, 1860", the top breech end of the barrel is marked with an anchor and the serial number is marked on the top rear of the receiver. Brass blade front and folding ladder rear sight graduated to 800 yards. The receiver and lever were casehardened, while the remaining surfaces are blue. Mounted with a smooth full length walnut forearm secured by three barrel bands with a steel end cap and sling swivel on the middle band, and straight grip stock with sling swivel and steel buttplate. Comes with a reproduction leather sling.Manufucture: Spencer Model: 1860BBL: 30 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 52Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 9626

Condition Report: Very good. The barrel has a smooth mottled brown patina while the remaining parts have a smooth grayish brown mottled patina. The wood is also very good with a couple of minor gouges on the stock and overall some minor dents, dings and scratches. The sling is fine. The markings are clear. The action is fine.

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Deluxe Presentation Inscribed Civil War Staff & Field Officer's Sword with Michigan Stonewall Regiment History

Lot 3014: Deluxe Presentation Inscribed Civil War Staff & Field Officer's Sword with Michigan Stonewall Regiment History

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Description: Deluxe Presentation Inscribed Civil War Staff & Field Officer's Sword with Michigan Stonewall Regiment HistoryDeluxe Staff & Field Officer's Pattern Sword presented to Capt. James T. Morgan by members of Co. E, 30th Michigan Infantry Regiment in 1865. The non-regulation Staff & Field Officers pattern sword is etched with the assembler's trademark "Miller & Co. Newark" in a circle on the obverse ricasso. The "W/CLAUBERG/Knight/SOLINGEN" trademark is stamped on the reverse ricasso. The sword hilt and scabbard are nearly identical to "Emerson & Silver Presentation-Grade Staff & Field Officer's Sword" illustrated and described on page 319 of CIVIL WAR ARMY SWORDS by John H. Thillman. The sword has a gold washed brass French style guard and cast German silver grip. The 32-inch fullered blade has a spear point and is decorated with detailed acid-etched dry needle engraved patriotic designs. The obverse of the blade is etched with a detailed eagle and "E Pluribus Unum" ribbon flanked by cross cannons and a federal shield with military trophies surrounded by foliate designs. The reverse of the blade is etched with a ribbon bearing the motto "BE JUST/AND/FEAR NOT", a Civil War battle scene with infantry and a mounted officer and "U.S" in script letters all surrounded by foliate engraving. "IRON PROOF" is etched in a panel on the top of the blade. The iron scabbard has a browned body with high quality gold washed open work castings on the drag suspension bands and throat. The scabbard castings are identical to those illustrated on page 319 of "CIVIL WAR ARMY SWORDS". An oval silver plate mounted between the suspension band castings is engraved ">Presented toFeby 9th 1865Manufucture: NoneModel: NoneBBL: Stock: Guage: Finish: Grips: Serial Number:

Condition Report: This high quality presentation sword is fine. The undecorated tip of the blade is bright and shows light pitting but the etched panels retain more that 85% of the frosted finish and the acid-etched engraving is crisp The brown buff leather washer is intact. The cast brass hilt has traces of the gold washed patina in protected areas with patina on contact points. The German silver cast grip is very fine. The scabbard body retains more 85% plus of the original dark brown lacquer finish with some minor age spotting and traces of surface rust near the throat. The castings on the throat, suspension bands and drag retain half of the gold washed finish. The script engraving on the presentation plate is sharp. This is a very good example of a high quality Staff & Field Officer's pattern sword presented to a distinguished officer who died in the service of his country.

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Outstanding Remington Model 1863

Lot 3015: Outstanding Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Contract Rifle with Sword Bayonet

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Description: Outstanding Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Contract Rifle with Sword BayonetRemington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Rifle manufactured in 1863. The rifle has a blued barrel, casehardened lock, hammer, and barrel tang, brass forearm tip, barrel bands, trigger guard, patch box and buttplate. The stock is oil finished black walnut. The rifle is fitted with a straight shank iron ramrod with tulip head. The barrel has a wide base iron front sight and two position Model 1855 rear sight with a lug on the right side for the sword bayonet. The lock plate is dated "1863" behind the hammer and roll stamped with the Eagle and Shield motif above "U.S." followed by "REMINGTON'S/ILLION N.Y." in two lines in front of the hammer. The top of the barrel is dated "1863" on the center line and stamped with "V/P/EAGLE HEAD", proof and inspection marks on the left side. The left barrel flat is stamped "STEEL" followed by the Ordnance sub-inspection mark "R.K.A." Single letter Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on most components. The left stock flat is stamped with two Ordnance inspection marks which consist of the initials "B.H." and "HDJ" in script letters with rectangular borders. "U.S." is stamped on the heel of the buttplate. The rifle is complete with the original sword bayonet and scabbard. The bayonet has a bright finished 20 inch fullered blade with cast brass grip with down-turned quillion. The grip is stamped with a "B.H." inspection mark and small "S" sub-inspection marks. The scabbard has a black leather body with brass throat, frog stud and tip. The Model 1863 Percussion Rifle was an improved version of the U.S. Model 1855 Harpers Ferry Rifle, and has the distinction of being the last percussion rifle purchased by the Ordnance Department. Many collectors consider the Model 1863 rifle to be the best looking and best made Civil War longarm.Manufucture: RemingtonModel: ZouaveBBL: 33 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Excellent. The rifle appears to be unfired and remains in as issued condition. The barrel has 97% plus or more of the original blue finish; wear is limited to several minor storage marks. The hammer, lock plate and trigger retain 99% plus of the vivid case colors. There is no flash pitting on the bolster, percussion nipple hammer or adjacent areas of the barrel. The brass furniture is excellent. The stock is excellent and retains nearly all of the original oil finish; wear is limited to several very minor storage marks on the left side. The markings on the barrel, lock plate and other metal components are extremely sharp. The Ordnance inspection marks on the left flat are crisp. The sword bayonet is very fine and the blade retains most of the original polish; wear is limited to a one-inch patch of light pitting on the left ricasso. The scabbard is excellent. This is an excellent unfired/un-issued example of a Remington Model 1863 Percussion Rifle with sword bayonet and scabbard.

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Scarce Civil War Federal Officer's Forage Cap

Lot 3016: Scarce Civil War Federal Officer's Forage Cap

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Description: Scarce Civil War Federal Officer's Forage CapCivil War officer's regulation style forage cap. The cap is constructed of dark blue wool with patent leather bill and chin strap. The chin strap is secured by two regulation style Federal brass buttons. The interior is lined with brown cotton and has a brown leather sweatband. The front of the cap has a small sewn, gold bullion insignia which consists of "U.S." surrounded by a wreath. A brass unit number "68" is attached to the hat crown. A distinctive cockade consisting of some white fur, several feathers and some coiled bullion wire is attached to the right side of the cap behind the chinstrap button. Identification of the regiment associated with this cap is not possible. The only "U.S." Federal unit with a "68" designation was the 68th Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops. However, many states had Federalized "U.S." regiments with "68" designations. The unusual cockade indicates the owner was an officer in a state unit rather than a Federal regiment which would have regulation insignia.Manufucture: NoneModel: NoneBBL: Stock: Guage: Finish: Grips: Serial Number:

Condition Report: About good. The original blue wool has faded to a greenish brown. There are several small areas of insect damage on the edges of the crown and on the hat body. The leather bill and chin strap have age cracking. There is flaking on the edges of the bill. The sweatband has been restitched to the bill and is torn in one spot. The lining is good overall. The unique cockade is fair. This is an interesting example of a typical Civil War Federal officer's forage cap.

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

Lot 3017: Exceptional U.S. Inspected Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion Civil War Revolver

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Description: Exceptional U.S. Inspected Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion Civil War RevolverThis is an excellent example of one of the approximately 5,800 percussion revolvers manufactured circa 1863-65 by Rogers & Spencer of Willowdale, New York (which is near Utica). The U.S. Ordnance contract was for 5,000 revolvers, 1,500 to be delivered by the end of April 1865 and the balance by September of 1865. There is no record of issuance of any of the revolvers, due to the Civil War ending. The top strap is marked "ROGERS & SPENCER/UTICA NY". The matching serial number is marked on the bottom barrel flat, left side of the frame, cylinder and on the butt. There are small single letter "B" inspection mark on most of the parts, "W" on the left rear barrel flat and bottom of each grip panel and an "X" on the bottom of the frame ahead of the trigger guard. The revolver is finished blue with a casehardened hammer and loading lever assembly and bright trigger. Brass cone front, frame notch rear sights and fitted with smooth walnut grips with a sharp "RPB" cartouche on the lower left panel.Manufucture: Rogers & Spencer Model: ArmyBBL: 7 1/2 inch octagonStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 188

Condition Report: Excellent. The revolver retains 97% plus bright original high polish blue finish showing some scattered minor flaking, (mainly on the cylinder), some edge wear, drag line on the cylinder and some minor scratches. The hammer and loading lever assembly retain half of the original faded case colors mixed with a smooth dove gray. The grips are also excellent with a tiny chip on each toe, a few minor dings and a sharp cartouche. The markings are sharp. The action is excellent.

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Scarce Historical Cased Identified Plant's Mfg. Co.,  Front Loading Army Revolver

Lot 3018: Scarce Historical Cased Identified Plant's Mfg. Co., Front Loading Army Revolver

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Description: Scarce Historical Cased Identified Plant's Mfg. Co., Front Loading Army RevolverSingle action spur trigger revolver manufactured by Plant's Manufacturing Company, New Haven, Connecticut c. 1865. The revolver has a blue ribbed octagon barrel, blue six shot cylinder, and silver plated brass frame. The hammer and spur trigger are color casehardened. The two-piece flat bottom rosewood grips have a piano finish. This Third Model revolver has a square front frame with sight groove in the top strap and distinctive ejector housing on the right side with round knob ejector. The front loading cylinder has a flat face. The top of the barrel rib is roll-stamped "MERWIN & BRAY NEW-YORK". "PATENTED, JULY 12, 1859 & JULY 21, 1863" is roll-stamped across the cylinder. The serial number "4512" is stamped on the butt. The Plant's Manufacturing Co., made approximately 7,300 Third Model Front Loading Army Revolvers in the mid-1860s. The revolver is complete with a mahogany partition case with five compartments lined with navy blue velvet. The case contains a small brass compass and a key. "Steam Yacht/HALCYON/-of-/New. York." is boldly painted on the case lid in gold letters. A copy of a July 2, 1902 NEW YORK TIMES article states that the Halcyon was a 125-foot steam yacht that was launched in 1875 that was owned by New York City banker Frederick F. Ames. The article details how the Halcyon foundered after breaking a propeller shaft in Long Island Sound on July 1, 1902. The painted case mahogany indicates that the Plant's revolver was part of the Halcyon's ships store sometime before her loss in 1902.Manufucture: Plant's Manufacturing Co Model: ThirdBBL: 6 inch octagonStock: Guage: 42 cup-primedFinish: blue/silverGrips: rosewoodSerial Number: 4512

Condition Report: Near excellent. The barrel has 70% of the original blue with finish loss on either side of the rib. The cylinder has some age spotting but retains 90% of the blue finish. The silver plating on the frame is tarnished but nearly 98% remains. The hammer and spur trigger retain most of the muted case colors. The rosewood grips are excellent and have 95% or more of the original piano finish. The action is tight and functions perfectly. The case is very good with excellent markings on the lid. The velvet lining is bright with minor compression wear from contact with the revolver cylinder and grip. One partition panel is a replacement. This is a colorful one-of-kind revolver.

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Exceptional Very Rare Engraved Ells Third Model Percussion Revolver with Bullet Mold

Lot 3019: Exceptional Very Rare Engraved Ells Third Model Percussion Revolver with Bullet Mold

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Description: Exceptional Very Rare Engraved Ells Third Model Percussion Revolver with Bullet MoldManufactured between 1857 and 1859, it has been estimated that fewer than two hundred of these unique revolvers were made. The hammer sets to the right of the centerline of the pistol and this model is often called, erroneously, the sidehammer revolver. The removable side plate is also unusual, in that it is on the right side of the frame. The revolver functions either as a double or single action. It is marked "ELLS/ PATENT" on the left side of the hammer and "AUG. 1/APRIL. 28./1854/1857" on the right. Blue barrel, frame and cylinder with casehardened hammer and loading lever. The frame is lightly engraved on each side and the cylinder has pineapple frond engraving above each of the five chambers. The front sight is a brass cone, the rear a groove in the frame. The grips are a two piece varnished walnut with tear drop silver inlays around the screws. Comes with a brass .31 caliber mold marked "ELLS" in bold lettering.Manufucture: Ells Josiah Model: ThirdBBL: 3 7/8 inch octagonStock: Guage: 31 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Excellent. The barrel retains 98% of the bright original high polish blue finish showing only minor thinning along the high edges and a few minor surface scratches. The frame shows 75% original blue finish the balance has thinned to a mottled patina. The cylinder retains a solid 90-95% original blue finish showing only surface scratches. The hammer and loading lever are mostly silvered out, but both retain brilliant flashes of original case colors. The grips are excellent with only slight wear along the bottom edge of the butt. The action needs work as it does not always function properly. The markings and engraving are still crisp. The mold is excellent.

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Scarce Engraved Bacon Arms Co. Second Type Navy Single Action Revolver

Lot 3020: Scarce Engraved Bacon Arms Co. Second Type Navy Single Action Revolver

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Description: Scarce Engraved Bacon Arms Co. Second Type Navy Single Action RevolverWith production estimated at only 325 in the early 1860s, these revolvers are quite scarce. This example has floral scroll engraving with a punch dot background on the frame. The serial number "112" is stamped on the left side of the front strap under the grip, on the bottom of the barrel, on the back of the cylinder, and the inside of the right grip is marked "112" in pencil. Fitted with a set of varnished smooth walnut grips.Manufucture: Bacon Arms Co Model: NavyBBL: 7 1/2 inch octagonStock: Guage: 38 RFFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 112

Condition Report: Very good plus, there are strong traces of original blue finish in the protected areas with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The engraving remains sharp. The grips are both fine with much of the original varnish, scattered dings, scratches and high edge wear. Mechanically functions when held upright, does not function when inverted.

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Exceptional Civil War Remington Model 1863 Zouave Percussion Rifle with Sword Bayonet

Lot 3021: Exceptional Civil War Remington Model 1863 Zouave Percussion Rifle with Sword Bayonet

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Description: Exceptional Civil War Remington Model 1863 Zouave Percussion Rifle with Sword BayonetModel 1863 Rifle manufactured by the Remington Arms Co. in 1863. The Model 1863 Contract Rifle was an improved version of the U.S. Model 1855 Percussion Rifle and was referred to by the Ordnance Department as the "Harpers Ferry Pattern Rifle". The Model 1863 Rifle was the last percussion rifle adopted by the Ordnance Department and is generally considered to be the best designed and highest quality percussion military longarm. The rifle has a heavy 33 inch round barrel with a lug for a sword bayonet on the right side, a dovetail mounted wide base front sight and a folding leaf rear sight graduated 500, 300 and 100 yards. The rifle is fitted with a steel straight shank tulip head ramrod. The barrel, band spring and sights are blue. The lock and hammer are casehardened. The forearm cap, barrel bands, trigger guard, patch box and buttplate are brass. The screws and band springs are niter blue. The straight grain black walnut stock has an oil finish. The lock plate is dated "1863" behind the hammer and roll stamped with a Federal Eagle and Shield over "U.S./REMINGTON'S/ILLION N.Y." The top of the barrel is dated "1863" on the center line and stamped with "V/P/Eagle Head" proof and inspection marks on the left side. The left barrel flat is stamped "STEEL" followed by a "H.S.D." sub-inspection mark. "U.S." is stamped on the heel of the buttplate. The left stock flat is stamped with two script Ordnance sub-inspection and final inspection marks. Single letter Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on most components. The patch box contains the original spare percussion nipple. The rifle is complete with a M1863 Rifle Sword bayonet. The bayonet has a bright finished blade with stopped fuller and cast brass ribbed grips. The bayonet is stamped "B.H." in small letters on the handle and has single letter sub-inspection marks on the blade. The bayonet is complete with a leather scabbard with brass throat and tip.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: 1863-RifleBBL: 33 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Near new. The rifle is in as issued condition and retains at 99% of the original blue and casehardened finish. The brass furniture has a very attractive mustard yellow color. All of the markings on the barrel and lock plate are extremely sharp. The stock is near new with the original oil finish, extremely sharp edges and crisp Ordnance sub-inspection and final inspection marks. The stock has minimal handling and storage wear. This is an outstanding example of the last percussion rifle adopted by the U.S. Army.

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Exceptional Civil War U.S. Navy Whitney Model 1861 Percussion Rifle (Plymouth Rifle)

Lot 3022: Exceptional Civil War U.S. Navy Whitney Model 1861 Percussion Rifle (Plymouth Rifle)

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Description: Exceptional Civil War U.S. Navy Whitney Model 1861 Percussion Rifle (Plymouth Rifle)Model 1861 Percussion Rifle manufactured by Eli Whitney Jr., in 1864 as part of a contract with the U.S. Navy for 10,000 percussion rifles. Patterned after the French "Carabine a Tige", the Model 1861 Rifle was adopted on the recommendation of Captain John A. Dahlgren and nicknamed the Plymouth Rifle after the ordnance testing vessel U.S.S. Plymouth. The .69 caliber rifle features the distinctive finger spur behind the trigger guard bow, folding leaf rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards, saber bayonet lug on the right side of the barrel and steel ramrod with cylindrical tip. Sling swivels are mounted on the lower barrel band and stock. The rifle has a national armory bright finish with iron furniture and an oil finished stock. The lock plate has the second pattern markings that consist of "1864" stamped behind the hammer, an eagle and shield motif above "U.S." in front of the hammer and "WHITNEY-VILLE" roll stamped in small letters ahead of the hammer. The serial number "9554" is stamped on the barrel tang. The top of the barrel is dated "1864". The left barrel flat is stamped with "V/P/Eagle head" proof and inspection marks. An Ordnance sub-inspection mark "F.C.W." is stamped on the left side of the barrel just above the stock line. "U.S." is stamped on the heel of the buttplate. The Ordnance final inspection mark that consists of the script initials "HW" (Henry Walke) in a rectangle with rounded ends is stamped on the left flat.Manufucture: Whitney Arms Company Model: 1861BBL: 34 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 69 PercFinish: brightGrips: Serial Number: 9554

Condition Report: Near new. The rifle is in as issued condition and appears to be unfired. The barrel, lock and iron furniture retain the original national armory bright finish with traces of old packing grease in protected areas. The markings on the lock plate, barrel, buttplate and barrel band are crisp. There is some active rust on the heel of the buttplate from poor storage but the bright finish on other components is smooth and retains the original polish. The Ordnance final inspection marks on the left stock flat are near perfect; the edges of the barrel channel, lock plate flat and left flat are very sharp. The right side of the butt has several minor scratches and storage marks; the remainder of the stock is excellent with unhandled feathered grain on the wrist. This is an extraordinary example of a Civil War U.S. Navy Plymouth Rifle that shows only minor storage wear. This example would prove difficult, if not impossible to improve upon!

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Scarce U.S. Navy Ames Dahlgren Pattern Bowie Bayonet with Sheath

Lot 3023: Scarce U.S. Navy Ames Dahlgren Pattern Bowie Bayonet with Sheath

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Description: Scarce U.S. Navy Ames Dahlgren Pattern Bowie Bayonet with SheathDesigned by Admiral John Dahlgren as a replacement for the sword pattern bayonets then used on the 1861 Plymouth Rifle, the Dahlgren Bowie was made with an eye for the kind of brutal, up-close combat that unfolds during boarding actions, shore landings, and similar events. As such, Admiral Dahlgren's bowie was a combat knife first, and a bayonet second. 16 3/4 inches overall, with a 12 inch asymmetrical clip point blade, marked "USN/D.R/1864" and "(anchor)/P/G G" on the right ricasso and bearing the Ames address on the left. Brass and wood grip, with a "DR" cartouche on the pommel. Leather scabbard, with a brass throat and tip.Manufucture: NoneModel: NoneBBL: Stock: Guage: Finish: Grips: Serial Number:

Condition Report: Fine, with spotting and dings on he blade, a mixed aged patina on the brass, and mild dents and scuffs on the grip. The Ames address has faded slightly, and some chips are present on the edge. Sheath is also fine, with some flaking of the leather and dents on the brass.

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Rare Model 1842 Palmetto Armory Percussion Musket

Lot 3024: Rare Model 1842 Palmetto Armory Percussion Musket

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Description: Rare Model 1842 Palmetto Armory Percussion MusketModel 1842 pattern percussion musket was manufactured in 1852 by the Palmetto Armory of Columbia, South Carolina. The Palmetto Armory was a private manufacturing firm established in 1851 by William Glaze and Benjamin Flagg. In 1851 South Carolina contracted with the Palmetto Armory for weapons to arm the state militia. Included in the contract was an order for 6,000 percussion muskets. This Palmetto Armory Model 1842 percussion musket has the distinctive brass barrel bands and bayonet lug on the underside of the barrel. The smoothbore barrel has no rear sight. The oil finished black walnut stock has an iron buttplate. The barrel, lock plate, trigger guard, side plate and buttplate are National Armory Bright. The lock plate has the distinctive Palmetto Armory markings that consist of "COLUMBIA/S.C. 1852" stamped in two vertical lines behind the hammer and a narrow trunk palm tree ("spiral tree") circled by "PALMETTO. ARMORY. S*C." with a five pointed star between the "S" and "C". The barrel tang is stamped "S.C." and the left side of the barrel is marked with "V/P/Palm Tree" proof and inspection marks parallel to the bore. "W.G. & CO." is stamped on the left barrel flat. "SC" is stamped on the top of the buttplate ahead of the screw. A rack number "24/3" is boldly stamped on the right side of the stock ahead of the buttplate. Purchased by South Carolina to arm the state militia during the secession crisis of the early 1850s, the Palmetto muskets are considered to be secondary Confederate weapons that almost certainly saw service during the Civil War.Manufucture: Palmetto ArmoryModel: 1852BBL: 42 inchStock: walnutGuage: 69 PercFinish: brightGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Fine. The barrel, lock and iron furniture retain the National Armory Bright finish. There is an old coating of dried grease along the edges of the stock and barrel bands. The bolster, percussion nipple, hammer and adjacent portions of the barrel are free from flash pitting. The brass barrel bands have an untouched patina. The markings on the lock plate, tang, barrel and buttplate are sharp. The black walnut stock is very good plus condition with moderate handling wear. The edges surrounding the lock plate are sharp. The rack numbers on the stock are crisp. This is a very good original example of a scarce Model 1842 Palmetto Armory Musket. It would be very difficult to find a better example of this scarce secondary Confederate musket.

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Rare Confederate Richmond Armory Rifle-Musket

Lot 3025: Rare Confederate Richmond Armory Rifle-Musket

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Description: Rare Confederate Richmond Armory Rifle-MusketType III Rifle-Musket manufactured by the Richmond Armory in Richmond, Virginia, c. 1862-63. The Richmond Armory was established on the site of the former Virginia Armory in 1861 to utilize the gun making machinery and materials captured at the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia in April 1861. Utilizing the machinery from Harpers Ferry, the Richmond Armory manufactured a simplified version of the U.S. Model 1855 Rifle-Musket. The Richmond Armory Rifle-Muskets are quickly identified by the hump back lock plate made from forgings and dies for the U.S. Model 1855 Maynard tape primer lock plate that were captured at Harpers Ferry. This rifle-musket has the Type II lock plate with a less pronounced hump than earlier production Richmond Armory Rifle-Muskets. The rifle-musket has a iron front sight/bayonet lug, folding two leaf rear sight, distinctive U.S. Model 1855 style hammer, bolster with cleanout screw, flat barrel bands marked "U" on the right side and black walnut stock with brass buttplate and brass screw fastened forearm cap. The musket is complete with the correct late pattern straight shank tulip head ramrod. The lock plate is dated "1862" vertically behind the hammer and roll stamped "C.S./RICHMOND, VA." in two lines ahead of the bolster. "V/P/EAGLE HEAD" proof and inspection marks are stamped on the left barrel flat. Manufactured between 1861 and 1865 in larger quantities than any other Confederate made weapon; the Richmond Armory Rifle-Musket was a high quality weapon that is perhaps the best representative small arm of the Confederate infantryman.Manufucture: Richmond Armory Model: 1862BBL: 40 InchStock: walnutGuage: 58 percussionFinish: brightGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Good. The rifle-musket is all original and has not been "touched". The barrel, lock plate, trigger guard and other components that were originally finished National Armory Bright have an even deep brown patina with light surface texture. The bolster, percussion nipple, adjacent portions of the barrel and the left side of the hammer all have the heavy flash pitting typical of combat used percussion firearms. The brass forearm cap and buttplate have an attractive untouched patina. The stock is good overall with moderate-heavy handling wear that matches the condition of the musket. The markings on the lock plate and barrel are clear. This is a good original untouched example of a Richmond Armory Type III Rifle-Musket that clearly was used by a Confederate infantryman in combat during the Civil War.

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Superb Remington Model 1863 Zouave Percussion Rifle

Lot 3026: Superb Remington Model 1863 Zouave Percussion Rifle

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Description: Superb Remington Model 1863 Zouave Percussion RifleThis is an exceptional example of a Remington Model 1863 rifle that was manufactured in 1863. The rifle has a blue "STEEL" marked barrel, casehardened lock and hammer, brass mountings, including the patch box on the right side of the buttstock and an iron tulip head ramrod. The barrel is equipped with a three leaf rear sight graduated to 500 yards. The lock is dated "1863" behind the hammer and stamped with the Eagle and Shield motif over "U.S." followed by "REMINGTON'S/ILION, N.Y." ahead of it. The barrel is also dated "1863" and is stamped with "V/P/eagle head" proof and inspection marks and "R.K.A." sub-inspector initials. Major components are stamped with single letter sub-inspection marks. The left stock flat is stamped with the Ordnance inspector's and sub-inspector's script cartouches. The Model 1863 Rifle has the distinction of being the last muzzle-loading rifle manufactured for the U.S. Army. It is generally considered to be one of the best made and designed Civil War era military arms. The Model 1863 rifle is a key piece in any U.S. martial arm collection.Manufucture: RemingtonModel: ZouaveBBL: 33 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Excellent plus. The barrel retains 98% plus original blue finish showing some minor thinning. The hammer and lock retain 97% plus original case colors. The brass has a very attractive appearance. The stock is also excellent plus with a few minor pressure dents. The cartouches are sharp.

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Fine U.S. Springfield Model 1855 Percussion Rifle-Musket

Lot 3027: Fine U.S. Springfield Model 1855 Percussion Rifle-Musket

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Description: Fine U.S. Springfield Model 1855 Percussion Rifle-MusketBlade front and 3-leaf rear sight, with "1859" on the top flat and "39" hand-marked on the upper right ahead of the "V/P/eagle head" stamp. The lock plate is marked "1859" behind the hammer, with the Springfield eagle and shield motif on the primer door and "U.S./SPRINGFIELD" ahead. Smooth straight wrist stock, with oval "JM" and "JH" cartouches on the left side opposite the lock, along with an "E.C.H." stamp, and the buttplate is marked "US" on the heel. With a wooden muzzle plug.Manufucture: Springfield Armory U.S.Model: 1855BBL: 39 1/2 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58Finish: brownGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Fine, with 60% of the original brown finish, showing areas of gray patina and scattered spotting and handling marks. The lock assembly has taken on a gray and brown color, with traces of the original casehardening pattern. Stock is very fine with a long sliver absent from the upper edges of the forearm, a few small cracks to the right of the upper tang, scattered dings and mild handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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Civil War Sharps New Model 1863 Breech Loading Percussion Rifle

Lot 3028: Civil War Sharps New Model 1863 Breech Loading Percussion Rifle

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Description: Civil War Sharps New Model 1863 Breech Loading Percussion RifleThis Sharps New Model 1863 rifle was manufactured in 1865. The Ordnance Department purchased a number of Sharps rifles to arm the U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry regiments formed in 1865 to serve as an elite infantry corps. The U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry regiments were armed with Sharps, Spencer and Henry rifles; as an incentive to enlistment volunteers were allowed to retain their weapons when they were discharged. The Civil War ended before the U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry regiments saw action. The top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked with the three line address with "NEW MODEL 1863" at the breech and "M.N.M." on the left rear flat. The lock is marked with the two line Sharps and Lawrence patent dates, the left side of the receiver has the two line Sharps patent date and the serial number is on the upper tang. Blade front sight and folding ladder rear sight graduated to 800 yards. There is a single letter inspection mark on some of the major components. Blue barrel, casehardened remaining parts and mounted with a smooth full length walnut forearm and straight grip stock with two boxed cartouches on the left wrist and an iron carbine buttplate.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1863-RifleBBL: 30 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 52 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: C36963

Condition Report: Very good plus. The metal surfaces have a smooth mottled dark patina. The wood is very good with a number of minor gouges on the left side of the buttstock, a few minor gouges on the forearm and overall additional minor dents, dings and scratches. The markings are clear. The action is fine. A solid example of a Sharps New Model 1863 military rifle.

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U.S. William Muir Model 1861 Rifle Musket with Needham Patent Breech Loading Conversion

Lot 3029: U.S. William Muir Model 1861 Rifle Musket with Needham Patent Breech Loading Conversion

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Description: U.S. William Muir Model 1861 Rifle Musket with Needham Patent Breech Loading ConversionManufactured in 1863, and later converted to a breechloader using the Needham system; the original breech was cut away with a side-swinging trapdoor and extended hammer striker installed. Blade front and 3-leaf rear sights, with the lock plate marked "1863" behind the hammer and "eagle/U.S." and "Wm MUIR &CO.(partially removed during conversion)/WINDSOR LOCKS, CT." ahead. Smooth straight wrist stock, with three "U" marked barrel bands, sling swivels, and a smooth "US" marked buttplate.Manufucture: Windsor Model: 1861BBL: 37 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58Finish: bright/brownGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Very good as converted, with some mild dark spotting on the bright surfaces and a mixed brown patina on the hammer, lock and breech assembly. Stock is good as repaired, with mended cracks and filler visible on the buttstock, with scattered pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically fine.

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

Lot 3030: Civil War U.S. Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver

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Description: Civil War U.S. Remington New Model Army Percussion RevolverRemington New Model Army revolver manufactured c. 1864-1865. The Ordnance Department contracted with Remington to produce over 110,000 New Model Army revolvers during the Civil War. These revolvers were the primary handgun of the Federal cavalry during the last two years of the war. Remington New Model Army revolvers remained in service with the cavalry until they were replaced by the Colt Single Action Army revolver c. 1874. The solid frame revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, loading lever, frame and cylinder. The hammer has a casehardened finish and the trigger is niter blue. 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" in three lines. Small "D" and "R" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on most major components. The Ordnance final inspection mark which consists of the script initials "BH" in a rectangle is stamped near the bottom of the left grip. The serial number "94402" is stamped on the underside of the barrel.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: New Model Navy PercussionBBL: 8 inch octagonStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 94402

Condition Report: Very fine. The revolver retains 85% plus of the bright original high polish finish and shows only limited handling and storage wear. The barrel and frame have light to moderate edge wear with some scattered handling marks. The frame has some scattered spot of flaking from poor surface preparation. The cylinder has most of the blue finish intact with some small spots of flaking and a distinct turn ring. The hammer retains at least 90% of the casehardened finish. The brass trigger guard has a dark age patina. The grips are very good overall with a few minor handling marks. The factory legend serial number and Ordnance sub-inspection marks on the barrel and frame are sharp. The ordnance final inspection mark on the left grip heel is crisp. This is a very fine example of an important Civil War sidearm.

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Six Pistol Caliber Bullet Molds

Lot 3031: Six Pistol Caliber Bullet Molds

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Description: Six Pistol Caliber Bullet MoldsAll molds are blue steel construction, with dual chambers (conical and round) and hinged sprue cutters, bearing a single letter stamp on the right side. 1) 38 caliber mold, marked "C". 2) 44 caliber mold, marked "H". 3) 44 caliber mold, marked "H". 4) 44 caliber mold, marked "F". 5) 44 caliber mold, marked "H". The conical chamber has been opened up slightly, removing the grooves. 6) 44 caliber mold, marked "J"Manufucture: NoneModel: NoneBBL: Stock: Guage: Finish: Grips: Serial Number:

Condition Report: Very good to fine with some handling marks and spotting.

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Very Fine U.S. Inspected Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion Civil War Revolver

Lot 3032: Very Fine U.S. Inspected Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion Civil War Revolver

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Description: Very Fine U.S. Inspected Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion Civil War RevolverThis is an example of one of the approximately 5,800 percussion revolvers manufactured circa 1863-65 by Rogers & Spencer of Willowdale, New York, (which is near Utica). The U.S. Ordnance contract was for 5,000 revolvers, 1,500 to be delivered by the end of April 1865 and the balance by September of 1865. There is no record of issuance of any of the revolvers, due to the Civil War ending. The top strap is marked "ROGERS & SPENCER/UTICA NY". The matching serial number is marked on the bottom barrel flat, left side of the frame, cylinder and on the butt. There are small single letter "B" and "H" inspection marks on most of the parts, including the bottom of each grip panel. The revolver is finished blue with a casehardened hammer, trigger and loading lever assembly. Brass cone front, frame notch rear sights and fitted with smooth walnut grips with a sharp "RPB" cartouche on the lower left panel and "38" stamped on the bottom of the right panel.Manufucture: Rogers & Spencer Model: ArmyBBL: 7 1/2 inch octagonStock: Guage: 44 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 1115

Condition Report: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% original blue finish with loss due to flaking and edge wear. The hammer and loading lever retain most of the original darkened case colors. The grips are also very fine with a few minor nicks on the lower edges and numerous minor dings. The cartouche is sharp. The top strap markings are sharp. The action is excellent.

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Allen & Wheelock Center Hammer Percussion Army Revolver

Lot 3033: Allen & Wheelock Center Hammer Percussion Army Revolver

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Description: Allen & Wheelock Center Hammer Percussion Army RevolverManufactured circa 1861-1862. Pinch blade front sight and hammer notch rear sight, with the left barrel flat marked "ALLEN & WHEELOCK. WORCESTER. MASS. U.S./ALLEN'S PT'S. JAN. 13. DEC. 15, 1857. SEPT. 7.1" and matching numbers on the cylinder, cylinder pin, loading lever, frame and grips. Finished blue overall, with smooth hardwood grips stamped "R" on the left heel.Manufucture: Allen & WheelockModel: ArmyBBL: 7 1/2 inch part octagonStock: Guage: 44Finish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 145

Condition Report: Fine, with 30% of the original blue finish, strongest on the protected areas of the frame, showing an antique brown patina overall with mild edge wear, spotting and handling marks overall. The grips are very fine, with most of the original varnish and scattered dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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Remington New Model Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot 3034: Remington New Model Navy Percussion Revolver

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Description: Remington New Model Navy Percussion RevolverThe top barrel flat is marked "PATENTED SEPT. 14, 1858/E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION, NEW YORK U.S.A./NEW MODEL." Most of the major components have single letter sub-inspector marks including "D," "S" and "M." The barrel is numbered to another gun (32536). Note that the barrel serial number is only one number away from the frame serial number (32537). The revolver is fitted with smooth grips.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: New Model Navy PercussionBBL: 7 3/8 inch octagonStock: Guage: 36 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: 32537

Condition Report: Fine. The revolver retains 60% original blue finish with a smooth brown-gray patina on the balance. The undersize replacement grips are very fine showing slight shrinkage and a few minor handling marks. Mechanically fine.

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Civil War Era Tower Marked Percussion Musket Dated 1861 with Confederate Anchor Marking and Bayonet

Lot 3035: Civil War Era Tower Marked Percussion Musket Dated 1861 with Confederate Anchor Marking and Bayonet

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Description: Civil War Era Tower Marked Percussion Musket Dated 1861 with Confederate Anchor Marking and BayonetThe lock plate is marked with a large crown behind the hammer and "1861/TOWER" is stamped ahead of the hammer. Rear left side of the barrel is marked twice with the number "25" and three British proofs. Equipped with a ladder rear sight (elevation bar is missing). A bayonet lug is mounted on the front barrel band. Full length straight grip stock with brass trigger guard and buttplate. The flat buttplate is marked with the number "2333" on the tang. Comes with a saber bayonet marked "FH" inside an oval on a ricasso and the number "2333" on the pommel. A "JS" over an anchor is stamped on the stock behind the trigger guard. The anchor stamp was applied as an export stamp for fireams purchased by the Confederate government. English Tower rifled muskets are known to have been exported to the Confederacy during the American Civil War with this example being dated 1861.Manufucture: TowerModel: 1853BBL: 33 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 577 percussionFinish: brightGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Very good. The musket has a smooth crisp dark patina with spotting overall. The stock is fine with some minor pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically fine.

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Extremely Rare Confederate Augusta Machine Works Percussion Twelve-Notch Style Revolver

Lot 3036: Extremely Rare Confederate Augusta Machine Works Percussion Twelve-Notch Style Revolver

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Description: Extremely Rare Confederate Augusta Machine Works Percussion Twelve-Notch Style RevolverKnown as the Revolver of Colt Model 1851 Navy type, these rare Confederate revolvers were manufactured circa 1861 to 1864 with a total production of only about 100 and only a few are known to exist today. These revolvers were very well made and (like most Confederate revolvers) are almost identical in appearance to the Colt Model 1851 Navy revolvers. Among the revolvers made in the Confederacy, the ones said to have been made by the Augusta Machine Works is somewhat mysterious. They are not marked with a markers name and some question if the gun was made by the factory or if any revolvers were even manufactured by Augusta Machine. The Confederate Government did own a factory in Augusta, Georgia which was known as the Augusta Machine Works, but what military weapons were produced has never really been established. The revolver has a full octagon barrel, brass trigger guard and back strap, and a Colt Navy type loading lever catch. These revolvers were marked with either numbers or letters for assembly markings. This particular revolver is marked with a "YY" on the inside of the back strap. There were two variations of cylinders, one with six stops and the other (approximately half) 12 stops. This revolver has the 12 stops and correctly made without safety pins between the nipples. The front sight is absent and appeared to be a blade and a notch in the hammer head serves as the rear sight. The hammer is smooth and has a unique design with a shorter spur that goes almost straight up and down when in the decocked position Fitted with smooth one piece walnut grips These revolvers are discussed on pages 3-8 in the book "Confederate Handguns" by Albaugh, Benet, Jr. and Simmons. On page 7 it states that some guns were marked with letters such as J, O and Y in place of a serial number.Manufucture: Augusta Machine Works Model: 1851 NavyBBL: 7 3/4 inch octagonStock: Guage: 36 percussionFinish: blueGrips: walnutSerial Number: YY

Condition Report: Fair as modified. The revolver has a brownish gray patina with some minor pitting and evidence of heavy cleaning on the left side, rear of the barrel. The barrel lug has been crudely welded to the frame. The wedge screw is absent and the frame screws are replacements. The loading lever does not operate properly due to the angle the barrel was welded to the frame. The action does not function. The brass has an untouched dark aged patina. The grip is about good with some gouging on the lower left side, a number of shallow notches on the left side, and a few minor dings and dents. Considering the hard service Confederate weapons saw, this revolver is a solid example of an extremely rare Augusta Machine Works 12 stop Confederate revolver. A seldom found addition to any Civil War Confederate collection.

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Scarce Cased Confederate London Armoury Kerr Patent Percussion Revolver with Accessories

Lot 3037: Scarce Cased Confederate London Armoury Kerr Patent Percussion Revolver with Accessories

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Description: Scarce Cased Confederate London Armoury Kerr Patent Percussion Revolver with AccessoriesThis is a scarce Kerr's patent percussion revolver with a Confederate "J.S./anchor" marking on the grip just below the frame tang (faint). The "J.S./Anchor" stamping on Kerr revolvers is discussed in detail by William A. Albaugh III in "Confederate Handguns". Albaugh documented a number of Confederate Kerr revolvers with this marking and concluded that the "J.S./Anchor" stamp was applied as an export stamp for revolvers purchased by the Confederate government. "Confederate Revolvers" by William A. Gary briefly discusses the mark and that it is believed that the "JS" is for J. Smiles, a stock maker in London. The left side of the frame is marked LONDON/ARMOURY" in an oval, the right side of the frame is engraved: "KERR'S PATENT 3351". The cylinder is also numbered "3351". The left barrel flat is stamped: "L.A.C." followed by British "crown/GP" and "crown/ V" proof and inspection marks. Similar proof and inspection marks are stamped between each chamber of the cylinder. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel and frame, and casehardened loading lever, trigger guard, side plate and hammer. The one-piece grip is finely checkered English walnut. The butt is fitted with a lanyard ring. Comes in a English oak case with a round brass initial escutcheon on the lid and six compartments lined with wine colored velvet. The original "London Armoury" label is present on the inside of the lid and the case contains an empty cap tin by F. Joyce, London , an ebony cleaning rod and a brass capper stamped "SYKES" in small letters. Kerr revolvers were high quality firearms that saw limited use in the American Civil War.Manufucture: Kerr Model: PercussionBBL: 5 3/4 inch octagonStock: Guage: 45 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: walnutSerial Number: 3351

Condition Report: Very good plus overall. The barrel retains 30% of the original bright blue finish mixed with a smooth brown patina. The cylinder has a gray patina and some minor pitting, the nipples appear to be original to the gun and are lightly pitted. The remaining metal surfaces have a smooth gray patina. The grips are very good showing moderate wear and only a few minor dings. All markings are clear. The action is tight. The case is very good with some scattered minor dents and scratches on the outside. The interior is very good, wear is limited to where the cylinder and hammer rub and there is some soiling. The label is fully intact. All of the accessories are very good, the foil on the cap tin is cracking and peeling from age, with a piece separated, the capper, as well as the brass on the cleaning rod have an aged patina. This is a very nice high quality cased Kerr revolver with accessories.

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U.S. Massachusetts Arms Maynard Patent Breech Loading Percussion Civil War Carbine

Lot 3038: U.S. Massachusetts Arms Maynard Patent Breech Loading Percussion Civil War Carbine

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Description: U.S. Massachusetts Arms Maynard Patent Breech Loading Percussion Civil War CarbineThe left side of the frame has the four line Maynard patent marking and the right side has the three line Mass. Arms Co. marking. The serial number appears on the lower tang. Equipped with a pinched blade front sight and a three leaf rear sight marked "1," "3," and "5." The left side of the rear sight base is marked with the letter "N" and the left side barrel flat is marked with the letter "N." The letter "S" is also on the saddle ring base and buttplate tang. Smooth straight grip stock with two boxed script letter cartouches on the left wrist and a small "N" on top just ahead of the buttplate tang.Manufucture: Massachusetts Arms Co Model: MaynardBBL: 20 inch part octagonStock: walnutGuage: 50 PercFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 17722

Condition Report: Very fine. The barrel retains 95% thinning original blue finish. The remaining metal surfaces retain 80% plus original case colors. The saddle bar is missing the ring. The stock is excellent with some minor pressure dents and scratches. The cartouches are crisp.

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Sharps New Model 1863 Metallic Conversion Military Rifle

Lot 3039: Sharps New Model 1863 Metallic Conversion Military Rifle

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Description: Sharps New Model 1863 Metallic Conversion Military RifleOriginally manufactured during the Civil War, this rifle appears to be one of approximately 1,086 Sharps percussion breech loaders that were upgraded for metallic cartridges, being arsenal refurbished and relined. Blade front and Lawrence patent ladder rear sights, with "NEW MODEL 1863" on top of the barrel at the breech, "C M.N.M." on the left flat, Lawrence and Sharps patents on the lock plate, and the Sharps patent on the left side of the frame at the breech. Smooth straight wrist stock, with 3 barrel bands, a metal forearm tip, "EF" cartouche on the left side of the wrist, "DFC" on the left side of the buttstock, a patch box on the right and a smooth buttplate.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: NM 1863 ConversionBBL: 30 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 50Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: C34077

Condition Report: Very good as arsenal rebuilt, showing 85% of the refurbished blue finish, showing areas of brown patina and light handling marks and spotting. Bright and vivid case colors are present on the lock plate, fading to silver and brown on the frame. The stock is very good, with mild dents and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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Ball & Williams Ballard Carbine

Lot 3040: Ball & Williams Ballard Carbine

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Description: Ball & Williams Ballard CarbineManufactured in the 1860s with this example without Ball & Co. markings and without military inspection markings. The left side of the frame is marked "MERWIN & BRAY/AGT'S N.Y." above the serial number and "BALLARD'S PATENT/NOV 5 1861" on the right side. Pinched blade front sight and two leaf rear sight. Smooth forearm and straight grip stock with sling swivels and carbine buttplate.Manufucture: Ball & WilliamsModel: BallardBBL: 22 inch roundStock: Guage: 52 RFFinish: blueGrips: Serial Number: 874

Condition Report: Fine. The carbine retains 60% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The wood is very fine with some minor pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically fine.

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U.S. Sharps New Model 1863 Cartridge Conversion Carbine

Lot 3041: U.S. Sharps New Model 1863 Cartridge Conversion Carbine

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Description: U.S. Sharps New Model 1863 Cartridge Conversion CarbineFollowing the Civil War the U.S. Government converted many percussion military arms to metallic cartridge. These carbines were completely refurbished by Sharps, and during the conversion process, 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 "F". Lawrence patent rear sight and replacement blade front sight. The lock is marked with the Sharps and Lawrence patent dates, and the serial number is on the upper tang. Saddle ring bar with ring on left side. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with 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: C12105

Condition Report: Very good as arsenal refurbished at the time of conversion. The barrel retains 20% of the blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The remaining metal surfaces retain traces of case colors in the protected areas. The revarnished wood is very good with a number of minor handling marks. The cartouche is clear.

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Civil War Era Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Carbine

Lot 3042: Civil War Era Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Carbine

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Description: Civil War Era Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion CarbineThe top of the barrel is stamped with the three-line address and "NEW MODEL 1863" with left side of the barrel at the breech stamped "E.P.R". R.S. Lawrence adjustable ladder rear sight, Sharps and Lawrence patent markings on the action and saddle ring bar only. Smooth straight grip stock and forearm with single barrel band and crescent buttplate. The stock is without markings.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1863-CarbineBBL: 22 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 52 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: C30033

Condition Report: Very good. The barrel retains 40% original thinned blue finish with some minor pitting. The action retains traces (10%) original case colors. Numerous dents and pry marks are present on the left side of the receiver. The wood is very fine with some chipping (mostly around the saddle ring bar base) and some scattered minor handling marks.

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Spencer Model 1860 Repeating Carbine with Stabler Cut-Off

Lot 3043: Spencer Model 1860 Repeating Carbine with Stabler Cut-Off

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Description: Spencer Model 1860 Repeating Carbine with Stabler Cut-OffThe top of the receiver is marked "SPENCER REPEATING/RIFLE CO. BOSTON, MASS./PAT'D MARCH 6, 1860" and the serial number is marked on the top rear of the receiver. There is an "M" stamped on the left side of the receiver in front of the saddle ring bar and on the saddle ring bar base. The left side of the barrel at the breech is stamped with a faint "I or L/R". Blade front sight and folding ladder rear sight graduated to 800 yards. Mounted on a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a smooth steel buttplate.Manufucture: Spencer Model: CarbineBBL: 22 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 50Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 40538

Condition Report: Good. The metal surfaces are bright with some discoloration and some pitting on the receiver. The wood is fair with a splinter absent from each upper rear side of the forearm, as well as a crack on the left rear. There are couple of cracks behind the saddle ring bar base, and overall some scattered minor dents and handling marks. Part of the receiver marking is visible. The action is fine.

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Sharps New Model Cartridge Conversion Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot 3044: Sharps New Model Cartridge Conversion Saddle Ring Carbine

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Description: Sharps New Model Cartridge Conversion Saddle Ring CarbineThis is an example of one of the percussion Civil War carbines converted during the Indian Wars that was to fire the .50-70 center fire cartridge. This carbine has the relined three groove barrel. These carbines were 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. The barrels were blue with casehardened barrel band, receiver, lever, hammer, and buttplate. The sling bar and ring were finished bright. The carbine has a brass front sight blade and folding, adjustable leaf rear sight with Lawrence patent marked base and graduated to 800 yards, and the percussion Lawrence pellet priming system. The barrel is absent of the standard New Model marking and there is a small "G" and "J" on the left rear flat. The receiver and lock have the standard Sharps and Lawrence patent markings, (fading on the left side of the receiver). Mounted with a smooth oil finished black walnut forearm and straight grip stock with the "DFC" ribbon cartouche on the left side of the stock and an iron carbine buttplate.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1859 ConversionBBL: 22 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 50-70Finish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: 99649

Condition Report: Very fine as arsenal refurbished with 95% blue finish remaining on the barrel showing some minor thinning, wear and flaking. The remaining surfaces retain much of the case colors with the buttplate and lever having a smooth mottled gray patina. Unless noted above the markings are clear. The action is fine.

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U.S. Civil War Remington Model 1863

Lot 3045: 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 R.K.A" on the left flat and the bayonet lug on the right side near the muzzle. Casehardened lock plate, marked "1863" behind the hammer, "eagle/U.S." and "REMINGTON'S/ILION, N.Y." in front of the hammer. Smooth straight grip stock, with 2 "U" marked brass barrel bands, tulip head ramrod, a "BH" cartouche on the reverse of the lock, "L" marked brass patch box and a "U.S./S" marked buttplate. With a brass-hilted sword bayonet, 25 inches overall with a "B" marked 20 1/4 inch blade, hilt marked "S" and "B.H", and a brass and leather scabbard.Manufucture: Remington Arms IncModel: 1863-RifleBBL: 32 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58Finish: brownGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Very good as refinished, showing 80% of the artificial brown finish, with areas of lighter brown and gray patina, scattered handling marks and a small amount of pitting concentrated near the bolster and muzzle. The lock and hammer have a rough appearance, and some of the brass components have been cleaned. Stock is very good as refinished, with cracks and chips around the ramrod channel, lock plate, reverse and buttplate, a dent behind the bolster, and light dings and scratches overall. Mechanically needs adjustment. The scabbard shows some cracking of the leather and a deep patina on the throat and tip, and the blade is very fine with mild spotting.

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Civil War Era Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Carbine with History

Lot 3046: Civil War Era Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Carbine with History

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Description: Civil War Era Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Carbine with HistoryThe top of the barrel is stamped with the three-line address and "NEW MODEL 1863" with R.S. Lawrence adjustable ladder rear sight, Sharps and Lawrence patent markings on the action and saddle ring bar with ring. Smooth straight grip stock and forearm with single barrel band and crescent buttplate. The stock is without markings. Included is a letter from Michael B. Landon stating that this carbine was used by his great-great grandfather during the Civil War. Michael Landon received the carbine from his grandfather, Alfred M. "Alf" Landon, the 26th Governor of Kansas from 1933 to 1937.Manufucture: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1863-CarbineBBL: 22 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 52 percussionFinish: blue/casehardenedGrips: Serial Number: C1652

Condition Report: Very good. The carbine has a mottled brown-gray patina. The wood is good showing hard use with chipping along the grain and a couple hairline cracks. Mechanically fine.

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Roberts Model 1861/63 Conversion Rifle-Musket

Lot 3047: Roberts Model 1861/63 Conversion Rifle-Musket

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Description: Roberts Model 1861/63 Conversion Rifle-MusketPatented by Brigadier General B.S. Roberts of the U.S. Army, the Roberts Model conversion rifle-musket was manufactured from late 1869 to 1870 with 5,000 manufactured. The lock plate is dated 1865 and has the eagle with "U.S./SPRINGFIELD" ahead of the hammer. Three leaf rear sight and sling swivels. The left side of the receiver is marked "ROBERT'S PAT./JUNE 11, 1867." Full length stock with two script letter cartouches on the left stock flatManufucture: Savage Revolving Firearms Co Model: NoneBBL: 37 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 58 CFFinish: brightGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Fine. The metal surfaces showing an aging bright appearance with some scattered very minor pitting (heavier on the buttplate). The stock is very good with a hairline crack on the left side of the forearm, some scattered minor handling marks and some chipping of the wood on the left side of the action. The cartouches are crisp.

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Fine U.S. Pomeroy Contract 1840/42 Dated Percussion Conversion Musket with Long Range Sight

Lot 3048: Fine U.S. Pomeroy Contract 1840/42 Dated Percussion Conversion Musket with Long Range Sight

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Description: Fine U.S. Pomeroy Contract 1840/42 Dated Percussion Conversion Musket with Long Range SightThe lock is marked "1840/U.S." vertically at the rear and an eagle over "L. POMEROY" ahead of the hammer. The tang is dated "1842" and the rear of the barrel is stamped "US/EB/P." The rear sight base is graduated "1-4" on the sides. The full length stock has two script cartouches on the left flat, sling swivels and "US" marked buttplate.Manufucture: Pomeroy LModel: ConversionBBL: 42 inch roundStock: walnutGuage: 69Finish: brightGrips: Serial Number: NSN

Condition Report: Fine. The musket has a bright appearance showing a few areas of minor pitting. The front sight is missing. The stock is very fine with a hairline crack near the lock and some minor pressure dents. The cartouches are crisp. Mechanically excellent.

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Three Large Caliber Gang Bullet Molds

Lot 3049: Three Large Caliber Gang Bullet Molds

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Description: Three Large Caliber Gang Bullet Molds1) "US/69/100" marked gang mold, brass body with iron hinge and arms, 1 wood handle. 8 cavity mold, for 68 caliber hollow base Minie balls. 2) Steel bodied 6-chamber Colt gang mold, marked "T" on the arms, "44H" (44 Holster) on top right and "87" on one of the brass collars for the wood handles. Conical chambers, 44 caliber, with a combination funnel/sprue cutter. 3) Brass bodied 4-chamber mold, unmarked, with a steel hinge pin and four, 58 caliber chambers for hollow base Minie-style conical bullets.Manufucture: NoneModel: NoneBBL: Stock: Guage: Finish: Grips: Serial Number:

Condition Report: 1) Good, with some rust on the iron components, and a deep aged patina on the brass. The base inserts are absent. 2) Fine, with a mixed gray and brown patina on the steel. Grips show minor dents. 3) Fine, with a mixed patina, particularly dark on the handles. Base inserts are absent.

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