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19-08-01... Very Handsome Very Early Production Colt Pocket Revolver.  Colt Model 1849 Pocket, 5-shot percussion revolver, single action, 31 caliber with 5" octagon barrel, brass cone front sight and walnut grips, blued and case hardened finish, brass trigger guard and backstrap/grip strap, serial # 56628, made in 1853.  Barrel has two line New York City address.   All serial numbers match, and are present on bottom grip strap, cylinder, trigger guard, frame, barrel, loading lever, arbor and wedge. All parts are original and nothing has been replaced or repaired. CONDITION: Frame and loading lever exhibit 30% original case colors fading to grey.  Barrel exhibits 35% original blue, now oxidized to plum color. Cylinder retains 50% oxidized rich dull blue, clear patent and serial #, and 85% of the stagecoach holdup cylinder scene.   All 5 original nipples are present and undamaged. Cylinder stop pins are fairly strong showing only slight flattening.  Hammer spring is strong and has positive clicks on all stages. Cylinder times perfectly and locks up tightly every time. Barrel to frame junction is very tight with no wobble and no damage to the frame pins. Brass surfaces retain 90% of the fine original Colt factory silver plate.  Original walnut grips retain most of the original varnish, have never been cleaned/sanded/refinished, and show very minimal wear. Bore is very good to excellent with sharp rifling and only very minor light black powder oxidation. All screws are perfect, no screwdriver damage. Grades NRA Antique Fine. Perfect for display with California Gold Rush antiques or Civil War soldier effects.  This is just the way you like to find an old Colt. 166 years old this year!  $1,595.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-02...Very Early Sharps Model 1859 Military Cavalry Carbine with Patchbox. Overall NRA “very good” condition.  Sharps New Model 1859 carbine made circa 1861 in Hartford, Connecticut.  Sharps is arguably the most romanticized single-shot percussion longarm used during the Civil War. It is a .52 caliber breech-loader made by Hartford native Christian Sharps. Over 100,000 Sharps rifles and carbines were purchased and used by the federal government during the American Civil War, and many thousands were carried by Confederates as well.  The top of the  barrel is marked “SHARPS RIFLE/MANUFG. CO./HARTFORD, CONN.” and “NEW MODEL 1859”. The right side of the frame is marked “C. SHARPS’ PAT/OCT. 5TH 1853” and “R.S. LAWRENCE’ PAT/APRIL 12TH 1859”. The left side of the frame is marked “SHARPS’ PAT/SEPT 12TH 1846”.  All the markings are crisp and clear.  The condition is antique “very good”.  The steel parts have a pleasant gray-brown patina.  The bore is excellent.  The action is excellent.  The wood is really top notch with a strong inspector’s cartouche under the sling ring bar, and a wonderfully pronounced REAL “saddle wear” rub on the left side of the butt showing  PROOF POSITIVE  that it was actually carried in the saddle.   Serial number 44715 which would place production in 1861 if my memory serves me.  100% original and complete.  Mechanically perfect.  About as early an “iron mounted” Sharps as you are going to find.  $2,495.00 SOLD

(PS  I have two more patchbox Sharps carbines in similar condition that JUST came in.)

 

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19-08-03... French AN -IX 1777 Brass Mounted Flintlock Musket. Napoleanic flintlock musket as carried by Napolean Bonaparte's Imperial Guard. Model 1777. Also known as AN-IX (Year 9). Original flintlock ignition. Attractive age patina on the brass barrel bands. Sharp markings. Handsome walnut stock that has had the forend spliced. ie: From the brass middle barrel band to the forwardmost brass barrel band, the wood is a separate piece from the rest of the stock. The seam is hidden under the middle band. The forend wood shows a lot of age. The fact that we still have the forward most brass barrel band (nosecap) tells me that the replaced wood is likely a repair rather than a restoration. I assume the front section of the stock was broken or split, but retained the forward brass band and ramrod. Replacing the forend fixed the problem. Barrel is 44.5 inches long. Proof mark of crown over N B is prominent, also initials S D. Brass band and pan are marked with tiny letters. The butt stock must have spent some time sitting someplace damp or wet as the brass butt plate is somewhat separated from the wood at that juncture. Lock is signed D. ANCIONE / LIEGE. Very handsome with the brass furniture. Very scarce in original flintlock ignition. $950.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-04... Austrian Lorenz Rifle w/ Original Bayonet & Scabbard. These Austrian rifles were imported by both sides in the Civil War in huge numbers. Many went to Tennessee Confederates, and many went to Wisconsin Iron Brigade Yankees. About half were bored out to .58 caliber when issued in the CW as is this one. They were generally well liked, accurate, shorter and easier to handle than the Springfields and Enfields. This is a very nice example with typical European light colored wood, good metal, and has rifling present in the bore. There are NO manufacturer or inspector markings to be seen, no date, no batch numbers... nothing stamped into the metal. Your guess is as good as mine.... Nice smooth steel overall. Adjustable rear sight intact. Stock made w/ no cheekrest on left butt. There is a stress separation in the wood along the right side of the comb on the butt stock. Front sight in place on correct oval base. Swivels, bands, springs, etc., all original. Ramrod is present and has the hole in the tulip that functions as a cleaning jag and also as a means of inserting a tortion bar through the hole when pulling a ball. Also present is the Lorenz socket bayonet in its original scabbard: The Lorenz bayonet has a quadrangular blade with a socket cut with a spiral slot.A very desirable Civil War rifle imported in quantities second only to the Enfield and like the Enfield, used by both sides. Very good condition. 100% original 100% complete and mechanically perfect.  $1,395.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-05... Perfect Unopened Package of Skin Cartridges for Colt's .44 Cal Revolver. In the world of gun collecting, the early antique packages of skin cartridges are a field unto themselves and are a necessary accessory for display purposes.  The most common packages are .31 caliber, next is .36 caliber, and the most desirable are the .44 caliber Army Size packages of which this is one.  This is a near perfect full package.  Label reads PRESSED WATERPROOF CARTRIDGES  FOR COLT'S ARMY PISTOL   PATENTED MARCH 18, 1862 ... HAZARD POWDER CO.  ...   Whether you have a six figure cased Army as shown for illustration purposes, or a simple well worn lone revolver, this ammo pack is PERFECT for your display.  $475.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-06... Full Package .36 Caliber Cartridges for Navy Revolver. A full unopened package, being a drilled wooden block with handsome printed label which reads:  "Six Seamless Skin   CARTRIDGES   FOR COLT,   WHITNEY,   OR    REMINGTON    BELT REVOLVERS    Feb. 11, 1862     By D.C. SAGE & Co.   MIDDLETOWN,  CONN.  USA ....."   There is a small loss of paper at the upper right corner, otherwise fine.   Perfect to add to a fancy velvet lined box casing, or to display next to your navy revolvers.  $395.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-07... Large Wooden Block Package Colt Army Cartridges. In the world of gun collecting, the early antique packages of skin cartridges are a field unto themselves and are a necessary accessory for display purposes.  The most common packages are .31 caliber, next is .36 caliber, and the most desirable are the .44 caliber Army Size packages of which this is one.  This is a near perfect full package, being a large wooden block drilled and covered with a paper label.  Label reads SIX  WATERPROOF SKIN CARTRIDGES    FOR COLT'S ARMY PISTOL     44-100 CALIBER     Hotchkiss Patent  Feb. 11th 1862  Manufactured for W.J. SYMS & BRO…  By D.C. SAGE….”  Nearly twice as large as the other packages offered here.  $595.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-08  Exceptionally High Finish Civil War Remington New Model Army Revolver.   I just found this great gun at our Ohio Gun Collectors Association meeting a couple weeks ago.  Cal. 44. and among the most popular side arms of the Civil War, this government inspected Army revolver is in superb condition.  Overall NRA “Excellent”,  dripping with original high luster factory blue. This appears to be unfired as there is still most of the blue inside the chambers in the cylinder. A really pretty high finish gun. The Remington was a far superior close combat weapon compared to the Colt,  as the trooper could reload a fresh cylinder without the need for tools. In fact he could do so on horseback.  Just slide the arbor forward with your fingers, remove the empty cylinder, insert a loaded cylinder, and slide the arbor back in position.  In less than half a minute you are back in business.  When you fire your sixth shot from a Colt you are done shooting, and need to start stabbing or running.   This gem retains 85 to 90% of its original blue finish with the balance being a uniform plum color. Crisp bright bore. Extremely fine plus. Barrel has 95% blue. Cylinder 85% blue. Back strap is 80% blue, Frame 60% blue with the top section showing light wear.   Hammer retains faded case colors. Gun has crisp markings including 3-line bbl address & fine, well fit grips with bright inspectors’ cartouches on both sides. Sub-inspector initials are stamped on most every part.   The serial number is 64,000…  how’s that for a nice round number!   The cylinder is also numbered 64000.   One of the finest condition examples you are going to see, and less expensive than the last one I sold, because I got a good deal on it.  $2,850.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-09... Very Early 1812 Era Officers' Epaulettes.  These epaulettes with the "curly-queue" finial at each end of the crescents were the style in use during the war of 1812.  The bullion embroidered bodies are also typical of the era.   Overall excellent condition with wide bullion hanging fringe indicating field officer rank. (Major to Colonel)  Yellow silk undersides.  One small piece of bullion has pulled loose from the edge of one crescent but can easily be tacked back in place.  Otherwise excellent condition.  We see 1850s and 1860s epaulettes frequently...  but not these fancy ones from two hundred years ago.   $350.00

 

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19-08-10... Civil War or Earlier Line Officer Epaulettes.   Matched pair of 1850 to 1860s bullion officers' dress epaulettes with narrow fringe indicating a rank of lieutenant or possibly captain.  Excellent condition.  One has wear to the silk underside.  Each has a nondescript plain brass button affixed, likely indicating use by a militia officer rather than a US Regular.  The underside of each bears a man's name.  It appears to read "E.  S?t??n".  I will let you investigate further.  Perfect for early Civil War US or CS officer display.  $165.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-11... Original Civil War Cavalryman’s Holster for the Colt .44 Army Revolver.   A very fine example of the regulation Civil War cavalry holster.  This one is 100% complete and in great shape…   original, undamaged  latch tab, solid undamaged belt loop, finial firmly in place,  and perfect end plug firmly held with all the original stitching.  The belt loop is attached to the body of the holster with three rivets.   It is overall VG to fine condition with just a little expected and age and wear.  This will also accept a Colt Navy revolver or a Remington Army Revolver, but this one was issued with a .44 Colt Army.  These are getting very hard to find in fine solid condition like this one.  $550.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-12... P1853 Enfield Socket Bayonet With Arsenal Blue. This came in a year or so ago with a near mint Enfield.  It is in superb condition but has a small crack in the locking ring which does not affect the function whatsoever.  I was going to have it repaired so I put it "someplace I wouldn't forget".  I intended to give it to my gunsmith to fix with his tig welder, and completely forgot.  Well,  I sold the Enfield a long time ago, and today I rediscovered the bayonet.  It is a super specimen. Has "W" stamped on the ricasso.  Numeral 431 is stamped into the socket as well as a large letter (or numeral) "O".  The socket retains 80% or more of the original arsenal blue finish.  If you have a top shelf Enfield rifle musket this bayonet is exactly what you need.  Priced extra fair because at this point it is "found money".    $125.00 SOLD
(I can still have the crack professionally repaired for you at a cost of $35. )

 

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19-08-13... Rare Colt Martial "Navy - Navy" Revolver.   One of the scarcest of all the Colt military revolvers.  This is the .36 caliber Model 1851 Navy Revolver actually made for and delivered to the U.S. Navy. Most 1851 models were issued to the cavalry.   All Navy Navies were produced prior to the Civil War and only a fews thousand were made.  They are distinctive with their all steel furniture.  No brass was used as on other '51s because brass patinates and oxidizes quickly when in proximity to salt walter.  This is a very solid example.  All matching serial numbers 89430 including the wedge.  Nicely marked U.S.N. on the butt strap.  The barrel has the early Hartford Ct. address as is proper on this model.  The left side of the frame bears an upside down "US" beneath the "Colts Patent" stamp.  Strangely, the presence of upside down "US" stamps is relatively common on the 51 navies and also the martial 45 caliber Single Action Armies.  They are known in colloquial collector parlance as "Monday Morning" guns.  The only replacement part I see is the wedge screw.  And the only restoration I find is on the cylinder where it appears a previous owner had the roll engraved battle scene "freshened".  The cylinder and it's number is original and matched to the gun, but I believe the naval engagement scene may have been re-rolled.  A good solid, all matching example of a very scarce and desirable martial Colt Navy.  $1,850.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-14... 19th Century Whiskey Flask.   Nice large size measuring 7 inches tall.  Cap appears to be Brittania metal and is unmarked.  Top of the flask is covered by leather.  It likely had a Brittania metal cup covering the bottom half, now gone.  Likely last quarter 19th century.  About identical to those used in the Civil War so fine for living history use.  $35.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-15... Civil War .58 Caliber Springfield Musket Bayonet.  Regulation issue.  Very good condition. Complete and functional.  Clear "US" stamp on the blade.  Correct for use with the 1855, 1861, 1863, and 1863 Type-2 rifle muskets including all the .58 caliber contract muskets.  $135.00 SOLD

 

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19-08-16... West Virginia Artilleryman’s Civil War Medal.  These West Virginia medals along with those from the state of Ohio are among the earliest awards given by states to their Civil War veterans. On the 27th of January, 1866, Colonel William B. Curtis, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported House Joint Resolution No. 11, as follows:  "A Joint Resolution providing Medals of Honour for West Virginia Soldiers.Resolved, By the Legislature of West Virginia, That the Governor procure, or cause to be procured, suitable medals as tokens of respect to the officers and soldiers of West Virginia, who have served during the rebellion in the service of the United States, containing upon one side the name of the recipient, with his regiment, battalion or battery, surrounded by a wreath; upon the reverse side some appropriate design and inscription. The medal to be suspended by a piece of tri-coloured ribbon; its artistic features to be equal to the Crimean medal, and its cost not to exceed one dollar each."   This is just the medal.  The top bar and ribbon are not present.  

John S. Arbuthnot 

 

Residence was not listed;

Enlisted on 8/19/1862 at Wheeling, WV as a Private.

 

On 8/19/1862 he mustered into WV Batty D Light Artillery

(date and method of discharge not given)

 (Estimated date of enlistment)

 

This battery was organized at Wheeling by Capt. Carlin, and

was mustered into the U. S. service Aug. 19, 1862.  It joined

the forces under Gen. Milroy, and one section was in action at

Moorefield in Jan., 1863.

 

In June the entire battery was engaged at Winchester, where 2

men were wounded and 83 captured.  In April, 1864, it joined

Gen. Sigel and took part in the battles of New Market and

Piedmont, after which it moved with Gen. Hunter on the

Lynchburg campaign.   $195.00 SOLD

 

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