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19-02-00.. SHELF CONDITION UNION ARMY SERGEANT’S NCO SWORD & SCABBARD / EMERSON & SILVER 1863
: This one is your keeper. 100% original, super condition, and matching inspector’s markings. Brass “D” guard is nicely marked “DFM” which matches the inspectors mark on the brass drag, which matches the inspector’s mark on the steel blade. DFM was inspector Dexter F. Mosman. His initials usually show up on Emerson & Silver products, which this is. The blade is superb with nearly all of the original factory polish, and the vivid cross brushing at the ricasso. It is crisply marked “Emerson & Silver Trenton N.J.” and also marked “US DFM 1863”. Scabbard body is nicely blued steel which is proper on Emerson and Silver NCO swords. While Ames and other makers supplied brass mounted leather scabbards, E&S supplied brass mounted blued steel scabbards. These are highly sought by collectors because of the durability factor of the scabbards. The brass guard and scabbard mounts are handsome yellow brass that has been kept burnished throughout its life. Truly excellent condition with just a couple minor dings on the drag. I am having a hard time not pricing this at over $500 as I feel the condition warrants 525 to 550. But I am going to stick with my friendly policy and sell it for
$495.00
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19-01-01….100% ORIGINAL AND HONEST 1864 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE MUSKET:
Fresh from an auction in central Ohio is this original Springfield M1863 Type-2 rifle musket (aka model 1864). It is entirely original, 100% complete, and mechanically perfect. Bore has solid rifling. All markings are present including the 1864 date on the top flat at the breech, and the VP eagle-head stamps. Lock markings are vivid. Barrel breech markings are weak but legible. Stock edges are VG. Wood to metal, and metal to metal fit is tight and solid. Stock color is warm and handsome and the wood shows no abuse… just honest and expected handling wear. Both sights are perfect and firmly in place. Original ramrod is present and VG. Inspector’s cartouches on the wood are extremely faint. If you use your imagination you can almost see them. A tight and solid example of the last model Springfield percussion weapon produced at the National Armory. This one shows honest evidence of real wartime service. Very appealing.
$1,250.00
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19-01-02…EXCEPTIONAL CIVIL WAR REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. …
SN 82541. Cal. 44. Among the most popular side arms of the Civil War, this government inspected Army revolver is in near new condition, dripping with original high luster factory blue. This appears to be unfired as there is still blue inside the chambers in the cylinder. The Remington was far superior to the Colt as the trooper could reload a fresh cylinder without the need for tools. In fact he could do so on horseback. The Colt required a mallet and drift to remove the cylinder. This gem retains 85 to 90% of its orig blue finish with the balance being a uniform plum color. Crisp bright bore. Extremely fine plus. Back strap is mostly plum. Hammer retains good case colors. Gun has crisp markings including 3-line bbl address & fine, well fit grips with bright inspector cartouche. Sub-inspector initials are stamped on most every part. The barrel on this revolver was never numbered. See the illustration. Your guess is as good as mine. The frame is numbered 82541. The cylinder is numbered 3156. One of the finest condition examples I have owned.
$3,350.00

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19-01-03 … Civil War Union Staff Officers’ Chasseur Cap….
Fine quality blue wool body with three bands of black quatrefoil on the crown, along with three bands at the front, back, sides, and the base of the crown. Three rows of braid tells us this was worn by a Major. Body rises from approximately 2 ½-inches in the front to approximately 5-inches from base to crown. Tarred leather chinstrap with metal adjusting loops. Gilt staff officer side buttons. Bullion staff officers’ wreath and “US” insignia is nicely stitched to front of the body. Unbound, tarred leather visor is classically deep as is correct for 1860s caps. 1 ¼-inch wide black leather sweatband. Black polished lining is embossed with the Warnock & Company, 519 Broadway, New York, maker’s mark. Warnock is a well-established Civil War maker, and is noted for his quality. Overall fine condition. Wool is slightly faded… Which is actually very attractive The leather visor has typical checking on the surface; lining exhibits only light, honest wear. A great piece of union army headgear. As a very interesting sidenote… While I was researching this cap I discovered that this exact cap sold at Heritage Auctions a couple years ago for $6250. I don’t mean a cap like this one, I mean this specific original cap. Here is the link…
https://historical.ha.com/itm/militaria/civil-war-union-staff-officers-chasseur-cap/a/6177-40162.s?ic4=GalleryView-Thumbnail-071515

Who knows why people sell things after they bought them for less money but why look a gift horse in the mouth. I assume the high bidder at Heritage realized shortly thereafter that he had been a bit over exuberant in his bidding. A superb piece of union army officers headgear.
$3,850.00
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19-01-04….REENACTOR’S DREAM GROUP…
We like to offer one-stop shopping! Here is pretty much a full soldier’s rig ready to to go. This includes a US regulation infantry 9-button frock coat. Dark blue, piped in light blue, following the US regs. Also, a fatigue blouse- the 4-button sack coat worn by just about every soldier in every branch at some point during his service. Of course, you need pants! This comes with pair of regulation sky blue infantry trousers, and we will include a correct pair of suspenders, which the army never issued, but were privately purchased by soldiers out of necessity. We also include two shirts- one checked and one white. These are nicely made reproductions of period shirts. Once again, army issue was not always up to snuff and soldiers often relied on private purchases and gifts from home. A pair of wool gloves is another typical soldier private acquisition, but we do include a regulation pair of army brogans. The group includes to waistbelts with oval US plates- one belt is part of a full rig with cap box and bayonet with scabbard, also a regulation .58 caliber cartridge box on a shoulder sling. The sling has the correct eagle breast plate. The box has not been pierced for an oval US box plate. For additional comfort, and authenticity, there is a regulation tarred haversack, a regulation 1858 pattern canteen with full strap and dark blue cover, two mess cups, flat plate and dish, a wood-handled fork and knife, and stamped spoon. It would take a lot of time and money to acquire the pieces individually. We are happy to offer these as one lot. COAT SIZES ARE A MENS 44 / 42, PANTS ARE A SIZE 36….
$275.00
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19-01-05… RELIC SOCKET BAYONET….
A relic condition 1816 pattern socket bayonet. I don’t know where this was recovered, but it displays well. The blade shows it to be one of the replacement bayonets made for 1816 muskets that were being upgraded to percussion. Tons of these were issued out early in the Civil War when neither US production or imports could keep up with demand. Many were not only altered to percussion, but also rifles and given long range rear sights. They were just as deadly on the receiving end. The bayonet is crusty all over. The blade has a very sight kink to it and the socket bridge is gone, but it is a real veteran of the war and in very good excavated condition. It might even be an early battlefield pick-up.
$49.00
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19-01-06….U.S. regulation bayonet for the .58 caliber rifle musket, the standard Civil War infantry long arm. The bayonet has a good, smooth surface with not rust, pitting or nicks. The color is a subdued silver gray with some darker gray age spots here and there. The locking ring is present and turns freely. The socket is a tad darker than the blade, which is usual since the blade was sheathed and less exposed to the air. The scabbard is regulation and complete with not breaks or bends. The brass tip is firmly affixed. The collar and belt loop are intact and tight. This pattern uses 7 rivets to secure the collar and loop, but still uses just the stitching at the throat to secure the body to the collar. Minor crazing to the surface of the leather. Good color and finish overall.
$265.00

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19-01-07… GOLD MINER’S SCALE…
Much like other examples in the collection we just acquired, but somewhat fancier and with a few differences. The exterior of the case is covered in a thin, textured fabric like a book binding, and at the center has a small gilt blind-stamped American eagle with a shield on its breast, clutching olive branch and arrows, along with an impressed geometric border line around the edge of the top. The purple lined case has the standard recessed areas for the scale and counterweights, six of which are still present.
$125.00
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19-01-08… EYE CATCHING TINTYPE ARMED YANKEE 2nd LIEUTENANT STANDING IN FRONT OF A TENTED CAMP SCENE BACKDROP:
This is a sharp and clear, larger than CDV size tintype showing a very lean and handsome Union Army infantry lieutenant full standing. He sports a forage cap with insignia. His sash is beautifully whisper tinted crimson and his trousers are likewise delicately rumor dusted sky blue by the photographer, his battle sword is at his side. The photographer’s backdrop of the tent filled camp scene is not one I recall seeing previously. Have you? It is distinctive enough that it may be possible to identify the artist and location. A fine mid war image with excellent clarity, condition, and contrast.
$395.00

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19-01-09…1861 PATTERN CARTRIDGE BOX FOR .69 CALIBER ELONGATED BALL CARTRIDGES AND WHITE BUFF SLING…
A very good condition 1861 pattern cartridge box for use with the rifled .69 caliber muskets. This box has the riveted belt loops and stitched latch tab that indicate a 1861 pattern box and still uses stitching only to secure the shoulder belt buckles. The shoulder belt is white buff leather with an original 1828 pattern round eagle shoulder belt plate. US regulations went to black buff in the mid-1850s, but volunteer forces frequently show up with them in early war photographs. The box lacks the interior tins, but all buckles, loops and tabs are present and secure. The finish is good overall. The lower right front of the box shows black from an old stain, but the color overall is a mix of brown with black and the contrast is not strong. This is a very nice early Civil War belt rig that would fit perfectly with a .69 caliber rifled musket as typically carried by early war volunteers.
$975.00
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19-01-10..SUPER AMES HEAVY CAVALRY SABER…
The 1840 dragoon sabers were modeled on contemporary French arms and were an improvement upon the lighter 1833 patterns. They were used in the early plains Indians Wars and right up through the Civil War. Some officers evenpreferred them to the lighter 1860 versions. This is a super example of the regulation pattern, made, marked and dated 1849 by Ames, arguably the best known American arms maker of the period. The grip is completely original, with minty leather wrap and twisted brass binding wire tight and in place. The whole hilt has a wonderfully untouched, aged patina. Maker, inspector, date and acceptance stamps are all there and completely legible on each side of the ricasso. The leather sealing pad is still present at the blade shoulder. The blade has an good edge and point with no nicks. The metal is smooth; in color, a steel gray mixed with darker gray areas, but no rust or pitting. The scabbard is complete and without bends or dings. It was originally bright and has now toned down over the past 170 years to a muted silver. This is a really top shelf condition saber for condition combined with an un-messed-with age patina.
$895.00
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19-01-11… CIVIL WAR EAGLE SWORD BELT PLATE WITH APPLIED GERMAN SILVER WREATH…
Mid to Late War Rectangular Eagle Belt Plate with one section applied German silver wreath surrounding the eagle and NOT extending above the wing tips. These buckles are slightly larger than the earlier plates. These are 2 1/8 inches tall whereas the early buckles are 2 inches tall. Both patterns have half inch tongues. We see these plates most frequently on the mid to late war buff leather cavalry / artillery saber belts and also on the infantry NCO belts. Excellent condition. From the same collection as the above this too shows the face was gently polished a few decades ago. The back of this one has never been polished and bears a batch number of “733” on the back. …
$275.00
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19-01-12…. CIVIL WAR EAGLE SWORD BELT PLATE WITH APPLIED GERMAN SILVER WREATH.
… Early War Rectangular Eagle Belt Plate with 3 section applied German silver wreath surrounding the eagle and extending above the wing tips. These earlier buckles are slightly smaller than the mid and late war examples. These early plates are 2 inches tall whereas the mid to late war buckles with one piece wreaths are 2 1/8 inches tall. Both patterns have half inch tongues. We frequently see these plates on early war artillery short sword belts, and some saber belts, and they were likely used on infantry NCO belts as well. Excellent condition. Looks like it was gently polished a few decades ago and it now exhibits a rich bronzish glow….
$295.00

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19-01-13…WAR OF 1812 ERA WAIST BELT PLATE …
See O’Donnell and Campbell for some of the background on these plates. They tend to date roughly 1818 to 1835, but some patterns extend a few years on either side of that. This was a widely used plate in the “elegant elite,” the volunteer militia who formed their own uniformed companies and were a prominent and elegant part of the social scene in the early 19th century United States. Every adult male, with some exemptions, was part of the enrolled militia and expected to show up at regular musters with basic equipment. Volunteer companies, however, supplied their own arms, gear, and uniforms, competing with one another not just on the drill field but in parades, musters, fancy balls and cotillions. Fortunately for collectors, early militia material is a combination of history and art. The plate itself having prongs on a bar on the reverse that would fit two rows of adjusting holes on the belt. The plate also had the tongue which fitted the hasp fixed in place on the other end of the waist belt. The plate is the square eagle belt plate that came in around 1815, but saw its heyday after 1818 amd has a wonderful dark patina on the brass. This plate most closely resembles plate #153…
$465.00
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19-01-14…REMINGTON NEW MODEL POCKET REVOLVER AND SUPER HOLSTER…
These elegant spur-trigger pocket revolvers were made in percussion from 1865 to 1873. This has very nice grips with no chips and substantial blue left on the cylinder and barrel- a bit stronger on the left and top than the right- and some light traces on the rear of the frame as well. The backstrap and butt show a dull gray. Barrel markings on the top barrel flat have the 1858 date only. This is what Flayderman calls the “third type” with the iron trigger sheath and trigger. The wood to metal fit is excellent as are the mechanics. A real bonus is the presence of its original military style belt holster with a full flap showing some tooling along the edge and full fastening tab and cross loop. The reverse belt loop is narrow with black horseshoe buckle to enable it to be mounted and dismounted from a belt without having to take the belt off. A nice, crisp looking revolver with an incredibly scarce holster.
$1,350.00

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19-01-15 … 1864 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE MUSKET…
The regulation Union infantryman’s longarm as produced at the national armory in Springfield: the .58 caliber, single shot, muzzle-loading rifle of musket length. Introduced with improvements upon the 1861 and 1863 type 1, this rifle musket uses a recurved, beveled hammer, rounded bands with retaining band springs, a straight ramrod, improved sight, and a bolster without a clean-out screw, etc. The mechanics on this one are good. The lock markings are clear. The V/P/eagle barrel proofs are legible. The eagle on the bolster is crisp is distinct and there is very little corrosion around the nipple, just a small bit of burnout to the wood aft of it, indicating the gun has seen action, but was cared for. There are the usual dings and abrasions to the wood and someone put a tack in the left flat of the butt stock for some reason. There is slight rounding to the edges of the wood from honest use, and a few dings on the left barrel flat at the breech from removing the breechplug to clean it. A very respectable veteran of the war. Bands, springs, sights and rod are in place. The swivels are missing, but easily replaced if you want to. A nice looking 1864 Springfield at a price that won’t break the bank. .
$895.00

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19-01-16…IDENTIFIED 17th OHIO ORDNANCE OFFICER’S INSTRUCTIONS …
Scarce 1863 dated government book of instruction for the use of ordnance officers in filling out quarterly returns. A key book in administering the army, where officers would be held personally liable for any shortcomings that seemed to appear from faulty record keeping. Very clean, clothbound copy, blindstamped in gold on the cover with the Ordnance Department insignia. On the flyleaf is the signature of Quartermaster Samuel Hurd of the 17th Ohio: “S.H. Hurd / Q.M. 17th Regt. / O.V.I./ May 23″ 1863” Hurd enlisted in that outfit as the Quartermaster Sergeant at age 25 on 8/22/61. His CWData record shows he made Quartermaster 11/26/63, and was detailed Acting Assistant Quartermaster for the Army of Georgia 4/4/65, and mustered out 7/16/65. (The date of May in his inscription may simply indicate his posting to that department in the regiment rather than his rank, or could indicate he was serving in that capacity and merely received his commission in November.) The 17th Ohio served in the Army of the Ohio and the Army of the Cumberland, spending most of its time in the 14th Army Corps. They saw action at Stones River, Chickamauga, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta and elsewhere, losing 6 officers and 71 enlisted men in killed and wounded. A key book in understanding how the army functioned owned by an officer in a fighting regiment … ajj-con-kut
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19-02-17…ENLISTED CIVIL WAR NAVY BELT…

This is the 1862 pattern of seaman’s belt that replaced the old brass hook and standing loop design with a Goodyear patent friction buckle. These belts are very simple and very, very scarce. They were made in buff and in bridle leather, as this one is. The belt has good color and is flexible, with some scattered wear spots from abrasion. There is one deep scuff, shown in the photo, where the belt had been left in the buckle which marred the surface finish on the belt. Sailors wore these to carry cutlasses, pistols, cartridge pouches, etc. as part of landing parties, but also on gun crews in expectation of either boarding an enemy or being called upon to repel boarders. A scarce regulation Civil War navy accoutrement belt. About 100 times rarer than an army belt and buckle but priced about the same.

$495.00

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19-02-18….SMITH CARBINE ….
Smith carbines were carried by cavalry units including the 1st Connecticut, 17th Pennsylvania, 6th Ohio, 7th Illinois and many others. .50 caliber, the carbine breaks open in the middle like a shotgun for insertion of the cartridge which is separately primed in the standard way with a percussion cap. This one is in nice condition, serial number 3844. Legible American Machine Works, Springfield, Mass., manufacturer’s stamp on forward left side of frame and the usual Poultney & Trimble agent markings. Barrel proof is visible at left breech flat and there is a visible “JH” inspector’s cartouche in the wood at the left wrist. The sling bar shows a slight bend from use, the ring is still present. Forearm and buttstock show just minor handling and use marks and have a good fit to the frame. Screw heads show some roughness and the front blade sight is an old replacement. The barrel shows lots of original faded blue and is generally smooth, with some shallow pitting and roughness right around the muzzle. The frame is smooth metal, mainly gray with some hints of faded blue on the bands adjoining wrist and forearm. Sights are present, action and mechanics are perfect. Bore is VG and could use a brushing. A key Civil War cavalry carbine that saw some use out west as well. Sergeant Custard’s men who were ambushed outside the Platt Bridge Station defended themselves to the last with Smith carbines as I recall…
$1,550.00
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19-02-19 … COLT POCKET MODEL:
1849 Colt pocket revolver, four inch barrel, all matching numbers 242,009, made in 1863. Very good grips with just some small handling dings on the bottom. Smooth, gray metal with no finish, a dusting of brown color, crisp barrel address, matching serial numbers, patent and caliber stamps all visible. No appreciable cylinder scene visible, but the matching serial number is plain enough. Some scattered darker gray spots and a few tiny dings on the right frame at the wedge. Wedge screw replaced. A nice example of an officer’s sidearm or early western traveler’s gun. Mechanism is good and the nipples have not been battered down by careless handling. Colts best selling revolver of the 1800s. Carried by 49ers in the California gold fields, Cowboys, and Civil War soldiers. 100% original except for one screw previously mentioned, 100% complete and mechanically perfect.
$725.00
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19-02-20….ILLUSTRATED MILITARY HISTORY OF OHIO ASHTABULA COUNTY 1887…
These books were issued on a county by county basis. This volume covers the military history from NE Ohio in Ashtabula county. , including the early Indian Wars, War of 1812, Mexican War and the Civil War. It is probably no coincidence that this book was published in time for the 25th anniversary of the Civil War. Nice illustrations and good information. This has a previous owner’s bookplate mounted in it, but also bears the original owner’s name in ink: “J.P. Cadwell / Jefferson / Ohio” who is likely John P. Cadwell, who served in the 86th Ohio in 1863 and 1864, and in the 182nd Ohio in 1864 and 1865.
$175.00
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19-02-21…COMPLETE UNION INFANTRY CARTRIDGE BOX:
Known as the pattern of July 1864, Type 2, this cartridge box features the letters “US” within an oval border embossed upon the outer flap in the same size and style as the brass plate it replaced from earlier models. Exterior of this cartridge box features a pleasing surface of black bridle leather in very strong condition. Very light surface crazing is evident overall. . The leather latch tab is strong and intact. Both original black-japanned roller buckles are tightly sewn and riveted to the box bottom and are in excellent condition. Backside of box has the two leather belt loops that are stitched and riveted, along with the sling billets, all in excellent condition. Interior of box is excellent with strong inner flap, complete tool pouch and tab. Retains both tin liners. The right “side ear” on the interior half moon flap was missing so I had helper Chuck make a replacement. Otherwise 100% original and complete and very solid. Much better than average….
$295.00
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