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Civil War Guns and Swords

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About 30-1/2"with the bayonet folded, and about 42-1/2" with the bayonet extended.  Nice stock with checkering at the wrist and an inset brass oval disc just in front of that.  All of the brass and iron parts feature nice engraved decoration.  The lock has the maker mark "Jones" and the barrel is marked "Wrexham" which is a town in the north of Whales.   It features a folding bayonet that locks in place when extended and you press a button on the side to unlock and fold.  All of the mechanics are good and all of the iron is mostly smooth gray with mottling.  The wooden rammer appears to be old.
I wouldn't want to be looking down the barrel of this thing in action!

$ 2795.00 


This is the original Spencer .52 caliber, seven-shot repeating carbine without any of the modifications that were added later in the war. The 22” long round barrel has just a bit of salt & pepper corrosion near the breach and around the barrel band, but is overall a smooth brown. The walnut stock and forend are in very good condition with only minor dings here and thereThere are two visible cartouche marks. The bore is pretty good as well. It has the correct original folding rear sight and small brass blade front sight.The original, steel, tubular loading magazine located in the buttstock is in very good, undented condition. Spring is strong and the magazine fits snugly in the shoulder stock. Top flat on the receiver, forward of the hammer, is stamped with “Spencer Repeating / Rifle Co. Boston Mass / Pats March 6, 1860” in three lines with the stamping a bit worn towards the bottom. A strongly stamped serial # 45883 on the top of frame behind the hammer.The sling bar and sling ring are tightly attached to the stock’s left side. Lock screws are in very good condition, not buggered up. Remaining metal surfaces of the carbine are pleasing dark gray to brown. Iron butt plate is a mottled gray with some corrosion. The mechanics are crisp and strong. This is one of the most important weapons of the war!
$ 2595.00


About 9.5" in overall length cast brass with iron trigger, hammer and flare securing lever and a "barrel" receptacle to accept Coston patent flare. The left side of frame marked in three lines: U.S. N. Y. W / W.N.J. / 1864, indicating manufacture at the US Navy Ordnance Yard facility in Washington, inspected by WNJ (US Navy inspector of Ordnance W.N. Jeffers) and dated 1864. The  signal "pistol" was not a conventional flare gun that projected a flare into the air, but rather a flare lighter and holder that ignited one of the various Coston patent colored flares, which were held in the "pistol" while it burned. Red was 0, green was 1, green/red was 2, white/white was 3, green/white was 4, red/white/green was 5, white/red/white was 6, white/green was 7, red/white/red was 8 and red/white was 9. The letter "P" (prepare for signal) was white, "A" (affirm) for answering or ready to receive was white/red/green. "Int" (interrogatory) for questioning was white/green/white, "N" for numbers following was green/red, "B" which requested information, was blue/blue and "Geo", meaning not understood, was green/white/green. Approximately 1,000 of these signal pistols were produced circa 1861 through the early 1870s, and Civil War dated examples are extremely rare!  This is a water find from the City Point, Virginia area.
Reduced Price!!  $ 1295.00 



This has a great 18th Century look, but is most likely made in the mid-19thCentury.
The barrel is 20" long and about 3-3/4" at its widest point, with close to a 1" bore
and has a functional touch hole, so it was intended to be used!
It is mounted on what looks like its original wood blocks, but has had a later
board mounted to the bottom with 5" wheels.  You could remove that board easily
enough, but we've found it pretty handy for moving it around.

Great size!  Large enough to get your attention, but will fit in most relic rooms!

$ 1795.00   (34-31)


This .54 caliber, single-shot, percussion breech-loading carbine, produced by the Bristol Firearm Co  (which later became the Burnside Rifle Co.) of Providence, Rhode Island,was one of only 2,000 made and is very early production, being serial number 376.  Production of the second model started from serial numbers around 250.

All of the metal... receiver, breechblock and barrel and exhibits a light dusky gray to smooth brown patina.  The lockplate is markedBristol Firearm Co which is the earlier marking.   The top of the receiver is marked "Burnside's / Patent / March 25th / 1856" over the serial number "376".  Mechanics are strong and tight, with good rifling, though the bore could use a cleaning. Original walnut stock has the initials "R M" and "Co C" carved into the front side and you can see where a metal tag of some sort has been removed from the back side. No cartouches are visible. Overall the stock has shallow dings and scratches consistent with use and age. The cavalry sling bar, carry ring, and the single sling swivel at the bottom of stock are all in good shape.

Research shows that a 2nd Model Burnside with number 352 (only 24 digits from this one) is known to have been issued to the 2nd Indiana Cavalry.  A quick internet check reveals a Richard Morris in Company C of the 2nd IN Cavalry....  but there could be other "RM"s that match as well. In any event this is a rare Civil War ‘Burnside’ second model carbine that compliments any cavalry arm collection.  Based on the low serial number, this was probably made in 1860!
$ 3295.00


G.P. Foster, born April 12, 1810 in Attleboro, Massachusetts was listed as "Gunsmith, Machinist and Pattern Maker" as early as1842 Around 1854 Foster was engaged by Ambrose Burnside at the beginning of his corporate development. Foster enabled the Bristol Firearms (which became the Burnside Rifle Co.) to produce locks and gun components for the trade. Foster developed the gain-twist rifling that was used in every Burnside Carbine. Due to this feature even shot-out barrels performed well at 50 yards. Burnsides 2nd Model were manufactured with two other Foster innovations: the unique Burnside latch, and a "swell" added to the case mouth of the cartridge as an effective pressure seal in discharging the gun. Fosters patent was used by Burnside.  Interestingly, the arms shown on The Bristol Firearms Company letterhead (see last image) are Foster Target Rifles like this one!

This gun is 44" overall, with a 28" barrel and is about .42 caliber with light rifling.  The frame has nice scroll engraving and is marked "G.P. Foster / Bristol / R.I." on the back side just behind the barrel.  The rifle has a metal fore stock that is brazed to the bottom of the barrel.  The barrel is marked with the serial number "136" and this number also appears inside the frame.  The double set trigger mechanics work well, but you have to hold the gun vertically for the cock to hold, due to a spring that needs tweaking. The barrel screws off easily for ease of storage, perhaps in a nice fitted case.

Foster was crucial to the development of the Burnside Carbine (the 3rd most used carbine of the war) and this rifle is a significant piece of firearm history. It would be a great addition to any Burnside collection!

$ 895.00



Small, brass framed, 22 caliber, 7 shot revolver.
The top of the 2-3/8" barrel is marked "Colts Pt. F. A. Mfg. Co. / Hartford Ct U.S.A."
These were made from 1871 to 1877 with a total production of about 114,200.
This one was 1874 production with serial number 25,623.

Nice used condition with some light wear.  Needs the spring that holds the trigger forward, but otherwise mechanically solid.

$ 450.00   (36-28)


The New Model Army WAS the strongest competitor against the Colt Model 1860 revolver during that time and the Union government acquired a total of some 122,000 such New Model revolvers for military use.This one is excellent, being a government-inspected,  .44 caliber handgun with an 8” long octagonal barrel.  Grips are original, two-piece walnut in good condition with a government inspector cartouche on the left side grip. The five-digit serial number #89189 places its manufacture in July of 1864.  This revolver retains most of its original factory bluing on the frame, cylinder, loading lever and barrel with a few small spots worn though. The bore is excellent and the mechanics are crisp. Sidearm features a brass trigger guard, blued steel backstrap, and the low hammer spur. All original nipples. Barrel marking is sharp and reads, “PATENTED SEPT. 14, 1858 / E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A. / NEW MODEL.”    

A beauty!!
   $ 4695.00    (m-3)     


Large frame Spanish pinfire revolver. The barrel is lightly marked "Orbea Hermanos y C-a Eibar" (poorly stamped). The serial number is stamped on the right side of the barrel housing. The revolver loosely follows the French M.1854 pattern, open top design, single action, military style revolver complete with a lanyard ring. Curtis shows an almost identical Orbea Hermanos manufactured revolver with blue/brown finish. The metal is mostly smooth brown and the action is strong. The ejection rod is missing,but you can find replacements. Orbea Hermanos manufactured some of the best Spanish revolvers at the time. We know of at least one of these Orbea revolvers that was retail marked by S. Sutherland of Richmond, VA and it is also recorded that some revolvers of this type were captured during the Spanish American War in Cuba and Philippines.
$ 495.00  



Rufus Nichols and Edward Childs of Conway, Massachusetts were issued a patent for this rifle on April 24, 1838. Experts estimate that only 100-150 of these rifles were manufactured. The rifle has a round, .44 caliber, rifled, barrel with a dove-tail mounted, nickel-sliver, front sight blade and a sporting style rear sight. The barrel has a brown finish. The cylinder on these is rotated by an external ratchet that is activated when the hammer is cocked, and there is a lever on the left side of the frame that locks the cylinder and must be released to cock the hammer. All of that is there, but needs a little work to be functional.  The rifle has a walnut stock with a Gothic style, German silver, patch box, upper tang, trigger guard and buttplate. This is a truly rare weapon!
$ 9595.00


Made by the J. M. Cooper Company of Pittsburgh, PA. These were produced by the Cooper’s Philadelphia facility
between 1864 and 1869 and it closely resembles the Colt Model 1849 Pocket, though the
Cooper version is double-action.
It is .31 caliber model and in very good overall condition with a fair amount of blue and case color.  
These are well made and attractive pistols, and this one is in better condition than most we see.

$ 795.00


MODEL 1803 HARPERS FERRY RIFLE, Dated 1815, Converted to Percussion
This gun was originally produced as a .54 caliber flintlock rifle in 1815 at the famous Armory in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The lockplate is marked behind the hammer with "Harpers / Ferry / 1815" and a  Federal eagle in front of the hammer It was converted to percussion and the bore has been bored out to approximately .60 caliber and is now a smoothbore.  The flintlock breech block was cut off of the barrel and then a large distinctive breech with the percussion system was added. There has been some conjecture that this type of conversion could be Confederate in origin. The hammer is very distinct and a bit crude which could also possibly indicate Confederate manufacture. The one piece walnut stock has a very pleasing appearance overall. On the flat of the stock opposite of the lock plate you can see the original Harpers Ferry Arsenal inspector stampings. The patch box release is intact and the patchbox still opens when it is pressed. The ramrod appears to date to the conversion. The action works, but is a bit weak. 
$ 2895.00  


Approximately 18-3/8 inches in overall length with14-1/2" blade.
This is a nice, clean example with the usual manufacture flaw on the socket and modified
open cut on the back end of the socket mortise.
$ 395.00     (3-46)


This is a very early example made somewhere around 1859, being serial number 461 and it has a nice, mostly smooth brown patina with some original blue here and there.
 The frame is marked on one side: “STARR ARMS CO. NEW YORK” and on the other: “STARR’S PATENT JAN.15, 1856".  The one piece wooden grips are nice, with no cartouches visible, which is typical as the Starr Navy's rarely have inspector marks.  The action is very smooth.  These guns were ahead of their time and may just have been too advanced for the average Union cavalryman because while the initial Army and Navy issues were double actions, Starr was requested later in the war to discontinue their double actions and only supply single actions.   These double action navy revolvers are much more rare than the Army versions as only about 3,000 .36 caliber units were ever produced.
$ 1995.00


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The barrel slides forward to load a single, rim-fire cartridge. The barrel markings are: "L.B. Taylor & Co. Chicopee Mass". The brass is all very nice, with a smooth toned-down paina. Only about 1800 of these were made from 1868 to 1870.
$ 650.00 


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The silvered and engraved brass frame,  trigger guard and butt strap have approximately 20% of the silver remaining, while the barrel and cylinder retain patches of the original blue, and the grips still have the majority of their varnish. This used a brass cased, rim-fire cartridge, which resulted in a lawsuit by Smith & Wesson that limited ended production by 1863.  A beautiful specimen of a weapon known to have been privately purchased by Union officers and enlisted men during the Civil War!  STOLEN!
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Edged Weapons


Overall length is about 16" with a
blade that has been cut down to 11-1/2" and serated on one section.
The brass guard has had the barrel loop removed, but still bears the "BH" stamp associated with these.
The modification is decades old and probably done during the war.

$ 295.00
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The vast majority of officer’s swords and sabers that Ames produced were for private purchase by officers of the U.S. military, but this sword is one of only 425 Ames Foot Officer swords delivered, dated and inspected in 1862, purchased directly by the U.S. Government. And, as noted by John Thillman in Civil War Army Swords , "A large number of the 1861 contract swords will have 1862 dates because of later delivery." making this particular sword even more uncommon!

On both sides of the blade, starting right above the ricasso, is a beautifully acid-etched design that extends for a length of eighteen inches. The reverse of blade exhibits an acid-etched and frosted design that features block letters “U S”. Letters are flanked to the left with a panoply of military arms and on the right with a delicate foliate of leaves and scroll decorations. The other side has the same makeup but features a detailed spread winged eagle centered in the design flanked with military arms and more foliate. Strong government inspector marks “U.S.” over “JH” (John Hannis) over “1861” with “Ames Mfg. Co / Chicopee / Mass” etched just above in frosted script.  The other side has the instantly recognizable with “Ames Mfg. Co / Chicopee / Mass” in a scroll. The entire blade bears a high quality finish but the surface shows a some spotting overall.

The ornate, brass hilt retains 99% of its original gold gilt and the leather washer is strong and intact. The grips are wrapped in high quality, dark colored rayskin that is tightly bound with double-twisted brass wire around the handle, all of which is original and in excellent condition.

The black leather scabbard exhibits a smooth leather surface overall and is a complete specimen with brass furniture and no weak areas, cracking or flaking. The upper mount also has the Ames maker mark.

This sword is truly rare and beautiful!

$ 4995.00    (dm-1)


This is perhaps the hardest date to find having been made after the decision to change to the lighter version, the Model 1860 and this one is in super condition, which is also very unusual, as they were available at the outbreak of the war and generally saw heavy use!

The steel blade is beautiful, with only a few darker spots near the tip.  It is marked “AMES MFG. CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS” on one side of the ricasso “US / J H (John Hannis) / "1858" on the other.

The heavy, two-branch brass hilt, still with its buff leather washer, is in fine condition, strong and tight. The brass has a nice even antique toned look and the grips are excellent black bridal leather wrapped with a thin, double twisted brass wire wound around the handle. All of the leather wrap and wire all tight and very fine. The brass pommel cap has inspector stamps “W.A.T.”(William Anderson Thornton) andJH (John Hannis).

The steel scabbard is unmarked and has a very smooth plum surface with lightsalt and pepper rust pitting only near the drag. No dents at all and the sword mounts are tight and retain the original suspension rings. Drag has no markings either.

This is a gorgeous example of a very hard to find date... just about as good as you can get!

$ 4995.00    (dm-2)


19th CENTURY BOWIE KNIFE by Manson / Sheffield
Wonderful condition, about 11-1/4" long with a 6-1/4" blade and a beautiful silver cutlery handle
The red leather scabbard is nice with a German silver throat and it looks like it never had a tip,
and the red finish has flaked a bit from one side.  Nicely marked "Manson" over Sheffield.

$ 895.00    (38-37)


Wonderful condition, about 14" long with a 9-1/2" blade and a great stag handle
Leather scabbard is nice with a German silver throat, but the matching scabbard tip is missing..

$ 650.00    (rm)


Wonderful condition, about 8-1/4" long with a 4-1/4" blade and a beautiful silver cutlery handle
Leather scabbard is nice with a German silver throat and tip.
Lightly scratched into the throat is what looks like "A. Miller / Richmond / Ind."

$ 475.00    (36-32)