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Civil War Guns and Swords

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This small pistol is about 8" long overall with a flared octagonal barrel of about.50 caliber.
There is some floral scrolling on the back of the grip and some folky checkering on the grip.
The mainspring is fairly weak, but everything moves and it is just a great size and look

$ 595.00 


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


The Springfield Rifle-Musket was the most common small arm carried by the Union soldier and came to represent the arms of the US Army.  This one is in very nice condition with all the metal being a very smooth gray with some plum color mixed in.  Markings on the lock are "U.S." over "Springfield" and an Eagle in front of the hammer and dated "1861" behind the hammer.  The barrel has the "V" and "P" (for viewed and proofed) over an eagle's head and is dated "1862" at the breach.  The mismatched dates would indicate a very early 1862 production, when locks finished late in 1861 could be mixed with a more recently finished barrel.  The walnut stock is nice with some dings on the flat opposite the lock, but two cartouches are visible including the "ESA" cartouche which should always be present on these arms.  The ramrod also appears to be original to the weapon.  A very nice example of this classic Civil War musket!
$ 2995.00


Approximately 16" long overall with a 9" barrel, this is the short version of this .54 caliber weapon
which was in use by the Royal Navy throughout its wars spanning approximately 1750 to 1815 Original Sea Service models were issued with a 12-inch long barrel and it wasn't until sometime in the 1790s that thought was given to a more compact form utilizing a shorter, 9-inch barrel length like this example.  Some were made new and some were produced by shortening its longer predecessor. 
This one needs a proper hammer screw, but is otherwise in very nice condition. 

  SOLD!!  (30-21)


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


Beautiful single-shot pistol, about .40 caliber.  Marked "London" with draped flags on one side and "J. & W. / Richards" on the other.  Smooth silver-grey metal nice one-piece grip.  All markings are strong and clear, as are the many decorative engraved lines.
Just a really pretty example of a nice, early gun!
 $ 595.00   (16-2)


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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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An attempt to get by the Rollins White patents, these took a front loaded teat-fire cartridge. This one has had all the iron cleaned to near bright, with some areas of old pitting on the cylinder. The barrel markings are: "Moore's Pat. Fire Arms Co. Brooklyn N.Y." and the cylinder marked: "D. Williamson's Patent Jan. 5, 1864". The brass is all very nice, with attractive escroll engraving. 


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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

Gorgeous example of  this regulation cutlass with a 26” blade that is marked with an “1862” date on one side, and a scroll style Ames Mfg. mark on the other. The blade is bright and beautiful! The brass basket guard has a great antique brass patina with a few of crusty darker spots. It is stamped with “8 M” over "332" as a rack number or some other type of identification mark.  The leather grip is fine just showing some expected wear and some loss of finish. It has no twisted wire wrap which is proper as the wire was removed later by USN directive as the brass in contact with leather in salt air caused too much verdigris to form. The leather scabbards for these swords are often in terrible shape if not missing completely, but this one is in great condition with only a minor bit of wear to the tip!



Beautiful 31-1/2" blade with bluing and gold decoration on this striking sword that is about 37" in total length. 
The grip is mother of pearl and the clamshell guard has a great American eagle decoration, but it is the pommel
is in the form of a Native American bust that really sets this one off.  The brass scabbard is also heavily decorated.  One small section of the mother of pearl is missing and the knuckle bow has come loose and is held in place by some twine.  Both of these issues could be fairly easily repaired if desired.  The blade also has numerous very small nicks along the edge.

$ 1195.00  Reduced Price!  $ 895.00


3RD MODEL VIRGINIA MANUFACTORY SWORD, Marked for the 1st Virginia Regiment

These were made between 1808-1814 and also in 1821.  The 34-1/4" blade appears to be about 1.5" shorter than usual, yet the clipped point is correct.  so maybe just a shorter blade as we are talking about early industrialization.  Width at Ricasso of 1-3/8" is correct and the 1
st Va Reg’t marking is nice. The wood grip is in decent shape and the wire around the wood and leather grip is correct and appears to be the original wire, as is the remaining leather on the grip.  These sabers saw decades of use and several wars, with many being carried by Confederate soldiers on into the Civil War!



A nice example of this Confederate weapon.  Approximately 26" overall with a 21-1/4" blade and a beautiful brass grip.
The blade is mostly silver gray and smooth, with some light pitting towards the end.  The grip has the number "4" and the number "1"
stamped  at 90 degrees to each other near the mounting slot. 

SOLD!!!    (30-1)


Approximately 24-1/2" overall with an 18-1/2" blade. The single fullered blade is gray-brown and has no real pitting.
There is a leather washer that appears to be a later replacement, and you can see where a tag used to be on the ricasso.
The cast brass hilt is in nice shape with a great antique brass patina



Approximately 10-1/8" overall with an 5-1/4" blade. Maker mareked "G. Woodhead / Sheffield / Warrented".
The bone handled grip is in great shape with only very minor shrink cracks, and the blade has a beautiful
etched panel with "The Land Of The Free / And The / Home Of The Brave" surrounded by floral arrays and
highlighted in gold!  The leather scabbard is solid, but is missing the tip and the button from the throat

SOLD!!!  (26-23)


Confederate make-do, or maybe he upgraded his southern made sword for this unmarked Model 1840 that
happened to fit his Confederate scabbard.  The sword came in to us this way and the fit is perfect! 
As a matter of fact, the impression on the leather washer on the guard matches up perfectly with
the scabbard throat.  The blade length is a couple of inches shorter than the scabbard, but the fit is awesome
and the patinas match as well.  This may be a marriage, but it's probably just as likely a great example of
Confederate ingenuity



The elliptical cross section sword blade is just under 30” long, is completely straight and measures 3/4 inch wide at the hilt. It is dry needle engraved with "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass"  near the hilt and is etched on both sides, with a winged caduceus staff and snakes, an eagle with "E. Pluribus Unum" in a ribbon, and other military motif, as well as floral sprays.   The scabbard and hilt are of a matching brass with a most of its gold gilt remaining. The scabbard has a few minor dents. The mounts have cast designs of laurel and other elements. The hilt is all made of cast brass also and the grip has an eagle on one side, with an acorn/pineapple finial. The langet is shield shaped with 7 stars and silver  “MS” letter attached. This is a beautiful sword!
$ 2295.00  Reduced Price!   SOLD!!    (6-1)