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FIREARMS

C.S. RICHMOND RIFLE ~ Rare!
T
his 33″ barrel, 2 band, rifle is
the scarcest configuration of Richmond Armory products. The lock plate is dated "1863" behind the hammer and is marked "C.S." over" Richmond, VA" in front of the hammer. The front sight is correct and is different from the sight of the 3-band rifled musket. It has a larger base with a pinched sight form. The nose cap is of brass and has a shallower ramrod channel than the 3-band version. The buttplate is also of brass.  The barrel is brown with some grey and rifling is discernible, though pitted. The breach is pitted... evidence of hard service, and only a portion of the "V" and P" (View & Proof) markings can be detected. There is a bit wood loss right in the bolster area, also a result of heavy firing with inconsistent Confederate percussion caps.  Bands, trigger guard, and sling swivels are also brown to grey. Ramrod appears converted from an earlier musket.

These are far harder to find than the C.S. Richmond 3-band rifle-muskets!

$7895.00  Reduced Price!  $ 7495.00  On Hold!!

 

BRITISH FLINTLOCK SEA SERVICE PISTOL
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. 

$ 995.00
  (30-21)
 

 

HARPER'S FERRY STOCK BLANK, William Gavin Collection
50" long, walnut blank from Harper's Ferry that was once in the collection of noted
Civil War author and collector William Gavin.
SOLD!!!      

 

RARE CONFEDERATE CONVERSION OF 1814 VIRGINIA MANUFACTORY TO RIFLED PERCUSSION
Beautiful Virginia Manufactory musket that was made as a flintlock in 1814, then rifled and converted to percussion during the Civil War.
The iron is nice and mostly smooth gray to brown with a bit of light pitting in only a few areas.  All three barrel bands, the butt plate, the trigger
guard and the barrel itself are stamped with the number "99" or "66".  The walnut stock is solid with no cracks, and bears the initials "HW"
in several places and "PO" in one other.

Brothers A.B. & John B. Barrett in Wytheville, Virginia are know to have done these conversions, utilizing this "cone-in-barrel" method
and then rifling only a percentage of them. There is a very informative chapter on the Barretts and their work in Confederate Rifles & Muskets,
Infantry Small Arms Manufactured in the Southern Confederacy 1861 - 1865 by John Murphy, M.D. and Howard Michael Madaus that describes
and pictures other examples of this same conversion.  The authors state that they are only aware of two existing Barrett conversions that are rifled,
so this is truly rare!

SOLD!!!  

 

BRASS BARREL FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS
Nice example of this popular
weapon! About 27-1/2" long overall, with a 12" brass barrel.   The iron lock has the name "Willmore" stamped in front of
the hammer and the barrel has some proof marks and the initials "RH" stamped at the breach.  The barrel is decorated with some 7 pointed stars at the
breach.  The iron tang is nicely engraved as is the brass butt plate tang and the brass trigger guard.  The action works fine, but the main spring is weak.  
A very attractive
 early 19th century gun!
SOLD!!!

 

SMITH & WESSON MODEL No. 1 TYPE 3
The Smith & Wesson Model 1 was the first firearm manufactured by Smith & Wesson, with production spanning the years 1857 through 1882.
This is the 3rd Issue represented a substantial redesign for the Model 1, with a fluted cylinder, a round barrel and a rounded "bird's head" style grip.
The finish is nickel plating, with most remaining and it has the 3-3/16" barrel length.  The 3rd Issue guns were produced from 1868 through 1882
with serial numbers from 1 through approximately 131,000 and this one is 106888 making it well past Civil War production.

These are often referred to as “tip-up” or bottom break revolvers for the way they open with a top hinge (see photo).

Some interesting data regarding the shootability of the Model 1 comes from Mark Twain who dedicated a significant portion of the second chapter in
his book Roughing It to making fun of the weapons (and passengers) on his Nevada-bound stagecoach. Twain loved his S&W Model 1 but declared
you couldn’t hit anything with it including the cow he claimed they had chosen as a target. The jackrabbit he shot at departed at high speed and,
“long after it was out of sight, you could still hear it whizzzz.” One modern-day gun board contributor said his shot about 7 feet high at “combat” distances.
SOLD!!!  
    

 

CASED BRITISH PERCUSSION DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
Both the barrel and the lock are marked "William Ellis, Birmingham" and all the metal parts are in nice condition, but could use a good cleaning as
there is a bit of surface rust here and there.  The stock is in very nice condition with no damage at all. The mahogany case has been refinished and
it looks like the hinges have been replaced, but overall it is very attractive, though it resists closing fully.  The original, brass tipped
, wooden ramrod is
there, as is a brass powder flask, a capper, cap tin with caps, funnel, cleaning attachment and screwdriver.
SOLD!!!   
    

 

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  
    
 

 

REVOLUTIONARY WAR AMERICAN COPY OF BROWN BESS BAYONET
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)
 

 

RARE STARR MODEL 1858 .36 CALIBER DOUBLE ACTION NAVY REVOLVER, 
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
 
 

 

SINGLE SHOT FLINTLOCK PISTOL by J.W. Richards, London
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. 
SOLD!!!  

 

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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
 

CONFEDERATE BOYLE & GAMBLE SABER BAYONET
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. 

$ 1495.00
  (30-1)
 

 

CONFEDERATE SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD
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
.

$ 1895.00
 
(27-19)
CONFEDERATE SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD
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
.

$ 1895.00
 
(27-19)

 

PATRIOTIC SIDE KNIFE
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)

 

 
MODEL 1840 CAVALRY SABER IN GREAT CONFEDERATE SCABBARD  
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
.

SOLD!!!
 

 

AMES MODEL 1840 MEDICAL STAFF SWORD
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)