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Civil War Guns and Swords

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Sharps Model 2-A 4-Barrel Pepperbox Pistol
These were made from 1859 to 1874 in several different calibers, barrel lengths, etc.
This one is 30 Caliber with a 3" barrel.  The gutta-percha, checkered grips are in excellent condition
and the brass frame retains almost all of it's original silver finish, which is very desirable on these!
The mechanics are good and the rotating firing pin works just as it should.
A beautiful example!



These are beautiful weapons and this one definitely saw action
! The stock is dark and has some use marks, but is solid and complete.  The lock is marked with "US" over Springfield in front of the hammer and dated 1857 vertically behind the hammer. The 1857 version did not have a patch box, so this is a later replacement.  All of the rest of the metal is brown to grey and exhibits a matching "salt & pepper" patina, so it is evident that that's all been together forever, with the breach having a bit heavier corrosion, so we can't read the barrel date, but the view and proof markings are there, although a bit light.  The action is not crisp, but it does function.  The tape primer door catch doesn't catch, so it swings open freely and the rear site is a bit newer looking and is probably a replacement, but it all looks good on the gun.



Introduced initially in 1763, the new French Infantry Musket underwent a number of changes in 1766 including lightening the musket, reducing the size of the lock, and utilizing the button-head ramrod design.
This one has a new made ramrod and a couple of replaced screws, but all of the major parts have obviously been together all its life, as they have a wonderful matching "attic brown" patina.  The barrel has been shortened from its original 44" to 39" and the stock was cut just in front of the middle barrel band.  Both of the sling swivels have been remove as well and the face of the frizzen has been lined to account for wear from years of use, but all of this work was done many, many decades ago as evidenced by that matching patina. 
While we generically refer to all of these as "Charleville" muskets, these weapons were produced at several sites, with this one being made at the Maubeuge Arsenal as the lock is marked "Maubeuge Manuf. R.le".   Large numbers of the Model 1763 and 1766 muskets were imported into the United States from France during the Revolutionary War.  There are initials carved in to both sides of the stock. 



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!!
   SOLD!!!    (m-3)     


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


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.


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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



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!

 SOLD!!!    (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 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)