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Civil War Guns and Swords

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These swivel breech, double barrel pocket pistols were manufactured by the American Arms Company of Boston, Massachusetts from 1866 to 1878 with a production total between 3,500 and 5,000. The 3" .32 barrel manually rotates or flips for firing and at its 90 degree position, it can be pulled out for loading. The pistol frame is made of brass with a spur trigger and no trigger guard. The pistol grip is smooth walnut on a square brass butt. The barrel is marked with "WHEELER'S PAT. OCT. 31, 1865 - JUNE 19, 1866" on one side and "AMERICAN ARMS Co., BOSTON, MASS." on the other side.  The serial number is located on the bottom of the brass butt of the pistol grip..
$ 650.00    


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  


SHARPS MODEL 1859 CARBINE Identified to New York Soldier
This is a very nice example of one of the most desirable guns of the war!  Smooth gray to brown metal with good rifling.  The barrel is marked "Sharps Rifle / Manufg Co / Hartford, Conn" in front of the rear sight, and "New Model 1859" behind the sight.  Lock markings are "R.S. Lawrence Pat / April 12th 1859" above the hammer screw and "C. Sharps Pat / Oct. 5th 1852" behind the hammer.  The stock is nice with one strong cartouche and traces of the other.  There is nice sling wear on the back of the stock indicating use on horseback.  Just above the patchbox there is a faint, but readable marking of "G. Finn" with what looks like the number "2" preceding it.  The only cavalryman with this name is Gorton C. Finn of the 2nd New York Cavalry.  Finn enlisted August 8, 1861 and deserted on August 2, 1862 at Falmouth, Virginia!  We have his records and a bit of other information that will go with the gun, along with an original Sharps Cartridge in a nice display case.
$ 3295.00 On Hold!!!


The "Navy" was very popular with troops on both sides of the conflict.  This one is serial number 94505 and was manufactured in 1860 for the civilian market, which means it could have been anywhere when the war broke out!  It retains much of the silver plating on the trigger guard and backstrap as well and much of the original laquer on the walnut grips.  None of the original blue remains, but there is no corrosion at all, though there are some spots where the metal is dinged up pretty good.  These civilian models were often private purchased by officers of both sides as well as the occasional enlisted man who wanted a side arm!  All in all a very nice gun for the price!
$ 1395.00  


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


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

The model 1807Rose Saber was only the third US Government saber contract after the American Revolution in December of 1807 for 2,000 sabers, proceeded only by the 1798 Starr (2,000 sabers) and the 1799 Buel & Greenlief (1,000 sabers).  It is a very important weapon, desirable & rare dating to the very beginnings of our nation!

This blade is marked "W Rose" "& Sons" in two separate stamps on the spine near the guard.  The blade is in fine condition, while showing use with some nicks, but no real corrosion or pitting at all.  The hilt has a stirrup "Hussar" shape iron guard and is also in fine condition with a nice, smooth patina including the ferrule which shows the brazed seam.  The grip appears to be walnut with a leather wrap with about 6o% remaining in smooth unflaked condition.  It also retains a good deal of its fine twisted wire wrap.

This saber was in the study collection of noted sword expert and author, John Thillman and will be depicted in his upcoming book "US Army Swords 1760 - 1830".  This will be his third and last volume in the series on US Army Swords and Sabers from 1760 to 1865 and will be a "must have" reference just as his first two already are!  If desired, a letter on this saber from John Thillman will accompany this saber.

These swords, when found, and tend to be in heavily used and worn condition, often with blade and hilt pitting and no leather or wire remaining on the grip.  This is clearly one of the finer examples of this rarely found saber!

$ 4795.00 


The Model 1832  was intended to be used as a personal side arm as well as to clear brush to set up a gun emplacement. It was also very useful in clearing trails for the guns. The design of the Model 1832 was based on the French foot artillery short sword and the French based their short sword on the Roman Gladius, standard sword of the Roman Legions.

This one has an old tag that reads "U.S. m/1833Foot Artillery Sword.  Hilt is torn by shell fragment.  Early post war battlefield pick up
. Very rare Civil War relic." followed by some coded notation. 

The blade is brown with overall moderate pitting except for the few inches close to the tip, where the pitting gets a bit heavier indicating that perhaps it was stuck up in the ground or in a bit of scabbard that remained and held moisture.
The manufacturer's marks and inspection dates are not readable.  The hilt has been hit very hard by something that broke off half of the brass pommel and folded down and deforming the the other half with the engraved eagle still visible.

A very cool battlefield relic!   $ 1395.00 
  On Hold!!!


The Model 1832 was the first sword contracted by the US government with the Ames company of Springfield, and later Chicopee Massachusetts. This model sword was intended for use by the regular or foot artillery regiments of the US Army. While the sword was intended to be used as a personal side arm, it's most common use was to clear brush to set up a gun emplacement. It was also very useful in clearing trails for the guns. The design of the Model 1832 was based on the French foot artillery short sword and the French based their short sword on the Roman Gladius, standard sword of the Roman Legions.

This one was manufactured in 1842
and is 25 1/4" overall with a 19 1/4" blade. The 6" brass hilt has the fish scale type grip with an American Eagle on each side of the pommel. One side of the cross guard is marked with W.A.T. They were the initials of inspector Captain William A. Thornton. The ricasso is marked on one side with "U.S./1842/JCB" and the other side is marked "NP AMES/ SPRINGFIELD".  The blade has taken on a gray to brown patina, with some darker age spots scattered along the blade. The edges are nice with only very minor nicks and no other damage. This short sword could have been used during the Mexican War and on into the Civil War.

$ 595.00