Important Firearm Auction
A Fabulous Success at $8.3 Million PLUS!

Auction: October 9th-11th, 2006

Preview: October 8, 2006

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701

REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY REVOLVER. SN 113440. Cal. 44. 8” oct bbl. “G.P.” cartouche on the left grip. Other inspector initials on miscellaneous parts. CONDITION: 40% bright blue, streaky on the frame. Minor chips and wear at the base of the grips. Mechanically fine. 4-58393 FS66 (1,500-2,500)

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702

VERY FINE REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY REVOLVER. SN 120522. 44 Cal. 8″ oct bbl. Standard 3-line marking on top of the bbl. “OWA” cartouche on the left grip. “D” “P” “W” and “B” on various parts. CONDITION: Retains about 95% thinning blue overall with widely scattered specks of surface rust and wear at the front of the cylinder and on the dragline. Minor chips and dents at the base of the grips and bruises at the top. Strong casehardening colors on the hammer and traces of silver on the triggerguard. An outstanding Civil War issue revolver. 4-59196 FS822 (5,000-7,000)

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703

ALLEN & WHEELOCK CENTER HAMMER PERCUSSION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 47. Blue finish with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl with dovetailed brass front sight. It has 6-shot cyl with 2-pc walnut grips numbered to this revolver. It has unusual feature of trigger guard being articulated to function as rammer handle. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Possibly unfired, having crisp mechanics & brilliant shiny bore with finish having flaked, not from wear, to about 50% with flaked areas a medium to dark patina. Grips are fine & retain most of their orig factory varnish with a few minor nicks. 4-58862 (3,000-4,000)

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704

ALLEN & WHEELOCK CENTER HAMMER PERCUSSION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 198. Blue finish with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl with dovetailed brass front sight. It has 6-shot cyl with 2-pc walnut grips numbered to this revolver. It has unusual feature of trigger guard being articulated to function as rammer handle. Left grip has a small rectangular aluminum plate bearing number “114” attached with four brass tacks. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Probably unfired, overall retains about 75% bright orig blue with balance having flaked, not from wear, to a medium patina. Cyl retains most of its orig bright blue and hammer about all of its dark case colors. Grips are sound with a few edge chips & minor marks; otherwise retain virtually all of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58607 JR13 (3,000-5,000)

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705

JOSLYN NAVY REVOLVER. SN 293. Cal. 44. 8” oct bbl. Checkered walnut grips. Marked “U . S . N .” on the butt strap and “B.F.JOSLYN. / PATDMAY4TH 1856.” on top of bbl. Five-shot cylinder. CONDITION: Blue/gray patina overall with traces of finish on the frame and cylinder. Left grip is cracked at the lower screw and both are battered on the bottom, but fine on the sides with much varnish remaining. Mechanically tight. 4-58287 FS17 (3,500-4,500)

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706

VERY RARE WALCH 12-SHOT NAVY REVOLVER. SN 129. Cal. 36. Blue finish with 6″ oct bbl & brass pin front sight. Bbl without markings. It has the usual 12-shot cylinder with corresponding twelve nipples at the rear with two hammers & two triggers in frame. It is a sgl action revolver & both hammers are cocked simultaneously & the triggers are staggered so that a right hand person will pull front trigger first which drops right hammer & fires front load. A continuous pull then depresses left hand trigger which drops the second hammer & fires the rear load in the chamber. It has iron frame marked on left side “WALCH FIRE ARMS-CO. / NEW-YORK / PATD FEBY. 8. 1859”. Both sides of frame & backstrap are lightly engraved with foliate arabesque patterns. It has 2-pc walnut grips that have replaced sections of toe & right grip has a full length replaced section on back edge. Assembly number “11” is found by left heel on frame under grip, inside each grip on face of cyl, rammer lever & bottom of bbl. Only about 200 of these rare revolvers were ever manufactured in period 1859 into early 1860’s. They were made by the Union Knife Company & by J.P. Lindsay for Walch. They are considered secondary U.S. Martial handguns, although no contracts are known. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Serial number on butt has the center number very faint. Bbl retains 40-50% orig blue with balance flaked to a light patina with scattered spots of pitting. Cyl retains 50-60% blue mixed with flaked patina. Frame retains traces of orig blue in very sheltered areas being mostly a silver brown patina. Screw heads retain strong blue. Grips, as previously noted, have light nicks & scratches with right grip retaining about all of a custom restored finish & left grip touchup on front edge. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-58290 JR269 (8,000-10,000)

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707

REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY CONVERSION REVOLVER. Cal. 46 RF. SN 110077, conversion number 138. Blue finish with 8″ oct bbl, brass trigger guard & 2-pc walnut grips. Right upper side of frame is stamped “C.A.182”. Right side of frame also has an ejector rod, tip of which rotates to fit into a notch in rammer handle. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains most of a professionally restored finish with some vice marks on side flats of bbl. Hammer is missing half-cock, otherwise mechanics are fine. Grips show moderate to heavy wear, bright shiny bore. 4-59171 (2,250-2,750)

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708

REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 140019 with conversion number 4387. 46 Cal. 8” rnd bbl. Pinch front sight. Standard three line new model marking on top of the bbl, Rollin White Patent date on cylinder. “JWK” cartouche on left grip. Remington was licensed by S&W to convert a large number of these. CONDITION: Fine. 60% blue overall mixed with light surface rust and pitting. Right grip is cracked at the base & the left is slightly warped. Mechanically tight. 4-59091 (2,000-3,000)

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709

STARR SINGLE ACTION ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 2602. Civil War era revolver with 8” rnd bbl, dovetail front sight, groove in hammer nose for rear sight. It has 1-pc walnut grip with legible cartouches on each side & tiny inspector initials on various parts including bottom of butt. CONDITION: Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas with bbl & cylinder being a gray/brown patina. Frame is mostly a silver/brown patina. Grip is sound with light dings & scratches and traces of orig finish with its two fine cartouches. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few areas of deep pitting. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58609 JR585 (750-1,250)

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710

FINE STARR DOUBLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 21997, with matching numbers on the bbl, hammer and upper frame. 44 Cal. 6” rnd bbl. Standard one-line address on left side of frame. Patent marking on right side. The Starr action is unusual and many people, including collectors, do not understand how to work it. When operated in single action, the sliding bar on the rear of the trigger is placed in its lower position. When the trigger is pulled, the bar stops its travel after the hammer has been cocked, but before it can reach the sear. The sear, which is mounted on the triggerguard behind the trigger, can then be pulled to fire the gun. For dbl action operation, the sliding bar is placed in the upper position. There is a hole in the triggerguard that the bar can go into and a pull on the trigger continues past the cocking point and the trigger hits the sear, firing the gun. CONDITION: Fine. 80% blue overall with light spots at the rear of the frame and grip straps. Casehardening colors are bright on the loading lever and hammer. Grips are smooth. A hairline crack on the left side of the grip. Mechanically fine. 4-59247 FS744 (2,250-3,500)

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711

RARE INSCRIBED COOPER POCKET REVOLVER. SN 10345. Cal. 31. 5” oct bbl. Standard 3-line Frankford address and patent dates on top of bbl. This revolver has numerous after-market changes. Back strap is engraved in script “Ellwood Jenkins Wyoming, Del.” cylinder is engraved “Chickamauga” over one chamber and “Hell” over the next with stars, arrows, moons, etc., in between. There are also stars and half-moons on the back strap and light line engraving on the trigger guard. CONDITION: One chamber has been blown out and re-welded with the engraving remaining intact. Bbl, frame, and hammer have been reblued. Cyl, back strap, and trigger guard have no finish. Grips have been revarnished but show little wears beneath the varnish. Trigger spring is missing and other internal work needs to be done. 4-58281 (1,500-3,500)

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712

RARE IDENTIFIED COOPER POCKET REVOLVER. SN 6120. Cal. 31. 4” oct bbl. Standard 3-line Frankford address and patent dates on top of bbl. Back-strap is engraved “BETHLEHEM IRON COMPANY”. Probably a guard gun, as several of these is known. CONDITION: Strong traces of blue on bbl and weak traces on cylinder. Casehardening on frame, loading lever, and hammer have mostly faded to silver, but some traces remain. No finish on the back strap and trigger guard. Grips are worn at the high spots, but retain most of their varnish. Mechanically fine. 4-58283 FS18 (2,000-3,000)

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713

EARLY COOPER DOUBLE ACTION POCKET REVOLVER. SN 57. Cal. 31. 5” oct bbl. There are no markings on this revolver except the serial numbers. The features of the gun identify it as a Pittsburgh product, rather than Philadelphia. There is no reinforcement at the top of the recoil shield, and the 5-shot cylinder has ten stops. The purpose of the extra stops is not immediately apparent, as the hammer cannot be let down without advancing the trigger to the next stop. CONDITION: Faint traces of blue on the cyl, otherwise a gray patina with light surface rust and pitting. Brass backstrap and trigger guard have a mellow patina. Left grip panel has been repaired at the top, and both have wear at the bottom edge and numerous dents and scratches. Mechanically needs adjustment. 4-58282 (1,500-2,500)

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714

MANHATTAN SERIES III NAVY MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 36. SN 40804. Blue & case colored with 6-1/2″ oct bbl, blade front sight with silver plated grip frame & 1-pc walnut grip. The 5-shot cyl has a 5-panel rolled scene. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Probably used very little but suffers greatly from poor storage. Bbl retains about 30% orig blue mixed with surface spotting, having been cleaned. Cyl is a mottled gray patina with light surface rust & one broken nipple. Frame & hammer retain most of their strong bright orig case colors and grip frame about 60% silver-plating. Some screws are slightly battered. Grip is sound and retains about 85% orig varnish. Crisp mechanics & bright shiny bore with a few spots of pitting. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58606 JR5 (1,000-1,500)

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715

SAVAGE CIVIL WAR NAVY REVOLVER WITH HOLSTER. SN 477. Cal. 36. 7-1/8” oct bbl. Standard 3-line marking on top strap. Cartouches are visible on both sides of the grips. There are inspector marks on various parts. Loading lever and some screws have been replaced. Black leather holster is formed to cover this revolver to the base of the trigger guard. The initials “J. H” are carved in the top flap. There is a single belt loop on the reverse attached with copper rivets. Tie down strap and tip of the flap are missing. CONDITION: Gray patina with light pitting overall. Traces of orig blue in the grooves on either side of the loading lever assembly. Mechanically functional, but needs adjustment as the cylinder does not revolve far enough. Grips are worn at the base and have numerous dents and dings. Right panel is repaired at the top. Holster is scuffed and flaked, mostly around the flap. 4-58301 FS27 (2,250-3,250)

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716

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED SAVAGE NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 36. SN 1306. Usual configuration with 7-1/8″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight, 6-shot cyl, 2-pc walnut grips with heart-shaped trigger guard. Grips have a fine legible “DFC” cartouche on left side & what appears to be “JH” cartouche in an oval on right side. Bbl, frame, sideplate, cylinder & rammer housing have small inspector marks. Of the approx. 20,000 of these revolvers produced, 11,984 of them were under military contract, majority of which do not have inspector marks or cartouches. CONDITION: Fine. No orig finish remains being a medium gray patina with light pitting around forcing cone area, heavier on sideplate. Grips are fine with slightly chipped toes & some battering on bottom. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light pitting. 4-58861 (3,000-4,000)

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717

FINE U.S. SAVAGE NAVY REVOLVER. SN 13953(?) on the rear grip strap, 1589 on the front grip strap. Cal. 36. 7-1/8” oct bbl. Standard 3-line marking on the top strap. “MM” cartouche on the bottom of the left grip panel, with “HH” inspector marks elsewhere. CONDITION: 25% blue on the bbl and loading lever assembly; faint traces elsewhere. All metal surfaces have light surface rust and minor pitting. There is a chip missing from the toe of the right grip, which is also cracked at the top. Both panels have numerous dents and scratches. Mechanically fine. 4-58392 FS59 (1,500-3,000)

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718

SAVAGE NAVY REVOLVER. SN 3459. 36 Cal. 7” oct bbl. Standard three line marking on top of the frame. Ten thousand of these were made during the Civil War but few of them have government acceptance marks. CONDITION: Rust/brown patina on the cylinder & gray patina with cleaning scratches on the frame and bbl. Both grips have been broken, repaired and refinished. Mechanically good. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58608 FS626 (1,500-2,000)

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719

UNUSUAL SPANISH COPY OF A CONFEDERATE KERR REVOLVER. Cal. 45. SN 3128. Fine Spanish knock-off of the venerable Kerr revolver with 5-3/4” ovoid shaped hexagonal bbl with brass pin front sight & checkered 1-pc walnut grip with lanyard ring in buttcap. Left side of frame below cylinder is marked “ORBEA HERN -/ EIBAR”. There are small oval proof marks on various parts and serial number appears on screw heads & other small parts. It has number “293” stamped on left side of grip & number “72” on buttcap. CONDITION: Good to very good. Overall retains 30-40% thin orig blue with balance a mottled silver/blue patina. Dbl action is problematical but sgl action works fine. Grip shows moderate to heavy wear. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58615 JR4 (1,250-1,750)

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720

RARE BACON NAVY REVOLVER. SN 138. Cal. 38RF. 7-1/2” oct bbl. Marked “BACON MF’G. CO NORWICH,CONN” on top of bbl. “C.W. HOPKINS / PATENTED MAY 27.1862” on left flat of bbl. This patent covers the side swinging cylinder. This is the scarcest of the Bacon Navy sized revolvers. CONDITION: Very good. 70% blue on bbl and cyl, faint traces on the frame. Light casehardening colors on the hammer with light surface rust and pitting on all surfaces. There is a crack at the left toe of the grips with wear and chipping around the bottom, but most of the varnish remains. Mechanically fine. 4-58277 (1,500-3,000)

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721

BACON 1ST MODEL NAVY REVOLVER. SN 179. Cal. 38RF. 7-1/2” oct bbl. Marked “BACON MF’G. CO NORWICH,CONN” on top of bbl. Light scroll engraving on both sides of the frame. Cylinder pin has a folding catch, extending about 2/3 the length of the bbl. It has been estimated that fewer than 500 of these were made. CONDITION: Gray patina overall with light pitting. Grips are worn at the base with about 60% of the varnish remaining. Mechanically good. 4-58289 (1,000-2,000)

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722

UNIDENTIFIED DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 108. 42 Cal. 6-1/8” part oct bbl. Marked “GTJ / BDT / SGDG” on the right side of the bbl. This revolver apparently has had no finish. An “M” cartouche is on the left flat of the bbl. This takes a large centerfire cartridge. A sliding loading gate is on the right side of the frame. A small lanyard ring is installed on the butt. CONDITION: Gray patina mixed with scattered light pitting. Grips have minor dents and scratches. Mechanically good. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58604 FS616 (1,500-2,500)

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723

CASED MASS ARMS BELT REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 935. Usual configuration with 5″ stepped oct to rnd bbl, marked on top strap “MASS ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS”. Has unnumbered 6-shot cyl with Maynard tape primer attachment & 2-pc walnut grips. Accompanied by its orig velvet lined walnut casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, orig Mass Arms American eagle flask, spare cyl bearing number “982” & a nutcracker ball mold that probably is not orig to this set. CONDITION: Fair to good. No orig finish remains on metal being a cleaned bright steel color. Grips are sound with minor nicks & scratches and a chip by sideplate and retains most of their orig varnish. Bbl hinge screw & grip screw are battered. Mechanics are fine, part of the Maynard primer system is missing as is bbl latch detent & spring. Strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Case is sound with usual handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is soiled & faded with some loose lining material in bottom. Flask is fine retaining about 60% orig finish. Mold is worn & dark and spare cyl is fine with about 25% orig cyl scene. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58578 JR18 (2,500-4,000)

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724

CASED MASS ARMS CO. WESSON & LEAVITT POCKET MODEL REVOLVER. SN 767. Cal. 31. 4” rnd bbl. Marked “MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS” on top strap, “WESSON’S & LEAVITT’S PATENT” on the lockplate, “WESSONS’ PATENT AUG. 28.1849” on the rotating ring, and “LEAVITTS’ PATENT APRIL 29.1837” on rear of the cylinder. There is also an “R” on the rear of the cylinder, and the number “258” on the front of the cylinder pin. Bbl catch is marked “NOV.26.1850”. Housed in a mahogany case with maroon velvet lining containing a loading rod, bullet mold, powder flask, and key. There are also some cast lead balls, three of which are from this mold. CONDITION: Fine. 95% bright blue on the bbl catch, 30% blue on the bbl, mixed with light pitting. Casehardening turned dark on the frame, lockplate, and hammer. 90% silver on the backstrap, 40% on the trigger guard. Etched cylinder does not show much finish, but the etching is sharp with some brightness. Grips have minor chips at the base with considerable denting on the left panel. Mechanically fine. There is some damage to the front of the case, with split wood on the left and some separation at all corners on the lid. Interior lining has areas of wear and mildew spotting. Brass mold is properly marked, but has bent handles. Flask is an incorrect replacement. Loading tool is orig with some corrosion. Key works the lock. 4-58201 (7,000-9,000)

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725

CASED ROBBINS & LAWRENCE PEPPERBOX. SN 3558. 31 Cal. 3-1/4” ribbed bbls. Marked “ROBBINS & LAWRENCE CO. / WINDSOR.VT. / PATENT. 1849”on three of the bbl ribs. Contained in a brown lined mahogany case with bullet mold, powder flask, cleaning brush, takedown tool, and cap tin. Numerous modifications have been made to the mechanism including a new brass trigger, several springs, an extra hole in the right sideplate and a modified breech pivot. CONDITION: Gray patina overall with light pitting and hints of orig brown in the sharp corners. Grips retain some varnish and have light dents and scratches. Bores are poor. Mechanically needs work. Case shows minor handling marks on the outside with considerable staining inside. Mold and bbl tool are fine; flask is slightly corroded, and cap tin is badly stained. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58579 FS625 (1,500-2,500)

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726

ALLEN & THURBER PERCUSSION PEPPERBOX PISTOL. Cal. 32. SN 175. Blue finish with 3″ 6-shot bbl cluster with flat ribs having maker’s name & address on two of ribs with patent date & “CAST STEEL” on two others. Frame is beautifully engraved with foliate arabesque patterns and backstrap has fine scallop & dot patterns. Nipple shield is etch engraved with light arabesque patterns. It has 2-pc walnut bag-shaped grip with oval silver panels on each side. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Probably unfired retaining about 95% bbl blue turning plum with most of niter blue on nipple shield while frame has flaked to a medium patina with about 30% orig bright blue. Hammer retains most of its brilliant case colors. Bright shiny bores. 4-58855 JR8 (2,500-3,500)

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727

UNIDENTIFIED PERCUSSION PEPPERBOX. NSN. 28 Cal. 3-1/2” ribbed bbls. Finely made pepperbox with no markings or proof marks. The bbls are revolved by hand. The extended sideplates are faceted. The stock has fish scale decoration around the back and across the bottom. The ramrod screws into the center of the bbl block. CONDITION: Receiver, hammer and triggerguard have strong cases of casehardening color with some orig varnish cover. Bbls have an even gray patina with scattered specks of surface rust. Grip retains most of the orig varnish. Mechanically fine. 4-59246 FS743 (1,500-2,000)

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728

RARE PECARE & SMITH’S PATENT PEPPERBOX PISTOL. Cal. 28. SN 203. Unusual pepperbox with the very rare iron frame, 10-shot 3-1/2″ bbl cluster with full steel shroud, concealed hammer & folding trigger. It has rnd iron frame with 2-pc bag shaped walnut grips. Shroud & frame are nicely engraved in foliate arabesque patterns. Made in 1840’s to 1850’s with limited production, this is one of the most sought after of all American made pepperboxes. CONDITION: Fine. No orig finish remains with metal being a smooth gray patina with some light to moderate pitting on bottom of shroud. Grips have minor chips near frame with usual light handling & use marks and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, unable to check bores. 4-58943 JR14 (3,500-6,000)

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729

EXCEPTIONALLY RARE CASED COLT PATERSON FIRST MODEL RING LEVER RIFLE. Cal. 36. SN 177. Phenomenally rare cased Paterson rifle with 32-3/8″, 7-groove oct bbl, German silver dovetailed Rocky Mountain front sight & tiny dovetailed fixed rear sight. It has large wedge without rammer feature on right side. Bbl is marked in block lettering “COLT’S PATENT–PATENT ARMS MAN’G. CO., PATERSON, N. JERSEY.” with arrows and a small circle with four dots at each end. It has two matching numbered 8-shot cylinders with centaur & stag chase scenes. Frame has extended top strap over cyl with long top & bottom tangs and a small iron grip/finger rest. Mounted with very nicely figured uncheckered American walnut with straight grip and crescent steel buttplate with faceted top tang & short toe plate. Stock has a small cheekpiece with fluted edge & Colt’s very rare 4-horsehead logo on cheekpiece. Accompanied by its extremely rare walnut casing, possibly one of only two known, the other of which is in a museum. This information was supplied by Paul Sorrell’s son who states that Paul had related this to him on more than one occasion. Case has brass corner reinforcements and scalloped raised panel top with a long thin rectangular plate pinned to the lid which is marked exactly like the bbl “COLT’S PATENT–PATENT ARMS MAN’G. CO., PATERSON, N. JERSEY.” with arrows and a small circle with four dots at each end. Case is lined with striped purple velvet and is fitted for the stocked receiver, the bbl, a large diameter peg for spare cyl, recesses for a cleaning rod, an orig charger, a capper and it also has a 3-handle orig sgl cavity mold numbered to this rifle. Charger bears serial number “12” and capper number “50”. It also has an orig loading tool marked on blade “COLT’S PT / P.A. MG CO. / PATERSON NJ”. Serial number was observed on both cylinders, cyl rotating ring, inside face of bbl lug & toe of buttplate. Further disassembly was not attempted to determine if other parts are marked. This exact rifle is pictured in full color on pgs 184 & 185 of the Paterson Colt Book, Wilson. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains a mottled silver/brown patina with scattered light surface rust and a nick or two. Markings are all sharp & legible. Lower receiver retains 30-40% orig blue mixed with brown patina. Upper receiver & top tang have blue in sheltered areas, stronger on top strap. Lower tang retains about 75% glossy bright blue mixed with brown patina. Buttplate is a dark brown patina. Cylinders are a smooth dark brown patina with one of them having some fine pitting around nipples and the other having pitting on rear edge. Both retain most of their centaur & stag chase scene. Charger is very fine with both ring springs either broken or missing and overall retains a dark copper/brass patina. Capper shows moderate wear and retains a medium mustard patina. Mold is fine with one repaired handle and retains traces of orig finish mixed with brown patina. Loading tool is a dark brown patina with light pitting on left side of blade. Case lid has a couple of cracks by rear edge and a couple more grain checks with other grain checks in bottom and has small handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of a very old restored finish. Lining in lid is fine & strong with some wear from various parts. Bottom is lightly faded in some areas with heavier stains in others but generally intact. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own such a rare Colt. 4-58365 JR53 (225,000-325,000)

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730

VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL LONDON DRAGOON. Cal. 44. SN 13. Spectacular dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, engraved on top flat “COLn COLT LONDON”, silver plated brass grip frame with deluxe burl walnut 1-pc grip. Frame, hammer, rammer pivot & grip frame are wonderfully engraved with extremely beautiful, fine, well executed foliate arabesque patterns with an “X” border pattern on bbl lug sides and feather patterns at muzzle & rnd part of bbl root. Hammer has light patterns on sides with fish scale engraving on top edge. Accompanied by an orig English oak casing with blank brass plaque in lid, blue velvet lined with instruction sheet inside lid & compartmented in bottom for revolver, an “L” shaped nipple wrench, a rare brass 2-cavity Colt’s patent mold with iron sprue cutter, a large lacquered cap tin & a Dixon “COLT’S NAVY FLASK” bag shaped flask. It has a covered corner compartment with brass handle & slot for a cleaning rod which is missing, & two other empty compartments. Paul was told at the time of purchase of this gun that it originally had been taken by a young lawyer as payment for services rendered. This young lawyer later became President of the United States. His name was Richard Nixon. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Grip has matching pencil number in back strap channel. Bbl retains about all of its strong orig blue with slight muzzle edge wear. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors, somewhat faded on handle & bottom of rammer. Pivot has bright crisp colors. Cyl is a blue/gray/brown patina with a few nicks on front edge with clear legible legends and retains about 80% Ranger/Indian fight scene. All six safety pins are prominent. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig factory case colors & screws their entire orig factory blue. Grip frame retains virtually all of its orig silver plate that appears to have a gold wash. Grip is crisp with very minor edge wear & a minor nick or two. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a crack in bottom, otherwise is sound showing considerable wear & moderate soil. Interior is moderately faded with wear from revolver & tools. All in all an extraordinary revolver in seldom encountered condition. 4-58366 JR35 (90,000-125,000)

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731

CASED COLT TEXAS PATERSON NO. 5 HOLSTER MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 36. SN 168. Blue & case colored finish with 7-7/16″ oct bbl, 11 grooves, marked on top flat “PATENT ARMS M’G. CO. PATERSON, N.J.-COLT’S PT.” with a star & snake at each end. It has 5-shot cyl with stagecoach holdup scene & beautiful burl walnut 1-pc grip with flared butt. It is accompanied by an orig Paterson walnut casing with scalloped edge top & flat bottom with dovetailed edges, a rectangular German silver plate in lid & a mortised lock. Lined with brown velvet with cutouts in bottom for revolver cyl & grip, charger and spare cylinder. There are wire brackets for a bullet mold, cleaning rod, capper & loading tool. Charger is numbered “72” and capping tool is numbered “38”. Cleaning rod wire bracket is a replacement and male portion of lock is missing. Only about 1,000 of these revolvers were produced in period 1838-40 and of those only a few survive and even fewer were ever cased. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including both cylinders, bbl lug, wedge, cyl rotating band, trigger, inside back strap, on bottom left edge of grip & inside back strap channel of grip. Overall retains most of an extremely fine professionally restored finish with bbl retaining virtually all of this slightly dull finish with some light freckling on sides of lug. Frame & hammer retain most of their custom case colors, screws are slightly battered. Hammer nose is battered. Cylinders retain most of their fine custom finish and each retains about 85-90% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip frame retains most of its custom finish with some slight dulling on back strap & butt strap. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its fine custom finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine pitting in grooves. Case is sound with two or three chips on bottom edges and light handling & storage marks elsewhere and retains virtually all of its beautiful varnish finish. Lining is moderately to heavily faded with moderate wear in bottom and inside lid. Charger retains a very dark copper & brass patina and is completely functional. Capper shows moderate to heavy wear and retains a mottled medium to dark patina. Cleaning rod has chipped handle with brass retaining a medium patina. Bullet mold is missing. Loading tool is a cleaned metal color, probably a replacement. This is a fine, nearly complete, seldom encountered set. 4-58368 JR51 (125,000-175,000)

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733

EXTREMELY RARE COLT WALKER REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN C Company No. 10. The Holy Grail of percussion Colt collecting is the Walker model since very few survive in any condition. Our Walker has an 8-15/16″ oct to rnd bbl with usual bbl marking reading from cyl to muzzle. It has serial number on left side of lug & “US / 1847″ on right side just above wedge slot. The cyl, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are all marked with serial number. It has a 1-pc walnut grip. Of the 1,000 Walkers ever produced only a few survive and very few of those remain intact with all orig parts. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains being a cleaned metal color with light to moderate pitting over all surfaces. All markings are distinct & legible. Hammer screw & lever latch spring appear to be replacements and there appears to have been about a 1-1/4” extension added to bbl with a short extension added to tip of rammer handle. These extensions are only noted upon close examination. Grip is sound showing very heavy wear with a crack in right side & chipped toes. Hand spring appears a little weak, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong worn dark bore. From the well known Paul Sorrell Collection. 4-58369 JR23 (50,000-100,000)

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735

SCARCE COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 5090. Civilian dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, usual bbl markings reading from cyl to muzzle with German silver front sight, brass grip frame, square back trigger guard & 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of frame has a tiny “U.S.” beneath “COLT’S PATENT” and there are two tiny initials “K & G” on trigger guard by serial number, however the grips are without cartouche. Cyl has “U.S. DRAGOONS / COLT’S PATENT” etching and sgl safety pin is completely intact. These is one of about 7,000 of these revolvers made in period 1848-1850 and are rarely ever found with any condition. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “864”. Bbl retains about 80% thinned orig blue with brown patina. Also with a patch of rust on right side of muzzle. Rammer retains most of its orig case colors turned dark. Cyl, probably unfired, retains most of its orig bright blue with one small area of rust and also retains virtually its entire Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame retains strong case colors on right side, fading to gray toward the front with left side mostly faded to gray. Old tiny chip on left front toe. Trigger guard & back strap retain a deep brown mustard patina. Grips are crisp with a few minor nicks & scratches (somewhat deeper on right grip) and retain about all of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-58853 JR29 (40,000-60,000)

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736

SCARCE COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 4299. Civilian dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, usual bbl markings reading from cyl to muzzle with German silver front sight, brass grip frame, square back trigger guard & 1-pc walnut grip. Left bottom of grip has small initials “SBL” and top left of grip at frame has a small “B”. Left side of frame has a tiny “U.S.” beneath “COLT’S PATENT” and there is one tiny initial “K” on trigger guard by serial number, however the grips are without cartouche. Cyl has “U.S. DRAGOONS / COLT’S PATENT” etching. These is one of about 7,000 of these revolvers made in period 1848-1850 and are rarely ever found with any condition. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “844”. Bbl retains about 95% strong glossy orig blue with majority of losses in a sgl patch of light surface rust on left side of bbl at muzzle. Bbl lug has light freckles of rust on both sides & over top flats. Rammer & loading lever retains most of its orig case colors, slightly darkened. Cyl retains about 95% orig blue mixed with scattered light patina. “U.S. DRAGOONS” & “COLT’S PATENT” etchings are completely legible & cyl body retains most of the Ranger/Indian fight scene with a few minor nicks & one small area of pitting. Face of cyl has a series of small nicks in one area. Cyl safety pin is partially intact. Frame retains virtually all of its orig case colors, strong on sides, turned silver on top right side of recoil shield. Hammer retains strong case colors also. Trigger guard & back strap are crisp and retain a dark brown mustard patina. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and some slight battering on bottom and retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp with brilliant shiny bore. 4-58852 JR30 (40,000-60,000)

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737

MARTIALLY MARKED COLT SECOND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 10224. Usual configuration with 7-1/2” oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight, brass grip frame with square back trigger guard & 1-pc walnut grip with fine cartouches on each side. There are small inspector initials on various pieces & parts including bottom of grip. Left side of frame has a tiny “U.S.” beneath “COLT’S PATENT”. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered to another revolver. Bbl & rammer retain a smooth, mottled, medium brown patina with some fine pitting on left side of bbl. Cylinder retains a light patina with the legends completely visible and retains 60-70% orig Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame retains traces of silvered case colors, being mostly a smooth silver/gray patina. Grip frame is a light to medium mustard patina. Grip shows light to moderate wear with a few dings on left side with both legible cartouches. Mechanics are fine, strong clean bore with light pitting. 4-60703 JR484 (6,000-9,000)

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738

COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 8106. Fine dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, usual markings with tiny “U.S.” below “COLT’S PATENT” on frame. It has brass grip frame with square back trigger guard & 1-pc walnut grip with fine sharp legible cartouches on both sides. One of only 2,700 revolvers of this model produced in period 1850-1851, few of which survive with any condition at all. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 50-60% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas, flaked to medium patina elsewhere with several nicks on each side. Rammer pivot retains about 50% faded case colors. Cyl retains about 30% thin orig blue with balance flaked to a medium patina and retains about 90% Ranger/Indian fight scene. All six safety pins remain prominent. Frame & hammer retain case colors, mostly turning gray. Grip frame is a medium mustard patina & grip, which is pencil numbered to this revolver in back strap channel, is sound & crisp with a few minor nicks & dings and retains a fine oil finish and has its fine cartouches on each side. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-59000 JR24 (12,500-17,500)

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739

COLT THIRD MODEL DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 13907, matching except lever 6355. 44 Cal. 7-1/2” part oct bbl. The bbl has the standard “ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY -”. “COLTS / PATENT” on the left side of the frame. None of the cylinder scene is visible. There is a “2” above the serial number on the bbl and cylinder. CONDITION: Smooth gray patina overall. Some dents on the bbl and cylinder and scattered light pitting. Pins on the rear of the cylinder have been mashed flat. Grip straps have a mellow patina with some dents at the base. Grips are worn at the high spots on the bottom with tiny chips missing from at the toes. Mechanically fine. Bore has moderate pitting. 4-60704 FS781 (3,500-5,000)

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740

COLT THIRD MODEL DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 16946, with no numbers visible on the cylinder, backstrap or loading lever. 44 Cal. 7-1/2″ part oct bbl. Standard address on bbl and Colt Patent marking on frame, followed by “U.S.” below the patent mark. The backstrap and recoil shield are cut for shoulder stock. The frame has holes for the fourth screw, they are not present. The plug for a rear sight at the rear of the bbl has been filled before the refinish. The front end of the loading lever has been brazed on to the rear half. The catch in the bbl is a new made replacement. CONDITION: Retains about 80% of the tank blue on the cylinder and 80% of the different color blue on the bbl lug. Bbl is well worn at the muzzle with light pitting overall. Colors on the lever are from the braze rather than finish. Frame, backstrap and triggerguard have light to moderate pitting. Grips are heavily worn with chips missing at both toes. Mechanically good. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58605 (2,000-3,000)

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741

INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. Cal. 36. SN 129246. Civil War inscribed Colt with 7-1/2” oct bbl, dovetailed silver blade Rocky Mountain front sight and brass grip frame with 1-pc walnut grip. Buttstrap is inscribed in period script “Col. H.G. Elder”. Accompanied by a packet of information regarding Col. Elder, who apparently enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant in 1863, at least that’s the first record available. He was promoted June 22, 1867 by Brevet to Lt. Col.l for gallant services at Battle of Five Forks, VA. He was a member of Co. C, 142nd Reg. PA Vols. His unit was organized Sept. 1, 1862 and participated in continuous battles from Fredericksburg in Dec. 1862, Gettysburg and to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse April 9, 1865. The battle of Five Forks, where Elder was promoted for gallant services, was a critical one for the South. In losing it, Lee lost the last railroad connection with the rest of the shrinking Confederacy. In the ensuing battle, Lee lost his great Leiutenant, A. P. Hill, and Jefferson Davis and his government had to flee Richmond. They were mustered out May 29, 1865. During those years of service, the regiment lost 227 officers & enlisted men. CONDITION: Good, all matching except wedge which is numbered to another revolver. No orig finish remains on the iron, being a smooth gray/brown patina with scattered spots of light surface pitting, possibly with some artificial aging on cylinder and frame. Trigger guard retains 40-50% orig silver plating with a ding & numerous small scratches on front strap. Backstrap & buttstrap retain a polished brass patina. Grip is sound with worn edges and retains 50-60% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a spot or two of pitting. 4-59050 (5,000-7,000)

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741a

REPRODUCTION COLT NO 5 BELT MODEL PATERSON REVOLVER. Cal .38. SN 1. Good reproduction with 8-15/16” tapered oct bbl, dbl scalloped with 5-shot square back cyl with 5 incised lines on the front edge and 2 toward the rear with stagecoach hold-up scene in the middle. It has the basic Paterson shape with folding trigger, flared butt and 1-pc wood grip. This is an outstanding reproduction and may be one of the very old ones from the 1920’s or ‘30’s. It even has 8-groove rifling with gain twist. The only place the serial number was observed was on the bottom of the bbl on the first scallop. The bottom flat of the bbl is marked “MOFRA”. CONDITION: Fair. Severely artificially aged with heavy dings and nicks on the bbl, heavy muzzle wear and moderate pitting. Cyl has been aged to match. Frame and grip frame have light to moderate pitting and the grips are heavily damaged and worn. Mechanics are fine. Strong dark bore. 4-60294 JR598 (3,000-5,000)

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741b

REPLICA COLT PATTERSON REVOLVER. SN 248. 36 Cal. 7-3/4” oct bbl. There are no markings except the serial number. The flat bottom rifling shows a join at the end of the breech section of the bbl. The revolving plate and face of the breech is overly large. CONDITION: Surfaces have been aged and show light pitting. Mechanically fine. 4-60230 FS728 (1,500-2,500)

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742

SCARCE COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 5405. Usual configuration with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 2-line New York City address with serifs reading from muzzle to cyl. It has 5-shot cyl with sgl safety pin & silver plated brass grip frame with square back trigger guard & 1-pc walnut grip. There is a tiny “Q” by serial number on trigger guard. Only about 15,000 of these revolvers were made in all bbl lengths during period 1847-50 with most having seen hard service. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl retains about 88-90% strong orig blue with a patch of fine pitting on left side of bbl and minor nicks & scratches. Cyl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with a few minor nicks & dings on face of cyl. Sgl safety pin is intact & cyl retains about 98% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame retains most of its orig case colors turning silver on both sides, strong & bright in sheltered areas and on recoil shields. Hammer retains 50-60% case colors. Hammer screw & one trigger guard screw are slightly battered; otherwise screws are fine and retain most of their orig blue. Grip frame retains most of its strong orig silver plating with a series of scratches on front strap which extend over onto grip, otherwise grip is sound with a small bruise and retains most of its orig factory varnish with some slight oil staining near frame. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. A rare revolver in extraordinary condition. 4-58854 JR41 (5,000-8,000)

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743

CASED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 10872. Rare little Colt with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 2-line New York City address. It has 5-shot cyl with Ranger/Indian fight scene, silver plated brass grip frame with square back trigger guard & 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” in tiny letters. Accompanied by a fine, velvet lined, orig Colt casing, green, compartmented in bottom for revolver, a brass Colt’s Patent 2-cavity mold without sprue cutter, a 1-sided eagle flask, an “L” shaped nipple wrench, a tin of Eley’s caps & a packet of combustible cartridges. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl retains traces of orig finish in sheltered areas with balance a smooth blue/brown patina with a few scattered pinpoints of rust on left flat. Cyl retains traces of orig finish, being mostly a silver/gray patina with some pitting around front edge and retains 50-60% Indian fight scene. Frame retains 70-80% faded orig case colors & hammer about 50% faded colors. Screws are slightly battered. Trigger guard retains about 80% orig silver & back strap about 30%. Grip has a couple of chipped toes with normal use & handling marks and a chip on right side near frame and retains about 70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. Case has a couple of cracks in lid & another in bottom, otherwise has light handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately soiled in bottom with damage from front sight and a couple of re-glued panels. Accessories are fine with a repaired seam on flask. 4-59187 (12,000-14,000)

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744

CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 178795, all matching including wedge. 4” oct bbl. In mahogany case with red lining containing brass bullet mold, pewter flask, screwdriver, Eley cap tin, and lead balls. CONDITION: Fine. 80% casehardening, brilliant on loading lever and hammer, bright on sides of frame. 50% blue on bbl, mostly flaked off on left side. 70% silver on backstrap and trigger guard, tarnished to black. Grips retain almost all orig varnish, with minor wear at base. Traces of blue at rear of cyl, but almost all of stagecoach robbery scene remains with all pins still sharp. Case lid has one full-length crack and other partials. It has separated from side pieces. Bottom has one full-length crack and some nail repairs. Interior lining has been rewrapped in lid and shows several repairs in base. Two partitions are loose. Flask is badly corroded. Mold is battered on two sides. 4-58768 FS140 (2,500-4,000)

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745

SPECTACULAR CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 44165. Early Gold Rush period, pre-Civil War Model 49 with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 2-line New York City address with serifs at each end. It has 5-shot cyl, silver plated brass grip frame & highly figured 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined Colt casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a 2-cavity brass Colt’s Patent mold without sprue cutter, a dbl sided American eagle flask, a packet of combustible cartridges and several lead balls in right rear compartment. This is certainly a revolver which could have gone to the gold fields & which was certainly in use during the Civil War. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl retains 85-90% strong orig factory blue mixed with flaked patina. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig factory case colors, bright on pivot, turned dark elsewhere. Cyl is an overall blue/brown patina with a pitted face and retains 97-98% stagecoach holdup scene. Frame retains most of its orig factory case colors, crisp & bright on sides, turned dark on recoil shields. Hammer retains about 60% orig case colors. Screws retain 60-70% orig blue. Grip frame retains virtually all of its strong orig silver plating & grip is sound with minor nicks and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Case is sound with light handling & storage marks and retains about all of its orig varnish. Lining is moderately faded with some wear from revolver & accessories and has a couple of re-glued partitions. Mold has a few minor nicks & dents and flask a couple of dents on one side. All in all a very fine, early cased pocket model worthy of any collection or museum. 4-58200 (12,000-14,000)

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746

ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 REVOLVER. SN 113537, matching except wedge, lever, cylinder pin, and grips. The scroll engraving is of the “inhabited” variety associated with Gustav Young, with a dog head on the left side of bbl and wolf heads on the hammer. The Colt markings on the bbl and frame are engraved rather than stamped. The name “J.A.Segan” is engraved through the silver on the backstrap. The pin front sight remains at the front of the bbl, but a dovetail sight has been added to the rear of it. A dovetail slot has been cut through Colt’s name at the rear of the bbl. CONDITION: Gray patina with light to moderate surface rust and pitting, heavier at the rear of the frame. 80% silver on the backstrap and trigger guard. Slightly undersized grips show wear and signs of cleaning. About 1/2 of the cylinder scene remains. Mechanically needs work. 4-58177 (1,250-2,000)

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747

ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 77686. Fine engraved pocket model, probably by Gustave Young, with 5″ oct bbl, 2-line New York City address, 5-shot cyl with silver plated brass grip frame & 1-pc half ivory, half walnut grip. This unusual grip, while not typical, appears to be orig to this revolver showing great age on inside. Engraving appears to be Young’s deluxe patterns with a small oval vignette of a reclining deer on left side of bbl lug and Young’s trademark eagle head incorporated into scrolls on right side. Frame & hammer have full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with “COLT’S PATENT” in a small oval on left side of frame. Hammer nose has wolf’s head on each side with fine feather patterns & fish scales on top edge with dbl rows of feather patterns around muzzle. Trigger guard, back strap & butt strap are beautifully engraved to match with a very well executed fan pattern at top of back strap. Serial numbers on frame, trigger guard & butt strap are all highlighted with screw holes having a sunburst pattern around them & screw heads all nicely engraved. Ends of wedge are engraved to match & cyl has a nice border pattern at front edge. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “64377” but is engraved to match revolver. Bbl retains 25-30% thin orig blue with balance a gray/brown patina. Cyl is a silver/gray patina and retains about 60% stagecoach holdup scene with one dent. Frame appears to have been originally blued and now retains 50-60% fine bright blue in sheltered areas with balance a gray patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain 90-92% orig silver. Grip is sound with a minor chipped left toe with wood side retaining about 50% orig varnish & ivory side a beautiful mellow patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-59195 JR21 (7,000-10,000)

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748

ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. SN 212265E. Matching numbers, including wedge. Cal. 31. 6” oct bbl. Standard one-line New York address. 5-shot cylinder with stage coach scene. Frame is fully engraved with partial engraving on bbl, loading lever, hammer, backstrap, and trigger guard. There are wolf heads on the sides of the hammer and a bear head on the left side of the bbl lug–both features normally associated with Gustav Young. CONDITION: Fine overall, with casehardening colors on the frame, loading lever, and hammer. Cylinder has been lightly cleaned, but 80% of the scene remains. Some screws have been replaced. About 80% of the silver remains on the backstrap and trigger guard. Grips have minor wear at the bottom and retain about 90% of the varnish. Mechanically good. 4-58275 FS26 (3,000-5,000)

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749

COLT BABY DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 14100, all matching. 31 Cal. 5” oct bbl. Marked “–ADDRESS SAML COLT / NEW?YORK CITY–” on top of the bbl. “COLTS / PATENT” on the left side of the frame and ‘COLTS PATENT” on the cylinder above the serial number. CONDITION: Brown patina overall with light pitting on the cylinder and moderate pitting at the muzzle. About 60% of the silver remains on the square back triggerguard and the back strap. Grips retain traces of the varnish and are well worn at the base with some dents on the bottom. Traces of the cylinder scene remain. Mechanically good. 4-59049 (4,500-6,000)

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750

SCARCE COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 7359. Usual configuration with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 2-line New York City address with dashes reading from cyl to muzzle. It has 5-shot cyl with sgl safety pin & silver plated brass grip frame with square back trigger guard & 1-pc walnut grip. Only about 15,000 of these revolvers were made in all bbl lengths during period 1847-50 with most having seen hard service. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge. No orig finish remains on bbl, cyl or frame with bbl & cyl being a smooth silver/gray patina. Cyl has a couple of dents and retains 60-70% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame retains a mottled silver/gray patina with fine screws. Hammer nose is lightly pitted. Grip frame retains 92-93% strong orig silver plating. Grip has a chipped left toe with light handling & use marks & retains 85-90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-59004 JR40 (4,000-7,000)

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751

SCARCE COLT BABY DRAGOON REVOLVER WITH RAMMER. Cal. 31. SN 12698. Rare Baby Dragoon, only a few thousand made with rammers. It has 5” oct bbl, brass pin front sight, 2-line New York City address with serifs at each end. It has the 1849 style rammer & lever with 5-shot cylinder that has the stagecoach holdup scene. It has nickel plated brass grip frame with 1-pc walnut grip. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl retains about 50% orig blue with balance a light blue/brown patina with scattered light pitting. Rammer & handle retain dark case colors with a spot of pitting on right side. Cylinder retains traces of orig blue, being a smooth light to medium brown patina & retains about 90% strong stagecoach holdup scene. Frame retains dark case colors turned silver. Grip frame retains virtually all of its orig silver plating with some traces of brass showing through. Front trigger guard screw is a replacement. Grip is sound with some battering on bottom that corresponds with battering on buttstrap, with light nicks & dings elsewhere and retains 88-90% orig varnish. One frame/bbl lug pin is broken. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-58863 (8,000-12,000)

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752

CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 154559, all matching including wedge. 5” oct bbl. Standard 2-line New York City address with brackets. Stagecoach robbery cylinder scene. Five shots. Colt mahogany case with iron mold, eagle flask, screwdriver/nipple wrench, cap tin, cleaning rod, and key which does not fit lock. CONDITION: Fine overall. 40% casehardening on sides of frame, loading lever, and hammer. 75% silver on backstrap, 30% on trigger guard. Traces of blue on bbl. Cylinder has no finish, but about 80% of the cylinder scene mixed with light surface rust remains. Grips show light wear, but most of the varnish has flaked off the butt. Mechanically tight. Four cracks to lid, with some repairs. Bottom has two full-length cracks and several shorter ones. Lock escutcheon is missing. A purple velvet lining is almost completely faded on bottom with some stains in top. Mold is battered and pitted but retains considerable blue. Screwdriver is lightly pitted with 70% blue. Flask is solid without dents but has no finish. 4-58774 (2,500-4,000)

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753

VERY RARE COLT WELLS FARGO MODEL 1849 PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 101838. This very rare revolver has a 3″ oct bbl without provisions for a rammer. It has a brass pin front sight, 5-shot cyl, silver-plated brass grip frame, small rnd trigger guard & 1-pc ivory grip. Buttstrap has a script inscription but is battered beyond legibility. CONDITION: Fair, no orig finish remains being a mottled silver/gray patina. Bbl has been cleaned, removing all markings. Cyl retains 20-30% stagecoach hold-up scene and grip frame traces of silver plating. Wedge screw is broken and both frame pins are missing. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore and grips are a beautiful mellow orange patina with a few age lines. This rare revolver has undoubtedly seen heavy service along with poor storage. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58603 JR10 (3,000-5,000)

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754

COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. SN 185221, all matching. Short 2-line Hartford address. Iron backstrap and triggerguard. CONDITION: Strong traces of blue on the bbl which has heavy dents on the top and light dents around the wedge. Cylinder has only faint traces of finish, but about 75% of the scene remains. Light casehardening colors on the sides of the loading lever and faint colors on the frame. Hammer has been cleaned and polished with slight pitting showing at the rear. Strong traces of silver on the triggerguard, but little on the backstrap. Varnish is worn at the base of the grips with a tiny chip missing on the right toe. Mechanically good. Collection 4-58978 (1,250-2,250)

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755

PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. SN 200185. Cal. 31. 5” oct bbl with 2-line “-ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT. -” on top of bbl, “COLTS / PATENT” on left side of frame. Backstrap is engraved “Thos. B. Pope Co. B. 19th Regt N.Y.S.M.”. Matching numbers, including wedge. Brass pin front sight. CONDITION: Brown patina with light surface rust and pitting overall. Rear of the six-shot cylinder is battered. Strong traces of silver on trigger guard and at the top of the backstrap. Grips are worn at the base, but retain about 80% of the varnish. Mechanically fine. 4-58274 FS23 (2,000-3,500)

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756

IDENTIFIED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. SN 204398, matching, including wedge. Cal. 31. 4” oct bbl with 2-line “-ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT.-” on top of bbl, “COLTS / PATENT” on left side of frame. Engraved on the butt in script, “W. C. Oakley / Co E. 19th Regt. N.Y.S.M.” on the butt. CONDITION: Mostly gray patina with light scratching and dents. Traces of blue in protected places. Cylinder scene is good, but has some scratching and denting. 80% silver on trigger guard, 20% on the backstrap. Grips show wear and chips at the base, but retain about 85% of the varnish. Mechanically good, some screws are replaced. 4-58279 FS29 (2,500-3,500)

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757

COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. SN 277669, all matching except loading lever and wedge. 31 Cal. 4” oct bbl. Standard 1-line New York address. 6 shot cylinder. 20th C. engraving in the style of Gustave Jung. Documentation accompanying gun and signed by famous cowboy actor Lash LaRue affirms that this was from his personal collection. The engraving cuts through the patent marking on the side of the frame. CONDITION: Retains most of the finish applied after the engraving. Grips retain 80% of the varnish with heavy wear around the base. Mechanically functional. 4-60690 (2,750-3,750)

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758

COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE REVOLVER. Cal. 36. SN 27468, all matching including wedge, cyl, and cylinder pin. 4-1/2” rnd bbl. Standard New York address marking on top of bbl with patent markings on left side of frame and in one of the flutes of the cylinder. CONDITION: Very fine. 90% blue on bbl and cylinder mixed with light surface rust. Brilliant casehardening colors on loading lever, hammer, and left side of frame. Right side is somewhat faded. All mixed with scattered light surface rust. Traces of silver remain on backstrap and trigger guard. Grips have most of varnish remaining with wear at base and some dents on left side. Mechanically fine. 4-58766 FS143 (2,500-4,000)

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759

COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE REVOLVER. SN 58125. 36 Cal. 6-1/2″ rnd bbl. Standard one line marking on the top. Marked “COLT’S / PATENT” on the left side of the frame. CONDITION: 60% thinning blue on the bbl, 40% on the fluted cylinder. 60% casehardening colors on the hammer, 40% on the loading lever. Faint traces of silver on the backstrap and triggerguard. Small chip missing at the left toe, otherwise the grips are excellent with 95% varnish and only slight wear at the bottom. Mechanically fine. 4-58980 FS820 (2,500-3,500)

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760

COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE REVOLVER. Cal. 36. SN 27158, all matching including wedge, cyl, and cylinder pin. 4-1/2” rnd bbl. Standard 1-line New York address on top of bbl with patent markings on left side of frame and in one of the flutes of the cylinder. CONDITION: Very good. 75% bright casehardening on sides of frame, hammer, and loading lever. Traces of blue in flutes on cylinder and in protected places on bbl. Bbl shows signs of filing, but light pitting remains. Some battering and pits on front of cylinder. Backstrap and trigger guard have been cleaned bright. Grips are worn at base, but retain about 90% of varnish. Mechanically crisp. 4-58767 FS144 (1,000-1,500)

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761

IDENTIFIED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE REVOLVER SN 11998. Cal. 36. 6-1/2” rnd bbl. Standard Colt markings on bbl and frame. Backstrap is engraved in script “A. Ayres.”. According to accompanying documents, Alfred Ayres enlisted in the 10th VT Inf. at Waterbury, Vermont, on December 10, 1863. He was captured at Cold Harbor, VA, June 15, 1864, and sent to Andersonville. No further record of him exists. The revolver was captured by Pvt. Thomas Gaynor of Co. C, 5th LA Inf. at Cold Harbor. He brought the gun home from the war. It descended in his family until 1986, when it was sold. The accompanying flap holster is period. Extensive National Archive file on Gaynor also accompanies the pistol. CONDITION: Very good. Strong traces of blue in protected places on the bbl and cylinder. Traces of casehardening colors on the loading lever and hammer and faint traces of silver on the trigger guard. Most of the varnish remains on the grips, which are only slightly worn at the base. Mechanically fine. Holster has minor scuffing and cracking, mostly on the flap. Fastening button is missing. 4-58198 (3,500-5,000)

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762

CASED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. Cal. 36. SN 183585. Spectacular Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass cone front sight & 1-line New York address. It has silver plated brass grip frame & 1-pc walnut grip. Bbl lug & the lands between nipples on cyl are British proofed. Accompanied by a rare mahogany purple velvet lined English casing (most English casings were oak), compartmented in bottom for revolver, an “L” shaped nipple wrench, a 2-cavity blued mold, a Dixon “COLT’S NAVY FLASK” bag shaped flask, a tin of Eley’s caps and a small pewter oil bottle. It also has a covered compartment in right rear corner with a carved pearl button. Unusually there is no provision for a cleaning rod slot as is normally found in English casings. Lid is inlaid with a rectangular brass plaque engraved in script “G.H. LAMB, ESQ. / 49TH REGT”. Revolver is not inscribed. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine, all matching including wedge, except rammer which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy bright orig factory blue. Rammer & handle retain virtually all of their bright orig case colors. Cyl retains about 90% thinning orig blue with a few minor nicks on front edge & retains about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Five of six safety pins are prominent. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, thinning to gray on tops of recoil shields, strong & bright on sides & sheltered areas. Grip frame retains traces of orig silver plating with balance a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound with two or three bruises on left side & a couple of minor nicks, otherwise retains virtually all of its bright orig factory varnish. Crisp mechanics, brilliant shiny bore. Casing has an open seam across bottom, otherwise is sound with minor storage & handling marks and retains most of its strong bright orig varnish. Interior lining is slightly faded with a little damage from front sight & a couple of re-glued partitions. Flask is crisp & clean and retains most of its orig finish with a few minor nicks & scratches. Other accessories are fine. 4-59016 JR34 (8,000-12,000)

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763

COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER WITH LONDON MARKINGS. Cal. 36. SN 25925, all matching including wedge. 7-1/2” oct bbl. Marked “arrow ADDRESS. COL. COLT. LONDON arrow” on top of bbl with London proof marks on left side of bbl lug and on each chamber. Grips are finely checkered. Accompanied by modern unlined oak case with reproduction flask, brass 44 cal. mold and packet of cartridges. CONDITION: Revolver is fine. 80% blue on cyl, 50% on bbl, with both being flaked rather than worn. Loading lever and hammer have about 80% bright casehardening colors, sides of frame about 40%, lightly cleaned on left side. Backstrap and trigger guard have about 80% silver, bubbling in spots. Checking on grips is sharp with varnish remaining on uncheckered base. Mechanically fine. Case is fair, with one partition broken by oversized mold. Lid is detached. 4-58776 FS141 (2,500-4,000)

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764

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 540. First year production, one of about 4,000 of these scarce revolvers with 8” rnd bbl, Hartford address & 6-shot fluted cyl with patent date in one flute & serial number in another. It has silver plated, brass trigger guard & front strap with silver plated iron backstrap. Frame is the 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock & is fitted with 1-pc walnut grip. A large shipment of these revolvers was sent to southern states just prior to outbreak of hostilities & in some circles are considered to be Confederate firearms. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl retains 60-70% thin orig blue, mixed with flaked light patina, with some pitting around muzzle. Rammer handle & pivot retain strong case colors. Cylinder retains 50-60% thin orig blue, having flaked to a medium patina with some fine pitting on raised areas. Frame retains strong case colors on left side, bright in sheltered areas with traces on right side, being mostly turned to silver. Trigger guard & front strap retain 60-70% orig silver & backstrap 25-30% silver with pitting down most of strap. Grip is fine with good edges & a couple of minor chips and retains most of a revarnished finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few spots of pitting. A scarce revolver in desirable condition. 4-60672 JR399 (5,000-8,000)

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765

RARE CASED COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 4484. Blue finish with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight, 1-line Hartford address with 6-shot full fluted cyl, brass trigger guard & iron back strap with 1-pc ivory grip. It has a 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flathead hammer screw & short rnd head screws in stock screw holes. Accompanied by an early red velvet lined orig Colt casing with beveled bottom edges, compartmented in bottom for revolver, a very early deep repoussed dbl sided Colt’s patent flask, “L” shaped nipple wrench, 2-cavity iron Colt’s patent mold with sprue cutter & a packet of Hazard Powder Co. cartridges. Only about 4,000 of these early Model 60’s were ever made and majority of them saw hard service during the Civil War. Few are ever encountered with condition. They are generally considered a Confederate weapon as a large shipment of them was sent South just prior to the beginning of hostilities. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine, all matching including wedge, with bbl retaining 60-70% glossy bright orig blue mixed with brown patina & scattered light surface rust on right side. Cyl retains about 40% flaked orig blue & frame most of its strong orig case colors turned dark on recoil shields. Hammer retains about 60% strong case colors. Trigger guard is a medium mustard patina & does not appear to have ever had silver plating. Back strap & butt strap retain about 90% glossy orig blue, flaked & dulling on back strap. Grip is sound with numerous age lines and retains a beautiful golden mellow patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case has a few grain checks in lid, otherwise is sound and retains generous amounts of its orig finish with one or two loose joints. Flask shows substantial wear & has a broken spring. Nipple wrench is near new & mold is mostly gray metal. Cartridge box & cap box are fine. 4-59003 JR33 (8,000-12,000)

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766

COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. SN 208885. All matching except lever and wedge, which have no numbers. Cal. 36. 7-1/2” oct bbl. Standard one-line New York address. Navy battle cyl scene. CONDITION: Very good. Mostly gray patina with scattered spots of surface rust and light pitting. Back strap and trigger guard have a mellow patina with some dents and battering on the butt. Grips show wear around the base and battering on the bottom, but retain about 80% of the orig varnish. Over half of the cyl scene remains, with moderate pitting on one section. Mechanically fine. Some screws are replaced. 4-58391 FS56 (1,500-2,500)

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767

COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. SN 45207. All matching including wedge. Cal. 36. 7-1/2” oct bbl. Marked “-ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW.YORK CITY -” on top of bbl. There is no Colt patent marking on the frame. Backstrap and trigger guard are iron. Navy battle cylinder scene has normal markings. Several of the screws are replaced. Backstrap is engraved “COL 2D REGIMENT” but no name appears. CONDITION: Brown patina with faint traces of blue overall. Cylinder is battered and worn at the front. About 1/2 of the cylinder scene remains. Grips are chipped and worn at the base and appear to have been refinished. Mechanically fine. 4-58285 FS25 (1,500-3,000)

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768

CASED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. SN 133856, matching except loading lever and wedge. The cylinder has been renumbered. 36 Cal. 7-1/2″ oct bbl. Marked “–ADDRESS COL. SAMl COLT NEW- YORK U.S. AMERICA–” on top of the bbl, with “COLTS / PATENT” on the left side of the frame. The cylinder scene is very good. The lever pivot screw has been replaced and there is work on the bbl lug at that point. The wedge screw is also a replacement. Cased in a wood box with oak bottom and unidentified wood top. Lined with maroon velvet and containing a powder flask, a Colt marked brass mold, an Eley cap tin and a key which operates the lock. CONDITION: 20% blue on the bbl, 60% on the cylinder. 80% casehardening colors on the hammer and loading lever. Frame has been cleaned to bright. Backstrap and triggerguard retain much of the current coat of silver. Fancy grain walnut grips are slightly undersized and retain most of their varnish. Interior of the case, including the label and the lid have been aged. Two of the partitions are loose, the lid is warped. Flask has a replaced spout and has several dents. Mold has numerous dents and some light surface rust, but has good cavities. Cap tin is very good. 4-58984 (4,000-6,000)

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769

COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 187607. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight, rebated cyl with brass trigger guard & iron back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. This is a civilian model without military inspector stamps. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered, having seen very little, if any, use with most of wear from poor storage. Bbl retains 65-70% glossy orig factory blue with top & front sides a light brown patina with some fine rust pitting on left side. Rammer & lever retain most of their orig case colors, bright on rammer & pivot with handle turned dark. Cyl retains about 40% thin orig blue with major diameter a light blue brown patina and retains about 90% naval battle scene. All six of safety pins are prominent and nipples are crisp. Frame & hammer retain most of their strong bright orig case colors, thinned on left recoil shield with a small area of pitting. Trigger guard retains about 50% thin silver plating & back strap is mostly a brown patina. Grip is sound with a few minor nicks and small mashed flats on each edge and retains most of its orig varnish. Handspring is broken, otherwise mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bore with a few tiny scattered spots of pitting. All in all, a fine, bright Army that has little use, just poor storage. 4-58997 JR31 (5,000-8,000)

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770

MARTIALLY MARKED CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 68912. Usual configuration with 8” rnd bbl, German silver front sight & 1-line New York address. It has brass trigger guard & iron back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Grip has a cartouche on each side, along with a small carved American flag near left heel. There are tiny inspector marks on various parts. Mahogany casing, while a nice fitted case, is not from Colt. It is green velvet lined, compartmented in bottom for this revolver, a large 1-sided “COLT’S PATENT” flask, a “COLT’S PATENT” iron mold with sprue cutter and inspector initial “S” on right side. It also has an “L” shaped nipple wrench and a functioning key. Right rear corner has a compartment with a lacquered Eley’s cap tin. Lid has a paper label, directions for loading Colt’s pistols. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which has numbers “7819” and “849”. Bbl retains about 35% strong orig blue, mostly in sheltered areas with most of top of bbl a smooth, even, light brown patina. Right edge of muzzle is very heavily worn with numerous small nicks. Cylinder is a gray patina with a couple of small dings & retains 85-90% orig Naval battle scene. All six safety pins are prominent. Frame retains traces of case colors in very sheltered areas with balance a light silver brown patina. Hammer retains 50-60% faded case colors. Backstrap & buttstrap retain 30-40% orig blue, mostly a blue/brown patina on backstrap. Grip frame is a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound with moderate edge wear & a few small nicks and retains a hand polished patina. Cartouche is not legible on left side but is mostly legible on right side. Case is fine, retaining most of an old refinish on outside with light fading and light soil in bottom. Label in lid is tattered. Flask has several dents but appears to be sound & functional. Mold is very worn. There is one loose partition in bottom. 4-60338 JR437 (4,000-7,000)

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771

COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 150882S. Cal. 44. 8” rnd bbl. Standard Colt markings on bbl and frame. Cut for shoulder stock, but only three screws in the frame. Marked “B.KITTREDGE & CO” in an arc over “CIN.O.” on the left side of bbl. CONDITION: Mostly gray patina, with light surface rust and pitting. Mellow patina on the brass trigger guard. Cylinder scene is faint, but the other markings on the cylinder are sharp. Grips are worn at the base and the left side is battered on the lower half. Mechanically fine. 4-58278 FS28 (2,000-3,000)

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772

COLT NAVY NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. Cal. 38LC. SN 89863 All matching except cylinder (60901) which has had a matching number added. Orig 1-line address on top of bbl, but new patent markings with 1871 and 1872 dates have been added to left side of frame. “U.S.N” stamped on butt and “R.W.M. anchor.” is stamped on bottom of bbl. Matching number is on loading gate. Accompanied by a rare box of UMC 38 RF Long cartridges. It has green label with a picture of a Colt on lid and is marked “COLT’S NAVY & POLICE PISTOL”. It contains 44 rds. CONDITION: 40% casehardening colors on sides of frame, mostly gray on recoil shield. 80% casehardening colors on hammer. 40% blue on bbl and ejector rod housing. Cylinder, backstrap, and trigger guard have an even gray patina mixed with spots of surface rust and some light pitting. Cylinder scene is good, with about 60% remaining. Action is crisp. Grips are worn smooth at bottom, with little finish remaining. Ammo box is moderately soiled with edge wear & three broken corners but nearly intact. 4-58775 FS145 (2,000-3,000)

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773

COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. Cal. 38 RF. SN 2809. Made from previously unfinished parts it has 7-1/2″ oct bbl with 1-line New York address with ejector rod on right side and a loading gate in recoil shield. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and it has an iron trigger guard with brass back strap & 1-pc walnut grip. Cyl bears serial number “8431” along with last three digits “809” of revolver’s serial number. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 75% glossy bright orig factory blue mixed with flaked areas turned to patina. Cyl is a gray/brown patina. Frame retains most of its orig case colors mostly faded to gray on left side with stronger colors in sheltered areas, stronger on right side. Grip is sound, slightly shrunken, with a minor chipped toe and light handling & use marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-59197 JR20 (5,000-10,000)

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774

ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. Cal. 38 RF. SN 6414. Beautiful dlx engraved Colt with 4-1/2″ oct bbl without rammer, 5-shot rebated cyl, silver plated brass grip frame and highly figured deluxe burl walnut 1-pc grip. Engraving is late percussion style virtually identical to two revolvers pictured on p. 271 & another on p. 272 in The Colt Engraving Book, Vol. I, Wilson. This engraving has all characteristics of Gustave Young with his trademark flower blossoms & shell pattern at top of back strap. Bbl has 50-60% coverage over lugs & top flats with frame & hammer having full coverage. Grip frame is engraved to match. The four serial numbers on bottom all have a small “E” adjacent to serial number. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 30% orig blue, bright in sheltered areas, with balance a gray patina and a few dents on two of sharp edges. Cyl retains 50-60% orig blue, quite thin on major diameter, stronger & brighter in rebated section. Cyl retains about 80% stagecoach holdup scene. Frame & hammer retain about 90% orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, brilliant on sides of hammer. Trigger guard retains about 40% silver plating with back strap & butt strap brass patina. Grip has a couple of grain checks on left side & a chipped right toe with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-59194 JR22 (8,000-15,000)

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775

COLT 3-1/2″ CONVERSION REVOLVER. Cal. 38 RF. SN 2957. Blue & case colored with 3-1/2″ rnd bbl & no provision for an ejector. It has rebated pocket Navy type cyl with silver plated brass grip frame & 1-pc walnut grip. About 6,000 of these revolvers were made in period 1873-80. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 60% glossy bright orig blue with balance having flaked, not from wear, to a medium patina. There are a few small nicks around wedge slot. Cyl retains 40-50% flaked orig blue with loss areas a medium patina. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig brilliant case colors. Grip frame retains traces of orig silver plating. Grip is sound with a minor nick or two & retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Crisp mechanics, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired. 4-58985 JR39 (2,000-3,000)

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776

CASED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL “7” 1855 SIDE HAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 11910. Blue finish with 1-pc walnut grip, 3-1/2″ stepped rnd bbl, brass pin front sight & 5-shot cyl with cyl pin retaining screw in side. Back strap is inscribed in period script, “A.A. Patton” and in block letters that appear to be stamped, “FROM C.H. COLT” and again in fine script, “Christmas, 1870.” Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined Colt casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a dbl-sided eagle flask, a bullet mold, which is missing & an “L” shaped screwdriver. There is a tin of Eley caps in right rear corner. This appears to be a presentation from Caldwell Colt, Samuel Colt’s son. No indication of who A.A. Patton was. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 60% glossy orig blue virtually all on left side with right side a very light patina. Rammer handle retains most of its bright orig case colors. Cyl retains 60-70% glossy orig blue with balance flaked to a light patina & it retains about 98% stagecoach holdup scene. Frame retains 97-98% glossy bright orig factory blue with minor edge wear & a small nick or two. Grip is sound, also with a minor nick or two and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has crack in top & bottom with re-glued joints and moderate to heavy fading in lining. Bottom inside shows substantial wear from revolver & accessories. A little research is required to determine relationship of Patton to Caldwell Colt. 4-59015 JR37 (2,500-4,000)

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777

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1847 CAVALRY MUSKETOON. Cal. 69. NSN. 26” rnd bbl. Dated 1848 on lock, 1853 on bbl. Longleaf on rear sight has been replaced. Ramrod, slide, and chain are replacements. CONDITION: Moderate to heavy pitting on bbl, light on lockplate. Brass trigger guard and buttplate have a heavy patina. Initials have been carved in buttplate and bottom of stock. There is a long crack extending forward from buttplate, but only light dents and scratches on most of the wood. Mechanically good. Edwards Collection 4-58437 (2,000-4,000)

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778

RARE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1855 CARBINE. Cal. 58. NSN. 22” rnd bbl. Lockplate is dated 1855. No date is visible on bbl or tang. Two-leaf rear sight is replacement. Ramrod swivel is probably a replacement. CONDITION: Gray patina overall with moderate to heavy pitting at breech. Light pitting elsewhere. Stock has been repaired, sanded, and reoiled. Mechanically good. Edwards Collection 4-58440 (4,000-6,000)

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779

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1847 SAPPERS & MINORS MUSKETOON. Cal. 72. NSN. 25-3/4” rnd bbl. Dated 1855 on lockplate. Date on bbl tang is not visible due to pitting. Only 80 of these were made in 1855. A total of 830 were made in all years. Ames bayonet is also dated 1855, but inspector mark is not readable. CONDITION: Gray patina mixed with light to moderate pitting overall. Wood has been repaired, sanded, and reoiled, but some chips and cracks remain. Mechanically good. Bayonet is in matching condition. Edwards Collection 4-58436 (3,500-5,000)

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780

UNIDENTIFIED EUROPEAN RING HAMMER CARBINE. SN 252. 67 Cal. 17-3/4” part oct bbl. Dated “1857” on the bbl and lock, “1858” on the stock. There are various “crown/W”, “crown/H” and other stamps and cartouches on various parts. CONDITION: Gray/brown patina with moderate to heavy pitting. Stock has numerous dents and gouges. Mechanically good. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58568 (1,000-2,000)

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781

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1847 ARTILLERY MUSKETOON WITH BAYONET. Cal. 69. NSN. 26” rnd bbl. Dated 1847 on lockplate with no number visible on bbl tang due to pitting. Bbl tang screw and both swivels are missing. 18-1/4” bayonet has large “US” mark at base. Scabbard has black frog, and tip is inside leather. CONDITION: Brown patina with moderate pitting overall. Lockplate has been heavily cleaned, rounding the edges. Stock has been broken and repaired, leaving dents and chips. Bayonet has light pitting overall. Scabbard is broken toward tip with scuffs and chips to finish. Edwards Collection 4-58435 (1,500-2,500)

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782

RARE MERRILL’S PATENT CONVERSION OF A MODEL 1842 MUSKET WITH BAYONET. NSN. Cal. 69. 36” rnd bbl. Bbl has been shortened and rifled. New inspector marks “PR / P” are stamped on bbl forward of the orig proof marks. No cartouche is visible on the stock. Standard Merrill markings on the operating lever and Harper’s Ferry markings dated 1855 on the lockplate. There is a bayonet lug on the bottom of the bbl. Ramrod is a replacement. The 18-1/2” triangular bayonet is marked “U.S.” at the base of the blade. Scabbard has a single-stitched frog and a brass tip. CONDITION: All metal parts have been cleaned to bright. Stock has been cleaned and varnished over light dents and scratches, but has a nice appearance. Bayonet condition matches the gun. Mechanically fine. 4-58272. FS13 (4,000-6,000)

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783

RARE MERRILL RIFLE. SN 1591. Cal. 58. 31” rnd bbl. Standard Merrill markings on the lockplate and operating lever. Brass trigger guard, buttplate, and forearm tip. All other parts are iron. Bayonet lug on the right side of bbl has the number 69. Trigger guard is engraved “Thomas Banton”. Ramrod is a replacement. Sight and tool are missing from patchbox. Only 770 of these were purchased by the U.S. Government. CONDITION: Gray/brown patina with scattered surface rust and light pitting. Stock has numerous dents, chips, and scratches. 4-58271 FS10 (3,000-4,000)

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784

WHITNEY MODEL 1841 “MISSISSIPPI” RIFLE WITH BAYONET. NSN. Cal. 58. 33” rnd bbl. Lockplate is marked “E.WHITNEY / US” in front of hammer and “N.HAVEN / 1853” vertically at the rear. Bbl tang is dated 1853 also. Bbl has been bored to 58 cal. and has the three-blade rear sight of the Colt conversions. It also has a ring adapter for a bayonet. Bbl has number 3599 stamped behind the adapter, but the adapter has no number. Brass tip on ramrod has been cut for mini bullets. A rack number, 35, has been stamped on top of buttplate. Large “WAT” cartouche on left side of stock with a smaller “JH” cartouche slightly forward of it. The 22-7/16” yataghan blade of the bayonet is unmarked. Brass hilt has “C” and “M” inspector marks. The cut in the hilt is made for a lug that has a lead-in slot but fits this adapter well. CONDITION: Gray patina overall with light pitting. Bayonet adapter has been reblued. Brass has a mellow patina. Stock has numerous dents and scratches with a repaired crack through the wrist. Mechanically good. Bayonet has been lightly cleaned but is generally fine. 4-58719 FS106 (2,000-3,000)

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785

SHARPS/SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1874 RIFLE. Cal. 50/70. SN 12. 35” rnd bbl. Despite model designation, these guns were actually made as trial pieces in 1870. 300 of them were made at Springfield, using actions furnished by Sharps. “CK” has been stamped on left side of receiver and carved on left side of stock. CONDITION: All metal parts cleaned to bright, except rear sight. Wood is battered with repaired cracks at tang and forearm. Mechanically good. Bore is bright. Edwards Collection 4-58462 (2,000-3,500)

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786

SHARPS NEW MODEL 1859 CARBINE. SN 35852. 52 Cal. 22” rnd bbl. Brass mounted. Has sling swivel installed in the bottom of the stock as well as a sling ring on the left side of the stock. Marked “SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN.” On top of the bbl in front of the sight and “NEW MODEL 1858” behind the sight. Various patent markings on the lockplate, receiver and rear sight. This breechblock has the grooved back with the Lawrence and Conant Patent markings. 2,000 carbines in this serial number range were issued to the 1st and 5th Georgia Calvary during the Civil War with some going to the 57th Georgia Infantry and an additional 130 to the State of Virginia for militia use. CONDITION: Smooth brown patina on iron parts. A large chip is missing from the stock of the upper tang, otherwise the stock is fine. Mechanically fine. 4-60219 (4,500-6,500)

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787

SHARPS MODEL 1853 SPORTING RIFLE. SN 18866. 44 Cal. 21-1/2” rnd bbl. No visible markings on the bbl. Standard Sharps Patent markings on the upper tang, but only fragments of the marking on the lockplate remain. The mainspring and stirrup are broken. The priming mechanism parts are missing. CONDITION: Poor with crusty rust on most metal surfaces. Patina on the patchbox and buttplate is very heavy. Set trigger and lock both need parts. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58592 (1,000-2,000)

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788

BURNSIDE SPENCER MODEL 1865 SADDLERING CARBINE WITH SPRINGFIELD CONVERSION. SN 18470. Cal. 50 Spencer. 32-5/8” rnd bbl. Standard 4-line Spencer Burnside markings follow Model 1865 designation on top of receiver. These late Civil War carbines were converted to rifles at Springfield Armory. This one has “ESA” cartouche following saddle ring bar on left side of stock. A matching number has been stamped on left side of bbl. 1,108 of these were made. It has a stabler cutoff. CONDITION: Fine. Bright casehardening on left side of action, slightly fading on right side, and mostly turned dark on lock and lever. 90% blue on bbl mixed with light surface rust and pitting. Wood has minor dents and scratches. Mechanically fine. Edwards Collection 4-58463 (2,000-3,000)

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789

ALTERED SPENCER MILITARY RIFLE. SN 5794. Cal. 61. 28-3/4” rnd bbl. The 2-line markings on top of the receiver have been defaced by a full-length groove filed in the top of the receiver. Bbl has been bored out to 20 ga. Bbl has been shortened and a bone front sight has been inserted. Top of bbl has been heavily filed and a new sight position cut toward the breech. A new sight and spring have been inserted. “Co A No 95 123. Ill” has been engraved on top of bbl between the last two bbl bands. CONDITION: Rust/brown patina overall, except rear part of bbl, which has been artificially browned. Stock has several cracks at the rear with chips and slivers missing on the forearm. Mechanically functional. 4-58259 (1,000-2,000)

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789a

SHARPS & HANKINS MODEL 1862 NAVY CARBINE. Cal. 52 RF. SN 12182. One of approx. 6,686 of these rare carbines, purchased by Navy in period 1862-1865. This carbine has a 24” leather covered rnd bbl, square base brass blade front sight with its orig rear sight. It has usual frame markings & is mounted with straight grain, uncheckered, American walnut with perch belly stock & brass buttplate. It has a base & swivel in bottom of stock. CONDITION: Fine. Leather covering & seam are completely intact with some crackling & loss of finish, but appears to be supple & sound. Frame retains about 60% faded case colors, stronger where covered by leather, with balance light patina with some spots of surface rust. Stock is sound with a gouge & bruise and a grain check by heel and retains generous amounts of orig finish. Mechanics are fine, very bright, shiny bore. 4-60285 JR583 (4,000-7,000)

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790

SPENCER MODEL 1865 CARBINE. Cal. 50 Spencer. SN 15595. 20” rnd bbl. Marked “M 1865” on top of bbl, with standard Spencer markings on top of frame. The Stabler cutoff has been installed. CONDITION: Poor. All metal is coated with a mixture of rust, dirt and dried grease. Stock has chips missing from the forearm, normal dents and gouges elsewhere. Mechanically good. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58591 (1,000-1,500)

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791

MERRILL FIRST MODEL CIVIL WAR CARBINE. Cal. 52. SN 19070. 22” rnd bbl. Standard 4-line markings on lockplate and 2-line markings on operating lever. Dated 1864 on tail of lock. No visible cartouche, although many parts have an “O” inspector mark. Brass buttplate, trigger guard, and bbl band. CONDITION: Good. Gray patina mixed with surface rust and light pitting on iron parts, dark patina on brass. Stock is fine with minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58588 FS700 (2,000-2,500)

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792

COSMOPOLITAN CIVIL WAR CARBINE. SN 260. 52 Cal. 20” part oct bbl. Marked “COSMOPOLITAN ARMS CO” in an arc over “HAMILTON.O. U.S / GROSS’ PATENT” on the lockplate. 1,140 Cosmopolitan carbines of various types were delivered to the 5th and 6th Illinois Calvary in 1862. After a few modifications, this became the Gwyn & Campbell Carbine. This has the grapevine lever with the rotating breechblock. It is equipped with sling swivels mounted on a ring around the front of the bbl and behind the trigger plate at the bottom of the stock, as well as the standard saddle ring bar on the left side of the receiver. The single leaf sight is graduated to 9. CONDITION: Good. Smooth gray patina overall. Minor dents and nicks to the wood. Action is fine. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58595 FS705 (3,000-5,000)

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793

GWYN & CAMPBELL GRAPEVINE CIVIL WAR CARBINE. Cal. 52. SN 5185. 20” part oct bbl. Marked “GWYN & CAMPBELL” in an arc over “PATENT / 1862 / HAMILTON- O” on lockplate behind hammer. “UNION / RIFLE” on right side of receiver. Rear loop of operating lever/trigger guard and front sight are missing. There is a museum tag tacked to the middle of the stock. CONDITION: Crusty rust overall. Stock has normal handling marks. Mechanically functional. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58596 FS699 (1,500-2,500)

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794

FINE SMITH CIVIL WAR CARBINE. SN 341. 52 Cal. 21-5/8” part oct bbl. Early example made by American Machine Works with standard three line manufacturing, distributor and patent markings on the left side of the receiver. Sharp “JH” cartouche on the left side of the stock. CONDITION: Excellent. 95% blue on the bbl and lock, brilliant casehardening on the action. Some light surface rust and flaking on the triggerguard and buttplate. Minor dents and scratches on the wood. Mechanically excellent. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58593 FS702 (3,000-5,000)

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795

REMINGTON JENKS BREECHLOADING CARBINE. NSN. 54 Cal. 24” rnd bbl. Marked “REMINGTON’S / HERKIMER / N.Y.” on the lockplate and “WM JENKS / USN / RP / P / 1845” on top of the bbl at the breech. About 1,000 of these were made on contract with Maynard tape primers after Remington bought Ames’ Machinery. “RP” cartouche on the left side of the stock. CONDITION: Fine. 80% of thinning brown on the bbl, half of the blue on the operating lever and faint traces of casehardening on the lockplate and action. Brass furniture has a mellow patina. Stock has light dents and scratches. Mechanically fine. 4-59178 FS727 (3,000-5,000)

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796

SECOND MODEL MAYNARD CIVIL WAR CARBINE. SN 21328. 50 Cal. 20” part oct bbl. Standard four line Maynard Patent markings on the left side of the frame and three line Mass. Arms Co. markings on the right side of the frame. “AJN” and ‘JM” cartouches on the left side of the stock. The saddle ring bar, bbl, and buttplate have an “S” inspector mark. CONDITION: Good. 90% blue on the bbl. Mostly gray patina on the action and buttplate with scattered light surface rust on all metal. Stock is very good with sharp inspector cartouches and a few dents and scratches. Mechanically fine. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58594 FS704 (2,000-3,000)

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797

EXCEPTIONALLY RARE U.S. GREENE CARBINE. Cal. 54. NSN. 22” rnd bbl. Marked “GREENE’S PATENT / JUNE 27. 1854” on upper tang “MAYNARD’S /PATENT / SEP. 22.1845.” in a circle on the primer cover. “MASS ARMS CO / CHICOPEE FALLS / U. S. A. 1856” on lockplate. There is a faint “JH” oval cartouche on left side of stock, along with another that is unreadable. Rotating bbl is locked by the front trigger. Only 300 of these were purchased by the U.S. government. The first 200 were delivered in March 1856 and shipped to the 1st Cav. for the Cheyenne Expedition in May 1857. The rest were sent to the 2nd Cav. in FL. Those that were still in service at the beginning of the Civil War were issued to the 6th Ohio Cav. CONDITION: Fine overall. Blue mixed with surface rust and light to moderate pitting. Signs of cleaning on the upper tang. Only minor dings, dents, and scratches appear on the stock. A hairline crack at end of lower tang. Mechanically fine. 4-58860 FS701 (10,000-15,000)

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798

NORTH MODEL 1843. NSN. 54 Cal. 21” rnd bbl. Marked “U.S / S.NORTH / MIDLTN / CONN. / 1849” on top of the breechblock, “STEEL” on top of the receiver and “JCB” on the left side of the receiver. A number of letters have been stamped on the bottom of the stock, some of which are readable. This is one of the carbines rifled by William Marston at the beginning of the Civil War and figured prominently in the scam perpetrated on the government by J.P. Morgan. CONDITION: Gray/brown patina overall with light to moderate pitting. Wood has been cleaned and re-oiled Mechanically fine. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58589 FS706 (2,000-3,000)

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799

JOSLYN MUSKET. Cal. 50-60-450 Joslyn. SN M1319. 35-5/8” rnd bbl. Springfield lock is dated 1864. Joslyn Model 1864 breech mechanism was furnished to Springfield, who added the other parts. “WTT” cartouche on left side of stock. There are no Joslyn markings on breechblock. 3,007 of these were made. CONDITION: Near excellent. Bright casehardening colors on lockplate and lower part of hammer, slightly darker on upper part of hammer and on breechblock. Bright parts show very light surface rust with some signs of cleaning. Stock is excellent, with sharp edges and only a few nicks and dings. Edwards Collection 4-58451 FS136 (3,000-5,000)

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800

JOSLYN MODEL 1864 BREECHLOADING RIFLE. SN 44M. Cal. 50RF. 35-1/2” rnd bbl. Springfield lockplate dated 1864. There is a German silver star with an “8” engraved in the center of it, inserted in the right side of the stock and the name “C. B. Russell” in a German silver scroll between the two lockplate screws on the left side of the stock. CONDITION: Mostly gray patina with light spots of pitting. Wood appears to be varnished, but not sanded. Buttplate has heavy rust. Ramrod is a replacement. 4-58265 FS15 (2,000-3,000)

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801

REMINGTON MODEL 1870 USN CONTRACT RIFLE WITH BAYONET AND SCABBARD. NSN. Cal. 50/70. 32-5/8” rnd bbl. Marked on the left side of the receiver with a large eagle over “USN / SPRINGFIELD / 1870”. There is no anchor on bbl. Two-line Remington patent marking is on the upper tang. The 20” straight single fuller blade with an oddly shaped brass hilt was made by Ames Manufacturing Co., whose logo is on the right ricasso. Left ricasso has “U.SN. / G.G.S / 1870”. Hilt has crossed cannons and an anchor on both sides. The same “G.G.S.” inspector mark at the top. There is an “ESA” cartouche on left side of the stock. The odd shape of the hilt is due to the large hole for the tip of the ramrod. Leather scabbard has a brass tip and throat. The frog button is missing on the throat. CONDITION: About 75% of the blue/brown finish on the bbl remains. Strong casehardening color on the left side of the frame. Mostly gray patina elsewhere. Stock has normal dents and gouges. Mechanically fine. Bore is bright with scattered light pitting. 4-58732 FS102 (2,000-3,000)

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802

FOREHAND & WADSWORTH DROPPING BLOCK RIFLE. SN 983. 35 Cal. 24-1/4” part oct bbl. Marked with a three-line marking on top of the receiver that is not completely readable. The stock attachment screw is missing. CONDITION: Bbl is very good with 70% blue. Action and buttplate have faint traces of finish but are mostly gray and brown patina. Wood is good. Action is frozen. 8-76198 (800-1,000)

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803

FRANK WESSON MEDIUM FRAME TIP UP RIFLE. SN 2586. Cal. 44 rim or center fire. Finish is blue. Walnut stock. There is no maker’s mark on the bbl. “PAT. APR. 6,1876” is on the left side of the hammer. Rear support piece that fits into the bbl is missing. Rear sight has a sliding “V”-notch. German silver front sight blade is fitted into a dovetail block. CONDITION: Good. About 1/2 the blue remaining on the bbl. Frame has been cleaned and all iron pieces have light surface rust and pitting. Action is frozen, probably with dried grease. Wood has minor dents and scratches but retains much of the orig varnish. 8-76188 (1,000-1,500).

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804

SCARCE 7TH CAVALRY CARBINE SCABBARD. Made at Rock Island Arsenal and so marked at top on left side. Made of heavy harness leather, 31” long with a stepped sewn edge with harness rivets. It has a strap loop on each side, also with copper harness rivets & an iron ring about mid-point. It also has a brass collar at top front edge. Top right side is stamped “TROOP / K / 7 CAVALRY” & the number “23”. CONDITION: Fair to good. Shows heavy wear with mouse chewings at tip, is dry & crackled but has been treated. There is a dry break about mid-point on folded edge & there are some losses on sewn edge. It appears that there were nine rivets, after market installed, on sewn edge that have been removed. 4-59073 JR284 (500-1,000)

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805

COLUMBUS ARMORY CARBINE. Cal. .58 SN 19. This is among the rarest of all Confederate carbines; and is one of only two known marked examples. John Murphy in his definitive reference, “Confederate Carbines and Musketoons”, shows a nearly identical weapon and states it is the only specimen known. This makes the second specimen known as this gun was unknown to Murphy prior to his passing. Bbl is 24” long; gun is 39-1/4” long overall. Bbl is marked near breech, “PRO. / FCH”. Bottom of bbl has a single digit, either a “3” or “5”, stamped near the breech. Bbl is retained by two brass bands; both rear and front bands are spring retained, with the front being a double-strap band. Lock-plate is stamped forward of the hammer, “COLUMBUS ARMORY” identically to excavated lock SN 7 illustrated in Murphy’s book, as is the other complete gun. Internally this lock and hammer are both numbered “19”. No other SNs were found on this gun. This is your only chance to ever buy a Columbus Armory marked carbine; as the only other example now resides in the Greensboro Public Museum. CONDITION: Bbl and lock are dark grey/brown with areas of shine and scattered pitting, especially at the breach. Proof marks on bbl are partially obscured by pitting. Stock exhibits several small cracks and wood restoration forward and rear of lock. 4-59153 (85,000-95,000)

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806

CONFEDERATE TARPLEY CARBINE. Cal. 52. SN 90. This is among the rarest and most desirable of Civil War weapons. 23” bbl, 39 1/4” overall length. Brass frame has high copper content as exhibited in patina, iron butt-plate and breechblock. The top of the wrist tang is stamped “J.H. TARPLEY’S/ PAT FEB 14/1863”. Only 20 of these guns are known and eleven are in institutional collections. According to John Murphy in his definitive reference book: Confederate Carbines & Musketoons, Murphy states “On 14 February 1863 Jeremiah Tarpley received a Confederate patent for a breech loading firearm of his own design, and shortly thereafter associated himself with J. & F. Garrett & Company of Greensboro. The Garrett foundry had succeeded the Pioneer Foundry of the same city, and by 1862 the firm was producing sewing machines as well as operating a hat factory and other enterprises. Then, with the onset of war, the foundry turned its efforts and machinery to the production of ordnance, and sometime later E.T. Garrett joined the firm. In addition to breech loading carbines, a number of brass-frame, single-shot pistols are known that are speculated to be products of the Garrett factory, but their origins have not been conclusively established. The state of North Carolina was the first large purchaser of Tarpley carbines, which were manufactured by Tarpley, Garrett & Co. as the firm (or a subsidiary) was calling itself by the spring of 1863. Between 22 April and 21 September of that year the state purchased a total of two hundred Tarpley carbines. However, each month’s purchase was smaller than that of the previous month, and the final delivery amounted to only three guns. Records of the two initial deliveries of Tarpley carbines to state authorities reflect the high number of rejections encountered.” This may be the reason for so few surviving weapons. This is a fine example with excellent mustard colored patina to brass and grey/brown untouched color to steel. Gun is serial numbered 90 on all major parts. CONDITION: Rifling to bbl is very good. Stock is very good and solid, well fit with scattered dings & bruises. Brass frame has scattered dings. End of hammer exhibits about a 1/4” chip. Sights & latch spring are possibly restored. 4-59152 JS7 (100,000-125,000)

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807

DAVIS & BOZEMAN CARBINE. Cal. 58. SN 67 (SN found inside lock). There are two types of Davis & Bozeman Carbines. One has standard carbine features. The other type made from rejected rifle bbls, but otherwise has standard carbine characteristics. This gun was made from a rejected rifle bbl, and is almost identical to another Davis & Bozeman Carbine SN 268 pictured in John Murphy’s definitive reference, Confederate Carbines and Musketoons. Bbl is 24-1/16”. Gun is 39-3/4” long overall. Bbl is rifled with three lands and grooves. Left side of the bbl near the breech is stamped, “ALA 1864”. Bbl exhibits fixed slotted front & rear sight. Bottom of bbl & breech tang have Roman numeral “LVIII”, cut into each. A large number “44” is also stamped on bottom of bbl near breech. Bbl is retained by two brass bands, the rear being spring retained; the front is pin retained and retains an iron sling swivel. Lock is marked forward of the hammer “D&B / Ala”. Rear of hammer is marked, “1864”. Trigger-guard is brass 2-pc construction and retains orig iron sling swivel. Brass butt-plate has a small “s” stamped on top. Ramrod is iron with tulip shaped end. This is a very rare gun. No doubt there are fewer than ten Davis & Bozeman Carbines of any configuration. We know of only five examples and at least 3 of these are in museums. This is a fine example of this gun and another example may never be offered again. CONDITION: Stock is solid with numerous old scratches and dings. Middle band exhibits higher copper color than rest of brass mountings but still appears orig to this gun. Bbl and lock are cleaned. The “D” of D & B is partially obscured by light stamp as is “ALA 1864” on Bbl. Bbl is grey/brown. 4-59156 (27,500-37,500)

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808

CONFEDERATE NEW ORLEANS COOK & BROTHERS MUSKETOON. Cal. 58 SN 230. New Orleans made carbines or musketoons are very rarely encountered. This is only the second example we have seen. Gun conforms to measurements of the standard Athens made musketoon with an overall length of 39-5/8”, bbl length of 24-1/8”. Bbl shows typical Damascus twist of other Cook products. Bbl is marked, “Proved” at breech, and “Cook & Brother NO 1862” in one line of rear sight. Bbl retains orig fixed rear sight and typical brass New Orleans style sight. Bbl also shows typical crowning associated with other carbines and musketoons. Bbl is retained by two brass clamping bands. Gun is further brass mounted with brass butt-plate, nose cap, trigger-guard and sling swivels. Iron ramrod is of the correct Cook/Enfield style. Lock is marked rear of hammer with a Confederate first national flag. Forward of hammer is marked, “Cook & Brother, NO, 1862, 230”. SN 230 is only SN found on gun. However, inside lock the number 60 is found on several screws. Inside lock-plate the back of the bbl and breech have matching roman numerals and a small “81” stamped on each. There is also a small, “113” stamped in stock at edge of butt-plate tang (we believe this to be collectors number however). This gun appears orig and authentic in every regard though Cooks are normally thought to have SNs on more parts. Other early New Orleans made Cooks of other configurations show similar characteristics and less serial numbered parts. CONDITION: Stock is solid and sound, still retaining varnish about 1/2” chip of wood missing from toe. Bbl is grey/brown with areas of brightness clearly showing the Damascus twist, pitting at breech. Bbl markings are crisp. Bore is very good. Lock is smooth with areas of shine. There are traces of case colors under hammer. Brass mountings exhibit good yellow/green patination. Front sight exhibits untouched coppery red/green patination. Edwards Collection 4-58555 JS14 (20,000-30,000)

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809

CONFEDERATE KEEN, WALKER “TILTING BREECH” CARBINE. Cal. 54. NSN but may have internal assembly marks. This gun was not taken apart but appears orig and authentic in every regard including front brass sight & fixed rear iron sight, and lever which are often missing or restored on this model. This scarce Confederate carbine made in Danville, Virginia has always been popular due to its brass frame and unique tilting breech which is similar to the U.S. Maynard or Perry carbine. Depending on the different references, less than 300 of these guns were made and they were delivered to the Confederate army by late 1862, so these carbines saw hard use. CONDITION: Stock is sound with scattered dings and scratches. A letter “B” is carved contemporarily on left side of gun. Brass has been cleaned. Bbl is cleaned exhibiting grey steel with scattered pitting. Breech block is clean, showing dents and pitting. 4-59159 JS9 (20,000-25,000)

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810

RICHMOND BREECH-LOADING CARBINE. Cal. .58 SN 25” Bbl, 45-1/4” overall. Bbl marked, “VP / Eagle head”, on left back of breech. Bbl has correct pinched front sight and leafed rear sight. Bbl retains only the slightest trace of rifling. Lock-plate is stamped, “CS / Richmond, VA” forward of hammer and “1863” rear of hammer. Gun has iron trigger-guard and three sling swivels, a brass butt-plate, and brass nose cap. All major parts of this gun are correct for Richmond Manufacturing including stock, bbl, lock, butt-plate, trigger-guard and bands. Bought from Dr. Murphy who used this very gun in his book. CONDITION: Bbl is grey/brown with filing behind rear sight at breech. The two rear sling swivels are both cracked through but still attached. Ramrod appears to be cut down from a Springfield rod. 4-59155 (12,000-14,000)

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811

RARE CONFEDERATE BRASS FRAME 2nd TYPE MORSE CARBINE. With less than 1,000 of these made during the Civil War and far less survivors, this carbine represents one of the great rarities in small arms collecting. This unusual breech loading brass frame carbine was of a design invented by George W. Morse. These were made at the State Military Works in Greenville, SC about 1862-1863 from machinery that was captured from the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry in 1861. The carbine has a 20” rnd bbl in .50 cal. with an upward tilting breechblock. The elongated frame is of brass along with all other furniture. The trigger guard is cast integral with the frame with a small looped grip behind. SN 383 stamped on the bottom of the frame. Stocks are of butternut. Iron cleaning rod with segmented circular tip is housed beneath the barrel. The orig rod accessory is housed in the butt plate. A highly desirable Confed. production breech loading carbine-produced largely for SC State troops. CONDITION: Very good. Carbine shows medium wear over all with a nice uncleaned dim yellow patina on all of the brass frame and furniture. Bore is clean and quite sharp with no visible pitting. Stocks show the usual dents and dings from normal use. There are a couple of old, worn losses to the forestock right behind the nose cap and the area where the forestock meets the brass frame-a few chips are missing. A couple of the screw heads are chewed up a bit. Mechanically fine. Edwards Collection 4-58550 CW3 (11,000-14,000)

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812

CONFEDERATE MORSE CARBINE. Cal. 52. SN 456. Morse carbines were made at the South Carolina State Military Works in Greenville, South Carolina. Of the approximate one thousand Morse Carbines manufactured, this is the standard model, typically known as a Morse Type 3 Carbine. Type 1 & 2’s have minor differences, externally noted in the style of the latch. G.W. Morse was a nephew of Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph. He was granted a patent in 1856 for his breech loading carbine and cartridge design. This design was tested and implemented by the U.S. military prior to the Civil War. Sporting weapons were also made utilizing the Morse patent. The only large scale production of Morse carbines however were the one thousand Morse carbines manufactured in Greenville in 1864. These guns were used in actions late in 1864 till wars end by South Carolina State Troops. Excavated cartridges from these carbines are found south of Petersburg, Virginia and on the battleground at Aiken, South Carolina among others. Gun appears orig and authentic in every regard, including parts commonly missing or replaced such as ramrod, cleaning jag in butt & latch. This is a very good example of a popular confederate carbine. CONDITION: Stock is cleaned. Brass cleaned with scattered scratches and dings. Bbl is smooth grey/brown with scattered pitting. Bore is pitted and dirty but still exhibits rifling. 4-59154 (17,500-22,500)

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813

BILHARZ AND HALL CONFEDERATE MUZZLE LOADING CARBINE. Cal. .58 SN 57. Two varieties of the BilHarz & Hall Carbine exist; one with a brass nose cap, and one with a pewter nose cap. Earlier guns with lower SNs such as this have brass nose caps. These carbines closely resemble model 1855 Springfield carbines. Bbl on this gun measures 22-1/8” and overall 37-5/8”. Top left side of bbl near the breech is marked, “CSA / P”. Bottom of bbl is stamped ”D 57”. The “7” is distinct. First number is hard to read due to pitting and is possibly a “3”. Bbl ramrod assembly is attached with a swivel. Iron butt-plate and trigger-guard are nearly identical to the model 1855 Springfield. Iron lock-plate is internally marked with a “D 37” and a “D 34”. This gun appears to be all orig and authentic. CONDITION: CSA/P markings are present but partially obscured by pitting. Brass nose cap has nice untouched red copper patina. Metal surfaces are grey/black and pitted overall. Bore is dirty but rifling is visible. 5” crack in stock between front band and trigger-guard. Possible wood restoration rear and front of lock. 4-59157 .JS11 (15,000-20,000)

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814

CONFEDERATE RICHMOND SHARPS. Cal. 52. SN 4658. 21” bbl is marked rear of sight, “RICHMOND, VA” and retains front &rear sights. SN 4658 appears on bottom of bbl, tang, & lock-plate. Forestock is retained by sgl brass spring-retained band. Butt-stock has initials, “MDC” carved into it. Stock terminates at the correct brass butt-plate. Gun appears orig and authentic in every regard, including breech block which was often discarded in the field and replaced with a U.S. breech block. CONDITION: Metal surfaces are grey/black with scattered pitting. Brass butt-plate, barrel, band, and screw ferrule all exhibit dark brown color. Butt-stock is sound with a couple small cracks. Several chips occur along lock-plate. Forestock has repaired crack about 3” long. SN markings are all well struck. “RICHMOND, VA” marking is only partially discernable. Bore is pitted but has distinct well defined rifling. 4-59158 JS34 (10,000-15,000)

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814a

READ & WATSON MUZZLE-LOADING RIFLE. Cal. 52. NSN. This gun was made in Danville, Virginia by Read & Watson. Read & Watson converted breech loading Hall carbines to muzzle-loaders. This well made gun exhibits a 32-1/2” bbl and is 48-1/2” overall length. Read & Watson’s alteration required replacement of the orig Hall breech block with a 1-pc brass breech which had a iron breech plug into which a percussion cone was placed. Stock is totally of Read & Watson’s design and construction. Two types of Read & Watson are known, the only difference is the size of the brass breech or receiver. Stock is pieced under middle band which is a typical feature of this gun. SNs for these guns are internal. Gun was not taken apart to ascertain number. This gun appears orig and authentic in all major parts and components. Externally the gun is totally unmarked with exception of a latter owner of guns initials and date of 1873. This is a very good example of a scarcely offered Confederate gun. CONDITION: Stock is solid, exhibits numerous dings and bruises. All parts are appear orig, with exception of one brass pin to middle band. 4-59160 JS18 (12,000-15,000)

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814b

COFER AGENT MARKED RIFLE. NSN. T.W. Cofer of Portsmouth, VA was a well-known Confederate gun dealer and manufacturer of one of the most famous Confederate revolvers. He also imported guns in his shop before the war. Gun listed here is a back action lock small cal. oct bbl rifle with “T.W. Cofer & Co.” etched on lock. “Portsmouth, VA” is stamped in a sgl die on barrel flat behind rear sight. Gun exhibits 31-1/4” bbl with 48” overall length. Mountings are all iron with exception of a later added German silver squirrel partially inlaid into left side of butt-stock in cheek piece. Only a couple ofhtese are known ro exist. CONDITION: Metal surfaces are grey/black with scattered pitting. Stock still has orig varnish in areas. Several chips along patch box and butt plate. Wooden ramrod is new. 4-59163 (9,000-11,000)

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815

CONFEDERATE DIXON, NELSON, AND CO. RIFLE. Cal. 58. NSN. Bbl 33” 48-3/4” overall. Bbl retained by two brass bands and brass nose cap. Gun has brass butt-plate, brass trigger-guard, and iron tulip tipped ramrod. Bbl has no external markings but two cryptic letter markings on bottom of bbl. Lock is marked forward of hammer, “DIXON/NELSON & CO / C.S”. Rear of hammer is marked, “ALA / 1864. CONDITION: Forestock under front band forward, front band, and nose cap, are all restorations. Rear sight also appears restored. Bore is very good. Bbl overall is brown and pitted except under orig rear band where bbl is bright. Lock is smooth, dark, and well marked. Brass butt-plate & trigger-guard exhibit nice mustard patina. Stock has several cracks and is stamped 3 times, “J.S. Crossy”. 4-58218 (15,000-20,000)

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816

VERY RARE NEW ORLEANS REVOL BREECHLOADING RIFLE. SN 2. 45CF Cal. 20-3/4” oct bbl. Marked “J. B. REVOL. / N. ORLEANS.” on top of the receiver. “J. B. REVOL ./ INVENTION / DE / 1853”. The serial number “2” appears on the bottom of the frame, the bottom of the bridge and the front of the trigger plate under the operating lever on the bottom of the receiver. It is not visible on the bbl or breechblock. Jean Baptiste Revol worked in New Orleans from 1850 to 1886. The stock has a distinct stripe. It is checkered in a diamond pattern at the wrist and has a cheekpiece on the left side. CONDITION: Good. Strong traces of blue on the bbl. Mostly gray patina elsewhere. Stock is cracked at the rear of the cocking lever or false hammer on the right side of the gun. Otherwise very good. Mechanically fine. 4-58404 (3,500-6,500)

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817

CONFEDERATE MENDENHALL, JONES & GARDNER RIFLE. Cal. 58. SN 833. 32-1/2” bbl is marked “NC/P” approx. 1” behind fixed iron rear sight, brass blade front sight and iron bayonet lug with small #8 stamped. Correct straight iron butt plate and brass trigger guard, bands and nose cap. Trumpet end iron ramrod is cut a bit short and is not threaded. Lockplate is marked rear of hammer “C. S.” and forward of hammer “M. J. & G./NC”. Three initials, “CMF” are carved upside down in butt stock on right side, probably denoting soldier who carried this scarce Confederate rifle. Opposite lock, in wood, is “M. J. & G.” cartouche, though it is only partially discernable. The bayonet lug appears to have been moved back about ½”, while the old slot is still visible, but this appears orig to use. SN 833 appears on inside lockplate and bottom of bbl tang. Bbl bands are both marked with “U” on top. This is a good example of a scarce gun in above average condition for pattern. CONDITION: Metal surfaces overall are grey/black with pitting. “NC/P” on bbl is hard to read but complete under the pitting. Rifling is very good but pitted. Lock markings are good & complete. Stock has some repairs behind bbl tang & lockplate. Rear sling swivel is missing. Rear band has a dissimilar color to other brass on gun, but appears orig. 4-59161 JS (20,000-25,000)

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818

RICHMOND MUSKETOON. Cal. 58. NSN. 30” bbl, 46” overall length. There is a lot of controversy over this particular configuration. Articles have been written that 30” bbl do not exist as Confederate usage, but they do turn up, though probably not made during the Civil War, but as postwar configurations for militia or commercial use. Generally, stocks associated with these guns are not Richmond, as is with this gun. However, this gun does have a correct brass Richmond butt-plate and nose cap. Gun has two iron bands, and an iron trigger-guard w/ two iron slings. Attached to slings is an orig linen sling often attributed to the Confederacy. Lock is genuine Richmond lock-plate, “C.S. / RICHMOND” forward of hammer. Rear of hammer lock is dated 1863. CONDITION: Stock is solid and sound, brass butt-plate and nose cap appear to be on this gun for a very long time. Iron components including bbl lock and bands have been cleaned and are all heavily pitted. Ramrod appears to be cut down from a Springfield musket rod. Edwards Collection 4-58554 JS21 (2,000-3,000)

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819

COMPOSITE 1863 RICHMOND MUSKET. Cal. 58. NSN. 46” Bbl, 56” overall length. Gun exhibits a fine 1863 dated Richmond lock with muted case color. This is the only part of this gun that appears to be Richmond manufactured however; stock bbl and bands appear to be various Springfield parts. Bbl is also dated 1863, as is the lock. Stock exhibits two cartouches including, “ESA”. CONDITION: Lock & hammer are very good, exhibiting some muted case color. Bbl has reblued finish. Breech is dated 1863 with “VP / EAGLE HEAD / G”. Stock is sound with scattered dings and nicks. Iron butt-plate fits stock poorly. Rear clamping band replaced by more recently crafted band, which is retained by a screw into stock. Attached to this gun is an 1853 Enfield bayonet, grey/brown with areas of orig shine. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58634 JS22 (1,500-2,500)

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820

RIFLED MUSKET WITH RICHMOND TYPE II LOCK. Cal. 58. NSN. 40” part oct bbl. Lockplate marked “C.S. / RICHMOND, VA.” in front of hammer with the date “1862” vertically at rear. Bbl is dated 1864. Bbl also has “V / P / eagle head” on left quarter flat and “A star” mark on left flat. “ESA” cartouche is visible on left flat of stock. There is some modification of wood in lockplate cavity. 18-1/2” socket bayonet is marked “C & CO” on left side of socket. Leather sling is carved “LIZE PSC 5TH USI”. CONDITION: Considerable armory bright shows on bbl, mixed with surface rust and light pitting. Stock has several scratches. Coating of varnish has age cracking. Bayonet matches condition of bbl. Mechanically fine. 4-58723 (3,000-5,000)

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821

1861 RICHMOND RIFLE-MUSKET. Cal. 58. NSN. This Richmond Rifle-Musket is made from model 1855 Harper’s Ferry Stock. It utilized a U.S. surcharged iron butt-plate cut for a patchbox; however stock does not have patchbox. 40” bbl. Lock is marked, “RICHMOND VA” forward of lock. Rear of lock is dated “1861”. Only the V in the VP Eagle proof remains due to pitting. Nose cap is braded and brass which is correct for a model 1855 stock. Stock shows no inspector marks which would be correct for Confederate assembly of captured U.S. parts. CONDITION: Stock is sound, exhibits a couple hairline cracks. There is a 1” gouge in stock between front bands. “Richmond VA” stamping on lock mark is light but still readable. The “1861” date is well struck. Iron surfaces are grey with scattered pitting. There are file marks around the breech. Rear sight and front band are probable replacements. Edwards Collection 4-58551 JS19 (6,000-8,000)

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822

1862 RICHMOND RIFLE-MUSKET. Cal. 58. NSN. This is the standard production Richmond rifle-musket. 40” bbl, 56” overall length. Bbl has VP over Eagle proof. Barrel has the correct T-slot for rear sight. From front band forward gun has a restored forestock including front bands & nose cap. Ramrod appears to be orig however. Nose cap appears to be correct Richmond type though it’s probably not orig to this particular gun. CONDITION: Butt stock exhibits 5” by 2” area of erosion. Bbl lock is grey/bright with overall pitting. No trace of rifling is present in bore. Edwards Collection 4-58552 JS20 (4,000-6,000)

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822a

RARE COFER AGENT MARKED SHOTGUN. NSN. T.W. Cofer of Portsmouth, VA was a well-known Confederate gun dealer and manufacturer of one of the most famous Confederate revolvers. He also imported guns in his shop before the war. English dbl bbl shotgun marked “R. Hughes” on locks, and “LONDON FINE TWIST” on bbl flat forward of hammers. Forward of this mark is a 4-1/2” gilded floral panel, which reads: “T.W. Cofer & Co. Portsmith, VA”. Very few have survived and only a handful are known. CONDITION: Stock is sound with small nicks and scratches. Iron surfaces are smooth and brown/black with scattered pitting. Gun appears complete. 4-59162 (7,500-9,500)

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823

HISTORICAL DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN. NSN. 12 ga. 28” ribbed Damascus bbls. Marked “SCHNEIDER & CO MEMPHIS TENN.” on top of the rib. There are Birmingham proof marks on the bottom of the bbls and breech plugs. There is an oval silver plate in the right cheek of the stock inscribed “Captured at the Battle / of Stone River from Genl / Wheeler’s command, Jany. 1st 1863. / Presented to C. J.Dart from / Capt B.R.Wagner, 4th Regt V.R.C. / Decr. 25th 1864.” There is a long octagonal recess in the stock above the plate but its purpose is not known. CONDITION: Metal has been heavily cleaned. Rear six inches of the bbl rib has separated, been soldered and is loose again. Stock has been repaired and refinished with some slivers missing along the forearm. Ramrod is missing. Mechanically good. 4-58264 FS716 (3,000-5,000)

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824

HISTORIC CAPTURED AND CARVED CONFED. RICHMOND RIFLED-MUSKET AND BAYONET TAKEN AT FORT FISHER. A marvelous identified and captured Confed. musket-probably the best I’ve ever encountered. The musket is a mid-war production Richmond Rifled Musket that is undeniably authentic and complete in every way. This Richmond musket has a 40” rnd bbl in .58 cal, measuring 55 ½” overall. Iron lock plate marked: “C.S/Richmond, Va.” and dated “1863” behind the hammer. The musket has the correct brass butt plate and nose cap and retains its orig rear sight and ramrod-so often missing or replaced. The walnut stock is correct for this model and has the distinctive Richmond pattern “cut” inside the lock plate mortise. On the left side of the musket’s rear stock is the bold incised carving “TAKEN AT FORT FISHER, JANUARY 15, 1865”. Additionally, on the stock’s face opposite the lock plate is the captor’s name “W. REID” carved in the same hand. Some research needs to be complete among the rosters of the Union forces in this critical battle to determine the unit and service of the Confed. musket’s captor. Collins & Co. manufactured its accompanying bayonet and is surcharged “U.S.” surmounting the numeral “25”. Fort Fisher, known as the Gibraltar of the South was a critical part of the Confederacy’s defenses-protecting the South’s last major seaport Wilmington, NC. The Christmas Day attack in 1864 by a joint army/navy Union force on Fort Fisher fizzled when Gen. Benjamin F. Butler pulled out his troops, and returned to Hampton Roads, Va. Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant wrote that he would “be back again with an increased force and without the former commander”. The new commander assigned to the task was Gen. Alfred H. Terry, one of Butler’s former division commanders, and the increased force arrived composed of 8,000 men in three white divisions and one African-American division. Located at the end of a long peninsula, Fort Fisher was a massive L-shaped earthwork that stretched 682 yards across the neck of land and another 1,898 yards down the beach. Armed with 44 heavy cannon to protect the approaches to the Cape Fear River and 125 other cannon to be used in its defense, and manned by 1,500 soldiers, the Fort was a formidable target. Terry and Porter devised a plan of attack, and on Jan. 13, 1865, under cover-fire from Porter’s 44 ships, Terry’s men went ashore and established a beachhead five miles north of the Fort. Terry set his African-American troops to work building and manning a strong line of works across the peninsula to hold off any Confed. threat to his rear. Terry scouted the land face of the fort and decided to make his attack there. To aid in the attack, Porter recruited 2,000 sailor and marine volunteers to storm the Fort from the ocean side simultaneously with the army’s assault. Confed. Gen. W.H.C. Whiting, planner and builder of the fort, was unsuccessful in his efforts to get reinforcements and returned to Fort Fisher on the morning of the 13th. All day and night on the 13th and 14th of Jan, the navy continued it ceaseless attack preparing the way for an assault by Union Inf., sailors, and marines. At 2:30 P.M. on Jan. 15, 1865, the great ship-borne guns suddenly fell silent, signaling the Union soldiers to attack. The Rebels rushed to defend the parapets with rifles and whatever artillery was still serviceable. The Yankee sailors and marines were repulsed in their attack on the Fort’s northeast face, but on the other end of the land face, Union troops gained a footing and progressed from one gun emplacement to another in vicious hand-to-hand fighting. Gen. W.H.C. Whiting, who had spent almost two years planning and building the great fort was mortally wounded. One by one, each traverse on the land face fell to the attackers, and the outnumbered defenders falling back and regrouping to contest every inch. Col. Lamb fought valiantly to save Fort Fisher only to be severely wounded himself. Once the northern wall of the fort had fallen, the rest of the bastion was doomed. The Confed. forces continued the struggle down the beach, finally surrendering at around 10:00 P.M. that night. A marvelous, complete and orig Confed. Richmond rifled-musket and bayonet further enhanced by its historic and orig carving and its relationship to one of the last heroic struggles of the Confederacy. CONDITION: All of the iron furniture has a pleasing brown uncleaned patina. Some old tool marks are visible here and there and the stock has traces of old varnish. Carving appears authentic and of the period. Musket is in good, solid condition complete with sights, sling swivels and orig ramrod with the expected wear from battlefield use. Bayonet has a gray patina and is in fine condition. 4-58268 CW30 (12,000-15,000)

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824a

WONDERFUL FOLK ART INLAID PATRIOTIC VIOLIN AND CASE. A mid-19th C. violin measuring 24-1/2” overall with the body measuring 8” across at its widest point, fashioned of fancy tiger striped maple and ebony. Of standard form having two opposing “S”-shaped piercings or sounders in the face. The body has a very narrow satin wood sgl line inlay around the entire border. The neck, facing, harp, and keys are fashioned of ebony. The sides and back of the violin are faced in maple with bright and strong tiger-striped grain. At the top in an oval cartouche is an inlaid conch shell of satin wood, mahogany, and tinted maple. At the bottom of the back within a large four-lobed cartouche measuring 5-1/2” x 3-1/2” is a marvelous flying eagle inlaid in satin wood on mahogany with light incised carving. In the eagle’s beak is a long ribbon bearing the motto “E. Pluribus Unum”. In one talon, the eagle holds the staff of a flying American flag surmounted by a liberty cap. Inside the body of the violin is written in pencil “Made by C.S. Wormwood/Brookfield PA 1861”. The case, which appears to be custom wood and to be orig. and consistent with the period of the violin, is of soft wood in coffin form with a raised central ridge on the top. It measures 30” x 9” at its widest point. The exterior is painted in black with an applied brass bale handle and two brass hooks. The interior is lined in wallpaper having a stick and leaf design in red and brown. There is a cloth retainer for the mahogany bow, which is included. The lower body of the case is lined in red velvet. CONDITION: Very good. Violin body shows much wear, but is still quite well preserved, in particular aside from a few nicks and scratches, the inlays on the reverse are superb. Front of the violin is missing its orig bridge. Most of the orig paint is retained on its case. Interior wallpaper and velvet is well worn. 4-60376 (800-1,200)

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824b

TRIPLETT & SCOTT CIVIL WAR CARBINE. Cal. 50 RF. SN 4346. Usual configuration with 22″ rnd bbl, pinched blade front sight & carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver marked “KENTUCKY” which indicates that it was made for the Kentucky Home Guard in a contract of only 2,000 pcs. Wood is straight grain walnut with rounded forearm, sgl band & straight grip with carbine buttplate. It has the unusual feature of sling swivels on top & bottom. This is a 7-shot repeater that operates from a magazine tube located in the left side of the stock & is operated by depressing a release button by the hammer & rotating the bbl to the right which ejects the fired casing and continues on to reload a new cartridge from the magazine. CONDITION: Good. Metal is dark brown patina overall with fine pitting. Stock has a crack in the usual place over the magazine tube and has a dark patina. Mechanics are fine, strong pitted bore. 5-60375 (750-1,500)

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824c

CIVIL WAR NCO SASH. Non commissioned officer’s red worsted sash. Over 7’ long with red tassels & knots. CONDITION: Fine overall with scattered mothing. Tassels & knots are excellent. 4-60373 (400-800)

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825

EARLY 1863 ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA BATTLE FLAG OF THE 23RD GEORGIA INFANTRY. In September of 1861 Confed. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, in conjunction with Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Gen. Gustave Smith, determined to secure a flag to be used in battle that was so distinct that it could not be confused with the flag of the United States or other Union regimental flags. The result of their conference was the adoption of the famous “Southern Cross” battle flag of the (then) Confed. Army of the Potomac, afterward the Army of Northern VA. The first sets of these new battle flags were made in Richmond from dress silks purchased by the Confed. Quartermaster Dept. and presented to the units of the Army of the Potomac in late November and early December of 1861. As more units joined the forces in the Department of Northern VA, more flags were needed, but the supply of silk in Richmond had been exhausted by the Fall of 1861 purchases, and cotton made for a poor substitute. However, in Oct. of 1861, the Richmond Clothing Depot had received a large quantity (195 bolts) of English wool flag bunting that had run the Union blockade into Savannah in Sept, and with this strong flag material the Richmond Clothing Depot began the regular production of Army of Northern VA battle flags starting in May of 1862. Production continued at the Richmond Clothing Depot through March of 1865, and over 1,000 battle flags were made, following one of the seven successive variances that evolved as the War progressed. This flag follows the pattern of the third type issued by the Richmond Clothing Depot, which was produced the longest (Aug. of 1862 through May of 1864). In conformity to the pattern established in Aug. of 1862, this infantry size battle flag is nearly square, measuring 48″ on its hoist by 49-1/2″ on its fly. The red field is composed of three panels of English wool bunting joined by flat felled seams, the uppermost and lowest panels each being 18″ in width and the center 12″ wide. The red field is traversed, corner to corner and inset, with a dark blue woolen St. Andrew’s cross, 5″ wide, edged on its sides with 9/16″ strips of white cotton. Thirteen, white, 5-pointed stars, each 3-1/2″ across their points, are appliquéd by hand to each side of the cross at 6″ intervals (center to center) from the center star on each arm of the cross. A white wool bunting border, 2″ wide, is folded and stitched along the three exterior edges of the flag, while a white cotton, twill weave, canvas heading, 2-1/8″” wide, is similarly folded and stitched along the staff edge. Three handmade buttonhole eyelets are worked into respectively each end and the center of the heading through which ties passed for securing the flag to its staff. This flag was located in Southern CA, held by the descendants of Col. Emory F. Best, who commanded the 23rd GA Inf. until he was cashiered from Confed. service after a court martial in mid-1863. Col. Best evidently took this flag with him when he was dismissed, since the 23rd GA had received another similar flag (but with battle honors and unit designation) shortly before the battle of Chancellorsville. CONDITION: Flag is in excellent condition A construction and conservation report by Fonda Thomsen accompanies the flag. 8-76148 HMM (100,000-200,000)

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826

RARE AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTED AND IDENTIFIED PRESENTATION CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG OF KETCHUM GARRITY ALABAMA BATTERY, ARMY OF TENNESSEE. This flag was passed down through the family descendants of Thomas F. Burke, whose name appears on the roster of Capt. W.H. Ketchum’s and (afterwards) Capt. J. Garrity’s AL. Battery (also known as Battery A, 1st Alabama Light Artillery) from 4 May 1861 through 31 Dec. 1863. Although that artillery battery served in the Confederate Army of TN, this flag exhibits most of the proportional characteristics of the flags made for the Army of Northern VA. The flag is essentially square, and (exclusive of the 1-1/2″ deep, yellow cotton fringe that circumvents the three exterior edges) measures 30″ on a side. The red wool flannel field is traversed by a dark blue silk St. Andrew’s cross, 2-3/4″ to 3-1/4″ wide. A white silk edging, 1/4″ wide separates the cross from the field, and thirteen white silk, five-pointed stars, each approximately 2″ across their points once decorated the center and arms of the cross. The flag is finished with a 3/4″ wide while silk heading on its staff edge, pierced with seven hand sewn buttonhole eyelets are worked into the heading for ties to secure the flag to its staff. The red wool flannel used in the making of the field is nearly identical to that used by a Mobile sewing circle for making of a presentation battle flag for Lumsden’s AL Battery. Accompanying the flag is an extremely comprehensive and professional portfolio of documents and research created by the son of the consignor. It includes a comprehensive analysis and report done by noted textile authority Fonda Thomsen (done 7.27.04) concluding the flag is genuine and made during the early part of the Civil War. Also included is an affidavit form John Thomas Wing (born 1912), grandson of Private Thomas F. Burke (enlisted in Ketchum Garrity Battery in May 1861 in Mobile, Alabama.), and a notarized affidavit from his daughter, both stating the flag descended through their family from Pvt. T. F. Burke. Also included is a family tree showing descent from T. F. Burke to present and a special appraisal of value prepared by Barbara Shanley, A.S.A. In addition, a considerable amount of research on the history of the Ketchum Garrity Battery. Originally the battery was formed with about 100 men, four 6lb smoothbore cannons and two 12lb Howitzer guns. Formed in 1861, it saw considerable action in numerous important battles. At Shiloh, it distinguished itself early in the war when it was called upon to defend the retreat of Col. Pond’s entire brigade. Ketchum not only successfully defended the retreat, but was able to retreat and save most of his artillery, establishing himself “as an outstanding officer of the highest merit”. An important and well documented flag. CONDITION: While the field and the cross are in very good condition, the white silk used for the stars, the edging of the cross and the heading has deteriorated badly with time as a result of the bleaching process. Flag, however, has been expertly conserved and framed by Textile Preservation Associates of Keedysville, Maryland, and a report on the flag’s construction and condition by Fonda Thomsen accompanies the flag.

PLEASE NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS: Burke’s records show that he was a member from May 4th, 1861 through to December 31st, 1864 (not 1863). Also note the edge of the flag is not fringed with yellow cotton, but with beautiful gold metallic fringe. Also please note the stars were not white silk but were silk material on which white stars were painted. Also please note that the white silk heading is 1-3/4” wide. Also, in the description it is noted that the flag is by the Tuscaloosa or Mobile, Alabama sewing club, it was specifically the Tuscaloosa sewing circle. Under condition, it should state “the white paint as well as the silk foundation on which the white stars were painted has experienced deterioration”. Also please note the following was deleted from the condition report: “two old repairs can be seen on the flag; the first is generally considered to be a battlefield repair while the second one was likely completed after the war”. Last of all, it is noted that the Ketchum-Garrity battery fought in numerous important engagements, in actuality, more specifically it fought with distinction in many of the great battles of the western theater including Shiloh, Murfreesboro, the Kentucky Campaign, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain/Missionary Ridge, Sherman’s March to Atlanta and Franklin/Nashville. 4-60701 (45,000-75,000)

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827

CONFEDERATE 1ST NATIONAL PRESENTATION FLAG OF THE “PUTNAM LIGHT INFANTRY” OF GEORGIA. On 14 June 1861, Miss Frannie J. Reid, on behalf of the ladies of Eatonton, GA who had contributed love, labor, and expense to the preparation of the flag, presented to Capt. R.T. Davis’ company, the “Putnam Light Infantry”, a newly made Confed. 1st National flag bearing the company’s nickname. This is that flag, and it exhibits the fine workmanship employed by the ladies who made it. When the “Putnam Light Infantry” joined the 12th Regiment GA Vol. Inf. as its Co. G, this flag was retired. The Putnam Light Infantry was formed of boys and men living in Putnam County GA following the Bombardment of Fort Sumpter. They marched to Richmond, VA for assignment in the newly constituted Confed. States Army and were organized and mustered in, along with other militia companies from GA, as Co. G of the 12th Regiment GA Vol. Inf. Richard Tarply Davis was the Captain of this company. Edward Johnson was appointed Colonel of the new Regiment. Co. G would fight throughout the War with the 12th GA Inf. in Lee’s Army of Northern VA and they were present in the most historic and important battles of the Eastern Theater of war. Leaving Richmond in late 1861, they joined Jackson’s Valley Campaign, skirmished near Seven Pines and joined the Seven Days Battle. In rapid succession the 12th participated in battles at Beaver Dam Creek, Gaines’ Mills, and Malvern Hill. They followed Lee’s army in his first invasion of the North fighting through South Mountain and on to Antietam. In Dec. 1862 they fought at Fredericksburg and in the spring of the new year; Chancellorsville. That summer they again marched North and fought in the Gettysburg Campaign. In late 1863 and 1864, the 12th GA Inf. fought at Mine Run, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Lynchburg, Monocacy, Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, Cedar Creek and the Siege of Petersburg. This hard fought unit finished their service fighting in the spring of 1865 at Fort Stedman and Appomattox Court House. Captain Davis, Commanding Co. G or the Putnam Light Inf. was mortally wounded in the company’s first campaign in May 1861. Measuring 39″ on its hoist by 69″ on its fly, the flag follows the basic precepts that defined on 4 March 1861 the “Stars & Bars”, the First National flag adopted by the Confed. Provisional Congress meeting at Montgomery, AL. The field is composed of three silk horizontal bars, the uppermost and lowermost red and 13″ wide each, while the central bar is white and approximately 12-1/2″ to 13″ wide. Inset into the upper, staff corner and extending down to the top of the lowermost red bar, is a dbl layer of dark blue silk, 26″ on the hoist by 27″ on the fly forming the canton. In the upper two-thirds of this canton, appliquéd to each side by hand, are 7 white, five-pointed cotton stars, set in an horizontal ellipse and representing the seven Southern states that had seceded from the Union when this flag design was adopted. In the lower third of the canton, on the obverse side, the ladies of Eatonton embroidered the nickname of the unit, “Putnam Light-Infantry” in red block letters with a yellow-gold edge, 2-3/4″ and 1-5/8″ high, respectively for upper and lower case letters. On the reverse side, in approximately the same location, the ladies embroidered the Latin phrase “Venimus ut Vincamus”, which translates to “We shall come that we shall conquer”. A dark blue silk heading, 1-1/2″ wide along the hoist edge, into which were worked by hand three whipped button hole eyelets, completed the flag and allowed it to be tied to a staff. The flag descended in the consignor’s family from Alexander Sidney Reid who served in Putnam Light Inf. Accompanying is a transcribed copy of a letter written to the Southern Federal Union newspaper issue of June 25, 1861 regarding the departure of the Putnam Light Infantry for Richmond. CONDITION: Flag is in excellent condition with the noted exception of the white silk center bar. Due to the bleaching process, this bar has shattered and deteriorated to small fragments that a conservator may be able to restore to their orig shape. Fortunately the flag has been covered with mesh netting that preserved most of the flag and saved the pieces of the white bar. A rare opportunity to own a Confederate presentation First National flag with a solid documented history to one of the hardest fought Infantry companies in any Georgia regiment. 4-59096 (25,000-50,000)

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828

TIFFANY & CO. 34-STAR U.S. NATIONAL COLOR OF FAMOUS NEW YORK BATTERY THAT FOUGHT AT GETTYSBURG. 34-star (1861-1863) all silk, U.S. National Color of the 4th Independent Battery New York Volunteer Artillery. This unofficial artillery battery guide color is made in the same style as the smaller (18″ by 24″) “general guide flags” provided with the stands of colors purchased by donors through Tiffany & Company of New York City for presentation to infantry units from that and adjoining states throughout the Civil War but in a larger format, measuring 23″ on the hoist by 35-1/2″ on the fly. The general configuration is that of the United States national flag, and it is accordingly composed of thirteen alternating red and white silk horizontal stripes, each 1-7/8″ wide, commencing and ending with a red stripe. A dark blue silk canton 13-1/8″ on the hoist by 13-3/8″ on the fly is inset into the field, extending downward from the top through the seventh stripe; this canton bears thirty-four yellow-gold, silk embroidered five-pointed stars, each 1-1/2″ across its points, and set in six horizontal rows: 6-6-5-5-6-6. A dark blue silk sleeve, 5/8″ wide when flat, for an iron rod that screwed into the flag’s staff completes the hoist edge of the flag. The silk embroidered inscription, “4th. Independent/N.Y. Battery.” in 1-1/4″ and 3/8″ high upper and lower case script lettering, decorates the center (red) and the eighth (white) stripes, respectively in yellow-gold and red embroidery. The 4th New York Independent Battery was formed as an engineer company in New York City in late October of 1861 but was changed to artillery service on 7 December 1861 and in March of 1862 sent to the “seat of the war” and attached to Hooker’s Division of the 3rd Army Corps. Its most notable achievement occurred at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on 2 July 1863, when its four of its six Parrott Rifles held the left flank of the division line against the onslaught of Hood’s Division in the Devil’s Den. In this action the battery lost three of its guns, two of its men killed and another ten wounded as well as eleven horses and was so debilitated that the battery was broken up and its survivors distributed among other New York artillery batteries on 4 December 1863. It is likely that this flag served with the unit during its 1862 and 1863 campaigns. CONDITION: For its age, as a silk flag, this national color is in remarkably good condition, with only minor damage to the fly end due to service wear and a cracking separation starting where the flag was once folded in half. The flag has been professionally framed, and only minor water staining is noticeable in the upper pair and central stripes. 8-76149 (25,000-40,000)

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829

MODEL OF 1862 (34 STARS) U.S. “STARS & STRIPES” CAVALRY GUIDON. Regulation “Stars & Stripes” (“New Pattern”), Model of 1862 (34 star) company guidon for cavalry and light artillery. From 1833 through 1861, the guidons used to guide the movements of dragoon, mounted rifle, and cavalry companies as well as those of “light” (field) artillery batteries was a relatively simple design. Except for markings, these small (27″ hoist by 41″ fly) company flags were alike and consisted of two horizontal bars, red over white, cut swallow tailed, with the cut of the swallowtail centered 27″ from the hoist edge. Supposedly, because these flags resembled the Confederate national flag (the “Stars & Bars”), on 7 Jan. 1862, the Secretary of War issued a directive that henceforth the design of the guidons of cavalry and light artillery would conform to the current U.S. national flag, the “Stars & Stripes”, while overall dimensions and shape were to remain as before. (In fact, when the existing stock of red over white guidons were altered by Philadelphia contractors, the cut of the swallowtail was made considerably deeper, usually between 16″ and 19″ from the staff). This “Stars & Stripes” guidon conforms to the “new pattern”. It’s exterior dimensions, 25-3/4″ on the hoist by 38-3/4″ on the fly, fall within the acceptable tolerances permitted by the Army’s quartermaster inspectors, and the distance from the hoist to the cut of the swallowtail is 18-1/8″. The field of the guidon consists of 13 horizontal alternating red and white silk stripes, commencing and ending with a red stripe, each approximately 2″ wide. A dark blue silk canton, 14-1/8″ high on the hoist by 15-1/8″ (the latter including the 1-7/8″ wide sleeve for the staff) is inset into the upper, staff corner, extending down through seven stripes. This canton bears on each of its sides 34 gold painted, 5-pointed stars, each 1-1/4″ across their points. 30 of the stars are set in two concentric elliptical rings. The inner ring bears 12 stars and the outer ring 18; one additional star graces each corner of the canton to bring the total to the number of states in the Union between Jan. of 1861 and June of 1863. Although the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department would contract (through a dozen firms) for no fewer than 7,856 of the “new pattern” guidons during the American Civil War, most of these would be of the 35 star pattern contracted for after W VA’s admission into the Union on 20 June 1863, and only 2,620 of these were purchased before the admission of that state, and accordingly bear only 34 stars. Most of these “mid-war” issued guidons show the considerable wear of field use. CONDITION: For a silk “Model of 1862” guidon, this flag is in remarkably good condition with the lower point of the swallowtail intact and only minor wear to the upper point. At some point in its career, however, this guidon fell into a fire while furled around its staff. The result is that four matching burn holes appear through the canton and the two stripes below it across the length of the flag at this point. No information is available as to what occasioned this burning or when it occurred. 4-59026 HMM (8,000-12,000)

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830

REGIMENTAL FLANK MARKER OF THE 6TH NEW YORK INFANTRY (“BILLY WILSON ZOUAVES”), 1861. One of a pair of flags to mark and identify the location of each flank of a regiment when drawn up in line of battle. This particular flag was presented to the 6th Regiment NY Vol. Inf. (nicknamed the “Billy Wilson Zouaves)” as a part of a stand (set) of colors consisting of two blue silk flank markers and a blue silk regimental color bearing the coat-of-arms of the City of NY on one side and the coat-of-arms of the State of NY on its field. These stands of colors were presented to volunteer regiments raised in NYC by the Committee on National Affairs of the City’s Common Council, after manufacture by George Brandon and John Styles on special order by the city. Until the dissolution of that partnership in May of 1862, Brandon & Styles delivered no fewer than 39 stands of such flags, including this flank marking flag of the 6th NY Vols. George Brandon continued to accept City of NY contracts for similar flags until the end of the War. The marker’s dark blue field measures 25-7/8″ on its hoist by 28-3/8″ on its fly (inclusive of the 3/4″ wide sleeve that circumvented the iron rod that was screwed into the marker’s staff); a 1-1/2″ deep yellow silk twisted fringe finished the three exterior sides of the flag. In its center of the obverse side the marker bears the figure “6” (5-3/8″ high) followed by the raised lower case letters “th”, each with a period underneath (and 2-3/4″ high), and they have a thin red shadow, low and to the viewer’s left. These numerical identifying inscriptions are painted directly to the blue silk, and are not displayed against a gold edged red painted disc as are the later production markers from Brandon & Styles. [Only two other NY regiments are known to have flown similar markers- the 1st Engineers and the 9th Inf. (“Hawkins Zouaves”). It is probable, therefore, that this marker saw service near Pensacola in late 1861, including the action on Santa Rosa Island]. Arced over the “6th” designation are the four Roman upper case gold letters, “N.Y.S.V.” (for NY St. Vols), each 2-1/2″ high and with a narrow red shadow, low and to the viewer’s left. The gold painted (also with a red shadow, low and left), block letters “REGIMENT.”, below the numerical identification in a straight line, (2-3/8″ high) completes the unit’s regimental abbreviation. CONDITION: Not only is this flag configuration VERY RARE (only one other set has been recorded), but the flag is in excellent shape, with only a few minor cracks in the silk where the paint has flexed, and it has been professionally framed. Comes with a copy of printed conservation study by Sarah C. Stevens, “Do You Know Where You Are? Silk Flank Markers from the Civil War” (2003 North American Textile Conservation Conference), and a copy of the 4-part article by Howard Michael Madaus, “Camp Colors, General Guide Flags and Flank Markers in the United States Army, 1861-1865” (Military Collector & Historian, 1996-1997). 4-58343 HMM (13,000-20,000)

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831

LARGE (5′ 8″ BY 11′) COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED 35 STAR U.S. NATIONAL FLAG. A large (68″ on the hoist by 132″ on the fly) machine sewn, 35 star (1863-1865) U.S. national flag. While not approximating either of the closest size standard military size flags (10′ by 20′ U.S. Army “Storm” Flag or 6.33′ by 12′ U.S. Navy Ensign “No. 9″), this commercially produced 35 star U.S. national flag may have seen military service as a result of a private or state purchase. In conformity with the 1818 Flag Act, the field of this flag is composed of 13 alternating horizontal red and white wool bunting stripes, commencing and ending with red, varying in width between 5″ and 6″ but most 5-1/2″ wide +/- 1/4″, joined by flat felled seams sewn with white sewing thread on a treadle machine. Inset into the upper, hoist corner, also machine sewn with white thread is a dark blue, wool bunting canton formed by joining horizontally two 18″ widths of bunting to form a canton 35-1/2″ on the hoist by 45″ to 46″ on the fly. 35 white cotton muslin, 5-pointed stars, each measuring between 5-1/4″ to 6″ across their points are hand appliquéd to the canton in five horizontal rows of seven stars each. 34 of these stars are sewn to the obverse side of the canton, and the blue wool bunting on the reverse side of the canton has been cut away and hemmed under to show stars that are 4-1/4″ to 4-1/2″ across their points. In an anomaly of production, however, the fifth star from the hoist in the third horizontal row of stars is appliquéd to the reverse side and the blue wool bunting opposite it on the obverse side has been cut away and hemmed under to expose the white star. The hoist edge is finished by the attachment of a 2″ wide white cotton, twill weave, canvas heading having a 2-pc brass grommet (15/16″ outer diameter and 7/16” inner diameter) worked into each end of the heading. On the reverse side of the heading in blue stenciled figures and letters within an oval border is the enigmatic inscription, “37-1/2 yds”, possibly the length of the roll of canvas from which the heading was made. On the obverse side of the heading appears to be the flag’s owner’s name, in ink: “Dickey” at the lower edge and “H H DICKEY” near the top edge. Further research may yield a connection of this name with a military figure from the Civil War. CONDITION: This flag is in very good condition. A few tears and holes in the lower two stripes, close to the heading have been patched, but both the damage and the repairs are thought to be contemporaneous to the flag’s Civil War service. 4-60215 HMM (3,500-5,500)

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832

CONFEDERATE DANCE REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 265. Of the approximate 100 Dance pistols that survive, about 85 are 44 Cal. Of these 85 guns, this gun probably falls in the top 10-20%, making this one of the top ten or fifteen 44 Cal. Dances known. SN 265 is found on all major parts including bbl, latch, loading arm, plunger, wedge, cylinder, frame, trigger-guard, and backstrap. Overall edges are sharp. Action is tight and very good. This gun by NRA standards grades good to very good. By confederate standards this gun is fine. Dance revolvers saw hard Confederate use, and the men who carried these knew where they were made and were proud to carry one. Gun appears to be 100% orig and authentic in every regard and is much above average of most encountered specimens. All screws, cones, sight and internal parts appear orig, even the wedge screw which is often lost or restored is orig. CONDITION: SNs are all well struck and fully discernable. SN appears on both left and right side of loading arm. SN 267 is over struck SN 265 on right side of loading arm. Brass backstrap & trigger-guard are yellow brass showing areas of patina in protected areas. Brass was either cleaned or has been handled frequently. Iron surfaces of the gun are grey/brown with scattered pitting overall. Grips show some shrinkage and one 1/4” crack but are well fit to gun. 4-59164 (50,000-70,000)

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833

IDENTIFIED CONFEDERATE FIRST MODEL GRISWOLD REVOLVER. Cal. 36. The consignor states that the pistol was purchased directly from the descendents of Abram S. Keller, Sergant, Co. K, 37th Regiment, VA. Inf. SN 1433. 7-1/2” bbl, 14” overall length. SN 1433 is found on bbl, frame, trigger-guard, cyl. Secondary number 23 is found on wedge, hammer, and butt of left stock. A cryptic “M” is found on bbl, cylinder, backstrap, trigger-guard, and frame. Roman numeral XXVII is found on trigger-guard and backstrap. This is a fine first model Griswold. Most saw very hard use and are very worn. Bbl still exhibits very good rifling. In most first models Griswolds, the delineating line of the bbl housing is not very well defined. In this gun, line of bbl housing is quite crisp and sharp. After SN 1515 bbl housings were all half oct. Safety pins on cylinder are all intact. Cryptic “M” is easy to read on back of cylinder. Twist cylinder is readily discernable. This gun appears all orig and authentic. All screws appear orig and of Griswold manufacturing. Griswold had his own screw making machine and the screws have a distinctive thread and taper which is hard for restorers to copy. Brass frame exhibits a nice mustard patina. Action is very good and crisp. This is about as fine a first model as can be expected. CONDITION: Metal surfaces are grey with small dings and scattered pitting. Brass still exhibits good patina. Stocks fit gun well with some shrinkage. 4-58370 JS24 (25,000-35,000)

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834

GRISWOLD & GUNNISON CONFED. BRASS FRAME REVOLVER. A very nice example of one of the most desirable and rare, Confed. manufactured brass frame revolvers. This revolver is a copy of the 1851 Colt Navy in .36 cal with a 6-shot cylinder having distinguishing features such as the Dragoon type barrel and a brass frame. On this variant, the breech of the bbl is rounded at the top. SN 1240 marked on the bbl lug, underside of frame and cylinder. Unlike many others, the serial numbers on this revolver are stamped in the same location as a Colt (bottom of bbl lug, in front of trigger guard and on the side of the cylinder) while the great majority observed have the numbers stamped on the right or left side. The profile of this revolver has the distinctive Griswold and Gunnison upward angle of the butt. The bbl has 6 lands and grooves, turning clockwise, and there is a considerable gain twist in the fore half of the bbl. The hammer has a roller, and the cylinder has 6 safety pins. From July 1862 until the end of the Civil War, Griswold & Gunnison produced revolvers, at the rate of about 100 per month. Their factory was destroyed on Nov. 22, 1864, by the 3rd Union KT Cav. Serial numbers were stamped with individual digits much larger than on the other Confed. handguns. Another typical characteristic of the Griswold is the tilt of the bottom of the grip, as if it would has been bent to the rear. Based on the serial numbers, Griswold & Gunnison produced about 3,700 revolvers between 1862 and 1864, which is more than any other Confed. manufacturer and almost as many as all Confed. manufacturers produced together. A fine opportunity to purchase one of the great scarcities in Civil War small arms collecting. CONDITION: Very good. I did not disassemble this handgun to inspect interior parts but all look to be orig, having consistent wear and age. Overall appearance is very attractive with a nice untouched patina-mellow brass and plum/brown steel. Grips show wear and are somewhat shrunk-a peculiarity of these handguns. Gun is mechanically fine. 4-60221 (20,000-25,000)

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835

CONFED. OFFICER’S INSCRIBED COLT M1860 ARMY WITH CONFED. HOLSTER. An exceptional set inscribed to Lt. Col. Cotten of the 44th NC Inf. accompanied by a scarce and rare Confed. made brown leather holster. The revolver is a standard Colt Model 1860 Army revolver in .44 cal. with rebated cylinder, iron back strap, brass trigger guard and 1-pc walnut grips, SN 45029, all matching. Inscribed on the iron back strap in Olde English characters is: “Lt. Col. R.C. Cotten. 44th N.C.” Accompanying the revolver is a wonderful brown leather Confed. style holster with a large tear-drop style outer flap which affixes beneath a brown leather strap running from the side seam to the belt loop on the reverse. The single wide belt loop is affixed to the body of the holster with three copper rivets. The holster is crudely stitched up the underside. This officer is listed in the records as Richard Clifford Cotten (Cotton) and had joined the 44th NC Inf. regiment as Capt. of Co. E. On March 28, 1862 he was appointed Lt. Col.. Apparently because of his advance age (76 years) he resigned on June 10, 1862. The history of this regiment is extensive as they served throughout most of the war. Organized in Raleigh, NC in March 1862 the newly formed regiment united with the 47th and 52nd NC Inf. under a Brigade commanded by Gen. James G. Martin. Sent to Petersburg, Va., they shortly thereafter departed to construct fortifications at Drewry’s Bluff. During the remainder of this year-until Lt. Col. Cotton’s resignation, they served guard duty on the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad. An important article which appeared in the Spring 1992 issue of The Texas Gun Collector titled “Southern Pride, a Story of a Soldier and His Colt Revolver” by Dr. James T. Brown (editor of the magazine), provides the research, background and family history of Lt. Col. Cotten and his war-time service. Additionally, other photocopied materials related to the Cotten family history, the research process and the writing of this article accompany this lot. CONDITION: Revolver is in good condition with all matching serial numbers, & a dark uncleaned plum brown patina overall. Rebated cylinder is larked with a “D” and a “C” which may indicate a condemned U.S. inspected revolver. Holster is quite nice with some minor losses to the toe and a flexed and crackled surface at the out flap’s top fold. Inscription appears to be hand engraved and the surface wear is consistent with the revolver. As always, the purchaser should examine the inscription to his or her own satisfaction. 4-60693 CW20 (12,500-17,500)

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836

EXTREMELY RARE LANCASTER TEXAS MADE CLARK & SHERRARD DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 241. This is among the rarest of Civil War-era revolvers. There are probably fewer than ten guns of this model known. Bill Gary, in his excellent reference Confederate Revolvers, only lists six known serial numbers. Serial number 231 in his book is maker marked “CLARK & SHERRARD & CO. | LANCASTER, TEXAS” and cylinder is engraved with military motifs and “TEXAS ARMS”. An etched gun like this sold for about $80,000 several years ago. There are 4 known etched guns. There are only 6 or 7 un-etched guns known to us. These guns have been written about in several articles over the years. Gluckman and Stewart & Fuller in their 1940s titles state that these revolvers were made in 1862-64 under Texas or Confederate contract. Later titles state that parts for guns were made but not assembled until after the war. Other authors surmise that some parts were assembled for private Confederate purchase and that purported Confederate-used guns exist. Most examples are well-used like this one and other known Confederate-made and used guns. Bill Gary in his books state these guns are post-Civil War. Regardless of history, this is a very rare Texas-made dragoon revolver that saw a lot of use. Serial number 241 is found on bottom of bbl housing and frame. Trigger guard and back strap are not numbered but fit very well, as do stocks. One screw is missing from back strap; otherwise, gun is complete. Some parts may be from Colt dragoon, but none are numbered and all parts appear to be orig from time of use. CONDITION: Metal surfaces are gray/black overall with pitting. Bore is good with strong rifling. Frame has large crack and welded/braised repair. Brass trigger guard and back strap are cleaned. Stocks are sanded and cleaned and appear better than rest of gun. Gun indexes and functions well. 8-76155 JS001 (15,000-20,000).

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837

RARE LE MAT 2ND MODEL GRAPESHOT REVOLVER. Cal. 10.65 mm (about 42 cal). SN 1834. Paris made revolver with 6-11/16″ full oct bbl marked on top flat, in hand engraved script, “SYST. LE MAT BTE S.G.D.G. PARIS”. It has a left side mounted rammer with serial number on most visible parts. It has second type dbl detent locking pin and a 9-shot cylinder with 16 ga. smoothbore bbl that is also pivot for cylinder. Hammer has articulated nose for firing both cyl & smoothbore bbl. It also has checkered 2-pc walnut grips with integral lanyard loop in buttcap. Right side of bbl, along with serial number, has the star & “LM” proof. Face of cylinder has a stamped “B” indicating Paris production. CONDITION: Fine. Metal overall retains a light blue/brown patina with strong blue in sheltered areas. Mechanics are fine, grips show moderate wear retaining generous amounts of orig varnish. Revolver bore is strong & bright with fine pitting. Shotgun bore is bright & shiny. 4-59165 (17,500-22,500)

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838

REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY REVOLVER WITH ASSOCIATION TO A TENNESSEE CAPTAIN IN THE CIVIL WAR. This Remington revolver is accompanied by a sworn affidavit and related records which trace this gun back to a family member in the 1960’s directly related to Capt. Jasper Newton Aiken, Co. K, 43rd TN Inf., C.S.A. The revolver, SN 39082, is a standard Remington New Model Army in .44 cal with a 6-shot rnd cyl, 8” oct bbl, 2-pc walnut grips, iron frame and brass trigger guard. This revolver has “U.S.” inspector markings on its various metal parts and there is a trace of an inspector’s cartouche on the left grip. Accompanying this Remington is an affidavit dated Jan. 1972 that relates the purchase of this gun to a family member from Baltimore, MD named John Newton Aiken-who was the grandson-of Capt. Aiken. Additionally a copy of the last will and testament of Capt. Jasper Newton Aiken and a copy of his parole dated 1863 are included. The 43rd TN Inf. was detached to East TN in 1862 where they guarded the bridges including the important Hiawassie bridge at Charleston, TN. The regiment was reported to be poorly armed during late 1861 through early 1862 with flintlock muskets or shotguns but was later outfitted with better weapons and moved into VA. From this point they participated in minor engagements during an attempted invasion of KY. While in KY, the regiment camped for some time at Mount Sterling where the regiment was presented with a large and handsome battle flag by the ladies of the area. It was received by Lt. Col. Key in an eloquent address and history records that the battle flag of the 43rd, when surrendered, had 972 bullet holes in it that could be counted. After a time the 43rd returned to Lenoir Station in TN. While at Lenoir Station, the regiment became part of a brigade composed of three TN Inf. regiments, a NC Inf. regiment and a battery of MD artillery. On Dec. 22, 1862 the brigade was dispatched by rail to fortify the City of Vicksburg, MS and was engaged in picket duty and the building of fortifications around the city. On May 15, 1863 while in the rear guard on the march to Raymond, MS, the 43rd was engaged by Federal troops at Big Black River and Bakers Creek. The 43rd fell back to Vicksburg and for the next 47 days was stranded in the Siege of Vicksburg. On July 4, 1863 the city fell and Capt. Aiken was paroled. CONDITION: Revolver is in excellent condition having about 40% of its orig factory blued finish. All markings are sharp. Grips show light wear and there are few nicks, scrapes and light surface pitting in a few areas. Two lightly carved initials on the butt strap “FH”. 4-60692 (12,500-17,500)

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839

VERY FINE GOLD-PLATED TRANTER DOUBLE ACTION POCKET REVOLVER. SN 12826T. 31 Cal. 3-3/4” oct bbl. Marked “W.TRANTER’S / PATENT” in an oval on the left side of the frame and loading lever. There are no retailer’s marks on the revolver, but the gun has an undocumented history of Confederate usage. The black leather single flap holster is certainly Confederate style holster. CONDITION: Very fine. Retains 95% of the gold-plating on the metal surfaces. Finely checkered walnut grips retain most of their varnish. Mechanically good. Holster has some mild chipping around the edges and cracking on the surfaces. 4-59245 FS745 (3,500-5,000)

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840

CASED ENGRAVED CONFEDERATE USED SMALL SIZE TRANTER REVOLVER. Cal. .32. SN 35754T. Blue finish with 3-7/8” ovoid shaped oct bbl with tiny dovetail front sight and grooved rear sight. The top strap and top flat of bbl are marked “MADE BY W. TRANTER. FOR A. B. GRISWOLD & CO. NEW ORLEANS”. It is very nicely engraved with light foliate arabesque patterns. The rammer is mounted on the left side and it has Tranter’s unusual dbl trigger extending through a slot in the trigger guard. It has checkered 1-pc walnut grip with engraved iron butt cap. Accompanied by an orig English, mahogany casing with rnd medallion lid, green baize lining, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a small Sykes bag flask, an orig brass 2-cavity mold with iron sprue cutter with # 120 on the sprue cutter. Also included is a small tin of Eley’s caps, a lacquered tin with green label marked “W. TRANTER’S LUBRICATING BULLETS” with other information. Another lacquered tin contains “W. TRANTER’S PATENT LUBRICATING COMPOSTION” WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON THE ORIG GREEN LABEL”. There is also a small Dixon pewter oil bottle and a small cleaning rod with concealed worm. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine, retaining about 85-90% glossy, orig blue. Grip is sound with a bruise in the checkering and shows light wear. Flask is near new and the mold shows battering on both sides and 1 side of the sprue cutter extension. Accessories are all fine. Tip of the safety bar is broken and will not allow the hammer to strike the cylinder. Otherwise, mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with light pitting. Case is very fine with a crack in the bottom and retains about 90% orig finish. Lock escutcheon is missing. 4-59166 JR597 (6,000-8,000)

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841

CONFEDERATE TRANTER REVOLVER. SN 21216T. 36 Cal. 4-1/2” oct bbl. Marked “MANUFACTURED FOR. / A. P. GRISWOLD & Co NEW ORLEANS” on the top strap. “W.TRANTER’S / PATENT” is stamped on the left side of the frame, loading lever and trigger. All metal surfaces have light floral scrolled engraving. The safety bar is missing on the left side of the frame. CONDITION: Good with 40% of the finish remaining on the frame and bbl. Cylinder is turning to gray. Checkering on the walnut grips is good with minor handling marks. Mechanically needs work. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58627 (3,000-5,000)

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842

SCHEINIGG PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 1954. 55 Cal. 6-3/8” oct bbl. This Austrian copy of a Beaumont Adams revolver is marked “SCHEINIGG / OTTOKRING / z WIEN / Austrian dbl headed eagle” on the left side of the frame. “1 / JK” is stamped on the front of the frame. The red stained walnut grips are checkered. The Kerr patent loading lever is numbered “37”. A large lanyard ring is attached to a swivel in the buttcap. CONDITION: Fine. 80% blue on the frame, 50% on the cylinder mixed with scattered surface rust and pitting. Loading assembly, cylinder pin, trigger, hammer and screws are finished bright and have slight rust stains. Mechanically fine. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58626 FS615 (2,000-3,000)

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843

HISTORIC AND IMPORTANT CAPTURED ADAMS PATENT REVOLVER FROM THE BATTLE OF STONY CREEK STATION, VIRGINIA 1864. An historic captured Confed. used Adams Patent revolver taken by a member of the 4th PA Cav. This revolver was so treasured by its captor that he had an engraved inscription placed on the top strap to document its history. The revolver is a large iron frame Adams Patent 5-shot percussion revolver marked on the right side of the frame “Adams Patent No. 30377” and has a 5 ½” oct bbl 5-shot cylinder and checkered walnuts grips. Flat, creeping style, loading lever on the left side of the bbl. On the top strap of the revolver is engraved “Captured at Stony Creek Station, Va., Dec. 1st 1864 / by Lieut. Wm. Hyndman, Co. A, 4th Penna. Cav”. Stony Creek Station was a critical railroad depot about 19 miles south of Petersburg and heavy action was encountered there on Dec. 1, 1864 by both the 4th PA Cav. and the 1st Maine Cav. This proceeded what is known as the “Stony Creek Raid” from Dec. 7-14, 1864, an action of Maj. Gen. Gouvernor K. Warren against Confed. Genls. A.P. Hill and Wade Hampton. The records how that Hyndman was promoted from 1st Sergeant to 1st Lt., Dec. 13, 1864; to Capt, March 8, 1865; wounded at Upperville, Va., Jan. 21, 1863; wounded and captured at Sulphur Springs, Va., Oct. 12, 1863; wounded March 27, 1865; and mustered out with Co. A, July 1, 1865. A really unusual documented and inscribed captured Confed. used revolver. CONDITION: Good. Revolver is generally in fair condition with traces of its orig blued finish here and there. Loading lever is loose, hand spring non-functional and several small screws, springs and parts are missing from the right side of the frame. 4-58273 CW16 (5,500-7,500)

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844

INSCRIBED FRENCH PINFIRE POCKET REVOLVER AND TINTYPE 20TH LOUISIANA INFANTRY C.S.A. A diminutive French pocket style pin fire revolver about 4mm in cal with fancy engraving and gold inlay. The oct bbl measures 3” long and is marked on the left flat “Acier Fondu” below a cryptic mark. The frame and cylinder is of blued iron with floral engraving and gold inlay. The trigger is without a guard and of the folding variety & the bird’s head style butt is surrounded with iron grip straps. The 2-pc grips are of carved walnut secured with an iron screw and escutcheon. Inscribed on the inside of the grip strap is “Capt. Alphonse Bobet, 20th La. Infty”. The inscription is quite small, appears to be hand engraved, and done in a crude-non-professional style. A full plate tintype accompanies the pistol and was acquired at the same time showing Alphonse Bobet in the driver’s seat of a 2-wheeled wagon containing staved barrels. Alphonse Bobet is listed in the records as serving as Capt, and Quartermaster of the 20th LA Inf. as well as a Lt in Capt. Herrick’s Co., nicknamed the “Orlean’s Blues”. The 20th LA Inf. (Lovell’s) was organized at Camp Lewis in New Orleans on Jan. 3, 1862, by the addition of six independent companies to the 6th LA Battalion. The regiment had strength of 879 men. Many of the men were of Creole descent. Several companies served on detached duty at Fort Jackson, Pass Manchac, and Berwick. The men fought in the Battle of Shiloh. In the battle, commanding officer, Col. Reichard had his horse shot from under him and Maj. Von Zinken lost three horses. The regiment participated in a skirmish at Monterey and in the Battle of Farmington. After spending several months at Tupelo, the regiment participated in the invasion of KY. The men also fought in the Battle of Perryville. When the army went into winter quarters at Shelbyville, TN, Gen. Braxton Bragg ordered the consolidation of the regiment with the 13th LA because of the heavy losses the two units had suffered. This consolidation occurred Nov. 30, 1864. CONDITION: Very good. Revolver has approximately 50% of its orig factory blue and the gold inlay remains bright. Mechanics are fine. Grips show wear. Large format tintype is unframed, faded and somewhat dark but the image is visible. 4-59132 (5,000-10,000)

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845

FINE ENGRAVED PINFIRE REVOLVER, POCKET WATCH, DRAFTING SET, ETC. BELONGING TO FAMOUS CONFEDERATE CARTOGRAPHER, JEDEDIAH HOTCHKISS. NSN. 7mm Cal. 3-3/8” oct bbl. Hotchkiss’ name is under the grips. Hotchkiss was self-trained, but served on the staff of several Confederate generals including Jeb Stuart who told him “Make me a map of the Valley.” His maps became famous both among the Confederates who used them for tactics in defeating larger Yankee forces and among Yankees who didn’t have maps as good. After Stuart’s death, he served on staffs of Generals Hill, Ewell and Early. After the war he founded several schools and academies. A set of drafting tools accompanies the lot. There is also a key wind , Fuzee movement, half-hunter gold case watch by “Rt Perry / Liverpool”. The watch is inscribed on the inner cover “JED. HOTCHKISS / TOP ENGR / A.V.D”. The back of the case is engraved with a European village scene. The face of the watch is enamel with four color decoration. It also has a compass set into the three o’clock position & fancy, gold hands. Attached to the watch key is a card stating that it was purchased from the Hotchkiss family in 1965. Among the large number of documents concerning Hotchkiss, is a map of the Guy’s Run Iron Lands, Rockbridge County, VA dated 1878, part of his book on the same subject, published the following year. CONDITION: Revolver retains about 95% of its orig finish, but is missing the top of the hammer and the trigger spring, so it is not functional. Holster is missing the belt loop and is badly flaked and torn. Drafting set is in a rosewood case. All of the drafting tools are in the bottom of the case. Only the compass remains of the tools in the lid. Some of the hinge screws are missing as is the spare nib. Case has some minor scuffs to the lining, otherwise fine. Initials “JH” are engraved in Gothic letters on the lid. Face of the watch has several hairline cracks around the edge. Back is well worn with a crack at the bale where someone tried to force it open. Movement is not working. 4-59123 FS749 (1,000-2,000)

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846

UNIDENTIFIED & UNMARKED DRAGOON SIZED PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH DANCE ATTRIBUTES. Cal. 44. NSN. It has an unusual 12-7/8” oct to rnd bbl with the rnd section tapered with a small dovetailed front sight. Hammer is notched as the rear sight. It has an early Colt style rammer handle with swelled end and spring loaded detent that locks into a stud dovetailed into bottom of bbl. It is secured to frame by means of cylinder pin with a flat wedge. It has a 6-shot cylinder, 1.857” diameter and 2.213” long plus ratchet. Rear shoulder is rounded with round cylinder stops and six safety pins that are all still partially intact. Bbl lug is .840” thick & 2.007” high. Flat sided frame is thick & heavy with the recoil shields milled away or never present. Bbl lug rests on front tip of frame without any attachment method except wedge. Trigger guard & backstrap strongly resemble a Colt with slightly offset trigger with square back trigger guard & thick backstrap & buttstrap. Hammer spring is very simple flat steel that fits into a notch in back of the thick hammer. Hammer has a Colt style spur with coarse knurling. Fitted with 1-pc walnut grip that is made from three pieces glued together and appears to have considerable age. This revolver, while resembling a Dance in some respects, is unlike anything previously noted by this cataloguer and others who are knowledgeable of the subject. It is obviously very old and probably American, but in truth cannot be attributed to any one maker. Accompanied by a fine period holster, obviously made for this revolver with 17” body having a wide top skirt and apparently built as a shoulder holster. Thumb strap that fit over a small brass stud is missing as is a section of shoulder strap. That this revolver & holster saw severe hard use is readily evident by sweat staining & wear on holster itself and the extensive wear on metal & grips. Also accompanied by the book Dance & Brothers, Texas Gunmakers of the Confederacy, Wiggins. There is no indication in the book that this was a Dance revolver. CONDITION: Poor to fair with iron a heavily pitted dark brown patina. Cyl pin is apparently worn well undersized and has been wrapped with string & cloth to fill the gap. Brass grip frame is fine and retains a medium mustard patina. It appears that there are internal parts missing as the hammer will not hold a half or full cock. There is no lock bolt or hand. Bore is dark & heavily pitted with no rifling remaining. Book is fine. 4-56748 JR440 (7,500-12,500)

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847

SMALL ENGLISH KNIFE WITH CONFEDERATE HISTORY. 4-1/4” blade. Marked “WILSON / HAWKSWORTH & MOSS” on the left side of the blade. The ivory handle is scratched “James R. Sweet / 33RD Texas Cav. / 1863 / C.S.” and a Texas star containing a “T” in the middle. Accompanying the knife are documents giving Sweet’s history and that of his family. Sweet was the mayor of San Antonio until he resigned to join the Confederate Army. He was a member of the Know-Nothing Party. He entered as a major in the 14th Cav, but was promoted to Lt. Col. when his unit was merged with the 33rd. He remained in Mexico during Reconstruction, not returning to San Antonio until 1873 when he bought the San Antonio Herald. CONDITION: Retains most of the silver on the blade. Left side of the hilt has two natural cracks. No scabbard. 4-59172 FS788 (2,000-2,500)

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847a

19TH CENTURY TRAVELING WRITING DESK AND 19TH CENTURY IDENTIFIED GENTLEMAN’S WALLET/LEDGER. Writing desk is about 12” x 4” x 9”. Has patriot shield shape escutcheons on top of box. Opens to form writing surface with compartments for ink and writing implements. Billfold is stamped “LORDES PATENT, LITCHFIELD CONN.” and has stencil of owner “Thomas Moore”. Several notes dated 1857 are found in ledger. A partial Confederate stamp is still pasted on inside of cover. 4-60372 (200-300)

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847b

19TH CENTURY BANJO WITH PATRIOTIC EAGLE AND SHIELD HEAD TIGHTENERS. Wooden neck and brass body, well used. Missing strings, still retains three tensioners. Brass body has 12 cast brass eagle and shield-shaped tensioners. 4-60374 (100-200)

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847c

TWO CONFEDERATE TIN CANTEENS. (1) Classic 6-1/2” tin canteen with one convex and one flat side and tin throat with three tin carrying loops. This is probably the most commonly excavated version of a Confederate tin canteen. This is a very presentable example, still showing large areas of orig surface and large areas of soldering. CONDITION: Numerous dents. Large areas of pitting. Several small pinhead sized holes. (2) About 6” diameter tin canteen with tin carrying rings and tin spout. This particular style canteen is excavated in various military sites from the 1840’s through the Civil War. Leather strap appears to be an old piece of harness leather retained with two iron brads and ends sewn. CONDITION: Canteen overall good. Scattered areas of rusting and pitting. Leather strap is sound, weak at a couple of areas. Thread where ends are sewn appears possibly newer than strap. 4-60377 (1,000-1,500)

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848

A SPECTACULAR ONE-OF-A-KIND PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM OF 100 PROMINENT CONFEDERATE GENERALS, COLONELS, MAJORS AND CAPTAINS. ONCE THE PROPERTY OF COL ST. CLAIR DEARING-25TH NORTH CAROLINA INFANTRY. An unbelievable collection of 100 Carte de Visite photographs of Confederate luminaries all housed in its orig embossed album inscribed as the property of Col. St. Clair Dearing who served as the Adjutant of the 25th NC Inf. during the Civil War. The album is a large, leather covered, dbl photo-style album embossed in Old English “PHOTOGRAPHS” within a decorative panel. Manufactured by Ritter in Philadelphia. Also embossed on the font cover are “ST. CLAIR DEARING” and “100 CONFEDERATE GENERALS”. Written in period pencil on the inside front leaf of the album is “This will, in time, be a most invaluable collection of the portraits of Southern Generals this to me from Col Dearing/Dec 25th 1875/ (signature somewhat illegible…last name appears to be “McKubbin”). The index is completely filled in, naming every portrait in the ablum-100 Confederate photographs in all! The list of important surnames is as follows: CONFEDERATE GENERALS/ADMIRALS: Lee (several), Johnston, Jackson, Buchanan, Beauregard, Semmes, Hood, Steuart, Hampton, Forrest, Hill, Longstreet, Ewell, Early, Kirby-Smith, McLaws, S.D. Lee, Polk, Price, Magruder, Wheeler, Cleburn, Morgan, Wilcox, Van Dorn, Pickett, Tucker, Hardee, Chatham, Bragg, Imboden, Bee, Jones, Bowen, Zollicofer, Buckner, Hindeman, Elzey, Archer, Ripley, Geary, Sibley, Breckinridge, Chalmers, Custis Lee, Fitzhugh Lee, Toliferro, Baker, Dearing, Gracie, Haygood, Ashby, Rains, Loring, Marmaduke, Rosser, Garrett, Robertson, Marshall, Payne, Robertson, Jordan, Huger, Tighlman, Pender, Pike, Clingman, Harris. CONFEDERATE FIELD GRADE OFFICERS: Lamar, Rhett, Colquitt, Gonzales, Keitt, Pelham, St. Clair Dearing, Rutledge, Roman, Woddy, Kemper, O’Brien, A.L. Dearing, Mosby, Saunders. CONFEDERATE COMPANY GRADE OFFICERS: Gilmor, Chisholm, Keitt, Smith, Thomas, Harris, Hynes. This list is near, but not complete. A most incredible collection obviously assembled at or near the end of the War and passed along unmolested for generations. Most of the photographs are wartime Carte de Visites. A few are post-war in civilian clothes and a couple, here and there, have been heavily touched up. Some of these are unpublished views; in particular the rare C.S. generals and the field and company grade officers. Two or three appear to be signed (I did not remove any from the album so others may be signed on the reverse). There are also a couple of allegorical photos (C.S. flags, Jackson on horseback) and a few which are down right incredible (like the Carte of the album’s owner Lt. Col. St. Clair Dearing who is in a full standing view, short jacket, holster, 2 pc C.S. on belt, decorated kepi in hand and holding a Scottish Basket Hilt Sword!!!). Far and away this is the finest orig period collection of Confederate photographs I have ever seen. CONDITION: Fair to very good. Album is fragile, spine is separated and taped, and some pages are loose. Carte de Visite photos are, generally very good. A number of them that have been heavily touched up with pencil. Some are tinted, others in their purely orig form. 4-58138 CW2 (25,000-30,000)

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849

ONE OF THE FINEST CARVED AND PAINTED CAPTURED CONFEDERATE CEDAR CANTEENS EVER TO BE OFFERED. A magnificent and beautifully executed carved Confederate captured wood drum canteen documenting its surrender-with a well done folk art painting on the reverse. An historic relic of the Battle of Port Hudson and a member of the 26th Maine. The canteen is a very nice Confed. cedar wood drum canteen measuring 7 ¼” in diameter and 2 1/8” deep with iron bands and brass or copper strap guides (patina is too dark to determine the non-ferrous metal definitively). On the front face of the canteen is a truly wonderful carving-almost professional in quality as follows: In an arch at the top: SURRENDERED. Immediately below is a spread winged eagle with a banner held in its beak. The name T.H. Smith is carved below, followed by Co. B / 26th Regt ./ Me Vol /July 8th, 1863. In large fancy letters arching on each side of the central engraving is PORT HUSDON. A leafy wreath-like carving is intertwined with the inscription. On the reverse side of the canteen is a lovely and well-done oil painting of a lake and mountain scene with several small sailboats. The 26th Maine Vol. Inf. was organized at Bangor and mustered in for nine months’ service Oct. 11, 1862 serving their entire term in the Western Theater of War. They occupied of Baton Rouge, La., Dec. 1862 through March 13 and participated in operations against Port Hudson March 13-20. They moved to Donaldsonville March 28, thence to Thibodeauxville and Brashear City. Operations in Western LA April 9-May 14, Bayou Teche Campaign April 11-20, Irish Bend April 14, & Bayou Vermillion April 17. They participated in the supply train march from Alexandria to Brashear City, a march of 300 miles, May 21-26. Moved to Algiers May 27, thence to Port Hudson May 29, Siege of Port Hudson May 30-July 8, assault on Port Hudson June 14, surrender of Port Hudson July 8 & ordered home July 25 and mustered out August 17, 1863. The regiment lost 165 members during its term. This magnificent canteen was surrendered to Smith on the very day that Port Hudson fell to the Union Army. One of the nicest captured Confederate relics I’ve encountered in many years. Both carving and painting are beautifully and wonderfully executed. CONDITION: Very good. Canteen itself is tight with a lovely uncleaned patina overall. A minor age crack runs through the carved face of the canteen and there is a little dark age staining with little or no effect to its attractiveness. Reverse side, with the oil painting, also has a surface age crack simply providing a little character. 8-76154 CW18 (6,500-8,500)

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850

HISTORIC CAPTURED, PAINTED AND INSCRIBED CONFED. CANTEEN FROM THE BATTLE OF PORT HUSDON. A wonderful piece of American folk art and historic military Americana. This canteen is a Confed. made cedar wood staved canteen with iron retaining straps measuring 7” in diameter and 2” deep. A short-wide bridle leather strap, part of a musket sling, surrounds the canteen. One side of the canteen is crudely inscribed by its orig owner as follows: “Miss” in an arch at the top with “Co. 1st G” in the center with “Inf. Rgt.” Slightly arched beneath and the soldier’s name “W.J. May” at the bottom. This all in folky incised carving. The opposite side of the canteen is painted black with a very well done painted lakeside scene with trees and a fence in the foreground and clouds, flying birds and a small house in the background. Painted in white is a large arch across the top is: “Taken at the Battle of Port Hudson L.A.” and in the center above the scene “ By James A. Lord. / South Stonington / Conn”. Lord was a private in Co. H, 26th Regt, CT. Vol. Inf. He enlisted in Sept. 1862 and was wounded June 14th, 1863 at Port Hudson, LA. A search of the records will surely turn up this canteen’s orig owner. A detachment of the 1st MS Inf., commanded by Maj. Thomas H. Johnston fought at Port Hudson under Maj. Gen. Franklin K. Gardner, C.S.A. They faced a number of Inf. regiments from CT, namely, the 12th, 13th, 24th, 25th, 26th and 28th. . This represents a wonderful opportunity to own a Confed. made and Union captured/exchanged canteen-beautifully presented and an important piece of Americana. CONDITION: Very good. Side with the orig owner’s name inscribed has been cleaned and stripped of its old black paint at some time-presumably to make the inscription readable. Opposite side with the painted scene retains its well-aged patina. There may be a further inscription beneath the painted scene. Metal rims have been painted gold and the canteen retains an old stopper. 4-59212 CW28 (4,500-6,500)

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851

VIRGINIA 2-PC SWORDBELT PLATE. If you want the most mint Virginia 2-pc buckle of the Civil War era this is it. This buckle was orig on a salesman’s sample board. Sample board dated probably just before the Civil War. Buckle retains about 100% orig gilting and obviously was never used. This buckle shines like a new piece of jewelry. Accompanying this buckle is a letter of authenticity from noted expert Steve Mullinax who is the author of the most authoritative book on Confederate buckles. 4-59149 JS33 (6,000-9,000)

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852

CONFEDERATE SWORD BELT. Confederate 2-pc interlocking sword belt plate on orig1-3/8” belt. Complete with two sword hangers. CONDITION: Leather is supple. Oily coating over most of its surface. Two sword hangers appear reinforced with later brass rivets. 4-58402 JS1 (3,000-4,000)

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853

SOUTH CAROLINA MILITIA BELT, BUCKLE, AND CARTRIDGE BOX. This rig was featured in a North-South Trader magazine cover and article (vol. 29, No.1) Author Stephen Sylvia in that article states, “In the early 19th century the popularity of militia organizations grew quickly, especially among the young men of the community who enjoyed military-type recreation and fellowship. A dress uniform, a silk banner, and a shiny sword were also quite attractive to the young ladies. During the golden age of the independent militia era roughly 1825-’60, there were thousands of companies across America. Their zeal was such that most became quite skilled in military pomp and circumstance. Some became so adept at various military activities that national competitions developed for parade drill, small arms shooting matches, fencing, and martial bands. Some companies actually toured the country performing and parading. The South Carolina militia belt rig shown here is indicative of an independent militia company of that era. The rolled sheet brass, clipped-corner belt plate with applied silvered die-struck nullification device is a well-known pattern. This plate is catalogued in Plates and Buckles of the American military 1795-1874 by Sydney C. Kerksis as Fig. 394. Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates by Steve E. Mullinax shows it as Plate 350. In addition, Civil War Relics From South Carolina by Dave and Celeste Topper illustrates several varieties of this plate on pgs. 60-62. The plate measures approximately 2.9” x 2.1” and is accompanied by its orig 1.7” wide leather belt to which a sewn a frog to accommodate an undetermined variant of saber bayonet. The rig also retains its orig non-regulation militia-style cartridge box. It measures approximately 7.5” by 5.6”, which is appropriate for rifle rather than musket. The leather was originally dark brown or black but was painted with white lead to imitate the white buff accoutrements popular from the Mexican War era through the Civil War. The obverse of the bayonet frog, which is of red Moroccan leather, was not painted, thus presenting an attractive contrast to the white belt. It is impossible to say with absolute certainty which firearm originally accompanied this outfit. However given the size of the cartridge box and the provision for saber bayonet, a Mississippi-type rifle is a reasonable assumption. It is even possible that its initial companion may have been the rare and desirable Palmetto Mississippi riffle produced by William Glaze and Co. of Columbia, South Carolina, in 1852. Although orig produced in .54 cal with no provision for a bayonet, a large number of Mississippi rifles of various contracts were altered to take a saber bayonet of some type. Despite the longtime popularity of these militia companies, surprisingly few of their artifacts survived. It is known that a great quantity of this material saw use during the opening days of the Civil War, but much of it was damaged and discarded due to its fragile parade-ground level construction. Still more was discarded and replaced by campaign-grade Government Issue. This rig saw extensive use, although I would surmise most or all of it was on the parade ground rather than in the field. It bears several period repairs, indicating that its use spanned a number of years, perhaps several decades. In any case, its delicate construction and attractive parade-ground appearance hark back to an age of innocence in the antebellum South”. CONDITION: Buckle is very good overall. Overall leather is sound. White paint chipping missing in areas. A couple old repairs to belt frog. 4-59151 JS15 (4,000-5,000)

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854

FINE GAYLORD CARTRIDGE BOX. 5-1/2” x 4-7/8” single flap cartridge box is marked “E.GAYLORD . CHICOPEE / MASS” on the reverse and “TJ SHEPARD” in script on front of the flap. CONDITION: Fine. Some light flaking on the bottom and the tiedown strap. 4-60227 FS731 (150-250)

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855

RARE AND HARD TO FIND CONFEDERATE NAVY HOLSTER. Made of 1-pc recycled, fine black leather that perfectly fits a Colt ’51 Navy. Body of the holster is 10″ long with a 5″ flap with a slot for closure over a 3/8″ diameter lead stud. It has a sewn back edge with no plug, and never had one. It appears to have been made from a recycled boot top or another item of fine leather, as it has a partial pattern of fancy stitching on the edge of the flap, and another arc of stitching at the toe. It has the orig belt loop which has been re-stitched with old cotton thread, probably during the period of use. CONDITION: Soft & supple, probably treated in recent years with a very crackled flap with some flexing on the body. There is some dry deterioration at the front edge where the flap joins the body . Stud is oxidized white. Overall in very fine usable condition. 4-59484 JR226 (1,000-2,000)

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856

EXTREMELY RARE CONFEDERATE HOLSTER AND BELT FOR COLT NAVY OR GRISWOLD & GUNNISON REVOLVER. Black leather with long tongue on the flap. The belt has a black painted iron roller buckle. From Lee Meredith sale & orig acquired from a NC family that had it for over 80 years. CONDITION: A hole is worn through the flap at the hammer. There is much wrinkling and flaking of the black finish. All parts are still supple and solid. 4-60226 (3,500-4,500)

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857

FINE CIVIL WAR OFFICER’S BELT WITH HANGERS, CARTRIDGE BOX AND BUCKLE. 32” belt with leather hangars fastened to brass straps with iron snaps. “BAKER / NY / MC KENNEY” cartridge box. The buckle has a silver wreath around the bottom and sides. No back mark. CONDITION: Light flaking and cracking on the belt. Cartridge box is fine with dents at the tiedown button. Buckle is excellent. 4-60238 FS732 (1,000-1,500)

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857a

FINE 19TH CENTURY 51 NAVY HOLSTER. Made of soft glove leather with high finished outside with serrated lines on face with reinforcing stitching around edges, deer skin lined with a small flap & brass stud & a belt loop on back secured with copper harness rivets. Trim leather is dyed red. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Retains most of its black leather finish on outside showing light wear on inside with trim leather color faded & worn. A solid gentleman’s ’51 Navy holster. 4-58371 JR285 (500-1,000)

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858

ACOUTREMENTS OF GENERAL ELLIS SPEAR & HIS BROTHER GUILFORD. Ellis Spear, who eventually became a Gen. in the Civil War originally served under Joshua Chamberlain and was with Chamberlain on Little Round Top during the momentous battle which took place on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The contents of the Spear house in Warren, Maine was sold a few years ago by a Thomaston, Maine auction firm and these items were acquired at that auction and are purportedly those of Ellis or Guilford Spear’s and possibly may have been on Little Round Top the day of this historical battle. The lot includes a pair of Paris made Civil War era binoculars, a Union cartridge pouch with brass U.S. buckle on front and another belt with brass U.S. buckle. CONDITION: Binoculars function but show much handling and use, dents, corrosion etc. Cartridge pouch and belt are still reasonably supple, belt shows considerable age. 4-60248, 4-60249 (1,500-2,500)

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859

RARE FRAMED CONFEDERATE PRINTED BROADSIDE “TO THE PEOPLE OF MARYLAND…” FROM GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE ON THE EVE OF THE ANTIETAM CAMPAIGN. A rare printed broadside issued by Confed. Gen. Robert E. Lee announcing his presence in the State of MD during his first invasion of the North and for the purpose of enlisting support from Maryland’s citizens. The proclamation is printed on period paper in black ink and is housed in a Victorian style rustic frame. The text of Lee’s message is as follows: Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia Near Fredericktown September 8, 1862: To the People of Maryland: It is right that you should know the purpose that brought the army under my command within the limits of your State, so far as that purpose concerns yourselves. The people of the Confederate States have long watched with the deepest sympathy the wrongs and outrages that have been inflicted upon the citizens of a commonwealth allied to the States of the South by the strongest social, political, and commercial ties. They have seen with profound indignation their sister State deprived of every right and reduced to the condition of a conquered province. Under the pretense of supporting the Constitution, but in violation of its most valuable provisions, your citizens have been arrested and imprisoned upon no charge and contrary to all forms of law. The faithful and manly protest against this outrage made by the venerable and illustrious Marylander, to whom in better days no citizen appealed for right in vain, was treated with scorn and contempt; the government of your chief city has been usurped by armed strangers; your legislature has been dissolved by the unlawful arrest of its members; freedom of the press and of speech has been suppressed; words have been declared offenses by an arbitrary decree of the Federal Executive, and citizens ordered to be tried by a military commission for what they may dare to speak. Believing that the people of Maryland possessed a spirit too lofty to submit to such a government, the people of the South have long wished to aid you in throwing off this foreign yoke, to enable you again to enjoy the inalienable rights of freemen, and restore independence and sovereignty to your State. In obedience to this wish, our army has come among you, and is prepared to assist you with the power of its arms in regaining the rights of which you have been despoiled. This, citizens of Maryland, is our mission, so far as you are concerned. No constraint upon your free will is intended; no intimidation will be allowed within the limits of this army, at least. Marylanders shall once more enjoy their ancient freedom of thought and speech. We know no enemies among you, and will protect all, of every opinion. It is for you to decide your destiny freely and without constraint. This army will respect your choice, whatever it may be; and while the Southern people will rejoice to welcome you to your natural position among them, they will only welcome you when you come of your own free will. R. E. LEE, General, Commanding. A very important and rare southern imprint from Gen. Robert E. Lee. Only a handful of orig copies are known. This is housed in a late, Victorian, rustic walnut frame. CONDITION: Very good. Three vertical folds and one horizontal fold that have created a weakness that does not affect the printed text in a serious manner. Frame is old & has probably protected the broadside, but ultimately this needs to be re-framed with acid-free materials. 4-58170 CW19 (2,000-3,000)

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860

SMALL WATERCOLOR OF FAMOUS CONFEDERAT DICK MORGAN OF THE VIRGINIA “BLACK HORSE” CAVALRY. Early 19th Century, painted on very old ledger book paper with marbled back, it has an exposed vertical image of 7-5/8” x 4-5/16” with of Dick Morgan in gray uniform with orange lapels, cuffs & saddle blanket astride a black horse. The back of the painting has a small inscription in pencil “Dick Morgan”. The frame, of tiger maple, is period to the piece. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Colors are vivid & bright with some light soil & foxing in white areas. Frame is fine with some crazing of the varnish. 4-60237 JR489 (500-700)

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860a

COPY OF A CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE PHOTOGRAPH. Large exposed image 12-7/8” x 11”, vertical image, depicting two Naval officers on deck of a sailing war ship with one standing by the helm & other leaning against a large Naval cannon. In background is large mast with rigging and boom with equipment & ropes lying about. It is titled “C.S.S. Alabama / Rafael Semms & John M. Kell”. Framed in a period plaster faced wood frame with oval center and was probably salvaged from another picture. CONDITION: Image is yellowed with copied spots & scratches. Frame is chipped & dinged with missing plaster. 4-59174 JR599 (200-400)

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861

GROUP OF 7 ACCOUTREMENTS. 1) Civil War excavated U.S. enlisted mans belt buckle. CONDITION: Average as dug. Bend to right side. Lead backing has some chipping around edges. Front has brown/green patina. 2) U.S. surcharged cap box. Standard U.S. infantry issued cap box. Missing lambs wool and pick. With 1/4” U.S. stamped on front flap. CONDITION: Leather cracking and flaking. Areas of mildew. 3) Civil War cartridge box. Standard 58 Cal. U.S. cartridge box with U.S. buckle applied to front flap. Box contains orig tins with eight orig 58 cal. paper wrapped cartridges. CONDITION: Box has numerous tears. Missing both roller buckles & tab. Black coating flaked. Soldiers name and unit. (P.S. CLINE, Co. F, 192 PVV) is carved into side of box. Buckle attached to surface has been cleaned and has areas of green verdigris. 4) Indian war era cartridge box. 6” by 3” by 1-1/2” box with embossed single tin brass numbers, “13” applied to front of cover. CONDITION: Box has several tears and cracks. Much of the black coating is flaking. The embossed marking is partially discernable. Strap & tab is missing. 5) WWI pistol cartridge box. 4” by 1-1/2 by 1-1/2” brown leather box embossed with oval U.S. Has woodblock that holds twelve cartridges. Marked between two belt loops is, “Rock Island Arsenal 1908 TCC”. CONDITION: Box is fine overall. Appears surplus. 6), 7) Two variations of Indian war era 45-70 cartridge boxes One folds open and contains twenty cartridges and is marked, “Watervliet Arsenal”. Second box is standard flap type and holds eighteen cartridges and is maker marked and inspected on tab. CONDITION: Both boxes very good overall. Some cracking to black finish on box with flap. 4-58845 JS23 (1,000-2,000)

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862

CASED U. S. HISTORICAL SOCIETY REPRODUCTION JEFFERSON DAVIS 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. Cal. 36. SN 18. An engraved Italian made reproduction, blue and case colored with silver plated brass grip frame and 1-pc walnut grip. It has 7-1/2” oct bbl, dovetailed front sight with the Historical Society name and address on the top flat. The frame is 4-screw pattern, cut for shoulder stock and the back strap is engraved in script “To Hon. Jefferson Davis / From The Inventor, Col. Colt”. It is engraved in Gustav Young style with full coverage frame and bbl lug with his deluxe extra patterns on the rammer pivot and at the muzzle with a full checkered rammer lever. The left side of the bbl lug has Young’s trademark bird head incorporated into the engraving pattern. The left side of the frame where “Colt’s Patent” would normally be found is an engraved double headed eagle. The cyl is rolled with the Ormsby naval battle scene and the hammer has the wolf’s head on each side of the nose. The cyl is not numbered. Accompanied by its original walnut casing with embossed leather panel in the lid and gray velvet lining, French fitted for an engraved shoulder stock with identical presentation and silver plated metal, a reproduction brass flask, mold and parts box. CONDITION: New unfired and possibly unturned. Case and accessories are equally new. 4-60370 JR591 (3,000-5,000)

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863

HISTORIC AND IMPORTANT EMBROIDERED WESTERN BLANKET AND MEMOIRS BELONGING TO D.S. STANLEY, MAJ. GEN, U.S.A. AND RECIPIENT OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR. This wonderful western blanket measures approximately 55” wide x 80” long, and is constructed of coarsely woven and heavy butternut colored wool with a silk edge binding. At either end of the blanket is a woven decorative stripe consisting of an olive drab colored background with two narrow white stripes toward the outside edge and a wide white stripe in the center with an alternating red wool woven alternating track-like decorative band made up of narrow rectangles. In the center of the blanket, in fanciful script is embroidered: “Gen. D.S. Stanley / U.S.A.”. These embroidered letters, hand done, are as tall as 3 ½” and consist of a black border. Filled with red wool dots and adorned with red floral embroidery on the capitals. Accompanying the blanket is a copy of the book Personal Memoirs of Maj.-Gen. D.S. Stanley, U.S.A. (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1917). The book is 271 pages long and details his life in the Military up to 1874. Maj. Gen. David Sloane Stanley was Born June 1, 1828, in Cedar Valley, OH and died March 13, 1902, in Washington, DC. He was a Graduate of West Point in 1852, and thereafter served on the western frontier as a young topographical engineer. When the Civil War commenced, he came East and was commissioned Capt. of the 1st US Cav. Following his gallantry at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Sept. 1861, he was appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers and commanded a division at New Market, Island No 10, advance on Corinth, Iuka, and Corinth. His exceptional leadership was recognized when he was appointed Chief of Cav. in Army of the Cumberland. In Nov. 1862 he was promoted Maj. Gen. of Volunteers, leading a Div. at Stone’s River, and in the Tullahoma campaign. He commanded the 1st Div, IV Corps in the Atlanta campaign, commanded the entire IV Corps at Spring Hill, and the Battle of Franklin where he was wounded and ultimately was awarded the Medal of Honor for the following citation: “At a critical moment rode to the front of one of his brigades, reestablished its lines, and gallantly led it in a successful assault”. His brevet promotions were: Brig. Gen. U.S.A. March 13 1865 and Maj. Gen. U.S.A. March 13 1865. He continued his service in the U.S. Regular Army following the Civil War doing extensive frontier duty. He commanded the Yellowstone expedition, retired in 1892 and lived out the remainder of his years as the governor of the soldiers’ home in Washington D.C. A very scarce and rare western blanket belonging to an incredible Civil War and Indian War Maj. Gen. and winner of the coveted Medal of Honor. CONDITION: Very good. Blanket is worn and the edge binding is frayed and mostly missing. Retains its wonderful color and the embroidered family name is quite striking and colorful. Book is in fine condition. 4-58898 (4,000-6,000)

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864

LOT OF 32 REUNION BADGES. Badges includes Cambell Camp, UCV, Springfield, Missouri, Jefferson Davis Monument, 1901 Celluloid, UCV with General Forrest’s portrait, 1905 Celluloid, General Breckenridge’s portrait, 1910 Celluloid with Lee & Sims, Ex-Confederate Association of Missouri 9th annual reunion, Kansas City 1901. CONDITION: Badges overall are in good condition. Certain ribbons missing parts, some fraying and tearing. Pin holes where still attached to board. 4-59084 JS41 (2,000-4,000)

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865

US 3.25” HOTCHKISS SHELL. Non-excavated. Only specimen known to exist. Percussion fuse and iron anvil cap unscrew and slider slides out. There are no known US cannons in 3.25” cal. (possibly for captured 3.25”Confederate cannon). Patent date cast into base, “HOTCHKISS PATENT, OCT 9, 1855” as well as “MAY 14, 1861” and below that “VII” and “3.25”. CONDITION: Museum quality, in outstanding condition. 8-87428 (1,500-3,000)

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866

BRITISH RIFLED 32-POUNDER BRITTEN SHELL. Excavated. One of only two known specimens in existence. Accompanying is a wooden time fuse. The only two known battlefield recovery places are Wilmington, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina. Imported exclusively by the Confederates. CONDITION: Light ground action with a small pit. Small ding in lead sabot. 8-87487 (2,000-3,500)

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867

RARE CIVIL WAR 11” NAVAL CANNONBALL. This projectile was made to be fired from the 11” Dahlgren Naval Cannon. Ironclads like the U.S. Monitor were equipped with 11” Dahlgren Cannons. Shell originally had a naval water-cap fuse which is now missing. Adapter is still in place and would easily accept another fuse. Stamped near fuse hole are three initials, “MCM”, which represent Mathias C Marin, who was a U.S. Naval inspector. A maker’s mark of “WH & Co.” is only slightly discernable. H. Wiman & Co. was a military ordinance producer in Boston, Mass during the Civil War. CONDITION: Shell is pitted, has been painted black. Markings are weak. Fuse adaptor is bright. 4-58841 JS28 (500-1,000)

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868

CONFEDERATE ARTILLERY CRATE. 16-1/2” by 13-1/2” by 22” wooden crate constructed to contain artillery projectiles, fuzes, and primers. Wooden lid is retained by two forged hinges and is secured by chain tie. Stencils on each side of box reads, “JULY xx 1864 / 168 Lbs / 6 24 PDR / HOWT. CASE / FIXED / FUZES & / FRICTION PRIMER”. Stencil inside lid reads, “INSPECTED 1864 / LIEUT / H.L. DUNCAN”. Ammunition crates of the Civil War are scarce. Confederate ammunition crate are rare. This is among the finest ammunition crates that we have ever seen. Box is intact and all surfaces are orig. Box was made to hold six 24 lb fixed case shot howitzer rounds. This would have consisted of 24 lb rd. balls with fuzes strapped on wooden sabots. Balls would have contained lead or iron case shot balls and powder. Fuzes and friction primers would be packed separately in this box, applying the fuzes to the shell was the last process in arming shell before it was fired. The friction primers of course fired the cannon. This is a true museum showpiece. Find another one. CONDITION: Box is sound and solid. Four new screws help reinforce 2-pc lid. Otherwise box appears totally orig including all painted surfaces. Hinges are contemporary to box use, as is chain lock. Usually boxes lost their tops because they were simply nailed on and discarded. This box was so well made, someone in camp continued to use this box for utilitarian purposes. Similar Union boxes are known that were used as camp chests or for record keeping. 4-59150 JS32 (8,000-12,000)

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869

CIVIL WAR & EARLY INDIAN WAR LIMBER CHEST. What a superb piece of Civil War & early Indian War artillery! This is beautiful condition Civil War US wooden limber chest that was used to store 10-pounder Parrott ammunition for use in the field. You can still see the impressions of the shells in the bottom of the chest. When being transported, the chests were attached to the artillery limber and served as a seat for the cannoneers. Large metal handles on each end served to lift the chest and as a hand support for the cannoneers seated on the chest. The weight of an empty chest was 185 pounds; a fully-loaded chest could weigh as much as 560 pounds depending upon the type of ammunition. Limbers could hold one chest and caissons usually held two. Chests are placed on field-limbers and caissons for the transportation and safe-keeping of the ammunition. The interior compartments of the ammunition-chests vary according to the nature of the ammunition with which they are loaded. What makes this limber chest so rare and unusual is that it served two wars: the Civil War and the Indian War. Just after the Civil War ended a small number of 1-inch Gatling Guns were manufactured for the Indian War. General George Armstrong Custer had three 1-inch Gatling Guns and limbers. Unfortunately he left them behind right before the Battle of Little Bighorn. Could this be one of Custer’s limber chests? SIZE: 44-1/2” long x 22-1/2” deep x 17” high (excluding handles). CONDITION: This chest is all orig and solid and sound: wood surfaces are scratched and dinged, but most of the orig paint is still present. Copper top exhibits a great uncleaned dark brown patina with a contemporary riveted patch that has patinated to match. Orig paint on the wood and metal is present though worn. Of all of the limber chests I have encountered over the years this one is as nice or nicer than all of the rest, the surface is so untouched inside and out. Not only does it have superb condition but it has a superb story that spans two eras of American history. 4-60670 JS42 (8,000-12,000) unreserved!

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870

GRANT AND SHERMAN COMBINED AUTOGRAPHED NOTE SIGNED ALONG WITH CABINET CARD PHOTOGRAPHS, MONOGRAPH AND GLASS NEGATIVE OF LINCOLN. A nice opportunity to own a note passed from U.S. Grant, then President, to W.T. Sherman, Secretary of War along with other related ephemera. The autograph note is penned on a 7” x 7 ½” folio first by President Ulysses S. Grant reading: “The bearer is referred to the Secretary of War to ask if he can give a clerkship to a soldier who lost a leg in the service of one of the bureaus of the War department.” Signed “U.S. Grant Oct. 18/69”. Sherman responds on the same side of the note “Oct. 19, 69, Gen’l Meigs-please give this man an examination with reference to an arm of the Bureau-now existing”. Signed “W.T. Sherman, Secy of War”. The letter is further endorsed by a clerk. The ANS has been mounted to an old album leaf. Accompanying this important piece of Presidential correspondence is a first edition of Sherman and His Campaigns, published by Bowman and Irwin in 1865, two cabinet cards of Generals Grant and Sherman-in uniform (one published by Gutekunst-Phila.-the other unmarked) and a small glass negative measuring 2 ½” x 1 ¾” of President Abraham Lincoln. A very nice combination of items related to two remarkable former Union commanders who served each other in the post-war years as President and Secretary of War. CONDITION: All of the items are in good to very good condition. Autographed note from Grant and Sherman is very clear but in need of dismounting and conservation from its acidic album page. First edition book is good with slightly soiled covers and some foxing. Cabinet card photographs retain good contrast with light trimming and staining here and there. 4-59034, 4-59035, 4-59036 CW29 (4,500-6,500)

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871

WONDERFUL CIVIL WAR CHECKERBOARD POSSIBLY RELATED TO FAMOUS COLONEL ELLSWORTH. This handmade 19th C. checkerboard is a highly collectible form of folk art and documentation on the reverse makes it a most interesting Civil War artifact. In black stencil on the reverse is “G.A.R. Post 84”. A period paper label in old Victorian script also reads “This checkerboard was once the property of the club that occupied this room. 1860?-1862 known as the Ellsworth Associates. Fifteen of its members out of sixteen enlisted in the Union Army presented by Comrade J.E. ? (Last name ends in ALK but the first two or three letters can not be made out”. It’s possible that this may relate to the famous Col. Ellsworth who was the first Union fatality of the Civil War. SIZE: 15-1/2” x 15-1/2”. CONDITION: Gaming portion in very good condition. Wonderful old coloring on the reverse. 4-60246 (1,500-2,500)

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872

LOT OF 7 NEWPAPER PAGES. 1) Orig front page of The New York Herald dated April 15, 1865 announcing the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Four of the six columns were devoted to the assassination. The other two, the Civil War. Framed in a 23-1/2” x 31-1/2” oak frame with carbed details. Folds and stains on the folds, minor chipping, otherwise fine. 2) The Philadelphia Inquirer , April 16, 1861 concerning the bombardment of Sumter and the secession of various states. Very interesting reading as the whole page is devoted to an engraving of Fort Moultrie and its village across the bay from Sumter. 3) The Public Ledger, Philadelphia, April 28, 1865 covering the killing of John Wilkes Booth. Other features include the report on Lincoln’s funeral train and the pursuit of Jefferson Davis. 4) The Saturday Evening Post, Philadelphia, April 22, 1965. Most of the page is devoted to ongoing articles on South America, but there is a brief announcement of John Wilkes Booth’s escape. 5) The New York Herald, September 6, 1864. Sherman’s march to the sea. 6) Same. November 28, 1864. Large map of Sherman’s march to the sea. 7) The Public Ledger, Philadelphia, April 21, 1865 with reward offers for the capture of John Wilkes Booth. The last six are framed alike in black painted wood frames. CONDITION: Very good to fine, except last which is folded and torn. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58645 FS780 (500-1,000)

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LOT OF 6 FRAMED NEWSPAPER PAGES. 1) The Courier dated 22 April 1815 London. 2) National Intelligencer Washington 1812. 3) Political and Commercial Register Philadelphia 1804. 4) The Universal Spectator North Umberland 1730. 5) Aberdeen Journal 1791 6) Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser Philadelphia 1812. The first five in matching13-3/4” X 20-1/8” frames. The last in 14-1/2” X 22” frame. CONDITION: All with folds and toning, but some very interesting reading. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58646 FS796 (300-500)

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875

RARE CONFEDERATE STAFF & FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD BY A.H. DUFILHO, NEW ORLEANS. A rare and unusual variant of a Louisiana-style Confed. Staff Officer’s sword. This sword appears to have been crafted-in composite-by the famed French cutler and instrument maker in New Orleans, Alexandre Henri Dufilho, one of the Confederacy’s finest sword makers. This unmarked specimen has a 32” straight single edged, square-back blade with a stopped fuller at the ricasso by a foreign manufacturer. The blade has evidence of etched panels one side of which is more visible than the other. One side of the blade has floral scrolls and a generic trophy of arms as well as the word “WARRANTED” in a scroll. The iron blade is secured in a magnificent cast brass hilt distinctive to the Dufilho firm. The hilt consists of a large cast half-basket counterguard with the LA State seal (Pelican in nest) in the center surrounded by a wreath with the letters “CS” positioned on either side of the Pelican on a stippled background. The quillon has cast scrollwork, as does the terminus of the single branch knuckle bow. The pommel also has a cast decoration of laurel leaves. The grip is of wood covered with black leather and wrapped in dbl strand twisted brass wire. The scabbard is of iron with two ring mounts. This appears to be an orig Confed. composite with the hilt by Dufilho utilizing a European blade and scabbard. A close inspection reveals that the sword does not appear to have been de-hilted in recent times. An extremely rare and desirable LA officer’s sword. CONDITION: Very good. Blade is medium to dark gray with the light etching barely visible. Hilt is excellent with traces of its orig gold wash in protected areas. Scabbard has had the lower ring mount filed off during its period of use. 4-58291 CW10 (10,000-14,000)

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876

UNIQUE CONFEDERATE SILVER HILTED FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD-POSSIBLY BY DUFILHO-NEW ORLEANS. A unique and unusual high quality Confed. sword that, in my opinion, emulates the work of New Orleans cutler and sword-maker Alexandre Henri Dufilho. The single edged lightly curved blade measures 31” and has an unstopped broad fuller. The silver hilt is modeled after the U.S. Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword with floral scrolls in the counter guard, however, it is distinctive in pattern and very closely matches known and marked examples of Dufilho foot officer swords-the hilts of which are normally cast in brass. The cast laurel leaf decoration on the sword’s silver pommel is also a very close match to the Dufilho style. The tang of the blade is secured to the hilt with a unique knurled capstan nut. The grip is of ivory and was once wrapped with (probably silver) wire. The rather plain scabbard is standard in style but made of nickel silver having two carrying rings and applied drag. An incredibly unusual Confed. foot officer’s sword most likely once belonging to a prominent LA or other Confed. officer. CONDITION: Very good. Blade has a nice mellow gray patina with no significant pitting. Hilt is excellent and very attractive now having a somewhat tarnished appearance. Grip is strong with some age cracking and the wire wrap is missing. Scabbard is very nice with no major dents or damage. 4-58292 CW13 (10,000-12,000)

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877

CONFEDERATE LEACH & RIGDON INSCRIBED FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD. A unique Confederate manufactured officer’s sword with an etched panel on the blade containing the presentation: “CAPT. J.D. HOWAR(S or D?)”. This distinctive Confed. Foot Officer’s sword was a product of the firm known as Leach & Rigdon or the Memphis Novelty Works. The sword is a copy of the U.S. Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword having a 29” single edged straight blade with a rounded back and unstopped fuller. Decorative etching covers about 70% of the surface. The hilt replicates the U.S. Foot Officer’s style except for the distinctive “CS” in an oval panel on the reverse side of the counterguard. The grip is of wood, covered in leather with dbl strand twisted copper wire wrap. The Memphis Novelty Works, Thomas Leech & Company, established itself as a manufacturer of swords, sabers, knives, bayonets, and other edged weapons early in the War. In the fall of 1861 or early 1862, Leech was joined by Charles H. Rigdon, a scale-maker and machinist from St. Louis, MO, who had previous associations with southern arms makers. At this time the firm also became known as Leech & Rigdon, but it still retained its more common name of Memphis Novelty Works. The company is best known for the manufacture of distinctive foot officer’s swords with “CS” in an oval on the counterguard as well as cavalry sabers imitating U.S. designs. Leech & Rigdon remained in Memphis until May 1862. Just before the city’s capture by the Union Army on May 9, the firm relocated to Columbus, MS, where Confed. authorities had set up an armory. They operated here until Dec. 1862, when the approach of the Union Army once again caused them to move to Greensboro, GA. This firm also produced a number of other pieces of military equipment including revolvers, spurs, belt plates, and eating utensils. Leach & Rigdon formally dissolved January 1, 1864, although Rigdon joined Jesse Ansley to complete the Leech & Rigdon contract with the Confed. government. A cursory search for the name “J.D. Howar (or Howars or Howard)” among records of Confed. officers did not prove conclusive. Further research should turn up this Confed. officer. A very rare opportunity to own an inscribed Confed. manufactured sword. CONDITION: Good. Sword is in untouched “attic” condition with dark patina over all. Patchy pitting on the blade but most of the etching and the presentation is visible. Tip and one 2” section of the blade are pitted heavily. Grip is excellent. Scabbard is missing. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58639 CW6 (12,000-14,000)

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878

CONFEDERATE STYLE SWORD, UNKNOWN PATTERN. 30” unstopped fuller blade reminiscent of no known maker. Crude cast brass hilt similar to a naval cutlass. Grip appears to be wood covered in chord and wrapped in tarred leather which is sewn at spine. Scabbard is sewn at cutting edge. Brass mounts are pinned. Scabbard mounts are thin brass sheets with small ring mounts attached to edge. Middle ring mount missing. Blade of drag is missing and old sewn repair is found just above drag. CONDITION: Blade is grey/bright with old sharpening, several nicks in cutting edge. Brass mounts at hilt exhibit fine untouched deep patina. Grip is intact with some bubbling of the tar coating. Scabbard is sound with stitches broken. There is a new leather repair(sewn) just along seams above inscription. Blade of drag missing. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58638 JS37 (2,000-4,000)

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879

CONFEDERATE CALVARY SABER. 35” unstopped fullered blade. Leather grip with brass wire wrap. Scabbard is overlapped braised seam with iron drag, two brass ring mounts, and brass throat. Brass throat is retained with two pewter pins. Manufacturer of this sword is consistent with swords made at the Confederate States Armory, owned by Louis Froleich at Kenansville, NC. Though this is not the typical pattern associated with this manufacturer, blade & scabbard construction are similar if not identical. CONDITION: Blade is grey with areas of shine & black staining, light pitting. Leather grip wrap is all intact with scuffing at high spots. Brass mounts & hilt exhibit uncleaned patination. Top branch of hilt is bent down. There are two large dents in scabbard between ring mounts. Remnants of brown finish occur on scabbard body. About 50% of scabbard body has been cleaned. 4-58812 JS2 (4,000-5,000).

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880

CONFED. NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS (SHARP & HAMILTON) CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER. A wonderful opportunity to own an authentic and distinctive Confed. Cav. Officer’s saber of undeniable authenticity and character. The sword has a 35” curved single edge crudely forged blade with an unstopped fuller. The hilt is quite distinctive being of cast brass with a 3-branch guard and knuckle bow with the letters “CSA” cast on the underside atop a stippled background. The hilt’s profile and design is of the Nashville Plow Works or Sharp & Hamilton pattern. The pommel and back strap are of bird’s head design and fashioned of iron with a wide iron ferrule at the base of the wooden grip that is covered in brown leather and wrapped in twisted brass or copper wire. The scabbard is on iron with a crude brass soldered seam up the underside. The scabbard has a cast brass throat, two brass carrying ring mounts and an iron drag. Prior to the war, the Nashville Plow Works, operated by Messrs. Sharp and Hamilton, produced farm implements. With the coming of the war, however, the proprietors converted their shop to the production of swords, taking the Biblical injunction of “beat your plowshares into swords….” (Joel 3:10) quite literally. It is unknown to date whether the firm manufactured anything other than swords. The Nashville Plow Works continued operation until Union forces took Nashville on April 1, 1862. At this time, the proprietors of the firm were charged with treason and arrested, thus effectively ending the firm’s existence. The total number of sabers produced by the Nashville Plow Works is unknown. However, based on the number of pieces that still exist, it can be surmised that Sharp & Hamilton turned out a relatively large quantity of swords before apprehension by Union troops. A wonderful, authentic and historic Confed. Cav. officer’s sword. CONDITION: Very good. Blade has a pleasant medium gray patina with some patches of heavy to medium pitting. Hilt is uncleaned. Grip shows wear and some slight surface losses. Scabbard has several dents, mostly near the bottom. 4-60222 CW21 (12,500-15,000)

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881

COOK NEW ORLEANS NAVAL CUTLASS. Very old fake Confederate Naval Cutlass. 21-1/2” blade marked, “Cook & Co. / N.O.”. Sword consists of a riveted 1860 style U.S. cup with Roman numeral “XXVII” cut into bottom. Leather grip with twisted brass wire with two brass ferrules. A star appears on one brass ferrule. This or a very similar cutlass appears in William Albaugh’s wonderful reference, Confederate Edged Weapons, as original. We do not guarantee this to be original. CONDITION: Blade is brown/bright with areas of pitting, numerous nicks in blade. Wire is loose on grip. Bend in basket hilt. 4-58215 (1,000-2,000)

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882

RARE AND OUTSTANDING IDENTIFIED LARGE CONFEDERATE D-GUARD BOWIE KNIFE. 14-3/8” clip point blade, 1-3/4” wide. The forged iron guard has a 2-3/4” quillion with a small guard and rounded “D” ending in a flat cap for the pommel. The grip appears to be maple with a fine tiger striped grain and may have, at one time (during a period of use), been replaced. There is no scabbard. The large fine stylized blade is etched on one side, “…DAMEWOOD” (the first name is not legible). The elderly consignor states that this knife was her grandfather’s and descended from her father to her. Her grandfather, named Henry Marshall Damewood lived in Bronson, Missouri but had originally come from Tennessee. Genealogical sources available on the internet have turned up a Henry M. Damewood in Robertson County, Tennessee in the early 1830’s with several branches of the family emigrating to Missouri and Texas around the time of the Civil War. Accompanying this knife is an affidavit from the granddaughter of Henry Damewood verifying the descent of the knife in her family. More research can be done on this piece, specifically looking at regimental rosters from Missouri, will hopefully, identify the orig owner of this knife and his service with the Confederacy. This is an outstanding example of a Confederate D-guard Bowie and rare to find with owners name and family pedigree. CONDITION: Generally fine. A few small chips out of the very sharp edge, some light pitting on the guard; the hilt has smooth old patina. 4-59093 (4,500-8,500)

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883

GEN. GEORGE A. CUSTER’S CIVIL WAR U.S. MODEL 1860 LIGHT CAVALRY SABER. This standard issue enlisted man’s Civil War cavalry saber is related to the family of Charles A. Custer and later was part of the famous Alexander Acevedo collection. Some correspondence, copies of newspaper articles and other information accompany this lot documenting an earlier sale and its familial relationship to the family of the famed Gen. George A. Custer. Manufactured on contract to the U.S. Government by C. Roby. The saber has a 34” single edged, curved blade with primary and secondary fullers. The ricasso is marked by the manufacturer “C. Roby, W. Chelmsford, Mass” on one side and on the other “U.S. / 1864/A.G.M.”. Regulation 3-branch guard with Phrygian helmet style pommel and wood grip covered with leather and wrapped with twisted brass wire. Standard scabbard of iron with two carrying rings. Although better known for his Indian fighting, George Custer compiled a creditable record as a cavalry leader in the latter part of the Civil War. Graduating at the bottom of his West Point (1861) class, he was commissioned a 2nd LT. in the old 2nd Cav, later the 5th, on June 24, 1861. His Civil War assignments included: 1st LT, 5th Cav. July 17, 1862); Capt. and additional Aide-de-Camp, USA June 5,1862 – March 31, 1863); Brig. Gen., USV June 29, 1863); commanding 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Cav. Corps, Army of the Potomac June 28 – July 15 and Aug. 4 Nov. 25, 1863 and Dec. 20, 1863 – Jan. 7, 1864); temporarily commanding the Div. July 15 – Aug. 4 and Nov. 25 – Dec. 20, 1863); commanding lst Brigade, lst Div, Cav. Corps, Army of the Potomac (March 25 – Aug. 6, 1864) and Army of the Shenandoah (Aug. 6 –Sept. 26, 1864); temporarily commanding 2nd Cav. Div, Army of WV serving with the Army of the Shenandoah (Sept. 26-30, 1864); commanding 3rd Div., Cav. Corps, Army of the Shenandoah (Sept. 30, 1864 – Jan. 5, 1865 and Jan. 30 – March 25, 1865) and Army of the Potomac (March 25 – May 22, 1865); and Maj. Gen., USV (April 15, 1865). Serving during the first two war years on the staffs of Generals McClellan and Pleasonton, Custer saw action in the Peninsular, Antietam, and Chancellorsville campaigns. Given his own star, he was assigned command of the MI Cav. Brigade and, with it, took part in the Gettysburg, Bristoe, and Mine Run campaigns. At Gettysburg he remained with Gen. Gregg East of town to face Jeb Stuart’s threat to the Union rear, although he was previously ordered to the South. The combined Union force defeated Stuart. In Grant’s Richmond drive in 1864, Custer participated in the fight at Yellow Tavern where Stuart was mortally wounded. Transferred to the Shenandoah Valley with his men, he played a major role in the defeat of Early’s army at Winchester and Cedar Creek, commanding a division at the latter. Returning to the Army of the Potomac in early 1865, he fought at Five Forks; and in the Appomattox Campaign. His victories against the rebel cavalry came at a time when that force was a ghost of its former self. Custer was brevetted in the regulars through grades to Maj. Gen. for Gettysburg, Yellow Tavern, Winchester, Five Forks, and the Appomattox Campaign. In addition he was brevetted Maj. Gen. of Volunteers for Winchester. Remaining in the army after the war, in 1866 he was appointed Lt. Col. of the newly authorized 7th Cav, remaining its active commander until his death. He took part in the 1867 Sioux and Cheyenne expedition, but was court-martialed and suspended from duty one year for paying an unauthorized visit to his wife. His army career ended June 25, 1876, at the battle of Little Big Horn, which resulted in the extermination of his immediate command and a total loss of some 266 officers and men. On June 28th, the bodies were given a hasty burial on the field. The following year, what may have been Custer’s remains, were disinterred and given a military funeral at West Point ( Source: “Who Was Who In The Civil War” by Stewart Sifakis ). CONDITION: Very good. Blade is a light grey color with minor staining. Hilt is fine. Grip is dry and crackled near the pommel and the wire wrap is a bit loose. Scabbard is dark and uncleaned. 4-60698 (35,000-55,000)

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HISTORIC INSCRIBED U.S. MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD BELONGING TO AN OFFICER OF THE 2ND U.S. SHARPSHOOTERS AND HISTORICALLY RELATED TO THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN. One of the most historic and important swords to come to market in many years is this regulation inscribed U.S. Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword which has an inscribed provenance relating it to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865. The sword is configured according to regulation, manufactured by the “Ames Mfg Co. / Chicopee, Mass.” and is so marked on the ricasso of the blade and the reverse of the top scabbard mount. The scabbard is of leather with standard brass furniture. The top ring mount and throat of the scabbard is engraved immediately above the carrying ring “Presented to Lieut. Wm. J. Leahy / by the Members / of Co. C / 2nd Reg. U.S.S.S. / Aug. 1862”. Immediately below the carrying ring on the top mount is engraved (in a different hand) “Presented to/Earl E. Hewitt/by/Capt. W. J. Leahy/Aug 1917”. The leather scabbard is broken approximately 2.5” above the brass drag and has been repaired with a brass band which is engraved (in a third hand) “Broken on Stage / of / Ford’s Theater / April 15, 1865 / During genera l/ fight following / Lincoln’s / assassination”. Eyewitness accounts of the Lincoln assassination document the pandemonium and melee that occurred inside Ford’s Theater immediately following John Wilkes Booth’s murderous moment and his ill fated leap onto the stage and subsequent escape out the back door. Lincoln had no formal military detail with him that evening, however, a large number of Union officer’s were in the audience the evening of the assassination-obviously Lt. Leahy was one of them! Rare enough is the inscription to Company C of Berdan’s 2nd Regiment U.S. Sharpshooters. These were men recruited, largely, from PA. The history of the regiment is impressive being engaged in many important battles in the Eastern Theater. They participated in McDowell’s advance on Richmond, Pope’s Campaign in Northern VA, the Battles of Groveton; Bull Run, South Mountain; Antietam, Fredericksburg the “Mud March”, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Brandy Station, Mine Run Campaign, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Assault on the Salient, Bloody Angle, Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg, and Hatcher’s Run. Leahy’s Company “C” was then transferred to the105th PA Inf. to finish their term of service. Not only is this sword significant for its presentation to an officer in the 2nd U.S. Sharp Shooters, but this sword represents one of the best documented and important artifacts related to Ford’s Theater and the assassination of Lincoln. CONDITION: Very good. Sword itself shows light wear over all. Blade retains much of its orig finish and the etching is clear and distinct. Hilt and grip are excellent with much gold wash remaining. Wire grip wrap is loose. Leather scabbard is fair, broken and repaired near the drag with a side brass band engraved with historical information, but also broken between the two scabbard ring mounts and repaired with epoxy. 4-58298 CW11 (30,000-40,000)

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PRESENTATION GRADE SCHULYER, HARTLEY AND GRAHAM CIVIL WAR CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABRE INSCRIBED TO A MASSACHUSETTS COLONEL AND UNCONFIRMED BRIGADIER GENERAL. An unusual presentation grade U.S. Model 1840 Cavalry Officer’s saber made by W. Clauberg, Solingen, Germany and marked Schuyler, Hartley and Graham, New York. This sword inscribed to Robert Cowdin as Brig Gen. has an interesting story!!! The single edged heavy curved blade is largely undecorated except for a scrolled panel in the center having a spread winged American eagle on one side and “U.S.” on the other. These etched panels were once laid in gold. Near the ricasso is the etched signature of Schuyler, Hartley & Graham and on the other side is stamped “W. Clauberg, Solingen”. The hilt is cast in heavy relief with very unusual icons. The 3-branch guard is cast and engraved with scrollwork over most of the surface and the counterguard has the faces of two cherubs surrounded by a wreath of wings. The pommel is decorated with acanthus leaf and has the face of a long bearded man cast on the back. The grip is sterling silver with alternating floral and plain bands wrapped in triple brass wire. A gilt cloth regulation officer’s sword knot is attached. The scabbard is of steel with fancy gilded brass mounts. The throat has a scalloped edge with floral engraving. The two ring mounts are the faces of a woman with flowing hair and a floral headband. The drag is engraved with a floral motif on both sides. Engraved between the two ring mounts is the inscription “Presented to/BRIG GENL ROBT COWDIN/by his Staff/Jany 1st 1863”. Perhaps a case of counting your chickens before they are hatched, Robert Cowdin was born in VT and migrated to Mass. to work in the lumber trade. Prior to the Civil War he was a Col. in a Mass. militia regiment that was configured into the first 3-year enlistment regiment from the Old Bay State, the 1st Mass. Vol. Inf. Cowdin, remaining at the rank of Col, retained command of the 1st Mass. Vol. which were mustered into Union service in May 1861. He fought with distinction in the battle of 1st Manassas, VA in July, 1861. His horse was shot from under him during the action. Positioned on Virginia’s Peninsula in 1862 and forming an element of the Army of the Potomac, he was active in the engagements of Malvern Hill, Seven Pines and Williamsburg during Gen. George McClellan’s attempt to capture Richmond, the Confed. capital. Awarding his bravery during the battle of Williamsburg, he was nominated to be Brig. Gen, United States Volunteers to rank from September 26, 1862. While assigned to the defense garrisons surrounding the nation’s capital, notice was received that the Senate adjourned before acting on his nomination to Brig. Gen. Hence, on March 30, 1863, with his term of appointment expired, and his promotion unconfirmed, he was reduced to leaving the service as a Col. CONDITION: Very good. Blade is light gray with spotting surface staining here and there. Etching is strong, but the once gilded, etched decorations have faded. Hilt is bright and strong retaining much of its orig finish. Sword knot is strong with a few frays. Steel scabbard has faded to a dark gray with light surface pitting over most of the surface. Inscription is light but readable. 4-58214 CW4 (10,000-15,000)

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BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION GRADE AND INSCRIBED CIVIL WAR CALVARY OFFICER’S SABER AND SWORD BELT OF MAJOR LAFAYETTE C. BAKER, AND COL. 1st DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CAVALRY, LATER BRIGADIER GENERAL, ORGANIZER, AND FIRST CHIEF OF THE U.S. SECRET SERVICE WHO LATER WAS IN CHARGE OF THE SEARCH FOR JOHN WILKES BOOTH AFTER HE ASSASSINATED PRESIDENT LINCOLN. ALSO INCLUDES BOOKS AUTHORED BY BAKER AND OTHER MEMROBILIA. An incredible opportunity to own the presentation sword, belt, and books of Major Lafayette Baker who was one of the Civil Wars most colorful, hated, feared, egotistical, and a motivated Commanders. This sword, (carried by him from 1863 until his death by poisoning in 1868 in an attempt to silence him because he knew to much about the conspiracy surrounding Lincoln’s Assassination as Secret Service Chief ) is a very significant and historical piece. The sword blade, made by Clauberg, Solingen and so marked on the ricasso, is believed to have been purchased from Tiffany’s in New York. The single edged 35” blade has a sweeping curve and is very highly decorated and etched with patriotic trophies, a liberty cap in a sunburst, an American Eagle, “U.S.” and a stand of flags with the motto: “STAND BY THE UNION”. The hilt is cast in high relief-regulation style but heavily gilded, and engraved with profuse laurel leaf decorations on the branches. The tip of the counter guard has two winged cherubs applied. The grip is of silver with alternating bands of engraved and plain rings, wrapped in triple strands brass wire. The scabbard is of brass and silver-plated with fancy gilded brass mounts. The throat has a scalloped edge with floral engraving. The two ring mounts are the faces of a woman with flowing hair and a floral headband. Inscribed between the two ring mounts is “PRESENTED to COL. L.C. BAKER / 1st D.C. Cavalry / by the Officers of his Regt / Sept. 10th 1863”. The sword belt is field grade, black, bridle leather waist belt having an enlisted man’s style M1851 Eagle sword belt plate of cast brass with applied silver wreath. CONDITION: Very good. Blade retains nice bright factory finish and etching is still quite frosty with staining at ricasso. Hilt is very well preserved with much of its gold wash intact. Scabbard is brass with approx. 25% of its orig silver-plating intact. This sword was given to him by his loyal officers and he carried it at all times, thus showing genuine wears. Baker describes this sword and an elaborate saddle given to him on page 38 in his book. Belt is very good with surface cracking but remaining supple and strong. Numbers on plate and keeper do not match. Photocopies of war records, period newspapers and other info describing capture of Booth are included. Accompanying these are three very important books in fair condition authored by BAKER. THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE IN THE LATE WAR. (Churchill, Kansas City, 1889), SPIES, TRAITORS, AND CONSPIRATORS OF THE LATE WAR. (Potter, Phila. 1884) and HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE. (King and Baird, Phila. 1868) all pertaining to his command of the Secret Service which, at that time of war, was given by Lincoln full authority and power to hunt down spies and traitors working for the Confed. and against the Union. To insure the safety of Pres. Lincoln and Washington, D.C., Baker was given the very best of everything money could buy including 800 hand picked soldiers, and the best horses and equipment. Baker requested from Sec. of War, Edwin Stanton, the very latest in arms, the repeating Henry rifles. He led his Regt. on no less than 5 raids into the VA. Valley looking for the Rebel Mosby and his gang who were getting to close to Washington and the President. He was given charge of the Old Capitol Prison where he kept the spies and traitors that he hunted down and captured (like the famous Confederate Spy, Belle Boyd). When Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865, Baker was called on by Sec. of War, Stanton to organize and hunt down suspected killer john Wilkes Booth. This was to be one of his most known historic events. He gathered 25 handpicked men from the 26th ME. Regt. and they started on Booth’s trail finally capturing and shooting him in the Garret farm barn near Port Royal, Va. The body was brought back by an iron clad steamer to the Old Capitol Prison where Baker identified Booth and then buried his body secretly under the floor of the basement. When the conspirators were captured, Baker kept them in his Prison until they had there trial in which Baker was involved. When they were sentenced to death, Baker had the gallows constructed in his prison yard and each one including the only woman Mary Surratt was hanged. He also foiled an attempt at suicide by Wirz, the man in charge of the Andersonville prison where so many Union soldiers died. Baker thought that he should receive the largest share of the reward money for capturing Booth but Stanton had it distributed among all whom were involved, outraging Baker. He turned against Stanton and the new President, Andrew Johnson. Baker also wanted a position in the new government but again was kept out. He retired to Phila. where he died in 1868. Later years his body was examined and it was determined by testing some of his remaining hair that a large amount of poison was present showing that he was indeed possibly silenced to keep him from embarrassing Stanton and Pres. Johnson as they, at that point, could not be sure what he might do or say in his then mistrust of everyone. Described in other books such as Anatomy of an Assassination. John Cottrell, and Death to Traitors, Jacob Mogelever, and In the Shadow Of Lincoln’s Death, Otto Eisenshiml. These items have a special place in our American history. 4-60705 (27,500-47,500)

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RARE AND UNUSUAL CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION GRADE INDIAN STATUE HILT SWORD WITH GOLD WASHED BLADE. A fine and rare example of the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham high-grade presentation sword with a very unusual hilt and gilded blade with beautiful etching and a patriotic motto. The sword is not inscribed but has a tangential relationship to a Moses Taylor (see accompanying book) and was descended in a Maine family. The blade measures 32” and is a lightly curved, single edged blade with beautiful etched and gilded panels covering 75% of its surface. The etching is bold with stands of flags, trophies, a spread winged American eagle and sunburst and the motto “No Compromise with Traitors” in beautiful script. The etched surface of the blade is gold washed. On one side of the ricasso is the maker’s mark “Clauberg/Solingen” and on the other is the circular dealer’s mark of “Schuyler, Hartley and Graham/New York”. The hilt is of cast brass in rare and unusual form. The counterguard basket is cast with an openwork flame-like motif surrounded with a convex border having a series of oval indentations. The single branch knuckle bow is in the form of twisted rope with a central decoration of 9 spherical balls with flames emanating top and bottom. The grip, in statue form, is of cast brass having a highly detailed standing American Indian warrior with tomahawk in hand. The remainder of the grip is formed of classical motifs and a border of acanthus leaf clusters. The top of the pommel is an eagle ready for flight standing upon an applied and engraved American shield. The scabbard is of nickel silver with cast brass presentation grade mounts. The top mount has scrollwork, floral sprays and a grotesque mask with a cannon bbl and stack of cannon balls, and Greek key cast in high relief. The center mount has similar motifs featuring a draped hand. Finally, the drag, or bottom mount repeats the Greek key device intertwined with Oak leaves and acorns. The reverse of each mount is engraved with circles and lozenges on a stippled background. One of the most unusual presentation swords I have seen in many years. Of particular interest and rarity is the standing American Indian warrior depicted on the grip. CONDITION: Good. Sword has seen some use and only traces of its orig gold wash remain on the hilt and scabbard mounts indicating that it may have undergone a strong cleaning at one point in its life. Hilt and scabbard furniture have a dark and, presently, uncleaned patina. Blade is quite bright retaining most of its gold washed etching-there being fairly recent surface rust on the lower half of the blade. Scabbard is fine with no major dents or defects. Part of an old sword knot remain. 4-56704 CW17 (8,000-10,000)

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HIGH GRADE PRESENTATION STATUE HILT SWORD WITH POST CIVIL WAR INSCRIPTION. An extremely fancy German made presentation grade U.S. Staff & Field Officer’s sword with a statue hilt. The single edged lightly curved blade has etched floral and military decorations with “U.S.” and an eagle on one side and the motto “For the Union” on the other. The ricasso is marked “W. Clauberg/Solingen”. This hilt is of cast brass in high relief having a half basket counterguard with rococo scrollwork terminating in a tiger head quillon. The grip is in statue form being a fully standing figure of Columbia holding a sword at her side and a laurel wreath in the other. She is mounted on a globe with the motto “E. Pluribus Unum” at the base. The scabbard is of nickel silver over brass with cast brass floral mounts in high relief. On the reverse of the scabbard near the throat is the inscription: “Presented to Lieut. John McBride/by his friends as a testimonial/of their Esteem, Feb. 2nd 1867”. A cursory search of the records did not turn up a definitive identification for this officer. He was most likely an officer in one of the Eastern state National Guard units. CONDITION: Fair. Sword has been worked on and cleaned over the years. None of the orig gilt remains on the hilt or any of the furniture, yet it has returned to a mellow patina. Tip of standing Columbia’s head is missing, exposing the capstan nut. There is evidence of filing as well. Blade has surface rust. Scabbard shows wear to the nickel-plating. Retaining screw from the drag is missing. 4-58178 CW7 (5,000-6,500)

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EXCEEDINGLY RARE U.S. MODEL 1840 PRESENTATION ARTILLERY OFFICER’S SABER BY N.P. AMES-WITH PRE-CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION TO BVT. MAJOR GENERAL. A scarce and rare Ames Artillery Officer’s sword which was presented to a prominent U.S. Regular Army Inf. officer who fought in the Mexican War and rose to the rank of Brevet Maj. Gen. during the American Civil War. The sword, made and marked by N.P. Ames conforms to the regulation except for its highly decorated gilt washed scabbard. The curved single edged blade measures 32.5” and has etched decoration covering 60% of the surface. The decoration includes a spread-winged eagle, stands of arms, floral sprays and “U.S.” Etched near the ricasso is “N.P. Ames/Cutler/Springfield”. The hilt consists of a cast brass single branch “D” guard with a floral decoration cast on the knuckle bow. The pommel has a laurel leaf decoration and the grip is of wood, covered with leather and wrapped with twisted brass wire. The scabbard is of brass, having two ring mounts, with gold wash. Engraved over the top portion spanning the two ring mounts are floral sprays. Between the mounts is a fanciful spread winged eagle in an oval panel. This engraved floral motif repeats itself at the drag. Inside a small panel at the scabbard throat is engraved “MAJr. ROBt C. BUCHANAN/U.S. ARMY”. Buchanan was born in Baltimore, MD in 1811 and graduated from West Point in July 1830. He entered his career of service in the U.S. Regular Inf. He participated in the Black Hawk Wars in 1832 and fought in the Seminole conflicts in Florida during the period 1836-38. During the Mexican War, he commanded a Battalion of MD. Vol. and fought in every major conflict of the war. He was brevetted Maj. in May 1846 for Gallantry at Palo Alto and Resaca-de-la Palma. Detailed west, he was stationed in Los Angeles at the opening of the Civil War. Traveling east on orders-from Washington, he became Lieut. Col.l of the 4th U.S. Inf. and fought at Gaines Mill and Malvern Hill. In 1862 he rose to Bvt. Col. and fought at Manassas and Antietam. For his distinguished service he was brevetted Brig. Gen. of Vol. in March 1863. Continuing to command during all the major engagements of the Army of the Potomac, he reverted to Col. to take command of the 1st U.S. Inf. in February 1864. On March 13, 1865, Buchanan was honored as Brevet Maj. Gen. of Vol. for his gallantry in action at Manassas and Fredericksburg. Following the war, he continued his service in the Regular Army until retirement in 1870. During the early Reconstruction period he was a highly successful military commander in Louisiana. He died on November 29, 1878. A superb opportunity to own a very rare sword-inscribed to one the U.S. Army’s most prominent Regular Inf. officers who rose to achieve the rank of Bvt. Maj. Gen. CONDITION: Very good. Blade has been lightly cleaned but the etched decoration remains strong and visible. Hilt is unpolished retaining a nice patina & the grip is fine. Scabbard retains about 75% of its gold wash with a couple of minor dings near the drag. Possibly re-wrapped. 4-58293 CW1 (12,000-15,000)

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SUPERB MEXICAN WAR PRESENTATION MEXICAN STAFF OFFICER’S SWORD TO THE ADJUTANT OF THE 2ND NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS, WOUNDED IN ACTION. A unique Mexican War presentation sword of foreign manufacture. Regulation Mexican staff officer’s sword of undeniable European origin, made for Mexican officer, one of a group of captured Mexican officer’s swords presented to American officers. The blade is single edged, straight with a quill back blade that is etched across 45% of its surface. The etched decorations are somewhat generic with floral work, scrolls and military trophies. On both sides there is a small spread-winged eagle (without an American shield) holding a banner and standing on top of what appears to be a pile of cannon balls. No manufacturer’s name is present. The hilt is of cast brass with a wide counterguard and large half-basket knuckle guard comprising the design elements of a scallop shell with two rosettes at the base in the front and a folding counterguard panel on the rear. There are three branches spreading from the shell to the bird’s head pommel and back strap. The grip is of wood, covered in sharkskin and wrapped with triple strand brass wire. There is a ferrule at the base of the grip. The scabbard is of nickel silver with plain brass mounts. Between the ring mounts is the bold inscription “Presented to/Lieut. J. S. McCabe/by his Company for his Gallant Conduct in the different battles in MEXICO 1847”. I was able to track down a short record of McCabe whose full name is James S. McCabe. He held the rank of Adjutant in the 2nd NY Vol. Inf. This regiment entered active duty service in the Mexican War in November 1846 and was mustered out in August 1848. McCabe is listed as being wounded in action at Churubusco. A superb and rare Mexican War presentation saber to a gallant officer who was wounded in action. CONDITION: Very good. Blade has been cleaned and the etching is visible but weak in some areas. Hilt retains most of its orig gilt finish. Grip is fine showing only light wear and the scabbard is excellent with no dents. 4-58296 CW6 (8,500-10,000)

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HISTORIC AMERICAN CIVIL WAR U.S. MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER’S PRESENTATION SWORD TO THE A.D.C. FOR MAJ. GENERAL JOSEPH HOOKER-WITH BATTLE HONORS. Regulation style U.S. Model 1850 Staff and Field Officer’s sword manufactured by Ames. It has a 32” single edged lightly curved blade that is covered by etched decoration across 60% of its surface. The decoration includes “U.S.” a spread-winged eagle and floral and military decorations. Near the ricasso is the maker’s name “Ames Mfg. Co./Chicopee/Mass”. As well as on the reverse of the scabbard’s top mount. The hilt is a large half-basket style with “U.S.” cast in the counterguard with open work floral decorations surrounding. The pommel is decorated with laurel leaves & the grip of wood, covered in sharkskin and wound with twisted brass wire. The scabbard is of blued steel with regulation brass furniture. On the top mount is the inscription (reading from the top down): “Peach Tree Creek/July 24th ‘64/Utoy Creek/Aug. 7th ‘64/Atlanta/P.R. Stetson/Capt. 15th U.S. Inf. /A.D.C. Maj. Genl. Hooker/Comdg. 20th Army Corps”. Since the 15th U.S. Inf. served in the 14th Army Corps during the Atlanta Campaign, I am assuming that Capt. Stetson went on detached duty to serve as A.D.C. to Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker who was, at the time commanding the 20th Army Corps. The 15th did, however, fight at Peach Tree Creek, Utoy Creek and the Siege of Atlanta. A very nice American Civil War presentation on a well made Ames Staff and Field Officer’s sword. The association with Hooker and the inscription including these battle honors in the Atlanta Campaign is unique, rare and desirable. CONDITION: Very good. Blade is bright with some patches of dark pitting not significantly effecting the etching. Overall, sword shows light field use. Hilt is fine, grip is good with some wear and the scabbard is dark with no major dents. 4-58297 CW9 (5,000-6,500)

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PRE CIVIL WAR U.S. MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD OFICER’S SWORD PRESENTED TO THE DIRECTOR OF A PHILDELPHIA SCHOOL. A unique presentation to the Director of a school or, possibly, military academy in Richmond, Philadelphia County, PA in 1853. The sword is a German made presentation grade U.S. Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer’s sword with a 31” lightly curved single edged blade with profuse etching over 75% of the blade’s surfaces. The etched decorations contain military trophies, “U.S.” and an American eagle. The ricasso is marked “W.H. Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia”. The cast brass guard is of regulation form with additional engraving on the pommel. The grip is of wood, covered in sharkskin and wrapped with twisted brass wire. The scabbard is of iron with very fancy brass mounts cast in high relief having an American eagle, a stand of flags and oak leaves. Between the two ring mounts is an applied oval brass plaque containing the inscription: “Presented by the teachers of Richmond/Phila. to their Director/COL. H. MATHER/as a mark of their esteem for/his many Noble Qualities/May 2nd 1853”. A wonderful academy sword with a history yet to be discovered. It may be that this school director served in the Civil War or the Mexican War before he ended up as the director of a school in Richmond, PA. CONDITION: Very good. This is a piece truly in “attic black” never cleaned with a near black patina over all except for the blade, which is bright with strong etching and retains bits of its orig frosting from the etching process. Sword shows the lightest of wear. 4-56777 CW8 (3,500-4,500)

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AN HISTORIC AND EXTENSIVE GROUPING CONSISTING OF A PRESENTATION GRADE U.S. MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD AND COLT 1849 POCKET REVOLVER BOTH INSCRIBED TO THE COL. OF THE 21ST CONNECTICUT Inf. WITH RANK EPAULETS, SWORD BELT AND SASH, COMMISSION AND BINOCULARS. This sword shows hard wear and tear and must have seen long and arduous service in the field during numerous engagements. The sword is a regulation style U.S. Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer’s sword, several grades higher than standard and of European manufacture. It has a 32” single edged, lightly curved blade deeply etched and once, containing extensive gold wash. The etched decoration is generally generic and floral with a prominent “U.S.” on one side. There is also the French motto: “Je Maintiendrai Le Droit” which, roughly translated means: “We shall maintain the right”. The hilt is of regulation style with “US” cast into the counter guard. The scabbard is of steel with fancy engraved brass furniture. Inscribed on the reverse counterguard of the sword’s hilt is: “Col. Hiram B. Crosby”. The inscribed Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver, SN 324913 (all matched-loading lever is unmarked), has a 4” bbl with a New York address, 6-shot cylinder and brass back strap and trigger guard. The back strap is inscribed “Col. H. B. Crosby” by, what appears to be, the same engraver who did the sword. The accompanying sword belt is of folded black Russian leather with a brass keeper and two sword carrying straps with brass spring clips. The belt plate is an officer’s style M1851 eagle plate with its wreath cast integral with the plate. Also with the sword is Crosby’s red silk sash of standard form with tassels, his Smith Patent style Col. rank shoulder straps, Crosby’s orig military commission to rank of Col. dated June 28, 1860 and signed by the Gov. of CT, William A. Buckingham and, finally, Crosby’s Civil War period binoculars remain with this group being a pair of French manufactured brass bodied and leather covered binoculars. At the time of the Battle of Cold Harbor, Hiram B. Crosby was commanding the 21st CT Inf. as Maj. Later promoted to full Col. he led the regiment until he was discharged for a medical disability on September 14, 1864. Organized at New Haven in August 1862, this Regiment went to the Defenses of Washington, D.C. then off to the front participating in the battles of Fredericksburg, Va., “Mud March,” and the Siege of Suffolk prior to moving to provost and guard duty at Portsmouth, Norfolk and Newport News until February 1864. Expedition up James River to Fort Powhatan, thence to Newberne February 12, and duty there, at Plymouth and at Washington, N. C. they then joined Butler’s operations on South Side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond, operations against Fort Darling, Battle of Drewry’s Bluff and Bermuda Hundred. Battle of Cold Harbor, siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond then onto Chaffin’s Farm, New Market Heights and Fair Oaks. After doing duty in the trenches before Richmond, they became a part of the City’s occupying forces. The Regiment was mustered out June 16, 1865 with losses totaling 175. Copies of his pension, military records and history of the regiment accompany the sword. CONDITION: Fair. Heavy wear from tip to toe, likely a battlefield carried sword. Gilt decoration on the blade has all but faded away in dark patina and surface rust. Quillon is fractured but remains attached. All of the brass furniture and the scabbard have been heavily cleaned at some time. Leather and wire wrap are missing from the grip. Colt revolver is quite good with traces of blue on the bbl and frame. Sword belt is worn but flexible with some losses to stitching. Crosby’s sash is faded to a reddish-brownish hue with a few minor frayed areas. Rank shoulder straps are very nice and the binoculars very good. 4-59211 (5,000-10,000)

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EARLY CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION SWORD TO AN OFFICER OF PHILADELPHIA’S ARTILLERY CORPS OF THE WASHINGTON GRAYS. A wonderful very early war presentation to an officer of this Philadelphia artillery militia unit that was one of the first to respond to Lincoln’s call for volunteers and is commemorated by a statue outside the Union League Club of Philadelphia. The sword was presented the day after Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861. The sword itself is quite unique as well! The sword, sold by Horstmann, is of European manufacture-similar to the U.S. Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword-except with a very unusual “collapsing” steel scabbard. The unmarked sword itself closely resembles its American counterpart but is of French or German manufacture. The blade measuring 32” in length has etched decorations featuring scrolls, floral sprays and generic military trophies with a blade that has an unstopped wide and secondary fuller (typical of French manufactured swords). This hilt is cast brass of regulation style with a grip of wood, covered in sharkskin and wrapped with twisted brass wire. The scabbard is like nothing I’ve encountered before-made of steel with two carrying rings-it is made in two pieces with a spring tension device in the lower half that has the effect of “collapsing” the scabbard to one half its size through a telescoping action when the blade is drawn. Quite interesting and rare! In a rectangular cartouche is stamped “HORSTMANN” near the scabbard throat. Opposite Horstmann’s stamped cartouche is the inscription “Presented to / Lieut. Alexander Murphy / of the / Artillery Corps Washington Gray s/ by his Fellow Members / March 5th 1861”. A most interesting presentation sword to a member of Philadelphia’s elite militia artillery corps. Further research may reveal the origin of this VERY unusual “collapsing” scabbard. 4-58294 CW14 (4,000-5,000)

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U.S. MODEL 1852 U.S. NAVY OFFICER’S PRESENTATION SWORD BY AMES. This sword is a standard grade U.S. regulation Model 1851 U.S. Navy Officer’s sword manufactured by the Ames Manufacturing Co. This sword has a 31” lightly curved singled edged blade with etched decorations over 60% of its length. The decorations consist of military trophies, a fouled anchor and U.S.N. At the ricasso the blade is signed “Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee, Mass”. The hilt is of cast brass in regulation style with an oak leaf counterguard superimposed with “U.S.N.” on a banner. The pommel is decorated with cast laurel/oak leaves and the pommel cap with a standing eagle surrounded by stars. The grip is of wood, covered with sharkskin and wrapped with dbl strand twisted brass wire. The scabbard is of leather with regulation brass mounts. The reverse of the top mount is stamped “Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee, Mass”. On the front of the top scabbard mount is engraved “ C.A. Hendrickson.” The record of U.S. Navy and Marine officers shows Charles A. Hendrickson as Acting Ensign as of February 25, 1864 with a discharge date of 24 October 1865. Further research may reveal his shipboard service. CONDTION: Very good. Blade is excellent with light patina here and there but no major surface pitting. Hilt is fine, grip good and the scabbard strong-with one very well done repair. 4-58295 CW15 (3,500-5,000)

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CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION AMES STAFF & FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD-5TH MASSACHUSETTS. A nice example of a Civil War officer’s inscribed presentation sword manufactured by Ames. This sword complies with the regulation for the U.S. Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer’s Sword. It has a 32” single edged lightly curved blade that is covered by etched decoration across 60% of its surface. The decoration includes “U.S.” a spread-winged eagle and floral and military decorations. Near the ricasso is the maker’s name “Ames Mfg. Co./Chicopee/Mass”. The hilt is regulation half-basket style with “U.S.” cast in the counterguard with open work floral decorations surrounding. The pommel is decorated with laurel leaves, and the grip is of wood, covered in sharkskin and wound with twisted brass wire. The scabbard is made of blued steel with brass furniture. On the top mount is the inscription “Presented to/Lieut. A.J. Holbrook/by the Cambridge members/of Co. E, Mass. Vols/at Camp Lander Wenham/Sept. 3, 1862”. On the opposite side of the top mount is stamped: “Ames Mfg. Co./Chicopee/Mass”. Holbrook served in the 5th Mass. Vol. Inf. (9 month militia) that was organized on August 14, 1862. His sword was presented at Camp Lander, Wenham, Mass. where the regiment was mustered. Co. E was formally mustered on September 3, 1862. During the war the 5th Mass. served at New Berne, Goldsboro, and Kinston doing a number of expeditions on the southeast coastline. They returned to Boston and were mustered out of service at the end of their 9 month term. They lost 16 men by disease. A nice opportunity to own a Civil War presentation sword to a Mass. officer made by a highly desirable sword maker. CONDITION: Very good. Sword has a nice uncleaned patina overall. Blade has been lightly cleaned but retains most of its etching with spotting patches here and there. Edge of the blade is nicked up toward the center. Hilt is fine. Grip shows wear on the high spots but is tight and intact. Scabbard shows much of its orig bluing with light, uncleaned surface rust and pitting over the entire length. 4-58213 CW4 (2,800-3,800)

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898

CIVIL WAR MEDICAL STAFF OFFICERS SWORD. 30-1/2” etched blade. Full firm marked Ames Mfg. Co., Chicopee, Mass. along with various patriotic motifs and a 3” panel which says, “U.S. Medical Staff”. Scabbard is brass and is firm marked, “N.P. Ames Cutler Springfield, Mass”. Fine example of a Civil War medical staff officer’s sword, though an earlier Ames address appears on the scabbard. Sword & scabbard appear to be orig to each other. CONDITION: Blade is grey/bright with much orig frosting. Scabbard & hilt exhibit 60% orig gilt. Middle & top mounts of scabbard are both loose. 4-58805 JS4 (1,500-2,500)

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899

CIVIL WAR NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD. This is a regulation model 1852 Naval Officers sword with a 27-3/4” etched blade. Etching includes military motifs: sprays of military arms, circle of 31 stars (31 stars denotes the period of 1852-1858 as Minnesota became the 32nd state on July 4, 1858), patriotic shield, fluted anchors, ropes, and a drooped wing eagle sitting atop a cannon with cannon balls. Blade is agent marked, “W.H. Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia”. Scabbard is leather with brass mounts with rope knot shaped ring mounts. Top mount also has applied scroll with, “Horstmann & Sons Makers, Philada”. A sea serpent forms the drag. Typical hilt of oak leaves and acorns with “USN” in a ribbon. Quillon is a sea serpent. Pommel has an eagle surrounded by thirteen stars. CONDITION: Blade is fine. Etched panels are bright with almost all orig luster, and scattered staining. Sword exhibits orig felt red washer. Shark skin grip shows wear to high spots. Triple wire wrap is complete. 4” longitudinal crack in grip. Gilting on sword mounts and hilt is 90%+. Drag is missing screw. 4-58195 (4,000-5,000)

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900

CIVIL WAR AMES FOOT OFFICER SWORD. 30-1/2” etched blade marked Ames Mfg. Co., Chicopee, Mass. Brass mounted leather scabbard where top mount is also marked Ames Mfg. Co., Chicopee, Mass. This standard model 1850 officer’s sword is a fine example by the most popular Civil War sword manufacturer. Accompanying this lot is a 19th C. red silk sash which is 8’ long, 3-1/4” wide with tassels on either end. This appears to be a standard Civil War era sash though width is a bit small. 1880’s vintage sword belt maker marked, “J.H. McKenney & Co. N.Y.” also accompanies sash. CONDITION: Hilt and scabbard mounts retain 80% orig gilting. Shark skin grip is complete having a longitudinal 4” crack. Twisted gilted brass wire wrap is complete. Hilt exhibits a hairline crack at quillon. Leather scabbard body retains most of its orig black color with scattered scuffing and white staining. 4-58807 JS3 (2,000-3,000)

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901

SWORD AND DOCUMENTS OF GENERAL WM. LARIMER, JR – FOUNDER OF DENVER, CO. Purchased from family descendent. Civil War foot officer’s sword in fine condition with bright blade and etched panels with “US” and eagle holding ribbon with “E Pluribus Unum”. Scabbard is also fine with only some flaking to black finish of leather. Commission as Brigadier General of Pennsylvania Militia, signed by Governor Wm. F. Johnson in 1854. Commission is split at one fold. Appointment to Treasurer of Arapahoe, Kansas Territory (Arapahoe County at this time contained what is now Denver, Co). This appointment was signed by Governor James Denver on Sept. 21, 1858. Just 2 months later Larimer built the 1st house on what is now Denver and named the town for his political friend James Denver. The 1st main street was named, and still is, Larimer Street. A history district “Larimer Square” is still at the city’s center. Another document concerning Denver in 1931 accompanies as: docs from antique dealer who purchased these items from descendent; grouping of Denver signed appointment; commission as general and Civil War foot officer’s sword. Larimer was captain in Kansas cavalry unit in war for a short time and this sword shows little use. Though his name is not on the sword, this sword descended in his family with the accompanying documents. CONDITION: Overall very good. Scabbard body is sold with wear & chipping to hispots. Brass mounts and hilt cleaned but still exhibit matching patina. Grip is very good with orig wire wrapping. 4-59188 (5,000-6,000)

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902

PRESENTATION SWORD OF CAPT. JACOB ARNER, 28TH PENSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS. 31” double edged blade bearing military motifs and agent marking of “W.H. Horstmann & Sons Philadelphia. Hilt exhibits a spray of military arms with eagle standing on military shield with stars above his head. Pommel has cast patriotic shield surrounded by a laurel wreath. Grip is sheet silver with copper wire grip. Extra engraved cast decoration adorn pommel cap. Scabbard is steel with a 2-3/4” by 1” silver oval panel which reads, “Presented to / Capt. Jacob D. Arner / Co. E 28th Regi P.V.V. by the members / of his Company, as a mark of respect / and esteem for him as a / Gentleman and Soldier.” Captain Jacob Arner was born in 1830 and died in 1896. He served in the war from 1861 to 1865. His obituary in 1896 from Lehigh, Pennsylvania newspaper states, “The deceased enlisted in the late war at the very beginning and fought till the end, going in as a private and coming out as a Major. He first enlisted in Company E, Twenty-eighth Regiment, P.V. Such was his gallantry in the various engagements that he was promoted to second lieutenant, then to first lieutenant, afterwards to captain and finally to major.” “He was in the battles at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Atlanta, etc. The regiment developed one Major General, John W. Geary, its first commander, afterwards Governor of this State, also three Brig. Generals, Hector Tyndale, Ario Pardee, Jr., and John Flynn. It had five Colonels, Geary, Gabriel, Dekosponay, T.J. Abl, Flynn and Tyndale; also four LT Cols. and nine Majs. The last of these was Major Arner.” Accompany this lot is a formal studio photograph of Capt. Arner in 28th Regiment uniform from the US Army War College archives. Also included in this lot are copies of Arners service records and photographs of his tombstone where he is buried in Allentown, Pennsylvania. CONDITION: Blade is grey with scattered areas of pitting. 15” etched panels are 90%+ discernable. There is a new leather washer. Silver grip is very good and only shows a few small dents. Copper wire wrap is complete. Scabbard is painted black and has several dents. One pin sized hole is present near lower ring-mount of scabbard. 4-59052 JS29 (4,000-6,000)

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903

1860 CALVARY SABRE WITH PURPORTED INDIAN WAR USAGE. Standard model 1860 cavalry saber. Maker marked, “Ames Mfg. Chicopee, Mass”. Dated and inspected 1865. Scabbard near drag and blade in fuller is etched, “C 3 CAV C2”. This marking is for C Troop 3rd cavalry. A list of actions of C Troop 3rd cavalry from 1868 to the turn of the century are listed. C Troop 3rd Calvary served in Indian Territory, Arizona, Dakota Territory, Wyoming Montana, and Texas. CONDITION: Blade is grey with area of pitting and old sharpening. Scabbard has remnants of hard metal plating. Hilt exhibits yellow patination. Grip retains all orig wire and 90% of its orig leather. 4-59186 JS31 (2,250-2,750)

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904

PRESENTATION MODEL 1860 AMES STAFF & FIELD SWORD. Standard 1860 Staff & Field officers sword. 31” Diamond shaped blade, which contains etched patriotic panels and manufacturers mark, “Ames Mfg Co. Chicopee, Mass.” Grip is shark skin. Languet has eagle over spray of flags. Folding languet is inscribed, “PRESENTED TO OAKLEY HENDLEY” BY HIS UNCLE THOS. B. OAKLEY. LATE LT. COL. U.S.A JAN. 1901”. Scabbard is blued steel with brass mounts. CONDITION: Blade is frosty and near mint condition. Scabbard body exhibits scattered rust and pitting. Gilted hilt and scabbard mounts are dark and dirty but should clean showing a majority of the original gilt. 4-56776 JS39 (300-600)

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905

VICTORIAN COPY OF AN ENGLISH COURT SWORD. 32″ triangular blade etched “F. P. SCHOLTE. / 7. SAVILE ROW. W.” on the flat. All three sides have matching etchings extending to 15″ on the blade. The scabbard is leather with three steel mounts decorated with bands. This sword is late Victorian, but a much earlier style with diamond-shaped piercing and added steel brilliants riveted to the various parts. CONDITION: Blade is bright with minor nicks and scattered specks of surface rust. Hilt, guard and scabbard mounts have a gray patina with light surface rust. Scabbard is good with a partial bend near the top and a scuff at the bottom. 8-86994 (600-900)

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906

ENGLISH SMALL SWORD. 29″ blade, 35″ overall in scabbard. This mid-19th century sword has florally etched blade, maker marked “Moore / Late Bicknell’s & Moore / 1 Old Bond Street, London”. Brass hilt, grip, languets, scabbard mounts and frog button all decorated with a Ball motif. CONDITION: Blade retains areas of original luster; overall etching is very good with areas of black staining. Hilt, grip and scabbard mounts retain much original gilding. Leather scabbard body is sound with a couple of areas of chipping. Sword and scabbard mounted on board. 8-87168 (200-300)

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907

PAINTED TIN BOX. 14” wide x 9” deep x 10” high. The slightly domed lid is painted “H.P.” on either side of ‘7 CAV.”. The brass lock (no key) is marked “E. BATES / W. HAMPTON”. CONDITION: Red paint shows many chips and runs, including one across the marking which is not affected. 4-59082 (250-500)

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908

LOT OF 4 FRATERNAL SWORDS. 1) Knights Templar. Sword made by M.C. Lily and Co. Blade is excellent with name, “George G. Scott” on blade. White metal plated scabbard and hilt. Bone handle with Danbury, Connecticut lodge information. 2) Another Danbury, Connecticut Knights Templar sword with name, “H.K. Scott Jr.” on blade. 3) Another Knights Templar sword. This one is agent marked, “D.B. Hall Broadway, NY”. Sword has gilded scabbard and mounts and decorated bone grip. Swords 1-3 are all in torn protective chamois or cloth bags. 4) Fraternal sword with only Latin Cross on blade in wood grip and on brass scabbard. 4-56703 JS40 (400-800)

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909

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE & IMPORTANT CONSECUTIVELY NUMBERED PAIR OF FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS WITH TEXAS HISTORY. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 160786 & 160787. Nickel finish with 5-1/2” bbls with 1-line Hartford address, 2-line patent dates on left side of frame with the Rampant Colt in a full engraved circle and spectacular deep relief carved ox-head pearl grips, left & right hand. Revolvers are identically engraved by Cuno Helfrecht in his trademark style with large sunburst on recoil shields with a miniature sunburst on loading gates. Frames have about 80% coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Bbls are engraved about 3-1/4” on each side to match with a wavy pattern around address. Top straps, ejector housing rod gullets & outside radii are engraved with his snake & dot pattern, which is also around back edge of cylinders. Cylinders are engraved in his trademark patterns of alternating sunbursts & foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between flutes. Buttstraps were engraved leaving a short blank panel which are after-market engraved “W.F. COBB”. This later engraving is in the typical style done for Wolf & Klaar of Fort Worth, TX. Accompanied by two Colt Factory letters to two different inquirors with both showing both serial numbers, that they were nickel finished, factory engraved, shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO, on June 26, 1895 in a shipment of two guns. The older letter, in remarks, states they were shipped as consecutively serialized pair. The more recent letter states under special features item, “consecutive serial numbers”. Also accompanied by a 3-ring binder of information regarding Mr. Cobb, who, apparently, was one of the orig land purchasers in Lubbock County, Texas and therefore one of the people responsible for the founding of the City of Lubbock, Texas. His land purchase was recorded on Aug. 13, 1890. It is not indicated how much land he actually purchased, but by law he was authorized to purchase one section (640 acres) at $3.00 per acre and then could purchase three additional sections at $2.00 per acre. The 1880 Federal Census shows a William F. Cobb, age 52, birthplace “Texas”, is listed on p. 440A. There is an additional Tax Roll for the City of Lubbock for 1891 which lists W.F. Cobb as owning one wagon or carriage valued at $25.00, something else illegible valued at $5.00 and three horses valued at $125.00. CONDITION: Very fine. Both revolvers have been cleaned, but not polished and show only light wear with somewhat dulled orig nickel. Backstraps, where they have been handled, are nice & bright with #160787 having some backstrap wear. This is the right hand gun & apparently Mr. Cobb was right handed. It appears also that sights have been slightly thinned. The oxhead grip on #160786 has a repaired crack just around edge of carving. It also has a slightly chipped toe & a small chip on right side by frame. The other grips are undamaged. Both have great fire with lots of color. A rare opportunity to own a very rare pair of Colts. 4-58897 JR600 (150,000-250,000)

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910

SPECTACULAR EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 16152. Built during the 1875 period when Colt was filling mostly military orders and few civilian revolvers were made. This therefore is a very scarce early single action. This Colt is blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, 1-line slant letter address with serifs at each end. It has 2-line patent dates on left side of frame & caliber on left shoulder of trigger guard. Ejector rod housing is first type with bullseye ejector rod head. It has nicely figured 1-pc walnut grip. Cyl has beveled edges of flutes & base pin is dimpled at each end. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, all matching including bbl & cyl. Bbl retains 70-75% orig blue with loss areas from flaking rather than wear. Areas of loss are a medium to light patina with balance of blue strong & dark, especially in sheltered areas. Cyl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with light edge wear and a light cyl line. Ejector rod housing retains 96-97% strong orig blue with some flaking & light thinning to outer radius. Base pin retains virtually all of its orig blue on head. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors, slightly faded on right side. Grip frame retains most of its glossy orig blue with one spot of flaking on front strap & another on bottom of trigger bow. Grip has a tiny chip on right toe with some scratches on left side & at left toe. There is a small bruise & scratch on right side, otherwise retains about all of its brilliant orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. This is a nearly new early revolver, almost unheard of in this serial range. 4-56613 JR69 (40,000-60,000)

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911

RARE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY SHERIFF’S MODEL. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 145347. Blue & case colored with rare 3-1/2″ bbl, made without ejector rod. It has 2-line patent dates & Rampant Colt in a circle on left side of frame and has spectacular raised carved 2-pc ox head pearl grips. There is a tiny “45” on bottom of bbl under base pin. Base pin has orig dimples at each end. While there are many Sheriff’s Models on market today, only a few are authentic. This is one of the better authentic examples available. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver with 3-1/2″ bbl, blue finish and type of stocks “not listed”. It indicates shipment to John M. Moore, address unavailable on July 26, 1893 in a shipment of one gun. CONDITION: Very fine. Traces of orig finish remain with bbl being mostly a dark smooth patina with blue in sheltered areas. Frame has traces of silvered case colors in sheltered areas, being mostly a light silver/gray patina. Hammer retains about 50% faded case colors on sides in sheltered areas. Grip frame retains 15-20% blue, mostly on trigger guard, with some dark plum blue at top of back strap with balance a silver/brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with light pitting. Grips, probably not orig to this revolver, are very beautiful with lots of fire & color and have a tiny chip on right side at frame with another minuscule chip on left toe. A rather rare specimen in very nice orig condition. 4-56614 JR70 (30,000-45,000)

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912

RARE ENGRAVED COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 145338. Rare engraved sheriff’s model with 4″ bbl & half moon rifle style German silver front sight. It has 2-line address with 2-line patent dates & Rampant Colt in a circle on left side of frame. This rare Colt is engraved by Cuno Helfrecht with the engraving patterns being similar to a number of his pieces of work pictured in The Colt Engraving Book, Vol. One, Wilson. Bbl has foliate arabesque patterns, about 4/5 of the way down sides of the bbl with arabesque patterns on top with wave & dot borders around address. Frame has near full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with feather patterns down top strap. Back strap has typical fan at top with arabesque dot patterns down back strap and across butt strap. Cyl has alternating arabesque & sunburst patterns on lands between flutes. It has 2-pc Rampant Colt/Eagle hard rubber grips with three sparkly stones on each side. Accompanied by a beautiful pair of relief carved, right hand pearl ox head grips. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver with 4″ bbl, blue finish, factory engraved, under special features: “furnished with a silver sight” and indicating shipment to Dunlay & Geisler, Houston, Texas, April 8, 1892 in a shipment of two same type guns. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains being a medium brown patina overall. It shows heavy wear overall with substantial wear at muzzle. Grips are sound showing heavy wear with right side turned chocolate. Mechanics are fine, dark bore with moderate pitting. Pearl grips have a broken steer horn with some oil/rust staining, otherwise appear to be fine with lots of color & fire. 4-56611 JR67 (15,000-25,000)

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913

ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 117946. Beautiful single action with 5-1/2″ bbl, 1-line block letter address with 3-line patent dates & eagle/Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Caliber is marked on left front web of trigger guard. Revolver is nicely engraved by Cuno Helfrecht with foliate arabesque patterns down about 2/3 of bbl length on each side with a wave & dot border pattern around bbl address. Frame has full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on both sides with Helfrecht’s trademark sunburst on recoil shield & loading gate. It has dbl wave & dot pattern on top strap with zigzag decorations on back strap & butt strap. Trigger guard has his starburst pattern with dots at end of rays. Cyl has alternating sunburst & foliate arabesque patterns on lands between flutes. Rear edge of cyl has wave & dot pattern. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter fully identifying this revolver as having been shipped with blue finish & rubber grips, factory engraved to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on Oct. 11, 1886 in a shipment of three same type guns. CONDITION: Fine. Traces of case color remain on frame in sheltered areas with minor traces of blue on grip frame; otherwise it is a cleaned metal color with fine pitting over entire left side and cylinder. Ejector rod housing has strong blue in gullets. Right side of frame & bbl has not been cleaned & engraving is crisp & clean. Base pin screw is a replacement. Grips are very fine showing moderate wear & having turned chocolate. Hammer will not hold on half cock, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-56692 JR68 (8,000-12,000)

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914

ULTRA RARE COLT FIRST 44 CENTERFIRE SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER PRODUCED. Cal. 44 RF Henry/44 WCF (44-40). SN 36026. This revolver has a somewhat long history beginning on April 26, 1877 when it was shipped to Colt’s London Agency for delivery to the Turkish Government for test trials. It seems that Baron Von Oppen, Colt’s European representative, had learned that Winchester was attempting to sell the Turkish Government some 30,000 of their, then available, 44 caliber revolvers. He hurriedly contacted Gen. Franklin, Colt’s Vice President regarding the situation. Gen. Franklin, under the impression that Turkey was using the Winchester Model 1873, had three revolvers, including this one, made up and shipped to the London agency for delivery to Constantinople. This was apparently done in very short order as this revolver has no British proofs indicating it did not stay in England for any length of time. Gen. Franklin’s mistaken belief regarding the caliber of the Turkish rifles led to the modification of this revolver, apparently by a Turkish armorer. He cleverly replaced the orig firing pin with a hook-billed, pointed; flat firing pin retained with a sgl rivet and modified the frame firing pin recess to accommodate this rimfire adaptation. It is readily apparent in looking into the chambers that this revolver was fired innumerable times using the much shorter 44 rimfire case as there is a ring in each chamber at precisely the correct distance to where the mouth of the rimfire case would have been. The areas forward of the ring & face of cylinder have heavy fine pitting, a further indication of heavy use by these corrosive cartridges. The orig first type ejector rod housing was apparently lost or damaged and replaced with a later second type stud mounted into the orig screw hole in bbl. Unfortunately the person doing this work was not an accomplished gunsmith as the stud extends into the bore. Had it been fired after installation it would have blown the stud back out of the hole. It still retains its orig bullseye ejector rod head. This revolver is described as having a standard 7-1/2” bbl with 1-line “script” address with serifs at each end. The bore has the standard rifling of six wide lands & grooves and was probably intended for one of the early rimfire revolvers. It has the broken die in the “O” of “CO” and on the “A” in “HARTFORD” of the bbl address. It is thought that this address was completely discontinued in the early 20,000 serial range, therefore further supporting the theory that this was a recycled 44 rimfire bbl that Colt was simply disposing of. As it stands, this is on record as probably being the highest serial numbered revolver with a script bbl address. This revolver also has the caliber marking “44 WCF” on left shoulder of trigger guard and has the 1-pc walnut grip. There is a spurious “U.S.” stamp on left side of frame, apparently by some nefarious individual thinking to make this a more valuable piece by making it a martial Colt. Consignor states that he has owned this revolver well over 40 years, having purchased it from an antique dealer at that time. Accompanied by a 3-page Kopec letter detailing most of the above information. Also accompanied by a copy of the Summer 2002 The Rampant Colt magazine in which Mr. Kopec has also written a 3-page article with photograph of this same revolver. Additionally accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver as having been shipped to Colt’s London Agency April 26, 1877 in a shipment of three same type guns. The other two serial numbers are 36327 & 36264. CONDITION: Good, all matching including bbl & cylinder. Traces of orig finish remain in very sheltered areas being mostly a smooth gray/brown patina. Grip is sound showing heavy wear with traces of orig varnish. Buttstrap screw is battered as are the frame screws and the base pin screw. Hammer will not hold on safety or half cock, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine pitting. 4-60734 JR501 (10,000-20,000)

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915

COLT FRONTIER SIX-SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). SN 303564. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, 1-line block letter address & roll marked on left side “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with Rampant Colt in a circle. There is a tiny “44” on bottom of bbl underneath base pin. It has 1-pc walnut grip. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, all matching. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 95-96% glossy bright orig factory blue with light edge wear & a small spot of pitting on left side at muzzle. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, brilliant on sides of frame & in sheltered areas, faded on recoil shields & top strap. Grip frame retains about 90% glossy bright orig blue, slightly thinned on back strap with gray metal patina on trigger bow. Grip is sound with one or two minor nicks & has a fine smooth hand rubbed patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. This is a very little used Colt. 4-59011 JR71 (5,000-9,000)

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916

CASED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Boxer short. SN 28847. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl with Hartford address, 2nd type ejector rod housing with bullseye ejector rod head, 2-line patent markings on frame & 1-pc walnut grip. Caliber marking is on left shoulder of trigger guard and there is a curious small hole in center of butt strap. Bbl & cyl have tiny English proofs. Accompanied by a typical green felt lined English oak casing with brass medallion in lid & a direction sheet inside lid. Compartmented in bottom for revolver, an “L” shaped screwdriver, a tiny Dixon pewter oil bottle & a cartridge block for 24 cartridges. Right rear corner has a covered compartment with bone knob & slot for a cleaning rod, which is missing. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl & cyl. Bbl retains about 93-95% glossy bright orig blue mixed with flaked patina. There is a small nick in sight blade. Cyl is flaked to about 30% orig blue with balance light patina. Ejector rod housing retains about 97% glossy bright orig blue. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig factory case colors with a minor scratch & a nick or two. Grip frame retains most of its orig glossy blue with light edge wear, some minor flaking on back strap & a spot or two of light surface rust on butt strap. Butt strap screw is slightly battered. Grip is sound with several light nicks & bruises and retains most of its orig bright factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has one grain check in bottom, otherwise is very fine & retains most of its orig varnish with a few scattered light nicks. Interior is moderately faded and shows wear from front sight & hammer spur. Overall a beautiful, scarce Colt. 4-59014 JR36 (6,000-10,000)

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917

EARLY LONDON COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 24129. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, Colt’s Pall Mall London bbl address, 2-line patent dates on left side of frame with caliber on left shoulder of trigger guard which was originally a 45 Boxer. Chambers have been opened up from Boxer to 45 Colt. Bottom of bbl & cyl have tiny British proofs. Serial number appears on frame, trigger guard, butt strap, cyl & bbl. It has 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of serial number in ink in back strap channel. Front strap also has a hole for a grip pin. It has beveled edge cyl & second type ejector rod housing with bullseye ejector rod head. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 35% blue, mostly in sheltered areas & under ejector rod housing. Frame retains 15-20% faded case colors in sheltered areas with balance a light gray patina. Hammer retains 50-60% case colors. Grip frame retains about 60% thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Cyl pin may be a replacement. Grip is sound with a minor ding or two and has a fine hand rubbed oil finish. Hammer will not hold in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-59193 JR60 (5,000-7,000)

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918

SPECIAL & WONDERFUL MOST UNUSUAL COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 22. SN 95703. Possibly & probably the very first Colt Single Action produced in 22 cal. It has nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, a dovetailed front sight with Rocky Mountain blade that appears to be a modified Colt Lightning sight. Bbl has block letter 1-line address and left side is marked “22-R.F.”. Close examination of bbl does not disclose any relining or alteration from another bbl, therefore the assumption is that this is a Colt factory bbl. It has typical crown this cataloguer has observed on other Colt single action 22’s. Top of frame has been dovetailed and has a tiny fixed sight at rear end that has a tiny star stamped on top. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “22 CAL”, typical markings Colt placed on their “buy-back” military revolvers that they re-worked and sold to public. Bottom of bbl at frame is faintly stamped “22M”. This is assumed to mean Model 22 and there is an “O” by the ejector rod screw stud. The inspector initials on frame appear to have been obliterated during refinish process; however a small “G” appears by serial numbers on trigger guard & butt strap. This is inspector mark of John E. Greer who was the inspector on this series of cavalry revolvers with David F. Clark. Frame firing pin hole was plugged with a tiny rectangular slot cut for rimfire firing pin nose. Hammer is typical Colt rimfire, not an altered centerfire hammer. It has standard rimfire nose secured with two rivets. Cylinder has had chambers professionally sleeved to 22 cal and has the last two digits of serial number between two of chambers and there is a tiny “S” & punch dot in another area. No serial number was observed on outside diameter of cylinder. It was noted that face of cyl is lightly pitted, however sleeves are not pitted leading one to speculate that this was a used revolver when factory made alterations. It has an early, probably orig, base pin with dimple in the end. Screws are blued and appear to be orig to revolver. It has 1-pc walnut grip with number “4573” in back strap channel. Inside of front trigger guard web has been grooved, prior to nickel-plating, apparently for use of a devise to hold trigger for a trick shot artist. Accompanied by two Colt Factory letters, one dated 1958 and the other dated 2004, supplying identical information regarding configuration of revolver as having been shipped in 22 cal with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, wood grip to “Vic Smith”, address unavailable on May 21, 1886. Under remarks in 2004 letter it states that there is a second listing for this serial number as a 45 caliber with blue finish sold to the government and delivered Aug. 3, 1883. This leads one to understand that this is a “buy-back” revolver which was subsequently altered to its current configuration by factory, therefore making it the first 22 caliber single action army revolver. On p. 240 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, this revolver, by serial number, is listed as the first single action army in 22 rimfire. It was shipped about a full year before Colt shipped the first production single action 22 in May of 1887. It is also accompanied by a large volume of correspondence regarding Vic Smith, who was apparently a certified character & frontiersman and was a contemporary of several of the frontier notables such as Liver Eatin’ Johnston, the Marquis d’Mours, John X. Biedler, Yellowstone Kelly & future President Roosevelt. He was an accomplished buffalo hunter, fresh meat forager for the U.S. Army, a dispatch rider and scout under Col. Terry & Gen. Miles. He was also a trapper & well-regarded as an Indian fighter. He was a successful hunting guide for important Easterners & royalty traveling to the West. During his days on the frontier he was known as “Yellowstone Vic”, whose proper name was Victor Grant Smith. He was a prolific shooter, said to have fired as many as 20,000 rnds a year. He is mentioned by name in Hunting Trips of a Ranchman, Theodore Roosevelt. He is said to have tied the record for the most buffalo killed from a single stand, that being 107 in an hour. After the buffalo were gone and fences had been erected, Smith became a trick shot artist and toured with a number of circuses and Wild West shows. He is subject of the book The Champion Buffalo Hunter, Smith & Prodgers, which is the frontier memoirs of Yellowstone Vic Smith, a copy of which accompanies this revolver. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains most of its factory nickel finish with light muzzle edge wear and some flaking on hammer. Grip is sound with a smooth hand rubbed patina. Will not hold on safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine with strong bright bore having scattered light pitting. 4-56610 JR63 (10,000-20,000)

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919

*FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). SN 343714. Blue & case colored with 4-3/4” bbl, 2-line address, roll-marked on left side “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Cylinder has light engraving on the lands between flutes consisting of a cougar, a raised silver skull with a rattlesnake, the brand “W-B” and two lands with foliate arabesque patterns inlaid with silver and the sixth land with only a silver border. There are three wide silver bands at back edge. Both bbl & cylinder are from a much older revolver. Fitted with solid silver grips, inscribed on left side “R.C. VAN ZANDT” and both have stamped Mexican style patterns around the edges. Serial number is on right side of front & back straps, under grip. There is another number “341664” on left side of backstrap, under grip. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with 4-3/4” bbl in 45 Colt, blue, with type of stocks not listed, shipped Oct. 10, 1922 to A. Baldwin & Co., New Orleans, LA, in a shipment of one gun. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains on bbl or cyl with both showing moderate to heavy wear and retain a smooth silver metal color. Frame & hammer retain case colors in sheltered areas, being mostly a silver/gray patina. Trigger guard & backstrap are a plum/blue patina with some strong blue in sheltered areas. Grips are fine and were probably made for another revolver as they are a little bit long. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-60267 (4,500-6,500)

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920

COLT FRONTIER SIX-SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). SN 160500. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, 2-line address, roll-marked on left side “COLT FRONTIER SIX-SHOOTER”. It has 2-line patent dates & Rampant Colt in a circle on left side of frame and has 2-pc tiger-striped maple stocks. There is a tiny “44” on bottom of bbl under base pin. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 80-85% orig nickel with flaking over top. Front sight has been altered. Cyl retains about 75% orig nickel with some flaking. Frame & grip frame retain most of their orig nickel with some light spotting on right side. Replacement grips are fine with a light oil finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered very fine pitting. 4-58989 JR66 (3,000-5,000)

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921

*TWO ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS. Cal. 45 Colt. SN “LD” & 354267. Both are nickel finish with deep relief carved pearl grips. One has dbl sided ox head & the other dbl sided American eagles. 1) The “LD” revolver is a terrible shame in that the frame is one of only about a handful known unnumbered replacement frames. On p. 100 of Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers, Kopec & Fenn, it is stated that there were two with the initials “JTC” or “LD” stamped in the area where the serial number would ordinarily be found. They state that there are twelve examples extant and only two of those have the “US” final inspection mark on left side of frame. This revolver frame has both, making it doubly rare. Trigger guard is serial numbered “31950” and backstrap is unnumbered. Bbl is a late replacement with caliber marking on left side & cylinder has “RAC” inspector initials. It has second type ejector rod housing with half moon ejector rod head. It has about 60% coverage, very well executed; foliate arabesque patterns over frame, cylinder, bbl & backstrap. The left recoil shield has a cowboy on a bucking bronco & the cylinder, on lands between flutes, has six different scenes including a bird dog, a buck deer, a cowboy shooting at a man on a running horse, a man in a canoe, a grizzly bear and two flying ducks. CONDITION: Very fine. Retains virtually all of its fine custom nickel finish. Grips have a chip at top right side, otherwise are fine with lots of color & fire. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 2) SN 354267 is a commercial revolver with similar engraving, obviously by the same hand. It has about the same amount of coverage without the scene on the recoil shield. The lands between flutes on cylinder have a spaniel & duck, a man in a canoe, an otter with a fish, a fox, a running buck deer & a grizzly bear chasing a man. The last two digits of the serial number are on back of cylinder. CONDITION: Very fine. Retains virtually all of its fine custom nickel finish. The ox head grips have a large chip at top right side & a small chip at left toe, otherwise are fine with lots of fire & color. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Accompanied by a homemade wooden box with mortised brass lock & lined with maroon velvet. There is a copper plaque on lid inscribed “M.J. MORRIS / DEC. 1943”. Box is fine. 4-59122 JR423 (5,000-8,000)

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922

MARTIALLY MARKED AINSWORTH INSPECTED CUSTER RANGE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 4648. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slant letter address with serifs at each end. It has first type ejector rod housing with bullseye ejector rod head & is one of few known with serial number on ejector rod housing. It has small letter “A” on various parts including bbl with a small “C” by ejector rod housing locator recess. There is a small “U.S.” on left side of frame. It has 1-pc walnut grip that has been severely sanded & thinned and also has a small stud & ring in butt strap. This revolver was included in Lot 5, serial numbers 4500-5505, of which 600 were issued to Custer’s 7th Cavalry in first issue before June 1874. Accompanied by a scarce partial box of 45 Colt cartridges by Winchester, 2-pc box with a Colt DA Frontier on lid that contains 27 orig cartridges. CONDITION: Very good, all matching, although grip was not checked. Overall retains about 96-97% of its re-nickeled finish. Grip, modified as noted, is a dark oiled finish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with moderate pitting. Box has several broken corners & part of one end is missing with old tape marks. Ammo is fine. 4-58222 JR56 (7,500-12,500)

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923

*COLT PRE-WAR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 38 Spcl. SN 357477. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2” bbl, 1-line address with caliber marking on left side. Frame has 2-line patent dates and Rampant Colt without a circle. It has Rampant Colt, hard rubber grips with serial number scratched inside each grip. Serial number is also found on right side of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of serial number are on back of cylinder. Accompanied by its orig hinged lid, dark maroon, cardboard box containing the orig target and owner’s pamphlet. It has a blue & white end label and the serial number in colored pencil on bottom. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, as new, all original, appears to be unfired retaining virtually all of its orig glossy, bright blue with a faint cylinder line and a small rub on backstrap. Case colors are brilliant with the hammer bright on sides with bright blue on edges. Crisp mechanics, brilliant shiny bore. Box shows moderate to heavy wear on edges with three broken corners on lid, some light soil and bug eaten edges. 4-60657 JR499 (6,000-10,000)

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924

*COLT PRE-WAR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 350730. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2” bbl and Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Serial number is scratched inside each grip and is also found on right side of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of serial number are on back of cylinder. Accompanied by its orig hinged lid, dark maroon, cardboard box with blue & white end label and serial number faintly in pencil on bottom. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 95% glossy orig factory blue and frame & hammer, most of their orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere, thin on top strap. Cylinder retains virtually all of its orig factory blue. Grip frame retains about all of orig factory blue with some light wear on heel and a couple of nicks on backstrap. Grips are extremely fine showing very slight diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Box is fine with two pieces of label end missing with a broken bottom front seam and broken top rear seam. 4-58715 (10,000-12,000)

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925

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). SN 340882. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Frame has 2-line patent dates & Rampant Colt without circle. It has Rampant Colt hard rubber grips with serial number scratched inside each grip. Serial number is also stamped on left side of front & back straps under grip. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains virtually all of its strong bright orig factory finish with only slight muzzle edge wear & some slight thinning to left side of bbl and outside radius of ejector rod housing. Front sight has been slightly altered. Cylinder retains about 95% orig blue. Case colors on frame are mostly brilliant with some fading on left side. Screws are crisp. Grip frame retains virtually all of its brilliant blue. Grips are crisp. Crisp mechanics, brilliant shiny bore. 4-59010 JR73 (4,000-6,000)

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926

*PRE-WAR COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 334976. First generation Colt, blue & case colored, with 5-1/2” bbl, 1-line address with caliber marking on left side. Receiver has 2-line patent dates, Rampant Colt without a circle on left side and 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips with last four digits of serial number scratched inside each grip. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching with bbl retaining 95-96% strong, bright, orig blue with slight muzzle edge wear on left side. Ejector rod housing retains most of its orig blue with wear at tip and thinning on outside radius. Frame retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly faded elsewhere. Hammer retains about 95% lightly faded case colors. Cylinder retains 96-97% bright orig blue. Trigger guard retains about all of its bright orig blue & back strap most of its orig blue, slightly thinned. Right grip has a chip on back edge with some stress fractures inside, not showing to outside, and shows light wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-59008 JR646 (4,000-7,000)

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927

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 342427. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, 2-line patent date & Rampant Colt on left side of frame with serial numbers stamped on left side of front & back straps under grip. Serial number also appears scratched inside each grip and last two digits of serial number are on back edge of cylinder. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong bright orig blue with only light muzzle edge wear. Ejector rod housing retains about 70% orig blue. Frame retains 50-60% faded case colors, strong in sheltered areas and hammer about 80% lightly faded case colors. Grip frame retains most of its orig blue, slightly thinned on front & back straps and trigger bow. Grips are fine, showing light wear. Will not hold in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58613 JR62 (3,000-5,000)

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928

*FINE COLT FRONTIER SIX-SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. Cal. 44 WCF. SN 345853. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, roll marked on left side “COLT FRONTIER SIX-SHOOTER. 44-40”. It has 2-line patent dates & Rampant Colt without circle on left side of frame and has Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. The number “348339” is scratched inside left grip. Serial number is stamped on right side of back strap & front strap, under grip. The number “548” is stamped on back edge of cylinder. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with muzzle edge wear & a few light scratches with one spot of rust. Ejector rod housing retains 95-97% strong orig blue. Frame retains about all of its case hardening with bright colors in sheltered areas, faded colors on sides & recoil shields, turned bright silver on top strap. Hammer retains about 60% strong case colors & grip frame about 60% orig blue. Grips are sound showing moderate wear. Hammer will not hold in safety notch or half cock, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-58987 JR57 (2,500-4,000)

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929

EXTREMELY RARE COLT SGL ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 476 Eley. SN 121218. This extremely rare revolver is one of only approximately 167 ever made & only 22 of which are known today according to”COLT PEACEMAKER REVOLVER CALIBER .476 ELEY”, Cochran. It has blue finish with 5-1/2″ bbl and Rampant Colt eagle hard rubber grips. It has standard 1-line Pall Mall London bbl marking with 3-line patent dates and the caliber marked on the left front web of the trigger guard. Bbl & cylinder have tiny British proofs. Right side of the bbl at the frame has a large number “15024” stamped. Page 20 of the referenced book indicates that it was manufactured in 1887 with the 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish & eagle grips. Page 51 of the same book states that this revolver was discovered in southern Rhodesia before it became Zimbabwe and was sold in Johannesburg by Sotheby’s in 1982. CONDITION: Fine. All matching with the cylinder numbered on the rear. Overall retains a smooth thin restored finish with some scattered very fine pitting, slightly heavier on the frame. Grips are sound and show moderate wear. Cylinder has light to moderate pitting. Hammer retains 50-60% thin orig case colors. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-57107 (5,500-7,500)

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930

*FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). SN 344125. Blue & case colored with 4-3/4” bbl with 2-line address & caliber on left side and Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Serial number is in the usual place on frame and again on buttstrap and is scratched inside of each grip and “RED” is also inside right grip. Serial number is also found on right side of front & back straps, under grip and it has last two digits of serial number on back of cylinder. It has 2-line patent numbers on left side and Rampant Colt without circle. This is one of approx. 1,100 revolvers that, in the 344,000 serial range, were subjected to a serial number relocation program at Colt. Few of these revolvers are known. This subject is covered on pp. 166-168 of A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with slight muzzle edge wear & some thinning on left side. Front sight has been flattened on top. Ejector rod housing retains about 50% orig blue turned a blue/gray patina on outer radius. Cyl retains 75-80% thin orig blue, strong in flutes. Frame retains vivid case colors in sheltered areas, fading to silver on sides, top strap & recoil shields. Front & back straps are a plum/brown patina with blue around trigger guard. Grips are sound & show moderate wear. Will not hold on safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-60340 JR434 (3,000-5,000)

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931

*FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 32-20. SN 353273. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2” bbl, altered front sight with a brass bead added to top. It has 2-line patent dates & the Rampant Colt without circle on left side of frame. Backstrap is lightly, simple line engraved with leaves, flowers & vines. It has 2-pc hard rubber grips. Inside grips have scratched number “3229”. Serial number is found on right side of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of serial number are on back of cylinder. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-96% glossy orig blue with only light muzzle edge wear & some thinning to the left side. Ejector rod housing retains 85-90% glossy orig blue. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere, thin & turning silver on loading gate. Trigger guard retains about 80% orig blue with front & back straps a gray patina. Backstrap is a blue/brown patina. Grips are sound, showing light wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-60341 JR431 (4,000-6,000)

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932

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). SN 299795. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, 1-line block letter address with cal marking on left side. Frame has 2-line patent dates with Rampant Colt in a broken circle. It has Rampant Colt hard rubber grips with last four digits of serial number scratched on inside. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grips. Bbl retains 93-95% glossy bright orig blue with loss areas flaked to a medium patina. Ejector rod housing retains about 80% strong orig blue with flaking. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their bright orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, slightly faded elsewhere. Front & back straps are flaked to about 40% blue with balance medium patina. Trigger guard retains most of its orig blue. Grips are fine showing very slight diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-59006 JR74 (3,500-5,500)

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933

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 32 WCF. SN 295230. Blue & case colored with 4-3/4″ bbl, 2-line address & Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Front sight has been altered. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 60-70% thin orig blue. Frame retains 75-80% orig case colors, generally faded but strong & bright in sheltered areas. Cyl retains about 75% orig blue with one area of what appears to be chemical staining, probably from storage in a holster. Grip frame retains 75-80% thin orig blue. Grips are fine showing moderate wear with a large bruise on right side. Hammer will not hold in safety or half-cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-58777 JR11 (2,000-3,500)

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934

*FAMOUS RANGER FRANK HAMER OWNED FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). SN 258183. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2” bbl, 1-line address with caliber marking on left side. It has unnumbered Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a signed, notarized statement/bill of sale dated Dec. 9, 1981 from Frank A. Hamer, Jr. to Raymond Brown, wherein he states that “This gun was in possession of Ed Putnam alias Ed Sibley in Del Rio, Texas on December 1, 1906. When he was in a gunfight with four Texas Rangers Captain John H. Rodgers, Ranger Marvin Bailey, Ranger Duke Hudson and my father Frank Hamer who had joined the Ranger service on April of the same year. He was 21 years of age. This was the first gunfight that my father participated in after he joined the Ranger service. Before his career had ended he had begun as Senior Captain of the Ranger force and had participated in more than 100 gunfights. Earlier that morning December 1st, Ed murdered a prominent Del Rio rancher named Mr. Cawthorn. Mr. Putnam shot Mr. Cawthorn with a 9 milimeter Luger pistol. The details of this shooting and why Mr. Cawthorn was murdered is documented in the book, I’m Frank Hamer. Sometime after the shooting Captain Rogers gave the above described pistol to my father and said something to the effect that since this was my father’s first gunfight as a Ranger he thought he should have a momento of the occasion. This gun along with the Luger pistol and Winchester rifle, that was also a 32WCF caliber, were the guns Ed Putnam was using in the gunfight with the Rangers.” This incident is related on pp. 29 & 30 of I’m Frank Hamer, Frost & Jenkins. The Colt spoken about in the affidavit is fully described just before the above narrative. Captain Frank Hamer was one of the most famous of all Texas Rangers and perhaps received his greatest notoriety for successfully tracking down and shooting the notorious outlaw killers Bonnie & Clyde. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver as having been shipped Aug. 25, 1904 to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO in a shipment of twenty same type guns. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 85-90% orig blue with muzzle wear, mostly on left side and thinning on left side of bbl with some pitting near muzzle. Ejector rod housing is mostly a plum patina on outer radius. Frame retains strong case colors in sheltered areas, thinned & turning silver elsewhere with light patina on sides of frame. Grip frame is mostly a plum/blue patina with strong blue around trigger guard & top of back strap. Cyl retains about 80% orig blue, strong in flutes. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-60266 (15,000-25,000)

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935

EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 38588. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl & 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. All serial numbers on frame, trigger guard, butt strap & cyl have been re-stamped. Grips are apparently from another revolver. It has second type ejector rod housing with half moon ejector rod head. Accompanied by a Rock Island “U.S.” marked flap holster dated “1910” with unit markings on flap. CONDITION: Fair. Poorly refinished, removing all markings from frame, apparently also removed all serial numbers. Bbl address is only partially visible. Grips show moderate to heavy wear. Will not hold in safety or half-cock position, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. Holster is dry & crackled but still serviceable. 4-59012 JR58 (2,000-3,000)

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936

RARE COLT RIMFIRE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 44 RF Henry. SN 1168. Usual configuration with oprig parts having a 7-1/2″ bbl, block letter address with a dash at each end. It has 2-line patent dates on left side of frame with matching numbers on bbl, cyl, trigger guard & back strap. Left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. It has 1-pc walnut grip. This is one of only 1,863 of these revolvers made in period 1875-1880. Most of these revolvers saw hard service in Mexico and are rarely ever found with any orig condition as many of them had their bbls cut. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains about 60% dark blue mixed with dark patina. Otherwise, no orig finish remains being a very dark even brown patina with light to moderate surface rust, especially on left side of bbl & front edges of frame around cyl & inside cyl slot. Back strap & trigger guard have several spots of heavy rust. Cyl has a matching patina with moderate pitting on front & light pitting on outside. Mechanics are fine, grips have a chipped left toe, otherwise are sound with a dark oil stained patina. Strong dark bore with heavy pitting in several spots. 4-56612 JR64 (5,000-8,000)

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937

*FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). SN 208668. Blue & case colored with 4-3/4” bbl, 2-line address with caliber on left side. It has 2-line patent dates with a faint Rampant Colt on left side. It has Rampant Colt hard rubber grips with serial number “350233” scratched inside each grip. Cylinder, a modern replacement, has last two digits of a serial number from another revolver. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, as completely & professionally restored. Retains most of this fine restoration with some light pitting on tip of ejector rod housing on right side of bbl and on sight with some spots of rust over caliber marking and a couple of other scattered spots on bbl & ejector rod housing. Grips are sound & show light to moderate wear. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-60269 JR435 (2,500-4,000)

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938

*COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). SN 240291. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, 1-line block letter address, marked on left side “(BISLEY MODEL) 32 W.C.F.” It has 2-line patent dates & Rampant Colt in a broken circle on left side of frame & is fitted with deep grooved old bone grips. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 60% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas being a light patina elsewhere. Ejector rod housing has some moderate to heavy pitting toward tip. Front sight has been altered, filed in a Sheard pattern. Cyl retains about 80% thin orig blue & hammer about 70% bright case colors. Frame retains traces of case colors in very sheltered areas with balance a light patina. Grip frame retains blue in sheltered areas with balance a blue/brown patina. Grips are sound & retain a beautiful golden mellow color. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few spots of scattered pitting. 4-58988 JR77 (1,500-2,500)

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939

*ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN SA03852. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, 2-line patent dates & Rampant Colt on left side of frame with 2-pc smooth walnut grips. It has very well executed, factory Class C engraving with about 60% coverage fine intertwined foliate arabesque patterns including on the lands between flutes on cyl and a band at rear edge of cylinder. Accompanied by its orig hinged lid, brown leatherette covered Custom Shop case with orange velvet lining & cardboard sleeve with chartreuse Custom Shop label. CONDITION: New, unfired & unturned, all original. Retains virtually all of its beautiful Custom Shop finish. Case has the inside hinge cover material torn, otherwise is fine. Sleeve has broken & taped edges with a broken end & a small piece missing. Label is intact 4-59499 (6,000-7,500)

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940

*RARE COLT PRESENTATION 2ND GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 25036SA. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2” bbl and Rampant Colt hard rubber grips with the last three digits of serial number scratched inside each grip. Serial number appears on left side of front & back straps under grip and the last three digits of serial number are on face of cylinder. Backstrap has factory inscription “Maurice E. Bale, President / Harold F. Ritchie, Inc. / from: Fred A. Roff Jr., President / Colt’s P.F.A. Mfg. Co., Inc.” CONDITION: New & unfired. Retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with high polish blue and extraordinary case colors. Cylinder has only the faintest cylinder line. Brilliant shiny bore. 4-59495 (4,000-6,000)

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941

*SECOND GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 38 Spcl. SN 25250SA. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, 2-line patent dates & Rampant Colt without circle on left side of frame. It has Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Serial number appears on left side of back strap & front strap under grip & last three digits of serial number are scratched inside of each grip. Last three digits also appear on front of cyl around center pivot. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains about 98-99% strong bright orig factory finish. Blue is strong & case colors are brilliant. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-58996 JR55 (1,250-1,750)

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942

*COLT 2ND GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH EXTRA ORIGINAL CYLINDER. Cal. 44-40 & 44 Spcl. SN 53193SA. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2” bbl with markings on left side of bbl & 1-line address. Frame has 2-line patent dates and Rampant Colt without a circle. It has Rampant Colt, eagle, black composition grips with the last three digits of serial number scratched inside. Serial number also appears on left side of front & back straps under grips. Last three digits of serial number also appear on face of both cylinders. Accompanied by a second cylinder. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all original. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 98-99% glossy orig blue. Frame retains virtually all of its orig brilliant case colors, slightly faded on sides & top strap. Grip frame retains about all of its orig glossy bright blue. Hammer appears to have had some slight rust on sides and has been cleaned. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-60658 JR502 (2,000-3,000)

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*COLT PONY EXPRESS PRESENTATION MODEL COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN PE372-E. Nickel finish with 7-1/2” bbl & 2-pc smooth Colt medallion wood grips. It has orig fluted cylinder along with two additional unfluted cyls numbered to revolver, one of which has three founders of The Pony Express pictured, along with a Pony Express rider and inscription “120 CELEBRATED RIDERS / RODE 650,000 MILES” and the other is a map of the trail from St. Joe, MO to Sacramento, CA. Accompanied by its orig glass top wood display case with red velvet lining and the orig dbl sided medallion. CONDITION: New, unfired & unturned. Retains virtually all of its orig factory finish to metal & wood. Grip has three or four small dings at left toe, apparently where the medallion came loose in case & banged the grip. Medallion has one small nick on edge. Case is fine. 4-60270 (3,500-5,500)

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*COLT 1976 BI-CENTENNIAL SET WITH SINGLE ACTION ARMY, PYTHON & DRAGOON REVOLVERS. This is one of 1,776 sets built in 1976 to commemorate the 200th year of The United States of America. 1) Single Action Army. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 1239PM. Blue & case colored, 7-1/2” bbl with 1-pc walnut grip that has a metal Seal of the United States. High polish blue with unfluted cylinder having an American flag on each side with names of orig thirteen colonies. 2) Python. Cal. 357. SN 1239PY. High polish blue finish, 6” vent rib bbl, adjustable sights with smooth walnut oversize grips with Seal of the United States on left side. It has an unfluted cylinder with the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell & the Nation’s Capitol with various patriotic sayings. 3) Third Model Dragoon. Cal. 44. SN 1239DG. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2” oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight, silver plated brass grip frame with 1-pc walnut grip with the Seal of the United States on left side. It has unfluted cylinder with usual dragoon markings & the Ranger/Indian fight scene. All three revolvers have the inscription “1776 – U.S.A. BICENTENNIAL – 1976” on the left sides of their bbls. Accompanied by their orig, walnut display case with three red velvet lined drawers, one for each revolver, with the cabinet & a large leather covered book Armsmear. Also accompanying is a letter from Colt marketing regarding instructions for the cabinet & revolvers. CONDITION: All revolvers are new & unfired and retain all of their orig factory finish. Cabinet & book are equally new. 4-60268 JR608 (3,000-5,000)

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*ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN SA03331. Nickel finish with 7-1/2” bbl, 2-pc smooth walnut grips, with about full coverage foliate arabesque pattern engraving. Accompanied by its orig Colt Custom Shop, red velvet lined, walnut casing with Custom Shop medallion in lid and a mortised brass lock with rnd escutcheon. Also accompanied by a Colt instruction manual. CONDITION: New, unfired. With only a faint cylinder line, retains all of its orig factory nickel finish. Grips are equally new. Case has a few scratches on lid with a couple of small spots in lining, otherwise also new. 4-60262 (2,500-3,000)

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*CASED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FACTORY ENGRAVING SAMPLER. Cal. 45 Colt/45 ACP. SN SA65955. Nickel finish with 4-3/4” bbl marked on left side “Colt Single Action Army 45 ACP”, 1-line bbl address with 2-line patent dates on left side of frame & a Rampant Colt without a circle. Frame, cylinder, bbl & grip frame are engraved in varying styles of Helfrecht, Nimschke & Henshaw with about 40-50% coverage. Top of backstrap has the Rampant Colt company logo in a circle with the name & “150”, apparently signifying the 150th anniversary of Colt Firearms. Backstrap is script engraved “Colt Engraving Sampler”. It is fitted with 2-pc faux ivory grips with the same Colt logo as is engraved on backstrap. Left grip is marked with names & dates of engravers. Accompanied by a spare 45 Colt cylinder, engraved to match. Also accompanying is its orig, maroon velvet lined, walnut casing. 4-60261 (4,000-6,000)

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947

*CASED CATTLE BRAND ENGRAVED COLT NED BUNTLINE COMMEMORATIVE SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN NB1170. Nickel finish with 12” bbl, ramp front sight & fully adjustable rear sight on flat top frame. It has 2-pc Rampant Colt & eagle black composition grips. Entire surface of revolver, except front strap, has full coverage engraving of various Texas cattle brands including the famous XIT, DDD, 7UP and the whimsical 2 LAZY 2P, among numerous others. It all has a very nice punch dot background with feather patterns on sides of top strap. Right side of frame, in one of the leaves of a foliate pattern, are initials “WB” which stands for the late Weldon Bledsoe. Mr. Bledsoe essentially succeeded the late Cole Agee, who is recognized as the father of the Texas cattle brand engraving patterns. While the two only met once or twice, it is readily apparent that Mr. Bledsoe at least studied Mr. Agee’s work and incorporated the idea into his own work. Accompanied by a fine Colt custom case with lifting lid over a glass lined top with a locking pullout drawer which contains revolver, six nickel plated dummy cartridges & a Ned Buntline plaque. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, unfired since custom plating after engraving. Grips are equally new. Case has a few scratches & small nicks but is essentially new. 4-60263 JR605 (3,500-5,000)

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*CASED ENGRAVED LIMITED EDITION BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 44-40. SN 70BB. Gold & silver-plated with 7-1/2″ bbl and 2-pc scrimshawed medallion ivory grips. Bbl, cyl & frame are very nicely engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with about 60% coverage. Left side of bbl at muzzle is engraved, in script “Buffalo Bill Historical Center” & in block letters below “WINCHESTER MUSEUM” and “1 of 250”. Left side of bbl is engraved with a Pony Express rider signifying Buffalo Bill’s having rode with that organization; left recoil shield is engraved with a buffalo head; backstrap is inscribed with a facsimile Buffalo Bill signature and left side of frame, in place where patent dates would normally be are dates of Buffalo Bill’s birth and death. Ivory grips have Colt Custom Shop medallions and the left grip is scrimshawed with bust of a young Buffalo Bill along with his famous “TE” brand, still in use on his old ranch in Cody, WY. Accompanied by its orig red leather covered, gold velvet lined custom shop case. Lid is embossed in gold “BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER / WINCHESTER MUSEUM / 1 OF 250 COLT FRONTIER REVOLVERS”. CONDITION: New, unfired. Retains all of its orig factory finish to metal. Grips have a crack through left medallion, otherwise are sound with a fine light patina. Case is extremely fine. 4-58890 JR54 (6,000-9,000)

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949

*ENGRAVED & GOLD-PLATED COLT NEW FRONTIER SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 16337NF. Beautifully engraved by J.R. Nixon & signed on ejector rod housing. It has 7-1/2” bbl, ramp front sight & flat top frame with adjustable rear sight. It has complete full coverage, very nicely executed, intertwined, foliate arabesque patterns over most of surfaces. Back edge of cylinder has a circle of five pointed Texas stars. Left recoil shield has two running buffalo and top of backstrap is engraved “TEXAS RANGER” with image of a lawman in cowboy hat with large moustache & a 5-pointed star, not a Ranger star, on his chest. Further down backstrap is image of a man wearing a coat, vest, gun belt & holster hanging from a tree. It has Colt factory smooth walnut grips with gold medallions. CONDITION: Very fine. Appears to be unfired since custom plating. Retains virtually all of its custom gold finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-60260 JR430 (3,500-5,000)

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*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 234462. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ post-war bbl & cyl and replacement Colt medallion checkered plastic grips. Accompanied by a Kraft colored cardboard box which contains a work order dated 1951 for refinishing & restoring this revolver. It also contains a 2-page article about a Georgia farmer/gun collector named “West”, presumably someone connected to this revolver. CONDITION: Fine. Retains virtually all of a restored finish with cyanide type case colors. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Grips have shrunk and are now loose. There is a spot of rust on side of hammer nose. Box is fine. Wm. Hancock Collection 4-58586 JR25 (1,500-2,500)

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SPECTACULAR TOMMY HAAS RESTORED ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 11519. Extremely beautiful silver plated single action with 7-1/2” bbl, one line script address with serifs at each end and without any broken dies. It is very beautifully engraved with full frame coverage, Nimschke style New York engraving with fine punch dot background. It consists of foliate arabesque patterns with Nimschke’s trademark flower at the center of a couple of the scrolls. The engraving extends 3” up the sides of the bbls with a Moorish pattern around the address with a scalloped border at the muzzle. It also has the scalloped pattern in the ejector rod housing gullet with other border patterns. The cyl has engraving patterns on the lands between the flutes with border patterns at the rear edge, with feather and bar patterns over the top strap. The top of the backstrap has a well executed fan with fine decorations down the backstrap on the buttstrap and trigger guard also. The trigger, bullseye ejector rod head, base pin and all the screws are beautifully niter blued. It is fitted with spectacular mother of pearl grips with a deep relief American eagle on the right side. CONDITION: Extremely fine, unfired since custom plating after engraving. It retains all of this fine finish. The grips are equally exceptional with tremendous fire and color. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, shiny bore. 4-60371 JR586 (10,000-15,000)

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CASED ENGRAVED TOMMY HAAS RESTORED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). SN 86928. Blue and case colored with 5-1/2” bbl, one line address with a beautiful etched panel on the left side. The frame has three line patent dates and the caliber “44 C.F.” is on the left front web of the trigger guard. It is fitted with very nicely figured and toned 1-pc ivory grip. The frame has full coverage Cuno Helfrecht style engraving with about 3” of pattern on each side of the bbl with wave and dot borders around the address, in the ejector rod housing gullet, and on the outside radius of the ejector rod housing. The top strap has foliate arabesque patterns with punched dot background. The cyl has Helfrecht’s alternating foliate arabesque and sunburst on the lands between the flutes with a zig-zag and dot pattern at the back edge. The left recoil shield has Helfrecht’s trademark sunburst pattern which is duplicated in miniature on the loading gate and has his fan pattern at the top of the back strap. The back strap, butt strap, trigger guard and bottom of the frame are engraved to match. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with 5-1/2” bbl, blue finish, type of stocks “Not Listed” , that it is factory engraved and was shipped February 10, 1883 to Simmons Hardware Company, St. Louis, Missouri in a shipment of 5 same type guns. This is another of Tommy’s masterpiece resurrections. Accompanied by a new made English style walnut casing with turquoise felt lining, fitted for the revolver and a cleaning rod with a cartridge block for 28 cartridges with a recess for an L-shaped screwdriver. CONDITION: Extremely fine, unfired since restoration. Retains all of its brilliant blue and case colors. Restored etched panel is crisp. Back strap retains all of its dark blue, while the trigger guard is a plum color. Grip is extremely fine with a beautiful mellow ivory color. Case is fine. 4-60369 JR590 (7,500-12,500)

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953

CUSTOM BUILT COPY OF A COLT 1849 WELLS FARGO MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 31. NSN. Precise copy of this rare revolver, in the white, completely unmarked except for the cyl. It has a 3” oct bbl without rammer and is an absolute perfect reproduction with one piece deluxe, tiger striped walnut grip. The metal to metal fit and the wood to metal fit are done with the extreme precision which only a very few craftsmen have the gift to create. The cyl has a nearly perfect rolled stagecoach holdup scene and it has 5 safety pins as in an original. The grips are beautifully varnished. CONDITION: Pristine new with a few scattered tiny spots of fine surface rust, easily polished out. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant new bore. This is reportedly not the product of Tommy Haas, although it came from his estate. It is believed that it was made by a gentleman in Texas and was in Tommy’s possession to have the cyl scene rolled which was one of Tommy’s specialties. 4-60366 JR587 (1,500-2,500)

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TOMMY HAAS RESTORATION COLT POLICE MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 36. SN 18233. Blue and case colored with 6-1/2” rnd bbl, silver plated brass grip frame and 2-pc, smooth mother of pearl grips. This is another of Tommy’s masterpieces with brilliant blue and authentic looking case colors. CONDITION: Extremely fine, as new, all matching including the wedge and cyl. Overall retains all of its beautiful restored finish with brilliant high luster blue and authentic looking case colors. Grip frame and trigger guard retain most of their orig.-looking silver-plate and the grips, a little long, are wonderful with lots of fire and color. Cyl retains all 5 safety pins. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 4-60368 JR588 (2,500-3,500)

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955

MARTIALLY MARKED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY ARTILLERY REVOLVER WITH CUSTER RANGE PARTS. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 93894. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2” bbl with 1-pc walnut grip having a fine “RAC” cartouche & the date “1903” on right side. Both sides of bottom of grip also have the “R.A.C.” inspector stamp. It has second type ejector rod housing with half moon ejector rod head. Bbl serial number is “5057” with “DFC” sub-inspector initials. Cylinder number is “2623”, also with “DFC” initials. Trigger guard is number “5325” with an Ainsworth tiny “A” and backstrap is number “978” with no visible inspector initials. Bbl is a Custer range part. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver as having been delivered to the U.S. Gov’t Inspector at Colt Plant on June 29, 1883 in a shipment of 150 guns. Remarks states that it was returned to factory for cleaning, remodeling & repair twice. It was re-shipped on Jan. 31, 1896 and again on May 8, 1903. It is apparent that in the interim it was probably further altered at Springfield in 1898, therefore the mismatched parts. Also accompanied by a letter from Arnold Marcus Chernoff dated Dec. 17, 1977 extoling the virtues of this revolver, apparently to his client who had just purchased it. Also included is the July/August 1988 edition of Man at Arms magazine where Jerry W. Vincent has written a 7-page article regarding artillery model revolvers with this exact revolver pictured on p. 29 in full color. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy orig Colt factory restored blue with only slight muzzle edge wear. Cylinder retains 93-95% glossy orig Colt factory restored blue with a cyl line & some light scratches. Frame retains most of its orig Colt restored case colors. Trigger guard & backstrap retain 92-93% glossy orig blue with some flaking on trigger guard and wear at the heel on backstrap. Grip is fine & smooth with light handling & use marks with sharp legible date & cartouche and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-60707 JR496 (12,500-17,500)

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*UBERTI CATTLEMAN SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 119755. Fine early knock-off of a Colt Single Action with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue & case colored with 1-pc wood grip. Accompanied by its orig wood grain hinged lid cardboard box, owner’s manual & papers. Also included is an old Uberti catalogue. CONDITION: Extremely fine, as new, has been fired. Retains virtually all of its fine orig finish to both metal & grips. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Dr. Poppell Collection 4-59304 JR82 (300-500)

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