Spectacular Fall Firearms Auction
An Extraordinary Success Grossing $11.235 Million!

Auction: October 8-10, 2007

Preview: October 5-7, 2007

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2000

COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 121804. Cal. 44 CF. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight, 3-screw frame with flat head hammer screw, cut for shoulder stock with “COLT’S PATENT” on left side. It has brass trigger guard with iron backstrap & slightly altered 1-pc walnut grip. There are two holes in buttstrap for a different type of shoulder stock attachment. No cartouches are visible on grip but there are deep stamped “H”‘s and other inspector initials on some of parts. Cylinder has been altered by having back end machined away with a 3/16” plate added & pinned in place with integral star wheel, having been cut from same piece. This conversion was undoubtedly by a frontier gunsmith and a fine job. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. No orig finish remains with metal being a smooth thin brown to gray patina with minor nicks & scratches. Cylinder retains about 20% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard is a light brass patina and is missing one of shoulder screws. Grip has chipped toes and a chip missing from left upper side and retains about 70% orig varnish that has crackled surface. Crisp mechanics, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-32312 JR375 (2,000-4,000)

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2001

RARE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY RICHARDS MASON CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 195722. Cal. 44 CF. Very rare transition conversion with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight with Richards conversion style ejector rod & ejector rod housing with orig 1860 Army contour. It has plugged rammer latch dovetail on bottom of bbl & “U.S. AMERICA” address. It has Richards Mason conversion plate with loading gate numbered to revolver and 2-line patent dates stamped over “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame. It has brass trigger guard with iron backstrap and 1-pc walnut grip. An unusual & rare conversion. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 50-60% orig blue, thin on top & left sides. Cylinder retains about 40% strong blue, in rebated area. Major diameter is a gray metal color and retains 60-70% Ormsby naval battle scene. Frame retains 30-40% orig case colors, strong on right side, in sheltered areas on left side. Backstrap retains 15-20% blue being mostly a gray patina. Trigger guard is a medium mustard patina. Tip of wedge spring is broken. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-32311 JR355 (6,000-8,000)

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2002

RARE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY THUER CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 180676. Cal. 44 Thuer. Usual ’60 Army configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight & New York address. It retains its percussion rack & pinion rammer. Right flute of bbl lug has been deepened to allow cartridge loading. The orig rebated cylinder was altered for the conversion and has a number “3” on back edge in a web between two chambers, the same number “3” is found on Thuer conversion ring. It has a 3-screw frame, not cut for shoulder stock, with “COLT’S PATENT” on left front & brass trigger guard with iron backstrap and 1-pc walnut grip. Only about 5,000 Thuer conversions were made in period 1869-72 in six different models making this a very rare revolver. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Grip was not checked. Bbl retains about 75% orig blue, glossy & strong in sheltered areas with scattered flaking, not wear, to a medium patina. Rammer handle retains strong case colors, especially in pivot area. Cylinder is mostly a gray/brown patina and retains 70-75% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Thuer ring retains 60-70% orig blue. Frame retains 70-75% thin orig case colors with faded case colors on hammer. Trigger guard retains traces of silver in sheltered areas being mostly a medium mustard patina. Backstrap retains blue at top & on buttstrap with backstrap a gray/brown patina with battering on buttstrap & bottom of grips. Grip has a crack at right heel and shows moderate to heavy edge wear with nicks & scratches and retains about 80% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine pitting. 4-32313 JR380 (9,000-12,000)

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2003

FINE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY RICHARDS CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 200777. Cal. 44 CF. Fine early conversion with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight, New York address with Richards-style ejector rod housing filling rammer socket. It has a checkered half-moon ejector rod head. It has rebated cylinder with rare twelve cylinder stops & the Richards conversion ring numbered “52” with integral rear sight and floating firing pin. Loading gate & cylinder pin are also numbered “52”. It has 3-screw frame, not cut for shoulder stock with “COLT’S PATENT” on left side. It has silver plated trigger guard with iron backstrap and 1-pc walnut grip. There were about 9,000 of these revolvers produced 1873-78. Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms states that serial range ran to about 200,614. This revolver is numbered 200,777. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 25-30% glossy orig blue, mostly on bottom and around front sight with balance a smooth mottled gray/brown patina. Cylinder has four of the stop notches over chambers broken through with exposed holes. It retains 60-70% thin orig blue and about 90% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame & conversion ring retain most of their orig case colors, strong on frame, fading to dark on conversion ring, recoil shields & hammer. Trigger guard retains about 85% strong orig silver and backstrap about 50% strong orig blue with backstrap a gray/brown patina. Grip is crisp with minor nicks and retains about 98% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-32309 JR388 (6,000-9,000)

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2004

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY RICHARDS MASON CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 6560. Cal. 44 CF. Scarce to rare with only about 2,100 of these revolvers made in period 1877-78. It has 8″ specially made bbl with more slim, contour, German silver front sight & Hartford address with a special side mounted ejector rod housing with bull’s eye style half moon ejector rod head. It has matching numbered rebated cylinder & matching numbered loading gate. It has nickel plated, iron trigger guard with iron backstrap & varnished 1-pc walnut grip. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains an overall medium brown patina with a few minor nicks & some fine pitting at muzzle. Cylinder retains thin orig blue in rebated area with larger diameter a light brown patina that retains about 50% Ormsby naval battle scene with a series of small nicks. Frame retains traces of case colors being mostly a smooth light blue/brown patina. Hammer retains 50-60% dark orig case colors and trigger guard 96-97% orig nickel finish. Backstrap is mostly a blue/gray patina with heavy battering on buttstrap & bottom of grip. Grip is sound with minor chipped toes & aforementioned battering with usual nicks & dings and retains 60-70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-32310 JR356 (4,000-6,000)

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2005

RARE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY TRANSITION CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 162899. Cal. 44 CF. Silver finish with 8” rnd bbl, German silver front sight with “New York U.S. America” address. It has Richards-Mason ejector rod housing with bull’s eye half moon ejector rod head and usual 6-shot rebated cylinder. Frame has Richards-Mason conversion ring & loading gate with brass trigger guard & iron backstrap containing a smooth ivory 1-pc grip. Frame, conversion ring & sides of hammer have full coverage Nimschke engraving with fine punch dot background & wolf’s heads on each side of hammer nose. Bbl has extensive engraving on both sides of bbl lug, ejector rod housing & both sides of muzzle. Cylinder has triangular shaped borders at front & back edge of raised area. Backstrap has Nimschke’s trademark flower blossom at top with other patterns at top & bottom and a dbl triangular pattern down both edges. Moorish pattern extends around buttstrap and trigger guard is engraved to match. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and both sides have a deep stamped, large “J.P.”. This being a transition piece it is an extreme rarity in its own right and then to have it engraved makes it impossibly rare. This is the first one this cataloguer has ever encountered. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including wedge. Overall retains 95-97% strong orig silver plating with only a small wear spot on backstrap & some sharp edge wear. Trigger retains most of its orig blue. Grip has a chipped left toe with numerous age lines and wear on edges and overall retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-32314 JS458 (10,000-15,000)

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2006

EXTREMELY RARE & IMPORTANT COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY EXPERIMENTAL OR PROTOTYPE CARTRIDGE CONVERSION REVOLVER SN 114721. Cal. 44 RF. 1860 Army configuration with 8” rnd bbl, German silver front sight with the very rare engraved in script “Sam. Colt” in place of bbl address. It has 3-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with no notch in buttstrap. Frame, hammer, trigger guard & backstrap are engraved in late vine style, with full frame coverage foliate arabesque patterns with matching patterns on sides of hammer & remnants of wolf’s heads on each side of hammer nose. Backstrap, trigger guard & sides of bbl lug are engraved to match. It has an altered front frame having had rebated step removed to a nearly straight line and hammer nose notch altered for the rimfire firing pin. Frame around the percussion hammer nose has had a plug welded in place and the rimfire notch cut. It has a rare straight cylinder with bored through chambers, slightly rebated for cartridge rims and no conversion ring on recoil face. The right recoil shield has been cut away as a loading notch. It still retains its orig percussion rammer. It has a silver plated brass trigger guard and iron backstrap with a wonderful smooth 1-pc ivory grip. The top of backstrap has a “D” inspector mark with no serial number on buttstrap indicating that it was probably a recycled, rejected military part. This is an example of one of the earliest Colt attempts at a large bore cartridge revolver. The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson, on p. 212 describes another of these revolvers as “experimental 44 rimfire revolver on the Model 1860 Army frame”. That revolver had mixed serial numbers. The paragraph dates that revolver, and consequently this revolver, at circa 1868-69. Accompanied by a 2-page Larry Wilson letter detailing some of above information wherein he also states that the engraved bbl address of “Sam. Colt” is “known on scarce few Model 1860 Army Colt revolvers of the post-Civil War period”. This exact revolver is pictured on p. 266 of The Colt Engraving Book, Wilson, and was offered as Lot 149-17927 in the Summer 2001 David Condon retail catalog. In the evolution of cartridge revolvers, this one must rate near the very top. It undoubtedly is the progenitor of all the Colt cartridge revolvers that have followed for the past 130 plus years. The idea for this revolver ranks right up there with the Mason ejector rod which likely would not have followed without this rare revolver having been built. PROVENANCE: “The Colt Engraving Book”, Wilson; David Condon Retail,Summer 2001 CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cylinder is not numbered. Bbl retains about 85% glossy Colt blue with loss areas flaked, not worn to light patina. Cylinder retains 50-60% glossy Colt blue with balance flaked to light patina and a couple of small scratches. Frame retains dark case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a cleaned gray patina. Hammer retains about 90% thin glossy Colt blue. Trigger guard retains about 80% silver plating and backstrap virtually all of it orig silver plating. Grip has a couple of chips on right edge and has several age lines on bottom edges and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a truly experimental Colt, one of the most rare prototypes extant. No one knows for sure how many of these rare revolvers were initially made nor how many survive today. This may be the only one of its type factory engraved. 4-32315 JR489 (15,000-25,000)

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2007

EXTREMELY RARE & UNIQUE PROTOTYPE/EXPERIMENTAL COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH FLUTED CYLINDER. SN 2. Cal. 44. Extremely rare & unique Army with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight, no bbl address and very rare 3-pc 51 Navy style rammer with flat-sided pivot. Bbl lug is further unusual in that it has extremely shallow flutes on sides and therefore somewhat heavier than production models. Cylinder is fully fluted with serial number on back between two of nipples. There is a tiny “T” in web between two of chambers on face of cylinder. Rear of cylinder has holes for safety pins but it appears that none were ever installed. It has a standard 3-screw frame, not cut for shoulder stock and does not have “COLT’S PATENT” on left side. Right recoil shield has cutout with capping groove which usually does not appear until later production. It has an Army sized grip with brass trigger guard that has a 3/8″ extension at bottom edge & iron back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder pin is not numbered. This exact revolver is pictured in full color on p. 156 and again in black & white as item #B on p. 158 in The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson. Mr. Wilson states that “similar prototype arms are in the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut State Library, and private collections. None of these has barrel markings.” PROVENANCE: Colt Factory Collection at Connecticut State Library; William Locke Collection; Robert Q. Sutherland Collection;Chas. Schreiner III Collection; Robert Berryman; Illustrated in The Book of Colt Firearms, pp. 156 & 158; Little John’s Auction, 9 Nov. 2003, Lot #61 CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge & rammer. Bbl retains traces of orig blue in very sheltered areas and faded case colors on rammer pivot. Cylinder is flaked to a silver/brown patina with traces of orig blue. Frame & hammer retain 75-80% orig case colors, strong & bright on left sides, more faded & turning gray on right sides. Trigger guard retains a medium mustard patina & back strap with traces of blue is mostly a blue/brown patina. Grip has a chipped right toe with other minor nicks and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore with a spot or two of light pitting. 4-32331 JR359 (22,500-32,500)

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2008

EXTREMELY RARE FIRST PRODUCTION COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH NAVY SIZE GRIP. SN 96. Cal. 44. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, p. 163, the author states “the number of fluted cylinder Armies with the Navy size grip is limited to approximately ten which were made under serial #100.” This rare revolver not only has the rare Navy size grip, it has a 7-1/2″ rnd bbl with Hartford address and a brass replacement front sight. It has the creeping rack & pinion rammer which is, unusually, numbered. It has 3-screw frame not cut for shoulder stock and has capping cutout without capping channel. Cylinder is full fluted with patent date in one flute and serial number on one of the lands between nipples at back end. Two of other lands have number “40”. It has brass trigger guard & backstrap with 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver with 7-1/2″ bbl with wood stocks and under special notation, “fluted cylinder and short stock”. It was shipped to Colt’s New York Office in July of 1861 in a shipment of ten same type guns. Also accompanying are several appraisals. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including rammer, wedge & grip. Bbl & cylinder retain 75-80% of a fine very old restored finish. Rammer retains faded case colors on pivot. Frame, with softened edges, retains most of its faded case colors and hammer with fine pitting around nose, retains most of its faded case colors. Trigger guard & backstrap are a medium mustard patina. Grip has a repaired chip at top left side, otherwise is sound with moderate edge wear and some light nicks & scratches in varnish and retains about 95% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-32328 JR360 (10,000-15,000)

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2009

RARE EARLY COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 864. Cal. 44. Fine early Colt with 8″ rnd bbl, Hartford address with German silver front sight. It has full fluted cylinder with serial number in one of flutes. It has 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flat headed hammer screw & short stock screws. It has a silver plated brass trigger guard & iron backstrap with 1-pc Army size walnut grip. Top left of grip is stamped “51”. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter showing that this revolver was shipped to Spies & Co., New York on April 22, 1861 in a shipment of 350 same type guns. Another fluted Army, SN 2862, was in the same order and is being sold elsewhere in this auction. It is likely that research will show that this order was destined for the south and probably Georgia as Spies, Kissan & Co. had connections and had done business with southern firms. A large number of these early 60 Armies were shipped to southern distributors and are usually considered as Confederate arms. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 50-60% strong orig blue with some holster pitting, mostly on left side. Rammer retains 60-70% dark case colors. Cylinder retains traces of glossy blue in flutes with balance flaked to a medium patina. There are a couple of spots of pitting in one of the flutes. Back of cylinder has four of safety pins that are partially prominent. Frame retains 50-60% faded case colors, stronger on left side with recoil shields faded to gray. Trigger guard retains about 85-90% strong orig silver and backstrap about 95% strong orig silver with some slight bubbling & flaking toward heel. Grip has a chipped toe & shows edge wear with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-32325 JR361 (6,000-10,000)

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2010

RARE COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 2862. Cal. 44. Rare fluted Army with very rare 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, Hartford address & German silver front sight. It has full fluted cylinder with patent date in one flute & serial number in opposite flute. It has 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flat headed hammer screw & short stock screws. It has brass trigger guard & iron backstrap with 1-pc Army size walnut grip. A large number of these early 60 Armies were shipped to southern orders and are usually considered Confederate arms. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as having been shipped April 22, 1861 to Spies & Co. in a shipment of 350 similar firearms. It is well known that Spies & Co. was a large distributor of firearms & had connections in the South, especially Georgia, so it is likely that this shipment of 350 Colt revolvers, including another fluted Army, SN 864 from the same shipment, which is being sold elsewhere in this auction, and was destined for the South. There is no indication that this revolver was Confederate used but the implications are strong that it may have been. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains 60-70% thin orig military finish, stronger in sheltered areas, with good feathers around front sight. Rammer pivot retains strong bright case colors. Cylinder retains about same, mostly in flutes, with balance a soft patina. All six safety pins are crisp. Frame & hammer retain strong but faded case colors, mostly in sheltered areas with balance turned gray. Trigger guard is a light brass patina & backstrap is mostly a gray patina with blue at top. Grip has a couple of chips in edge, otherwise is sound with a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-32326 JR363 (10,000-15,000)

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2011

EXTREMELY RARE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH NAVY SIZE GRIP. SN 35. Cal. 44. This extremely rare Army has the very rare 7-1/2″ rnd bbl with German silver front sight and no bbl address. Address may have been removed at the factory. There are dashes where the ends of the address may have been. It has usual rebated cylinder with “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame. It has brass trigger guard & backstrap with Navy sized 1-pc walnut grip. Frame is 3-screw, not cut for shoulder stock is without capping groove and it has rack & pinion creeping rammer which is, unusually, matching numbered. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only about ten of these revolvers were ever made, all under serial number 100. He also states that “Similar prototype arms are in the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut State Library, and private collections. None of these has barrel markings.” PROVENANCE: Little John’s Auction, June 2004, Lot 627 CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains a cleaned but now patinated thin silver/brown patina with evidence of sanding marks. Cylinder also has a thin silver/brown patina and retains 50-60% Ormsby naval battle scene. Frame retains 25-30% thin case colors with balance turned silver. Trigger guard retains 50-60% orig silver plating with balance a medium mustard patina, which is also the condition of backstrap. Grip is sound with chipped right toe and retains about 85% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered moderate pitting with a few deeper spots. A truly rare & exceptional Colt Army. 4-32329 JR374 (12,500-17,500)

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2012

RARE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY WITH NAVY SIZE GRIP. SN 24. Cal. 44. Extremely rare Army with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight & Hartford address. It has rack & pinion rammer with the handle numbered to frame. It has 3-screw frame not cut for shoulder stock and without capping groove with tiny “COLT’S PATENT” on left front side. It has brass trigger guard & backstrap with 1-pc Navy size walnut grip with four notches by backstrap on right side and a crude carved “W” centered on right side. Left shoulder & left front web of trigger guard have tiny inspector initials. The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, states that about 55 of the first 100 revolvers are in the same configuration as this revolver. Accompanied by a letter from old time gun dealer/collector, Henry Stuart, dated Aug. 31, 1985, authenticating this revolver and giving some of its past provenance back to 1938. PROVENANCE: William T. Stroud, 1938; Henry M. Stuart, 1956; H.H. Miller, 1974; L.R. Littlefield, 1985 to consignor. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including rammer, wedge & grip. No orig finish remains on metal, being a mottled silver/brown patina with scattered fine pitting. Cylinder has one area of heavier pitting and retains 10-15% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame has clear markings and hammer screw appears to be a replacement. Grip frame retains a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound with chipped toes & a few gouges & scratches and retains 60-70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-32330 JR379 (7,500-12,500)

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2013

EXTREMELY RARE EARLY COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 245. Cal. 44. Rare early 60 Army with very rare 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, Hartford address with German silver front sight. It has 6-shot rebated cylinder and 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flathead hammer screw & shortstock screws. It has a capping groove and rare silver plated iron backstrap with silver plated brass trigger guard & varnished 1-pc Army sized walnut grip. This rare early revolver falls within range where fluted cylinder Armys are usually found making it a most unusual & rare 60 Army. Right shoulder of trigger guard is scratched with initials “LW” & left shoulder “98”. Accompanied by a russet brown leather slim Jim holster with trigger guard cutout that is orig & riveted belt loop on back. This is the style most often associated with Confederate usage which is further supported by the fact that a large portion of these early 60 Armies were shipped to southern distributors prior to outbreak of Civil War and are considered Confederate used firearms. Also accompanied by a large accumulation of copies of pages of various articles & publications regarding early 1860 Armies and their variations. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl retains about 40% thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors with balance turned silver. Frame retains 50-60% thin orig case colors, stronger on right side. Grip frame retains 80-85% strong orig silver plating with some light flaking on back strap & a few flaked spots on front strap & trigger bow. Cylinder retains about 30% thin orig blue, mostly in rebated area, with some traces of blue on larger diameter and overall retains about 50-60% Ormsby naval battle scene. Grip is sound with minor chipping around bottom edges with light nicks & scratches and retains about 90% strong orig varnish. Crisp mechanics, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Holster shows very heavy wear with losses at toe and around cylinder area with some minor restitching on seam. 4-32327 JR357 (6,000-10,000)

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2014

EXTREMELY RARE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY REVOLVER WITH 10″ Barrel. SN 93921. Cal. 44. Probably the only one known, this revolver is arguably the most rare of all the Model 1860 Army revolvers. It has a 10″ rnd bbl with standard German silver front sight blade and a period of use installed V-notch rear sight at the chamber end of the bbl. Cylinder is equally rare in that it is unfluted and non-rebated, like the Model 1861 Navy Colt, with the Ormsby naval battle scene. It has a 3-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. It has deluxe, highly figured 1-pc walnut grip with a 7/8″ x 7/8″ silver shield on left side. Shield is engraved “To / Geo. A. Jackson / From Dick Irwin / 1870”. Rammer lever is checkered about 1-5/8″ near the tip. Bbl lug is without a serial number and does not appear to have ever had one. It is dimensionally correct and an accompanying x-ray discloses no apparent alteration. Cylinder does not have a serial number and does not appear to have ever had one. Neither does it appear to have ever had safety pins. Accompanied by the x-ray, as previously mentioned, and a copy of pages from the book Texas Collector: / Gaines de Graffenried, Conger. This book was printed in 1987 and on p. 39 begins an article regarding this specific revolver. Author relates that Mr. de Graffenried and another collector named Clyde O’Neal became aware of a small collection belonging to an elderly lawyer named Rice, in Hamilton, Texas. They drove over, looked at the collection, but were unable to purchase anything at that time. The old lawyer reportedly related that back in the 1890’s his uncle was the sheriff of neighboring Bosque County, in Meridian, Texas. He related that one day a well dressed stranger drove a stylish rubber-tired buggy, being pulled by a handsome span of bays, into the town. After he dropped off his team at the local livery stable he stopped by a saloon and became “uproariously intoxicated”. The sheriff, the judge’s uncle, arrested him and relieved him of this long barreled Colt. Around noon the next day the stranger was released but failed to reclaim his revolver. The sheriff, in his later years, gave this revolver to his nephew, the judge. About twenty years later, Mr. de Graffenried learned the judge had passed away and contacted his widow who gifted this revolver to him and later allowed him to purchase the judge’s library. Page 40 of the book contains an overall picture and a close-up of the grip of this revolver. Pages 161 & 163 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson, mentions that there were shorter & longer than standard bbls made by Colt and that “at least one specimen is known having a 10″ bbl and a roll-engraved, non-rebated cylinder”. He states that “any bbl lengths other than 7-1/2″ and 8″ are so rare as to be categorized as special order or experimental”. PROVENANCE: Gaines de Graffenried; Gary A. Walton; James D. Julia Auctions, Oct. 2004, Lot #1327 CONDITION: About fine. Bbl, cylinder, frame & back strap retain an even, dark, plum/brown patina with some small hammer marks by the wedge opening on the right side of the bbl. Trigger guard retains 40-50% orig silver plating with several small nicks & scratches on front strap. Frame, cylinder pin, trigger guard & back strap are all matching numbered. Wedge is numbered to another revolver and, as previously noted, cylinder & bbl are unnumbered. Grips have a couple of chips on right bottom edge with some light hammer marks on butt and show heavy wear with a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics need timing and are a little loose but functions well. Bore is bright & shiny with a few spots of scattered light pitting. An extremely rare & very desirable percussion Colt. 4-32334 JR351 (22,500-32,500)

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2015
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Correction) Please Note: We stated that this appeared to be a Tommy Haas reconstruction having started with an exceptionally fine barrel and rammer numbered “65567.” We stand corrected. The gun is in fact refinished, but finish was apparently done by the Colt Factory at some time in the early part of the 20th Century when they were still working with the niter blue finish. The gun is a beautiful display piece.

COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.CSN 65567. Cal. 44. Early Army with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight & New York address. It has usual rebated cylinder with dbl serial numbers with orig number having been “7454” and serial number matching frame stamped adjacent in rebated area. It 3-screw frame, cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. It has silver plated trigger guard with blued iron backstrap and 1-pc Army sized walnut grip. There are small inspector initials on some of parts. The “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame is lightly & double struck. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “664”. This appears to be a Tommy Haas reconstruction, having started with an exceptionally fine bbl & rammer numbered “65567”. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy bright orig factory blue and brilliant case colors on rammer. Crown has been slightly rounded. Cylinder, with its matching numbers stamped in rebated area, retains most of a restored finish with about 50% thin Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame, hammer, trigger guard & backstrap all appear to have an exceptionally fine, professionally restored finish. Frame & hammer retain about all of their bright Colt-type case colors and trigger guard about 95% strong silver plating and backstrap strong Colt-type blue, thinned on backstrap, strong on top & buttstrap. Grip appears new on inside with matching number in ink in backstrap channel. Shows light wear on edges with nicks & scratches in varnish and retains 96-98% strong orig varnish. Last three numbers on trigger guard are misaligned and appear to be restamped. Serial numbers on frame & backstrap are thin. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-32323 JR377 (5,000-10,000)

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2016

COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY WITH BRITISH PROOFS. SN 95365. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight & New York address. It has British proofs in flute on left side of bbl lug. It has rebated cylinder with serial number “4747” in the normal position with matching four digits of serial number stamped in rebated area and has British proofs between chambers. It has a 3-screw frame, not cut for shoulder stock, without capping groove and has “COLT’S PATENT” that has been dbl stamped on left side. It has silver plated trigger guard with iron backstrap & 1-pc walnut grip and there is a small “L” adjacent to serial numbers on bottom of frame & buttstrap. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “5730”. Bbl retains 92-94% glossy orig blue with some minor flaking & light vice marks on each side. Rammer handle retains most of its orig case colors, bright in pivot area with strong blue on rammer. Cylinder retains most of a fine restored finish with about 60-70% Ormsby Naval battle scene & some scattered pitting. Five of six safety pins are prominent. Frame & hammer retain most of a beautiful restored finish with bright case colors. Trigger guard retains 60-70% silver plating & backstrap about all of its brilliant Colt-style blue. Grip appears to be a modern replacement with very large matching ink number in backstrap channel. Mechanics are crisp with long fore & aft cylinder play with bright shiny bore & fine pitting just in front of cylinder. 4-32320(7,500-12,500)

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2017
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Please Note: We have noted “Tommy Haas quality”. Obviously there is no way that we can positively state that the work is by Haas, however it is refinished and the workmanship is excellent.

FINE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.(End additional information) SN 125157. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ bbl, German silver front sight & New York address. It has usual 6-shot rebated cylinder and 3-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flat headed hammer screw. It has brass trigger guard & iron backstrap with Army sized 1-pc walnut grip that has a legible cartouche on each side. It also has small inspector initials on some of parts. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl retains most of an extremely fine, Tommy Haas quality, restored blue finish with good feathers around front sight and rammer latch stud. Cylinder retains restored finish on rebated area with larger diameter having a touched up finish and retains about 70% Ormsby Naval battle scene with scattered fine pitting. It has all six safety pins that are probably replacements. Frame & hammer have been cleaned but retain about 75% strong but moderately faded orig case colors, bright on sides of hammer. Trigger guard is a light brass patina and backstrap has most of a fine restored finish. Grip has slightly chipped toes and retains a hand worn patina with its legible cartouches. Trigger & hammer screws appear to be replacements. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-32324 JR376 (4,000-7,000)

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2018

MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 8487. Cal. 44. Fine early martial 60 Army with 8″ rnd bbl, New York address & German silver front sight. It has standard rebated cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene and 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with extended stock screws. It has brass trigger guard & iron backstrap with 1-pc walnut grip that has a clear “OWA” cartouche in a rectangle, the mark of famous O.W. Ainsworth on the left side. There are small inspector initials on various parts. Cylinder, curiously, has no safety pins & never had any. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Grip is matching. Bbl retains 60-70% thin restored blue and cylinder is a thin blue/brown patina with scattered pitting around front edge and retains 70-75% Ormsby naval battle scene. Frame retains 75-80% faded case colors with recoil shields turned gray. Hammer retains most of its orig dark case colors. Trigger guard is a light brass patina and backstrap retains 75-80% restored blue. Wedge spring is missing. Grip is sound with very light wear and retains most of its fine oil finish with crisp cartouche. Hammer will not hold in half cock, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-32321 JR365 (4,000-7,000)

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2019

SPRINGFIELD ARSENAL REWORKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 15519. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl and “NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with German silver front sight & a 3-leaf third model dragoon style rear sight dovetailed into cylinder end on top. It has usual rebated cylinder with Naval battle scene & a 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and short stock screws. It also has brass trigger guard with a large “US” stamped just in front of trigger guard web and iron backstrap with 1-pc walnut grip that has thin but legible cartouches and has small inspector initials on various parts. For a long time it was thought that these revolvers with mixed numbers and the “US” stamping was possibly a field repair or a militia rework but several recent articles in various publications have disclosed that these reworks were probably done at Springfield Arsenal. Bbl, frame, cylinder pin & backstrap are all matching numbered with wedge having number “6240”, cylinder “8388” & trigger guard “28017”. Grip was not removed to check its number. CONDITION: Very good. Numbers as noted above. Bbl retains a cleaned smooth blue/brown patina with a few light nicks & dings. Cylinder is a matching patina and retains 40-50% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame retains 50-60% faded case colors, stronger on right side and in sheltered areas. Trigger guard is a light brass patina & backstrap matches bbl & cylinder. Grip is sound with slightly chipped toes and light nicks & scratches showing moderate wear with legible cartouches. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-32322 JR373 (3,000-5,000)

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2020

RARE COLT LONDON MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 158452. Cal. 44. Rare London Army with 8″ rnd bbl, London address, with German silver front sight. It has British proofs on bbl & between each of chambers on rebated area of cylinder. It has 3-screw frame not cut for shoulder stock and has iron trigger guard & backstrap with 1-pc walnut grip. Hammer screw & lock bolt screw appear to be replacements. PROVENANCE: Butterfield & Butterfield Auction, March 1991, Lot 2074; Robert Howard Collection CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge. No orig finish remains being an overall cleaned bright metal color with some very fine pitting on bbl. Cylinder retains 20-25% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & backstrap also have very fine pitting. Grip is sound with some light edge wear & a few minor nicks and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-32319 JR364 (4,000-7,000)

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2021
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Correction) Please note that the consignor corrects us and states that this gun has been re-done by Tommy Haas.

FABULOUS COPY OF COLT 1860 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 99749. Cal. 44. With standard 8″ bbl, standard front sight, usual markings and cylinder of Naval scene. Gun has full nickel finish except for brass trigger guard. There is an “H” inspector mark at wedge screw, an “E” inspector mark on opposite side of bbl as well as on the cylinder, an “S” on bottom of bbl under rammer lever and “T” on top of backstrap. We can find no foreign proof marks, so we really can not determine the origin of this fine copy of a Colt 1860 Army. Mounted with fine 1-pc wooden grips. CONDITION: Very fine. Gun appears to be unfired with most all of its finish. There are a couple small pits on rammer handle that may be casting flaws. Cylinder has all of its safety pins and all the SN match. Bow of brass trigger guard has a few minor storage dings. Mechanics are crisp and bore is bright with left hand twist rifling. 4-32332 BT132 (1,500-3,000)

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2022

FABULOUS ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 193702. Cal. .44. Nickel finish with 8” rnd bbl, German silver front sight with “New York U.S. America” address. It has usual rebated 6-shot cylinder with “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. It is engraved with full frame coverage Nimschke foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background with extensive patterns over bbl & around muzzle with dash & dot border around address. Cylinder has dash & dot borders around front & rear edges of raised area. Hammer has full coverage on both sides & top with wolf’s heads on either side of hammer nose. Backstrap has Nimschke’s trademark fan at top with scallop & dot border and a Moorish pattern at bottom which extends around to buttstrap. Trigger bow & trigger guard are engraved to match. It has beautiful 1-pc ivory grip with raised carved Mexican eagle in an oval on left side. This has all appearance of being by the master’s hand. Quite a number of these fine engraved Armys were ordered by or presented to Mexican dignitaries & high ranking military officers. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is engraved to match but unnumbered. Bbl retains 95-97% strong orig nickel with a few flakes in gullets on bbl lug. Cylinder retains 95-97% strong orig nickel with about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig nickel with some fine pitting on face of hammer nose. Trigger guard retains about 50% orig nickel finish with a fine brass patina elsewhere. Backstrap & buttstrap retain about 95% strong orig nickel. Grip has a repairable crack on left side with numerous age lines and retains a fine golden mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-32333 JR457 (15,000-20,000)

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2023

FINE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 44. SN 192759. Nickel finish with 8” rnd bbl with German silver front sight and “NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. It has usual 6-shot rebated cylinder and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame with the caliber on the left shoulder of trigger guard. It has brass trigger guard & iron back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Few of these orig nickeled Armys were made and even fewer survive today. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl & rammer retain about 95% strong orig nickel with muzzle edge wear & some very fine pitting with some staining around forcing cone area. Cylinder has been fired, but very little and retains 92-95% strong orig nickel with losses on front & rear edges and retains about 97-98% Ormsby naval battle scene. All six of safety pins are present with one slightly mashed. Frame, hammer & grip frame retain about 90-95% orig nickel with some minor flaking & bubbling. Grip has only very light wear on edges with some minor chipping in varnish & overall retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few spots of light pitting. 4-32317 JR636 (4,000-6,000)

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2024
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Please Note: On the frame just forward of the serial number is the letter “S” in a circle. The letter “S” stands for Sedgeley. Mr. Sedgeley , in the early part of the 20th Century, was one of the foremost gun restorers in North America and frequently marked items he worked on. This piece is therefore something that Mr. Sedgeley worked on or produced.

EXTREMELY RARE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY CUTAWAY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11474. Cal. 44. Probably altered at Springfield Arsenal as this Colt is a full martially marked specimen. It has a partially legible cartouche on left side of grip and small inspector initials on various parts. Cut away consists of a 1-1/8″ section from left side of bbl exposing the bore, a 7/8″ x 1/8″ slot on bbl lug exposing rack & pinion rammer workings, one complete chamber exposed, entire left recoil shield milled flush with side of frame with eight 1/8″ cuts to expose entire internal workings. It has a milled recess on frame below cylinder to expose cylinder stop (lock bolt) from both sides. It has a 1″ slot on each side of frame above trigger guard exposing lock bolt & spring working arrangement. Top of left side of grip at juncture of frame & backstrap is cut away to expose roller action of hammer on spring making it a very complete cutaway. This is a standard 60 Army with 7-7/8″ bbl, apparently recrowned to this length, with 4-screw frame having a flat head hammer screw and extended stock screws. It has brass trigger guard with iron backstrap & 1-pc walnut grip with a partially visible cartouche. Bottom of bbl lug has an “S” in a circle on flat above serial number. No indication what this is for and it has never previously been encountered by this cataloger. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl, cylinder & backstrap retain a smooth even medium brown patina & frame retains traces of orig case colors. Trigger guard has a few scratches on front end & grip is sound with moderate wear and retains a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. This must have been an issued & used piece before it was cut away. 4-32318 JR354 (6,000-10,000)

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2025

COLT MODEL 1860 CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 50532. Cal. 44 RF. Unusual conversion with 7-13/16″ rnd bbl, obviously reduced from 8″. It has German silver front sight with New York address and a lead filled dovetail at cylinder end. It retains its percussion rack & pinion rammer. Cylinder is 1871-72 open top style, straight wall, unfluted & not rebated. It has number “56” on back edge between two of cylinders and appears to have same number on bbl face. It has a crude loading slot and had a loading gate pinned on a stud with no visible spring. Frame has straight bottom underneath cylinder as with the open tops and has a nickel plated brass trigger guard with nickeled iron backstrap. It has 1-pc Army size walnut grip. CONDITION: Fair. Bbl, cylinder & frame retain a chocolate brown attic patina with minor nicks & scratches. Frame has appearance of fire scale and also is a dark patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain 50-60% nickel finish. Grip is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Hammer will not hold at full cock and timing is a little off. Bore is dark & worn. 4-32316 JR381 (2,000-3,000)

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2026

COLT 1860 ARMY PISTOL STOCK. SN 22782. Removable stock for 1860 Colt Army has straight grain carbine-type stock with brass carbine buttplate and brass attachment fixture complete with iron saddle ring. Both pieces of brass are SN 22782. CONDITION: Fine. Brass shows evidence of being cleaned years ago and returning to a mellow patina color. Stock is solid with usual nicks and dings and most of its original finish. 4-32337 BT133 (3,000-5,000)

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2027

EXTREMELY RARE & SPECIAL FLUCK MODEL COLT DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 2661. Cal. 44. Only about 300 of these rare revolvers were built by Colt as replacements for the Walker revolvers which had blown up & been destroyed in service, as is generally acceptable. They were made from left over Walker parts and, like this revolver, have a 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight with bbl address that reads from cylinder to muzzle. It has a vertical latch rammer with 2-3/16″ cylinder that had a single safety pin which is missing. It has oval stop slots with a very distinctive pressure ridge and has Ranger-Indian fight scene. Frame has centrally located “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” on left side and it has very tiny irregularly hand stamped serial numbers on bottom of bbl lug, frame, front end of trigger guard, front end of buttstrap & on cylinder, all of which are matching. It has the reworked Walker trigger guard & backstrap that has the rnd front edge & square back edge in trigger slot with V-hammer spring & 1-pc walnut grip. Backstrap is noticeably longer than a standard dragoon, giving it a distinctive downward angle on buttstrap. The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson, gives serial range of approx. 2216 to approx. 2515, however Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms states that a 1998 detailed study Observation on Colt Second Contract, November 2, 1847, wherein the authors state that they have identified 1,000, rather than the previously thought 300, of these rare revolvers and that serial ranges are from 2001 through 3000. The Sutherland & Wilson book even shows two of these higher serial numbered “Fluck” dragoons and identifies them as such. Accompanied by a copy of a page from Norm Flayderman’s Catalog #115, Item 1526A, from 1990 offering this Fluck Dragoon for sale. Also accompanied by a copy of an article by Dick Salzer, Staff Editor, which appeared on p. 36 of an issue of The Gun Report, which lists seventy-one known Fluck revolvers with serial numbers ranging from 2030 through 3012. One of the numbers is “2660”, the consecutive number to our Fluck. Also included is a page from Man at Arms which is a short article also regarding the Fluck revolvers which states in effect that the Fluck revolvers were not replacements for blown-up Walkers but were in fact a contract for 1,000 revolvers dated Nov. 2, 1847. They were simply manufactured from left over Walker parts and used Walker-style serial number dies left over from Whitneyville, making these the very first martially produced Colt revolvers. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered, and rammer which is numbered 3616, obviously from a first model dragoon. Overall retains a dark chocolate brown patina with some silvered case hardening on frame. Cylinder, with its distinctive pressure line, retains 20-25% orig Ranger-Indian fight cylinder scene. Trigger guard & backstrap are a medium mustard patina. Grip has a chip at frame on left side, otherwise is sound & shows very heavy wear with some mild battering on bottom edges & buttstrap and retains a smooth hand worn patina. Hammer is not secure in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-32307 JR352 (25,000-40,000)

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2028

MARTIALLY MARKED COLT SECOND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 10731. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight with usual bbl marking. It has a tiny “U.S.” below COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame and brass grip frame with square back trigger guard and tiny inspector initials on most of parts, including left bottom edge of 1-pc walnut grip. Grip has been refinished, obliterating cartouches which were undoubtedly present before refinishing. It has a matching number in ink in backstrap channel. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered either “68” or “89”. No orig finish remains being a smooth gray/brown patina with small spots of scattered light pitting. Cylinder is identical condition and retains 35-40% Ranger-Indian fight scene and four of six safety pins are prominent. Grip frame is a medium mustard patina and grip is sound showing moderate wear and retains an amateur restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-32308 JR353 (8,000-12,000)

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2029

MARTIALLY MARKED AINSWORTH INSPECTED CUSTER RANGE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 5998. Cal. 45 Colt. Rare Custer range single action with bbl reduced to 5-3/8” with a large half moon iron front sight mounted nearly flush with muzzle. It has script bbl address with serifs at each end. It has first type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. There are 2-line patent dates with the “US” crudely obliterated. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has outline of the partially legible Ainsworth’s “OWA” cartouche on left side. There is a small “M” carved at top of grip on left side with another on bottom of left edge. Both carvings are old & worn having been in place a very long time. Accompanied by a signed & notarized letter from someone named Gary Cunningham & addressed to “Mr. von Leer” wherein he states that in summer of 1967 he was traveling through Oklahoma and stopped at a trading post on an Indian reservation. He negotiated the purchase of this revolver from the Indian gentleman running the store. In answer to his question if there was a story about the Colt, the Indian replied that “his grandfather had gotten the weapon from one of ‘Yellow Hair’s’ dead soldiers at the Battle of Little Big Horn”. He further stated that he had received the Colt as a gift “when he became a man”. Mr. Cunningham states that he purchased it for less than $100. This single action is only about fifty numbers from one known Custer Battlefield Colt and 30 from another and falls well within the range of Custer Battlefield single actions. Table II-XI, “Historically Associated 7th Cavalry Revolvers”, on p. 280 of Colt Cavalry & Artillery Revolver . . a Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, lists this revolver by serial number as “Presumptive. Alleged Cheyenne capture at Little Bighorn”. CONDITION: About fine, all matching including bbl & cylinder. Traces of finish remain in most sheltered areas, being an overall cleaned light gray patina. Grip has chipped toes and shows heavy wear with a hand worn patina. Hammer will not hold in safety notch or half cock, otherwise mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore with a few spots of very fine pitting. 4-32360 JR477 (12,500-25,000)

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2030

COLT CAVALRY MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER SN 139547. Cal. 45 Colt. This revolver is from the last contract for cavalry revolvers and bears the sub-inspector initials of “RAC” for Rinaldo A. Carr. It has 7-1/2” bbl with full front sight & block letter address. It has second type ejector rod housing with half moon ejector rod head. Left front of frame has 2-line patent dates with a small “U.S”. It has 1-pc walnut grip with a legible date of “1890” and legible cartouche of “SEB” for Stanhope E. Blunt on left side and the faint but legible “RAC” cartouche on right side. The “RAC” initials are also found on bottom of bbl, frame, bottom of left edge of grip & cylinder. Trigger guard has a “K” sub-inspector initial. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including grip. Bbl retains 65-70% strong orig blue with most of wear on left side. Frame retains 35-40% case colors, mostly in sheltered areas, bright in front gullets. Hammer retains 40-50% faded case colors, stronger on right side. Cylinder retains about 90% strong orig blue, somewhat thinned with edge wear. Trigger guard retains about 75-80% strong blue & backstrap & buttstrap about 60%. Grip is sound with chipped left toe and some crude initials carved on bottom right side and shows moderate wear & retains a dark, hand worn patina. Timing needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-32302 JR494 (10,000-15,000)

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2031

SCARCE JOHN T. CLEVELAND SUB-INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER SN 35044. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2” bbl, slightly shortened front sight with rare block letter address without hyphens. Bottom of bbl, bottom front of frame, right bottom edge of grip & cylinder have the “JTC” sub-inspector initials. It has second type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head and it has its orig base pin with dimpled ends. On p. 45 of Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers . . a Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, another revolver, #35042 is listed with the same unhyphenated address. Frame has 3-line patent dates with a crudely obliterated “US”. It has its orig matching numbered 1-pc walnut grip with legible “DAL”, for David A. Lyle, cartouche and date “1877” on left side with the “JTC” cartouche on right side. Inside the ejector rod house is a tiny “7” stamped near the back end. The obliterated “US” usually indicates Indian use or a deserter with stolen weapon. This revolver was part of the 9th contract which delivered 2,003 revolvers to the government. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including bbl, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains a plummy blue/brown patina with pitting around muzzle. Frame, with its obliterated “US”, is a plum/blue patina with fine pitting around front and edges of top strap. Cylinder is a gray patina with pitting around front edge. Trigger guard is a plum brown patina with traces of orig blue and a blue/brown front strap. Back strap & butt strap have traces of orig blue in sheltered areas being mostly a brown patina. Grip has chipped toes with light nicks & dings and retains traces of orig finish being mostly a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-32306 JR490 (5,000-10,000)

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2032

EXTREMELY RARE E.C. WHEELER SUB-INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER SN 49390. Cal. 45 Colt. Very rare cavalry with 7-1/2” bbl, slightly shortened & thinned front sight with block letter address. It has 3-line patent dates and “US” on left side of frame. It has Henry Nettleton’s “HN” inspector initials in all the normal places except frame which is inspected by E.C. Wheeler and has a “W” by frame serial number. The observed Nettleton initials were found on bottom of bbl, trigger guard, top of backstrap & cylinder. It has second type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head and its orig base pin with dimples at each end. It has 1-pc walnut grip that shows severe hard wear with chipped toes and some slight alterations to bottom edge. There is no number inside backstrap channel so it appears the grip is an old field replacement. It has partial outline of a cartouche on left side. This exact revolver is listed by serial number on p. 59 of Colt Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers . . A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, where he lists 29 Wheeler inspected revolvers. He states that Wheeler substituted for Henry Nettleton during his illness making this, indeed, a very rare cavalry Colt. CONDITION: Good, all matching except grip. Traces of finish remain in most sheltered areas being overall a bright cleaned metal color. Gullets in front of frame retain strong case colors with some light, fine pitting over other areas of frame and on sides of hammer. Trigger guard & front strap appear to have been lightly filed. Ejector rod screw is a replacement and some of other screws are slightly battered. Cylinder has scattered light pitting with a plum patina in flutes. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-32301 JR493 (7,000-10,000)

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2033
Revised: 10/19/2007

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RARE HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED BUY-BACK COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER SN 50172. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2” bbl, altered & shortened front sight, with block letter address. Roll mark is slightly off center to the right. Frame has crisp 3-line patent dates and a “US” on left side of frame. Frame & trigger guard serial numbers are accompanied by Nettleton’s “H.N.” initials. They are also found on cylinder, left side of hammer, top of backstrap and bottom right edge of grip. It has second type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head & a replacement base pin without dimples in the end. It has 1-pc grip with a clear “1878” date and the partially obliterated cartouche of Capt. John E. Greer “JEG” on the left side with a worn & illegible cartouche on right side. Bottom right edge of grip has probably what is a museum number in white paint “49-AC”. Page 45 of Colt Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers . . . a Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, has a listing of nickel plated & buy-back Nettleton inspected revolvers, which listing contains the number “50170”, only two numbers from this revolver. It also states that because of the close number sequence of these nickel plated buy-backs that they were probably packed in their orig shipping cartons when re-purchased by Colt giving rise to premise that this revolver, #50172, was in same container as #50170. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except bbl which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 65-75% strong orig nickel with flaking & wear on both sides from muzzle with some of flaked areas a dark patina. Frame retains most of its strong orig nickel with a few flaked spots and some light pitting on hammer. Backstrap & trigger guard retain about 90% orig nickel with some flaking & spotting. Grip, with cartouches as noted, shows heavy wear on left edge with a hand worn patina. Crisp mechanics, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-32300 JR492 (5,000-10,000)

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2034

SCARCE LEWIS DRAPER INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER SN 33073. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2” bbl, slightly shortened front sight with hyphenated block letter bbl address. It has 2-line patent dates and large “U.S.” on left side of frame. The “LD” sub-inspector initials appear on bottom of frame, above serial number with faint “JTC” for John T. Cleveland sub-inspector initials on bottom of bbl and on cylinder. It has second type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Buttstrap has a swivel installed that, curiously, has string wrapping as a spacer on inside. It has an unmarked replacement grip with no number in backstrap channel and a relief hole in bottom for swivel stud. Bbl & cylinder have full 5-digit serial number. This revolver was part of the 9th contract which delivered 2,003 revolvers to the government. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including cylinder, except for grip which is unnumbered. Overall retains a cleaned silver/gray patina with traces of finish in most sheltered areas with faded case colors in frame gullets and loading slot. Cylinder retains strong blue in flutes. Grip is sound with a minor scratch or two and retains most of a hand worn patina. This grip fits extremely well and there is little doubt that it is an arsenal or Colt replacement item. This appears to be one of the 1893 Colt refinished cavalries, possibly issued to New York Militia. Base pin may be an old replacement, without dimples. Hammer is soft in the half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of fine pitting. 4-32299 JR491 (4,000-7,000)

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2035

RARE ETCHED PANEL COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 101345. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare single action with short bbl & etched panel. It has 4-3/4” bbl with slightly altered front sight and 2-line address with a tiny “44” on the bottom at the frame. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CF”. It also has eagle & rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are numbered to this revolver in left grip. Inside right grip has scratched initials “AG”. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver with type of stocks not listed & showing shipment on Aug. 21, 1885 to C.J. Chapin Arms Co., St. Louis, MO in a shipment of two same type guns. CONDITION: Good, all matching including bbl & cylinder. Traces of orig finish remain in most sheltered areas with strong bright blue under ejector rod housing and in ejector rod housing gullets. Frame has case colors in most sheltered areas, bright inside loading gate. Trigger guard & backstrap have traces of blue with balance of metal being a smooth plum brown patina. Cylinder has light pitting. Grips show moderate to heavy wear and are sound. It has orig base pin with dimples at each end. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-32303 JR476 (3,000-5,000)

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2036

*TEXAS RANGER COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 282297. Cal. 41 Colt. Texas Ranger identified Colts are rarely ever encountered and frequently those that are have dubious provenance. Very few Colts are documented as having been shipped directly to a Texas Ranger unit. This one is in the Colt records as having been shipped to South Texas Company D. It has 4-3/4” bbl with 2-line address and caliber marking on left side. It has 2-line patent dates & rampant Colt in a partial circle on left side of frame. Mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips and buttstrap is hand stamped “Co. D”. Accompanied a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver with type of stocks not listed. It was shipped to Belknap Hardware Co., Louisville, KY “C/O South Texas Company D” on Sept. 5, 1906 in a one gun shipment. Research at the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, TX may turn up additional history on this Colt. The South Texas Rangers were the units involved in most of the outlaw problems out of Mexico with numerous shootouts and manhunts. They were also frequently up against cross-border raiders like Poncho Villa and others. CONDITION: Good. Traces of orig finish remain in most sheltered areas being mostly a dark plum/brown patina mixed with gray. Ejector rod housing has several small dings with more dents on left side of bbl commensurate with having been used to twist wire. Frame has fine pitting with a series of small dings in front area. Grips show heavy wear being nearly smooth on right side and turned chocolate. Buttstrap has numerous tiny dents. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with some good shine & moderate pitting. 4-32305 JR475 (4,000-7,000)

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2037

*CASED COLT SAA SHERIFF’S MODEL. SN SA 38839. Cal. 44 SPL & 44-40. Boxed 3″ Sheriff’s Model with extra cylinder. Blue and cased color with 2-pc walnut grips. 3rd Generation made approx. 1980. Gun comes in original wood grain box with tags, pamphlets and letters, still housed in original styrofoam inner box with extra cylinder. Accompanied with display case and its original cardboard shipping box. CONDITION: Extremely fine. As new including its boxes and display case. 4-32545 BT102 (700-1,500)

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2038

CASED COLT SPECIAL EDITION NAVY & DRAGOON. SN 24925 & 24579. Cal. 36. This 1851 Navy, half of this fabulous two-gun set has a 7-1/2″ bbl with case hardened blue and silver finish, ivory grips with gold medallions and factory grade “C” engraving. The other gun being a cal. 44 Dragoon model with 7-1/2″ bbl with case hardened and blue and brass finish, ivory grips with gold medallions and factory grade “C” engraving. Both guns have the feature of “1 of 50” inlaid in 24kt gold on right side of frame. They also have 24kt gold border frames and bands; front and rear of bbl. They are displayed in their factory, partitioned case with red velvet interior. There is a brass plaque attached with “COLT NAVY – COLT DRAGOON 1 OF 50 SPECIAL EDITION”. Accompany these guns and the case are two complete sets of accessories consisting of bullet mold, powder flask, nipple wrench and cap can. Guns also have their wood grain with styrofoam inner box with Colt Custom Shop labels identifying guns as Custom Edition, 1 of 50, Set #17. Accompanied with two Colt Factory letters, one dated June 25, 1979 and one dated Jan. 19, 1987 fully identifying these guns as listed above. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Both guns appear unfired. Case and accessories also appear new. The brass plaque on case shows a small amount of dark tarnish. 4-32547 BT103 (3,000-7,500)

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2039

CASED COLT U.S. CAVALRY COMMEMORATIVE SET. SN 1054 US & US 1054. Cal. 44. 8″ bbl. Blue and case colored. This set consists of two 1860 Armys in its walnut, blue lined presentation case. Guns are new in the box, 2nd Generation 1860 Armys complete with inspector marks, cut for shoulder stock and one piece walnut grips. The original black shipping boxes are gold lettered “THE AUTHENTIC COLT BLACK POWDER SERIES” with the likeness of Sam Colt and his signature. The walnut case has brass plaque engraved “UNITED STATES CAVALRY COMMEMORATIVE 1777 – 1977” with an infantry soldier with drawn sword on a galloping horse. The compartmental case contains a compartment for each pistol, a reproduction flask, nipple wrench, bullet mold, reproduction cap box and one shoulder stock. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Everything is as new and is virtually the same as it was made 30 years ago. 4-32546 BT101 (800-1,500)

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2040

SMALL CALIBER CURLY MAPLE STOCKED TARGET RIFLE WITH ROSEBUD RESERVATION CONNECTION. Cal. 45. 38-5/8″ full oct signed bbl cut about 2″ from the front. Bbl is signed with the initials “JGM”. This rifle features a long gull wing cheekpiece on each side of the curly maple stock. This is a heavy bbl rifle designed for target use. The flintlock, which is not currently working, was added at a later date, probably so that the gun could be used as a shooter. Gun was originally made as a percussion rifle. This rifle has good rifling in the bbl and once cleaned could still make a nice shooter. Rifle has dbl set triggers that are not currently working. A copy of a handwritten letter from Jack Berryman, at that time Secretary of the Michigan Antique Arms Collectors,dated 2.27.91 and provided to the consignor at that time of purchase, states that Mr. Berryman bought this gun in 1961 from Doug Vernon who owned a small museum in Sioux Falls, SD. Berryman indicates that Vernon professed to have been the Indian agent at one time for the Rosebud Reservation and that this very gun had been purchased from an Indian on that reservation. CONDITION: Break in the wrist area has been repaired by tightly wrapping with brass wire. Number of large areas of wood have been replaced along the right hand forend forward of the lock. 2-1/2″ section of wood replaced between the lock and the tang. Tang has been extended under the wrist area. 4-32355(2,500-4,000)

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2041

H. E. DIMICK ST. LOUIS HALF STOCK PLAINS RIFLE. Cal. 45. 36″ full oct bbl signed H. E. Dimick St. Louis. Walnut stock. Horace E. Dimick made plains rifles and derringers in St. Louis, MO., in the mid-19th century. He operated as H.E. Dimick & Company from 1849 to 1864 and as Dimick & Folsom from 1854 to 1861. The rifle has a checkered wrist, silver capbox in the stock and double set triggers. The engraved percussion lock is unmarked. CONDITION: Good and original throughout. The bbl wedge is missing. Ramrod is a replacement. Bbl has uniform age and patina throughout. Lock screw should be replaced. 4-32354 RG43 (2,500-4,500)

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2042

VERY RARE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1871 WARD BURTON SADDLE RING CARBINE SN NSN. Cal. 50 CF. One of the first military issued bolt action firearms, but not well received and only 316 of these carbines were ever produced. It has 22” rnd bbl with integral square base front sight & Springfield ladder rear sight. Bolt cover has usual Ward Burton markings and left side of receiver is marked with a spread-winged eagle and “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD 1871”. Mounted in a straight grain, uncheckered American walnut 1-pc stock with sgl bbl band & spring retainer with a clear “ESA” (for Erskine S. Allin) cartouche on left side of wrist. It has a sling bar & ring on left side below receiver. It has a smooth carbine/musket buttplate with “US” on tang. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl, trigger guard & buttplate retain a cleaned bright metal patina similar to orig finish when carbine was issued. Receiver & bolt were black case hardened (oil quenched) and now retain a medium gray/brown patina with some fine pitting over rear receiver bridge. There is a chip of wood missing under sling bar with a small bruise on forestock & other minor light nicks & scratches and overall retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-32353 JR513 (5,000-7,000)

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2043

SCARCE DUTCH POTTSDAM INDIAN USED CONVERSION MUSKET. SN 589. Cal. 75. Probably an Indian trade musket with bbl reduced to 34-1/2″ and a shotgun bead-type front sight with brass furniture and stock reduced commensurately in length. Lockplate is marked “SAARN” and it has various proof marks on metal. Date “11/4/1864” is scratched on left side flat. Right side of buttstock has fourteen early style brass tacks in a dbl cross pattern. Buttplate is missing with forestock & buttstock shortened and has been that way for a very long time as it shows heavy wear and patina. CONDITION: Fair, with matching numbers. Metal retains a smooth medium to dark patina with wrench marks toward breech end of the bbl and heavy pitting around nipple area with burnout behind bolster. Bbl has a hole in top that looks like an old sword cut. Wood, as noted, has a few chips with numerous nicks & scratches and retains a wonderful hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, dark bore. 4-32357 JR439 (500-1,500)

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2044

H.E. LEMAN INDIAN TACK RIFLE SN NSN. Cal. 54. This 32-1/4″ oct bbl full stock rifle with modified brass front sight, and standing V-notch rear engraved on top flat “H.E.Leman, Lancaster, PA, warranted” and the lock also marked “Leman, Lancaster, PA”. This classic Indian rifle is pictured in Indian Guns, Spears & Shields of the American Frontier; John Baldwin. The bbl and forend are wrapped with rawhide and stock is decorated with 35 tacks in an arrow pattern around patch box on right side of stock. Cheek piece has 5 tacks in a cross pattern. There are 2 claws and a red piece of cloth attached to front ramrod pipe. The trigger guard, buttplate and patch box are all made of brass and the lock plate has a modest amount of scroll engraving. H.E. Leman manufactured rifles are known for quality and renown for their accuracy. They continued to be made long after cartridge guns were popular and many found their way into Indian hands. PROVENANCE: Michael Ward Collection CONDITION: Good. Bbl is silvery brown patina. Lock is somewhat darker with some corrosion under bolster. The stock is weathered and hand worn with splices missing along each side of bbl. 4-32339 BT139 (4,000-7,000)

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2045

SPENCER MODEL 1860 INDIAN CARBINE SN 31426. Cal. 52. Standard 22″ carbine bbl with square base front sight, and missing rear sight. Sling ring and bar are intact. Forend ornamented with 3 brass tacks in triangular pattern on both sides of forend with 35 brass tacks bordering the buttplate and a loop pattern on right side of stock. There is a 5-1/2″ strip of rawhide wrapped around wrist of stock held with 4 brass tacks in front, 13 brass tacks in rear. The rear swivel is intact but frozen in place. The buttplate is present as well as mag tube with spring. PROVENANCE: Michael Ward Collection CONDITION: Good. Bbl is a dark brown patina with light pitting throughout its length as is the receiver, lock plate, hammer and trigger plate. The buttplate is very heavily pitted. Forend is sound with usual nicks and dings and a proper hand worn finish with a slight crack on both sides at tip. Buttstock is repaired as mentioned as well as chips of wood missing along buttplate. 4-32341 BT138 (5,000-9,000)

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2046

SPENCER-GREMMER INDIAN RIFLE SN 44393. Cal. 44 or 45. This well worn 1860 Spencer has had it orig bbl replaced with a Sharps heavy oct bbl with half nickel front sight with standing V-notch rear. The sling ring and bar are missing while the screws remain. The buttplate and mag tube have been removed rendering this a sgl shot rifle. There is a strip of rawhide wrapped around the buttstock to secure it and cover the break. There is also a strip of rawhide attaching the forend to the bbl. This gun is pictured in Indian Guns, Spears & Shields of the American Frontier; John Baldwin. PROVENANCE: Mike Ward Collection CONDITION: Good. Visible part of bbl is a very dark brown patina with the balance covered in rawhide. Receiver is also dark brown patina with almost full coverage pitting on left side and scattered pitting on right. Hammer and plate are a dark patina with scattered pitting. The buttstock has seen some extremely hard use and is literally held together by its rawhide wrap. 4-32340 BT137 (6,000-10,000)

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2047

MODEL 1866 WINCHESTER “YELLOW BOY” CARBINE. SN 131102. 44RF cal. “Yellow Boy” carb. that probably saw Indian use. It has a row of rnd head brass tacks along the upper edge of the comb and holes indicating that the row extended all the way to the buttplate. There are also two rows on either side of the stock just forward of the buttplate, several of which are now missing. A sgl row of small nail holes on each side of the forearm for its full length indicate that it was also tacked at one time. One tack and two shanks remain on the forearm. This gun has a great appearance with aged patina and mellowed brass receiver. The 20″ rnd bbl is marked “WINCHESTER – REPEATING – ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. KING’S – IMPROVEMENT – PATENTED – MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860”. It has a full length magazine secured to the bbl by a band incorporating the front sight. The L-shaped rear sight is graduated on the leaf to 300 and 500 yds. CONDITION: Gun is overall good to very good with the iron work a mottled gray brown with spots of surface rust. Wood shows considerable wear with numerous nicks and gouges and minor splintering at the wrist. Gun is mechanically very good. Bore is dark but good to very good with strong rifling. Saddle ring staple has been cut off. 4-32349 DM116 (7,000-12,000)

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2048

INDIAN TACK WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE SN 86076. Cal. 44-40. Frontier grade cut to 23″ oct bbl, full mag with bronzed modified front sight and V-notch sporting rear sight. Mounted with straight grain, straight grip, American walnut with crescent buttplate. This Indian tack gun has 9 brass tacks on each side of the forend. The forward wrist area of the buttstock has 12 pins in a triangle shape on each side. There are 29 tacks up and around bordering the buttplate. There is a notch 6-1/2″ from muzzle cut in the bottom flat of bbl. There is also a hole on each side of the receiver adjacent to the lifter well. PROVENANCE: Michael Ward Collection CONDITION: Fair to good. Cut bbl and mag tube are brown/silver patina with numerous corrosion spots. The receiver is similar with some heavy corrosion on left side and left side plate. The wood is sound with typical frontier nicks and dings with some oil soaking near all metal parts. Forend has had a tougher life with the typical nicks and dings and a 2-1/2″ sliver missing along left side of bbl. Mechanics are good, but the bore is very dark and quite rough. 4-32347 BT134 (2,000-5,000)

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2049

INDIAN SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR CARBINE SN 45224. Cal. 45-70. Standard 73 carbine with 22″ bbl, square base front sight, and graduated rear. It has an 1873 date high arc breech block and lock plate with usual markings. It is mounted in a 1-pc walnut stock that has a frontier repair in front of trigger guard consisting of 8 nails below lock plate. The rear repair of wrist has a band showing where it was wrapped with wire and glued. The right side of buttstock has tack holes in the shape of a circle and an X. The saddle ring bar has been removed by cutting the front and rear with bases still remaining. There is a small number on rear of trigger guard to perhaps indicate a museum ID number “L.25.85.26”. It has the original 2-pc trigger guard. PROVENANCE: Michael Ward Collection CONDITION: Good. Bbl is mostly a brown crusty patina as well as breech and receiver area. Lock plate is quite pitted and must be held at proper angle to see the eagle and markings. Stock is quite weathered noting the above repairs and to include a chip of wood missing at back of lock plate and also around the front and bottom. Mechanics seem good, with a rough dark bore. 4-32345 BT135 (3,000-6,000)

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2050

INDIAN USED 1870 SPRINGFIELD CARBINE. Rare Model 1870 carbine, cal 50-70, showing heavy use and abuse but retaining all of the correct orig features, including the bar and ring. However the rear sight ladder appears to have been replaced with one from a rifle type sight having a wider bar. The patina on that part appears consistent with the rest of the gun. The lockplate is stamped “U.S. SPRINGFIELD 1864” with an eagle. The tang of the buttplate is stamped “US”. Breechblock is marked “1870” over eagle head, crossed arrows and “U.S”. Only 341 of these carbines were produced by Springfield Armory during 1871. This gun apparently fell into Indian hands at some time as evidenced by a number of rnd head brass tacks arranged in a sgl row wrapping around the buttstock in addition to others on the comb and wrist of the stock. Two tacks are missing, however the square shank of one is still in place. On top of the comb are four small carved “Xs” of questionable age. There are also two tacks, one on either side of the forearm. CONDITION: Metal throughout exhibits heavy pitting and erosion and is an overall dark brown aged color. Mechanically very good although the firing pin is frozen in place. Stock has a moderate crack approx 2-1/4″ long at the butt on the right side and several smaller cracks on the opposite side. Cracks also appear in front of and at the rear of the lockplate as well as above the saddle bar ring. Stock evidences considerable wear overall with a number of gouges and scratches. 4-32342 DM114 (6,000-10,000)

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2051
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Consignor notes that SN 34008 and SN 34243 are Battlefield Carbines according to the Frasca list of known Springfield trapdoors used at Little Big Horn, which leaves strong likelihood that this item was picked up at the Battlefield.

INDIAN USED CUSTER RANGE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR CARBINE. SN 34138. Cal. 45-70. Standard carbine with 22″ bbl, square base front sight and 1,200 yard ladder rear sight. It has high arch breech block with standard Model 1873 & eagle with crossed arrows over “US” markings and standard 1873 lockplate markings. Mounted in a post-1873 stock with 1873 carbine buttplate without trap. The stock has a narrow gap on either side of bbl & receiver and a hole in the butt, under the buttplate, has been plugged. The bbl band is missing its stacking swivel and it has 2-pc trigger guard. There are no holes drilled under buttplate, however there is some unusual milling in heel of buttstock under buttplate. There is a sling bar on left side of wrist missing its ring. There is a row of six brass tacks in butt at buttplate and four more on comb. Given the discoloration in those areas it appears they have been in place a very long time. This carbine was not tested for cartridge matches against cartridge cases recovered from Custer Battlefield as it appears that firing pin has been changed with a brass one currently installed. However, this does not preclude this carbine having been used at Little Big Horn. It has all the attributes of an Indian used gun showing hard use with missing saddle ring & stacking swivel & old brass tacks. CONDITION: Good. Traces of dark finish remain in most sheltered areas around sight and over chamber area. Balance of metal is a cleaned gray patina with scattered fine pitting, nicks & dings. Stock is sound showing heavy hard use with numerous nicks & dings having coarse sanding or cleaning marks overall and a light coating of finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-32343 JR443 (5,000-10,000)

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2052
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Consignor notes that SN 16375 is in the Custer Museum at The Little Big Horn Battlefield, giving strong credibility to the likelihood that this carbine was picked up at the battlefield.

INDIAN USED CUSTER RANGE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR CARBINE. SN 16358. Cal. 45-70. Standard 1873 carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, square base front sight and ladder rear sight graduated to 1,200 yards. It has an orig 1873 stock with 1873 buttplate without trap. Buttstock is not drilled under buttplate. It has high arch breech block with usual “1873” markings and a very worn 1873 lockplate. There is an old screw hole in right side of stock by trigger commensurate with screws installed by field armorers as a sear adjusting screw to lighten trigger pull for more accurate shooting. End of forearm has a rawhide lacing that replaces bbl band. Buttstock, at buttplate, has a row of brass tacks on each side and given the dark staining in that area would indicate they have been there a long time. Buttplate has soil underneath indicating possibility that it was buried at one time giving credence to premise that this was one of 7th Cavalry carbines taken by Indians after Little Big Horn and subsequently buried for a period of time before being retrieved for later use. This carbine was not tested for cartridge matches with battlefield retrieved cartridge cases as it appears the tip of firing pin is broken and such comparisons would be an exercise in futility. It is this cataloger’s opinion, after having handled a number of authentic Custer Battlefield carbines that this one has all the attributes associated with Indian used carbines from that period in history. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains with metal being a very dark brown patina with bbl having deep pitting over most of surface, again commensurate with having been buried for a period of time. Stock has a couple of cracks back of lockplate with normal nicks, dings & gouges, showing heavy wear with a very noticeable & decided depression in forestock from saddle bow wear. There are a few slivers missing around lockplate & bbl channel. Mechanics are fine, worn bore with decent rifling & heavy pitting. 4-32346 JR442 (6,000-10,000)

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2053

SIOUX WAR CLUB USED AT THE LITTLE BIG HORN. Beaded and fringed war club having a long rawhide handle and a stone head measuring over 5″ long. The entire club is over 24″ long. The lower end of the handle is wrapped with beaded buckskin with a piece of braided horsehair at the butt. This club was picked up on the battlefield by Private William O. Taylor, 7th Cavalry who helped bury the Custer dead on June 28, 1876. Taylor collected a number of artifacts that day, including arrows removed from the bodies of some of the dead soldiers, bullets and this superb example of an Plains Indian war club. After his Army service, Taylor placed his mementos in the Massachusetts Memorial Hall Museum, established in 1880, where they were exhibited for many years. The club is listed in a 1920 catalog of the museum collection. The club and the other artifacts were eventually deaccessioned and passed into other hands. This is one of the most historically important artifacts documented to have come from the Battle of the Little Big Horn. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by statements from a previous sale, a copy of Taylor’s published account of his participation of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and a machine copy of the appropriate pages of the Massachusetts Museum inventory. CONDITION: Excellent condition. 4-32364 DM165 (35,000-55,000)

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2054

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, HISTORIC & IMPORTANT SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE OF 1ST SERGEANT JOHN RYAN, CIVIL WAR VETERAN & LITTLE BIG HORN BATTLE SURVIVOR SN 39027. Cal. 45-70. This carbine is well within the Custer serial number range. As anyone who has had interest in the Custer fight at Little Big Horn will know & understand a known & documented firearm from that fight is, indeed, a very rare & desirable item. Sgt. Ryan was born Aug. 25, 1845 in West Newton, Mass. As noted in the title, Sgt. Ryan was a Civil War veteran having enlisted as a private in Company C, 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on Jan. 1, 1862 as a sixteen year old. Sgt. Ryan, with the famous 28th Massachusetts, fought in most of the major battles of the Civil War including Second Bull Run, Chantilly, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville & Gettysburg. In August 1864 he was wounded three times at the Battle of Reams Station. He remained out of action until his discharge in Dec. 1864. He reenlisted in the 61st Massachusetts Infantry and remained with them until final discharge in July 1865. Shortly after his discharge Sgt. Ryan reenlisted in the Cavalry & served an additional ten years which includes the time with Custer and the 7th Cavalry. He was finally discharged from the Army on Dec. 19, 1876, just six months after the Battle at Little Big Horn. He joined the Newton Police Dept. in 1878, became Captain in 1903 and retired in 1913. He died on Oct. 14, 1926 at age 81. Sgt. Ryan reenlisted in 7th Cavalry in Nov. 1866 and became a member of Company M under Capt. Thomas French. He was with Maj. Reno & Capt. French through the entire fight and wound up with Maj. Reno & Capt. Benteen atop the ridge above the river where they held out the balance of the first day and entire second day with many wounded & killed. After the Indians had departed from the battlefield and Gen. Terry’s troops had arrived, Sgt. Ryan was ordered to cover a portion of the battlefield to bury the dead. He states in his memoirs Ten Years with Custer, Barnard, that he personally buried Gen. George Custer and his brother, Tom. Sgt. Ryan returned with remnants of the 7th Cavalry to Fort Abraham Lincoln and remained there until his final discharge in Dec. 1876. He does not mention, and apparently there is no record, how he came to retain this carbine, but apparently he did so as it was purchased in about 1985 by Alex Acevedo from the John Ryan Family through someone named Brian Riba. A signed letter dated 8-14-04 from Alex Acevedo, on his Alexander Gallery letterhead stationery, certifies to this statement, which accompanies this lot. Also accompanying is a copy of the aforementioned Sgt. Ryan’s memoirs. The carbine in its own right, without the history, is simply outstanding. It is a standard issue 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine with 22” rnd bbl, square base front sight and 1300 yard ladder rear sight. It has a high arch breech block with standard “1873” markings and “1873” marked lockplate. Mounted in its orig 1-pc walnut stock with sgl bbl band with correct stacking swivel. Left side of stock, opposite hammer, has a sling bar & ring with a clear, crisp, oval “ESA” cartouche. Buttplate is authentic 1873 without trap and there is no hole in wood underneath. PROVENANCE: Ryan Family; Brian Reba; Alex Acevedo; James D. Julia Firearms Auction as Lot 1432, Oct. 2004 CONDITION: Bbl & band retain 80-85% strong orig blue with scattered light surface rust. Breechblock retains faded case colors with light surface rust. Lockplate retains dark orig blue with scattered light surface rust, while trigger guard & buttplate retain 60-70% orig blue with fine surface rust. Top of wrist has a very old plugged hole & there is a large scrape at left heel, otherwise wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains 75-80% orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with fine pitting in grooves. 4-32356 JR505 (25,000-40,000)

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2054A

VERY RARE & IMPORTANT LEMAN MUZZLE LOADING RIFLE FROM THE CUSTER BATTLEFIELD. Cal. About 54. This cut down Indian trade rifle, converted from flintlock has a 24-3/4″ oct bbl with dovetail homemade copper front sight & typical early fixed rear sight. Lockplate & hammer are lightly decorated and marked “LEMAN / LANCTR PA.” Mounted in a much worn & battered 1-pc walnut stock with a 2-pc brass patchbox & altered brass buttplate. Both sides of forestock have numerous tack holes where tacks have been lost & their impression nearly worn away. Entire cheekpiece area & around buttplate have numerous tack holes with five brass tacks on right side and three on left side, one of which is only partially remaining. Apparently the toe of stock was broken and buttplate simply hammered around broken area. Trigger guard area, where finger rest spur should have been, was also broken during period of use with broken ends showing great patina & wear. There is a groove around wrist with very light colored wood underneath where the wrist was wrapped with rawhide lacing. Stock is much battered & cracked with a very dark worn patina and has paper #98 on right side of wrist. This muzzle loader was apparently picked up on Custer Battlefield by Capt. Benteen or a member of his burial detail and before 1930 it was given to the famous author & Custer historian, E.A. Brininstool of Los Angeles, California. Mr. Brininstool reportedly gave or sold this rifle to Mr. Frank Latta in about 1930. Mr. Latta was also an author & ethnographer who owned the Bear State Museum in Gazos Ranch, California. Apparently this is where the numbers “98” were applied as an inventory control. A copy of the inventory of the Bear State Museum, under item #98, states the following: “A Muzzle loading gun, used in 1876 by the Indians at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. After the battle it was picked up by the burial squad. Donated to Bear State Museum by A.E. Brinenstool (sic), noted authority on the Custer Battle.” Accompanying this rifle is a packet of information which contains a 1-page memo dated Feb. 15, 1982 and signed by Jack Steed. He states that he purchased this rifle from Herbert Puffer, owner of the Folsom Indian Store, Folsom, California. Mr. Puffer, in another letter dated 1981, states that he acquired rifle from Mr. Frank Latta following the closure of the Bear State Museum in 1974. Mr. Steed, in Feb. 1982, visited Mr. Frank Latta at his nursing home with this rifle in hand. Mr. Latta identified it as the one from E.A. Brininstool and that is mentioned in the papers of Mr. Puffer associated it with Capt. Benteen. The statement is signed by Mr. Latta’s nurse, as he was partially paralyzed from a stroke, and then it was witnessed by another nurse. Also accompanied by an NRA certificate and silver medal #436 in its blue plush case with small stand-up plaque which states that this rifle received the “Ten Best Arms Award” at the 2005 Meeting of the National Rifle Association in Houston, Texas on April 17, 2005. CONDITION: As noted above, the condition is poor, with much stock damage indicative of hard Indian use prior to its being lost at the Little Big Horn. All metal is a dark brown patina with moderate rust over the bbl. Lock still functions but no longer has a safety notch. Bore has strong rifling but is dark & worn. One can speculate endlessly about the action that this rifle may have participated in but it is almost certain that it was there when Custer & his troopers rode to their destiny in June 1876 at the Little Big Horn. 4-32363 JR441 (80,000-120,000)

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2055

INDIAN LANCE. Tapered dbl edged iron spear point over 15″ long mounted in a short wooden shaft approx 7/8″ in diameter. The end of the shaft at the joint of the spear tip is wrapped in rawhide around which is tied a rawhide thong and from this is suspended a paper tag bearing the imprint of the United States Express Company. The inscription on the opposite side of the card reads “LEFT ON CUSTER’S BATTLEFIELD, USED BY INDIANS, AND PICKED UP BY CAPT. FRANK BALDWIN,…..”. Remainder of label is difficult to read. Also inscribed on the tag in a different hand is “THIS WAS CUT IN 1/2 FOR SHIPPING & OTHER END LOST”. Capt. Baldwin was a member of the 5th Inf. and was stationed at Ft. Keough, MT during the 1880s. CONDITION: Good to very good, showing great age. 4-32359 DM160 (10,000-20,000)

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2056
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Consignor notes that SN 34723 is a documented captured Carbine from Government Memo #115, dated October 1st, 1879, with a listing of guns taken back, or captured from Indians.

CUSTER ERA SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 CARBINE SN 34720. Cal. 45-70. Standard 22″ carbine bbl with high arc 1873 marked breech block with usual lock plate markings. Front sight is standard square base with 1884 style rear sight. Stock has visible ESA cartouche and circle P behind standard 2-pc trigger guard, ring and bar are intact as well as stacking swivel of front band. Standard carbine butt with undrilled stock. PROVENANCE: James D. Gordon Collection, and Michael Ward Collection CONDITION: Good plus. Bbl shows light brown patina finish with some blue mixed in with just a small amount of some pin prick pitting. Lock plate has a silver gray patina color that shows evidence of being cleaned years ago. Hammer and breech block are of the silver gray patina with a mixture of dark brown coloring and shows evidence of an aging cleaning. Stock is sound with a dark oil finish with just a few minor usual nicks and dings and a name that could be Sanchez lightly inscribed on left side of buttstock. Buttplate is a mixture of dark brown and silver patina as is the trigger guard. Action is good, and bore is bright with some light scattered pitting. 4-32350 BT136 (5,000-8,000)

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2057
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Consignor notes that SN33155 is an associated Custer Battlefield Carbine and appears in a list of guns known to have been returned to the armory, used, or picked up on the battlefield.

INDIAN USED RARE CUSTER RANGE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 33021. Cal. 45-70. Authentic standard & 1873 carbine with 22″ bbl, with square base front sight base missing blade and also missing rear sight which was apparently broken away early during period of use as the remains of screws are still in their holes and are heavily worn & polished. Breech block has the “1873” date with eagle head, crossed arrows and “US” and with an “1873” dated lockplate. Receiver is cracked in two places on left side with a hand forged band holding it together with an appropriate groove cut in wood underneath. Mounted in an orig 1873 carbine stock with carbine buttplate without trap and buttstock is not drilled underneath, although there is a small hole filled with lead. The sling bar, as is usually found on Indian used carbines, has been cut away leaving short posts that show very heavy wear. Stacking swivel is missing. Bottom of stock, just in front of trigger guard has, what appears to be, the shank of a large nail or screw that shows heavy wear with worn wood surrounding. It’s likely that this was a screw inserted to support a crack in bottom of stock. Also on right side by trigger is a complete wood screw which was inserted by an armorer to relive tension on the sear to improve accuracy. This is a practice that has been observed in other 7th Cav carbines, apparently allowed by their officers. This carbine falls exactly in the range of some of last shipments of 1873 carbines sent to 7th Cavalry prior to their departure to the Little Big Horn. It has a Type 1 breechblock, a Type 1 thumbpiece and early firing pin with beveled large striking face and shoulder for sping. It has all earmarks of an Indian-used firearm with appropriate condition. Accompanied by the orig letter from Dr. Kenneth O. Leonard where he states “the Indian used 45-70 was a gun from Sitting Bull’s land. I can’t prove they got it from the Little Big Horn, but it is from that area. All that Judge Zahn stuff went together.” Signed “Kenneth O. Leonard”. PROVENANCE: Ralph Heinz Collection. CONDITION: Fair. No orig finish remains with metal being a smooth worn silver/brown patina with deep scratches about mid-point around bbl commensurate with twisting wire fences to break it. There are numerous small hammer marks on breech block and on top of bbl in front of band. Stock has cracks on both sides and on bottom in front of trigger guard and shows heavy wear with a slight depression from being carried over a saddle bow. It has numerous small nicks & scratches and retains a fine hand worn patina. End of hinge pin is broken away and breech block is loose, otherwise mechanics are functioning. Worn, dark bore. 4-32344 JR440 (5,000-10,000)

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2058
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Consignor notes that SN 33155 is a documented captured Carbine from Government Memo #115, dated October 1st, 1879, with a listing of guns taken back, or captured from Indians.

MODEL 1873 SPRINGFIELD CARBINE. SN 33215. First Model carb. exhibiting early features incl. a high arch breechblock marked “MODEL 1873” with an eagle head, crossed arrows and “US”. It has the first style hammer with cross hatched knurling, lockplate marked “US SPRINGFIELD 1873” with an eagle, and a plain buttplate marked “US” on the tang. The rear sight, attached with what appear to be undisturbed slotless screws, has steps to 500 yds marked on the right side and up to 1200 yds on the ladder. The front sight is the early 1-pc style, having a blade with a bevel on the rear end. The stock has a short comb and a long wrist, typical of early trapdoor carbines. Although there are no tacks remaining in the stock, it bears considerable evidence that they were once present. There are two parallel rows of small nail holes at the top of the wrist extending to front of the comb, another row beneath the lockplate and two just behind the bbl band. CONDITION: Metal is overall smooth gray with no orig finish. Minor staining and very light pitting in some areas. Carbine is mechanically very good and markings are clear. Bore is dark with signs of rifling. Arm of the hinge pin is broken off. Bbl band is missing the stacking swivel but is the early style having a small “U”. Stock is cracked in two places at the wrist and a pc of wood approx 1″ x 1″ is missing from the top of the wrist. Rest of the stock however shows only normal wear and use with minor nicks and dents over much of the surface. Final proof mark (circle P) is faintly visible on the underside of the stock just to the rear of the triggerguard plate. Deep gouge on the right side immediately to the rear of the bbl band. 4-32352 DM115 (4,000-7,000)

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2059

RARE CUSTER RANGE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE SN 39786. Cal. 45-70. Standard 73 carbine with 22” rnd bbl, square base front sight with a replacement blade and standard orig 1,300 yard ladder rear sight. It has high arch breech block with usual markings and an “1873” dated lockplate, with 1873 buttplate without trap and stock is not drilled underneath. Bbl band has correct stacking swivel and on left side, opposite lockplate, is a sling bar & ring. On bottom right side of stock, by trigger, is an old screw hole where field armorers would insert a wood screw to relieve tension on sear for lighter trigger pull to increase accuracy. There have been a number of these screws observed in identified 7th Cavalry carbines. Apparently this was a practice allowed by the officers of that command. Left side of stock has a series of small squarish dots, one of which forms the number “7” and it appears that another is either an “L” or a “C”. Right side of butt has a crudely carved “X”, possibly an Indian decoration. Right side at buttplate is somewhat charred. Bottom of forestock has a light depression from saddle bow wear. PROVENANCE: James D. Gordon Collection; Little John’s Auction, May 1998, Lot 244 CONDITION: Fair to good. Traces of finish retained only in most sheltered areas with majority being a thin, smooth light brown patina, having scattered spots of rust. Stock has a hairline back of lockplate showing very heavy wear with a more recent cleaning and appears to have been coarse sanded in distant past. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. 4-32351 JR506 (5,000-8,000)

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2060

SCARCE CUSTER RANGE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE SN 22727. Cal. 45-70. Standard carbine with 22” rnd bbl, square base front sight and 1,300 yard ladder rear sight. It has std 1873 breech block & lockplate markings and is mounted in a replacement buttstock with trap in buttplate and a hole in stock. It has the 9” comb with long wrist but has the later buttplate modification. On both sides of butt, near buttplate, are some faint scratched decorations that may be Indian symbols or decorative designs. There is a sling bar & ring on left side opposite lockplate and it has a 2-pc trigger guard with sgl band and stacking swivel. This carbine falls well within the Custer range and certainly could have been with the 7th Cavalry on that fateful day at the Little Big Horn. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains being a smooth dark patina with light areas around rear sight and a few spots of pitting toward muzzle. Breech block & lockplate are a light gray/brown patina mixed with dark case colors. Hammer is a dark patina. Stock has a crack in front of sling bar base and a very old large chip at left heel with old gouges & dings, otherwise wood is sound and shows heavy wear with a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong worn bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-32348 JR518 (3,500-5,500)

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2061

AUTHENTIC INDIAN RELICS FROM THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIGHORN One lot of 3 relics consisting of an iron wire bracelet measuring approx 2-3/4″ in diameter, an iron arrowhead measuring approx 2-1/2″ long and another iron arrowhead measuring approx 2-1/8″ long. The second lot is composed of two .45-55 carbine cartridge cases, two .50-70 cartridge cases, one .44 Henry case,one .56 Spencer case, two staples and an iron ring from a McClellan saddle, one iron ring, two frame buckles, an iron tack from a McClellan saddle, a horseshoe nail, a large iron buckle frame, two .45-405 gr, and one .45-500 gr rifle bullet. These objects are alleged to have been recovered from near the Reno-Benteen defense site by the late Rex Thrower, a former resident of Columbus, MT who grew up near the battlefield. This entire lot is accompanied by a letter of authentication signed by Mr. Thrower in 1992. CONDITION: The bracelet is in heavily rusted condition as one might expect from its having been in the ground for more than a century. The surface of the smaller arrowhead exhibits rather heavy surface rust and pitting but is complete with its shank by which it was attached to the arrow shaft. The larger point is in somewhat better condition showing heavy aged patina. The remainder of the artifacts have surface corrosion and rust consistent with material that has been buried or lying on the ground surface for many years. 4-32400 DM14 (1,200-3,000)

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2062

ARTIFACTS PICKED UP AT CUSTER BATTLE FIELD. Lot consists of four .45-55 inside primed cartridge cases found on the battle field in 1931. These are accompanied by two handwritten notes attesting to their recovery by A.P. Proctor. Included with this lot is a piece of buffalo horn also recovered from the battle field by Proctor in 1914 according to an attached tag. CONDITION: Cartridge cases are corroded commensurate with having been in or on the ground for a long time. Buffalo horn is rather badly deteriorated and showing great age. 4-32398 DM58 (1,000-2,000)

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2063

HAND FORGED IRON ARROWHEAD Overall length is approx 3-5/8″ probably representing an arrow used for hunting large game or for warfare. Appears to be of Plains Indian origin. CONDITION: Arrowhead appears to have been in or on the ground for sometime. One side is rather heavily rusted and pitted while the other has a deep age brown appearance with moderate rusting. 4-32403 DM15 (400-800)

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2064

THREE CUSTER BATTLE CARTRIDGE CASES Group consists of one .50-70 Martin primed cartridge case, and two .45-55 Benet primed carbine cartridge cases believed to have been recovered from the Little Bighorn battlefield. CONDITION: .50-70 case is in remarkably good condition, still retaining its original form. .45-55 cases are heavily corroded and are slightly deformed but otherwise are in good artifact condition. 4-32404 DM19 (900-1,500)

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2065

GROUP OF ITEMS FROM MARGARET CUSTER CALHOUN. Group consists of a small leather coin purse measuring approx 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4 “, a gold love token measuring approx 9/16″ in diameter, and a photograph alleged to be that of Elizabeth Custer. The photograph is contained in a red leatherette case measuring approx 2-1/2” square. Margaret Custer, sister of George A. Custer, was married to Lt. James Calhoun, 7th Cavalry, killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, June 25, 1876. Margaret Calhoun represents a particularly tragic figure as she lost in the battle not only her husband but three brothers and a nephew as well. CONDITION: The purse is in good condition, the leather still pliable. The gold token appears to be in near excellent condition. The glass covered photographic image appears fairly clear, and the case is in fair or better condition with some deterioration of the covering material. 4-32396 DM18 (1,000-2,000)

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2066

ARTIFACTS FROM THE ROSEBUD BATTLEFIELD JUNE 17, 1876. Two trays of artifacts consisting of four .45-70 cartridge cases, one .50-70 cartridge case, three loaded .45-70 cartridges, three .44 Henry cartridge cases, and iron arrowhead, two .50-70 fired bullets, one fired .44 cal.ball, and one iron horseshoe recovered from the Rosebud battlefield in Montana. The same Sioux & Cheyenne Indians who repulsed Gen. George Crook at the Rosebud, also defeated Custer a week later. Also included in the lot are one .44 Henry cartridge case found at the scene of the skirmish at Prairie Dog Creek and two eagle buttons recovered from Ft. Shaw. This lot is accompanied by Certificates of Authenticity signed by the finder giving the specific locations of their recovery. CONDITION: All of these artifacts exhibit rust and corrosion consistent with material that has been in or on the ground for many years. 4-32399 DM20 (500-1,000)

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2067

GROUP OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD. Lot consists of one iron mule shoe, iron spoon handle, iron spoon bowl, a small sized 1854-pattern army eagle button, and what appears to be one part of a percussion cap tin. These artifacts were recovered from Reno’s 2nd position in the valley and are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the finder. CONDITION: All of the objects are in a heavily rusted condition typical of material having been in the ground for many years. 4-32401 DM17 (500-1,500)

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2067A

LITTLE BIG HORN ARTIFACTS. Three spent .45-55 cartridge cases, two .45-405 gr. bullets, one .45-500 gr. bullet, one seated Liberty dime with unreadable date, and two large copper cents dated 1845 and 1846 respectively, recovered from the site of Reno’s fight on the Little Big Horn battlefield. Included with this lot are two 1854 pattern eagle buttons and three 31 cal Thuer cartridges. PROVENANCE: Battlefield artifacts are accompanied by two letters attesting to their authenticity. CONDITION: Thuer cartridges are near excellent, while the artifacts are corroded and dirty from having been in the soil for many years. 4-32402,4-32413 DM109 (750-2,000)

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2068

CUSTER BATTLE SPUR. Regulation pattern 1872 brass cav. spur found on the site of Reno’s fight in the valley as attested by noted authority Glen Swanson in 1998. The left hand branch is broken and is missing the loop for the spur strap , which probably accounts for the soldier losing the spur. The rest is complete and intact including the small steel rowel. Mr. Swanson recovered this spur from the area of Reno’s second position in the timber prior to the retreat to the bluffs across the river. This is an unquestionably authentic Little Big Horn relic. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by a signed statement from the finder of the spur, Glen Swanson, as well as a letter signed by a Federal special agent verifying that the artifact was obtained legally on private property. CONDITION: Surface of the spur has dark smooth patina overall. Rowel is rusted and fixed in place. End of the left branch, as mentioned previously, is broken off and missing. 4-32410 DM151 (6,000-10,000)

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2069
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Consignor notes that this exact item was purchased from noted Custer historian Dick Harmon.

SHOTGUN STOCK FOUND ON CUSTER BATTLEFIELD. This dbl bbl shotgun stock, complete with its orig locks, triggerguard, buttplate and part of the tang, were found on the Little Big Horn battlefield by the grandfather of local rancher, Torrey B. Johnson, in 1883. Willis Spear crossed the battlefield while driving cattle in 1883 and found numerous artifacts including two complete rifles which were forensically matched to cartridges cases archaeologically recovered from the battlefield during the 1980s. Spear also found parts of four dbl bbled shotguns at the same time, this being one of them. The gun was actually broken by a hard blow at the mid-point which tore the stock from the receiver, leaving only the portion represented here. It is known that Indians often used shotguns captured from whites on the plains. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by a written statement from Mr. Johnson attesting to his grandfather’s discovery of the relic on the battlefield and its long possession by his descendants. Included also is as well as an additional letter from Dick Harmon, a firearms authority in Lincoln, Nebraska, who was personally involved with the battlefield archeology. CONDITION: Entire pc exhibits surface rusting and great age and appears to have been exposed to the elements for some time. 4-32407 DM163 (6,000-9,000)

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2070

RARE EXCAVATED INDIAN USED COLT 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER ASSOCIATED WITH CUSTER’S BATTLE AT LITTLE BIG HORN. SN 168886. Cal. 44. Fine relic condition ’60 Army that is still fully loaded, including caps on nipples. It has usual 8″ rnd bbl with brass trigger guard & iron backstrap and 1-pc walnut grip that has five early brass tacks on left side and one complete brass tack on right side with two square pins from other brass tacks. Both sides of grip are lightly carved with right side having burnt file decorations and a 5-pointed star that has been previously associated with Northern Cheyenne owned firearms. Accompanied by a letter dated 5/4/94 to Pennie Goodman of Pineville, Missouri from Bernard Wood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a follow-up to the sale of this revolver. Mr. Wood states that this revolver came from the estate of Charles P. Werms of Milwaukee and had been in his collection for many years. Mr. Werms reportedly told Mr. Wood that he had purchased it from an antique store in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where it had been obtained from a gentleman who ran a general store & grocery store around Busby, Montana in the early 1950’s. He states that the Indian residents of Crow Reservation & Cheyenne Reservation frequently traded with him and he had obtained this revolver in the 1920’s. The Indian who brought it in to him “got it from the grave of one of his ancestors who was buried in the Big Horn Canyon after the Custer fight”. Mr. Wood states he believes this fellow was from the Cheyenne reservation. He goes on to explain that the Big Horn Canyon was where some of the Indian participants of the Custer Fight retreated to rest up for a while and some of their dead were buried there. Big Horn Canyon today is under about 70 feet of water from Yellowtail Dam. Also accompanied by what appears to be a page from Indian Guns, Spears & Shields of our American Frontier, John Baldwin which lists & pictures this same Colt as item #258. CONDITION: Typical relic with heavy dark brown rust patina with heavy pitting on left side of cylinder, frame & rear area of top of bbl, with other heavy pitting on rammer handle. Rammer latch is missing and has been missing likely from before it was buried. Trigger guard has a blackish brass patina, thinned to a dark mustard patina on trigger bow & front strap. Grip has a crack through one of tack pins and has chipped toes and shows heavy wear with a dark patina. This revolver is not functioning and no attempt was made to operate any of movable parts or to remove any of the encrusted soil. 4-32335 JR358 (7,500-17,500)

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2071

VERY CRUDELY MADE BELT KNIFE ATTRIBUTED TO PAWNEE INDIAN SCOUT, SAID TO HAVE SCOUTED FOR GENERAL CUSTER. The knife has an overall length of approx 11-1/4″ and was made from a common file. The blade portion measures approx 6″ long and is separated from the grip by iron horn-shaped upper and lower guards. The width of the blade is inconsistent but averages approx 1″, tapering to a Bowie-like point. The handle is enclosed within a single piece of leather hand stitched around the lower and butt edges. The scabbard is formed from a single piece of leather the lower portion of which is folded over and stitched along the outer edge to form the sheath. The belt attachment consists simply of two slots approx 1″ long through which the belt was passed. The knife is accompanied by an old 2-1/4″ x 4″ card bearing the inscription, “SCALPING KNIFE THAT BELONG [SIC] TO THE PAWNEE SCOUT TEHAHOOTOO SCOUTED FOR CUSTER”. CONDITION: Knife exhibits great age and moderate usage. Guard area shows rather heavy rust and surface pitting, while the remainder of the blade exhibits light pitting and rust spots. Leather handle is in good condition with surface scuffing and a smooth aged appearance. Scabbard is also in generally good condition and the stitching is tight except for one small area approx 1″ long at the curve. 4-32405 DM12 (800-1,500)

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2072

INDIAN KNIFE FROM CUSTER BATTLEFIELD. Very crudely made belt knife fabricated from a large wood rasp. The knife has the remains of what appear to be grips made of heavy leather riveted to the shank. During the process of manufacture the rasp was obviously heated and bent to form a curved skinning type blade. PROVENANCE: The knife is accompanied by written statements from Flossie Rockroads attesting to the use of the knife by one of her ancestors in the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. The documentation also includes a series of letters tracing the ownership of the knife from the Roackroads family up to the present consignor. CONDITION: Knife shows very great age having moderate surface rust and pitting overall. Grips are in a near petrified condition and are deteriorated and broken around the edges. 4-32406 DM164 (2,000-5,000)

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2073
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information)Please Note: This knife was part of a famous old collection the Mr. and Mrs. Don C. Foote Collection of Billings Montana and years ago. When the Footes were alive, was part of their large and extensive collection of Western Memorabilia & Rare Custer Battlefield Items. The Foote’s had an extensive collection of Custer and Little Big Horn Battle objects that had been collected throughout the earlier part of the20th Century. Portions of their collection, including this knife were part of a special exhibition titled “Treasures of the West” and displayed on the Montana Territorial Centennial Train World’s Fair Exhibit. A special colour pamphlet was prepared with many of the exhibition cases illustrated. This exact knife is pictures in one of these photos and the original old typewritten display tag, exhibited with the knife, accompanies this lot (also a photocopy of the entire pamphlet).

SCALPING KNIFE FROM THE CUSTER BATTLE. Small unmarked butcher type knife having a blade approx 3-1/2″ long and an overall length of 7-1/2″. The blade has been shortened and ground down to a width of less than 3/8″ tapering to a point typical of Indian knives used for scalping. It has a 2-pc wooden grip attached by three brass rivets. This knife is alleged to have been used at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. CONDITION: Good condition. 4-32409 DM161 (500-1,200)

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2074

RELIC KNIFE BLADE FROM SITTING BULL’S CAMP. Heavily rusted trade knife lacking the wood grips it would have had originally but is the full length including shank and blade. Measures approx 7-3/4″ long and has two holes in the shank indicating rivet placement for the grips. The knife appears to have been used and sharpened many times prior to its loss. Interestingly the blade is ground along only one edge, typical of Indian knives. This artifact is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Jason Pitsch who recovered the knife blade from his family farm land in 1993. The Pitsch property encompassed much of the Reno battlefield and the Sioux camp, including the Hunkpapa circle occupied by Sitting Bull’s people. CONDITION: Heavily rusted and pitted but comparably good condition for its age. 4-32411 DM162 (1,500-3,000)

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2075

LITTLE BIG HORN PIPE TOMAHAWK. Very fine example of a Plains Indian trade tomahawk having a massive iron head measuring approx 8-3/4″ long and a cutting edge almost 4″ wide. Above the haft loop is a pipe bowl. The wooden haft measures approx 21″ long and is drilled with a hole, probably intended for a rawhide wrist thong. Accompanying the ax is an old tag stating that this item was found on the Little Big Horn Battlefield shortly after the battle and further traces its subsequent ownership. Unusually rare and fine conditioned Indian artifact. PROVENANCE: As stated in description, accompanied by an old paper tags and letters relating to the history of the piece. CONDITION: Very good to excellent. 4-32361 DM166 (20,000-30,000)

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2076
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Please Note: Omitted form the description is the fact that this exact Tomahawk was previously displayed in the Don C. and Stella Foote Museum near Billings, MT and was pictured in their pamphlet “Treasures of the West”, and in that pamphlet is specifically identified as Indian items from the Custer Battlefield. Included with the Tomahawk is the original, typed ID tag that was displayed with the item while on display at the Museum.

PLAINS INDIANS PIPE TOMAHAWK. Traditional trade style iron axehead approx 8″ in length with a cutting edge approx 2-1/2″ wide, and a pipe bowl approx 1″ in diameter above the haft, although the handle does not appear to be drilled to actually function as a pipe. The haft itself measures almost 16″ in length and has a fringed rawhide covering over approx 7″ of the lower portion. The handle is decorated over much of its surface with roundhead brass tacks. CONDITION: Overall very good condition 4-32365 DM28 (3,000-5,000)

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2077
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Please Note: Not only was this knife and sheath displayed in the Foote Museum, it was specifically grouped with those items that were picked up off Custer Battlefield. The lot also includes the original, typed ID tag that was displayed with the knife while on display at the Museum.

IMPRESSIVE PLAINS INDIAN KNIFE AND SHEATH. Large Indian style knife nearly 15″ long with heavy blade measuring over 9″ in length, and 1-5/8″ wide. Unusual guard is composed of a piece of iron with a forward roll. Handle is covered with rawhide hand sewn along the bottom. extending from the pommel is a rawhide wrist strap. The pommel itself is decorated with three roundhead brass tacks. The scabbard, measuring approx 3-1/2″ wide x 13″ long is fabricated from a single piece of heavy leather, folded on itself and tacked with dozens of roundhead brass tacks. Midway along the length of the scabbard is a belt slot approx 2-1/2″ long which is reinforced by an additional piece of leather stitched in place by rawhide. This knife was previously displayed in the Don C. and Stella Foote Museum near Billings, MT, and is pictured in their pamphlet “TREASURES OF THE WEST”. CONDITION: The knife shows considerable use with scarring on both sides of the blade, and marks on the back of the blade where it has been hammered. The rawhide covering on the handle is complete and intact as is the wrist strap. The guard is loose but appears to have been made that way. The scabbard is in overall good condition and is missing only a few of the tacks. 4-32362 DM29 (7,000-12,000)

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2077A

LOT OF INDIAN SCOUT MATERIAL. 1) Coin silver badge marked “U.S. INDIAN SCOUT” with crossed arrows. The back is marked “COIN SILVER” and has a hinged pin and clasp. 2) Red and white worsted hat cord. 3) Tray containing a white metal crossed arrows insignia bearing “USS” with a crude pin back and five brass buttons measuring approx 7/8″ diameter bearing “US INDIAN SERVICE” with an eagle. The buttons are back marked “WATERBURY’S INC. CONN.” CONDITION: Badge is near excellent with only slight tarnishing and surface wear. Hat cord exhibits moderate wear but is very good overall. Scout insignia and buttons show moderate wear and tarnish. 4-32416,4-32424 DM109 (200-400)

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2077B

RARE UTAH INDIAN WAR MEDAL “PRESENTED BY THE STATE OF UTAH TO NILES HANSEN”. Only three states are known to have issued campaign badges to recognize their veterans of the frontier era (Utah, Nebraska, and Minnesota). The upper bar forming the pin bears the likeness of an Indian wearing a war bonnet and is dated “1850-1872”. The copper alloy planchet, approx 1-3/4″ in diameter, bears the inscription “UTAH INDIAN WAR VETERAN” along with a spread eagle, cross flags, and shield marked “INDUSTRY 1847”. CONDITION: The medal is in overall near excellent condition with only slight soiling and minor wear to the ribbon. 4-32432 DM13 (2,000-4,000)

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2077C

INDIAN SCOUT DISCHARGE PAPER. Incredibly rare discharge certificate naming “PLANTS BY THE WATER” as being discharged at Ft. Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory in 1875 after six months service with the Army. Importantly the discharge is signed by Capt. Thomas B. Weir, 7th Cav. The document is also signed twice by Lt James Calhoun who commanded the Indian detachment. Both officers were participants of the Battle of the Little Big Horn and Calhoun was killed with Custer’s battalion. Included is a statement from Alexander Autographs, Inc. of Cos Cob, CT. CONDITION: Very good but weak in the folds, completely legible. 4-32446 DM154 (6,000-10,000)

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2077D
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Correction) The description should read that the item is of the 19th Century, not the 9th Century.

INDIAN SCOUT’S RED WOOL SHIRT 9th C. red wool shirt fitted with 14 standard issue brass military buttons. The shirt with bib-type frontlet at top also fitted with 2 silver Indian scout crossed arrow insignia on the tip of both collars. Insignia has been on the collars for some time and there is some light silver tarnish staining on the underside of the insignia. The military issued brass buttons have all been restitched on to the uniform with modern thread, and each of the eye holes of the buttons have been restitched with modern thread. Otherwise this shirts general construction is appropriate 19th C. construction. Consignor purchased this some years back from a dealer who dealt in Indian Wars material and who represented this as an Indian scout’s shirt. However we have been unable to find a military issued shirt with scouts conforming to this particular look. Its color and form are striking, and the shirt itself and most of its components are definitely 19th C. SIZE: Men’s medium to large CONDITION: Condition: Shirt generally has a very appealing condition. Couple of scattered spots of mothing and at one time some damage on the shirt was restitched with modern thread, mostly relegated to one sleeve, and the right side of the front of the shirt. At the same time a reinforced strip of cotton cloth was added to the back of some of the eye holes. While the color is bright and strong, it is slightly mottled. 4-32419 JJ295 (1,500-3,500)

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2078

1880’S MILITIA JACKET. Short shell style jacket made from fine quality dark blue wool with red faced collar. Each cuff is faced with an additional layer of dark blue wool and there are two front pockets at the waist, at either side are belt support loops buttoning to the body of the jacket. On each shoulder is a strap of dark blue cloth fastened with a small eagle button. Jacket is fully lined in dark green sateen with natural drilling lining in the sleeves. Jacket has First Sergeant chevrons made of red cloth faced with stripes of fancy white woven cloth. The jacket is closed with 13, 1883 pattern eagle buttons. It is the consignor’s opinion that this was used as a scout’s jacket because of the red collar and the white & red chevrons. CONDITION: Jacket is in very good or better condition with only a few slight repairs and minor damage to one of the belt support loops. 4-32423 DM38 (1,500-3,500)

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2079

FLASHY PATTERN 1885 U.S. CAVALRY DRESS COAT. Body made of dark blue wool cloth and faced around the collar, shoulder straps and cuffs with bright yellow wool. The tails of the coat are also trimmed with yellow as are openings at the sides of the skirt. It has nine large 1883 pattern eagle buttons down the front and three small eagle buttons on each cuff. The inside has body and sleeve lining of buff colored cotton while the skirt is lined with cotton sateen that has faded to an olive green color. The coat has one inside pocket on the inside of the chest and is marked on the sleeve lining “INSPD 1889”. Attached to the coat is what we believe to be a replica cavalry breast cord. These dress coats were worn by all cavalry troopers for full dress parades, inspections and often for guard duty. CONDITION: Coat is in near excellent condition with only one area of slight mothing on the right skirt and tears in the lining of the right sleeve. Also a 1/4″ moth hole on the facing inside the right front opening and there is a damaged area approx 1/2″ long on the facing around the rear vent. 4-32521 DM51 (700-1,500)

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2080

INDIAN WARS FIVE BUTTON FATIGUE BLOUSE. Standard pattern blouse ca. 1890 pattern made of dark blue wool with five-button front. There are three buttons on each cuff. The inside has two breast pockets, one on either side, and is lined with blue-gray twill woolen material. The sleeves are lined with natural muslin. On each cuff are three 1883 pattern eagle buttons. Both sleeves bears inspector stamps from the Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot. On the points of the collar are two silver marksman buttons 3/4″ square with bullseye. CONDITION: Condition is near excellent except for a 4″ repair on the left sleeve and very slight moth damage here and there. Blouse retains four 1854 pattern federal eagle buttons at the front, the one at the neck missing. 4-32523 DM41 (500-1,500)

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2081

CAVALRY OFFICER’S BLOUSE. Five button blouse made of dark blue wool with falling collar and lined with medium blue wool. Blouse has cavalry Captain shoulder straps on each shoulder with silver Captain bars on yellow woolen field surrounded by brass false embroidered border. The jacket is closed with five large 1883 pattern officers buttons bearing a “C” on a shield. Each cuff also has three cavalry officers buttons. CONDITION: Blouse is in near excellent condition throughout, the only significant damage being a small (approx 1″ long) cut on the underside of the right sleeve. 4-32522 DM42 (500-1,500)

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2082

INDIAN WARS OFFICERS FATIGUE BLOUSE Non-regulation officer’s blouse made of dark blue wool flannel with a short standing collar approx 1-1/8″ high. Down the front is a sgl row of seven federal staff officer’s buttons. Each cuff has two buttons. Sewn to the shoulders are Lt. Col. of Cav. shoulder straps. The blouse has no lining or pockets. CONDITION: Overall near excellent with only three or four tiny moth holes. 4-32525 DM119 (400-1,000)

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2083

INDIAN WARS U.S. CAVALRY OVERCOAT. Extremely heavy garment made of medium blue wool jersey with matching cape lined with bright yellow flannel. The coat has a dbl-breasted front with two rows of six 1883-style eagle buttons. The detachable cape extending to the cuffs is closed with seven eagle buttons. The coat has a wide falling collar which could be turned up to protect the neck. The body of the coat is fully lined to the bottom edge of the skirt with dark blue flannel while the sleeves are lined with natural colored cotton fabric. CONDITION: Coat is excellent throughout with no apparent moth or other damage and retains all of the buttons and cape hooks. 4-32516 DM55 (1,500-3,000)

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2084

EXTREMELY NICE CIVIL WAR CAVALRY SHELL JACKET. Made of dark blue wool and trimmed around the collar, along the front opening, and on the back seams with yellow worsted tape. The cuffs also have an inverted “V” of the same color trim. Down the front are twelve small federal eagle buttons with two on each side of the high standing collar. The body of the jacket is lined with heavy gray-brown woolen fabric and the sleeves are lined with muslin. Inside the right sleeve is a U.S. inspectors mark in black ink. The jacket retains both of the padded bolsters at the bottom of the rear seams for supporting the saber belt. CONDITION: A rare coat in near excellent condition throughout retaining all of its proper buttons and a hook and eye at the neck opening. Lining is separated, but not torn, along one of the seams where it connects with the right sleeve lining as is the seam at the middle of the back. Could be easily repaired. 4-32524 DM52 (500-2,000)

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2085

OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF 1879 PATTERN OFFICER’S DRESS COAT. This plain coat is made of extremely high quality dark blue broadcloth with a collar of matching black broadcloth. It is dbl breasted with nine federal pattern staff officer’s buttons in each row. The cuffs have three buttons each. There are four matching staff buttons on the rear skirt. The chest area of the coat is heavily padded and quilted to enhance the form. It also has one inside breast pocket and two concealed pockets at the skirt. The body and skirts are lined with twilled brown sateen cloth while the sleeves are lined with fancy red and white striped sateen. All of the nickel-plated attachments for the shoulder knots are present. CONDITION: Overall near excellent condition inside and out. 4-32520 DM40 (500-1,500)

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2086
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Correction)PLease Note: Image in printed catalogue is reversed with Lot #2088. There is no stain on this coat.

POST CIVIL WAR FROCK COAT Long officer’s frock coat made of fine black broadcloth with standing collar approx 1-1/4″ high. The sgl breasted front is closed with nine 1883 pattern general service buttons (1 missing). There are no buttons on either cuff but there are four enlisted eagle buttons on the tails. There are two concealed pockets on the skirt, one on either side of the split in the rear. There are two inside pockets, one in the left breast and another below at the waist. The body and skirts of the coat are lined with black cotton sateen while the sleeves are lined with black and white striped cotton. There are attachments on the shoulders for dress shoulder knots. CONDITION: Very good overall with a small area of red stain on the left front near the waist and a small frayed area on the edge of the right cuff. 4-32519 DM119 (500-1,500)

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2087

INDIAN WAR OFFICER’S DRESS COAT. 1872 pattern frock coat made of extremely fine quality dark blue wool with short standing collar. Coat is dbl breasted with two rows of New York State eagle buttons. The shoulder knot attachments are partially intact. Each cuff has three vertical herringbones of 1/4″ wide gold lace per Army regulations. Also on each cuff are three small eagle buttons. The coat is fully lined with brownish fabric in the body and off-white sateen in the sleeves. The skirts have two concealed pockets, one on each side of the rear vent. In the neck is a label reading “Boylan & Co. New York”. CONDITION: Overall good with one repaired area at the left arm pit. Coat also exhibits minor moth damage in a few areas, particularly along the bottom edge of the skirt and at the rear of the waist area. Lining, although present, is in generally poor condition. 4-32518 DM39 (500-1,500)

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2088
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Correction)Image in printed catalogue is reversed with lot #2086.

FINE OFFICER’S FROCK COAT A frock made of extremely fine black broadcloth with standing collar and single breasted front with nine federal staff officer’s buttons (1 missing). Coat has high quality Second Lt of Cav. shoulder straps. Coat is lined with dark green sateen in the body and in the sleeves with blue and white striped cotton. The collar is lined throughout with black velvet. The cuffs each have three staff eagle buttons (1 missing) and there are four on the tails. There is a concealed pocket on either side of the vent in the rear and there is one pocket inside the left breast. CONDITION: Overall near excellent, missing only one button on the front and one from the left cuff. 4-32517 DM119 (300-1,000)

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2089

UNIQUE BUFFALO HIDE FRONTIER ARMY JACKET. This hand-sewn jacket is made of heavy dressed leather and made on the basic pattern of an Army fatigue blouse. It has a short roll-over collar and seven eagle buttons down the front. It has three outside pockets; one on the chest and two at the waist, one on either side. There is no lining in either the body or the sleeves. This is the kind of jacket that might have been purchased or custom made for an officer on the frontier for campaign use. This jacket has a great deal of frontier character. CONDITION: TJacket is in near excellent condition showing only signs of normal use and soiling. There is a rust stain on the right pocket along with some minor white stains that may be paint. 4-32421 DM43 (2,500-4,000)

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2090
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Correction) Description states “a non-Indian made shirt”. Description should read “A period leather shirt.

SOUTHWEST FRINGED LEATHER SHIRT. A non-Indian made shirt, possibly of Elk hide, with a raw edged neck opening surrounded front and rear with a fringed bib. Adorned in front with a silver star at the lower end and at the rear with a silver star as well as what appear to be nickel silver buttons. The sleeves are fringed around the shoulders and along the bottom seams. The sides of the shirt are open from the sleeves to the bottom. The lower edge of the shirt, above the fringes, is adorned with nickel silver buttons on the front and rear. The back side, at the lower corners, also has two silver stars approx 1-1/2″ in diameter. CONDITION: Very good condition overall showing only signs of normal wear and soiling. 4-32420 DM47 (1,000-2,500)

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2091

ULTRA RARE 1876 PATTERN US ARMY CAMPAIGN HAT. Adopted in 1876, this black felt hat became symbolic of the Army on the western frontier and today is one of the most highly prized pcs of military headgear. It has a brim measuring approx 2-3/4″ wide with the edge turned and sewn with two rows of stitching. The crown measures approx 6″ high. There are metal vents in the left and right sides of the crown. This hat comes complete with an 1858 worsted Cav. hat cord and brass 1872 crossed sabers surmounted by a number “7”. Frontier troops wore the 1876 hat for field duty well into the mid-1880s. CONDITION: Overall good condition with a short (approx 1/8″) break at the left edge of the brim and two holes in the top of the crown. One of the orig Bracher’s patent ventilators is intact while the other has been replaced with a stamped japanned brass ventilator, probably of more recent origin. Although the 1/2″ wide black silk ribbon is intact around the crown, the sweatband inside is missing. Top of the crown has a faint illegible maker’s label. 4-32542 DM46 (5,000-10,000)

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2092

SUPER EXAMPLE OF A CAVALRY HARDEE HAT. Standard black felt 1858 pattern dress, sometimes called a Hardee hat, with a square top 6″ crown and 3″ wide brim. It has two rows of stitching around the brim. It is adorned with a yellow worsted cord, brass crossed sabers, the Company letter “G”, and a “1” for 1st Cav. At the left side is an ostrich feather plume bearing a VT State button at the attachment point. The right side of the brim is fastened up against the crown with a stamped brass federal eagle coat of arms. The hat retains the orig maker’s label in the top, reading “U.S. ARMY EXTRA MANUFACTURE 3”. The orig 2-1/4″ wide sweatband is intact. This is an extremely rare and desirable hat on today’s market and was worn by cavalry troops before and during the Civil War, as well as afterwards on the western frontier. CONDITION: Hat is near excellent and is complete even down to the narrow black ribbon surrounding the base of the crown. There is only one small (1-1/2″ long) glued repair to the front edge of the brim. 4-32544 DM45 (3,000-8,000)

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2093

CAVALRY OFFICER’S CAMPAIGN HAT. Black felt hat with extremely wide 4″ unbound brim. Around the base of the crown, approx 5″ tall, is a black ribbon approx 1/4″ wide. On the front of the hat is a small false embroidered crossed saber insignia approx 2″ wide and the letter “A”. It also has an officer’s gold bullion mixed with black hat cord. CONDITION: Overall good condition but lacks a sweat band. An approx 3/4″ diameter hole at the top front of the crown. 4-32541 DM53 (4,000-7,000)

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2094

REGULATION 1889 PATTERN CAVALRY OFFICER’S CAMPAIGN HAT. This is an excellent example of the hat authorized for officers in either black or drab colored felt. It has a crown approx 6″ tall, creased for and aft, and a brim approx 2-3/4″ wide stitched with three rows of stitching. On either side of the crown are perforated vents in the shape of a 10-pt star or snowflake. On the front of the hat is a gold embroidered cavalry officer’s insignia woven on a black woolen oval base measuring approx 2-1/4″ by 3-3/4″. It also retains a black and gold officer’s hat cord. There is an illegible maker’s mark embossed on the brown leather sweat band. CONDITION: Hat is near excellent overall with only some slight wear to the hat cord and a few minor breaks in the sweat band. 4-32543 DM54 (1,500-4,000)

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2095

1889 PATTERN CAMPAIGN HAT. This is a regulation campaign hat adopted by the Army in 1889 and used through the early 1900s. Made of drab felt, it has a brim measuring approx 3″ wide, the crown is approx 5″ tall. The brim has 3 parallel row of stitching to reinforce the edge. The drab ribbon surrounding the base of the crown measures approx 9/16″ wide. Each side of the crown is perforated by tiny holes in the shape of a ten point star. The leather sweat band measuring approx 2″ wide is embossed with “MORGAN, PURL AND MORRIS, DETROIT, MICH”. On the opposite side of the sweat band is a faint ink inscription which appears to be a name and other information that might be deciphered. The front of the brim is pinned to the crown with a small crossed sabers (ca. 1907) with the insignia with Troop I, Third Cavalry. CONDITION: The condition of the hat overall is poor with various degrees of moth damage which is evident in the crown where there is a large hole at the front of the crease. Likewise the sweat leather is loose for approx 3″ at the front and there appears to be rodent damage to the upper edge of the sweat. 4-32532 DM30 (200-400)

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2096

FABULOUS 1881 PATTERN CAVALRY OFFICER’S DRESS HELMET. This helmet retains all of its orig adornments including a yellow (probably Yak hair) plume, 2-pc eagle plate bearing a silver number “2” for the 2nd U.S. Cav, and gold bullion bands festooned front and rear. It also has crossed saber side buttons attaching the gold plated chain chin strap. Attached to the helmet is the breast cord which is believed to be a replica. The inside of the helmet body has a full lining of muslin along with a half lining of faded red colored sateen. The sweat band bears a silver embossed stamp reading “THE M.C. LILLEY & CO. MANUFACTURERS OF MILITARY AND SOCIETY GOODS COLUMBUS O.” CONDITION: Very good condition overall with some deterioration to the leather binding around the bottom edge of the helmet. Additionally most of the paper lining is missing from the inside of the visors. Sweat band is cracked in several places. 4-32558 DM49 (2,500-5,000)

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2097

MODEL 1881 DRESS HELMET FOR INDIAN SCOUTS. Authorized circa 1890, the helmet consists of an unlined black felt shell decorated with a mixed red and white horsehair plume, eagle plate bearing silver crossed arrows, and a mixed red and white 1-pc worsted cord. The helmet retains both crossed arrow side buttons holding the orig black enameled leather chinstrap. Inside the sweat band are both Quartermaster Department and “W.H. HORSTMANN” contract markings. CONDITION: Entire specimen is in near excellent condition with only a few frayed spots on the worsted bands. 4-32559 DM50 (750-2,000)

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2098

REPLICA MODEL 1881 CAVALRY DRESS HELMET. This is one of the excellent reproduction cavalry dress helmets made by the F. Burgess Company probably during the 1970s. It adheres very closely to the Army specifications. It is complete with its plume, bands and cords. Some of the metal parts may be orig Army manufacture. CONDITION: Near new condition. 4-32557 DM48 (400-500)

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2099

FINE 1872 PATTERN FOURTH CAVALRY OFFICER’S FORAGE CAP. Crown is made of fine quality dark blue cloth, approximately 2-1/2″ high in front and approx 5″ in diameter. It has a bound leather visor and 1/2″ wide black leather chin strap. On the front is a black oval cloth patch bearing gold embroidered crossed sabers surmounted by the number “4”. The chin strap is secured by two eagle buttons having “C” on the shield. The tan leather sweat band measures approximate 1-5/8″ wide. The lining is made of brown glazed cotton with drawstring at the top. CONDITION: Very good overall with only a couple of very tiny moth holes. However, there is some wear overall to the surface of the cloth and it appears to be slightly faded to a greenish hue. Sweatband and head liner are fully intact and nice. 4-32534 DM34 (700-1,500)

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2100

1872-STYLE CAVALRY OFFICERS FORAGE CAP This is an excellent example of an extra fancy forage cap worn by some officers during off duty hours. Affixed to the front of the crown is a false embroidered brass cross saber insignia. The cap a bound black leather visor and fine dark blue wool body. On the top of the circular crown is a quartrefoil made of 1/8″ wide gold lace. The perimeter of the circular crown, the top edge of the band, and the side seams are adorned with similar gold lace. The black leather chin strap measures 3/8″ wide and is attached by two officer’s buttons bearing a “C” in the shield. The crown of the cap is lined with brown glazed cotton. The sweat band is made of leather 1-3/8″ wide. The makers name is embossed on the black oil cloth covered crown: “PETTIBONE MFG CO. SOCIETY MILITARY & BAND GOODS 99 W. FIFTH ST. CIN.O.” CONDITION: The cap is in fine overall condition except for some slight surface mothing to the top of the crown. Sweat band is stained and loose in a few areas. 4-32533 DM8 (500-1,200)

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2101

U.S. ARMY OFFICER’S FORAGE CAP, PATTERN 1883 Made of fine, dark blue wool with unbound black leather visor, brown polished cotton lining, and staff officer’s eagle side buttons attaching gold bullion cord. Marked size 7-1/4 in top of crown. CONDITION: Cap is in very good overall condition with no signs of moth damage. There is some finish loss to the surface of the sweat leather. There appears to be a faint and illegible name inscribed on the sweat band. Visor exhibits some surface cracking. 4-32531 DM3 (400-1,000)

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2102

1872 PATTERN U.S. ARMY FORAGE CAP Dark blue wool body with bound black leather visor and 1/2″ wide black leather chin strap attached by 1883 pattern eagle buttons. The crown is lined with brown polished cotton having a draw string in the top. The leather sweat band has a silver embossed makers label reading “LEVAN THE HATTER, READING,PA. 719 PENN ST.” Also present is a size label “7-1/8”. Affixed to the front of the cap is an 1872 cavalry crossed sabers insignia with lead fill and pin attachment. The rear of cap has a metal stiffener to maintain the form of the cap. CONDITION: Cap is in overall good condition with some surface moth damage but doesn’t detract. A circular pattern of needle holes in the center of the crown suggests that some sort of insignia, now absent, was once affixed to it. Surface of leather visor exhibits some heat deterioration to the tarred surface but is still very solid. 4-32530 DM7 (300-800)

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2103

PAIR OF CAVALRY OFFICER’S BOOTS. These extremely tall black leather boots probably date to the late 1880s or 1890s. The tops extend almost 25″ and would have reached to the mans thigh. Leather soles and heels. The pulls are made of blue twill tape and are marked C.W. Leaverton. CONDITION: Very good. Only slight wear to the heels. 4-32539 DM34 (500-1,500)

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2104

1876-STYLE CAVALRY BOOTS. Boots of this type were worn by U.S. Cavalry Troopers from 1876 until well into the 1880’s. The soles are attached with wood pegs, a common feature of 19th century boots. The tops of the boots measure approx 12-3/8″ high in front, and 9-3/4″ high in back. At the sides are leather pulls measuring approx 1-1/8″ wide. Both boots are stamped with the size “5” on the soles. CONDITION: The boots are essentially in unused condition with only slight shelf scuffing on the soles. The uppers are in near excellent condition. The upper portion of the left boot showing moderate flexing. 4-32540 DM33 (500-900)

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2105

1884 PATTERN U.S. CAVALRY GAUNTLETS. Regulation Cav. gauntlets, probably made of goat skin, adopted by the Cav. in 1884 for both the fatigue and dress uniforms. Cuffs are lined with reddish colored leather. CONDITION: Left hand gauntlet is in very good to excellent condition with the loss of only one small pc of surface leather near the fold of the cuff. Right hand gauntlet shows more wear around the cuff of the gauntlet with some portions of the surface leather missing and a slight separation in the seam. Gauntlets however are in flexible condition. 4-32548 DM72 (100-400)

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2106

INDIAN WARS OFFICER’S BELT AND SASH. 1872 pattern staff officer’s dress belt approx 1-3/4″ wide. The belt itself is made of high grade black leather and is faced with gold lace having two broad stripes on a plain field denoting officers above the grade of Captain. Both saber slings are similarly adorned with gold lace and each has a gold washed spring snap for attaching the saber. The belt is coupled with a 1-pc, 1851 pattern eagle plate with silver washed wreath and scroll. The plate appears to have been gold washed. The sash is made of a crimson knitted fabric over 8″ wide and over 8′ long. CONDITION: Belt is in overall very good or better condition, the leather still being pliable. Gold lace shows only minor wear and slight tarnish. Sash likewise is in very good condition exhibiting only minor snags along its length. 4-32536 DM37 (400-2,000)

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2107

INDIAN WARS CAVALRY OFFICER’S DRESS BELT. 1872 pattern dress saber belt for a company grade officer. The black leather belt measuring 1-3/4″ wide is faced with gold lace and has three yellow bands denoting cavalry. It also has a gold washed officer style eagle plate. Both saber sling straps with brass snap swivels are intact and are also faced with gold lace. No maker’s mark is visible. Accompanying the belt is a crimson silk sash measuring approx 3″ wide with worsted tassels nearly 8″ long. It is backed with fine quality red leather marked “Hobson & Sons London”. CONDITION: Belt is in overall very good condition with some deterioration to the leather on the reverse sides of the saber slings as well as some wear to the belt itself. Leather backing on the longer sling is broken through in two places. Gold lace facing on the belt has turned dark, probably from oil leaching through the leather. Sash is in generally good condition with worn spots at either end. 4-32537 DM36 (300-800)

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2108

MEXICAN WAR ERA WHITE BUFF LEATHER SABER KNOT. This strap measuring approx 19-1/2″ long was attached to the guard of the model 1840 saber to prevent the trooper from losing it in combat. The strap itself measures approx 1″ in width and the tassel is approx 3-1/2″ in length. It has one braided leather sliding loop for adjustment. Extremely rare, especially in this condition. CONDITION: The knot appears to be in unused condition, exhibiting only minor storage wear and soiling. 4-32507 DM32 (700-1,500)

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2109
Revised: 10/19/2007

Please be aware that Lots #2109 and Lot#2110 were reversed in the web catalogue and eBay catalogue. The correct representation is in the printed catalogue.

LOT OF TWO CAVALRY SABER KNOTS. The first is a black bridle leather Civil War knot measuring approximately 1″ wide x almost 19″ long with two sliding loops. The second is a narrow model 1885 knot measuring approximately 5/8″ wide x 19-1/4″ long with two sliding loops and is marked “R.I.A.”. Both have tasseled ends. CONDITION: Both knots are in very good condition with most of the tassels intact. Both are flexible and retain nearly all of their original finish. 4-32509-1 DM110 (400-600)

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2110
Revised: 10/19/2007

Please be aware that Lots #2109 and Lot#2110 were reversed in the web catalogue and eBay catalogue. The correct representation is in the printed catalogue.

CIVIL WAR SABER KNOT. Cav. enlisted man’s saber knot made of black leather approx 1″ wide x approx 18-3/4″ in length. At the lower end is a braided loop and tassel. Along the length of the strap are two sliding loops. CONDITION: Excellent, probably unissued. Tassels however appear to be stuck together. 4-32509 DM91 (250-600)

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2111

UNISSUED CIVIL WAR CAVALRY SABER KNOT. Folded leather strap with tasseled end measuring approx 18-3/4″ in length overall used to prevent the soldier from losing his saber in combat. Strap measures 1″ in width and has two sliding loops. CONDITION: Excellent, possibly unissued although the individual tassels have become solidified. 4-32508 DM80 (400-800)

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2112

FINE MODEL 1860 U.S. CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER The brass guard is atypically plain like the enlisted model, however the 34-3/4″ curved blade is etched with floral designs for approx half of its length. The left side of the blade bears an American eagle while on the left is the word “UNION” and the letters “U.S.C.” 1/2″ high (U.S. Cavalry). The blade above the ricasso on the left side is marked “C. ROBY & CO., W. CHELMSFORD, MASS.” The top of the blade near the hilt, is marked “IRON PROOF”. The fish skin wrapped grip is bound with both twisted and straight brass wire making for an extra rich effect. The scabbard is made of iron with blue finish. The mountings, including the throat, both rings and bands and the drag are made of brass. CONDITION: The blade is bright with only minor tarnishing on the lower portion. The guard has fine form and is excellent condition except for minor spots of tarnish and a few scrapes from light use. The leather grip is completely intact and exhibits only minor scuffing along the upper edge. The wire wrap is complete and tight. The scabbard retains only 20-30% of the blue finish while the brass mountings are in very good condition. 4-32561 DM10 (1,500-3,500)

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2113

MODEL 1872 CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER This specimen appears to represent an economical version of the officers’ saber. The guard and the blade are both entirely plain with none of the etchings normally encountered on such sabers. The blade measures approx 34″ in length with a fuller extending from the ricasso to approx 6″ from the tip. The grip is wrapped with black leather and is secured with twisted brass wire. The scabbard is plated with bright tin or nickel finish. Neither the saber nor the scabbard bears any markings whatsoever. CONDITION: The blade is in excellent bright condition. The guard while slightly tarnished is also in near excellent condition. The leather grip has minor spots of finish loss from the surface but is tight and sound. The scabbard exhibits some finish loss and tarnish overall but has a generally bright appearance. 4-32560 DM11 (300-700)

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2114

SECOND CAVALRY OFFICER’S DRESS EPAULETS. Civil War style epaulets measuring almost 8″ long and 5-3/4″ wide with stamped brass crescent on the outer ends. Formed on a metal base, they are covered on the upper surface with gold lace fabric and bordered with gold bullion wire. Likewise the tassels, approx 3″ long, are made of coiled bullion wire. Each epaulet bears a silver bar of a First Lt. as well as the number “2” on a circular field of yellow cloth bordered by gold bullion. The undersides are lined with red silk and red oilcloth. Both have spring attachments for the uniform. The epaulets are contained in a black japanned tin box with hinged lid, marked “M.C. LILLEY & CO MILITARY AND SOCIETY GOODS”. CONDITION: Both epaulets are in very good condition with the exception that the yellow field is missing from one of the circular regimental insignia. “2” is present. Slight wear and damage to some of the tassels as well as to the linings. Box retains excellent form, however the finish is rather heavily scratched and worn. 4-32555 DM44 (400-800)

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2115

CASED PAIR OF 3RD CAVALRY CAPTAIN’S EPAULETS. Dating to the 1860s, the epaulets measure approx 8″ long and approx 5-1/2″ wide with stamped brass crescents at the outer ends. The upper surfaces are entirely covered with gold lace bullion. The epaulets have Captain’s bars executed in silver bullion with “3” sewn to a circular patch of yellow wool approx 1-1/2″ diameter. Each epaulet has a small eagle button centered at the end. The fancy gold wire tassels are 3-1/2″ long. The under sides of both epaulets are lined with red oilcloth and have spring attachments. The epaulets come cased in their orig japanned tin case marked “Raymold & Whitlock New York”. Also inscribed on the top of the lid is “Capt John Taylor”. CONDITION: Both are in generally very good condition, the right epaulet missing one of the silver bars (one remains). They are lightly tarnished overall and the red linings are somewhat deteriorated. Tin case retains most of the black paint although the surface has a number of minor small chips and scrapes overall. 4-32556 DM35 (500-1,000)

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2116

SUPERB PAIR OF CAVALRY FIRST LIEUTENANT’S SHOULDER STRAPS These straps represent an example of the extra fancy grade sold by commercial suppliers. They measure approx 1-7/8″ wide x 4-7/8″ long. Setting them apart is the triple width border of gold bullion as well as the bars consisting of dbl rows of bullion all of which are bordered with gilded brass wire. Within the borders are fields of what appear to be yellow velvet. The backs of both straps are covered with fine dark blue wool fabric, hand stitched in place. CONDITION: They are in near excellent condition. 4-32433 DM25 (1,000-2,000)

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2117

PAIR OF 7TH CAVALRY CAPTAIN’S SHOULDER KNOTS. This is an outstanding pr of 1872 pattern knots to be worn on the dress coat. The knots have yellow fields upon which are silver embroidered captain’s bars flanking the number “7”. Both knots are made of very rich grade gold bullion cord with officer’s eagle buttons bearing “C” in the shield. The brass spring clips on the underside are marked “RIDABOCK & CO. SUCCESSORS TO J.H. MCKENNEY & CO. NEW YORK”. CONDITION: Near excellent with only slight moth damage to the dark blue cloth lining on the undersides of both knots. 4-32397 DM86 (2,000-3,500)

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2118

PAIR OF FIRST CAVALRY OFFICER’S SHOULDER KNOTS PLUS A SINGLE FIFTH CAVALRY KNOT. The First Cav. knots are 1872 pattern consisting of standard grade gold bullion cord surrounding yellow fields on which there are silver embroidered First Lt.’s bars flanking the number “1”. Each knot has an eagle button bearing the letter “C”. The undersides are covered with dark blue cloth and have hooks and springs for attaching to the uniform. The springs are marked “TRADE MARK” with a figure of a knight holding a sword and shield. The Fifth Cav. knot is for a Second Lt., having only a “5” on the yellow field. At the opposite end is a cav. officer’s eagle button. On the underside is a spring and hook for attachment marked with the same trade mark logo as above. CONDITION: Very good with some degree of soiling on the yellow fields. One knot is missing most of one of the Lt. bars and the other is damaged. Fifth Cav. knot is heavily tarnished and soil but is complete. 4-32527 DM87 (500-1,500)

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2119

1872 SHOULDER KNOTS FOR COLONEL OF CAVALRY. Regulation U.S. pattern knots with silver bullion eagles on yellow woolen fields and staff type eagle buttons. These were worn on the 1872 and 1879 officer dress coats and were attached by hooks and spring clips present on the undersides. CONDITION: Very good to excellent with some tarnishing of the gold cord. One knot is missing the eagle button and exhibits some moth damage to the dark blue covering on the under side. 4-32526 DM85 (500-2,000)

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2120

TWO OFFICER’S SWORD KNOTS. Pair of Post-Civil War sword knots made of gold lace with black stripes and cone shaped tassels. CONDITION: Excellent. 4-32511 DM89 (200-500)

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2121

TWO SWORD KNOTS. Two gold lace officer’s sword knots. One is a Civil War style consisting of a gold lace strap approx 9/16″ wide a single sliding loop and a tassel made of coiled wire approx 2″ long. The other knot of later vintage also measures approximately 9/16″ wide with parallel black stripes running the length of the strap and a cone shaped tassel approx 1-3/4″ long made of gilded wire inter-spaced with zig zag rows of black thread. CONDITION: Very good with some tarnish. 4-32510 DM88 (200-500)

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2123

GOLD EMBROIDERED CALVARY OFFICERS HAT INSIGNIA. Badge consists of an oval tin plate covered with dark blue or black velveteen measuring approx 2-3/8″ x 3-1/2″. Sabers are of gold bullion and are surmounted by the letter “C” in silver bullion. Around the perimeter is a border of rolled brass ribbon. On the reverse are two brass wire loops for attaching the insignia to the campaign hat. CONDITION: The condition of the badge is near excellent with some slight moth damage to the fabric on the reverse. 4-32431 DM16 (500-800)

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2124

CAVALRY OFFICER’S MINIATURE SHOULDER STRAPS. Small size shoulder straps measuring approx 1-1/8″ wide x 3-1/8 long. These have pale yellow fields of woolen cloth surrounded by narrow 1/4″ borders of gold bullion and gilded brass wire. They are sewn to a rectangular pcs of dark blue fabric and backed with a loosely woven white cotton fabric. CONDITION: Good to very good, one strap shows some surface mothing and two small holes in the yellow field. 4-32439-1 DM125 (200-300)

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2124A

PAIR OF CAVALRY LIEUTENANT SHOULDER STRAPS. Variant size shoulder straps for a 2nd Lt. of Cav. These represent a smaller size sometimes purchased by officers on the commercial market and measure approx 1-1/4″ wide by 3-1/4″ long. The pale yellow fields are surrounded by borders consisting of gold bullion edged with gilded brass wire. They are sewn to rectangular patches of dark blue fabric backed with white cotton fabric. CONDITION: Near excellent. 4-32438-1 DM122 (300-400)

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2124B

INDIAN WARS ERA LIEUTENANT SHOULDER STRAPS. Fine matched pair of 1st Lt. of Cav. shoulder straps with wide gold bullion borders surrounding dark yellow woolen fields. The backs are covered with dark blue or black woolen material. CONDITION: Very good with only slight wear to a couple of small areas on the bullion borders. Field of one strap is slightly more faded than the other. 4-32439 DM120 (600-1,000)

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2124C

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT’S SHOULDER STRAPS. Extra quality shoulder straps measuring approx 1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ consisting of dbl rows of gold bullion surrounding pale yellow woolen fields. The Lt’s bars are also executed in gold bullion. The straps are woven on rectangular pcs of dark blue cloth and are backed with loosen woven white fabric. CONDITION: Fair to good with obvious fading to the yellow fields, some wear and damage to the borders, and a couple of small moth holes. 4-32440 DM129 (400-700)

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2124D

MATCHING PAIR OF MAJOR’S SHOULDER STRAPS. Extremely fine pr of shoulder straps measuring approx 1-3/4″ wide by 4-1/4″ long. Gold bullion Maj’s leaves are embroidered on buff colored woolen fields surrounded by rather wide gold bullion frames edged with gilded wire. Consignor purchased these as faded yellow Cav. straps, but they may represent the branch color of buff authorized for the Quartermaster’s Dept. They are backed with dark blue woolen cloth marked “MY-GOLD” with a shield with a cross below. Each strap also has two brass clips on the underside for attaching them to the uniform. CONDITION: Near excellent. 4-32438 DM123 (500-1,000)

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2125

CAVALRY CAPTAIN’S MINIATURE SHOULDER STRAPS. Extremely small size straps measuring approx 15/16″ x 3″ with gold embroidered borders approx3/16″ wide. The yellow velvet fields have Capt’s bars at each end. The straps are embroidered directly on rectangular swatches of black fabric. CONDITION: Good with some fading and staining to the yellow fields. Bullion is moderately tarnished and much of the coiled brass ribbon bordering the edges is now gone. 4-32440-1 DM138 (100-200)

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2125A

PAIR OF MINIATURE OFFICER’S SHOULDER STRAPS. Small shoulder straps measuring approx 1-1/8″ wide by 3″ long. The 1/4″ bullion borders surround woolen fields with Capt’s bars at each end. The consignor purchased these as Cav. however they may have soiled white fields indicating the Inf. branch. They are woven on rectangular swatches of dark blue fabric. CONDITION: Very good with slight wear to the woolen fields and one pc of wire along one of the Capt’s bars is loose. 4-32438-2 DM127 (200-300)

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2125B

LOT OF OFFICER’S SHOULDER STRAPS. 1) Matching pr of Capt. of Cav. shoulder straps measuring approx 1-5/8″ wide by 4-1/8″ long. These have rather wide 1/2″ borders composed of gold bullion edged with gilded brass ribbon surrounding rich yellow fields bearing silver bullion Capt’s bars. The backs are covered with fine dark blue fabric. 2) Pr of Cav. 1st Lt. straps measuring approx 1-5/8″ x 4″. Gold bullion borders measure approx 3/8″ wide and are edged with fine brass ribbon. They have yellow fields with Lt. bars at each end. Both straps are backed with black cotton fabric. 3) A single Maj. of Cav. shoulder strap measuring approx 1-3/8″ x 4″ with 1/4″ bullion borders around a faded yellow field with gold Maj’s leaves. Backed with white gauze. 4) Single Lt. of Cav. shoulder strap measuring approx 1-3/8″ x 4″. Faded yellow woolen field is surrounded by a border of gold bullion 1/4″ wide edged around the inside with gilded brass ribbon. 5) Single Cav Maj’s shoulder strap measuring approx 1-5/8″ x 4″. Has very wide borders measuring approx 1/2″ edged along both sides with gilded brass wire. Gold Maj’s leaves are embroidered directly to a pale yellow woolen field. 6) Single Cav. Col.’s shoulder strap measuring approx 1-5/8″ x 4″. The eagle is embroidered on a rich yellow field of woolen fabric surrounded by a border of bullion and coiled brass ribbon measuring approx 3/8″ wide. Backed with dark blue material. 7) Cav. Capt’s shoulder strap. Approx 1-5/8″ x 4-3/8″ with gold bullion and coiled ribbon borders approx 7/16″ wide surrounding a rich yellow field of woolen fabric bearing Capt’s bars at each end. CONDITION: Good to very good. 4-32436 4-32437 DM130 (300-500)

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2125C

CAVALRY REGIMENTAL INSIGNIA. Three regimental numbers, two “4” and one “9”, made of bullion woven on yellow fields. These are the types of numbers worn on officer’s dress epaulets. The number “4” measure approx1-7/8″ diameter and the “9” measures approx 1-1/2″ diameter. CONDITION: Number “4” insignia are good to very good with one of them exhibiting considerable moth damage. The other is near excellent. Number “9” is near excellent. 4-32443-1 DM126 (50-100)

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2125D

OFFICER’S HAT INSIGNIA. Oval black felt insignia with bullion wreath surrounding the letters “U.S.”. The edge is bordered with coiled brass ribbon. The back of the patch is covered with white cotton fabric. CONDITION: Fair to good although the fabric is fully intact the bullion exhibits rather heavy corrosion. 4-32427 DM121 (400-700)

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2126

7TH CAVALRY OFFICER’S HAT INSIGNIA. Embroidered gold bullion crossed sabers insignia with “7” in silver above, on black felt, as worn on both the forage cap and the campaign hat. Measures approx 1-5/8″ x 2-1/8″. CONDITION: Near excellent. 4-32442-1 DM137 (300-500)

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2126A

BEAUTIFUL OFFICER’S HARDEE HAT INSIGNIA. This is an impressive example of the U.S. coat of arms insignia purchased on the commercial market by some officers for pinning up the brim of the dress hat. This example measures approx 2-1/4″ x 3-3/16″ and is made of black velvet covering a metal form. The eagle is made of gilded sheet brass and gold bullion thread woven directly to the velvet covering. The eagle is surmounted by a field of stars executed in silver bullion thread. The insignia is bordered with coiled gilded brass ribbon. The back is covered with brown glazed cotton. It originally had two brass wire attachment loops, one of which is now missing. CONDITION: Is near excellent, missing only one attachment loop. 4-32430-1 DM133 (500-800)

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2126B

OFFICER’S HAT INSIGNIA. Staff Officer’s hat insignia consisting of a bullion wreath enclosing the letters “U.S.” woven on a stuffed velvet base measuring approximately 2″ x 3″ and surrounded by a border of fine gilded brass ribbon. CONDITION: Excellent. 4-32425 DM128 (300-700)

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2126C

CAVALRY OFFICER’S HAT INSIGNIA. Crossed sabers woven in gold bullion on an oval velvet over metal base measuring approx 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″. Above the sabers is the letter “E” of false embroidered white metal. The back is covered with brown glazed fabric and has two wire attachment loops. CONDITION: Bullion is tarnished but overall near excellent. 4-32426 DM131 (400-800)

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2126D

OFFICER’S CAP INSIGNIA. Embroidered gold bullion wreath enclosing letters “US” on padded velvet ground which is bordered by coiled gilded brass ribbon. The reverse is covered with what appears to be black oilcloth. This rather small insignia, approximately 1-3/8″ x 1-5/8″, was probably intended to be worn on the forage cap. CONDITION: Near excellent. 4-32427-1 DM139 (200-400)

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2127

1872 CAVALRY HELMET EAGLE. Stamped brass spread eagle for the 1872 cav. dress helmet. It measures approx 4″ x 4-1/2″. The shield bears a separately affixed number “7” 3/4″ high. On the reverse are two rather heavy gage wire attachment loops. CONDITION: Near excellent. 4-32442 DM132 (800-1,500)

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2127A
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LOT OF CAVALRY CROSSED SABERS INSIGNIA. 1) Three Civil War style crossed sabers approximately 3-3/8″ x 1-7/8″. One has two attachment wires, another has four brass wire attachment loops, the other bears only the solder attachment points. 2) Two stamped brass false embroidered officer’s insignia measuring approximately 3-1/2″ x 1-7/8″. One has four attachment wires which are missing from the other. 3) Two 1872 pattern enlisted man’s cap insignia measuring approximately 2-5/8″ x 1-3/8″. One retains four wire attachment loops on the reverse while the other has two attachment wires. CONDITION: Very good to near excellent. 4-324414-32429 DM136 (500-1,200)

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2127B

LOT OF CAVALRY BRIDLE ROSETTES. 1) Pr of Civil War lead filled brass rosettes measuring approx 1-3/8″ in diameter with intertwined “USA” on the faces and wire attachment loops 1″ wide on the backs. 2) Two prs of Model 1874 bridle rosettes measuring approx 1-1/4″ in diameter. These appear to have been removed from orig bridles as two of the orig rnd head rivets are intact. 3) Stamped brass rosette 2-1/4″ diameter with a heart in relief on the face. On the back is a wire attachment loop 1-1/4″ wide. 4) Stamped brass heart measuring approx 2-5/8″ x 3″ which may have been used on an officer’s martingale. Has three attachment wires soldered to the reverse. CONDITION: Overall very good or better, some with light tarnish. 4-32495-1 DM134 (50-100)

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2127C

LOT OF INSIGNIA. 1) Cav. off’s crossed sabers insignia on oval black felt ground measuring approx 2-1/8″ by 3-3/8″. Sabers are made of embroidered gold bullion in an extra fancy style. The patch is bordered with coiled brass ribbon. 2) Cav. off’s crossed sabers embroidered in gold bullion on black felt. These unusually small sabers measure approx 1-3/4″ wide x 7/8″ high. 3) Civil War pattern stamped brass U.S. coat of arms with loops and hook on the reverse for pinning up one side of the 1858 Hardee hat. CONDITION: 1) Near excellent, a really fine insignia. 2) Also near excellent. 3) Near excellent with only one area of moderate tarnish. 4-32427-24-32428, 4-32430 DM124 (400-800)

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2127D

CAVALRY INSIGNIA LOT. 1) Model 1881 helmet eagle measuring approx 4-1/4″ x 4-3/4″. Stamped brass eagle has shield and crossed sabers on the front along with separately affixed brass number “7” 3/4″ high. On the reverse are three brass wire attachment loops. 2) Eagle insignia for pinning up the brim of the enlisted man’s 1858 Hardee dress hat, measuring approx 1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″. On the reverse are two iron wire attachments. 3) Stamped brass insignia for Sheridan’s Cav. Corps during the Civil War, measuring approx 2-1/8″ x 2-3/4″ with two attachment wires on the reverse. 4) Silver bullion embroidered eagle pattern 1832, measuring approx 2-3/16″ x 2″. 5) Stamped brass cav. side button for the Model 1881 dress helmet. 6) U.S. with wreath officer’s hat insignia made with gold embroidered wreath with “U.S.” woven in silver. Measuring approx 1-3/8″ x 2-3/8″. 7) Lead filled stamped brass eagle insignia believed to be for the hat cockade ca. early 19th C. cap, measuring approx 1-1/16″ x 1-1/8″ with two flat brass attachments on the reverse. 8) Civil War or pre-Civil War stamped brass number “5” measuring approx 1-1/16″ tall. Missing attachment wire. CONDITION: Very good to near excellent overall. 4-32443 DM135 (500-1,000)

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2128
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FRAMED GROUP OF U.S. CAVALRY INSIGNIA. This collection of U.S. Cavalry insignia is the company’s first sample board. It is dated at the bottom “U.S. Cavalry 1861-1898.” This has been hanging in the main office of N.S.Meyer for years, but the company recently went out of business. Nine cav. crossed saber insignia dating from the Civil War to the early 1900s recessed in a gold mat and enclosed in a black wood frame. Also has a label “U.S. CAVALRY 1861 – 1898”. The frame is approx 15″ by 19″ and is glass covered. CONDITION: Very good. 4-32575 DM153 (400-1,000)

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2129

LARGE LOT OF INDIAN WARS U.S. CAVALRY CHEVRONS. Tray 1) Pr of Sergeant gold lace dress chevrons (believed to be replicas), pr of farrier’s brassards, one saddler’s brassard, and one pioneer’s brassard. Tray 2) One regimental ordnance Sgt chevron and a pair of troop Quartermaster Sergeant chevrons. Tray 3) Pr of Battalion Sgt Maj chevrons and a pair of Duty Sgt chevrons. Tray 4) Pr of Lance Corp chevrons, pr of gold lace Corporal chevrons and a pr of Corp chevrons. Tray 5) One Color Sgt chevron and one pr of Regimental Quartermaster Sgt chevrons, also a single gold lace service stripe. CONDITION: Very good to excellent. 4-32434 4-32435 DM143 (300-600)

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2131

LINCOLN SIGNATURE. Authentic signature of “A. LINCOLN MARCH 4, 1864″ on a sheet of plain yellow stationary measuring approx7″ by 9” folded to approx the size of an envelope. The autograph is accompanied by a copy print of a photograph of Lincoln originally taken by C.G. German of Springfield, Illinois. CONDITION: Near excellent. 4-32563 DM158 (1,500-3,000)

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2132

3 CDVS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. One stamped Brady, Washington beneath image and also stamped on reverse “Brady & Company” done February 24, 1861. The second, a bust of Lincoln, stamped on reverse “Philada Photographic Company” taken by Brady 1864. Also a CDV of an engraving of Lincoln signed on reverse in pencil “A. Lincoln:. CONDITION: Light soiling on each otherwise generally good. 4-32565 JJ292 (1,500-2,500)

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2133

BOOK BY GENERAL MCCLELLAN WITH 4 CIVIL WAR REQUISITION SHEETS. The paperback book titled “The Life, Campaign & Services of General McClellan” dated 1864, together with 3 ink Civil War requisition sheets all dated 1863. CONDITION: All requisition sheets folded with strong delicate fold lines. Generally good. 4-32568 JJ289 (50-100)

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2134

3 ROBERT E. LEE ITEMS. CDV of painting of Lee in uniform stamped “Robt. E. Lee ” below image. A cropped ink signature “R. E. Lee Genl”. Large engraving of Robert E. Lee in uniform. CONDITION: With imperfections but generally good. 4-32562 JJ290 (750-1,250)

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2135

7 MISCELLANEOUS PAPER OBJECTS SOME RELATING TO CUSTER. Many of the objects are printed material. One an interesting handwritten testimonial for the “Faithful Old Government Scout & Guide Goose”. This long flowery testimonial, written by E.H. Allison, in 1899 states that he knew Goose for 32 years. Accompanying is a pass for Strongheart, Chief off the Blackfeet dated 1865, advising passage to Fort Sully, Dakota Territory to meet the Peace Commission. Signed “John G. Clark”. CONDITION: Goose letter broken & repaired at fold. 4-32444 JJ291 (500-1,000)

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2136

CASED CIVIL WAR TINTYPE. This large approx 4-1/4″ by 3-1/4″ tintype image depicts two soldiers seated in a studio. Both soldiers are bare headed but are garbed in four button sack coats and trousers. Both men have Model 1860 Colt revolvers tucked into their waist belts. The image is in a padded leatherette covered wood case with two brass latches and a brass crest affixed to the front. CONDITION: Very good but the case is missing one of the fastening hooks. 4-32551 DM152 (400-1,000)

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2137

TWO CASED CIVIL WAR SOLDIER PHOTOGRAPHS. Two fantastic orig Civil War images, thought to be tintypes, contained in a decorative hinged gutta percha case measuring approx 3-1/4″ by 3-3/4″, one on either side within gilt metal frames. The image on the left depicts a Union cavalryman wearing a Hardee hat with crossed sabers and the letter “E”. He cradles his Model 1840 saber in his arm and has what appears to be a Colt revolver thrust in his belt. Wedged between his saber and his body is a side knife. He wears the regulation cav. uniform jacket and reinforced mounted trousers. The soldier on the right, also a seated cavalryman, wears a low crowned Kepi with crossed sabers and the letter “A” on the front. He wears the regulation cav. uniform or shell jacket with the collar turned down and regulation mounted trousers. He has reversed his saber belt probably at the photographer’s request so that the saber will appear to be on his left side, his hand rests on the hilt of his Model 1860 saber. CONDITION: Left hand image exhibits some cracking in the emulsion, particularly to the lower part of the photograph, though all details are still visible. Other image is in near excellent condition and appears unblemished. Right side of the case is cracked entirely through from top to bottom near the hinges. 4-32553 DM149 (400-1,000)

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2138

CASED CIVIL WAR IMAGE. Tintype image housed in a leatherette covered wooden case with a small brass clasp and surrounded by a gold washed metal frame. The image depicts a young blond soldier standing and holding a model 1860 Colt revolver across his body. The soldier is clad in a nine button frock coat and trousers. CONDITION: Very good with some fading around the edges of the image itself. The case is fine. 4-32552 DM150 (300-700)

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2139
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Correction) Title should read LOT OF APPROXIMATELY 9 HANDWRITTEN LETTERS WITH ENVELOPES TO LT., CAPTAIN & GENERAL GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER.:

(Change of Estimate) Estimate should read (2,000-3,000)

LOT OF APPROXIMATELY 9 HANDWRITTEN LETTERS TO LT., CAPTAIN & GENERAL GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER. Some of these letters are form Custer’s sister Ann Reed, a Thomas Ward, & C.R. Greenleaf assistant surgeon. 6 are in envelopes, 2 are loose. CONDITION: Varies. 4-32445 JJ293 (1,000-2,000)

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2140

PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRINTS OF CUSTER STAMPED BARRY, CUSTER ENGRAVING & CLIPPED SIGNATURE. This group consists of a photograph of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer taken by Hosea M. Mora, March 1876. Stamped on front “Copyright D.F. Barry”. Pencil inscription on reverse reads “Genl. Custer, Gen. G. A. Custer 7th Cavalry USA page 115. Copyright by D.F. Barry” together with an etching of a standing image of Custer. Hand stamped “G.A. Custer” below. Also with a clipped signature of Custer’s dated April 22, ’76. “Respectfully forwarded approved G.A. Custer, Brig. Genl.” SIZE: Custer photo: 4-7/8″ x 7″ CONDITION: Generally good. 4-32386 JJ288 (3,500-5,500)

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2141

ORIGINAL CUSTER MATERIAL. Sheet of Military Telegraph stationary bearing a note dated November 21, 1865 and signed by T.W. Custer, brother of George A. Custer. The note addressed to George asks for advise concerning the purchase of a gift for Elizabeth Custer. The note is accompanied by its orig yellow paper envelope bearing the imprint of Western Union Telegraph and address to “GEN. CUSTER FT. RILEY”. Included with the lot is a copy of a photograph of Tom Custer wearing dress uniform during the Civil War. CONDITION: Very good to excellent. 4-32369 DM155 (4,500-7,500)

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2142

STEEL ENGRAVING OF G.A. CUSTER. Steel engraving presenting a bust view of Lt. Col. George A. Custer in dress uniform on heavy paper measuring approx 6-3/8″ by 9-1/2″. It is signed, in her own hand, by “ELIZABETH B. CUSTER FOR DONALD UPTON BATHERICK”. This item was probably presented to Batherick as a souvenir from Mrs. Custer. CONDITION: Very good with one area of finish loss to the engraving. 4-32370 DM157 (2,000-4,000)

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2143

CABINET CARD OF MAG. GEN. GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER. This image was taken by Brady May 1865 in Washington D.C. However, there is no Brady stamp on front or reverse. Penciled on reverse is “Gen. Geo. A. Custer 1864-1870″. SIZE: Approx. 4-1/4″ x 6”. CONDITION: Scattered slight ink imperfections at the top of the image otherwise generally good. 4-32381 JJ274 (1,500-2,500)

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2144

CDV OF LT. COL. GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER BY J.M. MORA. This likeness captured in March 1876 by J.M. Mora. Hand inscription on reverse of Custer’s history, also stamped Henry Y. Porter. CONDITION: Card trimmed on bottom & side. Apparently orig mounted in an album with some paper separation on back. 4-32379 JJ276 (1,500-2,500)

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2145

RARE CDV OF MCCLELLAN STAFF INCLUDING CUSTER. Period ink script on back identifies the officers as “Brown, Forsythe, Smith, Stewart, McMillain, Trowdridge, Gentry, Jones, & G.A. Custer, Gen. McClellan staff”. Text appears to be in Custer’s hand. A very rare early image of Custer. Stamped on the front below image “Brady, Washington” (photographic image nearly covers the Brady stamp). CONDITION: Slight soiling otherwise good. 4-32382 JJ286 (4,000-8,000)

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2146

CDV OF GEN. GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER BY BRADY. Stamped below image “Brady, New York”. Pencil inscription on reverse ” Custer”, also Brady’s NY stamp. CONDITION: Light, slight, scattered spots otherwise generally good. 4-32377 JJ275 (1,500-2,500)

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2147

CDV OF MAG. GEN. GEORGE ARMSTRRONG CUSTER BY JOHN GOLDIN. Image taken May 1865 with Goldin stamp on reverse and pencil inscription “Custer”. CONDITION: Generally good. 4-32373 JJ276 (1,500-2,500)

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2148

CDV OF MAJ. GEN. GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER BY BRADY. Stamped on reverse “E & H.T Anthony, NY taken from Brady image”. CONDITION: Two small dark stains to the right otherwise generally good. 4-32378 JJ280 (1,500-2,500)

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2149

RARE EARLY CDV OF CAPTAIN GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER. Image captured Nov. 1862 by Edward P. Hipple. Hipple’s stamp appears on reverse with address. Also inscribed in pencil on reverse “G.A. Custer, Capt, McLellan Staff”. CONDITION: Light overall soiling. 4-32376 JJ277 (2,000-3,000)

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2150

GEORGE A. CUSTER CDV BY JOHN GOLDIN & COMPANY. Taken from life in Washington May 1885 when Custer lead his cavalry through Washington in a grand review at the end of the Civil War. Goldin stamp & address on reverse. CONDITION: Image faded & slightly soiled. Teeny chip upper left corner. 4-32371 JJ271 (1,000-2,000)

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2151

CDV OF MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER. This image captured by Mathew Brady May 1865. In script beneath image “Custer”. Reverse stamped E & H .T. Anthony, NY. Taken form Brady image”. CONDITION: Overall consistent soiling Card chipped at top. 4-32375 JJ278 (1,500-2,500)

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2152

RARE CABINET CARD BY D.F. BARRY OF TOM CUSTER, BROTHER OF GEN. GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER. Penciled beneath the image “Tom Custer”. Stamped on reverse “D.F. Barry ” etc. SIZE: Approx. 4-1/8″ x6-1/8″. CONDITION: Overall soiling. Small crease in bottom border otherwise generally good. 4-32366 JJ283 (2,500-5,500)

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2153

CDV OF GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER SANS UNIFORM. In pencil on reverse, “Gen. Custer”. Also stamped “JNO Holyland, Washington D.C.”. CONDITION: 1/2 image water stained. 4-32372 JJ281 (1,500-2,500)

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2154

CDV OF MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER BY MATHEW BRADY & COMPANY. This image taken Jan. 3, 1865. In pencil script on reverse “Maj. Gen. Custer 3rd Div. Cav. Army of Virginia”. Also with Brady Washington D.C. stamp. CONDITION: All 4 corners cropped at an angle. 4-32380 JJ279 (1,500-2,500)

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2155

COLLECTION OF JAMES CREGO AND JAMES L. REED DOCUMENTS. The Crego documents include his Army discharge certificate from the 68th OH Vet.Vol. Inf. dated July 1865; a signed furlough for Crego to be absent on a visit to his home; a certificate of pension for his wife, Angeline, dated 1905; an application for bounty submitted by his wife; a pension approval dated 1894; an invalid certificate dated 1890; and Crego’s warrant for appointment to the rank of Sgt in 1863. Accompanying the documents are two documents associated with James L. Reed, a member of the regimental band 3rd MI Vol. CONDITION: Good though several are fragile. 4-32447 DM159 (400-800)

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2156

GEN. GEORGE A. CUSTER TOGETHER WITH LIBBY & MISS CORA BEAN. Image captured Oct. 23, 1864 by Mathew Brady and with Brady’s stamp on the reverse. CONDITION: Overall light fading, toning on lower edge of image otherwise generally good. 4-32383 JJ272 (1,250-2,250)

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2157

RARE CDV OF GEN. PHILLIP SHERIDAN & HIS STAFF. Image includes Sheridan, G. cook, J. Forsyth, W. Merritt & G.A. Custer. Ink inscription on reverse identifying & with date June, 1865. Alex Gardiner stamp with address also on reverse. There are various different images of this setting currently published. Consignor states this one has not been published. CONDITION: Image faded otherwise generally good. 4-32384 JJ273 (2,000-4,000)

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2158

CDV OF BRIG. GEN GEORGE A. CUSTER. Back mark reads “Published by E & HT Anthony … from the photographic negative in Brady…”. In pencil on reverse “Gen. Custer” with inscription on front “Gen. Custer”. CONDITION: Generally good. 4-32374 JJ264 (1,500-2,500)

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2159

CABINET CARD BY BARRY OF LIEUTENANT JAMES CALHOUN. This image of Calhoun, in his dress blues is done by D.F. Barry but unsigned. Pencil inscription below image says “Gen. Custer, Tom Custer & James Calhoun”. Also included is a rare clipped signature of James Calhoun dated 1874 identifying him as 1st Lt, 4th Regiment of Cavalry. Lt Calhoun was killed at th Battle of the Little Big Horn with the rest of Custer’s men. SIZE: Approx. 4″ x 6″. CONDITION: Small separation lower left border. Paper & image toned & with light spotting. Otherwise generally good. 4-32388 JJ268 (1,000-2,000)

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2160

CABINET PHOTO OF LT. BENJAMIN H. HODGSON 7TH CAV. Hodgson served on the Sioux expedition as Adjutant to Reno. He was in the valley fight with Reno & killed at the river crossing. Stamped beneath image “Broadbent & Phillips, 1206 Chestnut St, Philada”. Also stamped on reverse with Boradbent’s address. SIZE: Approx. 4-1/4″ x 6-1/2″. CONDITION: Crease in upper left corner. Cpl small light stains otherwise generally good. 4-32387 JJ285 (1,000-2,000)

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2161
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Additional Information) Please Note: Sheldon & Co N.Y.N.Y. were the Publishers of Whittaker’s “A Complete Life of Gen. George A. Custer.”

RARE AND POIGNANT LIBBY CUSTER LETTER TO MRS. SHELDON DATED DEC. 7, 1876. Emotionally inspired letter written in polished penmanship on Libby Custer’s personal monogrammed stationary. This letter is one of thanks for sympathetic thoughts in “those dark hours”. Letter reveals Libby’s struggle to press on in life bearing the legacy & burden of the General’s death. In this letter Libby speaks of seeking strength from the Lord in her commitment to honoring her husband’s life and highly publicized demise. Accompanied by a typewritten transcript of this letter. A rare look into the personal feelings of “the General’s” wife. CONDITION: Very good. Dark legible ink with some light tearing along the folds. 4-32448 WD60 (4,000-7,000)

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2162

WONDERFUL HISTORICAL COLT ARCHIVE OF APPROXIMATELY 16 LETTERS. The first letter is dated April 15, 1861 from Maj. Thorton to Samuel Colt ordering 100 fluted 1860 Army revolvers and 1 for himself. Second is an order for Colt cartridges dated November 27, 1861 from Ordinance Gen. Ripley. Third is a letter to Samuel Colt and an invoice with receipt from G.H.Talcott for the New York Arsenal. Fourth: a letter to Samuel Colt from famed army inspector W.A. Thorton re: an early order of 200 dragoon pistols dated July 30, 1849. Fifth: acceptance letter to Colt Dec. 24, 1849 for 300 Colts, flasks etc – total order $7545. Sixth: Treasury Dept. payment statement for 1000 rifle/mskts & 1000 holster pistols (1860 Army) – total amount $34,432.50. Seventh: letter from US Ordinance Oct. 4, 1849 advising Elisha Colt that the Government was overcharged on 200 dragoon pistols. Eighth: letter form War Department August 24, 1864 confirming an order for 20,000 Army revolvers between Jan. & July 1865. Ninth: letter to Colt dated June 4, 1862 assigning 10 inspectors to the Colt plant. Tenth: letter from US Ordinance Dept. May 8, 1851 ordering 2000 dragoon pistols. Eleventh: claim of Sam Colt re: 200 dragoon pistols accompanied by orig Treasury certificates advising payment shortly. Twelfth: handwritten letter to Colt form Office of Inspector Oct. 31, 1863 ordering 955 Colt 1860 Army revolvers for Gen. McClellan’s cavalry. Thirteenth: letter to Colt form Ordnance Oct 16, 1863 re: return of a revolver. Fourteenth: four US gov’t letters to Colt from the Ordnance & Treasury depts. – one signed Gen. Ripley for a large order of Colt mskts . Wonderful archive of Colt documents, some very attractive with fanciful writing & would be both interesting and decorative and most appropriate for framing. Most of the letters have been transcribed and carry a copy of the orig catalog description when the consignor purchased the objects. CONDITION: Generally good throughout. 4-32336 JJ294 (6,000-8,000)

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2163

LOT OF TWO IMAGES OF CAPTAIN THOMAS FRENCH OF THE 7TH CAVALRY. One is a photograph by O.S. Goff, Fort Lincoln, DT., of French wearing the 1872 dress uniform with forage cap. The image is on a card measuring approx 4-1/16″ by 6-3/8″. It photographed is inscribed on the reverse “CAPTAIN T. H. FRENCH COND’G CO M 7TH CAVALRY FORT A. LINCOLN D.T. FEBRUARY 17TH 1877”. The card is also stamped with the signature of “J.M. MCDOUGALL” who was the Commander of Co. B and the pack train at the Little Big Horn. The second photograph is in an oval card mount measuring 5-3/16″ by 7-3/16″. The image is a duplicate of that described above, but without the Goff imprint and is inscribed around the perimeter “CAPTAIN THOMAS FRENCH 7TH CAVALRY”. The photograph is back marked to the Rushville Art Gallery, Rushville, Nebraska. CONDITION: Fair to good with some deterioration to the smaller photograph and to the face of the larger card. 4-32390 DM156 (750-1,500)

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2165

D.F. BARRY CABINET CARD OF LOW DOG. Image of Low Dog with tomahawk & peace pipe. Titled beneath the image in script “Low Dog”. Stamped on reverse “D.F. Barry Photographer”. Chief Low Dog fought both Reno & Custer at the Little Big Horn. SIZE: Approx. 4-1/4″ x6-1/4″. CONDITION: Crease and separation on lower right corner. Other scattered slight separations to image. Fading on image lower left, otherwise generally good. 4-32389 JJ270 (1,000-1,500)

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2166

D.F. BARRY PHOTOGRAPH OF CUSTER’S SCOUT CURLEY. Image depicts Custer’s Crow scout with him at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Photograph mounted in folding cover. Reverse with Barry marks and Barry’s attached biography about Curley. Image pasted in folder and signed on image “Barry Photo” and title below photo “Curley”. Also stamped on front of folder “Barry”. SIZE: Approx. 7″ x 11″ (incl. frame) CONDITION: Folder broken at right seam. Light fading on image otherwise generally good. 4-32368 JJ267 (500-1,000)

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2167

CABINET CARD OF CHIEF GALL BY D.F. BARRY. Stamped beneath image, “Chief Gall”. Also stamped on front, “D.F. Barry, Superior, Wisconsin”. Reverse stamped with bust of Gall and Barry name & address. SIZE: Approx. 4-1/4″ x 6-1/2″. CONDITION: Generally good. 4-32391 JJ281 (750-1,250)

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2168

GOFF CABINET CARD OF CURLEY . Inscribed beneath the image, “Curley – sole survivor of Custer massacre”. Another penned inscription about Curley exists on the reverse, also marked “Goff, Fort Custer, Montana”. SIZE: Approx. 4-1/4″ X 6-/12″. CONDITION: Slight overall soiling, otherwise generally good. 4-32367 JJ265 (1,500-1,750)

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2169

D.F. BARRY CABINET CARD OF CHIEF RAIN IN THE FACE. Rain In the Face was a Hunkpapa Dakota. Title beneath image and also marked “D.f. Barry, West Superior, Wis.”. Back stamped with image of Chief Gall and also stamped with Barry and address. Chief Rain In the Face lived from 1835 to 1905 and was one of the leaders at the Custer massacre. SIZE: Approx. 4-1/4″ x 6-1/2″. CONDITION: Small area of glue & paper residue in lower left, otherwise generally good. 4-32392 JJ266 (750-1,250)

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2170

STEREOPTIC VIEW OF CUSTER EXPEDITION BY W.H. ILLINGWORTH. Duplicate images of 4 columns of wagon trains, troops etc. Numbered on front with “852” & “Custer’s Expedition”. Also stamped on the front “stereograpus of the Black Hills. Photographed by W.H. Illingworth”. Reverse lists other Black Hill stereos. SIZE: Approx. 3-3/8″ x 7″. CONDITION: Overall light soiling. 4-32394 JJ287 (1,000-2,000)

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2171

LARGE CABINET VIEW OF COMANCHE – SURVIVOR OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN. Image numbered and titled on front “628 Comanche, Only Survivor of the Custer Massacre. Badly wounded, he was taken to Fort Lincoln D. P. on a stretcher, and carefully tended until well”. Unsigned. SIZE: Approx. 5-1/4″ x8-1/2″ CONDITION: Slightly faded otherwise generally good. 4-32393 JJ269 (750-1,500)

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2172

LOT OF TWO CDVs OF SHERIDAN, MCCLELLAN AND A CABINET CARD OF LT. HODGSON. CDVs are undated and stamped on the back “Joseph Ward”. Subjects are identified in pencil across the backs. Cabinet card of Lt. Hodgson standing in full dress uniform is stamped “W.F. Barry, Bismarck-Dak.” and is undated. SIZE: Cabinet Card: 4-1/4″ x 6-1/2″. CONDITION: Light soiling to CDVs otherwise fine. Cabinet card is fading with several small rubs. 4-32564 JL58 (200-500)

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2173

LOT OF FOUR MAPS OF u.s. & WESTERN TERRITORIES. KS & NE Territories map is dated 1857 by the Surveyor General L. Compton with a scale of 1:18. Map of the western part of U.S. is from Appleton & Co., 1877 & is tinted in a scale of 1:200. U.S. map with territories for Moore’s School Geography, ca. 1821, has tinted states and territory boundaries printed by Anaia & Smith, Boston. U.S. & territories, with Canada map, ca. 1874, by S. Augustus Mitchell and is engraved and tinted by W. Williams, Phil. PA. with a scale of approx. 1:160. SIZE: KS & NE: 18″ x 24″; Western US: 10″ x 12-1/2″; US W/terr.: 11-1/4″ x 18-1/2″; US & CA: 15″ x 22″. CONDITION: Generally good. KS & NE map has some tears at the folds. 4-32569 WD59 (100-300)

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2174

CABINET PHOTO OF LIBBY CUSTER BY FORSHEW, NY. Stamped beneath image “Forshew, Hudson, NY” which is also stamped on reverse. Also penciled on reverse “Elizabeth B. Custer”. SIZE: Approx. 4-1/4″x 6-1/2″. CONDITION: Various chips around border. Lower left corner repaired. Small pin holes in image. 4-32385 JJ284 (750-1,500)

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2175

LOT OF FOUR MOVIE PROMO POSTERS. Various printed promotional material advertising the semi-centennial, 50th anniv. of “Custer’s Last Fight” motion picture. This highly publicized spectacle boasted a cast of 200 and was shot on location in MT. & WY. Handbill measures 4-1/2″ x 12″ on blue paper with black ink in block letters. Dbl-sided poster on newsprint is in blue & red ink illus. with scenes of troopers & Indians, measuring 9″ x 17-1/2″. Sngl-sided poster on cardboard is printed in block-lettered red ink & measures 14″ x 22″. Large format poster, on thin, yellow paper with simple black block lettering measures approx. 28″ x 43″. SIZE: As above. CONDITION: Generally good with some tears along fold lines and chipping at the corners. 4-32567 WD61 (100-400)

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2176

LOT OF TWO IMAGES OF INDIAN TROOPS/POLICE. 1) Reproduction image of Co. I Indian soldiers at Fort Yates, ND, 1891 as inscribed in pencil on back. Sitting Bull was shot at Fort Yates in the previous year. 2) Photo mounted on board of an unknown Co. of US Indian police. Notation in pencil on back is indiscernible. SIZE: 1) 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. 2) 3-1/2″ x 8″. CONDITION: Reproduction image is produced from a damaged orig. but is otherwise very good. Indian police photo is very good with some minor damage to one of the board corners. 4-32395 WD62 (250-750)

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2177

LOT OF TWO REPRODUCTION ENGRAVINGS WITH CLIPPED SIGNATURES OF GENs. MEADE & KILPATRICK. Gen. Meade image is made from an undated Ambro-type by Brady and features a central portrait with a small Gettysburg battle scene beneath. Undated clipped signature reproduction included. Kilpatrick reproduction is a woodcut featuring a close-up portrait of the “Boy General” with an undated reproduction clipped signature. CONDITION: Very good to excellent. 4-32566 WD63 (100-300)

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2178

LOT OF CUSTER BOOKS. 1) Extremely nice large format (9-1/2″ x 12″) copy of “Custer’s Last Battle” by Charles Francis Roe, a former 2nd Cav. officer, and signed by “Elizabeth Bacon Custer”. In a different hand is “Signed at Miles City August 1929”. Roe was a participant in the Sioux campaign of 1876 and this is his narrative of the events. The soft cover publication also includes Second Lt Edward J. McClernand’s account “March of the Montana Column”. McClernand was the acting Engineer officer for General Terry’s column during the 1876 expedition and prepared the first map of the Custer battlefield. Also included is a copy of the official report rendered by Lt George D. Wallace, Adj. 7th Cav. Other articles include one concerning Capt. Miles Keogh’s horse “Comanche” which survived the battle; another entitled “Meeting of Terry and Crook” by Capt. Charles King, as well as biographical sketches of senior Army officers of the Civil War and the Sioux War. The publication also includes numerous maps and photographs. It is contained in an extremely handsome custom made box resembling a hard bound vol. with gold lettering on the leather spine, “Custer’s Last Battle”, “March of the Montana Column”, and “Signed by Elizabeth B. Custer in 1929”. 2) Included in this lot is a green bound and gold embossed copy of Frederick J. Whittaker’s “A Complete Life of Gen. George A. Custer”. Whittaker was Custer’s first biographer, publishing this vol. immediately after his death in 1876. 3) A lock of blond hair, purported to have come directly from Custer scholar Dr. Lawrence A. Frost, is included with a written statement signed by the consignor. CONDITION: 1) Near excellent condition. Extremely well preserved in both box and mylar cover. 2) Some wear to the upper and lower ends of the spine and the cover attachment is weak. Also some minor scuffing to the cover. Binding itself is tight. 3) Hair appears to be in near excellent condition. 4-32449 ,4-23450 DM117 (1,500-3,000)

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2179

FIELD MODIFIED PRAIRIE CARTRIDGE BELT WITH ACCOUTREMENTS. Model 1876 prairie belt of the second type consisting of a canvas covered leather belt with .45 cal webbing cartridge loops. This belt represents a very scarce field alteration consisting of a black leather strap for the holster and pistol cartridge box attached between 24th and 25th loops on the right side of the belt. Both the free end of the holster strap and the billet of the belt proper are passed through the open frame brass buckle at the opposite end of the belt. The holster strap is supported by two leather loops approx 1″ wide passing around the belt and over the loops and are riveted on the bottom edge. On the holster strap is a type 2 Model 1881 holster and a Civil War cap pouch used for carrying pistol cartridges. Also unique to this belt are brass wire loops riveted to the lower rear and lower left hand edge of the belt. Suspended from these loops are black leather saber straps approx 7/8″ in width. Both straps are approx 24″ in length and are equipped with brass snap swivels for attaching the saber. The forward loop is also provided with a heavy brass hook. Belts such as this were made by company saddlers or the men themselves at the field level in an attempt to find a way to wear the revolver and its ammunition on the cartridge belt. CONDITION: Belt, in only fair condition, is heavily soiled and the loops on the left side are extremely worn, broken and fragile. Fixed end of the holster strap appears to have been glued in place at one time and is coming loose. Rear loop supporting the holster strap, which was orig sewn in place is loose at one end. Billet of the belt appears to have been shortened somewhat. Saber straps exhibit surface flaking and are dry. Holster is in good condition, retaining part of the embossed “US ” on the front while the rest of the leather surface has minor surface cracking and some flaking. It lacks the muzzle plug, however the other sewn seams are tight. Pistol cartridge pouch is fair to good though the closure tab is broken at one side. It does however retain its fleece lining. One of the orig belt loops on the pouch apparently was missing and has been replaced with a pc of new leather. 4-32478 DM90 (3,000-5,000)

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2180

MODEL 1881 U.S. CAVALRY HOLSTER. Very nice example of the regulation 1881 holster as produced during the latter 1890’s with extra long belt loop to fit over the loaded cartridge belt. The holster is clearly embossed “U.S.” on the body and is stamped on the flap “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL” with the inspector initials and the number “68”. CONDITION: Very nice, near excellent condition with some finish loss around the holes in the flap and along the edges of the belt loop. 4-32455 DM68 (700-1,500)

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2181

MODEL 1881 CAVALRY HOLSTER. Black leather holster with 3-1/4″ wide belt loop as illustrated in Ordnance Memorandum Number 29 and designed to fit over the woven cartridge belt when empty. Flap has two holes to accommodate either the Colt or Smith & Wesson revolver. Embossed on the body with “U.S.” in an oval. CONDITION: Near excellent with only minor scuffs and cracking to the surface of the leather. All seams are tight and muzzle plug is intact. 4-32454 DM70 (800-2,000)

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2182

7TH CAVALRY MARKED 1881 HOLSTER. Third type 1881 Cal. holster with 3-1/4″ belt loop to slide over the Mill’s woven cartridge belt per specifications adopted in 1885. In addition to the “U.S.” embossed on the holster body is the unit marking “A 7 51 / 46” indicating Troop A 7th Cav. and the soldier’s company number. CONDITION: Fair to good showing heavy use. Leather is broken between the two holes in the flap and the flap retains little orig finish. Surface of the remainder of the holster exhibits various degrees of finish loss. 4-32460 DM71 (1,500-3,000)

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2183

MODEL 1881 U.S. CAVALRY HOLSTER. A black leather 1881 holster having a single hole in the flap indicating its early manufacture. Clearly embossed “U.S.” on the body. This example has been modified by the replacement of the orig narrow belt loop with a wide one designed to fit over the woven cartridge belt with ammunition, ca. late 1890’s. The flap is marked “C 87”. CONDITION: Overall near excellent with only minor crazing to the surface of the leather and a few scuffs primarily on the lower end. 4-32462 DM66 (1,000-2,500)

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2184

MODEL 1881 U.S. CAVALRY HOLSTER. Black leather Model 1881 U.S. Cav. holster probably of early manufacture as it has only one hole in the flap. The body is embossed “U.S.”. At some time it is believed the belt loop was replaced by the Army as it conforms to the forth type belt loop designed to fit over the Mill’s woven cartridge belt without cartridges, ca. the late 1880’s. The form of the holster suggests that it was used for a long time with a Colt SA revolver. CONDITION: Overall good or better with some loss to the surface finish of the leather yet it retains good form and is generally flexible. End plug is intact. 4-32456 DM64 (800-1,800)

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2185

UNIQUE SAMPLE PATTERN 1875 CAVALRY HOLSTER. This black leather holster appears very similar to the model 1874 holster and is made exactly like that pattern except in a few minor particulars. It has a narrow flap with a single hole as well as the Hoffman-type swivel belt loop. The loop is stamped “WATERVLIET ARSENAL”. However, this holster is accompanied by an orig Ordnance tag reading “SAMPLE HOLSTER FROM WATERVLIET ARSENAL FOR EITHER COLTS, SCHOFIELD, SMITH & WESSON REVOLVERS. RECEIVED ORDNANCE OFFICE AUGUST 7, 1875”. The army discovered that the slightly larger Schofield revolver, adopted as a limited standard in 1875, would not fit in the model 1874 holster designed for the Colt single action Army. Therefore, Watervliet Arsenal made slight modifications to the holster increasing its width and repositioning the stud for the flap, resulting in a holster that would serve for both weapons. This holster is THE ORIGINAL SAMPLE sent from Watervliet Arsenal to Chief of Ordnance S. V. Benet and is so signed by him on the accompanying tag. All holsters made subsequently were to be of these dimensions, though production holsters were additionally embossed with the letters “U.S.” on the body. The holster offered here lacks the “U.S.” indicating it’s status as a sample. CONDITION: Holster is complete and sound although the seam stitching is partially loose and appears to have been repaired along part of its length. Body of the holster has some surface cracking but retains most of its orig finish. 4-32412 DM61 (4,000-7,000)

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2186

FIRST TYPE MODEL 1881 CAVALRY HOLSTER. This is an example of an 1881 holster of early manufacture. The belt loop, designed to fit only the 2″ wide saber belt, distinguishes this as the 1st type. The body of the holster is embossed “U.S.” and the flap is stamped “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL”. The flap exhibits three holes, two of which were placed by the arsenal and a third probably by an individual soldier. CONDITION: Good or better. Plug is intact although partially unstitched. Crack around the base of the stud and another along the fold of the holster. Leather on the flap also exhibits moderate crazing yet little finish loss. 4-32461 DM69 (1,000-2,000)

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2187

CIVIL WAR HOLSTER MODIFIED FOR A COLT SAA. Black leather holster originally designed to carry the model 1860 Colt or 1858 Remington revolver but issued widely during the subsequent Indian campaigns for carrying the Colt model 1873. This example has been modified with a longer belt loop intended to fit over the Mill’s woven cartridge belt. The holster retains its original closure tab and end plug. The flap bears the original Civil War maker’s stamp “J DAVY & CO NEWARK NJ”. CONDITION: Overall near excellent condition with only slight finish loss in some areas. The flap exhibits moderate cracking to the surface of the leather. 4-32459 DM65 (1,000-2,000)

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2188
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Correction) Title should read: CIVIL WAR HOLSTER MODIFIED FOR A COLT SAA.

CIVIL WAR STYLE U.S. CAVALRY HOLSTER. Standard issue black leather holster designed to fit either the Model 1860 Colt or the 1858 Remington revolver. During the Indian War these holsters were used by the Cav. for the 1873 Colt. This example however was subsequently modified in the late 1890s by the addition of a long belt loop designed to fit over the woven cartridge belt. The loop is affixed to the holster by brass rivets. The flap still bears the orig Civil War U.S. Inspector stamp which is partially legible. CONDITION: Overall near excellent condition with only minor surface crazing to the leather. Holster retains its orig closure tab and plug. 4-32457 DM62 (1,000-2,500)

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2189

MODEL 1881 U.S. CAVALRY HOLSTER, THIRD TYPE. This version of the model 1881 holster represents the 3rd variation authorized in 1885 to fit over the Mill’s woven cartridge belt when empty. It has two holes in the flap to accommodate either the Colt or Smith & Wesson revolver. It is faintly embossed “U.S.” on the body. CONDITION: Overall very good with slight finish loss to the leather but still fully pliable. Retains the orig muzzle plug and all stitched seams are solid. 4-32458 DM67 (700-1,800)

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2190

UNISSUED COLT DRAGOON HOLSTER. Black leather holster designed to fit the large Dragoon model revolvers. It has a full flap with tab connecting to a brass stud. On the reverse is a leather loop designed to fit the standard cavalry saber belt and it is stamped “E. GAYLORD CHICOPEE MASS.” CONDITION: Near excellent with only slight shelf wear and blemishes. Extremely solid and all sewn seams are tight. 4-32463 DM63 (1,000-2,500)

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2191

MODEL 1885 U.S. CAVALRY SABER BELT Belt, approx 1-3/4″ wide, is complete with 1872 rectangular plate measuring 2-1/16″ x 3-1/4″, and sliding brass saber sling attachment with hook. Belt is marked “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL” and bears a unit stamp “5 CAV/23/B”. Included is a pattern 1874 McKeever cartridge box containing 20 varnished webbing loops for 45/70 cartridges. This box is the second type, introduced in 1876, having a pocket in the right end for the take down tool. Marked “WATERVLIET ARSENAL”. CONDITION: Condition of the belt is very good with some slight finish loss but still pliable. Condition of the plate is near excellent as is as the McKeever box. 4-32465 DM4 (400-500)

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2192

UNIQUE ONE-OF-A-KIND PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX. Sample pistol cartridge box submitted to the Chief of Ordnance on March 11, 1876 according to the orig paper label glued to the side of the box. Apparently this was an attempt to resolve the issue of how to carry pistol ammunition. The box measures approx 3-3/8″ wide x approx 5″ long x approx 2″ deep. The body is made of a single piece of black leather which serves as a hinge for the two halves of the box. The ends and top of the box are separate pieces stitched to the body. Inside are linen cartridge loops for 21 rounds of .45 cal. ammunition arranged in a unique accordion-like fashion. The two halves of the box are fastened together by a leather tab passing over a brass stud. On the reverse side of the box are two belt loops to receive the standard cavalry saber belt. The box appears to be entirely hand stitched and bears no markings as is typical for sample pieces. CONDITION: The overall condition of the box is very good with only slight surface flaking on the leather belt loops and the closure tab. Inside the box are two leather strips intended to restrict the opening of the box, one on either side. Both of these strips are loose at one end. The tab itself is cracked and weak, but functional. 4-32470 DM23 (1,000-2,500)

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2193

INDIAN WARS ACCOUTREMENTS LOT. Lot consists of a Model 1874 pistol cartridge pouch with U.S. embossed on the flap. The inside exhibits a modification to the Civil War cap pouch made by the Ordnance Department. The inner flap of the cap pouch was cut away except for two ears, one on either side, which were then stitched to the body of the pouch to retain the pistol cartridges. It has two leather belt loops on the reverse. The second item is a model 1874 Hazen’s cartridge loop, consisting of twenty 45 cal leather loops stitched to a central pc of leather. It also has three belt loops for use with the standard saber belt. The center loop is clearly stamped “U.S. ARSENAL BENICIA”. CONDITION: Pistol cartridge pouch exhibits minor flaking and overall checking to the leather surface. Orig fleece lining is intact. Hazen loops are in fair to good condition with the outer loops exhibiting considerable wear especially along the bottom edges. 4-32473 DM57 (500-1,200)

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2194

MODEL 1876 U.S. ARMY CARTRIDGE BELT, THIRD TYPE Typical of this style of belt, measuring 2-1/2″ wide, is the drab duck covering enclosing a full length leather belt. There are 54 webbing loops for 45 cal. ammunition and on the left end is a single tongue open frame buckle measuring approx 2-3/8″ x 2-1/8″. On the opposite end of the belt is a black leather billet marked “WATERVLIET ARSENAL”. On the inside of the canvas covering are the initials “TJM” inscribed in ink. These belts saw much use by both cavalry and infantry on the frontier during the late 1870s. CONDITION: The belt is in overall fine condition with only minor fraying to the upper edges of a few loops. The full length leather billet is pliable and retains most of its original finish with only minor surface crazing. 4-32481 DM9 (400-800)

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2195

1876 PATTERN CARTRIDGE BELT Second type, measuring 2-3/8″ wide. Brown canvas over leather belt with 46 loops for 50-70 cartridges. Black leather billet marked “WATERVLIET ARSENAL” and inspected by “A.R.SMITH”. Records indicate that only 300 of these 50 cal. belts were produced in 1878 for issue to Indian scouts and teamsters. Attached to the belt is a Model 1885 saber sling having 2 leather straps 10″ long and 24″ respectively. Retains one side primed 50/70 cartridge. CONDITION: The overall condition of this belt is very good with one area of frayed canvas on the right lower edge. Billet has moderate crazing to the surface. 4-32482 DM2 (800-1,000)

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2195A

VERY RARE FIRST TYPE MODEL 1876 PRAIRIE CARTRIDGE BELT This was the U.S Army’s first official cartridge belt authorized in Dec 1876 in the wake of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Consists of a leather belt, covered with drab colored canvas. It has 54 drab webbing loops for 45 cal. cartridges. Affixed to the left end is an open frame brass buckle measuring 2-1/8″ x 2-3/8″. On the opposite end of the belt is a black leather billet measuring 1-3/4″ x 7-3/8″. Belt is stenciled “NO. 37” on the inside. Attached to the belt is a model 1885 saber sling. These belts saw considerable use in 1877 during the Sioux War and the Nez Perce Campaign, as well as general use throughout the West. CONDITION: the belt is in overall very good condition with moderate fraying to the loops on the right end. The billet was shortened to fit a small soldier, during the period of use, as is commonly seen on these belts. Leather is in good condition and still pliable. 4-32480 DM5 (400-1,000)

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2196

1876 PATTERN US ARMY CARTRIDGE BELT Brown canvas covered leather belt, 2-1/2″ wide, with 54 loops for 45-70 ammunition, brown leather billet, and open framed brass buckle measuring 2-1/8″ x 2-3/8″ wide. Has 3 brass rings positioned at the left side for attaching equipment. Marked “WATERVLIET ARSENAL” and “A.R. SMITH” inspector. This is the 4th type, introduced May 1878 of this increasingly difficult to find belt. This type of belt was widely used by the troops on the western frontier. CONDITION: Overall this belt is in very good condition with some breaks in the canvas in the area of the equipment rings. 4-32483 DM1 (800-1,000)

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2197

HANDMADE CANVAS/LEATHER PRAIRIE BELT. Cartridge belt fabricated by sewing canvas cartridge loops to a russet leather belt. A unique method has been used to form a dbl row of loops with one row sewn directly to the belt and another sewn over the first forming a total of 78 loops for .45 cal ammunition. The belt has an iron frame buckle on one end coupling to a billet 1-1/2″ wide on the other. These belts, often termed prairie or thimble belts, were often fabricated in the field by the soldiers themselves or by troop saddlers. This belt probably dates to the mid-1870’s and is hand sewn throughout. CONDITION: Very good to excellent. 4-32468 DM75 (500-1,200)

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2198

MILL’S WOVEN CARTRIDGE BELT. Woven cartridge belt approx 3″ wide for .45 cal rifle cartridges. Belt is brown in color with three parallel lines of red thread along its length. On one end is a black leather chape with iron frame buckle matting to a leather billet measuring approx 1-3/8″ wide x 10-1/4″ on the other end. CONDITION: Very good. 4-32469 DM83 (800-2,000)

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2199

RARE MODEL 1881 CARTRIDGE BELT PLATE AND BELT. Cast brass pattern 1881 plate & catch as designed by Watervliet Arsenal. The plate measures approx 2-3/16″ wide by 3-3/8″ long and has the letters “U.S.” in a recessed oval on the face. The woven Mill’s type belt measuring approx 3″ wide is made to hold 45 rnds of 45-70 ammunition. The belt has four brass grommets arranged between the loops along the left side. CONDITION: Very good to excellent. Plate has minor surface pitting. Belt is generally very good to excellent, missing only the cloth binding on the ends of which only a fragment remains. 4-32471 DM82 (1,000-2,000)

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2200

RARE AND UNIQUE PRAIRIE CARTRIDGE BELT. Also called thimble belts, such belts were fabricated by soldiers on the western frontier. This type of belt was widely used in the Sioux campaign in 1876 and elsewhere in the West prior to the army’s adoption of a regulation cartridge belt. This example consists of a heavy leather belt approx, 1-7/8″ wide, covered with canvas and has 31 canvas loops for .45-70 cartridges. At the left end of the belt is a leather chape enclosing an iron roller buckle. At the right end of the belt is a leather billet measuring approx 7/8″ wide by approx 20″ long. Spaced along the length of the belt are three leather belt loops that may have been used for retaining an additional holster strap overlying the cartridge loops, which appears to have been subsequently removed from the left end of the belt. Belt contains 30 modern .45-70 cartridge cases. CONDITION: The belt is in overall very good condition for its age exhibiting only normal wear. 4-32422 DM21 (750-1,500)

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2201

LOT OF INDIAN WARS ACCOUTREMENTS. 1) 1890s Mill’s blue woven cartridge belt for .45-70 has thin cast “US” plate measuring approx 2-3/4″ x 3-1/8″. The belt has a number of brass grommets installed along its length. 2) Civil War black leather cap pouch with full flap and two belt loops on the reverse, stamped “E GAYLORD CHICOPEE MASS.” and bears a US ordnance inspector stamp on the front. Lacks the fleece lining. Issued to cav. during the Indian Wars to carry pistol cartridges. 3) 1872 Hagner No. 1 .50-70 cartridge box with 24 webbing loops inside, stamped on the reverse “No. 1” and embossed “US” in an oval on the front. On the reverse is a yoke type belt loop buttoned over the stud at the bottom. 4) 1872 Hagner cartridge box pattern No. 2. Originally made for .50-70 ammunition but this box converted ca. 1876 – 1877 to hold 24 .45-70 cartridges. Has had leather inserts placed in the loops to reduce their diameter. Embossed on the flap is “US” in an oval and stamped on the back is “No 2”. The flap has a closure tab buttoning to a brass stud affixed to the bottom of the box. Has two belt loops on the reverse. 5) Another Hagner No. 2 cartridge box with 24 webbing loops for .50-70 cartridges. This box reflects another method of conversion to .45 cal. by the addition of a leather strip just above the row of cartridges on the front of the box. Additionally the closure strap has been riveted to the bottom of the box and a brass stud has been installed on the flap. It is embossed “US” on the flap and stamped “No 2” on the reverse. It also has two leather loops for attachment to the waist belt. The No 2 box or pouch was issued to both cav. and inf, while the No 1 box was issued only to inf. CONDITION: All items are in very good to near excellent condition with only minor flaking to some of the exterior leather surfaces. All are good solid examples of their kind. 4-32471-1 4-32474, 4-32475 DM148 (1,000-1,500)

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2202

CIVIL WAR OFFICER’S FIELD BELT. Black leather belt with 1-pc cast 1851 style eagle plate of the type used by officers during both the Civil War and the Indian campaigns for field service. Belt has an adjustment loop with tongue on the right side and two saber slings attached by brass loops on the left side. Both saber slings employ brass snap swivels. The belt is formed of a single pc of thin leather folded and sewn to a width of approx 1-3/4″. CONDITION: Good with some flaking and finish loss. Front saber sling is partially broken and weak at its upper end. 4-32535 DM81 (300-700)

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2203

OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF CIVIL WAR CAVALRYMAN’S SABER BELT Complete model 1851 black buff leather saber belt with its orig matching eagle plate. Both the plate and the hasp have matching bench numbers. The belt measuring approx 1-7/8″ wide,retains both orig saber straps, the detachable shoulder support strap, as well as all D-rings, brass dbl buttons, and hooks. CONDITION: This belt appears to be in nearly unissued condition throughout. The orig black die color has faded to brown overall which is typical for buff leather produced during the Civil War. The condition of the eagle plate is fine with the exception of the slightest marring of the shield on the eagle’s breast, and a few slight storage nicks on the border. 4-32479 DM24 (700-2,000)

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2204

CIVIL WAR CAVALRY SABER BELT. Fine bridle leather saber belt with model 1851 eagle plate. Belt measures 1-3/4″ wide and is doubled back on itself for adjustment. There are 2 saber slings, each measuring approx 3/4″ wide, with brass spring snaps, attached to the belt. The forward attachment consists of an extremely heavy brass wire loop with saber hook. The rear strap is attached by means of a brass wire square sewn and riveted to the belt. CONDITION: The eagle plate is in fine condition exhibiing only light surface wear on the high points. The front saber strap attachment should have had a corresponding ring for a shoulder strap but that ring has apparently been removed. The belt is in very good to near excellent condition retaining most of its orig finish with only light crazing overall. The tip of the brass adjustment hook has been broken off. 4-32477 DM31 (500-1,500)

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2205

CAVALRY HORSE CRUPPER AND GIRTH. 1859 pattern leather horse crupper with black japanned iron buckles, overall length is approx32″. Stamped “SIGHLES & CO.”. It also bears a faint “US” inspector’s stamp. Also in this lot is a 1885 hair girth for the McClellan saddle, measuring approx 29-1/2″ long by 8″ wide. It has large iron rings with black leather safes at each end. It is stamped “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL”. CONDITION: Near excellent. 4-32486-2 DM142 (200-400)

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2206

MODEL 1885 INDIAN WARS CARBINE SLING. Black leather sling approx 1-1/2″ wide with single tongue brass buckle measuring about 2″ square. The end of the sling is reinforced with a brass tip riveted in place. A blued iron snap swivel assembly was used to attach the Springfield carbine. The snap is marked “O.B. NORTH & CO NEW HAVEN – CT”. This type of sling was adopted by the Cavalry Equipment Board in 1885. CONDITION: Fair with considerable finish loss to the leather overall. Metal parts are very good to excellent. 4-32466 DM77 (300-700)

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2207

CIVIL WAR CAVALRY GIRTH. Blue webbing girth approx 4-1/4″ wide with black leather chaps on both ends, one fitted with a 2″ wide iron frame buckle and the other with a 1-1/2″ iron frame buckle and 2-1/8″ iron D-ring with leather safes on the reverse side. The girth measures approx 19″ long overall. CONDITION: Excellent, probably unissued. 4-32486 DM94 (300-700)

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2208

1874 CAVALRY GIRTH. Made of blue and brown striped webbing approx 7-1/2″ wide, this girth has leather safes on both ends as well as a 2″ wide iron frame buckle on one end and a 1-1/2″ iron buckle with large iron D-ring on the other. The safe on the near end is marked “WATRERVLIET ARSENAL”. This was used with the Model 1874 McClellan saddle. CONDITION: Excellent, probably unissued. 4-32490 DM95 (250-500)

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2210

LOT OF CAVALRY HORSE GEAR. 1) Two Model 1874 woven girths for the McClellan saddle. One measures approx5-3/4″ wide by 23-1/2″ long. The other measures approx 5-1/4″ wide by 27″ long. Both are made of woven blue cotton material with stripes that are now of a tan hue. Both are constructed identically with a 2″ wide iron frame buckle and chape on one end and a 1-1/2″ wide iron frame buckle and 2″ iron D-ring at the other. One is missing the D-ring. Both have leather safes at either end. 2) A cav. surcingle of blue webbing material for holding the blanket to the horse’s back while being cooled out. Measures approx 3-1/4″ wide by almost 7′ long. It has a 1-3/8″ wide billet at one end coupling with an iron roller buckle at the other end. The billet has faint markings “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL” near the free end and the chape bears a unit marking “5 B”. CONDITION: Very good. 4-32484-1 4-32486-1;4-32484 DM141 (250-500)

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2211

CIVIL WAR CAVALRY BRIDLE. Black leather headstall fitted with japanned iron buckles. The bit is the standard 1861 style with brass U.S. rosettes on both sides. The bridle is complete with head band and throat latch but lacks reins. CONDITION: Very good to excellent. Bit lacks the chin chain but has both rings for the reins. Leather shows only minor surface crazing and is in generally excellent condition for its age. 4-32505 DM97 (600-1,000)

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2212

MODEL 1874 CAVALRY SHOEMAKER BIT. This is the regulation U.S. cav. bit adopted in 1874. It has rnd brass U.S. rosettes on both sides and one of the bars is stamped “R.I.A.”. Attached to the bit is a Civil War type throat latch with iron buckles. The 1-pc leather rein, approx 7/8″ wide, with brass buckles, is intact. CONDITION: Bit is very good, exhibits some surface rusting in a few areas but is otherwise very nice. Leather is in excellent pliable condition for its age. 4-32506 DM98 (300-700)

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2213

CIVIL WAR RING BIT. Similar to the standard cavalry bit except this bit has a very high curb to which is attached an iron ring approximately 4-3/8″ in diameter for controlling very stubborn horses. Marked on the left cheek “ALLEGHNY ARSENAL 1865”. Bit has brass U.S. rosettes riveted to both cheeks and appears complete. It is marked as being a size number one port. CONDITION: Very good to excellent with traces of the original blue finish in the protected areas. Most of the bit appears as smooth dark patina. 4-32496-1 DM93 (200-600)

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2214

1859 U.S. CAVALRY HORSE BIT. Standard pattern cav. bit of the Civil War with brass U.S. rosettes on both cheeks. Marked “ALLEGHENY ARSENAL 1861”. It is a number 3 size port and is so stamped inside the left cheek. Bit is complete with both rings for reins and the chin chain. Has old tin or nickel-plate finish. CONDITION: Very good with some minor surface rust through the finish. 4-32495 DM92 (400-1,000)

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2214A

FANCY CIVIL WAR ERA OFFICER’S SPURS. Polished brass spurs approx 6″ long with blued steel rowels having extremely fine points. These spurs are made to accept 1-pc straps. This is one type of spur available for purchase by officers on the commercial market. CONDITION: Near excellent. 4-32502 DM79 (200-400)

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2214B

1885 PATTERN U.S. CAVALRY SPURS. Brass frames with steel rowels. Both spurs are stamped with the number “23” and “RIA”. Included are black leather straps with japanned iron buckles. CONDITION: Very good to excellent with minor surface nicks and scratches. 4-32489 DM78 (250-600)

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2215

U.S. CAVALRY HORSE COVER. An extremely rare cav. item as specified in 1885. This cover was used for cooling horses and for protecting them in cold weather. It is made of white canvas duck, measuring approx 74″ long and 65″ wide. It is stenciled in black with the letters “US” approx 5-1/2″ tall on the rump area. Below that is a unit marking consisting of crossed sabers for Troop M 3rd Cav. At the front of the cover are two japanned iron roller buckles and straps for fastening across the chest of the horse and at the rear is a canvas covered rope that passed beneath the tail. At the mid-point of the cover is a white canvas girth strap with black leather billet that coupled the sides of the cover beneath the horse’s belly. This is the exact item shown in Ordnance Memorandum No. 29. CONDITION: Excellent condition showing only slight use although there is one hole on the right side approx 1-1/4″ long and the girth also has a cut approx 2″ long across its width. 4-32538 DM96 (500-1,000)

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2216

CAVALRY OFFICER’S SADDLE COVER. Made of black leather covered with dark blue wool and trimmed with a border of gold lace approximately 1″ wide. The edge of the entire cover is bound with yellow leather. At each side are slits approx 7″ wide for passing through the stirrup leathers. Both of these slits are reinforced with black leather. At each lower rear corner is a large brass letter “D”, perhaps denoting Dragoons. CONDITION: Overall good condition exhibiting some staining to the cloth and wear to the yellow edging as well as the gold lace trim. Also a large carefully repaired area on the upper right side of the cloth. Leather reinforcement on the right side of the cover is loose around the edges. 4-32512 DM56 (1,000-2,000)

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2217

CIVIL WAR OFFICER’S SADDLE. Rare and unusual McClellan style saddle covered with black leather with an extra layer of black leather over the seat and attached with rnd head iron nails. Has distinctive brass bands covering both the pommel and cantle seams. Has three brass rings attached to the bars with iron staples (1 missing). Has black leather skirts on both sides measuring approx 12-1/2″ wide. Is also provided with hooded stirrups, one of which is stenciled with the number “6” in black ink on the bottom and the other having a slightly differently shaped hood is stamped “1905” on the bottom. Both latigo straps are intact as well as a heavy leather military style girth with iron rings and buckles. Saddle retains two black leather coat straps with black japanned buckles. There is a shield shaped brass plate on the pommel bearing the number “12” (seat size). There are four iron foot staples, two on the pommel and two on the bars at the rear as well as an iron stud attached behind the cantle. CONDITION: Overall very good. Leather exhibits varying degrees of surface crazing and normal wear but is a solid specimen. 4-32514 DM113 (750-2,000)

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2218

MOD 1859 MCCLELLAN SADDLE. This style of McClellan saddle was used by the U.S. Cavalry throughout the Civil War and until the mid 1870s. Saddle features an uncovered rawhide seat, black leather skirts, fenders and hooded stirrups. Tacked to the tree is a brass label reading “C. PRUDDE, MAKER, PHILADA”. Both fenders bear a Newark, NJ makers mark. The saddle retains 3 coat straps on the cantle. CONDITION: The rawhide leather covering is largely intact except for a portion approx 1″ wide along the upper edge of the cantle. The seam under the pommel is also separated. All of the iron rings and foot staples are intact. The leather is in overall good condition exhibiting minor surface flaking and cracking and finish loss in some areas. 4-32515 DM26 (700-1,500)

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2219

MOD 1885 MCCLELLAN SADDLE. Standard black leather covered saddle bearing a brass Pommel shield “11-1/4″ SEAT”. Although the saddle tree and quarter strap assembly appear to be orig to this saddle, the stirrups and stirrup leathers appear to be replacements. One of the wooden stirrups is dated 1918. Three coat straps are present but are not orig. Additional the latigo strap on the offside appears to be a more recent replacement. Only a fragment of the nearside latigo is present. CONDITION: The overall condition of the leather is fair with surface cracking and finish loss throughout. Although all the leather covering is present the seams have separated in several places. 4-32513 DM27 (500-700)

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2220

FIVE CIVIL WAR AND INDIAN WAR LINK STRAPS. Link straps were used by the cavalry to connect the led horses in combat situations. These represent several different types. Two of them, made of black leather and having black japanned iron buckles and snaps, appear to be of the Civil War period. Another, also made of black leather, approx 19″ long with a rectangular brass buckle, is the type adopted in 1874. The last two, made of russet leather 3/4″ wide and approx 17-1/2″ long, probably date to the early 1900s. CONDITION: Generally good to very good with some showing surface cracking to the leather. 4-32497 DM99 (200-500)

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2221

LOT OF CAVALRY ITEMS. 1) Two horse brushes with oval russet leather backs measuring approx 4″ x 6-1/2″ with black bristles. One is stamped “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL” and the other is stamped “HERBERT BRUSH MFG. CO.”. Both are stamped “US” on the leather backs. 2) Iron curry comb with leather back stamped “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL” and leather hand strap 1-7/8″ wide marked “US”. 3) Iron curry comb with black japanned wooden handle. The body of the comb measures approx 3-7/8″ wide by approx 4-1/2″. CONDITION: Brushes are near excellent with one appearing slightly darker than the other, probably from oil. Curry combs are both good to very good. 4-32490-1,4-32496 DM108 (200-300)

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2222

LOT OF INDIAN WARS HORSE GEAR. U.S. cav. picket rope with brown japanned hardware including rings and hooks at both ends, still coiled. Used by all cav. troopers to stake out the horse to the picket pin. Included are four picket pins. 1) A Civil War pin, measuring approx 13″ long, with figure 8 loop at the upper end. 2) A fluted pin, measuring approx 14-1/2″ long, with four facets with a swivel at the top. 3) A hand forged iron pin labeled “FT HALLECK WY”, measuring approx 14″ long, with swivel and ring at the top . 4) Another hand forged iron pin measuring approx 14-1/2″ long with a large iron ring passing directly through the top of the pin. CONDITION: Picket rope is excellent, probably unissued. 1) Near excellent. 2) Good to very good. 3) Fair with much surface rust and pitting from having been in the ground. 4) Good with surface pitting. 4-32487-2,4-32500, 4-32503 DM112 (300-400)

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2223

PAIR OF 1885 U.S. CAVALRY SADDLEBAGS. Saddlebags made of black pebble grain leather with flaps marked “US” and three straps connecting to brass wire buckles. Both bags retain their orig drab duck liners with fitted pockets. The bags are connected by a 1-pc seat with center hole for fastening to the stud on the McClellan saddle. Both bags also have brass rings at the front corners with straps to secure the bags to the quarter strap D-rings on the saddle. The seat is stamped “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL” with inspector stamps and a unit marking – “M 12C 73”. Included with the bags is an unrelated belly strap for the 1879 cav. saddle bags. CONDITION: Bags are in good to very good condition with some damage to the flap of the left hand bag and an additional hole approx 1/2″ diameter in the seat. Liners are worn, soiled and torn and all of the fastening buttons for the liners are missing. Bags are otherwise complete. Belly strap is complete and in very good condition. 4-32492-24-32493 DM111 (700-1,200)

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2224

MODEL 1879 U.S. CAVALRY SADDLEBAGS. These bags were made and issued in both leather and canvas configurations, this one representing the leather version. The two black leather bags are connected by a 1-pc seat that extended across the back of the saddle. Both bags retain their orig drab duck liners with fitted pockets for various utensils. On the outside of each bag is an additional leather pocket measuring approx 7″ square for holding horseshoes and ammunition. The flaps of both bags are faintly embossed “U.S.”. At the bottom of each bag is a brass ring serving as a connection for a belly strap approx 1″ wide, included herewith, that passed beneath the horse to stabilize the bags. CONDITION: Very good condition overall. Two holes, one on either side on the seat, approx 1″ in diameter that are not orig. 4-32494 DM59 (500-1,000)

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2225

PAIR OF MODEL 1859 U.S. CAVALRY SADDLEBAGS. Unit consists of two black leather bags measuring approx 8-1/2″ wide connected by a saddle pc. Both bags have flaps covering two inner pockets, closed with leather lacing. The saddle piece or connecting strap has a central hole which was used to attach the unit to the McClellan saddle. CONDITION: Fair to good. Bags exhibit a couple of openings along the seams as well as moderate surface crazing but are still pliable. 4-32492 DM84 (600-1,200)

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2225A

1872 HORSESHOE AND BRUSH POUCH. This black leather pouch was produced as part of the experimental 1872 Cav. equipment and is composed of two pockets resembling a small set of saddlebags. The larger pocket measures approx 7-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. The smaller one measures approx 5-3/8″ x 7″. Both pockets are covered by flaps with billets passing through standing loops on the face of the pockets. The connecting strap is boldly stamped “U.S”. CONDITION: Very good to excellent with only minor finish loss. Small pouch appears to have had a strap removed from the reverse. 4-32498 DM76 (400-1,000)

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2226

INDIAN WARS MESS GEAR AND SADDLER’S TOOLS. 1) 1874 pattern meat can used by every soldier in the field to carry the bacon ration and to eat from, measuring approx 6-1/2″ wide by 8″ long. The two halves consist of a plate having a finger ring riveted to the outside and a pan with folding handle stamped “US”. Made of tin-plated stamped iron. 2) 1874 pattern Army tin cup measuring 4″ in diameter and 4″ tall. Handle is stamped “US”. 3) Tinned iron box containing leather repair equipment including a spool of flax thread, a box of copper rivets and burrs, a small punch, riveting tool and stitching awl along with several needles. Both the thread and the box of rivets retain their orig labels. Tin box measures approx 2-7/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ long by 2″ high. 4) Set of field tools consisting of a saddler’s rnd knife with blade approx4-1/4″ wide marked “— CRANE & CO ESTD 1826″; a pr of iron nippers approx 7-1/2” long marked “ANST–TRENE”; and a tin box containing a spool of 2 oz flax thread, a box of rivets and burrs, an unidentified object wrapped in brown paper, a stitching awl handle with separate tips and a small leather punch. Box with hinged lid measures approx 3-1/3″ by 5″ long by 2-3/8″ high. CONDITION: Mess gear is Fair to Good. Saddle’s tools are Good to Very Good. 4-324644-32499 DM145 (400-800)

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2227

INDIAN WARS PICKET PINS. One is a Model 1874 Lyon pattern measuring approx 15″ long with a swivel and ring affixed to the upper end. The pin itself is stamped “U.S”. The other pin measures approx 13″ long and has a fluted body with a swivel attached to the top. CONDITION: 1874 pin is in very good to excellent condition and is complete. Fluted specimen exhibits minor surface rust and pitting over the entire surface but is very good and compete. 4-32487 DM103 (400-1,000)

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2228

LOT OF BINOCULARS AND MISCELLANEOUS INDIAN WARS HORSE GEAR. 1) 19th C. binoculars with leather covered tubes measuring approx 6-1/4″ overall. Eye pcs are marked “SPORTIERE PARIS”. The group of straps includes a black leather strap measuring approx 10″ long by 7/8″ wide with standing loop and iron snap for attaching the cav. picket rope to the McClellan saddle. 2) Pair of 1885 saber straps, measuring approx 5/8″ wide by 11-1/2″ long with rectangular brass buckles, for attaching the saber to the saddle. The fourth strap, measuring approx 5/8″ wide, is a detached pc from a Model 1874 inf. carrying brace. 3) 1884 carbine boot measuring approx 11″ long and marked “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL”. This boot does not have the brass throat and was the first type of carbine boot adopted by the U.S. cav. It has two straps 3/4″ wide with iron buckles for attaching to the quarter strap of the saddle as well as a longer vertical strap that went over the cantle stud. 4) Pair of 1885 Comly pattern leather horse hobbles with large iron D-rings and connecting chain. The interlocking fasteners are made of tin-plated iron. 5) 1885 watering bridle consisting of a blued steel snaffle bit with attached leather reins. CONDITION: All straps are in very good or better condition. Binoculars have some finish loss at the eye pcs and the forward end of the left tube is rather heavily dented. Carbine boot is excellent with signs of minor flexing to the straps and only very minor finish loss. Hobbles are in fair to good condition showing normal use and minor surface cracking to the leather. Watering bridle is excellent and appears unissued. 4-325284-32504 DM106 (400-800)

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2228A

CARBINE BOOTS. Heavy black leather carbine boot, pattern 1885, measuring approx 13-1/2″ long. Brass reinforcement riveted to throat intended to spread the mouth of the boot to accept the Model 1873 Springfield carbine. Second item is a Civil War carbine socket, measuring approx 2-1/4″ long by 2-1/4″ in diameter, has strap and iron buckle for attaching to the quarter strap ring on the McClellan saddle. CONDITION: 1885 boot is in near excellent condition. It is complete with the support strap that connects to the stud at the rear of the McClellan saddle and has two straps and iron buckles for attachment to the quarter strap. Likewise the carbine thimble is in near excellent condition and complete. 4-32488 DM100 (300-500)

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2229

ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR PACKET OF 44 CALIBER PISTOL CARTRIDGES Brown paper wrapped packet meas approx 1-5/8″ x 2-3/4″. Label reads “6 COMBUSTIBLE ENVELOPE CARTRIDGES MADE OF HAZARDS’ POWDER EXPRESSLY FOR COLTS PATENT REVOLVING HOLSTER PISTOL 44/100″ CALIBER. WARRANTED SUPERIOR QUALITY”. CONDITION: This is a rare unopened, and unbroken packet of cartridges in excellent condition. 4-32338 DM6 (400-500)

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2230

LOT CONSISTING OF WALKER BULLET MOLD AND NIPPLE WRENCH. Iron bullet mold, approx5-1/4″ long, with single cavity for .44 cal conical bullet. Sprue cutter is marked on top “COLTS PATENT “. Lot includes the U shaped nipple wrench and screw driver for the Colt Walker revolver. CONDITION: Bullet mold has overall light pitting and some surface rust. Cavity itself is heavily rusted and pitted. Wrench is in very good to excellent condition retaining some of the orig blue finish. 4-32415 DM74 (3,000-5,000)

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2231
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Change of Estimate) Estimate should read (700-1,000)

LOT INCLUDING GRIP AND BULLET MOLD FOR DRAGOON REVOLVER. The brass bullet mold, having cavities for both the .44 cal rnd ball and conical bullets, measures 5-1/8″ long. There are no markings visible except for the letter “T” stamped on one side. Also included in the lot is a 1-pc walnut grip for a 2nd Model Colt Dragoon revolver. There appears to be a number faintly inscribed inside the back groove. No other markings are visible. CONDITION: Mold is in good condition although the surface exhibits considerable nicks and scratches from hard use. No sprue cutter. Grips are in very good condition with exception that the front right hand corner is chipped. 4-32417 DM73 (300-700)

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2232

FRANKFORD ARSENAL SET OF RELOADING TOOLS. U.S. Army reloading kit dating to the 1880s used for reloading .45 cal rifle, carbine and revolver ammunition. Consists of a number of steel dies, and punches all of which are marked either “FRANKFORD ARSENAL” or “FA” and are labeled according to function. Also included in the set (19 individual pieces) are a wooden mallet, a case cleaning brush, primer punch, a primer pocket cleaner, funnel, and priming tool. Some of the items are also marked “U.S.”. Set may not be complete as issued. Tools are in a fitted wooden box. CONDITION: All items are in overall good to very good condition with some exhibiting surface rust and/or minor pitting. 4-32476 DM22 (1,000-2,500)

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2233

CARBINE CLEANING RODS. Two wood carbine cleaning rods. The first is intended for Civil War and later carbines. It measures approx 5/16″ diameter by 30″ long and has a threaded brass ferrule with a fiber bore brush approx 3/4″ in diameter. The second is an 1874 barracks cleaning rod for carbines, measures approx 5/16″ diameter by 29-3/4″ long with a wooden ball at the upper end measuring approx 1-5/8″ diameter. CONDITION: Both are in excellent condition and complete with only minor soiling and age spots. 4-32574 DM101 (150-400)

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2234

MILITARY BARRACKS/ARMORY GUN RACK Indian Wars era production armory freestanding, round pedestal rack designed to house 20 Springfield trapdoor carbines and 20 Colt SAA revolvers. The top portion of the rack has revolver slots numbered 21-40 and are bound in by a leather covered locking band secured with a tension hasp. The lower portion of the rack has slots for 20 carbines and are similarly numbered. These are bound in by a leather covered locking band secured with a tension hasp. The base and topper are secured by iron bands. “C.J. Rylander” is stamped in the wood top plate. The pedestal stands 41″ high and is 26″ across the base. CONDITION: Very good. Rack retains much of a brown, painted surface that has aged. Several revolver slots have splits with some wood missing. Base trim is missing three of its corners. Iron furniture is brown with moderate to heavy pitting, numerous dings and dents to the wood. Leather is brittle but mostly intact. 4-32571 WD56 (750-1,500)

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2234A

PAIR OF MODEL 1874 SADDLER’S AND BLACKSMITH’S TOOL POUCHES. Made of heavy russet leather, these extremely rare boxes were carried in the field by cav. saddlers and blacksmiths to execute repairs in the field. Each box measures approx 8-1/2″ wide by 8-1/2″ tall by 14″ wide. On the top of each box is embossed “US” in an oval 1-5/8″ x 2-7/8″. The lids, fitting down over the boxes themselves, are secured by wide leather straps approx 1-1/2″ wide and iron frame buckles. The two boxes were coupled together over the horse’s back by two long straps, one on each box, terminating in slotted sheet brass plates which were keyed to the opposite box. One box lacks that strap. The lids have heavy brass wire latches. Inside each box are leather loops, pockets and straps for holding various tools and supplies. The closure strap on each box bears a stamp of questionable origin, “US 7”. CONDITION: Very good to excellent. 4-32529 DM140 (200-500)

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2234B

LOT OF THREE AMMO BOXES. 1) Wood ammunition crate marked “COLTS ARMY BELT PISTOL 1862″ measuring approx 6-1/2″ wide by 15-5/8″ long by 5” high with its orig lid stenciled in black “WATERVLIET ARSENAL NOV. 1862”. Extremely unusual to find one of these boxes with its orig lid still intact. This one has been kept together by the addition of crude leather hinges tacked to one side. 2) Wood crate measuring approx 13-1/4″ wide by 13-3/4″ long by 7-1/2″ high with wood handles extending entirely across each end. Stenciled on one end is “METALLIC CART.G CAL .45 MODEL 1873 COLTS PISTOL” and inscribed in black ink on the opposite side is “METALIC [sic] SHELL CARTRIDGES”. On the bottom are remnants of two wax paper seals by the Union Metallic Cartridge Company of Bridgeport, CT. 3) Wood ammunition crate painted olive drab and measuring approx13-7/8″ wide by 15-8/7″ long by 7-1/2″ high. The box retains one of its orig wood handles while the other is missing. Both ends of the box are stenciled in white “RIFLE BALL CARTRIDGES CALIBER .45”. One side is stenciled “CALIBER 45 FRANKFORD ARSENAL” and the other reads “CALIBER 45 MANUFACTURED FRANKFORD ARSENAL” The latter side is also die stamped “6-13-81”. In the bottom are fragments of the orig wax seals. CONDITION: Fair to good condition. 4-324514-32452 4-32453 DM144 (800-1,200)

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2235

LOT OF TWO MILITARY CANVAS BAGS. 1) Model 1874 clothing bag with plain cover marked “U.S. RECRUIT” Bag consists of a large cargo pocket and a smaller pocket sewn to the front of the bag and fastened with a leather strap and eagle button for holding ammunition. This bag represents a modified bag of the late 1870s as it retains all of its orig black leather chapes and brass buckles but has a plain cover with two leather closure straps. Attached to the bag is a detachable webbing shoulder sling 1-1/2″ wide with a brass Chambers buckle. The inside of the flap is marked “U.S. WATERVLIET ARSENAL”. 2) Khaki canvas haversack measuring approx 10-1/2″ x 13-1/2″ with a full flap marked “U.S.” as well as a unit stamp consisting of crossed sabers with “2” above and “B” below and the number “3 5”. It has a leather shoulder sling measuring approx 2″ wide at the middle and attaching to the bag by brass hooks. The inside of the flap is marked “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL 1903”. CONDITION: Condition of both bags is good to very good, both showing spots and soiling, but no other significant damage. 4-32491 DM105 (200-400)

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2236

INDIAN WARS CANTEENS. A Model 1874 canteen, first type, retaining its orig Civil War brown woolen cover. The shoulder sling is made of 1-1/4″ wide webbing, passing through the three sling guides. The sling is fastened together by a sheet brass Chambers buckle. The stopper is affixed by a brass wire around the neck of the spout and a brass chain. The second canteen is an infantry canteen of 1890s vintage, having a canvas cover with the letters “US” stenciled on the front. The black leather sling measures approx 1″ wide and is attached to the iron loops on the canteen by brass hooks. CONDITION: Both canteens are excellent overall. Leather sling on the canvas covered canteen has an old riveted repair at the mid-point and the surface of the sling has minor cracks and finish loss. 4-32485 DM102 (200-600)

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2237

7TH CAVALRY CANTEEN. Canvas covered canteen as used in the latter part of the Indian campaigns. Has the letters “U.S.” on the front. On the back, stenciled in black ink is a crossed sabers and “7” and “E”. The canteen also has the 1885 pattern Cav. canteen strap with iron snap hook for attaching it to the saddle. CONDITION: Very good to excellent overall. 4-32501 DM60 (200-500)

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2238

19TH CENTURY INDIAN USED BELT KNIFE WITH STUDDED SHEATH. J.P. Jordan small Bowie with 5-3/8″ roach back blade with maker’s name & “SHEFFIELD” on left side. It has an oval grooved bolster integral with blade and a 6-1/2″ long tapered & curved stag handle. Accompanied by its wonderful orig belt sheath with belt slot inside rear edge with twenty brass studs around back edge. This is the style of sheath used by both Indians and frontiersmen through most of the 19th century and was prevalent on Northern Plains. CONDITION: Blade shows moderate to heavy wear with fine pitting. Handle has a crack on each side but is still sound. Sheath is much worn with heavily crackled surface and a small tear at toe. Overall retains a dark brown patina with studs a greenish black patina. 4-32408 JR425 (500-1,200)

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2239

LOT OF MILITARY ITEMS. 1) Short brass bugle with mouthpiece measuring approx 9-1/4″ long with a triple wrap and bell measuring approx 3-1/2″ in diameter. Stamped on the top is “G.R. BAND INST CO GRAND RAPIDS MICH”. Attached to the bugle is a regulation cav. bugle cord dating to the 1880s. 2) Leather bound “CAVALRY DRILL REGULATIONS UNITED STATES ARMY” manual (528 pages) ca. 1890. Stamped inside the front cover is “A.W. TOWNSEND B. 3RD CAV.” 3) Handmade lead Confederate dog tag measuring approx 1-1/2″ in diameter with a hole for attachment to a string or cord. On the face of the tag is inscribed “F. WARD G CO” and on the back is “20 GEORGIA CSA”. CONDITION: Bugle is in very good condition with minor denting and surface pitting. Cord exhibits minor fraying and some tassel damage. Manual is in fair to good condition with scuffing and chips to the cover. Dog tag is in very good condition with dark patina. 4-32549, 4-32550, 4-32554 DM104 (500-600)

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2240

INDIAN WARS ERA U.S. FLAG. The National flag bearing 38 stars was adopted with the entry of CO. into the Union in August, 1876. It remained the standard American flag until 1889. This example is manufactured of cotton bunting with white linen stars arranged in six rows. It measures approx 54″ x 78″. The flag is attached to the upper half of a 2-pc jointed staff, perhaps ash (the lower joint missing), measuring approx 1-3/8″ diameter by approx 65″, and surmounted by a gilt-plated American eagle. CONDITION: Flag is in fair condition with numerous small holes and tears throughout and fraying at the outer end. Staff is very good. 4-32570 DM118 (75-150)

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2241

LOT OF TWO LEATHER ITEMS. 1.) Civil War over the shoulder carbine type sling is marked “O.B.NORTH & Co, NEW HAVEN-Ct” on the snap hook. Black leather belt is 50″ l and 2-3/8″ w, with a brass buckle and batwing finial. Belt is stamped “FV” on the inside. 2.) Model 1855 type crupper with brass saddle ring and two nickel plated adjustment strap buckles. This variation may have been used by mounted police. CONDITION: Carbine sling is very fine and is missing one rivet from its finial, otherwise without flaw. Crupper is good, showing typical age cracking and normal wear at the contact points. 4-324674-32487-1 WD75 (300-700)

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2242

LOT OF THREE COLT 1860 GRIPS. 1.) Two orig 1860 Army grips with SN’s faintly inked into the backstrap channel. 2.) An unfinished 1860 Army grip blank (possibly from the factory). CONDITION: 1.) Very good, with no visible cartouche. 2.) As new and unmarked. 4-32956 WD70 (100-200)

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2243

LOT OF TWO COLT 1860 GRIPS. Two un-numbered 1860 Army grips. One appears to be assembled from two grip panels, the other is a factory-type grip. CONDITION: Very good, plus. Both appear to have a more recent finish applied. 4-32957 WD71 (100-250)

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2244
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Change of Estimate) Estimate should read (200-400)

COLT 1860 GRIP. Appears to be a fcactory orig replacement grip. One piece construction with a factory applied oil finish. CONDITION: Very fine, plus, with most of its orig oil finish. 4-32958 WD72 (100-250)

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2245
Revised: 10/19/2007

(Change of Estimate) Estimate should read (200-400)

COLT 1860 GRIP. One piece 1860 Army grip appears to be a factory orig replacement. CONDITION: Very fine, plus, with most of its orig oil finish. 4-32959 WD73 (100-250)

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2246

COLT 1860 MARTIALLY MARKED GRIP. One piece 1860 Army grip with “8336” inked into the backstrap channel. CONDITION: Very good, with some nicks and dings overall. Faint cartouche visible on right grip panel.. Touch-up finish added some years ago. 4-32960 WD74 (150-350)

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2247

CONTEMPORARY OIL OF GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER IN UNIFORM. Extremely well rendered oil depiction of Custer in full military regalia. Signed lower right “Noel”. Framed in attractive, contemporary gold frame. SIZE: 24″ x 27-1/2″ (including frame) CONDITION: Excellent 4-32572 JJ201 (250-500)

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2248

LITHO ADVERTISING OF “CUSTER’S LAST FIGHT”. This well-known image depicting a panoramic scene of the annihilation of Custer’s command was an advertising sign produced by Anheuser-Busch “Home of Budweiser”. Original image was registered in 1896. Framed in gold wood frame. SIZE: 45″w x 36″h. CONDITION: Scattered water staining. A few scrapes and rubs and light soiling overall . 4-32573 JJ2 (400-800)

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2251

INDIAN USED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH HOLSTER. SN 78460. Cal. 44 CF. SN 78460. Nickel finish with 7-1/2” bbl, slightly altered front sight with small block letter address. It has 3-line patent dates on left side of frame with “44 CF” on left front web of trigger guard. It has 1-pc walnut grip with brass tack decorations, having four complete tacks, one partial tack & a shank on left side and three complete tacks on right side with two square shanks. Buttstrap is crudely hand engraved with stick figure of a man. Accompanied by the remnants of an early cavalry holster missing its toe plug with flap cut away. It has similar brass tack decorations around front top edge with six complete tacks & one square shank. Top 1-1/2” of seam is open and has a soft deerskin lace with brass bead. Toe has been crudely restitched with old cotton twine. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with nickel finish as having been shipped March 30, 1882 to “J.C. Grubb & Co., Philadelphia, Penn.” in a shipment of ten same type guns. Also accompanied by a letter from Dennis Eros of Dennis Eros Indian Art, Ocean Park, Washington, dated Aug. 12, 1984, wherein he states that the previous owner of the gun had told him that it was owned by a Cheyenne Indian named “Walking Horse”. This revolver & holster are pictured on p. 69 as Item #309 in Indian Guns Spears & Shields of the American Frontier, Baldwin. CONDITION: About good. It retains strong nickel under ejector rod housing and in sheltered areas on bbl with about 20% remaining on frame with balance of metal being a cleaned gray patina with scattered spots of light rust. Cylinder is much worn with light to moderate scattered pitting. Grip also shows heavy wear with chipped toes and retains a hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Holster is basically sound with a very crackled surface with some finish loss. 4-32358 JR468 (4,000-8,000)

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2252

J. HENRY & SON HALF STOCK INDIAN TRADE RIFLE. Cal. 45. 37-1/2″ full oct bbl. This half stock rifle was made by James Henry & Son in Boulton, Pa., for Jacob Aster and the American Fur Trade. The rifle has brass tack decoration at the buttplate and rawhide sewn around the wrist as was common for rifles carried by the American Indians. The rifle is worn to the extent that the Henry name on the bbl is no longer present however the percussion lock is marked “J. Henry & Son”. The rifle has dbl set triggers and a pewter nosecap. The ramrod is a modern replacement. This is a nice example of a working gun that saw great usage in the old West. CONDITION: 7″ long piece of wood is missing along the bbl forward of the lock. Otherwise the rifle is complete, showing great use and great pitting on the iron furniture and bbl. Evidence of a crack in the wrist, obviously the one reason for the rawhide wrist repair. 4-32716 RG38 (1,500-2,000)

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2253

PLAINS INDIAN STYLE BOW Leather wrapped and bead decorated. The geometric design also depicts 4 American flags. Bead colors include red, white, and light blue. Origin and tribe unknown. The bow length is 49″. CONDITION: Very good. 4-31026 JK1 (1,500-2,500)

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2254

SCARCE CUSTER RANGE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE SN 39964. Cal. 45-70. Fine Model 1873 carbine with 22” rnd bbl, square base front sight and 1,300 yard ladder rear sight. It has usual 1873 breech block markings but a later undated lockplate. Mounted in an orig 1873 1-pc walnut stock with sgl band & stacking swivel and buttplate without trap and no hole in wood underneath. Left side of wrist has a clear, legible “ESA” (for Erskine S. Allin) cartouche. It also has a clear “P” proof below trigger guard. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains most of its orig strong blue with a light scratch and some very fine surface rust. Breech block retains about all of its brilliant case colors with lockplate & hammer retaining most of their blue with light surface rust. Trigger guard has moderate pitting around bottom screw hole and retains strong blue with light surface rust. Stock is sound and retains about all of a fine restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-32662 JR519 (3,500-5,000)

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2255

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1879 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 155011. Cal. 45-70. SN 155011. Standard carbine with 22” rnd bbl, square base front sight with ski jump ladder rear sight marked “C” on left side. It has “1873” dated breech block without arrows or eagle and later flat lockplate. It has an orig 1879 1-pc walnut stock with clear “SWP / 1881” cartouche on left wrist. It has carbine buttplate with trap. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Metal retains a light, smooth, brown, artificially aged patina, darker on receiver, breech block, lockplate & hammer. There are a couple of grain checks behind lockplate & at buttplate, otherwise stock is sound with some scratches on left side of wrist and crude initials “HM” on bottom with a bruise & scratch on forestock. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore with good rifling and a ring about 4” from muzzle. 4-32828 JR447 (1,250-1,750)

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2256

*EARLY M1873 TRAP DOOR SPRINGFIELD CARBINE “CUSTER RANGE”. SN 32945. Cal. 45-70. SN of 32945 places this in the second year (1874) production. Unfortunately, this carbine has been updated throughout its life and in its present state retains both early and late features. The stock has no visible cartouche and is properly equipped with a saddle ring and bar. The butt stock has been drilled for cleaning rods and has the M1877 carbine buttplate. The bbl has a proof mark “VP” over an eagle and then what appears to be a “C”. M1873 trapdoor Springfields did not have bbl proof marks until after approx SN 50,000. This is an orig carbine bbl but is not orig to the receiver. The bbl band swivel is an early one and is marked “PAT/31 74”. The triggerguard is an early 2-pc but has the later serrated trigger. The tumbler is the later 3-notch variation. The breech block is marked “US” over “MODEL” over “1873” and appears to have remnants of the early quenched oil finish which gave them a black color vs. the later case hardening process using water which produced brilliant colors. Thumb piece of the hammer is checkered inside an oval. Rear sight is the M1879 carbine variation. CONDITION: Very good to near fine. Stock has numerous assorted small dings. Bbl band is re-blued as is the rear sight. Bbl has faded to patina. Breechblock, lockplate,hammer and cam latch all retain traces of their orig color. Bright shiny bore with light frosting. Mechanics are crisp. 4-32907(2,000-4,000)

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2257

RARE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1879 SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH INDIAN SCOUT USE. SN 126077. Cal. 45-70. Standard saddle ring with 22” rnd bbl, square base front sight with brass blade and ski jump rear sight with “C” on left side. It has usual breech block & lockplate markings. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut stock with sgl band without stacking swivel and a 2-pc trigger guard. It has “US” marked buttplate with trap. Accompanied by a letter from Springfield Research Service identifying this carbine as having been issued to two different Indian Scouts, namely “Cpl. Twins” and “Pvt. Thunder” at Fort Supply, Oklahoma Territory in period 1885-86. Letter goes on to state that most of the scout enlistments were for a matter of one to three months and when the scout was discharged his firearms were reissued. It also states that frequently, in a short period of time, the same scout would reenlist. Another paragraph lists some of the clothing sizes for “Twins” but lists nothing for “Thunder”. Also accompanying is a copy of a page of the issue book showing this carbine issued to “Twins”. Consignor states, this is only one of three known Indian Scout used guns by Springfield research. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains with all of metal being a very dark, heavy brown patina with all legends & numbers legible. Stock is sound showing heavy wear with a hand worn patina and numerous small nicks & scratches. Breech block is very worn with a bushing in hinge area, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. In all of the consultation work & cataloging for this auction company and private collectors, this is the first time this cataloger has ever encountered a carbine with proven, documented issue to an Indian Scout. 4-32673(12,500-17,500)

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2258

RARE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1881 TRAPDOOR FORAGER SHOTGUN. SN 1151. Cal. 20 ga. SN 1151. Rare Forager’s shotgun with 26” round bbl, bead front sight, which is missing, and standard trapdoor breech block marked “1881”. It has the 1873 lockplate & hammer with its own style of 1-pc half stock secured to bbl with a screw through forestock. It has 1873-style smooth buttplate with “US” on tang and without holes in wood underneath. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, only 1,376 of these shotguns were made in period 1881-1885. Stock has outline of SWP” cartouche on left side of wrist and P” in a circle below bottom tang. Right side of heel has an oval brass plate attached marked “40”, probably an old museum tag or possibly a military rack number. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl is a light cleaned gray patina with evidence of cleaning. Breech block retains traces of silvered case colors with numerous small nicks, while inside has bright case colors. Lockplate & hammer retain most of their dark orig case colors with hammer nose & spur turned brown. Forestock is missing a chip in bbl channel, otherwise wood is sound with light handling & use marks and some fine splintering on forestock and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. 4-59847 JR320 (3,000-4,500)

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2259

COLT MODEL 1855 SIDE HAMMER RIFLED MUSKET. SN 606. Cal. 56. Scarce revolving rifle with 31-1/4″ rnd bbl with semi oct breech area. Square base front sight/bayonet lug with 3-leaf rear sight. It has usual markings on top strap and top tang. Cyl is numbered “1220” and cyl pin is numbered “648”. No further disassembly was attempted to determine SN of other parts. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain walnut with brass tipped, full length forearm with brass and iron cleaning rod. It has straight stock with musket buttplate with trap. Only about 9,310 of these rifles were made in the period 1856 to 1864. CONDITION: Good to very good, mismatched. Bbl, frame and cyl retain an even, dark brown patina with frame showing strong blue on left side. Stock has a crack, back of top tang and a couple grain checks at butt with small gouge in comb and another on wrist, otherwise wood is sound with moderate handling and use marks elsewhere and retains a fine, hand worn patina, possibly a very old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, dark in the grooves. 4-31489 JR154 (5,000-8,000)

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2260

COLT MODEL 1855 FULL STOCK SPORTING RIFLE SN 1101. Cal. 44. Fine sporting rifle with 27” rnd bbl, dovetailed front sight with German silver blade and a replacement, homemade fixed rear sight. It has full length forearm with two bands and nosecap with its orig knurled head cleaning rod. It has a 6-shot full fluted cylinder with straight stock & crescent buttplate with a spurious “US” stamped on right side of wood. Buttplate has a trap that contains orig cleaning rod extension. Rammer handle appears to be an old replacement. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching. Extensive disassembly was not effected to check internal numbers. No orig finish remains being a light silver/brown patina on metal with light nicks & scratches on wood and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few spots of light pitting. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore with fine pitting. 4-32642 JR540 (6,000-10,000)

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2261

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1871 ROLLING BLOCK RIFLE SN NSN. Cal. 50-70. Standard Springfield Rolling Block with 36” bbl in the white with sq base front sight/bayonet lug with musket rear sight. Left side receiver has the model and the right side has usual markings with “1872”. Left side of wrist has a crisp “ESA” cartouche for Erskine S. Allin. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with full length forearm, two bbl bands, slotted head ramrod and straight stock with musket buttplate. It has sling swivels in top bbl band and trigger guard. CONDITION: Extremely fine. May have been fired, but if so, very little. Bbl retains most of its original bright polish with some scattered spots of fine discoloration and one or two scattered spots of pitting. Bbl bands are a silver-gray patina. Receiver and top tang retain most of their original, lightly faded case colors with trigger guard dark case colors. Wood is sound with a series of small light gouges around buttplate and couple of bruises on the comb with another series of gouges on forearm and overall retains most of its fine, original oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-32688 JR527 (3,000-4,000)

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2262

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1871 ROLLING BLOCK RIFLE SN NSN. Cal. 50-70. Standard Springfield Rolling Block with 36” bbl in the white with sq base front sight/bayonet lug with musket rear sight. Left side receiver has the model and the right side has usual markings with “1872”. Right side of wrist is handstamped “W. KEFLINGER” and crude initials “EK” in front of stamping. Left side of wrist and left rear side of forearm are stamped with a horizontal “H”. Right side of buttstock at buttplate has “69”. Top of comb has “8”. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with full length forearm, three bbl bands and a slotted head ramrod. Straight stock with musket buttplate and the outline of a cartouche on left side of wrist. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains bright metal finish that appears to be original with some light surface freckling and a few spots of brown patina. Receiver retains 25-30% faded case colors with balance a silver-gray patina. Stock has couple of cracks at right side of wrist, otherwise wood is sound with numerous nicks, dings and scratches and a gouge on the left side of wrist and retains a dark hand worn patina. Breechblock and hammer retain a reblued finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-32694 JR525 (750-1,250)

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2263

REMINGTON NO. 1 ROLLING BLOCK NEW YORK CONTRACT MILITARY RIFLE SN NSN. Cal. 50-70. Usual configuration with 36” rnd bbl in the white with sq base front sight/bayonet lug and musket sight. It is mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with full length forearm with three bands with slotted head ramrod and sling swivel on the top band and in trigger guard. It has a straight stock with musket buttplate. Left side of wrist has illegible cartouche with outline of cartouche on right side and outline of another cartouche on left side of buttstock. Comb is stamped “7 / C / 54” and right wrist has an identical “7”. Buttplate tang has tiny inspector initials “BPR”. CONDITION: Fine. All the metal retains a cleaned, bright finish with a few scattered spots of fine pitting. Wood is sound showing light wear and a few nicks and scratches and retains about all of a fine restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-32687 JR526 (1,250-1,750)

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2264

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1871 ROLLING BLOCK MILITARY RIFLE. SN NSN. Cal. 50-70. Usual configuration with 36″ rnd bbl, square base front sight/bayonet lug and 900 yard ladder rear sight. It has a full length, uncheckered forearm secured with two bands and has a slotted head cleaning rod. The uncheckered stock has a straight grip with sharp “ESA” cartouche and the initials “W.M.C” carved on left side. Left side of receiver has the model number and the right side the usual markings with the date “1872” and the tang has the Remington patent markings. Buttplate tang has the “US” marking and the bottom of stock, below the bottom tang, has a small square cartouche. PROVENANCE: Glenn Marsh Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains generous amounts of orig bright finish with a thin brown patina over top area with a few small cleaned spots. Receiver & trigger guard are a light silver/gray patina. Stock has a couple of gouges in right wrist, otherwise wood is sound and retains most of its orig oil finish with light handling & storage marks. Hammer slips from the full cock notch when the breech block is fully rotated and must be returned manually to full cock before it can be fired, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-59511 JR20 (1,000-2,000)

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2265

REMINGTON LEE US NAVY M1879 RIFLE. SN 1234. Cal. 45-70. Scarce Naval variation of the Remington Lee. 29-1/4″ bbl is marked with an anchor and inspector’s initials “WMF” below a “P” proof mark. Full length stock has two bbl bands and ramrod and is stamped with rack #103. Comes with proper magazine flat on the right side, left side with raised rib for cut off device. Rifle has the proper rear sight,left of base marked to 500 yards and leaf is marked to 1,200 yards. CONDITION: Very good, as cleaned. Bbl and receiver are bare metal, lightly polished with tiny pin pricks of pitting along both sides of the stock line. Stock has been refinished and has a light sheen to it. A few areas of light scattered pitting on the magazine. Bright shiny bore with strong lands and grooves. Crisp mechanics. 4-33352 CSW3 (1,500-2,500)

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2266

WINCHESTER-HOTCHKISS 1ST MODEL NAVY RIFLE. SN 2560. Cal. 45-70. Scarce US Navy martially marked 1st model rifle with standard 28-3/4″ bbl, and American walnut stock with no visible cartouches. Receiver is stamped “US” over an anchor just above the Winchester VP proof mark and receiver is also stamped with the ordnance eagle and inspectors initials of “WWK”. Rifle was made using a combination of Winchester trapdoor Springfield and parts specially made by Springfield. Rear sight is the M1879 trapdoor rifle sight and both bbl bands, nose cap and ramrod stop are Trapdoor Springfield parts. Ramrod is missing. Accompanied by a Springfield Research Service letter stating that this rifle was 1 of 100 accepted by the Navy inspector and shipped to the Portsmouth, NH Naval yard on December 27, 1879. Also accompanying this rifle is a letter from the Winchester Repeating Arms Company to Joseph Foster, Paymaster USN, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH answering a request for parts. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains approx 80% of a very old refinish that has since turned to patina. Receiver case hardening has also faded to patina. Stock has been refinished & lacquered over a few scattered dings and light dents. Crack through the wrist parallel to the receiver approx 5″ on the left side & a corresponding 4″ crack on the right side on top of the wrist, running to the safety and emerging on the other side, ending at the chamber. Neither one seem to affect the structural integrity. Buttplate has a few light dings on the edges and retains 85% finish turned patina. Bright bore has strong lands and grooves with what appears to be very light pitting about one third of the way down the muzzle. 4-33353 CSW2 (2,000-4,000)

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2267

RARE WINCHESTER 1883 HOTCHKISS DELUXE BOLT ACTION RIFLE. SN 15354. Cal. 45-70. Standard rnd 26″ bbl with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight and side serrated V-notch sporting rear with set screw. Mounted with fancy checkered pistol grip, American walnut with smooth steel shotgun butt. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying gun with fancy checkered stocks and pistol grip with sling and swivels. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl blue is 50-60% mixed with silvering and brown patina with several light scratches and storage marks. Receiver has flake to a brown patina with only traces of blue in protected areas. Trigger guard likewise is flaked to a silvery to brown patina with only traces of blue, the steel shotgun buttplate shows similar silvery-brown patina. The fancy checkered stock is sound with a slight hairline crack off from rear tang and a repaired crack running down right side of stock from rear of action forward. It retains most of its professionally restored finish with only a few minor handling marks. The cut-out for the front and rear sling swivels had been filled with a dark buffalo horn. Schnable forend and fancy grip cap insert are also made of buffalo horn. Bore is shiny with just a very few light, scattered pits. Mechanics are crisp. 4-59922 BT53 (3,500-5,500)

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2268

RARE AND IMPORTANT COLT BERDAN PRESENTATION OR EXHIBIT RIFLE. SN 2. Cal. 42 Russian Berdan. These rare rifles, seldom encountered in U.S., were made in period 1866-70 on contract for Russian government. A total of about 30,000 were made with most of them going to Russia. This was the first cartridge firearm built by Colt & was a breakthrough for company. It has a 32-1/2″ rnd bbl with square base dovetailed barleycorn front sight & square bayonet lug on right side at muzzle. Top of bbl in front of rear sight has Russian inscription. Rear sight is a reverse mounted, ladder, military sight graduated to 1,400 yards. Serial number was found only on rear sight boss under sight. Action is trapdoor style with an inline striker that is also the breech block lock. It is mounted in a 1-pc walnut stock with two bbl bands & nose cap with stepped button head style ramrod, a trigger guard with finger rest & sling loop with corresponding sling loop on upper band. It has a smooth steel musket buttplate. All metal is beautifully nickel finish making this an exhibit or presentation rifle, probably for one of the international expositions where Colt participated. Stock has a tiny ampersand shaped proof mark in front of trigger guard & a tiny “S” below trigger guard. No other marks were observed on rifle. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, probably unfired. Retains virtually all of its orig factory finish to both metal & wood. Stock has two or three scattered bruises with light handling & storage marks. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore full of grease. 8-87549 JJ24 (10,000-20,000)

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2269

SCARCE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1868 CADET RIFLE SN 2089. Cal. 50 CF. Fine, scarce cadet rifle with 29-1/2” rnd bbl, sq base front sight/bayonet lug and 900 yard, smaller cadet size, ladder rear sight. It has 1870 marked breech block with eagle and crossed arrows over “U.S.”. Lockplate is a standard Civil War style dated “1863”. It is mounted in a one pc full length, straight grain, uncheckered American walnut stock with two bbl bands and raised side panels with a musket buttplate. It has a clear “ESA” cartouche for Erskine S. Allin. It has two pc trigger guard and no provision from sling swivels. It also has the correct slotted head ramrod with shoulder stop. About 3,400 of these fine little rifles were made in the period 1869-76 for issue to the cadets at West Point, Annapolis, VMI and other military academies. Few survive today and of those, not many have any decent condition. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Metal has been carefully and professionally cleaned to near original brightness. Receiver, breechblock and hammer retain most of their original case colors with dark colors on the receiver and breechblock and bright colors on the hammer. Stock has also been carefully cleaned and restored. Stock has a grain check on right side of butt and minor nick or two with slightly rounded side panel edges. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-32689 JR523 (1,750-2,750)

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2270

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1879 TRAPDOOR RIFLE. SN 183552. Cal. 45-70. Standard rifle with 32-1/2″ rnd bbl, square base front sight/bayonet lug with “R” marked ski jump ladder rear sight. It has the “1873” marked breech block and is mounted in a 1-pc walnut stock with “1882 SWP” cartouche. It has usual two bands with stacking & sling swivels with a slotted head cleaning rod. PROVENANCE: Glenn Marsh Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl, bands, lockplate & trigger guard retain about 90% thin blue with some scattered light surface rust. Breech block & top tang retain most of their orig case colors, faded on top of breech block, brilliant in sheltered areas. Stock is sound with minor handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. This is a nearly new rifle. 4-59671 JR55 (1,000-2,000)

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2271

EXTREMELY RARE REMINGTON KEENE BOLT ACTION CARBINE SN NSN. Cal. 433 Spanish. Very rare carbine in an extremely rare caliber with only about four known and according to consignor none have nearly the condition of this one. Consignor states that this carbine is one of an order of twenty by a San Francisco express company. Consignor states that shipping order is stamped “Order not completed at this time”. This carbine has a 20” rnd bbl, full magazine with two bands with a tiny Lyman front sight dovetailed into top of front band. Forearm band has a sling loop with corresponding loop in buttstock. Rear sight is Remington’s tiny ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards. Receiver has a magazine cutoff on left side and has the caliber marking vertically at left rear edge of receiver. Top of bolt sleeve has the usual Remington company & patent markings. Mounted in a nicely figured, uncheckered 1-pc half stock with straight grip & carbine buttplate. Bolt & carrier are bright. Accompanied by two tags that were attached to trigger guard that give a brief history of how the consignor found this carbine at a small gun show in Nevada. He states that when he found it, it was frozen in an old military leather scabbard and it took substantial work to free it before he was able to buy it. He verbally related that he has owned it for many years. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 75-80% dull orig blue, strong & bright in very sheltered areas. Magazine tube has fine pitting down most of bottom area consistent with long term storage in leather. Receiver retains 93-95% strong orig blue starting to turn a little purple at back end. Trigger guard retains about 60% strong orig blue with the same sort of fine pitting on bow as is on magazine tube. Buttplate retains blue on tang with balance a gray patina. Bolt & carrier are bright. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few spots of scattered pitting. 4-32682 JR606 (5,000-8,000)

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2272

WATERCOLOR PORTRAIT OF INDIAN BRAVE BY E. S. PAXSON. Orig watercolor on paper depicting plains Indian brave with eagle feather in hair and beaded and bone necklace. Signed in lower right “E.S. PAXSON” and dated “1917”. Nicely matted and with a handsome contemporary, antique-style molded gold frame. Paxson is a renowned Western artist known for his depiction of cowboys and Indians in particular. SIZE: 19-1/2’W x 23”h (incl frame). CONDITION: Very good to excellent. 8-87358 JJ30 (10,000-15,000)

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2273

LARGE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER. Maj. Gen. George Armstrong Custer posed without a hat in a velvet photographer’s chair. This late 19th C. image was originally done by John Goldin & Company in May of 1865. The photographic image enlarged & printed on paper was probably posthumously prepared sometime after his death. Framed in an antique oak & gessoed frame. CONDITION: Frame with slight imperfections. Image slightly faded, otherwise generally very good. 4-31595 JJ263 (3,000-4,000)

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2274

LOT OF 40-PLUS GLASS 4″ X 5″ NEGATIVES. These depict various North American Indians, many in posed scene including Blackfoot, Sioux etc. Written on the bottom of one of the old cardboard containers are the words “Lantern Slides” but one container is printed “Snapshot Developing Company, 106 East 23rd Street, New York”. An extremely interesting old grouping. CONDITION: Generally good. Couple have some staining on plate. 4-32862 JJ260 (1,250-2,250)

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2274A

ATTRACTIVE FRAMED INDIAN COLLAGE OF OBSIDIAN, JASPER, AGATE POINTS. A large collage featuring contemporary antique-style Indian bow w/two arrows around which are arranged in a very attractive manner approximately 250 points. An accompanying tag indicates these were found in the Northern Great Basin, Malheur Lake area, Harney County, Oregon. Points made of obsidian, basalt, agate and jasper. SIZE: 41″ h x 30-1/4″w. CONDITION: Very good. 4-32685 JJ3 (3,000-5,000)

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2275

FINE AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 11373. Cal. 45 Colt. Wonderful early Ainsworth Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, standard front sight with script address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.” Fitted with 1-pc walnut grip with legible Ainsworth’s “OWA” cartouche on left side. It has its orig first type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head and has its orig base pin with dimples at each end. There are small “A” inspector initials on bottom of bbl, trigger guard, top of backstrap & cylinder. Additionally accompanied by a John Kopec letter authenticating this fine revolver and indicating that it was probably issued to and served with the U.S. 8th Cavalry regiment. The famous 8th U.S. Cavalry fought in the Southwest throughout the entire Indian Wars from Dec. 1867 until May of 1888 mostly in New Mexico & West Texas. In May of 1888 they were reassigned to Fort Meade, South Dakota and stationed at Fort Keough, Montana. They had a long & colorful history in the Indian Wars fighting many battles and skirmishes and it is recollection of this cataloger that the 8th, with the assistance of Al Sieber & Tom Horn, captured Geronimo. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 70-75% strong orig blue with only holster wear on sides. Ejector rod housing retains 75-80% strong orig blue. Frame retains 75-80% strong, bright orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas with top strap turned gray and thinned on recoil shields. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides, turned dark on top and moderately faded on back. Cylinder retains 60-70% thin blue/gray, stronger in flutes. Trigger guard retains about 60-70% orig blue with “candy striping” found on orig finishes. Backstrap & buttstrap retain 25-30% thin blue with aforementioned striping. Grip is sound with chipped & worn edges and battering on bottom with legible cartouche & retains traces of orig finish being mostly a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-33318 JR333 (30,000-50,000)

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2275A

COLT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 47564. Cal 45LC. 7-1/2” rnd bbl. Standard markings on frame and bbl. This revolver was manufactured in 1878 but no factory letter accompanies it. A letter from John Kopec gives interesting information on this revolver. It was one of 800 revolvers refurbished at the Colt factory for the state of New York. It was returned to the state on October 11th, 1895, along with SN 47684, which is the SN on the cyl of this gun. The revolver was originally inspected by Henry Nettleton and his initials appear on most of the parts including the fire blue hammer. Lanyard ring in the butt was probably installed by a New York militia armorer. Ejector rod head is a replacement, probably during the factory refurbish. Kopec notes that the fire blue finish on the hammer is correct for the long style knurling. Traces of the inspector cartouches remain on the grips. CONDITION: Retains 40% of the 1895 refurbish blue and casehardening. Grips are smooth with a few dents and scratches. Mechanically crisp. 4-30982 JL85 (8,500-11,500)

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2275B

COLT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 50543. Cal 45LC. 7-1/2” rnd bbl. Standard markings on bbl and frame, all matching numbers. This revolver was made in 1879 according to the SN list but it is dated “1878” on left grip above Henry Nettleton cartouche. His initials also appear on bbl, frame, cyl, fire blue hammer and backstrap. Last four digits of the SN are on back of grip. CONDITION: Very good with 20% blue overall mixed with light surface rust and pitting. 20% casehardening on frame, bright in protected areas at the front. Grips are smooth with minor dents. Mechanically fine. 4-30981 JL84 (20,000-30,000)

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2276

RARE COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 16770. Cal. 45 Colt. SN 16770. Fine rare Casey inspected Cavalry Colt with 7-1/2” bbl, full front sight, with script bbl address with serifs at each end. It has 2-line patent date and a tiny “U.S.” on left side of frame. It has 1-pc walnut grip with clear “APC” cartouche on left side for A.P. Casey. This series of 1875 Colts involved only 2,560 military inspected pieces which were divided amongst three sub-inspectors, Johnson, Lewis & Casey, making this, indeed, a very rare & desirable sub-inspected Colt. It has the first type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head and has small “C” initials in two different sizes on bottom of bbl, another on trigger guard, top of back strap, bottom right side of grip & cylinder. Base pin is orig with dimples on each end. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including bbl & cylinder. Grip was checked but backstrap channel is too dark to determine the number. Bbl retains a smooth even blue/gray patina & frame 60-70% faded case colors, primarily on sides & sheltered areas with strong colors in right front gullet. Trigger guard & grip frame are a dull blue/gray patina. Cylinder is a smooth blue/gray patina with traces of blue in flutes. Grip has a chipped right toe with other minor nicks & scratches and retains a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with some fine rust in grooves. Screws are all fine. This revolver has appearance of having been severely cleaned a long time ago but it is still probably one of the better Casey sub-inspected Cavalry Colts extant. 4-33640 JR466 (25,000-40,000)

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2277

RARE CASEY INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 18699. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-7/16″ bbl with muzzle apparently re-crowned sometime during period of use. It has standard front sight with script bbl address that has serifs at each end. It has its orig first type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head and its orig base pin with dimples at each end. Frame has 2-line patent dates with a small “US” on left side. There are small “C” sub-inspector initials on bbl, trigger guard, top of backstrap and side & back of cylinder. It has 1-pc walnut grip with a partially visible cartouche on left side. Casey inspected single actions are some of the most scarce of Cavalry issues with only 2,560 possibly inspected by him, but in actuality far fewer as Casey shared this series of revolvers with two other sub-inspectors. Accompanied by an 1881 Pattern flap holster with “US” on body and two slots in flap for brass stud. It also has a rectangular brass buckle with “US” in a circle mounted on an Indian Wars period leather belt. Accompanied by a Kopec letter authenticating this revolver and stating that it probably was issued as a replacement to the 7th Cavalry after the Little Big Horn. He also notes that the grip is mismatched but states that grip has been on revolver for many years. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of orig finish remain in most sheltered areas with most of revolver surface being a cleaned gray metal color. Grip is sound showing heavy wear with a chipped left toe and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting. Holster has a crackled finish showing heavy wear with a dark black/brown patina, missing its toe plug. Belt is soft & flexible with a crackled finish. Buckle has a fine dark patina. 4-33321 JR332 (17,500-27,500)

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2278

FINE COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER SN 119142. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual artillery configuration with 5-1/2” bbl, block letter address, slightly altered front sight and the commercial caliber marking on left side. There are 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S.” on left side of frame. It has 3rd type ejector rod housing with half moon ejector rod head. Unusually, the trigger guard & butt strap are unnumbered although trigger guard has a “K” inspector initial. Tip of ejector rod housing also has a “K” inspector initial. Top of back strap has the rare Wheeler “W” mark. It appears that the back strap was broken from butt strap & arc welded back into place. Hammer is blued rather than case colored but appears to be factory or arsenal. Grip has the “RAC”, for Renaldo A. Carr, inspector initials on bottom of left side & does not have a number in back strap channel. Cylinder & bbl are unnumbered but have the “RAC” initials on back edge of cylinder & bottom of bbl. Base pin is probably an old replacement. Hammer is of the later type with coarse knurling and a straight side firing pin. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver as having been delivered to the Government at the plant Jan. 18, 1887 in a shipment of 250 same type guns. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 60% strong blue with left side a mottled gray/brown patina with fine pitting. Frame retains strong case colors in very sheltered areas and about 50-60% case colors overall, mostly faded with balance turned silver. Screws are all fine except base pin screw which is slightly battered & probably a period of use replacement. Cylinder retains about 75% strong blue with light surface rust & some fine pitting. Trigger guard retains 65-75% orig blue, flaked & turning plum on front strap. Back strap retains about 60-70% strong blue with butt strap a restored blue. Grip is a late martial replacement with minor wear and a few nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Hammer is not firm in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-33338 JR602 (4,000-6,000)

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2279

RARE COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 132436. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 5-1/2” bbl, slightly altered front sight with early script address with serifs at each end. It has third type ejector rod housing with half moon ejector rod head. Frame, trigger guard & backstrap are matching numbered with frame having “RAC” inspector initials with a “K” on trigger guard, buttstrap & end of ejector rod housing. Cylinder is not numbered in usual position but has the assembly number “514B” on face around cylinder sleeve which number is also found inside ejector rod housing. This is a Colt assembly number marking replacement items during refinishing & alteration process. Bbl is an early Ainsworth inspected item with serial number “6603”. Bbl is a Springfield replacement item. It has a modern replacement cylinder pin. Frame is most unusual in that it is without patent dates or “US” and has a rampant Colt with only a partial circle below horses hind feet. It has 1-pc walnut grip. A conversation with John Kopec disclosed that he has not previously encountered a frame with these markings or lack thereof. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about all of an old restored finish and ejector rod housing 60-70% Colt finish, mostly in gullets. Frame retains 30-40% case colors, mostly in sheltered areas, stronger on left side with balance turned silver. Trigger guard & backstrap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with balance turned gray patina. Grip has a spot of wood fill in left toe. Grips have grooves in both sides by the front strap, probably where a lanyard was inserted by a trooper during period of use, otherwise grips are sound with a dark hand worn patina. Timing is a little off, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-33635 JR461 (7,500-12,500)

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2280

CUSTER RANGE AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 5825. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2” bbl, full front sight with script bbl address & first type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. It also has its orig base pin with dimples at each end. Frame has 2-line patent dates & a tiny “U.S.” on left side. Trigger guard has a tiny “A” as does top of backstrap & cylinder. It has 1-pc walnut grip with thin but legible Ainsworth “OWA” cartouche. There is a lanyard loop in buttstrap with proper relief inside grip. Bottom of bbl has tiny “A” inspector mark and also on bottom right of grip. This cavalry Colt falls in Lot 6, which is a known lot from which the 7th Cavalry was issued revolvers prior to Little Big Horn. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Grip was checked but no number was observed in backstrap channel, may be an old replacement. Metal overall retains a clean, smooth light patina with fine pitting on some of surfaces. Bbl address appears to be re-rolled. Frame screwheads may have been re-dressed. Grip is clean & smooth with chipped toes & chips in edge and overall retains a cleaned, lightly worn patina. Hammer is soft in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with fine pitting the last 2” at muzzle. 4-32643 JR482 (6,000-10,000)

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2281

COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 95055. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 5-1/2″ bbl, faint script address with serifs at each end and slightly altered orig front sight. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with “U.S.” and it has 1-pc walnut grip with the “RAC” cartouche under date “1903”. Frame is numbered “95055” with “DFC” inspector initials. Trigge