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Here we have three medals. They are:
1. Indian Wars-U.S. Army for Service. It looks good but may be a repro. Check out the pics and decide.
2. United States Marine Corps Good Conduct medal. Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal was Instituted in 1896 Criteria: Outstanding performance and conduct during 3 years of continuous active enlisted service in the U.S. Marine Corps. This style was the earlier version because afer WWII after the suspension bar "U.S. Marine Corps" was dropped. This one looks to have age to it.
3. This is the U.S. Navy medal for the NICARAGUAN CAMPAIGN OF 1912 for Service. The Nicaraguan Campaign Medal is a campaign medal of the United States Navy which was authorized by Presidential Order of Woodrow Wilson on September 22, 1913. A later medal, the Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal was authorized by an act of the United States Congress on November 8, 1929. The two medals were considered two separate awards, with the original medal being commonly referred to as the First Nicaraguan Campaign Medal.
The attachments on the first two medals look period but the Indian Wars Medal looks like a more modern attachment. For the trio in Case $75.00
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Hee we have a nice letter from Richmond, VA on July 12, 1864 concerning Cotton purchases by See Company of Jonesville, VA and is written thusly:
Commercial Agency of Virginia
Richmond July 12, 1864
M D Richmond, Esq
Agt for See Co.
Sir, In reply to your **** I would say that I hpe to be able to supply Lee County with the full amouth of your order-not all at once however. If you will forward funds a once you may get in-in time for next distribution which will be made as soon as the Danville road is completed in 10 or 15 days. I can let you have the cards now-Cotton $45-wool $43 per yard. You will get from this distribution 11000 yards cotton say at $3.72 ? per yard about 343 pads cotton yarns ? at $45 per pad. You will by calculation ascertain the amouth of money needed. The money can be sent by express and the goods will be forwarded by your direction. The cards are going off rapidly. Respy, T. Bassett French C.A. of VA.
Cotton was King!!! For this letter on Cotton $125.00 Nice dark ink and mostly legible. Check out the pics!
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Here is a very rate letter of Sue Betty Campbell-Wife of Colonel Given Campbell C.S.A. who was Jefferson Davis's Chief Escourt when captured at Irwinville, GA. I have been told that this letter has been published in THE LAST CONFEDERATE SCOUT! ( I have not been able to secure a copy) Here's what the letter written in pencil states:
Geneva May 24, 1866 My dear Mr. Campbell, I now sit down by my window to have my usual afternoon chat with you which I believe is the pleasantest part of the day to me. I did not get any letter from you last night which was a great disappointment although I know you worthe then and the letter will doubtless be here tonight. Cal Christy is very good about sending things out since Father is away. Annie Lou has left today wo we have had his company. I health is still improving, slowly however but of course I can not expect it to be otherwise and I am truly thankgul to God that I am as well as I am. I enclose you a picture for you to see how much you think I have improved. I do so earnestly hope it is not war in New Orleans. You must be careful darling to change your clothes with the weather and if you get the least bit sick chill give up your business and come right to me, to your own little wife and I will nurse you and cure you right away-after supper. I got your letter of te 19th this evening-a sweet precious letter. I am tired tonight but darling but I will wrie you a long letter tomorrow. I hope you won't send me the pine apples as I have never gotten the banannas. Good Night my own darling, Yours lovingly Bess.
What a sweet letter ! A GREAT PIECE OF HISTORY! For this published piece $125.00
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Here we have a letter and cover from Vicksburg, Mississippi from a Mary (?) and she asks for correspondence to go back in care of Col. Sam Thomas at Davis Bend, Miss. In June 1863, Capt. Samuel Thomas was appointed Assistant Superintendent of contrabands, under Colonel Eaton, for the Department in the area of Helena. Eaton’s position and title was eventually changed to General Superintendent of freedmen, and Thomas became the Assistant Superintendent of freedmen. When Colonel Thomas assumed supervisory responsibilities for the provost marshal in various districts and posts, his title was changed to provost marshal of freedmen. The positions of both Eaton and Thomas, coupled with the office of the medical director, inspector of freedmen, and several freedmen’s hospitals and homes, constituted the Freedmen’s Department of the Department of the Tennessee. In November 1864, the Freedmen’s Department became part of the Department of the Mississippi. By summer 1865, the functions and activities of the Freedmen’s Department were assumed by the recently formed Freedmen’s Bureau, so that the Department was the precursor the Bureau’s Office of the Assistant Commissioner for Mississippi.
The letter consists of this text:
Davis Bend, June 18th, 1864
My dear Maggie, Again I seat myself for the purpose of writing to you and to tell ou that at last wehave decided to remain here all summer. It will be quqite unsafe to go up the rifle for sime time yet and by the time the Blockade is removed it will be as late in the season it will be be worth while to go. The part of our corps that left two weeks ago arrived safely in Cairo but advised us to stay where we are. We feel a little disappointed but I hope we wil soon get over that. The rest ofour family have gone across the river today onan excursion but I prefered remaining at home. So here I am, with no company but the mosquitoes and a headache which I would be willing to dispense with if possible. Once in a while a contaband puts her head in at the door to see how I am getting along. They are verykind and are willing to do any thing they can for us. A bridal party has just arrived. They came in great state riding in a cart drawn by an old mule. The bride is dressed in white with a white veil overher face. The bridgroom has a blue coat with brass buttons and white trousers and while cotton gloves. I just wish you could see them, it would do you good to see some sights among the contrabands. I wish you could make me a visit one of these days. Has Lydia Worth given up here. I thing she has forgotten me altogether, she has not written to me for a long time. I received a letter from Aggie last week she said she had received your picture. Why don't you send me one, but I know you will pretty soon. Now Maggie I must close for my head aches to badly to wrie anymore. I will enclose two dollars to pay for those nets? and ****? and if not too much trouble I would like you to semd me about net just like the others. If you see any of Uncle Roberts thell them I am not going home now. Give my love to all yourself in particular. Yours most Affectionately, Mary ***** Davis Bend Via Box 2 Vicksburg Miss Care Col. Sam. Thomas.
This is an interesting letter and comes with the cover marked VICKSBURG and addressed to Miss Maggie R. Thompson, Oxford, Chester Co. Penna with a 3 cent Washington Stamp. Nice Quality! Good paper then! For this fine interesting letter and cover $125.00
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Here we have something special. This is a razor hone with storage for the razor. Inside the slide out box is an old razor that is marked A.W. PITTMAN CO. D 2ND USSS. This was Berdan's Sharpshooters. The thermo plastic or gutta percha handle is broken on the attachment end and glued to the blade that is in it. I do not think that it is the correct blade as England is stamped into it. It is a George Westerholm blade. I have not found his name listed as of yet but I have not found a complete roster of personnel listed either. The leather covered hone case is 13 3/4 inches long including the wooden handle. The little tin pull out drawer is a little over 8 inches long with a little brass pull. The bottom of the drawer is felt lined and there is a little wood stop on the distal end. For this piece $275.00
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We acquired this Civil War Officer's Shaving Box (Box is sold) with folding mirror and it has several items in it. The box itself seems to be made of pine and has blackened brass hardware. The box measures 12 X 8 1/2 (base is 13 1/4 X 9 3/4) and it is 5 3/4 inches tall. When the lid is lifted the mirror is moved forward against the front. The mirror is in great condition with no cracks, breaks or loss of silver. Items inside the slide out drawer are :
Officer's glass whiskey flask with leather cover on the top and has slide off pewter cup that is marked JAMES DIXON & SONS (flask is sold) who was a maker of fine brass powder flasks. The flask also has a pewter cap that still has the cork washer in place. This is nice!
Two piece slide apart knife and fork very popular with men and officers. It is 4 inches closed and about 7 inches open. The knife is marked J.C. Graves Sheffield (England) . The fork is the correct 3 tine type. $125.00 for the knife
Wade and Butcher "for barbers only' Horn handled Civil War razor. (Razor is sold) This one has the big wide blade. Someone has crosshatched part of the grip. This is in excellent condition!!! It's very sharp and you could use it today! 6 1/2 inches closed.
Civil War Officers Field Glasses marked on the eye cups LEMAIRE FABt PARIS. The slide out sun shields are leather covered while the brass field glasses tubes are not. Eye cup optics are excellent while the large lenses are not for the most part and have crystals in them. The tubes extend out as they should and you can still see partially through them. $95.00
Field Officers Drafting kit in wooden box that measures 6 1/4 X 4 X 1 inch tall. Officers used these when looing at maps and drawing in things that they knew about. Take a look at the pics! One tool has an ivory handle to it. There seems to be 2 items missing. I see no makers markings on any of the tools or box. The box is in great condition with a little brass plaque in the center of the lid. $125.00
Finally, we have an Infantry insignia that is small for a kepi and is marked with a B for Company B and a 13 for the Regiment. This is a screw back with 2 prongs for anti slippage. I have always been told that these type of screw back insignia are post Civil War but everything else is Civil War period and the box even looks older than that. For the insignia $45,00
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Here we have a Confederate Railroad Document in Acrylic frame. This document measures about 7 3/4 X 6 1/4 inches and is partially printed and partially filled out in ink on blue paper that has one fold in the middle. The Document is headed 'MISSISSIPPI CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY' and signed in two places Henry Vaughan and H. Vaughn for 45 cords 4 foot wood @ 2 ($2) (total) $90. The document goes on to have on it 'I certify the abo ve is correct. Feby 21st, 1863 R. S. Mackin, Feby 24, 1863, Approved E. D. Trask Supt. and under that H. Hall $90.-- Received May 14, 1863 of-------, Treasurer of Mississippi Central Railroad Co., Ninety Dollars, in full of above account H. Vaughan. Check out the pics and the back of the Document. There is a small amount of browning on the paper that does not touch any of the Printing or Ink. For this piece of Civil War Railroad memoribillia $125.00
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Here we have a letter being 8 X 9 1/2 inches and written in Ink dated August 13.1862. The letter has been transcribed as sometimes the writting from back there is hard to read. The content is as follows: OFFICE MED. (medical) DIRECT TRANSPORTS Capt. Pitkin, Please inform me if it is possible for you under your instructions regarding the contrabands (slaves) to furnish me with a few for permanent duty on the hospital transports. There s a great deal of heavy and dirty work to be done on the transports and two or three to each ship could be kept in constant employ and made extemely serviceable. If you can comply with my request I would like tow immediately for duty on the Steamship Dan'l Webster. Very Espy, Yr. Obdt. Servt. E. S. Dumster, Asst. Surg. U.S.S. Med. Direct Transports.
On the reverse of the letter is: Capt. Sawtelle August 13, 1862 , Capt P.P.Pitkin, A.Qm. is instructed to furnish to Dr . Dunster Med. Director of transports for the sick such contrabands as he may from time to time make application for. Respy, C. G. Cawtelle, Capt & A. QM. Comdg Depot. Office of A.Q.M., Harrison's Landing VA. Aug. 18, 1862
This letter is positioned between two pieces of acrylic in a frame for viewing on both sides with a stand on the reverse for display. Nice piece! For this document regarding Negros and the Medial Department the price is $145.00
Check out the pics!!!
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1863 State of Alabama 50 Cents Montgomery, Confederate States Treasury Note Small Obsolete Note. This is the Second Series and is catalogued as Criswell-4. It depicts the Alabama Tree and Map. This note is in Fine condition. Bold blue overprint. Showing a teee and map in the center with Juliett Hopkins in lower right. Confederate nurse Juliet Hopkins Juliet Hopkins (1818–1890) was born on a plantation in West Virginia, but moved to Mobile, Alabama after marrying Arthur Hopkins. When her husband was appointed to oversee hospitals during the Civil War, Juliet went to work converting tobacco factories into hospitals. $48.00
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1863 $20.00 State of Louisiana at Shreveport, March 10, 1863 with Confederate General P.T.G. Beauregard on the front. Design on the back. Unissued. Nice Note! NO folds. $125.00
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Here we have a model 1864 Cartridge box that would be perfect for display and will not break the bank! This one has the embossed US on the front flap but you can see that a couple of slots were put it in so that a pre 1864 Cartridge Box plate could be mounted on the front. The box is in overall good condition with a couple of condition problems. The two roller buckles on the bottom are lacking and the implement tool pouch is missing. The tool pouch flap is there but the enclosure is lacking. The tins are present albeit one is missing the center divider. There is crazing to the leather, especially on the back but it looks stable now. C.S. STORMS MAKER N.Y. is stamped on each end piece. Heck, it’s not perfect but it is a good example of what was used and the price is only $225.00
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. Here is a lot of 4 identical US Flag paper shields attached to a nickeled safety pin for attachment to the jacket. Shields are 2 inches tall by 1 1/2 wide. Believed to be GAR. Excellent condition! For each $12 –For the lot $40.00
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Negus Field Glasses with sun shades in very good condition with some small amount of leather replaced on the tube. These are very nicely marked on the eye pieces T.S. & J. D. NEGUS * NEW YORK. This pair has great optics!!! Check out the Company history below. I believe these to date fairly early, perhaps 1869, as they are the early type. Qualifies as Indian War Usuage! Complete set!! Thomas S. Negus was an immigrant from England who began making and selling chronometers in New York in 1848. The firm was trading as Thos. S. Negus & Co. in 1864 and T. S. & J. D. Negus in 1869, and was described as "probably the most prolific American chronometer manufacturer" up through the first quarter of the 20th century. Negus was still a going concern in 1961. In addition to chronometers, Negus offered a wide range of instruments for nautical use. $145.00
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Here we have items belonging to Private George N. Mount of the 86th Indiana Infantry. Here is a bio of the 86th: Eighty-sixth Infantry INDIANA (3-YEARS) Eighty-sixth Infantry. -- Cols., Orville S. Hamilton, George F. Dick Lieut.-Cols., Dixon Fleming, George F. Dick, Jasper M. Dresser, Jacob C. Dick; Majs., Jasper M. Dresser, Jacob C. Dick, Philip Gemmer. This regiment was organized at Lafayette, was mustered in Sept. 4, 1862, and was hurried to Covington to assist in repelling the threatened invasion of Kirby Smith's forces. It left for Louisville on the 20th, was assigned to the 14th brigade, 5th division, Army of the Ohio, and was in pursuit of Bragg for two months, reaching Nashville Nov. 26. When the Army of the Cumberland was formed the regiment was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 3rd division, 21st corps, and in the battle of Stone's River it was on the left wing. It was with the division that saved the right from rout, bringing victory out of defeat, and drove the enemy nearly a mile. It remained at Murfreesboro until the movement was made towards Chattanooga, was actively engaged at Chickamauga and after the battle was assigned to the 3rd brigade, 3rd division, 4th corps, with which it was in the storming column at Missionary Ridge the men sweeping up the cliff-like hill and into the works with irresistible force, capturing hundreds of prisoners and 11 pieces of artillery. The regiment passed the winter in east Tennessee on various expeditions and scouting trips, and rejoined its corps near Chattanooga in April, 1864. It moved in the Atlanta campaign and participated at Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Adairsville, Kingston, Pickett's Mills, Kennesaw Mountain, Chattahoochee River, Peachtree Creek, the siege of and battle at Atlanta, Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station Sept. 2. It moved towards Chattanooga in pursuit of Hood as far as Gaylesville, when its corps was assigned to Gen. Thomas' command, and it was in the engagements at Franklin and Nashville. It joined in the pursuit as far as Huntsville, Ala., where it remained until Mar. 15, 1865, and then moved to East Tennessee, marching to New Market and Jonesboro, thence to Nashville, which place was reached April 27. It remained in camp at Nashville until June 6, when it was mustered out. The original strength was 958; gain by recruits, 41; total, 999. Loss by death, 241; desertion, 48; unaccounted for, 1. Source: Union Army, vol. 3, p. 165
George was from Lebanon, Indiana and enrolled on August 1st, 1862 being discharged on May 15th, 1865. George was in the Hospital since December 15, 1864 until his discharge on May 15th, 1865. I don't know if he was sick or was injured. We have George's Regimental History of the 86th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and the inside cover has a presentation in it and it says: Presented to Minnie Graham by George N. Mount. The names Graham and Mount are well known Lebanon, Indiana names. The regimental also comes with a 1 1/2 inch by 7 inch long tan ribbon that is dated 1862 1917 ANNUAL REUNION OF THE 86TH INDIANA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY (corps badge) Lebanon, Ind. September 5 and 6, 1917 which is in pretty nice shape. Also included is a Civil War era CDV of friend and fellow veteran Aaron B. Jack also of the 86th Indiana. This cdv shows a full standing view of a young man in civilian clothing. Aaron was from Attica, Indiana and the backmark on the CDV is from photographer J. W. Ennis of Attica, Ind. I also have some info from Ancestry.com that I looked up concerning George. He passed away December 22nd, 1925 in Lafayette, Indiana. It is believed that he died at the Veteran's Home in Lafayette. He was a farmer from Boone, County Indiana of which Lebanon is the County Seat. The regimental History book is in pretty good shape and consists of 613 pages. Measures 9 X 6 inches and is over 2 inches thick. The binding is still pretty good. This was a great unit with a great history!!! Nice small grouping! Shipping is free here in the lower 48 states!
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Here we have a US bridle with iron bit. This bridle is complete with the bronze US Rosettes of the National Seal type. They are the thin bronze rosettes with the offset staple. The leather is all supple and only seems to have any weak spot where the reins are sewn together. I believe this to be the Model 1909. The bit is not the military bit of that time frame and may be earlier. This bit and the rosettes have been on this bridle for a very long time! For this historic piece of history $195.00
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Here we have a set of W. G. Phillips improved Police-Nippers. These were made to clasp a criminals wrist as they were drug off to jail! This one has traces of old plating with most lacking at this time. I show two pair in the photos but the darker of the pair is what I am talking about here. The nippers are stamped PAT'D AUG 10 '69 (1869). Both arms are marked 94 indicating that this is a matched set with no repairs and they work great! Kind of depends on dealing with a passive criminal I think!!! Copies of an original patent paper will be provided with this set of Nippers. $145.00
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Here we have a pair of old Civil War era wooden crutches with strips of old cloth used to soften the impace on the arm pits. These crutches were a bear to use long time and I think the addition of the cloth indicates prolonged use. Many thousands of these were produced during the Civil War as we had a bunch of soldiers with lower limb injuries and amputations that needed them unfortunately. Crutches were becoming more user friendly toward the end of the war with hand supports and better supports for under the arms but until then what a bear!!! For this pair $125.00
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Here we have a wonderful Black McClellan Saddle from the 1800's. This may be a civilian saddle although it follows the military style. I did find the same style stirrups in CONFEDERATE SADDLES & HORSE EQUIPMENT by Ken R. Knopp which is an excellent book and eveyone that is interested in these saddles should pick up a copy. The text describing these stirrups are listed for you to view. The saddle also has the squared off Sweat leathers or fenders and you can see that in a drawing of saddle parts on page 11 of the book. The saddle is a full size saddle and is complete just missing the Girth and/or Surcingle. The leather is in generally good condition with the usual cracks and is missing a few screws. Although the saddle follows the military pattern the strap mortise plate brass pieces on the saddle themselves are pretty thin and where the pommel ornament front plate was it is missing although the telltale signs of nails are left showing that it was there at one time. There also is no ring staples or foot staples present and looks to never have been. The underneath tree is leather covered as well and shows signs of use. The center of the saddle which is usally open is covered with a ventilated leather cover. A lot of the 19th centurn horses were thin and a full covered saddle would hurt the horses spine so the spline are was left open. This one is still open there just covered with a piece of ventilation type leather. The stirrup is covered with leather and NOT marked with the US that you see on Union Saddles. This saddle displays very well and although it could well be a Military Saddle used by Officers on either side it could very well be a civilian saddle from the period. Take a look at the pics! $695.00
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Here we have a group of medals with most being GAR but some being Sons of Union Vets and some being Women's Relief Corp (GAR Auxillary) and at least 1 Daughters of Union Vets. Here they are from left to right starting at the top:
1. Washington 1892 w/ Bust of General Sheridan. Full ribbon no attachment $65.00
2. 1896 Washington and Alaska celluloid large button with Delegate attachment and red/ white and blue ribbon with 1896 imprinted on it. $65.00
3. Women's Relief Corp (GAR auxillary) three piece ribbon and medals being extra nice with a Buffalo hanging from the suspension ring. $25.00
4. Dept of West Virginia large 7 inch ribbon with flag ribbon attached to the top. This one is from 1899. There are tears to the middle of the ribbon but it's reinforced on the reverse. $40.00
5. 19th Annual Indiana GAR Encampment 3 piece ribbon with celluloid drop 1898 Columbus, IN. Still decent shape. $30.00
6. Delegate GAR medal with celluloid drop in metal ring. Shows the WRC medal in the Center so probably mostly Women's Relief Corps. Shows Normal School on Front. $30.00
7. SOLD!!! 1900 GAR West VA medal being 3 pieces with celluloid drop that shows the Marion County Court House, Fairmont on the front . State of West Virginia state Seal on the back in Color. Entitled SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF WEST VIRGINA. $45.00
8. Medal and ribbon with drop showing spinning wheel entitled LADIES OF G.A.R. STATE G.A.R. ENCAMPMENT 1910 HOLLAND MICH. Nice! $25.00
9. Regular Daughters of Union Veterans 2 piece metal including the ribbon. $25.00
10. 3 piece Crawfordsville GAR medal missing ribbon for 1909 with Lew Wallace bust on the bottom and 3 Indiana Heros busts on the middle bar. For this piece $75.00
11. Here's an early Sons of Veterans two piece medal with ribbon. Nice patina! $35.00
12. Here's a medal that was used by both the Masons and Civil War Veterans to honor a fallen comrade. It has a black ribbon with the Maltese cross. $10.00
13. SOLD!!! 1897 West Virgina GAR medal. 3 Pieces with brass top bar, middle ribbon and bottom celluloid drop in metal ring showing the Commander Romeo Freer. Dated 1897 $45.00
14. 1897 NY GAR Souvenir 2 piece all brass medal. Nice! $20.00
15. 1898 GAR Cincinnati Medal with top attachment missing and frayed ribbon. The bottom drop is really nice however. $30.00
16. Here's another early type of Sons of Veterans Medal that shows the 3rd type of Eagle used on the Grand Army of the Republic Membership medals. This is a nice 2 piece medal with ribbon. $35.00
17. Here's an outstanding Denver 1905 National Encampment Medal. Cowboy riding Bronco!! $65.00
18. Des Moines, 1931 Celluloid GAR National Encampment button. Nice quality $12.00
19. 1899 GAR Cincinnatti 2 piece brass medal. Souvenir National Encampment Nice! $35.00
If you have any questions about any piece let me know! Thanks!
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Certified Statement from the 72nd Indiana on June 22nd, 1865 regarding the disposition of horses and mules used by the regiment. 2 pages written on the front of both pages. $65.00
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Here is a strombecker civil war charge shiloh april 6, 1862 4 soldier metal kit with horse. The box shows 5 on the cover but the side says that the set includes one soldier less than illustrated in scene. This particular set was produced in 1966 I believe. One solder has part of the barrel of his rifle missing and the officer on the horse is missing the end of his sword.
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Full set of REPORT OF W.H.H.TERRELL, ADJUTANT GENERAL INDIANA . Here we are showing volumn V11. This is the original Eight-Volume Report Prepared by W. H. H. Terrell and Published in 1869. All in excellent condition but have been rebound. Volume 7 alone has 781 pages in it. There is some slight foxing by definition. The inscription in this one says To Chancy Jones with respects of W.H.H.Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana. I am afraid that I do not know who Chancy Jones is. These volumns have been rebound by Miriam Sharp, Head of Bookbinding at Purdue University. Price on the set to follow.
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Here we have a set of old Confederate Saddlebags. These saddlebags were original purchased in 1993 at the Lexington, KY Civil War Show. These bags are the large style and in fair to good condition with a somewhat faint CSA in 3/8ths large letters stamped in the leather on which would have been the right hand side of the flap just above the finial fastening hole. Both finials are now missing and there’s a seam open here and there showing some crude repairs. The CSA has been there for a long long time with the leather crazing going through the letters. This has not been added after the crazing started. These letters were added before the crazing occurred. The bags themselves measure about 10 deep by 14 inches wide and the leather is still supple although the finish is crazed. Great display item! Take a look at the pics!!! $895.00
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Here we have a medium sized brown tooled in flower motif holster. The entire holster is 9 ¾ inches long and 5 inches wide at the widest point. The back of the holster has that it’s for a Colt Model 18?? and belonged to Wm R. Wrasse of Findlay, Oh. I believe this piece to be from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. I put my Colt 1849 pocket model with 6 inch barrel in it and the holster was a little big for it. Seams are still solid. Check out the pics!!! For this piece $295.00
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Here we have a large holster for a Colt Single Action Army which has many decorations on the front of it including a cowboy on a horse. The seams are all solid and the plug is in the bottom. I believe it would fit a 6 ½ inch barrel. It’s the flap over type with finial. No makers name on it but it does have numbers on the back belt loop. I believe it dates to the mid to late 1800’s and perhaps into the early 20th century. The leather is still supple with some loss here and there to the finish. Overall it’s in very good condition! $495.00
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Here we have a flap over basket weave holster from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s This one is marked on the flap ‘ROYAL 4 ¾’. The holster has overall wear and the rear belt loop has the stitching gone from the top mount. The holster measurements on the front not including the flap are 8 ½ inch long by 5 inches across the top before the flap. The brass finial is still present and the leather is still in good condition just needing to be dyed if so desired (I would just clean it up a little and let it go) . For this old holster $250.00
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Here’s a 20th century knife sheath with ‘125’ marked at the top between the belt slits. Made for about a 6 ½ inch long double edged bowie it is marked on the front of the sheath with decorations and the works ‘DANGER KEEP OFF’ ‘J.J.SCOONMAKER’, ‘SELKIRK, NY’. Kind of unusual! No other markings. Check out the pics!!! $35.00
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Here we have an old cowboy 12 guage shotgun belt with 30 loops. I believe this belt is for 12 gauge shells but it could fit 16 ga or 20 ga shells as well. The belt is 32 inches long not counting the 2 small buckles or the leather belt ends that go in the buckles. The belt is a little stiff in the center but some leather conditioner would help that. Excellent display piece for a cowboy display or even a Stagecoach display for the shotgunner! Take a look at the pics $395.00
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Here we have an old ‘Slim Jim’ western holster You can still see the impression of the old revolver in it. Probably held a colt. The leather is pretty stiff in spots and you can see the old leather thong down where the seam is. I see no traces of thread or even traces of sewing down the seam. I see some extra holes so it may have had rivits of some kind in it at one time but now lacking. Definitely 1800’s old west holster. Open ended with no plug. A geat display piece! In fair condition overall. $395.00
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Here’s a dandy! This is an early Cowboy slim jim type Holster that is decorated with studs on the seams and on the cross over straps but most impressive is the studs that make up a star! We believe this holster to be a Texas Holster. It’s still in supple condition with the seam being separated and became so while being used as evidenced by the extra studs and rivits to hold it together. This would fit an old Colt with at least a 6 inch barrel. Take a look at the pics and the construction. By the wear shown to the underside it was worn quite a bit. The holster has a couple of small holes in the distal inside bottom for a tie down loop. Some finish lacking but quite unique. For this one $695.00
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Here we have US Cavalry Model 1904 Saddle bags that are very worn with open seams in places and some torn leather however it still displays well. These were rode hard and put away wet! Hey, they are what they are but will still fill a display. The US in the oval on each flap is still there but hard to see. Overall these are in poor to fair condition. For this set $125.00
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Here we have a well worn / used WW1 US M1909 Holster with plug and tie down for the Colt / S&W 1917 Revolver. I don’t see any Mfg’s markings on it. The leather is still in pretty good condition but the finish has seen rough use . Some seam thread is gone and needs some attention. The US in oval is still visible but light. The finial is still present and tight. Overall this is a holster in fair to good condition and just needs cleaned up a bit. For this piece $110.00 Check out the pics!!!
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Here we have a Harrington & Richardson Saw-Handled frame spur trigger revolver made from 1878 to 1883. This revolver is .32 caliber single action model with 5 shot capacity. This revolver is the Model 1 ½ rimfire revolver with a 2 ½ inch octagonal barrel. This is a nickel plated model with about 90% of the nickel remaining. The barrel markings are quite nics as well as the serial number of 3596. There were about 10,000 of this model made. The actions works very well on this revolver. The checkered hard rubber grips are in excellent condition as well. All in all it’s a well above condition example of this firearm. For this nice revolver $250.00 ANTIQUE SO NO FFL NEEDED
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Here we have a Whitney birdshead .32 caliber single action 5 shot revolver in nickel. This is a brass framed model. The barrel is a rare 2 ½ inch long octagonal barrel with the makers markings on the top. This is the original barrel and not a cutdown so it’s RARE! The Whitneyville markings are weak and some letters impossible to see but the PAT MAY 23, 1871 are clear and quite sharp. The nickel is about 85% left and bright. The serial number on this piece is 687 B. These little revolvers were made from 1871-1879 with a total of all models being approximately 30,000. The action works perfectly in this little revolver and the birdshead grips, which are wood, are in great condition. This is listed at a Model No. 1 ½ and being Whitneyville marked. There were 5 different models made. For this one $375.00 ANTIQUE SO NO FFL NEEDED
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3. Small all brass Colt style pistol flasks.
The first one on the left is a embossed on one sided Colt Eagle Pistol Flask in working condition. The side with the eagle has a dent in it while there are a couple of holes in a dent on the other side. There is an odd design scratched into the brass near those holes on the back and I do not know the purpose of that. This small pistol flask is 4 1/2 inches long and exhibits a nice patina. No markings. For this piece $275.00
The second one from the left is a smaller flask being about 3 3/4 inches long and is in pretty good working condition with a couple of minor dents. I can see no markings on this one and it's missing one of the top mounting screws. The eagle design is on both sides of this small pistol flask. No Markings. Not marked Colt. $325.00
The third one from the left is the larger style pistol flask being about 4 1/2 inches long and showing the eagle motif on both sides. This one has seen lots of use! The top spring is missing as is all three top piece mounting screws. The flask has several small dents indicating that it was indeed used heavily! This one has lots of character!!! No Markings except for E PLURIBUS UNUM on the bottom ribbon. . Not marked Colt. $225.00
The forth one from the left is a smaller type being about 3 3/4 inches long and missing the top mechanism. This one has a small piece of copper wire in it so it was probably hung up for a display. The body of the flask is in nice condition with minor dents. There are no markings on this one as well. Not marked Colt. $225.00
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5. Soapstone bullet mold for round bullet. The people of Scandinavia began using soapstone during the Stone Age, and it helped them enter the Bronze Age when they discovered that it could be easily carved into molds for casting metal objects such as knife blades and spearheads. They were among the first to discover the ability of soapstone to absorb heat and radiate it slowly. That discovery inspired them to make soapstone cooking pots, bowls, cooking slabs, and hearth liners. Throughout the world, in locations where the soapstone is exposed at the surface, it was one of the first rocks to be quarried. Soapstone's special properties continue to make it the "material of choice" for a wide variety of uses.
This soapstone bullet mold looks to be for a .25 or .30 caliber round ball. This piece measures 3 inches by 2 inches x 1 3/8 inches and comes apart into two pieces. This piece is quite primitive and comes with one or the original hardwood pivot pins. There are some incised marks on one end but no other markings as well. The two halves of this mold would be placed together and secured with wooden sticks through the two holes. Then molten lead would be poured into the single bullet mold cavity. The mold would be opened after cooling, the lead sprue would be cut from the bullet, and the bullet surface would be filed smooth. Soapstone was used to make bullet molds because it was easily carved, heat resistant, and durable enough to be used hundreds of times.
This one we believe is from the Revolutionary War. We have seen these before in single and in gang molds of 6 bullets or so. The top photo is Soapstone inkwell from the 1700s with the initials "AL" carved on one side. Image from Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Park Service. This piece we have is definitely a bullet mold.
For this nice primitive mold $225.00
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Here we have a .38 caliber fully engraved Colt Revolver. This one most clearly resembles the Colt Round Barrel Pocket Navy with ejector on page 99 of Flayderman's Antique Arms guide. This particular revolver has the 4 1/2 inch barrel being a .38 caliber centerfire model. This is not a conversion from percussion to cartridge but a new revolver probably using some parts from the older revolvers. This barrel, which is obviously the original barrel with this piece, looks more like 5B-130 below the model referenced in the book. The serial number on this great looking look revolver is 38900 with the letters IE stamped below the s/n and all numbers match. There are no barrel markings on this piece nor any other Colt designation except on the cylinder which is COLT'S PATENT No. 870. The only other markings are '.38 cal' being stamped at the rear of the triggerguard. There is a ton of engraving on this piece so check out the pics! The triggerguard has traces of original silver on it. The action works perfect! The grips, I believe, are modern replacements and are not ivory but polymer. Take a look at the pics!!! $3,500.00
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Here we have a dug 8 inch mortar shell that weighs out to 41 pounds. This one has a pronounced mold seam as well as a fuze hole and two tong holes for lifting. The 8-inch and 10-inch siege mortars had maximum ranges of 2,225 and 2,064 yards, respectively, and the 13-inch seacoast mortar had a maximum range of 4,300 yards, but their effective ranges were much shorter. For the 8-inch siege mortar at a range of 800 yards, about 50% of the shells would fall within a 50-yard radius of the target. On this particular shell it has been in the dirt for awhile and has some moderate pitting to the surface area. Great piece of Civil War Heavy Artillery History!!! $375.00
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Here we have a Hopkins and Allen XL No. 4 and so marked. This is a .38 RF cartridge 5 shot revolver single action made starting in 1871. This revolver has a 2 1/2 inch octagonal barrel with a spur trigger and birds head grips which are in very nice condition . There is a lot of traces of nickel on this piece. The action works ok but the lock up is a little loose unless you push up on the cylinder stop on the bottom so I'm sure a spring is a little weak in there. The serial number is 914 and matches. It's a heavy little revolver. The markings are nice and deep on the top of the strap above the cylinder. The cylinder pin is a replacement of some sort but works fine. It still a nice piece. Take a look at the pics. Has not been cleaned! $450.00
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LARGE bicycle and driving map of indianapolis 1899-1900. This would look great framed! Some tears at the folds but otherwise great with a chip out of the side that you can see in the pics. $125.00
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Hard to find book by Captain E. J. Sherlock entitled 'MEMORABILIA OF THE MARCHES AND BATTLES IN WHICH THE ONE HUNDREDTH REGIMENTH OF INDIANA INFANTRY VOLUNTEERS TOO AN ACTION PART. WAR OF THE REBELLION 1861-5.' This book of 431 pages measures 8 X 6 inches Kansas City, MO being the first edition printed in 1896. The cover is the worst thing about this great book with wear and dirt but the inside is excellent with little of no foxing and being bright. There is a very nice presentation on the frontis page from Colonel John Headington of the 100th Indiana to his brother, Nim Headington in the Colonel's handwriting. Look at the pics. I think that Nim Headington was actually Nimrod Headington, who was in the 34th Indiana. There was only 2 Headingtons in the Union Army from Indiana so I think I am right. Here is Nimrod Headingtons stats:
Nimrod Headington Residence Jay County IN; Enlisted on 9/16/1861 as a 1st Lieutenant. On 9/30/1861 he mustered into "B" Co. IN 34th Infantry (date and method of discharge not given) Promotions: * Capt 1/4/1863 (As of Co. K) * Major 4/19/1864 * Lt Colonel 3/21/1865 (Not Mustered) Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 4/19/1864 from company K to Field & Staff Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
Also in the front on a blank page is fingerprints of perhaps the Colonel or his brother! Who knows for sure but they are there. There are many many photographs and engravings in this book. Here is a bio of the 100th Indiana as well as the Colonel:
John W. Headington Residence Portland IN; Enlisted on 9/11/1862 as a Captain. On 9/23/1862 he was commissioned into "H" Co. IN 100th Infantry He was Mustered Out on 6/8/1865 at Washington, DC Promotions: * Major 6/1/1864 * Lt Colonel 5/21/1865 (Not Mustered) Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 5/15/1865 from company H to Field & Staff Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.: - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana - Union Blue: History of MOLLUS (c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @ www.civilwardata.com
As a point of interest the 100th Indiana wore Zouave type uniforms and were known as the - 100th IN Inf. - Persimmon Regiment (Wore Zouave-inspired veteran jackets) . Also the 34th Indiana that his brother was in was known as the Morton Rifles (Wore Zouave-inspired veteran jackets).
One Hundredth Infantry INDIANA (3-YEARS) One Hundredth Infantry. -- Cols., Charles Case, Sanford I. Stoughton Albert Heath, Ruel M. Johnson, Lieut.-Cols., Albert Heath, Ruel M. Johnson, John W. Headington; Majs., Robt. Parrott, Ruel M. Johnson, John W. Headington William H. Vernamon. This regiment was organized at Ft. Wayne in Aug. 1862, two companies, organized for the 88th regiment being assigned to it to complete its organization, and it was mustered in Sept. 10. It left the state Nov. 1, for Memphis where it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 1st division, Army of the Tennessee. It moved in the first expedition against Vicksburg, but was forced to turn back by the enemy's capture of Holly Springs, and was assigned to garrison and railroad guard duty at Collierville. In June, 1863, it joined the army at Vicksburg, took part in the siege and then moved against Jackson, where it was constantly engaged until the evacuation. It was then in camp at the Big Black River until Sept. 28, when it sailed to Memphis with the 4th division, 15th army corps, thence moved to Stevenson and Bridgeport, Ala., and Trenton, Ga. It was in the movement in which the left flank of Bragg's army was turned and the enemy driven from his position on Lookout Mountain. The regiment then marched to Chattanooga in time to participate in the storming of Missionary Ridge, its division gaining the crest of the hill and holding the position against repeated assaults. The loss of the regiment was 132 in killed and wounded. After pursuing the enemy as far as Graysville, it was ordered to Knoxville for Burnside's relief and thence proceeded to Scottsboro, Ala., which place was reached Dec. 26. On May 1, 1864, it joined in the Atlanta campaign and was engaged at Dalton, Snake Creek Gap, Resaca, Dallas, New Hope Church, Big Shanty, Kennesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, Cedar Bluffs, Chattahoochee River, Decatur, Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station. After Atlanta's evacuation it was encamped at East Point until it went in pursuit of Hood in October, moving as far as the Tennessee River and then returning to Atlanta. As part of the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 15th corps, it moved upon Savannah and was engaged in a desperate fight at Griswoldville, where repeated assaults by the enemy were repelled. From Savannah it moved by steamer to Beaufort, S. C., thence through the Carolinas, assisting in the capture of Branchville, Columbia, Georgetown and Cheraw, S. C., and fought at Bentonville, N. C. It was at Goldsboro from March 26 until April 10, then moved successively to Raleigh, Richmond and Washington, D. C., where it was mustered out June 9, 1865, and the recruits were transferred to the 48th Ind. The original strength of the regiment was 968; gain by recruits, 86; total 1,054. Loss by death 237; desertion, 31; unaccounted for, 11. Source: Union Army, vol. 3, p. 172
This is a wonderful book and NOT a reprint but the original. For this wonderful Unit history of the 100th Indiana Infantry by one who was there $295.00
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Here is a paid of Civil War Boots that showed up for sale in Lebanon, Boone County, Central Indiana. Unfortunately no history accompanies them and they are just as found. These are about a size 9 to 9 ½. The boot pull loops were reinforced at some time with some copper rivets that are not period to the piece but at least the original leather boot pulls remain. These are the typical shorter Cavalry type and are 3 piece construction not counting the sole and heel. The boots are a little stiff but not really that bad and look great in a display. The pulls are stiffer than the boots but there is leather treatment available should you decide you want to soften them up. The boots are about 16 inches tall in the front at the crown and about 11 inches long from heel to toe. There is a small 1 inch hole on the front of one boot, probably done by a mouse. The soles are both in great shape with a double row of wooden pegs that reach up to the toe area then scaled down to a single row of nails around the toe area. The heels are leather as well with many iron nails in them. One heel has a steel heel protector on it but on the other boot shows the nail hole but the protector is lacking. Square toes. No markings are present anywhere on these boots. Overall a nice used pair of original boots of the Civil War period !!! Guaranteed Original! These boots can sell for over $2000 but this pair is a bargain at $450.00
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Here’s two old bayonets. The one at the top is a dug .58 caliber Springfield Rifle Bayonet with a faint US on the blade. This piece has minor pitting all over. The locking ring is missing. Came out of Frankfort, Indiana so we don’t know where it was picked up. Very nice shape for dug so it was probably an early pickup. For this one $75.00
The second bayonet on the bottom is a battle damaged Trapdoor Springfield bayonet that has had the bottom of the muzzle ring blown off. The only battle damage I can imagine on this is a fight between the army and the Native Americans. You can tell it has been laying out for a while but also I believe an early pick up. Came with the other bayonet from central Indiana. For this one $55.00
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Here is a complete lock for a percussion rifle and even though it looks to be completely unmarked it’s quite old and in remarkable condition.. The lock has only one position and that is full cock. The lock is 5 ½ inches long and nearly 1 ¼ inches tall not including the hammer. There is some simple line engraving and dot stimpling on this lock and the hammer matches. For this piece $175.00
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Here we have a fine American Civil War Period embossed copper powder flask that was made circa 1860. This is a typical mid-19th century design with a two piece embossed copper body with a classic raised “Shell & Bush” motoif (Riley # 384 & 390). Originally Mounted with four (4), copper pins and its iron suspension-rings: two studs and rings missing. Nicely patinaed, graduated, brass priming-spout: the base with a clear “AM. CAP & FLASK Co.” marking for the noted manufacturer of Waterbury, Conn. Four-step pouring-spout with its functional, internal, powder-cut-off spring and lever. The spring is missing but the spout still works and opens. In good untouched, non cleaned condition. The body with deeply embossed flutes and smooth, untouched, richly patinated, copper surfaces with some minor handling marks, minor dents and fine seams. Overall length, 8 3/4" and being almost 4 inches wide. A very nice piece! Find a spring and it’s near perfect! For this piece. $150.00.
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Here we have a G. and J.W. HAWKSLEY Black Powder Flask, made in Sheffield England in the 1800’s. The brass flask measures about 71/2 inches long by 3 ½ inches wide and is complete and still works fine. There are a couple of very minor dents as one would expect but still very nice with a great patina! This is a great piece !!! $250.00
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Here is a Curtis's and Harvey's Gunpowder of Hounslow and London, tin red painted flask.. The flask is complete except for about half of the label. Most of the paint remains. There is a dent in the front but not too bad. Comes with the little tin spout. Take a look at the pics! This flask measures about 8 ½ inches tall and 4 ½ inches wide. The company started in 1820/21 and marketed powder under their name until about 1938/39 when most of their production was switched to military production. You can have this flask for $49.00 It would be over $100 with a better label.
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Here we have a two compartment shot flask made of leather. This double flask is supposed to be hung from a belt over the shoulder (now lacking). One of the pouches is missing the little brass shot measure on the end but perhaps they were made to move from one to another because there is a gate in each to keep the shot from reaching the measure until you want it. 1800’s early 1900’s construction. I have not seen this type before. The bags are solid and the leather just needs a little cleaning. I can still hear some shot inside one of them. Stitching is real nice still. For this outfit $125.00
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Here we have a very rare .44 Caliber Civil War Starr Revolver Bullet Mold. A new made bullet was done so you could see what it looks like. This piece is extremely hard to get. It has a brass body with wooden handle and the top pivot is iron. The entire piece measures about 5 ¼ inches long. Makes a nice display piece with the original revolver !! No markings as usual. Take a look! $325.00
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Here we have a probable Civil War to late 1800’s glass paperweight for a Civil War Veteran of Co. F. 20th Indiana Infantry! Glass paperweights were invented and first shown at a show in Vienna in 1845. The French saw their potential and they took off. This is a nice decorated one! The inside id says it belonged to Moris Cammel. There was no Moris Cammel in the unit but in Co. F there was a Morris Campbell and I know this is the guy they mean! He was probably not happy with the misspelling but he kept it anyway. Here is his info:
Morris Campbell Residence Cass County IN; Enlisted on 8/25/1862 as a Private. On 8/25/1862 he mustered into "G" Co. IN 20th Infantry He was Mustered Out on 5/31/1865 Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 10/18/1864 from company G to company F Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
Here’s a little history on the 20th:
Twentieth Infantry INDIANA (3 years) Twentieth Infantry. Cols., William L. Brown, John Van Valkenburg, John Wheeler, William C. L. Taylor, William Orr, Albert S. Andrews; Lieut.-Cols., Charles D. Murray, Benjamin H. Smith, John Van Valkenburg, John Wheeler, James H. Shannon, William C. L. Taylor, George W. Meikel, Albert S. Andrews, John W. Shafer; Majs., Benjamin H. Smith, John Van Valkenburg, John Wheeler, George F. Dick, James H. Shannon, William C. L. Taylor, George W. Meikel, Erasmus C. Galbreath, William Orr, Joseph T. Ives, John W. Shafer, John W. Williams. This regiment was organized at Lafayette in July 1861, and was mustered in at Indianapolis, July 22. It left the state on Aug. 2, being ordered to Cockeysville, Md. for railroad guard duty. It sailed for Hatteras Inlet, N. C., Sept. 24, and was sent to north end of Hatteras bank, 40 miles from the fortifications, without transportation or artillery. It was attacked on Oct. 4, by the enemy's fleet, loaded with infantry, and was compelled to retreat. It embarked Nov. 9, for Fortress Monroe where it remained until March, 1862. It was at Newport News during the engagement between the Merrimac, Cumberland and Congress, and prevented the enemy from taking possession of the Congress after she had struck her colors. It participated in the capture of Norfolk and on June 8, was assigned to Jameson's brigade, Kearny's division Heintzelman's corps, with which it fought at Fair Oaks. It was in the battle of Oak Grove, where it lost 144 in killed, wounded and missing, and covered the rear of the 3rd corps in the Seven Days' battles, participating in all of them and being heavily engaged at Frazier's farm. It then moved to Yorktown, Alexandria, and thence to Manassas, where it was engaged, Col. Brown being killed. It was also in the battle of Chantilly, after which its division was ordered to rest, having lost heavily in its campaigns, and the 20th went into camp at Arlington Heights. On Oct. 11, it crossed the Potomac, hoping to intercept Stuart's cavalry and was in camp at Poolesville, Md., until Oct. 29, when it moved to Leesburg and Warrenton. With Franklin's corps it was engaged at Fredericksburg, and in May 1863, was in the battle of Chancellorsville, capturing the entire 23rd Georgia, which outnumbered it, and when the 11th corps broke and the enemy turned the right of the Union forces, cutting off the 3rd corps from the main army, the regiment made a bayonet charge, reestablishing communication. It pursued Lee through Maryland and Pennsylvania, reaching Gettysburg in time to participate in the second day's battle, where it was exposed to a sweeping fire, and lost 152 in killed and wounded, including Col. Wheeler. It was in hot engagements on the 3rd, and in heavy skirmishing on the 4th. Overtaking Lee's rear-guard at Manassas Gap, it aided in an attack and defeat of the enemy, and was then sent to New York during the draft riots. It was engaged at Locust Grove and Mine run in November. A portion of the regiment reenlisted as veterans on Jan. 1, 1864, at Culpeper and received a furlough. The 20th participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, Po river, Spottsylvania, Totopotomy and Cold Harbor. At the last point the veterans and recruits of the 14th were consolidated with the 20th. It was engaged at Deep Bottom and Strawberry Plains, and was then in the trenches before Petersburg under fire daily, Lieut.-Col. Meikel being killed. On Oct. 18, the recruits and veterans of the 7th and 19th were consolidated with the 20th. The regiment was engaged in the various movements about Petersburg, participating at Peebles' Farm, and Hatcher's Run. It was in the advance division of the 2nd corps in the pursuit of Lee and participated in the various battles up to his surrender. It then moved to Washington thence to Louisville, and was mustered out July 12, 1865. The original strength of the regiment was 1,051; gain by recruits, 410; reenlistments, 282; total, 1,743. Loss by death, 228; desertion, 66; unaccounted for 176. On reorganization the strength was originally, 906; gain by recruits, 33; total, 939; loss by death, 44; unaccounted for, 56. Source: The Union Army, vol. 3
Great History! This blown paperweight is really unique. It measures about 3 ¾ inches across at the widest point and is about 3 inches tall. It has a great broken pontel rod on the bottom showing that it was hand made. The glass is a triffle scratched up on the top which could be polished out if one so desires but I would leave it as it is. No breaks or cracks! For this unique piece of personal Civil War History $245.00
ORGINAL CIVIL WAR DISCHARGES !!!
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I have, in my possession several Original Civil War discharges from various units. Some are in frames and some are not. These were given out in the field so many have folds where the soldier folded them up and put them in their pocket for the trip home. There are also some separation at the folds. That's usual. The photos are generally darker than the actual document due to my artificial lighting. Prices vary on condition and importance of the unit as far as action in war. Capsule histories of the units are included with the discharges. Here is the list:
2 discharges for Andrew J. Isgrigg of Clinton County Indiana. One is for the 3rd Indiana Cavalry and one is for the 8th Indiana Cavalry. He mustered into the 3rd Indiana Cavalry on September 12th, 1861 and transfered into the Indiana 8th Cavalry on December 15th 1864. Here are both discharges. Andrew was in many engagements including Gettysburg !!! Also included is several penison documents and handwritten notes trying to get a disability from events happening in the service. For this fine collection $375.00
Here we have a discharge for Phillip E. Massey from Connersville, Indiana who was was a member of the 5th Indiana Cavalry from August 14th, 1862 until May 20th, 1865. This unit went after Morgan's Raiders and participated in several engagements especially in Kentucky and Tennessee. Fold as usual and some tape repairs on the back but still nice. $125.00
Here is the discharge for Alfred P. Boyce of the 79th Indiana Infantry who obtained the rank of corporal. Great Regimental history including Perryville, Stone's River, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Knoxville, Strawberry Plains, New Market, Mossy creek Kennesaw, Peach Creek, Atlanta, Lovejoy's Station Franklin, Nashville and Huntsville, Alabama! What a history!!!. Folds and a few stains but still nice and Historic. $125.00
Here is the discharge for John A. Stanfield of Franklin, Indiana who was a member of the 70th Indiana Infantry. NIce condition with folds. Col. Benjamin Harrison who became president was the commander of this outfit. John was in from Sept. 1862 to June 1865. Great History.! Was sent to Bowling Green, KY and was engaged at Russellvlle, KY then on to Tennessee and to Murfreesboro and Nashville. They also participated in the Atlanta Campaign and Rasaca. $125.00
Here is the discharge of Alonzo P. Hughs from Jay County, Indiana who served in the 138th Indiana Infantry. This unit was one of several late in the war that was mustered in for 100 days. Did guard duty in Tennessee. Folds but bright. $65.00
Here is the discharge of Horatio P. Chapin of the 40th New Jersey Infantry. He came late in the war from March 1865 to July 1865. Nide condition! $75.00
Here is the discharge of Linus G. Sutter who was with the New York 17th Light Artillery. He went in the service in August 1862 and was discharged June 1865. Did service protecting D.C. and wound up in Virginia in action. Nice conditon overall with folds. $85.00
Here is the discharge of Jacob Keller of A company Pennsylvania 143rd Infantry. He went in in August 1862 and was discharged on June 9, 1865. He was a POW 5/5/1864 at the Wilderness, VA and was returned 4/28/1865. This unit suffered heavy losses at Gettysburg. Nice condition with folds. $165.00
Here is the discharge of James Kain of the 11th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry who joined December 1863 and served unti the 14th day of July 1865. He was at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harber, Petersburg and others. He was also at Appomattox. Nice bright condition with folds as usual. James was a Musician. $125.00
Here is the discharge of George Seigel who was a member of the Ohio 4th Independent Battery Light Artillery 'Hoffmans'. He went in the service in August 1861 and remainted until March 1865 during which time he was promoted to Corporal and then on to Sergant. He was in many engagements including Bentonville, AR, Pea Ridge, Vicksburg, Jackson, Miss, LookOut Mtn, Tennessee, Resaca, Dallas, New Hope Church, Kennesaw and Atlanta. The conditon of the document is dirty with many folds but dark ink and easily readable. $95.00
Here we have the discharge for George A. Cook who was a private in the 28th Michigan Infantry. He went in in September of 1864 and was mustered out in June 1866. This was a late war unit but still participated in many battles especially Nashville and stayed in the service through some of the reconstruction time. Comes with a pension document. $95.00
Here we have the discharge from Massachuttes of Warren Thayor who was mustered in as a Corporal of the 1st Regiment of Mass. Cavalry in September of 1861 but was discharged the 15th day of November 1861 because of surgeons certificate of disability. Warren was 42 years old when he joined so he was quite old by fighting standards to join the military at that time. Warren was discharged before he could do any real service. Nice condition! $65.00
Here we have the discharge of Ambrose Odell who was mustered into the New York 15th Engineers on August 29, 1864 and was mustered out on June 13, 1865. While in he attained the rank of Artificier. Good condition with folds as usual and easily readable. This unit was at the seige of Yorktown and built roads for the "Mud March" and built bridges during the Chancellorsville campaign. It was present for duty at Gettysburg, Mine Run campaign and the siege of Petersburg. Great History! $125.00
Here we have the discharge of Josiah W. Hill of the Ohio 2nd Heavy Artillery. He was in from December 31st, 1863 to August 23rd, 1865. He did duty in Athens, Tennessee. Light brown with folds and a couple of spots but still very nice! $85.00
Here we have the discharge of John J. Burke of the New Hampshire 7th Infanry. He served the 7th from Novemer 1861 until July 20th, 1865 (he reenlisted in March 1864). This unit was at the siege on Fort Wagner where the regiment lost 218 killed, wounded, and missing and of this number 8 were officers. This was the largest loss of officers in the way by any regiment. This unit has a terrific history. This discharge is mostly clean and light with nice dark printing and handwritting. Easily readable. Has folds and a couple of tape repairs to the back but still tremendous! $125.00
Here we have the discharge of David D. Dimmich who enlisted on October 8th, 1861 into Co G of the New York 13th Infantry "Rochester Regiment". He was mustered out on May 13, 1863. He is listed as having been wounded at 2nd Bull Run, VA on August 30th, 1862. Nice brown color discharge with dark Ink. Engaged at Blackburn's ford and Bull Run. The regiment was at the Penisular Campaign as well as 2nd Bull Run as well as Antietam and Sharpsburg after a sharp enonter with the enemy at Shepherdstown. It lost heavily at Fredericksburg as well. This regiment also participated in the "Mud March". Great History! Brown discharge with dark ink and easy to read. NO folds to this one. $125.00
Here's the discharge of Wilhelm Lentzen of the 43rd Illinois Infantry. I could not find him in the database but here is his discharge so I cannot argue with the proof!!! HIs name may be misspelled which is common. He is listed as a Veteran after his name on the top line of the discharge. This discharge is a reenlistment document saying that he reenlisted on the 14th day of Januay 1864 for 3 years service and was discharged on the 30th day of November 1865 due to Circular 30 from the War Dept. series of 1865. This unit was at Shiloh and the Red River Expedition and since this is a reenlistment document he was most likely present during these actions. The discharge was given at Little Rock, AR. and is brown with folds but still good! $95.00
Here is the Discharge of John D. Meyer (Discharge has Mayer). John enlisted on March 24, 1865 and was discharged on July 13, 1865 from the 40th New Jersey Infantry. This unit participated in the last battle of Petersburg on April 2nd, 1865 and captured the battle flag of the 18th North Carolina earning Pvt. Frank E. Fesq the Medal of Honor. Nice brown color with decent ink and writting. Two folds with 2 small tape repairs on back. NIce! $95.00
Here is the discharge for Daniel H. Dearborn who enlisted on September 16th, 1864 into the Maine 1st Light Atillery and mustered out in 20th Day of June in 1865. It has a great regimental history and was present in actions at Winchester, Strasburg and Cedar Creek as well as the major others until the end of the war. This document was carried some before being put away. Several folds on the medium brown document with edge chips. There is also some foxing to the paper. The great history makes up for some of he condition! $95.00
Here is the discharge for Jacob D. Schermerhorn who enlisted on September 14th, 1861 into the New York 56th Infantry. He mustered out on October 20th, 1864. This unit participated in the Seige of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Savage Station, Bottom's bridge, Fair Oaks, Seven Days Battle and the Seige of Fort Wagner. Great History! $125.00
Here we have the Framed Discharge of Samuel C. Lilley who enlisted on July 12, 1861 as a Private in Co. G of the Pennsylvania 30th Infantry. This unit participated in the Battle of Mechanicsville, Glendale, Malvern Hill (in reserve), South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Mine Run Campaign and the Wilderness Campaign! Great History! The discharge exhibits several folds and is missing a small part of the document on the right bottom and right top. It has several water stains as well but still all is visible and readable. In old frame with wood back. Due to the great history this one is $125.00
Here we have the Framed Discharge of Thomas Haywood of the 72nd Indiana 'Wilder's Brigade'! Thomas mustered into company E of the 72nd Indiana Infantry on July 25, 1862 and mustered out on July 24, 1864. The 72nd moved into Tennessee in November and arrived at Murfreesboro Jan. 8, 1863, where it was mounted and served as mounted infantry in the campaign against Tullahoma and Chattanooga. It aided in defeating the enemy at Hoover's gap, sustaining a heavy loss, met and routed a brigade at Rock Springs was in the battle of Chickamauga meeting with heavy losses, and aided in driving Wheeler out of Middle Tennessee. At Mooresville, Ala., it engaged the enemy in November was sent to Memphis the following month and attached to the cavalry command of Sherman's army, moving with it on the Meridian raid. It returned to Memphis, thence to Nashville, joined the 3d brigade, 2nd cavalry division in March, 1864, and on April 30 started on the Atlanta campaign. It was constantly engaged in battles and skirmishes until the fall of Atlanta. When Sherman commenced his march through Georgia, the horses of the regiment were turned over to Kilpatrick's division and the regiment was ordered to Louisville for new mounts. It moved to Gravelly Springs, Ala., on Dec. 28, and joined Wilson's. cavalry expedition, which resulted in the capture of Selma and Montgomery, Ala., and Columbus and Macon, GA, with 8,000 prisoners great quantities of supplies and artillery. After Richmond's fall the regiment was sent out in detachments to intercept Davis. It left Macon for Nashville May 23, and was mustered out at that place June 26, 1865. This document is in good folded condition being medium brown and the back of the frame is also close enclosed to show the back of the document. Nice!! $145.00
Here we have the discharge of Jacob S. Hummer of the 9th Indiana Infantry. Jacob mustered in Company A on January 1st, 1864 and mustered out on May 24th, 1865. While Jacob was in the unit It participated in the Atlanta campaign, being engaged at Taylor's Ridge and Buzzard Roost, Resaca, Cassville, Dallas, New Hope Church, Kennesaw mountain, Marietta, Peachtree Creek, the investment of Atlanta, Jonesboro, and Lovejoy's Station. It joined in pursuit of Hood's army to Athens, Ala., and then moved to Pulaski, Tenn., reaching there Nov. 1, 1864. It was in the action at Columbia; in the heavy skirmishing on the route to Franklin in the battle at that place Nov. 30, participated in the battle of Nashville, joined in the pursuit of Hood as far as Huntsville, Ala.; was in camp there from Jan. 6 to Mar. 13, 1865, and moved to Nashville about May 25. It was sent to Louisiana and Texas, as part of Sheridan's army of occupation and was mustered out Sept. 28, 1865. Great content! Excellent frame with exposed back under glass. $145.00
Here is the discharge of Henry N. Ferguson who was a corporal in Company D 1st Regiment of Untied States Veteran Volunteers who enrolled on January 12th 1865 and was discharged on 22nd day of August 1865 due to surgeons certificate of disability.
1st Regiment Infantry
Organized at Washington, D.C., December 24, 1864, to March 1, 1865. Attached to Hancock's 1st Veteran Corps March, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Veteran Corps, to April, 1865. 2nd Brigade, Provisional Division, Army of the Shenandoah, to June, 1865. Middle Department to July, 1866.
SERVICE.--Duty at Washington, D.C., in the Shenandoah Valley and in the Middle Department until July, 1866. Mustered out January 10 to July 21, 1866.
Henry was from Richland County, Ohio and it says on the discharge that his occupation was as a soldier. Paper backed frame. This discharge has obviously been in the frame for years. Still in good condition. $95.00
Here is a framed discharge of one Robert Neuman who was a Private in Company F, 7th Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps. The Veteran Reserve Corps (originally the Invalid Corps) was a military reserve organization created within the Union Army during the American Civil War to allow partially disabled or otherwise infirm soldiers (or former soldiers) to perform light duty, freeing able-bodied soldiers to serve on the front lines. This veteran probably served his time in Washington D.C. as that is where he was discharged upon completion of serviced. This document is in a wood frame with glass on both sides. There is some separation noted at the seams. Looks nice! $145.00
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We just received this very nice discharge along with pension papers for Private Arthur B. Noble of the 52nd Massachusetts Infantry who joined on the 9th day of September 1862 and was discharged on in June of 1863 for disability. Along with this discharge, which by the way is much lighter than my pics show due to the lighting used for photography and much better condition than any discharge I have, is the pension papers and notices that show him getting his pension increased up to 1931 when he was receiving $100 a month which was way lots more than he received as a soldier! Take a look at the pics! Nice grouping! Here is some of the info for Arthur:
Residence Northampton MA; a 21 year-old Farmer. Enlisted on 9/9/1862 as a Private. On 10/2/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. MA 52nd Infantry He was discharged for disability on 6/4/1863 (On Surg. Certif. of Disability) He was listed as: * Absent without leave 12/8/1862 (place not stated) (From Dec. 8, 1962 to June 4, 1963) Other Information: born 12/29/1832 Member of GAR Post # 86 (W. L. Baker) in Northampton, MA died 3/11/1936
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
Here is some regimental history
The 52d Regt. Mass. Vol. Mil. was raised in Franklin and Hampshire Counties in response to the call of Aug. 4, 1862, for nine months troops. Its rendezvous was Camp Miller, Greenfield, and here the companies were mustered in on Oct. 2 and 11, 1862. The field and staff having been mustered Nov. 19 on the following day the regiment left for New York, proceeding thence to Long Island and going into quarters at Camp Banks where the Banks expedition to Louisiana was being organized. On the 2d of December the regiment embarked on the steamer ILLINOIS bound for Louisiana. Touching at Ship Island and New Orleans, it reached Baton Rouge on the 17th where it was assigned to Kimball's (2d) Brigade, Grover's (4th) Division, l9th Corps. The regiment remained at Baton Rouge until March 13, when with the rest of the corps it participated in the demonstration against Port Hudson in cooperation with Farragut's fleet in its attempt to pass the batteries. This attempt having been partially successful, the regiment then penetrated to within a few hundred yards of the enemy's works and held its advanced position for forty-eight hours, after which it began its return march, reaching its old camp at Baton Rouge, March 20. One week later, March 27, it was transferred to Donaldsonville, and on the 31st started with Grover's Division up Bayou Lafourche, proceeding to Thibodeau, which place was reached April 2. Two days later it entrained at Terre Bonne for Bayou Boeuf whence, on April 9, it marched to Brashear City. Here, two days later, it took steamer for Indian Bend on the westerly shore of Grand Lake in an effort to cut off a Confederate force at Fort Bisland. After the battle at Indian Ridge, in which the 52d did not participate, and the escape of the enemy northward, the 52d joined in the pursuit to New Iberia. Four companies were left here to do guard duty, while the remainder proceeded on past Opelousas to Barre's Landing on Bayou Courtableau. Here they remained until the 21st of May, collecting and guarding supplies and loading and unloading boats at the landing. On the l9th the companies left at New Iberia arrived, and on the 21st the regiment commenced its return march via St. Martinsville to Brashear City, reaching its destination May 26. On the 28th the regiment was transported by rail to Algiers, directly opposite New Orleans, whence it was transferred by steamer to Springfield Landing just above Baton Rouge. This place was reached May 30, and thence the regiment marched to join its brigade before Port Hudson. After a short expedition to Clinton, June 5 to 8, to disperse a force of Confederates there, the regiment returned to its place on the Port Hudson front and participated in the assault of June 14, losing three men killed and seven wounded, Captain Bliss mortally. On the 20th, while guarding a train of wagons near Jackson's Cross Roads, it was attacked by the enemy. The enemy was repulsed, but many of the wagons were lost through the stampeding of the mules. Returning that night to the front at Port Hudson, the regiment remained there until the surrender of that place, July 9. The term of service of the regiment now having expired, on July 23 it boarded the steamer CHOUTEAU bound for Cairo, Ill. Arriving at this place July 30, on the same afternoon it entrained for home. Reaching Greenfield, Mass., Aug. 3, the men were furloughed until the 14th when they reassembled at the same place and were mustered out of the service. Source: Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors & Marines in the Civil War
These documents are in very nice condition and much better than my pics show. For the grouping $175.00
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Here we have 8 Magic Lantern slides from the 19th century. I believe that 6 of them are American Civil War subjects while 2 are Peruvian subjects. The civil war ones are: 3 battle scenes, 1 cannon scene (these men look to be wearing the caps popular in the Mexican War era, 1 scene showing Lee signing surrender documents with Grant looking on and 1 scene that looks to be President Grant's death bed scene. The other 3 battle scenes may be part of Grant's campaign as well. The Peruvian scenes are :
1. Admiral Miguel Grau -- When the War of the Pacific between Chile against Bolivia and Peru began on 5 April 1879, Miguel Grau was aboard the Huáscar, as its captain and the Commander of the Navy. In an impressive display of naval mastery, Capitán Grau played an important role by interdicting Chilean lines of communication and supply, damaging, capturing or destroying several enemy vessels, and bombarding port installations. Grau's Huáscar became famed for moving stealthily, striking by surprise and then disappearing. These actions put off a Chilean invasion by sea for six months, and as a result he was promoted to Rear Admiral.
2. Hauscar -- Huáscar is an ironclad turret ship built in Britain for Peru in the 1860s. Her price was a bit more than £81,000 pounds sterling. She was the flagship of the Peruvian Navy and participated in the Battle of Pacocha and the War of the Pacific of 1879–1883 before being captured and commissioned into the Chilean Navy. Today she is one of the few surviving ships of her type. The ship has been restored and is currently commissioned as a memorial ship. She is named after the 16th-century Inca emperor, Huáscar. Quite historic!
For each of these $25 but if you want to take all 8 you can have them for $160.00 plus shipping. There are all in very good condition with no cracks, breaks or loss of image. Take a look at the pics!
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Here are a few Civil War Dug items that I just got from a Friend of mine. He received these from a friend more than 30 years ago. They were aquired legally in Virginia from private land but he cannot remember where they were dug. First we have two US Box Plates. The one on the left is complete with all back lead and both hooks albeit they are rusty as you can see in the pics. For this one $120.00 Note: This one is SOLD!!!
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The second one on the right looks better from the front than the rear. It has a wrinkle on the left side bottom as looking at it straight on. On the reverse a bit of the lead is lacking in that area but both rusty hooks remain. For this one $95.00 P>
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Next is the puppy paw hooks and tounge from a belt plate-probably US as well. It's dug but in excellent condition. Some Soldiers just used this part instead of the entire belt plate. For this one $45.00
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This last item(s) is a group of .69 caliber round balls which could be either North or South early on and basically just Southern later on in the war. They are in good dug condition and show the white on the lead that one expects to see. Nice shape! There are 12 of them. For the 11 round musket balls $35.00
RARE! RARE! RARE!!!
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This is a Civil War era patent model of a pocket writing desk. The patent was applied for on December 25, 1861 and granted on July 1, 1862. Andrew J. Ritter of Rahway, New Jersey not only had a good idea but an idea for the times. With the Civil War just started, there would be a great need for such a device on both sides. Ultimately, Civil War soldiers became known for their letter writing and this little device helped to make that happen. I have seen ads for these desks in the Harper's Weekly newspapers of the day so I know 100% that they were produced and sold.
The pocket desk was made of wood and pasteboard and designed to hold stationary, (this model has 2 pieces of stationary in it) pencil or pen, a checker boad and checkers (lacking in the model) and other necessities such as sewing needles and threads and other toiletries. There is still one needle on cloth swatch inside. This piece is exceedling rare and this is the first one ever made!!!! This desk comes with the original Government tag as well as the original lables on the desk that the ones manufactured for use did not have. I can see that this is a fragile item and probably did not stand up to the rigors of marching and camp life. How many of these little desks have you ever seen? I have been in the business for many years and this is the first one that I have ever seen let alone owned! I am sure that many of these little Ritter desks went to war.
The desk comes in a lucite display case with modern copies of the Patent documents. For this rare piece $1,250.00
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Here we have an old set of 19th century Police "Nippers". The Patent says Shackles but these are better known in the collecting field as nippers. This set of old nippers comes with a copy of both the Patent papers showing the drawing of the item and the text describing the item which describes them as Police-Nippers. I know of at least 3 types of thise W. G. Phillips nippers that were patented on Aug. 10, 1869 and this is the second type which was an improvement over the first type due to the spring which set into a notch that made them adjustable. The first earlier ones only had one setting and that was a stud that was set in a hole. The inventor was W. Gray Phillips of Brooklyn, Kings county, New York. These Nippers were not intented for the most violent of criminals as only one arm/wrist was secured by this method. They still work fine and the spring is strong. There is about 70% of the original nickle remaining. This fine old nippers came out of a Lyndonville, Vermont collection. Take a look at the pics! $195.00
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This single brass stirrups here is a heavy cast brass stirrup in good original condition. Referred to as the Model 1904 artillery stirrup and each it measures 5¼” high by 4¾” wide and there is a bend to it that you can see in the pics. It is believed that these type of equestrian accoutrements were issued with the M1904 McClellan artillery harness saddles. This stirrup had a ½” thick tread (now lacking) that features an iron top plate inset into the brass surface at the time of casting. The tread surfaces exhibit a sharp front and rear edge on the stirrup and a center ridge down the iron insert. The stirrup exhibits a very fine, mellow bronze patina overall with normal dings from age and use. A good representative of early 20th century brass artillery stirrup. $45.00
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Here we have a YOUNG AMERICA BACHELLERS SUBLIME QUALITY SEWING SILK & TWIST FOR SEWING MACHINES box. This is an early one I believe being from the 19th through early 20th century. The box measures about 8 1/4 X 4 1/4 and is in pretty good condition. There is an excellent looking spread winged Eagle on the lid and a waterstain. Someone has written a price on the bottom of the box in ink. Small but there. $20.00
Here are three needle cases with needles.
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The first one is a small brass one measuring about 1 7/8 inches long. The cap pulls off to reveal a couple of needles inside. Nice patina! $10.00
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The second one is another brass one with decorations around the body that may indicate Naval use. It just looks nautical to me. This one measures 2 3/4 inches long and is full of needles. $15.00
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The third one is steel with brass end caps and has on the stamped on the cylinder HENRY CLARRE & CO. 17 GRACE STREET LONDON--FAVORITE NEEDLE PERSERVER--AGENT FOR UNITED STATES-H.F.OSBORNE, NEWARK, N.J. PATENT. This one is also full of needles.
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The needle safe dates to the turn of the century (1890-1905) when the H F Osborne firm was making all sorts of saddlers and harness makers tools (harness, trunk, trimmers and saddlers tools)out of their Newark NJ plant. They had a huge workforce by this time and a strong line of a variety of products so their tools today are seen throughout the antique markets. For this fine piece $45.00
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Here we have a group of harness needles in original packaging. This group is all post Civil War and has MADE IN ENGLAND or MADE IN GREAT BRITIAN on them or close. The makers are John James & Sons, Redditch , England: W.Crowley & Sons, England: Glover's Needles, England for C.S. Osborne, New Jersey: Jas. Smith Sons, Great Britian: & the Shrimpton Need Co. England. For each pack $10.00
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I believe these harness needles to be much earlier because no country of original is listed on the packages. There are three packs of harness needles that are marked E PLURIBUS UNUM BEST QUALITY HARNESS NEEDLES C. SCHLEICHER, BELLE VALLEE. That company was in Canada but obviously these needles were made for the American market. The best package has no needles in it and the other two have 1 needle each in them. For each $10.00 The other pack shown is SUPERIOR CAST STEEL DRILL'D EY'D HARNESS 8 MANUFACTURED BY J. RIMMER & SON, ALCESTER. John Rimmer flourished 1800 to 1840 and Son Thomas from 1802 - 1870 as needlemakers. This one is full of needles. $25.00
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This is a good set of early crossed rifles with a 3 and F on them. Has a hinged pinback on the reserve. Solid pieces and in good condition. $35.00
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This is a small crossed muskets insignia marked OMI on the top for the Ohio Military Institute. The rifles are about 1 1/2 inches long. This piece has two posts on the reverse for clutch backs probably. $15.00
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This is a crossed rifles insignia being the M-1902 with the rifles being about 2 inches long with a 4 on top and and E under the rifles. Has a hinged pinback. $10.00
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This is a set of crossed muskets with a 1 over the rifles and a D under the rifles. One barrel of one rifle is bent and needs straightened up. There are 2 hooks on the back with what appears to be the remnants of a screw back threaded rod. $15.00
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This is a set of IW era crossed rifles for the infantry with a screwback attachment on it. There is a 15 and an E attached as well. Nice large piece! The rifles are 2 1/2 inch long. $35.00
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This is an excellent set of crossed rifles insignia with pinback. Has a smaller bar below the rifles that may have had something soldered to it at one time but not lacking. Early piece! $25.00
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Here is a set of very primitive crutches made from rough sawn hardwood. The arm rests are covered with some some of padded muslin or cotton cloth that is sewn together. One of the covers is in tatters. Many thousands of soldiers had to use crutches after the war and most couldn't afford them so handmade ones were constructed. This set would fit a person of about 5' 5" or so in height. The entire piece has nails and leather washers holding it together which makes it kind of fragile in nature. Great display item! $95.00
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Many a man made out a will during the early 1860's thinking he would have to go off to war. This is one such will written for a Hendricks County, Indiana, man, Daniel Brown who was married to Poly and had 4 children. Daniel states in his will that he leaves everthing to Poly but if she gets remarried or dies then she will have to give everything to the 4 kids! Try to get away with that today! This will was written on April 26th, 1862 and I'm sure Daniel though he would have to go off to war one way or another. Daniel did sign up with the 103rd Indiana Co.B for one week on July 10, 1863 to July 18th to run Confederate General John H. Morgan and his soldiers out of Indiana. Here is the bio of the 103rd:
Minute Men. -- Word being received at Indianapolis on the evening of July 8, 1863, that a force of 6,000 cavalry under Morgan had crossed the Ohio River near Mauckport and was moving on Corydon, a call was issued for citizens to organize for defense. Within 48 hours 65,000 men had tendered their services. From this number regiments 102 to 114 inclusive, and one battalion were organized, the battalion being assigned to the 107th. One Hundred and Third Infantry. -- Col., Lawrence S. Shuler, Lieut.Col., Virgil H. Lyon, Maj., Samuel J. Banta. This regiment was organized as minute men and was composed of seven companies from Hendricks, two from Marion and one from Wayne Counties, all belonging to the Legion. It was organized July 10 1863, with 681 rank and file, and moved by rail on the 11th from Indianapolis to Vernon. Securing horses for 146 men from his and Gregory's command, Col. Shuler pushed on and joined a pursuing column, his detachment taking the advance. Coming in sight of Morgan's rear-guard on the afternoon of the 13th the troops engaged in several skirmishes with detachments of the enemy near Harrison, Ohio, and entered there soon after Morgan's rear-guard had departed. The pursuit continued as far as Batavia, Ohio, when the command returned to Indianapolis, being mustered out shortly after the balance of their respective regiments had been discharged. The 103rd had moved to Sunman's station and after Morgan's escape into Ohio had returned to Indianapolis, where it was mustered out July 16th. Source: Union Army, vol. 3, p. 174
It would have been awful hard for Daniel to sign up for a regular unit with a wife and 4 kids to raise! Catch a glimpse of the past for $26.00
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Here are 2 personal sized coffee pots that were sometimes carried in the soldier's knapsack. I've placed a penny in the pic for comparison in size. The first one is a 'one cup' sized pot being about 5 1/2 inches tall to the top of the wooden knob on top and 3 1/2 inches across the base. The solder joints are as they should be. I don't believe that there are any holes in this litte pot. Hinged lid. Nice one! Not a toy! $65.00
THE FIRST ONE IS SOLD!!
The next one is about 6 inches tall and 4 inches across the bottom. This is the side spout type with the detachable lid. This one has a very small spout with a loop at the top that would have had a chain on it to a cork to plug the spout. I don't believe there are any holes in this one either. Both pots have a great patina with little rust to the insides and maybe just a minor dent or two. Very nice! $65.00 each
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Here's a fine set of Civil War Crutches as witnessed in ILLUSTRATIONS OF CAMP LIFE by Matthew Brady. These are the more deluxe set with leather arm rests at the top. Much easier to use and on much easier on the arm pits that the usual half moon type more often associated with the common soldier. These would have been used by someone that was about 5'5" tall or so. Nice original condition with original finish. The leather arm rests are worn but complete. Nice ones and would look great in a medical display!! $145.00
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Here is a English made Snake Buckle and keeper that is made of tinned iron construction. This piece came from a Cincinnati Costume shop years ago. I believe it to be old unusued stock, perhaps from Bannermans. This type buckle was used by both sides during the War although it's usually associated with Confederates. $95.00
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This is a Hotchkiss Shell - Complete - This is a 3" case shot with 3 flame grooves. Nose, base and forcing band are entact. Has a brass paper time fuse holder. This piece has ground action but has been cleaned and coated to prevent further damage. Sorry, but the info on where it was dug has been lost with the loss of the collector who owned it. Still a very nice displayable shell! The shell is safe to display as it has been disarmed. About 7 inches long. From a Zionsville, In estate. $295.00
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Here is a Wagon type Medical Cask/Canteen. This all oak piece measures about 22 inches long and 8 inches tall at the ends not counting the feet. There are 4 iron rivited bands that look to have been painted. The screw fill top and the spigot are made of brass to prevent corrosion. The 2 wire bales that hold the carry handles are also made of heavy brass. The only markings I can find on this unique piece is stampings of 'WT 12 LBS'. The bands are somewhat loose due to wood shrinkage and this piece wouldn't hold wine or water any longer but it is unique and large! One of the base feet is broken on one side but all there and could be repaired if you wanted to. I believe this piece has been refinished but it looks great! $275.00 Below the photo of this keg is an reproduced page from Francis Lord's Civil War Encyclopedia which talks about an Ambulance Water Keg. The one I have is very similiar except that our's has 2 handles while the one in the article has one handle. Their's is also marked MED. DEPT. and ours is unmarked except for the stampings. Take a look and compare! Even our feet and spigot is exactly the same as the one in the picture from Lord's! $275.00
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This is something you never see. This is an original form for APPLICATION FOR MEDAL being form No. 0714 dated March 1, 1924. This form is to be used by veterans of the Civil War, Indian, Spanish, Spanish Service, Philippine, Philippine Congressional, China, Cuban Occupation, Porto Rican Occupation, Cuban Pacification, Mexican Service, and Mexican Border medals! WW1 wasn't listed on this form yet! There are actually 2 pages, one original and one copy. First time I've seen these and I have a few copies. $10 each guaranteed original and unused!
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This is a 12 inch tall X 7 1/2 inch wide bust of Abraham Lincoln. It has a very small area on the tip of the nose that's missing the gold. I don't know if this is plaster, chalk, or what but it is hollow. Still fairly heavy. Nice piece of Lincoln memorabilia. Don't know how old it is but I got it at a Civil War show from a dealer. $45.00
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This is an excellent CS Confederate envelope / cover address to Mr. George W. Creasey Manchester, Chesterfield Co. VA in care of Capt L.M. Burford. There is an excellent 5 cent Jefferson Davis stamp CSA #4 Stone litograph that is much more of a green than our pic shows (stamp alone worth $150.00) affixed to the upper left hand corner and the cancellation stamp of New London MAR (march I believe) 27 (the envelope is much more yellow or manilla than the pic shows. The date is not seen. There is something else written on the lower left hand corner but I can't make it out. George W. Creasy was in the 18th Virginia Infantry and was part of Longstreet's Corps. ,General Picketts Brigade. The unit was involved in action at Balls Bluff on Bull Run, Manassas; fighting around Yorktown and Williamsburg ;Seven Pines; Gaines Mill; Frasiers Farm; the second battle of Manassas; battles of Boonsboro and Sharpsburg; Gettysburg; Petersburg & Five Forks and made its last stand with the old Picketts Division,at the battle of Saylers Creek. Excellent Unit! Too bad we don't have the letter too !! $125.00
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CIVIL WAR ARMS PURCHASES AND DELIVERIES: A facsimile reprint of the master list of Civil War weapons purchases and deliveries including small arms, cannon, ordnance and projectiles,introduction by Stuart C. Mowbray. Reprinted here in its original format is the single most quoted source of information about Civil War weapons. It is so important that many authors have called it the "bible" of Civil War arms research. Also known as "Executive Document # 99," this massive publication is a comprehensive list of every single weapons purchase made by the Union - over 300 pages of detailed entries. 300+ pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4". Hardcover. BRAND NEW NEVER READ BOOK! $39.50
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This is a very nice unused postal cover showing a negro on all fours with a whip and the words "WHAR 'S JEFF DAVIS?" and is done by King & Baird Prs Sampson St. Philada. Excellent condition!!! $35.00
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This is a large original descriptive list and account of pay and clothing for John D. Pierce. John was a Private in Co. I 120th Indiana Volunteers. Here is a history of the 120th Indiana. One Hundred and Twentieth Infantry INDIANA (3-YEARS) One Hundred and Twentieth Infantry. -- Cols. Richard F. Barter Allen W. Prather, Reuben C. Kise; Lieut.-Cols., Allen W. Prather, Reuben C. Kise, John M. Barcus, Majs., Reuben C. Kise, Edward B. Brasher, John M. Barcus, Albert Knowles. This regiment was organized in the winter of 1863 at Columbus, and was mustered in March 1, 1864. It left the state March 20, proceeding to Louisville, Ky., where it was assigned to a brigade with Hovey's division. It moved to Nashville and on April 5, for Charlestown, Tenn., being assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 23rd army corps. Moving May 2 in the Atlanta campaign, it was engaged at Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, taking a conspicuous part and joining in the charge which routed the enemy; in the assault of Kennesaw Mountain, and in the battle before Atlanta, July 22. It was in the siege of Atlanta and in constant skirmishing until its evacuation being engaged at Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station. Col. Barter resigning Sept. 15, Lieut.-Col. Prather was promoted to the colonelcy of the regiment, which moved in the pursuit of Hood in October as far as Summerville. It was detached from Sherman's army, Oct. 30, and ordered to Nashville, being in skirmishes at Columbia, and in the battle at Franklin, on Nov. 30, losing 48 in killed and wounded, Maj. Brasher being mortally wounded. Moving to Nashville, it took position in line of battle and took part in the battle of Dec. 15-16, joining in the pursuit of Hood's retreating forces, and going into camp at Clifton, Tenn. Embarking Jan. 15, 1865, it moved to Cincinnati, thence to Washington City, from whence it proceeded to New Berne, N. C. Moving on March 6, with its division towards Kinston, it was in a sharp fight at Wise's Forks on the 8th and again on the 10th, when a furious assault was repulsed with heavy loss on the enemy. The regiment occupied a position in the center, exposed to the heaviest attack, and lost 7 killed and 48 wounded. Joining the forces under Gen. Cox at Kinston, it moved to Goldsboro, meeting Sherman's army which had arrived from Fayetteville. It was in camp at Goldsboro until April 10, when it moved towards Smithfield, proceeding thence to Raleigh, where it was engaged in provost duty with the army encamped about the city. It then moved to Charlotte, N. C., May 10, remaining there for three months and moving thence to Greensboro. It was ordered to Raleigh, Aug. 21, for garrison duty. Col. Prather resigned Sept. 9, Lieut.-Col. Kise was promoted colonel, and on Dec. 2, was made brigadier-general of volunteers for distinguished services. The regiment was mustered out Jan. 6 1866. Original strength, 976; gain by recruits, 219; total, 1,195. Loss by death, 151 ; desertion 5 2. Source: The Union Army, vol. 3, p. 178 The piece is large and has a couple of seam separations but the paper is in great condition and not fragile. Feb. 1865 and shows John got Trousers, Shirt, Bootees, GreatCoat, etc. $40.00
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This is a nice piece of Civil War paper which is a voucher for paying Henry McFarland who was a US paymaster. The period was from March 27th, 1863 to April 30th 1863. There are some seam separations on this document but the paper is in good condition. Looks like old $190.15 which included pay for himself, a private servant, clothing for the servant, and food for himself and the servant. Looks like there were 2 servants and their names were John Francis and William Kneeland. They were both light complexion with blue eyes and brown hair. This would make a great framed piece! $25.00
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This is a used Union Cover with rose 3 cent Washington stamp addressed to Miss Julia E. Jenks at French Creek, Allamaka, Iowa. It's better condition than what our pic shows. Has a poem entitled BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS on the left side and is dated 1865. Nice old stamp with cancellation. Has been opened on the left end. $45.00
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This is a Confederate Cover from Pamplins oct, 18th. probably 1862 or 1863. The cover is addressed to Miss Lallie Thackston- Doorlington heith- Prince Edward Virginia. Has the blue large size CSA #2 TJ 1861 Stamp. Nice large Early CS stamp! Cover has bottom flap missing. $150.00
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Another very good Confederate cover with late war small Jeff Davis 10 cent stamp. The cover is from and marked OFFICE OF COMMISSIONER OF TAXES - OFFICIAL BUSINESS and is hand cancelled CANACL JAN 23, 1865 with something else under that. The cover is addressed to Alex. Donnan. Esq. Petersburg, Va. Some water staining on the ends but not bad. I'll bet this is one tax bill that didnt' get paid!!! $145.00
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This Confederate cover has the early green Jeff Davis 5 cent stamp on it and it is addressed to Mrs. Catherine Roulhae , Hillsboro , Orange County, -N.C.- The cover was opened by raising the flap. Good condition!! $125.00
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This cover is addressed to H. (Henry) W. Spafford Quartermasters Clerk 4th VT Regiment Washington D.C. Here is Henry's stats: Henry W. Spafford Residence Bennington VT; Enlisted on 9/4/1861 as a Private. On 9/21/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. VT 4th Infantry He Re-enlisted on 10/25/1864 He was Mustered Out on 7/13/1865 He was listed as: * POW 10/11/1863 (place not stated) * Paroled 3/21/1864 (place not stated) Promotions: * Comm Sergt 5/28/1862 * 1st Lieut 11/6/1864 (1st Lieut & Quartermaster) Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 11/6/1864 from company A to Field & Staff Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.: Here is a history of the 4th VT They were at Gettysburg!!: VERMONT FOURTH REGIMENT. (THREE YEARS.) BY LIEUTENANT-COLONEL STEPHEN M. PINGREE. THE Fourth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, was raised chiefly in late August and early September, 1861, simultaneously with the Fifth regiment. The Fourth, to the extent of nearly nine of its ten companies, was raised on the east side of the mountains, while the Fifth, in fully as great a proportion, was being recruited on the westside. Company A of the Fourth was fully raised in, and very near to Bennington county. Windsor county furnished a larger number than any other for the Fourth, being company C, most of E, a considerable part of K, and a fraction of B--the larger part of B being from Orange county; D was largely from Orleans county, with a fraction from the northwesterly part of Windham county; F was from Windham county, largely along the Connecticut River in Brattleboro, Rockingham and between; G and H were chiefly from Washington and Caledonia counties; I was largely from Windham county, though partly from the north-easterly part of the State,while K--except as above stated, and a small fraction from Windham-was from Washington county and the north-westerly part of Orange county. Its original aggregate, as a regiment, was 1,048, of whom it is believed less than forty deserted, some of whom returned. The most numerous desertions were from companies C and K. The smallest losses, "killed and died of wounds," (battle losses) were in B, E, F, I and K, and of these, ten in B was the least. Four companies--A, C, D and G--each lost over twice that number. Twelve officers and one hundred fifty enlisted men died in battle; one officer and two hundred seventy-nine enlisted men died of disease and as prisoners, sixty of whom died in Confederate prisons. In the battle of the Wilderness, Va., in May, 1864, seven officers were killed and eleven wounded, one of whom died of his wounds, and out of less than five hundred fifty enlisted men in that battle, forty-one were killed outright. Two hundred twenty-three were wounded, forty-three mortally, and four were missing; so that, in this battle, the actual death loss was eighty-four, the largest suffered by any Vermont regiment in one battle, and a loss seldom equalled by any infantry regiment in a single engagement during the war. Its total losses by death were in excess of those of any other infantry regiment from the State. The first Colonel, Edwin H. Stoughton, was but 23 years of age. He was the youngest officer to take a regiment from Vermont, and is believed to have been the youngest from New England. His brother, Charles B., (Second Col.) was made Colonel at 21. The regiment was mustered in at Brattleboro, September 20, 1861, started for Washington next day, and in five days joined the other Vermont troops then in Virginia, at Camp Advance, and was soon followed by the Fifth and Sixth, which, with the Second and Third who had "gone before," made up the "Old Vermont Brigade," which remained unbroken, save by casualties, and was present at the surrender of Lee. Like other Vermont organizations the Fourth was fortunate both in its officers and its men. It was also extremely fortunate to form part of a brigade, organized and commanded by that gallant and unexcelled soldier, Gen. W. T. H. Brooks; to form a part of a division, led by the brave and soldierly Wm. F. Smith--"Baldy"--and of a corps--Old Sixth--which, under the command of Franklin, and later, of the incomparable Sedgwick, became the pride and idol of the volunteer service. "Over all this waved the Greek Cross" never humbled and never dishonored. To have been esteemed worthy, for nearly four years of war, to share the companionship in arms of our fellow regiments from Vermont, and to have borne in their opinion a deserving part of the great work of the Old Brigade, ought to be, and is, accepted as a sure passport that the Fourth regiment was all it need to have been, or claims to be. Her history is everywhere a part of the history of a brigade famed throughout our Nation, and whose losses in battle, killed and mortally wounded, exceed those of any other brigade in the Union armies, east or west. ENGAGEMENTS. Lee's Mills, Va., April 16, 1862. Williamsburg, Va., May 5, 1862. Golding's Farm, Va., June 26, 1862. Savage's Station, Va., June 29, 1862. White Oak Swamp, Va., June 30, 1862. Crampton's Gap, Md., Sept. 14, 1862. Antietam, Md., Sept. 17, 1862. Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 13, 1862. Marye's Heights, Va., May 3, 1863. Salem Heights, Va., May 4, 1863. Fredericksburg, Va., June 5, 1863. Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863. Funkstown, Md., July 10, 1863. Rappahannock Station, Va., Nov. 7, 1863. Wilderness, Va., May 5 to 10, 1864. Spottsylvania, Va., May 10 to 18, 1864. Cold Harbor, Va., June 1 to 12, 1864. Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864. Weldon Railroad, Va., June 23, 1864. Charlestown, W. Va., August 21, 1864. Opequan, Va., Sept. 13, 1864. Winchester, Va., Sept. 19 1864. Fisher's Hill, Va., Sept. 21 and 22, 1864. Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864. Petersburg, Va., March 25 and 27, 1865. Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865.
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Nice Cover with 3 cent Rose Washington Stamp. The photo of Henry is just to show you what he looked like and it is not for sale. $65.00
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This is an unused Civil War Political cover printed in brown ink which shows a Monkey sitting in a chair smoking with the words under it THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF THE "SOUTHERN CONFEDERACY," NOW ASSEMBLED, JULY 20TH 1863. A little rough around the edges but great Politic Satire! $35.00
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Voucher No. 86. The paper in this document is in good condition but there is separation at the seams. This is to Roger E. Perkins, Clerk for H. McFarland Paymaster. This document is for Perkins to get paid. He earned $58.33 from March 5th 1863 to April 5th 1863. This would look great under glass! $25.00
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This is a Pardon given by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia dated October 15th 1887. The Governor's signature is Fitzhugh Lee who was a great Confederate General. Fitzhugh Lee was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, on November 19, 1835. The nephew of Robert E. Lee, he attended the US Military Academy at West Point. Although his uncle, serving as superintendent of the academy, almost expelled him for misbehavior, young Lee managed to graduate in 1856. Seriously wounded while fighting in the Indian wars, he became an assistant instructor at West Point in 1861. In May of that year, however, he resigned to become a 1st lieutenant in the Confederate service. Serving as a Confederate staff officer in the Peninsula Campaign, he was eventually promoted to brigadier general (July 24, 1862) and major general (August 3, 1862). At 27, he was one of the youngest cavalry commanders in the war. Called "Fitz," he led a brigade through the Antietam Campaign, and at the Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Wounded at the Third Battle of Winchester, he stayed out of action until the last leg of the war, in which he served as Gen. Robert E. Lee's chief of cavalry corps. Fitzhugh Lee surrendered right after Appomattox. After the Civil War, Lee was elected governor, worked as a farmer and was appointed consul general in Havana. He served in the Spanish-American War as a major general in the US Volunteer Army, and retired in 1901. He later wrote a biography of his famous uncle, as well as other works about the Civil War. Lee died on April 28, 1905, in the District of Columbia. The Pardon was given to Wm. Saunders who was being held for the offense of housebreaking. He was sentenced for two years in the penitentiary in April 1887. There is also a signature of the acting Secretary of the Commonwealth and keeper of the Seals. This document is in really good shape with strong signatures. Guranteed original and authentic! $450.00 The cdv of Fitzhugh Lee is not included and only show here for display purposes. Also, my pic shows "I SOLD IT!" but I've still got it so it could still be yours!!!
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What we have here is a nice period wooden comb! This piece measures 10 inches long by 2 inches tall. The piece has a couple of age cracks in the bottom part but otherwise looks to be unused. The black handle is black wood and it looks like there was a groove that the carved wooden comb was inserted into. Good display item! $45.00
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Here's a 20th century Gettysburg Souvenir. This is a small pewter scalloped edged dish measuring about 3 1/2 inches across. The back says MADE IN JAPAN and the front says SOUVENIR OF GETTYSBURG and has scenes of DEVIL'S DEN -
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Here's a nice little set of children's eating utensils! This is a nice little knife & fork. The bone handled knife measures about 7 inches long with pewter bolsters. There is a small crack over one of the handle rivits. The little fork is the bone handled 3 tine variety also with pewter bolsters (a little chip is out of one of them) and measures about 5 1/2 inches long. Nice little set! $45.00
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Here is a whistle that I piced up. This is an old nickeled whistle that dates to the 20th century and is marked THALCO WHISTLE MADE IN JAPAN and still have the little pea in it as well. These were popular with Police, military and Marching band leaders. $5.00
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Here's a cape for an Indian Wars Uniform. This is the U.S. M1885 Enlisted Mid-Blue Greatcoat detachable cape. This cape is large being of a dark blue wool lining and a lighter wool outer cover. There are 7 buttons down the front all still present. I can see no tags or lables in the interior of the cape. There are a few moth nips on this one but not bad at all. All the buttons match and look to be original to this piece. For this piece $325.00
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Here's another flag that's bigger being about 6 foot 6 by 44 inches. This is a 45-Star Flag: This Flag became the Official United States Flag on July 4th, 1896. A star was added for the admission of Utah on January 4th, 1896, and was to last for 12 years. The Presidents to serve under this flag were Grover Cleveland (1893-1897), William McKinley (1897-1901),and Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909). This flag was definitely flown and has repairs on it. Still a nice flag and displayable!!! This one is $399.00
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Here's what I've been told, is Civilian Pommel saddle bags. They are all leather and in good condition just missing a couple of straps. These are from the middle part of the 19th century. They have holes at the top of the bags to put in a draw string to draw them up tight against anything you may be carrying. These were not just pommel holsters but would hold anything you wanted to put in them including large horse pistols! The only marks on the bags are matching part numbers on each bag. Each flap is held down with a stap and a roller buckle. The bags are still supple with a minor surface loss in a small area. Not bad at all. Look at the pics! $295.00
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Here are some pairs of gloves / mittens that I recently picked up. The first pair is a set of black, what I believe to be mittens in good condition. They are the large size and used extensively in cold climates especially out West. These would look good in a Western display!!! All of the gloves/mittens are a large size. These black ones are in excellent condition!!! $125.00
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This next set of cold weather mittens are brown wool and have a minor repair to ne of them. They are still in good condition and could be used today and boy are they warm!!! $85.00
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Here's a most unusual item and frankly I found nothing to compare it to. This is a large 6'6" by 6'6" handmade Grand Army of the Republic Quilt. This piece is very heavy and is made from a white cotton material which has turned a shade of light tan. This material is made up of several panels sewn together to make the 6'6" measurements. Then the Civil War Corps badges made out of a red wool material were chain stitched to the quilt as well as Stars, Anchors and the piping around the entire quilt. I believe everything that appears green in the pictures were actually blue in the beginning and have faded to green. The corps badges are still a nice rich red color. There is some minor moth damage to the corps badges but not too bad at all. Showing what size is the 6 pointed star is 6 inches across. There have been a couple of minor repairs to the piece and at least one corps badge needs one side sewn back down. The center of the pice has the GAR Membership Medal image sewn there but it has faded considerably. This is the 2nd Model membership badge as evidenced by the straight out wings so that helps date this piece perhaps. The membership medal is covered by a mesh type material to help protect it but it's still faded. The piece does have waterstains on it but I don't believe that's too unusual for this age of piece. RARE! Unusual!!! $1950.00
EARLY FUR GAUNTLETS WITH LEATHER PALMS!
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Here is a pair of nice early fur guantlets with leather palms. At first I thought these to be perhaps Bear skin but after futher review I believe them to be a manufactured product and probably date to the early 20th century. There were mostly horses and wagons used for transportation at that time and these are very nice and kind of dressy. Early automobiles and motorcycles also had drivers and rides that used guantlets. These pieces are a large size and fit my fat hands. They are in excellent condition! $125.00
NICE GAR STRAW HAT !
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Here's a nice Grand Army of the Republic used staw hat with GAR hat wreath in place on the cloth outer band. This type of straw hat was never made to survive but here it is! The hat has some minor surface damage on the front of the hat brim but still solid as a rock. The hat shows no wear so it wasn't used much if at all. The GAR hat wreath shows mostly no wear either. The sweat band is intact and in good condition as well. I believe this hat to be about a 7 1/4 in size. Nice display piece!!! $225.00
CIVIL WAR ERA IRON WESTERN TYPE SPURS!!
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Here is a pair of iron Civil War Western theatre type spurs that I picked up with other Civil War items. I have seen photographs of these type spurs on Cavalrymen, especially from the Western theatre, and they have been retrieved dug from Civil War Battlefields. This set is in very nice condition being complete except for the leather straps. The rowels move freely and they have the little eyelets for jinglebobs if one wanted to wear them. The spurs themselves are cast one piece iron. Nice display item !! $195.00
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INDIAN WAR ERA BOOTS MADE IN ST. LOUIS!!!
Here we have a fair condition pair of 16 inch tall books that are marked HAMILTON-BROWN SHOE CO. ST. LOUIS. This company was established in 1872 by J.M.Hamilton and Alason D. Brown. They have wood pegged soles and nailed heels just like the Civil War boots. There is some leather separation between the other leather shell and liners and the boot pulls are missing in one of the boots. There is some decoration to the back of each boot. Take a look at the pics! It's rare to find many old pairs of boots especially ones that are marked. These would make a nice display item with Indian Wars items! $325.00
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Here we have a nice pair of Gold bullion Shoulder Epaulets in the original Jappaned case. These pieces are in outstanding condition. These look like a matched pair but one of the epaulets has been replaced after 1890 as it has the country of origin on it and they are both marked RIGHT. There are subtle slight differences but to the eye one would not know. The condition is outstanding and comes with different attachment pieces for affixing them to the uniform. Not Civil War but look the same. $375.00
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2 DIFFERENT HAND FORGED TOOLS BELIEVED FOR CANNON USE
Here are other tools that we found with cannon implements. The first one looks like a pair of pliers having a wide head with serrated jaw grip. The handles terminate into a claw on one and a point for prying on the other. The tool is 9 1/2 inches long $30.00
The next tool is a slotted type plier with a locking handle with bail. There is a slot in each side of the head for something to pass through. It's all hand forged but I honestly don't have a clue as to it's use. $30.00
This last piece on the left is long being over 13 1/2 inches long also with a locking handle so that pressure can be maintained on whatever it's attached to. The piece looks like it could have been used to lock onto wooden plugs or fuses in cannonballs to pull them out. The name J.STITLEY is stamped into the metal handle. Again definitely hand forged. $45.00 More Stuff 44
U.S. CIVIL WAR BELT PLATE
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Here we have the Waist Belt plate, Regulation 1839 Pattern, Infantry Enlisted, ca. 1864. This plate is constructed of a die-struck rolled brass face and is lead filled with brass arrow belt hooks. This one is not marked with a makers mark and someone has written in black felt pen on it BA. The plate came from a collector in S.C. The face shows some of the original gilt while the back shows some uneven lead with nice tongue and hooks. This type is listed in AMERICAN MILITARY BELT PLATES by O'donnell and Campbell as Plate 497. For this nice piece. $245.00
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Here's a dug set of handcuffs that I've been told is a set of Bean- Cobb Handcuffs circa 1899 and are they type used on the turn of the century criminal. These have no markings let and the key holes are rusted shut. Make a nice western display!!! $75.00
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RCS BACKSTRAP DARBY MARKED MILITARY HANDCUFFS OF ENGLISH MANUFACTURE!
I have been advised that these are World War 2 military handcuffs. These sturdy handcuffs are made in the backstrap Derby style. They were built to restrain the strongest and hardest men in wartime and will have seen plenty of action. The handcuffs are marked with serial number 3279, as is the matching key. They are marked RCS and the date which has been crossed out on each cuff, being manufactured by Ruben, Craddock & sons for wartime use. They are marked with an arrow which shows that they were military. They are also marked with the number 13. For these fine working handcuff restraints -- $250.00
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Here we have a button display that would be great for a beginning collection! This set is in a large riker case which is included with the buttons. The buttons include 1 early Police cuff button, I Eagle staff cuff button that has been made into a collar button, 1 Mass. Cuff button, 3 large Georgia coat buttons, 2 smaller Georgia cuff buttons, 1 Indiana Cuff button, 1 IW eagle cuff button, 1 large Louisiana Coat Button, 2 large Mississippi Coat buttons, what I believe to be two large Maryland Coat buttons, a cuff sized Eagle staff button with bent shank and a small cuff button that displays a flag with the word GRACE on it. Don't know what that last button is for. At any rate a very nice display! Some buttons are Civil War but I think all of the state seal buttons are Post Civil War. For the display $185.00
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Here is an early Maine Militia Document return showing flags and musical instruments turned back in and dated September 1830! It lists columns of if they were in good condition or not in good condition. It lists flags, drums, fifes and trumpets. This document is for the First Brigade and Sixth Division of the militia of Maine and has printing on both sides. Approximately 8 X 10 inches and in very good condition. There is a 1 inch split at the top of one fold and a smaller one at the top of another. The printing is real dark and the ink is dark as well. This will look great framed!!! Nice! $165.00
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Here we have a small primitive hunting bag with linen strap and medium powder horn. I believe this outfit to be from around the 1860's as there is decorative machine stitching on the linen strap. This is the small type stitching from early machines and the linen strap is well worn. There is one place where the ends were hand stitched together. The bag is tanned leather and a little hard from age lined with coarse plaid cloth, probably cotton. There is a small amount of worm damage to one end of the bag. It's not bad though. The bag is about 7 1/2 inches tall at the corners and 5 1/2 inches wide. The strap is about 40 inches long. The small powder horn is somewhat translucent when you hold it up to the light and you can feel where it was hand shaped. The double row of tacks has heads of all shapes indicating that they were hand made. The plug is dome shaped and has remnants of a leather strap on it as well as the remains of a string on that end and on the spout end. The spout is hand carved as well. The horn measures about 10 1/2 inches long along the outside curvature. Nice primitive set! This is a wonderful display item with a rifle. From a Central Indiana Collection. $275.00 JMF 1
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Here is another small primitive hunting bag with torn leather strap and larger horn . The bag measures about 8 x 6 1/2 inches and it looks like the flap was sewn from two separate pieces. The leather is really old on this one. The pouch is not lined on this one. Some of the sewing on the bag looks like machine sewing while the strap has been hand stitched on. The strap is about 40 inches long and has become detached on one end. The strap has a roller buckle in it very similiar to the civil war sling strap buckles on cartridge boxes. The powder horn is attached to the stap via an old shoe lace. Harvey Kennedy in 1790, in England invented the modern shoelace. From jute, leather, hemp, cotton or other materials shoelaces were made in the past. Modern shoelaces are created from synthetic fibers. This shoe lace is made from cotton and is definitely old but I think it is not nearly as old as the horn. The horn is about 13 inches long along the outside length. The domed plud and carbed know is on one end with pegs and on the other end the spout is carved and has a little wooden stopper. From a Central Indiana Collection. This horn is really nice! The bag is worn but a nice display piece to accompany an old percussion rifle. $275.00 jmf 2
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Here's a real primitive bag and powder horn. This one dates before the Civil War I believe. It's made of deer hide and is kind of hard with some of the hair remaining. The bag measures about 10 1/2 X 9 inches with a 9 X 7 inch flap. The edges are primitively hand sewn with some kind of cord. The leather strap is over 40 inches long and is rivited to the bag and where there was a break there was another piece of leather added and rivited into place. A leather thong holds the horn with the bag and separate leather thongs hold a sm horn powder measure and the carved wooden stopper for the powder horn. The horn is in good shape being about a foot long along the outside edge including the round plug end. SMall nails hold the horn onto the eng plug with some of the nails missing. The powder spout end has a piece of brass wrapped around the spout with a nail holding it into place. It looks like some kind of resin or old dark solder holds the brass spout cover together. All in all this is a very nice primitive bag and horn! From an Indiana collection. For this one $275.00 jmf 4
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Here's a unique small shot pouch and powder horn. This pouch is half moon shaped without a flap but I think it originally had one. The piece is 10 inches long by 4 inches tall and has some fringe left on the edge. The leather is still supple on this one and the initials JU? are stitched into the bag that you can see in the pics. The little horn is about 7 1/2 inches along the outside edge. The end plug is nearly flat but does have a little convex profile to it along with a chip. The spout end is a simple hand carved spout and is missing the stopper. The horn was designed to hang by one strap. There is another small strap on the bag that was probably for a horn measure or a loading tool of some sort which is now lacking. The carrying strap is rivited on and is about 36 inches long or so. There is a small worm hole in the horn but that's all I see. Unique little set. From an Indiana collection. $195.00 jmf 5
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Here's a real primitive bag with a primitive horn. This bag measures about 7 1/2 X 7 inches and has a cutout but never had a flap to cover it. There was another flap inside the bag as evidenced by stitching but now lacking. This bag is held together at the bottom by an interlaced leather thong. The stitching vertically around the middle of the bag is hand stitching. The old shoulder strap has been repaired many times and is not broken off on one side and needs repaired again. The horn is attached on the stopper end by a leather thong that had a hole cut into it for the stopper end to pass through. The old wooden stopper is present and tied to the strap with an old cord. The other end of the horn has a strap but it is broken as you can see in the pic. This horn is about 8 inches long along the outside edge. The end plug is nearly flat with a hand carved wooden finial to which the strap is affixed. You can see in the pics where the horn was crudely hand shaped. There is a remnant of another little strap that probably a powder measure was affixed to but now lacking. This outfit would look great with a 'poor boy' musket! This is from the same Indiana collection. $165.00 jmf 6
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Here we have two deer hide hunting bags from the 1950's-1960's. These are constructed almost identical and are in good worn shape. These bags measure about 9 X 7 and have a closure flap. There are inside compartments as well. The bags were constructed with fringe around the flap. One of these has a broken shoulder strap but easily fixed. These would look great on the wall with your contemporary Muzzle loading Rifle!!! $125.00 each jmf 7
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Here's a real primitive bag and carved horn. The bag has been used alot and has many repairs. There is a hole in the bottom of the bag and the sculptered flap has pieces torn out of it. There has been a more recent 'repair' done to the flap when someone tried to put cellophane take on it to hold it together! LOL!!! That never works. The shoulder strap is broken and needs repair. The horn is a fat stubby affair being 8 1/2 inches long along the outside curve. There is no stopper with this piece. The plug is flat and is missing the attachment piece that a leather thong would have went around. The initials FN are carved into the plug. There is a small amount of chipping around the plug on the horn. The horn is crudely fashioned but there are a couple of carvings in the horn of which one is definitely a Cat!! I cannot make out what the other animal is supposed to be. Unique little outfit!!! $210.00 jmf 8
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Here's another primitive bag from central Indiana. This bag has had a couple of modern 'attempts' to repair what is wrong on it but believe me it could be better! The bag measures 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 and the flap on the front is purely decorative in nature. Also it's going to need restitched. The shoulder strap has been repaired and it's a little short like it was made for a boy. There are a couple of compartments inside. $95.00 jmf 9
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Here's a pretty unique hunting or shooters bag. The bag almost looks like two bags sewn together. Perhaps they started out life as a pair of saddlebags. I think they are pig skin. There are two separate compartments inside. The top attachment straps are finished by 2 roller buckles and the shoulder strap looks like it may be a U.S. Cartridge box strap. On one side of the strap is sewn and rivited an intergal knife sheath. Pretty unique!!! For this piece $195.00 Jmf 12
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Here's a 19th Century Middle Eastern Cartridge Belt that is a little better than relic condition. There are 31 metal cartridge tubes down in the leather covers. There is a cover that covers them all for protection. The belt is very ornate being red leather and fabric. There is a little pouch on the belt that is all but detached and there is a bundle of tassels. The belt is a little stiff and I cannot open it all the way to check if any cartridges are left in it. For this unique piece. $350.00 Jmf 13
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Here's a small leather hunting pouch that's not in the best of shape but it will still display well. The bag measues about 6 X 7 inches with a fold down flap. The bag is in better condition that the flap as the flap has the surface age cracked. The strap is narrow thick leather and I believe it was added later as a replacement. There are a couple of extra leather throngs on it either for tools or a powder horn to hang on. As is $65.00 Jmf 14
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Here are a couple of bags that are not in the best of shape. The one on the left is a shot pouch and is missing the thong that holds it closed. There is also fringe around the top with most remaining. The bag measures about 7 X 8 inches flat. It has been machine stitched with tiny little stitches. There is a hole in the bottom as well. $25.00 New Arrivals A 180
This one on the right has definitely seen better days. It still has the strap though and it's been repaired a couple of times. The bag measures about 9 X 6 and there is no flap. This one has been machine stitched as well. Some of the front panel is lacking. There is a divider inside making it a 2 compartment hunting bag. $35.00
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Here we have two more hunting bags in poor condition. The one on the left is actually a Civil War Model 1859 McClellan saddle bag turned into a hunting or shooting bag. There were two cuts made into the back and a leather thong was original tied there for a shoulder strap. You can see where the bag was cut free from the other one. The closure strap is broken and some of the stitching is lacking but, hey, it is what it is. For this one $75.00 Jmf 16 a
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This next little bag on the right in the pics is kind of primitive but was originally machine stitched with no some lacking. As you can see 2 holes were cut into the top leather flap to run a thong through so you could wear it over the shoulder. It looks like originally it had a closure strap and finial on it. It still has some 19th century cloth tied to it. It's rough but still kind of neat. For this one $45.00 Jmf 16 b
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Here we have an old hunting bag with no flap. It's a rough side out type of bag with the finish flaking. The sides are leather cord sewn by hand. The bag measures about 7 X 7 and has an open top. Take a look at the pics. It's rough but has character! $30.00 From Indiana. Jmf 18
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Man these saddlebags are rough but they are what they are!!! This is a pair of old 19th century saddlebags and they were used so much that they would be rendered useless now! There are many repairs. Each side measures about 10 X 12. They are machine stitched for the most part but many repairs are by hand. There are tears, holes, pieces lacking and so forth. These have character!!! $65.00
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Below is a nice match pair of Revolutionary War thru Antebellum Stirrups!
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ONE OF A KIND SOLID BRASS CROSSED ALLIGATORS FOR A HUNTING BAG OR CLOTHING!
Here we have a one of a kind, possibly Revolutionary War era, solid brass crossed Alligators for a hunting bag or clothing. There is no attachment on the back so it would have to be sewn on. The piece measures 3 inches from the tip of the snout to the curve in the tail and the entire piece is about 2 1/2 inches across. The top is convex and hatched to simulate the Alligators scales. This piece is a nice dark patina and looks great. It came out of a Rev War collection in Illinois. Very nice and definitely one of a kind! $225.00
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Here's an item that used to be common place but not they're hard to find in my next of the woods. This is a Revolutionary War era hand sythe or sickle that was used to keep the grounds clear around camp or the house. This type has the long sweep associated with the early types. The later types had wider blades and shorter sweeps are are quite common. You can see a like example on page 269 of COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by George C. Neumann and Frank J. Kravic. Their note under the illustration states 'The long sweep of this sickle is a typical 18th century pattern; it was employed to keep camp areas neat and defensive areas cleared.' This one is nice with some worm holes in the handle. The tine is peaned over to hold the handle on. Nice early piece! $65.00
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Here's another old Revolutionary War era Sythe with long curved blade. The blade measures about 27 inches long along the outside curve and is definitely hand forged. This blade is only 1/2 inch wide at it's widest point and only 3/16 of an inch thick. The old grip has cracks and worm holes in it. The tang is peaned with a wedge in it. I believe there is one spot where a makers name was at one time. This hand sythe was made to be used in the left hand while holding on to grain shaft bundles with the right hand. This is a nice early piece and makes a great decorator. $65.00
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Here's an excellent blowing horn that is circa Revolutionary War use and later. These were used for alarms and communications between soldiers and hunters. Many items were made from horn during this time in our history. This fine horn measures about 17 inches long along the outside curveature of the horn. The mouth piece is a brass mouthpiece. The horn has a nice mellow color and it's quite thin as evidenced when you hold it up to the sun to look through it. There are several scratches on it but I can't make out any pics or words in the scratches. I fininally figured out how to use it and can make a quite loud noise with it. The suspension strap is missing but you can see how it was attached. There is a small hole right by the mouth of the horn and the other end would have fixed around the brass mouth piece. This is a nice piece and would look great in a Rev War display!! There is one tiny matchhead worm damage area that does not penetrate the horn. Nice!! $375.00
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Here is a nice early buck type saw that smacks of Rev War vintage. This is a wonderful piece with a French made blade. This piece is in excellent condition and displays very well! Measures about 26 inches long by 14 inches tall. The blade is held in tension by the cord at the top. The pieces at the bottom just hold the blade in the guides. I believe it is made of pine but I'm not sure. Take a look at the pics. This piece has a dark patina. $125.00
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This next piece is a Revolutionary War era log hewing ax with replaced handle found in Lafayette, IN site of Fort Quiatenon.. This is a dug piece. Heavily pitted but solid as a rock! The beveled edge is on one side as usual for this type of ax. The blade measures 6 1/2 inches across. Who knows- it may have been used to help build Fort Quiatenon! $65.00
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Here's 5 clay marbles of the Revolutionary War period thru the Civil War period. Like examples are found in reference books that cover both wars. Good condition! Non dug. $20.00
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Here is an Antique Flask that has the likenesses of President George Washington on one side and General Taylor on the other side. This is a fantastic early 19th century aqua colored hand blown flask with a pontil on bottom verifies this is an original mold blown piece, not a modern reproduction!!
Measures Approx. 7" tall Great shape for its age. One spot on the side that has some issues - still smooth to the touch from the outside, so all damages on are in the inside. Has bubbles in the glass and imprefections as it should have. Guaranteed original! $125.00 More Stuff 4
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This is a repro print in an older type frame showing the blowing up of the Fire Ship Intrepid commanded by Capt. Somers in the Harbor of Tripoli on the night of Sept. 4, 1804. Pretty colorful print! Measures about 13 1/2 X 16 1/2 overall. $25.00
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This is a nice Rev War type hand made Corkscrew with turned maple grip. Nice little piece measuring about 5 inches long with the handle being about 3 1/4 inches across. $45.00