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WE WILL NOT SELL OR SHIP FIREARMS OUT OF THE USA & EVERY ITEM COMES WITH A 3 DAY INSPECTION PERIOD. I AM NOT A FIREARMS EXPERT OR A GUNSMITH BUT WILL DO THE BEST I CAN TO DESCRIBE THE DIFFERENT WEAPONS. PLEASE E-MAIL QUESTIONS AND I'LL DO MY BEST TO ANSWER THEM IN A TIMELY FASHION. THANKS!
Here is a P. Smith , Buffalo N.Y. unique sporting rifle. The barrel is marked on top with that information as well as CAST STEEL PATENTED JAN 27TH 1862. This is a cartridge gun and it has a different 'hook' on the hammer to work as an extractor. The round rifled barrel measures about .38 caliber and has a nice bit of rifling left. As a matter of fact the rifling is shiny and has nice deep grooves. The maker is Patrick Smith and worked making percussion and cartridge guns in Buffalo, NY from 1835 to 1881. This particular firearm is a different design. The entire piece measures about 41 1/2 inches long with a 25 1/4 inch heavily rifled barrel. The stocks seem to be walnut and are very nice. The ramrod is an original ramrod with an extractor screw on it under a cap that screws off. The mechanish works by pulling down the lever/triggerguard that lowers the breech block for shell insertion. Most of the furniture is iron as well as the butt plate. Right now the main spring is broken and it's going to take a good gunsmith to make another. This rifle was very well made. One tang screw is a replacement. Take a look at the pics! $1150.00
Here is a Civil War era musket that is 2/3rds size for a child or cadet. This one is pretty close to the one stamped 'LITTLE ENFIELD' but is somewhat different and not stamped with the Little Enfield name. The little musket has the Liege Belgium markings that you find on the Little Enfield as well. The lockplate has absolutely no markings on it. The entire piece is 42 inches long with a 27 3/8ths inch long barrel. The breech and the tang have threaded holes in them for some reason but they did not entire the powder chamber. All parts seem to be iron. The barrel bands are correct but one has a modern nut on it probably because the threaded part was stripped. The walnut stock is in good condition with the exception of one chip out of the wood by the front barrel band and a sliver that is still there under the front band. The biggest difference between this musket and the Little Enfield is that there is only one brass escrutcheon on the reverse side of the stock/lock plate and on the Little Enfield there are two of them like the big Enfield Rifle. All in all this is a beautiful fully functioning little musket that any kid would have loved to own and any young cadet would have been proud to carry. The action works quite well. I did get the ramrod out but it's hard to do without loosening the barrel bands. The ramrod seems to be full length but there is no threads on the distal end. The metal has a nice patina on it as well as the stock. This is a very nice two banded small musket that measures about .44 caliber. I believe that this musket is probably older than the Little Enfield examples. This is a beautiful musket! $950.00
Here is a lot of knives that recently came into the shop. Check 'em out!
1. This one here is an early Bowie knife with leather sheath. The grip is hardwood carved into a spiral with inlaid silver 6 pointed stars. Several of the stars are missing. There is a silver capstan rivit at the tang and a silver ornate ferrel next to the silver plated S cross guard. The blade is a clipped point Bowie type blade and is marked G. GOTTSCHALCK & Co. and under that BIRMINGHAM. I cannot find this maker listed so perhaps one of you can enlighten me on this maker. The blade and handle are 14 inches long with a 9 1/8th inch long blade. The very tip of the blade is missing. It's an extremely small piece but it is missing. The sheath is ornate brown leather with a belt loop/flap. The sheath is 9 1/2 inches long and obviously was made for this beautiful knife! The blade looks like it was sharpened at some point but definitely years and years ago. For this great old piece $1750.00
Here we have a great old skinning knife. These were carried by trappers and on wagons for the Buffalo hunters. This piece is about a foot long with a 7 1/2 inch long very thin blade. The blade was thin to work between the hide and the carcass and would cut between bones very well. There is a hole in the end of the blade to fit on a hook that was affixed in a wagon for easy access. The stag grip is affixed to the blade by two copper rivits that have been cleaned some. This blade is still sharp and would do the job today! $275.00
Here's an old Civil War Blacksmith made spearpoint knife that just screams Dixie! This piece is 10 3/4 inches long with a 6 1/4 inch long blade that's been made from an old file. Files are great steel and make good knives. The grip is cross hatched wood and has one rivit through the tang. The tang extends through and is peaned over through a hexagon shaped washer. The cross guard is made from a thin sheet of iron and formed into the S shape. This is a nice knife from the Civil War era! For this piece $450.00
Here we have a short wide bladed skinner knife that definitely was used right handed as it fits the right hand perfectly with the way the grip slants. This piece is 9 3/4 inches long overall with a 6 inch blade. The blade is thin like skinning knives are and is an 1 1/2 inches tall across the widest point. The crossguard is brass and the grip is stag. There is a lot of age to this one! For this piece $225.00
Here is a nice Civil War New York marked spear point side knife made by ALEXANDER of SHEFFIELD and so marked. The knife is a total of 10 1/4 inches long with a nice 6 1/2 inch long blade with full tang. The blade is marked very nicely with the makers name and location as well as a nice Union Shield between the N & Y standing for New York. There is a false edge on the top of the blade that extends backwards nearly 4 inches. The blade looks to have been sharpened at one time but not seriously. The grip is stag with a presentation plate that is unmarked. There are a couple of small cracks radiating outward from the brass pins but not serious at all. The knife does not have a crossguard and I believe it never did have one. Sadly there is no sheath. For this great piece $325.00
Here we have a large handled skinning knife. There are no identifying marks on this knife. The knife is 12 1/4 inches long with a 7 1/4 inch clip point thin blade. The blade has been sharpened and it wouldn't have any trouble cutting today. The handle seems to be a hardwood like maple and is affixed to the tang with two pins. The sheath is missing the belt loop but is quite unique with a couple of 'star' type washers used with a couple of the rivits. This sheath is partly hand sewn and rivited. This leather sheath has been on this knife a long time as it is conformed to the handle. For this piece. $225.00
Here we have a Model 1863 Rifle Musket, Type II by Springfield and so marked also with the Eagle and the date 1864. This one is an old war horse ! It has seen much use and shows it! The stock has been broken at the wrist and has a period repair to it. Heck, they didn't though it away because they needed it! The action does not work as it doesn't hold on cock any more and still it wasn't thrown away. The hammer screw is a replacement but everything else is period except the ramrod which looks to be from a model 1816 musket. The barrel is still the original 40 inches long and the bore is dark and pitted with visible rifling still there. The rear and front sights are present. The nipple is still there but battered. It's also missing the rear sling at the trigger guard. There is a large 'W' carved into the buttstock. I cannot see any cartouches. If you want a rifle that was there then this is for you! For this old piece $625.00
Here we have an old H.J. Sterling double barrel shotgun in 12 guage . The book American Gunsmiths says that this name was the trade name used by H. & D. Folsom on shotguns imported for Hibbard, Spencer & Bartlett. These shotguns are Belgian made. It's a nice old shotgun with a lot 71XX serial number and was made in the late 1800's. The serial number is stamped on the usual places as wel as on the underneath barrel rib which is quite unusual. There are many proof marks on the underneath side of the damascus barrels including the ELG* under the crown, which is Belgian. The hammers are very similar to the Model 1889 Remington hammers. The locks work well with tight springs and the hammers match. The lockplates are engraved and on the reverse side is stamped H. J. STERLING while on the other lockplate is stamped MACHINE MADE. The walnut stock is in good condition and has some excellent carving and checkering on it and the fore end as well. The carvings are very well done. Also there is a Silver presentation shield on the pistol grip but no presentation is present. The barrels lock up fairly tight to the receiver but I still would not shoot it due to the damascus barrels. The barrels exhibit a nice dark patina and there is some rust present that you can see in the pics. I did not remove the rust for fear of damaging the natural patina of the piece. That color took over 100 years to achieve! The 30 inch barrels show some pitting inside but would still clean up nicely. The trigger bow needs to be reattached in the front by brazing or soldering. This old shotgun would look great over the fireplace!!! $350.00
Here we have a model 1889 Remington 12 guage double barrel shotgun! The hammers are only used on the 1889 model. The locks and barrel rib are marked REMINGTON ARMS CO. with the rib having the address on it as well. The serial number of 873XX indicates that this is probably a pre 1898 manufacture because by 1900 the Model 1889 serial numbers had reached 100000 and for a while they just kept on numbering them with the serial number range for 1905 being 214,400 to 221,600. The number '3' stamped on it indicates that this shotgun is a number 3 grade. Not the top of the line but not bad. The number 7 is the top of the line grade.
The wood is in good condition with the usual dings here and there and does have the better checkering on the stock as well as the gutta percha end to the forearm. The 30 inch damascus barrels have some rust present on the bottom of them and the bores, while having some pitting, would benefit greatly with a good scrubbing. The action is extremely tight and works like a charm! There is absolutely no wobble at all. This is a well loved old shotgun. For this piece of Western Era memorbilia $895.00
Here we have a Civil War era percussion 8 guage double barrel shotgun made by W & C SCOTT & SON . The reverse lock is marked as such while the obverse lock is not marked at all with a maker. The entire receiver is engraved heavily and quite nice! The locks work just fine and the hammers are a match. The shotgun was carried or stored on a wagon or such and the reverse stock has wear on it consistant to rubbing up against something. Perhaps it was a coach gun. The entire piece measures over 46 inches long with an over 30 inch bouble barrel in 8 guage. The stock exhibits a dark patina with checkering at the wrist. The wrist is cracked but not broken clear through and still quite strong. The top of the barrels are marked with the makers name and LONDON as well as LAMINATED STEEL. Those markings are work but legible. The barrel does have blow out plugs and the bores are dark. The two ramrod guides are present but the wooden ramrod is lacking. W & C SCOTT & SON shotguns are very valuable and are valued up into the thousands of dollars ! Leroy Merz Antique Firearms has a similiar one being an 8 guage like this one in better condition for $2,375. http://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/shotguns/scott-w-c-shotguns/w-c-scott-8-gauge.cfm?gun_id=100615677 Our price reflects the condition but still a good old heavy guage gun from the Civil War Days!!! $1350.00
Here is an old hunting bag with powder horn attached. The bag is small just measuring 6 X 6 inches and is fractured at the bottom. The top flap has hide that has come off as well. The horn is over 10 inches long along the outside curve and has a nice plug end. The spout end is notched for a cord but the stopper is lacking. This is a very displayable bag and horn from the 1800's. For this pairing $120.00
Here we have a very ornate rifle that the owner must have loved as he painstakenly fixed the stock after he had broken it at the wrist. These old rifles show so much character! This one is a half stock and ornately done with escutcheons placed in many places on the stock. I believe the plates of various sizes and shapes to be German silver. The entire piece is about 50 inches long with a 34 inch octagon barrel. There are two oval plates on the buttstock that have curvsive initials in them but they are kind of hard to read. There are hearts, diamonds, circles and other pieces on the stock. The patchbox is complete still has an old ball patch in it. There is an old ramrod in it but I don't know if it's original to this piece. The double set triggers work well as well as the lock. There is an old barrel cover that comes with this piece. The owner thinks it was used to cover the rear sight. I don't know but the condition and age matches. Someone sure loved this old rifle! Look at the pics! $695.00
Here is a nice half stock rifle that has the locked marked J. Henry & Sons. They made some military rifles but this one is civilian. I have also been told that they made Indian Trade rifles as well. J. Henry & Son were from Boulton, Pennsylvania and were in business from 1830 to 1836 and again listed from 1860 to 1894. This particular rifle is done very well and measures nearly 53 inches long overall with a 37 inch octagon barrel. The iron is a nice dark patina and all the furniture is iron as well with a pewter nosecap. This is a double set trigger and that works just fine as well as the lock. There is some corrosion around the lock on the barrel as normal. The barrel has a simple V sight on the rear and a simple blade sight up front. The tang screw and a single barrel key holds the stock to the barrel. No breaks in the stock but it does have an age crack here and there. Nice cheekpiece on the reverse buttstock. Ramrod is a replacement. For this fine old percussion rifle. $695.00
Here we have a full stock percussion firearm that the stock looks like tiger stripped Maple. The entire piece is 53 inches long overall with a 37 1/2 inch long marked octagon barrel. The barrel has a drum and nipple on it for percussion caps. The stock is in generally good condition with a few pieces missing and some age cracks. The stock is not broken. The gun has a set trigger but the lock does not function at this time. The lock is marked. The ramrod is missing but the original brass pipes are still present. The buttplate and the trigger guard are brass as well. Dovetailed simple v sight on the back and a dovetailed blade sight on the front. This is a good restoration project or just hang this old war horse on the wall as it is!!! $495.00
Here we have an old Remington Model 1889 Double barrel 12 Gauge shotgun. Shotguns were evolving fairly quickly during the years E. Remington & Sons were building them with new models appearing every year or two. The early E. Remington & Sons hammer guns were based on the Whitmore designed "lifter action" to open the guns. The first model was the 1873 also known as the "hammer lifter" as the locks didn't automatically rebound and protrusions on the side of the slide that moved back between the hammers when the lifter was raised engaged flanges on the sides of the hammers and moved them to half-cock. The next model the 1875 did away with this and featured Hepburn's designed rebounding locks, as did all the later Remington hammer doubles. More variations of the basic Whitworth design were the Models 1876, 1878 and 1879. The 1879 is the only lifter action Remington that got the new Deeley lever forearm as this one has. The shotgun works fine and I believe it has the steel barrel and not the damascus barrel. The action is crisp. There are a few dings in the barrel and the buttplate is broken but not too bad for a 110 + year old shotgun! Look at the pics! $850.00
Here we have an old 12 gauge percussion shotgun. This old shotgun is over 48 inches long with 32 inch barrels. The hammers both work and the locks seem to be in good condition but the right trigger is missing and needs replaced. The stock looks pretty good with one repair behind the right lock that you can see in the pic. LONDON FINE TWIST is the only stampings on this piece and that is between the barrels on the center spline. Bores are dark. This shotgun was made circa 1860's-1880's. The locks are scroll engraved and there are two lines of gold on the barrels. The buttplate is iron and also simple engraved on the tang. The ramrod is missing but the guide pipes are still present. Great decorator!! For this old shotgun $225.00
Here is a wonderful German Single shot break -open rifle that was probably made during the early 20th century. This is most likely a Guild gun as I can not find any makers markings on it just proof marks on the receiver which include a Crown over a 'B' and a Crown over a 'U' . The Crown over a U represents "Untersuchung" which equals "view" and was used form 1891 to 1939. The Crown over a B was also used from 1891 to 1939 and is definitive proof of a gun in a finished state. The German Guild required builders to submit a build without their name on it so that it could be properly judged before this builder was allowed to join the Guild and start building firearms. I have including a pic of an excerpt that I found on line that shows the Meffert Pirschbuchse rifle with underlever and double set-trigger as this one is. That rifle looks real close to this one. This Rifle is a real jewel with it's highly carved stock and the outstanding engraved receiver and other parts. It even has a small door on the bottom of the buttstock that is highly engraved that opens to reveal storage for 5 cartridges. I admit that I do not know what caliber this single shot rifle is but the end of the barrel measures as about 8mm or 30 caliber while the shell end measures out about 11mm. The stock is a hardwood and very nice with engravings, cheek piece, cross hatching and a wonderful wood pattern. There are the usual minor dings from use. The barrel is octagonal in shape and measures about 26 3/8ths inches long and seems to be held onto the stock by a tang screw and a lead wedge. The entire piece is about 42 inches long. The barrel is in nice condition with like a ribbed pattern on top. The rear sight consists of two choices with a flip up sight and the front site is a dovetailed sight. The barrel is nicely rifled and needs cleaned more. I really can't see much corrosion it's just a little dark. There is some finish missing on the high edges of the barrel and in a couple other areas but mostly the original dark bluing is present. This fine rifle does have a safety on it and two sling swivels. Overall quality shows excellent craftsmanship! Take a look at the pics! This piece is beautiful! Not perfect but beautiful none the less and most likely one of a kind! $3,295.00
Here is a whooping big 10 Gauge shotgun by Ithaca Gun Company! This is a Crass Model as per the serial number of 24XXX but I don't know which Quality but it's a good one with lots of engraving! Check out the pics! The gun is tight. Nothing is loose or rattles. The overall length is 48 inches long with 32 inch barrels. The first hammerless Ithaca gun was introduced in 1888 and this is one of those. This is a black powder gun made before 1898. The serial number matches on all three parts. Automatic ejectors were introduced in 1893 and this piece has them. The only drawbacks to this fine big shotgun are that there is a wrist crack on both sides that was caused when the toe of the buttstock hit the ground or something hard as there is a chip on the toe of the buttplate and the reverse fining pin is missing. Damascus barrels so it won't take modern shells. Good old Cowboy gun! $675.00
Here we have 3 folding trigger revolvers referred to as "BICYCLE GUNS" or "VELO DOGS". Bicycles where widely used for transportation during the late 1800's and into the 1900's and it was perfectly acceptable to shoot a vicious dog off of your leg with a small revolver and many companies made small pocket revolvers with some reference to dogs or bicycles in the name. We have 3 very nice revolvers of that type to show you here.
A. This is a very nice folding trigger revovler that shows many arsenal markings on it that are either Belguim or French in nature. The entire piece measures about 5 inches in length with a 1 3/4 inch long barrel. The blued parts are quite nice for their age and the frame looks to be case hardened. There is a little loading gate to load the cartridges through at the rear of the cylinder. This revolver is 6.35 MM and a 5 shot with a nice rifled barrel. The action works well being a single action revolver. The rubber grips are very nice. For this piece $275.00
B. This is a larger revolver being German Manufacture and being in 7.65 caliber. This revolver is also in very nice condition with a folding trigger. There is alot of original finish on the rifled barrel and cylinder. This piece is about 5 1/2 inches long with a 2 1/4 inch long barrel. There are many manufacture markings on this piece and on the top strap it is stamped H. BURGSMULLER & SOHNS KREIENSEN (Germany). This is also a double action revolver and it seems that everything works fine. This piece looks very nice! Has plastic grips that are in good condition. For this piece $295.00
C. This last revolver is a little thing being nickel plated with a folding trigger . This is a 6 shot .22 caliber pistol with plastic birdshead grips with the letter K in a circle at the top of each. The top strap is marked PAT. FEB 2.92-FEB .4.96 BABY HAMMERLESS PATENTS PENDING. This little revolver was made by Henry M. Kolb.
Henry M. Kolb was born 16 January 1861 in the Würtemburg state of southern Germany, and was first listed in the Philadelphia city directory in 1895 as a machinist. He claimed in his ads that he founded his firearms company in 1897, which was also the last year the Columbian Firearms Company was listed in the city directory. It is known that Kolb opened a model shop in 1899 and a machinery business in 1900. There is no evidence he ever occupied the address of the old Foehl & Weeks/Columbian companies, nor is there any record that he purchased their machinery, though it is possible that he may have done so. Here lies the root of the question as to who made the Baby Hammerless. Other than the hard rubber grips, there are no differences between the Columbian and Kolb Baby Hammerless revolvers--they were probably made with the same equipment.
Charles Foehl was also associated with Henry Kolb--they took out several patents together after Kolb entered the firearms business, though none of them were related to the Baby Hammerless. Kolb himself took out two patents in 1910 that relate directly to the Baby Hammerless revolver. The first was #954,190, for a “firing-pin for hammers for firearms,” and the second was #954,191, for a means of mounting and locking the cylinder.
Kolb’s business, which apparetly was simply called Henry M. Kolb, became Henry M. Kolb & Company in 1910.
So this revolver is American made after the turn of the century. This little revolver is in excellent condition for it's age exhibiting most of the original nickel plating. The action is stiff but does work as it should. I don't see any rifling in the barrel but perhaps it didn't have any to start with. This entire revolver measures about 4 inches long and the barrel is 1 1/4 inches long. When I looked at these little guns they were together and had a rubber band stuck to the grips. I removed most of that residue but there is a little remaining. The grips, however, on this revolver are in find condition! For this piece $225.00
Here we have a Day’s Patent Cane gun from the 1830’s era. This is a muzzleloader being approximately 28 guage. One would probably call this is walking stick gun as it terminates on the hand end in an ivory somewhat flattened ball. There are many age cracks in the ivory and it has aged a nice mellow yellow golden hue. The entire piece measures about 34 inches long with nearly all of it being barrel. The mechanism works fantastic . The Day’s Patent info is stamped on the barrel as well as being on a small brass plate that measures about ¾ inches long by 1 ¼ inch wide. This is a nice old piece and hard to come by! $1200.00
Here is another percussion cane gun that could well be a Day’s patent but I cannot find any markings on it. This one has a hardwood hand with brass plate on it and a brass ferrel between the grip and the barrel. The barrel is at least 30 inches long and the entire piece measures over 35 ½ inches long. The mechanism works just fine but it does have a modern ring attached so one can cock the piece. These are folding trigger models. This one has a front blade sight and at the end of the barrel is the tip that screws on to protect the bore from getting mud in it while using it as a cane. This tip also has the ramrod in it. I believe that this is not the original ramrod or that it has been broken as it’s too short. This is a really nice cane gun! For this oen $1,000.00
RARE! - CIVIL WAR UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER'S SWORD: During the Civil War the Marine Corps was very small in size compared to the other military services, and as such Marine Corps Civil War swords are rare. This particular one is even rarer because it may have been made by Bent & Bush. Most Marine Corps swords of this period, and following the war, were produced by Horstmann and that company is well known for marking their product. Horstmann had the first contract in early 1859 and the second contract went to Ames in November 1859, and Horstmann got the third contract in 1861. After that, Bent & Bush received all sword contracts. There are no known marked Bent & Bush swords and it is believed any unmarked version of the Marine Corps sword would be attributed to them. Arizona Swords at azswords.com had the only know sword of this type and until the discover of this sword, no other unmarked Marine Corps Civil War NCO sword had been found. So there are two of them now. There are probably more in the attics or back woods but who knows for sure The swords hilt is the standard M1850 Foot Officers design, but with crude casting and black leather and twisted wire which is lacking now. The 31 1/8 inch blade is totally unetched and void of any maker marks. There are no sharpening marks on this sword and no appreciable nicks either. The scabbard had two brass fittings, with the top mount designed to be carried in a leather frog, and the brass drag, which is now lacking. The patina on the top mount and the sword guard/pommel match perfectly indicating that these piece have been together all the time. The black leather is still quite flexible but you can see where it fractured in the pics. This one is rare sword folks! For this sword $1599.00
This is an old percussion Double Rifle/Shotgun that came out of the attic recently. Check out the pics below!
The next guns are CONSIGNMENTS
THE SEMI AUTO PARTS PISTOL BELOW IS SOLD!!!!
Here’s a nice Bayonet for the Civil War Springfield Rifle!
Here we have a GURADE saber from Africa. The GURADE is the Ethiopian saber with this one being from the 1800's. They usually have European imported blades, mounted with typical Ethiopian hilt, as this one is. This specific one has a 1 5/8 inch wide, 33 inches long 1/4 thick blade of European origin, with no makers marks on the spine or ricasso. The hilt is carved and has two sections. The one near the blade is of rhino horn and the rear section is of a black material that I don't know what it's made of. The two grip sections are divided by a small, thin copper or brass insert. When you look at the front of the grip at the blade you can see where the cavity of the rhino horn was filled to meet the blade. One section of the wood used as a wedge against the blade there is missing but you can see the horn cavity just fine where the wedge is missing. The pommel cap is nicely aged and patinaed 1 1/2 inch diameter copper dome. Total length 38 inches along curve and the blade is a little wavy. Very good unmessed with condition. Small chips on the handle. No scabbard. For this great piece of Ethiopian history $495.00 Item Weapons 110
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Here we have a dug 1849 Colt Pocket Revolver which would have been .31 caliber. I don't know where it was dug but it was in the ground for a long time! This one has no percievable markings and everything is froze up. There is obvious damage to the brass grip and trigger frame. I think it was probably hit with a shovel. Some of the barrel has eroded away. The serial number is 18457 which I believe dates it to 1849. Nice dug piece! $295.00 Item weapons 109
Here we have a .22 caliber lever action rifle with cutdown barrel! This one has also been in the ground for a long time as evidenced by the rust. I can see no markings on this piece but we believe it to be a Model 1873 since it is a .22 caliber lever action rifle with an octagon barrel. The barrel is only 7 1/4 inches long and appears to have been cut off for some reason. Don't know where it was dug but what a conversation piece! $195.00 Item Weapons 108
Star Frame. Here we have an uncleaned brass frame for the Eben T. Starr Four Barrel Pepperbox. If you need one then this one is in good condition and can be used to rebuild a damaged piece. I would say by the configuration of the grip that this piece is a fifth model. These pieces were made from 1864 to 1869 and only 2,000 were made. The only marking that I see is a U on the under barrel frame. For this piece $125.00 Item Weapons 107
Here's a very unusual target pistol/rifle with removable buttstock. There is a very similar rifle on page 54 of Flayderman's Antique Firearms book 9th Edition. This one in the book is labled ALLEN THURBER & CO. TARGET PISTOL. It says that they were made in the early 1850's in limited quanity. This particular firearm is not stamped Allen Thurber & Co , in fact, there are no stampings at all. This firearm has a .38 caliber rifled barrel that is 14 3/4 inches long with 4 3/4 inches being octagon and the rest round of the false muzzle type. There is a large dovetailed rear sight and another dovetail mortise in front of it for some reason. At the rear of the piece behind the hammer is a post that I believe was a tang sight at some time but now lacking. There are iron ramrod thimbles under the barrel but the ramrod is lacking. The two piece walnut grips are in good shape with a couple of small burns on them. This gun was in a fire while on display in a hotel and does have some stock damage but it's such a rare gun. This was the number one piece in a gentleman's collection and has a tack with the number one embedded on the buttstock. This gun was also stolen a couple of times and a piece of gold enlay on the reverse was stolen. This piece has an inscription on it but that information has been lost. There is a solid gold stip there now that was replaced but there is no inscription. All of this took place in Michigan. The hammer, frame, backstrap and triggerguard have been nickel plated. The buttstock is a wonderful piece even though it has had substantial fire damage to it. This piece is german silver mounted (could be solid silver but not sure) with the bust of a man on it. We believe this bust to be of President Grover Cleveland. If it's not it sure looks like him! All of the silver has great floral work on it. On the bottom of the buttstock engraved into the silver are the words 'CHARTER OAK' . The Charter Oak was an unusually large white oak tree growing, from around the 12th or 13th century until it fell during a storm in 1856, on what the English colonists named Wyllys Hyll, in Hartford, Connecticut, in the United States. According to tradition, Connecticut's Royal Charter of 1662 was hidden within the hollow of the tree to thwart its confiscation by the English governor-general. The oak became a symbol of American independence and is commemorated on the Connecticut State Quarter. One of the reasons we believe the bust to be President Cleveland is because the President's father was born in Connecticut where the Charter Oak was. It looks like there was a patch box door on the obverse buttstock but is now lacking. Above that void is a folding guard spearpoint dirk that looks great! The maker on this dirk is E. C. C. Kellogg. I found where Kellogg had a patent for an invention in 1865 for I believe, something to do with knives. I do not believe that Kellogg Knives are prolific in any way. An internet search didn't turn up much on him. Take a look at the pics as this is a unique knife in it's own right. The action works fine on the firearm and I believe it's definitely one of a kind. For this one of a kind piece $7500.00 Item Weapons 106
Here is a buttstock off an old musket that is expertly incised carved with with the following information:
CO. A. -- JOHN.T.JONES. --14TH REG. ARK. VOL.--1863--C.S.A. along with florale and line banner carvings. This is an outstanding piece!!! There is another like it in Flayderman's Catalog on page 658 which is for JOHN C. GILLESPIE...CO. K...18TH ARK. INFT. VOL...C.S.A.. The 18th and the 14th served together in 1863 and both pieces were obviously done by the same carver. He probably made a living doing this carving in camp. The one in Flaydermans was done on a British Brunswick percussion rifle but I don't know for sure what kind of rifle this broken buttstock came from. I checked out both soldiers on civilwardata.com and the information on each buttstock is correct. I wish I had the entire rifle but frankly what we have is outstanding!!! Take a look at the pics. $2900.00 Item Weapons 106
Here's a couple of very early large folding knives!!
The first one is a folding bowie knife with clipped blade measureing over 9 inches closed and nearly 17 inches open! The maker is ROSE of N.Y. as marked and it's in very nice condition for it's age with just a little damage to the tip of the blade. This piece dates from the 1830's-1840's. The stag horn slab sided grips are in good shape and exhibit a couple of small cracks but no breaks. There is a silver plaque for engraving a name but it is blank. One end of the grip has what looks like a Rattlesnake's rattles and the other end has a ring to pull the spring so that you can close the blade. The blade has a nice mottled patina and doesn't look to have been sharpened. It's a heavy made piece. All in all this is a very nice knife from N.Y. and is RARE!!! For this piece $7500.00 Item Weapons 105
Here's the second knife. It's a long dirk measuring 9 1/8 inch when closed and a whooping 17 inches when open! This is a Sheffield knife being made by Samuel C. Wraggs of Sheffield and so marked. (See the pics). The piece is in generally good condition but is missing the front blade spring and pin. One would push the spring down to fold the blade and when the blade was pulled out it would 'snap' in place on this spring. A good blacksmith or cuttler could make one for you. The slab sided stag grips are in good condition but there is a break on the grip at the spring pin site for the folding spring. This is an easy fix. The blade will not lock in place without this spring. All in all a very rare large folding dirk and one that is worthy of restoration. The blade has a nice patina and no signs of sharpening. There are a couple of tiny, tiny chips out of the tip of the blade. Another early knife from the 1830's-1840's! For this one $4500.00 Item Weapons 104
Here we have an old single shot pistol that missing a hammer. There were a large quanity of these little pistols made from the 1850's thru the 1880's so a hammer is bound to show up! This is listed in Flayderman's as 7C-045 "B" which is an Unidentified,Center-Hammer Percussion Pocket Pistol. This one is .31 caliber which is typical. The piece is unmarked and in great condition minus the hammer. The hammer had a center bar cast through it which fit into a 'dimple' on each side of the frame to pivot. Quite crude but effective! Unfortunately if the side plate screw became a little loose the hammer would fall out and be lost. That's probably what happened to this one! Otherwise this little pistol is complete . Take a look at the pics. For this one $125.00 Item Weapons 103
Here is an old holster that I think dates to around the 1880's, But could be Civil War, and is made for a smaller revolver like a Colt Root Revolver or one of the long barreled single shot pistols. . The holster has been made from another item as indicated by sewing holes that have no purpose on this piece. The holster measures about 9 1/2 inches long overall and is 3 1/2 inches wide with a closure flap. The rivits are the split faced rivits . For this nice piece $125.00 Item Weapons 102
Here's an unusual dug piece! This is a double barrel pinfire pistol in about 9 or 10MM and you can clearly see why this piece was abandoned! Many pistols of this type were used during the Civil War. This is a breech loader and about an inch of the reverse barrel at the cartridge pin has been blown away! No wonder the user threw it down! What's left measures about 6 1/2 inches long and still functions to a degree. The barrel catch works and the barrels open up at the hinge. The triggers do not work and one of the hammer springs is lacking. The entire wooden grip is missing as well. This piece came to me with no history what so ever so your guess is as good as mine. Still an excellent dug piece! Doesn't look like it layed in the ground for too long until it was recovered. Nice dug piece for a nice display!! $195.00. Item Weapons 100
Here's an unusual piece that we recently acquired. This is a Trapdoor Rifle bayonet complete with locking ring but it has an interesting field repair to it about an inch or so away from the US stamping on the ricasso. The bayonet was not broken clear through but it was broken on the top edge by some unknown force. Accident? Shot? Sword blow? Tomahawk? Who knows but it's fun to try to guess. The piece was brazed repaired and it was crudely done but effective. Take a look at the pics. $35.00. Item Weapons 99
THE DOUBLE RIFLE BELOW IS SOLD!!!
Here is definitely a 'one of a kind' firearm! This is a double rifle that was made from two different rifles! The obverse barrel is 36 caliber and is 22 inches long. The front sight on this piece is about an inch from the end of the barrel while the other 22 inch long barrel is in approximately .45 caliber and that front sight is about 2 ½ inches from the front of the barrel! You can see where the two barrels were joined together in the front by a crude sort of dovetailed piece. The entire piece is about 38 inches long and I think that it may have been some sort of highwayman rifle. The locks are very similar but still different. There are two triggers but it's a set trigger set up and when both hammers are pulled back they will both go off together! The reverse hammer was broken at one time and another was spliced to it and iron riveted on. The one of a kind made stock is about 26 inches long with an iron crescent shaped butt plate and a pewter nose cap. The stock at the locks, including the locks is a whopping 2 ½ inches across! The action works well. There is one iron ramrod pipe on the bottom of the barrels along with the original 23 inch long hickory ramrod. There is a filled dovetail on the bottom of the reverse barrel indicating that this may have been the top of the barrel in it's previous life but was turned over to make this unusal piece and a new dovetail was cut for a front sight. This piece weighs nearly 12 pounds!!! You won't find another like it. $1,750.00 Item Weapons 98
Here is a leather belt with square clipped corned brass belt plate from the 19th Century. This is a French belt and plate with the plate marked 'COTTIAU'. The belt including the plate and catch is 42 inches long. It looks like to me that the leather is pigskin instead of cow leather but I'm no expert. The outfit is in great condition with just a little green on the brass from leather to brass exposure over the years. There is nothing else written or stamped on the plate or the belt. Nice!! $175.00 Item Weapons 96
Here we have a beautifully loved full stock Pennsylvania Percussion .50 caliber octagonal barrel. It's kind of hard to tell if the barrel is rifled or not but I think it was. This entire piece is just abut 58 inches long with a 43 1/4 inch long barrel. The barrel has a nice plum brown patina to it. It looks like the lock was cleaned lightly to see what was stamped in it. The stamping is LEMAN - LANCASTER, PA. This is Henry E. Leman (1812-1887). He made rifles for Tyron, Lancaster, Pennsylania from 1834 to 1887 and also Contract rifles and muskets for the Conestoga Rifle Works so this entire piece was probably made by Leman. One of the key suppliers of rifles for the Indian trade was Henry Leman. Leman's works produced flintlock trade rifles in the late 1830's and he continued to supply them for about 20 years. He also produced large calibre percussion rifles for the Indian trade and even produced some of the Northwest guns during the middle of the 19th Century. Leman's trade rifles had a relatively short stock and they were built with both percussion and flint locks - although flint Lemans seem more common. Some of the rifles had a small patchbox and these had a distinctive fleur-de-lis pointing up from the box itself. The rifles had a single trigger and steel fittings - their use by the Indians required them to be rugged and dependable. Many of Leman's rifles found their way to the Indians since he gained several contracts to provide hunting rifles for Indians. These were produced in relatively large numbers on something like an assembly line. That productivity may be why part of Leman guns occasionally turn up in odd places. A trapper or gunsmith sometimes might take an available Leman part to replace something on another gun that was broken. Leman also provided some parts to other builders. Back to the barrel. There is pitting aorund the nipple area due to the black powder corrosion. This one has the drum and nipple method done to it. There is a simple V type dovetailed sight at the rear and a dovetailed blade sight up front. I can see no markings on the barrel but have not taken the rifle apart to check under it. The lock is simple engraved with LEMAN LANSTR, PA stamped on it. The action works fine. There is some wood loss around the nipple area due to firing. The stock is probably walnut and has the fax burned stripped or inked on it to make it look like tiger maple. This burning was done by wrapping a cord around the stock then burning it off leaving the dark stripping and inking was simply just inking a stain into the stock. I believe this is so due to the fact that where the shooters forward hand would have been on this stock that faux stripping is worn down. The stock is in generally good condition for as old as this piece is. There is a little damage on the oberse side near the stock pin on either side and at the forward brass ramrod tube you can see where the stock was lovingly pieced together. The forestock terminates into a pewter nose cap. The ramrod is an original ramrod but looks too short for this piece. Looks good in it though! The trigger bow that protects the single trigger is all brass and looks good but needs a little attention forward as it's slightly out of kilter. The original brass buttplate is present and the small strap on the bottom of the buttstock is still present and delightfully engraved. The toe of the buttstock has been broken and that is quite common. The brass patch box is present and very very nice! It's engraved and still opens and shuts as it should. All in all it's a beautiful firearm that was definitely used and loved. This is a keeper! $1,250.00 Check out the pics!! Item Weapons 95
Here is a vintage partial box of Remington Kleanbore 45-70 Government shells. There are 17 shells in the box. The box itself is tattered and well worn and is missing the end flaps. $5 a shell which equals $95 for the box. Item weapons 94
Here we have a box of vintage UMC Govt. 45-70 shells with, what I believe to be, 500 grain lead. The price is for one shell. Price for each is $5.00
The smaller box is a box of 100 .22 caliber .224" shells by LOVELL. These are 50 gr. soft point projectile bullets (not complete shells) made by R.B.SISK, IOWA PARK, TEX. The box has been mouse chewed and I don't know if 100 are in there or not. $10.00 Item Weapons 93
This cavalry saber was one of 37,500 edged weapons produced for the U.S. Ordnance Department in seven Civil War contracts by Henry Mansfield and Estus Lamb of Forestdale, Rhode Island during the Civil Warar. This particular saber came from California but I have no solid history on how it got there. The slightly curved saber blade measures 35” long, has a width of 1 1/16” and a 27” long, wide fuller with a narrow fuller 18½” long. Blade features a light gray finish overall and exhibits a few edge nicks. Obverse riccasso is strongly marked “U.S. / J. M. (inspector- probably John Maggs who was in inspector in 1862) / 1864” while the reverse ricasso bears “MANSFIELD / & LAMB / FORESTDALE R.I.” Markings all contained within a large oval. Brass hilt, tight and strong, retains its original buff leather washer and a high domed pommel cap with inspector’s marks “J. M. The blade retains a nice luster with sharp markings on the ricasso's. There are just a couple of very minor nicks that you can feel on the edge and this sword has not been sharpened. The original leather grip is present with all the original twisted brass wire. The brass handguard and pommel has a nice mellow patina to it. The scabbard is very nice with only a couple of very shallow dents along it's length. The drag is worn from dragging. The scabbard has a nice dark patina to it. This is one outstanding Cavalry Saber and scabbard!! $1,150.00 Item Weapons 90
1837 CIVIL WAR IMPORT DANZIG MUSKET!
Here we have a huge 'Pumkin slinger' Danzig, German import musket, in .72 caliber. This is the Model 1809, converted from flintlock and are commonly called Potsdam muskets because most were made at the Potsdam arsenal although this one was made at the Danzig arsenal. This piece is in generally very good condition but is missing the hammer screw, one side plate screw, ramrod and the bayonet locking spring/lug is partially missing. One plus with this huge piece is that the sling swivels are still present which are usually missing as well. This piece is 56 1/2 inches long with a 41 1/4 inch smoothbore barrel. The rear sight is a simple block sight on the tang while the front sight is a blade sight incorporated into the front barrel band/strap. The barrel bands are brass as are the buttplate and triggerguard. There are numbers and letters stamped into the buttplate as well as the buttstock on the reverse side. 209 is stamped on both the buttplate and the barrel. The date of 1837 is also stamped on the lockplate and the barrel and another number of 7459 is stamped on the barrel and the number 59 is stamped on the remaining side plate screw. This stock is a beech wood stock has a cheek relief on the reverse buttstock. The stock is in dandy condition! The action works fine. The mainspring is strong and the nipple is vry good. Nice! These old muskets were deifinitely imported for US use and although no records exist for this piece in CS records some were undoubtedly picked up off the battlefield and used by the confederates. . $850.00 Item weapons 088
THE POTTSDAM MUSKET BELOW IS SOLD!!!
Here's another Model 1809 Potsdam musket and this one is marked Potsdam on the lock. I can see no dates. This one has been in the attic so there is minor to moderate pitting onver the entire iron surfaces. Found in central Indiana. The only things missing on this old musket are the sling swivels and the tang screw. The action works fine. The stock is in good condition but does have some minor age cracks to it and there is wood loss behind the nipple from firing which is normal. The nipple is still good and not battered. This one has an iron buttplate and brass bands. There is a simple block sight made intregal in the tang and a simple v sight that is cast into the brass front band. The original ramrod is present as well as the bayonet lock catch beneath the barrel. The stock is beech, being very nice, and has the cutout for the cheek on the reverse side. This is still a very nice piece and deserves a place of honor in a collection. These were imported into the US and were used for a couple of years early on until replaced by better rifled muskets. For this one---$850.00 Item weapons 087
Here we have some parts and complete bayonet scabbards that we ran onto.
New Arrivals A 161 1. Here is a steel scabbard body minus frog for a .45-70 bayonet. Single steel tab for the frog. $20.00
Item weapons 086 2. Here is a steel scabbard body minus frog for a .45-70 bayonet. Double steel tap for the frog. $20.00
Item weapons 085 3. Here we have a rare 2 rivit scabbard complete minus 4 to 5 inches of stitching and leather surface mostly. $110.00
Item weapons 084 4. Here we have a 7 rivit scabbard but it's missing the belt loop and most of the stitching. At least the brass tip is present! $65.00
Item weapons 083 5. SOLD Finally I have here what I believe is a scabbard for a hall bayonet. I think so because that's the only scabbard I know that has this brass button that you see in the pic for an angular bayonet. The brass tip is typical of American scabbards. $85.00 Item weapons 082
Here we have a model 1855-70 bayonet in good condition in a rare-hard to find 2 rivit scabbard!! The bayonet has some rust on it but it's complete and has a sharp US on it. This would probably clean up well as it seems to be mostly surface rust. The scabbard looks to be brown leather and although there is a little leather surface loss on the reverse and an age crack in it this piece is also complete and hard to find! The frog is soft but has a 'memory' from being in a certain position for some time. There is some surface leather loss and crazing to the frog as well. The original brass tip is still here and solidly affixed. There looks to have been a repair a half inch above the brass tip but I'm not really sure. At any rate this style is hard to find and it has not been treated in any way. I'll leave that up to the new owner. Great display item!!! $325.00 Item weapons 081
Here we have a nice Harrington & Richardson double action revolver called THE AMERICAN. These were made circa 1883 to 1940 with a total estimated at 850,000 but yet today one in good working order like this one is is kind of hard to find. These little revolvers were 32 centerfire in a six shot with fluted cylinders. This one has the 2 1/2 inch long octagon barrel. This piece has a solid frame with modified saw-handle. The fancy hard rubber grips are in very good condition and I see no damage at all. This is the full-nickel version with later versions being blued. The piece has been buffed out so I don't know how much original nickel remains but I can see alot of it. The topstrap is marked THE AMERICAN DOUBLE ACTION. Later production bearing the company name on the barrel. The action works fine on this on. When the hammer is pulled back the cylinder locks up tight and when the trigger is pulled the cylinder locks up tight. This is a nice old piece but there is no serial number on it as normal so it would be impossible for me to determine exactly when it was produced so consequently I will need the purchaser to either possess a Curio and Relic license or I will have to send it to a Federal Firearms License holder of their choice for the transfer. Take a look at the pics. It's a dandy piece! $150.00 Item weapons 080
Here we have 5 antique bayonets and I will describe and price them starting at the top one in the photos and descend downward.
1. This first one is a dandy! It's described in Hardin's book on American Bayonets as no. 24 U.S. CADET RIFLE, MODEL 1868-69. He states that although no authority has been found which supports the claim for this bayonet model, it is strongly felt that such a specific arm did exist. If the specimen to be described was a cut-down version of the standard infantry bayonet (which is economically feasible), the operation was certainly not a chance affair. The forward blade surfaces, althought different from the standard form, have been shaped with care-probably at an arsenal or other official facility. As stated, the arm is basically of the standard 1855-70 pattern. The balde is 14 inches long, 25/32 inch wide, and 3/8 inch thick. The point in the face plane is a long curving taper, quite unlike the short abrupt taper of the standard blade. The point in the flute plane is of needle form and no suggestion of the standard beak pattern, Flutes, corners, edges, and markings all conform to those of the standard infantry model. The shank, although of the same configuration as that of the prototype arm, is slight shorter, measuring 1 7/32 inches in length. The 3 inch long socket, including the component bridge, clasp, mortise, bore, etc., is identical to that of the parent bayonet. This particular bayonet seems to follow the pattern that Mr. Hardin described above. this piece is complete and has a nice dark patina. A US and a J is stamped on the top of the blade where it should be. This is a nice one! Where are you going to find another! $375.00 Item weapons 073
2. Here we have a relic U.S. Model 1842 Bayonet. It's complete but the band is frozen and there's a warp in the blade. This is probably a barn find. The Model 1842 bayonet was more streamlined that the Model 1835 and was issued with re-issued converted to percussion 1835 muskets and the first U.S. persussion rifle/musket, the Model 1842. This is an excellent .69 caliber dug bayonet and would look great in any dug relic display! $110.00 Item weapons 072
3. Here's a good M-1855-70 bayonet in untouched uncleaned condition. This one is complete and the ring moves freely. The bop of the bayonet is marked 'I.C and U.S.' The bayonet has a nice dark patina. These bayonets fit the .58 caliber Springfield rifles used during the Civil War. $175.00
4. THIS ONE HAS BEEN TRADED!!! Here's another .58 caliber rifle bayonet model 1855-70 in very nice chocolate patina. It's all there and the ring is free. The US is still very visible. $175.00 Item weapons 071
5. This next bayonet is another Model 1855-70 and it's in very ncie condition with a sharp US on it. This one has a patina on it but it's not the chocolate dark type. This is a great piece! $195.00 Item weapons 070
Here is a U.S. Krag bayonet and scabbard with belt attachment. This is the bayonet for the Model 1898 Krag. The entire bayonet handle and scabbard has been painted Gold and there is a small wire attached to the belt loop to hang it on the wall. This was a common practice for the veterans halls to do when putting artifacts on display in their meeting rooms. The blade is unpainted but still mostly blued. The bottom of the blade on the cutting edge looks to have been lightly sharpened taking the blue off there. The blade is marked US and 1900. A little paint has chipped off the scabbard and the grip showing that underneath it all this piece was not messed with. The locking button seems to be frozen with paint. This type of old paint is easy to remove if you want too. There are a few chips missing in the paint revealing a untouched or unmolested condition to the grip and scabbard. $145.00 Item weapons 069
Here we have 6 relic or near relic 19th Century Bayonets. On the relic ones I do not know where they were recovered.
The first one is a model 1816 Bayonet and is the first US bayonet to follow national regulations. This blade is about 9 ½ inches long and the socket is battered. No markings are visible. $35.00 Item weapons 068
The next one is a nice complete dug Model 1853 Enfield Bayonet complete with locking ring. This piece is full length and would look great alongside a dug rifle. No visible markings. For this one $65.00 Item weapons 067
Here we have a Prussian Model 1809 bayonet in relic condition. This bayonet is the type that uses a spring clip under the barrel to lock the bayonet on. The bayonet is complete but rusty and is missing the very time of the blade. It's still a nice display piece especially with a dug musket or relic musket. Sorry, Don't know where it was picked up. For this piece $65.00 Item weapons 066
Here is an Austrian Model 1849 Kammerbuchse Saber Blade Socket Bayonet that is missing the locking ring. This hayonet has a three step mortise. This big bayonet is 28 inches long! It has an attic patina. Upwards to 49,654 Austrian rifles were purchased by the U.S.Ordnance Department with quite a few of those being the Model 1849. These rifles were also called the "Garibaldi rifle". Although there are no know Confederate purchases some were undoubtedly captured and used by the confederates. $125.00 Item weapons 065
Here is an Indian War bayonet for the .45-70 trapdoor rifle. This one is in dug condition and is missing the locking ring. No marks are visible as well. It's pretty good condition for dug. $45.00 Item weapons 064
Here we have a nice dug Civil War Springfield bayonet with a 12 inch blade. You can still see a faint US on the blade. Nice dug shape! $35.00 Item weapons 063
This next bayonet is from the late 1800's and is most famously associated with the Zulu Wars in South Africa being a Henry Martini. This bayonet is complete except for the locking ring and scabbard. The blade is full length of 21 ½ inches and is marked with various different British markings on the ricasso. For this one $45.00 Item weapons 062
Here we have two model 1873 Springfield trapdoor bayonets and metal bodied scabbards for the Model 1873 Trapdoor rifle of Indian Wars fame.
The top one has a real nice mostly blued bayonet that has a sharp US stamped on the ricasso. The locking ring is present and except for some minor rusting this piece is real nice. The leather frog has the MASS button on it. The clip at the top of the leather frog and into the scabbard is missing. This one is very nice and is complete with locking ring. $195.00 Item weapons 061
This next bayonet is like the one above down to the MASS button on the scabbard throat. This bayonet has seen more use and has some minor pitting on it but it's still nice being complete with locking ring. The leather frog has a tear in it and this one also is missing the clip at the top of the frog. $165.00
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You know how I just love dug stuff! Well here's a piece that just fascinates me but the owner has no idea where it was picked up. He purchased it from a friend's estate a long time ago. His friend was a well known long time collector in Central Indiana. This piece is a dug flintlock barrel with a U.S. Musket Model 1795 Bayonet stuck on it. The bayonet was not made for this barrel as the musket wedge is too long to accommodate the mortise of this bayonet hence the bayonet is stuck on the barrel on the top side of the barrel. I suppose some one could just have stuck it on here but it is stuck. The bayonet has no discernible marks at this time having been pitted while it was in the ground. The end of the barrel in the bayonet is damaged by some unseen force and no round was fired in it after that happened. It could be that someone just stuck a bayonet on it to still use it for a weapon until something better worked out. This piece could have been used in the war of 1812. The barrel is about 43 inches long and was separated from the breech plug as threads are seen inside the barrel at that end. There are no marks that I have been able to find on the barrel. The only thing I see is the touch hole. This is a unique item and I just wish I knew the story! For this wonderful display piece $295.00 Item weapons 058
THE PISTOL BELOW IS SOLD!!!
Here we have a 1840's Belgium Naval Percussion Pistol in approximately 69 caliber. The piece is in pretty good condition except that it's been definitely overcleaned. The hammer doesn't hold at half or full cock. It catches but does not hold so a little filing is in order on the tumbler to square up the edges. The wood is in pretty good condition with just one repaired crack in front of the lockplate. There is a bone insert in the reverse stock that looks to have had 6 little jewels placed in it with one missing now. I don't know the significance of that. The top of the barrel has the ELG in an over indicating Belgium manufacture. I like them with lots of patina but some people like them shiney. In time it will darken back up. As is $395.00 Item weapons 053
Here we have a single shot percussion shotgun in about 14 gauge. This shotgun is pretty long with the length being 53 inches overall and the part octagonal / part round barrel being 37 inches all by itself. The front sight is a simple blade type sight while there is and never was a rear sight. The iron trappings such as the lock plate, hammer and butt plate are simple floral type engraved. The front barrel band is quite unique being approximately 50 to 75 strands of thin steel wire wrapped around the barrel and soldered together in key spots. There is one ramrod pipe missing in the middle of the barrel but it's not really needed. Where the ramrod enters the stock is an iron ferrel and beyond that there is a shrinkage crack in the stock. The action works fine. The wood stock is in otherwise good condition and does have a cheek pad carved into it on the reverse butt stock. The stock has a raised grain so it is rough to the touch. All in all a very good example of an 1840's - 1860's shotgun that would look good over the fireplace! $295.00 Item weapons 051
Here is a German model 1845 Fusilier short sword. I can find no makers name on this piece. There is a mark of GvZ on one side of the brass crossguard and N136 on the other side as well as 9C. The entire piece is is over 23 inches long with an 18 ½ inch blade. No fullers are present in the blade. Ther are several nicks especially closer to the handguard. $275.00 Item weapons 49
We have a Spanish 1860's Guardia Civil short sword/machete with brass trim and wood handle. the sheath is leather with brass trim and is missing the tip and the hanger. The sword is marked J. BUNGER and other words hard to make out. condition is good with even patina on the blade, some pitting, and no major damage to the handle. The sword is 30" long overall, and the blade is 24 ½ inches long and 1 5/8" wide. No scabbard $150.00 Item weapons 048
Here's a good 1863 Dated Emerson and Silver NCO sword in metal scabbard. The sword exhibits a nice mellow yellow patina with some gold wash/brite brass showing through. DFM is stamped on the knuckle bow which stands for DEXTER F. MOSSMAN who was a government inspector. The guard, grip and knucklebow are in excellent condition. The blade is the correct length of 32 inches and is marked EMERSON & SILVER , TRENTON, N.J. on one ricasso and US DFM and 1863 on the other ricasso. The blade is somewhat bright with some mottling. There are no signs of sharpening on this piece. The scabbard is in generally good condition with just some paint loss to the black paint on the body of the scabbard. The drag is marked DFM as well. The only thing missing on this piece is the little leather throat washer between the sword and the scabbard. This is a very nice piece! $575.00 Item weapons 047
Here is a nice Model 1840 Muscian's sword and leather scabbard. This one has a little darker patina than the NCO sword that came with it. This one is also an EMERSON & SILVER from Trenton, N.J. and is so marked on the ricasso. The other side of the ricasso is U.S. DFM (as above) and 1863. This one is in a leather scabbard which has had what I believe to be period repairs to the body. There are inspectors initials on the drag. When the sword is out of the scabbard these leather scabbards lose their strength and breakage is a common occurrence. This one has a brighter blade than the NCO above and is the correct length of 28 inches. This one also shows no signs of sharpening and the leather throat piece is missing. This is the only thing that Muscians had to protect themselves with and many musicians had to take to the field to give the fighting men inspiration to carry on. $525.00 Item weapons 046
Here's a pretty nice U.S. Officers import non-regulation sword with the iron hilt that shows the Spread Winged Eagle and U S in the cutout portion of the guard. The iron pieces of this sword exhibit a great dark patina. Darn near all of the original sharkskin wrap is present as well as the two strands of twisted wire. Most of the leather blade washer is present but not all of it. The blade is nearly 33 inches long showing no signs of sharpening and no nicks in it. The brass insert on German import blades is there which is a small brass medallion insert with the word PROVED on it. On the other ricasso is the makers name of F. HORSTER, SOLINGEN on it. Also on the back or spline of the blade is the words IRON PROOF which is definitely on the German import blades. The obverse blade shows a spread winged eagle with ribbon in it's beak with the words E. PLURIBUS UNUM on it. The back of the blade has floral motifs with US on it. These engravings are somewhat light but easily seen with the eye. The scabbard is all iron with iron rings and mounts. The iron throat is attached by two iron rivits which is definitely typical of German manufacture. The drag is complete however there is moderate pitting on the drag end and there are a few 'door dings' on the obverse side while none are on the reverse side. This is a nice piece!!! $950.00 Item weapons 045
This old iron hilted Model 1833 cutlass is the French Naval type from the early to mid 1800's. This piece has a dent in the cup from use but that's about all the damage it has. The entire piece measures about 32 inches long with a 26 ½ inch long blade. The blade is bright with just a dark spot of rust on it. You can still see the original cross hatching on it that was done in the manufacturing process as well as French proof marks on the obverse blade. The blade shows no signs of being sharpened and the original leather blade washer is still present. The all iron hilt is heavy dark iron and exhibits a dark patina and some old black paint. The brass mounted leather scabbard is in generally good condition with some flaking but no breaks. The brass exhibits a nice mellow patina and the frog leather attachment piece is still present as well. This is a nice old French Naval Cutlass! $650.00 Item weapons 043
Here is an old Brunswich rifle Bayonet which is called the Nepal Brunswich Sword Bayonet made for the Armies of India. This piece is in fairly nice condition with the all brass hilt. The attachment spring and button are functional. There are no marks on this piece but it is the Nepal Bayonet. This piece has had no cleaning or alteration. The entire piece measures about 26 ½ inches long with a 22 inch blade. It's kind of primitive but it did the job I suspose. $275.99 Item weapons 042
TWO OLD PISTOLS FROM THE LATE 1800'S
Here are two old pistols from the late 1800's. The first one is marked HECLA on the top strap and I admit I don't know what that means. The piece is nickel plated being a .32 caliber weapon with nice hard rubber grips. The hammer cocks and drops when you pull the trigger but the cylinder is extremely loose and this thing will never fire again. It'll look good in a shadow box hanging on the wall. Cheap at $75.00 Item Weapons 040 B
The next one is a small 32 caliber 5 shot revolver and it's marked on the top strap YOUNG AMERICA DOUBLE ACTION. This revolver doesn't look too bad and it was made by H & R arms (Harrington and Richardson). The America Double Action Revolver was made c. 1884 to 1941 (1,500,000 of them) so since this one doesn't have a serial number on it I will have to transfer it. This one is is relatively good condition and works in double action only. 2 inch barrel octagon barrel. The company info is stamped on the barrel. Cylinder doesn't always advance when it is suppose to. There is also a chip out of one grip at the bottom. For this one $120. Check out the pics. Item Weapons 040 A
.58 CALIBER ORIGINAL PAPER CARTRIDGES FOR THE SPRINGFIELD RIFLE!
Nice Original Civil War Period Paper Cartridges for .58 Caliber Springfield Rifle . These are in very nice condition and each is in a riker box. These were found in the bottom of an original Cartridge box tin. One of them has separated but no powder has been lost. The ties are still intact. These hand rolled cartridges were intended for the Model 1855, Model 1861 and the Model 1863 Springfield Rifles and contracts. These .58 caliber cartridges were the most issued cartridge during the Civil War. Take a look at the pics! $125.00 each. Also we have a plastic bag containing two minie bullets, paper remnants and all the original black powder that was left in the bottom of that cartridge box for $75.00. I think these would look good in a riker mount as well. Item weapons 040
This Kentucky style percussion pistol is also full stocked and seems to be maple with the name MIKE scratched into it on the reverse side. The entire piece is 17 inches long with a 11 1/4 inch long 36 caliber rifled barrel. The barrel has a simple dovetailed V rear sight and a simple brass bead up front. The iron lock is unadorned. This hammer is held down by a capstan slotted screw. The action seems to work ok the the entire piece is in such good undamaged condition. The furniture is brass and the ramrod seems to be the original maple ramrod. This pistol is marked at the edge of the barrel above the name MIKE, J. & D. LITTLE, who made firearms in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1852 to 1860. Nice! $1250.00 Item weapons 038
1800's FLOBERT TYPE TARGET PISTOL!
This is a strange one that you don't see too often. This is a Belguim Flobert Type Target Pistol, guaged for a 6MM round as marked on the barrel and probably Belgium made as indicated by proof marks on the barrel as well. This pistol is a single shot and measures over a foot long with a 10 inch barrel. The entire piece is nickle plated except for the breech mechanism, hammer and trigger. The trigger has to be pushed forward to engage when the piece is cocked so I would say it is not safe to shoot. The little pistol has steel painted grips to look like wood. Very unusual!!! $225.00 Item weapons 037
INDIAN TIGER HUNTERS HOWDAH TYPE PISTOL IN .44 CALIBER!
The term "howdah pistol" comes from the howdah, a large platform mounted on the back of an elephant. Hunters, especially during the period of the British Raj in India, used howdahs as a platform for hunting wild animals and needed large-calibre side-arms for protection from animal attacks. The practice of hunting from the howdah basket on top of an Asian elephant was first made popular by the joint Anglo-Indian, East Indian Company during the 1790s. These earliest howdah pistols were flintlock designs, and it was not until about 60 years later percussion models in single or double barrel congfiguration were seen. By the 1890s and early 1900s cartridge firing and fully rifled howdah pistols were in normal everyday use.
This particular pistol design comes from the 1800's and features a shotgun type centerfire design. I believe, however, that this piece used brass cartridges. The piece measures about 10 inches long with a 5 1/8th inch set of double rifled barrels. One of the hammers has had the top of another hammer brazed onto it as it must have broken off but it's solid as a rock. The action is extremely tight and works fine. The finish is nickel and the grips are encised hardwood. There is engraving over much of this piece. There is a serial number on the bottom of the barrels located on the rib between the barrels. The name J.L.Galef and 44 XL SHOT CTGE is on the top of the barrels. J.L. Galef & Son, Inc. out of New York, New York was in business in 1888 and although this gun fits the profile of the Howdah pistol I do not believe this piece was intended for this purpose and was imported from Spain in to the United States in the 19th century. There is a curious bit of grinding on the top and bottom of the barrels. It's not a huge area but it is there and I believe it was intended to erase the Spanish makers marks for some unknown reason. I can see traces of letters under the grinding. This is still a unique piece! This is an old gun however, made before 1898 and I do not warrant it to shoot. I think it could be dangerous. Check out the pics. $450.00 Item weapons 036
1880's SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL WITH LONG LONG BARREL!
Here is a little DEFENDER 88 single action pistol in .22 caliber. These little firearms were described as Saturday Night Specials because they were cheap to purchase and generally of lower quality. This one is a 7 shot having a nickeled frame and hardwood grips. The unusual thing about this revolver is that some gunsmith put a long 9 3/4 inch barrel on this pistol to supposively improve the accuracy. I know a gunsmith did it because this barrel is rifled. The piece seems to function ok but I would definitely recommend not shooting it. The barrel is missing the little bead for the front sight but the hole is there. Take a look at the pics. $225.00 Item weapons 035
1840'S DOUBLE BARREL PERCUSSION PISTOL!
Here's a good display item. This is an old .44 caliber double barrel percussion pistol. The pistol's action works fine but the top of one hammer is broken off. This is a boxlock type pistol with hardwood bag type grip. The entire pistols exhibits a nice dark patina and looks to have never been cleaned. The top strap screw is missing. There is simple engraving on the lock and on the back strap. There is a faint makers mark on the lock that I cannot make out but most of these type pistols are Belgian in nature and I suspect that this is no different. The piece has 2 triggers and the wide triggerguard has engraving on it. The action seems to work ok but both nipples are missing. This piece should just be a display piece anyway. For this one $225.00 Item weapons 033
NEAR RELIC CONDITION ENGLISH 6 SHOT PEPPERBOX!
Here is a near relic English 6 shot pepperbox in 31 caliber. I have had many English pepperboxes over the years and this one fits the profile even though it's not marked. The bar hammer and receiver has factory engraving on it and the grips are checkered hardwood. The iron endcap also has engraving on it. It looks like the only thing missing on this piece is the triggerguard. When the trigger is pulled the bar hammer lifts but the cylinder does not turn. Some of these type revolvers cylinders were hand turned so this may be the case here. The nipples all look to be in good condition but the barrels themselves exhibit moderate to heavy pitting indicating that this piece layed out for awhile. Don't know the history of this piece. The entire pepperbox measures about 9 inches long with a 4 3/4 inch barrel. There is a small shiney spot on the bottom of the recoil shield like someone ground something off there but I don't know what it would have been. This would look great in a dug or relic display! $325.00 Item weapons 032
This is a Southerner Deringer that was made by Brown Mfg. Co circa 1866 to 1873 with a total quanity estimated at 16,500. These are .41 rimfire with a 2 1/2 inch octagon barrel which pivots sideways to load. There is no extractor on this firearm. The steel parts were blued but now lacking. The markings are easily seen on top of the barrel but light. This one has a brass frame and it looks like one of the grips has been replaced. The other grip is original to the piece however it is missing a small chuck out of it that you can see in the pics. The action works fine and the serial number is 1593 so it's fairly early. The entire piece has a coating of shellac or polyurethane on it but it can be easily removed. If we take it off the price will increase. $325.00 Item weapons 031
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NEAR RELIC CONDITION REMINGTON-ELLIOT DERINGER 32 RF!
This is a near relic condition Remington-Elliot deringer in 32 rimfire cartridge a.k.a. "Pepperbox" Made c. 1863-1888 with a total quanity being about 17,500. Barrels are 3 3/8 inches long and ribbed. This one exhibits a very dark patina and does not function, however it looks like just about everything is there and moves. Nothing is frozen. The grips are missing. This one was unique because of the revolving firing pins and the ring trigger. The ring trigger screw is an incorrect replacement. This old firearm has a story but unfortunately I don't know what it is. It's a neat relic! $395.00 Item weapons 028
NICE REMINGTON DERRINGER!
This is a nice early Remington Double Deringer serial number 744!! These were aka 'MODEL 95 DOUBLE DERINGER" also aka 'OVER-UNDER- DERINGER" made c. 1866 to 1935. This one definitely 1860's production. Total quanity made was over 150,000. This is a 41 rimfire short 3" round, superposed barrels: tips upward for loading and extraction, locked by a pivoting key on right side of frame. Firing pin automatically switched from barrel to barre. This example has no finish left but is in good condition with somewhat worn markings on top of the barrels but still easily seen. This example has the hard rubber grips which are in very nice condition. The action works flawlessly and the barrel hinge is in fine condition with no cracks or breaks present. This is the type 1 transitional made with extractor and the markings in center rib. This is a nice firearm! This is a variant between the Model 1 and Model 2. $1100.00 Item weapons 027
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1700's - 1800's NORTHERN INDIA MATCHLOCK MUSKET WITH DAMASCUS CANNON END BARREL!
Gunpowder was introduced to India as early as the 13th century, with artillery and early firearms being employed in warfare shortly thereafter. It was the 16th century Mughal Empire, however, which introduced the matchlock musket and began both producing and using firearms on a truly massive scale, revolutionizing Indian warfare. The army of Emperor Akbar, for example, maintained a force of some 35,000 musketeers. India during this time became one of the world's great musket manufacturers, with Indian matchlocks being renown for their quality.
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target.
This musket is old but appears to have been restored at some time. This piece measures 60 inches long and is quite nice. The hardwood buttstock has deep regimental markings stamped into it and it looks like S.L.K 9. The piece seems to be complete except for a little cover that would have covered the pan so that the gunpowder wouldn't fall out and to protect it from getting wet. The mechanish works well. There is a burn spot on the buttstock that you can see in the pics that shows that the cord was wrapped around the buttstock and on up to the 'drinking monkey' lighted cord holder. The metal shows age and some pitting here and there but has been cleaned at some point. One can still see the damascus type markings in the barrel. The barrel terminates into a cannon type of flared end. It's about a .60 caliber or 20 guage at the end of the barrel. The barrel is held onto the wooden stock by rattan or wrapped reeds or grasses. There are simple stimpled punch marks outlining the various metal parts. The barrel is about 41 inches long with a simple block sight at the rear and a simple bead sight up front. Nice unusual piece! $995.00 Item weapons 024
3 COLT BULLET MOLDS!!
This first one on the left IS SOLD!!! in the picture is for a Colt Pocket Model .31 caliber revolver and is a double mold in round ball and conical bullet. The piece is rusty but not hurt. The Colt markings are faint on the top but there. this one is complete and in generally good condition. . The mold cavities need a good cleaning as they have some light closet rust inside and out. If you have a Colt 1849 pocket or Root revolver in fair to Good+ condition, this would make a great accessory. Would also go nicely with a well-used cased gun or set. $150.00 Item Weapons 023
This second one is the Colt's patent brass bullet mold. Produced by the Colt Firearms Company of Hartford, CT, this brass pocket bullet mold is in very good original condition and was made to accommodate a .31 caliber pistol or revolver. The upper face of the mold device is stamped COLTS / PATENT (worn but there) above the sprue holes. Letters are easily visible on the brass face but worn. This brass accoutrement is complete and in excellent working order. When fully opened, the handles on the straight, twin-handled hinged mold measure out to a total of almost 9 long. Each 4 ¾ long handle exhibits the head portion that has two machined-out cutouts for a .31 caliber conical bullet and a .31 caliber round ball. Both cutout appears to be used little if at all. All inside edges of the mold are still sharp and distinct. Device has no spur cutter. A very pleasing brass sheen covers the exterior and interior surface of the mold. Light dents, scratches and small spots of oxidation are visible on the exterior surface. This fine Colt’s Patent bullet mold would make an excellent addition to any .31 caliber Colt Pocket Revolver accoutrement display. For this one $175.00 Item Weapons 022
This last Colt's patent bullet mold is pretty rusty but you can still see the Colt's Patent markings on the spru cutter. The spru cutter screw is lacking. This one is for the .36 caliber colt. Unfortunately an alteration has taken place and one side of the conical bullet mold has been blocked with a solid piece of steel for some unknown reason. The round ball mold is still good. This would still go in a display with a nice Colt Navy. For this one $65.00 Item weapons 021
BULLET MOLDS ROUND SINGLE CAVITY!
Here we have 7 bullet molds that we'll talk about from 1 to 7 starting top to bottom left to right.
1. The first one is mainly in relic condition with a single cavity for what looks like to be .45 caliber. Rusty and needs oil. No markings and is 7 inches long. $20.00
SOLD---2. This next one is in generally very good condition with about a .60 caliber ball and also has a spru cutter in the handles. No markings and is 6 inches long. Nice! $45.00
3. This one is a really nice iron single cavity ball mold and looks to be about .28 caliber. It measures about 5 1/2 inches long and has no markings. $65.00
SOLD---4. This one is for an approximately .69 caliber ball being single cavity iron with no markings. 6 1/2 inches long. $65.00
5. This single cavity iron bullet mold is in relic condition and is for an approx. .38 caliber round ball. Measures about 5 1/4 inches long and still moves freely. $20.00
6. This single cavilty iron bullet mold is in nice conditon and looks to be for an approximately .36 caliber round ball. It's compact being only about 4 1/4 inches long. $45.00
7. This single cavity iron bullet mold is about .36 caliber and in good condition with a spru cutter in it's handles. This example measures about 5 1/2 inches long. $40.00 Item weapons 020
8. This bullet mold is solid brass with a bent handle. It's a double cavity type with a pour hole on each end of the mold. This one appears to be about .31 caliber with a round ball and a conical projectile. This one has seen lots of use and I suspect the handles were bent while applying pressure to keep the mold shut. Still nice and has a great patina! $45.00
9. This bullet mold is solid iron and looks relic. There is some old white paint on it too. I believe this may have been used militarily as it's about 52 caliber with a single ring on the base. Still trying to find what this projectile may have fit. This one was definitely field used and lost. $85.00 . Item weapons 019
BEAUTIFUL SIDEHAMMER PERCUSSION RIFLE!!!
Here's a beautiful .45 caliber sidehammer percussion rifle! This piece measures about 50 1/2 inches long with a 17 inch delicate walnut stock adorned with engraved silver plated escutheons. The lockplate is scroll engraved as well as the tang, triggerguard, and side plate. The triggerguard and side plate are also silver plated. There are no breaks in the stock but there is one chip missing just back of the lockplate and a non displaced crack that is visible to the eye. The silver buttplate is engraved as well. The barrel has two gold bands at the breech and a non signed silver presentation plate on top of the barrel. The front of the rifled octagon barrel has a single silver band around it and a silver front sight. The rear sight is a simple dove tailed V sight. The action works ok but is a little sticky. The nipple needs to be changed out and there is the ususal pitting and corrosion from firing around the nipple/breech area. The 3 silver plated brass ferrels are present and the wooden ramrod is present but I suspect that it's a replacement. I could find no makers marks. This is one beautiful rifle and I'm surprised that it has survived. Nice!!! $1,250.00
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MODEL 1840 AMES CIVIL WAR USED MUSCIAN SWORD AND LEATHER SCABBARD!
Here we have a Model 1840 Muscian sword and leather scabbard. The sword is in generally good condition with a little corrosion on each ricasso which partially obscures the Ames Logo. On the other side of the ricasso is U.S., A.H.C. which is either Archibald H.Ceiley or A.H.Clark who imspected M1840 Muscian swords, dated 1862-63, and the date 1863. The 1 is partially gone as is a small portion of the 8 but you can still make out what it says. The bright blade is full length at 28 inches and has not been sharpened. There are small areas of edge corrosion on the blade. The brass guard is very nice and has not been messed with. The inspectors initials of A.D.K. (A.D.King, Army Inspector 1850-1865) are on the knucklebow. This sword has never been apart. The scabbard is brass mounted leather and has an area where it is weak due to a bend. The leather is not broken but is soft and flexible there so the sword needs to be withdrawn with the piece hanging straight down as to not induce further damage. The original red fiber/fabric washer is still located in the top of the top mount throat. This top mount matches in color to the sword handle and still has the original rivits present. The bottom drag also matches the color of the other brass parts and is marked with the inspectors initials of A.H.(K)(the K is missing). A.H.K. is actually Albert H. Kirkham, Army inspector, and is usually found on M1840 Muscian and NCO swords dated 1864-65 according to COLLECTORS' GUIDE TO AMES U.S. CONTRACT MILITARY EDGED WEAPONS: 1832-1906. The bottom drag may be a replacement especially since the mounting rivits are missing. The drag moves a little but it is stuck on the scabbard and will not come off. 3,250 of these swords were delivered to the U.S. forces in 1863. These swords were basically the only protection that a Muscian had on the field and many times they were right out there in the thick of the battle. For this piece $495.00
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ON THE LOOSE .69 CALIBER TIN FOR CARTRIDGE BOX!
Here we have a cartrige box tin for the .69 caliber cartridge box. This one is in good shape with the divider just showing some surface rust on it. If you need another tin to complete the box then here it is!!! $45.00 Item weapons 012
MISSOURI CAVE FOUND RIFLE!
Here is an old percussion musket with military barrel that was found in an old cave near Thayer, MO. This old musket has a very dry stock and the lock will not operate. Someone had wired the stock to the barrel to secure it. The lock is marked JOHN P LOVELL. John P. Lovell worked out of Boston, Massachusetts from 1820 to 1897. The barrel is an old military musket barrel, probably from the early 1800's and has the US proof mark on the barrel that you can see in the pics. The barrel was converted to a shotgun and has a brass bead on the front. The gentleman who sold it to me thought it may be a foragers weapon for the military but I really don't think so. At any rate it's a cook relic that was found in a cave in Missouri. $395.00 Item weapons 06
RARE! RARE! RARE!!!
Once in awhile you run onto something very special and very rare. This is what we did this time. This is a rare Southern made Derringer that was made in Memphis, Tennessee. This small derringer was made by A. LINDE. Turner Kirkland of Dixie Gun Works put out a small book entitled SOUTHERN DERRINGERS OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY in the 1970's. On page 78 is a similiar derringer to the one we have. The text is as such: "#205 Linde is a lesser known gunmaker of Memphis and he is authenticated through newspaper advertisements of those days. Little is know of his history." Turner then goes on to talk about the derringer in the photos in his book. He does say that his gun has a particular shaped lock as this gun has and he talks about the barrel being round with a top barrel flat and so is this piece. He also mentions the barrel markings are A.Linde and so is this piece. Turner rates these derringers as to rarity from 1 to 10 with 1 being common and 10 being rate. A. Linde rates a 10 in his book so they are extremely hard to find. An internet search reveals no photos of any A. Linde derringers and the only other one that I've seen is in Turner Kirklands book. Flayderman's GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AMERICAN ARMS also memtions A. LINDE but no text or photos are available. (See page 407-9th Edition) I showed this particular derringer to a well know Civil War dealer and appraiser on a well known TV show and he said he never saw another but this one is correct all the way. This particular little pistol is 6 1/4 inches long overall with a 2 3/4 inch long barrel. On the barrel flat top is DERINGE A.LINDE. There are concentric rings around the barrel where the R would have been in DERINGER and before A. LINDE. The stock is a nice little American Walnut stock with not apparent damage. There is some very nice checkering on that buttstock. The lock is a floral decorated back action lock with no markings on it. The nammer is distinctive and also floral engraved. The barrel is round with a flat top and has a front silver sight and a rear simple notched sight. The barrel is rifled and looks to have 6 grooves. The barrel is held on with a rear tang screw and a barrel wedge which is the original. The triggerguard appears to be german silver. This is a very nice little derringer that operates flawlessly and is quite rare! No Southern Derringer collection is complete without this rare piece!!! $4,500.00 Item weapons 02
Here's a wonderful grouping and I'm confident that it all belongs together. The grouping consists of an NCO sword belt and plate, a leather holster with Civil War Moore Revolver and an id'd cap box. The id is for James G. Graham who Enlisted on 8/19/1862 as a Private.
On 8/19/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. IN 67th Infantry.
He was Killed on 5/22/1863 at Vicksburg, MS
The capbox has written in ink on the inside flap J.G.GRAHAM CO. C 67TH IND. There is a makers stamp on the cap box of McClellan and Co. Springfield, Mass who is listed as producing goods in 1861. The cap box is in good condition with one reverse strap broken
The holster is in poor condition with all the stitching missing and most of the exterior finish. The attachment strap has been wired as it was broken at the rivit. The initials in ink on the inside flap are J.G.G. and it could have spelled out the rest of the last name but as I previously stated it's well worn. The impring on the inside of this holster leaves no doubt that the firearm that was kept here was a Moore. This Moore in the grouping fits the imprint perfectly. There is no bottom plug in the holster as the barrel would have extended through the opening. This holster may not have been made for this gun but it fit it very well. The belt seems to have been buff leather and not bridle leather but I believe it was kept in an attic and is a little dried out. The NCO eagle belt plate is the early one with the 3 piece applied silver wreath and no benchmarks. The Moore Revolver was made from 1861 to 1863 with a total quanity produced at 5,000 to 8,000 revolvers. This is a .32 caliber rimfire weapon with a 6 inch barrel. This revolver has a 7 shot cylinder and a removable ejector rod mounted under the barrel. The barrel and cylinder swing to the right for loading cartridges. Brass frame and handle with decorative broad scroll engraving with just a little silver plating remaining. The cylinder and barrel were blued with a little of the original color remaining. Walnut grips with a square butt. The barrel markings have been overstamped or stamped twice. They are D. MOORE PATENT SEPT. 18, 1860. Quite a few of theperate se fine revolvers were known to have been privately purchased by Union officers and enlisted men and carried during the Civil War. This one is an early one as the serial number is 158! The revolver needs a new hand and spring for it to operate correctly. This is a historic early grouping from an Indiana Soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice. $4750.00 Item weapons 01
Here's a very unique old 12 guage double barrel percussion shotgun made in England circa 1850's. This shotgun is over 47 inches long with an over 31 inch barrel length. The barrel has a middle rib much wider than any I've encountered it's being around 1 inch wide and is decorated with an arrow on the end and floral motifs with LONDON FINE TWIST engraved there as well. All the iron pieces are a very nice dark fine patina. The front action locks are both in working order and are both marked PERKINS. There are floral motifs and hunting birds on each. Both hammers match but I believe that one hammer screw has been replaced. The English Walnut stock is in good condition but does have a hole in it where the barrel tang passes through that you should be able to see in one of the pics. The forestock ferrel is missing some of the silver. Notice the rest of the silver on that stock and this piece has a small cap container at the rear underside of the buttstock. The stock is also hand checkered on the wrist and the forestock. I believe the ramrod may be original. The front iron ferrel has broken free but is still there for repair. This is a nice old gun! $850.00 Item Weapons- 5
Here is a N.B.Tyler halfstock rifle out of Vienna, Ohio circa 1870's. Tyler was in business from 1858 to 1896 but I've seen this style popular in the 1870's. This heavy halfstock rifle measures 50 1/2 inches long with a 35 inch barrel. The manufactures info is stamped into the top of the barrel between the tang and rear sight. This is a back action lock and does function correctly. The tumbler is worn and wobbles when the hammer is pulled back. This is about a 40 caliber weapon. The problems with this piece is that someone added some plastic wood to the buttstock toe where that piece was broken off and crudely reattached the ramrod pipes. All fixable. The stock is in good condition generally with one crack and lose of wood around the nipple area. All can be seen in the pics. Double set triggers. Brass buttplate and triggerguard. Still nice! $650.00 Item Weapons- 7
Here is a honey of a double rifle/shotgun combination in a side by side configuration. The Smooth barrel is 20 guage while the rifled side is about .65 caliber. The entire piece is a about 44 1/2 inches long with 29 1/2 inches barrels. The walnut stock is very ornate and is just missing the slide lid for the caps/patch box. There is no evidence of screws so it was just a simple slide lid now lacking. The wrist is hand checkered and the triggerguard is ornate wood. The buttplate is iron being extremely ornate on top. The obverse lockpate is very ornate as well as the hammer which has an animals face on it. The reverse lock is plain and so is the hammer but obviously made for this gun. There is a small portion forward of the trigger guard that is ornate iron work as well as the ferrel entering the forearm. The ramrod ferrels are unadorned iron. The action works fine. The top of the barrels are marked I.L.? GERSTMAYR. IN MEMMIMGEN. This is a nice double! $1150.00 Item Weapons- 9
Here is an early Colt Pocket Model of Navy Caliber .36 caliber Revolver that has been converted to cartridge. The serial number of this revolver is 38XX and matches on all parts. The piece is in very good condition and functions correctly. This piece is complete with nothing missing. The revolver exhibits a nice color and the markings are clear and sharp. There is some minor pitting on the revolver in a few places but not that bad. Check out the pics! $1,295.00 Item Weapons- 12
Here's a wonderful full stock rifle made by C.R.Bean 1887 from Indian Creek, Tennessee!!! This rifle is just beautiful with full walnut stock that only has a couple of age cracks radiating from the patch box to the buttplate. It also has a most unusual tang that extends about 8 ½ to 9 inches from the barrel along the top of the buttstock over the comb. Most unusal. The makers info is stamped into the top of the octagon barrel. The lock plate has no makers name on it instead showing an outdoor scene with grouse. The lock shows some pitting from use. The iron parts may have been reblued but if it was they did not use cold blue. It looks just great! The octagonal barrel is 40 ½ inches long and measures out to .36 caliber. The drum and nipple are more recent replacements and there is some burning behind the nipple which is normal where no cup is used. The double set triggers function well. You can shoot this one with no problems! Take a look at the pics! $2,500.00 Item Weapons- 13
Here's another wonderful full stock rifle that was made by M.M.Maslin of Baltimore, MD from 1822-1833. The barrel is a comtemporary LARGE made barrel. This piece is just outstanding! The rifle measures nearly 58 inches long with a 42 ½ inch barrel. LARGE made barrels in the 1970's. This is a .46 caliber octagonal barrel as determined by the caliber guage. The stripped walnut stock is in good condition with 1 cracks and no breaks. There is a shrinkage crack radiating from the buttplate about 3 inches long on the reverse. There is a cup over the nipple so there is no burn to the stock. The nose cap, ramrod thimbles, trigger guard and buttplate are all brass. The lockplate is marked M.M.MASLIN - WARRANTED and functions well with the set triggers. This one could be shot today. Nice!!! $2,500.00 Item Weapons- 14
Here we have a youth percussion double barrel shotgun in 28 guage. The entire piece is only 35 inches long with a 20 ¼ inch double barrel. This piece is in the original configuration and is not a cut down. Both locks work well. The locks are simply decorated . The hammers are slightly different but one wouldn't notice if examination was not made. The barrels show pitting around the nipples which is normal. There are no makers names on the piece that I can see but I have not taken off the barrel. The ramrod is a metal ramrod with threads on the small end for a worm to remove loads. The trigger guard , butt plate and ramrod ferrel look like worn silver plated brass. The stock is walnut with checkering on the wrist. There is a small silver plated shield escutcheon on the top of the buttstock. The stock looks to be slightly warped but is was made that way (there are some very small age cracks). All in all this is a fine little shotgun for the little man who likes to rabbit hunt! RARE!!! $650.00 Item Weapons- 16
Here is a CS Richmond Musket that has been turned into a shotgun. Converting Military Surplus for Civilian use after the war was a popular thing to do. This piece was originally a .58 caliber weapon but is now a 16 guage shotgun made from the rifle barrel. The entire piece is now 48 ¾ inches long with a 33 inch barrel with a shotgun bead type front sight. The stock is the original walnut military stock but as you can see it's been altered but what's left is sound. The buttplate is brass and I believe the ramrod is from a US Model 1816. The hammer has had the thumb piece bent backwards. The lockplate works well and is marked C.S.RICHMOND ahead of the hammer and 1862 at the rear. I believe this lock to have been on a Type II. If you hold the lock just right you can see where a previous owner lightly scratched his social security number on it. The same number of a part of it was also lightly etched onto the barrel tang. The iron parts of this musket/shotgun exhibit a very nice dark plum brown patina. Still a desireable piece! $2,950.00 Item Weapons- 17
Here is a nice old fullstock rife that is marked R.ASHMORE & SON. This rifle was believed to have been called a Kentucky Rifle made in Pennsylvania. Here' some info on Ashmore Gunsmiths:
Subject: Ashmore Gunsmiths
From "A Short History of Lancaster County, PA" "Kentucky Rifle"
At the out break of the Revolution, Lancastrians local mechanics and workers began producing tons of rifles, shoes, boots, uniforms, blankets, hardware & food. During the French & Indian War, Lancaster's gunsmiths and other artisans were hard at work turning out the materials of war. Still earlier, the Pennsylvania rifle, later known as the Kentucky rifle when carried into the Ohio Valley, was developed in Lancaster County. This "apprenticeship" prepared Lancaster County for the role it was to play during the Revolution. County mills ground out barrels of flour and wagonmakers built Conestoga wagons & other vehicles. Local furnaces & forges were kept busy smelting, casting & hammering iron for the tools of war. Lancaster County was the arsenal, work shop and granary of the Continental armies. From information that Lloyd Ashmore provided concerning the Kentucky Rifles: "American Gun Makers" Ashmore - Unidentified, maker of Kentucky rifles 1800-1810 Ashmore, N. - Lockmaqker, flint & percussion arms. Percussion shotgun locks marked "N. Ashmore" Ashmore, R. - Lockmaker , flint & percussion arms, Maker of a Kentucky rifle flint lock marked "R. Ashmore Warranted" and of an original Kentucky rifle percussion lock marked "R" and "Ashmore" in two lines. Another book had the dates as 1800-1830 Lancaster Co, PA with the same information.
This rifle is in generally good condition just showing some age cracks in the buttstock. It is missing the buttplate but one could probably be had at an Antique Arms show. Otherwise the rifle is fine and functions very well. This fine little rifle is over 5 feet long with a nearly 46 inch octagonal barrel. THe lock is decorated with simple designs as well as the R. ASHMORE & SON. THe hammer is also decorated. This piece was originally a flintlock rifle. The rifle is .50 caliber. The triggerguard, ramrod ferrels and nosecap are brass. The ramrod is a replacement. Take a look at the pics. This is a nice one still! $850.00 Item Weapons- 18
Here's an underhammer rifle that measures about 48 inches long with a 30 3/4 inch long octagonal .41 caliber barrel. The buttstock is about 17 inches long with all lock parts internal. The hammer is an underhammer with the thumb part broken off. The main spring is extremely tight and it's hard to pull back the hammer. The hammer wants to catch but doesn't quite do it so it needs some tinkering. The trigger is a single trigger. The top of the stock had been broken off and put back together with nails. The trigger guard and buttplate are both brass. There is an old finish to the wood. The patina is a nice dark patina to all iron parts. The ramrod is a replacement. All in all a very unusual weapon and one that deserves restoration. No makers name is present. Still Nice!!! $650.00 Item Weapons- 20
Here's a great underhammer percussion firearm that was produced by N. Kendall of Windsor, VT. from 1838 to 1842. Nicanor Kendall's brother-in-law was a prison warden and consequently all of these guns were made in prison by prison labor! Actually these prison guns were made quite well and talk about keeping your costs down! This particular weapon is an underhammer fowler being about 20 guage with a 31 inch half round half octagon barrel. ther is some scroll engraving on the octagon part of the barrel as well as on the tang and on the hammer. Quite ornate!!! The entire piece is about 48 inches long with a real smart looking downturned hardwood stock. There are no breaks in the wood. This is a beautiful gun! Buttplate and triggerguard are brass. The ramrod is original to the weapon and has a little spring in it to keep it from falling out of the thimbles. On top of the barrel and tang are the words N. KENDALL WINDSOR. BT. PATENT and SMITH'S IMPROVED PATENT STUD LOCK. Ther eis also the number of 915 0 on the rear sight. This weapon also has a dovetailed from brass sight. The pics really don't do this one justice!!! $2500.00 Item Weapons- 21
Here is a Moore's Patent Firearms Co. No. 1 Deringer in .41 caliber. This is an all metal No. 1 or First Model Deringer made by Moore Circa 1860 to 1965 and National Arms Co. from 1865 to 1870. This one is made My National Arms Co and so evidenced by the markings on the top of the barrel. National has pitting over it but the rest is seen.. About 3,000 National Arms Co. deringers were produced. This pistol has a 2 1/2 inches barrel which twists sideways to load. It has a brass frame which has been cleaned and no silver remains. The barrel was originally blue now lacking. There is decorative broad scroll engraving on the frame and breech of barrel. There are nics along the top of the barrel and some pitting. Patent marks are under the barrel. The action doesn't hold when cocking but it wants to. Still a desireable piece! $650.00 Item Weapons- 25
Here is an unmarked DIXON buttstock or gunstock powder flask made of brass. The pice measures over 8 inches long by 3 1/4 inches wide and has a few minor dents from use in it. The piece exhibits a real nice patina. It is unmarked by DIXON but exhibits the 94222 and logo that are seen on other Dixon powder flasks. Spring is intact and mechanism works. This is a nice piece! Check out the pics! The flask has been lightened in color in the pics for detail. $450.00 Item Weapons- 27
Here's a real nice short treaty rifle. This muzzle loading percussion rifle was manufactured by J. Henry & Son; the barrel is 28 1/2 inches long being half round half octagon and U.S. is stamped in the stock just below the trigger guard rear extension. The entire piece is 44 inches long. The action is a single trigger set up and works fine. J. Henry & Son is stamped into the lock. Looks like a .52 caliber smoothbore. There are simple sights near the rear and at the front of the barrel. The stock is in generally good condition. See the pics.
In the late 1860s, the most common firearms used by the Plains Indians were muzzle-loading rifles manufactured by Leman, and a few by J. Henry & Son. Most authorities believe these guns were sold by licensed traders until 1868, when the trade in firearms was made illegal. However, guns were given out by various Indian eace commissions as part of treaty signings. Several J. Henry & Son percussion rifles such as this one that have U.S. stamped on the stock below the trigger guard are generally accepted among collectors as treaty issue guns.
This is a pretty nice treaty gun!!! $2.200.00 Item Weapons- 28
Here we have an original Flintlock Rifle by R. Hollis of England. This rifle is a .40 caliber fullstock rifle being 58 1/2 inches long overall with a 43 inch octagonal barrel. The lock is non-functioning at this time but I'm sure it won't take much to get it going. They are kind of simple. This rifle has a replacement ramrod and probably a replacement nose cap as well. There is some wood loss to the stock expecially in a couple of places running along the barrel at the lock and on each side of the nosecap. The ramrod ferrels, trigger guard and butt plate are all brass. This trigger set up is the set trigger type and that works ok. Overall very nice with a decorative stock and vent pick hooks on the reverse. There is a repairable crack on the bottom the stock that you can see in the last photograph. With a little work this piece would be great! $1150.00 Item Weapons- 30
Here we have a nice little Colt Model 1848 Baby Dragoon Revolver with a serial number of 26XX indicating manufacture in 1847. These were made from 1847 to 1850 with a total of approximately 15,000 being made. This is a .31 caliber, 5 shot revolver with a 5 inch barrel. This piece needs a new mainspring as the old one is really weak. The revolver does rotate when pulling back the hammer. There is some color variation on the iron parts but all numbers match except the wedge which is an old replacement. The barrel address is worn but you can still see it. There is no cylinder scene. Look at the square-back trigger guard, low serial number, oval stop slots and the lack of a loading lever. Good desireable revolver!! Early!! $2,500.00 Item Weapons- 32
Here we have another very long firearm but this time it's a 14 pound target or sniper's rifle! This piece measures over 62 inches long with an extremely heavy octagonal .50 caliber barrel. The barrel is held onto the stock by at least 3 pins and 1 key (missing). The barrel has a simple dovetailed blade sight at the front and an extremely wide 1 5/8 inch dovetailed V sight at the rear. I can see no markings on the barrel. The nipple seems to be intact and clear. The lock that is with this piece is not the correct lock I believe. It doesn't fit well and it's pitted on the surface and the rest of this rifle is not. They came together so I'll just leave them together and let you sort it out. The lock screw is not original to this piece either and will not go into the lock more than a turn and a half. The set trigger set up works fine. This stock is a heavy walnut stock and has the usual minor dings and a couple of minor age cracks but not bad at all. There is a little burn damage to the top of the stock where the nipple is which is normal. There is also some damage at the front of the piece where the nose cap went missing. I believe this can all be fixed with a normal level of skill. On the buttstock there is a weird burn on the top front of the brass buttplate and one on the reverse cheek piece. The brass side plate is still there and in good condition. The brass trigger guard is in excellent condition and has a nice mellow color to it. The brass ramrod thimbles are present and in generally good condition with just a little damage to the front one . These thimbles are dimentional and are really quite nice. The ramrod has been fractured on the end and is now stuck in the thimbles. This is trivial to remove but it may further damage the ramrod. This is still a great old piece and either rehab this lock or replace it and you'll have a good shooter. $750.00 Item Weapons- 40
Here is a nice Model 1816 Type 1 U.S.Flintlock Musket made by Springfield Armory. The lock is marked SPRINGFIELD 1823 on the tail of the lock and has a Spread winged Eagle over US on the front side of the flintlock hammer. The War of 1812 had revealed many weaknesses in American muskets. The Model 1812 Musket was created in an attempt to improve both the design and manufacture of the musket. The Model 1816 made further improvements, and replaced the Model 1812. The Model 1812 had borrowed heavily from the design of the French Charleville model 1777 musket, and this design was retained for the Model 1816. The Model 1816 had a 42 inch long .69 caliber barrel, similar to the Model 1812, but had a longer lock plate, a shorter trigger guard, and a longer bayonet than the Model 1812. The Model 1816 also had a more straight lined stock.
This particular weapon has a 41 3/4 inch long barrel so the end may have been trimmed just a bit or made short. This particular weapon is complete with ramrod and all barrel bands with springs. The lockplate markings are somewhat light but easily seen. You can still see the U.S. on the buttplate as well. The barrel has markings but I can't make them out too well. There should be a P/Eaglehead/and V but now it looks like part of a S M C ? Not sure. The action works well. There is a loss of wood behind the hammer and forward of the frizzen-most likely from the burning powder. There are the usual bumps and dings here and there but no breaks are in the wood stock. There are two small oval areas on the reverse side of the stock at the comb that may be cartouches. This is still a nice historic piece!!! $2,500.00 Item Weapons- 43
Here's a wonderful ancient weapon that's still kind of a mystery to me. This is an early snap matchlock musket! The Snap Matchlock is a type of matchlock mechanism used to ignite early firearms. It was used in Europe from about 1475 to 1640, and in Japan from 1543 till about 1880. The serpentine (a curved lever with a clamp on the end) was held in firing position by a weak spring, and released by pressing a button, pulling a trigger, or even pulling a short string passing into the mechanism. The slow match held in the serpentine swung into a flash pan containing priming powder. The flash from the flash pan travelled through the touch hole igniting the main propellant charge of the gun. As the match was often extinguished after its relatively violent collision with the flash pan, this type fell out of favour with soldiers, but was often used in fine target weapons.
In Japan the first documented introduction of the matchlock which became known as the tanegashima was through the Portuguese in 1543. The tanegashima seems to have been based on snap matchlocks that were produced in the armory of Goa India, which was captured by the Portuguese in 1510. I have done considerable research on this weapon but still have not quite pinned down the country of origin although I believe it to be Mid eastern or Indian. This old piece is 56 1/2 inches long with a 51 1/4 inch primitive barrel that looks to start around 12 guage and finishes up at the other end at about .410 guage. The iron snap lock and barrel look to be hand wrought iron with the barrel being held onto the thin hardwood stock with thin brass straps. This snap lock uses a trigger. It looks like a couple of these brass straps must be missing but otherwise the musket is complete. The lock is held onto the stock with two iron rectanglar pins at the back and the front portion of the lock is held onto the stock with a brass barrel band. The lock does not rest directly onto the barrel. The thin hardwood stock is compolete with no breaks. The front of the stock has a small hole bored into it probably being for excess firing cord. The butt of the musket is small and obviously fits into the hand. There was a brass strap that went around the curve of the butt but that is now lacking. I've taken several pics for you to view. This is a very unusual musket and any other info that I can post would be appreciated. I have this piece priced at $2,500.00 Item Weapons- 44
Here's a late Indian War era gold thread over leather sword belt and hanger straps. This piece is complete! This sword belt is still in very good condition with the makers name (hard to read though) stamped on the leather tounge which is stuck back onto itself. The company was in Chicago however as I can read that much. The sword hanger and straps are present and complete. The belt plate is inscribed on the reverse 'PRESENTED TO MAJ. A. S. LEY BY CO. A. 2 MICH. U.B.B.A. HANDCOCK , MICH JAN 12, '96. (1896). This is still an nice belt and very displayable! This was Albert S. Ley who was the Editor of the Hancock, Michigan Newspaper. Albert S Ley was also an unsuccessful candidate for the US House of Representatives in 1918. I thank my good friend AL for the info I have on Albert. A good friend of mine from Michigan found out that U.B.B.A. stands for the United Boys Brigade Association which appeared in the late 1800’s as a forerunner to the Boy Scouts. The members wore Civil War style uniforms and accouterments and carried cadet sized Civil War muskets. Nice!!! $325.00
Here is a pic of an old postcard (not included with the belt) that shows A.S.Ley of Hancock, Michigan as the Parade Chief. Item Weapons- 48
Here's a unique little fowler! This is a 16 guage fowler shotgun with a 27 inch barrel. The entire piece just measures about 41 inches long. The lock works and holds in the first position but needs some sear work to function in the full cock position. I took the piece apart and it probably just needs some simple filing as everything is there. The lock has not markings and neither does the barrel. The lock looks to have been a converted flintlock to percussion. The barrel does not have a rear sight but does have a simple front brass blade sight. The bore is dark somewhat but not pitted badly at all. The stock looks like it could be walnut and has alot of simple hand engraving and encised lines on it. There is a crack in the stock forward of the lock on the obverse side and a crack directly opposite the lock on the reverse side. The unique thing about this piece is that it has an intricately carved and engraved trigger guard with a silver medallion place in it. Also the ramrod pipes are hand carved wood as well. The wooden ramrod is also present. The front sling swivel is present but the rear one is lacking. There is no buttplate per se as you can see in the last pic shown that the buttplate area is carved wood with 2 carved bone buttons enlayed into it. This is one great little piece! It looks german to me but it could be American. I don't know for sure since there are no markings. Nice!!! $550.00 Item Weapons- 49
Here's an outstanding find!!! This is an original Antique Day's Patent Cane Gun or Poachers Shotgun!!! These were a favorite of poachers and highway men as the butt stock could be removed leaving gun disguised as walking cane. This gun dates to the 1840's - 1850's. The gun has an underhammer percussion lock that functions very nicely. The 28 3/8's in barrel has a nice dark brown patina and the bore is dark as well. The total lenth of the gun with the stock attached is 40 1/2 inches long. Marked on the topside of the barrel with a DAY'S PATENT' and a 'JR; marking. There are also British proofmarks on the barrel. John Day of Devonshire, UK worked at Giltspur Street, West Smithfield (1831-38), was anoted maker of waking stick guns and was granted Eng. Patent No. 4861 for an under-hammer percussion cap lock. This gun has a pop out trigger and semi-flush fitting hammer with a button-type spur. This is a functioning piece and the stock looks to be birds eye maple. This is a great piece!!! Take a look at the pics! $2500.00 Item Weapons- 50
Here's a nice little brass .31 caliber bullet mold without spru cutter. This one is about 4 1/2 inches long and shows some primitiveness. It shows great age but I can find no markings at all. Makes both round and conical bullets. Civil War era! Nice! $125.00 Item Weapons- 52
Heres a very primitive brass bullet mold that makes both a .36 caliber conical bullet and a round bullet as well. 4 1/4 inches long and you pour the lead into both ends. This one is really primitive with finishing marks everywhere. Smacks of Confederate manufacture. $125.00 Item Weapons- 53
Here's the rarer brass Colt marked bullet mold for the .31 caliber Colt Pocket 1849 Model. This old mold has seen lots of action and it shows. The Colt's Patent marks are there but worn as well and the inspectors initial of W is still present. Measures nearly 4 3/4 inches long. Hey, do you want a pristing one to display with your Colt of one that's been there! $165 for this one. Item Weapons- 54
Here's another iron bullet mold and it looks just like the Colt version of this .31 caliber Model 1849 Pocket Colt bullet mold except that this piece is totally unmarked. This one has the spru cutter at the top of the mold. Makes a round ball and a conical bullet and measures over 4 3/4 inches long. Universal pitting all over but still very nice!!! $110.00 Item Weapons- 55
This item is a wonderful item! Here is an outstanding example of a simple underhammer pistol in 32 caliber with a deep rifled barrel! This piece is from Kentucky as evidenced by the brass shield on the obverse side of the hand grip which simply states KY VOls. The entire weapon is abouit 9 1/2 inches long with a nearly 4 inch barrel which has a slightly offset bore! The action works well however about half the nipple is missing from one side. The grip look to be walnut and is embelished on the back with a 1/2 inch by nearly 3 inch engraved brass strip. There is a goodly amount of the original varish left on the grip. The top iron stip where the rear sight is attached is engraved in the same fashion. The trigger is housed in a brass strip as well. The barrel is marked with E.C.BURDEN. AMERICAN GUNSMITHS by Frank Sellers list an Edmund C. Burden (1826-1913) from Carlisle, Kentucky, 1854-1860. Edmund then set up shop in Elizabethtown, Kentucky from 1860 to 1878. After 1878 Edmund set up shop in Raymond, Kansas until 1900. Edmund also had a brother named James in Mount Olivet, Ky who also made guns. Edmund would have been 35 years old at the beginning of the Civil War so it is probable that he carried this weapon himself during the Civil War. I did not find an Edmund for the Union side but did find a Edmund C. Burden who served with the Confederacy from Kentucky and we are quite sure this is the same man.. The records reflect the following:
Edmund C. Burden Residence was not listed; Enlisted on 10/22/1861 at Prestonsburg, KY as a Private. On 10/22/1861 he mustered into "D" Co. KY 1st Battn Cavalry He was discharged on 1/1/1862 and probably went back to his shop where he would have done more good keeping firearms working for the Confederacy. This is one historic firearm and was probably carried as a back up weapon. For this piece $2,500.00 You'll probably not find another!!!
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Walnut half stock with a Leman, PA lock. The barrel is marked DAVIS and under that LOGANSPORT. This is W.R. Davis, Logansport, Cass County, Indiana. Listed in 1860 census as a gunsmith, age 52, with wife. W.R.Davis was born in Albany, N.Y. but was apparently living in Logansport, Indiana as early as 1836. The markings are light but readable. This rifle is over 36 inches long with a 40 inch, octagonal, rifled heavy barrel. Two barrel ramrod ferrules and a pewter nose cap holds the ramrod in place. This ramrod is the correct length. The walnut halfstock is in generally good condition but has had repairs which are very solidly done. There is a crack right behind the lock which transverses the stock to the opposite side trigger guard but as previously mentioned has been repaired nicely. The buttplate is brass as is the trigger guard while the nose cap is pewter. The lock is nicely marked with some wear to the markings but still easily seen. There are floral markings on the lock plate. The action works as it should and is crisp. This piece has a hair trigger on it! This is still a nice gun and , hey, it’s an id’d Indiana Gun!!! $650.00 Item Weapons- 60
Here's a wonderful parts gun or restoration project!!! Here is a model 1876 Winchester Lever Action parts gun. The frame is still here and so is the 40-60 caliber barrel! The markings are still clear on the top of the barrel being the original Winchester markings and the King's Improvement markings. On the tang of the piece is simply MODEL 1876. The serial number is 42XXX making this piece being produced in 1883. The hammer is still present which cocks and drops as it should by hand. The connecting piece from the lever is missing. I beieve the butt stock is the original although sanded. I don't know why it was scavanged like this but it's certainly worth restoration!!! Rare to find a parts gun! $975.00 Item Weapons- 62
This old double barrel shotgun is a William Parkhurst Shotgun and was made before 1899 so no FFL is required. This is a 12 guage with a LAMINATED STEEL BELGIUM marked barrel. The barrel is 30 1/8 inches long. These old barrels will not stand up to modern loads. I wouldn't even shoot low brass shells in them. This old Cowboy era shotgun is a tight as it could be which is nice. Usually old shotguns of this nature are loose from shooting. This one shows lots of action. The gun is in pretty good condition with a little pitting in the bores but should clean up nicely. The gun and the wood exhibit a nice dark patina. The forestock is original to this piece but has had repairs for cracks. The action works well and the locks are marked with the WM PARKHURST name. The reverse lock is better marked than the obverse lock. The hammers match but there is a longer screw than normal in the obverse hammer so a brass hex nut has been added for a spacer and the reverse hammer is just a little loose. The action works fine. The buttstock is in pretty good condition with no breaks or cracks. This would look great over the fireplace!!! For this old warhorse. $225.00 Item Weapons- 69
Here is what I call a Schuetzen type target rifle. I believe this was made between the 1950's and 1970's. There are no markings anywhere on this piece. I have removed the barrel and there are no markings there either. This is a .45 caliber percussion weapon with double set triggers. The rifle measures over 50 inches long. The heavy octagon barrel is 30 1/4 inches long and is rifled with nice front and rear sights. There are a couple more holes in the barrel opposite the lock so there must have been a sighting option. The old hardwood stock is in very good condition with no cracks or breaks having a very nice cheek rest on the reverse. . The massive style buttplate is made from aluminum. The piece weighs 11.5 pounds. You could shoot this one today!!! The price for this one is $450.00 Check out the pics! Item Weapons- 71
Here's a modern made percussion half-stock rifle that is based on the Mountain Man and Plains rifles of the 1840's. This is an excellent lightly used Thompson/Center Arms .45 Caliber rifle. This piece is just outstanding! I b elieve it was used but not much. There are spare nipples in the brass patchbox. The piece measures about 46 inches long with a 29 inch barrel. The action works fine and as you can see in the pics there is still factory case hardening on the lock This is the double set trigger set-up and it works perfectly. This rifle has a nice hardwood stock and although not perfect is very, very nice! For this great factory built gun $250.00
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This is what I call new-old stock. This is a Ruger Old Army .45 caliber Percussion weapon serial number 140-43XXX and I believe it was made in 1979. The original box accompanies the piece. The box exhibits a little wear but the revolver inside is in stellar condition with the exception of a slight ding to one of the grips. There is absolutely no wear to any part of this fine revolver!!! It has never been fired!!! The original instruction manual is also included with this piece. You can't do much better than this!!! $450.00 Item Weapons- 73
Here's an older reproduction percussion wood stocked pistol representating the 1840's. There is no name on this piece but the barrel is nicely machine engraved. The lockplate and the hammer have some embellishments on them as well. This is a .44 caliber weapon. The stock is in very good condition along with the ramrod. I do not believe that this weapon was every fired due to the condition of the nipple and to the fact that there are no powder burns on the wood. Everything is nice and crisp!!! This is a good quality piece. $125.00 Item Weapons- 74
Here's a full stock long rifle! This rifle weighs about 18 pounds! The lock is an engraved lock marked JAS GOLCHER FORGED and works fine with it's double set triggers. The nipple is fine. James Golcher worked out of Philadelphia from 1840-1870 operating the Eagle Gun Factory and Eagle Rifle Works. He made complete guns and parts for other gunsmiths. The barrel is marked J.H.(James Hampton) JOHNSTON - GREAT WESTERN RIFLE WORKS - PITTSBURG, PA. James worked out of Pittsburg, PA from 1860 to 1890. He ran Great Western Gun Works. All the markings on the barrel and lockplate are very sharp and clear. The barrel is 46 inches long being octagon in shape, measuring about 1 1/8 inch across and having 5 facets to the rifling. The entire rifle is 62 inches long. The furniture is brass which includes the buttplate, hinged c patch box, trigger guard, ramrod thimbles and nose cap. The front blade sight is brass and the rear simple adjustable sight is iron. One side of the v-notch is broken off the rear sight. The patina on the iron pieces match and it's a great dark color. The walnut stock is in generally good condition with a ding, a repair and a sliver missing here and there. The wrist is complete with no breaks and no repairs. The slivers are mostly missing alongside the obverse side of the barrel. There is an area about 14 inches long and 1/4 inch deep that is missing. This could be easily repaired if you are so inclined but I would be inclined to just leave it alone and this is part of the history of the gun. This is probably a bench rifle but it definitely would fit the definition of a sniper rifle of the Civil War period. I do believe that this piece was made during that period. The ramrod is present but I do not beive it to be original to this gun which is normal. For this fine piece $1,150.00 Item Weapons- 75
Here's a great underhammer gun! I can't find any markings on it but it's apparent that it's 1840's/1850's construction. The 'saw' handle grip is a nice hardwood-probably walnut, and shows wear. The part round/part octagon barrel is 9 inches long to the grip and the entire piece is over 12 inches long. The caliber seems to be about .42 caliber and the barrel is rifled. The spring is a little weak but still works fine and I don't believe it would have any problem snapping a cap. The hammer locks into place snuggly. There are some german silver trappings/straps on this piece. This is a nice pistol! Has Character!!! $575.00 Item Weapons- 76
Here's a great dug 1840's Pepperbox! I wish I knew where it was dug but I do not. I also believe that the wooden grips were replaced at some point as they are a soft wood and not walnut. Also the reverse lock cover is missing and the grip was carved to fit in it's place! This gun was redone for use!. This one is in pretty good dug condition and still the bar hammer cocks when you pull the hammer! Sometimes the barrel will try to advance but not always. Heck, it could still be used even if the barrel hand to be hand advanced. Hard times!! I cannot find any markings on this piece that indicate a manufacturer but more than likely it's an Ethan Allen as it looks a lot like the Dragoon Size Norwich Pepperbox with the 1845 type action. This one has a 6 inch barrel while the entire piece is abut 9 1/4 inches long. The pistol exhibits a nice dark patina with scattered moderate pitting. The main spring is still strong. It may have layed in the dirt for awhile but only a few years. There seems to be one cylinder loaded as my to length dowel lacks about 5/8ths of an inch from going down the entire way. The bore is .36 caliber. There is pat. info on the bar hammer but I can't them out. I can see no other markings on this piece. The nipples are in great shape - not battered at all! Nipple shield is still in place. It's missing the trigger guard but all in all an excellent dug piece. It'll look great on your relic room wall! Take a look at the pics! This is a unique piece!!! $325.00 Item Weapons- 78
Here's another outstanding id'd sword complete with sword belt and plate! This is the model 1860 Cavalry Enlistedman's saber with scabbard. This particular saber was produced by Mansfield and Lamb of Forestdale, R.I. in 1864 and so marked along with the inspectors initials of J.M. This sword is verbally Id'd to Sgt. Francis Mills, Co. B 5th New York Cavalry. Sgt. Mills was from Nichols, New York and this outfit was found in the rafters of his home on removing the estate. There is an old dirty tag on this piece that tells the history. Here is Sgt. Mills history:
Francis Mills Residence was not listed; 18 years old. Enlisted on 12/21/1863 at Nichols, NY as a Private. On 12/21/1863 he mustered into "B" Co. NY 5th Cavalry He was Mustered Out on 7/19/1865 at Winchester, VA Promotions: * Corpl * Sergt 7/1/1865 Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.: - New York: Report of the Adjutant-General (c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @ www.civilwardata.com
Here is Francis's Regimental history for the 5th New York Cavalry:
NEW YORK FIFTH CAVALRY (Three Years) Fifth Cavalry.-Cols., Othneil De Forest, John Hammond, Amos H. White; Lieut.-Cols., Robert Johnstone, John Hammond, William P. Bacon, Amos H. White, Theodore A. Boice; Majs., Philip G. Vaught, Washington Wheeler, John Hammond, Abram H. Krom, Elmer J. Barker, James Davidson, William P. Pratt, Amos H. White, Theodore A. Boice, George H. Gardner, William P. Bacon, James A. Penfield, Tiberly C. Abbott, Henry A. D. Merritt. Authority to recruit this regiment was received by Col. De Forest from the war department on July 26, 1861. The regiment, originally known as the "Ire Harris cavalry," rendezvoused at Camp Scott, Staten island, where it was mustered into the U. S. service from Aug. 15 to Oct 31, 1861. The companies of which it was composed were principally recruited in the counties of New York, Kings, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, Tioga, Essex and Greene. A part of Co. D came from Springfield, Mass., and part of Co. I from Princeton, Passaic and Plainfield, N. J. The original members were mustered out by detachments in 1864 and the regiment, composed of veterans and recruits, continued in service until July 19, 1865, when it was mustered out and honorably discharged at Winchester, Va. The regiment left the state, nearly 1,200 strong, Nov. 18, 1861, and was stationed at Annapolis until the spring of 1862. That year it served in the 5th corps, Department of the Shenandoah; in the 2nd corps, Army of Virginia; and in Stahel's division in the defenses of Washington. It started on its first campaign down the Shenandoah Valley in April, 1862, and at Front Royal, Strasburg and Middletown, sustained a loss of 75 killed, wounded and missing. As Gen. Banks fell back before Gen. Jackson, the regiment was cut off at Strasburg, but saved Banks' wagon train and Hampton's battery, and escorted them in safety by a circuitous route through the mountains into Maryland. It lost 24 men at Barnett's ford, and 23 in an action near Orange Court House. In the latter engagement it distinguished itself by driving the 7th Va. cavalry and capturing 47 prisoners, including the commanding officer, Maj. Marshall. It took an active part in Gen. Pope's campaign, being selected as body-guard to that general. In 1863 the regiment served in the 3d brigade, 3d division, 22nd corps at Washington; in the 1st and 2nd brigades, 3d cavalry division, Army of the Potomac; and was repeatedly in action during the year, its heaviest losses being sustained at Little River turnpike, loss 42; at Hanover, Pa., loss 54; at Hagerstown, loss 91; at Brandy Station, loss 25; and in a second action there, loss 28; at Buckland mills, loss 22. It then served with the cavalry corps, Army of the Potomac, until Oct., 1864; in the Army of the Shenandoah until the opening of the final campaign in 1865; and in the Department of West Virginia from March, 1865. It participated in Kilpatrick's raid to Richmond in the spring of 1864, sustaining considerable loss, Maj. Merritt, being among the captured. It was heavily engaged at the battle of the Wilderness, where it opened the fight at Parker's store, and met with a loss of 63 killed, wounded and missing. Its losses at Spottsylvania Court House were 16; at North Anna 25; at Cold Harbor 43; in the raid to the South Side and Danville railroads in June 98; at Smithfield 19; and at the Opequan 17. The regiment returned home under command of Col. White, with only about 550 men out of a total enrollment of nearly 2,500. It had participated in nearly 175 battles and skirmishes and established a well-earned reputation for gallantry and high soldierly conduct. Its total losses by death were 5 officers and 62 men killed in action; 2 officers and 24 men died of wounds received in action, 4 officers and 222 men died of disease, accident and other causes, a total of 11 officers and 308 men, of whom 99 died in Confederate prisons, a larger loss from this source than was sustained by other cavalry regiment from the state. Medals of honor were conferred upon three of the regiment by the secretary of war for distinguished gallantry in action, viz.: Sergt. Thomas Burke, for capture of a battleflag at Hanover, Pa.; Sergt. David S. Scofield, for the capture of a flag at Cedar creek, Va.; and on Corp. John Walsh, for the capture of a flag at the same engagement. Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2, p. 185
Now, back to the sword. The hilt has a nice red splotchy patina with what looks like some light cleaning to it. The outer branch is bent in which probably happened in action. I have bent these branches back before but you have to go slow with no heat. The grip has nearly all of the leather present and all of the wire is present as well. there are some worn spots to the top of the grip but is not detracting. The blade is full length with just a little rust staining near the end and the markings are mostly clear. Seems like the stamps were never hit solidly. There is one minor ding near the end to middle of the blade. The scabbard is complete with the usual 'door' dings from use. This scabbard has a nice dark patina with just a little light cleaning that was probably done when it was found up in the rafters. The wonderful thing about this rig is that it comes with the original Cavalry sword belt and hangers. Just one of the hanger leathers is broken but everything else is complete. The leather is a trifle dried out but never treated. The Eagle plate is outstanding with a nice patina. This sword was there! Look at the pics! For the set $1,650.00 Item Weapons- 80
Here is a Italian Model 1870/87/15 Vetteli-Vitali Rifle. During WW1 nearly all the remaining model 1870/87 rifles were converted to use the 6.5x52mm Italian service ammunition. This was done by soldering a new liner with 6.5 mm bore in the original barrel. A new magazine was installed that allows use of the Mannicher-Carcano six shot clip. This rifle is in very good condition only lacking the cleaning rod and sling. The rear sling swivel is frozen but with a little penetrating oil and some time this should be correctible. The rifle seems to work fine although I have not shot it. I'm a collector and not a shooter so if you want this rifle to shoot you will need to have it checked out by a qualified gunsmith. I will not warrant it to fire. The metal on this piece has most of the original bluing left with some wear to the finish on the barrel bands, buttplate and on 1 side only of the magazine. The bore is shiny and crisp and the bayonet lug is present. The barrel is marked TERNI and dated 1889. Ther are various markings and inspectors markings on this piece. I've taken pics of several of them. I believe there is makers mark in circle on the butt as well but I can quite make it out. It's also in Italian or Latin. There looks to be 2 columns surrounded by words in the makers mark. If you know let me know and I'll post it. The wood is in very good condtion with no breaks or cracks-just a few dings and areas of some light roughness. Overall rated very good. This can go to a curio and relics license holder direct or it can go to a FFL dealer for the transfer. Take a look at the pics!!! $295.00 + $30 shipping. Item Weapons- 81
Here's an instant collection of early 20th century revolvers. Here they are in order:
The first one is a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber Double-Actioin 5th Model revolver chambered for the .38 S&W cartridge. This firearm was manufactured between 1909 and 1911. The action works fine and the grips are entirely entact. This pistol has a 3 1/2 inch barrel. There is about 20% nickel left on the frame. The triggerguard and top toggle is blued and has most of the color left. The top of the barrel is stamped SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS U.S.A. PAT'D JAN 24 '65, JULY 11, '65, AUG 24, '65, REISSUE JULY 25, 71, MAY 11, 80, JAN, 5, 82. Still a good piece! $225.00 This pistol is the top one in the next two photos:
The second revolver is a Forehand Arms company pistol and is marked on the top of the barrel FOREHAND ARMS COM. WORCHESTER, MASS. USA PAT'D DEC 7, 86 & JAN 11,87. This piece works fine as well with a 3 1/2 inch barrel. The plastic grips are marked with F & W over a Union Shield. One of the grips has a substantial chip out of it that you can see in the pics. This is a .32 caliber double-action revolver with a hinged barrel with toggle assembly. this one is nickel plated with approximately 70% of the finish remaining. This is still a nice pistol having been made from 1998-1902 and known as the perfection automatic. Good to very good. $195.00 and it's the 2nd pistol down in the first two pics.
This last pistol in the pics is an Iver Johnson Arms, Inc. pistol. The top of the barrel is marked IVER JOHNSON ARMS AND CYCLE WORKS FITCHBURG, MASS U.S.A. PAT;D APR. 6, 86, FEB 15, 97, DEC 25,93 PAT'S PENDING. This particular revolver is a .32 centerfire double-action revolver with a 3 inch barrel. There is about 35% nickel plating left. The action works fine and the Owl's head grips are fine as well. This one is missing the rear sight and the rear barrel locking toggle. This is definitely a display model of an early pistol. These revolvers were made between 1893 and 1950. I believe this one to be early 20th century. This one is $95.00
or you can purchase all three for $310.00 for a substantial savings. Nice to put in a display case on the wall!! These have to go to either a C&R license or your local gun dealer can transfer them for you.
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Here's a nice Indian Wars Model 1860 Staff & Field Officers sword and scabbard complete with saber belt. The sword is in very nice condition with frosty excellent engraving on the blade. There is some spoting on the tip of the blade back about 12 inches but it doesn't look bad at all. The maker is ED DE MOULIN AND SONS of GREENVILLE, ILL. In AMERICAN MILITARY GOODS DEALERS AND MAKERS there is a listing for Demoulin Bros and Co. but not Ed Demoulin and Sons. This is the late 1800's type sword with the diamond shaped blade and guard with no folding clamshell on the other side. The cross guard is very nice and uncleaned. The grip is nearly 100% with full wire. There are no nicks on the blade and the original blade leather washer is still entact. This is a nice sword! This type of sword was replaced by the US Model 1902 sword. The scabbard is not as nice but looks fine having had the rust buffed off of it. It still looks fairly well with all brass mountings with absolutely no dents. The sword fits very well into this original scabbard. The red leather sword belt is in good pliable condition less the straps that have broken off. The long strap is still attached to the belt. There looks to be a couple of bits of old newspaper stuck to the underside of the belt but it has nothing to do with the belt. The Eagle belt plate is very nice and has never been cleaned. This is a nice outfit overall and hard to find together!!! $495.00 for all. Item Weapons- 83
Here's a few of the 1st Model Maynard .36 caliber cartridges that I recently found. There are all in good condition with some sort of waxy buildup over the lead. The cases are in generally good condition with dirt and discoloration on them. Hard to come by! $65.00 each. Item Weapons- 88
Here we have the Colt 1860 Army .44 Black Powder (The authentic Colt black powder series) Model F1200 Produced from 1977-1982. The manuals inside have 1978 on these. This recreation is an exact duplicate of the original Civil War weapon and holding it lets you see what the Civil War Cavalryman or Officer held during the day. Originals that look like this would be worth many thousands of dollars today! This model is the 4 screw model, set up for a shoulder stock. It has an 8 inch barrel and the entire piece is just perfect!!! As new-unfired for $975.00 REDUCED TO $850.00 !!Item Weapons- 90
Here's an Arkansas Toothpick style spearpoint knife that was an a Central Indiana Museum that had de-accessed it. This old piece measures about 15 1/2 inches long with a 10 1/4 inch blade that was obviously blacksmith made from an old file which is quite common for the period. This is one heavy thick blade. The hardwood slab grips were made from a round piece of wood that was turned on an old hand lathe then sawed apart and notched for the iron rivits that went through the tang of the blade. The iron rivits had a copper washer placed over it then peaned down to hold the grips on. The handguard measures about 3 1/2 inches long and you can still see the white remnants of the glue that affixed the museum tag to it. This is the type of knife that was commonly used by the south. Take a look at the pics. This piece is very nice! $995.00
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Here's an item that I picked up a while back and I'm looking for more examples. This is a double socket bayonet for a shotgun. They were used on shotguns in the old countries for hunting but they were also used in this country for weapons on the double barrel shotguns used by the Confederates. This one is over 15 inches long with a 2 1/8 inch double socket that would probably fit a 20 guage shotgun barrel. There are no markings anywhere on this piece. What makes it doubly collectible is that it came with the original iron mounted leather scabbard! The seam is split but it's there. I've seen several examples of this piece and none of them had the original scabbard. Take a look at the pics and if you have one you want to sell just let me know. Thanks!
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Here's a whooping heavy 15 pound 'Bench' or 'Beef' rifle made by Theodore Willerding of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana. Theodore was a hugh man who made percussion rifles and pistols and was killed by a gun he was working on!!! His rifles have a characteristic shape to the forearm tip. This hugh rifle is no exception. The pewter forearm cap is distinctively shaped and due to the weight of this piece I believe it may have had an accompanying piece of a forked iron rod that stick into the ground to rest this heavy piece on for stability. Looks to be about 40 caliber and heavily rifled. You could probably drive nails with this piece! This old rifle has seen lots of use with some scorching and minor wood loss to the wood behind the nipple and scattered pitting to the breech and lockplate. The rear dovetailed sight has been removed and a Lyman tang sight has been installed at some point. A different front sight has been installed as well. Someone was useing this old piece in competition. There is no ramrod but easily replaced. The ramrod thimbles don't seem to match the rest of the piece but they are there, brass and solid. The wood stock is in generally good condition overall but there is a non displaced crack in the wood extending from the lockplate forward towards the front barrel pin escutcheon. I don't believe that piece of wood is cracked clear through. Also, there are a couple of stress cracks to the buttstock but again these are very minor. There are also better markings on the barrel than my pics show. This is an outstanding piece that works well with the set triggers. I wouldn't mind keeping this one myself!!! $1,250.00 Item Weapons- 94
Here's a nice little unmarked Bacon Mfg. Company of Norwich, Conn. single shot .32 caliber pistol. Bacon is believe to have made these little pistols for several companies and they were marked with names like MERWIN & BRAY NEW YORK, J.P.LOWER and A. WIRFFLEIN PHILA. This one is not marked and even under magnification it looks like it never was. I've ran into these unmarked pistols before. This one is still in very nice condition and works well. It's probably been cleaned at some point as there is no color left on the barrel. The frame retains over 90% or better of it's silver plate and is bright indicating cleaning at some point. The grips are original and still exhibit their original finish. The serial number is 3885 on this piece. There is rifling left in the barrel. $375.00 Item Weapons- 99
This next item is a good French Model 1866 "Chassepot" bayonet for the Rifled Infantry Musket. One of the first bolt action arms. This bayonet was manufactured from 1866 to about 1874 and was replaced by the French Model 1874 "Gras" bayonet. This bayonet is brass hilted with a spring latching arrangement on the right side. The crossguard is iron (steel) and has a screw-type tightening arrangement on the muzzle-ring. The lower quillon is a hooked "blade-breaker" type. The blade is steel, single-edged, fullered on both sides with a re-curved or 'yataghan-shape.: There is french writting on the spline of the blade with the date 1867. There are serial numbers on the bayonet and the sheath but they don't match although this is the correct scabbard for this bayonet. There is a 'strike' mark on one side of the grip but just adds to the character of the piece. Nice! $125.00 Item Weapons- 102
I RECEIVED SOME BAYONETS AND SWORDS FROM A LONG TIME ESTATE COLLECTION. HERE THEY ARE!!
CONSIGNMENT: Here are 2 good early German Swords/sabers.
1. This one is a Model 1873 Prussian/Uhlan Saber and is in very nice condition overall. The blade is bright and marked on the ricasso G.F.BR.WEYERSBERG - SOLINGEN. This blade has been sharpened. There are also regimental markings on the handguard of 1.M.I.49.92. The entire hilt is iron except for the grip which is leather over cord over wood. 99 + % of the leather is remaining. The tang has been peaned over to hold everything together and is entirely original indicating that this piece has never been taken apart. The scabbard is a replacement but reissued to this piece when it was made as indicated by the regimental markings near the scabbard throat. The scabbard has a few dings in it which just indicates that it was used. Overall an excellent piece that probably saw action! $450 Check out the pics! This is the top one in the pics. Item Weapons- 108
2. The one is a Model 1808/1811 that was used as late as WW2 but I believe this one was made in the 1870's according to my research and the scabbard type. This piece is pretty nice with a nearly mint 30 inch blade which has the cross hatching still visible like new near the ricasso. There are no nicks and no wear and no sharpening on the blade at all! Just outstanding!! The guard is iron with langets and the grip looks like horn. There is a 14 stamped on the bottom of the blade but that's the only markings I see. Everything is held together with a capstan rivit instead of the tang being peaned over. The original blade washer is still present as well. The piece is 35 1/2 inches long overall. The scabbard is pretty nice as well with no dents and only an inspectors mark on the drag. Overall excellent!! This is the bottom one in the pics. $450.00
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CONSIGNMENT: This bayonet is the last of the French sword-type bayonets and was made to fit the model 1874 Gras infantry rifle. This bayonet is dated 1877 on the back of the blade. They were manufactured from 1874 until around 1885. The bayonet is uncleaned, but has a semi-bright blade with minimal dark spots and no pitting. The brass pommel has a great patina from years of not being messed with. The push-button mechanism works well. This model bayonet was was carried by the French Foreign Legion and used in the following overlapping conflicts: •French Indo-China in 1873-1874 •French Indo-China in 1882-1883 •Sino-French War 1883-1885 •Madagascar Wars 1883-1885 and 1895 •1st Mandingo-French War 1885-1886 •1st Dahomeyan-French War 1889-1890 •2nd Dahomeyan-French War 1892 •Conquest of Chad 1897-1914 •3rd Mandingo-French War 1885-1886 •Moroccan War 1907-1912 •World War One / WWI (early) The Scabbard is in good conditon showing most oif not all of the original blue but has rust spotting that with a little 000 steel wool and gun oil those should disappear. This is a nice piece! $150.00
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CONSIGNMENT: Here is a pair of Russian Model 1891 Mosin-Nagant Bayonets lacking scabbards. One is much better than the other one and the price reflects that. These are for the 2nd pattern Mosin-Nagant Rifles. These are considered Communist Russian or post 1918 and use a spring loaded locking button instead of a locking ring which was present on the 1st model. The tips of the bayonets were able to be used as a screw driver. These bayonets were used into WW2. They were also used by Finland and Austria. For the better one $75 and for the lesser quality one $55. The only differences are that the more expensive one looks like new although reissued and the other one has surface rust that can be cleaned up. Nice ones though! Item Weapons- 111
CONSIGNMENT: Here is a British Model 1876/1895 Martini Socket Bayonet and Scabbard. This one is in very nice condition with just a little survace rust which can be cleaned. The bayonet is 25 inches long overall with a 3 inch socket. Various markings are present on the ricasso and the triangular blade is mottled with some roughness on the edges. The locking ring is present and works fine. The brass mounted leather scabbard is complete with just some seperation along the back upper seam for about 4 inches or so. A little leather glue would fix that problem. The scabbard upper brass mount has stamped on it WD (war department) 'a crown' E 23. Still a nice displayable outfit! $100.00 Item Weapons- 112
French Model 1822 Flintlock converted to percussion pistol.
Here is a French model 1822 single shot pistol that was converted using the Belgian method from flintlock to percussion. The pistol has been cleaned and is missing the ramrod. There is a 128 on the barrel tang and a belguim proofmark on the barrel. Other than that it seems to be devoid of markings. It appears that this may be a .69 caliber weapon. The weapon functions very well. There is a piece of wood that has been broken behind the hammer but has an old pinned repair to it and it's solid. All in all a very nice example of an early French pistol that may have made it over it for the Civil War. Everything was being imported into this country for the Civil War! $495.00 Item weapons 113
This piece is actually a set of two knifes in case. The case is entitled CASE 1989 THE GUNS THAT TAMED THE WILD WEST and they're just outstanding! Again, just like new!! This set comes with the Certificate of Authenticity. The knifes are models #5215 and #5230 and have nice images on the blades of a lever-action rifle and a Colt Peacemaker revolver. Take a look at the pics as they are nice!! $210.00 for the set. Item Weapons- 117
This next display is a CS Richmond lock plate and hammer. This piece was dug around the Chancellorsville, Virginia battlefield area. The Battle of Chancellorsville was a major battle of the American Civil War, and the principal engagement of the Chancellorsville Campaign. It was fought from April 30 to May 6, 1863, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near the village of Chancellorsville. Two related battles were fought nearby on May 3 in the vicinity of Fredericksburg. The campaign pitted Union Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's Army of the Potomac against an army half its size, Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Chancellorsville is known as Lee's "perfect battle" because his risky decision to divide his army in the presence of a much larger enemy force resulted in a significant Confederate victory. The victory, a product of Lee's audacity and Hooker's timid combat performance, was tempered by heavy casualties and the mortal wounding of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson to friendly fire, a loss that Lee likened to "losing my right arm."
This is an excellent example of a lockplate from a highly sought after rifle musket! $295.00 Item Weapons- 124
Here's a dug pistol that I believe is an Allen and Thurber Center Hammer pistol or similiar type. This one appears to be .36 caliber and has CAST STEEL WARRANTED stamped on the barrel but I can't find any other markings. The entire piece is 7 1/2 inches long with a 4 inch barrel. Don't know where it was dug but it came out of Wisconsin. $95.00 Item Weapons- 125
Here is a small priming horn that measures about 6 inches in length along the outside length not counting the brass measuring spout. The brass measuring spout is designed to poor enough powder in to make a good priming charge for the old Flintlock rifles. This brass spout fits into a brass collar inserted into the horn. The spout itself measures about 2 1/4 inches long and has a space for another accessory that I believe could have been a nipple pick. The horn is kind of crudely built with a pine butt plug fastened by round headed nails. Probably 19th century. $65.00 Item Weapons- 127
Here's a project gun! This is a large caliber horse pistol that needs a new stock. The metal parts are in excellent condition. this is a percussion weapon of about .69 caliber and it's rifled! These set consists of an end cap, lock that is fully functional, 13 1/2 inch barrel with great nipple, trigger, escustion plate and belt hook. This weapon has some marks but I can't make them out fully. This is probably Belgium or Austrian. Lock needs a little work to hold at half and full cock but a little file work will take care of it. Worthy of restoratiion!!! $225.00 Item Weapons- 129
NEW INFORMATION!!! THESE PARTS ARE FROM A PIEDMONTESE PISTOL.
Here is a trapdoor training rifle or cadet rifle. It could be an early rifle toy but I really don't believe that. This rifle has a trapdoor looking breechblock with a sharps type trigger guard. The entire metal mechanism is nickel plated. There is a partial steel barrel end with round sight but a bayonet would not fit over it. The rest of the barrel is black painted wood with wear to the finish. The stock is very nice being 2 piece with wear to the finish as well. I can find no markings anywhere on this piece. I have seen similiar pieces in the marketplace but this piece is scarce! The rifle also has a metal buttstock plate. This one shows great age and I believe it's from the late 1800's thru early 1900's. Nice! Functions! $295.00 Item Weapons- 131
Here's an old percussion shotgun that I picked up in Ohio that has a hugh guage to it-perhaps 6 to 8 guage measuring over 3/4 inch inside diameter. The wood stock is in good condition being a black finish with wear to the finish with a small crack to the nose of the piece. The forestock area doesn't look finished so I think it may have been shortened at some point as a piece of underbarrel ribbing of about 1 3/4 iches has been added. There is burning to the stock behind the nipple and an old repair to the stock directly under the nipple. I believe some solder has been added to the bolster where there may have been a cleanout screw. . One of the ramrod pipes is missing. The piece is unmarked but there is floral engraving to the lock which functions well. The lock is a simple back action lock with no set trigger. This entire piece measures 44 1/2 inches long with a 29 inch barrel. The barrel is pitted inside due to the corrosive powder used. The barrel has gold banding at the rear with engraving to the tang and there is something stamped there but I can't dechiper it. Bead sight is present. Overall an intriguing weapon! $450.00 Item Weapons- 132
Here are 4 English Knifes that I recently picked up. All of them date from the 1800's thru WW2 I believe. The first one, starting on the left, is a small flat sided knife measuring 4 1/4 inches loing with a 3 1/4 inch blade and a can opener. The pressed grips are in fair condition only showing lots of wear and some warping. The knife blade is marked NON XLL - JOSEPH ALLEN AND SONS - SHEFFIELD. Lots of chararcter here! $45.00 Item Weapons- 135
The 2nd knife is an aluminum handled knife measuring about 4 3/4 inches closed with a 3 1/2 inch knife blade and has a small spearpoint blade and a marlin spike indicative of a Naval Knive. The blade is marked CASE XX - METAL STAMPINGS- LTD. Fair condition overall. $35.00 Item Weapons- 136The Case Knife is SOLD!
The 3rd knife is a large Naval knife with pressed grips measuring about 5 inches overall with a 3 3/4 inch blade. This piece has a marlin spike and a spearpoint blade measuring about 1 3/4 inches long. The grips have a few stress cracks but they're still solid. The blade is marked IXL and the markings on the ricasso are GEORGE WESTERHOLM - SHEFFIELD - ENGLAND. Overall real nice and BIG! $65.00 Item Weapons- 137
The last knife looks like a smaller version of the knife about except it has a can opener instead of the small spearpoint blade. The can opener has a broad arrow and 1940 stamped on it. I don't know if the 1940 is the year it was made or some sort of part number. The blade markings seem to be WATTS SHEFFIELD ENGLAND. Overall pretty nice! This one also has the marlin spike and all of the knives have a laynard ring. $45.00 Item Weapons- 138
Here is what I think, the prototype for the Wm. S. Butler Single Shot Pistol. Wm. Butler made these pistols in Rocky Hill, Connecticut in 1857 and are rare! This is the only one that I've seen in the flesh. This is a 36 caliber, 2 1/2 inch round barrel pistol with a centrally mounted single action bar type hammer. The listed examples have a shotgun type hammer and are marked on the frame WM. S. BUTLER'S PATENT,/PATENTED FEB 3, 1857. Because this example does not have those markings on it and a cruder hammer than those listed I believe it may be the prototype prior to production. This hammer type is similiar to the pepperboxes made prior to 1857 and is probably where the idea for the style came from. The Shotgun type hammer was more practical and that is what the listed types have. The unique thing about this pistol is that it is an all one-piece cast iron frame and long bag shaped iron handle made integral. The screws you can see are replacements and there is one crack in the frame you can see but this rare piece is solid as a rock. The patina of the hammer pretty well matches the patina of the weapon itself so I believe they've been together for a long time. This is one unique weapon! It's in excellent working condition! $450.00 Item Weapons- 140
Here we have picked up an Islamic Ottoman Decorated Dagger from 1700 to 1800 AD. This gorgeous Islamic single edged weapon has its metal handle, and blade profusely decorated with foliage in intricate whorls, and stylized gazelles on each side of the blade and handle, as shown. The pattern is engraved identically on both sides of the blade and handle. The wooden part of the handle is a later addition, probably 19th-20th century. Overall a rare and very well made museum quality late medieval single edged weapon. This hacking dagger was originally purchased from a German auction house. Intact, untouched. Old English collection. Length of dagger: 17 inches. The Ottoman Empire was established by the cruel killing nature of the Mongoloid races invading into Southern Europe and "ruleing by the sword". This is one such example of an infamous albeit very attractive single edged cutting weapon! It looks like the tip was used to pierce armour. This is a very impressive piece and comes with our guarantee that it is what we profess it to be. We also have a certificate of authenticity from the original English Dealer that we purchased it from. You don't often see these weapons in any condition! $450.00 Item Weapons- 142
Here's something that I don't see every day. This is a Philippean Visayan Tenegre sword from the 1800's I believe. I did some internet research and this is what I believe this sword to be. This piece is well made with a polished hardwood handle of some sort. There is some damage to the hand that you can see in the pic and there is a couple of age cracks in it. The blade is well made having a beveled edge on one side and a flat edge on the other. The blade measures 20 1/2 inches long while the entire piece including grip is over 25 inches long. The blade is 1 7/8 inches wide at it's widest point. It comes with an old leather scabbard that you can see is hand sewn. Outstanding tribal work! $375.00 Item Weapons- 144
Here's another item that I don't see every day. This is a near relic what I believe to be an Moro Kampilan beheading sword. The blade is very rusty with what appears to be a design on it of perhaps a snake. The blade is over 28 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide at it's widest point. The aged wooden grip is about 9 3/4 inches long with age cracks. I believe something is missing on the grip as well. The grip seems to be some kind of animal or something. The blade is fairly thick. I believe this one to be from the 1800's as well. No Scabbard. Gruesome! $145.00 Item Weapons- 145
Here's another pic of a complete one!
This is a nice primitive French & Indian or Revolutionary War Era Pike head that was found in Lafayette, Indiana. Lafayette, Indiana is the site of an early French trading post known as the Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse (1717-1791). Look at the pics and you can see what a primitive Blacksmith item this is. $275.00
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Here's a very nice spearpoint knife that is marked on the blade KEEN CUTTER 14260 STEEL. The piece overall measures over 10 1/2 inches long with a 6 inch spearpoint blade. This piece is in very good condition with a price marked on the wooden handle of $75.00 which is what we want for it. Nice piece!
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This is a real nice Colonial type looking sword that actually dates to Imperial Germany with double clamshell guards, silver wire grip, and urn type pommel. The 32 1/2 inch blade is much like an 1840 NCO or Muscian's blade with a nice spread winged eagle on it and wonderful etching showing panopy of arms, etc. There are small areas of rust here and there on the blade and the original small red leather washer is present. There are no makers marks on the blade. This is a real nice piece and would enhance your collection! $350.00
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THE WINCHESTER BOOK by George Madis, 4th printing, 1966. 366 pages with many illustrations. This book has the lighter brown binding with raised decoration on front of a buckskin clad rider with rifle on horseback and raised gilt text that has some minor wear. This book is excellent! You'll love it! $55.00
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This is a hookbill bladed knife that is marked George Wostenholm Cutlery and is the Sailors type. The blade has been sharpened as expected and the grips are complete and very nice! Overall length extended is about 6 1/2 inches or better. $95 Item Weapons- 150
I have 5 Percussion cap tins in stock. I have one that is pasteboard entitled on top UNITED STATES ARMY CAPS-WATERPROOF-100 with an Eagle on it. Inside the box it is labled PRESENTED TO ARGUS OGBORN BY HIS GRANDFATHER JOHN CHRISTOPHER MENKE THIS ONE SOLD! (NY 7th Infantry Veterans, promoted to Corporal and was wounded on 4-2-1865 at South Side Railroad, VA)(and on the bottom of the box it is labled ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR PERCUSSION CAPS FOR MUZZLE-LOADING ARMY RIFLED MUSKET--COLLECTION OF ARGUS E. OGBORN. COL. SVR (sons of veteran reserves) 258 N. 22 ST RICHMOND, IND. SOLD! Argus was a big time collector and passed away several years ago. The top of the box must have come loose as someone has taped it down but it's still in good condition. $65 Other tins include PERCUSSION CAPS-CENTRAL FIRE SHEFFIELD 100 XL NO. 11 FOIL LINED WATERPROOF and it is pistol caps $35, WATERPROOF-LACQUERED MADE IN FRANCE EXTRA QUALITY 100 MUSKET CAPS 4 WING ALCAN COMPANY INC. ALTON, ILL U.S.A. rifle caps $25 (not sure of age). Another one by Alcan of 100 G 10 F pistol caps-made in France for $10 and the last one is for pistol caps by REMINGTON ARMS COMPANY, INC. (not sure of the age on this one either as it could be from the 1950's or 60's) $10. All have a considerable amount of caps in them. Item Weapons- 151
Here are two wooden cartridge blocks for the cavalry cartridge boxes. Don't know what they fit but they are drilled for around 50 caliber cartridges. Each hold 14 cartridges. Each one $35.00 Item Weapons- 151 b
Here is a pretty nice WW1 Naval Officers Belt with one piece plate. The leather is still supple just missing one suspension strap. The tongue under the catch end is lacking the stitching but it's all therer. Also the round half leather under the first suspension ring is complete but nissing stitching. The plate has a very dark patina to it. This is still a nice piece and worthy of anyones Naval Collection!!! $195.00 Item Weapons-155
Here we have an obvious Allen and Thurber D.A. Bar Hammer Pistol that was used in a Grand Army of the Republic display as evidenced by the copious amounts of Gold paint and some silver paint still present. This looks to have been a pickup, probably off a battlefield but now that information is lost forever. This one has the 4 inch barrel being half round half octagon. The frame has engraving on it. The grips are complete and still in nice shape. The triggerguard is missing and the main spring is broken. I can see traces of makers markings on the side of the bar hammer. Nice display item! $245.00 Item weapons- 158
BLACKSMITH MADE UNDERHAMMER SINGLE SHOT PISTOL! UNIQUE!!
Here we have a great blacksmith made underhammer single shot pistol being a .38 caliber smoothbore. This underhammer pistol is about 10 1/2 inches long with a 5 3/4 inch octagon barrel. The walnut grips are two piece bag grips around the frame. The piece reeks with character that only accompanies a hand made firearm! The action works fine. There are no makers marks on this piece that I can find. The color exhibited is a nice dark chocolate color! Nice one $495.00 Item Weapons-164
The next pick up is a Burnside Carbine. This one has two different serial numbers on it so it was a salvaged piece before being lost. This was a common practice to put two or more damaged pieces together to get one workable gun. The Confederates did a lot of this and it was done on the Union side as well. The two serial numbers are barrel and breech 12946 and breech block 25958. The forearm, lock/hammer, rear sight, and one lever piece are missing as well as the sling swivel assy. There are still 2 cartouches on the rear buttstock. Someone has cleaned the metal but color can been added if you like. The buttstock is camaged at the lock with a sliver missing . A relic lock would go back in that spot amazingly well. There are large initials of SH carved into the stock. The rear buttstock sling swivel is missing as well. A few parts may have been scavenged off this carbine before it was discarded. This is still a nice desireable early pickup! $695 for this one.
DUG CIVL WAR MODEL 1860 COLT ARMY REVOLVER!
I wish I knew where this piece was dug but unfortunately no history accompanies it. This is a nice dug model 1860 Colt Army 3 screw model cut for the shoulder stock. The gun was picked up at the recent Ohio Civil War show and was completely in the white having being cleaned. No serial numbers are left on this .44 caliber revolver. I put the color back on and now it's ready for display. The loading lever is complete which is a plus. The hammer has the spur broken off of it, but still moves freely, and the main spring/grips are missing. The trigger is still present. There are inspections initials on this piece so I know it was military. The wedge is missing so either one needs to be put in to hold the piece together or something else needs to be fashioned to go in the slot to hold the pieces together. No barrel markings are present. This one has the 8 inch barrel as it should have. This is one nice dug piece! $450.00 Item weapons 167
BIXLER & IDDINGS , LAFAYETTE, IND LOCKPLATE!
Here's a nice restorable Bixler & Iddings Lockplate. Bixler & Iddings was set up in business making complete guns and parts in Lafayette, Indiana from 1850-1880. This plate does have some parts still with it but needs more to be complete. This lock is about 4 3/4 inches long by 1 inch tall at the notch. From the tail to the front of the notch is 2 1/2 inches. The Bi in Bixler and iddings has some old glue over it but you can see the letters fine under the glue. Just needs cleaned. If you have one of these rifles with the lockplate then you really need this! $125.00 Item weapons 168
TWO CIVIL WAR DUG LOCKPLATES!!!
Here we have two Civil War rifle/musket dug lockplates. These came from central Indiana and I have no idea where they were dug. The one on the top appears to be a model 1863 or Special Contract Springfield lockplate complete with hammer. Some of the 'inards' are still present but no markings are present at all. This is a nice display piece! $45.00 item Weapons 171
The second lock is a French Model Musket which could be the Model 1842, 1853, 1857 or 1859 musket. This one is complete with the hammer and some inards as well. $40 for this one. Item weapons 172