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Here is a buttstock off an old musket that is expertly incised carved with with the following information:
AS FEATURED IN NORTH SOUTH TRADER'S CIVIL WAR MAGAZINE VOL. 41-1
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.
S&W No. 1 , Second Issue, .22 caliber revolver made from 1860-1868. This revolver features a blade front and notch rear sights, 7 round un-fluted cylinder, square flared butt, blue barrel and cylinder and silver plated brass frame. The top of the barrel is marked "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS" and the cylinder is marked with the patent dates. They made 117,000 of these serial numbered up to 128,000 as they began at 11,672 with this one being s/n 71846 which puts it probably 1864-65. This is the standard model with the 1855, 1859, and 1860 patent dates on the cylinder. Some wobble to the hinge. This one works well but needs a new trigger return spring as you have to push the trigger forward to engage the action. The barrel markings are nice and clear as is the cylinder markings. This model has very nice rosewood grips. The top spring is still present on this piece as well as the ejector rod. A good amount of the silver on the brass frame is remaining but is black now with age. This is a nice little Civil War Revolver! $525.00
Here we have a Model 1879 Springfield Trapdoor Carbine that was made in 1880. Thanks to Guns and Ammo for the following info: In 1873, a new model of Springfield Trapdoor carbine (so named because of the appearance of the breechblock) was introduced. Unlike its predecessors, it was not made from altered muskets but was fabricated completely from new. Also unlike the earlier guns, it was not finished bright but had blued metal parts with a case-hardened tang and breech and black oil-quenched breechblock. Many of the parts were the same as those of the 1870 models, so Springfield was able to use some of the tooling for components on the older guns. The gun was offered in rifle, cadet rifle and carbine versions. In 1879, the guns were again given a makeover from the 1877 altered model. The carbine stacking swivel that was on the model 1873/1877 was eliminated (However this particular carbine has one), the receiver made thicker, and depending upon when the gun was made (180,000 were turned out between 1879 and 1885), they were fitted with ribbed triggers (this one has the smooth trigger). Though considerably different from the earlier versions, these were still considered Model 1873s by the government and are so marked. The Trapdoor rifles, carbines and other variants continued to be issued and carried right up to the turn of the century, and modifications, such as different sights, ramrod bayonets, etc., popped up from time to time. The Trapdoor’s last moment of glory was during the Spanish-American War when, in the hands of volunteers, it fought side by side with the modern smokeless-powder Krag-Jorgensen repeating bolt action. Now on to this carbine. This carbine is in overall very good condition. It is original and marked with the 'C' on the rear sight indicating carbine use. Low arch breechlock. The rear sight and front sight has most of the original color on them. The trapdoor, lock and hammer still have the original color on it as well as the trigger bow, barrel band and spring and butt plate. The sling attachment has most of the color on it and the ring has about 50% color on it. The barrel and breech have turned to a mottled brown color and the bore, although somewhat pitted, still rates good with deep rifling and shiny bore. The markings on the barrel are nice with the VP Eaglehead and P. The hardwood stock is in generally very good condition with the usual dings from use and one noticeable gouge behind the lock plate. I cannot make out any cartouche. The lockplate has a deep Spread Winged Eagle and US SPRINGFIELD that is very nice. The trap door has US MODEL 1873 stamped deeply in it and the serial number is also totally legible being 1277XX having been made in 1880. The action works very nicely. The buttplate has the US stamped deeply into it and exhibits most of the original color. The cleaning rod is missing. There is a swivel attachment on the rear bottom stock. All in all a wonderful carbine! Many rifles are altered to fool the buyer into thinking that they are carbines. This one is an original carbine and fully guaranteed to be just that! Take a look at the pics!!! For this fine old firearm $2495.00
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Here we have a one of a kind customized Model 1890 Winchester slide action rifle made in 1892. This rifle was customized years ago by a very good friend of mine named Notra Trulock II who passed away 12 years ago. Note was a machinist in WW2 working in the South Pacific in the Navy on ships damaged during war time. He returned to the states and worked at the Indianapolis Fire Department for many years before retiring and starting his own gun shop where he was a dealer and gunsmith. Note could make any part you needed if you couldn’t find it. In the interim he built Custom Muzzleloaders ( Note and his Wife Jean were world champions at the Friendship, IN muzzleloading championship matches as well as their oldest son, Notra III) and built, or I should say rebuilt, modern firearms. This rifle was one of his creations. This one takes an original Winchester Model 1890 receiver and puts excellent custom hardwood walnut stocks and a custom octagon/round barrel with silver wire enlay on the end of the barrel on this rifle. This piece is outstanding! You cannot tell that it’s a slide action by looking at it but indeed it is and it works flawlessly!!! It has the flip up r ear sight and globe front side. There are scope rings affixed to the barrel. The rifling is perfect in the 27 inch custom barrel. The original papers from Cody Firearms Museum regarding this Winchester are included with the rifle. If you are a discriminating collector and want something that no one else has then this is the rifle for you! Note only built one of these. Take a look at the pics!!! For this one of a kind rifle $10,000.00
Here's a very unusual handgun. This one is from the late early to mid 1800's and is a back lock percussion handgun. This pistol is about 70 to 72 caliber smoothbore and has an octagonal barrel. The entire piece looks to have been blacksmith or custom made and has no markings on it anywhere that I can see as to who made it or country of origin. I even took the barrel off and found no stampings. This pistol measures about 15 inches long with a nearly 9 inch barrel. The barrel is held on by a single ornate brass barrel band and two tang screws at the distal end. There is engraving on the brass triggerguard. The pistol butt plate is also brass and has a laynard ring. The walnut stock is in great condition with nice hand engraving on the grip and up the back and alongside the 4 inch long tang. It's just beautiful , interesting and quite rare! The back action lock plate also has some simple engraving on it. Now to explain the lock. This is a unique lock which, I believe, has no internal workings except for a tremendously strong spring. The trigger is pushed forward then the pistol is turned flat on the lock side and two 'stops' fall out so that the hammer can either be placed in a safety position or a fire position. When the trigger is pulled the two stops travel inward and the hammer falls. Quite unusual!!! The previous owner states that this pistol belonged to his father and he thought it came from Pennsylvania or closer to the coast and could have been used by Naval or sea faring personnel. I don't think this was a production weapon even though it was done quite well. The ramrod is definitely made for this pistol and although it looks short in the pic it travels well back of the end of the barrel in the stock and is the correct length. The little stops need some lubrication to come out more easily and the trigger guard has a crack in the long tail that extends down to the butt plate at the final screw. You may never see another pistol like this one! Take a look at the pics! $695.00
Here we have a wonderful complete Civil War 1864 U.S. Robinson New York lock plate and so marked. There is just some surface rust to the face of the plate and it operates flawlessly. The front sideplate screw was broken off but easily removed with an ez out-otherwise fantastic!!! Take a look at the pics! $395.00
This one is a full stock with the unusual 'MULE EAR' hammer on the lock. It's a percussion lock. The rifle is about 49 inches long with a 33 3/8ths inches long barrel with the name W. GARDNER-GENEVA stamped on it. In AMERICAN GUNSMITHS by Sellers there is a H. Gardner of Geneva New York that made a Pill Lock full stock and this is what they call this lock type. I call it Mule Eared like the Civil War Carbines . There was also a G Gardner that made the same kind of rifle with the same kind of lock from Geneva. The lock is marked W. GARDNER PATENT GENEVA so there must have been an entire family of gunmakers there. This barrel is heavy being octagonal with rifling being about 45 to 50 caliber. The ramrod is held in by 3 brass thimbles. The stock is walnut and has a few repairs around the lock and looks like the last 10 inches has been replace but they did a good job and it's definitely period. Hey, someone LOVED this rifle and kept it going! The cresent shaped butt plate is brass and so is the trigger guard. This is a single trigger set up. The lock and hammer is very nice with florals on it. There is a silver escutcheon on the top of the stock behind the barrel and there is a hole in the stock there as well so they may have used a tang sight at some point. There is a crack in the stock in front of the lock that terminates at about 2 inches out. You can see the repairs in the photos. There is a raised relief cheek rest on the reverse stock. This rifle weighs 12 #. It's a beauty even with the repairs! For this one $1,450.00
Here we have a beautiful full stock rifle being about 50 caliber with a octagonal rifled barrel. This piece measures about 54 inches long with a 37 3/4 inch long barrel. The top of the barrel is marked S. BUCHANAN. I found a Samuel Buchanan who made guns from 1814 in Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. This is a single trigger system and works very well being nice crisp and strong! The smaller walnut butt stock has raised relief carving on both sides and looks great! The stock terminates at the end in a brass nosecap. There is some wood burned behind the nipple as is normal. The nipple is still serviceable. It looks like there may be some age cracks to the stock but surface only and no breaks. There is a simple dovetailed "V" sight at rear and a simple dovetailed blade sight up front. This is really a very nice full stock rifle! Take a look at the pics! For this one $1,250.00
Here we have a beautiful 10 1/2 pound halfstock approx. .45 caliber halfstock rifle by W. M. GARDNER and so stamped on the barrel. I believe age to be from the 1840-50's. There are several Gardner's listed in the book so I do not know which one it is however the earlier one I listed says GENEVA so it was made in NY so this one probably was too since I got them together This rifle is about 53 inches long with a 37 inch octagonal rifled barrel. Two thimbles under the barrel hold the ramrod. As with most of these old rifles this is a replace ramrod. The walnut stripped stock is excellent and just wonderful with no breaks or cracks, just a ding or two from age. The stock is ended proximal with a pewter nosecap and distally with a cresent brass butt plate. The triggerguard is also brass. The action works great with the set trigger set up being perfect. The lockplate is excellent with birds and florals on it. The hammer has some decoration on it and the nipple is in good condition. There is some minor burning around the nipple as usual and some pitting to the barrel also usual. The makers name is prominately stamped into the barrel on the top. This is one fine half stock! For this piece $895.00
Here we have a matched pair of ORIGINAL Model 1873 Colt Single Action Army checkered "Rampant Colt" hard rubber grips. It's has been said that the hard rubber grips were introduced in 1881-1882 and now they use the shiny hard plastic grips. This is a pair of the originals and each one has the same matching number scratched in them which was probably the serial number of the Colt Single Action Revolver that they were removed from. Also the words COLT'S HTFD, CONN. were molded into these grips on each bottom inside. The grips are in great condition with no cracks and no breaks. The screw may an original screw but the head is burgered up. For this fine set- $350.00
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Middle Eastern Arab Flintlock Pistol! This old war horse is about 60 caliber smoothbore. The barrel is 10 3/8 inches long with various designs and proof marks on it. The entire piece is about 17 inches long and has brass, highly engraved, furniture that has been cleaned at some point. The wood is some kind of hardwood that also has carvings/designs embossed/carved into it. The ramrod is a faux ramrod, just carved into it to give it the appearance of a ramrod along with brass ferrels. The hardwood stock is in generally good condition for an 18th century piece but is missing a sliver of wood on the fore stock to about 4 inches back that you can see in the pics. There is also a sliver of wood missing at the bottom of the lock plate. With that sliver missing you can view inside the lock plate cavity. The lock doesn’t work so I’m sure the mainspring is missing and when I look inside the cavity I can see the tumbler but nothing else. The outside of the lock is complete and the frizzen works fine with a strong spring. With the exception of the two places mentioned as to damage on that stock that’s it except for the usual minor dings but no cracks or breaks. A great display piece at a reasonable price of $395.00 Take a look at the pics!!!
Here we have a pretty nice complete 1840's through 1860's .32 caliber half stock rifle with set trigger. The action works well on this piece just as it should. I cannot check the bore as I do not have a bore light small enough to slip down the muzzle. This is an extremely long half stock rifle being over 56 1/2 inches long with a 40 inch octagon barrel. The barrel is in very nice shape however no makers name is on it. The previous owner told me that me believed it was made in Indiana but I have not seen any proof of that. I have not taken off the barrel so there may be a surprise under that. There is a long front blade sight on the front and a buckhorn type rear dovetailed sight on the back. There is evidence of another sight being there at one time or just the outline of the cut that never took place. The lockplate has some simple floral engraving on it but worn. It works well. The nipple has been battered some but most of it is there. The tang strap is long with 2 screws. The stock looks nice but I'm not sure what kind of wood it is. It looks dark but could just be a walnut stain. The stock has a simple cheek rest on the reverse. I do not see any breaks in the stock but a ding here and there, not bad at all. The cresent butt plate is brass as well as the cap box. This cap box is really shallow and would probably allow only 1 or 2 caps for storage. The forend is pewter. There are brass decorations enlayed into the stock and a 6 inch brass plate on the bottom for a post or hand rest during firing. All in all this is a nice piece but I do not believe it was commercially made but probably one of a kind by a novice maker and this may have been the only one he made. The stock is somewhat ill fitting next to the barrel but probably better than I could do! During the period you could purchase barrels and locks to build yourself a rifle. The ramrod thimbles seem to be of two different types. The ramrod is, of course, a replacement. Still a nice old half stock rifle! $495.00
Here’s an original Model 1809 Potsdam bayonet in good dug condition. Actually I believe that this piece would clean up fairly well if you wanted to. It wouldn’t be perfect but it would be serviceable. I do not know where it was dug at. The piece is in original condition and has the ‘lug’ on it where it turned on the Potsdam Musket barrel and locked into place by the attachment on the musket. It’s in the original 22 inch long length with the 18 ¾ inch blade. For this piece $85.00
Here we have a Model 1862 Remington Zouave Sword Bayonet less sheath. The blade is 20 1/8th inch long being 1 1/16 wide and 5/16 thick. It has a 13 15/16 inch long unstopped fuller. The grip is brass and crudely cast as most were that I have seen. It’s all brass hilt is 4 13/16 inches long with the thick upper gard having a .906 inch diameter bore. The upper grip flat is stamped B.H. and that’s the only marks on this piece. The locking mechanish still works and the bayonet overall is in very good condition. For this piece $250.00
Here we have an IOF (International order of Foresters) sword with gold gilt applied. The sword’s hilt is modeled after the 1872 model Cavalry Saber with the 2 branches and knucklebow along with the ornate pommel cap and sharkskin grip wrap with twisted brass wire. The blade is straight on this piece measuring about 28 inches long with a fuller and an edge on one side. The blade is etched with various floral engravings along with the name ‘Genl. J. A. Krise’. I am afraid that I do not know who this Genl. Is. The Independent Order of Foresters (IOF) is a fraternal organization, now based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and operating under the brand name Foresters Financial. Foresters traces its origin to a British Friendly Society, a mutual organization caring for the sick. The original Foresters groups allegedly banded together for mutual aid and protection in 14th-century England, in or near the ancient royal forests which belonged to the monarchy. Although the older history cannot be proven, there was a society called the Royal Foresters in the 18th century. Membership originally was gained by combat, first with quarterstaffs, then with swords and finally with cudgels, until initiation by combat was abandoned in 1843. In 1834 the Royal Foresters formed a Friendly Society, the Ancient Order of Foresters (AOF). The IOF in the United States became independent of the AOF in 1874, and as of 2014 operates a separate UK division, Forester Life, based in South London. The expansion of the Independent Order of Foresters (IOF) into Canada in 1875 is attributed to a prominent doctor and community leader, Oronhyatekha. Of Mohawk descent, born in 1841 at Six Nations near present-day Brantford, Ontario, Oronhyatekha ("Burning Sky") was baptized Peter Martin and later attended Oxford where he became an MD. Dr. Oronhyatekha held the office of Supreme Chief Ranger (now called "International Fraternal President") from 1879 until 1906; he died in 1907. By the early 1890s he had successfully transformed the Foresters into one of North America's leading fraternal benefit societies. Foresters membership reached 257,000 in 1906. Through the 20th century it amalgamated with various other fraternal organizations, including the Ontario part of one of the oldest, the Ancient Order of United Workmen. Like other friendly societies and fraternal organizations of the time, Foresters helped transform the insurance industry by extending insurance benefits to the average working family. In addition to admitting women as full members, Foresters provided orphan benefits to the children of deceased Foresters members – benefits that are still available today as part of Foresters membership. Historically, Foresters has also actively helped communities in need. As of 2014 Foresters supports various community causes in Canada, the US and UK, through direct investment in national and local community partnerships, branch funding and educational scholarships. Now back to the sword. The sword is german made as witnessed by the King’s head on the ricasso. The other side of the ricasso is marked with the maker name of Henderson Ames Co., Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1893, the Henderson-Ames Company was officially formed when Henderson consolidated with the Chicago branch of the Ames Sword Company in Chicopee, Massachusetts and lasted until 1933 when Ames combine forces with Lilly Company of Ohio. The hilt and pommel show a lot of gold gilt on them. The scabbard shows most of the gold gilt on the mountings but is worn thin and through on the body of the scabbard. The mountings are ornate with the top mount showing a Moose Head. For this fine old piece $295.00
Here is a simple pine block display base holding 6 - .32 caliber long cartridges headstamped simply with the H stamp which I believe to be Winchester. Definitely showing age and displays well. For the lot $15.00
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 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 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 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
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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
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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
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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
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THE SEMI AUTO PARTS PISTOL BELOW IS SOLD!!!!
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Here’s a nice Bayonet for the Civil War Springfield Rifle!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Here's an unusual piece that we 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.
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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
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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!!
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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
Here we have some parts and complete bayonet scabbards that we ran onto.
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1. Here is a steel scabbard body minus frog for a .45-70 bayonet. Single steel tab for the frog. $20.00
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2. Here is a steel scabbard body minus frog for a .45-70 bayonet. Double steel tap for the frog. $20.00
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3. Here we have a rare 2 rivit scabbard complete minus 4 to 5 inches of stitching and leather surface mostly. $110.00
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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
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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
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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
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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
Here we have 5 antique bayonets and I will describe and price them starting at the top one in the photos and descend downward.
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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 blade is 14 inches long, 2.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Here we have 6 relic or near relic 19th Century Bayonets. On the relic ones I do not know where they were recovered.
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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 I
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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 I
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
TWO OLD PISTOLS FROM THE LATE 1800'S
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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.
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.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.
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This Kentucky style percussion pistol is 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
1800's FLOBERT TYPE TARGET PISTOL!
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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
INDIAN TIGER HUNTERS HOWDAH TYPE PISTOL IN .44 CALIBER!
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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
1880's SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL WITH LONG LONG BARREL!
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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
1840'S DOUBLE BARREL PERCUSSION PISTOL!
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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
NEAR RELIC CONDITION ENGLISH 6 SHOT PEPPERBOX!
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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
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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
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NEAR RELIC CONDITION REMINGTON-ELLIOT DERINGER 32 RF!
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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
NICE REMINGTON DERRINGER!
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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
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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
BULLET MOLDS ROUND SINGLE CAVITY!
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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
SOLD!!!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
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 .
BEAUTIFUL SIDEHAMMER PERCUSSION RIFLE!!!
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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
ON THE LOOSE .69 CALIBER TIN FOR CARTRIDGE BOX?
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Here we have a cartrige box tin for cartridge box but really doesn't fit in a .69 regular cartridge box. This box measures 4 5/8 tall by 3 13/16 wide by 1 1/2 inch deep. 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
MISSOURI CAVE FOUND RIFLE!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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:
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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
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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
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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
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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 I
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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 ever 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
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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
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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
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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 I
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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.
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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 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.
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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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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
I RECEIVED SOME BAYONETS AND SWORDS FROM A LONG TIME ESTATE COLLECTION. HERE THEY ARE!!
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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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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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 I
NEW INFORMATION!!! THESE PARTS ARE FROM A PIEDMONTESE PISTOL.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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 4 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 3 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.
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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 1 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