We are getting in so many Swords and Antique Firearms that we have opened a new page!
Here is a very nice Sharps Civil War "New Model" Carbine that was converted to .50-70 metallic cartridge after the war at some point. The serial number on this piece is 810XX which falls in between numbers of 81053 and 81117 which were issued to the 10th Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. Manufactured by Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, serial numbers for the "New Model 1863" generally run 75,000 to 140,000, some overlap with other models. The Sharps carbine was the most significantly utilized carbine of the Civil War, it was a single shot percussion breechloader using paper cartridge and and revolutionized hand weaponry. The Model 1863, reflected only minor improvements over the Model 1859, mostly elimination of the patchbox. Standard features include an iron buttplate, iron loading lever serves as a trigger guard, one iron band, percussion nipple was designed to utilize a tape primer system that did not work very well and was usually disabled, but conventional cap served effectively, hinged Sharps sight, saddle bar and riding ring on left side, rifling with six lands and grooves. No markings on the barrel. Mark on sight, "R.S. LAWRENCE / PATENTED / FEB. 15TH 1859." Notches on top of barrel and receiver for alignment. Mark on lock near center: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / OCT. 5TH 1852." Mark upper lock: "R. S. LAWRENCE' PAT. / APRIL 12TH 1859." Mark left side of receiver: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / SEPT. 12TH 1848. The C.SHARPS' worn off. Serial number on rear breech. Cartouches not visible on wood. Barrel length 22in. This carbine has been converted to cartridge utilizing the 50-70 cartridge. The tape primer system is still there but of course no purpose now. You can see on the buttplate where it was cutout slightly for a patch box but no patch box was utilized on this model. The carbine functions as it should and the bore is bright with some spots in it and deep rifling. The wood is good with the usual dings and dents/gouges from use. This one was definititely used and saw life in the Civil War and the later Indian Wars of the West. There is some original color left on the barrel and quite a bit of it on the receiver, hammer and lever. There are some strange circular gouges to the end of the barrel. They do not interfer with the operation of this good Sharps Carbine. Still a beautiful piece and exhibits alot of character! $2500.00
Here we have a .54 caliber Burnside Carbine. The carbine was designed and patented by Ambrose Burnside, who resigned his commission in the U.S. Army to devote himself full time to working on the weapon. The carbine used a special brass cartridge, also invented by Burnside. Pressing the weapon's two trigger guards opened the breech block and allowed the user to insert a cartridge. When the trigger was pulled, the hammer struck a percussion cap and caused a spark; a hole in the base of the cartridge exposed the black powder to this spark. The unique, cone-shaped cartridge sealed the joint between the barrel and the breech. Most other breech-loading weapons of the day tended to leak hot gas when fired, but Burnside's design eliminated this problem. In 1857, the Burnside carbine won a competition at West Point against 17 other carbine designs. In spite of this, few of the carbines were immediately ordered by the government, but this changed with the outbreak of the Civil War, when over 55,000 were ordered for use by Union cavalrymen. This made it the third most popular carbine of the Civil War; only the Sharps carbine and the Spencer carbine were more widely used. They saw action in all theatres of the war. There were so many in service that many were captured and used by Confederates. A common complaint by users was that the unusually shaped cartridge sometimes became stuck in the breech after firing. By using ordnance returns and ammunition requisitions, it has been estimated that 43 Union cavalry regiments were using the Burnside carbine during the 1863-1864 period. Additionally, 7 Confederate cavalry units were at least partially armed with the weapon during this same period. Five different models were produced. Toward the end of the Civil War, production was discontinued when the Burnside Rifle Company was given a contract to make Spencer carbines instead.
This particular carbine is a 4th model weapon. It has many dings and dents from use but still functions as it should. The nipple is in good condition as is the other metal parts. The barrel bore is dark but still exhibits rifling. The markings on the lockplate are fairly clear and easy to read as well as the markings on the breechblock. According to Springfield research the serial number right before this one went to the 3rd Ohio Cavalry so there is a good possibility that this one went there as well. The barrel band was lost at some point and someone wrapped single strand steel/iron wire around the forestock to hold it on. It's actually a pretty good job and gives something to the mystic of this piece! If it could only talk! For this piece of history $1150.00
Here we have the more scarce Merrill Carbine. These carbines were made by H. Merrill of Baltimore, MD with a quanity of about 14,495. These carbiens are 54 caliber, percussion breechloaders. This is a single shot, loaded by lifting up and pulling back of the breech lever. This piece has a 22 1/8" round barrel with one band. The carbine has brass fittings finished bright and the iron parts were original finished blue or bright with a casehandened lock, breech and breech lever. Now all iron parts have a nice dark patina to them. The stock is Walnut and in good condition except for a couple of cracks that you can see in the pics and various dings from use. The serial number on the barrel of 72XX is different than the one on the lock but the patinal matches perfectly. 7134 and 7290 went to Co. B 1st Ky Vol. Cavalry and this one is right in between that. Merrills were known to be issued to the 1st N.Y. 1st, 5th & 18th Pennsylvania, 11th, 17th, 18th New Jersey, 7th Indiana, 1st and 3rd Wisconsin, the 1st and 3rd Kentucky as well as the 1st Deleware Cavalry. This is the first type Merrill with the iron plunger for loading cartridges. The wnd model had a copper faced breech plumger serving to secure the percussion cartridge into the breech and form a gas seal. The lockplace is marked J. H. MERRILL BALTO./PAT.JULY 1858/APL. 9 MAY 21-28-61. The top of the breech plunger is marked J.H.MERRILL BALTO/PAT. JULY 1858. The barrel near the nipple (replaced nipple) has some pitting from firing the corrosive black powder but it should have as this piece was used alot. The action works well as well as the breech plunger. The butt plate is brass as well as the patch box , the trigger guard and the barrel band. There is a spot in the patch box for another nipple, now lacking. There are a couple of cracks in the stock behind the lock on both sides but nothing is loose. There are also some gouges and dings from use. This is still a very nice carbine. For this one $1650.00
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Here we have a group of 1800's 'Saturday Night Specials' that were produced under several different eye catching names. None of these 4 function but make great wall hangers or shadow box revolvers. They were all made before 1898 so no paperwork is required. Here they are:
1. This is a CENTENNIAL 1876 little 7 shot .22 caliber revolver with wooden birdshead grips. It appears complete but the action doesn't work. $95.00
2. This next little 7 shot .22 caliber revolver is a model Colt Open Top Pocket Model Revolver having a 2 3/8ths inch long barrel. The birdshead grips are fairly nice but one has a chip out of the top. They made these from 1871 to 1877 with a total production of 114,200. This one has a serial number of 818XX. This revolver is the standard model without ejector rod. The revolver is in bad condition as it's loose, the upper frame is cracked and it doesn't function but what the heck! It's a COLT! $145.00
3. SOLD !!! This one is a PIONEER .32 caliber 5 shot revolver with brass engraved frame and hard rubber grips. The frame is just wonderful with renderings of a log cabin on one side and floral engravings on the other. The brass is great while the iron/steel parts are pitted. The revolver doesn't function but it looks great. The grips are really nice too. For this one $125.00
4. This last little pistol swivels to the side for loading. This is a .22 caliber model missing hammer and grips. This looks like a Merwin & Gray single shot pistol but I cannot seen any markings anywhere. For this parts gun $45.00
Here we have a lot of 4 late 1800's 'Saturday Night Specials' that were produced under different catchy names. The top 3 are .32 caliber weapons while the last one is a .22 caliber revolver. They are: 1. RANGER No. 2 in being a 5 shot .32 caliber revolver with birdshead grips and fluted cylinder. The grip screw is missing. The revolver works as it should. NIckel over steel with wooden birdshead grips. $125.00
2. Engraved frame TRUE BLUE being a 5 shot .32 caliber revolver with wooden birdshead grips. This one cocks and fires but the cylinder doesn't turn. $125.00
3. OLd nickel over steel (Most gone) RANGER NO. 2 with nice wooden birdshead grips. This revolver cocks and the cylinder turns as it should. $125.00
4. This smallest revolver in this group is a RANGER in .22 caliber. All nickel over steel with most remaining. Nice little wooden birdshead grips. Functions as it should. $125.00
Here is a Marlin NO. 32 Standard 1875 Pocket Revolver that was made from 1875 to 1887 with a total quanity estimated at 19,500. This revolver is a .32 caliber rimfire with a 3" tip-up barrel. It has a Round barrel with a fluted 5 shot cylinder and I believe this one is for the .32 long cartridge. Thie revolver has a nickel plated brass frame with a spur trigger and bird's head grips that are hard rubber and in very nice condition. This entire piece was nickel plated but is mostly lacking on the iron parts such as the cylinder and barrel. The barrel is marked J.M.MARLIN. NEW HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. PAT. JULY 1, 1873. The action works well and there isn't a lot of hinge wobble present on this revolver. For this piece $275.00
Here is somewhat of an enigma! This is a homemade gun from the 1800's and looks to have been made from two different guns. The 5 inch long barrel assembly looks like it's from an Allen & Thurber and the back end with the bird's head grip is from a different gun. The frame is brass and I am sure it was originally a revolver. Necessity is the Mother of invention and someone sure needed a gun when they made this one. The spring steel spring that holds up the barrel slides to the side so the barrel assembly can be lifted off. The barrel accepts a .22 caliber shell and the hammer is a rimfire I believe. The action still works but I wouldn't use it. The barrel has been bonded to the frame assembly by using molten lead as a bonding agent. Of course we all know that lead is a soft metal and not dependable for strength at all. Take a look at the pics! Nice example of making do with what you have. $225.00
THE REMINGTON REVOLVER BELOW IS SOLD!!!
Here we have a Remington .36 caliber New Model Revolver . These revolvers were made from 1863-1878 with a total quantity made of approximately 28,000. This originally was a percussion .36 caliber model but is now a conversion to fire primered .38 caliber shells. ^ 1/2 inch barrel with dark bore but still has strong rifling. The barrel markings are worn but they say PATENTED SEPT. 14, 1858/E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, NEW YORK U.S.A./NEW MODEL on the top of the barrel. The Remington factory conversion to breech-loading metallic cartridges was done from 1873 to 1888. They were converted to centerfire or rimfire and this one is a rimfire. Someone in the past has done some restoration work to this revolver so now it works but the action is sticky sometimes. The metal has been cleaned but it's not super shiny now. Some original color remains. The grips are replacements I believe with an improper screw. Overall in good condition. For this old Cowboy shooter $695.00
Here we have 4 hard rubber or plastic shotgun butt plates. They are from left: 1. Browning Double Automatic- good condition $25.00
2. Browning Double Automatic- good condition $25.00
3. I don't know which shotgun this butt plate is from but it has 3 deer on it (one is a buck) and woods. $25.00
4. This one is for an Antonio Zoli shotgun. Good condition! See the pics. $15.00
Here are some very early gutta percha or rubber grips for a small framed revolver like an H & R or Iver Johnson revolver. Complete with screws. The birdshead grips are fine while the square bottom ones have a chip in them. Check out the pics!
Here are two sets of grips for an old small frame revolver. Don't know what they fit so inquire with measurements if you are interested. Prices vary. The set on the left are lucite and have pictures of women under them with aluminum sheet inserts. Unusual! The other is what looks like a set of ivory grips with one of them having the toe chipped off of it.
Here we have a pretty much relic Remington-Elliot Deringer in .32 caliber rimfire. Mde c. 1863-1888 with a total quanity of about 25,000 which includes the .22 caliber version. This old pistol has a four-shot stationary barrel cluster and tilts forward to load. The ring trigger has been changed and the action does NOT work. The original grips are also lacking. The markings are clear on this piece and the barrel tilts forward for loading. The rotating firing pin is still in place. This piece would look great in a shadow box! For this piece $295.00
Here we have a rare to find Colt M1878 Shotgun Combination Tool. This tool is in good condition and complete. This is a beautifully made took and incorporates 3 screwdrivers, a punch and an hexagonal box end wrench for hammer screws on this double hammer gun. Try to find another! $225.00
Here's a cartridge that 's hard to come by. This is the Billinghurst Requa Gun .58 caliber cartridge that was used sparingly during the Civil War. This one is a dug cartridge and you can see that the casing has split but it is still all there! The gun consisted of twenty-five heavy .58 caliber rifle barrels, each 2 feet (0.61 m) long and mounted together in a secure frame, which could be elevated for range. The frame was then mounted on a two-wheeled carrier. Ammunition was loaded as a long clip of twenty-five rounds, which were fired by a single percussion cap in a single volley. With a crew of three, it could be reloaded and fired seven times a minute, giving a rate of fire of 175 rounds per minute. The .58 caliber bullets were conical and weighed approximately one ounce. It was also possible to adjust the spread of the guns to make them diverge for use at close range.
For this cartridge $85.00
Here we have an original scarce Buffalo Hunting Cartridge known as the 45-75 Winchester Cartridge. The headstamp is 45-75 W.C.F as well as W.R.A. Co . The .45-75 Winchester was introduced with the Model 1876 lever action repeating rifle. This was an enlarged version of the famous Model 1873 action designed for use with cartridges up to 2.25" in length. The .45-75 Win. used a rimmed bottleneck case that was shorter and fatter than the .45-70 Government. It measured .559" in diameter at its base, .547" at the shoulder, and .478" at its neck. Case length was 1.89" and overall cartridge length was 2.25". The action of the Winchester 1876 rifle was not particularly strong, so the .45-75 was factory loaded with a 350 grain bullet at a MV of 1383 fps and ME of 1485 ft. lbs. This was ballistically inferior to the .45-70-405 and .45-70-500 as a buffalo cartridge, but its lever action rifle allowed much faster repeat shots. Teddy Roosevelt is said to have favored the .45-75 Winchester as a grizzly bear cartridge.
For this cartridge $6
Here is a scarce Civil War Double sided Eagle, Colt Revolver Pocket flask. This one is for a model 1848 Baby Dragoon or early Colt 1849 pocket revolver in good condition. It has a nice mellow patina with a few dings from use. Also the spring is broken at the top. The seams are fine with no repairs. The eagle stampings are sharp and clear. 4 1/2 inches long by 2 inches wide at the widest point. Would look great with an Early small Colt Revolver! $325.00
Here is another scarce Civil War Double sided Eagle Colt flask. This flask shows a Spread Winged Eagle clasping a Union Shield and arrows in his talons. Under this motif are two crossed pistols and under that E PLURIBUS UNUM. Nice conditon with a nice patina and is complete with no open seams. Used with all Colt smaller Revolvers. For this piece $325.00
Just received 4 nice Cavalry Sabers! Here are some pics! PRICES JUST REDUCED ON THESE NICE SABERS!!!
Here is an Indiana Id'd Emerson & Silver !860 Cavalry Saber dated 1863 that belonged to a Cavalryman in the 7th Indiana Cavalry during the Civil War. I had originally purchased this piece from the Great, great Grandson of Private Isaac Needham of Indiana. Here are his stats from civilwardata.com:
Isaac Needham Residence Marion County IN; Enlisted on 9/5/1863 as a Private. On 9/5/1863 he mustered into "G" Co. IN 7th Cavalry He was Mustered Out on 2/18/1866
One Hundred and Nineteenth Regiment (7th Cavalry) INDIANA (3-YEARS) One Hundred and Nineteenth Regiment (7th Cavalry). -- Cols., John P. C. Shanks, Thomas M. Browne, Lieut.-Cols., Thomas M. Browne, Samuel E. W. Simonson; Majs., Christian Beck, Samuel E. W. Simonson John C. Febles, James H. Carpenter, John M. Moore. This regiment, the 119th of the line, was organized at Indianapolis in the summer of 1863, by authority of the secretary of war, for three years, and was mustered in by companies, the organization being completed Oct. 1. It left the state Dec. 6, reporting at Louisville, and was ordered to Union City, Tenn. On the 14th a detachment, in command of Maj. Beck moved towards Paris, but finding the enemy's cavalry in heavy force at that point retraced its steps. It was assigned to the 1st brigade (Brig.-Gen. Grierson commanding), 6th division, 16th army corps. It moved with a force on Dec. 24, into Mississippi to cut off Forrest in his retreat from Jackson, Tenn., being in a brisk skirmish with his forces near Paris. It was engaged in a sharp fight at Egypt Station, Miss. and in a severe battle near Okolona, Feb. 22,. 1864. The enemy drove the Union forces from the field, but the 7th cavalry held the enemy in check and saved the train after the division had fled. Later, it made a saber charge saving a battery that had been abandoned, but was comcelled to retire, with a loss of 11 killed, 36 wounded and 37 missing. It was complimented by the commanders for its valor. It was stationed near Memphis for some time, engaged in scouting. Moving with Sturgis' forces upon Forrest, the enemy was engaged at Guntown, Miss. in heavy force, a desperate fight ensuing, in which the 7th took part. It was again complimented by Gen. Grierson for having repulsed repeated charges by superior numbers. It was on railroad guard duty near Memphis, being in a fight at La Mavoo, Miss., Aug. 18, and had 7 men killed near Memphis, Oct. 4, by guerrillas. Leaving Memphis in Nov., 1864, it marched with Mower's division through Arkansas in pursuit of Price's forces, proceeding as far as Cape Girardeau, where it took steamers to St. Louis, marching into the interior of Missouri. Returning to Memphis, it took part in an expedition in search of Forrest surprising his dismounted force at Vernon, capturing the camp and a large quantity of stores, 16 cars loaded with pontoons for Hood's army, and 4,000 new English carbines. On the 28th the enemy was attacked at Egypt Station, his forces captured or dispersed and a train of 14 cars destroyed. The regiment was actively engaged in scouting and on provost duty near Memphis until June, 1865, when it moved to Alexandria La., and on June 21 was consolidated into six companies. It was ordered to Hempstead, Tex., where, on Oct. 10, Col. Shanks was mustered out for disability and Lieut.-Col. Browne was appointed colonel. The regiment was mustered out Feb. 18, 1866. Original strength, 1,202; gain by recruits, 127; total, 1,392. Loss by death, 243; desertion, 169; unaccounted for, 29. Source: The Union Army, vol. 3, p. 177
Now on to this particular saber. The saber is original untouched condition showing a nice blade that has seen use and storage so it has a kind of mottled appearance but is not rusty. It says EMERSON & SILVER TRENTON, N.J. on one side of the ricasso and U.S. , C.E.W. AND 1863 on the other side of the ricasso. I can feel only one minor nick to the blade and there is no evidence of sharpening. The tip is entact. The original leather washer is present as well as the original leather grip and wire which is in really nice condition. The brass guard and pommel cap has a nice mellow brass patina and has the front hand guard bent down which was a common thing to do by the men. The ricasso has a W stamped in it as well as JM . This sword has never been apart and the guard is nice and tight on the tang. The iron scabbard is all original and complete with a nice dark patina. I can feel one minor dent midway on the reverse. This is a very nice original Cavalry Saber and Id'd ! Hard to come by now. I also have copies, not original, of his discharge from the Cavalry in 1866 in Texas and also a copy of a pension document from 1868. Looks like he lived in Richwoods, Delaware County, Indiana. The great great Grandson wanted to keep the original records. It's hard to find an original Id'd Cavalry Saber that has not been messed with in any way as this one is. For this fine original example $1,625.00 REDUCED TO $1,500.00 !!
Here we have an 1862 New Jersey Marked Ames Cavalry Saber! Ames received an order on June 11, 1861 for 10,000 Ames LIght Cavalry Sabers but over 4,000 of them were made in 1862 so were dated 1862. The model 1860 saber was made slightly lighter than the model 1840 and was the primary saber of the Federal cavalry by the end of the war. Standard features include wooden handle with a swell covered with leather and a wire grip, brass hilt has three branches, brass pommel cap and guard are unadorned, steel blade has flat back with narrow and wide fuller stopped at the ricasso, iron scabbard with iron mountings. Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Marks on ricasso, "AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS." in an Ames Scroll and overmarked with N.J. meaning that this particular sword went to the State of N.J. for issue to their Cavalrymen. Only the year 1862 is stamped on the other side of the ricasso as this was not for a Federal Contract. The grip has leather wrap and wire intact with just a couple places of minor chipping to the leather grip wrap, leather washer intact, clean blade with minor nicks and no sharpening. The scabbard is complete with a pleasing patina. There is one small place where the seam had been damaged which is about 3 inches long but it is minor. This is a very nice example with desirable war date. For this example $1050.00 REDUCED TO $950.00 !!
Here we have a Rare Contract Millard Light Cavalry Saber: Regulation M1860 US cavalry saber made and marked by “D.J. Millard / Clayville NY / U.S. CEW 1862”. In 1861 Millard was awarded a small contract for 10,000 light cavalry sabers, and all specimens I have seen have the date of 1862 on the ricasso. This one is VG condition. Leather grip covering is VG showing some wear through on the leather grip but the grip underneath is dark as well and hard to see the difference. The twisted wire wrap is also VG and intact. Blade is shiny but not mint with a couple of minor nicks in it. The blade has not been sharpened. The brass guard and pommel are a nice mellow brass color and the pommel bears clear inspector’s initials “CEW” (Inspector Charles E. Wilson) stamped into the rim of the pommel as well as "WEH" . The scabbard is smooth steel with just a small dent on one side that I can't see but I can feel. The drag is stamped JF?. . A very nice saber from a scarce and desirable maker! $1050.00 REDUCED TO $950.00 !!
Here is a nice HEAVY! German Import Cavalry Saber that could have been used by either the North or the South during the Civil War as both sides imported swords and sabers due to shortages. This one has seen use but was not abused. The entire saber is over 43 inches long in the scabbard. The blade itself is about 36 inches long and appears to be entirely unmarked. Some suppliers did not want either side to know that they were supplying the enemy. The edge has few minor nicks and has never been sharpened. Also, the tip is entact. The back of the blade is flat being about 3/8's inch thick at the widest point. The leather blade washer is lacking. The brass hilt is in great shape and exhibits mostly a dark patina. There are no markings on the pommel cap either and this sword has never been taken apart. The hilt is fairly tight to the grip and tang. The leather grip is 100% there and is obviously European in nature as it is thin leather wrapped over a cord to make the grooves in the grip. There are only 3 original wraps of brass wire remaining. This is a nice sword! The scabbard is the original heavy iron scabbard with heavy rings. The piece is complete and exhibits no dents or wear to the drag. The scabbard has been painted at one time with prehaps brown or green paint. Sometimes this was done to cut down on sun glare or scabbard flashing that can let the enemy know where you are. There are 3 notches cut into one side of the ricasso for some reason. They are visible in one of the pics. For this great old piece $625.00 REDUCED TO $550.00 !!
THE COLT REVOLVER BELOW IS SOLD!!!
Here we have a model 1849 Colt Pocket Model revolver in .31 caliber that was made in 1861 and definitely saw a lot of use! I suspect this one was carried off to war due to the wear on it. The piece is complete and original except for the wedge and screw which are repro replacements. The action needs a little tinkering to get to work. The hammer will not hold on cock and doesn't seem to get to that point to work. The hammer has one side of the percussion lip broken off that you can see in the photos. The cylinder has some bad pitting on one side from laying in a damp enviornment but most of the clinder scene remains on the rest of it. Also the loading lever screw has been peaned over to keep it in place. All in all this is a pleasing looking little revolver that exhibits a nice mellow patina to the brass and the patina to the iron/steel pieces is pretty nice overall as well. The barrel is somewhat loose to the frame but I suspect the proper wedge would help. All the serial numbers match. The original walnut one piece grip is worn and scratched but definitely matches the rest of the piece. Here's your chance for a historical piece that has definitely "been there and done that"! For this old Civil War Revolver $495.00
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Here we have an Indian (India) used British sword during the time when the British Empire ruled India. This sword was a widely used but rarely seen adaptation of a Model 1796 Pattern Wide cut and thrust Light Cavalry blade with a Model 1821 Pattern 3 Bar Hilt. You can see more on this type of sword on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k92PstHFQRM This particular 19th century sword is marked MOLE which was a known exporter to the Confederacy during Civil War. We believe it has been lightly cleaned but not too bad. The sword is sheathed in a leather sheath with the original sheet iron drag and replacement brass upper mount. The upper mount was crudely done while the rest of the scabbard was very well done indeed. The stitching is intact on the reverse with no threads broken or missing. The leather is pliable-quite nice frankly. The only markings on the scabbard are on the upper brass mount which consists of a Z - and an X in a box. We really don't know the meaning of that. The sword is over 36 inches long overall with a nearly 31 1/2 inch long blade along the top curvature of the blade. The grip is sharkskin or shagreen with 3 strands of iron or steel wire. The sharkskin is well worn but most of it remains. There are no cracks or breaks to the 3 branch iron guard or backstrap. The blade is the wide blade being about 1 1/2 inch wide at the ricasso. The ricasso is marked with the same Z- and an X in the box like the scabbard as well as Cc on both sides and MOLE and enough of Birmingham to call it so. The last 6 inches or so of the blade has some minor to moderate pitting on it but not bad at all. The cutting edge of the blade has a few minor small nicks but nothing bad at all. The tip is slightly bent as witnessed in the last pic. A great wide bladed Cavalry sword used by the Indian Soldier during the British Expansion. Nice piece! $595.00
THE FINE COOPER REVOLVER BELOW IS SOLD!!!
J. M. COOPER POCKET MODEL REVOLVER 3RD MODEL TRANSITIONAL STILL BEING A 5 SHOT REVOLVER INSTEAD OF 6.
These revolvers were made from the 1850's through 1869. From 1850's to 1864 they were made in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania but from 1864 to 1869 they were made in Philadelphia like this one was. There were approximately 15000 of these Cooper double action revolvers made with the serial numbers running together. This one is serial numbered 12521 so it was made around 1865 or so. This is a .31 caliber 5 shot revolver and was made without a roll scene like the Colts although it looks very similiar to a Colt 1849 Model except with a larger brass trigger guard. There is some very tiny pitting on the brass backstrap. None of these brass parts were silver plated on the Coopers. All of these Coopers were double action which, of course, none of the Colt revolvers were. These little revolvers had a one piece Walnut Grip with a blued finish. The finish is lacking on this one but it does have an attractive mottled patina. The barrel is the 4 inch model and still exhibits a considerable amount of rifling. The action works excellent on this piece and all the nipples are present and in very good condition. The markings on the barrel are very deep and entirely legible. The last patent date on the barrel is 1863. All the serial numbers are present and matching being on the butt, cylinder , cylinder bolt, underneath barrel and a 21 on the loading lever due to space limitations. The wedge does not have a serial number. All metal parts are the same patina and the grip is in very good conditon with the original varnish with no cracks or breaks. I rate this little revolver as very good plus. Nice little revolver that saw itself through the Civil War and reconstruction. Many of these were carried by soldiers. $995.00
Here we have a set of 6 historical prints in sleeve and shipping packet entitled A COLLECTION OF COLT HISTORICAL PRINTS 1836 – 1873 and shows 6 prints of The Colt Texas Paterson 1836, Colt Walker 1847, Colt Wells Fargo 1848, Colt Navy 1851, Colt Army 1860 and the Colt Peacemaker 1873. This is a nice set and shows age but no wear. These prints were done in 1943. For the set $150.00
Here we have a Colt Pocket Flask and an early .31 caliber brass bullet mold that would have been used with the Colt .31 caliber Pocket model revolver. This mold is not marked but probably is a colt flask and molds a round and conical bullet. There is no spru cutter on these early brass models. This mold is in fair to good condition with bent handles. Shows use. The flask is a fairly nice piece showing the COLT’S PATENT under the stand of rifles and pistols and above the flags and cannon. There is a seam separation but can be fixed if you want. For the pair $250.00
The Deringer is sold!!!
Here is a relic Deringer pistol and a spear point knife. The Deringer pistol is the authentic Deringer single shot pistol as evidenced by the lockplate markings and the partically obscured markings on the barrel. This poor old little pistol was used until it couldn't be used any more! What finally did it in was that the tumbler broke which caused the hammer to fall away . This little relic is 7 1/2 inches long and has various cracks in the wood and escutcheons missing. What you get is what you see in the pics. The barrel is held on my a wrapped single strand of brass wire but I don't really think that the brass wire is that old. It looks to have been artifically aged but otherwise the rest of it is all original. It's a neat old relic and I sure wish it could talk! $225.00
Now we have the blacksmith made knife that accompanied the other two pieces. This is a spearpoint knife being 12 inches long with a 7 1/2 inch long blade. The blade is hand wrought with roughness and pitting here and there. It has a large clipped corner rectangular hand guard being made from a single piece of sheet iron. The round wooden grip has a round ferrel on it next to the guard and is a compression fit on the tang. The 7 3/4 inch brown leather scabbard started out life on a nicer knife as it was well made with a design around the edge on both sides and excellent stitching. You can see where a belt loop was originall sewn onto this piece but now lacking as I don't believe it would have worked with this particular knife. More than likely this knife in scabbard was shoved into a belt of trousers. For this piece $275.00
RARE! - CIVIL WAR UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER'S SWORD: During the Civil War the Marine Corps was very small in size compared to the other military services, and as such Marine Corps Civil War swords are rare. This particular one is even rarer because it may have been made by Bent & Bush. Most Marine Corps swords of this period, and following the war, were produced by Horstmann and that company is well known for marking their product. Horstmann had the first contract in early 1859 and the second contract went to Ames in November 1859, and Horstmann got the third contract in 1861. After that, Bent & Bush received all sword contracts. There are no known marked Bent & Bush swords and it is believed any unmarked version of the Marine Corps sword would be attributed to them. Arizona Swords at azswords.com had the only know sword of this type and until the discover of this sword, no other unmarked Marine Corps Civil War NCO sword had been found. So there are two of them now. There are probably more in the attics or back woods but who knows for sure The swords hilt is the standard M1850 Foot Officers design, but with crude casting and black leather and twisted wire which is lacking now. The 31 1/8 inch blade is totally unetched and void of any maker marks. There are no sharpening marks on this sword and no appreciable nicks either. The scabbard had two brass fittings, with the top mount designed to be carried in a leather frog, and the brass drag, which is now lacking. The patina on the top mount and the sword guard/pommel match perfectly indicating that these piece have been together all the time. The black leather is still quite flexible but you can see where it fractured in the pics. This one is rare sword folks! For this sword $1599.00
Here is a very ornate Civil War Presentation sword without a presentation engraving. This piece is a Henry Sauerbier Model Sword with a Cavalry type hilt. Sauerbier & Company made many presentation swords. He also had contracts with the U.S. Government for swords. This one is very ornate with a gold plated grip and gold washed guard. The hand guard is in the style of the Cavalry but we believe it’s for an artillery Officer as it has crossed cannons on the drag. The sword itself is very ornate with a very nice etched blade with a Large US on one side and a panoply of arms/flags on the other side along with other etchings. The sword is about 39 inches long with a 33 ˝ inch blade. The blade also has the makers name acid engraved on it and does show some rust staining on it. I have not cleaned it so as to not affect the etching. The hilt is very ornate with all the wire present on the gold plated grip. Most of the original leather blade washer is still present as well. Take a look at the pics to see how nice this piece is! The scabbard is all metal with gold washed brass mountings and silver pieces soldered to them. The scabbard may have been silver plated at one time but does show it’s age now. There are no dents in the scabbard. This is still a very nice presentation sword but it’s not mint by any means. Still an unusual and desirable Presentation type sword and scabbard!! $5500.00
Here is another Sauerbier mfg. Presentation Sword from the Civil War. This one is a Model 1850 Staff and Field Officers sword with a US in the brass hand guard. This piece has a good engraved 30 ˝ inch long blade showing a large panoply of arms on one side and a very large U.S. on the other side. There are a few very minor nicks in the blade. The leather blade washer is lacking on this piece making the hilt a little loose but definitely in no danger of falling off. The hilt is pretty nice with traces of gold wash over the silver grip. The wire is still present. There may have been a capstan rivet holding the pommel cap to the blade but I’m not sure. The pommel cap is tight to the blade so it definitely won’t come off. The pommel cap and the grip are tight with just the hand guard being loose. The all metal scabbard has nice brass mountings with the center one having a large US on it. The drag has a kind of filigree design to it. There is no engraved presentation to this piece either. Both swords came from Central Indiana. For this one $5250.00