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Arms & Armor:Premier Auction
Arms & Armor:Premier Auction

Arms & Armor:Premier Auction

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Cowan's December 2019 Arms & Armor sale finishes the year with a diverse array of rare and high quality historical arms. Highlights of this auction include an excellent Colt Model 1883 Gatling Gun, complete with field carriage, limber, and ammunition box (Lot 41). One of twenty delivered to the Army in 1887, a piece of this quality and completeness appearing at auction is a rare event and will likely not occur again in the foreseeable future. Accompanying this example of fine Colt design is a rare Deluxe Factory Exhibition Engraved English Hartford Colt Third Model Dragoon (Lot 138), a Factory Engraved French Fitted Rosewood Cased Colt Third Model 1851 Percussion Navy Revolver (Lot 135) and a Matched Pair of Factory Engraved Colt New Line 38's, complete with case highlighted in striking engraved brass (Lot 134). Not to be outdone by the Colt firearms empire, a breathtaking engraved Savage Model 99 will be offered (Lot 118) along with its extensive archive of correspondence between Savage and the piece's original owner, P.J. Noel of Kentucky. A pair of gold plated Marlin lever-action... Show more

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Fishtail Matchlock Arquebus

Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 285)      

.78 caliber, 49" octagonal-to-round barrel, no S/N. Bright iron barrel slightly swamped at muzzle with two sets of incised lines like rudimentary baluster turned rings at the transition, roughly .22" thick at muzzle. Fully stocked to within 2.75" of the muzzle in a dark European hardwood, secured by pins with a single 1.4375" wide iron band near the tip to reinforce the wood and help prevent cracking. Fishtail shaped butt, 63.25" in overall length, weighing slightly under 14 pounds. 9.25" long, flat rectangular lock secured by two large screws through the stock, with crudely decorated serpentine to represent a "sea monster" or dragoon and thumb screw clamp to hold the match. Pan with pivoting cover, action operated by a lever rather than a trigger and with no triggerguard. Top barrel flat marked with a {star} over {cross} touch or maker's mark. Rudimentary sights consisting of a notched rear at the breech and fixed blade at the muzzle. Includes an old wooden ramrod and a piece of contemporary braided match in the serpentine.

Condition: Good. Metal with a dull pewter patina and scattered oxidation, showing imperfections as well as tool marks. Some scattered light pitting here and there with a large patch of discolored pitting under the barrel between the forend tip and muzzle. Screws and hardware crudely fashioned, mechanically functional, good bore with moderate oxidation and some pitting. Stock good with numerous handling marks, bumps and dings and some chips out of the butt area of the gun, as well as some splintering along the forend at the ramrod channel.

EST $6000 - 8000...more

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Interesting Flintlock Blunderbuss Marked Nottingham Police with Snap Bayonet

Lot # 2 (Sale Order: 2 of 285)      

1.5" muzzle diameter, nominally about .65 caliber bore, 14.75" brass octagonal-to-round barrel, no S/N. Brass barrel and furniture, smooth straight-gripped walnut stock. Bolted flint lock with flat beveled swan neck cock and bridled roller frizzen. Lock with border line engraving and shield maker's mark involving three crowns and a cross. Top flat of barrel engraved: NOTTINGHAM POLICE. Upper left barrel flat with post-1813 Birmingham commercial proof marks separated by a {Crown}/IR maker's mark. Engraved brass furniture with a panoply of arms on the butt, floral patterns on the triggerguard and a stylized interpretation of the Prince of Wales feathers on the triggerguard finial. Mounted with 13.875" snap bayonet on top of barrel with 10.5" triangular blade. Lock remains in original flint configuration as does barrel.

Provenance: From the collection of Peter Wainwright.

Condition: Very good. Brass with a mellow greenish-golden patina, with clear markings and some minor handling marks. Bore moderately oxidized. Action functional, snap bayonet spring weak and does not fully deploy, but locks in place as it should when fully extended. Stock in good condition with a repaired diagonal crack at right side of forend near the muzzle and another tight crack on the opposite side in the same general location. A small chip of wood is missing behind the breech plug tang above the wrist. Otherwise the stock shows only some scattered minor bumps, dings and small marks.  

EST $2000 - 3000...more

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Full-Stock Flintlock Kentucky Rifle

Lot # 3 (Sale Order: 3 of 285)      

.51 caliber, 42" octagonal-to-round barrel with baluster turned rings at the transition, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, faux striped hardwood stock. Barrel signed S + B in script. Lightly engraved commercial flint lock is unmarked with a roller frizzen and waterproof pan. Flat goose neck cock appears to be an old replacement. Rifle appears to be in original flint. Four-piece brass patchbox, semi-pistol gripped triggerguard, single trigger, fixed notch rear sight, brass blade front sight. Old wooden ramrod secured by two faceted sheet brass thimbles and an entry pipe.

Condition: Good. Metal with a moderately oxidized brown patina, lock with scattered pitting. Mechanically functional, extremely dirty bore whose condition is impossible to determine without an aggressive cleaning. Stock with scattered bumps and dings but free any significant repairs.

EST $1500 - 3000...more

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Very Rare 15th Century European Bronze European Breechloading Cannon

Lot # 4 (Sale Order: 4 of 285)      

44.5" barrel with moldings at the breech and muzzle. Raised flower on top of breech near the trunnion. Casting is somewhat rough, 2" bore is smooth. This specimen still retains what appears to be an original bronze removable loading cartridge. Bronze handle. Touch hole surrounded by a flower. Cascabel is pierced for an oak aiming stick with only traces remaining now.  60" overall. [Auctioneer's Note: this item weighs ca 200lbs so special shipping arrangements may apply]. 

Condition: Cannon is patinated throughout and showing its six centuries of age. Cannons of this type are generally found only in museums. This is a rare opportunity for collectors of this type of cannons to acquire one - especially with a breech plug in identical condition. 

EST $3000 - 5000...more

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US Model 1822 (1816 Type II) Flintlock Musket by Harpers Ferry

Lot # 5 (Sale Order: 5 of 285)      

.69 caliber, 42" barrel secured by three flat, spring retained bands, no S/N. Browned finish, brass pan, smooth walnut stock. Lock marked {Eagle} / US under the pan and in three vertical lines at the tail: HARPERS / FERRY / 1824. No date on tang, breech with V / P / {Eagle Head} proofs. Counterpane with the script AB cartouche in a hexagon of Harpers Ferry's Master Armorer Armistead Beckham and the V / PH inspection of Philip Hoffman in block letters at the tail. The assembly number "3" is found most major components. Buttplate without "US" on the tang. Lock in original flint, as is barrel. Retains both sling swivels, the original and full-length button head ramrod and an original bayonet that is frozen to the gun and will not be removed without substantial effort.

Condition: Good, in crisp and untouched attic condition. All exposed metal is heavily oxidized with a thick crusty brown patina with even surface roughness. Most markings remain clear and legible. Metal and wood uncleaned, lock functional and in original flint. Bore poor, heavily oxidized and rusted. Stock untouched, dry and dirty with good edges and scattered bumps and dings, as well as a couple of minor surface chips. Bayonet with the same thick, crusty and heavily oxidized patina.

EST $1000 - 1500...more

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Tack Decorated Spencer Model 1860 Rifle

Lot # 6 (Sale Order: 6 of 285)      

.56-56RF caliber, 30" barrel, S/N 10021. Blued and color casehardened finish, smooth walnut buttstock and forend. Matching serial number on barrel under forend. Standard three-line Spencer address and patent marks on receiver. Correct M1860 leaf rear sight, front sight/bayonet lug, correct smooth bottomed magazine follower tube, missing sling swivels. Buttstock decorated with 18 brass tacks of various sizes in two diagonal lines on the reverse and 20 in a circle and cross design on the obverse, with one tack head missing to complete the circle. The missing tack head reveals a square shank still in the stock.

Condition: Good. Retains no finish with a mottled and oxidized grayish-brown patina showing some scattered surface roughness and light pitting. Receiver markings remain legible, mechanically functional, heavily oxidized bore with evenly distributed light to moderate pitting. Stock with wear and numerous scattered bumps, dings and mars.

EST $1000 - 3000...more

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Post-Civil War Modified US M1860 Spencer Carbine

Lot # 7 (Sale Order: 7 of 285)      

.56-56 (.52 caliber bore), 22" barrel, S/N 44845. Blued and color case hardened finish, smooth walnut stock and forend secured by a screw and a single spring-retained barrel band. Matching serial number on barrel, under forend. Top of receiver weakly marked in three lines: SPENCER REPEATING / RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS / PAT'D MARCH 6, 1860. No cartouche visible on stock. Matching mating mark "8" on lever both parts of the breech block. Post-Civil War M1867 pattern Spencer factory magazine cut-off device added to extractor. Retains M1860 pattern ladder rear sight, German silver front sight blade in fixed base, sling bar and ring at left wrist and single sling swivel in toe of stock. Correct M1860-type magazine follower in butt. Retains original Civil War period .52 caliber 6-groove bore and has not been sleeved.

Condition: Very good. Retains some nice thinning blue turning plum on the barrel with some traces of case color on the receiver which has a generally mottled gray and brown appearance with scattered light surface oxidation. Markings on top of receiver light but mostly legible. Mechanically functional, fine bore with some scattered light oxidation. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars but remaining fairly crisp and without the usual cracks in the butt associated with the magazine tube. A nice looking Civil War period Spencer that may have been returned to the factory for the magazine cut-off upgrade after the war or have simply been a post-war civilian sale from "new old stock."

EST $2000 - 3000...more

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US Marked Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Lot # 8 (Sale Order: 8 of 285)      

.44 caliber, 7.5" octagonal-to-round barrel, S/N 12004 (mfg. ca 1852). Blued and color case hardened finish, brass backstrap and triggerguard, one-piece walnut grip. One-line barrel address reads {ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY}, three-line frame marking reads COLT'S / PATENT / U.S. Cylinder with roll engraved Texas Ranger and Indian fight scene, with MODEL USMR in one panel and the usual COLT'S PATENT mark in the other with the serial number in between. Matching serial numbers throughout, with matching abbreviated numbers on the loading lever, wedge, cylinder arbor and in the gripstrap cut out of the grip. No external sub-inspection marks are present, although one is found on the grip frame under the grip. No cartouches are present on the grip. 

Condition: Good. Retains no finish with an old cleaning that has aged to a dull pewter patina. Markings in metal remain mostly crisp and sharp and were likely freshened, as was the cylinder scene. Mechanically functional, fair bore with moderate pitting along its entire length. Grip sanded with the brass backstrap proud of the wood, no cartouches present. Both sides of the grip with added wood repairs at the leading edges, also showing some bumps and dings.

EST $3000 - 6000...more

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Colt London Navy WD Marked Percussion Revolver

Lot # 9 (Sale Order: 9 of 285)      

.36 caliber, 7.5" octagonal barrel, S/N 21533 (mfg. 1855). Blued and color case hardened finish, walnut grip. All visible numbers match. One-line Colt London barrel address, visible serial numbers match, standard roll engraved cylinder scene. London commercial proof marks on barrel web and between chambers of cylinder. British military War Department WD / {broad arrow} ownership stamp on barrel web. Gripstrap engraved: W.D. DeSaussure 15th SCVI. A search of both American and British military records reveals that only one potential candidate for this inscription exists, Colonel William D. DeSaussure of the 15th SC Volunteer Infantry, who was killed in action on at Gettysburg on July 2. 

With the advent of the Crimean War and the sudden need for modern repeating handguns in the field, the British Ordnance Department placed orders for a total of 23,700 Colt’s “Navy” pistols. These revolvers were delivered between March of 1854 and February of 1856. While many of these were delivered from Colt’s London production facility, additional revolvers were delivered from his US manufactory as well. Of these revolvers, 9,600 were issued to the Royal Navy, 5,000 were issued to the army in the Crimea and 9,000 remained in store at the Tower of London as of February 1856. All of these British military purchased revolvers were marked with London commercial proof marks, as well as the British military ownership mark of a small {broad arrow}/WD mark. The standard procedure for the British military was to keep arms in service for a minimum of 10 years unless they became unserviceable. Typically those arms were marked with opposed {broad arrows} when they were sold out of service. This gun is not so marked. As this revolver bears British War Department ownership markings and the revolver would have remained in British service until circa 1865, there is no realistic possibility that the inscription on the backstrap to a Confederate officer who died in 1863 is legitimate. 

Condition: Good. Metal with a dull pewter gray patina with scattered surface oxidation and discoloration, showing some scattered pinpricking and light pitting here and there. Markings remain clear with a mostly visible cylinder scene. Mechanically functional, good bore with scattered oxidation and light pitting. Grips with wear and scattered bumps, dings and mars.

EST $2000 - 3000...more

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Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

Lot # 10 (Sale Order: 10 of 285)      

.44 caliber, 8" barrel, S/N 100311 (mfg. ca 1863). Blued and color case hardened finish, brass triggerguard, smooth one-piece walnut grip. One-line NEW YORK barrel address, COLT'S / PATENT frame mark. Matching serial numbers throughout, including wedge and grip. Sub-inspected throughout with a weak script WHR cartouche on left grip and the shadow of a cartouche on the right. Revolver appears to be arsenal refinished as the quality of the applied blue, fire blue and case hardening is excellent, with the barrel showing appropriate cross polish around the front sight and loading lever catch.

Condition: Fine as refinished, retaining most of what appears to be an arsenal applied refinish. Markings remain mostly clear with the cylinder scene somewhat light. Mechanically functional, very good bore with some scattered oxidation and light pitting. Chambers with some surface rust. Right side of muzzle with metal loss due to holster wear. Grip lightly sanded leaving the left cartouche weak and the right one nearly imperceptible. 

EST $2000 - 4000...more

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Colt Model 1851 "Army-Navy" Percussion Revolver

Lot # 11 (Sale Order: 11 of 285)      

.36 caliber, 7.5" barrel, S/N 50739 (mfg. ca 1856). Blued and color case hardened finish, brass triggerguard and backstrap, one-piece walnut grip. Six-shot percussion cylinder. One-line barrel address reads: - ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY -. Frame marked COLT'S / PATENT / U.S. Cylinder with standard naval engagement roll-engraved scene with Colt's patent markings and serial number. Matching serial numbers throughout with the abbreviated serial number 0739 on the loading lever, the wedge and in ink in the backstrap cut out of the grip. Grip with a soft script ADK (Andrew D. King) cartouche on the left side and a similarly soft script RHKW final acceptance cartouche of Ordnance Officer Richard H.K. Whitely on the right side. Small "K" sub-inspection marks are found over most of the revolver with a small "H" inspection on the barrel. A crisp example of a scarce martial Colt M1851 Navy revolver.

Condition: Very good. Retains flecked traces of flaked blue on the barrel with a mostly even plum brown patina and some scattered surface oxidation and a couple of spots of moderate surface roughness. Frame with minute hints of mottled case coloring, having a mostly tobacco brown patina. Crisp markings throughout on the metal, retaining most of the cylinder scene. Mechanically functional, all safety pins on rear of cylinder battered and essentially missing, bore good with even pitting and moderate oxidation along its length. Grip good, lightly sanded with some scattered bumps and dings and softened cartouches.

EST $5500 - 8000...more

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Extremely Rare Confederate First Model Cofer Revolver - Serial No. 7

Lot # 12 (Sale Order: 12 of 285)      

.36 caliber, 7.4375" octagonal barrel, S/N 7. Brass frame, blued barrel, case hardened hammer, checkered two-piece walnut grips. Single action, spur trigger, 6-shot percussion revolver with unique two-piece cylinder that uses Cofer's patented percussion ignition brass cartridges. Top strap marked in two lines: T.W. COFER'S PATENT / AUGUST 1861. Barrel marked in a single line: PORTSMOUTH VA. Bottom of butt marked No 7. No other markings present externally or internally. Sand cast brass frame with removable side plate on reverse, secured by two screws, allowing access to the action. Frame shows some minute casting flaws on the exterior and rougher workmanship and tool marks on the interior and on the bottom of the top strap. Iron barrel screwed into the solid brass frame with about 3.5 threads exposed inside the frame shows some minute apparent flaws under strong light and magnification. Fixed notch rear sight cast integrally with the frame, brass cone front sight about .25" from the muzzle. Seven-groove bore with extremely slow rate of twist, appearing nearly straight. Checkered round, spring-loaded push button release on front right side of frame allows withdrawal of the cylinder arbor pin to remove the cylinder for loading and unloading. Cylinder shows some minute streaky flaws and measures 2" in overall length, not including the .135" ratchet on the rear, with the removable section measuring .5". The main body of the cylinder is nominally 1.43" in diameter with the the slightly rebated removable rear section measuring nominally 1.42" in diameter. Cylinder chamber mouths vary slightly but nominally measure .393". Barrel measures nominally .368" at the breech and muzzle. Includes 6 brass empty Cofer percussion cartridges with percussion cone bases, two with conical lead bullets press fit into the brass cases. These appear to be museum quality replicas produced from original Cofer cartridges in the same collection. To date only two examples of the Type I, "split cylinder" or "patent cylinder" Cofer revolvers are known.

This exact revolver is pictured on page 145 of William Albaugh's Confederate Handguns with the photograph noted as courtesy of the National Rifle Association. When the revolver was discovered it had previously experienced a catastrophic failure that resulted in the forward portion of the topstrap and the top portion of the frame where the barrel screws in being blown away. No barrel was present in the photo. The frame showed a diagonal break through the topstrap that extended from just to the right of the letter "U" in "August" and traversed the letter "R" in "Cofer." For more details on this gun, please go to cowans.com 



Provenance: ex-Fred Slaton Collection

Condition: Very good as restored. Retains no finish on the replacement barrel with a lightly oxidized pewter gray patina showing some scattered age discoloration and evenly distributed pin pricking. Barrel marking remains mostly clear and legible with only the letter "M" in "Portsmouth" mostly obscured. Bore extremely dirty, moderately oxidized and evenly pitted. Hammer with traces of case coloring, most visible with the side plate removed. Brass frame and side plate with a wonderful, untouched deep mustard patina with hints of ocher. Side plate shows no remarkable prying or tool marks along the sharp edges. Both the original and restored markings on the repaired topstrap remain very crisp and clear, as does serial number on bottom of grip. The repair itself is all but undetectable. Revolver remains mechanically functional and times, indexes and locks up as it should. Grips remain in about good condition with wear and age and some old repairs. A small piece of reinforcement wood has been inlet into the interior of the left grip around the screw escutcheon and a triangular piece of wood has been repaired on the right grip along the backstrap measuring about 1.5" along the base at the backstrap with the two legs measuring roughly 1" in length and meeting at the grip screw escutcheon. Otherwise the grips show the bumps, dings and handling marks expected on a Civil War period revolver's grips. A wonderful restored example of one of the rarest of all revolvers of the Southern Confederacy.

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Confederate Manhattan Cutler Co. Bowie Knife

Lot # 13 (Sale Order: 13 of 285)      

10.75" overall length. 6.5" blade with ricasso stamped Manhattan Cutlery Comp Sheffield. Blade is etched CS with a stylized sunburst in the background flanked by two flowers. Opposite side of blade is etched To M.C. Ledbetter From His Masonic Friends 1865. Stag handles and German silver crossguard. 

Condition: Etching on blade is excellent. Excellent condition. 

EST $1500 - 2500...more

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Will and Fink San Francisco Bowie Knife

Lot # 14 (Sale Order: 14 of 285)      

11.5" overall length. 6.75" blade with ricasso stamped Will & Fink S.F. Cal. Stag-handled grip. 

Condition: Blade with pitting on both sides with sharpening marks. Good condition. 

EST $1500 - 2500...more

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Rare Large D-Guard Bowie Knife

Lot # 15 (Sale Order: 15 of 285)      

14" length, 19.25" overall length. Nickeled blade with light scattered pitting. Turned oak grips. 

Condition: Guard, ferrule and grip collar ring are all heavily pitted with oxidation forming. Good.  

EST $2000 - 4000...more

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Confederate Bowie Knife from Antietam Battlefield

Lot # 16 (Sale Order: 16 of 285)      

11" clip point blade, brass handle with 18 rows of scales, brass guard.  Blade is marked Antietam Battlefield. Bowie knife made from a short sword.  

Condition: Blade is in relic condition with deep brown pitting.  Brass handle with nice patina.

EST $1500 - 2500...more

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Horstmann U.S. Model 1840 Cavalry Saber

Lot # 17 (Sale Order: 17 of 285)      

36" single-edged blade with 27" single fuller.  Brass three-branch guard with wire-wrapped leather grip.  Obverse ricasso marked with three-line "HORSTMANN/& SONS/PHILADELPHIA" address.  Iron scabbard with drag marked with "S&K" import stamp and "GM" inspector stamp.

Condition: Good.  Blade is mostly bright with some scattered oxidation and staining. Guard has a dull patination with grip retaining its original wire and minimal leather loss. Scabbard and blade have some evidence of past cleaning.

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Rare W. Clauberg Coast Guard Statue Hilt Dress Officers Sword

Lot # 18 (Sale Order: 18 of 285)      

32" spearpoint blade with 21.5" median fuller, 1" wide at forte.  Blade etched throughout with floral scrolls and martial trophies with a panel etched with Latin motto "SEMPER PARATUS" (always prepared).  Obverse ricasso marked with W. Clauberg maker's mark. Blade has a gilt wash which has since aged.  Cast hilt of brass with eagle-head rear quillon and guard of entwined oak leaved with "US" in branches. Reeded guard with panels of leaves surrounding an Indian brave, surmounted by an eagle atop a globe. Steel scabbard with case brass throat and chape in the form of martial trophies.

Condition: Fair. Blade has some scattered oxidation and scratching with some dark red rust in scratches with some additional rust on gilt wash, possibly from moisture in the scabbard. Cutting edge has no major imperfections. Scabbard has some scattered spots of oxidation and some dulling of luster of mounts.  

EST $2000 - 3000...more

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Civil War Belt Holster for a Colt Dragoon

Lot # 19 (Sale Order: 19 of 285)      

Black bridle leather. Marked on the belt loop Gaylord.

Condition: Excellent overall.

EST $1000 - 1500...more

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Museum Quality Reproduction U.S. Model 1858 Dress Hat for Cavalry

Lot # 20 (Sale Order: 20 of 285)      

14.75" x 11" x 7.5".  Black felt with rounded crown and double row of brim stitching and skin sweatband.  Brass wire-backed fittings including cavalry branch crossed sabers, "D" company letter and "1" regimental numeral.  Also includes brass eagle and ostrich plume with cavalry yellow hat cord.  Comes in attractive 13.5" x 12.5" x 15" case.

Condition: Blank likely a reproduction. Fittings appear to be original. Some tarnishing to fittings and fading to hat cord.  An excellent museum quality reproduction.

EST $800 - 1200...more

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Civil War-Era 36-Star American Flag

Lot # 21 (Sale Order: 21 of 285)      

Worsted wool, 70.5 x 136 in., with 36 hand-sewn, double-applique cotton stars configured in 6-6-6-6-6-6 horizontal rows. The fly is constructed of 13 machine-sewn wool stripes. The hoist is cotton with stitching along the edge. At least two stars are stamped with the name "Jacob Menz," and "Menz" is also inscribed on each side of the hoist. HDS lists two soldiers by the name of Jacob Menz, including Private Menz who served with the 99th New York Infantry and was wounded at Suffolk, VA, 4/17/63; and Private Menz who served with the 1st Missouri Light Artillery Battery G. However, no further history accompanies the flag. 

The 36-star flag became official after the admission of Nevada into the Union. It lasted for two short years. Ca 1865-1867.

Condition: Some scattered stains, minor holes. Toning to flag. Some corners reinforced with additional fabric. 

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Civil War Flag

Lot # 22 (Sale Order: 22 of 285)      

Grey pennant with red cotton "O" in center, heptagonal with rectangular center. Approx. 19 x 35.5 in. (max. length). Body may be cotton blend (linen?) or wool. Hoist is a sleeve for a rope or pole of the same material as the body of the pennant. At present it is tacked to a backing sheet that appears to be muslin and framed to 27 x 43 in.

Reportedly associated with Hancock's Veteran Legion.

Condition: Not removed from frame for examination and confirmation of materials.

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Springfield Model 1873 Carbine Marked to the 9th US Cavalry

Lot # 23 (Sale Order: 23 of 285)      

.45-70 caliber, 22" barrel, S/N 75452 (mfg. ca 1877). Blued and color case hardened finish, walnut stock with 10.5" comb and solid musket-style buttplate. Narrow 1873 type receiver. Lock plate marked with {spread-winged eagle} and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873. High-arch breech block marked U.S. / MODEL / 1873. No proofs on barrel other than a small P and L inspection marks. Reverse wrist with script Erskine S. Allin ESA cartouche in an oval, with a fancy {Circle-P} firing proof in the stock behind the triggerguard, along with the stamped initials A.L. Triggerguard tang with old marking that reads: G. 9 CAV.Y 33, suggesting that it was once in the possession of the 9th US Cavalry, Company G and issued to trooper number 33. Three-click tumbler, smooth trigger, sling bar inlet into counterpane with 1.06" OD sling ring (.74" ID). 1873 pattern stepped side rear sight graduated to 500-yards on the right wall and 1200-yards on the ladder, musket-style front sight with block base and blade. Single barrel band marked "U" with stacking swivel. Solid butt without storage compartment. A very late Model 1873 carbine produced in early 1877, likely one of the last such guns manufactured as Springfield transitioned to the Model 1877 carbine. Although this particular carbine is not listed in the Springfield Research Service database, carbines #75200, 75458 and 75473 are listed and all were issued to the 9th US Cavalry, making the attribution more likely. The 9th US cavalry was one of the famed regiments of African American "Buffalo Soldiers" serving on the American frontier, who spent most of the late 1860s through early 1880s "pacifying" the Native Americans in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and were heavily engaged against the Apaches during that period.

Condition: Very good. Barrel with some thinning blue, mixed with a mostly smooth plum brown patina. Metal with some scattered surface oxidation and some minor roughness on the barrel near the muzzle. Receiver with some dull mottled color. Markings clear, cartouche appears to be re-stamped, mechanically functional, very good bore with scattered oxidation and some dirt and dust. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars, as well as a few tiny surface chips forward of the sling bar mounts.

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Springfield Model 1877 Trapdoor Carbine

Lot # 24 (Sale Order: 24 of 285)      

.45-70 caliber, 22" barrel, S/N 75765 (mfg. ca 1877). Blued and color case hardened finish, walnut stock with 10.5" comb and keyhole-style trap door buttplate. Narrow 1873 type receiver. Lock plate marked with {spread-winged eagle} and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873. High-arch breech block marked U.S. / MODEL / 1873. No proofs on barrel, as is correct. Reverse wrist with script Erskine S. Allin ESA / 1877 cartouche in an oval, with a fancy {Circle-P} firing proof in the stock behind the triggerguard. Three-click tumbler, smooth trigger, sling bar inlet into counterpane with 1.087" OD sling ring (.7" ID). 1873 pattern stepped side rear sight graduated to 500-yards on the right wall and 1200-yards on the ladder, musket-style front sight with block base and blade. Single barrel band marked "U" with stacking swivel. An early 1877 production Model 1877 carbine with transitional features held over from the M1873 as parts on hand were used up.

Condition: Fine. Retains much of the blued finish on the barrel with some mottled gray case color remaining on the receiver. Clear markings, mechanically functional, very good bore bright and shiny.  Rear sight loose. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars. 

EST $2500 - 4000...more

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Rare Early Model 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbine

Lot # 25 (Sale Order: 25 of 285)      

.45-70 caliber, 22" barrel, S/N 13936 (mfg. ca 1874). Blued and color case hardened finish, walnut stock with 9" comb and solid musket style buttplate. Lock plate marked with {Spread-Winged Eagle} and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873. High-arch breech block marked MODEL / 1873 / {EAGLE HEAD} / {CROSSED ARROWS} / US. No proofs on barrel, as is correct. Reverse wrist with script Erskine S. Allin ESA cartouche in an oval, with a fancy {Circle-P} firing proof in the stock behind the triggerguard. Three-click tumbler, smooth trigger, sling bar inlet into counterpane with 1.053" OD sling ring (.745" ID). 1873 pattern stepped side rear sight graduated to 500 yards on the right wall and 1200 yards on the ladder, musket-style front sight with block base and blade. No hole under buttplate. Single barrel band marked "U" without stacking swivel. The name L GOODMAN is stamped into the stock, forward of the triggerguard, the significance of which is unknown. A fine condition and very scarce example of an early 1873 Trapdoor carbine from the second year of production.

Condition: Fine. Retains a significant amount of thinned blue on the barrel with some scattered patches of surface oxidation and a thumb sized patch of minor surface roughness near the muzzle. Receiver and breech block with strong traces of the dull blacked case colors typical of these pre-1877 production Trapdoors. All markings clear and crisp, fine cartouche and firing proof. Mechanically functional, very good to excellent bore, bright and shiny. Stock with scattered bumps, dings, minor marks and bruises. A really wonderful early production 1873 carbine with a fine short-comb stock.

EST $3500 - 6500...more

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