Historic Firearms & Early Militaria: Day 2

Historic Firearms & Early Militaria: Day 2

Thursday, May 4, 2017  |  10:00 AM Eastern
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Historic Firearms & Early Militaria: Day 2

Historic Firearms & Early Militaria: Day 2

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Our Spring auction will include fresh-to-the-market rifles, pistols, edged weapons, accoutrements, plus. Featuring Confederate pistols, a Dog River Cavalry Sword, a Desert Storm Sniper Rifle, & more.

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Contemporary Full-Stock Flintlock Rifle

Lot # 501 (Sale Order: 1 of 499)      

.410 bore diameter, 45.5" octagonal barrel length, no S/N. No visible markings.  Brass buttplate, trigger guard, 2-piece patchbox, ramrod pipes and fore-end cap.  Iron lock, hammer and frizzen.  Brown barrel. Maple stock with cheek piece carved on the left side.  Rear Buckhorn sight and front blade sight.  Comes with ramrod.

Condition: The barrel has been lightly cleaned with new surface oxidation forming.  The brass has a dark mustard patina. The lock just under the frizzen pan has some pitting.  The stock is in very good condition.  Bore has some pitting in the grooves. Mechanically good.

EST $ 600 - 1000...more

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Middle Eastern Flintlock Jazail Rifle

Lot # 502 (Sale Order: 2 of 499)      

.40 caliber, 39" round barrel. Walnut stock with a massive flintlock. Iron mounted.

Condition: Poor. Stock missing front 4" of barrel channel; stock cracked at mortise. Trigger guard pulled loose.

EST $ 400 - 600...more

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Mid-Eastern Flintlock Jeazeal Musket

Lot # 503 (Sale Order: 3 of 499)      

.500 bore diameter smoothbore, 46.5" octagonal-to-round barrel, notched rear sight mounted in the tang. Flintlock-style action, all metal except for the skeletonized buttstock with metal and wood. Bone inlays in the stock. 

Condition: All metal has nice dark untouched patina. Stock with black patina. Overall good.

EST $ 600 - 800...more

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Contemporary Knife and Flintlock Pistol

Lot # 504 (Sale Order: 4 of 499)      

.30 caliber, 2" barrel in brass knife hilt. 5.25" single-edged, cutlery-style blade with engraved brass hilt that contains a single-shot flintlock pistol. Flat, swan neck cock with unbridled brass pan. Exposed mechanism on obverse with flint battery on the reverse. Top of hilt engraved WHINORING

Condition: Good overall. Blade with medium pewter patina, brass with golden patina. Mechanically functional. An interesting curiosity.

EST $ 650 - 1000...more

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Balkan Flintlock Pistol

Lot # 505 (Sale Order: 5 of 499)      

.63 caliber, 12.25" octagonal-to-round barrel. Bright finish, brass stock and barrel wrap, ball butt. Classic Balkan / Greek pattern miquelet pistol. Flat lock with maker's mark, flat swan neck cock with squared off, grooved frizzen. Brass stock with chiseled patterns, false ramrod. Barrel engraved with simple patterns and with three maker's touch marks.

Condition: Very good overall.

EST $ 400 - 600...more

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Model 1808 Contract Musket By Nippes

Lot # 506 (Sale Order: 6 of 499)      

 .69 caliber smoothbore, 44" round barrel, marked on the back of the lock Nippes & Co Philada. Early flat-style lockplate, with a tit in the rear of the lockplate. Missing ramrod. Three barrel bands and full-length stock.

Condition: Barrel and lockplate are brown with some pitting. Stock has some nicks and dings.

EST $ 400 - 600...more

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Early Cartridge Box with brush and vent Pick

Lot # 507 (Sale Order: 7 of 499)      

24 tubes for cartridges, 9.75" X  3.75" leather box with a flap. No markings.  

Condition: Some crazing on the front flap. Very good overall.

EST $ 700 - 1000...more

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American Federal Period Naval Dirk

Lot # 508 (Sale Order: 8 of 499)      

Blade measures 9.25" and the overall length is 12.5".  Blade has gilt floral etching and a panoply of arms. Small German silver guard with a bone handle.

Condition: Gilt etching is visible on each side of the blade. The blue slightly remains blending with surface oxidation. The guard is loose and has a dark patina. The bone handle has a yellowing patina.

EST $ 600 - 900...more

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Engraved Powder Horn

Lot # 509 (Sale Order: 9 of 499)      

11.5" overall length. Engraved images on the horn includes: stylized sun rays, patriotic eagle with E. Pluribus Unum in its beak, deer, pheasant, and various foliage. Complete with raised carved spout.

Condition: Small chip in the region of the eagle's neck. Otherwise very good. 

EST $ 600 - 1000...more

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Federal Period Ivory Handled Sword

Lot # 510 (Sale Order: 10 of 499)      

33" curved blade with etched panels. Brass eagle pommel "D" guard, spiral bone handle. No scabbard.

Condition: Etched panels are visible, evidence of traces of gilt. Mostly a dark brown patina. Handle is in very good condition.

EST $ 500 - 700...more

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Non-Commissioned Officer's Sword 1818 by N. Starr

Lot # 511 (Sale Order: 11 of 499)      

25.5" blade with fuller.  Marked near the guard N. Starr US P, iron "D" guard, iron backstrap. Painted grooved wood handle.  No scabbard.

Condition: Markings ar sharp and clear. Blade is gunmetal grey with some black staining. Overall good.

EST $ 500 - 700...more

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Late 18th Century American Sword and Scabbard

Lot # 512 (Sale Order: 12 of 499)      

35" blade curved with fuller near the false edge.  Leather scabbard. Iron guard and backstrap.  Wood grooved handle.

Condition: Blade and backstrap have nice even dark brown patina with some pitting mixing in.  Leather scabbard is solid, missing tip.

EST $ 500 - 700...more

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Model 1817 Rifle

Lot # 513 (Sale Order: 13 of 499)      

.54 caliber, 36" barrel. Bright finish, walnut stock. Altered to left-hand configuration with an English "Tower"-marked flint lock. Original lock mortise covered with a solid brass plate. 1829 dated tang. Oval iron patchbox, pistol-gripped trigger guard, sling swivels, incorrect iron ramrod. An interesting creation of a left-handed rifle that was never made in that configuration.

Condition: Good as altered and modified. Scattered surface oxidation and light to moderate pitting, lock not functional. Stock good, as modified.

EST $ 600 - 900...more

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US Navy Powder Flask marked Adams and Dated 1846

Lot # 514 (Sale Order: 14 of 499)      

Large brass US Navy powder flask embossed on front and back of the body with Naval fouled anchor over "U.S.N." The neck is marked "Adams" over "J.S.P" inspector marks. Dated "1846" on the neck as well.  Measures 9.5" in length and 4.5" at the widest point of the body.  Has 2 brass carrying rings on each side of the body.    

Condition: Good condition with sharp markings.

EST $ 400 - 600...more

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Mexican War Period U.S. Artillery Officer's Chapeau

Lot # 515 (Sale Order: 15 of 499)      

U.S. Artillery Officer's chapeau, black beaver, ostrich feather.  Cockade with brass button eagle with"A" inside the shield. 

Condition: Chapeau shows wear around the edges. Paper lining still intact and in fair condition.

EST $ 600 - 800...more

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Model 1842 Aston Percussion Single Shot Pistol Belonging To Col. Joseph C. Audenried

Lot # 516 (Sale Order: 16 of 499)      

.54 caliber, 8.5" round barrel with military marks on the left side of barrel. Barrel pitted at nipple. Walnut stock with brass furniture. Lockplate marked H. Aston; on the rear of lockplate dated 1846. Tang dated 1846, captured ramrod. This pistol comes from the direct descendants of Col Joseph C. Audenried.

Condition: Sub-inspector's initials are visible on the barrel. Hammer and lock are dull. Stock has some nicks and dings with visible cartouches on the left flat opposite the lock. Chip on hammer.

EST $ 1000 - 2500...more

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U.S. Model 1842 Pistol By H. Aston & Co

Lot # 517 (Sale Order: 17 of 499)      

.54 caliber, 8.5" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, brass mounts, walnut stock. Lock marked US/H. ASTON & CO and MIDDTN/CONN/1851. No date visible on tang. Barrel with inspection marks, stock with 2 weak cartouches. Swivel ramrod. Incorrect front sight.

Condition: Good. Barrel cleaned to bright with some pitting. Lock dark gray with clear marks. Mechanically functional. Stock with bumps and dings.

EST $ 600 - 800...more

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Model 1836 Pistol by R.Johnson

Lot # 518 (Sale Order: 18 of 499)      

.54 caliber, 8.5" barrel, converted by the arsenal from flint to percussion, using a percussion bolster.  Lockplate marked R. Johnson and dated 183?.  Walnut stock.

Condition: Barrel and lock have nice dark patina. Missing the trigger. Stock is dark with some nicks and dings.

EST $ 600 - 900...more

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US Naval Cutlass Marked N.P. Ames, Cabotville

Lot # 519 (Sale Order: 19 of 499)      

US Naval cutlass marked "N.P. Ames Cabotville," with an "R.O." on knuckle guard and "U.S. 1846 and "J.L." Brass fish scale handle and brass "D" guard.

Condition: Blade is grey to brown with some pitting mixing in.  Brass is very good with nice patina.

EST $ 500 - 700...more

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Ballard Civil War Carbine by Ball & Williams

Lot # 520 (Sale Order: 20 of 499)      

.44 RF caliber, 22" round barrel, S/N 9940. All matching numbers. The right side of the frame is marked Ballard's Patent / Nov. 5. 1861 The left side of the frame is marked Ball & Williams On the left side of the frame is marked Ball & Williams / Worcester Mass. and Merwin & Bray Agts / New York. With MM on the left side of the breechblock and in a cartouche on the butt.  The walnut buttstock has an unusual leather buttpad that has been fashioned.

Condition: Barrel and frame have a plum patina. Markings are visible but weak. Stock has had an old repair by adding shoe leather as a buttplate. The forearm has a slight age crack on the left side. Bore is very good. Mechanically fine.

EST $ 2000 - 3000...more

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Bacon Mfg. Co. Navy Model Revolver, Second Type

Lot # 521 (Sale Order: 21 of 499)      

.38 RF caliber, 7.5" octagonal barrel. Large engraved frame. Marked on the top of the barrel in a single line Bacon Mfg Norwich Conn. Walnut grips.

Condition: Entire revolver has a nice uniform brown patina. Grips have some scuffs around the bottom edge. Cylinder does not index properly. Overall very good.

EST $ 500 - 750...more

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Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

Lot # 523 (Sale Order: 22 of 499)      

.44 caliber, 7.875" barrel, mixed serial numbers, frame No. 22217. Four-screw, cut-for-shoulder stock. Grip strap and backstrap modern replacements. Gun refinished and appears to be assembled from a combination of period and modern parts. Needs mechanical attention.

Condition: Good as assembled and refinished. Not functioning correctly.

EST $ 400 - 800...more

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Model 1816 Musket Shortened to Musketoon

Lot # 524 (Sale Order: 23 of 499)      

.70 caliber, 27.25" round barrel, browned finish. Walnut stock. Wickham contract US M-1822 (1816 Type II) National Armory brown musket, altered to percussion by the Belgian method. Marked WT Wickham on the lock, with PHILA and the date, 1825, behind the hammer, and matching 1825 date on tang. Shortened to musketoon configuration during the period of use, with rear band left in place and upper band moved back to new position and retained by a nail. Stock and barrel altered in a very professional, arsenal manner. Hammer very crude with a nearly flat neck, and a tall, un-checkered spur. The hammer profile and quality of the shortening suggests possible Confederate arsenal shortening. Multiple initials and the name JW Hill are crudely carved in the stock and appear to be period. Numerous soldiers with the initials "JW" and the last name "Hill" served on both sides during the Civil War, so a positive identification is unlikely. The musket is a nice, untouched example of a likely real Confederate "cut down."

Condition: Good overall, retaining some original arsenal brown finish with a deeply oxidized patina, scattered surface scale and scattered light to moderate pitting. Lock functional, but will not hold on half-cock. Stock with bumps and dings.

EST $ 700 - 1000...more

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Model 1816 Springfield Musket With Belgium Conversion

Lot # 525 (Sale Order: 24 of 499)      

.69 caliber, 42" round barrel. Bright finish, walnut stock. Standard Springfield lock markings, dated 1826 with matching date on breech plug tang. Standard Springfield proof marks on barrel. Visible inspection cartouche on flat, as well as a #2 re-inspection classification cartouche. Sling swivels present. Incorrect iron ramrod that is short.

Condition: Good overall. Metal with a mottled gray patina with some surface rust and oxidation present and scattered light pitting, heavier at the breech. Mechanically functional with a good bore. Stock in solid condition showing the usual wear and tear expected on a military musket that is nearly 200 years old.

EST $ 600 - 900...more

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London Armoury Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifled-Musket

Lot # 526 (Sale Order: 25 of 499)      

.577 caliber, 39" round barrel. Lock marked LA Co / 1862, with standard London commercial proofs at breech. 1862 dated London Armoury roundel on stock. J SMILES mark in wood behind triggerguard. Baddley patent barrel band in lower and middle position, Palmer band in upper. Sling swivels, rear sight and ramrod present.

Condition: Fair to good. All metal show moderate even pitting, obscuring most markings to some degree, with a mottled brown and gray patina. Stock crisp and well marked, but appears to have been cut around the breech area to accept a Snider breechblock. Stock with crack on reverse flat through mounting screw. Lock functional, but mainspring is weak. Good bore with scattered pitting and visible rifling.

EST $ 700 - 1000...more

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