Collectible Firearms & Militaria - Day 1

Collectible Firearms & Militaria - Day 1

Tuesday, December 14, 2021  |  9:00 AM Eastern
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Collectible Firearms & Militaria - Day 1

Collectible Firearms & Militaria - Day 1

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LOT OF 2: LARGE 18TH CENTURY FOLDING KNIFE AND FOLK ART POWDER HORN.

Lot # 1001 (Sale Order: 1 of 679)      

Comprising: A) Large folding European knife measuring 12-3/4" closed and a massive 21-3/4" open. Blade measures 10-3/4" and has a perch belly form with single edge and decoration on one side with indistinct inscriptions on the opposite side. There are gadrooned brass ferrules at each end and the grip scales are of horn and are decorated with braided brass wire and inlaid strips of brass engraved with rocker panel designs. CONDITION: Blade retains a grey patina and shows wear to decoration on both sides. Brass retains a pleasing dark mustard patina. One grip scale has a small chip and other shows a small area of insect damage. A rare size and a very early folding knife. B) A relief-carved folk art powder horn with face. Measures about 10" across the bow. There is a relief ring at the spout followed by a detailed relief-carved human face with ears. The flat wooden plug retains traces of old red paint and is retained by 6 iron tacks. CONDITION: Very good with a dry untouched surface. DMG Blade Length: 10-1/2" Overall Length: 12"
Comprising: A) Large folding European knife measuring 12-3/4" closed and a massive 21-3/4" open. Blade measures 10-3/4" and has a perch belly form with single edge and de...morecoration on one side with indistinct inscriptions on the opposite side. There are gadrooned brass ferrules at each end and the grip scales are of horn and are decorated with braided brass wire and inlaid strips of brass engraved with rocker panel designs. CONDITION: Blade retains a grey patina and shows wear to decoration on both sides. Brass retains a pleasing dark mustard patina. One grip scale has a small chip and other shows a small area of insect damage. A rare size and a very early folding knife. B) A relief-carved folk art powder horn with face. Measures about 10" across the bow. There is a relief ring at the spout followed by a detailed relief-carved human face with ears. The flat wooden plug retains traces of old red paint and is retained by 6 iron tacks. CONDITION: Very good with a dry untouched surface. DMG Blade Length: 10-1/2" Overall Length: 12"

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LOT OF 2: MID-18TH CENTURY BRASS HILTED BRITISH GRENADIER HANGERS

Lot # 1002 (Sale Order: 2 of 679)      

For an identical example, see plate 10.SS on page 307 of "Battle Weapons of the American Revolution" by George C. Neumann. These both date circa 1750-1768. This pattern was widely used by British troops during both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Both swords have slightly curved blades with single partial top fullers on both sides. One blade stamped on both sides "SH" within a running fox for maker Samuel Harvey. The other sword is stamped on both sides of the blade with a running fox only. Both have heart-shaped brass guards with two outboard branches on right sides. The cast brass grips have a spiraling pattern and round pommel caps with integral capstans. The Samuel Harvey marked sword has an English county name engraved on front of guard "M=CUMBERLAND / 4/4". CONDITION: A) Samuel Harvey marked example, markings are excellent and blade shows some scattered areas of pitting and battle nicks to cutting edge. Hilt retains a mustard patina and shows scattered marks from use. Top branch is cracked where it meets guard and quillon is absent. B) Running fox-marked example has a dark grey patina on blade with scattered light pitting and some nicks to cutting edge. Hilt slightly loose to blade and retains a [pleasing mustard patina. Quillon absent. A very nice lot of two historic swords. DMG Blade Length: (A)25" (B) 24" Overall Length: (A) 30" (B) 30"
For an identical example, see plate 10.SS on page 307 of "Battle Weapons of the American Revolution" by George C. Neumann. These both date circa 1750-1768. This pattern w...moreas widely used by British troops during both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Both swords have slightly curved blades with single partial top fullers on both sides. One blade stamped on both sides "SH" within a running fox for maker Samuel Harvey. The other sword is stamped on both sides of the blade with a running fox only. Both have heart-shaped brass guards with two outboard branches on right sides. The cast brass grips have a spiraling pattern and round pommel caps with integral capstans. The Samuel Harvey marked sword has an English county name engraved on front of guard "M=CUMBERLAND / 4/4". CONDITION: A) Samuel Harvey marked example, markings are excellent and blade shows some scattered areas of pitting and battle nicks to cutting edge. Hilt retains a mustard patina and shows scattered marks from use. Top branch is cracked where it meets guard and quillon is absent. B) Running fox-marked example has a dark grey patina on blade with scattered light pitting and some nicks to cutting edge. Hilt slightly loose to blade and retains a [pleasing mustard patina. Quillon absent. A very nice lot of two historic swords. DMG Blade Length: (A)25" (B) 24" Overall Length: (A) 30" (B) 30"

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LOT OF 3: 2 EARLY AXE HEADS AND 1 AXE WITH ATTRIBUTION TO FORT SUMTER

Lot # 1003 (Sale Order: 3 of 679)      

Lot consists of (A) Early hand forged broadaxe with broken shaft. The wedge remains in the eye and exhibits age that is consistent with the axe. There are no visible markings. CONDITION: Relic. There are chips and indents around the beard, heel, toe, and blade. The cheek and butt also exhibit blemishes from use and age. The axe features blemishes that are typical of a ground dug tool. Overall poor. (B) Circa 19th century belt axe. The axe is complete with a shaft that is most likely not original to the axe. The cheek is marked "2" along with "312" which is written on a small label. The shaft features a brass plaque that reads "Axe Found in the / Ruins of Fort Sumter / After the War 1865" which was most likely inscribed with electro-pencil. CONDITION: The axe is heavily pitted and has acquired a pleasant gray patina. There are chips in the blade and imperfections around the edges. Overall good. (C) Hand forged belt axe head. The head exhibits an illegible marking on the cheek. Forge marks are visible throughout the head. The axe retains a label that reads "JKL 78-76 / 155". CONDITION: Relic. The axe exhibits heavy pitting. Overall poor. These axe heads were once part of the John K. Lattimer collection. JLD Blade Length: (A) 12" (B) 4" (C) 3" Overall Length: (A) 12" (B) 19" (C) 4 - 5/8"
Lot consists of (A) Early hand forged broadaxe with broken shaft. The wedge remains in the eye and exhibits age that is consistent with the axe. There are no visible mark...moreings. CONDITION: Relic. There are chips and indents around the beard, heel, toe, and blade. The cheek and butt also exhibit blemishes from use and age. The axe features blemishes that are typical of a ground dug tool. Overall poor. (B) Circa 19th century belt axe. The axe is complete with a shaft that is most likely not original to the axe. The cheek is marked "2" along with "312" which is written on a small label. The shaft features a brass plaque that reads "Axe Found in the / Ruins of Fort Sumter / After the War 1865" which was most likely inscribed with electro-pencil. CONDITION: The axe is heavily pitted and has acquired a pleasant gray patina. There are chips in the blade and imperfections around the edges. Overall good. (C) Hand forged belt axe head. The head exhibits an illegible marking on the cheek. Forge marks are visible throughout the head. The axe retains a label that reads "JKL 78-76 / 155". CONDITION: Relic. The axe exhibits heavy pitting. Overall poor. These axe heads were once part of the John K. Lattimer collection. JLD Blade Length: (A) 12" (B) 4" (C) 3" Overall Length: (A) 12" (B) 19" (C) 4 - 5/8"

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LOT OF 3: TWO REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA DIRKS AND BRASS SNUFF BOX.

Lot # 1004 (Sale Order: 4 of 679)      

Comprising: A) Large dirk measuring 19-1/4" overall with a double-edged diamond section blade of 14-1/8". Sheet brass diamond-shaped guard and faceted ferrules at top and bottom of faceted horn handle. Ball-shaped brass capstan at top. CONDITION: Very good overall, blade retains a grey patina with some areas of heavier dark patina. Guard slightly bent. Handle excellent. Brass retains a pleasing dark patina. B) Small American silver-mounted dirk of 8-7/8" overall with original scabbard. The double-edged multi-faceted blade measures just over 4-1/2". Shaped sheet silver guard, ferrule and pommel cap. The tapered rectangular horn grip has a rocker-panel engraved silver inlay on each of the four sides. Silver pommel cap and ferrule decorated en suite. The original brown leather scabbard has silver mounts engraved en suite. CONDITION: Very good, blade retains its original bright polish with some mars to cutting edges and a repair to tip. Silver mounts retain a pleasing pewter patina. Scabbard excellent with some minor scuffs. A very attractive dirk. C) Brass combination box measuring 3-1/8" by 1-7/8" by 1/2". The top of the hinged brass lid has an engraved clock dial with Roman numerals I through XII and a single brass hand. When unlocked at the 12 o'clock position, brass lid slides to lock or unlock the box. A very interest lock or snuff box. CONDITION: Retains a pleasing dark mustard patina, a couple minor dents. Box is functional. DMG Blade Length: (A) 14" (B) 5" Overall Length: (A) 19" (B) 9"
Comprising: A) Large dirk measuring 19-1/4" overall with a double-edged diamond section blade of 14-1/8". Sheet brass diamond-shaped guard and faceted ferrules at top and...more bottom of faceted horn handle. Ball-shaped brass capstan at top. CONDITION: Very good overall, blade retains a grey patina with some areas of heavier dark patina. Guard slightly bent. Handle excellent. Brass retains a pleasing dark patina. B) Small American silver-mounted dirk of 8-7/8" overall with original scabbard. The double-edged multi-faceted blade measures just over 4-1/2". Shaped sheet silver guard, ferrule and pommel cap. The tapered rectangular horn grip has a rocker-panel engraved silver inlay on each of the four sides. Silver pommel cap and ferrule decorated en suite. The original brown leather scabbard has silver mounts engraved en suite. CONDITION: Very good, blade retains its original bright polish with some mars to cutting edges and a repair to tip. Silver mounts retain a pleasing pewter patina. Scabbard excellent with some minor scuffs. A very attractive dirk. C) Brass combination box measuring 3-1/8" by 1-7/8" by 1/2". The top of the hinged brass lid has an engraved clock dial with Roman numerals I through XII and a single brass hand. When unlocked at the 12 o'clock position, brass lid slides to lock or unlock the box. A very interest lock or snuff box. CONDITION: Retains a pleasing dark mustard patina, a couple minor dents. Box is functional. DMG Blade Length: (A) 14" (B) 5" Overall Length: (A) 19" (B) 9"

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LOT OF 2: EARLY 18TH CENURY PLUG BAYONETS, ONE WITH SCABBARD.

Lot # 1005 (Sale Order: 5 of 679)      

Comprising: A) Horn-handled plug bayonet of 11" overall with a 6-1/4" tapered diamond section blade. Iron guard and turned horn grip with brass tack and bone tack decoration towards guard. Pommel cap is absent. CONDITION: Blade and guard retain a pleasing dark grey patina. Horn guard shows some wear. B) Horn-handled European plug bayonet with scabbard, measures 16-1/4" overall with a tapered double-edged blade of 11" with two deep fullers on each side. Brass guard and mounts with a turned horn grip. Scabbard is brown leather with iron mounts. CONDITION: Blade has been sharpened on edges and otherwise retains a grey patina. Brass mounts retain a pleasing mustard patina and horn grip shows crazing from age and is very good. Scabbard possibly ly associated, mounts show some cracking and losses, heavy pitting. A nice group of scarce plug bayonets. DMG Blade Length: (A) 6" (B) 12" Overall Length: (A) 11" (B) 17"
Comprising: A) Horn-handled plug bayonet of 11" overall with a 6-1/4" tapered diamond section blade. Iron guard and turned horn grip with brass tack and bone tack decorat...moreion towards guard. Pommel cap is absent. CONDITION: Blade and guard retain a pleasing dark grey patina. Horn guard shows some wear. B) Horn-handled European plug bayonet with scabbard, measures 16-1/4" overall with a tapered double-edged blade of 11" with two deep fullers on each side. Brass guard and mounts with a turned horn grip. Scabbard is brown leather with iron mounts. CONDITION: Blade has been sharpened on edges and otherwise retains a grey patina. Brass mounts retain a pleasing mustard patina and horn grip shows crazing from age and is very good. Scabbard possibly ly associated, mounts show some cracking and losses, heavy pitting. A nice group of scarce plug bayonets. DMG Blade Length: (A) 6" (B) 12" Overall Length: (A) 11" (B) 17"

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LOT OF 2: REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA DIRKS

Lot # 1006 (Sale Order: 6 of 679)      

Late 18th or early 19th century. Comprising: A) Large iron mounted fighting dirk of 16-1/2" overall with a tapered, double-edged diamond-section blade of 11-3/4". Iron guard is "S" shaped. Ebony handle has a fluted section followed. by section of relief turnings. CONDITION: Blade retains a spotted grey patina. Guard retains a matching patina. Grip very good. B) Brass mounted dirk of 14" overall with a double-edged diamond-section blade of 9-1/4". Thick shaped brass guard, inscribed on top with initials "C Y". The round horn handle is tapered at both ends and has a brass pommel cap and a brass ferrule at base. CONDITION: Very good, blade retains a grey patina, tip slightly rounded. Brass retains a pleasing dark patina, horn handle very good. A nice lot if two large early dirks. DMG Blade Length: (A)12" (B) 9-1/2" Overall Length: (A) 16-1/2" (B) 14"
Late 18th or early 19th century. Comprising: A) Large iron mounted fighting dirk of 16-1/2" overall with a tapered, double-edged diamond-section blade of 11-3/4". Iron gu...moreard is "S" shaped. Ebony handle has a fluted section followed. by section of relief turnings. CONDITION: Blade retains a spotted grey patina. Guard retains a matching patina. Grip very good. B) Brass mounted dirk of 14" overall with a double-edged diamond-section blade of 9-1/4". Thick shaped brass guard, inscribed on top with initials "C Y". The round horn handle is tapered at both ends and has a brass pommel cap and a brass ferrule at base. CONDITION: Very good, blade retains a grey patina, tip slightly rounded. Brass retains a pleasing dark patina, horn handle very good. A nice lot if two large early dirks. DMG Blade Length: (A)12" (B) 9-1/2" Overall Length: (A) 16-1/2" (B) 14"

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LOT OF 3: EPROUVETTES IN BOTH FLINTLOCK AND PERCUSSION CONFIGURATIONS.

Lot # 1007 (Sale Order: 7 of 679)      

Eprouvettes (also referred to as powder testers) were simple handheld devices used to check the potency of powder before it was used in firearms. This lot consists of 3 examples comprising: (A) Large tester with actual measure made from an oversized V spring and mounted to a elliptical ruler with engraved measuring points, and a brass marker for the ruler. When fired, the V spring compressed and forces the brass tab to move to the appropriate measurement. Simple boxlock action with percussion action devoid of markings (probably Belgian or French based on the grip shape). CONDITION: Fair to good. Measuring implements are good, with legible markings. Metal has ben oxidation throughout, cleaner on the ruler than on the boxlock area, which is essentially a smooth chocolate patina. No trigger guard. Cock with some pitting from use. Grip is damaged at lock and exposes internals. V Spring compressed appropriately. (B) Unsigned tested with a boxlock action, with measurer being a wheel mounted under the muzzle and restrained by a V spring, with a lever mounted on the left side to release the pressure on the wheel and reset. Sparse floral engraving on boxlock. Birdshead grip is newer than balance of pistol. CONDITION: Very good, metal has been cleaned in the European style over some spotted oxidation with some softening to legends. Grip is very good with some hand rubbing wear to high edge. Mechanically fine. (C) Brass framed powder tester by Mevans, signed on the boxlock with stands of arms on both sides, marked "Birmingham" on right side. Tester mechanism very similar to (B). Slabside walnut grips. CONDITION: Very good. Iron testing mechanism with some spotted oxidation throughout, brass a deep mustardy patina with some darkness at edges. Grips are excellent with some handling marks and chips befitting a lifetime of use. A nice lot of powder testers. EMW
Eprouvettes (also referred to as powder testers) were simple handheld devices used to check the potency of powder before it was used in firearms. This lot consists of 3 e...morexamples comprising: (A) Large tester with actual measure made from an oversized V spring and mounted to a elliptical ruler with engraved measuring points, and a brass marker for the ruler. When fired, the V spring compressed and forces the brass tab to move to the appropriate measurement. Simple boxlock action with percussion action devoid of markings (probably Belgian or French based on the grip shape). CONDITION: Fair to good. Measuring implements are good, with legible markings. Metal has ben oxidation throughout, cleaner on the ruler than on the boxlock area, which is essentially a smooth chocolate patina. No trigger guard. Cock with some pitting from use. Grip is damaged at lock and exposes internals. V Spring compressed appropriately. (B) Unsigned tested with a boxlock action, with measurer being a wheel mounted under the muzzle and restrained by a V spring, with a lever mounted on the left side to release the pressure on the wheel and reset. Sparse floral engraving on boxlock. Birdshead grip is newer than balance of pistol. CONDITION: Very good, metal has been cleaned in the European style over some spotted oxidation with some softening to legends. Grip is very good with some hand rubbing wear to high edge. Mechanically fine. (C) Brass framed powder tester by Mevans, signed on the boxlock with stands of arms on both sides, marked "Birmingham" on right side. Tester mechanism very similar to (B). Slabside walnut grips. CONDITION: Very good. Iron testing mechanism with some spotted oxidation throughout, brass a deep mustardy patina with some darkness at edges. Grips are excellent with some handling marks and chips befitting a lifetime of use. A nice lot of powder testers. EMW

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(A) REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD FRENCH 1763/66 FLINTLOCK PISTOL.

Lot # 1008 (Sale Order: 8 of 679)      

For another example, see "The History of Weapons Of The American Revolution" by Neumann, P.32, page 182. These French pistols were used not only by French allies during the Revolutionary War, but a number were also used by American soldiers when the French shipped in arms for Americans. Round barrel devoid of sights, with partially visible proofs offset over breech, including what appears to be a "76". Characteristic double strap brass forestrap that also doubles as a reinforced mouth for flat headed ramrod; companion brass trigger guard and buttcap indicative of Naval use. Flat lock with pierced cock, faceted pan with bridled frizzen and pan cover. Markings on lock are no longer visible, but "D" proof on wrist is indicative of Charleville production. Left side of stock, behind side panel, with "G" and what appears to be a "1" spliced in. French proofs are still visible on front strap, trigger guard, and buttcap. CONDITION: Very good, retaining a pleasant as-found look. Barrel is essentially a rich brown patina throughout, with some flashes of silver visible at the edges, near the stock line. Brass has a deep rich patina, somewhat lighter on the trigger guard where hand rubbing appears to have lightened the patina. Stock is very good with marks from handling and use throughout, with a chip missing in front of trigger guard. Action functions as it should, bore is very good with some even oxidation and some kind of paper pressed down the bore into the breech. This is a great example of a pistol that could have played a role in the founding of the United States. EMW Barrel Length: 9" Caliber/Bore: .68 Smoothbore FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: French Model: 1763 Serial Number: NSN
For another example, see "The History of Weapons Of The American Revolution" by Neumann, P.32, page 182. These French pistols were used not only by French allies during t...morehe Revolutionary War, but a number were also used by American soldiers when the French shipped in arms for Americans. Round barrel devoid of sights, with partially visible proofs offset over breech, including what appears to be a "76". Characteristic double strap brass forestrap that also doubles as a reinforced mouth for flat headed ramrod; companion brass trigger guard and buttcap indicative of Naval use. Flat lock with pierced cock, faceted pan with bridled frizzen and pan cover. Markings on lock are no longer visible, but "D" proof on wrist is indicative of Charleville production. Left side of stock, behind side panel, with "G" and what appears to be a "1" spliced in. French proofs are still visible on front strap, trigger guard, and buttcap. CONDITION: Very good, retaining a pleasant as-found look. Barrel is essentially a rich brown patina throughout, with some flashes of silver visible at the edges, near the stock line. Brass has a deep rich patina, somewhat lighter on the trigger guard where hand rubbing appears to have lightened the patina. Stock is very good with marks from handling and use throughout, with a chip missing in front of trigger guard. Action functions as it should, bore is very good with some even oxidation and some kind of paper pressed down the bore into the breech. This is a great example of a pistol that could have played a role in the founding of the United States. EMW Barrel Length: 9" Caliber/Bore: .68 Smoothbore FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: French Model: 1763 Serial Number: NSN

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(A) LARGE PERIOD FLINTLOCK PISTOL WITH "NH" ON TANG.

Lot # 1009 (Sale Order: 9 of 679)      

72 caliber smoothbore flint lock pistol circa the late 1700's early 1800's of unknown origin. 13" smoothbore barrel with brass blade front sight, marked with "Crown" over 7 stamping at breech and what looks to be "VB" and "CR" at left breech. Tang is inscribed with "NH" and "17" with brass two screw sideplate with No. 25 stamped in it. Unmarked Banana style early flint lock with single trigger control. Beech or possibly fruitwood stock with brass hardware with unique flattened buttstock and brass cap also numbered 25. Steel trumpet type ramrod with knife stamp on shaft and end threaded for attachment. Gun could possibly be continental European or American Assemblage of European obtained parts. Neat gun. CONDITION: Metal parts turning a silvery patina with brass turning a dark mustard color. Wood retains what looks to be traces of original finish with handling dings and marks. Dark bore with crisp mechanics. DLM Barrel Length: 13" Caliber/Bore: .72 Smoothbore FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: Possibly American Model: Flintlock Serial Number: 25
72 caliber smoothbore flint lock pistol circa the late 1700's early 1800's of unknown origin. 13" smoothbore barrel with brass blade front sight, marked with "Crown" over...more 7 stamping at breech and what looks to be "VB" and "CR" at left breech. Tang is inscribed with "NH" and "17" with brass two screw sideplate with No. 25 stamped in it. Unmarked Banana style early flint lock with single trigger control. Beech or possibly fruitwood stock with brass hardware with unique flattened buttstock and brass cap also numbered 25. Steel trumpet type ramrod with knife stamp on shaft and end threaded for attachment. Gun could possibly be continental European or American Assemblage of European obtained parts. Neat gun. CONDITION: Metal parts turning a silvery patina with brass turning a dark mustard color. Wood retains what looks to be traces of original finish with handling dings and marks. Dark bore with crisp mechanics. DLM Barrel Length: 13" Caliber/Bore: .72 Smoothbore FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: Possibly American Model: Flintlock Serial Number: 25

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(A) FRENCH 1777 FLINTLOCK PISTOL, MANUFACTURED AT ST. ETIENNE.

Lot # 1010 (Sale Order: 10 of 679)      

This pattern of pistol would serve as the template for the North and Cheney 1799 pistol, America's first martial pistol, and were commonly sent to American soldiers by the French during the Revolutionary War. Round iron barrel with offset trumpet headed ramrod that feeds directly into action. Pierced cock with rounded pan. "St. Etienne" in half moon underneath the cock. Brass action housing (with vacant belt hook slot) and trigger guard, with guard affixed by pair of screws. Flat trigger. Brass buttcap and iron backstrap. Visible French proof on action, just above frizzen spring. Faint "9BRE / 1782" visible on right side of stock. CONDITION: Very good. Barrel is approximately half rich chocolate brown patina and half bright metal with scattered freckling, possibly from being mounted to a wall or similar. Brass a deep rich patina, somewhat lighted in protected areas and front strap where rubbed by hand. Iron backstrap essentially a chocolate patina, exposed section of ramrod patinated but protected area bright metal. Stock is very good with handling and use marks throughout, including a few scrapes. Small chip at trigger guard tang and large chip behind cock. A nice example. EMW Barrel Length: 7 - 1/2" Caliber/Bore: .69 Smoothbore FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: St. Etienne Model: 1777 Serial Number: NSN
This pattern of pistol would serve as the template for the North and Cheney 1799 pistol, America's first martial pistol, and were commonly sent to American soldiers by th...moree French during the Revolutionary War. Round iron barrel with offset trumpet headed ramrod that feeds directly into action. Pierced cock with rounded pan. "St. Etienne" in half moon underneath the cock. Brass action housing (with vacant belt hook slot) and trigger guard, with guard affixed by pair of screws. Flat trigger. Brass buttcap and iron backstrap. Visible French proof on action, just above frizzen spring. Faint "9BRE / 1782" visible on right side of stock. CONDITION: Very good. Barrel is approximately half rich chocolate brown patina and half bright metal with scattered freckling, possibly from being mounted to a wall or similar. Brass a deep rich patina, somewhat lighted in protected areas and front strap where rubbed by hand. Iron backstrap essentially a chocolate patina, exposed section of ramrod patinated but protected area bright metal. Stock is very good with handling and use marks throughout, including a few scrapes. Small chip at trigger guard tang and large chip behind cock. A nice example. EMW Barrel Length: 7 - 1/2" Caliber/Bore: .69 Smoothbore FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: St. Etienne Model: 1777 Serial Number: NSN

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(A) A FLINTLOCK RIFLE IN THE STYLE OF A THIRD MODEL BROWN BESS RIFLE.

Lot # 1011 (Sale Order: 11 of 679)      

Round barrel with indistinct proofs offset of breech and a "12". Bayonet lug near muzzle. Flintlock with reinforced cock and devoid of any proofs. Ramrod with flat head retained by two ferrules with flared mouths and feeding into a reinforced mouth. Simple brass trigger guard with "5864" on tang. Sling loops affixed to trigger guard and above fore ferrule. Brass buttplate. CONDITION: Metal has been cleaned with spotted darkness throughout, heavier towards muzzle. Stock is very good as carefully sanded and refinishewd with numerous bumps and bruises throughout, and some repairs with woodfill near toe. Crack at rear of lock. Mechanically good, bore is good with a minimum of oxidation. EMW Barrel Length: 38 - 3/4" Caliber/Bore: .79 Smoothbore FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: British (?) Model: After a Third Model Brown Bess Serial Number: 5864
Round barrel with indistinct proofs offset of breech and a "12". Bayonet lug near muzzle. Flintlock with reinforced cock and devoid of any proofs. Ramrod with flat head r...moreetained by two ferrules with flared mouths and feeding into a reinforced mouth. Simple brass trigger guard with "5864" on tang. Sling loops affixed to trigger guard and above fore ferrule. Brass buttplate. CONDITION: Metal has been cleaned with spotted darkness throughout, heavier towards muzzle. Stock is very good as carefully sanded and refinishewd with numerous bumps and bruises throughout, and some repairs with woodfill near toe. Crack at rear of lock. Mechanically good, bore is good with a minimum of oxidation. EMW Barrel Length: 38 - 3/4" Caliber/Bore: .79 Smoothbore FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: British (?) Model: After a Third Model Brown Bess Serial Number: 5864

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(A) COMPOSITE FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE WITH BARREL SIGNED "1790 ANSTAT".

Lot # 1012 (Sale Order: 12 of 679)      

This rifle has been assembled using a combination of old and new components. The octagon barrel is marked towards the breech in block letters "1790: ANSTAT" with the "S" reversed. The lock is a well-aged reproduction. The patchbox is deeply engraved and has a lid with relief panel and a Lehigh County style finial. The buttplate is of the Bucks County style and when on its original rifle, the now lead-filled patchbox release button was on the tang. The triggerguard is also Bucks County in style terminating in the front with a thumbnail shape. There is a brass heart on the wrist and a crude eight-point brass star above the cheekpiece. The contemporary stock is of fine highly striped tiger maple and resembles the form found on Angstat rifles. CONDITION: Barrel has an applied brown finish, markings are crisp. Brass furniture retains a mostly brown mustard patina, sideplate is more polished. Lock retains a chemically aged grey surface. Stock has replaced wood around lock and some rectangular splinters along forend. Stock is green in color due to the chemical composition of the finish often used in the 1950s and 60s, which turned green over time. DMG Barrel Length: 42 - 1/4" Caliber/Bore: .55 Smoothbore FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: Unknown Model: Kentucky Longrifle Serial Number: NSN
This rifle has been assembled using a combination of old and new components. The octagon barrel is marked towards the breech in block letters "1790: ANSTAT" with the "S" ...morereversed. The lock is a well-aged reproduction. The patchbox is deeply engraved and has a lid with relief panel and a Lehigh County style finial. The buttplate is of the Bucks County style and when on its original rifle, the now lead-filled patchbox release button was on the tang. The triggerguard is also Bucks County in style terminating in the front with a thumbnail shape. There is a brass heart on the wrist and a crude eight-point brass star above the cheekpiece. The contemporary stock is of fine highly striped tiger maple and resembles the form found on Angstat rifles. CONDITION: Barrel has an applied brown finish, markings are crisp. Brass furniture retains a mostly brown mustard patina, sideplate is more polished. Lock retains a chemically aged grey surface. Stock has replaced wood around lock and some rectangular splinters along forend. Stock is green in color due to the chemical composition of the finish often used in the 1950s and 60s, which turned green over time. DMG Barrel Length: 42 - 1/4" Caliber/Bore: .55 Smoothbore FFL Status: Antique Manufacturer: Unknown Model: Kentucky Longrifle Serial Number: NSN

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FRAMED 1739 DATED ENGLISH LAND INDENTURE DOCUMENT.

Lot # 1013 (Sale Order: 13 of 679)      

Attractive King George II period, 1739 dated land document transferring ownership of pasture land from a Thomas Clarke of County Dorset to a John Swooke of County Dorset. Handwritten in script on velum, with affixed tax stamps. Signed at bottom by Thomas Clarke with wax seal. Framed in older black painted wood frame. CONDITION: Good. Document still bright with iron ink oxidizing to brown. Some expected creased from being folded and light abrasions. Frame has dings and paint loss around edges. PROVENANCE: Ex Lattimer. BAS
Attractive King George II period, 1739 dated land document transferring ownership of pasture land from a Thomas Clarke of County Dorset to a John Swooke of County Dorset....more Handwritten in script on velum, with affixed tax stamps. Signed at bottom by Thomas Clarke with wax seal. Framed in older black painted wood frame. CONDITION: Good. Document still bright with iron ink oxidizing to brown. Some expected creased from being folded and light abrasions. Frame has dings and paint loss around edges. PROVENANCE: Ex Lattimer. BAS

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LOT OF EPHEMERA INCLUDING 1834 MAP OF NEW YORK, CABINET CARD OF INDIAN CHILD, AND SEVERAL NEWSPAPERS

Lot # 1014 (Sale Order: 14 of 679)      

Lot consists of: (A) 1870-1880s studio image of a Plains Indian girl wearing a buckskin dress and moccasins. ID'd on the reverse in black ink "Bertha Sunbear." Measures: 6" x 4 - 1/4." (B) 1834 black and white map of North America, published by Samuel Walker. Map depicts Indian tribes, mountains, rivers, and Mexican territory from the southwest border all the way to Oregon. Northwest U.S. shown as Russian, and west of the Great Salt Lake is listed as "western limits of this lake are unknown." Fascinating details in the early days of Manifest Destiny. Measures: 8.5" x 11." (C) Lot of 8 early 1800's newspapers (Columbian Centinel, Boston, Connecticut Courant) that feature content like Michigan Indian Treaty of 1809, Battle of Detroit lost, Michigan formed 1805, Michigan statehood, Detroit retaken, Detroit burned, and battles of the War of 1812. CONDITION: All items show age commensurate wear with some foxing to the map and rubbing to fold lines and edges on the newspapers and photo. Overall all items are suited for display or framing. BRM.
Lot consists of: (A) 1870-1880s studio image of a Plains Indian girl wearing a buckskin dress and moccasins. ID'd on the reverse in black ink "Bertha Sunbear." Measures: ...more6" x 4 - 1/4." (B) 1834 black and white map of North America, published by Samuel Walker. Map depicts Indian tribes, mountains, rivers, and Mexican territory from the southwest border all the way to Oregon. Northwest U.S. shown as Russian, and west of the Great Salt Lake is listed as "western limits of this lake are unknown." Fascinating details in the early days of Manifest Destiny. Measures: 8.5" x 11." (C) Lot of 8 early 1800's newspapers (Columbian Centinel, Boston, Connecticut Courant) that feature content like Michigan Indian Treaty of 1809, Battle of Detroit lost, Michigan formed 1805, Michigan statehood, Detroit retaken, Detroit burned, and battles of the War of 1812. CONDITION: All items show age commensurate wear with some foxing to the map and rubbing to fold lines and edges on the newspapers and photo. Overall all items are suited for display or framing. BRM.

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LOT OF 2: LARGE ARTILLERY POWDER HORN AND ENGRAVED HORN OF ROBERT JANES.

Lot # 1015 (Sale Order: 15 of 679)      

Lot consists of (A) Large late 18th century to early 19th century American artillery powder horn measuring about 18" across the bow. Brass charging spout at tip and turned concave wooden plug with removable threaded knob. Hand-forged iron loop for strap attachment mounted below spout. CONDITION: Very good with as as-found surface overall. (B) Large engraved powder horn of about 13-1/2" across the bow. Engraved in block letters "ROBERT JANES" in shaded letters about "PI". There is also an engraved church and tavern, faceted below spout section. CONDITION: As found an untouched with a dark honey surface and some deterioration and losses to convex wooden plug. DMG
Lot consists of (A) Large late 18th century to early 19th century American artillery powder horn measuring about 18" across the bow. Brass charging spout at tip and turne...mored concave wooden plug with removable threaded knob. Hand-forged iron loop for strap attachment mounted below spout. CONDITION: Very good with as as-found surface overall. (B) Large engraved powder horn of about 13-1/2" across the bow. Engraved in block letters "ROBERT JANES" in shaded letters about "PI". There is also an engraved church and tavern, faceted below spout section. CONDITION: As found an untouched with a dark honey surface and some deterioration and losses to convex wooden plug. DMG

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LOT OF 4: CONTEMPORARY BONE TIPPED AND BANDED POWDER HORNS.

Lot # 1016 (Sale Order: 16 of 679)      

Lot consists of (A) Excellent and well-executed contemporary copy of an engraved powder horn in the style of Tansel. Horn features a large engraved eagle holding a snake in its beak and "E. PLURIBUS UNUM" in a banner above. Horn also depicts a fish being swallowed by an alligator and other engraved animals. (B) A southern style powder horn with 2 horn bands and a turned bone tip. (C) Plain powder horn with convex butt painted red with black dot decoration. (D) Southern-style architectural powder horn with 3 horn bands, tack decoration around plug, and a turned bone tip. CONDITION: All in excellent condition. DMG
Lot consists of (A) Excellent and well-executed contemporary copy of an engraved powder horn in the style of Tansel. Horn features a large engraved eagle holding a snake ...morein its beak and "E. PLURIBUS UNUM" in a banner above. Horn also depicts a fish being swallowed by an alligator and other engraved animals. (B) A southern style powder horn with 2 horn bands and a turned bone tip. (C) Plain powder horn with convex butt painted red with black dot decoration. (D) Southern-style architectural powder horn with 3 horn bands, tack decoration around plug, and a turned bone tip. CONDITION: All in excellent condition. DMG

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ENGRAVED FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR NEW YORK MAP POWDER HORN WITH PROVENANCE.

Lot # 1017 (Sale Order: 17 of 679)      

This rather large map horn measures about 13" across the bow. The spout section has a ring about 1/4" from opening followed by a faceted section, 3 graduated faceted rings and another faceted section. The top edge of the main body is scalloped. The horn features a large British crest and is professionally engraved. Towards the bottom is a detailed view of New York City with important churches, forts, and buildings. Other places labelled and depicted include: Albany, "Skinectady", Half Moon, Ft. Johnson, Fort Hunter, German Flats, Fort Williams, Fort Newport, Oswego, Fort Stillwater, Fort Miller, Fort Anna, Fort Edward, South Bay, Fort Saratoga, Fort Myer, Halfway Brook, Ticonderoga, Lake George, William Henry, and others. There are also detailed rivers and tributaries as well as depictions of important forts and buildings along this map. The spout and butt have silver caps connected by a braided silver chain, the spout cap is glued in place. The buttcap shows British hallmarks. The horn is complete with a notarized letter of provenance stating that it hung on the wall of Unity Lodge in Lebanon Valley New York, home of Major Elisha Gilbert. Gilbert was considered a "man of property" and owned grist mills, farms, canals and extensive land tracts in the Lebanon Valley. This horn probably originally belonged to his father. The letter states that family history indicates that the horn was acquired form a British soldier in New York during the French and Indian War. The silver cap and chain were added by the current owner's grandfather in Birmingham, England. The Gilbert Mansion was purchased by the horn owner's grandfather in 1896, where the powder horn was hanging above the great fireplace in the dining room until his death in 1938. It has been passed down in the family since. CONDITION: Very good overall, body retains a light honey patina and engraving is excellent. There is 1 tiny insect hole about the size of the end of a ballpoint pen. Silver mounts retain a dark grey patina. A very nice professional map horn in wonderful condition. DMG
This rather large map horn measures about 13" across the bow. The spout section has a ring about 1/4" from opening followed by a faceted section, 3 graduated faceted ring...mores and another faceted section. The top edge of the main body is scalloped. The horn features a large British crest and is professionally engraved. Towards the bottom is a detailed view of New York City with important churches, forts, and buildings. Other places labelled and depicted include: Albany, "Skinectady", Half Moon, Ft. Johnson, Fort Hunter, German Flats, Fort Williams, Fort Newport, Oswego, Fort Stillwater, Fort Miller, Fort Anna, Fort Edward, South Bay, Fort Saratoga, Fort Myer, Halfway Brook, Ticonderoga, Lake George, William Henry, and others. There are also detailed rivers and tributaries as well as depictions of important forts and buildings along this map. The spout and butt have silver caps connected by a braided silver chain, the spout cap is glued in place. The buttcap shows British hallmarks. The horn is complete with a notarized letter of provenance stating that it hung on the wall of Unity Lodge in Lebanon Valley New York, home of Major Elisha Gilbert. Gilbert was considered a "man of property" and owned grist mills, farms, canals and extensive land tracts in the Lebanon Valley. This horn probably originally belonged to his father. The letter states that family history indicates that the horn was acquired form a British soldier in New York during the French and Indian War. The silver cap and chain were added by the current owner's grandfather in Birmingham, England. The Gilbert Mansion was purchased by the horn owner's grandfather in 1896, where the powder horn was hanging above the great fireplace in the dining room until his death in 1938. It has been passed down in the family since. CONDITION: Very good overall, body retains a light honey patina and engraving is excellent. There is 1 tiny insect hole about the size of the end of a ballpoint pen. Silver mounts retain a dark grey patina. A very nice professional map horn in wonderful condition. DMG

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ENGRAVED REVOLUTIONARY WAR POWDER HORN OF MORGIN BRUSTOR, DATED 1779.

Lot # 1018 (Sale Order: 18 of 679)      

The horn measures about 11 - 3/4" across the bow. The 3 - 1/2" spout section has been replaced. The body of the horn is engraved "Morgin Brustor's Horn, Jan. 16, 1779". Morgan Brewster was born in Rome, New York in 1762. According to ancestry records, he was a fifer in the Continental army. He died in Leeds, Massachusetts at age 93 in 1856. Other depictions on the horn include a long cityscape of townhouses above 14 drilling grenadiers with mitre caps and bayoneted muskets. There is also a snake, 3 fish, a "hex" sign star, a man hanging from the gallows labelled "Tory", a church, large cartouche with "MB", a turkey, a man with a flintlock musket fishing, and other designs. The horn has a convex wooden plug. CONDITION: The spout section of 3 - 1/2" has been replaced. The main body retains a pleasing dark honey patina. A very nice identified Revolutionary War powder horn. DMG
The horn measures about 11 - 3/4" across the bow. The 3 - 1/2" spout section has been replaced. The body of the horn is engraved "Morgin Brustor's Horn, Jan. 16, 1779". M...moreorgan Brewster was born in Rome, New York in 1762. According to ancestry records, he was a fifer in the Continental army. He died in Leeds, Massachusetts at age 93 in 1856. Other depictions on the horn include a long cityscape of townhouses above 14 drilling grenadiers with mitre caps and bayoneted muskets. There is also a snake, 3 fish, a "hex" sign star, a man hanging from the gallows labelled "Tory", a church, large cartouche with "MB", a turkey, a man with a flintlock musket fishing, and other designs. The horn has a convex wooden plug. CONDITION: The spout section of 3 - 1/2" has been replaced. The main body retains a pleasing dark honey patina. A very nice identified Revolutionary War powder horn. DMG

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17TH CENTURY ENGRAVED EUROPEAN BONE POWDER FLASK.

Lot # 1019 (Sale Order: 19 of 679)      

This flask measures about 12-1/8" in height. The bone spout measures about 2-5/8" in height and is engraved with acanthus leaf designs. On the piece of bone opposite the spout there is an iron ring, as well as another farther down the body for carrying strap attachment. The flask is profusely engraved with repeating bands of decoration, including bands of rope designs, geometric designs, and repeating acanthus leaf designs. In the center there is a section depicting a battle scene with a lion and men on horses fighting it with swords and pikes. There is also a hunting dog.. Below the main panel depicting Roman gods and goddesses, there are more bands of decoration en suite. CONDITION: The flask has an overall smooth, light honey patina with some darker areas. There is some deterioration and minor chipping around the base. Some natural flaws to the bone used. One area had a chip and has been filled with brown composite on one side, below spout. A very well-decorated early bone flask. DMG
This flask measures about 12-1/8" in height. The bone spout measures about 2-5/8" in height and is engraved with acanthus leaf designs. On the piece of bone opposite the ...morespout there is an iron ring, as well as another farther down the body for carrying strap attachment. The flask is profusely engraved with repeating bands of decoration, including bands of rope designs, geometric designs, and repeating acanthus leaf designs. In the center there is a section depicting a battle scene with a lion and men on horses fighting it with swords and pikes. There is also a hunting dog.. Below the main panel depicting Roman gods and goddesses, there are more bands of decoration en suite. CONDITION: The flask has an overall smooth, light honey patina with some darker areas. There is some deterioration and minor chipping around the base. Some natural flaws to the bone used. One area had a chip and has been filled with brown composite on one side, below spout. A very well-decorated early bone flask. DMG

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ENGRAVED POWDER HORN OF SAM SPAULDING, LEXINGTON ALARM.

Lot # 1020 (Sale Order: 20 of 679)      

Sampson Spaulding was born in 1745 in Tewksbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He is listed as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He also fought in the Battle of Lexington. He was a private in Sherebiah Butt's Company and marched from the town of Canterbury for the relief of Boston in the the Lexington Alarm in April 1775, serving 19 days. He then served as a private in Capt. Obadiah Johnson's Company, Colonel Israel Putnam's Regiment, where he enlisted May 9, 1775 and was discharged Dec. 16, 1775. He served as Sergeant in Capt. Daniel Clark's Company, Colonel Jonathan Latimer's Regiment; attached August 24, 1777. He was discharged October 30, 1777. He also served as a private in Captain David Cady's Company of Col. Samuel Chapman's Regiment and entered service August 2, 1778. Ge was then discharged Sept. 12, 1778. Sam Spaulding died in Ohio in 1832. The powder horn itself measures about 12 - 1/2" across the bow and the translucent horn has a greenish hue. At the spout, there is a relief ring followed by a recess and a multi-faceted section. The horn has a convex wooden plug. Horn is lightly inscribed in block letters "SAM SPAUDDING / AUG 23 D / 1777 / OCT 14". CONDITION: Scattered areas of insect damage. A very historic powder horn to a soldier with an extensive Revolutionary War record. DMG
Sampson Spaulding was born in 1745 in Tewksbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He is listed as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He also fought in the Battle of Lexington. ...moreHe was a private in Sherebiah Butt's Company and marched from the town of Canterbury for the relief of Boston in the the Lexington Alarm in April 1775, serving 19 days. He then served as a private in Capt. Obadiah Johnson's Company, Colonel Israel Putnam's Regiment, where he enlisted May 9, 1775 and was discharged Dec. 16, 1775. He served as Sergeant in Capt. Daniel Clark's Company, Colonel Jonathan Latimer's Regiment; attached August 24, 1777. He was discharged October 30, 1777. He also served as a private in Captain David Cady's Company of Col. Samuel Chapman's Regiment and entered service August 2, 1778. Ge was then discharged Sept. 12, 1778. Sam Spaulding died in Ohio in 1832. The powder horn itself measures about 12 - 1/2" across the bow and the translucent horn has a greenish hue. At the spout, there is a relief ring followed by a recess and a multi-faceted section. The horn has a convex wooden plug. Horn is lightly inscribed in block letters "SAM SPAUDDING / AUG 23 D / 1777 / OCT 14". CONDITION: Scattered areas of insect damage. A very historic powder horn to a soldier with an extensive Revolutionary War record. DMG

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LOT OF 5: POWDER HORNS

Lot # 1021 (Sale Order: 21 of 679)      

Five powder horns of various ages and sizes, the largest measuring 15" and the smallest 17". All are unengraved. Largest horn is an artillery horn with brass charging spout and a leather strap. A very nice group of attractive horns. CONDITION: Good showing some wear and scattered marks form use. All wooden base plugs are present and none of the horns show any damage. DMG
Five powder horns of various ages and sizes, the largest measuring 15" and the smallest 17". All are unengraved. Largest horn is an artillery horn with brass charging spo...moreut and a leather strap. A very nice group of attractive horns. CONDITION: Good showing some wear and scattered marks form use. All wooden base plugs are present and none of the horns show any damage. DMG

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PRE-FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR POWDER HORN OF DR. EBENEZAR WARNER DATED 1744

Lot # 1022 (Sale Order: 22 of 679)      

This large and early American powder horn measures about 14-1/2" across the bow. Captain Ebenezer Warner, MD was born in 1677 in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut Colony. He died in 1755 and is buried I. Litchfield, Connecticut. He was a physician in the Roxbury section of Woodbury. To keep him in the town and deter him from traveling, he was granted 60 acres to remain there to treat the locals exclusively. In 1724, during an Indian attack, Lt. Ebenezer Warner was appointed to raise a scout the defense of the frontiers of the town. He was successful and he paid the men that he enlisted for service. Warner's son, Benjamin, was the father of Col. Seth Warner of Revolutionary War fame. The horn itself has a dark green hue and is inscribed "EBENEZER WARNAR 1744" within a large cartouche with crosshatched border. The conical spout section has a ring at the tip followed by a relief ring farther down. The flat wooden plug is carved with the initials "EW" in the center and is retained by a series of wooden pins. Towards the plug is an iron ring, which appears to be from a French Model 1728 Charleville musket. CONDITION: Horn shows scattered marks from use, spout section has one triangle shaped chip on the back and a hairline fracture. Otherwise very good and untouched. American horns dated this early are extremely rare. A very good identified early Connecticut powder horn. DMG
This large and early American powder horn measures about 14-1/2" across the bow. Captain Ebenezer Warner, MD was born in 1677 in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut Colony....more He died in 1755 and is buried I. Litchfield, Connecticut. He was a physician in the Roxbury section of Woodbury. To keep him in the town and deter him from traveling, he was granted 60 acres to remain there to treat the locals exclusively. In 1724, during an Indian attack, Lt. Ebenezer Warner was appointed to raise a scout the defense of the frontiers of the town. He was successful and he paid the men that he enlisted for service. Warner's son, Benjamin, was the father of Col. Seth Warner of Revolutionary War fame. The horn itself has a dark green hue and is inscribed "EBENEZER WARNAR 1744" within a large cartouche with crosshatched border. The conical spout section has a ring at the tip followed by a relief ring farther down. The flat wooden plug is carved with the initials "EW" in the center and is retained by a series of wooden pins. Towards the plug is an iron ring, which appears to be from a French Model 1728 Charleville musket. CONDITION: Horn shows scattered marks from use, spout section has one triangle shaped chip on the back and a hairline fracture. Otherwise very good and untouched. American horns dated this early are extremely rare. A very good identified early Connecticut powder horn. DMG

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PORTRAIT OF ADMIRAL MARIOT ARBUTHNOT, VICTOR OF THE 1781 BATTLE OF CAPE HENRY.

Lot # 1023 (Sale Order: 23 of 679)      

JOHN RISING, RA (British, 1756-1815). “Portrait of Admiral Mariot Arbuthnot”, circa 1785. Oil on canvas, 30" x 25", within carved and gilded frame. Mariot Arbuthnot (1711-1794) was a British admiral who commanded the Royal Navy’s North American station during the American War for Independence. A native of Weymouth, England, Arbuthnot entered the Royal Navy in the late 1720s, became a lieutenant in 1739 and commander in 1746. That year, he captured 2 French privateers while in command of the HM Sloop Jamaica and was promoted to post captain in 1747. In 1759, he commanded HMS Portland during the decisive battle of Quiberon Bay, which established British naval supremacy and contributed to the fall of New France (Canada) to British forces. From 1775 to 1778, he was naval commissioner resident at Halifax and served as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, 1776-1778. On 19 March 1779, he was named Vice Admiral of the Blue and later than year, appointed commander-in-chief on the American station. In December 1779, Arbuthnot conveyed the troops of Sir Henry Clinton to Charleston, South Carolina, and cooperated with him in laying siege to that city. On 26 September 1780 he was promoted to Vice Admiral of the White and in early March 1781, sailed his fleet out of New York in pursuit of a French one under Admiral Destouches that had sailed from Newport, Rhode Island to support American operations against the British expeditionary force in Virginia. Arbuthnot's fleet outsailed that of Destouches, reaching the Virginia Capes just ahead of Destouches on 16 March. After maneuvering for several hours, the battle was joined; both fleets suffered damage and casualties without losing any ships. However, Arbuthnot was positioned to enter the Chesapeake as the fleets disengaged, frustrating Destouches' objective. Destouches returned to Newport, while Arbuthnot successfully achieved the landing of 2000 reinforcements for the British under Major General Benedict Arnold before reembarking for New York and returning to England shortly thereafter. Aged and infirm, the 1781 campaign concluded Arbuthnot’s active naval career, although he advanced by seniority to become, on 1 February 1793, Admiral of the Blue and died in London the following year. John Rising was a successful portrait and subject painter who was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1785 until his death in 1815. Among many distinguished persons who sat to him were William Wilberforce, Lord Melville, Lord Nelson, and Sir William Blackstone. His portraits are pleasing in colour and executed with great truth and vigour; many of them have been engraved. Rising also painted various fancy and domestic subjects, such as ‘Juvenile Employment,’ ‘Ballad Singers,’ the ‘Sentimental Shepherd,’ and the ‘Infant Narcissus,’ some of which were mezzotinted by W. Ward, J. Jones, and others. Rising is said to have at one time assisted Sir Joshua Reynolds with the backgrounds of his pictures. CONDITION: Painting recently cleaned and revarnished by a professional conservator (report accompanies the painting) and mounted in a custom, reproduction frame; only a few minor, scattered spots of inpainting, mostly along edges of stretcher. JLK
JOHN RISING, RA (British, 1756-1815). “Portrait of Admiral Mariot Arbuthnot”, circa 1785. Oil on canvas, 30" x 25", within carved and gilded frame. Mariot Arbuthnot (1711...more-1794) was a British admiral who commanded the Royal Navy’s North American station during the American War for Independence. A native of Weymouth, England, Arbuthnot entered the Royal Navy in the late 1720s, became a lieutenant in 1739 and commander in 1746. That year, he captured 2 French privateers while in command of the HM Sloop Jamaica and was promoted to post captain in 1747. In 1759, he commanded HMS Portland during the decisive battle of Quiberon Bay, which established British naval supremacy and contributed to the fall of New France (Canada) to British forces. From 1775 to 1778, he was naval commissioner resident at Halifax and served as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, 1776-1778. On 19 March 1779, he was named Vice Admiral of the Blue and later than year, appointed commander-in-chief on the American station. In December 1779, Arbuthnot conveyed the troops of Sir Henry Clinton to Charleston, South Carolina, and cooperated with him in laying siege to that city. On 26 September 1780 he was promoted to Vice Admiral of the White and in early March 1781, sailed his fleet out of New York in pursuit of a French one under Admiral Destouches that had sailed from Newport, Rhode Island to support American operations against the British expeditionary force in Virginia. Arbuthnot's fleet outsailed that of Destouches, reaching the Virginia Capes just ahead of Destouches on 16 March. After maneuvering for several hours, the battle was joined; both fleets suffered damage and casualties without losing any ships. However, Arbuthnot was positioned to enter the Chesapeake as the fleets disengaged, frustrating Destouches' objective. Destouches returned to Newport, while Arbuthnot successfully achieved the landing of 2000 reinforcements for the British under Major General Benedict Arnold before reembarking for New York and returning to England shortly thereafter. Aged and infirm, the 1781 campaign concluded Arbuthnot’s active naval career, although he advanced by seniority to become, on 1 February 1793, Admiral of the Blue and died in London the following year. John Rising was a successful portrait and subject painter who was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1785 until his death in 1815. Among many distinguished persons who sat to him were William Wilberforce, Lord Melville, Lord Nelson, and Sir William Blackstone. His portraits are pleasing in colour and executed with great truth and vigour; many of them have been engraved. Rising also painted various fancy and domestic subjects, such as ‘Juvenile Employment,’ ‘Ballad Singers,’ the ‘Sentimental Shepherd,’ and the ‘Infant Narcissus,’ some of which were mezzotinted by W. Ward, J. Jones, and others. Rising is said to have at one time assisted Sir Joshua Reynolds with the backgrounds of his pictures. CONDITION: Painting recently cleaned and revarnished by a professional conservator (report accompanies the painting) and mounted in a custom, reproduction frame; only a few minor, scattered spots of inpainting, mostly along edges of stretcher. JLK

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LOT OF 2: 1790 DATED LETTER AND REVOLUTIONARY WAR MILITARY COMMISSION.

Lot # 1024 (Sale Order: 24 of 679)      

Lot consists of (A) 1790 letter to "Colle Isaac Melcher a Philadelphia" dated 1790 and signed by James Clinton. The letter discusses possible business of selling a couple tracts of land in New York if the offer is enough. CONDITION: Some minor losses to edges, foxing and minor staining. (B) Military Commission dated February 8th, 1776. Stamped at bottom "Original New Jersey Revolutionary War Military Commission, appointing an Ensign in Joseph Bloomfield's Company, New Jersey Militia battalion, issued February 8, 1776". CONDITION: Fold lines show some tears and separation, writing is faded, some staining and losses to edges. DMG
Lot consists of (A) 1790 letter to "Colle Isaac Melcher a Philadelphia" dated 1790 and signed by James Clinton. The letter discusses possible business of selling a couple...more tracts of land in New York if the offer is enough. CONDITION: Some minor losses to edges, foxing and minor staining. (B) Military Commission dated February 8th, 1776. Stamped at bottom "Original New Jersey Revolutionary War Military Commission, appointing an Ensign in Joseph Bloomfield's Company, New Jersey Militia battalion, issued February 8, 1776". CONDITION: Fold lines show some tears and separation, writing is faded, some staining and losses to edges. DMG

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REVOLUTIONARY WAR THOMAS JEFFERYS 1774 MAP OF NEW ENGLAND LINEN CLOTH MOUNT.

Lot # 1025 (Sale Order: 25 of 679)      

This is a scarce 1774 dated map of New England mounted on card stock and linen at the time for convenient folding by panels measuring about 6" by 10" and carry in a pocket or folio. The user added period brown ink title inscriptions on the reverse of the linen so as to appear on the front and back when folded into book form, reading "New England" on both sides, with addition of his intials "W.H.C." on one side. The map includes panels showing a plan of Boston Harbor "from an accurate survey" at lower right and a plan of the town of Boston at upper left, showing the layout of streets, etc. Both are telling inclusions given the revolutionary ferment taking place in the town at the time, with open warfare to break out in 1775. The title cartouche at lower right reads, "A Map of the most inhabited part New England containing the provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire with the colonies of Conecticut [sic] and Rhode Island divided into counties and townships: the whole composed from actual surveys and its situation adjusted by astronomical observations." Below this is a vignette of pilgrims landing beside a rock reading "Plymouth / MDCXX" and being welcomed by an Indian and a woman attired as Columbia or Liberty with a hat on a pole looking suspiciously like a Liberty cap, which took on rather special significance in Boston starting in the 1760s. The map shows some coloring and covers part of New York west of the Hudson, including the Mohawk River and Sir William Johnson's hall. The maker's address line at the lower right border reads, "November 29th, 1774. Published according to act by Thos. Jefferys Geographer to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales near Charing Cross." CONDITION: Very good as mounted for contemporary use. The are minor stains to the linen, narrow paper losses along the fold lines and one or separation lines of the linen between the panels, but the map holds together and displays very well. It is very uncommon to find a contemporary map actually used on ship or land. The map would have special significance and importance during the early stages of the war, not only the period of Lexington and Concord, the fighting on Boston Harbor Islands, Bunker Hill and the siege of the town, but extending as it does over the New York border it would be significant for British campaigns along the Hudson and into the Mohawk Valley intended to sever New England from the other colonies well into 1777 and beyond.
This is a scarce 1774 dated map of New England mounted on card stock and linen at the time for convenient folding by panels measuring about 6" by 10" and carry in a pocke...moret or folio. The user added period brown ink title inscriptions on the reverse of the linen so as to appear on the front and back when folded into book form, reading "New England" on both sides, with addition of his intials "W.H.C." on one side. The map includes panels showing a plan of Boston Harbor "from an accurate survey" at lower right and a plan of the town of Boston at upper left, showing the layout of streets, etc. Both are telling inclusions given the revolutionary ferment taking place in the town at the time, with open warfare to break out in 1775. The title cartouche at lower right reads, "A Map of the most inhabited part New England containing the provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire with the colonies of Conecticut [sic] and Rhode Island divided into counties and townships: the whole composed from actual surveys and its situation adjusted by astronomical observations." Below this is a vignette of pilgrims landing beside a rock reading "Plymouth / MDCXX" and being welcomed by an Indian and a woman attired as Columbia or Liberty with a hat on a pole looking suspiciously like a Liberty cap, which took on rather special significance in Boston starting in the 1760s. The map shows some coloring and covers part of New York west of the Hudson, including the Mohawk River and Sir William Johnson's hall. The maker's address line at the lower right border reads, "November 29th, 1774. Published according to act by Thos. Jefferys Geographer to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales near Charing Cross." CONDITION: Very good as mounted for contemporary use. The are minor stains to the linen, narrow paper losses along the fold lines and one or separation lines of the linen between the panels, but the map holds together and displays very well. It is very uncommon to find a contemporary map actually used on ship or land. The map would have special significance and importance during the early stages of the war, not only the period of Lexington and Concord, the fighting on Boston Harbor Islands, Bunker Hill and the siege of the town, but extending as it does over the New York border it would be significant for British campaigns along the Hudson and into the Mohawk Valley intended to sever New England from the other colonies well into 1777 and beyond.

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