SESSION 3 - FABULOUS FIREARMS & MILITARIA AUCTION!

SESSION 3 - FABULOUS FIREARMS & MILITARIA AUCTION!

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CONFEDERATE 2ND MODEL GRISWOLD REVOLVER, EX-BILL

Lot # 3001 (Sale Order: 1 of 634)      

GARY COLLECTION. Cal. 36. S# 3139. Bill Gary’s accompanying inventory card reads “Everything original excellent condition”. This is a very attractive published example w/ long collection history and provenance. Classic Confederate brass framed Colt made by Sam Griswold in his converted cotton gin factory at Griswoldville, Georgia. Griswold was largest manufacturer of revolvers in the Confederacy. Only about 7500 revolvers were made by the Southern manufacturers & Griswold production accounted for almost half. His classic brass framed navies utilizing twisted iron instead of steel and are the most popular of Confederate revolvers. Of the approximate 350 survivors, a very small percentage are all original. Griswold revolvers in addition to serial numbers have secondary numbers (61), cryptic markings (backwards J) & Roman numerals (XXXIII) found on specific parts. These marks are found on specific locations internally, & secondary numbers also found externally on wedge and loading arm. This revolver has matching markings on every part where it should be found. If you are waiting for that perfect Griswold, this is your opportunity. CONDITION: good to very good overall (Fine for Confederate), appears all original w/ exception of replaced butt strap screw. Iron has overall gray patina & the twist lines from manufacturer are clear. Brass has a light to medium mustard patina. Cyl. shows much less wear than most CS revolvers and still has 5 of 6 functional safety pins & original lathe finishing marks when manufactured. Grips have hand worn patina; secondary number 61 stamped in backstrap channel in larger font not seen on another example. Mechanically fine, though hair trigger at full cock, good rifled bore. PROVENANCE: Theodore Dexter, about 1935; Jackson Arms Catalog #12, (November, 1955); Romaine Fielding, Los Angeles, CA, 1957; Marvin Hoffman, Museum of Historical Arms, Miami, FL, March, 1981; Bill Gary collection ~1990; Pictured page 288, “COLT BREVETE REVOLVERS” 2011, by Marcot/Paxton 2011; Auction of Gary estate June, 2014; Collection of historical author. (01-20007/JS). ANTIQUE. $25,000-30,000.
GARY COLLECTION. Cal. 36. S# 3139. Bill Gary’s accompanying inventory card reads “Everything original excellent condition”. This is a very attractive published example w/...more long collection history and provenance. Classic Confederate brass framed Colt made by Sam Griswold in his converted cotton gin factory at Griswoldville, Georgia. Griswold was largest manufacturer of revolvers in the Confederacy. Only about 7500 revolvers were made by the Southern manufacturers & Griswold production accounted for almost half. His classic brass framed navies utilizing twisted iron instead of steel and are the most popular of Confederate revolvers. Of the approximate 350 survivors, a very small percentage are all original. Griswold revolvers in addition to serial numbers have secondary numbers (61), cryptic markings (backwards J) & Roman numerals (XXXIII) found on specific parts. These marks are found on specific locations internally, & secondary numbers also found externally on wedge and loading arm. This revolver has matching markings on every part where it should be found. If you are waiting for that perfect Griswold, this is your opportunity. CONDITION: good to very good overall (Fine for Confederate), appears all original w/ exception of replaced butt strap screw. Iron has overall gray patina & the twist lines from manufacturer are clear. Brass has a light to medium mustard patina. Cyl. shows much less wear than most CS revolvers and still has 5 of 6 functional safety pins & original lathe finishing marks when manufactured. Grips have hand worn patina; secondary number 61 stamped in backstrap channel in larger font not seen on another example. Mechanically fine, though hair trigger at full cock, good rifled bore. PROVENANCE: Theodore Dexter, about 1935; Jackson Arms Catalog #12, (November, 1955); Romaine Fielding, Los Angeles, CA, 1957; Marvin Hoffman, Museum of Historical Arms, Miami, FL, March, 1981; Bill Gary collection ~1990; Pictured page 288, “COLT BREVETE REVOLVERS” 2011, by Marcot/Paxton 2011; Auction of Gary estate June, 2014; Collection of historical author. (01-20007/JS). ANTIQUE. $25,000-30,000.

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NEWLY DISCOVERED GRISWOLD BRASS FRAME CONFEDERATE

Lot # 3002 (Sale Order: 2 of 634)      

REVOLVER, POSSIBLE EARLY BATTLEFIELD RECOVERY FROM SAYLOR’S CREEK. Cal. 36. S# 2041. Bbl. 7 1/2". This is the most recent example of the iconic brass framed Confederate Griswold revolver found. The S# is new to the database and was found in an estate sale partially painted gold in Farmville, VA for $400.00 by consignor. Revolver is all original and authentic & matching. The same estate had a pair of Colt 1860 Army revolvers that consignor is retaining that cost double the price of Griswold! Consignor believes revolvers were retained souvenirs from the last major battle of Civil War, Saylor’s Creek. Indeed, Farmville is nearest town to last major fight of Lee’s Army just outside Appomattox. Samuel Griswold made about half of all approximate 7500 Confederate pistols made in the South at this converted cotton gin factory in Griswoldville, GA. This is standard 2nd model configuration w/ half octagonal barrel housing and 7.5" rnd. bbl. Serial number “2041” is found stamped on the right side of frame, cylinder and barrel housing. Secondary number “1” is found on loading arm, wedge, hammer and trigger guard. Cryptic “A” is observed: back of cylinder, frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Matching assembly “IIII” is cut into the trigger guard, backstrap and frame. Original wood grips are not numbered. This pistol is a fine survivor, original in every regard. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: Larry Smith detailed work receipt. CONDITION: very good overall. All markings observed are crisp and discernable though cryptic is weak on back of cylinder. Revolver has been “tuned up” by expert antique arms gunsmith Larry Smith to have old paint and rust removed, repair chipped toes on grips, make action perfect. His receipt of repair and conservation accompanies revolver. Barrel and cylinder have overall dark brown/plum patina with pitting especially at muzzle. Brass has a mottled smooth mixed mustard patina. Grips are well fit, hand worn patina with inside toe insets as noted in restoration report. Butt has dents and dings from when used as tack hammer. Mechanically fine with discernable rifling in pitted bore. (01-20061/JS). ANTIQUE. $20,000-30,000.
REVOLVER, POSSIBLE EARLY BATTLEFIELD RECOVERY FROM SAYLOR’S CREEK. Cal. 36. S# 2041. Bbl. 7 1/2". This is the most recent example of the iconic brass framed Confederate G...moreriswold revolver found. The S# is new to the database and was found in an estate sale partially painted gold in Farmville, VA for $400.00 by consignor. Revolver is all original and authentic & matching. The same estate had a pair of Colt 1860 Army revolvers that consignor is retaining that cost double the price of Griswold! Consignor believes revolvers were retained souvenirs from the last major battle of Civil War, Saylor’s Creek. Indeed, Farmville is nearest town to last major fight of Lee’s Army just outside Appomattox. Samuel Griswold made about half of all approximate 7500 Confederate pistols made in the South at this converted cotton gin factory in Griswoldville, GA. This is standard 2nd model configuration w/ half octagonal barrel housing and 7.5" rnd. bbl. Serial number “2041” is found stamped on the right side of frame, cylinder and barrel housing. Secondary number “1” is found on loading arm, wedge, hammer and trigger guard. Cryptic “A” is observed: back of cylinder, frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Matching assembly “IIII” is cut into the trigger guard, backstrap and frame. Original wood grips are not numbered. This pistol is a fine survivor, original in every regard. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: Larry Smith detailed work receipt. CONDITION: very good overall. All markings observed are crisp and discernable though cryptic is weak on back of cylinder. Revolver has been “tuned up” by expert antique arms gunsmith Larry Smith to have old paint and rust removed, repair chipped toes on grips, make action perfect. His receipt of repair and conservation accompanies revolver. Barrel and cylinder have overall dark brown/plum patina with pitting especially at muzzle. Brass has a mottled smooth mixed mustard patina. Grips are well fit, hand worn patina with inside toe insets as noted in restoration report. Butt has dents and dings from when used as tack hammer. Mechanically fine with discernable rifling in pitted bore. (01-20061/JS). ANTIQUE. $20,000-30,000.

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RARE EARLY GREENSBORO GEORGIA CONFEDERATE

Lot # 3003 (Sale Order: 3 of 634)      

GOVERNMENT CONTRACT LEECH & RIGDON REVOLVER. Cal. 36. S# 507. This is a fine 100% original, authentic and complete “LEECH & RIGDON CSA” marked Confederate revolver. This manufacturer had a colorful history starting their manufacturing operations in Memphis, Tennessee, being chased by advancing Union troops moving first to Columbus, Mississippi & then to Greensboro, Georgia, where this gun was made in 1863. Leech & Rigdon had a contract w/ the Confederate Government for the manufacture of 1500 revolvers at Greensboro, they only completed about 1000 of that contract, serial numbers about 500-1500. “Records from the Augusta Arsenal indicate that from September of 1863 to March of 1864, some 903 revolvers were received from Leech & Rigdon, 814 of which were issued. SN 507, was no doubt, one of the 814 issued”. This gun is well above average for Confederate primary revolver, w/ matching serial numbers throughout and especially crisp maker’s mark and “CSA” surcharge as seen in photos. Inspection marks “N” stamped on both sides of trigger bow, “*” stamped on left rear of trigger guard. Accompanied by well fit Confederate military-style flap holster. CONDITION: overall very good to fine for a surviving Confederate revolver w/ crisp edges, iron has overall gray patina with scattered small dings, dents and areas of fine pitting, brass has a light to medium mustard patina. Moderate holster wear to muzzle. Matching S#'s are found on bbl., frame, trigger guard, backstrap, cyl., loading assembly, loading lever catch, cyl. pin & wedge. Original grips are well fit with hand worn patina, moderate edge wear and chips to both toes on left side. Mechanically functional w/ crisp well defined rifled bore. Holster is sound & complete w/ loose stitching for about 2-3" below finial, crazed, belt loop is old restoration. PROVENANCE: J. W. Bates collection 1950; Tom Keilman auction of Joe. W. Bates collection, lot 154 Austin, TX, November 1, 1975; Bob Owens collection, Cypress, TX; Buddy Bass 1987; estate collection of John Evasius 2000. (01-19412/JS). ANTIQUE. $20,000-25,000.
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT LEECH & RIGDON REVOLVER. Cal. 36. S# 507. This is a fine 100% original, authentic and complete “LEECH & RIGDON CSA” marked Confederate revolver. This ...moremanufacturer had a colorful history starting their manufacturing operations in Memphis, Tennessee, being chased by advancing Union troops moving first to Columbus, Mississippi & then to Greensboro, Georgia, where this gun was made in 1863. Leech & Rigdon had a contract w/ the Confederate Government for the manufacture of 1500 revolvers at Greensboro, they only completed about 1000 of that contract, serial numbers about 500-1500. “Records from the Augusta Arsenal indicate that from September of 1863 to March of 1864, some 903 revolvers were received from Leech & Rigdon, 814 of which were issued. SN 507, was no doubt, one of the 814 issued”. This gun is well above average for Confederate primary revolver, w/ matching serial numbers throughout and especially crisp maker’s mark and “CSA” surcharge as seen in photos. Inspection marks “N” stamped on both sides of trigger bow, “*” stamped on left rear of trigger guard. Accompanied by well fit Confederate military-style flap holster. CONDITION: overall very good to fine for a surviving Confederate revolver w/ crisp edges, iron has overall gray patina with scattered small dings, dents and areas of fine pitting, brass has a light to medium mustard patina. Moderate holster wear to muzzle. Matching S#'s are found on bbl., frame, trigger guard, backstrap, cyl., loading assembly, loading lever catch, cyl. pin & wedge. Original grips are well fit with hand worn patina, moderate edge wear and chips to both toes on left side. Mechanically functional w/ crisp well defined rifled bore. Holster is sound & complete w/ loose stitching for about 2-3" below finial, crazed, belt loop is old restoration. PROVENANCE: J. W. Bates collection 1950; Tom Keilman auction of Joe. W. Bates collection, lot 154 Austin, TX, November 1, 1975; Bob Owens collection, Cypress, TX; Buddy Bass 1987; estate collection of John Evasius 2000. (01-19412/JS). ANTIQUE. $20,000-25,000.

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CONFEDERATE PALMETTO PISTOL.

Lot # 3004 (Sale Order: 4 of 634)      

Cal. .54. NSN. 8-1/2" Bbl. Nice honest original & complete example of popular secondary Confederate pistol from collection of Palmetto Armory authority, Dr. Fred Novy. He loaned this pistol to the NRA- National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA where it was displayed in the Confederate case until the Museum closed due to COVID. A detailed data sheet on this pistol written by Dr. Novy accompanies pistol. Pistol has all the characteristics & markings of this scarce complete & original survivor. Lock is good w/ Palmetto Armory insignia forward of the hammer & “COLUMBIA / S C. 1852” at tail, stock is original, unmarked & has been nicely refinished & reoiled. 1842 ramrod & swivels w/ 1836 swivel screw unique combination unique to Palmetto. Breech has “P / V / palmetto tree” & “1853” on tang. The desirable punched over “C” condemned proof under bolster is present also. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: record sheet by Dr. Fred Novy w/ additional detailed internal markings. CONDITION: good-very overall. All original, complete & matching. Metal has old cleaning, iron gray patina, brass tone to light mustard patina. Markings mostly discernible as seen in photos. Stock solid w/ handworn patina. Mechanics fine, clear pitted bore. Nipple is original & unscrews freely. PROVENANCE: from the collection of Dr. Fred Novy, ASAC. (01-20145/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-6,000.
Cal. .54. NSN. 8-1/2" Bbl. Nice honest original & complete example of popular secondary Confederate pistol from collection of Palmetto Armory authority, Dr. Fred Novy. He...more loaned this pistol to the NRA- National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA where it was displayed in the Confederate case until the Museum closed due to COVID. A detailed data sheet on this pistol written by Dr. Novy accompanies pistol. Pistol has all the characteristics & markings of this scarce complete & original survivor. Lock is good w/ Palmetto Armory insignia forward of the hammer & “COLUMBIA / S C. 1852” at tail, stock is original, unmarked & has been nicely refinished & reoiled. 1842 ramrod & swivels w/ 1836 swivel screw unique combination unique to Palmetto. Breech has “P / V / palmetto tree” & “1853” on tang. The desirable punched over “C” condemned proof under bolster is present also. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: record sheet by Dr. Fred Novy w/ additional detailed internal markings. CONDITION: good-very overall. All original, complete & matching. Metal has old cleaning, iron gray patina, brass tone to light mustard patina. Markings mostly discernible as seen in photos. Stock solid w/ handworn patina. Mechanics fine, clear pitted bore. Nipple is original & unscrews freely. PROVENANCE: from the collection of Dr. Fred Novy, ASAC. (01-20145/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-6,000.

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PALMETTO ARMORY PERCUSSION PISTOL BY W. M. GLAZE.

Lot # 3005 (Sale Order: 5 of 634)      

Cal. 58. NSN. Bbl. 8 1/2" smooth bore w/ brass blade sight. Left side of bbl. is stamped "Wm. GLAZE CO". Lock has Palmetto Armory trademark forward of hammer "COLUMBIA / S.C. / 1863" is stamped behind hammer. Band fastened walnut stock w/ brass fittings & swivel ramrod. Estimated production of 1,000. CONDITION: metal & brass parts have cleaned appearance w/ scattered light pitting. Wood has added varnish over heavy wear w/ wood erosion in breech area & sm. chips around lock plate. Replacement nipple. Lightly pitted bore. (01-20127/DS). ANTIQUE. $4,500-5,500.
Cal. 58. NSN. Bbl. 8 1/2" smooth bore w/ brass blade sight. Left side of bbl. is stamped "Wm. GLAZE CO". Lock has Palmetto Armory trademark forward of hammer "COLUMBIA / ...moreS.C. / 1863" is stamped behind hammer. Band fastened walnut stock w/ brass fittings & swivel ramrod. Estimated production of 1,000. CONDITION: metal & brass parts have cleaned appearance w/ scattered light pitting. Wood has added varnish over heavy wear w/ wood erosion in breech area & sm. chips around lock plate. Replacement nipple. Lightly pitted bore. (01-20127/DS). ANTIQUE. $4,500-5,500.

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CIVIL WAR ENGRAVED SMITH & WESSON ARMY REVOLVER W/

Lot # 3006 (Sale Order: 6 of 634)      

CONFEDERATE SOUTH CAROLINA MADE HOLSTER. Cal. 32 RF. S# 19293 made 1863. Standard configuration 6” oct. ribbed bbl. marked "SMITH & WESSON. SPRINGFIELD, MASS.". Foliate engraving over 60% coverage, silver & gold plated in Nimschke style, 2 piece smooth mother of pearl grips. Well fit to holster, maker marked "F. GERIG, WINNSBORO S.C". Francis Gerig (1817-1899) was German born harness and saddle maker (1860 census) in Winnsboro, SC. He was a member of the local militia Company “B” 7th Battalion South Carolina infantry, w/ all men from his county. Francis no doubt was patriotic Southerner naming his son born in 1861 Jefferson Davis Gerig. This is the only Confederate made I am aware for S&W army. This very rare holster once in the Confederate accoutrement collection of Michael Kramer, last owner found this attractive wartime engraved revolver & it makes a beautiful set. CONDITION: very good overall, overall gray patina w/ strong traces of original silver plate in protected areas, traces of gold on hammer & trigger. Original mother of pearl grips are well fit w/ luster, chipped at right rear toe. Mechanically fine w/ dark frosted bore. The holster fits pistol well. Holster is sound & supple, good belt loop and tab, heavily scuffed & worn through at muzzle end. (01-19490/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-5,000.
CONFEDERATE SOUTH CAROLINA MADE HOLSTER. Cal. 32 RF. S# 19293 made 1863. Standard configuration 6” oct. ribbed bbl. marked "SMITH & WESSON. SPRINGFIELD, MASS.". Foliate e...morengraving over 60% coverage, silver & gold plated in Nimschke style, 2 piece smooth mother of pearl grips. Well fit to holster, maker marked "F. GERIG, WINNSBORO S.C". Francis Gerig (1817-1899) was German born harness and saddle maker (1860 census) in Winnsboro, SC. He was a member of the local militia Company “B” 7th Battalion South Carolina infantry, w/ all men from his county. Francis no doubt was patriotic Southerner naming his son born in 1861 Jefferson Davis Gerig. This is the only Confederate made I am aware for S&W army. This very rare holster once in the Confederate accoutrement collection of Michael Kramer, last owner found this attractive wartime engraved revolver & it makes a beautiful set. CONDITION: very good overall, overall gray patina w/ strong traces of original silver plate in protected areas, traces of gold on hammer & trigger. Original mother of pearl grips are well fit w/ luster, chipped at right rear toe. Mechanically fine w/ dark frosted bore. The holster fits pistol well. Holster is sound & supple, good belt loop and tab, heavily scuffed & worn through at muzzle end. (01-19490/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-5,000.

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FAKE CONFEDERATE DANCE NAVY REVOLVER.

Lot # 3007 (Sale Order: 7 of 634)      

Cal. 36. S# <>. Bbl. 6 1/2". Dance Navy revolvers are among the great rarities in Confederate handguns. There are as many as 14 original survivors documented ranging in serial number from 21-135. Fakes of this gun were written about in “Gun Digest” by Sam Smith as early as 1948. Fine examples are valued over $100,000. One fake has sold for over $100,000. This gun is clever & there are only sm. variations between original. Revolver appears to be made totally from scratch w/ lots of hand filing. The gun is marked cryptically instead of number; <>, this diamond cryptic is known in several variations on original Dance Dragoons, but no navies are known cryptically marked that are original. This revolver emulates originals w/ rnd. bbl., half oct. bbl. housing & the famous Dance flat frame w/ out recoil shields, there are no numbers externally but internally cylinder has “73” & frame & trigger guard “1873”. If you can’t have an original, here is an inexpensive space filler. CONDITION: very good overall, artificial aged patina w/ blue, mechanically functional w/ sharp rifled bore. (01-19423/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.

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LONDON ARMOURY COMPANY KERR ARMY REVOLVER IN 1864

Lot # 3008 (Sale Order: 8 of 634)      

VIRGINIA CAVALRY SERIAL RANGE. Cal. 442 (54 Bore). S# 9476. Bbl. 5 3/4" oct. The London Armory Company produced approx. 11,000 of these lg. bore revolvers. The largest part of that production were purchased by the Confederate States. In the Kerr Revolver database the highest S# w/ authentic “JS anchor” grip surcharge is S# “9742” that for sure were CS. This revolver does not have “JS anchor” There are 7 identified Confederate Kerrs found on 18th Virginia Cavalry, Co. H squad roll of Lt. Julian Pratt, July 1864. The 7 guns on Pratts list range 9240-9974 & this gun falls in that range. This revolver has spurious Confederate markings on top strap & has considerable restoration to make it function. CONDITION: good as restored, major parts appear original except cyl. pin which is a restoration. Most markings discernible though cyl. too pitted to see number, internal number on frame “D279”. Metal is mixed gray/brown patinas w/ pitting. Mechanically functional in single-action, clear rifling in pitted bore. (01-19424/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.
VIRGINIA CAVALRY SERIAL RANGE. Cal. 442 (54 Bore). S# 9476. Bbl. 5 3/4" oct. The London Armory Company produced approx. 11,000 of these lg. bore revolvers. The largest pa...morert of that production were purchased by the Confederate States. In the Kerr Revolver database the highest S# w/ authentic “JS anchor” grip surcharge is S# “9742” that for sure were CS. This revolver does not have “JS anchor” There are 7 identified Confederate Kerrs found on 18th Virginia Cavalry, Co. H squad roll of Lt. Julian Pratt, July 1864. The 7 guns on Pratts list range 9240-9974 & this gun falls in that range. This revolver has spurious Confederate markings on top strap & has considerable restoration to make it function. CONDITION: good as restored, major parts appear original except cyl. pin which is a restoration. Most markings discernible though cyl. too pitted to see number, internal number on frame “D279”. Metal is mixed gray/brown patinas w/ pitting. Mechanically functional in single-action, clear rifling in pitted bore. (01-19424/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.

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UNKNOWN “CS” AND “ATHENS GA” MARKED ROUND BARREL

Lot # 3009 (Sale Order: 9 of 634)      

PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 42. S# 15. Bbl. 6 1/4". This iron mounted revolver appears Civil War era but the Confederate markings are highly suspect, however this gun is old & appears well used. 6.25" oct. to rnd. bbl. like a Colt Dragoon, long 2" cyl., unusual cal. between Army & Navy size, “38” is stamped internally on backstrap & triggerguard. “ATHENS GA” stamped on top bbl. flat & left side of frame. “15” In a lg. font stamped on left side of frame & bbl. housing. Bbl. housing is also stamped “CS”. All of these marks are highly suspect not Confederate. This is an interesting novelty that has been around for very long time. CONDITION: fair-good overall. Metal is gray & pitted. Wedge & wedge screw are replaced. Mechanically revolver will cock & rotate cyl., but cyl. won't lock. Bore is rifled & pitted. (01-19427/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.
PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 42. S# 15. Bbl. 6 1/4". This iron mounted revolver appears Civil War era but the Confederate markings are highly suspect, however this gun is ol...mored & appears well used. 6.25" oct. to rnd. bbl. like a Colt Dragoon, long 2" cyl., unusual cal. between Army & Navy size, “38” is stamped internally on backstrap & triggerguard. “ATHENS GA” stamped on top bbl. flat & left side of frame. “15” In a lg. font stamped on left side of frame & bbl. housing. Bbl. housing is also stamped “CS”. All of these marks are highly suspect not Confederate. This is an interesting novelty that has been around for very long time. CONDITION: fair-good overall. Metal is gray & pitted. Wedge & wedge screw are replaced. Mechanically revolver will cock & rotate cyl., but cyl. won't lock. Bore is rifled & pitted. (01-19427/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.

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CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT HENRY T.

Lot # 3010 (Sale Order: 10 of 634)      

JOHNS OF THE 61ST MASSACHUSETTS INCSCRIBED SMITH & WESSON REVOLVER. Cal. 32 RF Long. S# 21271. Bbl. 6" oct. This historic Smith & Wesson No. 2 Army revolver was carried by Lt. Henry T. Johns of the 61st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Johns enlisted in the 49th Massachusetts in September of 1862. Subsequently, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 61st Massachusetts in the fall of 1864. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism on May 27, 1863 while serving as a private in Company C of the 49th Massachusetts Infantry during action at Port Hudson, Louisiana. The 49th Massachusetts was instrumental in the Union successes at the Battle of Port Hudson. They were able to cut off the last avenue of escape available to Confederate forces in Port Hudson. Many of the regiment volunteered for the ”forlorn hope” in the initial attack of 200 men. Their order were to lay down fascines to facilitate troops movements over the ditches, trenches & other defenses around Port Hudson. The revolver’s bbl. features a rib & semi circular front sight, 6 shot rnd. cyl., tip up action, spur trigger & 2 piece walnut grips. Back strap is inscribed "Lieut. Johns 61st Mass. Vols.". CONDITION: the revolver was nickeled in the early 20th century. This nickeling has been painstakingly & professionally removed. The revolver now features a rich, dark finish as it would have had when Johns owned this historic sidearm. Grips show scattered dents & scratches w/ repaired chip at bottom of right panel. Bore is good w/ strong rifling. (01-20057/BF). ANTIQUE. $3,200-3,800.
JOHNS OF THE 61ST MASSACHUSETTS INCSCRIBED SMITH & WESSON REVOLVER. Cal. 32 RF Long. S# 21271. Bbl. 6" oct. This historic Smith & Wesson No. 2 Army revolver was carried b...morey Lt. Henry T. Johns of the 61st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Johns enlisted in the 49th Massachusetts in September of 1862. Subsequently, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 61st Massachusetts in the fall of 1864. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism on May 27, 1863 while serving as a private in Company C of the 49th Massachusetts Infantry during action at Port Hudson, Louisiana. The 49th Massachusetts was instrumental in the Union successes at the Battle of Port Hudson. They were able to cut off the last avenue of escape available to Confederate forces in Port Hudson. Many of the regiment volunteered for the ”forlorn hope” in the initial attack of 200 men. Their order were to lay down fascines to facilitate troops movements over the ditches, trenches & other defenses around Port Hudson. The revolver’s bbl. features a rib & semi circular front sight, 6 shot rnd. cyl., tip up action, spur trigger & 2 piece walnut grips. Back strap is inscribed "Lieut. Johns 61st Mass. Vols.". CONDITION: the revolver was nickeled in the early 20th century. This nickeling has been painstakingly & professionally removed. The revolver now features a rich, dark finish as it would have had when Johns owned this historic sidearm. Grips show scattered dents & scratches w/ repaired chip at bottom of right panel. Bore is good w/ strong rifling. (01-20057/BF). ANTIQUE. $3,200-3,800.

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CIVIL WAR ARCHIVE OF BREVET COLONEL NATHAN G. KING

Lot # 3011 (Sale Order: 11 of 634)      

INCLUDING CASED WESSON & LEAVITT MASS ARMS PERCUSSION BELT REVOLVER & ABRAHAM LINCOLN SIGNED COMMISSION. 1) Cal. 31. S# 275. Bbl. 6". Only about 1,000 of these revolvers were made in the 1850s, & few were cased w/ accessories. Standard configuration w/ 6" round bbl., 6-shot cylinder w/ etched decoration; engraved frame, lock plate & hammer. Top strap: “MASS ARMS CO /CHICOPEE FALLS'' & capping door marked w/ large eagle surrounded by: MAYNARD’S PATENT SEP. 22. 1845”. Mahogany casing is red velvet lined & compartmented for the pistol, Mass Arms Co. marked brass mold & eagle flask, brass bullet starter/rammer, “L” shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver combination tool, 2 cap roll tins-one w/ embossed Maynard & Mass Arms patent information, 2 rolls of caps are in one tin. Case retains original functioning key. CONDITION: fine-excellent overall. Revolver retains 70-80% original thinning finish, grips are well fit retaining most of their original factory varnish. Mechanics need attention, will not hold cock and cylinder will not lock, bright shiny rifled bore. 2) ABRAHAM LINCOLN SIGNED VELLUM APPOINTMENT FOR NATHAN G. KING as “Additional Paymaster”, February 23, 1864. CONDITION: vellum is very good overall though not removed from 19x16" frame. Ink has light fading as can be seen in photos but text is discernible. Lincoln's signature is very good. 3) ANDREW JOHNSON PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT FOR NATHAN KING as Colonel by Brevet “for faithful and meritorious services”, March 13, 1865. CONDITION: very good as framed. 4) HIGHER GRADE OFFICER’S SWORD BELT, black patent leather w/ both sword hangers, protective leather shield, high grade gold washed eagle belt plate. CONDITION: very good & superior to most found, leather solid but dry. 5) SILK OFFICER’S SASH. CONDITION: very good overall, red has faded to more of a purple, slight loss of red silk thread on tassels as can be seen in photos. Nathan G. King (1815-1903) through family descent of consignor. King’s obituary memorial states he helped raise 12th Michigan Infantry and 1st Michigan cavalry from his home in St. Joseph, Berrien County & served on McClellan’s staff prior to appointment of army paymaster in 1864. King was an attorney, banker & businessman much like his more well known younger brother Rufus H King. (01-19406/JS). ANTIQUE. $8,000-12,000.
INCLUDING CASED WESSON & LEAVITT MASS ARMS PERCUSSION BELT REVOLVER & ABRAHAM LINCOLN SIGNED COMMISSION. 1) Cal. 31. S# 275. Bbl. 6". Only about 1,000 of these revolvers ...morewere made in the 1850s, & few were cased w/ accessories. Standard configuration w/ 6" round bbl., 6-shot cylinder w/ etched decoration; engraved frame, lock plate & hammer. Top strap: “MASS ARMS CO /CHICOPEE FALLS'' & capping door marked w/ large eagle surrounded by: MAYNARD’S PATENT SEP. 22. 1845”. Mahogany casing is red velvet lined & compartmented for the pistol, Mass Arms Co. marked brass mold & eagle flask, brass bullet starter/rammer, “L” shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver combination tool, 2 cap roll tins-one w/ embossed Maynard & Mass Arms patent information, 2 rolls of caps are in one tin. Case retains original functioning key. CONDITION: fine-excellent overall. Revolver retains 70-80% original thinning finish, grips are well fit retaining most of their original factory varnish. Mechanics need attention, will not hold cock and cylinder will not lock, bright shiny rifled bore. 2) ABRAHAM LINCOLN SIGNED VELLUM APPOINTMENT FOR NATHAN G. KING as “Additional Paymaster”, February 23, 1864. CONDITION: vellum is very good overall though not removed from 19x16" frame. Ink has light fading as can be seen in photos but text is discernible. Lincoln's signature is very good. 3) ANDREW JOHNSON PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT FOR NATHAN KING as Colonel by Brevet “for faithful and meritorious services”, March 13, 1865. CONDITION: very good as framed. 4) HIGHER GRADE OFFICER’S SWORD BELT, black patent leather w/ both sword hangers, protective leather shield, high grade gold washed eagle belt plate. CONDITION: very good & superior to most found, leather solid but dry. 5) SILK OFFICER’S SASH. CONDITION: very good overall, red has faded to more of a purple, slight loss of red silk thread on tassels as can be seen in photos. Nathan G. King (1815-1903) through family descent of consignor. King’s obituary memorial states he helped raise 12th Michigan Infantry and 1st Michigan cavalry from his home in St. Joseph, Berrien County & served on McClellan’s staff prior to appointment of army paymaster in 1864. King was an attorney, banker & businessman much like his more well known younger brother Rufus H King. (01-19406/JS). ANTIQUE. $8,000-12,000.

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RARE & OUTSTANDING GETTYSBURG RELATED ARCHIVE OF

Lot # 3012 (Sale Order: 12 of 634)      

MUSICIAN WILLARD BAKER OF THE 75TH OHIO VOLUNTEERS TO INCLUDE HIS CIVIL WAR DRUM, INSTRUMENTS, CDV ALBUM & ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS. Willard Baker (1844-1927) enlisted as an 18 year old drummer in Company D, 75th Ohio Volunteer Militia in 1861. He mustered out in December 1864 having seen most major battles of the Army of the Potomac. Willard’s drum is a regulation snare drum, 16 &1/4” dia. & 14 &1/2” tall & was probably taller when built, but heads have shrunk down from the top & up from the bottom of its body, producing a slightly shorter profile. The eagle motif on the drum is atypical, not produced w/ the usual stenciled painting method most often encountered on mass produced Civil War drums. Rather, it is a beautiful free hand painted work of art of the highest quality, consisting of an impressive Patriotic American eagle holding a red ribbon over an American shield, bordered w/ a gilded rococo wreath. The drum body is blue & each hoop is striped red, white & blue. Willard’s fife & drumsticks were also preserved by the family & included w/ this lot. Additionally, Willard’s personal CDV album (personally inscribed by him as being purchased in January 1864) accompanies his drum & is a stand alone collectible, consisting of 15 military CDV’s, 11 of which are views of his fellow musicians, most of whom are standing next to a drum mounted on a chair (one image appears to contain this very drum) & all are identified (including 2 of Willard) & w/ many of them signed. Musician CDVs include one of Hosea R. Felter, who is the oldest musician in this group at 26 years old & was Principal Musician. All the other musicians were typically teenagers when they enlisted like Willard, who was 18 when he entered service. Several were captured, including Willard, & a few were wounded though all amazingly survived the war. A little research is done on each soldier in an accompanying research file. In Willard’s CDV of Felter, he is wearing musicians sword, sash & holding a fife. The photographs are mostly by Sam Cooley w/ various Southern back-marks, Beaufort, South Carolina. Also in this archive is Willard’s original discharge paper, original pension documents and a wonderfully preserved and unique invitation to Gettysburg’s 50th reunion signed by James Middleton Cox, Gov. of Ohio in addition to numerous period newspaper clippings. An additional & unusual document is a hand written manuscript list of 106 towns that the 75th Ohio marched through during the war, they definitely moved a lot & saw most every town in northern Virginia, every town ever mentioned in the Antietam campaign in Maryland, as well as that of Gettysburg. This list was written by Musician James Pennell, one of the soldiers pictured in the CDV album w/ a bass drum. The 75th Ohio’s service record is found accompanying this lot. At the battle of Chancellorsville, most of the 11th Corps was taken by surprise during Jackson’s surprise attack, w/ many running in panic. The 75th however was cited for standing their ground, taking 150 casualties, killed & wounded in just 10 minutes, including Col. Robert Reily. Being quickly paroled & later at the battle of Gettysburg, the 75th would be under the command of Col. Andrew Harris whose CDV is in album, he would later become Gov. of Ohio. On the first day of fighting, the 75th had a defensive position on what is now known as Barlow’s Knoll which was too far forward of the rest of XI 4 which was attacked by 2 Confederate brigades of General George Doles & General John B. Gordon. Union General Barlow’s Division (including the 75th) was overwhelmed, suffering large losses, Barlow being wounded & left for dead on the field. Col. Harris & the 75th made a successful withdrawal to Cemetery Hill where they became entrenched on the northeast side. The following day they were among troops that held off attacks from the Louisiana Tiger’s brigade. Overall, the Buckeye Regt. had 186 casualties, 16 killed, 74 wounded & 96 missing & captured. There are two battlefield monuments in Gettysburg that represent the position of the 75th in this decisive battle. The regiment’s last service was in the 10th Army Corp. on the South Carolina coast where photographs of Willard’s fellow musicians were taken. There is a notarized affidavit from Willard’s great-great-grand-daughter stating how these items descended in family & most interesting she notes that the broken bottom hoop of the drum was caused by a “strike” during the battle of Gettysburg. Consignor insisted that all items be sold as one lot & not separated, preserving a very rare and important grouping. The full description of this lot can be found on our online catalog on Hi Bid, which can be reached at the following URL: https://poulinantiques.hibid.com/lot/102509930
MUSICIAN WILLARD BAKER OF THE 75TH OHIO VOLUNTEERS TO INCLUDE HIS CIVIL WAR DRUM, INSTRUMENTS, CDV ALBUM & ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS. Willard Baker (1844-1927) enlisted as an 18...more year old drummer in Company D, 75th Ohio Volunteer Militia in 1861. He mustered out in December 1864 having seen most major battles of the Army of the Potomac. Willard’s drum is a regulation snare drum, 16 &1/4” dia. & 14 &1/2” tall & was probably taller when built, but heads have shrunk down from the top & up from the bottom of its body, producing a slightly shorter profile. The eagle motif on the drum is atypical, not produced w/ the usual stenciled painting method most often encountered on mass produced Civil War drums. Rather, it is a beautiful free hand painted work of art of the highest quality, consisting of an impressive Patriotic American eagle holding a red ribbon over an American shield, bordered w/ a gilded rococo wreath. The drum body is blue & each hoop is striped red, white & blue. Willard’s fife & drumsticks were also preserved by the family & included w/ this lot. Additionally, Willard’s personal CDV album (personally inscribed by him as being purchased in January 1864) accompanies his drum & is a stand alone collectible, consisting of 15 military CDV’s, 11 of which are views of his fellow musicians, most of whom are standing next to a drum mounted on a chair (one image appears to contain this very drum) & all are identified (including 2 of Willard) & w/ many of them signed. Musician CDVs include one of Hosea R. Felter, who is the oldest musician in this group at 26 years old & was Principal Musician. All the other musicians were typically teenagers when they enlisted like Willard, who was 18 when he entered service. Several were captured, including Willard, & a few were wounded though all amazingly survived the war. A little research is done on each soldier in an accompanying research file. In Willard’s CDV of Felter, he is wearing musicians sword, sash & holding a fife. The photographs are mostly by Sam Cooley w/ various Southern back-marks, Beaufort, South Carolina. Also in this archive is Willard’s original discharge paper, original pension documents and a wonderfully preserved and unique invitation to Gettysburg’s 50th reunion signed by James Middleton Cox, Gov. of Ohio in addition to numerous period newspaper clippings. An additional & unusual document is a hand written manuscript list of 106 towns that the 75th Ohio marched through during the war, they definitely moved a lot & saw most every town in northern Virginia, every town ever mentioned in the Antietam campaign in Maryland, as well as that of Gettysburg. This list was written by Musician James Pennell, one of the soldiers pictured in the CDV album w/ a bass drum. The 75th Ohio’s service record is found accompanying this lot. At the battle of Chancellorsville, most of the 11th Corps was taken by surprise during Jackson’s surprise attack, w/ many running in panic. The 75th however was cited for standing their ground, taking 150 casualties, killed & wounded in just 10 minutes, including Col. Robert Reily. Being quickly paroled & later at the battle of Gettysburg, the 75th would be under the command of Col. Andrew Harris whose CDV is in album, he would later become Gov. of Ohio. On the first day of fighting, the 75th had a defensive position on what is now known as Barlow’s Knoll which was too far forward of the rest of XI 4 which was attacked by 2 Confederate brigades of General George Doles & General John B. Gordon. Union General Barlow’s Division (including the 75th) was overwhelmed, suffering large losses, Barlow being wounded & left for dead on the field. Col. Harris & the 75th made a successful withdrawal to Cemetery Hill where they became entrenched on the northeast side. The following day they were among troops that held off attacks from the Louisiana Tiger’s brigade. Overall, the Buckeye Regt. had 186 casualties, 16 killed, 74 wounded & 96 missing & captured. There are two battlefield monuments in Gettysburg that represent the position of the 75th in this decisive battle. The regiment’s last service was in the 10th Army Corp. on the South Carolina coast where photographs of Willard’s fellow musicians were taken. There is a notarized affidavit from Willard’s great-great-grand-daughter stating how these items descended in family & most interesting she notes that the broken bottom hoop of the drum was caused by a “strike” during the battle of Gettysburg. Consignor insisted that all items be sold as one lot & not separated, preserving a very rare and important grouping. The full description of this lot can be found on our online catalog on Hi Bid, which can be reached at the following URL: https://poulinantiques.hibid.com/lot/102509930

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VERY FINE 1864 DATED CONFEDERATE FAYETTEVILLE

Lot # 3013 (Sale Order: 13 of 634)      

RIFLE. Cal. .58. NSN. This is a fine crisp 100% original example of the popular brass mounted Confederate rifle made in Fayetteville, NC from captured Harper's Ferry machinery. Standard configuration with 33" barrel dated “1864” at breech w/ captured Harper’s Ferry eagle font proof, “V” (viewed) & “P” (proved). The lockplate is marked forward of the hammer w/ eagle over “CSA” & “Fayetteville” & stamped behind the hammer “1864.” Buttplate has “CSA” surcharge; both barrel bands marked “U” (up). Inspectors cartouche “PB” stamped on flat opposite lock. This is a superior condition Fayetteville rifle, complete & original in every regard, crisp markings, smooth surfaces, you will not find many Fayetteville’s better than this & they will have to have the original finish. CONDITION: very good to fine overall. Barrel & lock have smooth freckled gray patina. Brass buttplate, trigger guard, barrel bands, lock escutcheons, & nosecap have smooth bright light mustard patina. Stock is sound w/ some raised grain, well fit sharp edges, well discerned cartouche, small well patinaed chip on right side between lock & rear band, unaffecting aesthetic. Mechanically fine with crisp rifled bore. (01-19500/JS). ANTIQUE. $15,000-18,000.
RIFLE. Cal. .58. NSN. This is a fine crisp 100% original example of the popular brass mounted Confederate rifle made in Fayetteville, NC from captured Harper's Ferry mach...moreinery. Standard configuration with 33" barrel dated “1864” at breech w/ captured Harper’s Ferry eagle font proof, “V” (viewed) & “P” (proved). The lockplate is marked forward of the hammer w/ eagle over “CSA” & “Fayetteville” & stamped behind the hammer “1864.” Buttplate has “CSA” surcharge; both barrel bands marked “U” (up). Inspectors cartouche “PB” stamped on flat opposite lock. This is a superior condition Fayetteville rifle, complete & original in every regard, crisp markings, smooth surfaces, you will not find many Fayetteville’s better than this & they will have to have the original finish. CONDITION: very good to fine overall. Barrel & lock have smooth freckled gray patina. Brass buttplate, trigger guard, barrel bands, lock escutcheons, & nosecap have smooth bright light mustard patina. Stock is sound w/ some raised grain, well fit sharp edges, well discerned cartouche, small well patinaed chip on right side between lock & rear band, unaffecting aesthetic. Mechanically fine with crisp rifled bore. (01-19500/JS). ANTIQUE. $15,000-18,000.

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1864 DATED CONFEDERATE FAYETTEVILLE RIFLE.

Lot # 3014 (Sale Order: 14 of 634)      

Cal. .58. NSN. This is another honest orig. example of 1864 dated Fayetteville, not as fine as the exemplary example sold in previous lot but still a superior gun w/ good markings that saw use in the war. Standard configuration 33” bbl., V/P eagle head proofs, lock marked “CSA” & “Fayetteville” & “1864.” Buttplate has “CSA” surcharge; both brass bbl. bands properly marked “U”. CONDITION: good-very good overall. Complete & original incl. rear sight, sling swivels & ramrod. Bbl. & lock have dark iron patina w/ several scattered deep scratches on top of bbl near muzzle. Brass has been cleaned w/ mottled mixed mustard/copper patina. Stock is sound & solid w/ well disguised crack repair, no discernible cartouche. Mechanically fine w/ well discerned rifled bore w/ pitting. (01-19855/JS). ANTIQUE. $8,000-12,000.
Cal. .58. NSN. This is another honest orig. example of 1864 dated Fayetteville, not as fine as the exemplary example sold in previous lot but still a superior gun w/ good...more markings that saw use in the war. Standard configuration 33” bbl., V/P eagle head proofs, lock marked “CSA” & “Fayetteville” & “1864.” Buttplate has “CSA” surcharge; both brass bbl. bands properly marked “U”. CONDITION: good-very good overall. Complete & original incl. rear sight, sling swivels & ramrod. Bbl. & lock have dark iron patina w/ several scattered deep scratches on top of bbl near muzzle. Brass has been cleaned w/ mottled mixed mustard/copper patina. Stock is sound & solid w/ well disguised crack repair, no discernible cartouche. Mechanically fine w/ well discerned rifled bore w/ pitting. (01-19855/JS). ANTIQUE. $8,000-12,000.

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FINE CONFEDERATE FAYETTEVILE ANGULAR BAYONET.

Lot # 3015 (Sale Order: 15 of 634)      

23” Overall w/ 20.5” 3-sided tapered blade. This is a very nice superior condition Fayetteville bayonet w/ distinct round head clamping screw. These bayonets are thought to have been made in Raleigh North Carolina. CONDITION: fine, overall gray patina w/ light spotting, original finishing marks still visible w/ small laminated forging flaws on socket. (02-15414/JS). $800-1,200.
23” Overall w/ 20.5” 3-sided tapered blade. This is a very nice superior condition Fayetteville bayonet w/ distinct round head clamping screw. These bayonets are thought ...moreto have been made in Raleigh North Carolina. CONDITION: fine, overall gray patina w/ light spotting, original finishing marks still visible w/ small laminated forging flaws on socket. (02-15414/JS). $800-1,200.

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FINE 1862 DATED RICHMOND RIFLED MUSKET.

Lot # 3016 (Sale Order: 16 of 634)      

Cal. 58. NSN. Richmond rifle muskets were made in larger quantity than any other Confederate manufactured long arm. The survival on complete original guns is extremely small & this is one of those examples. This is classic standard configuration w/ 40” bbl. made late 1862 w/ brass buttplate & nosecap. Lock marked “C.S. / RICHMOND, VA” forward of hammer & dated 1862 vertically on tail. Bbl. date is not visible due to pitting at breech, however the “VP” & eaglehead proofs are discernible w/ correct broken die “P” unique to standard production Richmond manufactured bbls. Each of the 3 flat bbl. bands have the correct “U” proof positioned toward the middle & above plane of band springs. The original Richmond tapered ramrod is present as is the correct 2 leaf 3 position rear sight. Both original sling swivels are also present. The original Richmond stock is among the best you will find. CONDITION: very good. orig & complete, orig iron was cleaned & browned, overall dark & pitted. Brass nose cap & buttplate have mottled medium mustard patina. Lock markings are crisp. Bbl. proofs are light but totally discernable. The stock is sound w/ hand worn patina, some roughness to bottom of butt stock rear of triggerguard & chipping near nose cap, still a very superior uncleaned Richmond stock. Mechanically fine w/ well defined rifling in dark bore. (01-19499/JS). ANTIQUE. 7,000-9,000.
Cal. 58. NSN. Richmond rifle muskets were made in larger quantity than any other Confederate manufactured long arm. The survival on complete original guns is extremely sm...moreall & this is one of those examples. This is classic standard configuration w/ 40” bbl. made late 1862 w/ brass buttplate & nosecap. Lock marked “C.S. / RICHMOND, VA” forward of hammer & dated 1862 vertically on tail. Bbl. date is not visible due to pitting at breech, however the “VP” & eaglehead proofs are discernible w/ correct broken die “P” unique to standard production Richmond manufactured bbls. Each of the 3 flat bbl. bands have the correct “U” proof positioned toward the middle & above plane of band springs. The original Richmond tapered ramrod is present as is the correct 2 leaf 3 position rear sight. Both original sling swivels are also present. The original Richmond stock is among the best you will find. CONDITION: very good. orig & complete, orig iron was cleaned & browned, overall dark & pitted. Brass nose cap & buttplate have mottled medium mustard patina. Lock markings are crisp. Bbl. proofs are light but totally discernable. The stock is sound w/ hand worn patina, some roughness to bottom of butt stock rear of triggerguard & chipping near nose cap, still a very superior uncleaned Richmond stock. Mechanically fine w/ well defined rifling in dark bore. (01-19499/JS). ANTIQUE. 7,000-9,000.

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VERY RARE CONFEDERATE USED MISSISSIPPI RIFLE “GATE

Lot # 3017 (Sale Order: 17 of 634)      

CITY GUARDS” ATLANTA, GA. Cal. 58. NSN. . Bbl. 33”. The Gate City Guards have a long & illustrious military history. By the 1850s Atlanta was becoming an important city in Georgia due to the railroad. Atlanta was becoming known as the “Gate City of the South” due to Atlanta being the terminus of 3 major railroads. The Gate City guards would form a militia company in Jan. 1857 & receive a charter from the Gov. In 1859. The Gate City guard was the only militia formed in Atlanta at the time w/ most members being a part of the Atlanta Fire Dept. Larger GA cities at the time such as Macon, Savannah, Augusta & Columbus such as these had militia units dating back decades. Early in 1861, when GA voted to secede from the Union, the guard was the first militia company from the state to offer their services to Gov. Brown. They joined the first GA Regt. April 1st, 1861 in Macon, GA. The unit already had their First National battle flag which was made by the ladies of Atlanta & is part of the Atlanta History Center today. In February 1861 the GA Adjutant General had procured as many arms for the upcoming war as possible before secession. Among that inventory were 370 Model 1841 US “Mississippi” rifles, this no doubt being one. The Gate City Guards were 100 men strong at the beginning of the war & were thought to have been armed w/ the Mississippi rifles from state inventory. This rifle is stamped on top of buttplate “G C G” over rifle number “14”. Rifle has been armory re-rifled from .54 to .58 caliber, possibly by Georgia Armory. There has got to be another survivor out there somewhere, but to date this is the only example known. At least 2 Atlanta made Bowie Knives are also stamped “GCG” for identified members of the Gate City Guards & are pictured in Confederate Bowie Knives by Milton, Phillips & Sexton. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: record sheet by Dr. Fred Novy along w/ sm. File of research. CONDITION: good to very good overall, original & authentic, “as found”. Missing sling swivels as noted. Bbl. & lock have smooth mottled gray iron patina, lock markings are clear as are unit markings on butt. Brass has light mustard patina. Stock is sound w/ handwork patina w/ about 1” piece of wood missing behind bbl., right of tang. Inspection cartouches visible in outline online. Remnants of 2 pins, opposite lock, which once possibly attached plaque or tag, only remnant of one pin & pin hole remain. A carved area on left side of buttstock about 1” square have been purposely obliterated. We wonder what was removed from between the plaque & the carving telling more of the history of this unique marked rifle. Stock is lightly refinished w/ remnants of old varnish. Mechanically fine w/ discernable rifling in well used bore. PROVENANCE: from the collection of Dr. Fred Novy, ASAC. (01-20116/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-6,000.
CITY GUARDS” ATLANTA, GA. Cal. 58. NSN. . Bbl. 33”. The Gate City Guards have a long & illustrious military history. By the 1850s Atlanta was becoming an important city i...moren Georgia due to the railroad. Atlanta was becoming known as the “Gate City of the South” due to Atlanta being the terminus of 3 major railroads. The Gate City guards would form a militia company in Jan. 1857 & receive a charter from the Gov. In 1859. The Gate City guard was the only militia formed in Atlanta at the time w/ most members being a part of the Atlanta Fire Dept. Larger GA cities at the time such as Macon, Savannah, Augusta & Columbus such as these had militia units dating back decades. Early in 1861, when GA voted to secede from the Union, the guard was the first militia company from the state to offer their services to Gov. Brown. They joined the first GA Regt. April 1st, 1861 in Macon, GA. The unit already had their First National battle flag which was made by the ladies of Atlanta & is part of the Atlanta History Center today. In February 1861 the GA Adjutant General had procured as many arms for the upcoming war as possible before secession. Among that inventory were 370 Model 1841 US “Mississippi” rifles, this no doubt being one. The Gate City Guards were 100 men strong at the beginning of the war & were thought to have been armed w/ the Mississippi rifles from state inventory. This rifle is stamped on top of buttplate “G C G” over rifle number “14”. Rifle has been armory re-rifled from .54 to .58 caliber, possibly by Georgia Armory. There has got to be another survivor out there somewhere, but to date this is the only example known. At least 2 Atlanta made Bowie Knives are also stamped “GCG” for identified members of the Gate City Guards & are pictured in Confederate Bowie Knives by Milton, Phillips & Sexton. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: record sheet by Dr. Fred Novy along w/ sm. File of research. CONDITION: good to very good overall, original & authentic, “as found”. Missing sling swivels as noted. Bbl. & lock have smooth mottled gray iron patina, lock markings are clear as are unit markings on butt. Brass has light mustard patina. Stock is sound w/ handwork patina w/ about 1” piece of wood missing behind bbl., right of tang. Inspection cartouches visible in outline online. Remnants of 2 pins, opposite lock, which once possibly attached plaque or tag, only remnant of one pin & pin hole remain. A carved area on left side of buttstock about 1” square have been purposely obliterated. We wonder what was removed from between the plaque & the carving telling more of the history of this unique marked rifle. Stock is lightly refinished w/ remnants of old varnish. Mechanically fine w/ discernable rifling in well used bore. PROVENANCE: from the collection of Dr. Fred Novy, ASAC. (01-20116/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-6,000.

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CONFEDERATE SC PALMETTO MUSKET.

Lot # 3018 (Sale Order: 18 of 634)      

Cal. .69. NSN. This popular Confederate long arm is in standard configuration w/ 42” bbl. Lock is of the scarce “bushy tree” variety. “PALMETTO ARMORY S * C” in circular cartouche around the Palmetto tree forward of hammer, tail stamped vertically “COLUMBIA / S.C.1852”. Buttplate is properly marked “SC”. The bbl. is unmarked other than faint “VP” proof at breech. This musket “saw the elephant”, but presents well w/ excellent lock & buttplate markings. There is a rarely seen copper sheet added behind the bolster to area of wood prone to burnout, Confederate ingenuity. Swivels have been removed. Ramrod appears to be a contemporary blacksmith replacement. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: data sheet compiled w/ internal markings & other details by Palmetto Armory authority Dr. Fred Novy. CONDITION: good to very good overall. Iron patina. Stock is sound w/ old refinish w/ scattered cosmetic blemishes. Mechanically fine w/ clear smooth bore. PROVENANCE: from the collection of Dr. Fred Novy, ASAC. (01-20144/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-6,000.
Cal. .69. NSN. This popular Confederate long arm is in standard configuration w/ 42” bbl. Lock is of the scarce “bushy tree” variety. “PALMETTO ARMORY S * C” in circular ...morecartouche around the Palmetto tree forward of hammer, tail stamped vertically “COLUMBIA / S.C.1852”. Buttplate is properly marked “SC”. The bbl. is unmarked other than faint “VP” proof at breech. This musket “saw the elephant”, but presents well w/ excellent lock & buttplate markings. There is a rarely seen copper sheet added behind the bolster to area of wood prone to burnout, Confederate ingenuity. Swivels have been removed. Ramrod appears to be a contemporary blacksmith replacement. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: data sheet compiled w/ internal markings & other details by Palmetto Armory authority Dr. Fred Novy. CONDITION: good to very good overall. Iron patina. Stock is sound w/ old refinish w/ scattered cosmetic blemishes. Mechanically fine w/ clear smooth bore. PROVENANCE: from the collection of Dr. Fred Novy, ASAC. (01-20144/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-6,000.

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1863 DATED RICHMOND RIFLED MUSKET.

Lot # 3019 (Sale Order: 19 of 634)      

Cal. 58. NSN. Standard configuration, 40” bbl, brass buttplate & nosecap. Lock marked “C.S. / RICHMOND, VA” forward of hammer & dated 1863 vertically on tail. Bbl. date, like on most well used Richmonds, is not visible due to pitting from firing. CONDITION: good overall, iron has mixed gray/brown patinas, appears original, ramrod is 1855 swelled variety which is often seen on Richmonds though not Confederate manufacture. Stock is sound w/ hand worn patina, scattered dings & nicks, a few small putty chip repairs. Mechanically fine w/ good rifled bore. (01-19854/JS). ANTIQUE. $6,000-8,000.
Cal. 58. NSN. Standard configuration, 40” bbl, brass buttplate & nosecap. Lock marked “C.S. / RICHMOND, VA” forward of hammer & dated 1863 vertically on tail. Bbl. date, ...morelike on most well used Richmonds, is not visible due to pitting from firing. CONDITION: good overall, iron has mixed gray/brown patinas, appears original, ramrod is 1855 swelled variety which is often seen on Richmonds though not Confederate manufacture. Stock is sound w/ hand worn patina, scattered dings & nicks, a few small putty chip repairs. Mechanically fine w/ good rifled bore. (01-19854/JS). ANTIQUE. $6,000-8,000.

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EXTREMELY RARE 1865 LOCKPLATE FOR A CONFEDERATE

Lot # 3019A (Sale Order: 20 of 634)      

RICHMOND RIFLE-MUSKET. Lockplate measures 5 7/16" x 3 1/8" & is boldly stamped, “C.S. RICHMOND, VA.” toward the front of the lock & “1865” behind the hammer. The Richmon...mored Armory in Richmond, Virginia produced approx. 31,000 rifle-muskets w/ the aid of salvaged machinery from the captured Federal Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. The rifle-muskets closely followed the Pattern 1855 Springfield musket produced at Harper’s Ferry except for the omission of the Maynard tape priming system on the Richmond produced muskets. Production of the Richmond muskets began in October of 1861 & lasted until January of 1865. Richmond locks dated 1865 are considered extremely rare w/ only a very few known to exist. Production was halted in January of 1865 due to the vanishing supply of wood available for stock production. CONDITION: lock has a medium gray patina & appears fully functional. (02-16062/BF). $2,000-2,500.

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1862 DATED TOWER MUSKET, PROBABLE CONFEDERATE

Lot # 3020 (Sale Order: 21 of 634)      

BLOCKADE RUN. Cal. 58. NSN. Bbl. 39 1/8". Barleycorn front sight w/ graduated leaf rear sight. Lock is stamped "1862 / TOWER" forward of the hammer, oddly, the “2” in “1862”, rises above the “186”. There is a crown stamp behind the hammer. 3 Band fastened walnut stock. Brass fittings include buttplate, trigger guard, side plate escutcheons & nose cap. Slotted tip ramrod. Stock has oval cartouche "I.C." associated w/ known Confederate muskets. Comb of stock forward of buttplate tang has partially visible 3 digit number starting w/ "2". CONDITION: bbl. has cleaned gray appearance showing general pitting. Lock shows light pitting. Brass parts have a mild patina. Sanded & refinished stock shows wear w/ numerous dents & handling marks having wood erosion above lock. Bore shows light pitting & retains strong rifling. (01-20128/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.
BLOCKADE RUN. Cal. 58. NSN. Bbl. 39 1/8". Barleycorn front sight w/ graduated leaf rear sight. Lock is stamped "1862 / TOWER" forward of the hammer, oddly, the “2” in “18...more62”, rises above the “186”. There is a crown stamp behind the hammer. 3 Band fastened walnut stock. Brass fittings include buttplate, trigger guard, side plate escutcheons & nose cap. Slotted tip ramrod. Stock has oval cartouche "I.C." associated w/ known Confederate muskets. Comb of stock forward of buttplate tang has partially visible 3 digit number starting w/ "2". CONDITION: bbl. has cleaned gray appearance showing general pitting. Lock shows light pitting. Brass parts have a mild patina. Sanded & refinished stock shows wear w/ numerous dents & handling marks having wood erosion above lock. Bore shows light pitting & retains strong rifling. (01-20128/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.

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VERY FINE “ATTIC CONDITION” CIVIL WAR 1862 DATED

Lot # 3021 (Sale Order: 22 of 634)      

ENFIELD RIFLE MUSKET. Cal. 577. NSN. Bbl. 39". 1862 Dated ”TOWER” in beautiful unmolested condition w/ raised grain to stock w/ crisp discernible markings. The Confederate’s most sought after rifle musket during the Civil War was the model 1853, tens of thousands were imported through the blockade. This musket was made by “TIPPING & LAWDEN” w/ their mark on stock and bbl. “Birmingham Small Arms” trademark cartouche on right side of buttstock, along w/ their viewing proofs stamped rear of triggerguard. Rifle musket is in standard config., 39" bbl. w/ Birmingham proof marks, adj. long range rear sight, 3 clamping bands, 2 sling swivels; brass buttplate, trigger guard & nosecap. Tipping & Lawden marked Enfields of several configs. have known Confederate connections, though this example has no definitive proofs, it is still typical of the most popular Confederate longarm of the Civil War, an exceptional example which was used lightly & taken care of since the war. CONDITION: fine overall, complete & original other than missing ramrod which. Bbl. has dark patina mixed w/ thinning blue finish, lock & hammer smooth dark patina w/ traces of case colors. Stock is sound, well fit w/ sharp edges, scattered cosmetic scratches & bruising. Brass has smooth medium mustard patina. Screw heads all sharp. Markings on wood & metal all crisp & discernible w/ exception: circle “E” proof on top of bbl. in front of “TL&C” stamp which is obscured by light powder pitting. Mechanically crisp w/ crisp rifled bore w/ pitting. (01-19498/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-4,000.
ENFIELD RIFLE MUSKET. Cal. 577. NSN. Bbl. 39". 1862 Dated ”TOWER” in beautiful unmolested condition w/ raised grain to stock w/ crisp discernible markings. The Confederat...moree’s most sought after rifle musket during the Civil War was the model 1853, tens of thousands were imported through the blockade. This musket was made by “TIPPING & LAWDEN” w/ their mark on stock and bbl. “Birmingham Small Arms” trademark cartouche on right side of buttstock, along w/ their viewing proofs stamped rear of triggerguard. Rifle musket is in standard config., 39" bbl. w/ Birmingham proof marks, adj. long range rear sight, 3 clamping bands, 2 sling swivels; brass buttplate, trigger guard & nosecap. Tipping & Lawden marked Enfields of several configs. have known Confederate connections, though this example has no definitive proofs, it is still typical of the most popular Confederate longarm of the Civil War, an exceptional example which was used lightly & taken care of since the war. CONDITION: fine overall, complete & original other than missing ramrod which. Bbl. has dark patina mixed w/ thinning blue finish, lock & hammer smooth dark patina w/ traces of case colors. Stock is sound, well fit w/ sharp edges, scattered cosmetic scratches & bruising. Brass has smooth medium mustard patina. Screw heads all sharp. Markings on wood & metal all crisp & discernible w/ exception: circle “E” proof on top of bbl. in front of “TL&C” stamp which is obscured by light powder pitting. Mechanically crisp w/ crisp rifled bore w/ pitting. (01-19498/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-4,000.

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COMPOSITE RICHMOND MUSKETOON.

Lot # 3022 (Sale Order: 23 of 634)      

Cal. 58. NSN. Bbl. 35". High hump Richmond lock dated 1861 w/ brass nosecap & buttplate. Bands & hardware are in Richmond style, but can be from one of several Civil War flat band contracts. Bbl. is cut down from 1861 model musket. Stock is carved “HENRY COOK” on left side of buttstock. CONDITION: fair. 9" Of forestock is spliced & stretched. Lock is poorly fit. Stock has much erosion & refinish. Carving of unknown vintage. Mechanically functional, hammer has broken ears & nipple is pounded & shortened. Bore has discernible rifling. (01-19443/JS). ANTIQUE. $800-1,200.
Cal. 58. NSN. Bbl. 35". High hump Richmond lock dated 1861 w/ brass nosecap & buttplate. Bands & hardware are in Richmond style, but can be from one of several Civil War ...moreflat band contracts. Bbl. is cut down from 1861 model musket. Stock is carved “HENRY COOK” on left side of buttstock. CONDITION: fair. 9" Of forestock is spliced & stretched. Lock is poorly fit. Stock has much erosion & refinish. Carving of unknown vintage. Mechanically functional, hammer has broken ears & nipple is pounded & shortened. Bore has discernible rifling. (01-19443/JS). ANTIQUE. $800-1,200.

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SPURIOUS TYLER TEXAS MARKED RIFLE.

Lot # 3023 (Sale Order: 24 of 634)      

Cal. 64. NSN. Bbl. 27 3/4" smooth bore. 42 1/2" Overall. This rifle has collection history over 50 years old, but that may be as old as the markings. Gun is made somewhat in the style of extremely rare Tyler Texas Confederate Arms. All iron mounted of various assembled parts. There is a brass & silver star plaque w/ 2nd regiment Texas markings. CONDITION: good to very good overall, dark iron patina. Stock has hand worn patina, area of erosion & rust at buttplate. Mechanically functional w/ pitted smooth bore. (01-19459/JS). ANTIQUE. $600-800.
Cal. 64. NSN. Bbl. 27 3/4" smooth bore. 42 1/2" Overall. This rifle has collection history over 50 years old, but that may be as old as the markings. Gun is made somewhat...more in the style of extremely rare Tyler Texas Confederate Arms. All iron mounted of various assembled parts. There is a brass & silver star plaque w/ 2nd regiment Texas markings. CONDITION: good to very good overall, dark iron patina. Stock has hand worn patina, area of erosion & rust at buttplate. Mechanically functional w/ pitted smooth bore. (01-19459/JS). ANTIQUE. $600-800.

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AS FOUND MODEL 1855 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE MUSKET

Lot # 3024 (Sale Order: 25 of 634)      

FOUND AT STEWART’S DRAFT, VA. Cal. 58. NSN. Bbl. 40". This musket has the look of so many as found, Confederate used long arms. Rear sight & Maynard tape door removed as Confederates had no resource to get Maynard cap rolls. Consignors states this was found in barn at Stewart’s Draft, VA. Standard configuration 1857 dated. CONDITION: good to very good as found. Lock & hammer screws are contemporary replacements from time of use w/ same dark iron patina found on balance of gun. Brass nose cap has mixed mustard patina. Metal w/ overall dark iron patina at breech & buttplate. Stock is well fit w/ contemporary small tack inset on left side of bbl. tang. Scattered cosmetic blemishes. 2" Crack opposite lock. Overall hard worn patina. Main spring strong, but hammer will not hold. Dark pitted rifle bore. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19695/JS). ANTIQUE. $600-1,000.
FOUND AT STEWART’S DRAFT, VA. Cal. 58. NSN. Bbl. 40". This musket has the look of so many as found, Confederate used long arms. Rear sight & Maynard tape door removed as ...moreConfederates had no resource to get Maynard cap rolls. Consignors states this was found in barn at Stewart’s Draft, VA. Standard configuration 1857 dated. CONDITION: good to very good as found. Lock & hammer screws are contemporary replacements from time of use w/ same dark iron patina found on balance of gun. Brass nose cap has mixed mustard patina. Metal w/ overall dark iron patina at breech & buttplate. Stock is well fit w/ contemporary small tack inset on left side of bbl. tang. Scattered cosmetic blemishes. 2" Crack opposite lock. Overall hard worn patina. Main spring strong, but hammer will not hold. Dark pitted rifle bore. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19695/JS). ANTIQUE. $600-1,000.

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