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Important Historic Firearms & Early Militaria

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Cowan's 2 day Historic Firearms and Early Militaria: Live Salesroom Auction will include an excellent selection of rifles, pistols, uniforms, powderhorns, edged weapons and accoutrements.

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Raised Carved Kentucky Attributed To John Armstrong

Raised Carved Kentucky Attributed To John Armstrong

Lot # 1001 (Sale Order: 1 of 312)

.50 caliber smoothbore, 47.75" octagonal-to-round barrel. Notched rear barrel sight, front silver blade. Engraved lockplate marked London Warrented. English-made lock with roller on frizzen spring. Barrel held in stock by four brass wedges. Brass triggerguard, brass ferules, brass nosecap, brass buttplate, Engraved brass sideplate. Engraved toeplate, silver thumb plate. Finely striped maple stock, with forestock molding, molding around the lock mortise, and teardrop on the rear of the lock mortise. Raised carving around the tang and around the comb. Lower butt moulding, raised fleur de lis caving behind the rear ferule.

Condition: The barrel has natural plum brown patina. Lock with nice untouched dark brown patina. Evidence of markings on the rear flat of the barrel. The stock has been expertly repaired in the wrist. The rest of the stock is excellent retaining a very nice untouched dark red patina. No wood added anywhere in the stock. Brass with nice untouched patina. Lockplate fits the lock mortise very tight. The touch hole has been rebushed. This rifle is beyond a doubt made by John Armstrong by the characteristics of the carving and the lines of the stock. This is a very fine rifle, and one in this condition seldom comes up for sale.

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German Swivel Breech Flintlock Rifle

German Swivel Breech Flintlock Rifle

Lot # 1002 (Sale Order: 2 of 312)

.56 caliber, 28.5" octagonal barrels, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, stock with raised cheek rest and sliding wood matchbox. Lock with rounded swan-neck cock, bridled and fenced iron pans. Obverse butt stamped in individual letters: THIS WAS NO 2 / MAHLON . I . PAXSON GUN IN 1910 CO F 75 RIGAMENT. The meaning of which and time when it was applied is not clear. Stock with raised carving at wrist and on reverse of butt. Wooden ramrod, sling swivels.

Condition: Good. Metal an oxidized brown patina with old added finish. Mechanically functional, smooth bores evenly pitted. Triggerguard broken and repaired. Stock fair, shattered at the butt and wrist and repaired. Entire gun coated with old varnish or similar shiny coating.

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Flintlock Jäger Rifle

Flintlock Jäger Rifle

Lot # 1003 (Sale Order: 3 of 312)

.56 caliber, 25" wedge-retained swamped octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, walnut stock with raised cheekiest and checkered wrist. Breech decorated with gold leaf patterns, top barrel flat marked in gold script Adam, and may be the work of Franz Adams of Feldsburg who worked ca 1808-1830 (der Neue Stockel). Lightly engraved lock with fenced and bridled iron pan, swan neck cock likely a replacement. Lock marked in script but is no fully legible. Double set triggers, triggerguard with semi-pistol gripped extension. Brass sideplate and triggerguard with simple pineapple finials. Horn tipped wooden rammer secured by two brass thimbles and a brass entry pipe. Engraved silver wrist escutcheon with monogram.

Condition: Very good. Retains some traces of thinning brown finish with scattered surface oxidation and some scattered pinpricking. Mechanically functional, good bore with deep rifling and scattered pitting. Brass furniture with a medium ocher patina. Stock with some added modern finish, showing scattered bumps, dings and bruises.

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Engraved Powder Horn I'd to David Carter Dated 1778

Engraved Powder Horn I'd to David Carter Dated 1778

Lot # 1004 (Sale Order: 4 of 312)

Beautifully engraved powder horn measuring 12" through the curve. The octagonal spout measures 2.5" from the smooth raised ring. Engraved in banner "David Carter His Horn AD. 1778." Several engraved wilderness animals such as an elk, bear and 2 deer. A couple mythical animals engraved such as a half horse and mermaid next to an a gentleman on horseback. Wood base with lobe and wood pegs. Engrailed edge. Accompanying this lot is a copy of David Carter's Pension Application from the state of Georgia dated 1832.

David Carter entered the militia in North Carolina as a volunteer under Captain Martin in the spring of 1778. In June of 1779, Carter entered the main army of General Rutherford at Peedee and was transitioned into a rifle company. The company was in battle at Camden and was defeated upon which Carter was taken prisoner and served 11 months on prison ships. After, his exchange Carter returned home before enlisting in the militia again as a substitute. He served on the frontier as a guard against the Shawnee Indians under Captain Owens.

Condition: This horn displays a pleasing yellowing patina with some areas blending to a darker brown. All engraving is sharp and crisp and done by the same hand. The raised ring through the spout have an even light brown patina. Overall a very good identified horn with good history.

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English Brass Barreled Blunderbuss Flintlock Pistol by Court

English Brass Barreled Blunderbuss Flintlock Pistol by Court

Lot # 1005 (Sale Order: 5 of 312)

.50 caliber, 3.75" brass octagonal-to-round barrel flaring to .75" at the cannon-shaped muzzle. Flint box lock with sliding hammer safety and fenced pan. Frame marked COURT on the reverse and LONDON on the obverse, both in engraved panels. Post-1813 Birmingham commercial proofs under barrel. Engraved iron triggerguard, bag-shaped walnut grip with oval brass escutcheon. John Court worked on Weaman St ca 1820 and later at 97 Dale End. This is probably his work, dating from the second decade of the 19th century.

Condition: Very good to fine. Brass cleaned some time ago and starting to tone down. Crisp markings, mechanically functional, good bore, very good grip with bumps and dings. Overall a very attractive "blunderbuss" pocket pistol.

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Early Flintlock Military Pistol

Early Flintlock Military Pistol

Lot # 1006 (Sale Order: 6 of 312)

.740 bore diameter, 11" barrel octagonal tapers to a round. Curved flat-style lockplate. Iron mounted with walnut stock.

Condition: All metal has nice dark brown patina. The stock is untouched with dark patina. Iron furniture is black.

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Contemporary Case Set Of French Muff Pistols By Aubron a Nantes

Contemporary Case Set Of French Muff Pistols By Aubron a Nantes

Lot # 1007 (Sale Order: 7 of 312)

.41 caliber, 1.125" turn-off barrels, no S/N. Bright finish, checkered walnut grips with metal pin decorations. Bottoms of breeches engraved Aubron A Nantes in three lines of script. Flint box lock actions with sliding, pan locking safeties. Pistols contained in a contemporary wood case with a fitted green interior, including a Dixon & Son marked powder flask in the single storage compartment.

The pistols appear to be the work of Jules Aubron who worked ca 1805-1855 in Nantes (France), a town located on the upper Loire River in Brittany. The Aubron family of gunsmiths began in the 1770s with Jules father Jean and continued through the latter part of the 19th century with Jules son Thomas. A lovely set of early 19th century French muff pistols.

Condition: Very good. Pistols cleaned to bright leaving some of the markings light. The metal has a mottled and lightly oxidized gray patina. Mechanically functional locks and safeties. Good smooth bores, barrels twist off easily. Grips good with crisp checkering, both with minor repaired cracks that are well concealed. Case good, as is flask.

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Tap Action Flintlock Boxlock Pistol

Tap Action Flintlock Boxlock Pistol

Lot # 1008 (Sale Order: 8 of 312)

.50 bore diameter, 1.25" round barrels. Engraved frame, folding trigger, marked Alex Wilson, Sherrard St London. Checkered walnut grip, safety on the back of the hammer. London proofs on the barrels.

Provenance: Collection of the late Art Gerber

Condition: Engraving is sharp, crisp overall. Metal has a dull grey patina with nice sharp edges. Top jaw is a replacement. All markings and engraving are sharp and crisp. Grips are excellent.

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Pair of Flintlock Pistols by D. Egg

Pair of Flintlock Pistols by D. Egg

Lot # 1009 (Sale Order: 9 of 312)

.56 caliber, 7" barrels, no S/N. Brass barrels and furniture, walnut stocks. 4.5" long, convex iron locks with teat at rear, iron fenced pans, swan necked cocks. Locks marked D. EGG, barrels marked D - EGG - LONDON and with British commercial proofs. Brass furniture including lobed butt caps, S-shaped side plate and ramrod pipes. Missing ramrods.

Durs Egg works ca1786-1822, with the trade name continuing in use by his son, son-in-law through 1837, and used by others later. These pistols appear to be from the 1st quarter of the 19th century and could be the work of Durs or his immediate successors. A lovely pair of pistols in a nice state of preservation.

Condition: Very good. Brass with a nicely toned butterscotch patina. Mechanically functional, clear markings throughout. Good bores. Stocks with bumps and dings, one with a hairline crack at the rear lock screw.

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Left Handed Germanic Flintlock Pistol

Left Handed Germanic Flintlock Pistol

Lot # 1010 (Sale Order: 10 of 312)

.78 caliber, 10.75" round barrel with baluster turned rings at breech, no S/N. Unmarked rounded semi-banana-shaped lock with teat at rear. Iron pan is bridled and fenced with a rounded swan neck cock secured by a bun nut. Brass furniture including butt cap, triggerguard, ramrod pipes, 3-screw side plate and front sight. Stock with raised carved apron around breech plug tang, at rear of lock and at rear of counterpane. Horn forend tip, wood ramrod. Sighting groove in breech plug tang. Although unmarked, the pistol's styling suggests mid-to-late 18th century Germanic or Low Countries (Dutch) origin. Left handed flintlock pistols are very scarce, and this is a very attractive and untouched example.

Condition: Good to very good. Metal with a thickly oxidized brown patina showing light pitting over most of the barrel and lock. Brass with a medium golden patina with some minor metal loss at the leading edge of the upper pipe. Mechanically functional, bore dark and evenly pitted. Stock good to very good with minor nicks and dings and some wood loss at the pin holes and showing an old chip at the upper rear of the lock mortise. The lower portion of the butt appears to have been applied to the pistol during manufacture, rather than as a repair, and although a thin line shows that the wood is two pieces in this location, it appears to be period and original.

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Cased Set of Saw Handle Flintlock Dueling Pistols by Oakes of London

Cased Set of Saw Handle Flintlock Dueling Pistols by Oakes of London

Lot # 1011 (Sale Order: 11 of 312)

.610 Bore diameter, 8.75" octagonal barrel, notched rear barrel sight incorporated in the breech, front blade, top of the barrel marked London in script, lockplate marked Oakes, safeties on locks, Walnut saw handle stocks with diamond style checkered highlighted with punch dots. Iron mounted with a finial on the ends of triggerguards. In a mahogany case with accessories, leather covered compartment flask, mold, and case key.

Condition: This is a very fine set of pistols. Barrels have been refinished long ago during the period of use. Edges and markings are very sharp and crisp. Lockplates are very sharp and crisp with a crisp silvery look. Stocks are excellent with sharp edges and nice feathered look. The case is excellent with proper leather covered flask. Overall an excellent set of flintlock saw handled duelling pistols.

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High Grade Ames Militia Officer's Presentation Sword

High Grade Ames Militia Officer's Presentation Sword

Lot # 1012 (Sale Order: 12 of 312)

31.25" spear point blade with 12" central fuller. Brass knight's head pommel cap atop an engraved hexagonal hilt with cruciform crossguard terminating in scroll-shaped quillons, with a large turned-down counterguard with a central eagle image, small up-turned counterguard on the reverse and a double chain guard; all heavily gilt in gold. A buff leather washer is in place at the hilt to blade junction. Blade etched with three-line Ames Mfg. Co / Chicopee / Mass address on the reverse ricasso. Blade etched on the obverse with a panoply of arms under a spread-winged eagle, under a ribbon with E. Pluribus Unum. The rest of the obverse blade etched with floral and foliate scrolls and intertwined vines. Reverse etched with the same style floral patterns with a larger panoply of arms as the central image. Hexagonal hilt engraved with flowing scrolls and feathery sprays with geometric boarder lines and punch dot background shading. A ferrule with raised acanthus leaf designs separates the hilt from the guard. The scabbard is gold gilt as well, with the three-line Ames address on the reverse, reading AMES MFG. Co / CHICOPEE / MASS. The upper mount is decorated with leaf motifs and a central shield with two suspension rings, the middle mount shows flowing leaf motifs as well and a single suspension ring. A presentation is engraved between the two upper mounts and reads in five lines: A token of respect to their commander / Capt. A.H. Kelsey / by the / Lewiston Light Infantry / Oct 18th, 1856.

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Condition: Excellent overall. Blade remains bright with nearly all of its original polish and retains the large majority of the frosty, acid etched decoration. Only the reverse ricasso where the Ames address is shows any notable degradation in condition, with some light surface hazing and oxidation. Hilt retains the majority of its gold gilt finish, with some thinning and loss, particularly around the transitions between the hexagonal grip and the cylindrical portions hear the guard and pommel cap. Some loss on the knight's head as well, primarily on the feathered helmet crest. Scabbard with some loss as well, primarily along the high edges and contact points of the upper and middle mount and the drag. Throat is loose and comes out of scabbard easily. Truly a superb pre-Civil War militia officer's sword.

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Model 1843 "Fremont" Hall Carbine

Model 1843 "Fremont" Hall Carbine

Lot # 1013 (Sale Order: 13 of 312)

.52 caliber rifled bore with .58 chamber, 21" barrel. Browned finish, walnut stock. Sling bar and ring, button head cleaning rod. Top of breech marked in five lines: US /S. NORTH / MIDLTN / CONN /1850. Breech marked on right flat with JH inspection, stock flats behind receiver with cartouches on each side, a WAT on the obverse and a JH on the reverse, along with a number 1.

Known as the "Fremont Hall," this is one of 5,000 M1843 Hall carbines sold as surplus by the New York Arsenal in August of 1861 to arms speculators backed by J.P. Morgan for $3.50 each and subsequently "modified" for use of .58 caliber ammunition by enlarging the chamber to approximately .58 and rifling the barrel, but leaving it in the original .52 caliber! The guns were then sold to General John C. Fremont's command in St. Louis for $22 each, resulting in a Congressional investigation into what became known as the "Hall Carbine Affair." A scarce example of a historically important Civil War used carbine.

Condition: Good. Metal with dark brown, heavily oxidized patina and scattered pitting. Markings on breech somewhat obscured by pitting. Mechanically functional, bore good, with crisp rifling and moderate pitting. Stock worn showing heavy use with bumps and dings and a small grain crack behind the receiver on the reverse. A solid, if well used example of a historic Civil War carbine.

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U.S. Springfield M1855 Rifle Musket & Bayonet

U.S. Springfield M1855 Rifle Musket & Bayonet

Lot # 1014 (Sale Order: 14 of 312)

.58 caliber, 40" round barrel retained by three barrel bands, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock. Springfield marked lock dated 1858, barrel dated 1859 with usual V/P/eaglehead proof marks. A transitional gun with brass nosecap and correct 1858 pattern rear sight. Retains both sling swivels and tulip-head, swelled shank ramrod. Includes a US M1855 pattern socket bayonet marked US/J on the ricasso.

Condition: Good to very good. Metal with a dull pewter patina, with some scattered oxidation. Mechanically functional lock, including Maynard tape priming system. Rear sight retains some blue. All markings remain crisp on the metal. Good bore with crisp rifling and some scattered pitting. Stock solid and ;full-length. Stock sanded, with the sharp edges rounded. No cartouches present on counterpane. Bayonet very good.

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Sharps NM1865 Cartridge Converted Carbine (M1868)

Sharps NM1865 Cartridge Converted Carbine (M1868)

Lot # 1016 (Sale Order: 15 of 312)

.50-70, 22" barrel, S/N C45470. Blued and case hardened finish, smooth walnut forend and buttstock. Barrel with matching serial number under forend. Standard 3-line barrel mark with NEW MODEL 1865 marking on barrel forward of receiver. Standard Sharps patent markings on lock, primer mechanism and reverse of receiver. Lawrence Patent marked ladder rear sight. Fixed front sight, 6-groove bore. Saddler bar and ring on reverse of frame.

Condition: Very good. Retains thinning traces of blue on the barrel, mixed with oxidized brown discoloration. Receiver a mottled gray patina with scattered light pitting. Mechanically functional, good bore with scattered pitting. Wood with scattered bumps and dings, showing no cartouche.

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Sharps & Hankins Navy Percussion Carbine

Sharps & Hankins Navy Percussion Carbine

Lot # 1017 (Sale Order: 16 of 312)

.52RF, 24" barrel, S/N 3193. Case hardened finish, leather covered barrel, wood buttstock with brass buttplate. Right side of receiver marked: SHARPS / & / HANKINS / PHILADA, and left side marked SHARPS / PATENT / 1859. Adjustable ladder rear sight, fixed front sight. One of the first cartridge breech loading long arms to be adopted by the US Navy, some 6,686 were acquired by them ca 1862-1865 for use during the American Civil War. Most saw extensive service and examples with complete leather barrel coverings are relatively scarce.

Condition: Very good. Frame with minor traces of case color, otherwise a faded, mottled gray with some light pinpricking. Leather cover very good being mostly intact with some moderate crazing and light surface finish loss. Mechanically functional, good bore with scattered light pitting. Stock with wear and scattered bumps and dings.

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Model 1862 Joslyn Carbine

Model 1862 Joslyn Carbine

Lot # 1018 (Sale Order: 17 of 312)

.52RF, 22" barrel, S/N 3179. Tinned finish, walnut stock, brass furniture. Matching serial numbers on breech block and receiver. Three-line Joslyn address on lock and three-line patent markings on breech. Two script FDL cartouches on the counterpane, sub-inspected with a small capital "L" on most parts. 1861 pattern rear sight, fixed front sight, sling bar and ring.

Condition: Very good. Retains strong traces of what appears to be period applied tin plated finish. Crisp markings in metal, clear cartouches on counterpane. Mechanically functional, good bore. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and nicks with a chip behind the tang.

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Model 1860 Spencer Carbine

Model 1860 Spencer Carbine

Lot # 1019 (Sale Order: 18 of 312)

.52 caliber, 22" barrel, S/N 20157. Barrel and receiver with matching numbers. Marked on top of receiver "SPENCER REPEATING/RIFLE CO BOSTON MASS" over patent date. Right side of receiver near barrel marked "G.W. CROSS/1862." Saddle ring on left side with replaced sling swivel on bottom of butt. No visible inspector marks. Correct magazine tube.

Condition: Good. Overall smooth salt and pepper patina. Stock has blemishes consistent with age and use. Manufacturer's stamps worn but mostly legible. Later added stamps legible. Missing screw in triggerguard. 6-groove bore fair.

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US M1841 "Mississippi" Rifle By Robbins & Lawrence

US M1841 "Mississippi" Rifle By Robbins & Lawrence

Lot # 1020 (Sale Order: 19 of 312)

.54 caliber, 33" barrel, no S/N. Browned and case hardened finish, brass furniture, walnut stock. Barrel secured by 2 brass barrel bands. Lock marked in four horizontal lines ROBBINS / & / LAWRENCE / US forward of the hammer and in two vertical lines at the tail of the lock: WINDSOR, VT / 1849. No date visible on the tang, breech marked US / JPC / P. Two partially visible script cartouches are present on the counterpane, the forward one is illegible, the rear one is a weak WAT. Retains original sights and sling swivels, ramrod is a modern replacement.

Condition: Good. Void of finish and cleaned to a dull pewter color with scattered pitting, surface oxidation and discoloration. Mechanically functional, fair bore is worn to about .56 at muzzle but is still .54 with 7-groove rifling further back. Bore is dirty and pitted. Stock worn with numerous bumps, dings and handling marks, and with a divot of wood missing between the tang and hammer and showing significant burn out in that area.

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Confederate Numbered P1853 Enfield Rifle

Confederate Numbered P1853 Enfield Rifle

Lot # 1022 (Sale Order: 20 of 312)

.58, 39” barrel, S/N 2120. Blued finish, walnut stock, brass and iron furniture. Lock marked 1861 over TOWER, with standard Birmingham commercial proof marks at breech. Buttplate tang with engraved Confederate inventory number 2120, making this gun an early delivery under the second Sinclair, Hamilton & Company contract with the Confederacy, which delivered 30,000 P1853 “Long Enfields” numbered in three sequences; 1-10,000, 1-10,000A and 1-10,000B. Stock with weak "S" furnisher's mark for Scott & Son in front of buttplate tang. Missing rear sight, barrel restored for last 4”, forend restored. Period ramrod is not inventory numbered. A good entry level example of a Confederate numbered P1853 Enfield Rifle Musket. Less than 300 of the 30,000 numbered Enfields purchased by the Confederacy under this contract are known to have survived to today.

Condition: About good overall. Metal with an oxidized brown patina and scattered pitting, particularly at the breech. Forward portion of barrel and stock restored. Bore good with strong rifling except for the short, restored portion near the muzzle. Mechanically functional. Wood with numerous bumps, dings, mars and wear.

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Burnside 5th Model Percussion Carbine

Burnside 5th Model Percussion Carbine

Lot # 1023 (Sale Order: 21 of 312)

.54 caliber, 21" barrel, S/N 19036. Blued and case hardened finish, smooth walnut stock and forend. Breech block numbered 16036, suggesting that the second number on the frame or block was inverted while being applied. Standard Burnside markings on barrel and lock. Crisp block letter NSP inspection on top of comb, forward of buttplate and and script RKW cartouche on rear of wrist. Forward cartouche not fully visible. Sling bar and ring on reverse of receiver, sling swivel in toe of buttstock.

Condition: Fine. Retains much of the barrel blue, which is thinning and fading. Receiver with much of the original case color, which are also fading and dulling. Mechanically functional, fine, bright bore. Stock with dings and handling marks and a 2" scar behind the barrel band.

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Warner Carbine

Warner Carbine

Lot # 1024 (Sale Order: 22 of 312)

.50RF. 20" round barrel, S/N 582. Blued finish, brass receiver, triggerguard and buttplate, walnut stock and forend. Left side of receiver marked in three-lines: JAMES WARNER SPRINGFIELD, MASS. / WARNER'S / PATENT. Martially sub-inspected throughout with a capital "L", serial number on buttplate. Correct pattern rear sight, saddle ring on left of frame. Only 1,501 were produced ca 1864. This is a very scarce secondary US carbine from the Civil War period.

Condition: Good to very good. Barrel with a mottled and oxidized plum, brown and gray patina. Brass with a lovely butterscotch patina. Lower tang with small crack behind triggerguard. Markings on receiver remain legible. Mechanically functional. Fine bore. Stock and forend lightly sanded with numerous grain cracks and some replaced wood in the tang inlet. No cartouche visible. A solid, attractive and very scarce US martial carbine.

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Warner Carbine

Warner Carbine

Lot # 1025 (Sale Order: 23 of 312)

.50RF 20" round barrel, S/N 200. Blued finish, brass receiver, triggerguard and buttplate, walnut stock and forend. Left side of receiver marked in three-lines: JAMES WARNER SPRINGFIELD, MASS. / WARNER'S / PATENT. Martially sub-inspected throughout with a capital "L," serial number on buttplate. Correct pattern rear sight, saddle ring on left of frame. Only 1,501 were produced ca 1864. This is a very scarce secondary US martial carbine from the Civil War period.

Condition: Good to very good. Barrel cleaned to bright with a mottled and lightly oxidized gray patina. Brass with a lovely butterscotch patina. Markings on receiver remain clearly legible. Mechanically functional. Fine bore. Stock and forend lightly sanded with several small grain cracks in both, but nothing major or structural.

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Sharps Rifle

Sharps Rifle

Lot # 1026 (Sale Order: 24 of 312)

.52 caliber, 30" barrel, S/N C, 35178 also matches under the forearm on the barrel, marked on the barrel New Model 1863, Sharp's rifle company markings behind the rear band on top of the barrel. Three barrel bands with walnut stock and forearm. Two cartouches on the left side of the stock near the action. Lawerence rear sight. This rifle has the name E. Gerhardt stamped into the wood under the patchbox. On further research, it has been found that a Private Emil Gerhardt, age 22, Co A 9th OVI June 18, 1861, to June 22, 1864. Then with USVV Co D 4th Regt, March 22, 1865, to March 7, 1866. This is when he would have received the Sharps rifle for re-enlisting into the Veteran Volunteers.

Condition: Action is very sharp and crisp with traces of case coloring blending to a brown. Barrel retaining most of the original blue finish just lightly faded. Bore is outstanding. Buttstock and forearm are lightly darkened still retaining a feather look to the wood. Still visible are two cartouches.

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Linder 1st Type Percussion Carbine

Linder 1st Type Percussion Carbine

Lot # 1027 (Sale Order: 25 of 312)

.58 caliber, 20" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock. Unmarked lock, top of breech marked in three lines: EDWARD LINDER'S / PATENT / MARCH 29, 1859. Correct script AMB inspection cartouche on top of comb, forward of buttplate tang is partially legible. A weak G.K.J. block letter sub-inspection mark is visible on the counterpane. Correct pattern rear sight, original front sight, correct sling ring and staple counterpane. This is one of 892 1st Model Linder carbines acquired by the Ordnance Department between 1861-1863.

Condition: Very good. Markings in metal are clear, inspection marks in wood are somewhat weak. Metal with a thinly oxidized patina over dull gray metal. Mechanically functional, very good bore with scattered light pitting. Stock with scattered bumps and dings and some moderate wear at the forend and wrist.

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