WP 1. Martial Henry Rifle .44 Cal. Issued to the 3rd Regt. U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry.
This fine weapon was brought into the shop the other day and has obviously been well taken care of. Serial # 7130 places it’s production to late 1864. The metal surfaces are superb with sharp markings and edges. No pitting whatsoever. The patina is absolutely untouched. The stock is also very nice, retaining it’s original finish. There are some minor service scratches and marks and one small chip of wood missing at the toe. There is a small “JT” Military Inspector’s Stamp on the wrist which is correct for military rifles in this serial # range. Characteristic “Henry bump” also on wrist. Mechanically excellent in every regard. The loading apparatus at the fore end of the barrel functions properly when spring is compressed. Bore is excellent. This rifle is listed as being issued to he 3rd Regiment of the U.S. Veteran Volunteers which was composed of hardened veterans that had re-enlisted. They were to be used as shock troops and were issued the Henry Rifle which they were allowed to take home after their term of service. It is possible with some research to find the veteran this gun was issued to. The Veteran Volunteers were deployed too late to see hard service which is why this Henry is such good condition. My pictures do not do this gun justice. Condition is key with these weapons. I would put this Henry up against several of those that have sold for over $60,000 at auction any day.
WP 2. Confederate D-Guard Bowie Knife.
Classic textbook Confederate knife in excellent condition, most likely a Battlefield pick up. 18.75″ total length with blade measuring 13.5″. Verbal provenance of Northern VA.
WP 3. U.S. Smith Cavalry Carbine .50 Cal.
A very widely used weapon in our Civil War, issued to Federal Cavalry units in both major theaters. Condition is excellent plus. Metal surface are mostly smooth with some original blue finish. Early Serial # 3039. Mechanically sound. Stock exhibits sharp edges and has never been sanded. There is a very strong Military Inspector’s Cartouche on the wrist of the stock. Bore is mirror like. A high grade example to be sure.
WP 4. M-1841 “Mississippi Rifle” by Eli Whitney .54 Cal.
Overall very good condition. Metal surfaces are smooth throughout. Lock is marked “ELI WHITNEY”, “US” and “N.HAVEN 1850”. Matching barrel date of 1850 and US Proofs are strong. Lock mechanics are crisp. Stock has scattered service dings and some chatter at front barrel band. Two Military Inspector’s Cartouches are visible on flat opposite the lock. Bore is sharp and ramrod appears original to the gun. At one time a plaque was applied to the top of the wrist but is now gone and you can see the outline. All things considered, this is a very nice Mississippi Rifle.
WP 5. U.S. M-1863 “New Model” Remington Army Revolver .44 Cal.
A better than average Civil War Remington Army with some original blue finish and crisp mechanics. Bore is excellent and barrel address is well stamped. Serial #66819 puts this gun squarely in the Civil War. Note Military Inspector’s Cartouche on original walnut grip. These revolvers always remind me of the final scene in the movie “Outlaw Josey Wales”. This revolver is a solid investment and was “there”.
WP 6. Confederate Artillery Short Sword.
This is a fantastic example of the “CS” marked “Star in the Pommel” variant. Blade is bright and untouched. Note the lead filling in the casting flaws. Most likely a deep south product, possibly Macon, GA.
WP 7. Massive Confederate D-Guard Bowie Knife
Classic Blacksmith made D-Guard with a 17″ Clip-tip blade. Knife measures 22.5″ long overall. The original wooden grip is fastened by two iron ferrules. Blade is smooth and has an uncleaned, heavy patina. All surfaces are consistent and show proper age. Ex. Gary Bisacky Collection.
WP 8. U.S. 5th Model Burnside Cavalry Carbine .54 Cal.
Smooth metal surfaces with strong markings. Razor sharp bore. Stock is very nice with only minor service wear. There is a small, superficial crack at the wrist. Two Military Inspector’s Cartouches visible adjacent to sling bar which is missing the saddle ring. Mechanically sound. On balance, a very solid Burnside.
WP 9. M-1841 “Mississippi” Rifle by Robbins and Lawrence .54 Cal.
Dated 1851 on the lock. Proof Marked “US” and “J.A.G.” on the breech. Metal surfaces are mostly smooth with some minor pin prick pitting around the breech. The stock is very nice and exhibits two Military Inspector Cartouches opposite the lock. Barrel date on tang is not legible. Lock mechanics are functional. Bore is very good. Ramrod is original. Brass hardware retains an aged mellow patina. A fine example.
WP 10. Confederate Spiller and Burr Revolver identified to Henry James McGraw Co. G, 45th Alabama Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
This Confederate Spiller and Burr Navy Revolver .36 Cal. has a previously unknown and unregistered serial #601 and has been in the McGraw family for over a century. The revolver is accompanied by the Family Bible, a 6th Plate Ambrotype of McGraw and images of family members. I believe the couple in the daguerreotype are his parents. McGraw states in his own hand in an entry in the Bible;
“I went to the Civil War Oct the 18. 1862 I belonged to Claborns (Cleburne’s) Division Lowery Brigade 45th Ala. rigment Company G. Colonel lampley was my Colonel & Bart Perry was my last Captain”
There is a typed card that accompanied the gun when McGraw’s Great Grandson temporarily had it on display in a Mobile, Al. Museum. The card reads;
“THIS GUN WAS OWNED BY MY GREAT GRANDFATHER MCGRAW WHO LEFT HOME ON OCTOBER 18TH, 1862 TO FIGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR. HE BELONGED TO THE CLAYBORNE DIVISION, LOWERY BRIGADE AND FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE OF SHILO IN TENN., COMPANY “G” 45TH ALABAMA REGIMENT. I DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY OF THE ENEMY HE KILLED WITH THIS GUN.
I DID FIND OUT THAT WHEN HIS WIFE VISITED HIM SHE RODE A HORSE FROM WILCOX COUNTY, ALABAMA TO GREENEVILLE, ALABAMA, A DISTANCE OF 40 MILES. THERE SHE BOARDED A TRAIN WHICH TOOK HER TO HIS CONFEDERATE CAMP IN WARTRACE, TENN. AFTER THE WAR MY GREAT GRANDFATHER RETURNED ONLY TO FIND THAT HIS PROPERTY HAD BEEN SOLD AND HE WAS FACED WITH HAVING TO PAY BACK TAXESAS WELL AS FACING MANY OTHER HARDSHIPS.”
The Bible has entries documenting family births and deaths. One entry reads; “Henry James McGraw departed this life November the 12, 1906 45 minutes past 8 O’ clock in the morning”. McGraw was buried at Pine Apple, Alabama and a Military Headstone was applied for in 1925. The last entry in the Bible is dated March, 18, 1989. A U.S. Military Parole Registration dated June, 10, 1865 describes McGraw as being 5′ 10″ tall with dark complexion, black hair and blue eyes. The revolver itself is absolutely untouched other than me replacing the loading lever screw which was missing and a tiny retainer pin that keeps the tip of loading lever in place. Other than that, this rare revolver is just as it came out of the family. All of the parts have matching serial #601 including both walnut grips which are numbered by hand in pencil. There is a “W” stamped at the bottom of one of the grips and a small hand carved Confederate Battle Flag on the face of the other grip. Metal surfaces are mostly smooth with an untouched plum patina. There are a few scattered spots of light pitting at end of barrel. The brass is also untouched with a deep mustard patina. The cylinder indexed perfectly well until I took it apart to photograph it. It seems to have a bound spring and I am sure it is a minor issue, but I will let an expert deal with it. Now let’s explore McGraw’s 45th Alabama Infantry Regiment. McGraw joined too late for the Battle of Perryville but would most likely have been present for the Battle of Murfreesboro. The 45th was a hard fought regiment under Patrick R. Cleburne and suffered severely at Stones River, Chickamauga, Atlanta, and was almost completely annihilated at Franklin. More research into McGraw may reveal if he was wounded at any of these battles or was captured. It would be interesting to see his pension application (if he had one). McGraw mentions his Colonel (Harris Lampley) who was killed at Atlanta. He also mentions Captain Bart Perry who was wounded at Chickamauga and Franklin. We know for sure that McGraw was paroled on June 10th, 1865. In addition to the Bible, this grouping includes several images of McGraw’s Family. I believe they may be of his parents and a sister. There are no names on them but the family stated that the ambrotype of the young man is Henry James McGraw. If you are wanting a pure, straight out of the woods Confederate Spiller and Burr that was a likely witness to many ordeals of the 45th Alabama Regiment, including the slaughter at Franklin. Here it is.
WP 11. London Armoury Co. Enfield Rifle Musket .577 Cal.
Excellent condition overall and well marked with “L.A.C.” stamped on the breech, lock, long range site and stock. Lock is dated “1862”. All London Armoury Enfields are scarce, much more so is this variant with the checkered stock. Note 1863 date on the London Armoury Co. Proof Stamp. This gun possibly saw service with the Confederacy as there are no Federal or British Military Proofs on it and the Confederacy contracted for a large order of these weapons after an earlier contact with the State of Massachusetts. All components appear original to the gun including the proper Baddeley Patent Barrel Bands. The bore is excellent and lock mechanics are tight.
WP 12. M-1861 U.S. Springfield Rifle Musket dated 1861.
Very scarce to find in this condition because these guns were rushed to the front and used hard. This Springfield has a lot going for it. Lock is dated 1861 and is mechanically sound. Metal is mostly smooth throughout with some light flash peppering around the bolster. I can only make out part of barrel date. The bore is sharp and clean. Ramrod is original. Stock shows no evidence of sanding and still retains sharp edges with only very light service marks. Long range sight is original. No repairs or monkey business. This gun saw action but was not abused. Just study the pictures. The 1861 dated Springfield in this condition demands a premium and I’ve seen rougher examples sell for more $$$$.
WP 13. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
Nice Navy with all matching serial # 29764 (including wedge). This early variant has the small trigger guard. Smooth metal with sharp edges, markings and good cylinder scene. Grips have at least 95% original varnish. Bore is excellent. Loading lever screw appears to be replaced. Mechanics are very good. A fine quality example.
WP 14. Confederate Converted M-1816 Musket .69 Cal.
This Musket comes straight out of the Windsor, North Carolina Woods. It is also likely that the workshop that did this crude conversion work was in North Carolina. Lock is dated “1831” and is mechanically functional. Musket was cut down at the time of the conversion from flint to percussion. Note the original leather sling with iron strap buckle. The wood burnout behind the bolster tells us that his gun saw plenty of use fending off Yankee Hordes. An affordable, real deal Confederate Long Arm.
WP 15. Dug Confederate Bowie Knife.
This large Blacksmith Made Bowie measures 16″ in length and was dug near Franklin, TN. by the late Bobby Bartlett. Excellent condition.
16. WP 1. M-1855 Colt Revolving Rifle .36 Cal.
Scarce Sporting Model in .36 Cal. All original and untouched. Complete with functioning side hammer mechanism and oiler. Cleaning rod original and present. All matching serial #636. Bore is very good though needs cleaning. This gun surfaced near Elizabeth City, NC. and could very well have been Confederate carried.
WP 17. M-1859 Sharp’s Cavalry Carbine .52 Cal.
This model was popular with Confederate Troopers as well as the Federals. So much so, that they produced near exact copies at the Richmond Arsenal. This fine carbine is very solid and all original. Markings are all present and so is the Military Inspector’s Cartouche behind the Saddle Ring Bar. Metal is smooth throughout and the bore is very good. Stock shows relatively minor service marks and wear and appears to have not been refinished. Mechanically sound. Most of these guns saw hard service and are in rough condition. This fine weapon was used in combat but certainly not abused. A great honest example. I also have .52 Cal. Sharp’s Linen Cartridges available to display with it for $95.00 ea.
WP 18. U.S. Cavalry Officer’s Saber and Scabbard.
Non regulation pattern marked on the ricasso “HORSTMANN & BROS.” and “NEW YORK”. Blade is excellent with fancy engraving. Grip has original sharkskin wrap. It appears that a section of the wire is replaced. The scabbard is very nice with an untouched patina on the mounts and smooth leather surfaces. This has to be a relatively scarce sword. I have not seen another quite like it. Certainly American Civil War era or slightly earlier.
WP 19. M-1860 Colt Army Revolver .44 Cal.
Very solid example of a Military issued and inspected Colt Army. All matching and early 13691 Serial #. Mechanics are functional and metal surfaces are smooth with some mottling and an untouched patina. Cylinder scene is decent. Military inspector cartouches are present on both grips though worn. Note brass rear site added during the period. It would be behoove someone to get a Colt Factory Letter on this revolver because of it’s low serial # and Eastern North Carolina Provenance.
WP 20. Extremely rare M-1855 Colt Revolving Shotgun, 20 Gauge.
You hardly ever see these for sale. Only approx. 500 were made in 20 Gauge. Cleaning rod intentionally removed long ago, possibly to facilitate practical use by a Confederate Soldier in the early rush to war. Mechanically sound. Metal surfaces display an untouched dark gray patina turning plum. All original down to the screws. This rare gun surfaced near Windsor, NC. and could very well have been Confederate carried.
WP 21. Exceptional 1863 dated M-1858 (2nd Model) Merrill Carbine .54 Cal.
This is a scarce carbine, especially in this condition. Very well taken care of indeed.The metal is smooth with a medium to dark grey patina. Mechanically excellent. Bore is sharp. Stock is superb with sharp edges and a strong Military Inspector’s Cartouche above the Saddle Ring Bar. Markings are good throughout, though a little weak on top of breech. “U.S.” Stamped on brass Butt Plate. A simply fabulous example of this scarce American Civil War Carbine.
WP 22. M-1851 Colt Navy “London” Revolver .36 Cal.
What we have here is a fine example of the M-1851 Navy produced for the British Military and marked “LONDON” on the Barrel Address. Note British Military Proofs throughout. Mechanically sharp. All matching 41744 Serial # on all parts except wedge which is unmarked. Cylinder scene is present but weak. Grips have a fair amount of original varnish. Metal surfaces are smooth with a pleasant dark gray patina. One replacement screw above trigger. This model features an all iron frame. I have always wondered how so many of these London marked Navy revolvers came back to the US and I imagine they were possibly purchased by the Confederacy to meet wartime demands. This gun was originally acquired locally near Windsor, North Carolina.
WP 23. M-1857 Smith Cavalry Carbine .50 Cal.
Mint condition. Most likely never issued. Beautiful gun with all original factory bluing and case colors. Stock is untouched with original grainy finish and strong Military Inspector’s Cartouche on wrist. Bore is mirror like, which is to be expected on a weapon like this. Early serial # 968. Investment grade.
WP 24. Dug Allen & Thurber Boot Pistol .36 Cal.
1830’s Double Action type with bar hammer and partial octagon barrel. Excellent excavated condition. Dug at Eastport, MS. and pictured on page 71 of Charlie Harris’ Western Theater Relics Book.
WP 25. M-1864 5th Model Burnside Cavalry Carbine .54 Cal.
Early serial # 3144. Very good condition with mostly smooth metal surfaces. The stock shows typical service dings. Mechanically sound. There are two Military Inspector’s Cartouches visible on the small of the stock at the wrist. Bore is excellent and bright.
WP 26. Georgia Armory D-Guard Bowie Knife and Scabbard.
This massive, Confederate D-guard Bowie knife exhibits and 18-1/2″ clip point blade in its orig scabbard with 4″ iron tip. These knives were made by various contractors in GA and delivered to the GA Armory in Milledgeville, GA during the Civil War. Though there are different contractors all knives are fairly conformed, having wood grips with iron ferrules and tin mounted, leather scabbards. A wonderful book showing all the variants is by Josh Phillips, entitled Confederate Bowie Knives of the Georgia State Arsenal. This is a nice example of a popular Confederate weapon. SIZE: 18-1/2″ blade. CONDITION: Blade is gray with scattered staining and pitting with numerous small nicks in cutting edge. Iron D-Guard and ferrule are smooth with scattered staining and pitting. Wood grip is very good and solid with scattered nicks and scrapes. Orig leather scabbard still retains much of its orig black finish with some indiscernible initials, possibly of owner, scratched into it. A large portion of stitching is now loose, protective pins to cutting edge are missing and belt loop is missing but scabbard displays well.
WP 27. M-1860 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
Early production serial #6192 on all parts including wedge. Mechanics are functional. Barrel address present but worn. Cylinder scene completely worn and metal surfaces are smooth with no pitting. Nice looking gun. These M-1860 Colt Navy Revolvers are scarce, especially wartime production.
WP 28. M-1858 Remington “Old Model” Army Revolver 44. Cal.
Scarce Martially Marked M-1858 Remington Army in excellent condition. Note clear “CGC” (C.G. Chandler) Military Inspector’s Cartouche. Matching Serial # 7131 on cylinder, barrel and grip frame. Very good bore. Metal surfaces are smooth with no pitting at all and it appears to have been re-blued. “Patented Dec. 17, 1861” Barrel Address is legible. Action is crisp.
WP 29. M-1849 Colt Pocket Revolver .31 Cal.
Here is a sharp little Colt with all matching serial # 130138 (including wedge, note small break repair) Grips retain 99% of original varnish though all metal surfaces have been cleaned. Cylinder scene is about 60%. Action is crisp and gun is tight. A fine representative example.
WP 30. M-1860 Savage Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
This distinct Civil War sidearm is mostly complete though missing lever catch and a couple of screws. A couple of screws on the frame appear to be replacements. Action does not function properly. A couple of the nipples are damaged. Grips appear original but I cannot be sure. On the positive side, the patent address is legible, the patina is untouched and the gun displays well as a representative example.
WP 31. M-1863 Remington “New Model” Army Revolver .44 Cal.
More highly favored by soldiers in the field than the Colt Army, this is a good representative example with smooth metal surfaces exhibiting age. Wartime serial # 83008. Mechanically sound. Original walnut grips.
WP 32. M-1862 Colt Police Revolver .36 Cal.
Long 6.5″ Barrel and extremely early 1865 serial # 29024 (all matching, even wedge). Mechanics are crisp. Metal surfaces are smooth with no pitting. 90% of original varnish remaining on grips. Bore is sharp. This is a very nice Police Model Colt.
WP 33. Dug P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket Bayonet .577 Cal.
Nice dug example. Provenance of Strawberry Plains, TN.
WP 34. M-1849 Colt Pocket Revolver .31 Cal.
All matching serial #185464 which indicates 1861 production. Hartford Barrel Address. Cylinder scene is sharp. Smooth dark gray patina on metal surfaces. 99% original silver wash and 99% varnish on the grips. This is a very nice little Colt Pocket.
WP 35. Confederate Blacksmith made D-Guard Bowie Knife.
Classic Confederate D-Guard made from a large bastard file and pure as the driven snow. Handle has a minor expansion crack along the grain. Blade is smooth with only a few negligible flea bite nicks. If you are looking for a real Confederate Knife that is beyond question, here it is.
WP 36. U.S. Bayonet for converted M-1816 Muskets .69 Cal.
Very high quality bayonet perfect for wartime converted .69 Cal. muskets. Clear “US” stamp and clean metal.
WP 37. U.S. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
All matching serial # 111557 indicates 1861 production. Initials “J.F.H.” Scratched into strap at butt and “John F. H—–” is scratched along the backstrap. Someone with better eyes might be able to make out the last name. Smooth metal throughout with an untouched gray patina turning plum. All markings are clear and sharp including the cylinder scene and the “ENGAGED MAY 16, 1843” address. Grips are original. Mechanically crisp. Frame is tight. Good bore. All screws appear original. This is a great representative Civil War dated Colt Navy Revolver. Colt Factory letter is included which states that this revolver was part of a shipment of 100 sent to Palmers & Bachelders, a Boston, MA. Retailer in 1861.
WP 38. Early 1600’s Military Matchlock Musket.
You simply don’t see these offered for sale. I was only able to do limited research on this weapon because there is so little information available. The general consensus is that it is likely English or early American Colonial. In fact it did come out of the woodwork of Eastern North Carolina, so I am inclined to the latter opinion. This monstrous weapon measures over 63″ in length and weighs 13 pounds. A musketeer as they were called in those days used a support rod with a “U” shaped cradle to support and steady the weapon during firing. The bore measures slightly over 3/4″ in diameter which means that it fired a massive musket ball. The match holder moves back towards the square powder pan when the trigger is pulled. There is a hinged flash shield intact adjacent to the pan. The original vent pick has a squared key head and inserts into the stock behind the breech. There is a “HC” Proof mark on the breech below the rear block sight. Note wrought iron trigger guard and lock plate. The club type butt stock is original to the musket and has some pinworm holes in it. It appears that the remainder of the stock was restored at some point in the distant past. There are some cracks and separation in the vicinity of the breech which can easily be repaired. Overall very stable. One gunsmith that looked at it said the repair work may be over 200 years old. The wrought iron ramrod is original to the gun. This is exactly the weapon that would have been used by the earliest colonists to fend off the restive natives (think Jamestown). This extremely early long arm is worthy off the best museums and is sure to get anyone’s attention.
WP 39. M-1849 Colt Pocket Revolver.
Another nice Colt Pocket with an early, all matching 81215 Serial # (1853). Strong cylinder scene and smooth surfaces on the metal. Traces of silver wash on the brass and approx. 70% original varnish on grips. Mechanics are halting. Sometimes working, sometimes not. Definitely needs a tune up. Overall a great buy.
WP 40. M-1851 Colt “London” Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
All matching serial # 41588 which puts production in 1855. Note British Military Proofs. It appears that someone over cleaned this gun at one time and did a poor job attempting to darken it as evidenced by the mottled opalescent colors on the metal. The mechanics are flawed as hammer will not hold at full cock. That being said, the gun does display well and is a good representative example of the London Navy. Someone that knows what they are doing could work wonders with this gun.
WP 41. M-1849 Colt Pocket Revolver .31 Cal.
All matching serial # 155712. Smooth metal with clear markings though cylinder scene is a bit worn. Original varnish on grips and traces of silver wash on trigger guard. Mechanically sound. There is a name engraved on the top of the barrel that I cannot make out.
WP 42. M-1849 Colt Pocket Revolver .31 Cal.
6″ Barrel. Mechanics work. Not a beauty queen but a good representative example. Serial # 204195 (1862).
WP 43. M-1855 Colt Root Side Hammer Revolver 28 Cal.
Good looking little gun with an even dark gray patina. Serial # 28789. Original grips. Mechanics are problematic as hammer and trigger functions but cylinder does not rotate. Hammer screw is missing. Displays like a champ.
WP 44. M-1860 Colt Army Revolver .44 Cal.
What we have here is a very good Martial Army with even pin prick texturing on the metal surfaces. All matching serial # 78480 (1862). Mechanically crisp. Cylinder scene is gone. Both original walnut grips sport weak U.S. Military Inspector Cartouches. This one has a great look and definitely saw the action.
WP 45. M-1860 Colt Army Revolver. Richards Cartridge Conversion .44 Cal.
This Colt Cartridge Conversion, ca. 1872, is in fair condition. Serial # 197131 on frame, #4401 on cartridge door. Trigger guard and back strap are brass and ave no serial #. Mechanically sound and the barrel has been shortened to 5 3/8″. Priced to move.
WP 46. M-1851 Colt Pocket Navy Cartridge Conversion .36 Cal.
Really nice little gun with all matching 17802 serial # except wedge (#8936). 4.5″ Barrel. Mechanically tight, well marked and smooth surfaces throughout. Most nickel plating worn off. Decent cylinder scene. Typical Wild West sidearm. I looked at similar condition examples online and this one is priced well below.
WP 47. M-1860 Colt Martial Army Revolver .44 Cal.
All matching serial # 104593 including wedge (early 1863). Metal surfaces are worn smooth from over cleaning and wear. Action is imperfect as cylinder rotates but hammer does not stay cocked. A minor repair to be sure. Cylinder scene long gone. Grips have been varnished. Butt strap notched for shoulder stock as is typical for the military model. All told, a very solid Civil War used Army Revolver.
WP 48. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal. Martially marked “US”.
This average condition Colt Navy is martially marked with “U.S.” on the frame. The original walnut grips are worn and the cylinder scene is gone. Mechanically sound. Serial # 59747 (1856) is all matching except for wedge (unmarked) and loading lever which is numbered 1911. Serial # worn off of cylinder and butt. Nipples are in rough condition. It is obvious that this gun was in the thick of things and may have well been carried by a hard riding Southern Cavalryman. Originally purchased from an East NC. family.
WP 49. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal. and original Confederate Holster.
This Navy Revolver and holster came straight out of the Windsor, NC. area. All matching serial # 101818 except for wedge (unmarked) and cylinder (101376). It is obvious that the cylinder has been with this gun since the war. The metal surfaces are mostly smooth with some very minor pin prick pitting in spots. All screws seem original and untouched. Cylinder scene is gone. Mechanics are very good. The holster exhibits quite a bit of wear and is hand stitched. An affordable Confederate used sidearm.
WP 50. M-1851 Colt “Pocket Navy” Cartridge Conversion .36 Cal.
Very scarce with the 3″ barrel. This example has a good amount of the original nickel plating intact. Action works but needs a tune up or oil. All matching 5588 Serial # except on wedge (unmarked) and cartridge door #970. Priced right.
WP 51. M-1849 “Wells Fargo” Colt Pocket Revolver .31 Cal.
All matching 21124 Serial # on everything but the trigger guard which appears to be from a Colt Baby Dragoon. Mechanically decent. Cylinder scene almost gone. No visible barrel address. Neat Union Shield Escutcheon on walnut grips. Neat and affordable little Colt.
WP 52. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
This really nice looking Colt Navy has an all matching serial # 188687 L (1867) on all parts except for the loading lever (095). Note British Military Proof Marks but no London Barrel Address. Condition is excellent with crisp mechanics, decent cylinder scene and traces of silver wash on the trigger guard. Original walnut grips have a nice checquered pattern. This gun would make an excellent shooter.
WP 53. M-1849 Colt Pocket Revolver .31 Cal.
All matching serial # 184889 except wedge (1861 production). Untouched attic plum patina. Trigger and hammer action works but cylinder won’t rotate. Original walnut grips have the name “SHUFORD” carved into one side. A reasonable Colt Pocket.
WP 54. 1858 Dated Remington Contract Conversion Rifled Musket.69 Cal.
20,000 U.S. M-1816 Flintlock Muskets were converted under contract by the Frankford Arsenal between 1856 and 1859. All were rifled and fitted with the Maynard Tape Primer System. 2000 were purchased by the State of New Jersey. There is an “NJ” stamped on the breech of this example. Condition is excellent overall with clear markings on the breech and lock. The stock is also excellent with sharp edges and a strong Military Inspector’s Cartouche opposite the lock. Bore is sharp, lock is mechanically sound. Ramrod is original though appropriated from a M-1842.
WP 55. 1852 Dated Spanish Foot Officer’s Sword captured by US Troops in Cuba in 1898.
This Spanish American War Trophy was brought into the shop last week by a local man who related that his Great Grandfather (Robert Andrew Baird of LaFollete, TN.) captured it in battle and that it has been in his family ever since. The sword and original scabbard are in true attic condition. The folding clam shell guard is decorated with the Royal Spanish Coat of Arms representing Leon and Castile surrounded by flags. The blade is engraved. It appears to have a name presentation on one side that I cannot make out and is marked on the other side “Ano de 1852”. Blade is gray and smooth with pin prick pitting and scabbard shows it’s age.
World War II Weapons
WW 1. German Kriegsmarine Officer’s Dress Dagger.
Hard to find one this nice. 2nd Model in near mint condition with pumpkin orange handle. Blade is exquisite with “WKC” maker mark and retains it’s frosty engraving. Scabbard is perfect with no dents.
WW 2. German Luftwaffe Officer’s Dress Dagger (2nd model).
This fabulous dagger is marked “EICKHORN” on the ricasso with the distict squirrel holding a sword logo. Blade is near mint as is the killer pumpkin colored grip and the scabbard.
WW 3. Chained German SS Officer’s Dress Dagger.
Top notch condition with no fly in the ointment. The blade is bright with no nicks or sharpening. Ebony handle is superb with untouched SS rondel and eagle appliques. Portepee appears to be original to the knife. Scabbard is dent free and untouched as well with bright nickle plated mounts and chain. Surfaces are consistent overall. Note highly detailed grinning skulls and runes on chain. This is a real deal spoil of war brought back to the USA by a victorious American Soldier and guaranteed to be all original and as described. I have seen daggers of this grade sell for over $8500.00 on WWII Websites and shows. I have room in this one as it was acquired in a trade.