WP 1. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver Martially Marked for U.S. Naval Service .36 Cal.
Only 2600 of these were accepted and inspected by the U.S. Navy (2nd contract). This one has all matching serial # 61137 including the wedge. Gun is well marked throughout. Metal is grey with evidence of light cleaning and salt and pepper mild pitting. Cylinder scene is about 60%. Action is crisp. Bore is great. Overall, a very rare Martial Navy in better than average condition.
WP 2. Confederate Artillery Short Sword.
It has been surmised that Burger Bros. of Richmond may have made these rare swords but no proof exists to support that. One thing we know for sure is that this type is much scarcer than the “CS with star” pattern. I know of one example being excavated in Rossville, GA. and another in Corinth, MS. Condition is excellent. Blade is smooth with no nicks and handle is flawless.
WP 3. Confederate 1st Model “Kenansville” Cavalry Saber.
This saber was acquired directly from a Home Hill, Va. family and has never been on the market. While these sabers share a lot of characteristic Froelich traits, some experts say they may originate from another North Carolina maker. This particular saber features an original leather grip and single strand iron wire. The crudely cast brass guard has the typical flat branches seen on this model along with the unadorned pommel. No Roman numerals present on the guard which is not uncommon on this type. Blade is fantastic with no nicks or bends. The lap seamed scabbard is also very nice with some minor service dings and what appears to be original black paint. Throat is missing in action. This is a very solid and untouched example of Confederate Steel courtesy of North Carolina. Priced to move.
WP 4. Presentation Grade U.S. Cavalry Officer’s Saber .
The decoration on this Saber and it’s scabbard is simply stunning. The details in the guard are hand chased and the condition throughout is superb. Grip is perfect, totally original and of a robust style with double braided wire wrap. The blade is bright, heavily etched and highly detailed with war trophies, Federal Eagle, “US” etc. No sharpening or monkey business at all. Ricasso is marked “F.POTER” and “SOLINGEN”, evidently an unusual and very high end maker and exporter of swords. The scabbard is superb with no dents and highly decorated brass mounts. Study the pictures. This saber is rare. I have never seen another one like it. Certainly investment grade.
WP 5. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver Martially Marked for U.S. Naval Service .36 Cal.
Only 2600 of these were accepted and inspected by the U.S. Navy. This one has all matching serial # 61137 including the wedge. Gun is well marked throughout. Metal is grey with evidence of light cleaning and salt and pepper mild pitting. Cylinder scene is about 60%. Action is crisp. Bore is great. Overall, a very rare Martial Navy in better than average condition.
WP 6. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver presented to “F.W. Doebler” with Hartford, CT. Address.
Honest, untouched .36 Cal. Navy with strong markings and cylinder scene. Grips retain a good amount of original varnish. At least 40% of the original silver wash remains on the backstrap and trigger guard. Gun is very tight and indexes well. All matching serial # 94495 including the wedge. Metal is sharp, uncleaned and has no pitting whatsoever. The serial # range on this Colt falls within those that were sold to the South prior to the war. This gun has been well taken care of and it shows.
WP 7. Memphis Novelty Works Field and Staff Officer’s Sword and Scabbard.
Rare “Floating CS” Officer’s Sword produced by the Memphis Novelty Works which later became known as Leech and Rigdon. Untouched, deep mustard patina on the brass guard and all scabbard fittings. The leather grip and wire is an early and very well executed re-wrap. Blade is mostly smooth and grey with a couple of very minor nicks. Original leather scabbard has been stabilized below the brass throat fitting. Overall a great looking and aside from aforementioned improvements, totally original Confederate Officer’s Sword.
WP 8. Lt. Col. John B. Gandolfo’s Presentation Sword, 9th NY Vols. (Hawkins’ Zouaves) and 178th NY Vols.
U.S. M-1850 Field and Staff Officer’s Sword marked on the ricasso “COLLINS AND CO. HARTFORD, CT. 1862″, that was presented to then Captain John B. Gandolfo by his men. The superfine inscription on the upper mount reads “Presented to Capt. J. B. Gandolpho by the Non-commissioned officers and privates of Co. F, 178th N.Y. Vols.”. This is a great sword. The patina throughout is absolutely untouched since the war. It was carried into action as you can see by the wear on the drag and ring mounts. (Many of the presentation swords you see offered were sent home in a case and never saw combat) Steel scabbard is dent free and the brass drag is decorated with Federal Shields and “US”. Original shagreen grip and brass wire is in superb condition. Brass guard is sumptuously decorated and bears an original bullion portepee. The blade is very good with a “TIFFANY & Co. NEW YORK” retailer mark and “US” etched on one side and war trophies on the other. Gandolfo enlisted as a private in Co. E, 9th New York Volunteers (Hawkins’ Zouaves) for two years on April, 23rd 1861. He was severely wounded in the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17th, 1862. He recovered from his wound and was authorized to raise the 2nd Battalion Hawkins’ Zouaves on Nov. 26th, 1862 for 9 months service. At the end of that term he was authorized to raise and command (as Captain) another unit, Co. F, 178th New York Volunteer Infantry for a term of ” three years or the duration of the war”. Gandolfo rose through the ranks after much campaigning in the Western Theater culminating in the battles of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely to become Lt. Colonel of the regiment. After the war he married a Rosalie Martin of Mobile, Alabama in 1866. John B. Gandolfo died in St. Louis, MO. on April 22nd, 1922. A complete folder of his service and pension records is included, as is his signed CDV and a photo of him with his fellow officers of the 178th. He is pictured with his sword. This is a fantastic and very personal piece of American Civil War History.
WP 9. Confederate Artillery Short Sword and Scabbard.
Very likely a W.J. McElroy of Macon, GA. product as it is very closely related to the E.J. Johnston Short Sword. This Roman Gladius style sword has an untouched patina on the guard with it’s original leather throat washer intact. The blade is smooth with no nicks at all and minor pitting near the tip. The wooden scabbard is superb, untouched and completely covered in it’s original black paint.
WP 10. Confederate Enlisted Man’s Cavalry Saber.
Classic textbook example in fabulous condition. The saber itself is remarkably similar to a Haiman product and may very well be one as it has the tarred canvas wrap and single strand iron wire. Brass guard is perfect with an untouched, deep mustard patina and the casting flaws we love to see. The original canvas wrap is in near perfect condition as is the wire. Blade has numerous forging faults typical of a Haiman and is baby smooth. The very point of the tip is chipped but this a very minor and nearly imperceptible issue. The lap seamed scabbard is finely crafted as well with a brass throat, mounts and iron rings. The only flaw being a small hole at the drag on one side. Overall this is a much better than average Confederate Cavalry Saber and Scabbard which is absolutely untouched and has been in a private collection for many years.
WP 11. M-1841 U.S. Harpers Ferry “Mississippi” Rifle .54 Cal.
Take a good look at this one. Original and unaltered. High quality throughout. Stock is beautiful with sharp edges and has obviously never been sanded. “J.H.” (John Hawkins) Inspector stamp opposite lock. Metal is mostly smooth with the exception of some very minor peppering at the bolster. Matching 1849 dates on lock and barrel. “VP” and eagle head proofs as well as “AWP” stamp at breech. Lock is strongly marked “HARPERS FERRY US 1849″ and functions sharply. Bore is clean and strong. Original brass tipped ramrod. Most of these rifles were re- bored to .58 Cal. in the 1850′s along with adding a bayonet lug and long range site. If you are looking for an investment grade Harpers Ferry that you will never have to apologize for, here it is.
WP 12. M-1860 Fluted Colt Army Revolver with Hartford, CT. Address .44 Cal.
Very early (serial # 831) Fluted Colt Army in excellent and completely original condition. The large fourth screw was intended to fasten a shoulder stock. All matching serial #’s throughout including the wedge. Original case color present in areas on the frame, barrel and loading lever. 70% of original silver wash remains on the trigger guard. Cylinder indexes sharply. Revolver is very tight with no looseness or play. Grips are original and retain almost all of the original varnish. Bore is immaculate.
WP 13. M-1840 U.S. Heavy Cavalry Saber by Ames.
High quality, investment grade Ames “Wristbreaker” with absolutely nothing to apologize about. Sharp markings, dated 1850 on the ricasso with Ames Cabotville address. Opposite side bears “US” and “ADK”. Blade is superb and grip has original leather wrap and braided brass wire. Scabbard is untouched and dent free. This is a killer Ames Cavalry Saber, just look at the pictures.
WP 14. Nashville Plow Works Confederate Cavalry Saber.
I absolutely love this saber and you will too. The Guard is flawless with strong casting. You can read every letter in the “NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS” address, “CSA” also stands out crisply. The original leather grip and wire is perfect and looks amazing. Blade is 37″ long and is super smooth with only light peppering. If you could only have one Confederate Saber for your collection, this one should be it. If you had the scabbard, this would easily be a $16,500.00 saber. I have it displayed by itself on a sword stand and it looks awesome.
WP 15. Large Southern Bowie Knife.
Classic blacksmith made bowie measures 16 5/8″ in length, blade alone is 12 1/8″. Well made wooden handle with brass ferrule. Verbal provenance of North Carolina.
WP 16. Confederate Field and Staff Officer’s Sword by Kraft, Goldschmidt and Kraft.
Very rare Columbia, SC. product. The sword itself has a fantastic 100% original leather grip and fine brass wire. The hilt is richly detailed. Note the “CS” within the large oak wreath. Blade is smooth and gray with traces of the light etching. No nicks or monkey business. The scabbard is a fine quality reproduction made to specs by Jeff Leathers of Murfreesboro, TN. Try finding another one of these priced this reasonable.
WP 17. South Carolina Colt Navy Revolver.36 Cal. with Hartford Address.
This one without a doubt went to war for the Southern Confederacy. All matching serial # 98828 except for the wedge which is unmarked. According to the Colt Factory letter that accompanies this Navy, it was one of 60 revolvers sent to the state of South Carolina on Jan. 3, 1861. Condition is consistent with active service. No visible cylinder scene. Mechanics are sound. Grips are original and show service wear. Metal is mostly smooth throughout except for some light surface rust on the top of the barrel as you can see in the pictures. Hartford, CT. Barrel address is legible. I imagine this Colt Navy most surely saw action with a hard fighting South Carolina Cavalry unit.
WP 18. Confederate marked P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket.
Marked “R.T. PRITCHETT, LONDON” on the lock and in very nice overall condition. There is an “I.C” within an oval Cartouche opposite the lock which is the viewer mark of Issac Curtis. This particular mark is somewhat faint. Below the trigger guard tang is another mark which appears to be a ” C over an I C” below a crown. Butt plate is not numbered. London proofs on breech are poorly stamped but present. Stock is very nice with light service dings. Metal is smooth. Bore is excellent. This is an affordable and 100% Confederate imported and used Enfield Rifle Musket.
WP 19. U.S. M-1865 Rogers and Spencer Army Revolver .44 Cal.
Scarce heavy duty revolver with only about 5800 ever being produced and this one is a beauty. Loaded with original case color finish. All matching serial # 4829. Mechanics are super tight. Clearly marked “ROGERS & SPENCER UTICA, NY.” The grips bear a strong U.S. Military Inspector’s Cartouche and have some very minor chipping on the edge. This is a fabulous late Civil War side arm in near mint condition.
WP 20. Excavated Confederate D-Guard Bowie Knife.
I showed this massive knife to John Sexton at the Fredericksburg Show last weekend. He stated that he would have liked to have featured it in his recent book. That should tell you something. Unusually well made with a 14.25″ spear type blade. Knife measures 19″ overall and is in exceptionally good condition. Dug long ago in Northern, VA.
WP 21. 1840′s Era U.S. Militia Officer’s Dress Sword and Scabbard.
Nice looking sword that is totally untouched. Blade has etching throughout and no nicks. Clam shell guard is decorated with the Federal Eagle and Shield motif. Eagle head pommel with totally intact mother of pearl grip and original wire. Brass scabbard has some dents but still looks good. Recently acquired from a Fredericksburg, VA. estate.
WP 22. Dug Civil War Bowie or Camp Knife.
This type of knife is seen in countless soldier images. A weapon of last resort and most certainly used every day in camp. Total length is 10″ and blade alone is 5.5″. Dug at Arkansas Post, AR.
WP 23. College Hill Cavalry Officer’s Saber.
Straight out of a long time Tennessee Collection, this fine saber is more scarce than the “Nashville Plow Works” models which are very similar. Sharp and Hamilton of Nashville, TN. produced these sabers. The leather grip and wire are a 1940′s era re-wrap but looks very nice. The scabbard is excellent with only one minor push towards the tip that is almost unnoticeable but mentioned for exactitude. Note the small iron rings and narrow brass mounts which are textbook College Hill. The patina on the scabbard, backstrap and the ferrule on the grip match perfectly. The pommel has the proper round capstan tang nut. The blade is especially fine with smooth grey metal and no pitting, nicks or alterations of any kind. The brass guard has the proper stippled background with a sharp “CSA” that you can see across the room. This is a great Confederate Saber!
WP 24. Dug M-1863 New Model Remington Army Revolver .44 Cal.
Complete and in good excavated condition. Verbal provenance of Middle Tennessee.
WP 25. U.S. M-1860 Light Cavalry Saber by Millard.
Another U.S. 1860 Model Contract Saber with all original leather grip and wire. Blade is smooth but has small nicks along it’s edge and is dated 1862 on the ricasso. Scabbard is dent free. Millard is one of the scarcer makers.
WP 26. M-1860 U.S. Cavalry Saber and Scabbard by Mansfield and Lamb.
Another well marked Light Cavalry Saber. Grip and wire are excellent and completely original. The 1862 dated blade is also very nice as you can see in the pictures. Scabbard is dent free and seems to have been nickel plated at one time but most of the plating has worn away or been toned down with age. A good looking sword.
World War II Weapons
WW 1. Excavated MG 42 “Maschinegewehr”.
Amazing relic. You can no longer bring these into the country. Even though these guns cannot ever be fired, U.S. Homeland Security is now confiscating all excavated weapons at the point of entry. This iconic 7.9 mm Machine Gun was dug last year in Latvia at the Surrender site of “Army Group Kurland” under General Carl Hilpert. They surrendered approximately 180,000 Wermacht Soldiers to the Soviet Army under Marshal Leonid Govorov on May 8, 1945. Most of them died in Siberian Gulags including Hilpert. What is even better than the provenance is the condition. I could write paragraphs about it but instead I took a lot of pictures. This weapon is 100% legal and cannot ever be made to fire. The barrel has been TIG welded completely through in two places but it is not painfully obvious. You really have to see this thing in person to appreciate how awesome it looks and displays and like I said, you cannot get them into the country anymore unless they are in pieces minus the receiver. The ammunition belt was found with it but the cartridges are original practice blanks. This is the ULTIMATE GERMAN MACHINE GUN and it was THERE.
WW 2. Chained SS Dress Dagger.
These are rare to find in unmolested condition. This is just that, totally untouched since it was brought back from Germany as war booty. Collectors cringe when you mention SS anything due to the many unscrupulous dealers and tinkerers out there. As you can see in the pictures, the ebony handle has some very minor chipping where it meets the hilt and end cap. SS Rune rondel and inlaid eagle are original and not tampered with. The scabbard is of the anodized type with some minor rust spots but otherwise excellent. The portepee is original to the dagger. Chain is the nickel plated type and in good shape with sharp details on the grinning skulls. Lastly, the blade is very nice and has not been sharpened and maintains it’s original finish. This rare dagger, while not in mint condition, is still very solid. A great relic taken by force from Nazi Germany’s elite SS.
WW 3. German Infantry Officer’s Sword.
This sword was brought into the shop by the son of a vet who brought it back from WW II. Condition is superb. Blade is mirror like and has a “ROBERT KLAAS” mark atamped on the ricasso. Scabbard has most of it’s black enamel paint with some areas of surface rust. A real piece of history wrenched from the hands of the vanquished.
WW 4. German MP 40 or “Schmeiser” dug at the Kurland Pocket in Latvia.
WW 5. Dug M-3 U.S. Trench Knife.
Neat U.S. Infantryman’s weapon. Verbal provenance of Ardennes Forest, Belgium.