WP 1. M-1841 Harper’s Ferry Mississippi Rifle.
Scarce 1852 dated Rifle in it’s original, untouched .54 Cal. configuration. Many of these were bored out to .58 Cal. and fitted with a bayonet lug in the 1850′s. Condition is excellent. Barrel date is worn but visible. Rifling is very strong. Lock markings are clear. Harper’s Ferry marked stock is very nice with all original brass hardware. Brass tipped ramrod is original as is the rare complete set of “US” marked tools in the patch box compartment.
WP 2. Confederate Marked Enfield Rifle Musket.
This very nice .577 Cal. Enfield has a lot going for it. It is numbered 6273 A on the Butt Plate Tang which tells us that this one came from the second group of 10,000 that were brought in for the Confederate Government through the blockade. That group of weapons was the “second contract” of 1861 that was made with Sinclair Hamilton and Co. These were actually issued to the Army of Tennessee at Corinth, MS. in time for the Battle of Shiloh. The ram rod is also numbered 4347. The stock is marked below the trigger guard with “JS” over an anchor. The barrel is marked “25″ “25″ which means .577 Cal. and is in excellent condition with some minor peppering near the nipple. Stock is very nice too with some minor service dings and a 1″ long crack between the base of the barrel and the lock retaining screw. Front and rear sling swivels are missing in action but can easily be replaced. Overall, a much better than average 100% Confederate used Enfield that saw service but was well taken care of.
WP 3. M-1850 U.S. Field and Staff Officer’s Sword by Ames.
Here is a minty 1862 Ames that you will never have to apologize for. The guard and Scabbard Mounts still retain considerable gold plating. The Shark Skin Grip and braided wire is flawless. Blade is superb with sharp etching and is marked with the Military Inspector’s initials “J.H.”along with the Ames Address. Scabbard has some wear on the drag but no dents and is also marked “AMES MFG. CO. CHICOPEE MASS.” This type of sword was only carried by high ranking Army Officer’s.
WP 4. 1861 Dated M-1840 Artillery Saber by Ames.
A very nice untouched Ames Saber with original grip and wire. Ricasso is well marked with the Ames Scroll Logo, “U.S.” and 1861 date. Scabbard is untouched and dent free. Blade is bright with no nicks or sharpening. Scarce early war example.
WP 5. M-1863 U.S. Springfield Rifle Musket.
Here is a great looking American Civil War Weapon that was actually used in combat but not abused. The soldier who carried it carved his initials “EG” into the stock. The lock is dated “1863″ which is the first year this model was issued. Barrel date is worn. You can see the Military Inspector’s Cartouche opposite the lock. Ramrod is original to gun. Rifling is completely worn out from firing in many unknown engagements. You can’t go wrong with this one if you want a real Springfield that was actually “there” and is still in very good condition.
WP 6. M-1841 Harper’s Ferry “Mississippi” Rifle.
Early .54 Caliber 1851 dated brass mounted rifle that has been converted to take a saber bayonet but has not been bored out to .58 Cal. like some other conversions. Fitted with the long range site. Very nice color to the original Harper’s Ferry stock with only minor service dings. No visible inspector’s cartouche. Lock markings are clear but barrel date is not. VP and “W W” Proofs are visible and can be seen better with a loupe. Mechanics are flawless. Metal has a very nice attic plum color. Ramrod is original as is everything else with this rifle. Bore is bright with strong rifling. If you are looking for a very nice 100% Harper’s Ferry Mississippi Rifle that is still affordable, here it is.
WP 7. 1862 Dated London Armory Co. Enfield Rifle Musket.
This is a much scarcer Enfield than most collectors realize. It is the only Enfield whose parts were completely interchangeable and was considered superior to all the other contract patterns. This one is one of the few that was purchased by the Federal Army in an early 1862 contract. After that, they were only sold to the Confederacy. Note the US Military Inspector’s Cartouche on the flat opposite the lock. There are differences when comparing the London Armory Rifle to the other Enfield Contract Guns. The lock has a plain field with no border and the hammer is also plain. The screws have rounded heads and the site is stamped “L.A.C.” The barrel also bears two of these same stamps on the breech. The brass retainer washers opposite the lock have rounded wings as opposed to the squared ones on the contract guns. The condition of this London Armory Enfield is exceptional and even includes the original Nipple Protector and Tompion. Untouched and completely original including the ramrod. Used in American Civil War Combat but not abused.
WP 8. M-1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber by Ames.
Clearly marked “N.P. AMES CABOTVILLE 1847″ and “US” over W.S”. Totally original and untouched with original leather grip and wire wrap. The leather is worn but there. One of the branches of the brass guard is bent. Scabbard is solid with one minor push. Blade has period sharpening and is smooth. This Ames saber was undoubtedly carried by either a Confederate or Federal Trooper in the service and is a very nice example for the money.
WP 9. M-1860 Colt Army Revolver .44 Cal.
No apologies, no fly in the ointment. This is a righteous Army Colt with an 1862 production date. Military Inspector Cartouches on both grips. All matching serial #’s including the wedge. Strong cylinder scene and clear barrel address. Action clicks flawlessly. Traces of original finish in the recesses. Rifling in bore is super sharp. All original screws with no buggering marks. I don’t know what else to tell you but I do know that the next step up in condition means $5000.00 plus.
WP 10. Harper’s Ferry M-1855 Rifle with Rifleman’s Belt Rig and Saber Bayonet.
This is what the U.S. Regiment of Riflemen would have carried into battle. Absolutely untouched and totally ” in the black”, this scarce .58 Cal. Rifle is a textbook Harper’s Ferry that is dated 1859 on both the barrel and the lock. “VP” and eagle head proofs are also visible on the breech. The metal is very smooth and has 150 years of plum colored attic patina. When you look under the barrel bands, it is as bright as a silver dollar and no doubt would clean up amazingly (if you wanted to do that). Bore has strong rifling. Nose Cap is brass. Lock functions crisply and an original roll of Maynard Priming Caps is still present in the cap compartment. The wood is excellent and has never been sanded with only minor service dings. Two Military Inspector Cartouches are stamped opposite the lock. Ramrod is original as is everything else on this gun. The head of the hammer screw is broken off but an original replacement is stored in the patch box. The bayonet is as untouched as the gun with a never cleaned mustard colored patina on the brass handle. Blade is smooth with some peppering. The scabbard, frog and belt rig with the original brass buckle and belt adjusters is superb with supple leather on all pieces. This is an investment grade 1855 Harper’s Ferry Rifleman’s Outfit. My pictures are somewhat lacking and don’t do this rifle justice.
WP 11. ”Georgia Pike” belonging to the “Alabama Tigers”.
Here is a fantastic relic. The old brown ink tag reads ” Knoxville, Tenn. a whole regiment of “Alabama Tigers” came here armed with only these “manchets”. Before the charge on Fort Sanders on the hill overlooking the city, they were armed with rifles”. The pike itself still retains it’s original brass ferrule and a fragment of the wooden pole.
WP 12. Single shot Pistol with Bayonet.
Unusual .50 Cal. British made gun marked “CANFOR LONDON”. Condition is very good. Has a neat spring loaded bayonet mounted on one side and a belt clip on the other. Neat weapon.
WP 13. M-1840 U.S. Artillery Saber by Ames.
1865 Dated Saber in fantastic condition and well marked. All original grip and wire. Blade is bright and nick-free. Scabbard is excellent.
WP 14. M-1861 U.S. Savage Sub-Contract Rifle Musket.
This fine looking American Civil War long arm was manufactured by the Savage Revolving Fire Arms Co. in Middletown, CT. under contract for Springfield. This is the same company that produced the Savage Navy Revolver. The lock and barrel have matching 1863 dates. Stock is in fine shape with very minor service dings. Strong inspector cartouche opposite the lock. Very minor crack at barrel tang. Rifling is very good and Ramrod is original. The Springfield Armory directly oversaw the manufacture and distribution of these weapons.
WP 15. U.S. M-1840 Artillery Saber by Ames.
Good 1863 mid war date and much better than average condition. All original grip and wire. Ricasso is strongly marked with the date, “U.S.” and Ames logo. The blade is nick free and unsharpened with the metal being bright and smooth. Scabbard has no dents and looks fantastic.
WP 16. Presentation Sword identified to 77th Penn. Vols. Color Sergt.
Engraved on the scabbard of this super, High Grade Sauerbier Presentation Sword is “Presented to Ensign H.P.Krebs, 77th Penna. Vols. by the National Union League July 4th, 1863″. That is the very day that the Yankees were celebrating victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg. Henry Krebs enlisted into the 77 th Pa. Volunteer Infantry on Sept. 20, 1861 and mustered out on Sept. 20th, 1864. He was wounded in the Battle of Liberty Gap, TN. on June 25th, 1863 and was no doubt recovering when he was presented this sword. “Ensign” is another word for Color Sergt. which rank he was promoted to according to his records. He survived many a dangerous battle as the 77th was in the thick of it from Shiloh to Stones River, Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Atlanta Campaign and finally Nashville. Henry Krebs eventually became a member of GAR Post #117 in Pittsburgh, PA. and that is where he resided after the war. The sword itself is untouched and has been meticulously taken care of. It is a Foot Officer’s model which is in perfect keeping with a Color Sergt. The maker is Henry Sauerbier of Newark, NJ. who was known for his fine Presentation Swords. The Scabbard is made of polished steel with brass mounts that feature war trophies, flags and a skull and cross bones. The drag is also decorated with a trophy and flag motif. The guard features a droop winged eagle perched on a shield with multiple stars and flags behind it with a Quatrefoil on the other side. All of the brass on this sword has never been cleaned and has a thick, deep mustard patina. The grip has very minor wear and looks great with the fully intact fancy brass wire. The blade is immaculate, mirror like and covered with sumptuous engraving. The blade also retains it’s original background frostiness. The decoration consists of the American Eagle with shield and “E. PLURIBUS UNUM”, war trophies, “US” etc. This fantastic identified sword is worthy of the best collections. I must apologize for the poor quality pictures as they simply don’t do this sword justice.
WP 17. Dug U.S. M-1832 Ames Artillery Short Sword.
Here is one kick ass relic. Dug Northern Virginia. How often do you see a battlefield find like this for sale?
WP 18. M-1854 Austrian Lorenz Rifle Bayonet and Scabbard .54 Cal.
High quality example which is hard to come by. The leather is particularly nice.
WP 19. U.S. M-1840 Artillery Saber by Ames.
Yet another high condition Ames Artillery Saber. This one has an 1864 date. The collection these sabers came from was put together with much discrimination and an eye for quality. This saber is marked on the Ricasso with the Ames Maker Address, “U.S.” and date. The blade is bright with no problems. Scabbard is exceptional and dent free. All original grip and wire wrap.
WP 20. 15 mm. Pinfire Double Barrel Pistol.
This rare and massive 15 mm. pistol has a shotgun type breech and features an extractor for the spent pin-fire cartridges along with a lanyard ring and hidden triggers. These were very popular guns for Yankees and Confederates alike.
WP 21. M-1860 U.S. Navy Boarding Cutlass with Belt Frog and Scabbard.
Minty Naval ensemble with fantastic Ames Cutlass marked “U.S.N.”, “D” and “1864″ on one side and ‘AMES MFG. CHICOPEE MASS.” on the other. The blade is mirror like with some minor peppering. The brass wire and leather grip are 100% original and the hand guard is perfect with a deep unpolished mustard patina. Buff leather Belt Frog is superb and supple. The scabbard is unbelievably fine with all of it’s brass rivets. This is an awesome U.S. Civil War Navy Relic that displays like a champ.
WP 22. M-1855 Springfield Rifle Musket.
Condition. That is the word for today students. Here is a super M-1855 Springfield clearly dated 1859 on both the lock and the barrel. Clear proof marks on the breech. Note the roll of original Maynard Tape Primers in the cap compartment. The stock is very nice with only the slightest of service dings. Oval Military Inspector’s Cartouche opposite the lock. Bore is bright and strong. Ramrod is original as is the buff leather sling and wooden tompion. Lock mechanics are excellent. This is one very attractive Springfield Rifle Musket that simply has nothing to apologize for. The M-1855 saw service on both sides because they were in the Federal and State arsenals at the outbreak of the war though in limited numbers, especially in the South. Matching bayonet is available for $165.00.
WP 23. M-1842 U.S. Springfield Smooth Bore Musket.
Real solid 1848 dated Springfield smooth bore with a well marked lock. Barrel date is hard to make out but “VP” proof is visible on the breech. Clear Military Inspector Cartouche opposite the lock. Stock is very nice with typical service dings. Metal is smooth and gray. Ramrod is original. Bayonet stud is missing underneath the end of the barrel. These were widely used by both sides early in the war with “Buck and Ball” being the ammo of choice. I consider this to be a very representative weapon of the Mexican War and the American Civil War. Matching bayonet available for 175.00.
WP 24. M-1832 Artillery Short Sword by Ames.
High on the condition scale. No nicks or sharpening on the blade which is dated marked “UNITED STATES 1841″ and “WS” on one side and “N.P. AMES SPRINGFIELD” on the other. Brass guard is also marked with “MPL. ORD.” and “WS”. These swords just simply look cool. Patterned after the Roman Gladius.
WP 25. 7 mm. Belgian Pin-fire Revolver.
Very good condition on this unmarked 7 mm. Belgian Revolver. Action works but ejector rod is missing. Serial # 496 stamped on frame. These were very popular weapons used by soldiers in both armies.
WP 26. M-1816 U.S. Musket conversion by Remington .69 Cal.
Dated 1856, this Remington/Maynard Conversion Musket is in near mint condition. 20,000 of these were outfitted by the Federal Govenment at the Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, PA. between 1855 and 1858 using Remington Locks incorporating Maynard’s Percussion Cap System. The barrels of these muskets were also rifled and had “breech pieces” with percussion cones added. A long range rear site was also fitted to the barrels. Only 1500 of these were produced in 1856. Let us take a look at this fine weapon; The stock has nary a ding and has sharp edges throughout. Inspector’s mark “AR” over a “V” is stamped opposite the lock. The lock and barrel have matching 1856 dates. The Maynard Primer door is marked “JT” for John Taylor who was the Government sub-inspector over the Remington Contract. All parts are numbered with a “2″ and other markings are present on the barrel bands and stock. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Metal is bright throughout. Ramrod is original to the gun as is everything else down to the screws. Matching bayonet is included.
WP 27. Dug M-1841 U.S. Naval Boarding Cutlass.
Scarce weapon to find excavated. Definitely not a barn find. Heavy brass guard is stamped with rack # 174 and the quillon is stamped with inspector’s initials “J.L.” and “RC”. Provenance unknown.
WP 28. Double Barreled Percussion Pocket Pistol.
Last line of defense for soldiers of both armies. Very good overall condition with original wooden grip and fully functioning. Barrel length is 3.25″.
WP 29. 7 mm Belgian Pinfire Revolver.
Relic condition with original wooden grips. Loading gate and ejector rod missing in action. Probably a barn find. Great Civil War Revolver for the price of a common US Belt Plate.
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 Officer’s Dress Dagger.
This beauty comes straight out of my collection. 100% original and untouched. No chips on ebony grip. Fantastic blade. Nice anodized scabbard. They don’t get much better than this. I realize that the symbols of Nazi Germany are offensive to some folks and can understand why they may feel that some individuals may be glorifying the Reich. That being said, I prefer to view these relics as spoils of war and in the spirit of the Gallic Chieftain Brennus who sacked Rome in 390 BC. I say “Woe to the vanquished!”
WW 3. Excavated .380 Cal. Walther PPK from the Ardennes.
Great looking Western Front Relic. Originally purchased from a UK collection. Found in the Ardennes Forest, Belgium.
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.