WP 1. Confederate D-Guard Bowie with Scabbard.
I won’t buy one of these unless it is outstanding and absolutely righteous. This massive knife is textbook Confederate and came from a Pennsylvania family whose ancestor brought it home as a war trophy. Fresh out of the woods and never been messed with. The scabbard has super nice leather with a tin throat and chape. All stitching is solid. You can see where the belt loop was sewn on but is missing. Blade is smooth with a classic clipped-tip. D-Guards of this quality are rarely offered for sale and if you happened to be looking for just one ultimate example for your collection, this would be it.
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. 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 pure example of Confederate Steel courtesy of North Carolina.
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-1861 U.S. Springfield Rifle Musket with matching bayonet.
Here is a textbook example of the iconic M-1861 Springfield in excellent condition. Lock is dated 1862 and functions sharply. Matching 1862 barrel date. Bore is nice and clean with strong grooves. Stock is very good with only minor service dings. U.S. Military Inspector’s Cartouche is visible opposite the lock but a little weak. Original ramrod and two leaf site. No burnout near the bolster. Bayonet is a perfect match. If you are looking for a solid early war 1861 Springfield that was there but not abused, here it is. Bayonet is included.
WP 6. M-1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber and Scabbard by Ames.
Another very nice saber dated 1847 with clear Ames mark and “US” on the ricasso. The wire and leather wrap on the grip is totally original and in very good condition. The blade is smooth and nick-free but was sharpened back in the day. Scabbard is excellent.
WP 7. Confederate Cavalry Saber by Boyle and Gamble.
Textbook Boyle and Gamble in great condition. Brass guard is flawless. Leather grip is original as is the single strand wire wrap with very little wear. Leather throat washer intact. The blade is smooth and nick-free with no pitting at all. Lap seam Scabbard is nearly flawless with original brass throat and hanger mounts. Study the pictures. If you are looking for a classic Richmond, VA. Confederate Cavalry Saber on the upper end of the condition scale, here it is.
WP 8. M-1809 Prussian Smoothbore Musket .72 Cal. and matching bayonet.
Imported in large quantities by the Union early in the war, this example has an unmarked lock plate but does have a plethora of other proofs and stamps on the wood, barrel and screws. Ramrod appears to be original as is everything else on the gun. Bayonet fits but is difficult to lock into place. Wood is very good with only minor dings and no burn-out around the nipple. It was not long before these weapons were replaced in the field with rifled muskets but this imported, and obsolete musket represents how desperate the federals were to get the hordes of volunteers anything that would fire. A very affordable American Civil War used long arm and bayonet.
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. U.S. M-1861 Springfield Rifle Musket .58 Cal.
1862 dated Springfield in good overall condition. This gun saw action and has hard campaign wear. Stock has typical service dings and two inspector cartouches are visible opposite the lock. Barrel date is obscured by burnout. Mechanics are functional. Rifling is worn out. Ramrod is original. Even though this American Infantry workhorse has seen many battles, it has no major issues and still displays like a champ. If only it could talk.
WP 11. Excavated “US” marked and published Bowie Knife.
Rare “EDWARD BARNES AND SONS” Bowie Knife that was dug at Port Hudson, LA. and photographed in Howard Crouch’s excavated Civil War Relics Book. The knife originally had “HUNTER’S COMPANION” stamped on the blade which is illegible but you can very clearly make out the “US” and the maker’s address. Total length is 12.5″. A killer battlefield relic with great provenance.
WP 12. Austrian Saddle Ring Carbine .75 Cal.
Solid example with no problems. Lock mechanics are good. 12 groove rifling is sharp. Typical service dings and wear on stock. These were imported and used by Cavalrymen on both sides, particularly in the Western Theatre.
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. 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 15. M-1849 Colt Pocket Revolver with Hartford Barrel Address.
Nice looking .31 Cal. Colt with all matching serial #’s and original varnish on grips. 5″ Barrel. Finish is smooth with no pitting and there is silver wash on the trigger guard and backstrap. Cylinder scene is about 25%. Hartford Connecticut Barrel Address.
WP 16. 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 17. 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 18. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
Here is an exeptional Colt Navy Revolver that has sharp edges throughout, a strong cylinder scene, all matching serial numbers, original varnish on the grips and copious silver wash. The mechanics of the revolver are a s sharp as it looks. Traces of original blue finish in recesses. There is a place at the inset of one of the grips where a sliver of wood separated but has been stabilized. I have a nice holster for it that I am listing separately. You see many average looking Navies being offered for sale. Very few of this quality make it to the market.
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-1860 U.S. Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard by Ames.
This is a very nice and strongly marked Ames Mfg. Co. Light Cavalry Saber dated 1863. Blade is smooth with no nicks. The Hilt has an untouched mustard colored patina and the leather grip and wire is completely original and in excellent shape. Scabbard has a few light service dings but is still very nice. This is a quality Civil War Saber from a premier maker.
WP 24. M-1857 Smith Carbine .50 Cal.
Good looking gun. Fully functioning mechanics. Serial # is miss-matched. Brass blade site added at some point. Bore is excellent. Gun has had some work but displays great and is priced right.
WP 25. M-1851 Saber Belt Rig and accompanying M-1860 Cavalry Saber by D.J. Millard.
This belt rig was purchased directly from a family in Asheville, NC. and has been together since the Civil War. The M-1851 Saber Belt Plate is superb, stamped with #814 as well as the keeper. The belt is pliable with some stiffness characteristic to buff leather. There is a small area of stitching coming loose and a re-enforcement of the sword hanger/shoulder strap fitting. You can see how the soldier tied up the long hanger strap to fit his height and keep the saber from dragging the ground. The saber is a superb M-1860 Light Cavalry type by D.J.Millard dated 1862. All markings are clear and the grip has it’s original leather and wire wrap. The blade is very nice with only a couple of small nicks. The scabbard is also very nice with no major dents or problems. This is a killer ensemble that definitely saw action, displays fantastically and could have been carried by a cavalryman on either side.
WP 26. 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 27. Confederate marked P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket.
Here is an affordable and very well marked 100% Confederate Enfield. The butt plate is numbered 9737. There is a JS over an anchor (John Southgate) below the trigger guard tang. A large “S” for “Scott and Sons” of Birmingham, ( one of five “furnishers” of Enfields serving Sinclair Hamilton and Co.) is stamped above the Butt plate tang. The lock is marked 1861 and “TOWER”. Metal is in decent shape overall and the barrel retains some rifling. The wood has some repairs, particularly around the lock, near the nose cap and a small piece adjacent to the middle barrel band. The work is very good with the exception of the varnish that was brushed over those spots. A little refinishing work on the stock would make this gun look awesome but I will leave that to the new owner. Priced to move.
WP 28. 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 29. Sheffield Bowie Knife and Scabbard.
Large double marked “Wm. JACKSON & Co SHEAF ISLAND WORKS SHEFFIELD” on the blade. Tooled leather scabbard is very nice and original to the knife.
WP 30. U.S. M-1861 Bridesburg Contract Rifle Musket.
Good looking American Civil War dated long arm sharply marked “BRIDESBURG 1862″ on the lock and “1862″ on the barrel. Stock has typical service dings and a Military Inspector’s Cartouche on the flat opposite the lock. Metal is smooth and bright and the bore has strong rifling. Ramrod appears original to the gun. Overall, a fine representative Infantry Weapon.
WP 31. P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket.
One of the best looking Enfields I have seen. Note the Tiger Maple Stock. This gun had a deep crack across the flat opposite the lock that has been professionally repaired. The rest of the stock was refinished as well and looks fantastic. Lock is marked “TOWER 1862″. Ramrod is original. There is a “BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS TRADE” stamp on the flat of the butt stock. Metal is smooth and bore is decent. The butt of the gun has a slight twist from age. This is a very attractive and affordable Enfield.
WP 32. New Model 1863 Sharp’s Carbine .52 Cal.
Super nice looking Sharp’s with excellent mechanics. Well marked in every regard including both Military Inspector’s Cartouches behind the ring bar. Serial # 98247 indicates early 1864 production. Stock looks fantastic with only a very minor crack near the lock plate tang. All metal is smooth. Bore is superb. All original with the possible exception of a screw or two. This is the quintessential American Civil War Cavalry Carbine.
WP 33. 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 34. 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.