Civil War Weapons

WP 1. Confederate Spiller and Burr Revolver .36 Cal.

Produced in Atlanta GA. by Virginia transplants, Lt. James Burton, Edward Spiller and David Burr. Their struggling factory was only able to produce around 1500 revolvers throughout the course of the war. This fine Confederate weapon bears all matching serial # 920 and is in the upper percentile as far as condition is concerned. Smooth metal surfaces throughout. Original Walnut Grips are in great shape and both numbered in pencil with #920. Mechanically sharp. Untouched mustard patina on brass frame. Cryptic letters “LL” stamped on butt strap. Cylinder is not numbered and came from the factory that way. Bore is excellent with strong rifling. All original down to the screws. Comes with an appraisal and authenticity letter from John Sexton.



WP 2. Confederate Navy Revolver by Griswold and Gunnison .36 Cal.

2nd Model. Produced just south of Macon in Griswoldville GA. According to John Sexton, this is an outstanding example. Matching Serial # 1873 and secondary Serial # 13. All original with the exception of one tiny screw at top of grip frame. You would not know this as it is so well done. Metal surfaces are smooth with no pitting. Patina on brass frame has a fine aged mustard color. Mechanically good. All nipples on cylinder are original and in great shape though one is broken in half longitudinally. Bore has some wear from use but not pitted. Cryptic letter “Z” on grip frame as well as “XXII”. Trigger guard also marked with “XXII”.  Walnut grips are remarkably nice and complete with no repairs or missing wood. A letter of authenticity and appraisal is included from John Sexton. He has completely disassembled the revolver and photographed it in detail. Of particular interested is a little paper note and inscription found in the channel between trigger guard frame and grip. It is dated Jan. 17, 1927 and signed by a Ralph E. Bradfield of Huntingdon PA. The note offers $400.00 (a princely little sum at that time) for the return of the revolver if found and returned. Was Bradfield the son of the veteran who carried the revolver or was he an early collector? Someone should research him via ancestry channels. He refers to the gun as a “Walker Revolver”. If you are looking for a high quality and lettered Griswold, here it is.



WP 3. Confederate Foot Officer’s Sword and Scabbard by Mitchell and Tyler.

Mint condition, possibly the finest in existence. This Richmond VA. retailer was associated with Boyle and Gamble. They provided several types of high quality swords and belt rigs to Confederate Officers. They were also known for their buttons and silverware.





 WP 4. Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Officer’s Saber.

A very high quality example with intact leather wrap and fine braided brass wire on the grip. Guard is fantastic and clearly cast. Note backward “N” on the “NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS” legend across the top. Clear “CSA” underneath. Casting flaws throughout. Blade maintains factory bright and is unmolested. Original leather throat washer intact. Scabbard is also outstanding and is a College Hill variant with the iron drag. This pairing is not uncommon. There was a lot of interchange between College Hill and Nashville Plow works, so much so that the relationship may have been one and the same. The scabbard was issued with this sword and is perfectly fit to it. Lap seam is well finished and scabbard bears minor service pushes but no major dents. This is an outstanding Confederate Saber in all regards. Nashville Plow Works and College Hill (Also known as Sharp and Hamilton) were very prolific Tennessee Arms makers prior to the capture of Nashville in February of 1862.



WP 5. U.S. M-1860 Spencer Cavalry Carbine .52 Cal. Issued to the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Cavalry Regiment.

According to the Springfield Research Service, Vol.4, This fine Model 1860 Spencer Carbine was issued to a member of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry in 1864. Serial # 16441 lands between #16435 which went to Company L and # 16496 which went to Company B. This is a great gun. Metal surfaces are smooth  and unmolested with a deep plum patina. Spencer Patent Address on top of breech is clearly legible. Lever action mechanics are excellent and firm. Bore has some wear from service but is clean and rifling is well defined. Loading tube assembly is complete and functional. Stock is remarkably nice with some minor saddle wear and two strong Military Inspector Cartouches adjacent to the terminus of the saddle ring tang. This particular carbine was probably issued to one of the 366 troopers that reenlisted in March of 1864. The 2nd Michigan was in the thick of Sherman’s advance upon Atlanta, they dogged Hood’s advance into Tennessee and fought at the savage Battles of Franklin and Nashville. They were engaged all over Middle Tenneseee as well as the 1863 Chickamauga Campaign and East Tennessee following Longstreet’s retreat from Knoxville. This Cavalry Unit served with great distinction through many hardships losing 43 men killed in action by the end of the war. This carbine has everything going for it, namely condition and a firm place in Michigan and Civil War history.



 WP 6. Dug Confederate D-Guard Bowie Knife.

This blacksmith forged D-Guard is absolutely massive and ferocious looking. The blacksmith showed some ingenuity in how he designed the guard to protect the soldier’s hand. This bowie measures 22″ in overall length with the spear type blade measuring 16″. Dug near Middleburg, VA. This big knife really gets some attention in the relic display here at the shop.


 WP 7. Mexican War dated U.S. Springfield M-1842 Musket .69 Cal.

Extraordinary condition with matching 1848 date on lock and barrel. All markings are sharp. Metal surfaces are smooth. Bayonet stud missing under barrel but is an easy fix. Bore has light pin prick pitting. Original ramrod. Stock is near perfect with  sharp edges and has two U.S. Military Inspector Cartouches on flat opposite the lock. This is an iconic weapon of both the Mexican and American Civil War.



WP 8. Dug Colt Army Revolver .44 Cal. 

Great looking excavated weapon with serial # 65408. Springfield research shows that this weapon was issued to a member of Co. A, 1st Maryland Vol. Cavalry in 1864. They were part of the 10th Corps, Army of the James under Gen. Benjamin “Beast” Butler. This unit participated in the Cold Harbor and Petersburg Campaigns. Verbal provenance is that this gun was dug near Richmond, VA.



 WP 9. Leech and Rigdon Confederate Revolver .36 Cal.

This fine Confederate Revolver is a fairly accurate copy of Colt’s M-1851 Navy and has matching serial # 571 on all parts, including the wedge. The barrel address “LEECH & RIGDON CSA” is visible, though somewhat weak due to a poor strike rather than wear. All metal surfaces are smooth with a consistent grey-turning plum patina. Mechanically tight and fully functional. All nipples intact on cylinder and in good condition. Cryptic letter “N” on both sides of trigger bow. Walnut grips retain most of their original varnish. Produced in Greensboro, GA and a textbook example. Ex. Damon Mills Collection (his write up included) Ex. Jim Greene Collection.



WP 10. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.

Scarce 3rd Model with small trigger guard. Early and all matching serial # 60008. This gun surfaced in East Tennessee and may have been Confederate carried. Note traces of silver wash and a decent cylinder scene. Original grips show service wear and only have traces of varnish. Action works though not crisp. Initials “AS” carved on right side grip. This a solid and early Colt Navy.

$1495.00 HOLD G.Lawson


WP 11. U.S. Harper’s Ferry M-1855 Rifle Musket .58 Cal. dated 1858.

Classic M-1855 Harper’s Ferry Rifle Musket in excellent condition. Lock is marked “US”,”HARPER’S FERRY” and “1858”. Mechanics are sharp. Note Maynard Tape Primer system. Metal surfaces are smooth with a mellow gray patina beginning to turn plum. Clear 1858 barrel date. Bore is sharp and clean. Stock is great overall with decent edges and two clear Military Inspector’s Cartouches on flat opposite the lock. Ramrod is present and original to the gun.



WP 12. Eli Whitney “Enfield Pattern” Rifle Musket .58 Cal.

This scarce long arm was produced prior to the war by the Eli Whitney Jr. Arms Co. of New Haven CT. He was astute enough to see the coming storm and manufactured these guns cheaply from an amalgamation of parts, some purchased at auction from the dissolved firm Robbins and Lawrence who had previously been contracted by the British Government to produce M-P-53 Enfields. These “good and serviceable” second class arms could not pass Federal Inspection and were thus sold to state militias. Maryland, Georgia and Mississippi Units contracted for and received these arms before the war broke out. Less than 3500 were produced. This example is in solid condition and of the proper configuration. Lock is functional and stamped “E.WHITNEY”. I cannot find any other markings on the weapon which is typical. Metal surfaces are smooth and consistent. Bore is well defined. Note original Mississippi Rifle style ramrod. Stock is also solid with minor service wear. There is a high probability that this unusual rifle musket saw service in the Confederate Army.



WP 13. Confederate Cavalry Saber produced by Boyle and Gamble of Richmond VA.

What a fine example of this iconic Confederate Saber. Totally untouched. Full original leather grip with thin double strand of copper wire. Brass guard and scabbard fittings have a fantastic matching patina. Throat washer present. Blade is smooth and bright with no nicks or sharpening. Lap seamed scabbard has a smooth and unmolested patina. In sum, this is a truly outstanding Confederate Cavalry Saber and Scabbard. 



 WP 14. M-1860 Colt Army Revolver .44 Cal.

Martial type in good condition. All matching serial # 35671. Action works. Weak cylinder scene. Original walnut grips. Light Military Inspector Cartouche visible.  

Stolen from the shop


WP 16. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver with Hartford Barrel Address.

This gun falls into the range (all matching serial # 94315) of Navy Revolvers sent to the State of Georgia. Colt letter could not be obtained from the factory due to loss of records in a fire. Condition on this weapon is excellent. Sharp edges, sharp mechanics. Copious amounts of original silver wash on trigger guard and backstrap. 95% varnish on the original grips. Cylinder scene light from factory. A superb Hartford Navy and most likely Confederate carried. Ex. Damon Mills.



WP 17. M-1860 Colt Army Revolver .44 Cal.

A sharp looking Civil War Colt Army. All matching serial # 59554 indicates 1862 production. Mechanics are crisp. Overall very tight. Cylinder scene is strong. Very good bore. No cartouche visible as it appears the grips have been refinished. Metal surfaces are smooth with only a very few spots of pin prick pitting. Butt Strap is cut for shoulder stock as is proper for the martial model. This is a very fine example.



WP 18. U.S. M-1861 Springfield Rifle Musket .58 Cal. Dated 1861.

This iconic Federal Weapon was the standard that was copied by many sub contractors throughout the war. The 1862 dated guns are much easier to find that the 1861. They just didn’t make as many and those that have survived saw hard service. Here is a nice one. Very solid overall with smooth metal surfaces except for minor pitting near breech and on butt plate. Excellent attic patina throughout. Mechanically sound. The stock has a nice finish and good edges. Proper “ESA” Military Inspector’s Cartouche on flat opposite lock and the faint outline of another above it. Ramrod is original though threaded end is worn to a point. Long range site is present and original to the gun. Note soldier’s initials “T S” neatly burned into butt stock. Bore has some combat wear but still good with no major pitting. A very nice gun for the money. 



WP 19. Excavated M-1859 Sharps Cavalry Carbine from Knoxville, TN.

Totally complete except for the barrel band and in fantastic dug condition. A relic of the conflict in and around Knoxville TN. Rarely encountered dug. These guns were popular with both sides. Ex Charlie Harris Collection.



WP 20. Non regulation Presentation Sword Identified to David O’Keefe, 88th New York Infantry Regt. Meagher’s Irish Brigade.

I believe this unmarked Foot Officer’s Sword may be a British Import. It is inscribed on the brass back strap “David O’ Keefe” and also on the guard “Presented by his friends of Lowville Sept. 17th, 1862”. While his friends were getting his sword engraved, he was probably trying to stay alive in the battle of Antietam where his unit was being badly mauled assaulting the Sunken Road. The 88th lost 102 men killed and wounded that day. It is apparent that O’Keefe was later promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and transferred to the 54th New York Regt. Verbal attribution ties him to this sword. I have searched all the Lowville, New York and Lewis County area units and could not find a David O’Keefe in their rosters. The Irish Brigade is a well known unit and they fought in all of the major engagements of the Army of the Potomac. This sword may have been with O’Keefe at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. More research should be done by someone more qualified than me. O’Keefe’s Sword itself is in very good condition. Sharkskin grip is fully intact though wire (if it had wire) is missing. Brass guard is very nice with a mellow patina. The Blade is smooth and bright with one nick. The scabbard has smooth metal surfaces with brass mounts. There is a small period of use repair about halfway up. Irish Brigade associated artifacts are hard to come by. This sword was originally purchased from the Horse Soldier in Gettysburg and I have no reason to doubt it’s attribution. 



WP 21. U.S. M-1860 Colt Army Revolver .44 Cal.

All matching serial #40661 (1862 production). Good condition overall. Mechanically sound. Metal surfaces mostly smooth with some light pitting on one side. Typical service wear on original walnut grips. Note Military Inspector Cartouche. A very good representative example that saw the big show. 



WP 22. U.S. M-1819 Pistol Converted to a carbine .54 Cal. 

Unusual non regulation conversion. Lock has been converted from flint to percussion. “S. NORTH MIDLTN. CONN” 1822  and US stamped on lock. I took this piece in on consignment and have not seen another like it. A neat oddity.



WP 23. U.S. M-1860 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.

Very early all matching serial # 307. Note the original finish on frame and loading lever. Mechanically sound. Bore is very good. Cylinder scene is worn which is common in that they were very lightly stamped at the factory. Original walnut grips have 95% of original varnish. Light traces of silver wash on trigger guard. Holster is sold.




WP 24. W.J. McElroy Foot Officer’s sword identified to Captain Oliver F. Evans, Co. H, 12th Georgia Vol. Infantry Regt.

This very fine condition sword was carried by Captain Oliver F. Evans who enlisted in the 12th Ga. Vol. Infantry Regt. Co. H on June 9, 1861 as a First Sergeant. The name “O.F.Evans.” is clearly scratched into the brass guard. The 12th Georgia Regt. was part of the famous “Doles-Cook” Brigade that fought with distinction in many savage battles including McDowell, VA. Where the 12th suffered 175 casualties. Evans was wounded in this battle. The regiment was heavily engaged at Antietam where Evans was wounded the second time. They were conspicuous in action at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Evans was wounded a third time in the thigh at Fort Steadman (Petersburg) on March 25th of 1865. The 12th Ga. surrendered only 5 officers and 60 men at Appomattox. Evan’s sword is missing the scabbard but is in superb condition with perfectly intact leather wrap and braided brass wire on the grip. The Guard has an untouched deep mustard patina and sharply detailed floral pattern. The blade is deeply engraved and and tapers to a point. This is not due to sharpening but is a known McElroy variant. Ones side of the blade features a Gothic Script “CS” amid Acanthus leaf patterns and the other side has maker “WJ McElroy & Co. Macon, Georgia” engraved in their distinct trademark along with similar Acanthus foliage patterns. This fine Georgia Sword belonged to a soldier who served with distinction, thrice wounded in action and was a mute witness to the greatest battles fought by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Extensive copies of Captain Evans’ service records are included. Ex. Alan Wandling Collection.



 WP 25. Excavated Beaumont-Adams Revolver 84 Gauge (.36 Cal.).

Rare dug Revolver. The Adams was imported from England and used by both sides though much more extensively by the Confederacy. Very good condition, provenance unknown.



WP 26. U.S. M-1850 Field and Staff Officer’s Sword by Ames.

Classic American made Civil War Officer’s Sword and Scabbard. Condition is simply superb in all regards. Bright factory finish blade with frosty etching. Ames maker mark on scabbard throat and ricasso of blade. Untouched patina on all surfaces. Stunning gold plating on hilt with 100% Sharkskin wrap and wire. Hard to upgrade.




WP 27. M-1842-44 Austrian Musket .69 Cal. Converted to percussion and rifled. With bayonet.

Nice looking gun finished in the bright with a Beech wood Stock. I am not completely sure which particular type of conversion it is but it does have the Belgian “Cone on breech” Percussion system with a raised rear block site. Matching bayonet is triangular and of the twist lock type. Four groove rifling. Condition is upper percentile as you can see in the pictures. All original and unmolested. Lock mechanics are crisp. Bore is clean and sharp. Stock is excellent. Original ramrod designed for elongated ball. Thousands of these guns were imported very early in the war. Gen. John C. Fremont was responsible for a contract with firms in Cincinnati Ohio converting these muskets to percussion and rifling them. Most ended up in the Western Theater. Many were also purchased by the Confederate Government and Southern States. 



WP 28. U.S. M-1850 Foot Officer’s Sword by Ames.

Totally untouched with a deep mustard colored patina on the guard and scabbard mounts. Sharkskin grip and wire is perfect and original. Throat washer intact. Blade still maintains some frostiness contrasting with the bright. Etching is clear with floral motifs and “US” on one side and Federal Eagle on the other. Double Ames maker marks with script “AMES CHICOPEE MASS” within a circle on base of blade and the “AMES MFG. CO. CHICOPEE MASS.” within a scroll on the opposite ricasso. Scabbard is solid and has uniform crazing and small areas of surface loss. Marked on Throat “AMES MFG. CO. CHICOPEE MASS”. There is also a retailer mark ‘HERTFELDER” stamped on the drag. A very nice and honest American made sword and priced right.



  WP 29. U.S. M-1861 Springfield Rifle Musket .58 Cal. dated 1862.

Here it is, the workhorse of the Union Army. Condition is very good with smooth metal surfaces throughout. Lock functions crisply and is marked clearly “US SPRINGFIELD” and “1862”. Matching 1862 Barrel Date present. Bore is well defined with light pitting. Ramrod is original. Stock is in great shape with only very light service wear. Script “ESA” Inspector’s Cartouche is faint but visible with a glass. An all original and honest example that saw action but was not abused. Matching M-1861 Springfield Bayonet is included.



WP 30. U.S. M-1863 Remington Zouave Rifle .58 Cal.

Damn near mint condition with loads of original blue factory finish. Most of these guns are un-issued and in great condition but this one is truly exceptional. Lock is mechanically sharp and marked “REMINGTON’S ILION N.Y. 1863” and “US”. Breech also dated 1863. “H.S.L.” inspector mark on side of breech. Bore is razor sharp. Stock is fantastic with raised grain throughout. Two prominent Military Inspector Cartouches stamped on flat opposite the lock. Brass hardware contrasts nicely with the stock and has a consistent mellow patina. This weapon is original in every regard. A Remington Zouave saber bayonet in matching condition can be readily found with some patient effort. This is an outstanding American Civil War Weapon.



WP 31. Confederate Enlisted Cavalryman’s Saber and Scabbard produced by W.J. McElroy of Macon, GA.

Classic Confederate made Cavalry Saber and Scabbard. Some knowledgeable Confederate Sword collectors and dealers state that this saber was indeed produced by McElroy,  but as of today there are no existing marked examples. Characteristically identical to the W.J. McElroy Cavalry officer’s Saber to which it has been compared closely to. Leather wrap and single strand copper wire grip is fully intact and in remarkable condition. Brass guard is untouched with a dark bronze patina that matches the scabbard mounts. Blade has a sweeping curve and is smooth with a mottled grey patina, it is unsharpened and well balanced. Scabbard is immaculate with a nicely finished lap seam and robust brass mounts. Iron throat and drag. If you are looking for a very high condition Georgia made Confederate Cavalry Saber with no problems at all, here it is.


WP 32. Allen and Thurber Pepperbox Revolver picked up on the Shiloh, TN. Battlefield.

Most likely picked up very shortly after the battle. Fantastic condition. You can even make out “ALLEN’S PATENT 1845” on the hammer. Comes with a nice display case. 



 WP 33. Belgian Pinfire Revolver 9mm. 

The Pinfire Revolver was a very reliable weapon that used self contained cartridges. This fine example is loaded with original finish. Belgian Liege Proof on cylinder. Serial # 140. Mechanically smooth. Complete and all original. These revolvers were very popular with both sides and came in several calibers. I may have some cartridges to display with it as well.



WP 34. U.S. M-1816 Contract Musket by “D. NIPPES” dated 1845. Rifled and sighted .69 Cal.

Here is an interesting M-1816 Musket converted to percussion and then rifled to accommodate the .69 Conical Minie’ Ball. Very good condition overall with clean metal surfaces though lightly pebbled in areas, Mechanically sound. Bore has wear. Note block sight on barrel. Stock has typical service wear. Two Military Inspector’s Cartouches present opposite lock. Proper concave tipped ramrod. Lock is marked “D. NIPPES US MILL CREEK PA. 1845”.



WP 35. U.S. M-1861 Springfield Rifle Musket dated 1861 .58 Cal.

Fantastic condition and scarce. Sharp markings. Strong 1861 barrel date. Excellent bore. Stock is in great shape with only minor service wear. Two Military Inspector Cartouches present opposite the lock. Metal surfaces are smooth. Lock mechanics are sound. This is a great looking example of the iconic early Civil War Springfield.



WP 36. Confederate Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.

Here is a great representative example of the Confederate Cavalryman’s Saber. Excellent overall condition. Very similar to the Haiman sabers. Blade is similar to B. Douglas products. Grip has been professionally re-wrapped. Scabbard is superb.  



WP 37. Nice 7 mm. Belgian Lefaucheux Pinfire Revolver.

Loaded with original finish. Fully functional. Note Liege proof on cylinder. The guns were popular with troops on both sides. I have 7 mm cartridges to display with it as well. 




WP 38. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.

This early Type III Navy has all matching serial # 34564 (except wedge). Consistent metal surfaces with light pin prick pitting in spots. Nice cylinder scene and strong barrel address. Mechanically good. Appears to have a few replaced screws. Grips have service wear.



WP 39. First Model Maynard Cavalry Carbine .50 Cal.

There is a good chance that an identification can be found on this carbine with some research. The initials “I.M.C.” are clearly scratched on both sides of the butt stock. Condition is very good with a consistent dark plum patina to the smooth metal surfaces. Mechanically crisp in all regards. Matching serial # 4403 on tape primer door and barrel (it is worth noting that a lot of these first model guns have mis-matched serial numbers). All patent and maker stamps are present though a little light in some areas particularly the patch box address. Bore is clean and well defined. Does show some wear consistent with service. Flip up long range site is present. All parts down to the screws are original to the gun. Stock is very good with some minor service dings. Most of these guns went South, mostly to Georgia, Mississippi and Florida but some found their way to South Carolina and Tennessee. There is a famous Half Plate Ambrotype of a young Tennessee Confederate armed with one. A known Georgia identified First Model Maynard is said to have a serial number in this low 4000’s range so it is very possible that this gun was carried by a Georgia (or Florida) Trooper.