WP 1. 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 2. Confederate Imported and Issued P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket.
They don’t come more honest than this. Found by an elderly black gentleman in an old house in Frederick Maryland. Untouched for 150 years. Note the super condition with sharp edges on the stock, intact long range site and strong markings. There is a clear “C.W. JAMES, “MAKER” Cartouche on the Butt Stock and John Southgate’s “JS over anchor” Viewer’s Stamp where it should be at the terminus of the trigger guard tang. Brass butt plate is neatly numbered “5427” and note the “J” for “James” stamped next to it. The ramrod is numbered “1594” and has been with the gun since the war. Metal surfaces are mostly smooth with some areas of minor pin prick pitting. Stock exhibits minor service marks and a minor crack repair at the toe of the butt plate. Bore is good with some wear. There is a very nice looking gun here with lots of potential for someone willing to take off the surface grime on the stock and clean the metal parts. There is also the charm of leaving it untouched as it is. This gun is as fresh as it gets. If you are looking for a real Confederate Enfield with all of the bells and whistles, here it is.
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. P-56 Enfield Rifle Saber Bayonet.
A fierce looking weapon. Very good condition with intact bonded leather grip.
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.
WP 16. Model 1873 Winchester Lever Action Repeating Rifle .38 Cal.
Very nice and honest gun with some wear. Serial # 341578B. I don’t claim to know these guns that well but do know that these early ones are of historical value concerning the Indian Wars and the American West in general. I took this one in on trade at the shop.
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. Confederate Artillery Short Sword.
This crude copy of the U.S. M-1832 pattern is most likely a battlefield pick up. Very good condition actually. Note crude sand casting on the handle. Surface rust on the blade can be cleaned, though I like the relic character of the sword as it is.
WP 20. Rare Confederate Cook and Brother Carbine .577 Cal. dated 1864.
This may be the finest example known. Gun is complete with no repairs or alterations whatsoever. Metal is smooth throughout. All markings are present and sharp. Lock is stamped “COOK & BROTHER” “ATHENS GA. 1864” along with a Confederate First National Flag. and serial # 6287. You can see the twist lines in the barrel and note that the all matching serial # 6287 is present on all of the proper parts and screws. Stock is untouched with sharp edges and hardly any dings at all. Parallelogram shaped Military Inspector’s cartouche present opposite lock. Swivel ramrod is perfectly funtional. Lock mechanics are crisp. Bore is sharp and clean. This is an immaculate 100% Confederate produced Carbine.
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. Dug Confederate Sword marked “COOK AND BROTHER”.
The solid brass handle for this extremely rare “Hanger” type sword was dug at Gen. Leonidas Polk’s early war camp at Columbus, KY. The excavated blade (added for display) is not original to the handle but is likely Confederate (note unstopped fuller). Handle has a slick emerald green patina and is strongly marked “COOK AND BROTHER”. This New Orleans firm is mostly known for producing rifles and carbines for the Confederacy. I have heard of only one other known example of this rare sword and it is non excavated with no scabbard.
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-1856 North-Savage “Figure 8” Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
Not a beauty queen, but extremely rare and complete except for the loading lever. This variant is known as the 2nd Model and is the scarcest of the three known variants. Only 450 of all “figure 8” patterns were produced. Metal surfaces exhibit light surface rust. The cylinder does not engage when cocked. Wooden grips are original and have some minor loss at the toe. This revolver is a good candidate for rehabilitation because one of these in better condition would realize crazy money. Rare, rare, rare.
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-1841 Harpers Ferry “Mississippi” Rifle .54 Cal.
A very good example of an unaltered M-1841 Harpers Ferry Rifle. Lock is dated 1849 and functions properly. Proper Harpers Ferry Inspector stamp “J.L.R.” in patch box. Metal surfaces are mostly smooth with only very slight peppering around bolster. “V.P.” and Eagle Head Proof small but visible. Brass hardware is untouched with a deep patina. Barrel date on tang is not visible. Stock shows age and use with typical service dings and some chatter along ramrod channel and fore stock. Bore is strong. Ramrod is a replacement but has enough age on it to look acceptable.
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. Excavated M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal. from the Shiloh, TN. Battlefield.
This killer relic was found by Tedford Coln long ago on private property south of the Shiloh, TN. Battlefield proper. One of the cylinder chambers was blown out and this no doubt happened in the heat of battle and was why it was dropped. There are still 3 rounds left in the cylinder. Serial # 123490 is visible on frame and the initials “A.Z.” are inscribed on the brass butt strap. There can’t be too many soldiers with that name present on either side in that savage battle. This one is a keeper and has been tucked away in a private collection for decades.
WP 31. Dug U.S. M-1858 Starr Army Revolver .44 Cal.
Well, what do you know? Here is a dug Starr Army Revolver to go with that Bullet Mold. Missing trigger guard and grip tangs. Provenance uncertain.
WP 32. Massachusetts Arms “Adams” Pocket Revolver .36 Cal.
Nice looking and sturdy little revolver. Top of the frame is stamped “MADE FOR ADAMS REVOLVING ARMS CO., N.Y. BY MASS. ARMS CO., CHICOPEE FALLS
PATENT MAY 3, 1853 JUNE 9, 1856 APR. 7, 1857″. Condition is better than average with some original blue finish. Mechanically sound.
WP 33. Dug P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket Bayonet .577 Cal.
Nice dug example. Provenance of Strawberry Plains, TN.
WP 34. M-1861 Springfield Rifle Musket .58 Cal. dated 1862.
This iconic weapon was the backbone of the Federal Armies. Condition is very good. Clearly dated 1862 on lock and barrel. Lock mechanics are tight. Stock has only minor service wear. Ramrod is original. Bore is good. Overall, a better than average example.
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 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. War of 1812 U.S. M-1808 JENKS Flintlock Musket dated 1813.
Rarely encountered in original Flint configuration and this one has not been re-converted. Stephen Jenks and Sons of Providence Rhode Island were contracted to produce 4000 of these weapons for the government. Metal has an untouched, thick attic patina aptly described as a dark chocolate color. The lock mechanics are tight and it is well marked “JENKS ,S” “RI” and “1813”. There is also a crisp Federal Eagle and “US” stamped next to the frizzen pan. The stock also has a thick, ancient dark patina as well and is in fabulous shape other than one nip between the end cap and middle barrel band. Ramrod is original. This is a real “long” arm measuring 59.75″ in length.
WP 39. U.S. M-1842 Springfield Musket .69 Cal.
This fine looking Mexican War and American Civil War Weapon is dated 1847 on the lock and is in very good condition overall. Metal surface are mostly smooth. Both sling loops are missing. Lock mechanics are sound. Ramrod is original. Stock is smooth with a visible Military Inspector’s Cartouche opposite the lock and typical service wear. These guns were popular with both sides early in the war and this one definitely saw the action.
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.
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.