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. M-1859 Sharp’s 4 shot Pepperbox .22 Cal.
Nice looking gun. Well marked with Gutta Percha grips. Mechanically sound. These have been excavated on Civil War Battlefields and camps and were no doubt carried as a last resort.
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. Belgian Liege Musket .72 Cal.
These weapons were imported in large numbers by both armies. One Illinois private stated that these muskets “kicked like a mule”. This particular gun originated from a Minnesota family and most surely saw combat in the Western Army. Good overall condition with original ramrod. Lock is marked “J.A. PETRY” and “A. LIEGE”. Stock has typical service dings. Saber Bayonet Lug is present. This is an affordable, complete and real Civil War weapon that was “there”.
WP 6. M-1860 U.S. Colt Army Revolver.44 Cal.
Good condition overall. Serial numbers (48683) all match except for the wedge which is numbered 4441. Mechanics are excellent. Grips are original and were cut for a lanyard by the cavalryman who carried it during the war. Military inspector’s cartouche visible on one of the grips. Cylinder scene is worn off. Barrel address is clear. Metal is smooth and appears to have been cleaned at some point in the past.
WP 7. Brass framed J.N. Jones 3 shot Flintlock Pistol with snap bayonet ca. 1810-1830.
Rare three barreled pepperbox Flintlock with a brass frame marked “J. N. JONES” and “LONDON”. Approximately .38 Cal. Condition is superb. 3″ Snap bayonet springs out and locks properly. This is a very rare and wicked little weapon.
WP 8. M-1851 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
High grade Colt Navy serial # 129257 (1862). I would estimate the original factory blue finish at 50%. Silver wash at 60%. Original varnish on grips at 99%. The all matching serial # 129257 (including the wedge) has an “S” stamped adjacent to it on all parts except loading lever and wedge . Cylinder scene is very good and you can make out the “ENGAGED 16 MAY, 1843″ on the cylinder edge. Mechanics are tight like new. Bore is clean and razor sharp. Area around wedge is free of dings. This is a top notch Colt Navy.
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. U.S. M-1850 Field and Staff Sword and Scabbard.
This sumptuously decorated sword still retains loads of original gold plating on the hilt, pommel and scabbard. Original sharkskin grip and braided wire wrap fully intact. Hilt has slight wobble but most assuredly has never been messed with. Blade is nick free with a smooth bright finish. Engraving is sharp and highly detailed with “US”, American Flag and war trophies on one side and the Federal Eagle, American Flag, “E. PLURIBIS UNUM” in a ribbon and war trophies on the other. Scabbard is dent free. The gold plated mounts and drag are nicely decorated also. Drag shows wear from being carried.
WP 12. M-1861 Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
All matching serial # 9605 (including wedge). Metal is smooth with an uncleaned grey patina. Well marked with very good cylinder scene. “ENGAGED 16 MAY 1843″ motto also visible. Grips retain majority of original varnish and there is quite a bit of silver wash on the backstrap and trigger guard. Mechanics are excellent and bore is clean and sharp. Wartime production date of 1862. Much scarcer than the M-1851.
WP 13. M-1851 London Armoury Colt Navy Revolver .36 Cal.
All matching serial # 42526 (except for wedge). London proof marks visible on frame and cylinder along with “ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON” clearly stamped on barrel. Metal is grey smooth with very light pin prick pitting in spots. Faint cylinder scene. Mechanics are decent. Grips worn but nice. Bore very good. A better than average London Armoury Navy.
WP 14. U.S. M-1861 “WHITNEY-VILLE” Rifle Musket dated 1864.
Great looking U.S. Civil War used contract Rifle Musket. Condition is good with typical service dings on stock. No cartouche or barrel date visible. Lower third of ramrod is missing but not noticeable hanging on wall. Priced right.
WP 15. M-1860 “ELLIOT’S PATENT” Remington Pepperbox Derringer .32 Cal.
Good looking little rimfire 4 shot pepperbox. Serial# 13680. Barrel is marked “ELLIOT’S PATENTS. MAY 29, 1860. OCT. 1, 1861.” and on other side “MANUFACTURED BY REMINGTON AND SONS, ILLION, N.Y.” Pistol is fully functional and has very nice grips with 98% original varnish.
WP 14. Remington 1863 “New Model” Army Revolver .44 Cal.
Serial # 117863. Very nice 1864 production revolver with smooth dark finish on the metal with no pitting at all. Original walnut grips are excellent and well fitted. Military Inspector’s Cartouche present on one side. Mechanics are crisp and bore is sharp. A much better than average wartime Remington Army.
WP 18. Allen and Thurber Six Shot Pepperbox .31 Cal.
Very good and functional example of this 6 shot pistol. These were very popular among soldiers on both sides and many examples have been excavated in camps and battlefields. Marked on the top hammer “ALLEN’S PATENT 1837″ and on the barrel “ALLEN & THURBER” and “CAST STEEL”.
WP 19. U.S. M-1861 Springfield Rifle Musket .58 Cal. dated 1862.
Very solid example of this iconic weapon of the American Civil War. Desirable 1862 date clearly visible on lock and barrel. Military Inspectors Cartouche is weak but visible. Stock is very good with typical service dings. Lock is mechanically sound. Ramrod original to the gun. Bore has very strong rifling. Definitely a better than average war used 1861 pattern Springfield.
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. P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket imported for the Confederacy.
Here is a fine example of this iconic Infantry weapon used by both armies though heavily favored and utilized by the Confederacy in greater numbers. This gun has a lot going for it. There is a barely discernible Sinclair Hamilton viewer stamp outline near the end of the butt plate tang. The bore is very good. Stock has minor service dings and is not burnt out at the bolster. All barrel bands still retain their screw caps. Long range site is present though missing slide. Ramrod is original. Trigger guard tang has a break at the first screw which keeps it in check. Lower sling loop appears to be a replacement. Priced right.
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. Dug Flintlock Pocket Pistol and New Orleans marked crock.
Ronnie Taylor turned these up from a Confederate Trash Pit in Louisiana. The little broken half of the crock reads “E. MOUGIN PHARACIEN, NOUVELLE ORLEANS”. The pistol is in superb dug condition and would clean up beautifully.