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American Civil War Relics (and other things of interest)

Confederate Artillery Lieutenant’s Frock Coat identified to Captain Charles W. Fry, Commander of the Orange Artillery, “Stonewall Brigade” Army of Northern VA.

This very high quality early war Frock Coat has exceptional Confederate Gray color with red trim as fitting for Artillery. The full compliment of Federal Army Staff buttons are original to the coat. A signed condition, construction and authenticity report by Les Jensen accompanies the coat. The report is unambiguous. He states in conclusion “This is a fine example of a rather early frock coat for a First Lieutenant of artillery. This is probably the coat that fry wore from his enlistment in the battery until sometime after his promotion to Captain. As such, it dates from 1862 and is quite rare as an example of a coat from that early period. Captain Fry’s impressive record as a battery commander, particularly at the battles of Gettysburg and Spotsylvania Court House, adds a great deal to the background of this piece. The tailoring is well done, yet the piece exemplifies the conservatism in taste that one would expect from a Virginia piece, and the economy demonstrated by a First Lieutenant. It is a highly important and rare survival of one of the better battery commanders in the Army of Northern VA.” Condition: “original and untouched with the exception of the reinforcing of the collar insignia. The insignia itself appears original to the coat. Despite some minor moth damage, overall, the condition of the coat is excellent.”. Provenance: “The coat was acquired about twenty years ago (1970’s) from the family by Willard Smith. Fry’s cap was with the coat but sold to the Greensboro NC. Historical Museum where it still resides. Bill Turner bought the coat from Smith who in turn sold it to Gary Hendershot, who sold it to Cullen Bryant Smith. About Captain Fry and his battery: Charles W. Fry enlisted as a First Lieutenant in the Orange VA. Artillery on March 20, 1862. He served as such until promoted to Captain on October 4, 1862. During the period when he was Lieutenant, almost 5 months, he commanded the battery and fought with it at the Battle of White Oak Swamp. When the Captain of the battery, Thomas Jefferson Peyton was relieved of the command for prolonged absence, Fry was promoted to Captain and had complete command of the battery. Fry performed gallantly on several occasions. They were engaged at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and as part of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas H. Carter’s Battalion on July 1st, 1863 at Gettysburg, Captain Fry’s battery was planted on Oak Hill where it blasted the Union lines on the ridge west of Gettysburg creating a gap which was filled by Dilger’s Ohio battery. The ensuing duel resulted in the Union XI Corps being driven back and precipitating the Union retreat. On the third day of the battle, Fry’s battery participated in the great bombardment that proceeded Pickett’s Charge. The Orange Artillery fired 880 rounds during the battle. At Spotsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864, Carter’s Battalion was placed at the apex of the Mule Shoe salient where they were overrun during US Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock’s attack. Of the 16 guns in Carter’s Battalion, only two were saved, the two personally under Captain Fry’s control. After Spotsylvania, the remaining men of the battalion were consolidated into a single battery under Captain Fry. The Orange Artillery served in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign and ultimately surrendered at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. More research can be done on Fry’s life. I have just included some brief particulars of the battery and his Confederate service. The coat is accompanied by a Virginia Officer’s Sword Belt with hangers, a crimson sash and a Colt Army Revolver Holster. I have no concrete documentation of these items belonging to Fry but it is possible. Also included is the fantastic letter from Les Jensen.




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Jack W. Melton Collection of WW II Helmets

Many are battlefield struck, some identified, quite a few have great provenance. The core of the collection once belonged to the late Mike Miner who had one of the best WW II collections in the country.



WW 1. Fantastic Grouping of Omaha Beach War Relics found by Nigel Flitter on the 30th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasions. June 6th, 1974. 

These artifacts were carefully collected back in 1974 (when you could still find things) by Nigel Flitter, an Englishman who had an interest in WW II, and attended the memorial services on the 30th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasions (June, 1974). He found a very nice German M-1840 Helmet in the dunes that still retains remnants of a decal and original paint. There is a fragment of an American Landing Craft that he found on the beach, a fragment of a concrete German Bunker and a section of German barbed wire to round things out, each has a detailed label with exact provenance as he found them. Just imagine the drama witnessed by these mute participants on that fateful day, June 6th, 1944, “Bloody Omaha”. Ex. Mike Miner/Jack W. Melton collection.




Collection of Native American and other Pre Columbian ceramics.

Caddo, Anasazi, Mayan and others. Many are complete, some reconstructed and restored.



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