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RARE ETCHED BLADE BOYLE & GAMBLE CONFEDERATE FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD WITH DISTINCTIVE "V" GUARD   ON-HOLD

This pattern sword with the stylized V shaped opening in the guard was produced only by Boyle & Gamble and is quite rare. The sword has a brass hilt with flat guard, notched knuckle bow and distinctive Boyle & Gamble pommel cap. The original leather covered grip has a single strand brass wire wrap with two small spots of leather loss. 31" blade has an unstopped fuller and characteristic casting flaw 1 ¾" from the hilt. The blade is etched on both sides for 2/3 of its length with vine, floral and scroll motifs and a crossed a set of cannons and a National Flag near the base of the obverse on one side. There are no nicks on the blade but a few light corrosion spots and it tight to the handle. Has original throat washer.

 

The leather scabbard is strong but shows steady usage from the nick marks on the drag with some leather scrapes and scattered minor loss of finish along the upper and middle portion the scabbard near the ridge sides. Per Wm Albaugh book on Confederate swords, very few exist of this style foot officer's sword. A very fine example of the particular scarce sword.  Price $8900

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Confederate D-Guard Fighting  Knife

18 inch Overall length - Blade 12.5 inch - Heavy Blade

Very good blade edge - no modern sharpening - steel ferrule - wood handle shows usage but fully intact - sharp blade edge - solid overall condition.

A nice addition to any collection.      Price  $2300  ON-HOLD

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British Model 1821 Cavlalry Sword Often Imported by Confederate Sources  Price $850

This is a solid British Light Cavalry Trooper's Saber used from the period of about 1840 to about 1860. This pattern was copied by other countries as well as the United States as the US Model 1833 Dragoon Saber. These style swords saw service in the Crimean War and were also exported to a number of countries - including the Confederacy during the American Civil War. There are no maker or inspector marks on the sword indicating it was exported. Slightly curved single-edged blade with squared back-edge; single fuller (both sides), stopped at ricasso. Overall length is ~40-1/4"; blade length is ~34-3/4". All steel construction with original leather and wire covered wood grip. Blade and scabbard have some areas of mottled light age corrosion - original throat washer present. 

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Two Engraved Presentation Swords to Lt. and Captain Henry W. Horbach (also spelled Harbach)                          with a Post War -  Co. I / 193rd Regimental / Soldier Framed Record listing Captain Henry W. Harbach

 

The engraved upper scabbard mount of the M-1860 Eagle hilt etched blade sword states: "Presented to / Lieut. H.W. Horbach / by his friends"

The engraved upper scabbard mount of the M-1850 Staff & Field Officer's etched blade sword states: "Presented to / Capt. H.W. Harbach / by his Co. / Pgh July 25th 1864"

There is framed company record of 93rd PA Regiment with the captain’s name spelled Henry W. Harbach. These differences are not significant -normal government and human paperwork errors / inconsistencies.

The CW Database shows his name as Henry W. Horbach who enlisted as 2nd Lt in Co. A - 7th PA Infantry and a second record when he enlisted as captain in July 19 1864 – 193rd PA Infantry – the near same date on the S & F presentation sword - July 25 1864.  See both summaries below:

Henry W. Horbach - Residence Pittsburgh PA - Enlisted on 4/23/1861 as a 2nd Lieutenant.

On 4/23/1861 he was commissioned into "A" Co. PA 7th Infantry

He was Mustered Out on 7/29/1861 at Harrisburg, PA

 

Henry H. Horbach - Residence was not listed - Enlisted on 7/19/1864 as a Captain - Commissioned into "I" Co. PA 193rd Infantry

He was discharged on 9/26/1864   

 

The S & F Officer Sword comes with a sword knot and is a classy ornate presentation sword. This high grade officer’s sword has an eagle-head quillon, brass eagle hilt an eagle pommel and beautiful ornate "Liberty" and drum-cannon upper and middle mounts with soldier and flag drag. The blade shows floral motifs with an etched US and Eagle with EPU motto The grip is wired German silver. The blade is also etched with "ALWAYS READY" and is mostly bright silver overall with no discoloration - a good edge and point. The spine is etched “Iron Proof” a standard phrase of a temper guarantee found on lots of swords imported into the US from foreign makers. The ricasso is marked "CLAUBERG SOLLIGEN". The steel scabbard body has all its original blue, wit some minor oxidation toward a light brown. The throat washer is present. 

The M-1861 has a knight's head pommel, bone or ivory handle with brass chain, a brass scabbard has floral engraving with a very minor dent. The blade is well etched and flags / cap and an eagle with EPU - bright silver with no discoloration. No makers mark - throat washer present.   $10,500 Now $8500

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Rare - Mint Condition Model 1850 AMES Staff & Field Officers Sword - Type II Variety Dated 1862 - Inspected by Alfred D. King (ADK) for Federal Ord. Dept.    SOLD

 Only 162 Originally Purchased in 1862 - 15 to 24 of this date in various conditions are known     Price $6900    NOTE: In a recent Aug . 27 2022 RIA, Lot 1146 for the same Ames 1862 / ADK inspected US Staff & Field Officer sword in a near mint condition as the one being offered on this website sold for $12,925. See:  www.rockislandauction.com/detail/86/1146/ames-manufacturing-co-model-1850-staff-field-officers-sword

The US M-1850 Staff & Field Officers’ Sword was officially adopted in the US Army regulations of 1851, but it traces its genesis back about two years, as correspondence within the Ordnance Bureau shows that a change in sword pattern was being discussed in 1849 and was largely based upon the French M-1845 Officers’ sword. The M-1851 regulations established not only a new pattern of Staff & Field Officers’ sword, but also a new pattern of Foot Officers’ sword.

Only 379 M-1850 Staff & Field Officers’ swords were purchased from Ames by the US Ordnance Department from the adoption of the pattern through the end of the American Civil War for regular Army Officers. Ames was at the forefront of American Sword production. The sword is etched in three script lines on the obverse blade just forward of the ricasso: Ames Mfg Co / Chicopee / Mass.

The blade is also stamped with the date 1862 on one side and the inspector’s mark ADK on opposite side of blade . The blade has beautiful etching of block letter U.S. and a Wings Up Eagle with motto E. Pluribus Unum.

Note: In 1862 the volume of swords going through Ames as purchased by the Federal Government was huge. This included Foot and Staff/Field Officers, NCO, enlisted cavalry sabers and naval cutlasses, cavalry officers sabers, enlisted and foot artillery swords along with cannons and ordnance stores. The normal protocol of showing an inspector's stamp (initials) on the brass sword pommel and brass scabbard drag were not applied to 1862 Officer's swords (Foot and Staff/Field) while all others swords issued in that year had the complete inspector marks. The reason was possibly expediency. Subsequent officer swords inspected in the following war years to 1865 had protocol re-instated and followed.  Overall this is an outstanding example of an early Civil War production Ames M-1850 Staff & Field Officers’ Sword. The condition of the sword is essentially perfect with the great eye appeal of the etched blade and gold washed hilt, pommel and scabbard mounts and drag. The sword throat washer show no darkening from age or use. There are no nicks on the sword blade. The shark skin handle/wire show no wear. A perfect center piece for any collection of the American Civil War artifacts.

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British “Tower” George III Heavy Dragoon Flint Lock Military Pistol    ON-HOLD

Pattern 1777 - Circa 1777 - 1780  - Excellent Condition - Well Marked  Price $7500

 

Very Scarce English heavy dragoon horse pistol which is stamped with the number “7” on left side of the barrel breech end. This mark probably represents the 7th Royal Fusiliers Regiment which took a very active part in the American Revolution and served for a time under the infamous Colonel Banastre Tarleton whose green uniform was the dress of the British Legion organized in New York.

 

This regiment was formed as a fusilier regiment in 1685 by George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth, from two companies of the Tower of London guard, and was originally called the Ordnance Regiment. This regiment became the 7th Regiment of Foot (Royal Fusiliers) in 1751 with the name lasting till the end of the 1780’s.

 

Col. Tarleton gained his reputation after the Battle of the Waxhaws where he had numerous Americans killed after the battle.

 

19 1/2” overall length with 12” round smoothbore .65 caliber barrel with Royal Ordnance proofs at the center breech. Lock plate stamped with strong “CROWN/BROAD ARROW” mark and the Royal Cypher. A Royal Armory Cross Pikes Proof mark is on the barrel tang. The tail of the lock plate has a crisp “TOWER” stamp. The walnut stock with brass mounts and an inspector’s stamp “VI” in the wood just to the rear of the side plate. A Store Keeper’s cartouche dated 1786 struck on the right wrist indicating when it was returned to the storekeeper. at the Tower. There are stamped marks in the ramrod channel of "BK" and two other crown type marks.

100% original and fine in every respect including all the lock parts and the ramrod. Beautiful metal with the original grey patina and finished stock with very few bumps and bruises. The flint hammer is in very strong working order.

The arrival of the arms at the Tower, deliveries were generally monthly. When the arms arrived at the Tower they were received by the Storekeeper's clerks, and having been noted down and a receipt issued, they were struck on the right side of the buttstock with the

Storekeeper's stamp consisting, until the 1780s, of the Royal Cypher with a crown above it, Beginning in 1786 a date was added below the cypher, but this date was not changed until the particular stamp was either broken or worn out. Dated Storekeeper's stamps cannot be used as a precise indication of when a piece was taken into store, except that the year shown will indicate a 'not before' date. The weapons were now completed and in their racks in the Tower of London, ready for distribution to the troops and ships of HM forces, or to garrisons at home and abroad.

The British Royal 7th Fusiliers participated in Major General Tryon's raid in July 1779 on three Connecticut ports. In April 1780, the Fusiliers took part in the capture of Charleston.  Once Charleston fell, the regiment helped garrison the city. Three mounted companies were sent to Ninety-Six to assist with the training of Loyalist militia companies and to join Charles Cornwallis's Army as it advanced towards Charlotte, North Carolina in early September 1780. After the war the Fusiliers returned to England in 1783. The British Government having acknowledged the Independence of the United States of America, a general peace was signed on 30th.November 1782. The 7th.Royal Fusiliers returned to England early in 1783.

 

It is stated in De Witt Bailey’s book “Small Arms of the British Forces in America 1664-1815” pp.281-291 that these pistols (Patterns 1777 & 1781) were originally developed for use by American Loyalist mounted militia units in the South and that 400 pairs of pistols were delivered to the Ordnance Store Ship Juliana at Charleston Harbor, South Carolina in Dec. 1781, which Prof. Bailey states were most probably of this pattern.

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"7" Stamped on Barrel for 7th Fusiliers - Uniform button shown below

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Tower Storekeeper's dated mark above

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New Jersey 1861 H & P - 69 Cal. Springfield Musket Conversion and H & P Made US Bayonet

While many Model 1816 flintlock muskets saw conversion from flintlock to percussion in the Civil War period, almost no other musket saw the level of quality workmanship provided by Hewes & Philips of Newark NJ. This military musket was originally made by the Springfield Arsenal in 1830 with a well stamped lock plate / date. This one is a great example flintlock conversions. The State of NJ had about 20,000 at the start of the Civil war - all were converted between 1861 and 1862.

The musket was originally smooth bore but was rifled during the conversion -the rifling is good. The action is very strong. A very large bolster was welded to the barrel and a percussion nipple threaded in. A unique curved percussion hammer was installed. The ramrod is correct and original to the gun.

This musket is the scarcer Type 1 conversion with a bolster clean out screw. The Type 2 conversions had no screw. The top of the barrel shows the company markings “H&P” and the date of the conversion "1861". A large “NJ” for New Jersey is also visible where the barrel meets the stock on the left side.

A multi-leaf sight was installed at the rear. A bayonet lug was installed on the top near the muzzle. A longer “US” marked bayonet was made to current standards.

This musket also has well defined original cartouche marks on the wood and metal from its original manufacture in 1830. there are cartouche markings on the wood, barrel, trigger guard, upper barrel band and escutcheon plate. See photos

Although this musket saw real service, the stock wood and overall metal are strong with normal light metal pitting and some nicks in the wood from combat usage but no real issues. The barrel has a gray mottled look.

H & P used part numbers for the components they made for their conversion. Bayonet #6 – Bayonet Lug #16 – Bolster #10 or #18 – Hammer #1  with H & P  and 1861 on top of barrel. See photos

 A very nice example of a converted New Jersey Militia musket and bayonet.    Price $2700                 

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Original Boyle & Gamble Confederate Staff Officer Sword w Scabbard​ Made in Richmond VA   SOLD

This sword is 100% original, has never been cleaned. The patina on the hilt, scabbard mounts and drag all match. Comes with a period sword knot and its original throat washer. The brass fixtures' color show a high copper content.


There are no nicks, scratches or bruises on the hilt, mounts or drag. The leather scabbard is solid and strong but has some minor age surface cracks and one stress area from use , but the scabbard remains solid. The scabbard's glossy leather finish is present and still intact. The leather grip and wire on handle are original and 100% intact.

The blade was never been sharpened - it has seven tick marks along the edge from real usage.

The blade is generally bright with a readable acid etched CSA in a shield and the Battle Flag on one side and two sets of Confederate flags on the other side, the lower set of flags is strong - the upper set of flags is on the lighter side. Both blade sides have etched scroll and floral decorations. The blade has scattered light mottled age gray color along both sides. The blade point is strong. 
Price $19,500   Now $18,000

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