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RARE ETCHED BLADE BOYLE & GAMBLE CONFEDERATE FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD WITH DISTINCTIVE "V" GUARD
This pattern sword with the stylized floating 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, a pike and National Flag near the base of the obverse on one side. There are no nicks on the blade but a few light corrosion spots. The blade is tight to the handle and 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 of the scabbard near the ridge sides. Per Wm Albaugh book on Confederate swords, very few examples exist of this style foot officer's sword. A very fine example of the particular scarce sword. Price $8900 ON-HOLD
Crossed cannons, flag and pike blade etching above - Floral blade etching below
Battle of Gettysburg Souvenir Wooden Revolver Circa 1880's
A hand assembled wooden revolver 9.25" long is made from different pieces of wood from the Gettysburg Battlefield. The souvenir gun probably dates to about the 1880s. These guns were sold in local area relic shops. This gun was possibly meant for the 20th Anniversary of the battle in 1883.
The revolver has several ink-stamped titles defining key battle sites at Gettysburg. The revolver does not cock or index the cylinder.
On top of barrel is marked "Little Round Top and July 1, 2, 3 1863". The bullet chamber is stamped "Devil's Den” on one side and “Wheatfield / Gettysburg" in 2 lines. The ejector is stamped "Big Round Top" and the barrel is stamped "Culp's Hill". The piece has "499" painted number at the base of the handle which is likely a museum inventory number. There is a small 1/4" chip at the rear of the trigger guard where possibly a wood knot fell out, but the guard is tight. The chamber and barrel have drilled holes to simulate a real revolver.
This revolver has a more realistic shape and design compared to other toy souvenir offerings of the 19th century. It is quite well made. Overall a very nice antique Gettysburg Battlefield souvenir. Price $325 Now $250
This revolver is a Gettysburg souvenir from John A. Good and his “Gettysburg Battlefield Novelty Works.” He was specifically known for his talents at wood working and “fancy turning” to create souvenirs from genuine battlefield wood and found relics. John Good was a scavenger & assembler of relics from the battlefield. His was also a cabinet maker by trade. His shop was located at 30 N. Washington St.
British Model 1821 Cavalry Sword Often Imported by Confederate Sources Price $850 Now $750
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.
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 w flags / cap and an eagle with EPU motto - bright silver with no discoloration. No makers mark - throat washer present. $10,500 Now $8500
Pomeroy M-1816 Militia Marked Musket for State of New York Troops (SNY) Dated 1821 - Contract Conversion to Percussion Price $1900
.69 caliber, 42 in. smoothbore barrel with eagle head / P/ V marks plus inspector's initials SJ (Seth James) at breech, S.N.Y. 1821 (date inverted) to left of percussion cap nipple, walnut stock with iron mounts, the lock plate having an eagle over L. POMEROY before the hammer and 1821/US to the rear; sling swivels present - comes with proper bayonet marked US/TA included. In November of 1809, New York contracted with Pomeroy to make 1,000 flintlock muskets. Crisp barrel markings overall.
Working action - light oxidation to metal - good finish to stock with expected signs of use but no major wood problems. A fine condition gun - rare with the New York marking when it was purchased as a flintlock for a state militia.
The Model 1816 flintlock musket was the primary arm of U.S. infantrymen from 1816 until 1840. Most cone and bolster-type alterations to percussion were performed by private contractors from the mid-1850's until the early years of the Civil War, and many of the converted flintlocks were used during the war by Union, Confederate, and state forces.
Far Right - Union soldier holding a M-1816 cone converted musket
British “Tower” George III Heavy Dragoon Flint Lock Military Pistol Now $6800
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.
"7" Stamped on Barrel for 7th Fusiliers above - Uniform button shown below
Tower Storekeeper's dated mark above
Ramrod Channel Markings shown below and lower right
New Jersey 1861 H & P - 69 Cal. Springfield M-1816 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 date 1861 on top of barrel. See photos
A very nice example of a converted New Jersey Militia musket and bayonet. Price $2700 Now $2500
1862 P-53 Tower Enfield Rifled Musket Marked “W. Tranter” on Stock Bottom & Ram Rod Channel - Birmingham Small Arms Trade Company (Crown/BSAT/C) Supplier Mark Stamped Near Trigger Guard / Confederate Purchase / Usage Price $2800 Now $2500
This rifled three band musket bears the mark of one of a large suppler of arms during the Civil War Birmingham Small Arms Trade Company. The supplier mark is stamped behind the trigger guard. The Northern Army also had at least one large setback in their purchase orders, and this one played out to the Confederacy's advantage. Colonel George L. Schyler from the North allowed a deal to fall through after the United States War Department was unable to deliver funding in a timely manner. Confederate Major Caleb Huse in April 1861 seized the opportunity and offered the contractor, Birmingham Small Arms Trade Company, 50 cents more per gun which was accepted. In spite of the Federal blockade, shipments of arms were extremely successful. During 1861 and 1862, Caleb Huse managed to purchase 81,049 Enfields. General Gorgas, who was chief of the Confederate States Ordnance, reported on February 3, 1863 that by this point in the war Major Huse had shipped to the confederacy 70,980 Long Enfield rifles.
The firm was one of the primary English suppliers of arms to the Confederacy and was also a major player within the English arms industry.
The 1862 dated Enfield is in very fine condition as shown in the photos. Strong hammer cocking action, handsome tiger striped varnished walnut or beach wood with no loss - only minor usage marks, mottled smooth barrel metal with stamped Proof marks and bore size (25), comes with original nipple protector and chain. "W. TRANTER" Birmingham furnisher, who is listed as a Confederate gun maker in the book "The British Connection", is stamped twice on the gun - on the bottom of the stock and in the ramrod channel, strong lock plate marks, adjustable flip up rear sight. There is also a "WT" on the flat part of breech end of the barrel. There are no stamped inventory numbers/letters on the brass butt plate - this practice was stopped during the second quarter of 1862 to speed up deliveries to the Confederacy. Overall an great example of a Confederate purchased Civil War musket.
SPECIAL MODEL 1861 COLT CONTRACT RIFLED MUSKET. Cal. 58. - New Jersey Militia Marked with"37" Stamped on Butt Plate Tang Price $3200
This musket is a very fine example of an 1863 dated New Jersey Colt contract rifle in original and complete condition. This musket conforms to all models of this contract with 40″ round barrel and iron mountings. This was a popular Civil War long arm that was sold and inspected by the State of New Jersey. The barrel and stock are both stamped “NJ”. This gun has very nice crisp markings throughout. Lock is dated 1863 and barrel is stamped 1863. The number 37 on the butt plate tang is probably an inventory or rack number.
CONDITION: Barrel is bright steel with scattered areas of minor staining and pitting. 1863 barrel date “VP” proof and “NJ” acceptance marks are very crisp. Bore is bright with discernible rifling. Lock and hammer are silver/gray overall. Stock is very good and sound overall with crisp edges. Good “NJ” acceptance mark opposite lock. Colt sub-inspector mark “M” is found stamped in wood behind trigger guard. Stock exhibits areas of raised grain with scattered nicks, dings and scratches from use under a thin coat of varnish like the rest of the gun.
Colt Model 1861 Special Musket was Manufactured between 1861-1865 with production estimated between 75,000 & 100,000. Originally made for the Federal Government to support the war effort, however some failed the stringent government inspections yet were definitely serviceable. Classified by Colt as “Second Class U.S. Rifle Muskets” many were sold to Northern states to support local Militias. New York outfitters and arms dealer Schuyler, Hartley & Graham sold 2,500 of these muskets to the state of Connecticut in July of 1863. But it seems most were sold to the state of New Jersey based on surviving examples.
Scarce Early Series II - 31 Cal. Factory Engraved Mahattan Revolver w 6" Barrel & 6 Shot Cylinder - Mfg'd Circa 1860 - S/N 981 w Holster Price $3000 Now $2700
Manhattan Fire Arms Co. was founded in 1856 specifically to capitalize on the soon to be expiring Colt patents in 1857. This strategy worked very well for the company and they began by making high quality and very close copies of both Colts and other popular pistols with expired patents. These revolvers greatly resemble the Colt Model 1849 Pocket revolvers. The Manhattan’s copies of Colts were so close that Colt tried to kill their production with a lawsuit, even though their patent had expired. The 31 cal. Series I revolvers were made with only 5 shot cylinders (~900 - 1000 guns) while Series II revolvers all had 6 shot cylinders. Series II guns started production by late January 1860 in Newark NJ. The 31 cal. revolvers are characterized by: 1. Six-shot cylinder with twelve cylinder stops. 2. Blade-type front sight of German silver; rear sight a V-notch filed in top of hammer 3. Enlarged trigger guard 4. Larger size grips 5. One-line New York address on barrel 6. Patent date stamping (Dec. 27, 1859) located on bottom of frame, forward of trigger-guard. 7. Unique side frame plate to allow easy access maintenance. Approximately 3600 - 3800 Series II 31 cal. guns were made totally by Manhattan Fire Arms of the 4,5, 6 inch barrel lengths. It is not known how 31 cal. revolvers were produced in each barel length, but the 6 inch variety may the scarcest. No additional 31 cal. series were created as opposed to the 36 cal. revolver that went up to 5 series of modifications.
Manhattan’s revolvers were very well received by the public. The company never received U.S. military contracts except a few orders at the regimental level. Nevertheless many Manhattan revolvers found themselves on Civil War battlefields, purchased privately by officers and soldiers.
This revolver is in strong condition for being used with a well engraved frame / backstrap and stage coach robbery scene engraved on the cylinder, has a nice aged patina, good action, a clean varnished grips, all marching S/N's, patent date on lower frame, strong one line maker stamp on barrel (MANHATTAN FIRE ARMS MF'G CO NEW YORK), good screws. It comes with a period black leather holster that has about 1 inch length cut off at the bottom. Gun fits well in holster. Great example of a scarce Civil War gun - one is shown in the book "The Fighting Men of the Civil War" by Wm Davis.
Manhattan revolver shown below in "The Fighting Men of the Civil War" reference book, Item 6 above
Engraved Stage Coach scene shown on 31 cal. Manhattan revolver cylinders right
Very Fine Boyle Gamble & MacFee Richmond VA Heavy Short Artillery Sword
Overall 24”, 18.5”Unmarked Blade w 8” Center Fuller. No edge nicks and sharpening or cleaning to blade!
Heavy ringed solid handle w beautiful patina - Handle and blade are tight. Sword has original point. Blade has aged mottled surface.
Cross bar of handle has finely scratched by hand soldier's initials "W G". Sword weighs 2 Lbs 14 Oz
A very nice example of a Confederate short artillery sword. Price $3400
On left side of cross bar are carved letters "W G" - probably a soldier's initials
M-1860 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD BY HORSTMANN w Unique Decorative Gen. Washinton Pommel Cap Used Instead of the Standard Handle Cap - Civil War Usage w Name of Soldier and "US of A" Etched onto Blade
The soldier name is etched on the blade is Private "W.S. Aunks" of the 38th Penn Infantry, Co. D. William was wounded at Battle of Antietam and was discharged for disability on April 7 1863. He enlisted on May 5 1861 at Allegheny PA. The 38th PA infantry participated in a number of engagements as shown below, several involving Pvt. Aunks before his wounding. The metal scabbard's middle and upper mounts and drag are very ornately decorated with a high relief acorn on the drag. There is the standard Eagle/ Banners guard. Blade length 31" and overall length 36". Nice patina on the brass handle and pommel. The blade and scabbard show some age and usage corrosion with some loss of leather on the handle, but the sword is in very good condition overall. The blade is etched "HORSTMANN BROS. & CO PHILA PA" Price $650
Blade is etched "US of A" to the right and on the other side "W.S. Aunks" shown below.
Right - List of battles fought by 38th PA
US M-1840 Short Blade Cavalry Officer Saber Marked by W.H. Horstmann & Sons Philadelphia
An excellent example of a very scarce US M-1840 “Short Blade” Cavalry Officer’s Saber by the famous Philadelphia military goods dealer W.H. Horstmann & Sons. Horstmann established his military goods company in Philadelphia sometime in the mid-1820s after immigrating to the United States from Europe in 1816. The blade was etched in Philadelphia (either in house or by contract work). During the company operation Horstmann offered a wide variety of US regulation patterns swords for sale as well as other military accouterments. With the coming of the American Civil War, Horstmann obtained his first large swords contracts and by the end of the war would deliver some 25,188 sabers to the US Government. (Some information in the description came from T. Prince writeup on a similar sword)
Horstmann produced officer’s pattern sabers during the Civil War based upon both the M-1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber and the M-1860 Light Cavalry saber. Sword expert John Thillmann identifies 2 primary variations of the M-1840 Cavalry Officer’s Saber that were produced in “field grade”. These were officer’s sabers that were embellished and more decorative versions of the enlisted sabers, but were still real fighting weapons without excessive ornamentation and not of “presentation grade”.
Horstmann’s “field grade” M-1840 officer’s sabers were divided between three basic versions, a “long blade” (about 35 “) saber and two “short blade” (about 31 “) sabers, the latter offered with and without etched blades. Horstmann’s M-1840 Officer’s sabers tended to have hilts that more readily appear to be those of the M-1860 saber, but their heavy blades with flat spines showed that they were heavy cavalry sabers. These swords are almost certainly examples that were assembled by Horstmann, as the quality of the blades and etching, as well as the grip and pommel cap are usually much higher than the quality of the guard.
This Horstmann US M-1840 “Short Blade” Cavalry Officer’s Saber is in Extremely Fine overall condition. The “short” heavy cavalry officer’s blade is 31" length with a wide fuller that is about 23” long and a narrow, short fuller near the spine that is about 13” long. The blade is etched with two high quality panels that are about 16” long. The bottom of the obverse panel reads in three lines: WH HORSTMANN / & SONS / PHILADELPHIA. The etched panels depict panoplies of arms and flags, mixed with floral scrolls, drums and cannons. The spine of the blade is for about 14” with a leaf pattern, but there is no IRON PROOF mark just forward of the hilt as sometimes seen. The blade retains all of its original bright polish and well marked etching is about 98%+ clear and visible with very few scattered small dark corrosion spots. The photographs do not show the beauty and quality of both sides of the etched blade.
The blade edge is free of nicks or chips and has not been re-sharpened. The hilt is attractive and combines the usual Phrygian helmet pommel cap with a decorated three-branch guard. The pommel cap is very high quality and is decorated with laurel leaves cast into the cap. The tang peen at the rear of the pommel cap is perfect and undisturbed.
The two outer branches have simple leaf patterns cast into them about an inch long at the guard to branch juncture, and the patterns appear on both the front and the rear of the branches. The underside of the quillon shows a five feather acanthus fan. The grip is in fantastic condition and retains 100% of its original sharkskin wrap and all of its original twisted single wire. There are sixteen wraps of the wire in fine tight condition. The original black leather throat washer is also in place at the guard to blade juncture. The hilt and blade are securely joined with no wobble. The pommel cap is well defined.
The sword is held in a plain steel scabbard. The scabbard is in very good condition with brown patina. The steel metal of the scabbard has a lightly rough surface feel with patches of pinpricking present from age created from an oxidized surface. The original steel throat is in place secured by its original single screw. Both iron attachment rings are present. The scabbard does have three-four very light indentations from use but are not very noticeable except by feel.
Overall this is a really attractive 100% complete and original example of a quite scarce WH Horstmann & Sons “Short Blade” M-1840 Cavalry Officer’s Saber. This would be a wonderful addition to any Civil War collection or a display of cavalry officer items. $3800
Colt's Signature Series Special Model 1861 Rifle Musket Dated 1861 $1400
A contemporary (c 1990’s) black powder re-issue of the classic Civil War long arm, serial number 4498, dated 1861, 40 in. round barrel with blued number marked double-leaf sight, V / P/ eagle head proofs at breech; dated lock plate with U. S. / COLT'S PTF A. MFG Co./ HARTFORD, CT., bright finish throughout; the trigger guard stamped with Sam Colt signature; three bands, walnut stock with AFT inspector's cartouche; includes correct tulip head threaded ramrod and fitted with leather sling.
Working action with two small stock chips, one on the right edge of stock/barrel near upper mount and one where barrel tang meets the stock - overall this gun is in extremely fine to near mint condition. The gun has had very minimal firing action.
Colt Model 1861 Special 58 Caliber Muskets were produced throughout the Civil War period. Colt contracts with Federal and state governments resulted in the manufacture of approximately 100,000 muskets. These arms had some features common to the British Enfield rifle-muskets that were widely imported during the War.
Colt had little to do with the reintroduction of their Model 1861 Special Rifle-Musket, except to allow their name to be used per a licensing agreement with a firm in Brooklyn, NY.
Production of these guns began about the mid-1990's and ceased when the Brooklyn firm closed out the Colt Black powder line in 2002. The 1861 Colt Special was then offered by Chattahoochee Black Powder Arms of Cummings, GA.
Colt was involved in trying to set up and produce a Colt Special 1861 in the late 1970's and early 1980's, but Colt's Marketing plan ended up pricing themselves out of the market. A very nice re-enactment and collectors musket.
MILITIA Marked "NEW HAMPSHIRE" A. WATERS U. S. MODEL 1816 TYPE 3 CONE CONVERSION PERCUSSION MUSKET Dated 1836 $1900
.69 caliber, 42 in. round barrel marked at breech with US/J(weak)M//P and NEW HAMPSHIRE, dated 1836 on barrel tang; the lock plate marked US / A WATERS before hammer and MILLBURY/1836 behind the hammer; walnut stock with iron mounts, the trigger guard marked "S" and the butt plate's tang marked "US" - an oval inspector's cartouche with two indistinct letters is behind the side plate. Stock is in very strong appealing condition, has nearly all the original finish and no major wood stock problems. Very good bore. Original threaded ramrod.
Working action but hammer somewhat tight - overall a pleasing musket throughout - normal minor marks throughout as expected from age and usage. Really nice example and rare with the New Hampshire marking when it was purchased as a flintlock for a state militia.
The Model 1816 flintlock musket was the primary arm of U.S. infantrymen from 1816 until 1840. Most cone and bolster-type alterations to percussion were performed by private contractors from the mid-1850's until the early years of the Civil War, and many of the converted flintlocks were used during the war by Union, Confederate and state forces.
Above - Union soldier holding a M-1816 cone converted musket
Confederate Clip-Point Bowie Side Knife Price $950
This Confederate fighting knife was made from a repurposed Revolutionary War or slightly later sword utilizing the blade and part of the brass sword guard. The blade is secured into the hickory handle with the peened over tang. It is interesting to think that a young Reb took his grandfather's sword to the local blacksmith and turned it into the fighting knife he carried to the war. A very nice Civil War knife - solid condition, 19" overall length, 12 3/8" blade length, wood handle w ferrell 6 1/2"