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Civil War Era Ebony Wood Handle Dagger w Medieval Quillon

This civil war era dirk has hand checkered, one piece ebony wood grip and a silver nickel ferrule along with a metal medieval style quillon/guard with well-defined pyramidal type end caps.

The knife is 9 3/4 inch overall length and has 5 3/8 inch dagger blade. No maker's marks but this dagger is a quality piece with a beautiful finish on the tapered blade with sharp edges. The knife shows little handling wear and no sharpening. The ebony handle has a slight age split from tang compression on one side but is strong with no movement.

The dagger has its original embossed decorated, single rib sewn leather sheath with a silver nickel tip. This dagger was probably used a boot dagger or for a lady's purse protection.

Overall very fine condition. Price $650

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Civil War Officer Side Knife w Metal Sheath / Scabbard

 

This Civil War Officer's side knife is 12 in. overall length, with a 7 1/2 in. blade with a double side sharpened edge.

It has a well-made heavy metal sheath with a button hanger. The blade is mostly blued with a soft patination in a semi-clip point design for the end 4 3/4 inch section. No maker mark. The grip is varnished hardwood with some spotty usage loss of the finish. It has a silver ferrule, pommel and guard.

 Overall this knife quality made and is in fine condition.  Price $750

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Engraved Pocket “Peanut” Size Henry Deringer Pistol 

Barrel Marked in Three Lines: C. CURRY / SAN  FRANCo CALIa / AGENT  Price $3200 

1.5” Barrel – 41 Caliber – 5” Overall

Original antique Henry Deringer Percussion Pistol, made circa 1856-63 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The name DERINGER PHILEDELPHIA is stamped twice on the gun. It is also marked on the barrel with retailer agent Charles Curry of San Francisco California.

In 1863, Nathaniel and John Curry inherited their brother Charles's business upon his death and began marking their pistols using “N. Curry & Bro/San Franco Cala” placing the C. Curry example with a production date of circa pre-1863. Curry was a large distributor of real legitimate “Deringers” vs period copies. Curry was a former citizen of Philadelphia as well.  

This gun is German silver mounted, with two silver bands at the breech and engraved German silver mounts, including a shield shaped escutcheon plate. The bore is rifled but with some weakness from age and use.

 

Henry Deringer was a very successful Pennsylvanian gunsmith who started his own company in his early twenties, circa 1809. It was not until the 1850s that his prototypical “Deringer” percussion pistol became extremely popular.

This small single shot percussion pistol is in very good to fine condition with good working action on the hammer. 

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Type 97 WW II Japanese Kai-gunto Pattern Naval Officer Sword with Original Silk Storage Bag and Paper Label Found Inside Sword Handle Defining Shiga Kaigun Naval Base  (Comes w Research Literature)

The sword was made in the province and town called Nagamura Kiyonobu. The actual sword was made by a worker named Minyo Motomatsu. This style sword, Type 97, was started in 1937 – Year 2597 from National Era System - hence Type 97. This type sword was produced till about 1944.

This sword scabbard is wood with polished ray skin. The handle is wrapped in brown silk tape over unpolished brown shark skin and the menuki. There are gold plated handle and scabbard fittings. A label was found in the handle giving the Naval Base.

The stainless steel blade is probably government arsenal made. The tsuba is blackened bronze. Overall length in scabbard 38 ¼”, blade 26 ¼”

Overall, a very fine condition, original WW II Naval Officer’s samurai sword.  Price $4400

Now $4000  ON-HOLD

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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

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Model 1832 US Short Artillery Sword and Circa 1840 Pattern White Buff Leather Two Piece "US" Waist Belt w Sword Frog    Price $3200    SOLD

The short foot artillery sword was approved with the 1832 regulation and it resembles a Roman gladiator sword. It was intended as a last line of defense for the artilleryman, but more practical use was clearing weeds and brush to prepare an artillery placement. Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company - Chicopee Massachusetts. Marks: ricasso AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE, and US / JH (inspector) / 1856. Additional inspector marks on the handle and tip of black leather brass drag. Standard features include: brass handle with eagle cast on both sides of the pommel, cast fish scales on grip, blade has two fullers stopped with the ricasso on the upper blade, and single fuller on the tip, scabbard has full leather with brass mountings with patina. This sword has a very bright blade (dark shadow seen in blade photos is a reflection) with no cuts on blade edges and a fine point, solid handle with strong eagles on pommel. Scabbard has all rivets and fits into the strong buff leather waist belt / frog with US buckle. The waist belt has a nice aged look, patina on the buckle and is well stitched and solid.

Per contract records, after the 1847 delivery of 1000 swords, there were no more deliveries till 1853 (500), 1855 and 1856 (1000 each year) - with two final small deliveries in 1860 and 1862. The date on the 1855 and 1856 blades show a stamped date consisting of 185 with the last digit made from a different font and size number punch. This characteristic suggests the Blades produced starting 1853 through 1856 were pre-marked using a three digit date punch (185), and the last date digit was not finally added until a firm order was received and made ready for delivery.  A great sword and belt rig - It goes well with an Artillery Shell Jacket offered on this website under MILITARIA

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The example above shows small "6" digit subsequently added to the blade date as shown on the sword offered on this site. (See Left Photo)

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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   ON-HOLD 

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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Confederate Cook Rifle Sabre Bayonet

A very nice, well made bayonet produced in Athens GA for the famous Cook and Brother Rifles. The brass hilt is not serial numbered. When New Orleans fell, Cook & Brother managed to escape with their raw materials, parts on hand and unfinished parts.  That material was all transported to the Selma Arsenal where they assembled the last of the Alabama state contract.  The remainder of parts were then transferred again the Athens, Georgia and were incorporated into the early Athens rifle. The blade is 22.5 inches long with an overall length of 27 inches.  The blade is smooth with mottled gray color and very minimal pitting. It has not been cleaned or sharpened. The spring lug release button works well.       Price $3000 

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1864 Dated Confederate Fayetteville Type IV Rifle and Arsenal Made Socket Bayonet

Price $16,000

A very fine example of the famous North Carolina rifle with all original parts and a well marked stamped Eagle, 1864, CSA and FAYETTEVILLE showing strongly on the lock plate. There is also a bold CSA mark stamped on the brass butt plate. Due to usage and some corrosion the barrel date can not be seen., however there are strong proper proof marks (V,P and Eagle) on the barrel breech side. The hammer and trigger action are strong. The tulip drum head ramrod is a period original with a threaded end for the bullet tool extraction. The lock plate has aged dark color with some small patch of pitting near the hammer. The triple rear leaf sight is present and in good working order. The rifle’s brass hardware on the butt plate, barrel bands, stock nose cap and trigger guard has a very nice aged patina color and are original.

 

The barrel has a smooth brown factory color with scattered mottled small dark spots and very minimal pitting/nicks along the length except near the breech end. The barrel rifling is light. All screws are strong. The band springs work well. The wood is dark walnut with a reddish hue with minimal amount of miscellaneous small nicks and cuts along the stock. The wood stock is fully complete except around the barrel breech and bolster area which shows some wood loss due to usage. A large script letter oval cartouche with the inspector’s initials PB is stamped in the wood.

The Fayetteville rifle was made from parts and machinery seized by the Confederates at the Harpers Ferry Arsenal in April 1861 and brought down along with technical personnel to the Federal Fayetteville Arsenal which was also captured by North Carolina troops in 1861, then turned over to the Confederacy to make arms and ammunition. About 8700 rifles were between 1862 and 1864 by Fayetteville Arsenal. The rifle comes with an original Fayetteville Arsenal made socket bayonet with the proper longer length, 22 3/4" length - the bayonet fits well to the gun. The bayonet is in fine condition. This is a really nice rifle and bayonet for a serious collector looking for a Confederate weapon in great condition.  

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1862 P-53 Tower Enfield Rifled Musket Marked “W. Tranter” on Stock Bottom & Ram Rod Channel - Birmingham Small Armes Company (Crown/BSA/C) Supplier Mark Stamped Near Trigger Guard - Probable Confederate Purchase / Usage  

This rifled three band musket bears the mark of one of a large supplier of arms during the Civil War Birmingham Small Arms 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 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 barrel metal with stamped Proof marks and bore size (25), comes with with original nipple protector and chain, "W. TRANTER" Birmingham furnisher 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 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 probable Confederate purchased Civil War musket. Price $2800

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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.

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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 $3200

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.

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Manhattan revolver shown below in "The Fighting Men of the Civil War" reference book, Item 6 above

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Engraved Stage Coach scene shown on 31 cal. Manhattan revolver cylinders