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This is a profusely engraved Tranter Revolver with gold plated frame, trigger guard and loading lever, silver plated cylinder and bright burnished hammer and trigger spur.  This is about the highest level of decoration you will ever see on a Tranter.  It is truly exhibition grade.  It is sharp and crisp with very nice grips.  The gun is serial number 18068-T, which I think places its production around 1864-1865.  The chambers and nipple wells are not pitted up.  They are pretty sharp.  A beautifully executed work of art.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!





DATED 1863

A solid, honest old Fayetteville which is an early Type IV dated 1863.  The Type IV takes the socket bayonet.  I like this gun.  It is just an all around honest, complete gun.  It has a nice brown patination with the brasses nicely tarnished and patinaed.  It still has rifling in the bore and an original Fayetteville ramrod.  The sling swivels are also original as is the rear sight.  It has a nice "PB" cartouche  on the stock, opposite the lock plate.  The lock markings and proofs at the rear of the barrel are all quite well marked.  The CSA on the tang of the butt plate is also well marked as are the U's on the original bands.  The nipple has been replaced but well done without any disfigurement and it is appropriate.  The stock has minor nicks, dings and abrasions but no breaks or lost wood.  There is some roughness above the lock plate screw on the left side of the stock but otherwise, it is quite nice.  A solid, honest, original Fayetteville which is unusually complete.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!



DATED 1837

Under the provisions of the Militia Act, the U. S. Government engaged in a form of revenue sharing with the various states.  Each state was awarded points based on population and those points could be used in exchange for weapons held in U. S. Arsenals.  If you wanted artillery, you might use up all your points very quickly or you might spread your points by purchasing muskets, pistols or other military equipage.  The states of Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York and New Jersey actually marked the weapons they received under the Militia Act.  Of these, the Alabama marked guns are by far the rarest.  I have only seen two examples of it in the last 30 years.  This gun is an 1836 Waters made under contract to the U. S. Government in 1837.  It is original flint in solid, very good condition.  The lock markings and barrel markings to include the ALA acceptance mark for the state of Alabama are clear and discernable.  A truly rare Alabama marked gun.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!



CIRCA 1770

This is a Revolutionary War Era Officer's Silver Mounted Hanger with target eyed eagle pommel.  It is between 230 and 240 years old and amazingly intact.  The scabbard mounts show English hallmarks but the hilt does not (probably because the hilt is alloyed for strength).  Known as the Couteau-De-Chasse, Cuttoe or "The Hanger."  It is most likely English made with the right pommel for a patriot in the American Colonies.  This sword was in E. Andrew Mowbray's collection and is found photographed on page 41 of his book "The American Eagle Pommel Sword."  Mowbray goes to great extent to discuss the vagaries of Colonial production versus English production.  I'm not sure about the significance of the debate.  It occurs to me that 98% of the military goods in the American Colonies would naturally have been English in origin at the beginning of the Revolutionary War.  At any rate Mowbray summarizes with the following statement. "In spite of all the above, a certain number of British made Eagle Pommel Hangers were in use in the Colonies before the Revolution, but nowhere near the number of weapons now making that claim."  I think it is pretty obvious that Colonists who supported the English monarchy would have preferred a sword with the English lion pommel.  While those who were not happy with the English crown would have chosen other options for sword pommels, i.e. the Target Eyed Eagle.  Truly amazing that this sword is as old as it is and is as intact as it is.  An significant piece which is obviously the grandfather of the American Eagle Head Sword.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!




This is a very good condition .44 caliber Tranter Revolver serial number 11082.  It is marked on the top strap, above the cylinder "Made Expressly For D. Kernaghan & Co. New Orleans."  My information indicates that D. Kernaghan was active in New Orleans from 1855 to 1860.  The top of the barrel is marked Tranter's Patent and the serial number is found on the right frame.  The gun has overall relatively smooth brown patina with traces of finish and grips that are showing moderate use.  The action works but is a little sticky.  These pre-war English made revolvers which bear New Orleans marks are generally considered to be secondary Confederate pieces.  They were apparently a part of the arms buying frenzy in the South, just prior to the Civil War.  Most probably wound up in the hands of officers who carried them as personal side arms during the conflict.  I have owned other New Orleans marked pistols from this period but I don't think I have ever seen this particular agent marking.  It is marked in exactly the same pattern as the Hyde & Goodrich guns and is from exactly the same time frame.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!




SN 17514

This is a solid, very good condition Colt C. L. Dragoon with all matching numbers.  For decades, these guns were shrouded in mystery.  Some thought they were used by the Connecticut Light Dragoons.  Theories and myths abounded concerning the C. L. Dragoons inscription which was found on the upper left barrel flat.  Finally Walter L. Anderson published, in the January 1991 Gun Report, an extremely well researched and written article which settled the matter forever.  It turns out that the Crocheron Light Dragoons was a company of Confederate Alabama Cavalry formed November 21, 1861 from Dallas County.  A rich Southern planter John J. Crocheron from Dallas County, being too old to serve himself, purchased the arms to outfit the Company.  The company was formed by Lt. Col Robert W. Smith, also from Dallas County, Alabama and was sent to Mobile in State service for one year.  In June of 1862, it was inducted into the Confederate Army.  It was known as Company I, 2nd Alabama Cavalry or Holloway's Company of Independent Alabama Cavalry.  Most often referred as the CLD's, it served from then until the end of the war as the personal escort company and couriers for the commanding general of the Confederate Army of The Tennessee.  They were, to the man, exemplary soldiers, heroic and brave.  Due to the peculiarities of their service, they were in the midst of everything the Army of The Tennessee engaged in. 

The gun itself is all matching, solid, tight and has a crisp action.  The 7 1/2 inch cut-for-stock variation of the Crocheron Light Dragoon was made with military finish, oil finished grips and no silver plating on the back strap and trigger guard.  Some have described these guns as having been U. S. issue, they were not.  They are rejected military contract guns from Colt's last Dragoon contract with the U.S. Army.  All 7 1/2 inch C. L. Dragoons will have federal sub-inspector marks throughout but will not have cartouches in the grips. This gun has a Federal sub inspector mark on the back strap, trigger guard, grips, cylinder and barrel.  (These particulars do not apply to the eight inch variation of the C. L. Dragoon.)  They were essentially, obsolete inventory, which Sam Colt took every opportunity to send South at the beginning of the Civil War.  John J. Crocheron, the benefactor, was originally from Staten Island, New York, so it is no surprise that Cooper & Pond of New York seems to have been instrumental in transferring these guns to Mobile, Alabama.  One of the most historic Colt firearms of the American Civil War, this gun is listed by serial number in Walter Anderson's survey, which is a part of his article published in the January 1991 Gun Report.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!



DATED 1815

This is a Springfield Model 1807 Pistol.  These guns were conceived of in 1807 at the Springfield Armory.  They were made over an extended period of time spanning 1808-1818.  The original intent was to use up rifle and musket parts and design a pistol which would be more efficient to produce.  About 1000 of the guns were actually completed over a ten year period with production starting and stopping intermittently.  They were .69 caliber and monstrous in size.  They proved to be far too large a caliber to be effectively used as a handgun.  They are about the only pistol ever made at the Springfield Armory.  According to Samuel Smith and Edwin Bitter in their book "Historic Pistols" less than ten of these guns were manufactured with 1815 date locks.  These guns were never really issued and eventually surplussed out with virtually the entire production being converted to percussion.  When I see one of these which is flintlock today, I always assume that it has been reconverted to flint.  I assume that this one was reconverted using original, old, antique flint parts off some other gun.  It still has good markings on the barrel and lock and faint cartouches on the left side of the stock.   The butt has been cracked and repaired and reasonably well done.  There is a peculiarity that I have never seen before.  There is a keyway in the butt cap for attachment of a shoulder stock.  This actually looks like arsenal work and there is a sub-assembly number stamped beside the machine cut out.  Whether it was something done on the commercial market or at the arsenal while experimenting with the attachment of shoulder stocks, I don't know.  But the workmanship is pretty sharp and well thought out.  The ramrod is a replacement.  A very rare, decent condition gun.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!




I have owned a number of Benjamin Mills rifles, pistols, etc. but I have never seen one like this.  Benjamin Mills was the master armorer at Harper's Ferry and was actually taken prisoner by John Brown during his raid.  During the Civil Ware he worked at the Confederate Ashville Armory.  He had a gun shop in Lexington, Kentucky from 1865 until 1889.  In about 1870, he began his partnership with his son.  This gun seems to be from that period, I would say early 1870's.  It is in about .45 caliber with a fast turn rifling.  Overall, it has the typical characteristics of a Benjamin Mills Rifle, i.e. the flat nose cap on the forearm, iron trigger guard, back action lock with a saw handle effect built into the stock behind the hammer.  The difference is, it is a breech loading, lift block action.  I have never seen an action quite like this one and it has the appearance of being a developmental gun.  The breech block is massive and solidly rigid.  There are two panels of wood on each side of the breech mechanism which have been inserted.  They do not appear to be a repair but something he did designing the rifle.  The gun is nice and smooth with great patination and it has a very decent bore.  It doesn't have any major pitting or damage.  It is the darndest thing I have ever seen that he made.  A rare piece of American rifle making history.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!



SN 165138
MFG'D 1860

A very pleasant little 1849 Pocket five shot, two line New York address with a four inch barrel.  The gun has all matching serial numbers to include the wedge and has 100% of the cylinder scene.  There are ample traces of original blue on the barrel, which is flaking, almost all of the original case colors on the loading lever, plunger, frame and hammer.  About 98% of the silver plating on the trigger guard and back strap has survived.  The grips have virtually 100% of the original varnish.  The case has its original lining with a nine star flask and a Colt .31 caliber iron mold which is marked 31 PKT.  The original Eley's Cap Tin still has most of its label intact.  A nice, honest Cased Pocket with a considerable amount of original finish.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!






This is a British officer's pistol with a seven inch brass barrel in approximately .52 caliber.  It is 12 1/2 inches in overall length.  The patination on the brass is to die for.  The lock plate is in its original burnish, which is tarnishing.  The gun has no pitting and is nice and smooth.  The barrel has British view and proof marks and the initials "HN" which undoubtedly stand for Henry Nock.  The rear of the lock is marked "Tower, Nock".  In front of the hammer, the lock is marked with a crown over GR (King George III).  The left side of the stock has two broad arrows stamped point to point, which indicates the gun has been deaccessioned by the British Ordnance Department.  The back of the stock, to the rear of the tang and lock, is marked with a store keeper's mark and the date 1786.  The gun is simply superb.  A great example of a British Ordnance Flintlock Pistol from the 1780's.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!




When I examined this gun, I was instinctively attracted to the unusually nice wood.  The more I looked at it, I realized the gun is absolutely 100% intact.  It is original flint and has no replacement parts.  Even the ramrod, while not arsenal original, is of the period.  These guns have cryptic assembly marks and if you pay attention, you can figure out whether all the parts are matching or not.  The cryptics on this gun are an "H" and a tiny punch dot.  These assembly marks are found on the barrel band, side plate, side plate screws, trigger guard, butt cap, butt cap screws, tang, and on the bottom of the brass pan.   It is simply a perfectly intact specimen of the 1816 North.  It is in its original patina with a light peppery texture, which is relatively smooth.   An extremely honest example of an old horse pistol.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!




Another solid, very good condition Confederate P-53 Enfield in 3577 caliber.  The gun is complete with proper mechanical function.  This gun is pretty much attic condition and does not appear to have ever been cleaned.  The bore is dirty but still shows strong rifling.  It again has the 25 bore export proofing at the rear of the barrel and a lockplate marked with a Crown and Tower over 1861.  The stock is marked twice with the Sinclair, Hamilton & Company marking, just to the rear of the trigger guard tang.  These markings are Crown over S over HC over an arrow.  Sinclair, Hamilton & Company was a major supplier of Confederate Enfields and their marking is not to be confused with the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham marking, who were purchasers for the North.  The left side of the stock, opposite the lock has a unit marking of A over 33, which pretty much guarantees that this one was definitely issued. A nice gun.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!



IN 1851

First, let's discuss the guns.  Colt set out very early to establish a factory in London, England.  He also decided to put forth an exhibit of his firearms at the Chrystal Palace Exhibition sponsored by His Royal Highness Prince Albert in 1851.  Parts for these guns were made at Hartford, Connecticut and shipped to England where they were assembled and finished.  This gave Colt an opportunity to train workmen who would eventually work in his armory which was completed in 1853.   The Navies that were assembled in this process have peculiar characteristics.  They will usually have either square back or small guards, what appears to be small recoil shields, hand engraved barrel addresses, London style slim-jim grips and the Colt Patent mark in the center of the frame.  These two Navies have all the correct characteristics of these guns.  Each gun is completely matching and they are consecutively numbered, 531 and 532.  They both have the extremely high polish, blue-black English finish, which is now typically flaking.  They may have been refinished but again, in the distinctive British high gloss finish.  Both are mechanically crisp and both have inlaid into the left and right grips, the initials "CRF" and the coat of arms of a Fox sitting at attention on top of a Crown.   The case is a typically British mahogany casing.  It has a brass .36 caliber mold, two nipple wrenches, one wooden handled cleaning rod, a correct Dixon flask marked "Colt's Navy Flask" and an assortment of cap tins, two of which have never been opened.  The case is lined in British green baize and is quite nice.  On page 195 of Joseph G. Rosa's book Colonel Colt London, there is the reprint of a letter signed by Sam Colt on 29 October, 1851 in which he lists the presentations which are to be made of the exhibition guns.  Major General Charles R. Fox is listed as receiving two pistols which are no doubt the two pistols photographed above.

Major General Charles Richard Fox was born 6 November 1795 and died 13 April 1873.  He was both a British Army General and later a member of Parliament.  He was the illegitimate son of Henry Richard Vassall Fox, Third Baron Holland, through a liaison with Lady Webster, whom Lord Holland would later marry.  After some service in the Royal Navy, Fox entered the Grenadiers and was Surveyor General of the ordnance in 1841 and in 1846-1852.  (His association with ordnance no doubt explains why he received a presentation from Sam Colt.  As always, Colt was a master at greasing the wheels, looking for future contracts.)  Fox was promoted to Major General on 9 November 1846, Lieutenant General on 20 June 1854 and Full General on 6 March 1863.  He was buried on 13 April 1873 in Kensal Green Cemetery, London.  You will note that the right grip of each Navy has the image of a Fox sitting at attention on a Crown.  You will also note that that image is only a portion of the Baron Lord Holland's family crest.  Even though Lord Holland eventually married Lady Webster and she became a Baroness, Charles Richard Fox was born illegitimately and would not likely inherit the estates of Lord Holland.  Neither could he use Lord Holland's family crest.  He was allowed to apparently use only the top portion.  As always, sons who did not inherit could look forward to a career in the military or perhaps the priesthood.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!




SN 38116
MFG'D IN 1852

A very pleasant example of the five inch, five shot 1849 Colt Pocket Model.  The gun has all matching numbers to include the wedge, almost all the early silver plate, virtually dead mint grips, 100 percent cylinder scene with liberal traces of original finish.  It is sharp and crisp and free of any major dents, dings or pitting.  It is appropriately cased in its original small guard mahogany box with early brass mold, early eagle flask, and two original cap tins.  The lining of the case is original and has the early brass shield around the keyhole.  There is a small chip out on the right rear corner of the lid, which could be easily restored, but is not disfiguring or distracting.  A nice, honest little Cased Colt.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!





MFG'D 1863

This is a solid example of an early Athens, Georgia production Cook & Brother Musketoon.  It has a correct 24 inch barrel which is still rifled.  The barrel has a very smooth brown patina with subtle twist lines.  The left rear of the barrel is marked "PROVED."  It is marked Cook & Brother, Athens, GA. 1863 over serial number 2511 behind the rear sight.  You will note that the front sight is the brass block and dovetail which was used on the New Orleans production.  This would indicate that the gun is either made up of New Orleans parts which were salvaged when Cook & Brother left, or it predates the redesign of the rifle into the Athens configuration.  The barrel, both barrel bands, nose cap and side lock screws are numbered 2511.  The lock is numbered 2419.  The lock is about 100 numbers earlier in production than the rest of the gun.  However the lock and gun are both early 1863 production.  You will note the large CS stamped at the heel of the butt plate.  This is an original mark.  It is only found on early 1863 Athens production long arms and bayonets.  I believe this CS mark indicates a switch from the production of Alabama Contract guns to the beginning of the production for the Confederate Government.  The stock is sound and solid with numerous dents, dings and abrasions.  There are no breaks or repairs in the wood.  The front sling swivel is original.  The rear sling swivel is a replacement.  The hammer nose shows some erosion and the brasses are very nicely patinaed.  The ramrod appears to be of the period.  A very historic carbine at a reasonable price.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!



SN 13977
MFG'D 1854

This gun is a perfect example of why you never put a gun in long term storage with grease on it and wrap it in a rag.  Had this gun been stored properly, it would have been an extremely high finish gun.  You will note that the bore is MINT.  The front and back of the cylinder still retain blue and turn marks.  The chambers of the cylinder still have blue in them.  The grips are absolutely new.  The cylinder scene is about 95% with the panel above the serial number etched out where the gun lay on its side pressing the cloth and the grease next to the metal.  The old grease had a high sulfur content and when wrapped in a rag, the rag absorbs moisture.  The combination of the moisture and sulfur create minute traces of sulfuric acid which will lift the blue right off the gun.  That is what has happened to this one.  It is still a great gun.  It has strong markings, strong cylinder scene and the safety pins are still standing on the back of the cylinder.  It has extremely sharp lines and edges and has all matching serial numbers.  The wedge is original and matching but is mistamped 3917 instead of 3977.   The nipples are sharp as a tack.  The gun suffers no major disfiguring pitting although a small portion of the cylinder scene was etched out due to its storage.  The barrel still has liberal traces of blue underneath the lever, around the wedge and recessed areas.  There is plenty of the original smoky case colors on the loading lever, plunger, frame and hammer.  The grips are among the nicest oil finished grips I have ever seen on a Dragoon.  You will also note that the cylinder pin is still in the original white and has suffered no deterioration.  While the gun is not a US Contract piece, it is in military finish.  It has oil finished grips and no plating on the back strap and trigger guard.  Some of the states purchased guns from Colt in military finish in order to keep the price down.  I suspect this is one of them.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!



SN 3050

This is an early Colt 1st Model Dragoon manufactured in 1848.  It was well used with moderate wear but still has sharp lines and edges and a nice smooth, even patination.  There is actually still some blue on the bottom of the barrel hidden by the loading lever.  The grips show moderate wear with a small chip out at the heel of the right side.  The barrel address and frame markings are clear and distinct.  The serial number is clearly visible on the cylinder and if you look close, you can see traces of the original cylinder scene.  The barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder and loading lever are all correct with matching numbers.  The barrel wedge is a period replacement and is unnumbered.  A dovetail front and rear sight are neatly installed on the barrel which is quite common on these early Dragoons especially if they went into the West or Southwest.  The action functions crisply and the barrel to frame fit is very tight.  It is an honest, pleasantly looking example of the early First Model Dragoon.  These are the guns that made it to California during the Gold Rush and were used in the Southwest in the Comanche Wars.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!



This is a Mid Eastern Flintlock which probably dates from the late 1700's to early 1800's.  It is more than likely a product of the old Ottoman Empire, often referred to as a Turkish Pistol.  True to its mid-eastern origins, it is typically ornate and in some respects crude.  The pommel cap seems to be made out of silver and at one time there was much silver wire inlay which is mostly now missing.  It is actually in pretty decent condition for its age.  An interesting gun which has a 8 1/2 inch barrel and an overall length of 14 1/2 inches.  It has about a .69 caliber bore and a lock that still works.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!



SN 3193

These revolvers are wedge frame Webleys made by John Adams (brother of Robert Adams) and sold to the Confederacy during the American Civil War.  They are marked on the top strap "D. Bentley's Patent.  This gun is serial number 3193.  Serial number 3111 and serial number 3221 are listed on the Pratt List.  The Pratt List was the issue record kept by Lt. Julian Pratt of the 18th Virginia Cavalry.  On his list he issued Kerr's Patent, Bentley, Beaumont Adams, Tranter, Webley and Adams revolvers.  The two Bentley marked revolvers which he issued bracket this gun.  In other words, there is one on the issue list which is lower than this number and there is one which is higher.  We know they were bought and issued but the Pratt list, which was made in 1864 is perhaps the most clearly documented issue of these revolvers.  This gun has a smooth, moderately worn appearance with nice patination.  The barrel to frame fit is very tight and the action is sharp.  A true Confederate revolver at a very reasonable price.  I will provide a photo copy of the Pratt list to the new owner.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!



CA. 1855-1860

This is a rare, beautifully made revolver by Devisme of Paris.  The gun is in the white with gorgeous grips and a superb, tight fit and function.  The barrel is locked to the frame by a cam on a rotating lever found on the left side.  It is amazing how well that system works.  This gun is tight as Dick's hat band in all respects and functions crisply.  The top strap is engraved "Devisme' a Paris".  The right side of the barrel is marked Devisme BTE and serial number 1376.  There are various French proofs stamped on the gun, which you can clearly see in the photography.  As you can tell from the exploded view above, to load this gun, you have to dismount the barrel and use the forced plunger which screws into the butt to seat the balls.  The most interesting feature of this gun are the nipples with the long chimneys.  The chimneys are ported in such a way as to deliver fire to the center of the powder charge on opposite sides of the chamber simultaneously.  The ends of the chimneys also act as stops when one seats the ogival balls (conical bullets).  A really unusual, rare and beautiful revolver made by one of the world's great craftsmen.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!


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