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This is a WWII U.S. Issue General Officer's Belt and Holster for the .45 automatic 1911-A1.  All visible metal on these holsters is gold plated.  That includes the two piece buckle, hangers rivets, washers, etc.  They are constructed from very supple, high grade leather and the holster is lined with calf skin.  This rig is a new as it gets.  It does not appear to have ever been used and the Quartermaster inspection mark is still seen on the back side of the belt.  This is an ink marking and if the belt had been worn much, it would have been long gone.  An extraordinary, new condition rig.  Click on image for additional viewsSOLD!!












These two swords belonged to Brigadier General Frank L. Whittaker.  He was born in Manchester, NH on May 14 1893, received a BS from Norwich University in 1915.  He was commissioned in the Cavalry in 1916.  He served on the Mexican Border between 1916 and 1917, was graduated from the Command and General Staff School in 1930 and the Army War College in 1936.  He was assigned as assistant Chief of Staff for Supply at the Western Defense Command 1941-1943.  He was promoted to Brigadier General in February 1943 and assumed the duties of Deputy Commander of the Alaskan Department from 1943 until 1944.  At the end of WWII, he reverted to the rank of Colonel.  Somewhere out there, somebody owns a Colt Model 380 ACP Serial Number M137653 issued to Brigadier General Whittaker.  It would be nice to put it all back together.  The swords are fairly typical of the period.  The Officer's Dress Sword is typically marked with an eagle and a US.  His name F. Whitaker is engraved in the etched panel and the blade is near perfect. The Patton Cavalry Saber has a very nice blade that is only picking up staining and has seen moderate use, with some wear to the exterior.  SOLD!!






This is a very good condition original Henry Deringer which is agent marked Lullman & Vienna, Memphis, Tenn.  John Christopher Lullman and Anthony J. Vienna bought the Folsom Gun Shop in Memphis, Tennessee sometime toward the end of the Civil War.  While the firm itself probably never made any Deringers, they sold a few guns which were agent marked.  This is a typical Henry Deringer with Deringer, Philadel marked lock and barrel.  There is a typical sunburst and "P" proof mark on the left rear barrel flat.  The gun appears to be silver mounted with all of the mounts engraved in a typical Henry Deringer fashion.  The top of the barrel is stamped Lullman & Vienna, Memphis, Tenn.  The gun appears to be about .41 caliber with a 2 3/8 inch barrel and an overall length of about 5 1/2 inches.  This is a very scarce little Southern agent marked Henry Deringer.  SOLD!!







This is a solid, strong, very good condition S. C. Robinson Confederate Sharps Cavalry Carbine.  S. C. Robinson set up a manufactory to copy the Sharps Carbine in Richmond, Virginia.  They produced approximately 1900 examples before the Confederate Central Government bought their factory.  This one is serial number 498 and has al the early features of a classic S. C. Robinson Sharps Carbine.  It has matching serial numbers found on the frame, lock, barrel, carbine bar, etc.  It has the original Confederate breech block (many of these have been replaced with Sharps marked parts).  The true Confederate breech block has a small two or three digit assembly number stamped on the bottom of the breech block and the bottom of the faceplate.  This one is marked 479.  S. C. Robinson did not have the machine tools to mortise the stock and forearm, which Sharps had.  They accomplished their mortising by using wood drills to remove the majority of the wood and then chiseled the rest by hand.  You will note in the pictures above, the slot which receives the carbine bar and its distinctive drill marks.  All the mortising in the wood on these guns was accomplished by a combination of wood drills and hand chiseling.  This gun has superb markings on the lock plate and on top of the barrel before and after the rear sight.  The gun is solid and strong and has a really good action.  The rifling in the bore is strong with moderate pitting.  SOLD!!







This is one of the rarest cases you will encounter today.  It is the factory case for the Massachusetts Arms .36 caliber Adams Patent Revolver.  There are very few of these known to exist (about three).  This is the second one I have turned up in thirty years.  It has the same construction as a Hartford Colt Case, i.e. mahogany box, pine bottom, maroon velvet material for the lining.  All of the known specimens are the exact same dimension with the oval escutcheon around the keyhole.  The case measures 13 inches wide by 7 inches deep.  It perfectly accommodates the Mass Arms .36 Caliber Adams Patent Navy.  The case is in a solid, very good condition, some fading to the lining, a little dirt here and there but original and untouched.   SOLD!!






MFG'D. 1849

This is a very good condition three inch Colt Baby Dragoon manufactured in 1849.  It has all matching serial numbers including the wedge, cylinder pin, barrel, frame, back strap, trigger guard and cylinder.  All the markings are visible with the early New York City barrel address.  The grips retain 60-70% of the original varnish and about half the silver plating is left on the back strap and trigger guard.  The barrel and cylinder are both Colt Patent marked and the cylinder retains a light thin cylinder scene.  The back of the cylinder still has a single safety pine, which is correct for this gun.  The action still works but it has a weak cylinder hand spring.  SOLD!!









This is, believe it or not, an authentic Elgin's Naval Cutlass Pistol, one of 150 manufactured for the Pacific Naval Squadron in I believe, 1839.  It is an extremely rare U. S. Martial and the first percussion pistol made under contract to the United States Government.  Someone has removed the blade, which forms a one piece trigger guard and knuckle guard from the gun.  The blade was removed without any damage to the gun what-so-ever.  You simply have to loosen three screws and it comes off.  As you can tell, it has all of its principle markings, correct hammer and nice oil finished wood stock.  The last photo of the complete Elgin Cutlass is for reference.  Is there anybody out there wants to make a blade or have a blade made, this is your gun.  SOLD!!







SN 4372

This is a solid, very good condition Colt Fluted Army manufactured in 1860.  It has an eight inch barrel with Hartford address and has all matching serial numbers.  The serial number is found on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, grips, cylinder, cylinder pin and barrel wedge.  All of the components of the gun are original to include the internal parts, the mainspring and the screws.  It is mostly a smooth brown patination with a crisp action.  the patent date is still visible in the flute of the cylinder, as well as the Colt patent mark on the left frame.  The Fluted Army came in two distinct finishes.  One was the commercial finish which has varnished grips and silver plated back strap and trigger guard.  It also had a high luster blue.  The other variant was military finish where the grips are oil finished, the back strap and trigger guard are not plated and the blue was a low luster, less shiny finish.  This gun was originally manufactured in military finish and has a beautiful set of oil finished grips.  It is hard to find these in decent condition anymore.  SOLD!!








This is a solid, very good condition Confederate Augusta Machine Works Revolver manufactured at the Confederate Arsenal in Augusta, Georgia in 1864.  Approximately 100 of these guns were manufactured.  About half have six stop cylinders and the other half were twelve stop cylinders.  This one is the twelve stop variety which does not come into the market very often.  Overall, the gun is in a smooth brown patination with no disfiguring pitting.  It has good rifling in the bore and an action that functions nicely.  There is a small chip on the left side at the end of the loading lever, where the latch is installed and an old lead solder repair to the left hand ear of the back strap.  The ear probably cracked and was soldered back together.  The repair looks old and I would leave it alone.  The grips show a reasonable amount of wear with slightly more erosion on the left side.  In general, the gun has a nice look and is completely authentic.  These guns were not serial numbered or otherwise marked except for assembly marks.  This one has a cryptic mark which is matching throughout and found on the top of the loading lever, back of the barrel, the cylinder pin, cylinder, back of the frame, right side of the hammer, inside the back strap, on the trigger guard and even on the grips at the bottom underneath the back strap.  SOLD!!







Two thousand, four hundred Second Model Dragoons were manufactured between 1851 and 1852.  This old gun has been thrown up in somebody's attic for a considerable length of time.  It is in a heavy, natural rust but not badly disfigured from pitting.  All of the serial numbers are matching, the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, wedge and loading lever all have the correct serial numbers.  The nipples are still intact.  The frame markings are clear but the barrel markings are almost gone.  It looks like somebody has beat up the top of the barrel pretty good.  The grips are original and decent with minor chips and cracks.  A couple of the screws that are present look like replacements but the rest are original.  You notice, right beside the barrel wedge that there is a small pin that runs through the barrel.  That is to hold the barrel on the cylinder pin.  The end of the original cylinder pin broke off.  It is amazing that the original wedge stayed with the gun.  The hammer still cocks and the locking bolt engages but the cylinder hand, if there is one, no longer rotates the cylinder.  Amazingly, the bore is fairly decent in the gun and still has clear and distinct rifling.  This gun is not really a relic and could probably be cleaned up and straightened out.  I'd much rather have this than something somebody has been filing and buffing on.  SOLD!!






1863 DATE

This is a very nice Type III Fayetteville dated 1863 on the barrel and lock.  It has correct rear sight, front sight, bayonet lug, ramrod, etc.  The brasses are nicely patinaed.  The barrel and lock bear a light brown patina.  The barrel is clearly dated 1863  on the top.  The proof marks on the left barrel flat are faint, which seems to be characteristic of this production era.  The butt plate is marked CSA and the bands have the "U" present.  The stock is quite smooth with some chippage at the rear lock plate screw, opposite the lock with a clearly discernible cartouche.  The bore in this gun is really quite bright with strong rifling.  A little cleaning might even improve it beyond its currently impressive state.  The lock markings are typical and clearly discernible, to include the CSA below the Eagle.  There is slight burnout behind the bolster and action is strong and works perfectly.  SOLD!






CA. 1812

This is an attic condition Naval Boarding Pistol made by J. Henry.  It has been converted to percussion.  All the iron parts are in a relatively smooth crusty brown patination.  The brasses have a very authentic patination and the wood is to die for.  The stock has what looks like its original oil finish and an unmolested wood surface, very minor dents and abrasions, no repairs.  Just a beautiful piece of wood for a gun this old.  Defining this gun is a little bit confusing.  You will notice the sunken "P" proof at the rear of the barrel and the name in front of the hammer.  These two characteristics are found on two J. Henry pistols.  The first is the Naval Boarding Pistol and the second is the 1813 Maryland Contract Pistol.  As you can see, when I remove the barrel, there is a crude "M" stamped at the back of the barrel, below the stock line and is not visible until the gun is disassembled.  The die that stamped this mark is not the same die that was used on the 1813 Maryland contract.  I suspect it is a barrel maker's mark.  Also, the Naval Boarding Pistol is often found with a mark of this type in the area of the sunken "P" proof.  Further, if you will notice, there is a neat hole behind the rear lockplate screw on the left side of the stock.  This would be for mounting a traditional Naval belt hook which is held in place by the rear lock plate screw.  Therefore, I'm pretty sure this is a classic J. Henry Naval Boarding Pistol.  As the War of 1812 approached, American shipping was under siege by both British and French naval vessels.  There was virtually no United States Navy after the Revolutionary War.  The U.S. government gave letters of mark to the privateers who raided British and French shipping.  This is very much like contracting out to Blackwater in Iraq and Afghanistan except that the contractor kept the spoils.  These pistols were bought by ships captains who were privateers sanctioned by the United States government.  In the book Historic Pistols by Smith & Bitter, they state "Only very few pistols like this are known.  They were probably made at the Henry plant in Philadelphia during the War of 1812 on a small order of perhaps 20 pistols by an American sea captain or ship owner."  This is one rare little puppy and without doubt used in our Naval warfare during the War of 1812.  SOLD!!






A solid, honest Confederate Enfield which has been cleaned to bright but not destroyed.  It has London Export Proofs and the rear of the barrel and the lock is marked Crown and 1861 over Tower.  The bore still has decent rifling and it is missing its rear sight.  So many of these guns turn up missing their rear sights the speculation is that the soldiers removed them.  Without the rear sight, if you are a good shooter, you can adjust the sight picture to compensate for windage.  The gun is otherwise complete with blockade numbers engraved on the butt plate tang.  SOLD!!  






This is one of the nicest Fayetteville Socket Bayonets for the Type IV Rifle that I have ever seen.  It has no pitting with only minor staining on the socket itself.  And the blade is still in the original burnish.  This is not a Drake bayonet, it is the original Fayetteville production and it is in superb condition.  SOLD!!






This is a blade from an Ames civil war artillery sword which is quite nice.  It has almost all the original polish with light staining from fingerprints.  It still has the burnish running across the blade at the rear of the fuller.  The left side of the blade is marked "Ames Chicopee Mass."  The right side of the blade is marked "US and 186_.  The date is not fully stamped.  It also has federal inspection mark "CEW."  There is very minor chippage on the edge.  If you need a nice blade for an Ames artillery, this will do nicely.  SOLD!!





MFG'D 1915

This is a rare 16 inch barrel Trapper Carbine with a light weight, rapid taper 25-20 caliber barrel.  This gun has sharp markings on the barrel, tang, receiver, etc. and has a bright bore with strong rifling.  It has had an old refinish that was extremely well done.  When oiled up, it is almost deceiving.  The wood is nice and sound and appears to be expertly refinished.  The action of the gun is crisp as new.  It is an awfully rare little Trapper.  FFL or C&R Required!.  SOLD!!






MFG'D 1917

This is a crisp little 1892 44-40 Carbine.  It has considerable coverage of its original blue finish.  The barrel is 20 inches with a like new bore.  The wood has all of its original finish with some dents and dings and very nice wood to metal fit.  The markings on the barrel, receiver, etc. are sharp as a tack.  The action is crisp.  It is a gun that was but well cared for.  FFL or C&R Required!   SOLD!!






Based on the records I have, this gun appears to be an unrecorded number.  It is out of the woods and is a great example of a rare Confederate Dance Revolver.  Only five hundred Dances were made in East Columbia and Anderson, Texas during the Civil War.  It has all matching numbers to include back strap, trigger guard, frame, hammer, cylinder, barrel, loading lever plunger, barrel wedge and cylinder pin.  It has a nice, smooth, uncleaned patination.  You will notice in our profile shot that it has the thin trigger guard typical of early production Dances.  You will also notice a brass splice on the left side of the flat recoil shield.  This is not a repair, it is factory.  If they had a flaw in a piece of metal, they would dovetail a splice in, brass weld it in place and machine it to shape.  The trigger guard has broken clean off, just in front of the forward trigger guard post.  It broke along a line of some very serious casting flaws (bubbles in the casting).  The nipples are still intact in the cylinder and the safety pins are still showing all the way around the back.  The action works quite nicely.  The trigger guard partially covers the frame serial number.  The consecutive number to this gun, number 46, if fully pictured in Gary Wiggins book "Dance & Brothers."  It also has the thin trigger guard which partially obstructs the serial number on the frame.  All of the screws on this gun are finished flush with the frame and barrel except the plunger screw.  Serial number 46 has exactly the same characteristics.  The really fascinating part of this gun is the enlarged boss at the end of the barrel, where the sight and barrel catch are affixed.  Flipped me out when I saw this and I initially thought it was unprecedented for a Dance.  I was wrong.  There is a gun pictured on page 69 of Bill Gary's book "Confederate Revolvers" which has a similar boss or band at the end of the barrel.  It is as right and righteous as anything could ever be.  Very rare variation and very nice to look at.  SOLD!!





This is a rare Conning Artillery Sword which is in its original scabbard.  The blade is approximately 28 inches in length and strongly marked "James Conning Mobile."  The blade is very smooth with a light patination and numerous minor chips to its edge.  The grip is intact, made of polished wood.  Conning did not use leather on the Artillery Swords.  It has all of its small twisted wire and the guard is marked with the State of Alabama property marks and serial number.  The scabbard is in heavy patina with a brass seam which is opening slightly, and lead soldered mounts.  There is a breakthrough on the upper part of the scabbard edge which is not so much a product of rust as it is that they finished it so thin when they made it.  Some of the original black paint still adheres to the outside of the bottom of the scabbard.  The State of Alabama bought 500 of these swords but something happened to them, as they are extremely rare.  The Conning Cavalry Sabers supplied to the State of Alabama while scarce, seem to be more numerous today.  SOLD!!





MFG'D 1908

This is a stunning condition Winchester 1892 Trapper Model Carbine in 44-40 Caliber.  The wood is near mint with only the subtlest mars.  The bore is new.  The gun retains about 90% original finish with the most significant loss on the bottom and top of the receiver.  It has no rust damage and is truly worthy of any fine Winchester collection.   There is not a whole lot more to say, the pictures tell the story.  An excellent condition sixteen inch Trapper.  FFL or C&R required.  SOLD!!






DATED 1835

This Harpers Ferry 1816 is one of the few I have ever had that is in original flint condition.  There is a repair to the hammer but everything else is correct, original flint and the gun is still complete as it was issued.  The gun was manufactured at Harpers Ferry Arsenal in 1835, which makes it a Type III.  Most Type III's were converted to percussion and many have been reconverted to flint in the modern era.  The lock assembly, barrel, etc. are original flint on this gun.  The metal has a light brown patina with some light pitting flaring out from the touch hole.  The wood is unusually nice, still bearing all of its red toned original oil finish.  The lock is marked Eagle over US forward of the hammer and Harpers Ferry 1835 behind the hammer.  The barrel is marked VP over Eagle on the left rear and the tang has the matching date of 1835.  The left of the stock opposite the lock is correctly marked AB over V.  This was Harpers Ferry's version of a cartouche.  All of the furniture is marked with an inspector mark "O".  This "O" is found on the butt plate, trigger plate, trigger guard, counter pane, rear, middle and front bands, lock plate screws, tang screw, butt plate screws, and the ramrod.  It has been many years since I have seen a more complete and correct specimen of a late 1816 Musket.  The lock assembly is completely marked with inspection marks.  The pan, frizzen spring, frizzen and all internal components are correct and properly marked.  A really neat, strong, very good condition Harpers Ferry Musket.  SOLD!!






Sometimes no matter how hard you look, you only get to buy something that was.  This guard assembly is absolutely intact and is an authentic, Confederate Cavalry Saber's hilt.  There is not blade.  The grip has 100% leather and twisted wire.  The pommel cap and guard are in original patination.  It is from a Confederate Cavalry Saber we usually call a "Dog River."  It was probably manufactured over around Columbus, Georgia, but really can't be sure.  If you have a Confederate Cavalry blade, this hilt will fix you up nicely.  It is in superb condition and is authentic without question.  SOLD!!







This is a really nice, early production, black powder Single Action Colt which was returned to the factory and refinished.  My guess is it went back to the factory sometime around the turn of the century, circa 1900.  The gun has not been fiddled with since the factory refurbished it.  As a matter of fact, it still has what looks to be the old grease inside it and in the crevices.  The right hand rear trigger guard post is stamped with a factory refinish mark, which is a star.  All the major components are stamped with a three digit assembly number and the letter "N" which is the factory refinish assembly numbers.  This marking is found on the barrel, ejector housing, the face of the cylinder, the bottom of the frame, the back strap, trigger guard and loading gate, etc.  The barrel and frame markings were remarked at the factory to conform with the current production as of the day it was returned.  Interestingly, they saved all of the original parts.  The barrel and ejector assembly are the early black powder parts, as is the hammer, firing pin and it looks like they saved the original grips.  It is in a beautiful factory nickel finish with a little breakthrough and minor pepper here and there.  The chambers of the cylinder and the bore of the barrel are superb.  The action is as crisp as the day it was reworked.  The barrel is serial numbered to match the gun but the gun's last four digits are 6192, the barrel is marked 5192.  One digit off is commonly seen in Colts.  We've always attributed it to guns assembled on Monday morning by workmen who may have had a little too much schnapps over the weekend.  A really solid, good looking factory refinished Single Action.  Have no doubt, this is clearly a factory refinished Single Action.  SOLD!!






This is a rare variation of the Virginia Manufactory 2nd Model Flintlock Pistol.  It is dated 1815 and has the word "Richmond" stamped forward of the hammer in a semi-circle.  The majority of 2nd Models have the word "Virginia" stamped forward of the hammer.  The gun is complete and correctly configured.  It has a sub-assembly number '7' stamped on the barrel, counterpane, trigger guard, trigger plate and butt cap.  I'm sure it is a reconversion to flint but the workmanship is top notch with correctly configured hammer, frizzen and pan.  The wood is not cracked or repaired and has many small scratches and dings and what appears to be the original period finish.  A very nice condition, rare and historic pistol.  The Virginia Manufactory pistols are generally considered Secondary Confederate.  SOLD!! 








Total production of Colt Paterson Ring Lever Rifles was approximately 700 guns (Two hundred Number One Models and 500 Number Two Models).  These cappers were supplied with the rifle as an accessory available for purchase by the buyer.  I don't know how many have survived but there can't be many.  Two types of rifle cappers have been found.  The difference between the two is the method of keeping the lid closed.  One type used a spring latch on the left side, which released the lid.  The other had a pivoting flat brass plate on the back, which engaged a post riveted to the top.  This capper is of the latter type.  I suspect it is for the Number One Ring Lever Rifle, but I am not sure.  This capper is approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter and approximately 3/8 inch thick.  It has the Rampant Colt, a ring lever rifle and two pistols cast into the face.  You will note that inside both the lid and the base are marked with the number 82 followed by three punch dots.  This is apparently a serial number and assembly mark combined.  The capper is in solid honest condition with nice patination.  It is complete and functional with a crisp interior.  An extremely rare accessory for a Paterson Ring Lever Rifle which is absolutely authentic.  SOLD!!


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