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CONFEDERATE FAYETTEVILLE CONVERSION
OF
U. S. 1836 FLINTLOCK PISTOL

This is a typical Fayetteville Arsenal Confederate Conversion of a Model 1836 U. S. Flintlock Pistol.  It is in an above average state of condition for one of these.  The US barrel markings and cartouches are still visible.  Most of the lockplate markings were defaced during the conversion.  The metal is relatively smooth and nicely patinaed.  The stock is sound with no cracks or repairs and a pleasant oil finish.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

COLT 1851 NAVY FLASK

This is an original Colt 1851 Navy Flask which has fallen on hard times.  It is dented and dinged, polished and somebody has tried to solder the seams.  It is missing its spring at the top and I doubt the spout is actually correct but it looks good.  It does have the Colt's Patent marking embossed above the stand of arms.   Would make somebody a nice project.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

ORIGINAL CYLINDER FOR
COLT DRAGOON

 

This is a hard one to find today.  It is an original cylinder, which would be appropriate for a 2nd or 3rd Model Colt Dragoon.  It is a military parts cylinder.  Even though it has deteriorated somewhat, it is not serial numbered and has never been mounted on a gun.  With every military contract Colt filled, there was a large number of unnumbered parts, which went with it.  They were for the purpose of maintaining the guns in the field.  This is one of those unnumbered cylinders.  Typically, there is a star stamped on the face of the cylinder, subinspector marks on the circumference of the cylinder and a "P" subinspection at the rear.  You will note that the face of the cylinder still has its finish marks and the safety pins at the rear are fully intact.  Between the two cartouches on the cylinder, there is a single part number stamped, there is not a serial number.  This cylinder was a part of the Third US Contract and as such is appropriate for a 2nd or 3rd Model Dragoon.  The upper cartouche bears the words "U S Dragoons" not Model USMR.  The first US Contract, which was the Colt Walker and the second US Contract, which was the Fluck Dragoon had cylinder scenes marked Model USMR in the upper cartouche.  The reason for that was that both contracts went to the 1st Regimate of United States Mounted Rifles.  The third contract was initially for the Second Regiment of US Dragoons, which was stationed in Texas.  In order to keep the regimental association on the Third US Contract, they  spliced the die that rolled the cylinder scene.  They made an eliptical cut and removed the model USMR, replaced the metal and recut the die to roll the impression "US Dragoons."  I assume that the Third Contract  was extended because very soon, the relationship of the marking on the cylinder and the regiment to which the guns were to be issued was lost.  You can find these US Dragoon marked cylinders on both 2nd Model and 3rd Model Dragoons and they appear to intermixed with those marked Model USMR.  This cylinder still has a very good cylinder scene with an Ormsby signature and Colt Patent in the lower cartouche.  I used to find these old Colt military parts fairly frequently but they don't turn up much anymore.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

 

MONKEY TAIL CARBINE

This carbine would appear to be made around 1860 and is typical of Monkey Tail Carbines made in England.  I don't believe I've ever seen one made anywhere else.  Even so, there are no external markings on this gun with the exception of two stamps which look like kanji.  The gun is brown, relatively smooth with minor age cracks in the wood and has a dirty bore.  The bore could use a cleaning.  It appears to be in about .45 caliber and is intact with a good action.  The oriental characters on the left side of the breech are a bit of an enigma.  I know that Japanese ordnance bought examples of virtually ever gun made beginning around 1860.  The guns were kept at the naval ordnance research facility, south of Tokyo and were used as reference pieces by their engineers in the development of their own modern weaponry.  It could be from their naval stores. Click on image for detail photos!! SOLD!!

 

 

KENTUCKY RIFLE
PROJECT

I found this gun lying about and feeling very sorry for itself indeed.  The barrel was taped to the stock.  The breech plug had been turned side ways and the tank was bent.  I reset the breech plug, straightened the tang and set the barrel and tang back into the stock.  Then I re-taped it.  What intrigued me when I saw it was that it started its life as a Golden Age Kentucky Rifle made by Sheetz in the upper valley of Virginia.  It was originally made sometime around 1795 to about 1800.  By the 1840's or so, it had made its way to the western part of North Carolina or the eastern part of Tennessee.  Obviously it suffered damage and was restocked, probably using the original stock profile as a pattern.  At the same time, it was converted from flintlock to percussion by cutting the barrel at the rear and adding a new breech plug with a long, Southern style tang.  Sometime, I would guess in the 1950's, somebody tried to fix it and really never finished the job.  From what I can tell, the barrel, ramrod pipes, tail pipe, trigger guard, trigger plate, butt plate, patch box, toe plate and probably the lock are original Sheetz construction.  Whoever converted it to percussion used a standard, plain grade maple, pinned the stock to the barrel and salvaged as many parts as possible.  It actually has a really nice bore but the lock assembly and trigger assembly are not functioning.  I just thought it was fascinating to see what happened to a Golden Age Kentucky, which is without question originally about 200 years old.  The wrist is cracked and re-glued but sealed up pretty nice.  There are keyways cut into the forearm which shouldn't be there.  In the 1840's the forearm was pinned to the barrel.  This old gun was probably carried among the Cherokee.  A fascinating piece of history worth salvaging, in my opinion.  A great project for those cold winter nights.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

 

COLT 1860 FLUTED ARMY
SN 330

This is an early 1860 production Colt Fluted Army.  It is serial number 330 and is all matching.  The barrel, frame, cylinder, backstrap, trigger guard, wedge and cylinder pin have matching serial numbers.  The gun has a very smooth, light patination with considerable traces of original blue on the bottom of the barrel, underneath the loading lever and in the barrel flute beneath the barrel wedge.  It has a 7 1/2 inch barrel and a Hartford barrel address.  The Colt's patent on the frame and the patent date on the cylinder are clearly visible.  The back strap and trigger guard retain about 80 percent of the original silver plate.  The grips are lightly  worn but smooth without damage.  The gun has good mechanical function, good lines and edges with a few dents and dings.  A strong very good to fine condition example.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

COLT 1860 ARMY
SHOULDER STOCK

This is a superb condition Colt 1860 Shoulder Stock for an early fluted cylinder army.  This stock is really nice.  It is for a gun that was serial number 1226 which is an early fluted cylinder model.  It is in military finish.  It has no silver plating and the wood is oil finished instead of varnish finished.  The screws and the hasp still retain the original Colt bluing.  The brass has a very nice mellow patina, which is a little darker than our photographs reveal.  The stock, with the exception of a few minor dents, is like new.  All the components are original and have matching serial numbers.  The butt plate, the yoke and the hasp are all stamped with the correct serial number.  The wood has the serial number in India ink in two places, underneath the butt plate and underneath the yoke.  This is correct.  If you look close, you will see that there is a tiny U.S. stamped on the left side of the yoke above the hasp.  There is also a tiny U.S. stamped on top of the butt plate.  This die is about the same size as the US stamp on a Colt Navy frame.  When I purchased this stock, I realized that I had seen this before.  I have the brass yoke for a Colt Dragoon that has had the front portion of it cut off, probably after it broke.  It has been in my junk box for nearly thirty years.  It has the same US stamped in the same place as this stock.  I believe this U.S. stamp is original, this stock is absolutely untouched and has not been fiddled around with.  I don't necessarily believe U.S. Ordnance bought this stock.  It could be that Colt prepared some early Armies in military finish in an attempt to entice US Ordnance to purchase them.  If anybody has any knowledge of this, I'd like to hear from you.  The gun that went with this stock would also have been in military finish.  There would have been no silver plating on the trigger guard or back strap, the grips would have been in an oil finish and the bluing would have been the dull military blue.  I have contacted Colt in an attempt to letter this, but they don't have this serial number in their computer database and they apparently don't want to look back through the old ledgers to search for it, which might produce a result but would be a long shot.  It's a shame, because I think this is a significant piece.  The stock is also in a serial number range of 160 Fluted Armies with 80 stocks which were shipped to Natchez, Mississippi.  I know of Fluted Armies which have lettered to Natchez, Mississippi just before this serial number and just after this serial number.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

FACTORY ENGRAVED
COLT 3RD MODEL LONDON DRAGOON
SN 38

This gun was manufactured in 1854 at Colt's London Factory in England.  Somewhere between six and seven hundred Colt Dragoons of various configurations were produced.  The parts for the Colt London Dragoon were shipped to England from Hartford to be assembled in London.  The parts were apparently in various stages of construction.  Many of the barrels already had their barrel addresses and it seems the cylinders already had the cylinder scene rolls.  This gun is correct and has never been tinkered with.  I see no replacement parts.  It has completely matching serial numbers including the wedge and cylinder pin.  The loading lever has a different number, which may be an attempt to use an assembly number that is found on early Dragoons.  At any rate, the lever is correct, authentic and was engraved along with the other parts of the gun and assembled in this configuration.  The gun has a very nice, light patination with no pits of any consequence at all.  The frame, hammer, barrel, loading lever, trigger guard and back strap are beautifully engraved in the English style.  A clamshell appears on the back strap behind the hammer.  The frame and barrel have rope border treatment along with a very delicate foliate design.  The stem of the loading lever is also engraved.  It was done with a master engravers touch and is completely authentic Colt London factory engraving.  The grips still retain the majority of their varnished finished and are constructed from European wood.  When viewed from the rear, the grips are wasp waisted, which is typical of London production guns.  The cylinder still retains a respectable amount of cylinder scene.  However, you will note that it is very light.  This is typical of the London production Dragoons.  The cylinders sent for assembly from Hartford already had cylinder scenes.  But the English market demanded a much higher luster blue than the American market.  In order to get the high luster blue, Colt's polishers literally buffed the cylinder scene away.  In effect, when this gun was built and polished, much of the cylinder scene was polished away.  That is how the cylinder would have looked the day it was made.  According to Rosa in his book "Colonel Colt London" 200 dragoons were still in inventory at the Colt sales office in London by 1861.  Seventy three engraved Colt London Dragoons were shipped to J.C. Grubbs and Company of Philadelphia.  They were presumably sold into the American Civil War market.  This gun is very likely one of those 73 engraved Dragoons shipped back to the U.S. at the beginning of the American Civil War.  Click on image for detail photos!!   SOLD!!

 

 

 

CIVIL WAR CAVALRY CARBINE
BY BARNETT LONDON

Early in the American Civil War, Barnett had a contract to supply Enfields to Confederate Ordnance.  I have little doubt but that this is one of the guns imported into the South.  The gun has Barnet's early lock markings and as you can tell, it has been to the mountain and back.  It has seen hard use, is still intact and has decent markings.  There is much pitting around the bolster, the rest is a heavy brown patination.  The wood has a number of hairline cracks and speaks of hard use.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

 

SNIPER RIFLE
MFG'D BY
T.W.COFER
PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA
CONFEDERATE PATENT
AUGUST 12, 1861

 

This is the only purpose built high velocity long range rifle made in the South during the Civil War that I know of.  It was made by T. W. Cofer, Portsmouth, Virginia based on his Confederate Patent #9, granted August 12, 1861 by the Confederate Patent Office.  No, it is not a patent model but is rather a fully functional, fully developed long range rifle.  It has one purpose and one purpose only and that is to place a bullet on target at 1000 yards or better.

This is a virtually unknown rifle developed by T. W. Cofer.  I have found out through an intermediary, that Cliff Young had in his collection extensive notes and photography on this rifle along with the picture of a Cofer Sniper that had a scope.  Whether that picture is a photo of this gun with it's original scope, which has been removed or not, is not known.  I have requested copies of Cliff's notes on these guns and will update the web site when I see what he had.  I have also gone back to the family to see if there is any possibility that a scope was removed from the gun and if there is any possibility they still have it.  All to be updated at a later time.

This gun is in exceptional condition.  It has a 34 1/2" barrel with an overall length of 52 1/4 inches.  It weighs a little over 14 pounds.  It has a breech block that slides horizontally, left and right.  It is chambered for a brass cartridge with about a .42 caliber bullet.  I have made a dummy round from an exact chamber casting that you can see in the photography.  This cartridge was more than likely, easily reloadable and had a hole in the center to receive the flash from a percussion cap.  Amazingly, the barrel is throated ahead of the chamber.  This allows a larger diameter bullet than the bore to be inserted thus creating a firm grip on the rifling.  The bore is five groove rifling with a fast turn, about 1 in 25 inches.  The back side of the breech block is drilled to accept a small cartridge insert with a percussion cap that resembles his patent cartridges for pistols.  I suspect this was not disposable but reusable.  Every time you fired this gun, you would simply replace this capped cartridge and hold the spent one to be recharged and recapped for use again.  The entire mechanism is beautifully machined and fitted and works perfectly.  This man was even trying to manage recoil.  He engineered a rod that passes all the way through the butt, from the butt plate to the rear tang screw.  The rear tang screw passes through a circle on the end of this iron rod and is then screwed into the trigger group tang.  This allows the recoil to the transmitted down the upper tang to the rod and then dispersed throughout the stock, otherwise the recoil would likely have split the stock at the tang screw. (As a matter of fact, it split anyway.)  There are also two holes drilled deep into the butt, which probably had moveable lead rods inserted.  The inertia of these two rods would have significantly reduced recoil when the gun was fired.  The entire firing mechanism, hammer, trigger, mainspring, etc. is fully contained inside the brass trigger guard.  I have never seen this kind of advanced ballistic thinking and engineering during the Civil War period in the South.  This guy was two generations ahead of his time.

The left side of the breech block has T. W. Cofer inlaid in gold and is engraved "Pat. August 12, 1861, Portsmouth, VA".  We normally associate his Confederate patent with revolvers but in his patent application, it clearly states that his patent is applicable to revolvers, firearms and canon.  It took me a while to see it but the receiver of this gun, with its horizontal breech block, is drawn on his Confederate Patent drawing which was submitted with his request.  The receiver on this gun is drawn as the breech of a canon mounted on a carriage with wheels with a little stubby canon barrel sticking out the front.  He clearly had this breech system in his head when he submitted his request for patent.  Even the font and style of letters found in his gold inlaid name is a copy of the heading on his patent application drawing.

UPDATE: 

As I mentioned above, it was my intention to update this as soon as I had a look at Cliff Young's file on the rifle.  The file does not contain any of Cliff Young's notes, rather it is written by one of the guys that first found the gun.  The two most interesting facts about this gun were not recognized by anybody.  First, the owners assumed that this gun shot a paper cartridge.  You can clearly see that the dummy round I made from the chamber casting, without doubt indicates that this gun shot a self contained metallic cartridge, probably made of brass and reloadable.  They missed this key feature.  The second thing they missed was literally staring them in the face and that is that on the patent drawing the receiver of this rifle  with its horizontal sliding breech is clearly depicted in the drawing of the canon.  Without doubt, Cofer had this design in his mind when he applied for his patent.  They never realized the connection.  Reference the book "Confederate Handguns" by Albaugh, Benet & Simmons.  This is the single best source of information on Cofer, his patent application and the guns he made and sold.

It is truly amazing that an item like this still exists and surfaces out of virtual obscurity at this late date.  One of the most interesting long range rifles I have ever seen.   Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

COLT 1851 ARMY NAVY

This is a solid, very good condition, U.S. Contract Navy manufactured by Colt under government contract in 1856.  It has all matching serial numbers to include barrel, frame, cylinder, back strap and trigger guard, loading lever, cylinder pint and barrel wedge.  The grips are also serial numbered in India ink beneath the back strap.  It has a respectable amount of cylinder scene which is visible all the way around the cylinder, sub-inspector marks in all the appropriate places and visible cartouches on both the right and left sides of the grip.  It has a strong barrel address and a nicely functioning action.   Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

BRITISH PATTERN 1853 ENFIELD RIFLE
BIRMINGHAM EXPORT PRODUCTION
MARKED TOWER 1863

This is a solid, very nice condition, Pattern 1853 57 Caliber Enfield Rifle.  It was manufactured in the middle of the American Civil War.  The gun has a very nice, smooth stock with only the slightest abrasions.  The lock plate has most of the original case hardening and the barrel has much of the original finish, thinning to a smooth brown on top.  The bore needs cleaning but is actually much brighter than our photography exhibits.  The lock is marked with a crown behind the hammer and 1863 over Tower in front of the hammer.  The right side of the stock features the Birmingham Small Arms Trade roundel.  The left side of the stock, opposite the lock, features a single inspectors mark "D".  The belly of the stock has the furnisher mark "Joseph Smith."  Joseph Smith is listed in the new book "The English Connection" by Pritchard & Huey as a Birmingham, England manufacturer and furnisher.  The list of furnishers they provided are names observed on rifles with a reliable Confederate association.  The barrel, the breech plug tang and the stock have matching assembly numbers, which are stamped beside the hammer.  The left side rear of the barrel has the standard 25 bore Birmingham proof marks.  The ramrod is original.  The sights are very nice and the action is crisp.  The gun is missing its rear and forward swivels, which can be easily replaced.  A very pleasant, solid, Civil War Enfield which may very well be Confederate purchase.   Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

WHITWORTH MILITARY RIFLE
MFG'D BY
MANCHESTER ORDNANCE & RIFLE COMPANY
SERIAL NUMBER D35
CIRCA 1862

A superb Whitworth Military Rifle in a basic military configuration.  It is actually very similar to some of the 2nd Quality Guns bought by the South during the Civil War.  It has a non-checkered stock without patch box and standard P-53 Enfield front and rear sights, which are extremely well made.  The lock is P-53 pattern and has no external hammer lock.  The barrel is 36 inches in length and 52 bore proofed (.451 Cal.).  It has three Badeley Patent barrel bands.  Each is marked Palmer on one wide and Patent on the other and is serial numbered to the gun.  The lock is plain and undecorated.  The lower edge, forward of the hammer, is marked Manchester Ordnance & Rifle Company.  Behind the hammer, the Crown with Wheat Sheaf over W Whitworth trademark is stamped.  The top of the barrel, between the rear sight and breech, is marked Whitworth Patent.  One of the most amazing features of this gun is that it accepts, without any fitting up, a standard P-53 Enfield Bayonet.  When I bought the gun, I realized there was a wear pattern on the end of the barrel, which looked like a socket bayonet had been with it.  I located a couple of examples of a P-53 Enfield Bayonet and they both fit perfectly.  The bayonet that is pictured is not original to the gun but is an Enfield production military bayonet.  I have never heard of a Whitworth Rifle actually set up to receive a socket bayonet but this one flat is and it is authentic and untouched.  The gun retains about 95% of the original barrel finish with 95% plus case colors on the lock plate and hammer.  The barrel bands are high polish blue which is about 60-70% present.  The trigger guard assembly was case hardened and still bears much bright color.  The nose cap and butt plate were also case hardened and are silvering slightly.  The ramrod is an original Whitworth iron rod.  The stock is in beautiful condition with minor dents and dings and no major damage.  The fit and finish of the gun, like all Whitworths, is superior, to day the least.  An extraordinary, early 1862 production, Whitworth Military Rifle.  P.O.R.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

COLT WELLS FARGO
THREE INCH BARREL
MANUFACTURED 1856

This is a solid example of the Colt Wells Fargo pistol manufactured in 1856.  The gun has a healthy brown patina, has been carefully cleaned and functions nicely.  It has all matching serial numbers to include the wedge, cylinder pin, barrel, frame, trigger guard, backstrap and cylinder.  The barrel address is quite legible as is the Colt Patent mark on the left side of the frame.  The cylinder retains a considerable amount of cylinder scene.  The grips are solid and somewhat oil soaked.  The wedge screw looks to be a replacement but the rest appears to be authentic to the gun.  The gun has good lines and edges and is still relatively sharp.  A good solid example of a Wells Fargo Colt.   Click on image for detail photos!!   SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

 

CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SABER
BY
JAMES CONNING MOBILE, ALA
ATTIC CONDITION
 ORIGINAL SCABBARD
MATCHING NUMBERS

This is a rare Cavalry Saber made by James Conning of Mobile, Alabama under contract for the State of Alabama during the Civil War.  Conning contracted with the State of Alabama to produce 500 cavalry sabers and this is serial number 200.  This sword is in untouched attic condition.  It is actually smoother than it looks having never been cleaned.  The blade has no chips and is not pitted.  It has a nice dark patina with a little crust laying on top, all of which could be properly cleaned with steel  wool and oil and it would be very smooth.  Conning's mounts were made out of cast iron and is actually an indication of authenticity when you are looking at the mounts on a Conning Scabbard to see a little chip here and there.  The brass guard is beautifully patinaed and the grip wire on is intact.  Typical of an attic sword, it has a little paint on the drag from when the closet it was stored in was painted.  Characteristic of Conning Cavalry Sabers, the leather on the grip has vaporized.  Conning used the single worst batch of improperly tanned leather of anyone in the Confederacy.  Most Conning Cav Sabers come out of the woods with the leather badly degraded if not gone altogether.  He apparently knew this because when he made the artillery sword for the State of Alabama, he didn't even bother to put leather on those grips.  They are just wood and wire.  This sword is properly serial numbered on the pommel cap, on the top of the blade and on top of the guard.  A really rare Conning Cavalry Saber in untouched condition. Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!! 

 

 

COURTNEY & TENNENT
SHEET IRON GUARD
CONFEDERATE NAVAL CUTLASS

This is a very rare sheet iron guard variation of the Courtney & Tennent Confederate Naval Cutlass.  It was manufactured by Mole in England.  The top of the blade is clearly marked Mole.  It was made for Courtney & Tennent of Charlston, South Carolina, which held a contract with the Confederate Navy.  It is a beautiful example.  The blade still has most of it's original polish and is very clearly marked COURTNEY & TENNENT, CHARLESTON. S. C.  The blade has no chips on its edge.  The leather gripped scales are in excellent condition.  The sheet iron guard is not dented, warped or shifted in any manner.  Further, it is in its original scabbard which is in superb condition, with a beautiful, original frog.  It is just about as good an assembly as you could ever hope to find.  P.O.R.   Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

COLT CUSTOM SHOP SINGLE ACTION
MANUFACTURED FOR
THE BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER
CODY, WYOMING
ONE OF 250

These guns were commissioned by the Winchester Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.  They were a limited edition of 250 cased guns produced by the Colt Custom Shop.  They were made to commemorate William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody.  It is scroll engraved with punch dot background, nickel plated with a gold plated ejector housing, cylinder pin, cylinder, hammer and trigger.  The grips bear the Colt Custom Shop medallion and are elephant ivory.  The scrimshawed likeness of William F. Cody is almost photographic in it's quality.  The backstrap bears William F. Cody's signature and the left forward portion of the barrel is inscribed "Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Winchester Museum, One of 250."  The left side of the barrel also has the image of a horse and rider.  The gun is new and the cylinder is unturned.  The Moroccan leather, gold embossed case was especially made by Arno Werner, chief book binder for the rare book collection at Harvard University's Houghton Library.  This is a very impressive Colt Custom Shop product.  FFL Required!  SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

COLT WELLS FARGO
THREE INCH BARREL
MANUFACTURED 1856

This is a solid example of the Colt Wells Fargo pistol manufactured in 1856.  The gun has a healthy brown patina, has been carefully cleaned and functions nicely.  It has all matching serial numbers to include the wedge, cylinder pin, barrel, frame, trigger guard, backstrap and cylinder.  The barrel address is quite legible as is the Colt Patent mark on the left side of the frame.  The cylinder retains a considerable amount of cylinder scene.  The grips are solid and somewhat oil soaked.  The wedge screw looks to be a replacement but the rest appears to be authentic to the gun.  The gun has good lines and edges and is still relatively sharp.  A good solid example of a Wells Fargo Colt.   SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

 

UNUSUAL DUELING PISTOL
MADE BY
H. G. NEWCOMB
 NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI

During the 1850's Natchez, Mississippi was one of the wealthiest towns in America.  The gunsmiths who worked in Natchez built guns for some very well heeled customers and often produced some very unusual pieces.  This pistol is, for all practical purposes, a late Dueling Pistol.  The drop of the grip, the coming up quality of the architecture, fine sites and adjustable trigger are all characteristics of a Southern Dueling Pistol.  By the 1850's, the caliber of dueling pistols became smaller and rifled bores became common.  Earlier production dueling pistols were smooth bore and rifling was considered to be less than gentlemanly.  This gun has an bore that is approximately 42 caliber.  This piece is astounding in that it has an 18 inch barrel with a patent breech.  Whoever it was made for was farsighted or was in middle to advanced age, as the rear sight is positioned well toward the end of the barrel.  The workmanship on this gun is of the highest quality with good finish and fit and profuse engraving.  The barrel of the gun is turned round at the muzzle.  This is to accommodate a loading block which minimizes the wear at the edge of the bore and aids in precision loading.  H. G. Newcomb was a fixture in the Natchez gun trade for some time and his work is very scarce.  He did make a variety of different guns, i.e. Half Stock Sporting Rifles, Deringers and obviously Dueling Pistols. A very significant Southern made pistol.  P.O.R.  SOLD!!

 

 

 

U. S. ISSUE
COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY
MANUFACTURED 1862

This is a strong, very good condition U. S. issue .44 Caliber 1860 Colt Army.  It is early Civil War Issue manufactured in 1862.  The gun is complete with very good markings, has all matching serial numbers with the exception of the wedge.  The wedge is an original Colt wedge which is unnumbered.  The barrel address is nice and clear as are the frame markings and the majority of the cylinder scene is distinctly present.  The back of the cylinder retains remnants of the safety pins and the grips have their original oil finish with good legible cartouches on either side.  The military sub-inspection marks are present on both sides of the barrel, on the cylinder, backstrap, trigger guard and grips.  The grips are clearly numbered to the gun in India ink beneath the backstrap.  The gun is mechanically excellent, tight and solid as a rock.  It has moderate wear and no major disfiguring of any kind.  A solid, honest, very good condition U. S. Issue Colt Army.  SOLD!!

 

 

 

PERIOD OFFICER'S
CUSTOM MADE MILITARY HOLSTER
FOR COLT MODEL 1900 SIGHT SAFETY

Period Officer's Custom Made Military Holster For Colt Model 1900 Sight Safety.  This is NOT a new reproduction holster.  It is a commercially made copy of the Arsenal Holster made for the Model 1900 Sight Safety.  It would have been a part of an officer's privately purchase equipment around 1900 or so.  We tend to call such outfits Sam Brown Rigs today.  It is of the period when officer's were beginning to purchase early Colt Automatics as their personal service equipment.  SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFEDERATE
KERR REVOLVER
SERIAL NUMBER 1269
JS & ANCHOR

This is a very nice, early Kerr Revolver with liberal amounts of blue mixing with a beautiful thin, brown patination.  It is what the new book "The English Connection" describes as a 2nd Type Kerr Revolver.  That is, it has the early loading lever with the forward placement of the lever screw, without the groove in the top strap.  It is a very early gun but is JS & Anchor marked and would have been in the first contract delivered to the South.  The cylinder and frame number are matching.  The mechanics are excellent and the grips are superb.  It is complete and has an exceptionally nice look to it.  The JS & Anchor, which is the Confederate inspection stamp, is upside down in the grip panel at the end of the bottom frame tang.  The gun is complete, all the nipples are intact and it has an exceptionally pleasant appearance.   SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFEDERATE
BEAUMONT-ADAMS REVOLVER
SERIAL NUMBER 33579
LONDON ARMOURY COMPANY

This gun is without question, a Confederate import.  The South purchased these guns in the serial number range from about 32XXX to about 41XXX.  The are listed on the Pratt List and replete in the historical record.  The new book, "The English Connection" lists one of these which is identified to a Confederate Artilleryman, which is 233 numbers from this very gun.  The London Armoury Company manufactured the Beaumont Adams concurrently with the Kerr Revolver.  While the Kerr was bought under contracts, it would appear the Adams was purchased open market as funds were available.  Their Confederate association cannot be denied.  The ones Southern purchasing agents bought will generally not have dealer or agent markings on the top strap.  This gun shows moderate wear, has matching numbers, is complete with excellent function.  You will note, there is a neat lanyard hole drilled in the grip.  To my mind, that is not a defacement.  It is further indication of its military use, probably by Confederate Cavalry.   SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

 

HOLSTER FOR KERR REVOLVER

This is an original Holster for a Confederate Kerr Revolver.  It has the perfect impression of a Kerr Revolver worn into its surfaces.  The holster is well used and has a couple of period repairs.  You will find this holster pictured on Page 358 of the book "The English Connections."  It is shown among a group of holsters which were issued with English revolvers.  P.O.R.  SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLT MODEL 1900 SIGHT SAFETY
U.S. TRIAL GUN
SERIAL NUMBER 1558

This is a Model 1900 Sight Safety, Second Army Issue, U.S. Trial Guns.  Only 200 of these guns were made for the U.S. Government.  They were sent into the field as trial guns.  Most went to the Philippines.  They are a critical step in the development of an acceptable automatic pistol for the U. S. Army.  The information gained from the trial utililizing these guns, led to the development of the Model 1902 Military.  From there, the progression of the development moves to the 1907, the 1909, the 1910, and eventually the time honored 1911.  The lessons learned at each stage of development were eventually incorporated into the 1911.  As a test gun, it is truly rare.  There is plenty of blue mixing with light patina, the gun having been well cared for and moderately used.  The gun is properly US marked and will letter shipped to the United States Ordnance.  It has a matching numbered slide, correct second issue grips and nice nickel mag with the patent date on the bottom.  It is in an original, unaltered sight safety configuration.   Click on image for additional views.  P.O.R.  SOLD!!

 

 

UNALTERED SLIDE
FOR MODEL 1907
US TRIAL GUN

Unaltered Slide For Model 1907 US Trial Gun. This is an unnumbered, unaltered slide for a Model 1907 US Trial Gun. 200 of these guns were made by Colt for US Army Trials. The 200 guns were issued and then withdrawn to the factory, altered then reissued. A part of that process was to open up the ejection port by machining the lower edge on the right side. This slide has not been so altered. It is in the original configuration of the Model 1907 and is exceedingly rare. The slides for the 1907 were serial numbered in the dovetail slot beneath the rear sight. This one has not been numbered. It has an intact, correct firing pin and rear sight. It is missing the extractor, the bullet indicator and the firing pin stop. The slide retains about 90% of its original Colt finish and has very clear and distinct markings. No major dents, dings, pitting, etc.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!

 

 

CONFEDERATE ENFIELD RIFLED MUSKET
MANUFACTURED BY BARNETT
PURCHASED BY
SINCLAIR, HAMILTON & COMPANY

This is an attic condition, straight out of the woods Confederate Enfield, bought by Sinclair, Hamilton & Company under contract with Confederate Ordnance.  Sinclair, Hamilton & Company had a large contract with the Confederate Government and purchased P-53 Enfields from many different makers.  Early in the war, Barnett had an individual contract to supply the Confederacy.  That contract was terminated and later his products seemed to be absorbed by the Sinclair Hamilton & Company purchases.  This gun has the Sinclair Hamilton & Company inspector mark "IC" stamped twice, opposite the lock in the stock.  One stamp is block letters and the second stamp is within a cartouche.  It is barely visible but the Sinclair Hamilton & Company mark (S over HC over an Arrow) is stamped on top of the butt stock, just in front of the butt plate tang.  The gun is missing its rear sight, front barrel band and ramrod.  There is a sliver of wood broken out at the nose cap on the left side.  The hammer will not cock, probably a broken sear spring.  I don't see any distinct rifling in the bore, there may be traces.  An attic, straight out of the woods, Confederate P-53 Enfield at a reasonable price.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!

 

 

U. S. MODEL 1816 MUSKET
MANUFACTURED BY SPRINGFIELD
IN 1826

This is a Model 1816 Springfield dated 1826.  The gun is complete with an original ramrod, swivels, etc.  All the components appear to be original to the gun except the external lock parts.  The lock is clearly dated 1826 as is the top of the barrel.  The proof marks are visible at the rear of the barrel and the cartouches are still legible on the left side of the stock.  The stock is in decent condition for one of these with numerous dents and dings and an age crack or two toward the end of the butt.  My guess is the gun is a reconversion from a cone in the barrel US Arsenal conversion.  The hammer, pan, frizzen and frizzen spring all seem to be reproduction parts added to the lock plate  a long time ago.  The fitting of the parts is quite good and the lock functions great.  There is an interesting mark on the forward portion of the trigger plate, just in front of the trigger guard, the capital letters C A V are stamped.  I don't know what this is.  It could be an inspector mark or could be some sort of unit designation.  At any rate, it is a decent representative 1816 that is reasonably priced.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!

 

 

 

SOUTHERN HALF STOCK RIFLE
BY PETER W. KRAFT
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA

A beautiful Half Stock Rifle made by Peter W. Kraft, Columbia, South Carolina in .44 caliber and the only rifle of his make I have ever run across.  I have owned his Deringers and heard of his Dueling Pistols but I have never seen one of his rifles before.  His shop was located at 184 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina from about 1846.  He was a heck of a gunsmith and obviously had a well heeled clientele.  This gun dates from the mid to late 1850's and is reflective of the wealth that existed in South Carolina prior to the Civil War.  The barrel is 32 inches, patent breech, gold banded with a gold cleanout plug.  It has a three leaf, flip up rear sight and dovetail front sight.  The bore in this gun is virtually flat new with seven groove fast turn rifling.  It should have been a very accurate and relatively long range shooter.  The stock appears to be a deluxe wood with checkered wrist and is iron mounted.  It has a nice beavertail molded cheek piece on the left side and an elaborately engraved patch box on the right side.  The gun has an adjustable, single trigger and is very delicately, tastefully and professionally engraved.  The lock, hammer, tang, trigger guard, butt plate, patch box, etc. are all engraved.  The patch box cover reflects a bear standing on a rocky craig.  The lock plate features a running deer.  The execution of the engraving is very impressive.  It also has a horn nose cap.  It is in a strong, pleasant, very good state of condition with no major pitting and an extremely stylish overall look.  It has a small sliver of wood missing along the stock edge in front of the lock plate.  Click on image for additional views SOLD!!

 
 
 

COOK & BROTHER RIFLE
MFG'D
ATHENS, GEORGIA
1863
SN 3499

This is a strong, honest condition, early Athens production Cook & Brother two band rifle.  The barrel and lock assembly have a light to medium patination.  The brasses are nice and even in coloration.  The wood looks like it is actually cherry, which has a little different graining pattern than walnut.  It is dark with a reddish undertone with minor dents and dings.  This gun is completely original with two parts that are original Cook but taken from other rifles during the period of use.  The hammer screw is original Cook but has a different number than the lock assembly.  The front barrel band is original Cook but is from a gun in an earlier serial number range.  These additions are no doubt due to the efforts of unit armorers to salvage damaged guns and keep the rest in the field and operating.  The lock is clearly marked with the First National Confederate flag behind the hammer and Cook & Brother, Athens, GA 1863 in front of the hammer.  The barrel is marked behind the rear sight, Cook & Brother over Athens, GA 1863 over the serial number 3499.  The left rear of the barrel has the "PROVED" mark stamped up side down, which is correct .  The barrel shows twists and metal flaws, which were present when it was made.  The front and rear sites are original and intact.  The breech plug and barrel have matching sub-assembly numbers on the bottom.  Although the bore is still a little dirty, rifling is clearly evident.  The lock assembly has completely matching  subassembly numbers.  The lock plate, hammer, the internal lock screws, sear, bridle and tumbler all have matching sub-assembly numbers.  As pointed out earlier, the hammer screw has a different sub-assembly number.  The tang screw and both lock plate screws are correctly serial numbered to the gun and are original.  The rear barrel band also has matching numbers.  There is very little burn out behind the nipple in the stock.  This is an early Athens production gun and as such, was made in the New Orleans configuration, possibly from left over New Orleans production parts.  The trigger guard is  two piece, exactly like the New Orleans trigger guard.  The rear swivel on this gun is also original and configured exactly like the New Orleans rear swivel.  Later in Athens production, they adopted a one piece trigger guard with a boss for mounting the rear swivel which was integral to the casting.  A really nice, authentic example of the early Athens production Cook Rifle.  As Cooks go, a solid, intact 1863 production gun is relatively hard to come by.   SOLD!!

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