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SN 2661

 This is a really nice, early Athens production, Cook & Brother Cavalry Carbine.  It may in fact be, the earliest known Athens made Cavalry Carbine.  On page 53 of the Confederate Carbines & Musketoons book by Dr, Murphy,  he illustrates a Cook Carbine SN2719, which he believes is the earliest known Carbine he could find.  This gun is 58 numbers earlier.  It has a 21 inch barrel and is  36 1/2 inches in overall length.  The gun retains the two piece New Orleans style trigger guard and the New Orleans style rammer assembly.  It has all matching serial numbers to include barrel, lock, barrel bands, nose cap, lock screws and the tang screw.  The metal surfaces are smooth with a nice brown patination and the brasses are lightly patinaed.  The barrel has legible barrel markings behind the rear sight.  The bore has some pitting with very clear and distinct rifling.  The wood on this gun is in very nice condition with no burn out behind the bolster.  It is scorched but there is no real wood loss.  The stock is not made of walnut but appears to be made of cherry wood.  Cook & Brother used both walnut and cherry wood interchangeably.  The cherry has a little denser grain and does not turn as dark as the walnut does.  You will note that this gun does not have sling swivels.  Dr. Murphy pointed out clearly that the gun he illustrated in his book, Serial number 2719 did not have sling swivels.  Like this gun, it only had the carbine bar and ring.  The trigger guard tang on this gun has cracks in it and somebody has added an extra screw.  It is solid and stable.  This is one of the nicest Cook & Brother products I have come across.  Click on image for detail photos!   P.O.R. SOLD!!




A Confederate Kerr Revolver manufactured by London Armoury Company.  The gun is smooth with brown patination and liberal traces of finish.  The grips are nicely checkered with minimal wear.  The lock is marked "LONDON ARMOURY CO."  The right frame is marked "Kerr's Patent 9754.  The left frame is marked with the London Armoury logo and the left rear flat of the barrel is stamped with the initials L.A.C.  The action functions quite nicely on the gun.  It cocks, rotates the cylinder and locks nicely.  The gun is 11 serial numbers from a gun that is listed on the Pratt List (serial number SN9740).  This gun does not have a JS & Anchor mark in the stock, nor should it.  Price $3,950.00.  Reduced $3250.





SN 30371

This is a solid, honest, very good condition 6 1/2 inch barrel Civil War era Manhattan Revolver.  It is five shot 36 caliber with a smooth, light paintation.  It has the one line Newark barrel address and 1859 patent date on the cylinder.  All components have matching numbers except for the unnumbered barrel wedge.  The barrel address and cylinder scene are fully legible.  The cylinder scene has light holster wear but is still quite prominent.  The grips are perfect with about ninety five percent original varnish.  There is significant traces of silver plating remaining on the back trap and trigger guard.  It has nice rifling in the bore and the action works perfectly.  Overall, it is a tight, well cared for little gun.  Price $950.00.  Reduced $750.00





William A. Albaugh in his book, "CONFEDERATE ARMS" describes T. W. Radcliff as gun smith and sporting goods dealer.  He was active in Columbia, South Carolina from about 1846 to 1865.  This gun would appear to be made in the early to mid 1850's.  It is in 50 caliber smooth bore with approximately a ten inch barrel.  The lock is marked T. W. Radcliff & Co and the barrel is marked T. W. Radcliff & Company, Columbia, S.C.  The wood is highly figured American walnut.  The metal components are beautifully engraved.  The workmanship rivals or exceeds anything made in the South prior to the American Civil War and that includes the Natchez, Mississippi guns.  It is a highly crafted gun made for a well heeled clientele.  The gun has seen use but has held up very nicely.  The shroud on the hammer nose has chipped.  There is a small crack in the stock at the nose cap on the left side and minor dents & dings.  The metal is smooth with no significant pitting.  The gun has overall a nice, light patination.  There are two gold bands at the patent breech and a platinum clean out plug on the bolster.  The checkering on the grip is nice and strong.  The lock mechanism is crisp.  It is truly an exquisite piece of work.

Ratcliff is hinself not only an accomplished gunsmith but quite a historic figure.  He formed a unit, The Chacora Rifles and served as its captain at the start of the war.  Later, he was in charge of the training camp at Lightwood Knot Spring with the rank of Major.  He also joined with William Glaze in an attempt to establish an armory and arsenal during the war.  Apparently this venture never got beyond the planning stage.

This is an extremely attractive and well made Southern Pistol.  This gun was obviously built to conform to the code duello.  Click on image for detail photos!   P.O.R.  SOLD!!



This is a wonderfully made English flintlock dueling pistol.  It is agent marked on the lock "V. Libeau."  The barrel is marked London, is in approximately 60 caliber, 8 1/2 inches in length with one gold and one platinum line at the patent breech.  This gun probably dates to 1825 to 1830 and has been converted to percussion with the use if a drum and nipple.  The gun is basically in a very smooth, uncleaned, attic condition with exceptionally nice wood.  The lock function is perfect and it has a set trigger.  While dueling pistol may be a good way to describe it, the fact that it was converted to percussion would indicate to me that it continued in use past the flintlock era as a belt pistol. 

Who V. Libeau was is a little bit confusing.  There was a Valentine Libeau in Cincinnati, OH. during the 1825 to 1829 period.  There was also a V.G.W. Libeau in New Orleans from 1832 to 1847.  I strongly suspect they are the same man.  This gun is a typical English made gun, during the 1820-1830 time frame.  The London mark on top of the barrel would have been a sign of quality and the dealer mark on the lock would have announced who sold it.  This gun could have easily been imported and sold by Libeau while he was in Cincinnati or New Orleans.  In any case, it is an English made pistol with an American agent marking which had a presence somewhere along the Ohio or Mississippi Rivers at a time when our country was beginning to expand in earnest.  It is in very nice condition and no doubt quite historic.  Click on image for detail photos!    $1,750.00

ADDITIONAL INFO:  I have continued to study the origins of this gun and am now convinced it is an early product sold by Libeau in New Orleans.  He started his operation in New Orleans around 1832, which is just about the exact date this gun was made.  First, there are no examples of guns sold and agent marked by Libeau with Cincinnati, Ohio markings on the barrel.  No guns that I know of have ever turned up that would indicate they were sold by Libeau in Cincinnati.  However, there are any number of guns marked exactly like this one V. LIBEAU on the lock plate and New Orleans on the barrel.  The lock plate markings on the Libeau pistols, agent marked in New Orleans, are very consistent with this one.  Further, the New Orleans marked guns have an alfa/numeric number stamped on the bottom of the barrel in addition to a serial number.  This gun has the exact same markings.  I don't think there is any doubt that this is an early New Orleans gun, agent marked and sold by Libeau.





This old veteran is a Confederate single shot pistol manufactured by J. F. Garrett Company of Greensboro, North Carolina.  This is the same company that made the Tarpley Carbine.  It is apparent that the hammers, barrels and ramrod assemblies were sourced from parts lying around the US Arsenals that the Confederates took over.  They are all Model 1842 single shot parts.  J. F. Garrett figured out how to cast a frame, build an internal action and manufacture grips to utilize the surplus parts.  Approximately 500 of these guns were assembled.  This one is serial number 105.  There are numerous dents and dings in this gun, both on the barrel and the frame.  The action still functions and the main spring is original but it has weak tension.  The rammer assembly is original and the J. H. over P US inspector mark is still visible at the left rear of the barrel.  The gun has seen pretty heavy use but it is still intact.  Click on image for detail photos!  Price $5,750.  Price Reduced!  $3,750. 




Cook & Brother Sword Bayonet from their New Orleans production.  The blade is 22 inches long with an overall length of 26 3/4 inches.  The blade is brown with moderate pitting.  It has not been cleaned or sharpened.  It will fit a standard Cook & Brother Rifle, either Athens or New Orleans production, however this variant is typically found with serial numbers of rifles from the New Orleans and early Athens production.  When New Orleans fell, Cook & Brother managed to escape with their raw materials, parts on hand and unfinished parts.  That was all transported to the Selma Arsenal where they assembled the last of the Alabama state contract.  The remainder of parts were then transferred again the Athens, Georgia and were incorporated into the early Athens rifle.  The serial number range of the Alabama contract runs from approximately from 800 to 1800.  The serial number of this bayonet is 1193.  That is the serial number of the gun it was mounted on and it is in the middle of the Alabama state contract with Cook & Brother.  Price $2,950.  Reduced $1,550  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

PS: I have found a correct Cook & Brother Bayonet Adapter for this bayonet.  I am going to throw it in with the purchase of the bayonet.  These things are hard to find, they are unique but absolutely necessary if you want to mount a bayonet to a rifle.




This is a very nice and interesting holster for a Six inch 1849 Pocket.  It is a slim-jim made of thick bridal leather which has been molded and carved.  It shows moderate wear but is in very sound condition.  Don't run across nice holsters for 6 inch pockets often.  It is an authentic, period piece which will compliment a special 49 Pocket.  A moderately used, engraved, ivory gripped gun would be killer in this holster.  Price $1,250.  Reduced!! $650  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!








This is a very early Atlanta production Spiller & Burr.  It is quite likely this gun was in the first batch of second model guns that were submitted to ordnance inspection.  Only seven of the first forty or fifty guns passed inspection.  The rest had to be returned to be repaired or refitted in some manner.  Knowing this, I have examined this gun in detail looking for signs of this retrofit process.  The basic gun has matching serial numbers.  The number 77 is found on the bottom of the barrel, the loading lever, the cylinder, the trigger guard and on the frame beneath the trigger guard.  The barrel was initially stamped 73 but the three was over stamped with the 7.  The top of the barrel bears the Spiller & Burr mark.  The marking is very light and my eyes are so dim today, I have to use a magnifying glass to see it but it is in fact there.  We can't get a good image of it so look closely.  The brass has a nice light patination and does not appear to be polished.  The barrel, lever and cylinder are smooth with nice patination and no disfiguring pitting.  The bore has rusted but still has very distinct lands and grooves.  The action is nice.  There is some wear on the hammer sear and trigger.  However, it cocks, rotates and locks up very nicely.  There is a small crack in the loading lever below the latch.  It has not moved, is not loose and the latch works fine.

The cylinder is made of steel, not wrought iron.  The wrought iron cylinders are the ones that have the twist.  This cylinder does not have twist as it was not necessary.  Spiller had a sizeable quantity of good, solid steel.  Probably produced by Firth & Sons in England when production began.  He retained enough steel to make all the barrels but sold off the rest with a high profit at the very beginning of production.  This cylinder is from that original stock of steel and should not have twist.  Burton chaffed at this sale and later bought Firth & Sons steel on his trip to England to replace it.  The interim production relied on wrought iron cylinders with twist.  Later, steel cylinders were re-introduced to the Macon production when his Firth & Sons purchase was received.

The gun is early Atlanta production and it does have a few anomalies which are probably the result of poor workmanship being rejected and the guns being reworked to pass inspection.  While the loading lever is clearly numbered, the cylinder pin it is attached to bears no serial number.  It is absolutely original Spiller & Burr production.  The most interesting anomaly is the fact that the grip frame has two pins to stabilize the grips instead of one.  Standard production placed one pin in the grip frame at the heel of the grip.  This gun has a pin at the toe of the grip underneath the mainspring as well as the heel.  It is pretty obvious that the workmen initially placed the pin at the toe of the grip.  This does not stabilize the grip.  The grip will rotate backwards on the frame.  Somebody had to take the gun back and place the pin at the heel of the grip and the grips are then locked in perfectly.  Another odd characteristic of this gun is that there are three plugged holes on the bottom of the grip frame.  They measure about 1/8 of an inch in diameter and are not obvious at first glance.  Somebody, at some time, attached a shoulder stock to this gun. This is not unprecedented, there are at least one or two of these guns that have turned up with shoulder stocks and the attachment point is always the butt of the grip frame.  Whether this is some experiment at the factory or was done at a later time, I don't know.  If it was done after the gun left the factory, I'm not sure I understand why the holes would have been plugged. 

In summary, this is a solid, honest, strong very good condition, early production Spiller & Burr, which does demonstrate some of the difficulties that the company encountered in getting it's guns to pass inspection.  I think it may be the only two digit Spiller & Burr I have ever owned.  P.O.R. Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!




This is a superb example of an original Whitworth Match Target Rifle.   It is in 451 caliber with a 36 inch heavy barrel.  It has a really nice bore and as you can see, it still has it's complete matching number set of sights and it's original swivel head ramrod.  It has the highest grade lock assembly Whitworth ever put on a rifle.  The lock is made by Joseph Brasier and marked ASHES.  The internal components of this lock look like the inside a Swiss watch.  The gun has a micro-adjustable globe front sight, a helical gear driven rear sight and a vernier tang sight.  The globe front sight and tang vernier sight have a variety of interchangeable sight apertures.  The sights are platinum lined, extraordinarily precisely made and serial numbered to the gun.  The lock is marked "THE WHITWORTH COMPANY LIMITED" in front of the hammer and has the standard Whitworth trademark behind the hammer.  The Whitworth trademark is also found on the barrel, below the rear sight base.  The tang of the trigger guard is marked F435.  The stock is in exceptional condition with sharp checkering and absolutely minimal dings and scratches.  It is made from an extremely dense walnut wood.  There is a silver presentation plaque on the right side of the butt which has never been inscribed.  The butt plate is deeply checkered.  The gun is in an overall strong very good to excellent condition with no pitting on the metal surfaces and very nice wood.  These match target rifles are the very pinnacle of Whitworth long range rifle production.  They probably represent the single, most accurate, long range percussion ever built.  P.O.R. Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!




A 44 caliber U.S. issue Colt 1860 Army manufactured in early 1862.  This gun as seen moderate use and is in a solid, very good condition.  It has all matching numbers indluding the barrel, frame, cylinder, back strap, trigger guard, cylinder pin, barrel wedge and grips which have matching serial numbers.  It has a complete and legible barrel address and all the sub inspector marks are visible.  The Colt patent mark on the frame is strong.  The cylinder still retains much of the original cylinder scene.  The action is crisp and all components are original.  The gun has a pleasant patination with no disfiguring pitting and some dents and dings on the bottom of the grip.  The US inspectors cartouche on the lower edge of the left grip is still partially visible.  A nice, solid Army.   Price Reduced $1,950.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!




SN 3988

This is a hard to find six inch Colt Baby Dragoon.  The gun is in a solid, very good condition with decent markings.  It has all matching numbers with the exception of the un-numbered original wedge.  The serial number on the back strap is very faint but with a magnifying glass I can see that is is also matching to the gun.  The barrel has a complete barrel address, the Colt patent on the left frame is distinct and the cylinder retains a considerable amount of cylinder scene.  The Colt patent mark on the cylinder is also quite visible.  The barrel to frame fit is nice and solid.  The action works very crisply but the cylinder hand spring is a little weak.  There is a considerable amount of original case colors on the recoil shields and the hammer of this gun.  There is a "T" sub-inspector mark on the right hand shoulder of the trigger guard, the back of the barrel and the back of the cylinder.  There is a "K" sub-inspector mark on the trigger guard, above the serial number and a "Q" below the serial number.  A pleasant, early Baby Dragoon with a hard to find six inch barrel. Price $3750.00  Price Reduced! $2,550  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!




MFG'D 1862

A 44 caliber Colt 1860 Army which is in very good condition with light patination.  The gun has seen moderate use, like most Civil War era handguns.  It has all matching serial numbers to include the barrel, frame, cylinder, back strap, trigger guard, cylinder pin, barrel wedge and grips.  It has a strong barrel address and Colt's patent mark on the frame.  All federal sub inspector marks are visible.  It has a light but visible cylinder scene and a visible cartouche on the left grip.  The gun is mechanically excellent and has all original components.  Price $2,250.  Price Reduced! $1,550.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!






MFG'D 1855

This is a pleasant three inch barrel Wells Fargo Pocket Model.  The serial numbers are matching with the exception of an unnumbered barrel wedge.  The grips retain much of the original varnish, the back strap and trigger guard retain 90% of the original silver plate and the action is crisp.  The barrel address is light but visible as is the Colt's patent mark on the left frame.  The cylinder retains all the safety pins but the cylinder scene is virtually gone.  An excellent discussion of the Wells Fargo variation is found in the book "Colt's Pocket 49 It's Evolution" by Jordan & Watt.  Their discussion begins on page 63.  Of interest is the fact that this gun has a single numeral "8" stamped under the serial number on the frame and trigger guard.  This is one of the interesting details they point out in the book.  A decent looking honest little Wells Fargo.  Price $1,750. Price Reduced $950.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!! 





MFG'D 1856

This is a fascinating revolver and it takes a little thinking to get your head around it.  First, the overview.  This is a completely original Colt product, it does not have one single replacement part from the modern era.  It is sharp with a smooth patination and an excellent action.  The barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, grips, cylinder and barrel wedge all have matching numbers.  The barrel address is clear and strong.  The cylinder has a very light cylinder scene that is visible all the way around.  The loading lever is an original Third Model lever that is mismatched and the cylinder pin is unnumbered.  The grips are solid with numerous small dents and scratches.  This gun obviously left the factory and went out into the world.  It was used but well cared for.

This gun is in the 15,000 serial number range, but four screw cut for stock dragoons did not go into production until the 17,000 range .  It has a brass back strap which has a perfect milled slot at the heel of the butt, where as the standard four screw cut for stock has an iron back strap.  Ordinarily, I would dismiss it out of hand as something somebody has fiddled with.  However, that is not the case with this gun.  The frame on this gun has a small hammer screw which seems out of place for a cut for stock.  The frame does not have a Colt's Patent stamp on the left side and never did.  The case hardened surface, though tarnished, has not been touched and the frame machining is perfect.  Now let's look at the barrel.  It has a perfectly correct half-moon front sight, which is unique for Four Screw Cut For Stock Dragoons.  However, the rear sight is not the standard flip up leaf sight one normally expects to see.  It is in the correct place and is so perfectly installed that you have to admit it was probably put on at the factory.  Now, if you look at the bevel on the bottom of the barrel lug, it runs from the trigger guard, under the wedge and out to the end of the barrel lug.  This bevel does not wrap around the end of the barrel lug, it is cut straight out at a ninety degree angle to the end of the barrel lug.  On all 3rd Model Dragoons, this bevel wraps around the end of the lug.  If I saw that on some old junky gun, I would say it's a repro barrel.  Not so in this case.  Though the rear sight and the barrel lug bevel are anomalous the barrel address is absolutely perfect down to the chips in the dies.  Further, the cylinder pin is unnumbered but absolutely original.  The barrel wedge has the matching serial number clearly stamped on it but there is a second, subdued number from a much earlier gun.  Now what do we make of all this?  We have an anomalous back-strap and anomalous frame and an anomalous barrel, all of which were perfectly assembled at the factory using some earlier parts.  Further, there isn't a single factory sub-inspector mark on any component of this gun.  One can conclude that the gun was assembled prior to the beginning of four screw cut for stock Dragoon production.  It was assembled outside the normal assembly line production.  When it was assembled, they did it with parts that were on hand, some of which were rejected and lying in the bins.  In this vein, the barrel is of particular interest.  The lack of a proper bevel indicates it was never completely finished in the machinng process.  If you look at the right side of the barrel lug, above and ahead of  the barrel wedge, there is a significant forging occlusion.  This would surely have meant the barrel was rejected, especially in a military contract.  The gun is nice,  it is obviously assembled at the Colt Factory, so what is it?  It is a developmental gun.  It was their first attempt to standardize the configuration of the Four Screw Cut For Stock Dragoon.  I am convinced it is what might be termed a developmental prototype.  A few may have been made up and sent out to significant persons to view, use and comment on.  This was a common practice with Colt.  They always sent guns out, especially to military people, for comment.  If not that, it might have gotten out of the factory because somebody just sold it.  Sam Colt didn't waste anything.  In summary, this is a very interesting gun the likes of which I have never seen before.  I have owned thousands of Colt percussion pistols and have seen some very interesting things that Colt did do but this is a new one on me.  To me, it is a precious piece of Colt history that should be preserved.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!




This is a Cook & Brother Lock Assembly, manufactured in New Orleans in 1861.  It was for a three digit New Orleans Cook serial number 328.  It has the early style First National Confederate Flag behind the hammer & Cook & Brother, NO 1861 and serial number 328 stamped in front of the hammer.  This is a rare little puppy.  I have only encountered two unattached 61 date New Orleans locks in the last 30 years.  This would make an early Cook Rifle with a Tower lock in it very happy!  Click on image for detail photos!   Price $2,750  Reduced! $2,000  SOLD!!



SN 34302

The London Armoury Company was a significant supplier of weapons to the Confederacy during the Civil War.  They supplied .577 Enfields, .451 Target Rifles, Kerr Revolvers and Beaumont Adams Revolvers.  In this case, the question is which Beaumont Adams Revolvers were sold to the South.  The recent book, "The English Connection" by Pritchard and Huey indicates that there are considerable historic relationships to the Confederacy for guns between serial numbers 33,000 & 42,000.  I would add one additional criteria.  The gun should not have any dealer markings on the top strap.  It should be blank.  The only identifying characteristic other than the serial number would be the tiny L.A.C. mark at the left rear of the barrel.   If you study the Pratt List, you will notice that the officer who issued the guns used the markings on the top strap to identify the issue.  There are two 36,000 range Beaumont Adams on that list and he left the name of the gun blank because there was nothing engraved on the top strap.  He dutifully recorded the serial numbers and apparently did not understand that the tiny LAC mark on the barrel meant London Armoury Company. 

This gun is a superb example of a Confederate purchase of a Beaumont Adams.  It retains 70% to 80% of its blue, with light rust freckling here and there.  It is 100% complete and functions perfectly.  The grips have beautiful checkering with no damage.  A truly nice example of a Civil War Confederate imported Adams revolver.  Click on image for detail photos!  Price $3,250  SOLD!!


SN 25200

This is a Civil War Era  Model #2, 32 Caliber Smith & Wesson Army.  The gun is in very good to excellent condition with good markings, liberal traces of blue and nice piano finished grips showing minor use.  The barrel to frame fit is good and the hinge has no cracks.  The mechanical function is nice.  The barrel is five inches in length with a decent bore.  These guns were very popular during the American Civil War.  Many U.S. Officers bought them as personal side arms as well as others.  This one has a name scratched in the left frame with a date of 1863.  It is very lightly scratched and I cannot read it.  The date is clear but the name is relatively crude.  Under normal conditions you wouldn't even know it is there and it is virtually impossible to photograph with our camera.  A nice, very good to excellent condition Civil War Era Smith & Wesson. Click on image for detail photos!  Price $775.  SOLD!!





This is a Confederate Artillery Sword made by James Conning of Mobile, Alabama.  Published sources seem to indicate that Conning made 500 Cavalry Sabers and 500 Artillery Sabers for the State of Alabama.  They were initially issued to Alabama State Troops who were eventually folded into the Confederate Army of the Tennessee.  One thing that has always puzzled me is that the artillery sword is significantly scarcer than the cavalry sword.  There are many potential explanations for this but none that are completely convincing.  One is that Alabama had far less artillerymen than cavalrymen and some of the artillery swords were not issued and held in reserve.  Through local sources, I have learned that items not issued during the Civil War were held in the upper stories or attic of what is today the State Highway Building in the Capital Complex.  It amounted to a small arsenal of items held in reserve from the Civil War forward.  That material was loaded into dump trucks during the 1950's and carried to the garbage dump in Prattville, Alabama.  How accurate this is is hard to tell.  The people who knew about this are now dead but there is still a remnant of this information imbedded in the local community.  This may also account for why Davis & Bozeman and other long arms are in such short supply today.  There is probably a grain of truth to it but it could have just as easily have been scrapped during the war drives.  Scrap metal for guns!

This sword is in it's original scabbard which is a unique construction found only on a Conning Sword.  The blade is in good shape without significant chippage or pitting.  The wooden grip is in good shape with a few chips here and there.  A note of interest; the Conning Cavalry Saber has a leather and wire wrapped grip, however the artillery sword was never leather wrapped. They obviously ran out of leather because the grip is polished wood with a wire wrap.  Call if you are interest!  Click on image for detail photos!  P.O.R.  SOLD!!




This is a a solid, very good condition, first model Confederate LeMat Revolver.  Only about 450 1st Model LeMats were made under contract with Confederate Ordnance.  Most of the early 1st Models seem to have made their way into the Army of Northern Virginia's Cavalry.  This gun would be a good candidate to have been issued to the Jeb Stuart's cavalry.  Jeb Stuart's personal 1st Model LeMat was serial number 105.  This gun is serial number 219.  It has the appearance of an issued gun that has seen use but was cared for.  The gun has all matching serial numbers with the exception of the cylinder, which is serial number 157 and from another first model LeMat.  This is more than likely an inter-unit switch.  When the members of the unit or the ordnance personel cleaned or worked on the guns, it is not unusual to find them mixing serial numbers.  This gun is well marked with a nice clear barrel address and the oval script LM on the right side of the barrel.  The hammer nose is intact and the loading lever assembly is serial numbered to the gun.  The action works nicely and is relatively crisp.  The grips show moderate wear from service and the gun has a nice patination.  Click on image for detail photos!   SOLD!!


U.S. MODEL 1902

This is a standard Model 1902 Officer's Dress Sword.  It is correctly nickel plated with a solid horn grip and a beautifully etched blade.  The blade bears the US on the right and Lt. Melzer's name on the left.  The ricasso is etched THE HENDERSON AMES COMPANY,  KALAMAZOO, MICH.  The blade is in exceptionally nice condition with very attractive full etching.  The outside of the scabbard and the hilt are deteriorating slightly (the nickel is beginning to bubble).  I think this is a fairly early version of this sword but I have no information on Lt. Melzer.  Click on image for detail photos!   SOLD!!





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