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WHITWORTH RIFLE
MANCHESTER ORDNANCE & RIFLE COMPANY
.26 BORE/57 CALIBER
SN D602 (1863)

This is a Civil War Era Whitworth Rifle manufactured in early 1863.  It is unbelievably rare and so far outside the norm, it is hard to believe.  The gun bears 26 bore proofs, which is 57 caliber.  The bore is the classic Whitworth fast turn polygonal and in .57 caliber.  The barrel is 39 inches in length, which is rare for a Whitworth.  As you can see, the gun is in pleasant condition with a considerable amount of original finish.  All components have matching serial numbers to include the barrel, breech plug, lock plate, hammer, stock, trigger guard, barrel bands, nose cap and the rear sight.  The ramrod is the original rotating head scraper and it is for the .57 caliber bore.  The front sight is a rectangular post and the rear sight is a modified Enfield type with platinum line.  The lock does not have the external safety lock for the hammer.  The internal components of the lock are reminiscent of a standard Enfield layout, however the lock was made by Joseph Brazier and the components are finely finished in the extreme.  The top of the barrel behind the rear sight is marked Whitworth Patent.  The left rear of the barrel has 26 bore view and proof marks and the serial number D602.  The lock is marked, forward of the hammer, Manchester Ordnance & Rifle Company.  The rear of the lock bears the standard "CROWN OVER W" Whitworth trademark.  The stock is in very nice condition with minimal dents and dings and nice checkering.  The gun has some light rust mingling with original finish and light staining of case hardened parts.  The butt plate has developed a healthy rust with mild pitting from the gun standing in a moist environment.  Overall, the gun is in excellent condition.  While this is the rarest Whitworth long arm I have ever encountered, two or three of these guns have been recorded.  The 26 bore calibration is virtually unheard of and the 39 inch barrel length is the rarest of the Whitworths.  It is, without doubt, an off the scale rarity that has not been fiddled with in any way.  It is untouched and unmolested.  P.O.R.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

 

U.S. ISSUE
COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY
SERIAL NUMBER 117627
MFG'D 1863

This is a classic U.S. Issued Civil War Colt Model 1860 Revolver.  The gun is in a strong, excellent, near new condition.  It has all matching serial numbers and retains 97% of it's original finish.  It has an absolute minimum of dings in the wood and minor storage blemishes to the metal.  The barrel, cylinder and back strap retain strong levels of original blue.  The rectangular scratch marks on either side of the front sight are crisp as new.  The cylinder scene is 100%.  The barrel address is 100% and all other markings are equally as crisp.  The gun is within 3% of being new.  One like this is a pleasure to hold in your hand and look at, even though mass produced, Colt's workmanship was extraordinary.  Click on image for detail photos!  P.O.R.  SOLD!!

 

 

CONFEDERATE
KERR REVOLVER
SN 4828

A Confederate JS & Anchor marked Civil War Revolver.  This is one of the Kerr revolvers manufactured by the London Armoury Company and bought by Confederate Ordnance during the Civil War.  The JS&Anchor mark is today considered to be the Confederate Ordnance inspection mark.  This gun is all original with a pleasant patination.  The gun shows wear and tear commensurate to issue during the war.  There are some small chips in the grip around the edges of the lock plate and the action works but has a weak trigger spring.  These guns are single action but the trigger has to be returned to its most forward position for the action to reset.  The trigger return spring has weakened over time and does not quite bring the trigger back to the reset position.  You simply have to take your finger, push the trigger forward, then pull the hammer back and it works perfectly.  The lock plate is marked London Armoury Company, the right side of the frame is marked Kerr's Patent and serial number.  The left side of the frame has the London Armoury trade mark and the left flat of the barrel has English proofs and is marked L.A.C.  The gun is in solid, very good condition with a nice patination.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

COLT 1849 POCKET
3" BARREL

The Colt 1849 Pocket with a three inch barrel with loading lever is so rare that none of the price guides can value it.  Most that turn up are probably thought to have been shortened during the period of use.  To properly authenticate one of these guns, the very best source of information is found in the book "Colt's Pocket 49, It's Evolution" by Robert M. Jordan and Darrow M. Watt.  This book is voluminous and complex but it is without question the definitive work on the Colt '49 pocket.  The authors have established how many three inch pockets were made and exactly what serial number ranges they exist in.  They state that only 400 guns were produced and that the survival rate is extremely low.  Probably because the short rammer was simply not practical.  You cannot get enough leverage with the short rammer to seat the ball in the cylinder.  Most users probably wound up beating the rammer with a rock, a stick or some such hammering device.  Needless to say, the guns that weren't discarded as useless, picked up a lot of damage to their loading levers.  The authors indicate that they examined 23 original 3 inch barrel pocket models of which only two still had their original loading levers.  They established four very tight, distinct serial number ranges that these 3 inch barrel guns fall into.  One of those ranges is from 170300 to 171800.  You will note that the gun offered here is serial number 170341, which is inside the range they identified.  You will find pertinent information regarding the details of this gun on pages 74 - 78 of their book.

This gun has a two line New York address with brackets, still retains about 75% of its original cylinder scene and has a light but visible Colt's patent mark on the left frame.  All components have matching serial numbers except the loading lever.  The lever looks good but I suspect it is a replacement.  The barrel catch and front sight placement are correct for the 3" 49 Pocket.  The gun is still tight and functions well.  It has moderate wear on the grips, which are strongly numbered to the gun in India ink.  Only about ten or fifteen percent  of  the silver plate remains on the back strap and trigger guard.  The iron parts of the gun have a very nice, smooth, light patination which reveals moderate wear and no disfiguring pitting.  The gun has been dropped on it's muzzle and it is dented, flaring the front edges of the barrel.  It is an authentic three inch barrel Pocket, with rammer which is an extremely rare variation of a Colt Percussion Pistol.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

WORLD WAR II
VEHICLE SCABBARD
FOR
U.S. M1 CARBINE

This is a beautiful WW II Vehicle Scabbard for the U.S. M1 Carbine that is in a remarkable state of preservation.  For all practical purposes, it is in mint condition.  It is US marked, manufactured by S. Froelich Company and dated 1943.  The scabbard has never been used, the leather is still light tan throughout and the finish is still present on all the metal parts.  All three of the original straps are present and in pristine condition.  I looked for one of these in this state of condition for about three years.  I have a WWII jeep I wish to mount a carbine on.  I found two and only need one so I'm going to pass this one on to someone else.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

 

KERR'S PATENT RIFLE
CALIBER .451
MFG'D BY LONDON ARMOURY COMPANY
DATED 1861

This rifle was made by the London Armoury Company, most likely in the first half of 1862.  It is serial number 539.  It is best quality with a checkered stock and brass mounted.  It has a reverse mounted Enfield style rear sight.  The front site is an adjustable dovetail.  It is complete with it's original ramrod and swivels. The new book "The English Connection" by Pritchard & Huey has added much definition into the search for the Confederate used .451 caliber Kerr's Patent Rifle.  You should refer to the Kerr's Patent subchapter on page 176.  The authors discovered a Sinclair Hamilton & Company document which proves that Caleb Hughes (Confederate Purchasing Agent) bought 20 small bore rifles which were best quality, checkered stocks and brass mounted.  That is precisely what this gun is.  They also note that the purchase took place around July of 1862.  These guns made their way to the Richmond Arsenal where they were again recorded.  Most of them seemed to have been issued into the Army of Tennessee.  Ten of them were specifically issued to General Cleburne's division of that army.  This gun is exactly the configuration that Sinclair Hamilton & Company recorded.  I don't have a bore light that will go down the bore but I did run a compression patch down it.  The movement of the compression patch all the way down to the bottom and back out is smooth as glass.  The bore should really be nice.  The lock mechanism is crisp.  A nice, pleasant gun which was more than likely Confederate used.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

 

HYDE & GOODRICH
AGENT MARKED
50 CALIBER PISTOL
MFG'D BY HOLLIS & SONS

This is an English export pistol which was made for Hyde & Goodrich in New Orleans.  It is .50 caliber, ten inches in overall length, with a six inch barrel.  It is complete with the exception of one link on the swivel rammer assembly, which looks to be a period replacement.  Hyde & Goodrich is clearly engraved on top of the barrel, along with an interesting gold inlaid directional arrow around the front site.  I guess people needed to know which way the bullet flew!  The action works on the gun.  One interesting feature that you will see in the photography is that just above the English proofs on the bottom of the barrel, is the date 1861.  That would make this gun one of the last items sold by Hyde & Goodrich before it was bought out by Thomas & Griswold.  Apparently, these older style single shots were still being sold, as backup weapons at the beginning of the Civil War.  This gun has a nice belt hook and would have done good service in that regard.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

SCABBARD MOUNTS
FOR
CONFEDERATE NAVAL OFFICER'S SWORD

 

These mountings are newly made by hand with some serious craftsmanship.  They are an exacting copy of the mounts for the Confederate Naval Officer's Sword made by Ferman and Courtney & Tennent.  Many of the Confederate Naval Officer's Swords have lost their scabbards.  With the proper leather scabbard, these mountings would make a wonderful restoration.  Click on image for detail photos!   SOLD!!

 

 

CONFEDERATE
C. L.  DRAGOONS
COLT 8 INCH 3RD MODEL DRAGOON
SN 19541

A few years ago, an elderly lady from Greensboro, North Carolina walked into a Charlotte, NC gun shop and wanted to sell this gun with its original holster and belt.  She said she inherited the gun and did not wish to keep it any longer.  The purchaser kept the gun until recently and this is its first exposure to the general market.  It has a previously unrecorded serial number.  The left barrel flat is clearly marked "C. L. DRAGOONS."  The Crocheron's Light Dragoons was a company in the 3rd Alabama Cavalry, which was sometimes referred to as Holloway's Company of Independent Alabama Cavalry.  The unit was raised in Dallas County, Alabama around October 26, 1861.  A prominent Dallas County planter, John J. Crocheron wanted to help support the Southern Cause.  He was 65 years of age, too old for service and had no sons.  He volunteered to purchase the weapons for the unit which became the Crocheron Light Dragoons.  When the guns arrived in Mobile and were purchased, they were all marked CL Dragoons on the left barrel flat in honor of their benefactor.  The company was initially offered to the governor of the state of Alabama for one year's service.  Later, and with some controversy, it went into the service of the Confederate Government.  It provided personal escort and courier service for the commanding general of the Army of Tennessee.  It served in that capacity for General Bragg, General Hood and General Johnston, seeing combat at Shiloh, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Atlanta, etc.  Wherever the Army of Tennessee went, these guys were in the thick of it.  They surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina, on April 28, 1865.  The fact that the gun stayed in the same area where the unit surrendered is just amazing.  A complete history and in depth discussion of these guns can be found in the January, 1991 edition of The Gun Report.  An in depth article by Walter Anderson is presented therein.

The gun itself is beautiful.  It has a very pleasing, uncleaned patination with minor roughness toward the end of the barrel.  It is 100% authentic with all matching serial numbers, including the cylinder pin, wedge and loading lever.  The grips still retain much of their original varnish and there are light traces of cylinder scene all the way around the cylinder.  It's mechanical function is excellent.  The gun is tight with strong nipples and even the safety pins are still showing on the back of the cylinder.   What is left of the original holster and belt is Confederate.  The flap has been cut off the holster and it has been shortened, but the tab on the front of the holster, where the tip of the flap slipped under it tells us it is an original, period Confederate holster.  The eight inch Colt 3rd Model Dragoon is a rarity in it's own right.  There were only a few hundred of them made.  This one is in an untouched state of condition.  Couple that with the rich history of the unit it served, this gun becomes quite a prize for someone.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

 

COLT CASED POCKET MODEL
TWO LINE HARTFORD ADDRESS
FOUR INCH BARREL
MFG'D 1860

This is an original Colt mahogany 4 inch pocket case with a two line Hartford gun.  The case and gun seem to be contemporary and may have originally come together.  The flask is an early two sided eagle flask which is nice.  The cap tin is a Hicks cap tin which is from the period of use.  While the box is fairly nice, somebody has polished the gun.  How they did it without destroying the markings, I don't know but the cylinder scene, barrel markings, etc. are astounding.  They are really sharp.  The gun has all matching numbers including the grips, barrel wedge, cylinder pin, loading lever, barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap and cylinder.  I will consider selling this case separate from the gun if anybody needs a good box. Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

 

COLT 1851 HARTFORD NAVY
SN 95195

This is a solid, very good condition Colt Hartford Address 51 Navy manufactured in 1860.  The gun is completely original.  I see no replacements of any kind.  All components have matching serial numbers including barrel, frame, cylinder, back strap, trigger guard, loading lever, barrel wedge, cylinder pin and grips.  It retains about 90% of the silver plate on the backstrap and trigger guard and the great majority of the original varnish on the grips.  The grips have no major chips, dings or repairs and are showing a nice rubbed appearance with minor nicks and abrasions.  The barrel address is complete as is the Colt patent on the left frame and the Colt Patent line and serial number on the cylinder.  The cylinder has traces of cylinder scene.  The metal has no major dings or disfiguring pitting and the action is sharp and crisp. 

I have read in recent publications that the reason the Hartford address shows up on Colt Armys, Navys and Pocket models a year or two before the Civil War, that Colt no longer needed the advertising glitz of the New York City barrel address.  I suspect, this is fanciful.  New York was the center of the abolitionist movement in the United States prior to the Civil War.  As the North and South drifted further and further apart, the likely hood of Southerners boycotting products from New York became increasingly possible.  The old school explanation was that Sam Colt changed the address so as not to offend his Southern customers is probably more realistic.  Otherwise, why would he have changed back to the New York address after the war got started?  When it came to making a dollar, Sam Colt was nobodies' fool and he knew that by 1860 his bulk sales were going to the South.  At any rate, these Hartford addressed Navies in the 90,000 range were heavily purchased by southern states and commercial importers throughout the South.  So much so that in my experience, the majority of guns in this range went to the South as it was arming up just prior to the American Civil War.  I have long considered them to be virtually a secondary Confederate arm.  There are Alabama purchased Navys in the 92,000 range and guns in the 99,000 range purchased by James Conning in Mobile.  Kittridge & Folsom of New Orleans sold them in the South as did dealers in Charleston, South Carolina.  Almost every southern state bought quantities of these Navys in the 90,000 range.  This gun is a solid example of a Civil War southern purchased 1851 Navy.   Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

 

CIVIL WAR ERA
CONFEDERATE REVOLVER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Over the years I have very much enjoyed owning historic arms that most people don't seem to penetrate in terms of what they are and exactly what their place in history is.  This gun is just such an example.  It is unidentified and disassociated from its time period, it's region and it's historic significance.  I taught myself, many decades ago, when looking at a gun to pay close attention to the type of metal that was used in it's fabrication and the technology that went into it's construction.  This gun is made from metal that was in use in the deep south during the American Civil War.  You can clearly see a large, linear forging occlusion on the right side of the barrel.  This metal was not in use prior to the Civil War nor was it in use after the Civil War and it was used almost exclusively in the Deep South.  Prior to the war, occlusion free metal was obtained by southern gun makers from Philadelphia sources or from European sources.  The only fairly decent metal, though still not perfect, was produced by Trediger  Iron Works in Richmond, Virginia but the Confederate Government controlled it's distribution and who got it.  Anyone attempting to manufacture a firearm outside the government's approval was out of luck.  The decent, although not perfect metal, from Richmond was in short supply and there was never more than a fraction of what was needed in the South.  The South did not have good rolling mills and foundries to produce a top grade steel.  The best the gun makers had was a fairly high grade of wrought iron.  That is why you see the twist in a Cook & Brother rifle barrel, Griswold and Spiller & Burr cylinders, etc.  They were trying to make a weak, occlusion riddled iron stronger.  This gun is definitely from that period of production in the deep South.  It is therefore only common sense that it should be labeled a Confederate hand gun. 

With the period and region of it's construction pretty well established, you have to start thinking about who made it.  It has none of the characteristics of the major Confederate contractors.  It does not compare favorably to anyone who used brass in the construction of their guns, i.e. Griswold, Spiller & Burr, etc.  It is a relatively close copy dimensionally, of a Colt handgun.   The contours and dimensions of a Colt 1851 Navy were so refined that the gun literally became a piece of industrial art.  This gun shows characteristics of dimensions and contours which indicates the maker was attempting to truly copy the Colt Navy, something other gun makers in the South paid little attention to.  Whoever made this gun had competent gunsmiths working on it and had someone who was an expert casting the brass frame.  Even so, their technology and tooling is a bit on the primitive side.  You will note that the barrel lug is actually brass welded to the barrel.  That would indicate that they did not have access to good forgings.  This technique of attaching the barrel lug is not unheard of .  Sam Colt used the same technique to make the barrels for his Paterson Ring Lever Rifles, Revolving Shot Guns and the 1839 Paterson Carbine.  He also had  trouble getting correct forgings from which he could machine those barrels from one piece of steel. 

The most obvious candidate for the manufacture of this gun is Schneider & Glassic of Memphis, Tennessee.  They made a very close copy of the Colt Navy utilizing very well cast frames and full octagonal barrels.  There are minor differences between this gun and the three known Snider & Glassics.  The trigger guard on this gun is a small guard and the grips are two piece.  The final design on the Snider & Glassic incorporated the large guard and one piece grips.  The final design on the Snider & Glassic did not have the barrel lug forged welded to the barrel.  Even so, the shape and contours of the loading lever, the contours of the barrel lug and loading cut-out, the construction of the cylinder and it's locking notches and the brass frame compare very favorably to a Schneider & Glassic.  It tells me that this gun was probably their first attempt to manufacture a pistol and that the availability of forgings, and redesign of the trigger guard and grips were quickly achieved.  The technology incorporated in the construction of this gun would be exactly what they had available at the beginning of the Civil War.  The cut out in the barrel lug for the loading lever is hand chiseled.  The cut out in the bottom of the frame for the internal parts is also finished by hand chiseling.  In other words, they did not have elaborate milling machines to accomplish these tasks.  Prior the the Civil War, Snider & Glassic in their separate functions and as partners made deringers and half stock rifles for a very demanding clientele.  They probably did not have elaborate machine tools as most of that work was accomplished by skilled craftsmen using basic machines and technology.  This gun is constructed in exactly such an environment.  It was made by someone who had highly skilled workmen with a serious attention to detail, yet lacked state of the art technology.  I am firmly convinced that this gun is a pilot model, tool room model produced as a first effort on the part of Snider & Glassic of Memphis, Tennessee.  It is not their final design but perhaps is reflective of their first effort.  The early Griswold revolver had a small peanut trigger guard.  The early Spiller & Burr had a different frame casting.  Early Leech & Rigdons had features that were soon discarded in production.  The absence of a barrel address and serial numbers is of no consequence to me.  I have owned totally unmarked examples of the Dance Revolver, the Augusta Machine Works, and if you look around, a lot of Confederate revolvers were produced without a barrel address.  A barrel address with your name on it is an invitation for the United States Government to pay you a visit and was not necessarily a top priority.  You might also note the fine finish on the grips.  It is commonly referred to as a piano finish or a violin finish.  This degree of finish is not found on Confederate Contractor's work but it is typical of the finish Snyder & Glassic used on their deringers and half stock rifles.  I have had the good fortune to examine one of the existing, authentic Snuder & Glassics with my magnifying glass.  When viewed in detail, I am convinced this is an early product of Snyder & Glassic.  It is their attempt to work the bugs out and manufacture revolvers.  It might be described as a prototype, a tool room model or just their earliest attempt to refine the design of what, in spite of a lack of technology and materials, is a good solid gun.  Click on image for detail photos!  P.O.R.  SOLD!!

 

COLT 1ST MODEL SQUARE BACK 1851 NAVY

This is a solid, very good condition, 1st Model Square Back Navy.  These guns number between 500 & 1000, which are found below serial number 1250 in Colt 1851 Navy production.  When you compare to the total production of 1851 Navies, which is about 255,000m these 1st Models are rare indeed.  They are generally found in well used condition.  This gun came in in an untouched, attic condition.  No one had ever cleaned the gun.  I disassembled the gun and cleaned the crud out of the crevices, which gave me good opportunity to examine it's completeness.  It is 100% original, nothing has been replaced.  It has all matching numbers including grips, cylinder pin, barrel wedge, barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, loading lever and cylinder.  The internal components are all original as are all the screws.  The 1st Model Square Back as high dome screws, which are present here.  The grips are slim-jim in configuration and the most notable feature is that the screw is below the upside-down barrel wedge.  This approach to the barrel wedge was unique among Colt's efforts.  The cylinder pin has a notch in the top of it instead of the slot through the middle of it, which accommodates the barrel wedge.  This feature disappeared in favor of the more traditional slotted cylinder pin by serial number 1250.  This gun has a strong barrel address, some cylinder scene still showing and is in a smooth brown patination with some light pin prick pitting. It was not heavily used, the cylinder still retains all the safety pins.  It appears to have suffered from bad storage more than anything.  A solid, very condition, all matching, all original, 1st Model Square Back 1851 Navy.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

EARLY COLT 1851 NAVY FLASK

 

 

This is an original Colt 1851 Navy Flask from the 1850's.  It has been carefully polished but not destroyed.  It has a minimum of dings & dents and very strong embossing with sharp definition to the front.  It is beginning to develop a natural patina.  Click on image for detail photos  SOLD!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RARE
CONFEDERATE
TYPE II 1862 DATE
FAYETTEVILLE RIFLE

The Type II Fayetteville is quite a scarce gun.  There were probably no more than a couple of hundred made.  They were very early production and the most distinguishing feature is the Richmond style low hump lock and hammer.  When Fayetteville first began production, they had trouble getting their lock making capacity up to speed.  The first locks were provided by the Richmond Arsenal and stamped at Fayetteville.  Unlike the Type I, which is largely made up of left over Harper's Ferry parts, including barrels, stocks, etc.,  the Type II is largely made of Fayetteville produced parts and will generally show signs of using some minor Harper's Ferry parts, i.e.. nose caps, hammers, etc.  This gun has the low hump Richmond lock, which is clearly marked with Eagle over CSA and Fayetteville, forward of the hammer and 1862 to the rear.  The barrel still shows the VP & Eagle and  the brass barrel bands are marked with the correct U's.  The gun is relatively smooth with no burnout behind the bolster or between the bolster and the lock.  The nose cap is the Harper's Ferry, extra long, brass version that was left over and reused on this Fayetteville.  This gun is complete in all respects with no repairs or replacements.  The ramrod is original, the front sight and bayonet lug are correct, as is the rear sight.  It shows moderate wear and has a crisp action.  The brass butt plate is prominently marked CSA.  Even the swivels are original and intact.  Beyond that, the bore is very nice, with strong rifling and there is a Confederate Battle Flag lightly carved on the left butt stock.   You may review the details of the Fayetteville Armory Rifle at page 201 of Confederate Rifles & Muskets by John Murphy and Howard Madaus.  This one definitely has all the bells and whistles and is a difficult piece to obtain.  Click on image for detail photos!   P.O.R.  SOLD!!

 

CONFEDERATE
LONDON ARMOURY COMPANY
BEAUMONT-ADAMS REVOLVER
SN 36943

There is not much doubt that this gun was imported into the Confederacy by Confederate Ordnance.  It was manufactured by the London Armoury Company, which was a major supplier of weapons to the South.  In the new book "The English Connection" by Pritchard & Huey, they indicate that substantial numbers of .54 Bore "44 caliber" Adams Revolvers manufactured by the London Armoury Company were imported.  The serial number range they indicate is 33,000 to 42,000.  This gun is right in the  middle of that range.  Further, there is a known issue of these guns listed on the squad roll of Lt. Julian Pratt, a Confederate officer in the Army of Northern Virginia.  Even further, this gun is within 90 serial numbers of a gun belonging to Confederate General William T. Martin.  To own a gun in the 36,000 range is about the best you can do.  That serial number range is historically documented all over the place.  This gun shows moderate use, an overall smooth patination with liberal traces of blue on the sides of the frame and in the corners.  The action works very nicely and the grips are solid.  A good, solid example of a Civil War, Confederate purchased Adams revolver.  Click on image for detail photos!   SOLD!!

 

ORIGINAL FOREARM
FOR
1859-1863 SHARPS RIFLE

This is an original Sharps manufactured forearm for the Civil War era Sharps Rifle.  I don't see parts of this caliber very often today.  This piece of wood is perfect.  There are no scratches, no dents, no chips and no cracks.  It is completely intact.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

 

BENJAMIN MILLS
TRAP DOOR RIFLE
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY

This gun was made by Benjamin Mills of Lexington, Kentucky, probably in the 1870's.  Benjamin Mills was a very accomplished gunsmith and served as the Master Armourer at Harper's Ferry Arsenal before the Civil War.  As a matter of fact, he was among those taken prisoner by John Brown when he attempted to take over the arsenal.  This gun has a 25 inch barrel with a 44 3/4" overall length.  It appears to fire a .36 caliber center fire cartridge.  The trap door mechanism is fairly intricate but still seems to function well.  The top of the breech block is marked "B MILLS & SON, LEXINGTON, KY."  The gun is overall a smooth brown patina, with moderate wear to an otherwise solid stock.  It is a rare example of Benjamin Mills' ingenuity and craftsmanship.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

 

COLT DELUXE ROSEWOOD CASE
FOR 1851 NAVY

This is an extraordinary find.  It is a deluxe brass bound rosewood, French fitted Colt Case for an 1851 Navy.  It dates to about 1856.  This case is absolutely untouched and unmolested in any way.  No repairs, no polishing, no patching of any kind.  It is 100 % original inside and out.  It is for a small guard 1851 Navy in approximately the 50,000-70,000 range.  The bullet mold is a correct Colt patent brass mold with a burnished white sprue cutter.  It is virtually new.  The nipple wrench is original with some finish.  The flask is a correct screw top flask which is marked American Flask Company on the top.  The spring is broken on the flask top, so the thumb piece does not rebound but it still retains some original finish mixing with pleasant patination.  There is a 50 count embossed Eley cap tin in the compartment beneath the trigger guard.  These cases were used with the very finest embellished Colt firearms and it is really unusual to find something like this lying about today.  You may view another case like this in the book of the William Locke collection on page 98.  Click on image for detail photos!  SOLD!!

 

 

SOUTHERN RIFLE
MFG BY
F. H. CLARK
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

This is a very attractive Southern Rifle made by F. H. Clark of Memphis, Tennessee.  I have seen and possessed a number of deringers by FH Clark but I don't think I have ever seen a half stock rifle by him.  It would seem to be a fairly scarce item.  This rifle is double keyed and in about .44 caliber.  It has a patent breech and open sights.  The barrel has light to moderate pitting around the bolster with the remainder in a very smooth, light patina.  It is completely German silver mounted and very ornately so.  The toe plate, butt plate, trigger guard, patch box and running deer inlay on the left of the butt are all finely engraved, as is the lock and hammer.  The wood is extraordinary.  It has beautifully figured and patterned grain.  The wrist of the stock is finely checkered.  The wedge escutcheons on the left side of the of the stock have two period repairs and the beavertail cheek piece on the left side of the butt is extremely well executed.  An extremely attractive and rare Southern Rifle.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!

 

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