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Blades
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  1. Just brought into the shop today - nice, clean, Model 1840 ("Old Wristbreaker") heavy cavalry saber and scabbard.  Model 1840's were extensively carried by both Union and Confederate Cavalry during the American Civil War.  Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest himself carried one early in the war, and many of his cavalry command continued to carry them throughout the war.  This example has a nice, clean blade, just beginning to darken with age.  The cast brass, three-branch guard remains in very nice condition, and the saber has original leather wrap and wire on the grip.  The iron scabbard remains in excellent condition with a smooth, chocolate patina and is without even a single dent.--$795.

  2. Very nice condition, 1820 - 1840 era, Eagle-head, Militia Officer's saber and leather scabbard.  This saber is out of a Central Arkansas estate and would no doubt have been Confederate carried during the Civil War.  The blade has a smooth, aged, gray/brown patina, and the grip is nice condition, original ivory.  The brass guard and eagle head remain in excellent condition with a rich, near brown patina.  The leather scabbard remains completely intact with no breaks and all three original mounts remaining in place.  There are numerous marks on the inside of all three brass mounts that could very well have some further meaning.  This was almost surely a Confederate carried, well pre-Civil War Eagle head Militia Officer's saber.(CW)--$950.

  3. Very nice condition, Model 1840 import, heavy cavalry saber and scabbard.  This is the style saber often referred to as "The Old Wristbreaker".  Early in the Civil War, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest carried one of these as did many in his command.  This particular saber is out of a North Carolina estate and is marked, "CSA - N.C.", in the brass guard.  This marking would have been done by the soldier and is not an arsenal type marking.  The blade has a smooth, brown/gray patina, and the saber retains original leather wrap and wire on the grip.  The original brass guard remains intact and in very nice condition.  1840 import heavy cavalry sabers were carried by both Union and Confederate Cavalry forces in the Civil War.(CW)--$895.SOLD

  4. Extremely rare, second Model, Kenansville, NC, (Confederate States Armory) CS cavalry saber.  This is the saber only and is out of a Central North Carolina estate.  The blade has a gently darkening gray/brown patina and is literally one of the heaviest Kenansville blades that I remember seeing.  The grip is worn to polished wood, and the brass guard and pommel cap have an aged, near bronze/brown never cleaned patina.  The high copper content brass guard has the Roman Numeral VII cut into it.  This saber has been in the Ann and C.W. Webb private museum in Lowell, Arkansas, for the past 30 - 40 years.  This artifact would be a fine addition to any Confederate cavalry display or CS collection (CW).--$2,950.

  5. Beautiful condition hand blacksmith crafted Confederate short sword/side knife.  The knife measures 24 inches tip to tip, and was masterfully created from an import Model 1860 light cavalry saber.  This short sword/side knife was captured at Fort Powhatan, Virginia - and has the capture information BEAUTIFULLY cut into all 4 sides of the polished cherry hand-grip.  It was taken home as a Federal "War Trophy" and rightfully so - as it is BEAUTIFUL !!!--$975.SOLD

  6. Just brought in today, fresh out of a Murray County estate, this is an untouched, second model, Confederate manufactured Kenansville Cavalry saber.  This is the saber only without scabbard.  The blade has a smooth, unpitted, brown/gray patina, and the brass guard and distinctive style pommel cap remain in perfect condition.  The grip is worn to polished wood, much like a staircase railing.  The brass guard has the Roman Numeral "XLV" which is a classic trait of Kenansville sabers.  This is an untouched saber from a rare Confederate maker that would be a fine addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$2,150.SOLD

  7. Just brought in by a local family, and is 100% untouched.  This is a very nice hand-me-down Confederate local made "CS DOG RIVER" Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade has a pretty gently greying aged patina, and the brass guard has a thick - never touched - brown patina.  The grip is down to the wood with only a few fragments of the leather and single strands of iron wire.  The scabbard is a classic lap seamed - brass mounted CS made scabbard.  This is a very nice, straight out of the Southern estate and untouched for the last 150 years, Confederate manufactured, "Dog River" CS Cavalry saber and scabbard.--$3,850.

  8. Extremely rare, College Hill Arsenal, Confederate Foot Officer's sword and original scabbard.  The sword has a nice, clean blade with faint traces of original Confederate engraving.  The cast brass Foot Officer's guard remains in perfect condition with a never-cleaned, rich, aged, bronze patina.  The leather grip remains in nice condition as well, but we feel it may have had the leather restored during the 1960's era.  The original scabbard remains with the sword with no breaks or weak spots and all brass mounts intact.  This would be a museum quality addition to any Civil War Confederate collection.--$7,950.

  9. Just in out of the local area, nice condition, Confederate manufactured, "Dog River", C.S. Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The saber blade is just beginning to darken with age.  The Confederate "Red Brass" guard remains perfectly intact as well as the wrap and single-strand iron wire on the grip.  The scabbard is a classic Confederate manufactured lap seam with brass mounts.  This saber without a doubt saw a lot of actual field service, because the top mount is worn almost halfway through.  This excellent Confederate manufactured saber would be a fine addition to any Civil War collection.--$4,250.

  10. Excellent condition, hand blacksmith crafted, 14 1/2 inch overall with a 9 inch blade, Confederate sideknife.  The knife has a walnut grip with a brass ferrule and will make a fine addition to your Confederate weapons display.--$695.

  11. Very attractive, "Haiman" style, Confederate manufactured, Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade remains in nice condition, just beginning to turn brown/gray with age.  The high copper content brass guard remains in perfect condition with a rich, never cleaned, bronze patina.  The grip retains 80% - 90% original brown leather wrap and has fragments of the single strand iron wire.  The Confederate manufactured, brass mounted, lap seam scabbard remains in excellent condition showing extensive wear with the upper ring mount worn within 1/32 of an inch being worn all the way through.  This is a beautiful and historic Confederate artifact that has spent extensive time in the saddle.--$4,250.

  12. Extremely rare and excellent condition hand blacksmith crafted Confederate artillery Short Sword.  The sword appears to be made from a buggy spring or a large rasp.  It has an "S" shaped cross guard and has its original walnut grip.  This is out of a local estate and is completely uncleaned - untouched - and is 23 inches in overall length.  It is MANY times rarer than a Southern hand crafted bowie knife.  Here is your chance to own a Confederate Blade that MOST (even advanced) collections are missing.--$1,850.

  13. Very nice condition, original, non-excavated Confederate Pike Head with a small portion of the original wooden shaft.  It measures 17" overall with a 9" Pike blade.  There is a law that says, "Every Confederate blade collector must have an example of an original Confederate Pike."--$895.

  14. Fresh in the door, crude, blacksmith-made, 17" Confederate Bowie Knife.  The blade is blacksmith handcrafted from a large rasp and has many rasp teeth still remaining visible, both on the flats of the blade and along the upper edge.  The copper ferrule around the walnut handle and the brass washer around the riveted tang have a 150-year-old, never cleaned, rich bronze/brown aged patina.  This is a wicked hand-made Confederate weapon, and still remains sharp enough to easily cut you.  It is going to be a fine addition to someone's Confederate blade display.--$975..

  15. pike.jpg (44751 bytes)pikedesc.jpg (52672 bytes)Beautiful condition Confederate Pike complete with cuff and several inches of the original pole.  These original Confederate Pikes were sold by Bannerman during the 1950's era and he cut the poles into so that they were much easier and less expensive to ship.  Every Confederate collection should have an example of an original Confederate Pike.--$1,150.

Union

  1. Very sought after early date Civil War Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber and Scabbard.  This saber has a smooth gently aging grey-brown patina on the blade with very crisp markings of "Mansfield And Lamb -- 1862".  The grip has nice condition original wrap and wire, and the 3 - branch brass guard remains in excellent condition with a pleasing aged patina.  The scabbard remains in excellent condition as well with deep wear in the ring mounts from actual field service.  This saber is nice enough for any museum.--$975.SOLD

  2. 1808 - 1818 era, P-guard cavalry saber.  This is the saber only without the scabbard.  The saber has a 32 inch very wide dragoon type blade with a smooth, brown/gray patina.  The brass guard remains in excellent condition, and the grip is down to polished wood.  This saber dates the Revolutionary War Era, and many of its type were carried over and saw Civil War use as well.(CW)--$595.SOLD

  3. Very pretty condition, Model 1852, Federal Naval Officer's sword and leather scabbard.  The blade remains sparkling bright with Naval engraving from top to bottom and is maker marked, "W. H. Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia".  The ray skin grip and wire remain perfectly intact, and the brass guard retains 90% bright gold gilt.  This Naval sword and scabbard remain in nicer condition than most that you encounter.--$1,250.

  4. Very attractive, Model 1840, Light Artillery saber and scabbard.  This saber has a nice, clean blade and is marked, "1863 N.J. - Emerson & Silver - Trenton N.J."  The saber has original wrap and has correct replacement wire.  The scabbard remains in very nice condition but does have several small dents from service.  If your collection is missing an artillery saber, here is a nice example at a very fair price.--$850.

  5. Beautiful condition, post Civil War Era, Federal Navy Officer's sword of the pattern of 1851.  The sword has a beautiful blade with 100% crisp, clear engraving and a presentation to "Tom Graham".  The sharkskin grip remains in very nice condition, and the scabbard remains in nice condition as well.  We are unsure as to the exact era that this sword falls, but we are confident that it is post Civil War Era.  This beautiful presentation sword will be a fun research project for someone.--$495.

  6. Model 1860, Federal Naval Cutlass with leather scabbard.  The Cutlass has an aging, brown/gray patina on the blade and is dated 1862.  The brass guard remains in nice condition, and the original leather scabbard remains with the sword but is missing the brass button for seating into the leather saddle.  The scabbard is very solid and sturdy but is missing the last couple of inches.  This would be a quality addition to someone's Civil War display.--$695.

  7. Model 1840, "Ames" heavy Cavalry saber (Old Wristbreaker) found in a Civil War Era outbuilding located near Charleston, South Carolina.  The saber is complete but has a very dark patina overall with some pitting to the scabbard due to exposure to the elements for the last 150 years.  When found, the grip was decayed down to wood and has had the leather nicely restored for better display.  The blade is marked, "Ames Mfg Co - Chicopee Mass - 1855 - US - JB".  This is a quite rare saber that could be displayed equally well with an excavated or non-excavated collection.--$850.

  8. Very attractive, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword and original, metal scabbard.  The sword has crisp, visible, Union engraving on the blade top to bottom.  The sword is a "Solingen" marked import manufactured under Federal contract.  The grip has original sharkskin and original wire.  The metal scabbard has a smooth, brown, aged patina and a couple of normal small service dings.  The brass drag has a rich, dark, never cleaned patina and is mounted "upside-down" to the way it usually is.  If you like a nice, honest sword that clearly saw service and has not been cleaned, you will enjoy this one.--$1,150.

  9. Model 1850, Federal Field & Staff Officer's sword in original, brass mounted metal scabbard.  The blade on this officer's sword was at some point in time plated and has residue of old plating remaining today.  The cast brass guard remains in nice condition with a good bit of original gold gilt still visible.  The grip remains very nice with original shark skin wrap and wire.  The metal scabbard remains in nice condition as well and also has residue of old plating.  Over the years, I have discovered that a good many Civil War guns and swords that were plated were on display in old GAR meeting halls and UCV meeting halls.  Their thinking apparently was, if we plate them, we won't have to keep cleaning them.  This is a very attractive sword and scabbard with the cut-out "US" in the guard.--$950.

  10. Model 1840, Federal, Ames "N.C.O." (Non-Commissioned Officer) sword and scabbard.  The blade is clean, just beginning to darken with age and is marked, "1862 - US - ADK (Alias D. King) - Ames Mfg. Co."  The brass guard remains in perfect condition with a rich, deep, bronze/brown, never cleaned patina.  The leather scabbard is complete with no breaks or repairs but has a little surface flaking in areas.  This is considered by many to be the most desirable date N.C.O. that you can get.--$650.

  11. SUPER RARE complete 2-disc white buff belt rig for the Model 1832 Roman Style Federal Heavy Artillery Short Sword.  It you have a nice Model 1832 U.S. Heavy Artillery Short Sword in scabbard - Here is all you need to have a Museum Level Display.  The belt is complete tip to tip, and the two disc buckle is PERFECT.--$1,250.

  12. Recent find in the attic of a Civil War Era Middle Tennessee home, original Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber.  The blade has a smooth, chocolate brown patina that literally has never been cleaned since the Civil War.  The brass guard has a rich, aged patina as well and the peculiarity of having one branch intentionally and perfectly removed for some reason, making this saber a two-branch guard Cavalry saber.  The original leather grip remains approximately 90% intact.  This would make a fantastic first Civil War saber for a young collector.--only $350.

  13. Very pretty untouched Model 1860 AMES Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  This saber was purchased many years ago from a Pennsylvania estate sale not too many miles from Gettysburg.  The blade has a smooth grey-brown patina gently darkening with age.  The blade is marked "Ames Mfg. Co. - Chicopee, Mass. - 1863 - U.S.".  The brass guard remains in very nice condition, and the saber has nice original wrap and wire on the grip.  The original metal scabbard remains in very nice condition with a smooth - never cleaned - chocolate patina.  This saber is felt by many to be the most representative saber of the American Civil War.--$950.

  14. Very attractive, Model 1850, Federal Field & Staff Officer's sword and original leather scabbard.  The blade has darkened with age, but you can still clearly see the full engraving on both sides of the blade.  The blade is marked, "Iron Proof" on the top which indicates that it is a German contract and imported.  The cast-brass guard has the classic staff cut out "US" and a beautiful, rich, never cleaned, bronze/brown patina overall.  The grip retains full Ray Skin wrap and three strand wire.  The sword remains in its original leather scabbard, but the brass top mount and the brass drag have been lost somewhere over the last 150 years.  This Field and Staff Officer's sword shows clear evidence of actual use and will be a very nice addition to someone's Civil War collection.--$895.

  15. Fresh out of a Florida estate sale, Federal Model 1840, N.C.O. (Non-commissioned Officer) sword in original scabbard.  The sword has a bright, clean blade marked, "Ames Mfg. Co. - 1864 - US".  The brass guard remains in excellent condition with some aged, bronze/brown patina remaining in recessed areas.  The leather scabbard remains complete with the brass top mount intact, but the brass drag has dropped off somewhere along the way.  These are fairly easy to locate for replacement.--$495.

  16. Very attractive condition, Model 1840, Ames production, N.C.O. (Non-commissioned officer) sword and original leather scabbard.  The sword has blade markings of "Ames Mfg. Co. - U.S. - 1862".  The original brass guard remains in excellent condition just beginning to tone with age.  The leather scabbard is complete with brass throat and drag intact.  There is a little black tape around the scabbard where the brass drag meets helping to support the weak area where the brass drag attaches to the leather scabbard.  Both the sword and scabbard remain in overall nice condition.--$595.

  17. Very nice condition, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword in original leather scabbard.  The blade remains clean and bright, just beginning to darken with age in areas.  The blade is marked, "Clauberg - Solingen and Iron Proof".  The engraving remains clearly visible from top to bottom of the blade.  The grip retains original shark skin, and the brass guard has a pleasing aged patina.  It is in its original leather scabbard that is complete with no breaks or repairs and has lots of wear in the ring mounts and on the tip of the brass drag.  This is a sword that clearly saw LOTS of actual Civil War field service.--$975..

  18. Very nice condition, Model 1840, Ames manufactured, non-commissioned officer (NCO) sword in original leather scabbard.  The blade remains bright and clean and is marked, "US - 1864 - Ames Mfg Co - Chicopee Mass".  The leather scabbard remains complete and sound with no repairs or weak spots.  This would be a quality addition to any Civil War collection.--$695.Very nice condition, Model 1840, Ames manufactured, non-commissioned officer (NCO) sword in original leather scabbard.  The blade remains bright and clean and is marked, "US - 1864 - Ames Mfg Co - Chicopee Mass".  The leather scabbard remains complete and sound with no repairs or weak spots.  This would be a quality addition to any Civil War collection.--$695.

  19. Very attractive, Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword in original, high grade, sharkskin covered scabbard.  The blade remains clean, just beginning to turn gray with age.  Deep intricate engraving remains visible from top to bottom and is maker marked, "W. H. Horstmann - Philadelphia."  The brass guard remains in excellent condition with a pretty, never cleaned, bronze/brown patina.  The grip has original sharkskin and wire.--$1,150.

  20. Original, full length, very soft, tanned deer skin cover for an 1840 - 1850 era, ornate Militia Officer's sword.  These are quite delicate and fragile and rarely found still full length.  This one remains full length (38 inches) and has an early gilted Eagle button closure device.--$195.

  21. Model 1840, Federal Musicians sword and original metal scabbard.  The sword has an aging, gray/brown patina on the blade and is marked "US - 1863 - Emerson and Silver - Trenton NJ".  The cast brass guard remains in excellent condition, and the original metal scabbard remains in nice condition as well with a pleasant, aging, gray/brown patina.  There are far less Emerson and Silver 1840 Musicians than the Ames we most commonly encounter.--$550.

  22. Very nice condition, Model 1860, Light Cavalry saber and scabbard.  The blade remains clean with no rust at all and just beginning to gray with age.  The blade is marked, "US - 1864 - Emerson & Silver, Trenton NJ".  The three-branch brass guard remains in nice condition with a gently aging, bronze patina.  The grip retains 100% original wrap and wire intact.  The iron scabbard has a smooth, gray/brown patina just beginning to age with time.  There is nice ring wear in the upper mount indicating actual field service.--$895.SOLD

  23. Model 1860, Federal Navy Cutlass.  The blade on this sword is actually an early excavated artifact.  The digger was able to locate an original 1860, Navy guard and brass pommel cap.  He reassembled the sword to display as it would have originally when issued.  This artifact could easily be a great centerpiece for an excavated relic collection.--$295.

  24. Very pretty Model 1850, Federal Foot Officer's sword.  The sword has a nice clean blade with lots of original engraving remaining visible.  The brass guard has a rich, aged, bronze/brown patina with original sharkskin on the grip.   This is a really pretty "just as attic found" Federal Foot Officer's sword.--$550.

  25. Beautiful condition, Model 1840, Ames Non-Commissioned Officer, Federal sword and scabbard.  The blade remains clean and bright with Ames on the scroll marking on one side and dated 1864 and marked "US" on the other.  The leather scabbard remains complete and in very nice condition tip to tip.--$695.

  26. Very - very nice condition Model 1852 Federal Naval Officer's Sword and Scabbard.  The blade is beautiful with deep - crisp engraving from top to bottom.  The guard has a rich never cleaned thick bronze - brown patina, and the grip has the original sharkskin weap and wire.  The blade is bright with sparkling bright engraving and is marked "Philadelphia" and would have been also marked "Horstmann" -  but that mark has been intentionally removed.  The leather scabbard is exceptionally nice with "coiled rope" ring mounts and a Dolphin drag.  What a fantastic gift this would be for that Naval person in your family.--$1,250.

  27. Quite ornate non-regulation Model 1850 Federal Field and Staff Officer's sword and scabbard.  The blade is darkening with age, but easily visible engraving remains. The guard is iron and quite ornate with the "cut-out eagle and U.S. and E. Pluribus Unum".  The original leather grip remains intact in some areas and is worn through to polished wood in other areas.  The scabbard has a thick brown aged patina and several small dents from use.  A nice honest example that has clearly "seen the elephant".--$795.

Bayonets

 

  1. Excavated, .577 cal., Enfield triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered many years ago along the Confederate line on private property here at Stones River.  The bayonet is just as recovered and still has mud packed inside the socket.  Many years ago, I would recover a bayonet every three or four relic hunts.  But, at this point in time, it is an extreme rarity to recover a complete CS used bayonet.--$150.

  2. Nice condition, battlefield pick-up, .577 cal., Enfield triangular socket bayonet.  This bayonet was purchased out of an estate near the Battle of Olustee, Florida.  It has a smooth, thick, chocolate brown patina typical of artifacts that were exposed to the elements for a few years.  This bayonet is complete tip to tip with the lock ring remaining intact.  It will make an excellent addition to someone's collection.--$150.SOLD

  3. .58 cal., triangular, socket bayonet correct to fit the Model 1855, all Springfield and contract rifled muskets Model 1861, and Model 1863 type 1 & 2 muskets.  The bayonet was an early battlefield pick-up here at Stones River and has a smooth, chocolate brown patina overall.--$150.

  4. Nice condition excavated .58 cal. Springfield trianglar socket bayonet.  This bayonet was recovered over 40 years ago on private property here at Stones River.  It is rusty, of course, but has been nicely cleaned, and is ready for display.  It is complete to the very tip, and even has the lock ring still intact.  These days - it is a real rarity to recover one of these, and they are almost never in this nice condition.--$150.

  5. Very pretty condition Enfield saber bayonet and scabbard that fits the 2-band, Civil War Enfield rifle.  This bayonet has a bright, clean blade just beginning to darken with age in a few areas.  The checkered pattern, pressed leather grips remain in absolutely perfect, excellent condition.  The leather scabbard is complete with no breaks, repairs, or weak spots.  This saber bayonet is very nice quality and would be a fine addition to any Confederate display.--$350.

  6. Uncommonly nice condition saber bayonet in its original leather sheath, correct for the Remington Zouave rifle.  The blade remains sparkling bright without even one hint of rust or darkening.  The heavy cast brass guard remains perfect as well and has a nice, untouched, bronze patina.  The original leather scabbard is complete and in nice condition, but the stitched seam has opened up in areas.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Remington Zouave rifle.--$395.

  7. "1861" date brass handle saber bayonet and scabbard (the leather scabbard is broken at two places) but is all there and displays nicely, and is correct for the Remington Zouave rifled musket.  The blade has an attractive - gently aging grey-brown patina, and is marked "1861 - Collins and Co. - Hartford, Conn."  The bayonet and scabbard displays very nicely just as it is, or the leather scabbard could definitely be restored.  Here is a GREAT buy on a saber bayonet that you very seldom see.--$325.

  8. Very nice condition, .69 cal., triangular socket bayonet originally issued with .69 cal., Model 1816 muskets that were converted to percussion using the Maynard priming system by Remington.  The bayonet will also fit .69 cal., Model 1842 muskets, and I have gotten in directly from families, Model 1842 hand-me-down muskets with this bayonet on the musket.--$195.

  9. Early battlefield pick-up look, .577 cal., Enfield, rifled musket, triangular socket bayonet.  The bayonet is missing the lock ring, but is otherwise full length and complete.--$150.

  10. .58 cal., triangular socket bayonet, correct for .58 cal. Springfield or contract 3-band rifled muskets.  The metal is smooth, just beginning to darken with age.  It was apparently a private purchase, because there are no US marks.--$195.

  11. Very nice condition, non-excavated, 4-side, "Austrian" socket bayonet.  These were extensively Southern used, and all that I have recovered over the years were from Confederate occupied sites.--$195.

Middle Tennessee Relics
Larry Hicklen

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