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  1. Fresh in out of the local area, Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army revolver.  The revolver shows lots of use and has mixed serial numbers.  The primary number is 19827 which is most desirable 1861 production.  The revolver apparently sustained damage along the way, and replacement parts with a different serial number were used.  I suspect the Confederate soldier 150 years ago was much more concerned with having a functional weapon than whether the serial numbers matched.  This is an attractive Colt Army that no doubt saw the "Elephant".--$950.

  2. Excellent condition, original Civil War Cavalry carbine bore brush.  The leather thong is complete with no breaks or weak spots, and the bore hair brush has all bristles 100% intact.  This would be an excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Cavalry carbine.--$89.

  3. Very distinctive, .36 cal., "Savage" Navy Model revolver.  The revolver's unusual action still operates properly with the bottom ring advancing the cylinder and cocking the revolver, and the trigger to fire the revolver is in the top ring.  The Savage revolver markings remain clearly visible on the top of the frame just in front of the hammer.  The revolver shows lots of actual field service with all corners worn rounded.  The Savage has such a distinctive look that once you see one - you never forget what it looks like.  This example clearly saw lots of actual "field service" in the Civil War.--$1,650.SOLD

  4. Pair of original Civil War wooden musket tompions.  One is .58 cal., and the other is .69 cal.--$95. for both.SOLD

  5. Very pretty, blacksmith handcrafted, 1860 date, Austrian Cavalry Carbine that was created from a standard full length Austrian Infantry musket.  The weapon has the original rear site intact and a handcrafted front barrel band.  The weapon remains in original .54 caliber with decent rifling remaining intact.  This is an excellent example of how the South armed their extensive cavalry when there were no more actual cavalry weapons available and will make a great addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.  It is fresh out of a Henry County, Tennessee, estate.--$795.

  6. Original leather holster for a Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt Navy Model revolver.  The leather remains pliable, but the belt loop on the reverse side is very fragile, and the leather closure tab is not present.  The holster will display very nicely with a Colt - Whitney - Remington - or Manhattan .36 cal. Navy revolver.--$195.SOLD

  7. Beautiful example of an 1862 date, .577 cal., Tower musket that was Confederate carried and brought home from the war and very nicely transitioned into a fowling rifle for feeding the family once the Civil War was over.  The barrel remains full length and has the classic "25 - 25" marks.  The military barrel bands have been removed and replaced by brass tubes to hold the wooden ramrod.  This is an excellent example of how many military rifles were transitioned into civilian life once the Civil War ended.--$750.

  8. Was just brought in today, very pretty "Hartford" production, .36 cal., Model 1851, Colt Navy revolver.  The revolver has an all matching number of 94432 except for the wedge which is an unnumbered old replacement.  Serial number 94432 is most desirable 1860 - 1861 production, and considering it came out of a Middle Tennessee estate, almost certainly saw CS service.  The action remains crisp, and the mainspring strong, and the grips retain about 90% original lacquer.  This is a near identical weapon to the Colt Navy revolver carried by Confederate General N. B. Forrest and left to his son in his last Will and Testament.  It is recommended that earplugs be worn when handling this revolver, because it plays "Dixie" SO loud!!  I just learned from my good buddy, and N. B. Forrest collector eatraordinare - Matt Hagans - that the serial number of this Colt falls RIGHT IN the serial number range of Colt Navys personally purchased by Gen. N. B. Forrest for his own command !!!--$2,250.SOLD

  9. Very nice condition .32 cal. and most desirable long barrel (6-inch) Model 1849 Colt Pocket Revolver.  It has an all matching serial number of "162815" which is very sought after "1858 - 1859" production.  This was brought into the shop out of the local area yesterday and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  The action remains crisp - very good bore - and about 60% visible original cylinder scene.  It has original walnut grips and 90% original lacquer.  If you have been wanting a nice condition - likely C.S. carried - early production Colt revolver at a reasonable price - here it is.--$1,295.

  10. Very attractive, "Parkers Snow and Co - Meriden Conn" contract .58 cal., 3-band, percussion, rifled musket.  The metal has an attractive, gently aging, gray/brown patina with lockplate markings of, "1864 - US - Parkers Snow and Co - Meriden Conn."  The wood remains in nice condition with one inspector cartouche remaining visible.  There does appear to be some old wood repair directly behind the nipple.  The musket has rounded corners and shows clear evidence of having actually been carried.  The original long range site remains intact as well as the ramrod and one sling swivel.  The mainspring is still strong and the action crisp.  This is an attractive, honest example of one of the rare contracts of the .58 cal., Model 1861, 3-band, rifled musket.--$1,250.

  11. Quite nice condition .36 cal. Model 1851 Colt Navy Model Revolver.  It is out of the local area and has a nice early serial number of "85262" which is most desireable "1859 - 1860" Hartford production.  All serial numbers are matching except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  The revolver still functions properly and indexes well.  The soldier's initials "J. M." are nicely carved into the brass butt strap.  I'm thinking "J. M." would certainly be "John Morgan" -- Right !!!!   OK - Maybe not John Hunt Morgan, but no doubt some equally brave Confederate Cavalry Trooper from here in Middle Tennessee.  The revolver shows clear wear from lots of time in the saddle.  It does require wearing ear plugs when handling as it PLAYS DIXIE SO LOUD !!!--$1,850.SOLD

  12. Extremely rare, and in mint condition, folding scissor type bullet mold for the Hanovarian or Saxon projectile.  100% of these type bullets that I have seen recovered have been from Confederate sites.  The projectile appears to be approximately .50 cal.--$195.

  13. Quite nice condition, .58 cal., Model 1861, "Special" model, 3-band, percussion, rifled musket..  The musket has smooth, attractive metal just beginning to darken with age.  The lockplate is marked, "1864 - L.G.&Y. - Windsor VT."  The stock remains in crisp condition with a deep, clear inspector cartouche opposite the lockplate.  The musket retains an excellent bore, and the mainspring remains as strong as when it was used during the Civil War.  The barrel has a matching "1864" date, and the musket retains both original sling swivels - original ramrod - and the long range site remains intact.  This is a quality example of quite a rare Civil War musket.--$1,750.

  14. Very unique .58 cal. Model 1863 - Type II Springfield 3-band rifled musket.  The musket has TWO beautiful SILVER CORP BADGES inlaid in the stock, and the soldier's initials "J. F. R." beautifully checked pattern carved into the stock.  Both the 5th Corps and the 8th Corps were involved in important Virginia campaigns (and Gettysburg).  The musket remains in nice condition, but shows clear evidence of considerable field service.  The lockplate is crisply marked "1864-U.S.-Springfield".  This musket has tons more personality than most muskets that come along, and the two silver Corps Badges on their own would have real decent value.--$1,495.

  15. 1840 - 1850 era single shot percussion boot pistol.  These were often carried as a soldier's "last resort" vest, belt,  or boot pistol.  This example has an unusually large bore - .44 cal. - for such a small pistol.  It is in very nice condition with crisp action, and virtually no pitting at all.--$295.SOLD

  16. Model 1863, 3-band, .58 cal., Springfield rifled musket.  This musket has overall clean metal with a small amount of flash around the nipple area.  The lockplate is marked, "Springfield - 1864 - US - and the American Eagle."  The musket has nice wood with normal wear and a faint inspector cartouche opposite the lockplate.  The mainspring remains strong, and the hammer locks in both half-cock and full-cock positions.  There is a little bore remaining, but very dirty, likely having not been cleaned in the last 100 years.  This is an attractive, honest, middle grade example of one of the most famous muskets of the American Civil War.--$1,450.

  17. Beautiful condition, cast brass, .32 cal., "Colts Patent" marked, double cavity bullet mold, an excellent compliment to display with your .32 cal., Model 1849, Colt Pocket Model revolver.--$175.

  18. Very attractive "1863" date Springfield 3-band percussion rifled musket.  This is a Model 1863 - Type I - .58 cal. musket, and is considered by many to be one of the classic muskets of the American Civil War era.  The musket was brought in out of the local area by a family with Pennsylvania ancestry.  The musket has smooth clean metal with lockplate markings of "U.S. - Springfield - 1863".  The wood is very pretty, and shows wear to the edges from actually being carried.  The action still works perfectly, and the mainspring remains strong.  Both sling swivels remain intact,and the long range site as well.  The ramrod is from a Model 1842 cadet musket, and has been with the musket as it came down through the ages.  Only a little rifling remains as the musket has seen lots of service.  This would be a wonderfully historic Civil War musket to pass down through future fenerations of your family.--$1,450.

  19. Excellent condition, non-excavated, heavy cast brass, single-cavity bullet mold for making "country rifle" type bullets.  Many young Confederates, when they first left home for the Civil War in 1861, left home carrying the family country rifle, and in many cases, were forced to field mold ammunition for these "brought from home" weapons.  We have recovered "country rifled" type bullets from Confederate camps dating at least to the end of 1863.  This is a quite heavy brass bullet mold and has enough brass to make at least two or three CSA rectangle buckles.--$175.

  20. Nice condition, 1863 date, .54 cal., second type Merrill carbine.  This carbine is out of a North Carolina estate and has a replacement hammer identical to those used by M.A. Baker of Fayetteville, North Carolina.  M.A. Baker is well known to have repaired and converted many weapons for the State of North Carolina during the entire Civil War.  It is quite likely that this weapon could have been repaired by M.A. Baker and Confederate carried.  The metal has a smooth, aging, gray/brown patina with lockplate markings of "J.H. Merrill - Baltimore - July 1858".  The original walnut stock is in nice condition but does have an old age crack running down the left hand side.  The action still works perfectly, and a good bore remains.--$1,450.

  21. Very attractive, .69 cal., Model 1816, "A. Waters", 3-band, smooth bore musket converted from flint to percussion for Civil War use.  This example has a smooth, dark, attic patina with lockplate markings of "A. Waters - Millbury - 1832 - US".  The wood remains in nice condition with a crisp, clear inspector cartouche and the soldier's initials, "S. K.", stamped into the musket in at least nine different locations.  We have recovered from Confederate sites .69 caliber buck and ball ammunition for weapons of this type at least through the last half of 1863.  The action on this musket remains as crisp and strong as when it was used during the Civil War.--$1,150.

  22. Very nice condition, .69 cal., Confederate carbine constructed from a Model 1842, .69 cal., 3-band, infantry musket.  The barrel was shortened to carbine length as was the stock, and it was carried much like the short Austrian carbine.  This weapon originally surfaced here in Middle Tennessee about 20 years ago, and I just this afternoon purchased a portion of the collection that it went to.  This is an excellent example of how Confederate troops fabricated weapons to fight with from whatever they could obtain.  The metal has a smooth, dark, attic patina with lockplate markings of "Springfield - 1848 - US and the Eagle".  The action remains as strong and crisp as when it was used during the war.--$750.SOLD

  23. Nice condition, .69 cal., Model 1842, "Harpers Ferry", smooth bore, percussion musket.  The metal has a smooth, uncleaned, chocolate brown patina with lockplate markings of "Harpers Ferry - 1844 - US - and the American Eagle".  The stock remains in nice condition with "J. A. 3-R" carved into the lefthand side.  We believe the musket to have been carried by Joel Anderson, 3rd Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers.  The original ramrod remains intact, but the two sling swivels have been gone a very long time.  Harpers Ferry muskets of this type were extensively carried by Confederate Infantry, especially early in the war.  This musket will be a quality addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,850.SOLD

  24. This is considered by many to be the classic long arm of the American Civil War.  It is the .58 cal., Model 1861, Springfield, 3-band, rifled musket.  This musket is out of the local area and was just brought into the shop today.  The metal has a smooth, uncleaned, chocolate, attic patina tip to tip with lockplate markings of, "1862 - US - Springfield".  The action remains crisp and works perfectly, both sling swivels - original ramrod - and long range site all remain intact.  There is faint rifling remaining, but considerable wear from having seen the entire Civil War.  An 1862 date Springfield musket is one of the most sought after long arms of the American Civil War.--$1,450.

  25. Nice condition, Confederate carried, Model 1816, Springfield, smooth bore musket converted from flint to percussion for Civil War use.  The metal has a smooth, attic, gray/brown patina with lockplate markings of "Springfield - 1838 - US" and a barrel date of 1837.  The action remains virtually as crisp and strong as when issued, and both sling swivels as well as original ramrod remain intact.  The wood is in very nice condition, just showing the normal dings and marks of actual field service wear.  A clear inspector cartouche remains visible in the stock opposite the lockplate.  I am including with this musket a small display of correct ammunition which we have recovered here at Stones River.  This is a nice condition, classic example of one of the primary Infantry weapons that the Confederates were armed with the first two years of the Civil War.  It will make a fine addition to any collection - advanced or beginning.--$1,250.SOLD

  26. Absolutely "drop dead beautiful" .577 cal. Enfield "field pour" cast brass bullet mold.  This Enfield mold is complete with original cutter, and the original cone cavity insert.  I am including a Confederate Enfield bullet that EXACTLY fits the mold that I recovered on the Confederate Battle Line here at Stones River.  Super Nice to display with your C.S. carried .577 cal. Enfield Rifled Musket.  It has been ages since I have seen an Enfield mold this complete and nice.--$975.SOLD

  27. Very nice condition, Model 1851, .36 cal., Colt Navy Model revolver.  The revolver has an all matching serial number of 105731 (except for the wedge which is an old replacement).  This is most desirable 1861 era production.  The Colt barrel markings remain crisp and clear and about 60% of the cylinder scene remains intact.  The action is about as crisp as when issued and has deep, sharp rifling.  There was at one time a name carved into the brass butt strap with a pen knife, but due to wear, I can't quite make it out.  The original walnut grips remain intact with a perfect fit and sharp edges.--$1,850.

  28. Nice condition, .32 cal., Model 1849, Colt Pocket Revolver.  This revolver has an all matching serial number of 200850, which is most desirable 1861 (first year of the war) production.  The metal has a smooth, gently graying, aged patina with a barrel marking of "Address Saml Colt - Hartford CT".  The cylinder retains about 30% original cylinder scene.  The action remains strong, advancing and locking as well as it did when new.  The revolver has original walnut grips with about 80% original varnish.  This little Colt would be a very nice addition to any Civil War collection.--$1,250.

  29. Very attractive "Special Model 1861" .58 cal., "S. Norris & W.T. Clements for Massachusetts", 1863 date, 3-band percussion rifled musket.  The metal has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina with an 1863 date on the lockplate and an 1864 date on the barrel.  The main spring remains strong and the musket locks in both half-cock and full-cock positions.   Both sling swivels , long range site, and original ramrod remain intact, and a good, crisp bore remains.  The wood remains in nice condition with a faintly visible inspector cartouche, and the normal dings and marks from actual field service.  There is a small sliver of wood missing from just beneath the lockplate.  This is a quality condition musket and shows evidence of just good, honest, actual Civil War field service.--$1,450.

  30. Beautiful condition 9 mm French Pinfire revolver.  The revolver still has pretty case colors and the ejector rod intact - the loading door intact - folding trigger intact - and I am including two original cartridges to display with the revolver.  The South purchased many of these, and we recover the pinfire cartridges from almost every 1863 Confederate camp here.--$695.

  31. Quite scarce, percussion, .31 cal., five - shot, mushroom shaped cylinder, 3" octagonal barrel with a large oval shaped brass trigger guard.  This example has excellent condition, original checkered, hard rubber grips.  This revolver has early, early production serial number "865".  For many years, this revolver was on display at the Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin, Tennessee, and still has their ID number on the butt.  The revolver's markings remain as crisp as when issued.  This is one of the nicest condition, .31 cal., percussion Remington - Rider revolvers that has come into the shop in years.--$895.

  32. Nice condition, .32 caliber, rimfire, Smith and Wesson, Model #2, old Model Army revolver.  The revolver remains in very nice condition with crisp action and some original case colors in recessed areas.  This is the more desirable 6-inch, octagonal, long barrel model.  Many Civil War officers, who were able to afford one, carried the Model #2 Smith and Wesson as their personal sidearm.  There were a total of 77,155 of these revolvers produced.  The serial number of this revolver falls at the end of the Civil War period and the beginning of the Wild West Era.  The notorious western gunslinger, "Wild Bill" Hickok, while Marshall of Deadwood, was carrying a Model #2 Army the night he was shot.  This is a very nice example of quite an historic weapon.--$895.

  33. Just brought in today - VERY nice .36 cal. Model 1851 Colt Navy Revolver.  The revolver has a smooth gently ageing grey patina with an all matching serial number of "149088" (except for the wedge which is an old replacement).  This is very desirable mid-war early 1863 production and still functions perfectly.  There are traces of original cylinder scene, and I can faintly see some initials cut into the brass buttplate.  It has lots of original bore remaining.--$1,650.

  34. Seldom seen, .36 cal., Navy Model revolver manufactured by Mass. Arms Co., Chicopee Falls, under "Adams Patent".  It is estimated that only about 1,000 of these weapons were produced and were all produced between 1856 and 1860.  They have checkered walnut grips much like their European counterpart.  Most of these that I have seen surface have turned up in the South.  This example is in relatively good condition, but the revolver does show considerable "field wear" and is missing the loading lever.  Its well known English counterpart made by Adams and Kerr was quite extensively carried by Confederates.  As far as I can remember, this is one of only about the third or fourth example of this revolver that I have in 40 years ever had.--$895.

  35. Just in out of the local area - .69 cal. Model 1842 Springfield percussion musket.  The metal has a dark chocolate brown attic patina with lockplate markings of "1855 - Springfield - and U.S.".  There is some pitting around the nipple area from having seen lots of field service.  The wood is a very dark red-brown color and has the expected numerous small dings and marks from lots of actual field service.  The mainspring is still strong as can be and the hammer sets solidly at both half cock and full cock.  This one is a smoothbore and would have fired both musket balls and "buck and ball".  This is a very typical antequated weapon that the Southern Infantry was armed with through much of the Civil War, and considering the area here where the musket came from - was almost certainly Southern carried and is going to look great on someone's wall.--$1,295.

  36. Very attractive condition, .36 cal., Manhattan Navy Model revolver.  It has a barrel marking of "Manhattan Firearms Co. - Newark NJ".  It has a smooth, gently aging, gray patina with about 80% cylinder scene remaining and has a matching serial number of 38304.  We have been referring to this pistol as the "Death Pistol" in that it has 35 notches.  We suspect someone might be exaggerating a bit!  The revolver still has a good strong main spring, and the cylinder advances sometimes, and sometimes not (depending on its mood).  A revolver with 35 death notches couldn't help but be a great conversation piece in your collection.--$1,150.

  37. Nice condition, .32 cal., Model 1849, Colt 5-shot pocket revolver.  The metal remains clean with very little pitting whatsoever.  The barrel is marked "Address Sam'l. Colt - New York City".  It has an all matching serial number of 130138 which is good early 1855 - 1856 production.  It retains good action and about 60% - 70% original cylinder scene intact.  The revolver has original walnut grips with 90% original lacquer.--$1,150.

  38. Very nice condition .36 cal. Manhattan 5-shot Navy Model Revolver.  It has nice original cylinder engraving and is serial # 60123.  This serial number falls at the end of the Civil War Era and into the Indian War's period.  The revolver is out of a local family and possibly saw service in two different eras.  This revolver has crisp action and a good bore.--$1,150.

  39. Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army Revolver.  The revolver shows honest service wear and has an attractive gray/brown overall patina with no serious pitting at all.  The revolver has an all matching serial number of 43669 except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  This serial number falls in very desirable 1862 - 1863 production.  The action works correctly about eight times out of ten.  The barrel retains good bore and is marked "Address Col. Sam Colt - New York - U. S. America".  This is a good honest example of the revolver considered by many to be the most representative of the American Civil War.--$1,650.

  40. Nice condition, .58 cal., 3-band, percussion "1861 Special Model", rifled musket.  The lockplate is marked "L.G.&Y. - US - 1862".  The metal has a smooth, gently graying, aged patina, and the stock remains in nice condition with two visible inspector cartouches.  The action works perfectly at both half-cock and full-cock, and the main spring is about as strong as the day it was made.  The bore has good rifling and would quite likely still shoot accurately; although I do not recommend firing original weapons.  The long range site, original ramrod, and both sling swivels all remain intact.--$1,450.

  41. Very nice condition and seriously "Bad-Ass" 1840s - 1850s era Allen and Thurber .36 cal. single shot percussion pistol with a "10-INCH" Barrel - REALLY !!--$850.

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  43. Group of 7 assorted musket parts that are either non-excavated or are early pick-ups or recoveries, and still remain in nice enough condition to use on a musket today.  There are {2} .58 cal. Springfield or contract musket breechplugs - one brass Mississippi trigger guard - {1} .58 cal. Springfield trigger guard - one cast brass Enfield nose cap {1} one .69 cal. Model 1816 musket buttplate and {1} cast brass trigger guard to an unknown musket.  A real bargain !!--$195. for all
  44. 1849cltpckt.JPG (55029 bytes)1849cltpcktrev.JPG (55892 bytes)1849cltpcktmkr.JPG (41139 bytes)1849cltpcktptnt.JPG (66480 bytes)1849cltpcktserl.JPG (45536 bytes)1849cltpcktserl2.JPG (46685 bytes)Nice condition .31 cal. Model 1849 Colt Pocket Revolver.  It has nice clean metal with an all matching serial number {328193} except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  This serial number falls right at the end of the Civil War or possibly just after.  It has nice clear markings - good rifling - and crisp action.  Every collection needs a pretty little Colt Revolver.--$950.
  45. .69 cal. Prussian Musket which was purchased and imported early in the war by the Governor of Ohio for the issue to Ohio troops as they marched off to war in 1861.  These muskets fired an absolutely massive projectile, and they were very quickly found to not be as accurate and serviceable as the smaller cal. Springfield muskets.  Over the years as relic hunters we have learned that when you recover the huge Prussian projectiles that you are certainly in an Ohio camp and could very well be about to recover an "OVM" beltplate.  This particular musket is marked "Potsdam" and dated "1837."  Although the musket was brought in to the shop by a local family, it was learned that the family's ancestry was not unexpectedly out of Ohio.  It has a smooth, dark, uncleaned patina and will display very nicely.--$975.
  46. Quite scarce .58 cal. "Providence Tool Co." - 1863 date Model 1861 3-band contract rifled musket.  This musket shows clear signs of having really been carried A LOT.  The metal has a smooth dark, attic brown patina with lockplate markings of "Providence Tool Co. - Providence, R.I. - 1863".  The markings are all visible, but worn down quite a bit from use.  The wood shows lots of use as well with corners rounded and all the normal bumps and bruises of a carried weapon.  The inspector's cartouche is worn, but you can still faintly make it out.  It is missing the rear sling swivel and has a "home grown" rear site.  This is a good, honest rare contract Civil War musket that without question "Saw The Elephant".--$1,150.
   

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