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  1. Just in - 1855 date Mississippi Rifle made by "E. Whitney".  This rifle remains in original .54 cal. and has an ancient blacksmith repair to an old crack at the wrist.  The repair was made so long ago that it is worn very smooth as your hand passes over it.  It is out of an old family here with C.S. ancestry and clearly plays "Dixie" when you hold it up to your ear !!!--$1,350.SOLD

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Very nice condition, 12 mm, "E. Lefaucheux" Model 1853 revolver.  This revolver is serial number 51386 and is actually "Lefaucheux" marked.  The original walnut grip remains in excellent condition with fine checkering, and the revolver's action still works perfectly.  It is a very similar example to the one carried by the famous Confederate General, Stonewall Jackson.  I am including an original pinfire cartridge to display with the revolver, but it will be a different caliber from the revolver to prevent accidentally loading and firing it.  The revolver remains in very nice condition with loading door intact, ejector rod intact, lanyard ring intact, "E. Lefaucheau" marked, and some original color remaining.--$950.SOLD

  5. Quite nice condition, .69 cal., Confederate Cavalry carbine, blacksmith crafted from an 1849 date, Model 1842 Springfield, 3-band musket.  It is smooth bore and would have carried a lethal load of buck or buck and ball.  This is a sharp looking little weapon, quite typical of what many Confederate Cavalrymen were armed with.--$750.SOLD

  6. Just in, .36 cal., Model 1851, Colt Navy Revolver.  This revolver is out of a local estate, has a smooth chocolate brown attic patina and an all matching serial number of 118862 (including the wedge matching).  This is most desirable 1861 - 1862 production.  It has a smooth, dark, uncleaned, attic brown patina throughout and still has crisp action and good rifling.  The trigger has been filed down to a "spur" trigger.  The barrel is marked, "Address Col. Saml. Colt - New York, US America".  It is highly likely that this revolver was Confederate carried judging from the estate from where it came.--$1,895.

  7. Nice condition, Model 1860, Spencer 7-shot, Repeating Carbine.  This is serial number 25597.  The metal has a smooth, gently aging, gray/brown patina.  It is marked "Spencer Repeating Rifle Co. - Boston, Mass. - Pat'd March 6, 1860".  The action works perfectly and has quite good bore with original long range site, sling bar and ring, and original loading tube all remaining intact.  The original walnut stock remains in good condition with all the small dings and wear marks of actually seeing service.  Many historians feel that the Spencer Carbine was one of the major factors influencing the outcome of the Civil War.  This is a nice example that anyone would be proud to have in their collection.--$2,250.SOLD

  8. .50 cal., percussion, breech loading, Gallager, single-shot carbine.  This example has smooth uncleaned attic brown metal and is marked "Gallagers Patent, July 17, 1860 - Manufactd by Robinson and Overman - Philada."  This is serial number 24822.  The carbine has good action and crisp rifling remaining.  The long range site and sling bar and ring both remain intact.  The stock shows wear and rounding of corners indicating lots of actual field service.  The Gallager carbine saw extensive service during the Civil War being carried by many Federal Cavalry regiments, including the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th Ohio Cavalry - the 13th Tennessee Cavalry - and the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry.  Interestingly, the inventor of the Gallager carbine - Mahlon J. Gallager - was a native of South Carolina.--$1,450.

  9. .54 cal., smooth bore, Model 1836, flintlock horse pistol made by Asa Waters of Millbury, MS.   This particular example was converted from flintlock to percussion for Civil War use and is marked "A. Waters - Millbury MS - 1839".  The metal has a smooth, gently aging, gray patina, and the walnut stock is in very nice condition with two visible inspector cartouches.  I have photographs showing that, early in the Civil War, quite a number of Confederates were carrying these old converted flintlock horse pistols for lack of being able to acquire anything better at the time..--$850.SOLD

  10. Nice condition .577 cal. Civil War Enfield style 3-band rifled musket made by German contractors "Sprangeberg & Sauer".  They were originally part of a private purchase of Enfield style weapons and this one made its way to the deep South and was Southern carried.  It remains in nice condition with good action - decent rifling - both sling swivels intact - long range site intact - and original ramrod.  The original English walnut stock remains in very nice condition.--$1,295.

  11. Model 1860, .44 cal., Colt Army Model revolver.  This is a "4-Screw" model set up to accept a shoulder stock.  It is serial number 6035 which is very early production.  The original walnut grips are intact, but do show wear with rounded edges.  The right grip has the soldier's initials, "T.H.D.", cut in.  I do have some family information and may be able to unravel who the owner was.--$1,950.

  12. Quite rare, .69 cal., 3-band musket originally produced in flint and converted to percussion for Civil War use.  It is Springfield marked and dated 1825.  This musket is DOUBLE "Ohio" marked and would have been one of the muskets issued to Ohio Infantry troops when they first left the state in 1861.  The musket is rifled with decent rifling remaining.  I have relic hunted numerous early war Ohio camps, and they are well known for producing .69 cal. 3-ring minnies and also .69 cal. 2-ring Prussian minnies.  I have recovered three "O.V.M." waist belt plates from these early war Ohio camps.  This is a neat weapon being one of the first issued by the State of Ohio for the Civil War and shows numerous dings and marks from lots of field service.--$1,150.SOLD

  13. 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.

  14. Very rare to find separate from a musket.  This is an original iron ramrod for the .69 cal. Model 1842 percussion musket.  It is full length and complete from tulip tip to the threaded end for the extractor.  If you have an original Model 1842 musket, this is your chance to get an original ramrod for it.--$195.

  15. Good solid .54 cal. "Standard Model" Burnside carbine.  This is serial number "15968" and is matching between the barrel and the breech block.  The wood has the normal dings and marks of actual field service.  The action works correctly, and decent rifling remains.  The lockplate does have a little pitting, but not extreme.  All in all - I would grade this a solid "mid-grade" example.--$1,295.SOLD

  16. Very attractive 1862 date "JS  & anchor" Confederate Enfield.  The musket has a smooth - uncleaned chocolate patina overall with lockplate markings of "1862 - Tower - and the crown".  The barrel has the "24 - 24" marks we all like to see, and the stock has the Southern "JS and Anchor" just behind the trigger guard.  The musket has seen considerable service with some wood burnout both in front of and behind the nipple.  There are, in addition 7 distinct "kill notches" in the stock.  This musket shows clear evidence of having seen many campaigns and battles.  This old warrior isn't mint - but you sure get goose bumps when you hold it !!--$2,850.SOLD

  17. Model 1842, single-shot, .54 cal., H. Aston percussion "Horse Pistol".  This example has a smooth, dark, aged patina with lockplate markings worn faint, but visible with a glass.  Faintly visible is "H. Aston - 1851".  These ancient old 1840's era single-shot pistols were mostly Confederate carried during the Civil War, and this one is out of the deep South.--$850.

  18. Quite rare, Parker - Field and Sons, London Enfield Tower style carbine.  This is an early pattern carbine, and the stock is "G" marked on the right hand side.  In the new book "The English Connection" it is noted on page 66 that Parker - Field & Sons supplied weapons to the state of Georgia, and this weapon surfaced in North Georgia.  It is in overall nice condition, but does show evidence of lots of field service.  This weapon will make a wonderful addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$1,650.SOLD

  19. Excellent condition, non-excavated, three blade, Springfield combination gun tool.  This model tool is for the 1855 which is much tougher to come by.  If you have a nice Springfield musket, this will make an excellent accessary to display with it.--$75.

  20. Very attractive, .69 cal., Model 1842, smooth bore Harpers Ferry musket.  The musket has aging gray/brown patina on the metal with lockplate markings of "Harpers Ferry - 1851 - US and the Eagle".  The musket shows evidence of extensive service with flash around the nipple area and some burnout of the wood immediately behind the nipple.  The wood is attractive with the normal dings and marks of active field service.  There is a faint halo of the inspector cartouche opposite the lockplate.  Many .69 cal. Harpers Ferry smooth bore muskets were carried by Confederate Infantry early in the Civil War.  It would fire either a musket ball or buck and ball.  This example was brought in out of the local area and was very likely Confederate carried.--$1,295.HOLD

  21. Very, very rare .44 cal. Model 1860 FLUTED Colt army revolver.  It has a smooth, gently  aging grey patina and an all matching serial number of "3012" (except for the wedge which is an original, but different number).  The revolver is a "four screw" so could accept a shoulder stock.  Pretty much every "Fluted Army" that I have had over the years has come out of Southern estates and were Confederate carried.  This is going to be a wonderful addition to someone's Civil War collection and is fresh out of the "Sunny South".  We have learned that the barrel has been slightly shortened (during the Civil War era) to get back to better rifling.--$2,750.SOLD

  22. Exceptionally nice condition .44 cal. Ballard carbine by "Ball and Williams - Worcester, Mass."  This carbine has a matching serial number of "4492" on both barrel and breech.  It is believed that ALL Ballard carbines through serial number "6600" went to fill various military contracts.  This example retains a crisp bore, and lots of original bluing on the barrel.  It is, without question, a collector grade weapon.--$1,450.SOLD

  23. Chocolate brown double barrel percussion shotgun that was just brought into the shop by a local family and according to family hand-me-down information was carried by an ancestor in the Civil War.  The action still works on the old Rebel, and interestingly - There is a spot for a military style sling swivel.  The weapon is untouched - just as it came in from the family.--$425.SOLD

  24. Quite scarce, Model 1843, Hall-North, Breech-loading, Percussion carbine, also referred to as the "Model 1843 Side Lever Hall".  This weapon was manufactured from 1844 until 1853 with a total number produced of around 10,000.  It is among the weapons referred to in the famous "Freemont Hall Carbine Affair."  These carbines were originally produced as smoothbores but were rifled for Civil War use.  The carbines were not very well thought of, and although originally issued to a number of Federal Cavalry regiments, most of these weapons ended up in Confederate hands.  In 40 years of relic hunting, I have dug many Hall carbine projectiles in Confederate camps, but I have yet to find my first in a Union Cavalry camp.  These weapons almost always show evidence of extensive usage, and this example is no exception.  It is marked, "S. North MIDLtn/CONN./1849."  The metal has a smooth, gray-brown attic patina, and the action still works perfectly.  The wood has rounded edges and numerous small dings and marks from saddle wear.  The weapon has faint initials, "C. H. T.", cut into the right hand side of the stock.  In my opinion, it has a high probability of having been Confederate carried.--$1,895.

  25. Just brought in moments ago - .44 cal. Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver.  It has a smooth attic brown aged patina and an all matching serial number (including the wedge) of "51302" which is very desirable 1862 production.  The barrel is marked "Address Col. Saml. Colt - New York - U. S. America".  The revolver has crisp action - considerable original cylinder scene - great bore - and a faint inspector cartouche on the left grip.  It shows just enough wear and little dings and marks to know this weapon actually went to the field and saw real service.--$1,850.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. Exceptionally nice condition .44 cal, Remington new model army revolver. This revolver is serial number 19,183. The revolver has as crisp action as when it was new, with all corners remaining sharp, and a good percentage of original bluing covering much of the revolver. Barrel markings are "Patented September 14, 1858 - Remington and Sons - Ilion, New York, USA" The original walnut grips remain intact with the military inspector cartouche remaining visible on the left hand grip. This is a quality Civil War revolver that would be a nice addition to any Civil War collection.-- $2,450.

  29. Beautiful condition single shot "1837" dated ALLEN percussion vest pistol.  These were often carried by Civil War soldiers in their vest as a "last line" of defense.  This excellent example was sold by a "VIRGINIA" retailer and is crisply marked "SPRATLEY - NORFOLK, VA.".  It was almost certainly Southern carried, and just about couldn't be in nicer condition.--$975.

  30. Just brought into the shop - .69 cal. Model 1842 3-band Springfield rifled musket.  The musket's metal remains clean with lockplate markings of "U.S. - Springfield - 1853" and a matching barrel date of "1853".  The soldier's initials "H.T." are nicely carved into the left hand side of the stock, but unfortunately I don't know who "H.T." was.  The nusket still has crisp action and decent rifling, and would be a quality addition to any Civil War collection.  Plenty of these were used by both North and South during the Civil War.--$1,450.SOLD

  31. 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.

  32. Beautiful condition "1837" date 6-shot "Allen and Thurber" .36 cal. PepperBox revolver.  The revolver retains beautiful engraving and is marked "Allen and Thurber - 1837 - Worcester" and has original varnish on the grips.  The action still works nicely {most of the time} - but gets in a bad mood once in a while and doesn't advance.  The metal has a smooth aged grey-brown patina with really no pitting at all.--$795.

  33. 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.

  34. Just in, .36 cal., Model 1851 Colt Navy revolver.  The revolver is serial number 54737, which is very desirable mid 1850's production.  It is all matching except for the wedge, which is an old replacement.  The revolver has original walnut grips and a smooth, uncleaned attic patina.  It is out of the local area and was very likely Southern carried.--$1,850.

  35. SUPER RARE, Paris Transition Model Lemat.  This is one of the most formidable handguns of the American Civil War Era.  It could fire nine shots of .42 cal. from the cylinder and one shotgun blast of .63 cal. from a smooth bore shotgun barrel around which the cylinder revolved.  The 7 inch octagonal barrel has rifling remaining about as crisp as new.  This revolver has a nice early matching serial number of "797" and has original finish remaining in many areas.  The barrel is marked "Col. Lemat Bte sgdg - Paris" in script.  This revolver is out of the nationally known Don Bryan collection and has been a part of Don's award winning Lemat display for many years.  (The Lemat display is pictured above.)  Some of the South's most famous figures, including Jefferson Davis - P. G. T. Beauregard, and Jeb Stuart, just to name a few, carried this fearsome weapon.  A beautiful Lemat revolver in your collection would definitely go a long way in making your collection one of the most elite around.--$23,500.

  36. Absolutely drop dead beautiful cased .44 cal. Tranter Revolver with all the normal compliments.  The revolver has near 100 % original bluing and fine, intricate engraving.  There are numerous original Tranter bullets with the cased set.  Tranter revolvers were extremely popular with Confederate officers.  Many major museums do not have one of these.--$4,250.

  37. Just brought in - Beautiful .58 cal. Austrian Lorenz 3-band rifled musket complete with original 4-side bayonet.  This musket has a thick - NEVER CLEANED - attic brown patina.  Lots of rifling remains and the action still works perfectly.  Austrian muskets were extensively carried by both Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War as evidenced by the fact that we recover Austrian projectiles equally as often from Union and Confederate campsites.  If you like untouched thick attic brown patina on your relics - You will love this musket.--$1,350.SOLD

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  39. guntools.JPG (54115 bytes)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
  40. 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.
  41. .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.
  42. 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.

Larry Hicklen

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