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  1. Very attractive, .36 cal., Model 1851, Colt Navy Revolver.  This is serial # 101257 which is most desirable 1861-1862 production.  It has an all matching serial number except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  It has a pleasing, uncleaned, gray-brown aged patina overall with a barrel marking of "Address Saml. Colt - Hartford, CT".  The action still works perfectly, and a small amount of original cylinder scene remains.  It has original walnut grips which are in very nice condition with rounded corners from actual field service.    This one came in out of the local area and is highly likely Confederate carried.  It has been my experience that a high percentage of known Southern carried Colt Navys that have been brought in to me are Hartford production.  Although remaining in good solid condition, it is clear from wear patterns and rounded corners that this revolver saw lots of actual field service.--$1,950.

  2. Nice condition, .32 cal., rimfire, Moore's Patent Firearms, single action, belt revolver.  These revolvers have the distinction of having a seven round cylinder rather than a six.  It has a brass frame and handle with intricate scroll engraving standard.  Moore belt revolvers were only made from 1861 through 1863 and are all Civil War production.  The Moore revolver was very popular with both Union officers and enlisted men.  This example is serial # 7381 which is 1862-1863 production.  The action works properly some of the time, and some of the time the hammer jumps off full cock.  It displays beautifully with the brass frame and intricate engraving.--$750.

  3. 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.

  4. Nice condition and quite rare .32 cal. rimfire Smith and Wesson "Number 2 Old Model Army Revolver".   This example has a 5-inch barrel and has a SUPER LOW serial number of "3138".  It comes in its original intricately hand tooled black leather holster.  The spring remains strong, and the action works as perfectly as it did in the Civil War.  Nice, strong rifling remains intact in the barrel.  The original Rosewood grips remain intact as well, and are in good overall condition, but there is one small, old hairline crack running up the left hand grip.  This revolver looks excellent in display.--$1,250.SOLD

  5. Very RARE to come by - .58 cal. Maynard Tape Primed Model 1855 Springfield 3-band rifled musket.  The metal has a smooth chocolate attic-brown patina with lockplate markings of "U.S. - Springfield - 1858".  The musket still functions properly and firmly locks into both halfcock and fullcock.  There is faint rifling remaining, but the musket has worn edges - flash around the nipple area, and numerous small dings and marks from being extensively carried.  Considering that this weapon surfaced here in the South, and has seen LOTS of use - It is quite likely that this rifled musket may have been Confederate carried.  A Model 1855 .58 cal. Springfield is one of the tougher Civil War era weapons to locate.--$2,250.

  6. Very attractive, .32 cal., Model 1849, Colt Pocket Revolver.  It is serial# 106762, which is very early 1852 production.  The metal has a smooth, dark, aged patina with barrel markings of "Address Saml Colt - New York City".  The action works sometimes, and sometimes not depending on its mood.  There is some original silver wash remaining on recessed areas of the trigger guard and backstrap.  Every Civil War collection should have a Colt revolver.  This example is out of the local area, and considering its early production, was very likely Confederate carried.--$975.

  7. 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.

  8. Nice condition Colt Model 1861 .36 cal. Navy Revolver.  The 1861 Colt Navy is streamlined and conforms to the lines of the 1860 Colt Army.  This example is serial number 19430 and is estimated to be 1863 - 1864 production.  The 1861 Colt Navy is considered by collectors to be one of Colt's most attractive weapons - and is very hard to find in nice condition because only 38,843 total were produced {compared with 215,348 Model 1851 Navys produced}--$1,850.SOLD

  9. 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.

  10. Just brought in - Very attractive "1850" date "E. Whitney" Mississippi Rifle.  It has a smooth brown uncleaned attic patina with crisp markings of "1850 - E. Whitney - New Haven".  The soldier intentionally removed the sling swivels back during the Civil War era as is commonly seen.  The rifle retains crisp action - original brass tipped ramrod - and good rifling.  Also, this Mississippi Rifle remains in original .54 cal.  A pretty example of a favorite weapon among Southern infantry.--$1,895.SOLD

  11. Very rare, .58 cal., Model 1855, U.S. Percussion rifle manufactured at Harpers Ferry Armory with a total quantity manufactured of only 7,317.  This example has smooth, dark, attic patina to the metal with lockplate markings of "US Harpers Ferry - 1859".  The original walnut stock is in good solid condition but does have expected wear and numerous small dings and marks from many campaigns.  The majority of these weapons that we encounter were Confederate carried with a good portion of them in storage at the Harpers Ferry Arsenal captured by the Confederates after the outbreak of the Civil War.  This is a weapon that many of even the more advanced collections are missing.--$2,750.SOLD

  12. .54 cal. Model 1842, H. Aston horse pistol dated 1849.  These ancient, single-shot, military pistols were carried out of necessity by Confederates early in the war.  This particular pistol has "17 AB" carved into the walnut grip and very likely indicates that the Civil War owner was a member of the 17th Alabama Infantry.  The pistol shows extensive wear, and without question, saw lots of service.  This would be a very nice addition to someone's Confederate Alabama display.--$750.SOLD

  13. Very attractive Model 1860 Spencer 7-shot Repeating Carbine.  The metal has a pleasing grey-brown aged patina, and the stock is pretty, but does have an old crack that ran basically along with the loading tube path nicely repaired long, long ago.  The carbine is serial number "38780" and several carbines with close serial numbers {# 38775 for example} are known to have been issued to the hard fighting "19th New York Cavalry" regiment.  Many historians feel that the introduction of the Spencer 7-shot Repeaters to the Union Cavalry and Mounted Infantry had the greatest impact on ending the Civil War of any other single weapon.  No Civil War display tells the "whole story", unless it includes a Spencer 7-shot Repeater.--$1,850.SOLD

  14. Fresh into the shop today - Nice little .36 cal. Model 1851 "Hartford Production" Colt Navy Revolver in it's original hand stitched Confederate "Slim Jim" holster.  This revolver is serial number "84581" and is all matching - including the wedge.  This is VERY desirable 1859/1860 production and as Southern carried as cornbread and buttermilk.  The action still advances smoothly, and there are visible traces of cylinder scene.  You couldn't hope to own a weapon more representative of what the Southern Cavalry carried than this one.  This jewel comes with a complimentory set of earplugs -- WHY ??  Because it plays "Dixie" SOOO loud you will never get any sleep without them !!!!!--$2,250.SOLD

  15. Exceptionally pretty .58 cal. Model 1861 Trenton contract 3-band rifled musket.  The musket has clean metal with lockplate markings of "1863 - Trenton - U.S." and has a matching "1863" barrel date.  The musket has deep, clear "NJ" markings on both the barrel and the stock.  This musket has action about crisp as new, and loads of rifling.  I have no doubt that this rifled musket would still drive nails !!  If you have been wanting a "better than most you see" .58 cal. Civil War musket - This is one that you can be proud to own.--$2,150.SOLD

  16. Drop dead beautiful Confederate carried Adams .44 cal. Army revolver.  This weapon has at least 90 % original bluing and is out of a Wilbarger County, Texas estate sale.  The weapon comes with a fist full of late 1800s Texas family documents, and is said to have been carried in the Civil War by the father of W. A. Ownsby.  According to family legend their forefather who fought in the Civil War was from Tennessee, and migrated to Texas {as many did} at the end of the Civil War.  {Others say that he migrated to Texas BEFORE the Civil War and fought with the Texans}.  I'm sure some of my crack research buddies out there will have this riddle solved soon enough !!  This is nothing short of a BEAUTIFUL condition C.S. carried revolver.--$2,650.SOLD

  17. Absolutely beautiful, perfect condition, extremely rare, excavated Confederate manufactured, brass CS carbine barrel band.  From the best I can tell, I believe this is for a "Cook & Brother" Confederate carbine.  It was originally excavated by Terry Booth from a Texas Cavalry camp.  It has been cleaned up and is nice enough to literally go back on a Confederate carbine.--$95.SOLD

  18. BA-BA-BAD to the bone !!  .72 cal. Confederate caried Austrian Fruwirth Cavalry Carbine - Model of 1842 and would be nothing short of lethal at close range.  I'm considering hanging onto this jewel and putting it under my pillow as my new night-time cuddle buddy !!!  I like the idea of "If you are anywhere in that half of the room - I'm likely to hit you !!!--$1,150.SOLD

  19. Just brought in, very attractive, Austrian Lorenz 3-band rifled musket in original .54 cal., and dated {852} 1852, 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.--$1,450.SOLD

  20. Extremely rare "1812" dated .69 cal. horse pistol originally produced in flintlock, and converted to percussion by "Baker" of Fayetteville, N.C. in 1861 - 1862 in an attempt to help arm the Confederacy early in the Civil War.  His work can be recognized through his use of fouling rifle hammers, and replacement cylindrical "barrel shaped" bolsters.  This is a classic example of the South trying to make something serviceable virtually out of nothing.--$1,150.SOLD

  21. 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.

  22. Sweet, sweet, sweet "1853" date Colt .32 cal. Pocket Model revolver in original Confederate manufacture hand stitched holster.  The revolver is serial number "112936" and is "all matching - even the wedge".  This is out of descendants of the Dibrell family estate of Sparta, TN. and would have been carried by one of the family members - most all of which served in the 8th TN. CAV. C.S.A.  This is an excellent - museum grade - little Colt with near 100% original cylinder scene.  A fine addition to any Southern Display.--$1,850.SOLD

  23. Super Rare "REAL DEAL" RICHMOND ARSENAL 2-band Confederate produced .58 cal. C.S. RICHMOND rifle.  This is out of Charlie Harris's personal collection and is in purely "relic" condition.  It is out of an old barn and has been exposed to moisture and the elements for many, many years, but on the bright side -- It's Confederate all the way with both a "C.S." Richmond barrel, and a "C.S." Richmond lockplate.  Even though the lockplate is very pitted and in relic condition -- You can definitely still read "RICHMOND".  If you have always wanted to own a GENUINE Confederate produced musket, but $12,000. just wasn't doable - Here is a "REAL AS A HEART ATTACK" C.S. manufactered musket at an affordable price.  This baby requires earplugs to handle - because it PLAYS DIXIE SOOOO LOUD !!!--$1,950. {Not a mis-print !!}-SOLD

  24. 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.

  25. Regulation Federal "Over the Shoulder" carbine sling rig with the original carbine snap swivel intact.  The sling itself has been shortened a bit - which was commonly done - and remains very soft and pliable.  This will display wonderfully with your Civil War carbine.--$695.

  26. Original Model 1841 "Mississippi" Rifle.  This musket is out of the nationally known Charlie Harris collection, and Charlie purchased the rifle many years ago from an estate near Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The lockplate is marked "Robbins & Lawrence - Windsor VT - 1847".  The rifle has a smooth, uncleaned, attic brown patina from tip to tip and remains in original unaltered .54 caliber.  There are two deep inspector cartouches remaining clearly visible in the stock.  The action still works correctly, and decent rifling remains.  It is very likely that this Mississippi rifle was Southern carried.--$1,850.SOLD

  27. 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.

  28. Very rare to find complete - Enfield combination gun tool {sometimes called Sergeant's Tool}complete with worm - wipe - nipple pick and the whole works.  This will be a fantastic compliment to display with your .577 cal. Enfield Rifled Musket.--$225.SOLD

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. Nice condition and quite rare .32 cal. rimfire Smith and Wesson "Number 2 Old Model Army Revolver".  This is a 6-shot revolver with the more desirable "6 inch" barrel.  It is serial number "28528" which is 1864 Civil War production.  It has a smooth gently aging grey/brown patina, perfect action, and a deep, sharp bore.  The original Rosewood grips are intact and in near perfect condition.--$975.

  33. Very attractive .58 cal. "Trenton" 3-band contract rifled musket.  The metal has a pleasing, gently aging grey/brown color with lockplate markings of "Trenton - 1864 - U.S. - and the eagle" and the barrel is marked "NJ", and is dated "1863" which is often the case as they used up barrel inventory from earlier production.  The wood is in very nice condition with a visible inspector mark, but does show rounded corners, and small dings and marks from being carried.  There is very good bore remaining.  This is a good honest, solid "Trenton".--$1,450.SOLD

  34. Extremely rare, .58 cal., Fayetteville Armory - Fayetteville, NC, rifle.   The rifle is standard production, 2 brass barrel band type, with lockplate markings of "FAYETTEVILLE - C.S.A." with an eagle motif just above the C.S.A., and 1862 just in rear of the hammer.  The metal overall has a thick, uncleaned, attic brown patina, and the brass butt plate has the standard crisp, clear "CSA" marking.  The rifle shows evidence of extensive use with a literal hole burned in the wood just behind the nipple.  The stock has the initials of at least three different Confederate soldiers, "T.F.", on the left side, and "T.M." and "T.H.A." on the right side.  Multiple soldier initials on one weapon often indicate that one soldier was killed and the weapon picked up and carried by another.  Fayetteville, NC, rifles are among the most sought after collectible firearms of the Confederacy and are often priced in the $10,000 - $15,000 range.  This weapon has seen extensive service, but still displays quite nicely and at a price that you probably haven't seen a Fayetteville offered for in years.--$6,500.SOLD

  35. coltpkt107084.JPG (61604 bytes)coltpkt107084rev.JPG (64253 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk1.JPG (66606 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk2.JPG (42547 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk3.JPG (47965 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk4.JPG (41359 bytes)coltpkt107084mrk5.JPG (73370 bytes)coltpkt107084mtk.JPG (69177 bytes)coltpkt107084sn.JPG (44988 bytes)Really pretty Model 1849 .31 cal. Colt Pocket revolver.  It has nice clean metal with an all matching serial number of "107084" {except for the wedge which is an old replacement}.  This is nice early 1852  - 1853 production, and what you would expect surfacing here in the "Sunny South".  The brass trigger guard still has a nice amount of original silver wash, and the cylinder still retains lots of original scene.  It has action about as crisp as new, and a near perfect bore remains.  This is a real nice little Colt Pocket Revolver.--$1,250.

  36. smithwesson.JPG (62203 bytes)smithwessonrev.JPG (61049 bytes)smithwessonopn.JPG (56755 bytes)smithwessonmkr.JPG (42900 bytes)32 cal. Smith and Wesson 5-shot cartridge revolver.  This is early production with only the 1855 and 1859 patent dates present on the barrel.  The serial number is 10287 which is Civil War Era production.  Many Civil War officers carried the 32 cal. Smith and Wesson revolver as a last line of defense vest gun.  This example has perfect action and some case colors present in recessed areas.  A quality little gun that would be a nice addition to most any collection.--$650.
  37. dblmold.JPG (61008 bytes)dblmold1.JPG (63279 bytes)dblmoldcls.JPG (72479 bytes)Very nice condition double cavity folding .36 cal. bullet mold for a Manhattan Navy Model revolver.  I am including two original bullets recovered here at Stones River to display with the mold.--$125.SOLD
  38. bltmold.JPG (62088 bytes)bltmoldclsd.JPG (67190 bytes)Nice condition cast brass double cavity bullet mold for a "Country Rifle".  Many young Confederates left their Southern homes in 1861 carrying the family "Country Rifle", and was armed with this until a "more Military" type weapon came along.  This mold is out of a local estate and has a nice rich aged patina.--$125.
  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. tool.JPG (75085 bytes)Original folding musket tool correct to display with any of the Models of Springfield or contract percussion muskets.  An excellent compliment to display with your musket.--$65.
  42. Excellent condition non-excavated Springfield combination musket tool - perfect to display with your original Civil War musket.  Also, an original non-excavated .577 cal. Enfield trigger block with trigger.  Both items only.--$65.
  43. .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.
  44. 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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