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  1. 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.

  2. Just brought in - Beautiful .58 cal. Austrian Lorenz 3-band rifled musket complete with original 4-side bayonet in original black leather scabbard.  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.

  3. Really pretty, .36 cal., 6-shot, Allen and Thurber pepperbox revolver.  The revolver has intricate engraving remaining and is marked "Allen and Thurber - Worcester - 1837".  It has a smooth, gently graying, aged patina, and I'm pretty sure that this revolver is a female in that its action works when it's in the mood and doesn't when it's not !!!   {I was just told that if I talked to it sweeter - held it a bit more gently - etc. etc. - then it would likely work !!!  {Not Sure !!}--$695.

  4. Nice condition, .32 cal., Model 1849 Colt Pocket Revolver.  The revolver has an all matching serial # of 94515 (including the wedge) which is extremely desirable 1851 early production.  It retains about 70% original cylinder scene and has about 80% original silver wash on the brass trigger guard and brass back strap.  The grips are original and retain at least 90% original lacquer.  The revolver has crisp, sharp action and a bore about as nice as when it was new.  When it came in, it was in a nice condition, hand stitched, dark brown leather Confederate holster.  We are going to price this piece as the revolver only, and as the revolver with the Confederate holster, your choice.--$1,250 for the revolver only or $1,650 for the revolver and Confederate holster.SOLD 

  5. Very attractive .577 cal., Enfield 3-band, percussion, rifled musket.  This musket was just brought in out of the local area today.  It shows clear evidence of having been carried with rounded corners and the small dings and marks of field service.  The metal has a smooth, attic gray-brown patina with lockplate markings of "1863-Tower-and the British Crown".  The barrel has the desirable upside down "25-25" import mark.  This example has the original ramrod, both sling swivels, and the original long range site all remaining intact.  Enfield muskets were used by both Union and Confederate forces, but in this theater, we find far more Enfield bullets in Confederate sites than in Union sites.  Every Civil War collection should include an Enfield rifled musket.--$1,450.SOLD

  6. 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.

  7. Extremely rare, .52 cal. Sharps Model 1853 percussion carbine, known as the famous "John Brown" model.  This example is in very nice condition showing only evidence of normal service wear.  The metal has a smooth, gently aging gray/brown patina with lockplate markings of "Sharps Patent - 1852" and "Hartford Conn" marking on the barrel.  This example is serial # 14087 and still has a clearly visible military inspectors cartouche on the stock.  It has an excellent bore about as crisp as when it was made.  The long range site remains intact as well as the brass patchbox and the extra long sling bar and ring.  This type Sharps was extensively carried by southern cavalry.  It was brought into the shop today and quite likely saw CS service.  This rare model Sharps is in considerably nicer condition than you usually find and would be an excellent addition to any Confederate Cavalry display.--$4,500.SOLD

  8. 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

  9. Very sought after early Hartford production .36 cal. Colt Navy Model revolver.  This revolver is serial # "100544" and is all matching, except for the wedge which is an old replacement.  This revolver was produced in 1861/1862 and has a barrel marking of "Address Saml Colt - Hartfort CT".  There is faint cylinder scene remaining and about 30% of the original silver wash on the brass trigger guard.  This revolver is out of a local estate and very likely was Confederate carried.  There are faint initials cut with a pin knife into the brass butt strap of the revolver.  They appear to be "A.P.F."  It still has crisp action and a very respectable bore.--$1,650.SOLD

  10. Nice condition and EXTREMELY RARE CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURE hand stitched brown leather holster for a .36 cal. "Navy Size" revolver.  This just came in out of a local estate, and had a Colt .36 cal. Navy revolver in it.  If you have been wanting a sweet Confederate holster for your C.S. carried Colt Navy - Here it is.--$895.SOLD

  11. Nice condition, regulation, leather holster for a .36 cal. Navy size revolver.  The leather remains pliable and is only missing the small closure tab on the flap.  The leather plug in the bottom remains intact, and this is generally not the case.  This will be an excellent compliment to display with your .36 cal. Colt Navy revolver.--$450.

  12. 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

  13. Very attractive, .36 cal. Model 1851, Colt Navy Revolver.  This is a very sought after early "Hartford" production.  The metal has a smooth, gently aging, gray patina with a barrel marking of "Address SAML Colt - Hartford, CT".  The revolver has an all matching serial number (including the wedge) of 94994 which is most sought after "1860 - 1861" production.  This revolver came out of a North Georgia estate, and was almost certainly Confederate carried.  It has a good bore remaining, and the action works properly; although the spring isn't as tight as it once was.  The cylinder retains traces of original cylinder scene.  This revolver would fit perfectly into a nice Confederate display.  It retains original grips, but the corners are rounded due to having been extensively carried.--$1,850.SOLD

  14. Very attractive, Model 1816, .69 cal., Harpers Ferry smooth-bore musket originally produced in flint and converted to percussion for Civil War use.  This musket has a smooth, dark, chocolate patina tip to tip with lockplate markings of "Harpers Ferry - 1836 - US".  The original stock is in very nice condition with a clearly visible inspector cartouche remaining.  Old soldiers initials "W.G.P." are cut into the stock on the right hand side.  We believe this musket to have been carried by William G. Payne of Company K, 2nd Regiment Tennessee Infantry - CSA.  The original ramrod to this musket was apparently lost or damaged and was long ago replaced with an Enfield ramrod.  The musket has had stock repair under the back band long ago, but was very well done and displays nicely.--$975.SOLD

  15. Really pretty .54 cal. breechloading "Standard Model" Burnside Carbine.  This example has a nice early matching serial number of "10694".  Many, many Civil War Federal Cavalry units were armed with this weapon including the 1st Michigan - 3rd Indiana - 5th, 6th, and 7th Ohio - 1st New Jersey - 3rd West Virginia - 2nd, 12th, 14th, and16th Ill. - 3rd, 14th, and 18th PA. Cav.  This carbine has a crisp bore, action almost like new, and both inspector cartouches easily visible.  I think that most any collector would be happy to have this weapon in their collection.--$1,650.SOLD

  16. gallager2.JPG (10702 bytes)gallager.jpg (10128 bytes)gallagerlckplt.JPG (42830 bytes)gallagercls.JPG (40748 bytes)gallager1860.JPG (67099 bytes)gallagersrl.JPG (68786 bytes)gallagercmpt.JPG (70938 bytes)gallagercrvg.JPG (67028 bytes)gallagerw.JPG (74459 bytes)Attractive, honest "and actually carried" .50 cal. Gallager Carbine - The metal has a smooth attic brown patina with lockplate markings of "Richardson and Overman - July 17, 1860" and serial number "17024".  The action still works correctly and a good bore remains.  The patch box - sling ring - and long range site all remain intact.  The original walnut stock is in nice condition with just the normal small dings and marks from service, and the soldier has carved an unusual symbol into the stock just in front of the butt plate.  This is a nice quality carbine that doesn't come along every day.--$1,450.SOLD

  17. 1862tower.JPG (24183 bytes)1862towerstk.JPG (13274 bytes)1862towerbrl.JPG (11412 bytes)1862towerlckplt.JPG (57029 bytes)1862towerdte.JPG (67242 bytes)1862towercrn.JPG (67637 bytes)1862towercart.JPG (187343 bytes)1862towerrb.JPG (62314 bytes)VERY nice condition Confederate marked .577 cal. 3-band Enfield rifled musket.  The metal has a nice, smooth gently aging grey-brown patina, and has lockplate markings of "1862 - Tower - and the crown".  The barrel has the sought after "25 - 25" mark.  The stock is in exceptionally nice condition with only the small dings and marks of service, and has the small cartouches that has been found to be associated with Confederate import.  The original ramrod - both sling swivels - and original long range site all remain intact.  In addition, the action is about as crisp as when issued, and a very decent bore remains.  This is, in every way, a quality Confederate associated weapon.--$2,450.SOLD

  18. lemat.jpg (48422 bytes)lematrev.jpg (50834 bytes)lematengr.JPG (56166 bytes)lematcart.JPG (56865 bytes)lematsrl.jpg (48743 bytes)lematsrl2.JPG (55187 bytes)lematsrl4.JPG (51937 bytes)lematsrl5.JPG (57684 bytes)lematsrl3.JPG (39497 bytes)lematscr.jpg (88039 bytes)lematscr6.JPG (81366 bytes)lematscr2.JPG (62343 bytes)lematscr4.JPG (52989 bytes)lematscr5.JPG (56908 bytes)lematscr7.JPG (51866 bytes)Absolutely drop-dead beautiful condition most notable revolver of the American Civil War, the famous "LeMat" Paris Second Model production.  This revolver is serial# 1811 and is matching on all parts.  This serial number falls in mid-range Civil War production.  The LeMat second model range runs from the low 1000's to serial# 2494.  This revolver is from the nationally known Don Bryan collection and has original finish over at least 90% of the revolver.  The action on the revolver is perfect and all marks are as deep and crisp as the day it was made.  Any museum in the nation would be thrilled to have this fine revolver in its collection.  It is quite possible that you may never see another LeMat this nice offered for sale.--$23,000.SOLD

  19. 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.

  20. 69calflint.JPG (24013 bytes)69calflintlockplt.JPG (52786 bytes)69calflintlckpltrev.JPG (50129 bytes)69calflinteng.JPG (62440 bytes)Very nice .69 cal. Model 1812 military musket IN ORIGINAL FLINT with Mass. and Luke Harrington marks.  The musket has crisp action - sharp marks - and is dated "1821".  It came directly out of a North Carolina estate many, many years ago, and has the prettiest - never cleaned - attic grey/brown patina that you could hope to see.  Many young Confederates first left home carrying muskets of this type, and many were still being carried at the Battle of Mill Springs, KY.  I can't imagine any Civil War and earlier collector not being very proud of having this jewel in their collection.--$2,250.SOLD
  21. 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.
  22. capcntnr.JPG (71444 bytes)capcntnrsd.JPG (60844 bytes)Original small percussion cap tin for any percussion revolver.  This would be a fine compliment to display with any Civil War era hand gun.--$48.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. .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.
  30. 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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