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Item#66098 Sixth plate ruby ambrotype. Nice view of a New York infantryman. Dressed in a brand spanking fresh New York state uniform. Nice big New York state buttons running down the front. Good clear image with lots of detail of this uniform. Housed in a full leatherette case. $175.00


Item #89198 Beautiful sixth plate ambrotype of two brothers fighting for the cause. Fresh out of a Frederick, Maryland estate. The pair sit dressed in their frocks sharing the embrace of brotherly love. Beautiful image and crystal clear. Unfortunately their id's are unknown but the family name was Klein. Housed in a mint thermoplastic case. $475.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #45343 Sixth plate ambrotype of a New York militiaman. Wearing shoulder boards of an undetermined rank with some unique cuff trim. The belt plate is a rectangular New York state seal plate with a beautiful eagle's head pommel sword hanging from the belt. Nice, clear image housed in a full leatherette case. $900.00


Item #68755 Quarter plate melainotype of this young soldier. Prewar image. Probably dating to the late 1850's. Dressed in this service jacket with tall standing collar. Almost certainly he went on to serve as an officer during the war. It comes housed in this original wooden frame. $375.00


Item #21078 Sixth plate tintype of a triple armed Federal cavalryman or possibly an artilleryman. Studio pose dressed in his service jacket, cap and sporting a M1851 waist plate. His heavy saber rests in his lap with a solver handled Sheffield knife tucked into his belt next to a very rare Massachusetts Arms Co. Maynard primed belt revolver in .31 caliber. There were only about a 1000 of these made from 1850 up to 1857. 200 of these pistol were actually sold to John Brown in 1857 for use in his failed raid. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. Nice triple armed image with a very rare pistol. $600.00

                               
                        
     
Item #22198 Outstanding quarter plate tintype identified as Jacob Hoffman of the 2nd Missouri Cavalry "Merrill's Horse Cavalry". Taken in front of the iconic Benton Barracks backdrop where the regiment was raised during the final months of 1861. Jacob stands armed with his sword which is drawn from the scabbard and a large revolver which he has tucked into his belt. The front of his cap is adorned with cavalry insignia, the numeral "2" and his company as well. Merrill's Horse Cavalry saw action in no less than 20 engagements. The image is accompanied by a period note which is located behind the image identifying Hoffmon. There is also a small tintype of his wife Katherine behind the image as well. The image comes housed in this pristine wall mount thermoplastic case. Beautiful image of one of the wars most famous cavalry units. $1650.00

                            
Item #68111 Stunning quarter plate tintype of a mounted solider with his pistol drawn. This isn't any ordinary soldier but a Zouave as evidence by the red tombeau design present on the front of his jacket. His sits upon this black mount with a Remington revolver revolver in hand. Off to the right side can be seen another horse with a number of buildings directly behind the main subject. The entire thing has been beautifully tinted with the ground and bushes tinted green and the sky shades of red's and blue's. The black spot at the top is just a spot where the emulsion was never applied. Beautiful image! Not very often you see a Zouave mounted on horseback! No case for this one though. $1650.00

   
Item #68471 Wonderful war date broadside dated February 3, 1865. This one measures about 13" x 10". It announces at meeting to be held at Osgood's Hall located in Ilion, New York for the purpose of raising volunteers for the war effort. "RALLY To Avoid the Draft!". This one is in wonderful condition with nice bold print and no tears. Minimal staining as well. It has been professionally matted already so all you need to do is slap this in a frame and it is ready to go. Getting hard to find these in this type of condition. Spectacular piece! $1200.00

                                  
                                

Item #58731 Sixth plate tintype and accompanying letter written by Walter Rayner of Reading, Pennsylvania. Walter would serve in the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery beginning in December, 1863 and would serve until September, 1865. This view of Walter was taken in September, 1864 which he has scratched into the back of the plate. The letter was written by Walter in April, 1879 addressing the "Selectmen of the Town of North Reading". In it he explains that he has not yet been paid the $125 bounty he was promised by the recruiting officer at the time of his enlistment and that he has been before the General Court which has ordered that the money be raised and paid to him which they have failed to do. Whether or not he was ever paid is unknown but he is certainly not a happy camper in this letter! The image is uncased and I don't believe it probably ever had one. The letter itself is in excellent shape. $135.00


Item #22967 Beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype of this yank infantryman. Dressed in a four button sack coat with a US waist belt and sporting a dark blue kepi. This is the wooden US plate was carved so that the letters would appear in the correct order when the subject was photographed. He holds his musket diagonally across his chest. Nice crystal clear image of this yank. Housed in a half leatherette case. $550.00

                           
Item #77879 Absolutely beautiful half late tintype of two yank pards. Stunning tinting job to this view! The two men sit opposite of each other with a table in between the pair. The gentleman to the right has a large patch sewn on the knee of his trousers. This view was taken at Gallops Island in January, 1865 which was located in Boston Harbor. The island served as a training and mustering out camp. These two more than likely were in the process of being mustered out after their term had expired. Beautifully tinted view housed in a full leatherette case. $650.00


Item #44243 Beautiful ninth plate ambrotype of a rebel soldier taken by Tyler & Co located in Richmond, Virginia. Famed Richmond photographer Charles Rees worked out of the Tyler & Co studio and later bought the building and all of it's contents around 1859. I did sell a Rees view last year with Tyler & Co hardware which Rees reused so this could very well be his work although it is unsigned. He is dressed in a heavy grey wool jacket with a small amount of dark piping on the cuffs and collar with large doomed buttons. Possibly a member of the Norfolk Light Artillery as this jacket is nearly identical to those worn by that unit. Beautiful image housed in a half case. $750.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #36991 Eight plate tintype of a Federal cavalryman. He stands in front of this military themed back drop with a fort on the hill and artillery. This is one of the Benton Barracks back drops. Simple pose just armed with his cavalry saber. Some scratches to this one as you can see. It does come housed in a half leatherette case. $250.00

                             
    
                           
                                          
Item #68723 Large grouping pertaining to Lieutenant Jacob Stough of the 12th U.S. Infantry. Jacob would enlist with the 12th starting in February, 1862 and serve 3 years with the regiment. Included in the group is a diary kept by Jacob beginning from early 1863 through the latter part of 1864. A war date carte view of him back marked out of West Virginia. Included in the diary are a number of notable entries. The death of Stonewall Jackson, " May 15th, 1863 ...learned today that Stonewall Jackson is dead certainly. The rebels have lost one of their best generals." The Battle of Gettysburg, "July 5th, 1863 the news from our army is PA is very cheering but I'm afraid it's not true. Reported that the federal army has taken 132 cannon and 15,000 prisoners. I'm afraid it's too good to be true". The capture of John Hunt Morgan, "July 27th, 1863 Saw John Hunt Morgan the rebel general who had so long a time devestating Ohio and causing terror wherever he went, in a car at Columbus as prisoner". Many, many more great entries as well. Also included are many more post war photos of Jacob, his family and their home located in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Quite a bit of paper work relating to Jacob, his death and the death of family members. A second diary his daughter kept while visiting Niagara Falls and London during the 1870's is also included. Excellent shape on this one. Wonderful war time diary with some super content! $1200.00


Item #22867 Half plate tintype of a union sailor. He stands on a plank floor with a back drop painted to make it appear as though he is standing on the deck of a gunship. I'm not exactly sure where these were taken. I would presume a prominent naval yard as I have seen a number of these with this particular back drop. Views with the back drop are almost always done in the half plate size just as this one is. He stands dressed in his navy jumpsuit with his arm resting on a pedestal draped with a nicely tinted US flag. This one does have some condition issues as you can see. It does come housed in a full leatherette case however. $1200.00


Item #58676 Absolutely beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal inafntryman. Seated pose dressed in his frock. He does have service stripes located on the sleeves. Probably a result of some prewar service in the US Regulars. A pistol is tucked into his belt which has had the frame exquisitely engraved. Pristine view! This one does come housed in a full patriotic case as well. $650.00 


Item #68744 Wonderful quarter plate melainotype of a Federal drummer. One of the nicer examples I have had in. This one looks better in hand. He's dressed in his frock and cap with his drum hanging from the baldric worn over his shoulder which has been tinted red. He stands with drum sticks in hand ready to beat out the call to arms. Very nice view. Unfortunately he is not identified. Beautiful view though that comes housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case. $2500.00


Item #89881 Sixth plate tintype of two cavalryman dressed in stable frocks. Very rare example of this coat. These were constructed out of white canvas to be worn while grooming horses. The canvas allowed for the horse hair to be much more easily removed as compared to the wool uniforms. Some units such as the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry actually wore the coats as fatigue uniforms while in camp. During the spring of 1864 members of the 2nd Maine were issued an order that "enlisted men on stable duty will wear their stable frocks". Both men look as though their forearms are bandaged. Those are probably false sleeves being worn for protection but why they are wearing them I have no idea unless it is to keep the white sleeves of the coat from becoming soiled. One of the men has his pant legs pulled up over the top of his boots. The other has done the same with one pant leg falling down. I would presume this was done to keep the bottom of the trousers out of the horse s**t and mud as the boots of both men are filthy dirty. This is shown in the publication "US Army in the West" published in 1995. Rare view of these two men who were probably returning from stable duty. Housed in a full leatherette case. $800.00


Item #68754 8th plate ambrotype of a very tall yank infantryman. Very unusual to see this size in an ambrotype format. I've had maybe just a couple in 15 years that have been ambrotype's as opposed to tintypes. This Federal foot soldier stands dressed in his frock decorated with some very generic sergeants strips. He wears a US waist belt and a cartridge box that could use a few extra inches on that sling. His musket is held at his side with one hand and I'n not sure what he's doing with the other. Wearing knee high cavalry boots and his cap with the visor flipped up like Benny Hill. This one looks a heck of a lot better in hand. It does come in a full thermoplastic case but is missing a chunk out of one corner. Great image none the less! $450.00


Item #90812 Absolutely beautiful quarter plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal musician. This thing is a beauty! Crystal clear image. Simple standing pose with one hand resting on his hip and holding his cap in the other hand. Dressed in this wonderful musicians frock with the herring bone trim. Gorgeous image! Housed in a full leatherette case. $450.00


Item #22088 Sixth plate ambrotype of a Michigan volunteer. Wonderful view of this soldier dressed in the 5 button Michigan sack coat with cloth shoulder tabs and a small slash pocket. His cap is worn with company letter "G" pinned to the front. These blouses were known to have been issued to the 3rd through 9th Michigan Infantry as well as the 1st Michigan Engineers. Wonderful tinting to this one. A US waist belt is worn into which he has tucked a small little dirk and a very rare Robbins & Lawrence ring trigger, concealed hammer pepper box pistol. The first time I have ever seen one of these displayed in an image. Beautiful image housed in a full patriotic thermoplastic case. $750.00

                                                        
                                   
Item #57644 Quarter plate tintype of an unidentified member of what is believed to be the 34th Georgia Infantry. This foot soldier stands dressed in a dark service jacket with grey trousers. His cartridge box is worn over the shoulder with the rest of his compliment of accouterments worn on the waist belt. His musket is held at his side while wearing a grey felt beehive slouch cap. The bottom view shows Joseph Brawner of Co.G of the 34th Georgia dressed in the identical uniform right down the the felt cap with the one side pinned up. Brawner had two other brothers that would serve along side him in Co. G. Whether this is one of them is unknown but they certainly look to have similar features. The vast majority of the members from this unit were captured at Champion Hill. This one is housed in a full leatherette case with the velvet pad embossed by J. H. Pugh of Macon, Georgia. Nice Georgia rebel. $3500.00

                           
                                                 
                 
Item #28675 Extremely rare sixth plate ambrotype of Confederate Brigadier General William E. Starke of Virginia. This is a pre-war view of Starke taken by famed Richmond photographer Charles Rees. Born in Brunswick County, Virginia he would remain there up until 1840 when he would move south for Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans where he would become a wealthy cotton broker. William would return to Virginia prior to the out break of war. In 1861 would take a commission as a lieutenant colonel with the 53rd Virginia Infantry. In June of that year he would take a position serving as aide-de-camp to General Robert Garnett. In the debacle following the Confederate defeat at the Battle of Rich Mountain, Garnett would be killed during the retreat at Corrick's Ford. In the confusion and panic that followed, Starke took command and kept things from completely falling apart. He was later praised for his coolness in the face of disaster by Colonel William Taliaferro who succeeded Garnett. With out a position following Garnett's death, William would briefly serve on the staff of Robert E. Lee. Late in 1861 William would receive a colonel's commission with the 60th Virginia Infantry. He would lead the regiment during the Peninsular Campaign up until the Seven Days Battle when he would be wounded in the hand. William would return to the regiment after a 3 day absence but would relinquish his command shortly afterwards. He would be twice commended for his actions during the battle and as a result was promoted to brigadier general in August, 1862. Assigned to command the Second Louisiana Brigade he would lead Stonewall's Division during the Battle of Second Manassas. During the fall of 1862 Starke's Brigade was part of the force serving under Stonewall Jackson that captured the entire Union garrison at Harper's Ferry. After the capture they marched towards Sharpsburg, Maryland and arrived there on September, 16th. The next day would begin the now infamous Battle of Antietam as a large Union force slammed into Starke's Brigade. As Confederate forces were pushed back, William would be shot 3 times and died shortly afterwards. His body was later buried in the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond next to his son who had been killed two months earlier. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a period note glued to the case. I can only make out portions of the inscription including "Col. Wm. Starke" and "Born in Brunswick County, Va.". Extremely rare view! $4500.00


Item #78341 Quarter plate melainotype of two Federal cavalryman. These two hail from the 9th Cavalry regiment as evidenced by the brass insignia pinned to the front of one of the men's slouch hat. Studio pose of these two men casually dressed in their cavalry shell jackets. One of the men brandishes a small Colt pocket revolver for the occasion. Unfortunately the men and the regiment which they actually belonged to is unknown. This one does have some cracks in the emulsion but there is no flaking. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $550.00

                 
Item #21010 Civil War discharge signed by Thomas Chamberlain of the famed 20th Maine and brother to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. This one is for Jacob Hacker of the 198th Pennsylvania. He also had earlier service in the 9th Pennsylvania Infantry. Chamberlain's signature is nice and bold. After the war Thomas would suffer from the mental effects that the war brought on. What we now know as PTSD. He really had a difficult time in the years following the war and if it were not for his brother Joshua looking after him things could have been much worse. This is a very nice example. Crease marks and some light staining but otherwise fine. It is not framed but I can have it professionally framed if you so desire for an additional charge. Very nice. $450.00
 

Item #19785 Sweet little 8th plate tintype of a Federal infantryman. Probably a Western Theater yank. Dressed in a simple four button sack and some nicely tinted blue trousers. Interesting back drop that I don't believe I have seen before. A camp scene is off to the right with the American flag tinted and flying in the back ground. A farm house is seen off in the distance on the opposite side. Great view that comes housed in a full leatherette case. $300.00

               
                  
Item #11219 Neat little item. This is a piece of grape shot picked up from the Battle of Fort Davidson probably sometime in the 1960's. Mounted to a wood base with a nice brass identification plate that's well tarnished so it's been on there for quite a while. The bottom of the base has a short history on the battle. Pretty neat little relic. $75.00

                                       
                                     
Item #57634 Nice 12th/20th Corps badge made from a silver half dollar. This one has the faced sanded down and then the star engraved for the 12th/20th Corps. In the center of the star is engraved "E. F. Adams". There's about half a dozen possible matches from men serving from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and New Jersey. All serving in the Army of the Ohio and Cumberland. Still retains it's original pin. Shouldn't be to hard to narrow down the owner with a little research. Nice badge. $600.00


Item #68712 Sixth plate early war melainotype of a Pennsylvania cavalryman. Dressed in his cavalry uniform with brass shoulder scales and his forage cap. Company and regiment id are pinned to the top but I am unable to read it. This back drop with the flag is known to be from a Pennsylvania photographer. He stands wearing his leather gauntlets while brandishing his heavy cavalry saber in one hand and holding onto the scabbard with the other. His M1851 sword belt rig is worn with a small unsheathed side knife tucked into the front of his belt. Beautiful flag floating behind him tinted in red, white and blue featuring the star pattern in the field of blue. Really a great image. This one comes housed in a full patriotic leatherette case as well. $900.00


Item #79832 Quarter plate tintype of two members of the 58th Ohio. This one is identified on the back of the plate as Leander Spencer and Tom Miller. The pair would enlist in the regiment in late August, 1862. Leander in Co. C and Tom in Co. F. During the Battle of Chickamauga almost the entire regiment was captured. Leander was among those taken prisoner and sent to Belle Island and then to the infamous Andersonville Prison. Only a 135 men remained after the battle, Tom among them. Leander would some how survive Andersonville and be exchanged during a prisoner swap. Many of his comrades would not be so lucky. The pair would eventually be mustered out in July, 1865. The pair sit dressed in a motley attire of both civilian clothes and Army issue. One of the men wears the grey Ohio issue frock coat. Both men wear kepi's with a brass star affixed to the front. Most likely a Corps badge from their time serving in the Reserve Corps with the Army of Ohio and Cumberland. Housed in a half leatherette case. $550.00

                
Item #43477 Nice full plate tintype. This is a Federal corporal standing in front of the Fredericksburg back drop. This is a period full plate which been made by photographing the smaller, original image. He stands dressed in his frock with corporals chevrons and full accouterments with his musket at his side. The top of his cap is adorned with brass insignia reading "11 PV". He also has a corps badge pinned up there for the 1st Corps. There's an old pencil id on the reverse of the mat which reads "Henry Landis". This is in fact corporal Abraham Landis of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Co. D. Abraham would muster with the company beginning in November, 1861. He would see no shortage of action. The 11th Pennsylvania would hold the distinction of being the oldest unit in continuous service from the state. They would fight in no less than 16 major engagements and several smaller skirmishes beginning with Hokes Run through the Appomattox Campaign. Abraham's service however would come to an abrupt end on February 6, 1865 when he was wounded while fighting at Hatcher's Run. He is reported as absent at the time the regiment was mustered out. No doubt still recovering from the wound. This back drop dates to late 1863 and early 1864. The 11th remained encamped in this vicinity after the Battle of Fredericksburg and were serving in the 1st Corps at that time. An interesting side note on the 11th's history. The mascot for the regiment was a Staffordshire Terrier by the name of Sally who traveled with the regiment continuously. After the regiment was heavily engaged on the first day's fight at Gettysburg a number of men from the regiment lay dead and dying on the field. Sally proceeded to walk out onto the field of battle and laid down among many of her former comrades until she was later found by other members of the regiment. Sally would later be killed during the Battle of Hatcher's Run. The same battle in which Abraham would be wounded. This is a very nice full plate. They are generally blurry but this one is very well done. Great image from one of the wars most hard fought units! $900.00

               
Item #46791 Sixth plate tintype of a pair of yank infantryman. They look to be maybe brothers. The pair sit side by side with full accouterments with their muskets pointing in opposite directions. Very cool pose. A little black area right in the middle but it is more noticeable in the scan then when viewing it in hand. Housed in a full thermoplastic case. $700.00


Item #81623 Quarter plate tintype of a yank infantryman. Standing in the grass in a makeshift camp studio dressed in his frock with full accouterments. His musket is held at his side and wears a grey slouch cap with with a 6th Corps badge on the front. Interestingly a dog lays curled up at his feet and sleeping. It looks to be a Springer Spaniel. This one comes housed in a full thermoplastic case. Neat view with the dog. $650.00




Item #89772 Very nice leather cartridge box for the Burnside carbine. This one is stamped by the maker Hoover & Calhoun of New York. This is a very nice box. The leather is very pliable with very little crazing. Both belt loops are intact but it is missing one roller buckle. The closure tab is present and in very good shape. The interior wood block for holding the ammunition is present but there is some wood loss where a mouse got in there. Overall a very solid box. $350.00


Item #78564 Nice tintype of a Western Theater yank. This one is the more seldom seen 8th plate size. This bushy bearded yank is dressed in a four button sack coat with cartridge box, cap box and a US waist belt. Armed with his musket which is held at his side. About as nice an 8th plate as you're going to find and this one comes housed in a mint thermoplastic case as well. $400.00


Item #26158 Quarter plate tintype of a yank infantryman. This is about as make shift of a studio as you are ever going to see. Put together with a number of sections of canvas pieced together in order to create a temporary studio. Dressed in a four button sack coat and standing on a plank board floor. Looks to be a small pallet of some sort leaning up against the wall off under the mat. Full accouterments with his musket resting at his side. Housed in a half leatherette case. $525.00

                           
Item #22100 Wonderful, early quarter plate ambrotype vignette view of a triple armed reb infantryman. He's dressed from head to toe in this matching grey uniform. The frock has the collar and cuffs trimmed in what I presume was blue at the time but which has over time probably faded to this more greenish hue. The cap has a lower band also trimmed in this same blueish green color. A leather belt is worn around the outside of the frock. The belt plate has been to heavily gilded to make any identification of the plate. To one side he has tucked a medium size Bowie knife and on the other a revolver minus the holster. Out in front he displays a very nice Springfield M1855. The Maynard tape primer is so clear you can see the eagle embossed on it. The M1855's were produced at Harper Ferry which fell into Confederate hands in early 1861 along with all of the machinery which was used to produced the M1855's. This one does have the original paper mat rather than the brass mat we normally see. I have seen these used on a number of Confederate images. Unfortunately his identity is unknown. It does come housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. There was another nearly identical image for sale on another site recently. Unfortunately it was unidentified as well. Very interesting view with a great shot of that M1855! $3500.00


Item #98700 Beautiful quarter plate ambrotype of Nehemiah Butt of the 18th Virginia Heavy Artillery known as the "Atlantic Artillery". Nehemiah would enlist in early March, 1861 in the Alexandria Light Artillery which was the predecessor to the 18th Heavy Artillery. He appears to have been still serving with the 18th as late as January, 1864 according to a payment receipt issued for his service for the months of November and December 1863. At some point he transferred into the 1st Virginia Engineers to work as a carpenter although the dates appear to be unknown. Nehemiah was twice hospitalized during his service with intermittent fever. Once in July, 1862 when he was transferred to Lynchburg to recuperate and again in July, 1864. The latter he spent in Chimborazo Hospital located in Richmond. A very aged Nehemiah is shown here with more hair on his face then atop his head. This would have been taken during his service with the 18th Artillery. He's dressed in this dark grey frock with the cuffs trimmed in red along with cloth shoulder tabs trimmed red also. Behind the image is a piece of paper taken from the lining of the case on which is written "Neimeyer Butt 18th Va Btry H.A." in period ink. Beautiful image. Crystal clear and just an all around beautiful image. It comes housed in a half thermoplastic case along with his service records. $1200.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #68734 Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of this baby faced rebel foot soldier. Probably from the Trans-Mississippi area more than likely. Dressed in this very coarse looking brown jacket and matching trousers. Very simple construction with cloth shoulder tabs and a single breast pocket. A thin leather belt is worn around the waist with a single roller buckle into which he has tucked a good sized D-Guard Bowie. His tin drum canteen hangs from it's leather strap which he has thrown over his shoulder. His initials "A K M" have been painted on the face of the canteen. Unfortunately his full name is unknown. This one does have some spotting to it regretfully but still some great content. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. $1950.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #78143 Absolutely beautiful sixth plate melainotype. Probably the one of the best quality melainotype's I have seen. Beautifully tinted. Unusual profile view of this Federal 1st sergeant of a cavalry regiment presumably. His sash has been tied to his waist belt rather than being worn around the waist. Quite the dapper looking sergeant wearing the white gloves and striking this pose. Absolutely mint view. Housed in a full case with a separated spine. $1250.00

                          
Item #09823 Killer sixth plate ambrotype of this triple armed reb out of Texas. Dressed in this very simple grey frock with bone buttons. Made of very thin material. Home made no doubt. His trousers are very unique. They appear to be grey but upon closer examination but they are completely striped. Almost like a corduroy but with the stripes running horizontal instead of vertically. The belt plate is would assume is a US plate but it is so heavily tinted that it is obscured. Looking at it from the back I can make out an "S" but nothing more. A large knife is tucked into his belt on one side and a heavy revolver on the other. Out in front of him is a M1842 smooth bore. Great shot of the lock plate and I love how that sling is hanging down. Slight tinting to the hands and face to make the image appear more life like. Just a great view of a hard fighting reb! Spotting to this one as you can see but still a great image. Housed in a half leatherette case. $3950.00


Item #57612 Minty sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. Standing pose with his sword displayed at his front with the scabbard hanging at his side. A very casual pose and dress. He also wears an Hardee hat with an ostrich plume pinned to the side and cavalry insignia on the front. Company letter "K" is at the top and the numeral "2" at the bottom. Beautiful image with just some minor mat rubs. Housed in a full leatherette case. $550.00

                                       
Item #68711 Silver id shield for the famed 3rd New Jersey Cavalry "Butterfly Hussars". This would have been worn by one of the cavalryman like the one pictured in the image below who served in that regiment. Made out of silver. The center shield is roughly the size of a quarter with the entire piece overall about the size of a 50 cent piece. Still retains the original pin back which is very solid. This one belonged to an un-named member of Co. A. Very nice and rare badge which this photo does not do justice. $1200.00


Item #76101 Rare quarter plate tintype of a member of the 3rd New Jersey Cavalry known as the "Butterfly Hussars" dressed in the distinctive uniform worn by this regiment. The regiment was granted special permission for this distinctive dress which helped to bolster it's recruitment during late 1863 and early 1864. The jacket was dark blue trimmed in a knot work of yellow braid which ran across the front, along the cuffs and on the collar which would have been orange.The cap was this visorless oddity which tilted to the left as is clearly evident here. On the front of the cap was the numeral "3" surrounded by a laurel wreath. The trousers were a light blue with a wide stripe of yellow down the trouser seem. This particular example is is identified as Samuel Bennett by an old period tag behind the velvet pad. Samuel would enlist with the regiment in late December, 1863 and serve up until the regiments eventual mustering out in August, 1865. They would see action in a number of battles such as Winchester, Five Forks, Appomattox and several others. This is an exceptional example. They don't come up to often and this one is crystal clear and identified! It does come housed in a full leatherette case but the spine is split. Rare view! $1650.00


Item #57132 Sixth plate ambrotype. Perhaps a yank or Confederate although that will most likely never be known. Dressed in this cotton blouse and wearing the scare baby size US waist plate that we often see worn in Confederate images. Of note is the fact that this gentleman is missing his index and middle finger on one hand. An old war wound perhaps. I'm not sure what is won around the neck. It might possibly be attached to a pocket watch which he has tucked into his trousers. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $400.00


Item #45123 Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of an unidentified rebel. He's dressed in a dark blue triple breasted frock and matching trousers. Very unique frock with a sweeping front. Two small pistols are tucked into a roller buckle type belt one of which is sporting ivory handles. No id on this guy but I would guess he was probably from Georgia. Some minor mat rubs but otherwise fine. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. Very nice crystal clear image.$1350.00


Item #29786 Quarter plate tintype identified as Jenks Heston of the 45th Ohio Infantry, Co. B. Heston is shown here dressed in a four button sack coat with a felt slouch cap resting on his knee. There is some type of insignia pinned to the front but it's indiscernible. Heston mustered into Co. B beginning in July, 1862. He would serve with the regiment through a handful of small engagements. Running into the enemy at Philadelphia, Tennessee they would be engaged in a hot fight. It was here that Heston along with two other men from the regiment would be killed in action on October 20, 1863. His name is scratched into the back of the plate. This one does not have a case with it but it is housed in a very nice would mount display case. $450.00


Item #89734 Fantastic sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. This one is beautifully tinted. He stands dressed in his cavalry uniform brandishing his heavy cavalry saber in one hand while holding onto the scabbard with the other. M1851 eagle waist belt and sporting brass shoulder scales. He also sports a Hardee hat with cavalry insignia pinned to the front and the letters "S H". I couldn't locate a cavalry regiment with those initials so I'm not sure what they actually stand for. He stands in front of a military themed back drop with rows of canvas tents and the American flag flying behind him. All of which has been tinted. Quite a beautiful image. It does come housed in a near mint thermoplastic case. Splendid view! $850.00


Item #18945 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal cavalryman double armed with his saber and carbine. Dressed in cavalry jacket sporting brass shoulder scales. He looks to be wearing two belts. One a M1851 sword belt from which his scabbards hangs from and then a US waist belt as well. Brandishing his sword he stands with his hand holding onto his carbine which hands from the carbine sling hung over his shoulder. This one is a bit dark as you can see but you don't see carbine images to often. Housed in a full case with a split spine. $650.00

        
           
Item #22762 Beautiful non-dug US waist plate. This one is in wonderful condition retaining about 95% of the original finish. No dents or pushes on this one either. Minimal amount of wear to the face. Retains the original lead fill on the back with arrow hooks a tongue. Super sharp plate and I'll even through in a riker display case. $275.00

        
Item #90091 Interesting quarter plate melainotype of 5 Federal soldiers grouped around a table over which the American flag is draped. Each man has at least one eating utensil held in his hand with the 3 in the center holding utensils in both hands. Rather unique content. Each man has a large company letter "D" pinned to the top of their caps while standing in front of a back drop decorated with palmetto trees. Interesting back drop as I have never seen this one before. Obviously taken in the south somewhere. South Carolina perhaps. Interesting content which I'm sure you won't find again! Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $850.00


Item #57768 This is a neat little sixth plate ambrotype. I've had this one for about 15 years. A young boy around 5 years of age stands dressed in what looks to be a small imitation of a navy jump suit. A drum hangs from a leather strap worn around his neck while he stands ready with drum sticks in hand. The drum has been tinted this shade of yellow. I can just picture this kid marching around beating on his drum and driving his parents bloody crazy. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. Nice little image. $275.00

         
       
                             
   
Item #19023 Relic Colt Army Model 1860. This one was recovered from Raymond, Mississippi around the late 60's or early 70's when a foundation was being dug there for a gymnasium at the junior college. The battle of Raymond, Mississippi was fought on May 12, 1863 during the Vicksburg Campaign. Confederate forces were eventually routed by Major General James McPherson and the XVII Corps. This one has the serial #36618 which put it's production date in 1862. That serial number also falls in the range of Colt Army's issued to Co. D. of the 2nd West Virginia Cavalry. While the 2nd West Virginia Cavalry was not present at the Battle of Raymond, the 4th Ohio Cavalry was and the original designation for the 2nd West Virginia was as the 4th Ohio. They did not become the 2nd West Virginia until after West Virginia was granted statehood in mid 1863. This one was probably discarded as it looks like it took a direct hit to the trigger guard and trigger busting a chunk off the guard and snapping the trigger off. Missing the wedge and the loading lever also. The cylinder does still spin on this one when you pull the hammer back. It also comes with signed documentation from the original owner from when it was originally found. Great relic and battle damaged piece! $950.00


Item #78612 Very rare ferrotype of Ulysses S. Grant from his 1868 presidential campaign. Extremely fine example. This one is mounted on card stock with a patriotic motif of the American flag. This ferrotype was widely popular but this is the first example I have seen mounted on this card stock. This one is stamped by Tyler out of South Carolina. Wonderful and very rare example $300.00


Item #22132 Pretty sweet quarter plate ruby ambrotype. Gotta love that flag!Triple armed Federal infantryman dressed in a sack coat which he has tucked into his trousers. Around the waist is worn a US waist belt. This looks to be one of the carved wood plates that some photographers used to make the "US" appear in the correct order when photographed. A revolver is tucked into the belt along with a saber bayonet. I'm not sure of the make of the revolver. Looks to be maybe a Marston. His M1841 musket is held at "the shoulder". Off to his side is a large pedestal which this beautiful American flag wrapped around it which is tinted red, white and blue. Probably a Pennsylvania fella as this is thought to have operated somewhere in eastern Pennsylvania. Wonderful image which comes housed in a full leatherette case. $1350.00


Item #89001 Incredibly rare 8th plate tintype of a member of the United States Zouave Cadets. These guys were the very first American Zouave regiment and they were formed by none other than Elmer Ellsworth in 1859. In the spring of that year a bankrupt and very disheartened militia company called the National Guard Cadets of Chicago came to Ellsworth after seeing his Rockford City Greys perform a drill demonstration. From the wreckage that was once the National Guard Cadets, a very finely honed and skilled regiment was born which came to be known as the United States Zouave Cadets. They became a national sensation traveling the country and putting on demonstrations. During one event alone there were 70,000 spectators that came to watch them perform their maneuvers. They would travel the country thrilling crowds at every stop and even perform at the White House for James Buchanan and performed at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. These guys were the rock stars of their generation which inspired the formation of countless other Zouave regiments. The group consisted of 50 men which traveled back and forth across the country throughout 1859 and 1860. With the onset of the war the group dispersed. 47 of the cadets went on to serve in the United States Army. Another 2 went on to join the Confederate States and we know the fate of Elmer Ellsworth. This is an extremely rare view of this cadet dressed in the uniform worn by the United States Zouaves. Beautiful tinting to this image as well. The back drop is associated with a Chicago photographer. Just exceptional in every regard. It does come housed in a beautiful full leather case with mother of pearl inlay. Extremely rare view! $1250.00


Item #67213 Absolutely immaculate sixth plate ruby ambrotype! Beautiful view of this rebel soldier straight out of South Carolina. He's dressed in what I tend to think was a green frock. The collar and cuffs are trimmed with white facings fringed in lace. The buttons are for the most part gilded over but if you look close enough there's no doubt those are palmetto trees gracing the front of those buttons! He wears a very unique belt which is hand stitched with a zig zag pattern and crosses. There is an oval belt plate present which is turned off to his side out of view. A small caliber holstered revolver is also present. I think South Carolina probably had more variations of uniforms than any other state! This image is a 10 out of 10 as far as condition is concerned. Flawless in every regard! It does come housed in a mint full thermoplastic case as well. $2750.00


Item #87121 Ninth plate ambrotype of an unidentified member of the 2nd New Hampshire. These guys are pretty much misidentified in every single publication I am aware of as being Confederate. He is dressed in the New Hampshire grey greatcoat and cape. The uniform underneath would have also been grey and trimmed in red. The only part of that uniform that is visible here is the grey cap which has a lower band of red that ran around the cap. The letter "F" is pinned to the front of the cap. He stands armed with his musket and brandishing an Allen & Wheelock 32 cal. pocket revolver from under the flap of his cape. Images from this unit are actually very hard to find. These guys fought from the First Battle of Bull Run all the way to Richmond. At Gettysburg they were nearly annihilated. Very hard to find image. Housed in a half case. $850.00
                            

Item #55675 Item #43341 Sixth plate tintype of a double armed infantryman. I'm not sure where he hails from but probably the east coast. Connecticut perhaps. Dressed in a grey service jacket and matching grey cap with a lower band of black. He sports a small belt with a single roller buckle into which he has tucked a waist knife which rests in it's sheath. A Colt pocket revolver is held across his chest with the hammer cocked. Nice early war image. It does come housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $850.00


Item #78634 Early quarter plate ambrotype of a freshly minted Federal corporal of infantry. He stands dressed in a brand spank'in new uniform and holding his M1858 Hardee hat in his hand. Sporting a US waist belt with a revolver tucked in on one side and a nice silver handled Sheffield knife on the other. Both of which are almost certainly photographer props. Super nice image housed in a full leatherette case. $500.00
 


 

 




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