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Item #89761 Pristine sixth plate ruby ambrotype of two brothers out of Missouri. A note behind the image written in 1981 identifies the image as coming from the Reifsteck family. Only two men by that name are listed as serving. Louis and Ludwig Reifsteck of Missouri. The two men would serve in the Missouri Gagconade Home Guard. Which one Louis and which one is Ludwig I'm not sure. There seems to be little information to be found on the two men. The Gasconade Home Guard was organized in June, 1861 and tasked with guarding bridges for the Pacific Railroad. The unit was short lived being ending in September, 1861. The image probably dates to sometime in between those dates. The members of the Gadconade Home Guard were then consolidated with the 3rd Regiment United States Reserve Corps and became the 4th Missouri Infantry in January, 1862. They would continue to serve until February, 1863. The two men stand dressed in early grey great coats and sporting red militia caps. The taller of the two brothers is armed with a small militia sword which was more ornamental then functional. He also wears a white buff two piece militia belt. His brother seems to be a little more well armed with a musket at his side and a small pocket knife tucked into his belt with the blade extended. This one is about as nice as it gets. Housed in a full case. $1650.00


Item #67871 Rare sixth plate ambrotype of a young rebel soldier with a small 1st National Confederate flag jutting out from his coat. More than likely a Virginian as most of the handful of images I am aware of posed with this small parade flag are attributed to that state. I have had this one for a good many years. He's dressed in a grey frock and what was most likely a light blue cap. The small stick to which the flag is mounted is tucked down into his jacket. Piercing blue eyes on this young baby faced rebel. Really a rare view as I have only ever seen a few of these with the Confederate flag. Some solarization to this one as can be seen. It does come housed in a half leatherette case. $1500.00


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 $250.00

                        
              
Item #89456 Nice little image fresh out of the woodwork. Two Federal comrades sit arm in arm for the camera. Nice subtle tinting to this one. One of the men wears the rank of corporal. Each man wears a small brass star on the breast of his jacket for the 20th Corps with one of the men adding a red and blue ribbon. Now the really neat part about this image is the period note which accompanies the image. "Presented to R. F. T. June 10th, 1863 by J. J. P. and A. T. taken at Winchester, Virginia". Just 3 days after the writing of this note the Second Battle of Winchester was fought as part of the Gettysburg Campaign with General Ewell moving down the Shenandoah Valley. Ewell Corps defeated the Federal garrison here capturing a number of Federal prisoners and capturing Winchester itself. These men really took a beating here. Unfortunately the two men only inscribed their initials rather than a full name. A little detective work may be able to identify the pair. This one comes housed in a mint full thermoplastic case with a beautiful turquoise velvet pad. Wonderful image! $475.00


Item #22921 Beautiful sixth plate tintype of young Federal infantryman. This one is absolutely mint and crystal clear. Seated pose in a small wooden chair. Dressed in a Federal frock and outfitted with full US accouterments. His musket is held at his side as his blue eyes stare intently into the camera lens. This one comes housed in a mint double sided thermoplastic case with a civilian image which is either his father or possibly a brother. Beautiful image! SOLD!


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. $650.00 SALE PENDING!


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. $225.00

                                 
                                
Item #26532 Pair of to images taken of the same unidentified Confederate officer. The first image is a sixth plate tintype and the second a ninth plate ambrotype. The ninth plate being the earlier of the two. He sits dressed in a single breasted frock coat with a red collar trimmed in gold braid in the ninth plate and wearing a chasseur cap. The second image shows him dressed in a very rough spun double breasted frock with drooped wing eagle buttons. His actual rank is indiscernible. The single breasted frock is reminiscent of some Tennessee troops although who knows where he hailed from. These both come housed in full leatherette cases with separated spines. $1250.00



Item #12199 Wonderful Gettysburg relic desk set made by John Good who was one of the better known individuals that were making these sets at the time. This one was formally part of the Jennie Wade Museum. The oak base of this one was cut from Culp's Hill and measures 6" long by about 3 3/4" wide. Affixed to the top are an assortment of canister balls, grape shot, shrapnel, a broken bayonet, musket and minie balls and a section of a cut down brass epaulette held down with a percussion cap. On the reverse of the base is an old tag referencing where a number of the object's originated from. Pretty sweet little relic! $750.00


Item #68799  Sixth plate tintype of a member of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry known as the "Anderson Cavalry". This bearded cavalryman sits dressed in a wide brim felt cap with cavalry insignia pinned to the front along with an ostrich plume. He's dressed in the cavalry shell jacket distinctive to the 15th which was trimmed in red rather than yellow and was just slightly longer than your normal service jacket. Well armed he displays a cocked and ready Colt revolver across his chest and a cavalry saber which is still attached to his M1851 belt rig. This one is identified inside the case as "John Brown". There is additional writing which I am not completely able to make out. The words, "Wagon", "Potomac October" along with some numeric's and a woman's name as well. John would muster with Co. K of the 15th Pennsylvania beginning in October, 1862. He would serve until June, 1865 with a transfer into Co. F. The 15th Pennsylvania served as an independent unit reporting directly to the headquarters for the  Army of the Cumberland. They were tasked with performing scouting duties, escort and courier details for the commanding general. The entire unit was hand picked and became a favorite of Generals Rosecrans and Thomas. This view was probably taken not long after John's enlistment. That October, without the entire regiment even completed yet and only armed with sabers, some 500 men were dispatched to help the Army of the Potomac fend off the Confederate invasion of Maryland. With the words "October" and "Potomac" written inside the case I would assume this was taken sometime either just prior to or shortly after the Battle of Antietam since not long afterwards the men returned to "Camp Alabama" in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This one comes housed in a half leatherette case with a patriotic mat. Rare view. $1100.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #18674 Beautiful sixth plate tintype of a Federal musician. This photograph does not do the image justice. Crystal clear view of this soldier seated in a wooden chair and dressed in his frock. His over the shoulder sax horn rests in his lap. This is really a sharp looking image. It comes housed in a full leatherette case. $1200.00 SALE PENDING!


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. $375.00
 

Item #89871 Neat sixth plate tintype of a Federal sergeant photographed with his young child sitting in his lap. The numerals on his cap look to be "94". Dressed in his frock with large infantry chevrons on his sleeve. His cartridge box is worn over one shoulder and a canteen over the other. His daughter probably not more than a year old sits in his lap wearing a small polka dot dress and her riding cap. In her hand is held a small riding crop. A little on the dark side but a pretty neat image. It comes housed in a full patriotic leatherette case with a split spine. $750.00


Item #81332 Nice sixth plate ambrotype of a dismounted cavalryman. He's dressed in this newly issued infantry frock with eagle buttons running down the front but his cap has cavalry insignia pinned to the front. Presumably he belonged to a cavalry unit which had recently been dismounted and changed to an infantry unit. This one has "R. Adams scratched into the emulsion above his head. There's about 215 men by that name if anybody if anybody would like a little research project. Nice image housed in a full leatherette case. $165.00

                             
Item #67876 Beautiful sixth plate tintype of a Federal 1st sergeant of a cavalry unit. Photographed in this unique profile view which is seldom seen. His uniform has been tinted this gorgeous shade of blue with his crimson sash tinted a soft shade of red. Leaning on his sword while he looks off to the side appearing to be in some deep thought. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. Wonderful image! $1100.00


Item #56574 Super nice sixth plate tintype of this Federal infantry corporal. Seated pose dressed in his frock with corporal's chevrons. US waist belt with a really nice shot of that cap box and his musket which is held out in front. Interesting back drop with a couple of steamboats sailing on a river. Very nice view. Housed in a full leatherette case. $950.00


Item #22978 Quarter plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal infantryman with a unknown 74th regiment. He wears this wonderful Hardee hat with the numeral "74" pinned above the infantry horn and company letter "C" pinned in the middle. Dressed in a frock with full accouterments. This photographer seems to have had no shortage of weapons laying around to assist his customers in making for a more fearsome appearance. His stands with his bayoneted musket at his side with another bayonet housed in it's sheath hanging from his US waist belt. In his belt is a small pocket revolver. Possibly a William Irving pocket revolver. In his other hand he holds what has to be the smallest pistol I have ever seen. If it was used for anything other than shooting at blowflies I would be surprised. I believe this is a Rollin White breech-loading single shot pistol produced in 1862 of which there were less than a 100 produced. These came in .28 caliber with a barrel length of 2.5". Very rare specimen. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $775.00


Item #67601 Quarter plate tintype of this yankee cavalryman carrying around enough iron to break his poor horses back! Dressed in his cavalry jacket with brass shoulder scales and doning a forage cap. Armed with two massive M1860 Colt Army revolvers with one tucked in his belt and the other displayed for the camera with the hammer cocked. He also brandishes his heavy cavalry saber. Holding up all that steel for the camera gets a little tiring and as a result both the revolver and sword are blurred. A large US flag is draped behind him in the background. A really great shot of that massive revolver. Housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $695.00
                                

Item #45461 Quarter plate tintype of a triple armed yank infantryman. Dressed in his infantry frock and cap. His musket rests at his side with bayonet attached. An earlier militia style two-piece belt is worn around the waist with a Colt M1849 revolver tucked into his waist along with a decent sized Sheffield knife. Both of which were more than likely supplied by the photographer. Beautiful clarity to this one. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. $775.00


Item #67668 Wonderful quarter plate tintype of a lone Federal Infantryman on picket duty. Looks to have been taken during their winter camp as the trees are all bare with leaves littering the ground. A handful of white canvas tents can be seen in the back ground scattered in among the trees. He stands next to a large oak tree with his bayoneted musket at the ready to fend off any enemy marauders. Some solarization to this one but I love the content on this one! It comes housed in a half leatherette case. $1600.00

              
Item #45541 Very nice signed letter by Colonel Charles H. T. Collis commanding the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry, Collis Zouaves. This one was written in response to a letter received by Collis asking for his autograph. In reply he sent this letter with  his signature reading "Charles H. T. Collis. Col commdg 114 Pa Vols. Bvt. Major Genl Vols" Very bold ink inscription and dated to March 1, 1892. Measures 5 1/2" x 6 1/2". This would make for a nice display to coincide with a view of one of the members of the Collis Zouaves. No tears to this one. Very nice! $150.00


Item #67541 Sixth plate tintype of a double armed Federal cavalryman.  Seated pose dressed in his cavalry uniform. Brass insignia is pinned to the top of his cap with the numeral "14" and company letter "L". In one hand he holds his heavy M1840 saber and in the other a seldom seem double action Starr revolver. Don't see those very often showing up in images. It is highly possible that this is a member of the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry as they were the only 14th regiment that were predominantly issued this weapon. The 14th would see it's fair share of action serving in the Department of West Virginia. This one is a tad on the dark side as you can see but you seldom see this weapon show up in images no less displayed so prominently. Housed in a full leatherette case. rare view. $800.00 


Item #57699 Ninth plate tintype identified as Chauncey Mixter of the 2nd New York Heavy Artillery. Chauncey would enlist in with Company M in November, 1861. He would only serve 3 months however before being discharged for a disability. He is posed here wearing his cap and artillery jacket while holding what looks to be a rare Bacon Navy revolver across his chest. This one has a bunch of notes stuck to the back of the image identifying it. It comes housed in a full leatherette case. $325.00


Item #57132 Sixth plate ruby 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. Of note is the fact that this gentleman is missing his index and middle finger on the 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. $325.00


Item #23913 Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of an unidentified Confederate artilleryman. Dressed in a grey home spun jacket of sorts with the collar trimmed red and sporting red cloth shoulder straps. More than likely a lieutenant. Great look to this tough as nails rebel. Housed in a full leatherette case. Nice looking image with a new price. $1850.00


Item #51216 Neat quarter plate tintype of what is probably a Western Theater yank. Wonderful tinting to this one. Looking every bit the part of a western yank dressed in this mixed attire. Wearing blue trousers with a red polka-dot shirt with a large slash pocket. Looks like he has maybe a diary and a bible tucked in there. Wonderful beehive slouch hat with this huge brim on it. He stands on the bare ground gripping a pistol which is tucked into his belt. Military themed back drop behind him with rows of Sibly tents and soldiers milling about. Neat looking image. This one does come housed in a full thermoplastic case as well. $650.00


                                        
Item #51421 Sixth plate ambrotype and accompanying 1/16th tintype. Both of the same individual hailing from Michigan. The first view shows the subject dressed in civilian attire. The velvet pad is marked with the photographers imprint "D. H. Spencer Hudson, MI". The second view shows the man dressed in a four button sack coat which has been tinted a slight shade of light blue. Unfortunately the soldier is not identified. Nice Michigan pairing regardless. $150.00


Item #89712 Quarter plate tintype of a Federal infantry soldier. This back drop is attributed to members of the 3rd Corps taken during early to mid 1863. A number of Sharpshooters are shown photographed in front of this back drop as well as a good many other units. He stands dressed in a frock with his musket held out in front. Painted on the actual back drop are the words "US PICTURE TENT" which you can partially see down in the right hand corner. This one does have some crazing to the emulsion but is very sound with no risk of flaking. No case for this one. $350.00


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. $550.00


Item #67543 Sixth plate tintype of a two Federal artilleryman. The pair hail from the 9th regiment as evidenced by the numeral "9" which is pinned to the front of each members hat. The pair stand side by side dressed in a artillery shell jackets, trousers and knee high boots. Each man is armed with a saber with one of the men displaying a large Colt Army across his chest. These men would hail from either Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York or Wisconsin. Unfortunately they are not identified to know from which state they actually belonged. This one comes housed in a neat patriotic leatherette case that is embossed with cannons, flags and an eagle perched atop a shield. $500.00


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 #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. Housed in a full leatherette case. $550.00


Item #78621 Very nice ninth plate tintype of a Federal infantry officer. This unknown officer wears the rank of captain. Incredibly piercing blue eyes and a freckled face. Wonderful clarity to this one. It comes housed in a full thermoplastic case. $225.00


Item #68900 Sharp looking sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman. Dressed in a dark blue nine button Michigan shell jacket. US waist belt plate with his cap box and cartridge box worn on the belt. His bayonet rests in the scabbard but he has pulled it about half way out for display. A M1858 smooth side canteen hangs from a thin leather sling worn over the shoulder with the stopper and attached chain visible. Armed with his musket which rests at his side. This one comes housed in a nice full thermoplastic case. Very nice image! $700.00


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. $200.00


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. $800.00


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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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. $600.00




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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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
 

 




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