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Item #20900 Hard to find original first edition copy of the Regimental History of the 126th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Published in 1868. The regiment would take an active part in both the battle at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. They were only a 9 month regiment. The book chronicles the deeds and valor of the regiment. Great little read. It also contains a complete list of the regimental roster detailing those that were wounded, killed, captured, ect. It's only 89 pages total since they were just a nine month regiment. This one is complete and intact. Very difficult to find first edition print. $150.00

Item #90211 Nice Bormann fuse cutter. This one is non-excavated. Very nice condition on this one. Good aged patina to the brass knob. The cutter itself has a small amount of rust as to be expected. These were used to cut the Bormann fuse on artillery shells to determine the amount of time before detonation. Overall length in about 4 1/2". A must have for any artillery collection. $110.00

Item #53321 Nice US waist belt plate. This one definitely saw some use. Nice aged patina to the face with a number of small nicks and dings. The right side of the plate has a small curve to it were it was slightly bent during use. I always enjoy these types of plates better than the pristine, unmarred plates because you know these one's were out there being used daily. Significant wear to the back lead fill and hooks with both being worn smooth from lengthy use. Interesting carving in the lead on the reverse of this one with the initials "JK". It appears the name "PVT P. R. Roland" is also carved into the back of this one. There appears to have been 5 men that could fit that id. Nice, used plate. $250.00



Item #19880 Outstanding id'd M1850 Ames Foot Officers sword identified to and carried by Lieutenant Joseph Wight of the famed 5th Maine Infantry. Joseph would muster as a lieutenant with the regiment in June, 1861. The 5th Maine would serve in the Army of the Potomac and see significant action in some of the most historical and hard fought battles of the war. Bull Run, Gaines Mill, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Salem Heights, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Wilderness, Cold Harbor and many more. Wight would be present for them all and would have most likely carried this sword by his side. This one bears the federal inspectors mark and date of manufacture. Only 1002 of these swords from the Ames Manufacturing Co. were purchased under contract by the US government. Purchased directly from the family of Lieutenant Wight in Gorham, Maine some 40 years ago it has resided in a private collection since it's purchase. It does have the name "J Wight" scratched into the guard. It is accompanied by the original leather Ames manufactured scabbard. US inspectors mark and dated 1861 clearly visible. The blade remains rust free with beautiful etching. Everything is nice and tight on this one. Super nice sword that saw lots of action. Accompanied by a binder full of documentation and information on the 5th Maine and Lieutenant Wright as well as a signed COA from the collector who purchased the sword from the family. Super nice sword! $3450.00

Item #74421 Super nice Civil War issue M1858 smooth side canteen. This one still retains the original butternut wool cover with very little mothing to it. The white linen sling is also present and is in excellent condition. Cork stopper and chain present also. Doesn't appear to be any inspectors marks on this one. It has been stenciled on one side after it was re-issued for use during the Indian War although one doesn't appear to have been used much in either war based on the condition. Top notch Civil War canteen! $475.00

Item #22156 Nice discharge certificate for Private Ole Hanson of the 8th Maine Infantry. A former resident of Norway, Hanson would muster with Company B of the 8th Maine Infantry in September, 1862. The 8th Maine would play a prominent role in the capture of Fort Pulaski in 1862. They would spend considerable time around Hilton Head and Beaufort, South Carolina and as a result the men would suffer considerably from sickness and disease. Hanson would be among that number. He would be sent back to Augusta, Maine and housed in a local hospital there recovering from sickness. After several months he would receive a discharge for disability in March, 1865. This one is nicely framed and ready for wall display. $115.00 

Item #40787 Extremely nice ivory pocket calendar. This one is complete with all pages for Monday through Saturday. Small silver shield on the face for engraving one's initials or id. Silver clasp is intact and works. Measures 2 3/4" x 1 1/2" when closed. Nice war date example. $95.00


Item #66875 Very historically important and extremely rare war date naval document signed by no less than 3 admirals from the Union Navy! Dated September 3, 1864. Signed by Gideon Wells, David Farragut and Hiram Paulding. This particular dispatch was sent to William Stollery by Gideon Wells appointing him to 3rd Assistant Engineer and ordering him to report Admiral Paulding. It reads "Proceed to New York by the 14th inst and report to Rear Admiral Paulding Brooklyn Navy Yard on that day for a passage in the Union to the West Gulf Squadron. Upon your arrival report to Rear Admiral Farragut for such duty as he may assign you." Admiral Pauling signature can be seen on the top left in bold ink reading "H. Paulding Commdg". Paulding was appointed by Lincoln in 1861 to assist in building a war time fleet and was put in charge of the New York Navy Yard. Later he was appointed by Gideon Wells to the Ironclad Board and under his direction a number of ironclads would be built. The signature of Gideon Wells himself can be seen quite clearly here. A former resident of England, Stollery would be commissioned a 3rd Assistant Engineer on the date shown here. He would have prior service in the Navy serving on board the USS HARTFORD and USS MANHATTEN before receiving a promotion and proceeding to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. He would be discharged in October, 1865. Farragut's signature can be seen on the opposite side although faint. There is also a line written above his signature but it is extremely faint and difficult to make out. Superb and rare document signed by 3 of the most important men in the Union Navy at that time. Fold lines are present but there is no separation. Extremely rare piece. $2500.00 

Item #22654 Drop dead beautiful Confederate staff officers coat button from the state of Virginia. This one is non-dug with about 99.9% of the original gold gilt. No pushes on the face of this one at all. Measures 23mm. Shank is intact as well. About as nice as you're going to find! $300.00

Item #22155 Standard issue M1855 smooth side canteen. This one is missing the sling and the cover as they often times are. Some dents to the one side as expected. Missing the stopper as well. The spout on this one has "IOWA" crudely carved into it. Good canteen at a good price! $125.00

Item #57332 Super nice cast brass Confederate "Block I" infantry button. Beautiful brownish-green patina on this one. Took a hard hit to the face of the "I" at some point as it's pretty well flattened there. Period strike however. Shank is intact on the reverse. This one was dug along the Columbia Pike in Franklin, Tennessee. Beautiful button. $110.00

Item #33543 Beautiful hand tinted albumen of an unidentified Federal infantry captain. Very nicely done view of this distinguished looking officer. Beautifully hand tinted with water colors. In the frame it measures about 14 1/2" x 12 1/2". Nice bright color to this one. Housed in the original black lacquered wall mount frame with typical wear. $165.00

Item #33234 Outstanding grouping pertaining to two Burnside brothers from Hannibal, New York. Consisting of an albumen view of both Robert and Samuel Burnside as well as a ninth plate ambrotype of Robert. Also included is this superb cap which belonged to Robert. These items were purchased from the family estate as well as a number of items belonging to a third brother although those items are not included here. Samuel is shown at bottom dressed in his infantry frock. He would muster with the 110th New York Infantry serving in Company H starting in June, 1862. His service however would be very short lived. He would fall ill with disease and die just two months later on October 25, 1862 in Baltimore, Maryland. The second albumen view of Robert was made from the ambrotype view included here. At some point sergeant chevrons were added to the albumen view. A rank he would obtain in mid May, 1863. Robert would muster along side his brother in the same company and regiment as Samuel on the same day. Robert would out live his brother. But not by much. He would also contract a disease which would claim his life. Almost exactly one year after his enlistment. He would succumb to the disease in a general hospital in Baton Rouge. Included is Robert's cap which is in superb condition. Very little mothing to this example. Brass company letter "H" and his regiment designation "110" are pinned to the top. The chin strap is held into place by two New York state buttons. The visor is nice and solid on this one with no separation from the body of the cap. Sweatband and lining are in place as well. Very nice cap that appears to have seen little service. Superb grouping of two brothers who never returned home. This does come with service records for both brothers. Rare piece! $3750.00 SOLD!

Item #11982 Rare 1860's gold pendant of President Abraham Lincoln. This one measures 1" x 1 1/2". This view of Lincoln is set within this wonderful scalloped gold frame and sealed behind a piece of beveled glass. The T-bar pin on the reverse has unfortunately broken off. This one does come with the box in which it was originally purchased which you almost never see! H. L. & E. J. Zahm of Lancaster, Pennsylvania began their business in 1858 and continued up until 1872. Beautiful piece! $750.00

Item #34732  Pair of original unissued Civil War wool hat cords. I have one artillery hat cord and one infantry. The blue dye used on the infantry cord has faded to more of a grayish blue. Both of these are in really nice shape. $180.00 for the pair.

Item #44948 Beautiful albumen of an unidentified member of the 47th New York Infantry known as the "Washington Grays". The regiment would be formed during the summer of 1861 principally from New York City and Brooklyn. They would considerable action in a number of battles serving with the Department of the South. The regiments first action would come at Fort Pulaski. They would follow it up with about a dozen more over the next 3 years. Fort McAllister, Fort Wagner, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, The Crater, Fair Oaks and a good number more. They would lose a total of 237 men during their service.
This view has a nice period pencil notation on the reverse reading " Taken Tuesday 22nd, 1861". This would have been taken just prior to heading to Washington. Dressed in a gray greatcoat and cape with white parade gloves. He wears his knapsack and bedroll as well as a wide leather belt and brass belt plate with embossed letters "W G" on the plate. A patriotic cockade is worn pinned to his cape and he wears this very unique hat badge. There also appears to be some large object worn on the side of his cap although I'm not sure what that actually is. This one comes in the original gold gilt frame measuring 14"x 12". It is front marked by "Mrs. Moore of 421 Canal St". Beautiful albumen! $525.00

Item #29786 Super nice brass id tag belonging to John A. Steele of the 10th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. At 18 years of age John would muster into Co. B. in late August, 1862. The regiments first real taste of war would come at Fredericksburg. It would be followed by a handful of other battles. Bermuda Hundred, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Fair Oaks and a handful of others. Stamped "J. A. Steele Co. B. 10th Reg N.H.V. Nashua". Typical eagle motif on the face of the tag with some good wear. the eagle is about worn smooth so you know he wore this for quite some time. John would survive the war unscathed despite the regiment losing a total of 195 men. He would muster out in July, 1865. This one comes with the envelope in which it was found along with some paper work on John as well as the regiment. Really nice tag that saw plenty of use. $975.00

Item #77865 Beautiful 1864 Ames M1840 NCO's sword. This one is a real beauty with very little wear. Super nice patina to the brass hilt. Blade is nice and bright with no rust. The Ames manufacturer's mark is clearly visible as is the inspectors mark of "C.S.L". This one does comes with the original red leather sword scabbard. The leather is in fantastic shape with very little crazing and just a few minor blemishes. Hard to find these with the scabbard this nice any more. Really nice sword. $475.00 

Item #27221 Super nice complete and id'd set of Casey's Infantry Tactics manuals. You don't usually see the complete set of all three volumes. These are all identified to Lieutenant Nathaniel H. VanArsdale of the 1st New Jersey Infantry. Each copy bears this wonderful ink inscription inside the front cover reading "Lt. N. H. VanArsdale Co. F 1st Regiment New Jersey Vols 1864 Wellfords Ford, VA". Nathaniel would muster as a corporal with Company F in May, 1861. On Christmas Day, 1862 he would be promoted to 2nd lieutenant and then to 1st lieutenant in February, 1863. Wellford's Ford located in Culpepper County, Virginia would become one of the most significant used fords by either side during the war. More men probably crossed here than at any other point. It was used by a who's who of generals both north and south. Nathaniel would eventually muster out in June, 1864. All three examples are in very good condition. The bindings are nice and tight and all pages present. Very, very nice set. These do come with a small amount of paper work on Nathaniel and Wellford's Ford. $495.00

Item #57643 Nice discharge certificate for Private Hiram Horn of the 12th New Hampshire Infantry. Hiram would muster with Company A in late August, 1862. He would see action at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg but would be discharged for disability in November, 1863. This one comes nicely matted and framed with some paper work on Hiram. $115.00

Item #58743 Drop dead beautiful silver bullion sword knot. One of the nicest quality officers sword knots I have seen. Absolutely no fraying to this one. This one doesn't appear as though it was ever used. Wonderful intricate weaving of the silver cord with no separation any where. Measures 11" from end to end. You will be hard pressed to find a nicer example! $325.00

Item #78754 Super nice Confederate UCV medal. This one is from the 22nd Annual reunion held in Macon, Georgia from May 7 though the 9th in 1912. Featuring a view of the last meeting between Lee and Jackson on the medallion. Still retains a nice, vibrant blue and red to the two draped Confederate flags which is almost worn off. Still retains the pin on the reverse as well. Very nice badge! $285.00

Item #91754 Extremely rare U.S. Christian Commission identifier tag. These things are almost unheard of. Very, very few of these remain. They were a very early version of what is now referred to as "dog tags". They were basically made from a heavy paper stock and as you can image if you are out in the field marching in rain and snow, sweating all over it and getting it banged all around they didn't last long. The few that remain are usually in pretty poor shape. This one however is quite the opposite. This one belonged to George Riddle of the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry. This one reads " I am George Riddle Co. H, 3rd Reg't, W Va Cav, 3rd Brig. 3rd Div. 1st Corps.". The back holds his address. "George Riddle, Parkersburg, Wood County, W. Virginia, Box 141". George would muster with Company H at the end of May, 1863. He would join the regiment in time to see action at the wars most prominent battle, Gettysburg. On September 22, 1864 he would receive a gunshot through the left shoulder although it does not mention the fight in which it occurred. He would survive the wound and serve up until the end of June, 1865. The ink on this one is a bit faded as you would expect when you're out bouncing around on the back of a horse across the countryside. Extremely rare piece! $1250.00
  Item #19808 Nice dated 1861 id'd bible. This one belonged to lieutenant William A. Rhodes of the 36th Ohio Infantry. Rhodes would muster as a sergeant with the regiment in August, 1861. Nice period pencil inscription inside the front cover on this one reading "Wm A. Rhodes Comp H 36 Regt O.V.I  U.S.A". A notation written below notes that the bible was given to Rhodes by his mother. The opposite page lists his home town of Urbana, Ohio. William would receive a promotion to 2nd lieutenant in October, 1862. The regiment would fight in a number of engagements throughout the war. Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and many more. Antietam would be followed by Chickamauga and it would be the last battle that Rhodes would partake in. He would be severely wounded here on September 19th and would later succumb to those wounds on October 11, 1863 in a Chattanooga hospital. William would be buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. There is a wonderful carte view of William housed in the Ohio History Connections Museum Collection. A scan of that view will be included with the bible. The bible itself is very sound with no loose pages and the binding nice and tight. $395.00

  Item #27854 Wonderful silver id shield which belonged to Leavitt W. Robbins of the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. Beautifully engraved on the face of the badge reading "L.W. Robbins Co. F 6th O.V.C.". This one was recovered near Richmond. The regiment spent considerable time running all over the state of Virginia. Company F would join the regiment at Warrenton in March, 1864. Robbins would muster with the regiment in September, 1863 before heading to Warrenton to join up with the rest of the regiment. The regiment would keep quite busy serving with the Army of the Potomac and fighting in nearly 50 engagements during their tenure. This one is missing the T-bar on the reverse which most likely accounts for it's loss. I can only assume Lawrence was quite upset upon discovering it's loss. He would on one occasion be thrown from his horse with his knee striking a rock when he hit the ground which did cause him some trouble for some time but managed to survive the war otherwise unscathed. This one comes with a stack of paper work which includes his full pension file and service record. Also included is a copy of the book "Better a Patriots Grave, 6th O.V.I.". Measures about 1" x 1". Super nice shield badge. $1500.00 

Item #33543 Extremely nice M1851 Colt Navy .36 caliber percussion revolver. All matching serial numbers on this one of "194100". That would place it's manufacture to sometime in 1866. This one did have a naval scene on the cylinder at one time but most of it has been worn away. Very nice dark patina. Completely functional with the action just about as tight and crisp as the day it was made. Everything is solid on this one. Entirely complete with all actions functioning and tight. This one does come with the original Colt .36 caliber bullet mold and holster. Mold is stamped Colts Patent and it functional with a beautiful patina. The holster is worn but complete and still pliable. Closure tab is present as well as the flap with no tears. The belt loop on the reverse is also present. No base plug however. Super nice set that saw some good use and is still functional! $3500.00

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 #29229 Drop dead beautiful OVM box plate. Hard to find, rare plate and this one is a beauty! This one was recovered in the area of McClean and Penn Laird, Virginia many years ago. Wonderful dug patina on this one. No dings or dents to the edge. One very minor pimple on the face but otherwise one of the nicest dug OVM plates I have seen. The hooks have rusted off the back as to be expected in a dug example. About as nice of a dug example that you are going to find! $1800.00

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 #78111 Silver id badge belonging to Corporal John B. Morton of the 79th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Beautifully engraved "Jno. B. Morton Co. H 79 P.V.V" with wonderful scroll work. This one measures 1 7/16" across by an 1 1/4" tall. It does still retain the original T-pin on the reverse. Just missing the closure tab. A resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Morton would enlist with Co. H. as a corporal in Septermber, 1861. He would re-enlist in February, 1864 and continue to serve up until July, 1865. He would be no stranger to the battlefield fighting with the Army of the Ohio. They would take a beating at Perryville. Fight at Murfeesboro, Lookout Mountain and a good many more. Very nice badge from the flag bearer of a very hard fought unit. $3250.00

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! $75.00

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