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Item # 89700 Brass stencil belonging to James Miner of the 10th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. James would muster with Company C starting in September, 1862. The 10th Vermont would see considerable action during their enlistment. Fighting in no less than 15 major engagements. The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and a number of other significant battles. James would apparently manage to survive unscathed and would be mustered out in June, 1865. This is one of the larger stencils you will see measuring 2" x 6". Generally these measure just a couple of inches long. Some deterioration to the brass on the far end of the first name. Quite rare in this size. $395.00

Item #79909 Post war GAR watch fob belonging to George C. McConnell who would serve in the 102nd Ohio Infantry. George would muster as a sergeant in August, 1862. He would receive promotions to 1st sergeant and 2nd lieutenant during his service. Mustered out of service in May, 1865. This one is from the GAR Post 356 in Sullivan, Ohio which George was a member of. Measures about 5" in length. Really nice condition on this one. $75.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #13633 Original Civil War forage cap. This is the "McDowell" pattern cap. Constructed of dark indigo blue wool. This one does have a considerable amount of mothing to it. It is missing the chin strap but does still retain the two original officers infantry buttons. The black tarred leather visor is present. Stitching is very tight and original. A small amount of leather loss to the front of the bill. The sweatband is original and in place however the lining was replaced at some point. The McDowell pattern caps are a bit harder to find than your typical M1858 caps. Overall not a bad looking cap. $950.00

Item #49986  Rare and magnificent hand painted portrait of General Robert E. Lee by renowned miniature artist John Ramsier of Louisville, Kentucky. Immigrating from Switzerland in 1882, Ramsier would settle in Louisville and become an accomplished and highly noted miniature artist not long after arriving in the states. This view is on milk glass which was generally the medium on which he worked. He had an uncanny ability to paint miniatures from photographs to an amazing degree. Some of his works almost appearing life like. Most of his works are of politicians and the social elite but he did paint a number of Confederate generals as well. This view of the general measures 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" which is one of the larger works done by Ramsier and dates to around the turn of the century. Generally his works are about half this size. While the distortion to the lower portion of the image appears to be damage it was in fact intentionally painted in this fashion by Ramsier. This one is signed in the lower right hand corner "J.Ramsier Lou. Ky.". It is housed in the original brass frame with an easel back. Truly a beautiful work of art by a skilled artist. $3800.00

Item #28809 Scare unissued heavy artillery powder bag. Made of a light wool it would have been filled with powder, tied off and then loaded into the cannon. It would have been then pierced prior to firing with a friction primer. Measures 19" x 16". A must for your artillery collection. $110.00

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! $175.00


 Item #58743 Exceptional and rare "McClellan" suspension pendant and id disc. Very hard to find these days with the pendant still attached to the disc. This one belonged to Sergeant Norman Ackley of the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Stamped in the front "Sergt Ackley Co. A. 26th reg. Pa. V. Phil. P.A." His battle honors are stamped on the back which include Yorkton, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, 7 Days, Fredericksburg and the seldom seen Before Richmond! Ackley would see action in a number of other engagements which are not listed on the badge. The 2nd Battle of Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and several more. Norman would muster with the regiment late in May, 1861. He would be discharged for a disability in March, 1864 and would only survive for another month and a half before passing on May 7, 1864. I have not been able to locate whether his discharge was related to a wounding or medical reasons. The disc itself measures 1" 1/4 across. Very rare and hard to find disc! $3500.00 SALE PENDING!                                                                                  

Item #49866 This is a very interesting and unique piece. Hand cut copper GAR piece in the shape of the symbol for the 17th Corps. Measure 18" long by 12" tall. Nice aged patina with a hole at the top and bottom where it was once secured to the wall. Hand painted on the front "GAR 17th Corps War 1861-65". Really neat piece with cross over folk art appeal. $295.00

Item #68778 Very nice pair of Confederate manufactured brass spurs. These are non-excavated. About 5" front to back. Referred to as the "Richmond" style spur. Nice, aged patina to both of these. These have the squared off neck typical with the Richmond spurs. Both rowels are present. No bends or cracks to either of these. Very nice pair. $395.00

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! $275.00

Item #18886 This is a super neat old relic board pertaining to Chattanooga. This one measures about 18" x 10 1/2". It features 49 various bullets picked up off the battlefield some 50 years after the Battle of Chattanooga. The battle would be fought over several days in late November, 1863. They are mounted to a solid slab of walnut. It is missing several of the bullets and most of these are heavily oxidized after being exposed to the air for the last 100+ years. An old note at the top of the board reads, "Bullets from Chatanooga. Picked up 50 years after the battle. Arranged to show the odd shapes that they often take when fired in action. A.G. McKee". McKee would operate a business as a pharmacist in Middletown, Connecticut. This one does have an old tag on the reverse which identified it as belonging to Mckee. Really neat piece. $450.00


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 #89891 Very nice Whitney Pocket Revolver. This would be the first model, 5th type in .31 cal. 5- shot revolver with the 3" inch octagonal barrel. These were very popular during the war. Serial number #2270 which places it as a late 1850's, early 1860's production date. This one grades very good. Everything is tight and functioning. Some very slight pitting but nothing serious. Nice polished walnut grips with wear along the bottom edge which is typically seen. Most of the cylinder scene is gone but you can see some remnants of it. The original bluing is gone but overall has this nice grayish tone. Loading lever functions as does the hammer and trigger. Cylinder does rotate when the hammer is cocked. Overall a very nice revolver. $695.00

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. $75.00 



Item #89239 Very rare and hard to find Colt 3rd Model Dragoon Revolver. If you've never had one of these in your hand they are quite impressive. These came in 44 caliber and weighed just a hair over 4 pounds. This one is a bit more scare than other Dragoons as it features the 8" barrel which saw very limited production. Serial numbers for this version started at 18000. Matching serial numbers 18860 throughout. 1860's production date. Completely functional with everything nice and tight. Nice aged patina from front to back. Loading lever is functional and works perfectly. Brass trigger guard and back strap. The back strap has the initials "R B" scratched into the bottom. Beautiful original walnut grips with a nice wear and patina. The barrel scene is for the most part non-existent. Barrel wedge is present. Typical wear with some small dings here and there. Super nice example and hard to come by. These things are a beast! $4600.00

Item # Nice Burnside carbine box. Both belt loops and roller buckles are present on this one. Wood insert is present also. The closure tab for the exterior cover is however missing. The small exterior pouch inside the front flap has for the most part deteriorated as you can see. What is left of it is tucked inside the box. No makers mark on this one. Leather is not terribly stiff. Decent carbine box. $150.00

   Item #37633 Nice Marston & Knox double-action pepperbox pistol. This one is in really nice shape. Produced in New York City during the 1850's. Six-shot revolver in .31 caliber. 3 1/2 inch ribbed barrel on this example. Barrel is clearly stamped "Marston & Knox New York". The engraving's are a bit worn. Grips are in super nice condition. The trigger and hammer assembly work perfectly. The mechanism for the barrel rotation is however broken and you can rotate the barrel by hand. Nice aged and uncleaned patina on this one. Neat little pistol. $575.00

Item #43190 Nice little artillery grouping. Original red wool artillery hat cord. This one was never issued. Wonderful condition for being a 150 years old. Also included is a nice Bormann fuse cutter and a Federal artillery coat size button. Button does still have the shank on the back of it. Back marked by Horstmann. Nice little grouping if you're putting together an artillery display. $195.00

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. $85.00

Item #44300 War date envelope cover addressed Lieutenant William LeRoy Broun of the Virginia Albemarle Light Artillery. This one is dated August 10, 1861. Broun would be commissioned a lieutenant in July, 1861. He would be in command of the regiment by at least late December, 1861 but presumably he was in command some time before that. In September he would be promoted to lieutenant colonel by Secretary of War Randolph and placed in command of the Richmond Arsenal. He would remain in charge of the Arsenal up until Lee's surrender. Post war he would serve as the President for Auburn University. There are some other known war date letters written by Broun floating around out there some where. This one was sent to Richmond and then Jamestown. Both of which have been scratched out with a notation reading "No such company at Jamestown". He was in fact at Yorktown at this time so whether or not this eventually made it to him is unclear. This one is most just the front of the envelope with most of the back missing. Still a rare find. $120.00


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 #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 #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 #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 #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

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