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Item #91754 Nice war date New Testament identified to two different soldiers. This one is dated 1862. Identified to Corporal Henry C. Preston of the 12th New Hampshire and Wagoneer James C. Town of the 9th Vermont Infantry. I'm not sure who actually owned it first. It is signed by Preston inside the front cover along with a couple of his favorite versus. The next page is signed twice by Preston in period pencil and then by James with a notation, "found at Union Mills, Va". Henry would muster with Co. H of the 12th New Hampshire in September, 1862 and would serve up until June, 1865. James would also muster with Co. H but with the 9th Vermont beginning a month after Henry. He would also serve until June, 1865. This one is one of the nicer bibles condition wise I have had in. Everything is nice and tight on this one. Really nice condition. It does come with a bunch of information on the two men as well. $375.00

Item #76983 Beautiful half plate ruby ambrotype of an unidentified South Carolina cavalry lieutenant. He is dressed in the prescribed uniform for commissioned officers of volunteer forces per South Carolina regulations. The uniform was to consist of a dark blue frock of the U.S. M1851 pattern and matching dark blue trousers with a trouser seam of gold lace. Palmetto buttons were to be worn down the face of the frock. The head gear for officers was instructed to be a cocked hat with ostrich plume. This officer is dressed to the book based on the 1861 regulations. Wonderful cavalry insignia pinned to the front of the hat with a single digit numeral as well. Unfortunately I cannot make it out. With a little research you might be able to identify this officer. Beautifully clear image. A couple small spots of emulsion loss but nothing to serious. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case as well. Super nice South Carolina officer view! $2500.00 SOLD!

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 #57811 Absolutely killer 8th plate tintype of a quadruple armed Wisconsin yank. Early war view of this heavily armed soldier. Sporting the classic 5 button Wisconsin blouse with the numeral "11" pinned to his collar. A characteristic unique to early Wisconsin regiments. His cap is worn with a large letter "H" pinned to the front. A M1851 eagle waist belt is worn around the waist with a revolver tucked into the belt on both hips. I suspect the belt and both revolvers were photographer props. The belt still has the sword belt hook attached which a common infantry private would have no use for. His musket is held at his side with the bayonet pointing skyward while he stands ready to fend off an advancing foe with a small Sheffield knife. This one has an inscription on the back of the plate which reads "Grandfather Barber". This would be Hubert Barber who enlisted in the 11th Wisconsin. His records are incomplete but he appears to have also served in the 33rd Wisconsin at some point as well. Housed in a half leatherette case. Killer image!! $1250.00 SALE PENDING!

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 #89354 Original war date military pass from the provost marshal from the city of Norfolk, Virginia. This one is dated June 11, 1862. Granting passage for "Watts Negro man Henry" to travel to Portsmouth and back. The "Watts" who is referred to here is most likely Samuel Watts who was a prominent local politician located in Norfolk. This one is signed by Captain Christian T. Christensen of the 1st New York Infantry. Christensen would end the war a brevetted brigadier general. This one is very nice with no paper separation. $125.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #39865 Beautiful sixth plate tintype of a yank infantryman. Really great looking view. Sporting a sack coat and this killer Hardee hat. Infantry insignia pinned to the front of the cap with his regiment number up there too. Looks like possible the numeral "10". A M1851 eagle waist belt is worn around the exterior of the coat while he cradles what I am pretty sure is a Confederate Dog River saber in his lap!! Old Glory is pinned up behind him in the back ground. Beautiful image and not very often you see a yank posed with a captured rebel sword! This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $850.00 SOLD!

Item #15465 rare sixth plate tintype of a Federal cavalryman sporting the rare and unusual Pascal cap. These were issued to only a handful of Pennsylvania units late in 1861 and early 1862. Primarily issued to members of the 2nd and 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry more famously known as Rush's Lancer's. About a 100 of these caps were also issued to the Anderson Troop. An independent cavalry troop designated to serve as headquarters guards for Brig. General Robert Anderson. They would later become part of the famous 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry. This cavalryman sits dressed in his cavalry jacket and sporting brass shoulder scales. His cap is worn with the wings folded up. Cavalry insignia and a large company letter "E" are pinned to the front of the cap. While only a handful of units wore this cap this fellow was most likely part of the 6th Pennsylvania based on another known view from this very same company "E". Armed with Sharp's carbines they would fight in countless battles. Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and quite a number more. There is also a period poem which has been cut from some publication which was placed behind the image. Very rare view of a very seldom seen piece of head gear. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $700.00

Item #78771 Sixth plate tintype identified as Benjamin Jones of the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry also known by it's more famous moniker the "2nd Bucktail Regiment". Due to the success of the 1st Bucktail Regiment, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton desired to raise an entire brigade made up of men of the same characteristics. 20 companies were eventually raised which became the 149th and 150th Pennsylvania. This one is identified by an old pencil inscription behind the image which reads "Benjamin Jones 149 PA" Jones would enlist with the regiment as a corporal in August, 1862. The 149th's greatest claim to fame came at Gettysburg where the regiment was nearly annihilated losing 336 men out of the 450 that started the battle that day. Whether Jones was there on that fateful day is unknown. The roster for the month simply states "Not Stated" as to whether he was present or absent. Around May, 1864 he was detailed as a clerk at the Army of the Potomac's headquarters. The following February Jones was detailed for temporary duty serving in the Bureau of Military Justice in D.C. He was eventually discharged in July, 1865. Jones is shown here wearing his corporals stripes with a silver id shield pinned to his breast. The letter "D" is pinned to the top of his cap which he has spun around so that's its facing the proper direction. It does come housed in a half thermoplastic case that's in some pretty rough shape. $650.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #90165 Sixth plate ambrotype of a pair rebel infantryman. I doubt either one of these young boys are over the age of 18. The boy to the left sits dressed in a service jacket made from jean cloth with a small slash pocket located on the breast. You can see a small piece of paper sticking out from the pocket. His partner sports a very shoddy constructed cotton jacket. Possibly from Georgia or Louisiana based on the uniform. The deep south at the very least. Each is armed with a massive double barrel shotgun which they hold in perfect unison. One of the boys holds a small dirk which looks to have been better suited for peeling potatoes rather than used as a weapon of war. The right half of the image is slightly lighter than the other half as you can see. Housed in a half leatherette case with a separated spine. $3000.00

Item #47521 Quarter plate melainotype of two Federal infantry musician. The two musically inclined soldiers sit side by side with Hardee hats resting in their laps. The soldier to the left casually holds a fife which he rests on his thigh. His partner sits next to this wonderful drum with a beautiful eagle painted on the face. Unfortunately the image is considerably dark. Nice view of that drum however. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $475.00

Item #29801 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman. Dressed in his frock and brass shoulder scales that were no doubt quickly tossed away. US waist belt worn with the cartridge box worn on the belt itself rather than over the shoulder. His empty bayonet scabbard hangs off the belt as well. Triple armed with a musket at his side, a small dirk tucked into his belt and a revolver as well. There is a name scratched into the backside of the plate. It looks like "J Jenkins" along with the date "Nov 28". This one comes in a full leatherette case. $550.00

Item #37143 Just an absolutely beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype. This is why I love ruby ambrotypes. The clarity is just outstanding! Not necessarily military related but what a wonderful composition. This rather dashing looking father posed with his young daughter who sits on his lap. Wonderful piece of headgear. Based on the amount of gold jewelry she is wearing I'd say from a very well to do family. It does have a patriotic theme however with this massive US flag draped in the back ground. I love everything about it image. Just an all around wonderful view. It comes housed in a full leatherette case. $475.00

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. $350.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #78144 Quarter plate tintype of an early war Federal cavalryman. Standing pose of this cavalryman as he stands on a wood plank floor. Sporting brass shoulder scales and bright white gauntlets. He wears the rank of company quarter master sergeant which you can faintly see there worn on the upper sleeve. A plumed Hardee hat with cavalry insignia pinned to the front is held in his hand while he rests on his sword. A fairly decent sized revolver is tucked into his M1851 eagle waist belt. Wonderful military themed back drop behind him showing a Federal encampment. I'm not familiar with this back drop but certainly an early view with the Army of the Potomac. This one comes housed in a full thermoplastic case with a separated spine. $700.00
Item #98219 Extremely rare FULL plate ambrotype and accompanying carte view of Navy Paymaster Joseph Wilson. One of only a handful of full plate ambrotypes I have ever had. Wilson would enter the Navy as a Paymaster starting in July, 1813 on board the brig "Rattlesnake". During his time as paymaster he would see service on board the "Argus" in 1814 and the "Savannah" in 1815. In 1817 he would serve on the frigate "Macedonian" and on board the "Shark" for the next 4 years. Another 4 years were spent on board the frigate "Guerriere" followed by the "Preble" in 1840. Next he would serve on the "Lexington" for another 4 years before finally serving on the "Powhatan" in 1861. The war years were spent serving as an inspector at the Boston Navy Yard. He would become the oldest Paymaster in the service before being placed on the retired list with the rank of Commodore. Wilson is shown here wearing the undress uniform for a paymaster over 12 years in grade. It is accompanied by a carte view made from this very ambrotype. Also included is a large binder full of information on Wilson. The image is housed in a full thermoplastic reproduction case which looks very nice. Nice grouping pertaining to the Navy's longest serving paymaster! $2850.00


Item #78987 Nice grouping attributed to the 17th Illinois Cavalry. This is a 1/16th plate tintype identified as Charles McGinnis of Co. L. Charles would muster with the regiment on December 1, 1863. He would be promoted to 1st sergeant in late January, 1864. Charles is shown here wearing his cap with the numeral "17" and his company letter "L" pinned to the top along with his cavalry insignia. Accompanying the tintype is a post war photograph of a carte view showing the men of Co. L. which was taken in 1865. An arrow points out the location of McGinnis in the view. Now this actual cdv does still exist. I sold it several years ago although it was only identified as an unknown Illinois cavalry unit at that time. Also included in this grouping is McGinnis's original promotion appointing him to 1st sergeant and signed by the regiments colonel. Charles would serve up until December 20, 1865. The tintype view does come housed in a very nice full leatherette case. Neat little grouping. $650.00

Item #17897 Sixth plate tintype identified as John H. Anderson of the 33rd Iowa Infantry. Great pose of Anderson posed in his Federal frock and holding his musket across his chest. Full infantry accouterments and that US belt plate is just as clear as can be. The top of his cap is pinned with the numeral "33" and company letter "I". Love how he has the visor flipped up. John would muster with Co. I at 18 years of age on September 11, 1862. He would serve almost 3 years with the regiment and see action in a number of engagements around Arkansas, Alabama and New Orleans. He would muster out of service in mid June, 1865. This one does come with the reunion badges for the 33rd Iowa as well as a total of 9 reunion ribbons that all belonged to Anderson. An old period ink id inside the case reads "33rd Iowa Inf. Co. I John H. Anderson". His information was also scratched into the back side of the brass preserver along one edge. Nice little grouping from a state you don't often see. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $850.00
Item #77678 Nice little early war ninth plate ambrotype of a Massachusetts infantryman taken in Lowell, Massachusetts. Shattuck must have been a very popular artist as I have had a number of Massachusetts soldiers photographed here over the years. Dressed in his Massachusetts militia frock with the dark collar. He's also sporting an earlier two piece eagle waist plate. Thisone comes housed in a full leatherette case. $225.00 

Item #43767 Ninth plate ambrotype of an unidentified member of the 44th New York Infantry "Ellsworth's Avengers". I think I have had more images from this particular unit than any other. Dressed in a New York state issue jacket and sporting a SNY waist belt. The sling for his cartridge box is run up under the cloth shoulder tab. His cap is worn with the numeral "44" pinned to the front along with his company letter "E". The regiment would serve in a number of major engagements with the Army of the Potomac but in particularly at Gettysburg. They would be positioned on top of Little Round Top where a monument now stands at their position. They would lose 110 men during the battle. This one comes with a nice patriotic mat and is housed in a very nice full patriotic thermoplastic case. $450.00

Item #10987 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal line officer. Looks to be a lieutenant. Dressed in a dark frock and matching slouch cap with one side pinned up. He's sporting some fancy knee high boots with decorative stitching which you can see there just above the mat. Wearing a M1851 eagle waist belt and holding onto his sword. Wonderful clarity to the sword and belt plate. This one comes housed in a pretty decent full thermoplastic case with the very desirable emerald green velvet. $900.00

Item #23143 Nice view of this Federal cavalryman leaning on his cavalry saber. Photographed standing on the bare ground in this photographers canvas tent. He wears his service jacket in a casual fashion with only the top button closed. Heavy mounted trousers and cavalry boots which he has folded down. He wears his cap with cavalry insignia pinned to the top and double digits visible for the regiment. I cannot however make out the numerals. Very nice subtle shades of tinting to this one with the hands and face tinted a flesh tone and varying shades used on the uniform. This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. $475.00

Item #34912 Sixth plate tintype of a Yank ready to march. Camp studio pose taken in a canvas photographers tent. Seated pose dressed in his frock with his musket held at his side. Nice crystal clear US waist belt. You can see the white canvas strap running across his chest for the haversack at his hip. He knapsack is trapped to his back with the bedroll synched down tight on top. He's wearing the knapsack strapped down over his brass shoulder scales which I can't image was very comfortable. Especially once he got under way marching to his destination with that heavy knapsack pressing down on those things. This one is a bit dark as you can see. It comes housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine and a patriotic mat. $595.00

Item #44876 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal cavalry soldier. He's posed on a very open plain with what looks to be very little vegitation. Seated in the saddle gripping the reins on this black stallion! Saddle bags are behind him and you can see the holster slung over the pommel for that cannon of a revolver he has in his hand. Looks like it might be a Dragoon because that is one big, bad pistol. There is some yellow haloing in the upper right. That is due to a heavy coating of varish the photographer applied there. Nice patriotic matting on this one. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. Nice mounted image. $875.00

Item #22872 Killer sixth plate ruby ambrotype of this fierce looking yankee infantryman. Very stern looking pose as he stands dressed in his frock with one hand resting on his hip and the other grasping his musket. US waist belt and sporting this magnificent M1858 Hardee hat with fantastic brass. Nice infantry horn pinned to the front along with his company letter "B". Ostrich plume is pinned to the side as well. Just a great looking image! This one comes housed in a full leatherette case but with a split spine. $900.00

Item #68769 Sixth plate ambrotype of a rebel infantryman sporting some lambchop side burns. Dressed in grey trousers and a grey Richmond Depot Type II jacket. The front of the jacket is lined with a row of script I infantry buttons. Most of them are not visible except for the very last one which you can see with the naked eye. Very nice tinting on this one with the hands and face colored a wonderful flesh tone and the uniform colored grey. The photographer seems to have taken some liberties and added sergeants stripes to his jacket where none actually existed. This one comes housed in a hand made original case. $1850.00

Item #47123 Absolutely pristine sixth plate ruby ambrotype of this freckled faced rebel. Beautiful image. Dressed in this splendid grey uniform sporting black cloth shoulder tabs. The buttons appear to be Confederate eagle staff officers buttons. Sporting a full head of fiery red hair. He sits cradling a dark chasseur style cap in his lap. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. Not a flaw on this one. About as mint as they come. $1900.00

Item #46411 Neat little ninth plate ambrotype yank infantryman. Seated pose dressed in his frock. Packing a pair of pistols for battle. A really nice shot of a holstered Smith & Wesson Model 1 along with Remington Beals revolver. Using a bit of soldier's ingenuity this yank has taken an eagle breast plate and turned it into a waist plate for his waist belt. Sharp little image. This one comes housed ina full leatherette case with a split spine. $350.00

Item #21901 Sixth plate ambrotype of a member of Louisiana's Washington Light Artillery. Dressed in a grey jacket with the front facing and collar trimmed in red. Large plain buttons line the front of the jacket with one pocket located near the mid section. The jacket is nearly identical to other known examples from this unit. Located behind the image is the business card from the photographer. "D. B. Griffin, Photographic Artist, New Orleans". It comes housed in a very crudely made full case constructed of some type of canvas material. A second earlier image of a civilian gentleman which originated from the same estate is also included. This image bears a pencil inscription inside the case reading " Mr. M. J. Lee Pleasant Hill Oct. 14 1856". While they are not the same individual they look to be possibly be related. There was in fact a William Lee who served in the Washington Artillery beginning in August, 1861. This may in fact be our subject shown here although more research is needed. $1550.00

Item #21892 Group of dug items recovered from Confederate General Rosser's 1864 winter camp for the Laurel Brigade. Group consists of a broken Richmond spur, a couple spencer bullets, some Confederate pistol balls from the LeMatt and Tranter pistols. A pair of Richmond sword hooks, a number of buttons and various parts to Confederate belts. $300.00

Item #91541 Sixth plate melainotype of a Confederate officer. More than likely from the state of South Carolina. Officers for the volunteer forcers were prescribed a 8 button dark blue frock with shoulder bars. The collar is trimmed as they often times were also. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $525.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #89032 Super nice looking pair of Richmond Depot spurs. Beautiful deep brown patina on these. The pair were dug together in Confederate General Rosser's 1864 winter camp for the Laurel Brigade in Colonial Heights, Virginia. They are both missing the trowels which were most likely removed by the soldier to prevent injuring the horse. Really a super nice looking pair of reb spurs. $350.00

Item #56499 Nice pair of dug Confederate brass spurs. These are a pair of Starnes pattern spurs made in Richmond. Nice patina on these. They were dug together. One is missing the trowel entirely while the other partially remains. These were recovered in Colonial Heights, Virginia and were dug in the 1864 winter camp of the Laurel Brigade's cavalry camp several years ago. Nice clean pair of genuine reb spurs. $350.00

Item #89165 Half plate tintype of a trio of unidentified yank officers from the state of New York. To the far left is a 2nd lieutenant dressed in a frock and sporting a slouch hat with infantry insignia pinned to the front. Unfortunately I cannot see any numerals on the front to indicate which regiment these men may have belonged to. In the center stands a 1st lieutenant with a pipe clenched in his teeth as he casually pose's with the other two men. To the far right sits a captain. He does have the company letter "G" pinned to the top of his cap and below it is either the numeral one or it's possible the pin used to hold the letter to the front of the cap poking through the material. I'm not sure which. A little research may solve the mystery of who these men are. The image was originally sealed with what appears to old bonds from the Corlies, Macy & Co. Stationers of Nassau, New York. This one does come housed in a half leatherette case. $850.00

Item #89132 Ninth plate octagon tintype. This appears to be a young rebel. Dressed in a very dark blue or black jacket with cloth shoulder tabs. Sporting a seldom seen Colt Root revolver across his chest. This one does come housed in a full thermoplastic case. $550.00

Item #38561 Discharge certificate for Private John Kerbaugh of the 128th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C. Kerbaugh would enlist in the regiment on August 14, 1862. His enlistment however would be a short one. Just a month later he would number among the 26 men from the regiment killed during the Battle of Antietam. His brother-in-law Frederick Crouse, serving at his side would be severely wounded by the very same bullet which took the life of John. Crouse would later be discharged for disability as a result of that wounding. The bottom is signed by Captain Frederick Yeager who was later captured at Chancellorsville. This one is very nice with very bold and legible ink. No tears. Small amount of paper loss in spots along the right side but otherwise a very nice document. This one comes with some paperwork on Kerbaugh and Crouse. $125.00

Item #32798 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman. Seated pose of the young soldier dressed in a frock and cap. Infantry insignia is pinned to the top of the cap. Proudly displaying a big Colt Army for the camera. This one does have some minor abrasions to the surface as you can see as well as a stain there on his jacket. Decent image regardless. It comes housed in a full leatherette case. $650.00

Item #90899 Sixth plate tintype of a pair of yankee pards striking a casual pose. The two sit dressed in frocks with one resting his hand on the others shoulder. His partner wears a small, grey pork pie hat which he has cocked to the side. One of the men holds a rare and very small Prescott revolver in .38 caliber. The two men most have been enjoying some down time in camp as both are sporting very classy two-tone camp shoes. Very nice view. Housed in a full leatherette case. $385.00

Item #89132 Confederate brass horse bit manufactured by Shay and Williams of North Carolina. The two ends are snapped off this one which is likely the reason it was discarded. This was recovered from the Laurel Brigades 1864 winter camp located in Virginia. $350.00

Item #34399 Nice grouping linked to the Brooks family of Richmond which consists of a sixth plate tintype and a photo album containing a number of views of additional family members. The first is a tintype of a baby faced Confederate infantryman from the state of Virginia. Dressed in a grey frock and matching grey trousers. Nice wide stripe down the trouser seem and the collar edged in black trim as well. The buttons appear to have a floral design on them.  A post war view of him is contained in the album which is back marked by Rees of Richmond. The album itself was owned by a Mollie Brooks and contains 50 additional views. Most of the views are post war but there are a few views dating to the 1860's. Almost all of the views bear southern back marks from numerous states. Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, including this rare view of Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard which is back marked by Quinby & Co. of Charleston. The back of this carte is covered in period writing but I am unable to make out the details. It looks like possibly a brief breakdown of his history. The original album that housed these views was in pieces so all of the views have been moved to another album. The original album with the period ink id identifying the album to Mollie Brooks is however included. A little research on Ancestry might in fact provide an identity to this young soldier. The sixth plate does come housed in a full leatherette case. $1850.00 

Item #11432 Quarter plate tintype. This one has an id behind the image dated from August, 1989 which supposedly identifies the subject a Thomas Camburn of the 9th Michigan Cavalry. It was identified from a family album which contained a carte view of Thomas and his wife. I have seen the carte view and while there are some similarities between the two men, I am skeptical of the id. Mainly due to the fact that we have an infantryman here. Dressed in a Federal infantry frock. He is also not wearing cavalry trousers. Still a very nice image. Studio pose of this soldier posed next to a very unique wood pedestal. If I am not mistaken this a Michigan studio. I believe other known views show a small US flag sticking in the top of the pedestal if my memory is correct. His frock is worn very casually unbuttoned with a large watch fob and chain visible. Nice light blue tinting to the trousers as well. I will let the next owner try and figure out the id. Housed in a half leatherette case. $200.00

Item #61121 Extremely rare sixth plate tintype of a war date US Marine. These are easily more rare than Confederate views. The number of US Marines during the war never exceeded 3800 men. This stern looking Marine is posed in his enlisted undress uniform which consisted of a fitted frock. The sky blue trousers which he wears here were worn only during the winter months with white trousers worn during the summer. He also wears the the white buff cross belts issued to enlisted Marines with the unadorned oval breast plate and white buff waist belt with the unadorned belt plate. His French style kepi rests on the table with the brass infantry horn pinned to the front. In the center of the horn would be the letter "M" although it is gilded over here. It does appear that he is wearing the leather neck stock here also which is very unique to see. Beautiful tinting to this one by the photographer which I think is evidence he was aware of the impotance the of the sitter. This one does have some slight crazing to the surface which in my opion is over shadowed by the importance of this rare view. This one does come housed in a full leatherette case. $1850.00

Item #57511 Sixth plate tintype of a tough as nails looking yank! This guy looks like he is ready for a fight. Dressed in a Federal frock he stands with his musket at "the shoulder". A US waist belt is worn with a well used cap box and bayonet scabbard which holds his bayonet. His cartridge box is worn off the shoulder with linen sling. Possibly a field alteration after the original sling broke although I have seen a couple of Illinois troops with similar slings. He wears a dark kepi that's pretty well flattened. This guy was definitely a veteran of some hard marching and hard fighting. Housed in a full leatherette case. $650.00                     


Item #18912 Sixth plate ambrotype of a Federal cavalry soldier armed with a rare French Lefaucheux pinfire revolver. Seated pose dressed in his cavalry jacket. US waist belt worn with the holster for the revolver shown on his hip. He holds the revolver across his chest with the hammer cocked and his finger on the trigger. Cap is worn with the visor flipped up and I'm not sure if that's an ostrich plume or a bucktail he has pinned on the back side of the cap. Great view of this revolver though. If you have one of these revolvers in your collection this image would marry up nicely with it. It does come housed in a nice thermoplastic case with the green velvet. $900.00


Item #78700 Grouping attributed to Henry Clay Jones of the 2nd Vermont Infantry, Co. D. Henry would serve with the regiment beginning in June, 1861 and serve until his discharge in June of 1864. He would be wounded once while engaged at the Wilderness. The grouping consists of a post war photograph of Henry dressed in his GAR uniform accompanied by two very nice GAR badges. The family CDV album in pristine condition holding 30 views including one of Henry in civilian dress. Many of them identified. His original appointment to 3rd sergeant dated August, 1862 and signed by the regiment's major who would later be killed at the Wilderness. Also included in his certificate from the state of Vermont acknowledging his service. His original acceptence letter from the Bureau of Pensions granting his pension still in the original envelope. Henry's personal portfolio of Military and Civil War History which records his service in detail. A family history book which records the family history from 1750 through 1898 and an envelope full of misc documents relating to Henry's estate. Very nice grouping of a Vermont veteran. $550.00 

Item #34199 Set of two US Infantry & Rifle Tactics manuals. Both published by J. B. Lippincott & Co. in 1861. One is identified inside the back cover to "James Huston Burnside Barracks Indianapolis, Indiana". The other one has two names written inside. "George Paige" and "James Free???". Both of these obviously saw extensive use by their owners. All of the fold outs are present. Bindings and pages are secure. One of the manuals has an old leaf pressed between the pages. Wear to the edges as to be expected. $195.00 for the pair.

Item #12912 Quarter plate tintype of two late war yanks that came out of New Market, Maryland many years ago. Very casual pose of these two men. One of the men stands with his frock unbuttoned and resting his hand on the other's shoulder. The other is seated sporting camp shoes and service stripes located on the coat sleeves. Mint view which this scan does not do justice. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $500.00

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 #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 #42781 Eighth plate tintype of what is most likely a late war veteran volunteer. Dressed in this short jacket with a flair for unique trim which seems to be a characteristic of late war veterans of the Western Theater. The jacket sports elaborate cuff trim light colored, broad shoulder tabs. He also sports sergeants chevrons. A little crazing to the surface of this one. No case either. $150.00

Item #29091 Nice quarter plate tintype of a Federal cavalryman. Dressed in a unique service jacket which appears to lack any trim and sports a slash pocket located on the breast of the jacket. Wearing gauntlets he rests on his sword with the scabbard hanging at his side. A Colt revolver is tucked into his belt and he wears a fur cossack style hat. Fantastic military themed backdrop with rows of canvas tents, artillery and a fort up on the hill. This one comes in a full leatherette case. $575.00


Item #45451 Half plate tintype identified as Colonel George G. Briggs of the 7th Michigan Cavalry, Co. A. Briggs would join Custer's 7th Cavalry as a lieutenant in October, 1862. Over the next 3 years he would rise through the ranks to adjutant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel and finally full colonel in May, 1865. He wears the rank of captain in this view which he attained in late March, 1864. He would only hold that rank for 2 months before being promoted to major that May. He is shown here sporting the begining of his distinctive salt and pepper lamb chop side burns. His cap rests on the table with crossed cavalry insignia with the numeral "7" and an ostrich plume. He is photographed in another view wearing this identical cap. Briggs would be captured at Buckland's Mills in October 19th, 1863. He managed to escape 2 days later by running the guards to freedom and back to his lines. During one of the last battles of the war he would be wounded in the left leg at the Battle of Five Forks. It was Briggs who saw the first flag of truce offered by Major R. M. Simms of General Longstreet's staff  at Appomattox and it was Briggs who escorted him to Custer. There is a great account of the incident written in "To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865". A portion of that Confederate "flag of truce" which was given to Custer was later sent to Briggs by Custer's wife Libby. He was a close personal friend of both Custer and his wife and remained a close friend with Libby even after Custer's death. There are a number of other artifacts pertaining to Briggs out there in circulation with a great grouping of items pertaining to Briggs sold by James Julia Auctions several years ago. This one comes with a small signature of Briggs which was found behind the image. The image itself does have some crazing which is enhanced in the scan. The emulsion is very sound. It does come housed in a full thermoplastic case. $1950.00

Item #57612 Beautiful 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. Minor mat rubs but otherwise a real beauty. Housed in a full leatherette case. $550.00

Item #84321 Ninth plate tintype of what is probably an early recruit photographed before being issued a complete uniform. His only resembalance of a soldier is the blue kepi he wears. Dressed in a checkered shirt and holding a small US flag in his lap in a display of his patriotism. A small Colt revolver is held across his chest which almost certainly was a prop. A nice innocent view of this young soldier before the reality of war sank in. Housed in a full thermoplastic case. $425.00

Item #61217 Sixth plate ambrotype by famed Richmond photographer Charles Rees. Done in the relievo style for which he is most noted for. Dressed in a grey uniform sporting black epaulettes and a collar trimmed in black cloth tape. This rebel is not identified but this is the uniform worn by the Richmond Grey's. They would see action in a number of battles fighting with the Army of Northern Virginia. More than half of them men from this regiment that went into the fight at Gettysburg didn't return. This one is not signed by Rees unfortunately but still a wonderful example of his work. This one does come housed in a full thermoplastic case. $2500.00

Item #57642 Ninth plate ambrotype. Looks like maybe a partisan ranger. Certainly from the Trans-Mississippi area. Dressed in this flamboyant shirt often referred to as a "battle shirt" and wearing a black overcoat with large coin buttons. I've seen these types of jackets on a number of images associated with Texas in the past. He armed with a small dirk which he has tucked into his belt and it appears to be another larger knife there as well that's got a few scratches on the handle. Housed in a full thermoplastic case with the green velvet. $875.00

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 "44". 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 of 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. $700.00

Item #87121 Rare ninth plate ambrotype of an unidentified member of the 1st or 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 base of the cap. Company letter "F" is pinned to the front. 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 #89765 Very nice document pertaining to the 72nd U.S.C.T dated May 1st, 1865. Special Order No. 1 issued by Captain R. C. Hubbard from the headquarters of 72nd stationed in Bloomfield, Kentucky. The order is for Co. C to immediately proceed to Louisville for the purpose of setting up quartermaster and commissary stores for the remainder of the regiment which will follow. No tears in this one with nice bold ink and easily legible. Signed by Captain R. C. Hubbard. Measures about 10" x 8" roughly. Very nice document. $150.00

Item #46454 This is a neat little item. It's a memorial card for the funeral of Captain William V. Mott who passed away in Norfolk, Virginia on January 20th, 1889. Mott would enlist in the 10th Virginia Cavalry as a 2nd lieutenant in June, 1861. He would resign his commission at the end of March, 1862. Now I could find no record of William achieving the rank of captain during his Civil War service so it may just have been a soldiers tall tale that he achieved that rank. Regardless a neat piece. This one is the same size as a cabinet card with no bends in it. Very nice card. $110.00

Item #65499 Two page, war date letter written to John M. Thomas of the 11th Virginia Cavalry from his mother Matilda. This one is dated Feb. 3, 1865. In it she shares news from home and hopes that he will be able to return home safe very soon. John's older brother Richard who had initially enlisted in the 44th Virginia Infantry alongside John has died of pneumonia back in January, 1862. John and his brother Richard originally enlisted in Co. K of the 44th Virginia Infantry back June, 1861. His brother died the following January and John himself was lucky to survive the war suffering from pneumonia around the same time as his brother. He was hospitalized numerous times during his service. If he wasn't in the hospital to recover from illness he was recovering from wounds. Wounded at both Chancellorsville and the Wilderness. After serving 3 years with the 44th Virginia he was sent home on a 60 day furlough in late May, 1864. Not home even a week he was conscripted into the 11th Virginia Cavalry. Hospitalized again for illness several months later he was finally captured at Fort Stedman on March 25, 1865. Confined at both City Point and Point Lookout he would finally get to go home for good after signing the Oath of Allegiance in June, 1865. Nice little letter written in bold ink. No tears to this one but some folds. $175.00

Item #89781 Pair of two letters attributed to Joseph H. Trundle of the 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry. The first letter was written to Joseph from his sister Lizzie in mid January, 1862 from Mount Auburn, Maryland. She writes mainly about her disappointment that he has not returned home yet and her fear that he may never make it back home. She also speaks of family affairs, events back home, some male suitors and her desired for the war to come to a close. She also asks him to be more careful when addressing his mail. That his last letter was delivered to "Mr. B" and that a Federal officer delivered it to him and states how he would have suffered had the contents of the letter been known to the officer. It's interesting that Lizzie takes great care to avoid giving complete names throughout the letter in case it did fall into enemy hands as they were living in Federal occupied Maryland. It does come with the original cover letter addressed "Mr Joseph H. Trundle, Co. B. White's Battalion, Rosser's Brigade, Va". The letter itself is very legible with no tears and is 4 pages. You can see that she took great care to use every inch of the paper fitting words in where she could. The second letter is from Joseph and is addressed to another sister named Rachel, dated July 24, 1864. Written from Warren Co., Virginia. He speaks about the Siege of Petersburg and the conditions there. The Union bombardment of the city and how both sides are now at a stalemate. He also mentions hearing of the death of a cousin due to sickness I presume and that he has heard word that the rebels behaved badly during their time in Maryland and hopes they did not treat her poorly. This one is also 4 pages long and very legible written in bold ink. It does come with the original cover letter addressed to Rachel as well. Also included is a transcribed letter which Joseph wrote to his mother which Cal Packard sold some time ago. I do not have that original letter. Just a transcribed copy. Both letter have been transcribed and are included for ease is reading. Joseph would be paroled on April 22, 1864 and would die at 79 years of age in Frederick, Maryland. $1650.00

Item #99012 War date prisoner of war letter written by Confederate cavalryman Charles Gradison Powell during his internment at Fort Delaware. At 20 years of age Charles would enlist in the 9th Virginia Cavalry on March 1, 1862. A month and a half later he was reported as AWOL and dropped from the rolls as a deserter. He had in fact joined up with the 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry instead. That following December he would be captured at Leesburg on December 17, 1863. Days later he was imprisoned at Antheneum Military Prison located in Wheeling, West Virginia. Transferred to Camp Chase that same day he would spend the next 3 months residing in the Ohio prison. Around mid March he would be transferred once again. This time to Fort Delaware. He would remain here until June of 1865 when he would finally take the Oath of Allegiance before being released. A little over a month after the writing of this letter Charles would be headed home. Written on May 6, 1865 it is addressed a cousin named "Blanche" located in Richmond. One page letter written in very bold ink in which Charles begins, "I write at great hazard...". In the letter he mentions the that he has learned of his brother's death and hopes that he should be released from the place soon. No tears on this one and it does come with the original cover letter which is quite rare. $400.00


Item #11278 Sixth plate tintype of staunch abolitionist and politician John R. French. A resident of New Hampshire, French first went to work for the newspaper "The Herald of Freedom". The first antislavery newspaper in New England. Later he began working for the "New Hampshire Statesman". Another antislavery newspaper which would eventually plant it's seed for his later determination in the work of abolishing slavery. In 1854 French moved with his family to Painesville, Ohio and began work as an editor for the Painesville Telegraph. During that time he would become a vigorous supporter of presidential nominee John C. Fremont. His antislavery activities and support for Fremont would eventually lead to his election to the Ohio House of Representatives serving as a Republican in 1858 and 59'. It was here that French began a lasting friendship with Salmon P. Chase. When Lincoln later appointed Chase as his treasury secretary, Chase summoned John to Washington to take a position in the treasury department. Towards the closing months of the war Lincoln appointed French as a collector of federal taxes in North Carolina. In 1868 as North Carolina formed a constitutional convention anticipating readmission back into the Union, French one a seat in the U.S. Senate representing North Carolina. Residents of the state still angry over the war were not very fond of outsiders representing the state. John French was especially unwelcome among them not only for being an outsider but a federal tax-collector to boot! In one instance while French was campaigning for the House seat a heckler tackled French and savagely beat him with a heavy object before being wrestled to the ground. Despite being largely unpopular French would become one of the first representatives from the state to take the oath after the states readmission. Accomplishing little during his time in that position he would seek new employment and in 1869 he would be elected the Senates 9th sergeant at arms. He would remain in that position for the next 10 years. 10 of the most turbulent years the Senate would ever see. When Democrats took control of the Senate in 1879, French would lose his position. He would instead be appointed as a secretary of a special commission tasked with investigating and settling problems with Ute Indians in Colorado. After it's conclusion he would move to Nebraska, work as a newspaper editor and assist the territory in it's preparations for statehood. In 1890 he would work to help elect Republican Willis Sweet as Idaho's first member to the U.S. House of Representatives. At 71 years of age his tireless years of work caught up with him. Exhausted from his work with Sweet he fell ill and on October 2, 1890 after putting in a full days work he died in his home. This one is housed in a full thermoplastic case with an old newspaper clipping about French glued to the pad. $450.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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



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