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Item #76787 Ninth plate ambrotype of a one of the many Confederate troops from the state of Virginia. This soldier is either Minford Fowlkes or William Gillespie of the 23rd Virginia Infantry. A period pencil inscription behind the image reads "W M Gillespie M F Fowlkes November 10/62". I'm not sure which one of these men this soldier actually is as this is a double sided case and it appears that the other image is missing. Both men would serve in the 23rd Virginia Infantry. Fowlkes in Company I and Gillespie in Company D. Both men appear to have had service elsewhere although I have not been able to locate where. He is dressed in the grey frock and trousers with buff white cross belts worn by the unit. A grey shako is worn with the initials "NG" locate on the front surrounded by laurels. The 23rd would see action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and several more. At their surrender at Appomattox the regiment would number just 8 officers and 49 men. There is an inscription written on the other side of the case which for the most part I am unable to decipher. "Know ???? do you love her. A youth died ???? and in prison." The last line is entirely blurred beyond being able to read. This one does bear the handiwork of Richmond photographer Charles Rees although it is not signed. Great image that could use further research. $2750.00

  Item #45321 Set of two ninth plate ruby ambrotypes of a Federal artillery soldier and a beautiful young lady who was most likely his wife. Our soldier sits dressed in an artillery shell jacket and cap. A M1840 saber rests in his lap. He does have a small metal pin worn on the breast of his jacket which I believe is an eagle. The young lady appears to be dressed in mourning. The dress worn is completely black with a black head piece and tassel. The ring worn is also black which was most likely India rubber. Written inside the case behind the soldier is a small notation "Remember me when this you see January 26, 1862". Unfortunately no name was written. Presumably based on her dress he may have been lost to the war. These are both housed in full individual cases. One a leatherette and the other a thermoplastic case. $300.00                                          


Item #37986 Splendid sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman dressed in his infantry great coat and cape. Wonderful view of this coat showing the large cuffs and attached cape. Beautiful light blue tinting to this image. Really sharp looking image! This one comes housed in a half thermoplastic case. A real gem! $375.00


Item #23989 Absolutely fantastic quarter plate tintype which appears to show an entire company photographed during winter quarters. There most be at least 50 men photographed in this view. There's so much going on in this view it's almost impossible to describe all of the intricate details. A number of men are shown holding axes. Perhaps taking a break from constructing the log hut shown in the back ground. The photographer apparently caught the group of men during chow time as quite a few are shown holding their tin cups and plates. A young boy who appears to be about 10 years old sits in the front row dressed in his uniform. Perhaps the drummer for the company. Just about every manner of clothing can be seen worn here. The hills off in the distance are obscured by either fog or perhaps smoke from the countless camp fires that come with a large encampment. A rickety log hut stands behind the men if not only barely. Looks to be quite a structure with plenty of holes in it to let the wind blow through it instead of blowing it over. Quite a spectacular image. Housed in a full thermoplastic case with the unique convex cover glass. $2700.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #89254 Sixth plate tintype of this Federal cavalryman sporting a carbine rifle. Dressed in a cavalry shell jacket and cavalry trousers with knee high cavalry boots. His sword hangs from a M1851 eagle sword belt rig. His carbine sling hangs across the opposite shoulder with the carbine hanging at his side, muzzle pointing skyward. Apparently firearm safety wasn't a concern during the war years. This one does have some crazing to it but you don't come across carbine images very often. Housed in a half leatherette case. $800.00


Item #90871 Sixth plate tintype of a double armed infantryman from the state of Michigan. Seated pose dressed in state jacket issued to Michigan troops featuring nine buttons down the from and cloth shoulder tabs. Beautiful tinting to the jacket which is colored this wonderful shade of bluish-green and the trousers tinted a lighter blue. A US waist belt is worn with a coffin handled bowie knife and a revolver tucked into the waist. Even this grips on the pistol have been tinted brown. Very nice, clear view. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $650.00

                                                   
                       
Item #27983 Rare id tag which belonged William Fairhurst of the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry. William would muster with Co. I on May 31, 1861. The 26th Pennsylvania would see some hard campaigning beginning with their first fight during the Siege of Yorktown. Based on the wear to this tag, William must have worn it a considerable amount of the time. Yorktown would be followed by fighting at Seven Pines, The Seven Days Battle, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg and a half dozen others in between. Fredericksburg would be followed up by the Battle of Chancellorsville. On the 3rd of May, 1863 Confederate artillery and musketry fire open on the regiment at day break. As the rebel troops attacked the 72nd New York gave way leaving the left flank of the 26th Pennsylvania exposed. The regiment attempted to change front but in doing so were exposed to a withering fire. Unable to with stand the attack the regiment retreated to entrenchments in the rear. The fight cost the regiment a number of casualties including 18 men killed on the field. William would number among those killed. Due to the amount of wear this tag shows I can only presume he was most likely wearing it at the time of his death. The front of this particular tag shows a bust view of General McClellan with extensive wear. The reverse is stamped in the center "CO. I 26 REGT P-V 1862" with the outer rim stamped "WILLIAM FAIRHURST - FRANKFORT - PA". Wonderful patina to this one. Comes with a stack of paper work on William and the 26th Pennsylvania. Really a superb tag that saw considerable use from a soldier that gave the ultimate sacrifice. $1250.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #49094 Wonderful sixth plate tintype of an unidentified officer with the 12th Massachusetts Infantry. Seated pose of this 2nd lieutenant dressed in a tailored frock and military vest. Nice wide lieutenants shoulder boards. His trousers have been tinted a light blue with the trouser stripe tinted gold. He wears his cap tilted to one side with an embroidered infantry horn on the front with the numeral "12" on the front. This studio has been attributed to a number of Massachusetts men and he most likely hails from the same. His arm rests on a book on the table at his side while some unknown object rests in his lap. Possibly a pair of gauntlets. Magnificent US flag displayed slightly behind his seat tinted red, white and blue. Just a spectacular view of this officer displaying his patriotism. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $850.00 


Item #23155 Killer ninth plate ruby ambrotype of this well armed rebel. Dressed in a dark military frock with another heavy wool coat worn underneath. A belt is worn around the outside of the frock with double roller buckles. He is armed with this fantastic D-Guard bowie knife with decorative guard. I don't think you could get a finer point on that thing if you tried. That's one dangerous looking knife. Armed with a single shot percussion pistol as well which is most likely a photographers prop. This one does unfortunately have a fine crack in it running diagonally from corner to corner. Still an impressive image. Housed in a full leatherette case. $1850.00

      
Item #58743 Super nice pair of Civil War era rosewood drum sticks. These ones are about 17.5" long. These show very little damage or chips to the wood. Near mint drum sticks! $175.00


Item #57665 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman. Super nice crystal clear image. Image is clear enough to see the weave of his sack coat. A military vest is worn under the jacket. Sharp looking image. Housed in a half leatherette case. $100.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #42545 Early sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a unidentified member of the 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry known as Birney's Zouaves. Dressed in the dark blue jacket, vest and trousers worn by the unit which was trimmed in red. Not long after being issued these uniforms the men found them to be rather unpractical and slowly moved towards switching them out for standard Federal issue uniforms. The regiment would fight in some of the fiercest engagements of the war. They would fight at Seven Pines, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Cold Harbor and several others. At Cold Harbor the men would take a beating losing 75men killed and almost another 120 wounded. This one comes with a patriotic mat and housed in a full thermoplastic case. $600.00

                          
                          
Item #49494 Double cased pair of husband and wife ninth plate images. Superb ninth plate ruby ambrotype of this young lady in a blue dress which has been wonderfully tinted. Crystal clear image with beautiful blue eyes. The second view is a ninth plate tintype of this cavalry sergeant. Heavily tinted cavalry chevrons on the sleeve and sporting a small multi-colored neck tie. These comes housed in a very nice double sided patriotic thermoplastic case. $425.00

             

Item #35443 Hard to find non-dug wiper for the M1855 rifle and rifle/musket. Very nice example to a wonderful patina and no rust. Used for cleaning out the bore by screwing a cloth wipe on the end. They could also used to extract a stuck bullet if need be. Super nice example $35.00


Item #17877 Sixth plate tintype of this unidentified Federal corporal on infantry. Dressed in his infantry frock with corporals insignia worn on the sleeve. The insignia tinted a lovely shade of light blue. His cap is worn with the visor flipped up. A US waist belt is worn with his cap box and a socket bayonet seen. He is armed with a very rare Massachusetts Arms maynard belt revolver. Only about a 1000 of these were made with 200 of those sold to abolitionist John Brown. Great looking image. This one is housed in a full leatherette case. $750.00


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 #33243 Early sixth plate ambrotype of a unidentified infantryman from the Buckeye state. Typical look you often see with these Ohio boys with their quasi civilian/military look. Civilian trousers and blouse and wearing his bummers cap. A well worn cartridge box is slung over his shoulder. He does wear the seldom seen OVM waist belt with a cap box and empty bayonet scabbard. Looks like a small Root revolver tucked into the belt as well as his musket held at his side. Housed in a half leatherette case. $850.00


Item #99459 Sixth plate ambrotype of this baby faced rebel soldier. This kid can't be more than 15 years old. Dressed in this very rough spun grey service jacket with the collar and facing of the jacket trimmed a darker color. If I were to guess it was probably trimmed red. The jacket sports two small slash pockets around the mid sectioned which are also trimmed. Matching grey trousers with a thin trouser stripe down the leg. Wearing a dark forage cap with a large brass "E" pinned to the front. I doubt it represents his company but is more likely to represent "Battery E". Unfortunately he is not identified. This one comes housed in a full thermoplastic case. $1100.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #18945 Super nice ninth plate ruby ambrotype of an unidentified Zouave infantryman. Dressed in what appears to be a newly issued, heavy four button sack coat. A US waist belt is worn around the exterior of the jacket. This one has wonderful clarity. You can clearly see the eagles on the face of the buttons and the texture of the waist belt with great detail. He also sports a red fez with a yellow tassel. A small brass letter "F" is pinned to the front of the cap denoting his company. Housed in a full leatherette case. Sharp looking little image! $500.00 

                    
                      
Item #23443 Set of two tintype images of what appear to be mother, father and son based on the facial features of this young man and the two shown above. The first image is a quarter plate tintype of an aging husband and wife. He stands dressed in a nine button light gray military vest and grey civilian trousers. A single breasted dark wool coat is also worn with a small amount of cuff trim visible. His wife sits dressed in a black dress with white lace collar and a small brooch or cockade pinned to the front. What's really neat is it appears she must have been attending to some household sewing as she has at least 4 sewing needles stuck in the front pleats of her dress which you can clearly see. The second view is a ninth plate tintype showing a steely eyed soldier dressed in a double breasted Confederate jean-cloth frock coat with an external breast pocket. The face of the buttons are not visible but are of the rimmed, convex military type. A civilian vest is worn with a checkered pattern along with a dark button up shirt and paper collar. A thick multi colored cord hangs from his neck which most likely leads to a pocket watch. Unfortunately the subjects are not identified but they came out of Martinsville, Virginia. Neither of these have cases either. Just the brass mats, preservers and cover glass. $450.00


Item #22897 Sixth plate melainotype of a member of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry. This one is identified inside the case and again on the back side of the velvet pad as "Howard 7th Tennessee Cavalry" Now whether or not that is his first name or last name is unknown. There are several men by the last name "Howard" listed in the regiment. This well armed rebel is dressed in the uniform which was unique to the 7th Tennessee Cavalry. Well dressed in this double breasted grey frock with the collar and cuffs trimmed. The buttons were placed so that the distance between then would narrow as they descended down the coat face. The waist plate of the belt is unfortunately obscured by his cap box which he has placed right over the plate for the most part. He is armed with a M1840 saber and two large revolvers which he has tucked into his belt. He does have a strap which runs over his shoulder which appears to be attached to the waist belt. Every dashing cavalryman needs the appropriate head gear to complete his look and this fellow sports a wonderful wide brimmed black felt slouch cap that meets the requirements. Housed in a full thermoplastic case that's a bit beat up. $2000.00 SALE PENDING!

                

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 #36554 Super war date example of the Hathaway's personal portable writing case. This one is in really nice shape too. Very hard to find these intact. This was designed for a soldier's personal use and would hold all the necessities needed to dictate letters back home to loved ones. When not in use it rolls up into about the size of a small carboard tube. These were patented in late 1861. Lieutenant Colonel Griswold of the 22nd Massachusetts Infantry would write of the case "It is an excellent article, neat, compact, light and admirably adapted for use in the saddle as well as the tent. It could not be improved". This one still contains the rosewood inkwell with glass insert, brass ink pen and small pencil which is stored inside the pen itself when not needed. A war date patriotic envelope is also housed in this particular case. Both original black silk ties are also still present on this one which were used to secure the case when rolled up and not in use. All the wood slats on this one are nice and tight with the canvas in extremely nice shape. Really nice set! $600.00

                  
                     
Item #28909 Quarter plate melainotype of three early war Confederate enlistee's. It would appear to be 3 brothers enlisting for the cause or perhaps one last photo before sending a brother off to war. The trio are shown in this view with hands embraced. It has been suggested that the man standing at center is the same man shown in the second image which is now housed in the LOC. The man seated at left is dressed in grey trousers which sport a black stripe down the trouser seam. He also wears a dark, double breasted coat with two rows of buttons featuring a flower pattern. Certainly not unusual for Confederate troops as I have seen flower buttons used on many occasions. The other two men are dressed in their Sunday best. Apparently this studio must have been quite small as there wasn't even enough room to move the extra chair out of the view of the camera lens. Beautifully clear image. This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. $850.00


Item #46555 Beautiful sixth plate tintype of this unidentified Louisiana officer. Dressed in this splendid dark, double breasted frock. He wears the rank of 2nd lieutenant which can be seen on the collar with the corresponding rank shown on the sleeve. A matching dark cap is worn with the crown slouched forward and a small brass pelican pinned to the top. Super, nice clear image. Housed in a half leatherette case. $2750.00

  
  
 
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 #11432 Quarter plate tintype. This one has a modern id inside the case 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 there are some similarities between the two men. Whether or not this is in fact him I couldn't say for sure.  Studio pose of this soldier posed next to a very unique wood pedestal. If I am not mistaken this in fact a Michigan studio. Usually you see this pedestal with a small US flag sticking out of the top of it.  His frock is worn very casually unbuttoned with a large watch fob and chain visible. Nice light blue tinting to the trousers as well. Housed in a half leatherette case. $150.00


Item #68744 Wonderful ninth plate tintype of this steely eyed old character. This one came out of Bertrand, Missouri. This old fellow has seen some miles which one can see on his weathered face and aging grey beard. Piercing blue eyes coldly stare into the camera. It would probably be a good bet this fellow took part in the Kansas/Missouri border wars and may have been in fact a guerrilla or Missouri State Guard. Most likely taken during the winter months, he sits dressed in multiple layers with the outer laying being this heavy frock with Goodyear type buttons. Under the overcoat is worn a grey wool-jean military type jacket with a stand-up collar. Clear enough that you can see the cassimere weave of the military jacket worn. Typical wear to the coat which you would expect to see where an accouterment sling would have been worn. He also sports this wonderful 1860's black slouch hat with a small tassel drooped over the brim. This old fellow does not look like somebody who's bad side you would like to be on. Housed in a  half leatherette case. $275.00 


Item #84432 Sixth plate tintype of a young Federal soldier posed a top Lookout Mountain. He is posed here on the summit in the famous location where the majority of views were taken by photographer Robert Linn. This view is a little different than others as you don't really see the cliff directly in front of him in it's entirety. This young soldier doesn't appear to be more than 15 years old and looks to be a bit apprehensive about approaching the cliff. Posed with his hand in his pocket and staring down into the valley below. Housed in a full leatherette case. $700.00

                         
Item #25432 Double cased sixth plate tintypes. Both photos are of the same soldier taken during the same sitting. They are not identical images. You can see that he has his hand slid up slightly farther on the stock and closer to the barrel band in the second image. Looks to be a mid-western yank dressed in a state issue uniform. Illinois I would suspect. Outfitted with full accouterments and holding his musket across his chest. Housed in a double sided thermoplastic case. $550.00


Item #33421 Wonderful little ninth plate tintype. I love the look of this image and the expression on his face. Dressed in this grey homespun wool-jean cloth jacket. Nice clarity to the image so that you can visibly see the weave of the jean cloth material. He was this fantastic row of "Goodyear Patent" hard-rubber buttons which run down the front of the jacket and really stand out. He wears this rather mischievous grin on his face while sporting this absolutely fantastic dark grey slouch cap. Just a great looking image. This one does have a tax stamp on the reverse but it is not dated. He may in fact be a recently paroled Confederate prisoner of war. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. This one does come with a 4 x 6 copy of General Orders No. 109 issued June 6, 1865 regarding the discharge of Confederate Prisoners of War. Great looking image! $350.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #22421 early sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman sporting some killer headgear! Seated pose dressed in his frock with brass shoulder scales. Just like the pair I have listed below. Wearing his kersey blue trousers which have been shaded a lovely blue. Superb M1858 Hardee with an ostrich plume and one side of the cap pinned up. You can se his light blue hat cord resting on the brim of the cap. Brass infantry horn pinned to the front along with the numeral "3" and his company letter "K". This one does have the initials "J M" scratched into the back. Great looking view and that head gear is just superb! Housed in a half leatherette case. $325.00


Item #89765 Unique and truly superb sixth plate tintype of a trio of Texan's. Very unusual and rare composition for a Confederate image. A central figure stands at center flanked by two comrades who sit in the back ground leaning on bayonets which they have stuck into the floor. All three of these men are shown with a silver star pinned to the front of their cap. The soldier at center is dressed in a Richmond Depot jacket and ready to march with full accouterments along with his knapsack and bedroll. A large revolver is tucked into his belt while he shoulders his musket. The two men in the rear appear to be wearing Richmond Depot jackets as well. A musket leans up against the wall from which a cartridge box hangs. If I were to guess, these guys are probably part of Hood's Texas Brigade which consisted of the 1st, 4th and 5th Texas who were organized in Richmond during the fall of 1861. I have read numerous accounts which describe these Texas troops as all having 5 pointed silver stars pinned to the front of their caps. I know of one account of a Georgia officer who was serving in Hood's Brigade who was given one of these stars by a Texan to wear on his cap. If that is in fact a M1855 Springfield musket he is holding then you could certainly make that argument. This one was recently published in Military Images magazine and a copy of that issue is included. Housed in a very nice wall mount thermoplastic case. Extremely rare image! SALE PENDING!

      
Item #94699 Quarter plate tintype of a couple yanks mounted on horse back on a sunny day. Photographed on a flat and mostly barren plain with a few sparse groups of trees. A small pile of logs lay in the back ground. Both men sit on black horses. The soldier to the left sits dressed in a Federal frock and kersey blue, military issue trousers. He wears a wide brimmed hat which he has pulled down low on his brow as looks at the cameraman. His partner stares off into the distance dressed in a sack coat and bowler cap. A small amount of crazing down in the lower right of the image but nothing severe. Housed in a full leatherette case. $1100.00

  
Item #21089 Nice set of four Louisiana buttons. Grouping consists of two coat size and two cuff buttons. These were recovered in the area of McClean and Penn Laird, Virginia. All four still retain the shanks on the reverse. One of the cuff and one of the coat are back marked by Hyde & Goodrich. The other two are not marked. A good amount of the original gold wash still remains on most of these. Both on the front and back. The cuff buttons are especially nice. $850.00

          
               
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 #66876 Very nice matching pair of enlisted man's brass shoulder scales. A couple very minor dings but otherwise fine. A little tarnish to one. Both of these have the full brass tongues intact. Very nice set. $150.00


Item #68432 Sixth plate tintype of a couple of rough and rowdy Federal infantryman. Looks like these fellows got a break from picket duty and are taking full advantage of a good time. The pair sits dressed in frocks and caps as one of the men casually rests his arm on the shoulder of his comrade. An open bottle of booze rests on the pedestal at their side with a drinking glass and the cork resting on the top. His partner in crime sits with a cigar clenched in his teeth and holding a small revolver in the direction of his drinking buddy. Looks like it might be a rare Brettell & Frisbie pocket revolver of which there are believed to be no more than 50 produced. Housed in a full thermoplastic case. $500.00 SALE PENDING!

                  
Item # Nice grouping of three reunion ribbons for the 28th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. The regiment would only see action in two battles during their service but they were two of the hardest fights of the war. Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. The ribbon on the top left is missing the top bar and pin. The other two are in wonderful shape and still retain the pins. These are from the 1891 and 1906 reunion's. They do come nicely displayed a riker display case. $250.00


Item #54987 Sharp looking sixth plate ambrotype of an early state volunteer. Not sure where this fellow is from. New Hampshire perhaps by the looks of the jacket. Dressed in a dark blue, 8 button service jacket with cloth shoulders tabs and belt loops. He wears corporal stripes on the sleeve but you can clearly see they used to be sergeant stripes and the top chevron on each sleeve has been removed. Perhaps busted down in rank. The buttons along the front of the jacket are Federal eagle buttons. A nice and clear M1851 eagle waist belt is worn along with his sash. You can just see the scabbard for the sword that he holds jutting up from his hip. A very beat up cap is worn with infantry insignia and his company letter "F" pinned to the front. Sharp looking image. This one comes housed in a full patriotic thermoplastic case. $600.00

                    
           
Item #89342 This is a really interesting quarter plate tintype of two men who appear to be brothers. The two are seated side by side in wooden chairs. One dressed in his lieutenants uniform and the other dressed in a very fine suit. Now what's interesting is the man dressed in the suit holds an open hand in his lap with a massive gold nugget resting in his palm! He looks to have hit the mother load and traded in his miner dud's for a fine silk suit. Held onto that miner hat though. The back drop which is mostly obscured by the two men is a courtyard scene. I do have another view with this same back drop which has been attributed to Ohio of all places. Wonderful and usual view. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $500.00


Item #66598 Super nice sixth plate ambrotype of a Confederate soldier. Seated pose of this very melancholy soldier as he sits for a studio pose. Dressed in a grey 8 button frock made of some very coarse material. He also sports a pair of black trousers. Nice clear view. Not a whole lot going on in this view but still a very captivating image. Housed in a full leatherette case. $595.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #57009 Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of an early war recruit. He stands dressed in dark civilian trousers which he has rolled up and a matching dark jacket. A M1858 smooth side canteen with the dark blue cover is suspended from the white linen strap hanging from off his shoulder. It looks like he is armed with an old flintlock which he holds at his side. Now this one has been tentatively identified from several sources as Elijah Young of the 15th Alabama. Elijah would muster with Co. F. on March 1, 1862. Six months later he would be severely wounded at Antietam on September 17, 1862. Almost a month later he would succumb to those wounds. Now how that id was originally made I have no idea as there is no information inside the case to indicate such. Would make a nice research project. This one does come in a full leatherette case. $700.00


Item #39876 Sixth plate tintype of this newly enlisted soldier. Dressed almost entirely in civilian attire. The only indication of military service being the McDowell pattern cap he wears. Looking quite dapper in this decorated, collared shirt and neck tie. A very busy looking vest is worn with a floral and leaf motif over which is worn a dark frock with a black velvet collar. His fearsome gaze is complimented by a small Colt M1849 pocket revolver. Nice looking image. This one comes housed in a full thermoplastic case. $475.00 


Item #25143 Quarter plate tintype of a young drummer boy. Studio pose with a make shift curtain drawn up for a back drop. Standing pose dressed in a sack coat and wearing his cap with the rain cover on. Proudly posed next to his drum which rests on a chair at his side. His drum sticks are held in the opposite hand. I can only image from this pose that he was very proud of his position as drummer and that wonderful drum which I am sure held in the highest regard. This one has a tax stamp on both the back side of the image and inside of the case dated September 9, 1864 with the photographers initials. You should be able to find out where this was taken if you have a listing of the photographers in business at that time. There is also a large lock of hair behind the image. This one does look a bit better in hand than my scan shows. Housed in a half leatherette case. $1350.00

                                   
                              
Item #90090 Quarter plate tintype identified as Leonard Carr of Pennsylvania. Leonard would take up arms in the 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry in late May, 1861. The regiment would then become the 30th Pennsylvania Infantry. Serving with the Army of the Potomac they would see action in a number of hard fights. 1862 would see Leonard and the rest of the men of the regiment fighting at Mechanicsville, Glendale, Malvern Hill and South Mountain. Antietam and Fredericksburg would follow. The summer of 1863 would find them on the field at Gettysburg. Many of the men from the regiment were residents of the town themselves fighting within sight of their own homes. They would end the year with fighting at Bristoe Station and the Mine Run Campaign. The beginning of 1864 would see the Wilderness Campaign. Leonard would be present for most all of it. His only absence coming in August of 1863 when he was absent in the hospital for an injury he received at Gettysburg. Apparently while charging across the field he stepped into a post hole and twisted his knee quite severely. He was however back in the ranks the following month. His term expired in June, 1864 but he would re-enlist and transfer into the 190th Pennsylvania Infantry. He would participate in the pursuit of Lee's Army and was readying to charge one of Lee's batteries when news came of the surrender. Leonard would head home in June, 1865 taking his Spencer Rifle and accouterments with him. This view shows Leonard dressed in his frock with full accouterments and armed with his musket and a pistol tucked into his belt. A post war carte view of Leonard is also included which is identified on the reverse. Full service and pension records also accompany this grouping. The tintype of Leonard is housed in a full leatherette case. $800.00


Item #89121 Ninth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. Dressed in a his cavalry service jacket and cradling his sword in his lap. He wears a M1851 eagle waist belt and you can see that eagle just as clear as a bell. Sporting a wonderful Hardee hap with an ostrich plume and brass cavalry insignia pinned to the front. This one comes with patriotic matting and is housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case. $450.00


Item #44512 Nice double armed sixth plate tintype of a yank infantryman. This fellow is dressed in a 7 button sack coat. More than likely it was once a 4 button coat and he merely added 3 buttons to suit his needs. A US waist belt is worn around the exterior of the jacket with a side knife tucked into the belt. A large Colt is displayed across his chest to bolster his fearsome appearance. Housed in a half case with patriotic matting. $850.00


Item #13488 Killer ninth plate tintype of a mid-western yank infantryman. Probably hailing from the state of Illinois. Dressed in this state issue jacket with cloth shoulder tabs and a dilapidated bummer's cap. A US waist belt is worn with the cap box in front and his cartridge box sling runs diagonally across his chest. It doesn't appear that it was ever issued with a breast plate. Armed with an Enfield rifle which he displays across his chest. This guy looks ready for a fight! Just a fantastic looking image. Housed in a full leatherette case. $700.00

                   
                     
Item #44687 Wonderful sixth plate ambrotype identified as Ransom D. Mattoon of the 1st New Jersey Light Artillery. Mattoon would muster with Battery B. of Clark's Battery, 1st New Jersey Light Artillery in September, 1861. He would re-enlist in January, 1864 and be reduced to the rank of private not long after at his own request. Ransom would serve nearly the entire war before mustering out in Trenton, New Jersey in mid June, 1865. He is shown here dressed in a blue Chasseur pattern jacket which were issued to several of New Jersey's elite military units. This one is twice identified in period ink. Once inside the case and again on a small slip of paper cut from an old envelope. The 1st New Jersey Light Artillery would serve with the Army of the Potomac throughout their entire enlistment and in doing so would see no shortage of action. Battery B would in fact be engaged in no less that 18 of the wars greatest battles. From Yorktown to Sailor's Creek and every where in between. At Gettysburg they would fire some 1200 rounds at the Peach Orchard and loss 5 men killed and 21 wounded along with the loss of 47 horses killed during the fight. Mattoon is recorded as "present" for all of it. This one does come with his service records as well as a copy of the book "Clark's Battery B History of the 1st N.J. Arty" in which a photograph of Mattoon is published. Rock solid id and superb history! This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. $850.00  
          

Item #79856 Ninth plate ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. Nice up close view of this horse soldier dressed in his cavalry shell jacket. He wears a patriotic silk sash over the shoulder which has been tinted in wonderful shades of red, white and blue. The former owner had the sash that he is wearing in this view as well but it was in such a deteriorated state that they threw it away!! At least the image has survived. This one comes in a full thermoplastic case with patriotic matting. $395.00


                                       
                             
Item #89265 Extremely rare ninth plate ambrotype of indentured servant David Plowden. David was not a slave but worked as a "bound boy". Contractually bound to voluntary servitude in exchange for housing, education, training, ect. He would have been bound to fulfill the conditions of the contract until it's expiration which is where the term "bound boy" originated. An old note behind the image reads, "This is "Dave Plowden" the colored boy who was a "Bound Boy" in the household when father (A.W. MacCoy) was young. The 1860 Census lists Abram S. MacCoy as residing in Springfield Township, Clark County, Ohio along with his wife and 4 children. One of which was 13 year old Alex W. MacCoy. The census also lists two other residents living in the MacCoy household. A female servant by the name of Lydia and one Mr. David Plowden working as an 18 year old farm hand. Twenty years later the 1880 Census lists Plowden as a laborer boarding at a private residence still living in Springfield. While MacCoy listed the place of birth of all members living in his household as being born in Pennsylvania in 1860, Plowden lists his place of birth and that of his father in 1880 as Kentucky. There is a very good possibility that Plowden's father was in fact a slave as Kentucky was a slave state prior to the Civil War. This view dates to around 1860 or just prior. David appears to be doing quite well for himself in this view dressed in a very well-made wool sack coat, plaid vest, dress shirt and silk bow tie. This one does come with copies of both the 1860 and 1880 census. Housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. Extremely rare view! $1500.00



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 #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 #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 #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. $450.00 

                                  
                             
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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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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