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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 #90901 Enlistment document for Dick Briggs who would enlist in the 104th USCT. Briggs would enlist in Company I at Beaufort, South Carolina on May 4, 1865. Briggs would be one of many African-Americans that would volunteer his services. Unable to sign his name he marked it with an "X" and is noted "his mark". Nice little document. $50.00

Item #64321 Ninth plate tintype of what appears to be a Confederate officer. This one came out of Houston, Texas. Dressed in a grey or butternut wool-jean double breasted frock and military vest. This image is exceptionally clear and the twill weave of the uniform is easily visible. The vest appears to be affixed with Goodyear hard rubber buttons. A white cotton shirt is worn underneath with a gold stick pin in the placket. He strikes a pose holding the lapel of his frock with a steely eyed gaze. Buttons on the frock appear to be bone. In almost every image of Texas troops I have had, they were outfitted with either bone or just plain civilian buttons. Nice, clear image. This one comes housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case with the bright blue velvet pad. $450.00

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 #48976 Killer ninth plate ambrotype of this triple armed yank. Sporting an infantry frock and brass shoulder scales. He wears his cap with a small ornamentation device Pinned to the front. I believe it's a small eagle on a stick pin. His musket is displayed across his chest with the hammer cocked. A waist belt is worn with a cap box and his bayonet housed in the scabbard. A small dirk style knife is tucked into his belt along with a seldom seen Blunt & Syms single shot hammer pistol in .36 caliber. These were made during the 1840's and 50's. Pretty useless in war but the more weapons you can pack on when your sitting for your photograph the better I suppose. Super nice image and it does come housed in a mint thermoplastic case with the blue velvet. $1000.00

Item #38733 Magnificent half plate tintype of this yank infantryman. This fellow should have been the poster child for what a Federal infantryman was supposed to look like. Dressed in his new frock he stands "At Order" with his musket held at his side with gloved hands. Full infantryman's accouterment set with cap box, cartridge box, US waist plate and bayonet housed in the scabbard. His cap is worn with some type of rosette pinned to the side. Presumably an early war image taken before marching off to war. This one is mint! Crystal clear and not a bend in it. Just a beautiful image. This one comes housed in a near mint full thermoplastic case as well. $1200.00 

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 #36543 Sixth plate tintype of an early war Federal infantryman. Dressed in a infantry frock and sporting brass shoulder scales. He's posed proudly displaying his M1858 Hardee hat with all the fix'ins. Company letter "C" is pinned inside the brass infantry horn. Wearing a US waist belt and double armed with an ivory handled side knife and a small revolver tucked into his belt. Housed in a full leatherette case. $495.00

Item #89534 Sixth plate ambrotype identified as private David J. Morrison of the 51st Virginia Infantry. Morrison would enlist at Camp Narrows, Virginia on July 15, 1862. He would serve with Company D. The regiment would see a small amount of action during their tenure but Morrison would be listed as absent with out leave at the end of October, 1863 and no further record of his service is listed. David would however apply for disability benefits in May, 1916 and he would state at that time that he left the service during the fall of 1864 due to illness. He would further testify that he was a true and loyal soldier and never voluntarily deserted his command. He would live just 3 more years before passing in January, 1919. David is shown here dressed in a very dark jacket with eagle buttons down the front. This is a Cutting's Patent ambrotype which featured the image itself on one plate of glass and then a second separate plate on which was placed the resin backing. If you look at the lower left of this image you can see what appears to be writing on the plate. That is actually the name "Minnie Morrison" which was etched into the resin of the backing plate. Minnie was actually David's granddaughter. This one has a small amount of paper work with it on Morrison. $2250.00

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! $595.00

Item #35643 Beautiful sixth plate tintype of a Federal soldier. I'm guessing he was probably an infantry soldier who's unit was then changed to mounted service. Dressed in a frock and wearing a nice Hardee cap. Infantry insignia is pinned to the front with what looks like the numeral "10" in the center and company letter "K". A revolver is tucked into his belt while he cradles a sword with the sword knot swinging free. Sporting cavalry boots and a pair of the black gauntlets that you don't see very often. Super nice view housed in a full leatherette case. $395.00 

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 #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". Great looking view and that head gear is just superb! Housed in a half leatherette case. $350.00

Item #44365 Simply wonderful sixth plate tintype of a Federal veteran dressed in the uniform for the VRC. Really one of the more attractive VRC images I have seen. Presumably this image was taken during the winter months as he is heavily clothed. He wears a button up shirt under a four button sack coat. Both of which he has tucked into his light blue VRC trousers. Those pants must have been considerably larger than his waist size to fit all those layers in there. his unbuttoned VRC jacket is casually worn open over the sack coat while sporting this fantastic wide brimmed slouch hat that is just killer! A small book or possibly a wallet can be seen poking out from the coat near his waist. The chain to his pocket watch  has been attached to the hook on the back side of the US belt plate he wears. He also has this very thin cord that hangs from his neck and appears to possible be attached to the watch chain. I have no clue what it is but the photographer has taken the liberty to make sure it was noticeable by applying gold tint to it. Just a really great looking image. Housed in a full thermoplastic case. $695.00 

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 #89165 This grouping pertains to the 18th Battalion Virginia Heavy Artillery and the 20th Battalion Virginia Heavy Artillery. The first view is a ninth plate tintype identified as Martin T. Albert of the 18th Battalion Virginia Heavy Artillery. Martin is shown here dressed in a grey service jacket with the collar, cuffs and cloth shoulder tabs trimmed in red for artillery. He also sports a grey cap trimmed in red cord. In January, 1864 Albert would enlist in Co. D. at Battery No. 6 in Richmond. They would serve in the defense of Richmond and take part in the battles of Petersburg, Sayler's Creek and Appomattox. Just 7 months after his enlistment Martin would find himself sitting in a cell awaiting trail for court martial. What he did to land himself in such a position is not clear but 4 months later he was back on the rolls. Martin apparently had terrible luck. After another 4 months he was captured at Burke's Farm during the Battle of Sayler's Creek just days before the end of the war. He would once again find himself sitting in a cell. This time in Newport News, Virginia. He would take the Oath of Allegiance on July 1, 1865 and be released to head home. This one has an old pencil inscription inside the case reading "Albert Martin his picture". Housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case with a small lock of hair and ribbon pinned to the velvet pad. It does come with a small amount of paper work on Martin as well. The second grouping all pertain to the Branch family of Appomattox. The first view is a ninth plate ambrotype identified as James Peter Branch. During the late summer of 1861 James would leave his teacher profession behind to join the ranks of the 44th Virginia Infantry. He would muster with Co. A. in August, 1861. In March, 1862 they would vote to change their designation and become part of the 20th Battalion Virginia Heavy Artillery. James and the rest of the 20th Battalion would serve in the defense of Richmond positioned along Mill Road, Brock Road, Deep Run Road, Plank Road and Mitchell's Tract Road. After Richmond fell into Union hands they would once again serve as a infantry unit during the Appomattox Campaign. Only 11 men would remain in the ranks at their surrender. James would not be among them. He would be captured days earlier at Farmville on April 6, 1865. Confined at Point Lookout he would remain a POW until signing the Oath of Allegiance near the end of June, 1865. This view shows James in a rather rough spun grey service jacket with just a small amount of red trim along the edge of the collar. It is identified inside the case with a period inscription "Jas. P. Branch Richmond, Va." and dates to his time serving in the 20th Battalion. It is accompanied by a sixth plate daguerreotype of James's father, Robert H. Branch taken prior to the war. Robert himself would serve in the Virginia Militia. First as a lieutenant and then as a captain. Both of Robert's original commissions from the Commonwealth of Virginia are included in this grouping. Also included are a number of family related documents which chronicle the birth's, death's and marriages of the family from the 1800's through the 1900's. Some additional paper work on the 44th Virginia and 20th Battalion is included as well. The ninth plate of James comes housed in a very nice full leatherette case and that of his father housed in a full thermoplastic case. In all likelihood these two men at the very least knew each other and may have possibly even been acquaintances as they both served under the same lieutenant colonel in the defense of Richmond. These are being sold either as a pair or can be purchased separately. The view of Martian is available for $1450.00 and the view of James for $1950.00. Or purchased as a pair for $3200. Very nice grouping!

Item #89354 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantry soldier ready to march. This one has a modern ink tag on the back of it that identifies the subject as a member of the 2nd Wisconsin which was part of the Iron Brigade taken during winter quarters of 1862. He stands dressed in his infantry frock. His knapsack is worn with the bedroll strapped down and tinted a nice shade of blue. Sporting a M1858 Hardee hat with infantry insignia pinned to the front. He does have the numeral "2" in the center of the horn with his company letter below. Armed with his musket which he displays in front held with gloved hands. Wonderful and very detailed military themed back drop behind him. Nice looking image housed in a full leatherette case. $750.00

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 #35442 Pair of ninth plate ruby ambrotypes. Whether they were husband and wife or siblings or what I'm not sure. Our soldier to the left is dressed in an artillery service jacket and is posed with a M1840 light artillery saber. Showing his patriotic pride he has a small gold or silver eagle pinned to the breast of his jacket. The young woman appears to be dressed in mourning dressed entirely in black. While neither of these two are identified a small note is scribbled inside the case reading "Remember me when this you see. January the 26, 1862". These are both housed in full cases. Oe a leatherette and the other a thermoplastic case. Nice little set. $350.00

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 #44876 Wonderful sixth plate ambrotype of this rebel soldier dressed in a very unique jacket. Sporting a very tight fitting service jacket with a row of seven domed buttons running down the front. The jacket constructed entirely in red cloth with the front flap trimmed in grey which then extends along the bottom of the jacket. The cuffs being trimmed in the same grey cloth which matches his trousers. Beautiful color to this one. Possibly an artilleryman but certainly a uniform which I have not seen before. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $1250.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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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