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FIREARMS

SMITH & WESSON MODEL No. 1 TYPE 3
The Smith & Wesson Model 1 was the first firearm manufactured by Smith & Wesson, with production spanning the years 1857 through 1882.
This is the 3rd Issue represented a substantial redesign for the Model 1, with a fluted cylinder, a round barrel and a rounded "bird's head" style grip.
The finish is nickel plating, with most remaining and it has the 3-3/16" barrel length.  The 3rd Issue guns were produced from 1868 through 1882
with serial numbers from 1 through approximately 131,000 and this one is 106888 making it well past Civil War production.

These are often referred to as “tip-up” or bottom break revolvers for the way they open with a top hinge (see photo).

Some interesting data regarding the shootability of the Model 1 comes from Mark Twain who dedicated a significant portion of the second chapter in
his book Roughing It to making fun of the weapons (and passengers) on his Nevada-bound stagecoach. Twain loved his S&W Model 1 but declared
you couldn’t hit anything with it including the cow he claimed they had chosen as a target. The jackrabbit he shot at departed at high speed and,
“long after it was out of sight, you could still hear it whizzzz.” One modern-day gun board contributor said his shot about 7 feet high at “combat” distances.
$ 295.00   
    

 

CASED BRITISH PERCUSSION DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
Both the barrel and the lock are marked "William Ellis, Birmingham" and all the metal parts are in nice condition, but could use a good cleaning as
there is a bit of surface rust here and there.  The stock is in very nice condition with no damage at all. The mahogany case has been refinished and
it looks like the hinges have been replaced, but overall it is very attractive, though it resists closing fully.  The original, brass tipped
, wooden ramrod is
there, as is a brass powder flask, a capper, cap tin with caps, funnel, cleaning attachment and screwdriver.
SOLD!!!   
    

 

HARPERS FERRY MODEL 1816 CONVERSION WITH LATER PAINT DECORATION
This is a US Model 1816 Type III dated 1836 that has several histories, in that it was at some point converted to percussion and at a much later date painted
red, white (now more of a yellowish) and blue and then decorated with the service history of Chief Electrician G.L. Rich of the U.S.S. Koningin der Netherlands.
He lists all of the vitals of the vessel including commanding officer, armament and many ports of call around the world.  There is on notation that is very curious,
as it reads, "Used by G.L. Rich in the Battle of Cognac at Coco-Grove Panama 1918."  With a quick internet search we can find no such battle, so let us know
if it rings a bell.  A striking display piece that covers a lot of history!
$1595.00  Reduced Price!   $ 1195.00 

 

MODEL 1803 HARPERS FERRY RIFLE, Dated 1815, Converted to Percussion
This gun was originally produced as a .54 caliber flintlock rifle in 1815 at the famous Armory in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The lockplate is marked behind the hammer with "Harpers / Ferry / 1815" and a  Federal eagle in front of the hammer It was converted to percussion and the bore has been bored out to approximately .60 caliber and is now a smoothbore.  The flintlock breech block was cut off of the barrel and then a large distinctive breech with the percussion system was added. There has been some conjecture that this type of conversion could be Confederate in origin. The hammer is very distinct and a bit crude which could also possibly indicate Confederate manufacture. The one piece walnut stock has a very pleasing appearance overall. On the flat of the stock opposite of the lock plate you can see the original Harpers Ferry Arsenal inspector stampings. The patch box release is intact and the patchbox still opens when it is pressed. The ramrod appears to date to the conversion. The action works, but is a bit weak. 
$ 2895.00  
    
 

 

REVOLUTIONARY WAR AMERICAN COPY OF BROWN BESS BAYONET
Approximately 18-3/8 inches in overall length with14-1/2" blade.
This is a nice, clean example with the usual manufacture flaw on the socket and modified
open cut on the back end of the socket mortise.
$ 395.00     (3-46)
 

 

RARE STARR MODEL 1858 .36 CALIBER DOUBLE ACTION NAVY REVOLVER, 
This is a very early example made somewhere around 1859, being serial number 461 and it has a nice, mostly smooth brown patina with some original blue here and there.
 The frame is marked on one side: “STARR ARMS CO. NEW YORK” and on the other: “STARR’S PATENT JAN.15, 1856".  The one piece wooden grips are nice, with no cartouches visible, which is typical as the Starr Navy's rarely have inspector marks.  The action is very smooth.  These guns were ahead of their time and may just have been too advanced for the average Union cavalryman because while the initial Army and Navy issues were double actions, Starr was requested later in the war to discontinue their double actions and only supply single actions.   These double action navy revolvers are much more rare than the Army versions as only about 3,000 .36 caliber units were ever produced.
$ 1995.00
 
 

 

SINGLE SHOT FLINTLOCK PISTOL by J.W. Richards, London
Beautiful single-shot pistol, about .40 caliber.  Marked "London" with draped flags on one side and "J. & W. / Richards" on the other.  Smooth silver-grey metal nice one-piece grip.  All markings are strong and clear, as are the many decorative engraved lines.
Just a really pretty example of a nice, early gun!
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 $ 595.00   (16-2)
 

 

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The barrel slides forward to load a single, rim-fire cartridge. The barrel markings are: "L.B. Taylor & Co. Chicopee Mass". The brass is all very nice, with a smooth toned-down paina. Only about 1800 of these were made from 1868 to 1870.
$ 650.00 

 

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An attempt to get by the Rollins White patents, these took a front loaded teat-fire cartridge. This one has had all the iron cleaned to near bright, with some areas of old pitting on the cylinder. The barrel markings are: "Moore's Pat. Fire Arms Co. Brooklyn N.Y." and the cylinder marked: "D. Williamson's Patent Jan. 5, 1864". The brass is all very nice, with attractive escroll engraving. 
SOLD!!!  

 

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The silvered and engraved brass frame,  trigger guard and butt strap have approximately 20% of the silver remaining, while the barrel and cylinder retain patches of the original blue, and the grips still have the majority of their varnish. This used a brass cased, rim-fire cartridge, which resulted in a lawsuit by Smith & Wesson that limited ended production by 1863.  A beautiful specimen of a weapon known to have been privately purchased by Union officers and enlisted men during the Civil War!  STOLEN!
 
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Edged Weapons
 

 
MODEL 1840 CAVALRY SABER IN GREAT CONFEDERATE SCABBARD  
Confederate make-do, or maybe he upgraded his southern made sword for this unmarked Model 1840 that
happened to fit his Confederate scabbard.  The sword came in to us this way and the fit is perfect! 
As a matter of fact, the impression on the leather washer on the guard matches up perfectly with
the scabbard throat.  The blade length is a couple of inches shorter than the scabbard, but the fit is awesome
and the patinas match as well.  This may be a marriage, but it's probably just as likely a great example of
Confederate ingenuity
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$ 1395.00
On Hold!!!
 

 

AMES MODEL 1840 MEDICAL STAFF SWORD
The elliptical cross section sword blade is just under 30” long, is completely straight and measures 3/4 inch wide at the hilt. It is dry needle engraved with "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass"  near the hilt and is etched on both sides, with a winged caduceus staff and snakes, an eagle with "E. Pluribus Unum" in a ribbon, and other military motif, as well as floral sprays.   The scabbard and hilt are of a matching brass with a most of its gold gilt remaining. The scabbard has a few minor dents. The mounts have cast designs of laurel and other elements. The hilt is all made of cast brass also and the grip has an eagle on one side, with an acorn/pineapple finial. The langet is shield shaped with 7 stars and silver  “MS” letter attached. This is a beautiful sword!
$ 2295.00  Reduced Price!   $ 1495.00    (6-1)