Civil War Relicman
Harry Ridgeway
Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!)
authentic Civil War relics, bought and sold.
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Weapons (pre 1898) of the Civil War
Relicman Sales catalog
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All items listed are guaranteed authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.
Any artillery or ordnance relics have been disarmed and rendered safe.
All weapons are pre 1898 antique weapons, and are exempt from Federal regulation, no licenses or permits are required.

W1233...Navy officer sword, Model 1852, Clauberg.
Naval officers exercised wide latitude in specifying much of the specific artistic details of the swords they purchased, this is why there seems to be endless variations of them. Common amongst most of the Model 1852 Navy officer swords is an ornate brass guard and basket showing Navy symbolism, "USN" cast amongst various leaves and nuts, the pommel is adorned with leaves with a serpent head on the quillon and an eagle with wings drooped perched on the top of the pommel. The grip is wood covered by sharkskin with brass wire. The steel blade has a rounded top, and is cut with a wide and narrow fuller stopped at the ricasso, this pattern is not etched. The scabbard is leather, with brass fittings. Marks: Ricasso is etched "W CLAUBERG / graphic of a figure". Blade length 29.75in.
The grip has sharkskin wrap and wire (both replaced), leather washer missing, handle has a slight wiggle, blade is grey with light rust, leather scabbard is fragile but complete with brass fittings.
For sale.........$1,000.

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W1374...Breechloader, Burnside single shot percussion carbine, 1856 patent date, lever is hinged with guide screw, "5th model", .54cal., (#23701)
Carbine was manufactured by Burnside Rifle Co., Providence, Rhode Island, General Ambrose Burnside, was an official in the company before the war but was not involved in wartime development of the weapon. The Burnside carbine employed an unusual cone shaped metal cartridge for use in a percussion system. Period literature refers to the Model 1863, although none are marked with this date and collectors have referred to the model generally as "5th model", however, that is a collector term of convenience and not a contemporary designation. This model was in the field during the 1864 cavalry campaigns. Serial numbers continued from 4th model to about 40,000 overall, production 1863 or 1864. This model represented only modest improvements over the earlier models, most notably being the placement of a guide screw on the right side in the middle of the receiver, this improvement facilitated smoother operation during loading. The loading lever was hinged starting with the 4th model, however the lever had a tendency to jam if not cleanly released. The addition of the guide screw enabled the hinged receiver to be raised or lowered without catching and jamming. The barrel is stamped "Cast Steel", followed by a date, the date is weak or missing on most, this because the long and narrow stamp had to be centered on a round barrel, apparently most were not centered. Both the 1862 or the 1864 date seem to have been used. Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, strap hook on bottom of butt, double hinged iron loading lever also serves as a trigger guard, hinged sight, chamber tapered for unique Burnside metal cartridge with a priming hole in the bottom for percussion. Marks on top of frame "BURNSIDE PATENT / MARCH 25, 1856". Barrel is marked "CAST STEEL (date usually obliterated) ". Lock marked, "BURNSIDE RIFLE CO. / PROVIDENCE = R. I. ". Serial number normally appears three times, on the top of the breech, top of the receiver, and inside (can be viewed by opening the breech). Cartouches in the wood on the left side indicate government inspection, additional inspector marks may be found on other parts. Barrel length 21in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-046, 1856 patent date.
Serial number, 23701, matches three times, on the top of the breech, top of the receiver, and bottom of the barrel. Metal appearance pleasing with with rust and some pitting, metal needs cleaning, maker marks are strong, serial numbers are matching, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are present, sight intact, band intact, bar and riding ring intact, strap swivel hook intact, bore is clean, rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.
For Sale ...........$1,300.

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W1390...Breechloader, Burnside single shot percussion carbine, "Model of 1864", lever is hinged with guide screw, .54cal., (#3547)
Carbine was manufactured by Burnside Rifle Co., Providence, Rhode Island, General Ambrose Burnside, was an official in the company before the war but was not involved in wartime development of the weapon. The Burnside carbine employed an unusual cone shaped metal cartridge for use in a percussion system. The "Model of 1864" was the last percussion model produced by Burnside. This model has been described as "5th model" (that is erroneous), or "6th model", however either of these designations are collector terms of convenience and not contemporary designations. Serial numbers were reset to zero and number to about 19000, production estimated 1864 and 1865. This model represented only modest changes from the earlier models, most notably being introduction of the "1864" model date, the trigger tang was lengthened and serial numbers reset. Use of the guide screw introduced with the 5th model was continued. The barrel is stamped "Cast Steel 1864", the date may be weak or missing, this because the long and narrow stamp had to be centered on a round barrel, apparently most were not centered and the date at the end was simply lost. Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, strap hook on bottom of butt, iron loading lever also serves as a trigger guard, hinged sight, chamber tapered for unique Burnside metal cartridge with a priming hole in the bottom for percussion. Marks on top of frame "BURNSIDE PATENT / MODEL OF 1864". Barrel is marked "CAST STEEL 1864". Lock marked "BURNSIDE RIFLE CO. / PROVIDENCE = R. I. ". Serial number normally appears three times, on the top of the breech, top of the receiver, and inside (can be viewed by opening the breech). Cartouches in the wood on the left side indicate government inspection, additional inspector marks on various parts. Barrel length 21in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-046, Model of 1864.
Serial number, 3547, matches three times, on the top of the breech, top of the receiver, and bottom of the barrel. Metal appearance pleasing with brown patina, maker marks are strong, serial numbers are matching, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are visible, sight intact, band intact, bar and riding ring intact, strap swivel hook is missing, bore is clean, rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.
For Sale .........$1,300.

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W1394...Breechloader, Merrill single shot percussion carbine, "First Type", brass patchbox and breech lever secured with rounded latch, .54cal., (#6231)
The Merrill carbine bears a unique breech system with a long lever released by a spring latch, and is percussion primed using a paper cartridge. Manufactured by H. Merrill, Baltimore Maryland. This model with brass patchbox is referred to as "First Type", however this is a collector term of convenience, and not a contemporary designation. Standard features include brass buttplate, brass patch box, brass trigger guard, single brass band, saddle riding ring and bar on the left side, two leaf hinged sight, rifled with three grooves. On early production, the breech latch is rounded. Marks on lock forward of the hammer, "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858 / APL. 9. MAY 21 - 28 - 61", serial number appears on rear of the hammer, and on the breach tang. Breech lever is marked "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858". Additional inspector marks inside the loading lever. Barrel length 22.125in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-075, rounded latch.
Serial number, 6231, appears on rear of the hammer, and on the breach tang.
For Sale......$2,000.

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W1416...Rifle percussion musket, Model 1855 Springfield, with three iron bands, iron buttplate, long range sight, iron trigger guard, iron forenend cap, fitted for socket bayonet, 1858, .58cal.
The model 1855 was the first long arm made for the new. 58 caliber minie. The addition of the new Maynard feed system was thought to be an improvement over the earlier percussion nipple system in which caps had to be hand placed, however caps could still be manually placed, and as a practical matter the paper feed system did not work out, was simply abandoned, and by the time the next model was introduced in 1861. Musket is single shot .58 cal. rifled muzzleloader, iron buttplate, "C" shaped hammer, bolster with clean out screw, later versions employed the three leaf site, iron trigger guard, three barrel bands are flat and held in place with springs, two strap hooks, nose cap is brass, ramrod is tulip head with bulge, end is threaded, fitted for socket bayonet. . Manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield, Massachusetts. Lock is marked "1858" behind the hammer, with eagle on the Maynard flap and "US / SPRINGFIELD" in front, Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head, and (date). Buttplate is marked "US". Three bands each marked "U", strap hook on middle band and trigger guard. Barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 9A-307.
Springfield, lock dated 1858, barrel dated 1858, inspector cartouches are visible. Wood tompion.
For Sale......$4,500.

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W1438...Breechloader, Spencer seven shot rimfire carbine, Model 1865, "56/52" cartridge, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .5 cal., (#16738)
The model 1865 Spencer Carbine was manufactured by Burnside Rifle company, Providence Rhode Island. Approximately 34,000 were produced, serial numbers ran from 1 to 34000. The straight cartridge used for the Model 1860 carbine was replaced with a new tapered cartrige, referred to as "56 /52" or "56 /50", the actual bullet was either .52cal or .50cal. Burnside introduced 3 groove rifling, otherwise most of the Spencer design details were followed. The Model 1865 featured a shorter barrel, 20 inches, versus 22 inches. In addition the smooth thumbstall on the magazine was replaced with a ridged thumbstall, and the hammer was redesinged with a bevel to narrow the striking surface. Most were fitted with the Stabler cutoff, which effectively converted the repeater back to single shot, this slowed the shooting but reduced jams. Mark on top of frame: "SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE / PAT'D MARCH 6, 1860 / MANUF'D AT PROV.R.I. / BY BURNSIDE RIFLE CO." Additional vertical stamping "MODEL / 1865. ". Serial number on rear of frame. Cartouches on the left side on the butt are typically weak, additional inspector marks on the receiver, and barrel. Barrel length, 20in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-089.
Serial number, 16738, appears on rear of receiver. Metal appearance pleasing and uncleaned, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, sight intact, band intact, bar and riding ring intact, strap swivel hook intact, bore is clean, rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.
For Sale......$2,000.

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W1444...Breechloader, Sharps single shot percussion carbine, New Model 1863, no patchbox, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .52cal., (#93546)
Carbine was manufactured by Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, serial numbers for the "New Model 1863" generally run 65,000 to 140,000, some overlap with other models. The Sharps carbine was the most significantly utilized carbine of the Civil War, it was a single shot percussion breechloader using paper cartridge and and revolutionized hand weaponry. The Model 1863, reflected only minor improvements over the Model 1859, mostly elimination of the patchbox. Standard features include an iron buttplate, iron loading lever serves as a trigger guard, one iron band, percussion nipple was designed to utilize a tape primer system that did not work very well and was usually disabled, but conventional cap served effectively, hinged Sharps sight, rifling with six lands and grooves. Intended for cavalry use, saddle bar and ring installed on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of barrel, "NEW MODEL 1863.". Mark on sight, "R.S. LAWRENCE / PATENTED / FEB. 15TH 1859.". Mark forward of sight, "SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN." Notches on top of barrel and receiver for alignment. Mark on lock near center: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / OCT. 5TH 1852." Mark upper lock: "R. S. LAWRENCE' PAT. / APRIL 12TH 1859." Mark left side of receiver: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / SEPT. 12TH 1848. Serial number on rear breech. Cartouches on wood on left side beneath the saddle bar indicate government inspection, additional inspector marks, on the barrel. Barrel length 22in.
Ref: Flayderman 5F-021.
Serial number, 93546.
For Sale...... $3,000.

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W1445...Breechloader, Sharps single shot percussion carbine, New Model 1863, no patchbox, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .52cal., (#96677)
Carbine was manufactured by Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, serial numbers for the "New Model 1863" generally run 65,000 to 140,000, some overlap with other models. The Sharps carbine was the most significantly utilized carbine of the Civil War, it was a single shot percussion breechloader using paper cartridge and and revolutionized hand weaponry. The Model 1863, reflected only minor improvements over the Model 1859, mostly elimination of the patchbox. Standard features include an iron buttplate, iron loading lever serves as a trigger guard, one iron band, percussion nipple was designed to utilize a tape primer system that did not work very well and was usually disabled, but conventional cap served effectively, hinged Sharps sight, rifling with six lands and grooves. Intended for cavalry use, saddle bar and ring installed on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of barrel, "NEW MODEL 1863.". Mark on sight, "R.S. LAWRENCE / PATENTED / FEB. 15TH 1859.". Mark forward of sight, "SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN." Notches on top of barrel and receiver for alignment. Mark on lock near center: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / OCT. 5TH 1852." Mark upper lock: "R. S. LAWRENCE' PAT. / APRIL 12TH 1859." Mark left side of receiver: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / SEPT. 12TH 1848. Serial number on rear breech. Cartouches on wood on left side beneath the saddle bar indicate government inspection, additional inspector marks, on the barrel. Barrel length 22in.
Ref: Flayderman 5F-021.
Serial number, 96667. Cartouches are visible.
For Sale...... $3,000.

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W1450...Cavalry saber, Model 1860, Ames, block style address, 1859.
The model 1860 saber was made slightly lighter than the model 1840 and was the primary saber of the Federal cavalry by the end of the war. Standard features include wooden handle with a swell covered with leather and a wire grip, brass hilt has three branches, brass pommel cap and guard are unadorned, steel blade has flat back with narrow and wide fuller stopped at the ricasso, iron scabbard with iron mountings. Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Marks on ricasso, "AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS." (block style), and "US / (inspector) / 1859", additional inspector stamp on pommel and scabbard drag. Blade length 35 inches.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 79.
Ames, 1859 block address, inspected by JH, additional inspector marks, JH on pommel. Rope hanger was probably made for display.
For Sale......$800.

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W1450...Cavalry saber, Model 1860, Ames, block style address, 1859.
The model 1860 saber was made slightly lighter than the model 1840 and was the primary saber of the Federal cavalry by the end of the war. Standard features include wooden handle with a swell covered with leather and a wire grip, brass hilt has three branches, brass pommel cap and guard are unadorned, steel blade has flat back with narrow and wide fuller stopped at the ricasso, iron scabbard with iron mountings. Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Marks on ricasso, "AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS." (block style), and "US / (inspector) / 1859", additional inspector stamp on pommel and scabbard drag. Blade length 35 inches.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 79.

Ames, 1859 block address, inspected by JH, additional inspector marks, JH on pommel. Rope hanger was probably made for display. The grip has leather wrap intact, wire correctly re-wirted,, leather washer missing, handle is tight and secure, blade appearance is pleasing with grey patina, maker marks are strong, scabbard intact with with rust remnants of plating, this is early date made before the war.

W1452...Breechloader, Sharps single shot percussion carbine, New Model 1863, no patchbox, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .52cal., (#C23531)
Carbine was manufactured by Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, serial numbers for the "New Model 1863" generally run 65,000 to 140,000, some overlap with other models. The Sharps carbine was the most significantly utilized carbine of the Civil War, it was a single shot percussion breechloader using paper cartridge and and revolutionized hand weaponry. The Model 1863, reflected only minor improvements over the Model 1859, mostly elimination of the patchbox. Standard features include an iron buttplate, iron loading lever serves as a trigger guard, one iron band, percussion nipple was designed to utilize a tape primer system that did not work very well and was usually disabled, but conventional cap served effectively, hinged Sharps sight, rifling with six lands and grooves. Intended for cavalry use, saddle bar and ring installed on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of barrel, "NEW MODEL 1863.". Mark on sight, "R.S. LAWRENCE / PATENTED / FEB. 15TH 1859.". Mark forward of sight, "SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN." Notches on top of barrel and receiver for alignment. Mark on lock near center: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / OCT. 5TH 1852." Mark upper lock: "R. S. LAWRENCE' PAT. / APRIL 12TH 1859." Mark left side of receiver: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / SEPT. 12TH 1848. Serial number on rear breech. Cartouches on wood on left side beneath the saddle bar indicate government inspection, additional inspector marks, on the barrel. Barrel length 22in.
Ref: Flayderman 5F-021.
Serial number, C23531, appears on the tang. Metal appearance pleasing, maker marks are strong, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are visible, sight intact, band intact, bar and riding ring intact, bore is clean, rifling strong, mechanics fully functional.
For Sale...... $3,000.

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W1453...Rifled percussion musket, Remington 1863 Contract Rifle, "Zouave", 1863, .58cal., with bayonet and scabbard.
Wartime manufacture, 1862 to 1865, this musket pattern is attributed to the "Zouaves", although the connection to any such unit is not proven. It incorporated many of the features of the Model 1841, yet was produced during a much later period and designed for .58 caliber from the beginning. Musket designed as single shot 58 cal. muzzleloader, brass contoured buttplate, brass patchbox, brass trigger guard, lockplate and hammer are similar to Model 1841, two leaf sight, two brass rounded bands are held with springs, two strap hooks affixed to trigger guard and forward band, small brass nose guard, lug on the nose for a saber bayonet, ramrod is tulip head with straight shank and threaded end, barrel is heavy and rifled for .58 cal. with 7 lands & grooves. Manufactured by E. Remington & Sons, Ilion New York.Lock is marked "1863" behind the hammer, with eagle over "REMINGTON'S / ILION, N.Y. and "US" in front. Barrel is marked "1863" and "V P" over eagle , "STEEL", on the side. Brass buttplate is marked "US". Two brass barrel bands are both marked "U". Two cartouches on the wood opposite the lock indicate government inspection, additional inspector mark on the barrel. Barrel length 33in., bayonet blade 20in.
Ref: Flayderman 5E-076.
Remington Zouave, lockplate and barrel dated 1863. Barrel is marked "1863" and "US" (eagle) and "V P", "STEEL" on the side. Two cartouches on the wood opposite the lock indicate government inspection, additional inspector mark "BH" on the barrel, additional inspector marks on most other parts. Bayonet markings include matching inspector, "BH" on the handle, additional marks on blade and other parts. Fine example with matching bayonet and scabbard.
For Sale......$3,800.

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W1454...Rifled percussion musket, Remington 1863 Contract Rifle, "Zouave", 1863, .58cal., with bayonet.
Wartime manufacture, 1862 to 1865, this musket pattern is attributed to the "Zouaves", although the connection to any such unit is not proven. It incorporated many of the features of the Model 1841, yet was produced during a much later period and designed for .58 caliber from the beginning. Musket designed as single shot 58 cal. muzzleloader, brass contoured buttplate, brass patchbox, brass trigger guard, lockplate and hammer are similar to Model 1841, two leaf sight, two brass rounded bands are held with springs, two strap hooks affixed to trigger guard and forward band, small brass nose guard, lug on the nose for a saber bayonet, ramrod is tulip head with straight shank and threaded end, barrel is heavy and rifled for .58 cal. with 7 lands & grooves. Manufactured by E. Remington & Sons, Ilion New York.Lock is marked "1863" behind the hammer, with eagle over "REMINGTON'S / ILION, N.Y. and "US" in front. Barrel is marked "1863" and "V P" over eagle , "STEEL", on the side. Brass buttplate is marked "US". Two brass barrel bands are both marked "U". Two cartouches on the wood opposite the lock indicate government inspection, additional inspector mark on the barrel. Barrel length 33in., bayonet blade 20in.
Ref: Flayderman 5E-076.
Remington Zouave, lockplate and barrel dated 1863. Barrel is marked "1863" and "US" (eagle) and "V P", "STEEL" on the side. Two cartouches on the wood opposite the lock indicate government inspection, additional inspector mark "GP" on the barrel, additional inspector marks on most other parts. Bayonet markings include inspector, "BH" on the handle, additional marks on blade and other parts. Musket and bayonet
For Sale......$2,500. .

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W1474...Breechloader, Spencer seven shot rimfire carbine Model 1860, "56/56" cartridge, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .52cal., (#48901)
Carbine was manufactured by Spencer Repeating Rifle Co., Boston, Massachusetts, serial numbers run to about 67,000. This weapon revolutionized carbines, it was a repeater, capable of handling seven all weather or metallic rim fire cartridges at a time, providing a major advantage over the single shot paper cartridge percussion weapons previously employed. The so called "56 / 56" cartridge was used, this meant that the side of the cartridge fitted over the bullet was straight, however the bullet and bore are smaller at approximately .52 caliber. Seven cartridges were loaded by a magazine tube fitted through the butt. The magazine had an internal spring, cartridge was readied by raising and lowering a lever also serving as a trigger guard. The hammer striker head is flat and wider than the receiver, leaving an edge not aligned with the receiver. Chamber edges are sharp, bore has six lands and grooves. Carbine is fitted with an iron buttplate with hole and catch to secure the magazine tube, single iron band, Spencer long range sight. Intended for cavalry use, saddle bar and ring installed on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of frame: "SPENCER REPEATING - / RIFLE CO. BOSTON. MASS. / PAT'D MARCH 6. 1860. ". Serial number on rear of frame. Cartouches on the left side on the butt are typically weak, additional inspector marks may appear on the receiver, and barrel. Barrel length, 22in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-086. Standard model fitted with saddle riding bar for cavalry.
Serial number, 48901.
For Sale......$2,900.

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W1482...Breechloader, Sharps single shot percussion carbine, New Model 1863, no patchbox, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .52cal., (#92073)
Carbine was manufactured by Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, serial numbers for the "New Model 1863" generally run 65,000 to 140,000, some overlap with other models. The Sharps carbine was the most significantly utilized carbine of the Civil War, it was a single shot percussion breechloader using paper cartridge and and revolutionized hand weaponry. The Model 1863, reflected only minor improvements over the Model 1859, mostly elimination of the patchbox. Standard features include an iron buttplate, iron loading lever serves as a trigger guard, one iron band, percussion nipple was designed to utilize a tape primer system that did not work very well and was usually disabled, but conventional cap served effectively, hinged Sharps sight, rifling with six lands and grooves. Intended for cavalry use, saddle bar and ring installed on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of barrel, "NEW MODEL 1863.". Mark on sight, "R.S. LAWRENCE / PATENTED / FEB. 15TH 1859.". Mark forward of sight, "SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN." Notches on top of barrel and receiver for alignment. Mark on lock near center: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / OCT. 5TH 1852." Mark upper lock: "R. S. LAWRENCE' PAT. / APRIL 12TH 1859." Mark left side of receiver: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / SEPT. 12TH 1848. Serial number on rear breech. Cartouches on wood on left side beneath the saddle bar indicate government inspection, additional inspector marks, on the barrel. Barrel length 22in.
Ref: Flayderman 5F-021.
Serial number, 92073. Cartouches are visible.
For Sale...... $2,700.


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W1483...Breechloader, Spencer seven shot rimfire carbine Model 1860, "56/56" cartridge, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .52cal., (#66719)
Carbine was manufactured by Spencer Repeating Rifle Co., Boston, Massachusetts, serial numbers run to about 67,000. This weapon revolutionized carbines, it was a repeater, capable of handling seven all weather or metallic rim fire cartridges at a time, providing a major advantage over the single shot paper cartridge percussion weapons previously employed. The so called "56 / 56" cartridge was used, this meant that the side of the cartridge fitted over the bullet was straight, however the bullet and bore are smaller at approximately .52 caliber. Seven cartridges were loaded by a magazine tube fitted through the butt. The magazine had an internal spring, cartridge was readied by raising and lowering a lever also serving as a trigger guard. The hammer striker head is flat and wider than the receiver, leaving an edge not aligned with the receiver. Chamber edges are sharp, bore has six lands and grooves. Carbine is fitted with an iron buttplate with hole and catch to secure the magazine tube, single iron band, Spencer long range sight. Intended for cavalry use, saddle bar and ring installed on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of frame: "SPENCER REPEATING - / RIFLE CO. BOSTON. MASS. / PAT'D MARCH 6. 1860. ". Serial number on rear of frame. Cartouches on the left side on the butt are typically weak, additional inspector marks may appear on the receiver, and barrel. Barrel length, 22in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-086. Standard model fitted with saddle riding bar for cavalry.
Serial number, 66719.
For Sale...... $1,900.

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W1491...Rifled percussion musket, Model 1861, Springfield, 1862, .58cal.
The Model 1861 was the primary musket at the start of the Civil War. Musket was designed as a single shot .58 cal. rifled muzzleloader. Standard features included iron buttplate, "C" shaped hammer, bolster with clean out screw, two leaf sight, iron trigger guard, three flat barrel bands held in place with springs, two strap hooks on middle band and trigger guard, tulip head ramrod with bulged shank and threaded end, iron nose cap. Musket was manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield, Massachusetts. Lock was marked "1862" behind the hammer, with eagle and "US / SPRINGFIELD" in front, barrel marked "VP" over eagle head and (date), butt plate is marked "US", three bands each are marked "U", cartouche on wood on left side indicates Federal government inspection. Round barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 9A-313, manufacture 1862.
Springfield, lock 1862, metal with some brown, barrel date is weak, cartouches present.
For Sale......$2,100.

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W1492...Rifle percussion musket, Model 1855 Springfield, with three iron bands, iron buttplate, three leaf sight, iron trigger guard, iron forenend cap, fitted for socket bayonet, 1858, .58cal.
The model 1855 was the first long arm made for the new. 58 caliber minie. The addition of the new Maynard feed system was thought to be an improvement over the earlier percussion nipple system in which caps had to be hand placed, however caps could still be manually placed, and as a practical matter the paper feed system did not work out, was simply abandoned, and by the time the next model was introduced in 1861. Musket is single shot .58 cal. rifled muzzleloader, iron buttplate, "C" shaped hammer, bolster with clean out screw, later versions employed the three leaf site, iron trigger guard, three barrel bands are flat and held in place with springs, two strap hooks, nose cap is brass, ramrod is tulip head with bulge, end is threaded, fitted for socket bayonet. . Manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield, Massachusetts. Lock is marked "1858" behind the hammer, with eagle on the Maynard flap and "US / SPRINGFIELD" in front, Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head, and (date). Buttplate is marked "US". Three bands each marked "U", strap hook on middle band and trigger guard. Barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 9A-307.
Springfield, lock 1858, barrel date not readable, cartouches present , primer cover intact with marks, primer latch is worn.
For Sale......$2,500.

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W1513...Breechloader, Spencer seven shot rimfire carbine, Model 1860, with 1865 modifications, Stabler cutoff using "56/52" cartridge, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .52cal., (#45246)
Carbine was manufactured by Spencer Repeating Rifle Co., Boston, Massachusetts, serial numbers run to about 67,000, all were manufactured before 1865 about 10,000 were modified in 1865. This weapon revolutionized carbines, it was a repeater, capable of handling seven all weather or metallic rim fire cartridges at a time, providing a major advantage over the single shot paper cartridge percussion weapons previously employed. The so called "56 / 56" cartridge was originally used, this meant that the side of the cartridge fitted over the bullet was straight, however the bullet and bore are smaller at approximately .52 caliber. Seven cartridges were loaded by a magazine tube fitted through the butt. The magazine had an internal spring, cartridge was readied by raising and lowering a lever also serving as a trigger guard. However, the 7 shot repeater proved to be unreliable, having a tendency to jam, so a number were reverted back to single shot by installation of the Stabler cutoff. This was lever installed on the bottom of the receiver, it could be switched on or off to enable or block the feed from the magazine. A square notch was cut into the bottom of the receiver, if the lever is removed, which is common, the square notch remains. In addition the sharp edges of the top of the receiver were milled rounded, this so that the cartridges could be more easily inserted into the chamber. The straight cartridge was also redesigned to a tapered cartridge "56 / 52" or "56 / 50", the bullet was smaller but still about .52 cal. The orginal six groove rifling was milled, and a sleeve was inserted with three groove rifling. The 22inch barrel was not shortened. The straight edge of hammer was milled to a bevel eliminating the edge protruding from the side of the receiver, however this 1865 beveled hammer was the same size as the 1860 straight hammer, so either can be found. The smooth magazine thumbstall was replaced with a ribbed surface. However, since the point of the conversion was to disable the magazine, either magazine can be found. No changes were made to the other features, iron buttplate with hole and catch to secure the magazine tube, single iron band, Spencer long range sight, saddle bar and ring installed on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of frame: "SPENCER REPEATING - / RIFLE CO. BOSTON. MASS. / PAT'D MARCH 6. 1860. ". Serial number on rear of frame. The wood was often refinished, old cartouches were sanded out and sometimes a new one will appear on the butt. Barrel length, 22in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-087
Spencer serial number 45246. This reflects 1865 modifications, chamber is milled, three groove rifling, the receiver is notched for Stabler cutoff, however lever tab has been removed. Hammer is straight 1860 hammer and thumbstall is smooth and not ribbed. Metal is brown with light rust, rifling is definite, mechanically sound but could use a good oiling and cleaning.
For Sale.....$2,000.

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W1514...Breechloader, Merrill single shot percussion carbine, "First Type", brass patchbox and breech lever secured with rounded latch, .54cal., (#5778)
The Merrill carbine bears a unique breech system with a long lever released by a spring latch, and is percussion primed using a paper cartridge. Manufactured by H. Merrill, Baltimore Maryland. This model with brass patchbox is referred to as "First Type", however this is a collector term of convenience, and not a contemporary designation. Standard features include brass buttplate, brass patch box, brass trigger guard, single brass band, saddle riding ring and bar on the left side, two leaf hinged sight, rifled with three grooves. On early production, the breech latch is rounded. Marks on lock forward of the hammer, "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858 / APL. 9. MAY 21 - 28 - 61", serial number appears on rear of the hammer, and on the breach tang. Breech lever is marked "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858". Additional inspector marks inside the loading lever. Barrel length 22.125in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-075, rounded latch.
Serial number, 5778, appears on rear of the hammer, and on the breach tang.
For Sale.....$2,400.

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W1517...Breechloader, Smith single shot percussion carbine, cavalry model with saddle bar, "MANUFACTURED BY / AM' N M'CH'N WKS / SPRINGFIELD MASS", address is under the saddle bar, .50cal., (#6596)
Carbine was manufactured by American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, Poultry and Trimble, Baltimore were selling agents. The Smith carbine utilized a paper or rubber cartridge and employed a unique loading system, the barrel swivels downward like a shotgun upon release by a latch underneath. Developed and marketed early, The Smith carbine was used extensive by Northern cavalry units that enlisted early. Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, latch on top of barrel with release on bottom, hinged sight, six lands & grooves. All marks are on the left side in three panels, manufacturer mark, "MANUFACTURED BY / AM' N M'CH'N WKS / SPRINGFIELD MASS", is on the bottom panel under the saddle bar and is difficult to read, selling agent mark, "ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMBLE / BALTIMORE, U.S.A.", appears on rear panel top, and the patent date, "SMITH'S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857". is vertical on the forward panel. Serial number appears twice on the bottom. Inspector cartouche in wood on left side behind the receiver indicated government inspection, additional inspector markmay be found on the barrel or other parts. Barrel length 21.625in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-085, American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, cavalry model with saddle bar.
Serial number 6596 appears twice on the bottom. Manufacturer mark is directly under the saddle bar.
For Sale.....$2,500.

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W1527...Breechloader, Sharps single shot percussion carbine, Model 1853, "slanting breech", .52cal.
Carbine was manufactured by Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, serial numbers for the Model 1853 generally run 9,000 to 19,000. The Model 1853 played a prominent role in the Kansas struggle and is sometimes referred to as the "John Brown Sharps" or "Beecher's Bibles", it was available well before the Civil War, was mostly bought by private individuals or militia groups, and was a single shot percussion breechloader using paper cartridge. The Model 1853 was essentially the same weapon as the Model 1852 and continued use of the "slanting breech", so called based on the angled position of the breech on the frame. This is the carbine. It featured a brass buttplate, brass patchbox, iron loading lever serves as a trigger guard, one brass band, percussion nipple was designed to utilize a tape primer system that did not work very well and was usually disabled, but conventional cap served effectively, hinged Sharps long range sight, rifling with six lands and grooves. Mark on top of barrel: "SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG CO. / HARTFORD, CONN." Mark on breech tang: "C. SHARPS / PATENT / 1848" and serial number. Mark on the receiver: "C. SHARPS' / PATENT / 1852". Barrel length 21.5in.
Ref: Flayderman 5F-010.
.Sharps 1853 (#9954) carving "WM YARBRO TIFTON 1862" , meaning of this is not determined, this can be researched. Mechanics work, bore is clean.
For Sale.....$6,500.

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A virtual examination of artifacts of the American Civil War
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All weapons I sell are "pre 1898 weapons". This exempts antique firearms from regulation, which means that they can be owned, or shipped through the mail, no permitting or licensing is required. The complete text of the law can be found in the Cornell online law library:
http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sec_18_00000921----000-.html The following relevant excerpt is taken from the law:
(3) The term (firearm) means
(A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;
(B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon;
(C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or
(D) any destructive device.

Such term does not include an antique firearm.

(16) The term (antique firearm) means:
(A) any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898; or.....

This means that pre 1898 weapons are excluded from the law by definition, therefore none of the rest of the law applies to antique weapons made before 1898.

One caution though, the weapons can be dangerous if not properly handled or used maliciously, so please be careful with them.

A note about safety of antique weapons: Pre 1898 weapons are not regulated because the law exempts them as weapons. They are old, they are antique, and some are compromised and altered well beyond their original design. Any of them can be fired, but safety is always a concern with antique weapons. Safety is also a concern if you drive an antique car on the road. With any antique, special care needs to be exercised, you do not want to simply take the thing off the shelf and shoot it. It should be carefully inspected, cleaned, serviced, and tested before firing. Most of these weapons have not been fired in at least 100 years, and the better ones have probably not been fired since the Civil War itself. There is risk of blockage, stressed metal, improper loading, and other problems that might not be imagined. In addition many collectors would consider any cleaning or use of a historic piece to be a compromise. A premium is paid for originality and condition of a historic piece, sometimes this premium is very significant for an unfired piece, a weapon never gets in better condition as it gets handled. However if you choose to fire an antique weapon versus displaying it, you will want to take it apart, thoroughly clean and inspect it before you fire it, or at least you ought to do that. These antique weapons require an entirely different approach versus the licensed modern weapons that are readily available and more easily and safely used for sport firing and hunting. As a dealer selling strictly antique weapons, I do not warrant any use.

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