The Civil War Relicman,
Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.
All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use. These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever! Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.
Small "boot" pistol,
double barrel percussion.
The small "boot" pistol could be hidden in a boot or in a pocket, this is the 19th century version of the "concealed" weapon, and was widely purchased for self defense . The weapon was good for only very short range and was truly a weapon of last resort. This small pistol is double barrel percussion, there are various marks and geometric designs, origin not known. One hammer works, the other does not. Length 7in., barrel approx. 3.5in.