The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

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 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.

W1011     Single shot smoothbore percussion pistol, Model 1842, H Aston, 1851 .54 cal.
  The Model 1842 pistol follows a similar design features and time frame as the Model 1842 musket.  The pistol is .54 caliber, brass backstrap, brass trigger guard, brass band has an extension joining the lockplate, ramrod is swivel type with button head and never detaches from the weapon.  Manufactured by Henry Aston, Middletown Connecticut.  Lock is marked "MIDDtn / CONN / 1851" behind the hammer, "US / H ASTON & CO" forward of the hammer.  Two cartouches in wood opposite the lock, additional inspector marks on barrel "US / WW / P"  and "JH", "N" on the trigger guard and backstrap.  Metal appearance pleasing with smooth patina or light pitting, wood grips solid with usual dings and scratches from use, mechanics fare stiff and need work, desirable early weapon.  Barrel length 8.5 inches. 
Ref: Flayderman 6A-041, 1851.