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01 MG 9712
  • A Rare Stand of 32 pdr Grapeshot found near Vicksburg 1863

  • A rare artillery item, with 9 large iron balls within a 32pdr spiral cannon shot, accompanied by newspaper article about the collector who found it near a Confederate Artillery position near Vicksburg, Mississippi. An Unfired dug relic from the Siege of Vicksburg, in near mint condition with no defects, one of the most dreaded forms of canon shot to be fired at its adversary. Approximately 12 inches tall and intact wt. 32 lbs.

  • CW01 - $2,500
02 MG 9739
02D MG 9737
  • A Near mint Richmond Carbine 1863

  • The finest gun in the collection, excellent patina and wood stock and clearly struck “ C.S. Richmond 1863 “ on the lock plate.

  • CW02 - $7,500
03 MG 9719
03D MG 9724
  • Boyle & Gamble Staff Officers “CS – Star” sword

  • A beautiful Confederate Staff Officer’s sword with a perfectly cast hilt with ‘CS – Star’ in the guard. The grip was restored by Bill Osborne and accompanied with a letter by him in 1972 stating it is one of the finest examples that he has ever seen. In associated metal scabbard with original Officer’s Crimson Sash making this a remarkable display of perhaps the most popular sword of the Southern Confederacy.

  • CW03 - $7,500
04 MG 9743
04D MG 9745
  • Richmond Confederate musket & bayonet dated 1863

  • A great display item, reasonably priced, the wood stock is excellent as is the bore, and however the lock plate and barrel are pitted from weather. Accompanied by associated bayonet.

  • CW04 - $4,500
07 MG 9698
  • Confederate 2 pc “CS” Belt set with a Colt Patterson Pistol holster

  • A superb example of this rare and perhaps most famous Confederate 2 piece CS buckle most likely made by Boyle and Gamble of Richmond. Accompanied by family provenance bought directly from the descendants of a 1st Virginia Infantry officer. Excellent supple brown leather and a rare open fast draw style Colt Patterson pistol holster.

  • CW07 - $7,500
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09-9 MG 9708
  • Confederate Canteen’s Cedar and Tin

  • A very fine example of the famous Confederate cedar wood canteen with iron metal bands, CSA depot issued and in near perfect condition, missing spout as usual but the wood is excellent throughout.

  • CW08 - $1,850
  • Large Confederate Saddle ‘Tin’ Canteen made privately for CS government

  • A large 14 inch round tin saddle canteen, with label affixed indicating different tin shops that could have made it from Meridian, Mississippi to Montgomery. Quite large and intact.

  • CW09 - $1,250
10 MG 9685
  • Texas Spur with incised “ Star’ on both sides of rowel

  • An unusual Texas iron spur with Star incised on both sides of the rowel, a single spur.

  • CW10 - $250
11 MG 9662
  • Texas ‘Star’ oval cartridge box plate

  • Texas ‘Star’ oval cartridge box plate, dug near Marietta, GA from a Texas campsite, nice green patina yet lead is missing from the back. 250

  • CW11 - $350
12 MG 9660
  • CSA Atlanta Arsenal Confederate Buckle

  • CSA Atlanta Arsenal Confederate Buckle near Kennesaw Mountain, Ga. Nice patina with hooks on reverse. A famous and popular buckle.

  • CW12 - $950
13 MG 9669
  • Confederate large CS brass buckle.

  • Confederate large CS brass buckle. Excellent condition of this rare Georgia made Confederate buckle, hooks intact on reverse.

  • CW13 - $850
14 MG 9675
  • Texas “ Star” within a circle shoulder belt pin.

  • Texas “ Star” within a circle shoulder belt pin. Made of brass with points on verso to attach to leather belt or even a large hat.

  • CW14 - $750
15 MG 9709
  • Canteens from Vicksburg Confederate Arsenal 1863

  • Small Tin canteen, Confederate made, unissued with original corncob stopper intact. Discovered recently in a barn in Bovina, Mississippi ( near Vicksburg ). Several were found together including the next canteen with blue cloth Union Army issue but found together as a group.

  • CW15A - $950
  • Union Army canteen found with Confederate Army canteen
    near Vicksburg

  • Unissued Original blue wool cloth 90% intact, with cotton shoulder strap with US Arsenal markings. An amazing discovery found alongside of Confederate unissued canteens illustrating the Confederates used these canteens along side their own.

  • CW15B - $450
17-18 MG 9762
  • Confederate Dog River Cavalry sabre

  • A heavy cavalry sabre unmarked as are all Dog River’s grip and blade in fine condition for these hard fighting swords.

  • CW17 - $750
  • Confederate Dog River with carved wood grip and riveted iron guard

  • A large blade and very fine example, illustrating local blacksmith production with a iron knuckle guard riveted together at the joints and a hand carved painted grip.

  • CW18 - $1,250
19 MG 9678
  • Confederate “ CS “ oval dug buckle.

  • Confederate “ CS “ oval dug buckle. Excellent dark park patina, yet with a diagonal scratch across the center and part of leather belt still attached on verso.

  • CW19 - $650
20 MG 9664
  • South Carolina large brass shoulder belt plate with State Seal.

  • South Carolina large brass shoulder belt plate with State Seal. Excellent patina and a rare plate.

  • CW20 - $750
21 MG 9688
  • Rare 2pc Virginia dug buckle with excellent patina and numbered together

  • CW21 - $850
22 MG 9666
  • Frankfort Arsenal Artillery Fuses unissued and in original paper wrappers.

  • A mint and unopened box of 5-second fuses, perfect for display.

  • CW22 - $250
23 MG 9683
  • 4 Southern style soldiers or militia belt buckles

  • 4 Southern style soldiers or militia belt buckles of the simplest types including Wishbone buckle, Two- Tongue buckles, snake buckle etc. Worn by the enlisted man or militia volunteer.

  • CW23 - All 4 buckles only $250
24 MG 9690
  • Confederate Navy gilt coat buttons

  • Confederate Navy gilt coat buttons, all with Firmin Co London back marks. 5 buttons with the same patina and from the same CS Naval Uniform (or $350 @) all 5 as one lot. 1350

  • CW24 - all 5 as one lot. $1,250
25 MG 9692
  • Confederate Artillery coat buttons

  • Confederate Artillery coat buttons, two examples with block and cursive ‘A’ letters, with Waterbury back marks, the pair.

  • CW25 - $175
26 MG 9695
  • Southern Militia officer’s plain brass plate buckle

  • Southern Militia officer’s plain brass plate buckle on original leather belt with leather sword frog attachment. Worn by militia officers during the early days of the war when the Confederate Army was being formed.

  • CW26 - $250
27 MG 9758
27D MG 9756
  • Boyle Gamble & McPhee dug foot officer’s sword

  • Boyle Gamble & McPhee dug foot officer’s sword, a dug relic with excellent BG & M markings under the guard. These swords are quite rare and relic example perhaps even more scarce than non dug ones.

  • CW27 - $950
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28D MG 9750
  • CSA – Froehlich CS Arsenal North Carolina Staff Officers sword

  • An excellent example with the cut out CSA guard with assembly numbers, and a penknife style blade, no scabbard. A very attractive example.

  • CW28 - $4,500
29 MG 9672
  • Texas Militia brass rectangular buckle

  • Texas Militia brass rectangular buckle, with embossed Star and intricate designs, late war and early postwar buckle made of sheet brass and very attractive.

  • CW29 - $450
30A MG 9680
30B MG 9700
  • Southern Spurs and a CS Saddle pommel shield

  • An unusual group of dug relics, the CS saddle pommel shield is quite rare, some of the spurs have leather, others have missing rowels yet a nice grouping for display.

  • CW30 - $350
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  • Mrs. Robert E Lee -- Signed/Presented and hand painted CDV photograph

  • A wonderful signed photograph by her in which she hand paints the roses in the vase, which was a common practice of Mrs. Lee for special friends and admirer’s. A descendant of George Washington she signs at the bottom of the photograph “ Mary Custis Lee ” on the reverse she presents her photograph and signs it a second time to a young girl “ For my Dear Little Julie Davison from her friend Mary Custis Lee “ with a back mark of the “Stonewall Gallery in Lexington Virginia where she and General Lee lived after the war when he was President of Washington University.

  • CW31 - $450
  • General J.E.B. Stuart letter to a girl in Fairfax from Qui Vive 1862

  • Confederate General JEB Stuart was a gallant cavalry officer dashing in everyway, he was a ladies man and enjoyed flirtaous letters to Southern Ladies. This letter is quite well written and illustrates his bravado yet his qualities as a southern gentleman as follows:

  • “Camp Qui Vive ( Still Alive) Virginia January 6, 1862 – JEB begins with New Year Best Wishes then goes on to write “ I send you a nice bean - Captain Rosser ( Louisiana Tigers) he will escort you here for dinner and hence to the C.H. to spend the night with Mrs. Ford. Be assured I sacrifice a great personal pleasure in forgoing this visit for your sake and Capt. Rosser’s. With sincere regards, yours J.E.B. Stuart “

  • Accompanied by the original military courier carried envelope hand addressed by Confederate General JEB Stuart to “ Miss Laura Radcliffe – Fairfax” Southern Chivalry at it’s best.

  • CW32 - $4,500
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33D JebStewart
  • J.E.B. Stuart Signed Book from his Library at his home in Patrick, Virginia

  • A very rare signed book by this famous hard fighting Confederate Cavalry General, the most famous cavalry officer in the Confederate Army JEB Stuart proved himself a hundred times as R E Lee’s strike force, he was Killed in Action in 1864. His personal Battle Flag sold for a million dollars, a lock of his hair went for $50,000 +. This book was acquired directly from a member of his family many years ago, and signed books by him are almost non-existant. This 1846, book in Latin on the Greek Philosophy illustrates his intelligence, Jeffersonian in nature he could read both Greek and Latin. Completely original bindings with no defects and a real showpiece of this great Cavalry General.

  • CW33 - $4,500
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  • General George McClellan’s Signed 1850 edition of A Key to the Exercises in Ollendorff’s New Method of Learning to
    Read, Write and Speak the German Language

    An observer in the Crimean War in 1855, he travelled to Prussia where he copied the Prussian saddles of the Hussars to make the famed ‘McClellan saddle

  • General George McClellan was the son a of a prominent Philadelphia surgeon and was well known, battle tested and politically connected, second in his class at West Point and had much success during the Mexican War; long before he was to become a prominent General in the Civil War. During the 1850s he was a favorite of US Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, ironically the future President of the Confederacy.

    Davis would send him on secret missions as an observer, first to Santo Domingo, then to the Crimea as a military observer for the US government during the Crimean War. Already fluent in French and having translated military manuals, he was dispatched to the Crimea in 1855 where he travelled widely and reviewed the methods of many countries’ armies, including that of Prussia where he copied the Prussian Hussars’ saddle, adapting it to what would become the ‘McClellan saddle’ that became so widely used in the Civil War.

    Although fluent in French, he was not so equipped for his travels to Prussia. Accordingly, he obtained this copy of the 1850 edition of A Key to the Exercises in Ollendorff’s New Method of Learning to Read, Write and Speak the German Language, New York, D. Appleton & Co. In very good condition with some foxing at the edges, this book was obviously very important to McClellan and became part of his lifetime accumulation of books which were important to his success. On the first page of this 7 ½ x 5 inch book, McClellan signed ‘Geo McClellan’ in dark, bold script. This is an historic book, owned by a prominent military figure and innovator who travelled the world observing other countries’ armies even before he served as a prominent American General in the Civil War.

  • CW34 - $750
cw55 MG 9884
  • A Dahlgren Bayonet Made into a Bowie Knife by Cook in New Orleans

  • This Confederate Bowie is generally believed to be the product of Cook & Brother of New Orleans. Norm Flayderman investigated this type knife in his book The Bowie Knife and found that the ‘Bowie Bayonet’ was referred to by US Admiral James Dahlgren. Dahlgren’s brother Confederate General Charles Dahlgren suggested putting Bowie knives on rifles and that Cook in New Orleans could do it. This information came from telegrams and probably explains why some of these examples have muzzle rings as does this Bowie, and some do not. But what is for sure is that every Confederate wanted one on his belt!

    This Confederate Bowie has a beautiful rosewood grip, is 17 inches overall and has a 12-inch clip point blade. The blade has a very nice patina with very slight notching. A great Confederate Dahlgren Bowie.

  • CW35 - $750
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  • An intact US Cavalry trooper’s original Uniform Complete Set

  • A complete US Cavalryman’s Uniform set down to his boots and spurs. Intact sets such as this rarely if ever come on the market, this is a unique opportunity to own a complete US Cavalry set for display, It includes the following: US Cavalry Private’s yellow trimmed shell jacket, his boots and spurs, his over-the-shoulder cavalry belt set with US Eagle buckle and sword hangers, with cap box and cartridge box for his Model 1860 Colt Army revolver serial #134895 and holster, his Model 1860 light Cavalry sabre and scabbard made by Ames and dated 1865 on the ricasso, his sword knot, canteen, his Sharps carbine serial # 79730 with original shoulder sling, and carbine boot, his crossed cavalry sabre insignia for his hat, even has a unopened package of ammunition and his bridle bits for his horse! They just do not come any nicer or complete than this. Worn during the last year of the Civil War and the - first years of the Indian Wars.

  • CW36 - $14,500
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  • “Virginia” script Confederate buckle on the original black officers sword belt

  • A beautiful example of this rare script style “Virginia “ buckle on its original officers belt, the sword straps are missing, yet the buckle has a wonderful patina. This is also from the 'Dr. Garvey' collection who was a contemporary of William Albaugh many of his swords and buckles are illustrated in 'Albaugh's 1st' Books on Confederate Weapons.

  • CW37 - $7,500
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  • Petersburg Railroad Engineer’s Surveyor Transom - used by General Mahone to lay the tracks between Petersburg and Norfolk, c. 1860

  • A rare surveying transit for the famous Petersburg Railroad. The tripod is marked “Virginia Engineers Battalion No. 1” and the face of the transom is painted “Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad.” Brass telescope and all brass mounts. It is still in working condition. General William Mahone had graduated from VMI in Lexington, Virginia and served as Chief Engineer and later President of the Petersburg Railroad. This was the very surveying transom that he used and was later used again by Virginia Confederate troops to build railroads in the Confederacy. It was discovered among his personal effects and is a great museum showpiece. Accompanied by his Railroad Engineers Manual signed by him.

  • CW38 - $6,500
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  • A Daguerreotype of Confederate Major General Carter L. Stevenson, this is the earliest know photograph of him taken during the Mexican War in 1846

  • The rarest of all photographs are the earliest known images of Confederate Generals that fought in the Mexican War. Stevenson fought in the Seminole War, Mexican War and the Utah Expedition to put down the Mormon uprising. He quickly became a Divisional Commander in the Confederate Army with the rank of major general. He fought in all the battles of the Army of Tennessee including Atlanta and Nashville, he surrendered with the Army of Tennessee in late April 1865 in North Carolina. A ultra-rare photograph that has been used in all the biographies about him. Ex: William Turner collection.

  • CW39 - $6,500
  • Mosby’s Men & Staff – a from life photograph taken by Anderson in the Confederate Capitol in 1863

  • A rare CDV image taken from life in Richmond, VA by the famous Confederate photographer Anderson. Obviously cool and relaxed as Mosby’s men always appeared they seem to be enjoying their free moment in the Confederate capitol where they were regarded as Hero’s. Lt Puryear, Sgt Thomas Booker and others of Mosby’s command and staff on leave in Richmond. A Very rare photograph.

  • CW40 - $4,500
  • Generals Sherman, Sickles, Slocum 1887 Autographed G.A.R. Program and war date CDV Photographs Signed by Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

  • The Grand Army of the Republic was formed in 1866, made up of Union Civil War veterans who continued to meet, share stories of the war, assist widows and orphans; and to honor their commanders such as Generals William Tecumseh Sherman, Daniel Sickles and Henry Slocum; all of whom autographed this program for the September 28-30, 1887 convention held in Saratoga, New York.

  • CW41 - $1,950
  • A Double Tintype of a Union Soldier – Seated and Standing

  • It is very unusual to find a double imaged tintype of the same soldier – one seated and one of him standing both in uniform. This well-armed Union private is dressed in uniform and has full equipment including his rifle. Each image is framed nicely in this original two-part case which makes a beautiful display piece.

  • CW42 - $450
  • A Beautiful USS Monitor Cased Ambrotype of a Union Captain

  • This is a most unusual sealed ambrotype of a young sharp looking Union captain from the Civil War. While the image is crisp, the subject a distinguished looking young bearded captain in formal uniform dress, the gutta percha case depicts the USS Monitor on the front is quite unique. Famous for its battle with the Confederate counterpart ironclad, the CSS Virginia, the Monitor became a rallying call after their battle in 1862. This is an interesting an image and importantly cased ambrotype of a young Civil War captain.

  • CW43 - $550
  • General Rufus King and Staff
    a from life photograph in original oak frame

  • An outstanding photograph of this famous Union General who commanded the Wisconsin Volunteers. His short-lived career including being appointed by Abraham Lincoln and latter to command of the I Corps, however ill health prevented his military career continuance. Scarce as he was only in service for a year.

  • CW44 - $350
  • 6th New York – Quartermaster Account Diary and Photograph

  • An interesting and historical Union Quartermasters daily accounting of supplies ordered for his regiment, entries include: 50 Colt Rifles, 50 Cartridge Boxes, 20 Bayonet’s & Scabbards, 40 Gun Slings, 4500 Sharps cartridges, 21,000 Colt pistol cartridges, 5000 Musket caps etc.” A little research would easily reveal who this Quartermaster of the 6th New York was; he kept an accurate record of weapons and ammunition used. (2 items).

  • CW45 - $450
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  • A Confederate Staff Officer’s Kepi Virginia State Seal visor buttons

  • This Confederate staff officer’s kepi is constructed from gray wool broadcloth with a tabby weave and a black wool band and crown. The kepi is accented by a 3/32” wide flat double gold braid up the back seam, front and at an angle to the top with a triple-strand quatrefoil on top. The visor is of single thickness, black patent leather and is in very good condition. This wonderful example of a Confederate Staff officer’s kepi shows the classic proportions for the Civil War period. Extremely well made and well tailored, the silk dress lining is a unique indication of Confederate manufacture. A very rare Confederate kepi and identical to what General Walter H. Stevens would have worn while serving on Lee’s staff. (Accompanied by Les Jensen letter of authenticity and research.)

  • CW46 - $27,500
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  • A Confederate Lieutenant’s Artillery Kepi Gold Braid Quatrefoil,
    Oilcloth Rain Cover

  • This Confederate Artillery Officer’s Lieutenant’s kepi made from a very soft, red wool broadcloth is accented by a 1/8” wide flat gold braid with a single strand quatrefoil on top. The band is of a reddish brown cloth and measures 1 1/8” wide at the back and 1” at the front. The kepi comes with original and rare black oilcloth rain cover. The lining of the kepi is integral with the body as both pieces were sewn together and share the same seam. The cotton flannel lining has a series of dark brown printed squares. There are two brass buttons, tin backed, each 1⁄2” in diameter, each button of a different pattern. A rare survival, especially the oilcloth rain cover for the kepi, a similar example is illustrated on page 170 in the Time-Life Series. (accompanied by Les Jensen letter of authenicity and research, from the William Turner Collection, author of Confederate Faces)

  • CW47 - $27,500
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  • Extremely Rare Confederate Reversed ‘Floating CS’ Cavalry Officer’s Sword
    Leech & Rigdon marked ‘Memphis Novelty Works’
    One of only Three Known to Exist

  • This is an extremely rare Leech & Rigdon staff officer’s sword, one of only three known to exist. Stamped inside the branches of the guard with ‘Memphis Novelty Works’, William Albaugh in his noted works on Confederate swords published it as an unknown maker in his first book. Shortly after the work’s publication, noted collector Kent Wall acquired an example marked ‘Leech & Rigdon – Columbus, Miss.’ on the blade which firmly proved once and for all that this famous Float- ing ‘CS’ style sword was made by this firm. Another veteran collector, William Beard, later discovered this sword clearly marked ‘Memphis Novelty Works’ on the inside branches of the guard which further establishes that these were early war production swords made in Memphis in 1861 before Leech & Rigdon moved their factory next to the Confederate arsenal at Columbus, Mississippi in May of 1862.

  • This is a superb example of the famous ‘Floating CS’ as well having the rarity of being one of only three marked examples. Memphis fell in the spring of 1862 and Thomas Leech moved his weapon factory south to Columbus, Mississippi. The sword has a 30-inch fullered blade and is in its original brass mounted iron scabbard. (accompanied by William Beard letter of authenticity and research)

  • CW48 - $27,500

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