Miscellaneous
AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF GEORGE C. NEUMANN'S: "SWORDS & BLADES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION": Soft-bound edition, 287 pg. and autographed by Douglas Neumann, son of the late Author George C. Neumann. A complete overview of the Swords, pole-Arms, Bayonets, etc., used by all sides, during the American Revolution.

Price: $90.00


A VERY GOOD CASED PAIR OF FRENCH/PARISAN-MADE WORLD WAR I PERIOD JAPPANED BRASS & LEATHER COVERED OFFICER’S FIELD BIOCULARS & LEATHER CASE, ca. 1910: In overall very good untouched condition with a lightly toned age-patina and generally smooth surfaces with evidence of handling and “field use”. Retains, generally clear optics, with several hairlines, fine outer surfaces and an untouched age-patina—--some minor scuffs, tears, abrasions and handling marks. The jappaned Brass and Leather Covered Body with signs of use and light wear: the leather covering with age-stains, crazing, tears and frays. Adjustable brass eyepieces with gutta percha adjustment knob, its original lenses and gutta percha “eye-pieces”. The frame with a worn “The B. F. AMERICAN OPTICAL Co” maker’s marking with clear “PARIS, BRUXELLES, CAEN” addresses. Of fine quality make and in functional order with generally clear optics and evidence of “field wear”. Complete with their original, stitched leather Carrying case with its securing belt and loops (desiccated leather surfaces with torn stitching). The interior with its original (worn) oilcloth liner and the outer surfaces with heavy wear, scuffs and losses. A very nice Pair of World War I Period Officer’s Field Binoculars, ca. 1910. In overall very good condition. Overall length 7” (fully extended) Case Measures 5” x 7 1/8”.

Price: $250.00


Herbert J. Jackson's: "EUROPEAN FIREARMS": First Published in 1923 with a "Treatise on SCOTTISH HAND FIREARMS, by Charles A. Whitelaw: Considered a fine early text on European pieces of the 16th-18th centuries with a comprehensive write-up on Scottish guns and their makers: 108 pg.

Price: $95.00


A VERY FINE 18th/19th CENTURY CHINESE GREEN JADE/JADITE ARCHER’S RING, ca. 1800: In overall very fine+ untouched condition with choice, deeply toned, “Glassy”/Imperial-type, Green, jade surfaces. Of very fine quality with Hand-carved contours with near perfect symmetry without cracks or fissures. Large, rounded, “Band” form body with a 1” outer diameter: made to protect the thumb of an Archer from the tension of the bow-string. Deeply, green-colored, “Glassy”, dark, Green Jade/Jadite with a very fine natural grain pattern without cracks. A very nice and high quality example of an 18th/19th Century Chinese Archer’s (thumb) Ring, ca. 1800. For similar examples, please see Stone’s: “Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor”.

Price: $675.00


19TH CENTURY AMERICAN BULLET MOLD, ca. 1830s: In overall very good condition. The iron with smooth surfaces and some scattered discoloration. Of typical "scissors-type" construction with sprue-cutter..

Price: $175.00


A VERY FINE 20TH CENTURY/BICENTENNIAL ERA REPRODUCTION ENGLISH "LIGHT DRAGOON" PISTOL, ca. 1970s: In overall very fine/excellent original flintlock condition and of likely Japanese manufacture, ca. 1976. Of "Regulation British Light Dragoon Pattern" with its blued (95%), 9", smoothbore, .66 caliber, pin-fastened, round, iron barrel with crude baluster turnings, at the breech. Molded and carved, Light Dragoon Pattern, hardwood fullstock with simple raised-carvings, around the lock and sideplate mortises. The " Light Dragoon Pattern", full, brass mounts/hardware with smooth surfaces and a golden toned patina overall. The trigger-guard with simple rounded finials, a single barrel-shaped ramrod pipe, a screw-fastened, short stirrup butt-cap and a flat "S"-shaped sideplate with both of its blued steel sidebolts. The lock/mechanism with thread engraved borders, its matching & original gooseneck hammer and arrowhead finial frizzen spring. Marked with a clear Crown/"GR" Cypher, under the powder-pan and with an "S.A.R." marking, on the tail of the lock. In overall very fine+/excellent original flintlock condition with smooth steel surfaces and 95%+ finish. Very Fine+/excellent stock with 95% finish and only minor scattered marks. Complete with its blued (95%) buttonhead, iron ramrod. A very nice 20th Century (Japanese?) Reproduction of an English Light Dragoon Pattern Pistol, ca. 1970s.*** The type of Reproduction Flintlock Pistol sold to the American Market, during the Bicentennial Period, ca. 1976. Overall length, 16".

Price: $250.00


A FINE & SCARCE SOLDIER I'D GROUPING OF AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SOLDIER'S PERSONAL ACCESSORIES, Ex. PRVT. HARVEY V. WYMAN, ca. 1863: In overall fine condition with the expected signs of use, wear and patination. Includes a 19th Century Cased Gold Scale with its original Patriotic Stenciled Tinned Civil War Case with partitions for the graduated brass weights and its "GERMANY" marked, Brass, Chain type Balance Scale. The scale with both of its original brass saucers and its linked brass suspension chains and brass balance-arm. Contained in an original, Civil War Period, Oval, Brown-Jappened Tin Case with 85%+ of its brown and gold-colored lacquer jappening. The center of the friction-fit lid-top with a gold-colored Heraldic Eagle Stencil: the edge of lid-top with a floral scroll border, en suite. In very good condition with light scattered abrasions, handling marks and signs of use. Also, contains a Civil War Period Tin Eye Glass Case with its original iron frame spectacles. Of early mid-19th Century form with small oval lenses and simple iron frames with long straight arms. Contained in their original oval tin carrying case with matching untouched steel surfaces with scattered patches of discoloration and signs of use. Retains its original light blue-colored, felt liner with scattered handling marks and signs of use and age. Also, with a fine quality Sheffield Made, American Civil War, Fighting/Bowie Knife with Patriotic Theme Embossed "Silver" mounts of Classic American Civil War design. Leaf shaped double-edge, 6", Sheffield made, Spearpoint Blade with "SAMUEL C. WRAGG/SHEFFIELD" marking, on its base for the noted 19th Century English Cutler and famed maker of the American Civil War "LIBERTY & UNION" Dirk/Fighting Knife. The Staghorn grip-scales with their iron retaining-nails and Patriotic Embossed "German Silver" mounts. The pommel with an embossed central Heraldic Eagle, a Scale/Balance of Justice and a Phrygian Cap of Liberty, all within an acanthus vine border. The cross-guard, embossed en suite with matching silver surfaces and "LIBERTY AND UNION" on each side of their quillons. In very good+ condition with sharp contours, cutting edges and spearpoint tip. The mounts with scattered wear, staining and verdigris. Overall length, 11". Together with a very large and Folk Art Decorated American Civil War Soldier's Clay Smoking Pipe with Patriotic Decorated Pipe-Bowl. Of single piece, black-washed, cast clay/slipware, Mid-19th Century, American design with a slightly downward curved stem with a central hole and an enlarged mouthpiece. A very large integral pipe-bowl. The exterior surfaces extensively decorated with American Civil War Period, Folk Art form, Soldier applied, hand-painted American Eagle with a Central American Shield and an "E. Pluribus Unum" marked banner, in its beak. Also, decorated with a Fort with Trees, etc. (worn). Signed with an "H. V. Wyman" owner's name for Harvey V. Wyman of Stockbridge, Vermont, who, on Sept. of 1863, at the age of 21, enlisted as a private, in the U.S. Navy. He served on board the "U.S.S. Vassar", the "Eureka" & the "Heliotrope", during the Civil War. He was discharged, July 15, 1865, in Portsmouth, N.H. In overall very good untouched condition with generally smooth painted surfaces with expected signs of use, tobacco-staining/fire-burning and wear, to the painted decorations, on one side of the bowl. Overall length, 11". A very nice & Scarce grouping of American Civil War Soldier's (Harvey V. Wyman) Personal Accessories, ca. 1863. ***Recently acquired from an old Fairfield County Collection and accompanied by research papers relating to the "history" of Harvey V. Wyman.

Price: $3,575.00


A VERY GOOD UNTOUCHED UNION MADE CIVIL WAR MUSKET-TYPE CAP BOX, ca. 1863: In overall very good untouched condition. Of mid American Civil War Period design, made with rivets, on its straps. Of machine sewn Black Leather construction with its original outer rain flap with a pierced-type latch, on its bottom finial. The inner capbox-cover/flap, en suite with black leather surfaces with expected crazing. Retains choice, smooth and supple, black leather surfaces with 80% finish and handling marks/scuffs. In overall very good untouched condition. and complete with its inner linen cover and its original iron-wire vent-pick and CaTin of Musket Caps. The Tin, en suite with untouched tinned steel surfaces with light scattererd rust stains and the label tattered with signs of use and age. Very good leather surfaces with an untouched age-patina. Fine stitching with tight seams. The reverse side with both its original, riveted, leather belt-straps and the base of the body with its original brass flap-stud . A classic example of an American Civil War Period Union Soldier's Musket Cap- Box, ca. 1863. 4" x 3 1/2.

Price: $475.00


A VERY RARE EARLY/MID 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN PLAINS INDIAN (SIOUX) WAR DRUM, ca. 1840: In overall very good untouched condition. Of hardwood, sinew and hide construction with two (2) buffalo? Raw-hide drum-skins/heads and light-colored, bent hardwood stretchers and a hollow-log frame. Retains its braided cord (hemp?) securing-straps/lashings. Plain, Raw-hide drum-skin/head with untouched, smooth, tawny-colored surfaces with expected wear and minor scattered abrasions. The log body with untouched and lightly weathered wooden surfaces, some minor stress cracks, loss of surfaces, minor damages and evidence of "Frontier" use/wear. In overall very good untouched condition with a pleasing lightly toned age-patina. Retains untouched, lightly oxidized, wooden & hide surfaces, and the expected signs of use and wear. A well-preserved example of an authentic, Early-to-Mid 19th century American Plains Indian (Sioux) War Drum, ca. 1840. Measurements, 12 1/4” (diameter) X 12" (height). ***For similar examples, please see: Collin F. Taylor's & William C. Sturtevant's, "The Native Americans".

Price: $1,775.00


FINE QUALITY TURNED & CARVED WOODEN CANNON BALL DISPLAY-STAND(S): (Of Modern manufacture with Several examples Available) Fine quality, nicely turned and carved, reddish-brown-colored, lacquered, hardwood body with integrally carved support "feet". Nicely polished/finished surfaces with decoratively turned sides and top. The center with a felt-lined depression-- for accepting a Cannon Ball. Measurements: 3" (Diameter) by 1" (Height).

Price: $50.00


A FINE RARE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD MUSKET TYPE "BUCK & BALL" GANG-TYPE BULLET MOLD, ca. 1770: In overall fine  untouched condition. Of Colonial American "gang mold" design with a nicely cast & hinged, two-piece, brass body. The top of the mold with four (4) counter-sunk, circular entry-ports for accepting molten lead. Casts a total of Four (4) Musket balls, ranging in size from approx. .70-.50  caliber. Of two piece construction with its original central iron pinned hinge. In overall fine condition with smooth untouched brass surfaces and a dark-mustard-toned  age-patina. Some expected signs of use and scattered discoloration. Of Mid-18th Century Colonial American make, as is of small/compact size and made without a sprue-cutter. In overall fine untouched condition and a rare example of a Colonial American/American Revolutionary War Period Soldier's Buck & Ball "Gang-Type Bullet Mold", ca. 1770. The type of "Bullet Mold" often used, to great effect, by American Soldiers, during the Revolutionary War to increase the lethality of a Smoothbore Musket by adding to the number of projectiles that could be fired in a single shot. For similar examples, please see Neumann & Kravic's: "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”. Overall length, 5 1/4“.

Price: $1,575.00


A SCARCE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ARTILLERY-PIECE/CANNON'S TAR/GREASE BUCKET, ca. 1861: In overall fine+ untouched condition with nicely oxidized smooth iron surfaces and much (85%+) of its black oil paint finish. Of Regulation Civil War Period, Union, Artillery design with a ringed body with riveted base-caps: the upper cap with its rivet-hinge lid-top with matching, black-painted surfaces. Smooth sidewalls with dark steel surfaces, en suite.  The interior with untouched, lightly rust-toned, smooth, steel surfaces with traces of tar, on its base.  In overall fine+ untouched condition with choice steel surfaces with some expected oxidation, light handling marks, stains and signs of use/wear. A fine example of an American Civil War Period Artillery Piece's/Cannon's Tar/Grease Bucket, ca. 1861. ***The type of heavy iron bucket which would have been affixed to the Carriage of a Cannon, etc. and used in the field to lubrication/waterproofing. Complete with its heavy, wrought forged, iron suspension-chain with forged steel securing-ring. The chain with matching untouched, black-colored steel surfaces with light scattered age-stains. Diameter, 8”, Height: 8 1/2". For similar examples, please see Warman’s: “Civil War Collectibles"..

Price: HOLD


A VERY GOOD UNTOUCHED AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD SINGLE CAVITY BULLET MOLD, ca. 1770-1800: In overall very good untouched condition and of approx. .40 caliber. The iron surfaces with an untouched chocolate-brown patina and some expected signs of use, scattered discoloration and pitting. Of early (18th century), Blacksmith made, "scissors-type" construction, as made with hand-forged contours and without a sprue-cutter. In overall very good untouched condition and a classic example of an early form American Blacksmith made 18th Century Bullet Mold, ca. 1770-1800. For similar examples, please see Neumann & Kravic's: "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”. Overall length, 4 1/2“.

Price: $275.00


A VERY FINE UNTOUCHED EARLY UNION OR CONFEDERATE MADE CIVIL WAR MUSKET-TYPE CAP BOX, ca. 1861: In overall very fine untouched condition. Of early American Civil War Period design, as is unmarked and made without rivets. Of sewn Black Leather construction with its original outer rain flap with a pierced-type latch, on its bottom finial. The inner capbox-cover/flap, en suite with black leather surfaces with minor crazing. Retains choice, smooth and supple, black leather surfaces with 90% finish and some light handling marks/scuffs. In overall very fine+ untouched condition. and complete with its inner linen cover and its original iron-wire vent-pick. The leather with very supple and smooth ssurfaces with a fine age-patina. Very fine stitching with tight seams. The reverse side with both its original belt-straps and the base of the body with its original brass flap-stud . A classic example of an Early Union Made or a Confederate American Civil War Period Cap- Box, ca. 1861.

Price: $675.00


A VERY GOOD ENGLISH/AMERICAN?-MADE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD TELESCOPE, ca. 1780: In overall very good condition with its lightly toned, original, brass tube and mounts. The unsigned, American-made?, three-stage, cylindrical body with smooth surfaces, good seams, some scattered light handling marks, a fine extendable barrel and a nicely turned collar and eye-piece. Retains its original glass lenses-- foggy when barrel is fully extended. In very good condition with smooth brass surfaces and a lightly toned age-patina without significant blemishes. Complete with its original protective brass lens-shield and the adjustable eyepiece with finely turned contours and its original brass dust-cover. Retains a fine age patina and sharp contours. Of classic English form, though the unsigned body suggests an American? manufacture; and overall a classic example of the type of telescope often carried by officers during the American Revolutionary War period, ca. 1780. For similar examples, please see Neumann & Kravic's: "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution", pg. 259. Overall length 20" (collapsed)-38 1/4" (fully extended).

Price: SOLD


A VERY GOOD SAILOR CARVED 19TH CENTURY SHIP'S RIGGING-GUIDE, ca. 1850: In overall very good untouched condition with deeply toned and lightly oxidized, smooth wooden (lignum vitale?) surfaces. Of ovoid form with a central pierced hole for guiding a rigging-line. Adorned with a working-period, sailor's, incised and raised carved depiction of a Whale's Fluke and of a man seated in a small boat with an oar. The carvings of a folkish/whimsical nature, as is typical of Sailor-carved items, of the era. In overall very good untouched condition with smooth wooden surfaces and sharp carvings. Some scattered light wear, oxidation and signs of handling. Purportedly discovered in Upstate New York. Overall length, 6 1/2" Width approx. 3".

Price: $175.00


A FINE MID-19TH CENTURY/CIVIL WAR PERIOD OFFICER’S TYPE BRASS TELESCOPE w/ OUTER LEATHER CASE, ca. 1850: In overall very good+/fine condition with a lightly toned, brass tube and mounts. Of likely English/American make, though unsigned. The Leather covered brass body with lightly crazed, scuffed and well-used surfaces with a reddish brown “English-leather” patina and some fraying of the stitching. Four-stage, cylindrical brass body with smooth surfaces, some scattered light handling marks, patches of verdigris, a fine extendable barrel and a nicely turned collar with an adjustable eye-piece. Retains its original glass lenses—with clear optics. In very good+/fine condition with smooth brass & leather surfaces with scattered handling marks and signs of use/wear. The leather covering/casing with its two securing-loops and some old tears to the stitching. A classic example of a Civil War Period English/American made Officer’s telescope, ca. 1850; of the type often carried by Naval & Army Officers during the War. For similar examples, please see: "Civil War Collectibles”. Overall length 12 3/4" (collapsed)-30 1/2" (fully extended).

Price: $675.00


A VERY GOOD 17th CENTURY SPANISH-COLONIAL ENGRAVED IRON STIRRUP, ca. 1650: In overall very good condition and of traditional "Spanish/Spanish-Colonial" (Mexican/S. American) make, ca. 1650. Of chiseled wrought iron construction with sculpted and chiseled outer contours. Decorated with slightly coarsely etched thread-engravings. In overall very good condition with scattered patches of discoloration. Rust-patinated steel surfaces with a lightly frosted "patina". A nice example of Spanish/Spanish-Colonial Stirrup, ca. 1650. From an old New York Collection.

Price: $225.00


A VERY GOOD NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD (FRENCH/ENGLISH) P.O.W. CARVED BONE NEEDLE-HOLDER, ca. 1800: In overall very good+ untouched condition with nicely carved and pierced bone surfaces with light signs of use and handling. Of traditional Napoleonic Wars Period "Prisoner of War" Carved design; and of two-piece barrel-form construction with a Screw-type cap and open "basket-weave" decorations overall. Of Napoleonic War Period and a classic example of the carved bone products made by English or French Prisoners of War-- to sell to the public. A well-made example of a Napoleonic Wars Period (French/English) Prisoner Made Carved Bone Needle Holder, ca. 1800. Overall length, 2 1/2".

Price: SOLD


A FINE WW. II PERIOD US ORDNANCE MARKED LEATHER OPTICS CANISTER, ca. 1940: In overall fine+ untouched condition with smooth brown leather surfaces and fine stitching, along its sides and at the base plugs. Of 6" diameter cylindrical form and complete with its leather securing belt, its buckle, buckle-stop and both of its leather plugs The exterior with smooth brown leather surfaces, very fine tight stitching, some light scattered handling marks, minor scuffs. Clearly marked with two (2) US Board of Ordnance Crossed-Cannons and with a deeply stamped "US" & "PROP" marking: indicates direct US Govt., ownership and inspection by the War Department, ca. 1940. In overall very fine untouched condition with smooth leather surfaces, a very good securing belt, fine seams with its hardware and some expected light crazing. Overall length 11 1/2". The type of leather canister used by the Artillery for the storage and transport of a gunnery sight: possibly for a Mortar or Field Gun, ca. 1940. .

Price: $125.00


A NICELY CARBED & SCRIMSHAWED 20TH CENTURY OSTRICH EGG, ca. 1990s: In overall very fine condition and made from as large-size Ostrich Egg. Nicely carved with a 19th Century Whaling scene. Includes depictions of Tall Mast Ships, Whales and whalers in pursuit. Also, adorned with a compass-Rose, on its apex. In overall very fine condition with smooth surfaces and finely etched & inked scrimshaw. Mounted on its brass display stand. Overall length, approx. 8". A very nice and decorative Etched & Engraved Ostrich Egg, ca. 1990s.

Price: $775.00


A FINE TRADE-BEAD DECORATED MID-19TH CENTURY AMERICAN PLAINS INDIAN (SIOUX) BUFFALO HIDE PIPE-BAG, ca. 1870: In overall fine untouched condition with naturaly brain & smoke tanned, light colored, buff leather surfaces with the expected signs of use, staining and wear. Hand-stitched (sinew thread) Buffalo hide body of Classic mid-19th Century American Plains Indian Pipe-Bag form with long, hand-cut, fringed decorations, along its base. Additionally, adorned on both sides with turquoise, umber, red and azurite-blue colored “Trade” beads, in a large, rectangular, traditional, geometric patterns. Retains nearly all of its Beaded decorations with very fine supple leather/hide surfaces. Expected patches of light wear and discoloration—from use. The bag with extensive long fringed decorations, nicely detailed bead-work and very fine stitches. In overall fine untouched condition with only minor surface abrasions and age-stains. A well crafted & Finely Bead Decorated mid-19th Century Plains Indian (Sioux) Buffalo Hide “Peace Pipe” Bag, ca. 1870. Overall length, 35". For similar examples, please see: C. F. Taylor’s: "The Native Americans...".

Price: $1,975.00


A FINE 19TH AMERICAN SAILOR-CARVED COCONUT WATER-LADLE/DIPPING-CUP, ca. 1840: In overall fine untouched condition. Of traditional 19th Century Sailor-Carved form with a slightly downward curved, 6", hardwood (Maple/) handle with nicely aged and patinated, smooth wooden surfaces. Coconut shell cup with nicely carved and polished outer surfaces with a Sailor Carved American Heraldic Eagle with central Shield. Retains its original brass retaining/attachment nails and the inner surfaces of the bowl with an untouched and oxidized patina. In overall fine untouched condition with smooth outer surfaces with a deeply toned, brown-colored age-patina and light expected signs of use and wear. A very nice example of a 19th American Sailor Made and Carved Coconut-shell Dipping-cup, ca. 1840. The type of "cup" used by sailors to drink from a communal water-barrel. ***From an old Coastal Connecticut Collection. Overall length, 10".

Price: $375.0


A VERY GOOD 18th CENTURY/AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD BLOOD-LETTER/FLEAM, ca. 1770: In overall very good untouched condition and of classic Three (3) Bladed configuration. retains its original three (3) steel blades with sharp cutting-edges with smooth steel surfaces: one blade with a "BORWICK" cutler's/maker's marking, block characters; and one blade with a chip, at its tip. Two piece, pin-fastened, horn grip-scales with its brass "back" and retains untouched, lightly oxidized, smooth, horn surfaces. In overall very good untouched condition. The blades with smooth, steel-gray surfaces, sharp cutting edges and light patches of discoloration. The grips, en suite with their original fittings and smooth nicely aged horn surfaces. A very nice example of an American Revolutionary War Period Blood-Letter/Fleam, ca. 1770. For a virtually identical example, please see G. Neumann & F. Kravic's: "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution", pg. 187, plt. 4. Overall length, 3" (Closed) 6" (Fully Extended). ***Recently acquired from an old New Hampshire Family Estate Collection.

Price: SOLD


A FINE & UNTOUCHED UNION MADE CIVIL WAR PISTOL-TYPE CAP BOX, ca. 1863: In overall very fine untouched condition. Of early American Civil War Period design. Of sewn & riveted, Black Leather construction with its original outer rain flap with a pierced-type latch, on its bottom finial. The inner capbox-cover/flap, en suite with black leather surfaces with minor crazing. Retains choice, smooth and supple, black leather surfaces with 90% finish and some light handling marks/scuffs. In overall very fine+ untouched condition. and complete with its inner linen cover and an original Eley Cap-Tin & Percussion Caps. The leather with very supple and smooth surfaces with a fine age-patina. Very fine stitching with tight seams. The reverse side with both its original riveted belt-straps and the base of the body with its original brass flap-stud . A classic example of an American Civil War Cavalry Pistol Cap-Box, ca. 1863. 4" x 3 1/2.

Price: $475.00


A VERY RARE & HISTORICAL WAR OF 1812 PERIOD AMERICAN NAVAL NOISE-MAKER/ALARM-"CLACKER", ca. 1810 (Ex. USS CONSTITUTION): In overall fine+ condition with smooth wooden surfaces. Of traditional Naval design with a carved and turned, hardwood (Maple) body of figure-8 configuration. Retains its original turned handle, en suite and its noise-making gear/ratchet with a (later) Whalebone flapper. In functional order and in fine+ condition with light scattered handling marks and expected signs of use/wear. Retains 85%+ finish with choice surfaces. ***Recovered From the famed U.S.S. Constitution ("Old Iron Sides") and accompanied by an early (20th Century) handwritten collection-tag which states: "From the Museum on the Frigate "Constitution/John A. Lord".*** "Lt. John A. Lord, was placed in charge of the reconstruction/refurbishment of the USS Constitution (Old Iron Sides), in 1932; and according to the consignor, this clacker was acquired, at auction from his Sea Chest, in 2012. (For Additional information, Please see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constitution) A very rare & historical example of a War of 1812 Period American Naval Noise-Maker/Clacker, ca. 1810. Overall length, 10 1/2.

Price: SOLD


A FINE REPRODUCTION AMERICAN CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE RECTANGULAR (ATLANTA ARSENAL) "CSA" MARKED BELT BUCKLE, ca. 1860s/1960: In fine untouched condition with deeply patinated, generally smooth, cast brass surfaces and light patches of oxidation & verdigris. Of rectangular "Atlanta Arsenal" design with slightly rounded corners and made with a deeply embossed central "CSA". The slightly convex body with its three, integrally cast, triangular, securing hooks of classic "CSA" form. In fine condition with light evidence of use & wear. Retains fine brass surfaces with a deeply toned, patina and evidence of age. A very nice example of a 20th Century Reproduction of this distinctive pattern of Confederate Belt Buckle, ca. 1860s/1960.

Price: $850.00


A VERY GOOD 18TH/19TH CENTURY SPANISH COLONIAL CARVING OF A BIRD, ca. 1780-1840: Of traditional Spanish Colonial (likely Mexican/American S. West) Polychrome painted & carved wood and in overall very good untouched condition with 75%+ of its paint with the expected minor flakes, abrasions and crazing. Of traditional provincially carved design with an overall "Folkish" nature to its form and carving and most likely an architectural element, as the rear section of the bird's body is pierced with two (2) rectangular key-holes for the attachment to a structure (Door-Way Arch?). Also, the forward portion of its integral, vine-scroll carved plinth bears evident "saw-marks" from a likely removal/salvage from a structure. In overall very good untouched condition and a very nice example of a late 18th/early 19th Century Spanish Colonial Architectural Carving, ca. 1780-1840. Overall Measurements: 13" (L) x 4" (H).

Price: $475.00


A FINE QUALITY MID-19th CENTURY AMERICAN CIVIL WAR PERIOD SILVER & BRASS MOUNTED OFFICER’S TRAVELLING WRITING DESK, ca. 1860:Of typical mid-19th Century American (New England/Mid-Atlantic) form, with a finely sculpted and finished, Rosewood-veneer exterior with “German Silver” wire-inlayed, top with its brass, floral-form medallion/escutcheon-plate. Retains its original brass hinges, a key to the lid-lock (defective) and its flip-type inner “desk” with sliding brass locking-catch: a sculpted brass key-hole-escutcheon. Finely figured, Rosewood-veneered exterior with silver wire-inlayed borders, a very fine grain-pattern, light signs of use, 90% finish, and an old tight age/stress-crack across the lid-top. The rough-hewn bottom with evident saw/tool-marks, choice oxidized and patinated surfaces, scattered handling marks, abrasions and an old repaired stress-crack. In overall very good+/fine condition with lightly toned/aged inner surfaces. The secondary wood (cherry?) interior with an old blue Blotter/liner with gold trimmed borders. The blotter with some minor age-stains and signs of wear/use. Fine Rosewood borders with matching grain-pattern. Complete with its original ink-well partitions and its accessory compartment/ pen-box with rosewood-lid: the ink-well(s) missing and retains one of the original tops/stoppers. In overall very good+/fine condition and of high quality American make. ***From a New Canaan, Conn. Estate. The type of portable writing desk used by Officers of both sides, during the American Civil war 1861-1865. Overall measurements, 12” x 8 1/2" x 4”.

Price: $475.00


A LARGE & RARE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD AMERICAN SOLDIER'S “WAGON TYPE” CANTEEN, ca. 1770: : In overall fine+ untouched condition with nicely oxidized smooth wooden surfaces and traces oif its green milk paint. Of classic cooper-made "Cheesebox" design with two, carved, central, wooden panels and the sides with several carved staves of barrel form. Retains smooth hardwood (Maple?) surfaces with a tight fit of its staves and nicely braided bentwood lashings of traditional Colonial American design. In fine “attic” untouched condition and of large “Wagon” type size with an approiximate 1 gallon capacity. Fine sidewalls and staves with a tight fit and untouched and nicely oxidized wooden surfaces with traces of green milk paint, en suite with the body. Complete with its original pewter pouring-spout, its cork stopper and its carved hardwood vent-plug. In overall fine+ untouched condition with choice brown/green-colored wooden surfaces with some expected oxidation, light handling marks, scuffs, water-stains and signs of use/wear. A fine example of a large size /"Wagon-type" American Revolutionary War Period Canteen, ca. 1770. ***The type of Canteen often used by American Soldiers, both in the Field & at Encampments, during the American Revolution. Diameter, 9”, Width: 5 1/2". For similar examples, please see Neumann & Kravic’s: “Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia…”, pg. 61-64.

Price: HOLD


HAND MADE WOODEN LONG GUN RACK & SCREWS: Designed for hanging Muskets or other long-guns. Antiqued Oil-Finished Knotty-Pine with bead-borders and peg-type gun-holders. Comes with three (3) mounting-screws for horizontal hanging, on wall. Handmade, in Connecticut. 46" x 4".

Price: $150.00


A FINE 19th CENTURY PLAINS INDIAN (SIOUX TYPE) ARROW, ca. 1850: In overall Fine untouched condition. Hand carved, hardwood/(Osage orange?), cylindrical arrow-shaft with a carved longitudinal "blood-groove" and its turkey feather fletching-- of classic Plains Indian (Sioux) form. Fine shaft & fletching with evident handling marks and its original hemp fiber bindings. The rear with its handcarved and fire-hardened arrow-noch and the expected signs of use. Complete with its large (Buffalo size) 19th Century “Trade Type” steel arrowhead of classic form with sharp edges, surface oxidation, sharp cutting-edges and a fine point. In overall fine untouched condition with some expected signs of use, handling and age. A very nice mid-19th century/Indian War Period American Plains Indian (Sioux Type) Arrow, ca. 1850. From an old Minn. Collection. Overall length, 26 3/4". For similar examples, please see C. F. Taylor’s: "The Native Americans...".

Price: $875.00


A VERY RARE MID to LATE 19TH CENTURY CHEYENNE INDIAN GHOST-DANCE DRUM, w/ its “TOM-TOM”, ca. 1870s (Ex. EDWARD VEBELL COLLECTION): In overall very good untouched condition. Of typical hardwood, sinew and hide construction with a buffalo? hide drum-skin/head and a light-colored hardwood stretcher/frame: original sinew lashings. The drum-skin with red & black-colored floral & geometric decorations with 75%+ paint (lightly faded) and fine smooth surfaces with some light wear and an old small tear. The frame with untouched and lightly weathered wooden surfaces, some minor stress cracks and evidence of use/wear. In overall very good condition with a pleasing untouched patina, lightly oxidized surfaces, and the expected signs of use and wear. A well preserved example of an authentic 19th century Cheyenne Ghost-Dance Drum, ca. 1870s. Formerly in the collection of noted Author, Historian, Olympian, WWII Veteran and “Stars & Stripes” illustrator, Edward Vebell (1921-2018) of Westport, Conn. and accompanied by its original, 7”, buffalo hide and wooden “Tom-Tom” type Drumstick with matching oxidized surfaces, signs of use (minor break at end) and in very good condition with supple leather surfaces. A scarce and unusual item dating the peak of the Indian War Period. Overall diameter, 11 1/4”.

Price: $1,275.00


A VERY GOOD 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY EARLY COLONIAL/"PIRATE ERA" BROWN-GLASS "ONION" BOTTLE, ca. 1650-1720: In overall very good condition with a working-life (heat applied) repair to its neck/spout. Of traditional, hand-blown, single-piece, Central European (Dutch/English) "Onion" Bottle form with a tapered, narrow neck and a heavy bulbous/onion-form base. The underside of the base with an evident pointal-mark. Retains smooth, dark-brown-colored, translucent, glass surfaces with scattered imperfections and light flaking. A classic example an Early Colonial/"Pirate Era" Onion Bottle, ca. 1650-1720. ***The type of bottle often recovered from 17th/early 18th Century vessels/archeological sites. For similar examples, please see Neumann & Kravic's: "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution". Overall measurements: 8 1/4" (H) x 4 1/2" (Base Diameter).

Price: $375.00


A FINE 19th CENTURY PLAINS INDIAN (SIOUX TYPE) ARROW, ca. 1840-1850: In overall very good+ condition. Hand carved, hardwood/(Osage orange?),ochre painted shaft with a banded decorations, at the turkey feather fletching-- of classic Plains Indian (Sioux) form (one side with some "quiver-wear" to its feathers). The shaft & fletching with its natural fiber (hemp?) bindings. A hand-carved and fire-hardened arrow-nock and two (2) longitudinally carved blood-grooves, along the length of the shaft. Original, Early 19th Century, Hand Knapped Flint/Chert, arrowhead of classic Western/Plains form with sharp cutting-edges and a fine point. In overall very good+ condition with signs of use, handling-marks and wear. A classic example of an early mid-19th century/Indian War Period American Plains Indian (Sioux Type) Arrow, ca. 1840-1850. From an old Minn. Collection. Overall length, 24". For similar examples, please see C. F. Taylor’s: "The Native Americans...".

Price: $775.00


A FINE GROUPING OF AMERICAN CIVIL WAR PERIOD TINNED STEEL MESS-KIT ITEMS, PEWTER MOUNTED "WHISKEY FLASK" & SOLDIER'S TIN-TYPE PHOTOGRAPH, ca. 1860s: In overall fine untouched condition with a Tinned steel Coffee Pot of classic Mid-19th Century American (Pennsylvania) form with molded and soldered lap-seams and untouched tinned steel surfaces. Retains its original lid-top with matching untouched surfaces and its tapered cylindrical pouring-spout. A regulation Pattern US Mdl. 1858 type tinned Steel drinking Cup with soldered loop type handle and matching, untouched, tinned, steel surfaces, en suite with the Coffee Pot. A Regulation type Tinned Steel Dinner Plate of mid-19th Century US Civil War Issue design. Untouched, steel-gray, tinned surfaces and scattered patches of discoloration. A Regulation type Tinned Steel Shaving Mug of US Civil War Issue design with steel-gray, tinned surfaces and scattered patches of discoloration A very good Civil War Period Cutlery Set (Knife & Fork) with smooth steel and wooden surfaces. Of mid 19th Century American manufacture with simple, molded and carved, dark-colored, hardwood (walnut) grips with plain iron fittings & pins. Smooth steel surfaces and a blunted, "butter knife" type, rounded knife tip with its original sharp cutting-edge. The fork, en suite with three (3) sharp tines with matching steel-gray surfaces. A Civil War Period Soldier's Leather Covered Glass Whiskey Flask with Pewter Base-cap/Drinking Cup and matching Pewter threaded stopper-cap w/ cork seal. In very good+ condition with hand-stitched leather upper cover with supple and soft dark-brown-colored leather surfaces (some stitching frayed). Of mid-19th Century Civil War Period design with an internal mold-blown glass flask body of approx. 1 pint capacity. Retains its original, threaded Pewter end-cap-stopper with its cork seal and its Drinking cup/base with untouched pewter-gray colored surfaces. An original Civil War Period 1/4 Size "Tin-Type" Photograph of a Union Soldier (Capt. D'Hauteville), ca. 1861. In very good+ condition with its original glass cover and its gilded embossed copper frame. The image of Captain D'Hauteville (as penciled, on its reverse side) with a clear image of a well-dressed Union Soldier/Combat Officer in full Uniform with his Sword. In very good condition with minor age-stains and fading: the frame en suite. A fine Grouping of American Civil War Period Soldier's Mess Kit Items & Tin-Type Image, ca. 1860s. ***Recently Acquired From an Old Connecticut Collection.

Price: SOLD


AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY PACIFIC NORTH WEST COAST TLINGIT/HAIDA CARVED CEDAR & POLYCHROME PAINTED TOTEM POLE, ca. 1930: In overall fine untouched condition with brightly colored hand-carved wooden surfaces. The imagery of classic Pacific North West Coast Indian design with highly stylized carvings of Ravens, Beaver, etc. Of traditional hand carved form and made from a single piece of Cedar with brightly painted and finely carved body. The nail-fastened base, en suite. In overall very fine untouched condition with finely carved details and 97%+ painted finish. Complete. Height, 15”.

Price: $1,075.00


A VERY GOOD GREAT DEPRESSION ERA “WPA” MARKED GRUB-AXE, ca. 1930s: In overall very good untouched condition. Drop-forged steel, traditional-form, Grub-axe head with a pick, at one end and flat blade, on the other. Faintly marked with a “WPA” (Works Project Administration) marking. The turned and flared Hardwood (Hickory?) handle with generally smooth surfaces, some scattered handling marks, tight hairlines, surface oxidation and expected signs of use and wear. Marked on its side with a matching “WPA” Brand, en suite with the head. In overall very good untouched condition with signs of use and wear. Retains an untouched age patina with scattered pitting and wear. A scarce surviving example of a WPA marked American Great Depression Era Grub-Axe, ca. 1930s. The type of hand tool used to help build many of the American Public Works created by Franklin D. Roosevelt, during the Great Depression (1929-1940). From a Mass. Estate and likely used in the construction of one of the many local WPA sponsored projects.

Price: SOLD


TWO (2) AMERICAN INDIAN WAR PERIOD .45/70 Cal. BULLETS, ca. 1880s: In overall unissued condition. Excellent surfaces without oxidation.

Price: $10.00


ORIGINAL 18th-EARLY 19th CENTURY MUSKET & PISTOL GUN-FLINTS, ca. 1700-1800: In overall very good+, untouched condition. Of various sizes with minor varioations in shape, etc. Of English & French/Dutch origin/form; and some with minor imperfections/chips. Fine original 18th/early 19th Century Examples, ca. 1700-1800.

Price: $20.00 (each)


A FINE & RARE NEOLITHIC PERIOD EUROPEAN STONE HAMMER, ca. 1000 BC: In overall very fine untouched condition. The 4 1/2", gray, hard-stone (Basalt) hammerhead with a hand-drilled, tapered and rounded socket aperture: as drilled with a stone drill. Retains smooth untouched, river-polished, gray surfaces with some expected light imperfections. Of somewhat triangular form with a pointed tip and a rounded back end. A well-made hand-crafted European Stone Age Hammer, ca. 3000 years old. In overall very fine untouched condition with choice smooth surfaces

Price: $1,375.00


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD SINGLE CAVITY BULLET MOLD, ca. 1770-1800: In overall very good untouched condition and of approx. .35 caliber. The iron surfaces with a chocolate-brown-colored patina with signs of use, wear and pitting. Of early (18th century), Blacksmith made, "scissors-type" construction, as made with hand-forged contours and without a sprue-cutter. In overall very good condition; and a classic example of an early form American Blacksmith made 18th Century Bullet Mold, ca. 1770-1800. For similar examples, please see Neumann & Kravic's: "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”. Overall length, 6 1/4“. From an old New York Collection.

Price: $225.00


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD AMERICAN SOLDIER'S “CHEESEBOX TYPE” CANTEEN, ca. 1770: In overall very good untouched condition with nicely oxidized smooth wooden surfaces and scant traces of its green milk painted finish. Of classic cooper-made "Cheesebox" design with two, carved, central, flat, wooden panels and the sides with numerous staves of barrel form. Retains smooth hardwood (Maple?) surfaces with a tight fit of its staves and nicely braided bentwood lashings of traditional Colonial American design: minor old damages to lashings. In very good untouched condition with oxidized wooden surfaces; and of Soldier's "Day" type size with an approiximate 1 quart capacity. Fine sidewalls and staves with a tight fit and untouched and deeply oxidized wooden surfaces with scattered abrasions, en suite with the body. An applied wooden pouring-spout-- for cork stopper. In overall very good untouched condition with choice light brown -colored wooden surfaces with oxidation, scattered handling marks, scuffs, water-stains and signs of use/wear. A very nice example of an American Revolutionary War Period "Soldier's Day type" Canteen, ca. 1770. ***The type of Canteen often used by American Soldiers, both in the Field & at Encampments, during the American Revolution. Diameter, 7”, Width: 3". For similar examples, please see Neumann & Kravic’s: “Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia…”, pg. 61-64.

Price: $1,575.00


COPY OF GEORGE C. NEUMANN'S & FRANK KRAVIC'S: "COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION": Soft-bound edition, 286 pg. A complete and general overview of the Weapons and Accouterments, used by all sides, during the American Revolution.

Price: $85.00


A PARTIAL US MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD BAYONET SCABBARD-FROG, ca. 1880s: In poor to fair condition (as is) with its leather frog, brass clip & "US" marked stud). Retains untouched leather & brass surfaces with heavily oxidized leather and crazing. From an American Indian War Period US Model 1873 Trapdoor Springfield, ca. 1880s.

Price: $25.00


AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF GEORGE C. NEUMANN'S: "BATTLE WEAPONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION": Soft-bound edition, 393 pg. Autographed by Diana Neumann, the late author's wife. A complete overview of the Muskets, Pistols, Rifles, etc., used by all sides, during the American Revolution.

Price: $125.00


LARGE PAIR(S) OF HAND FORGED WROUGHT IRON GUN HOOKS & SCREWS: Ideal for hanging Muskets or other long-guns. Complete with four (4) mounting-screws for hanging. Handmade in New Hampshire. 4" x 2".

Price (pr.): $125.00


A VERY FINE PAIR OF AMERICAN INDIAN WAR PERIOD US MODEL 1872 CROSSED CANNONS ARTILLERY INSIGNIA: In overall very fine unissued condition and of standard US Mdl. 1872 design with impressed designs and soldered brass attachment rings. Retain much (80%+) of their gilt plating with patches of loss and oxidation.

Price: $80.00


A VERY GOOD LATE 19th/EARLY 20TH CENTURY RUSSIAN/SCANDINAVIAN DRINKING HORN, ca. 1890: In overall very good untouched condition. Of large size and traditional Northern/Eastern European form with a nicely toned, honey, straw & black colored cow horn body. A fine natural curve with a pointed tip and the "mouth" with its original wood & cork stopper (some wear & shrinkage to the cork stopper). Plain white metal (nickel silver) band fittings/mounts with two brass suspension-rings and its decorative rawhide lashings: the base-ring with an engraved "G" owner's initial, in Gothic script. In overall very good untouched condition with general sings of use, age and wear. The inner surfaces, en suite with heavy surface patination/oxidation. Some scattered handling marks and expected abrasions. A nice example of a late 19th/early Untouched deeply toned natural surfaces. Of large size with an overall length, approx. 25”. A nice example of a late 19th/early 20th Century Russian/Scandinavian Drinking Horn, ca. 1890.

Price: $200.00


SMALL PAIR(S) OF HAND FORGED WROUGHT IRON GUN HOOKS & SCREWS: Ideal for hanging Pistols, swords, powder horns or other small items. Complete with two (2) mounting-screws for hanging. Handmade in New Hampshire. 2 1/2" x 1 1/8".

Price (pr.): $85.00


AN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ERA HORSE'S BIT, ca. 1860s: In overall very good excavated condition with dark, rust patinated iron surfaces. Pitted and worn with expected signs of use and evidence of internment. Of tradition form with its two rings and a central iron bit. Dates to, ca. 1860s.

Price: $50.00


A VERY FINE PAIR OF AMERICAN INDIAN WAR PERIOD US MODEL 1872 CROSSED SABERS CAVALRY INSIGNIA: In overall very fine unissued condition and of standard US Mdl. 1872 design with impressed crossed sabers design and soldered brass attachment rings. Retain much (80%+) of their gilt plating with patches of loss and oxidation.

Price: $100.00


A VERY FINE PAIR OF AMERICAN INDIAN WAR PERIOD US MODEL 1872 CROSSED RIFLES INFANTRY INSIGNIA:In overall very fine unissued condition and of standard US Mdl. 1872 design with impressed crossed Rifles designs and soldered brass attachment rings. Retain much (80%+) of their gilt plating with patches of loss and oxidation.

Price: $85.00


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