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The Continuation of N. Flayderman & Company
As you may or may not know, the Flayderman name in antiques now spans four generations. Our great grandfather began dealing in antiques late in the 19th century, our grandfather continued that business well into the 20th century and in the 1950’s our father became seriously involved in the business when he branched out and started “N. Flayderman & Company” specializing in antique firearms and weapons.
Ruthie Flayderman, John and Judy Flayderman, together with Victoria Turvey our Director of Operations, through the expressed wishes and past directions of our father will continue this exciting company he began over 60 years ago. As most of you well know, Norm was an incurable collector and packrat. Fortunately he tended to collect and reserve items that had considerable rarity and desirability in the military and firearms field and a good portion of this collection still exists. In going forward, we will regularly catalog and offer online items from these holdings and we will be actively pursuing the expansion of the business.
Purchasing Items. Flayderman & Co. has always been, is now, and will continue in the future be interested in purchasing fine antique firearms, militaria and related. Whether it is one item of quality and value or an entire collection, we are most interested.
In conclusion, we would like to thank all of you for your past business and we look forward with great anticipation to working with you all in the years to come.
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Established in 1952, we have been widely recognized as one of the best known names in the antique firearms and militaria fields. Our slogan "YOU CAN ORDER WITH CONFIDENCE ...OUR REPUTATION IS OUR GUARANTEE" has truly been our watchword for the half century that we've been in business, dealing with collectors, museums and historic societies all over the world.
The 118 consecutive editions (from 1954 to 1998) of our widely cited catalogs were the longest run of antique arms and militaria catalogs issued anywhere......anytime! (Our business has always been entirely mail order conducted). In 1998 we computerized our sales operation as you now view it, and continue to list and describe via these web pages, the broad and interesting selection of rare antique collectables that we have been noted for handling for well over half a century.
Let us assure you, as we have all our mail order customers these past 60 years, that each of the items offered here is a one-of-a-kind, authentic antique.....with NO modern reproductions. That's why we go to such great lengths to describe each individual piece. Just as our catalogs always offered the most remarkable, intriguing and fascinating a collection to be found and made available in any store or catalog in the world, so, too, will we try to make these web pages as inviting! Also, please remember, all our antique firearms are sold as collectors' items only and are not guaranteed (nor recommended) for shooting reliability or safety. Sorry, no firearms sold to minors.
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EDGED WEAPONS FIREARMS MISCELLANEOUS
ANTIQUE AND HISTORICAL FIREARMS
R408 - ALMOST MINIATURE IN SIZE! THE TINIEST, MOST DELICATE, ORIGINAL PERCUSSION UNDERHAMMER, RING TRIGGER PEPPERBOX WE HAVE YET TO ENCOUNTER. A REAL PRIZE IN ANY PEPPERBOX OR ANTIQUE ARMS COLLECTION.
Overall just 5-3/4”, but that dimension does not truly indicate its very tiny, minute size. The handle and frame exceptionally small and beautifully made. Four individual 2 ½” round, screw-off barrels, each with 100 percent of an original very pronounced, spiral striped, fancy Damascus finish is exceptionally distinct and sharp. Metal exc+. A tiny .23 (or .24) caliber. Beautifully scroll and floral engraved frame and full length of backstrap. Showing but lightest wear, the metal exc. +. Markings and mechanically exc.+. “MARIETTE BREVETE” marked on the lower front side of handle; Liege proof at breech end of barrel cluster. Handsome, tiger-striped walnut grips exc. A truly elegant antique pepperbox of a size rarely encountered!.....$2,950.
R407 FINE QUALITY EARLY BRITISH, CIRCA 1840’s, PERCUSSION 6 SHOT PEPPERBOX WITH VERY HANDSOMELY ENGRAVED GERMAN SILVER FRAME AND BACK STRAP. 6 shot; .40 caliber. The 3 inch barrels each separated with a fluted steel rib. Each side of frame and backstrap with lovely, delicate, engraved scroll and leaf designs with left, center panel engraved in 3 lines “CHARLES JONES / 26 ST. JAMES STREET / LONDON” and right center “IMPROVED / SELF-ACTING / REVOLVING PISTOL.” Bar hammer also engraved, along top, with similar leaf/ scroll engraving filling the iron triggerguard. Age brown iron barrels, hammer and guard; some light age blemishes, minor patches of fine pitting mostly around muzzle, metal will clean exc. Walnut grips exc. Mechanically exc. The gun is unusually heavy weighing 2 ½ lbs. (and yes, it is empty!). It is noted that another very fine example of Jones pepperbox similar to this one, is illustrated and in close up detail in the well known “Pepperbox Firearms” page 114 by J. Dunlap (1964), still a major guide to this field………………………….$2,450.
R388 “MANUFACTURED FOR A.B. GRISWOLD & Co. NEW ORLEANS” are the large neatly lettered markings running 2/3 of the full length of 6 ½ inchesof the top strap (over the cylinder) and the 4 ½ inch octagon barrel (for a total of 6 ½ inches) of this EARLY CIVILWAR 1860’s, English, Tranter patent, percussion 5 shot, double action .36 caliber revolver made and sold specifically for that very well known NEW ORLEANS FIRM OF GUNSMITHS/DEALERS. The markings are exceptional on the barrel and are fully guaranteed 100% authentic! The percussion revolver we rated as vg+ to exc. with much original blue remaining overall; although fading and light, it is all completely visible. Gun does show its age and wear with tiny patches of blemishes of rust, but pitting is negligible. Very handsomely engraved frame at breech end of barrel which is in exc.+ condition. Markingsand mechanically are exc.+ Left side of front of frame and the hinged loading rod on left side both bear the “TRANTER’s PATENT” markings. Very finely, fully checkered, dark walnut grips with light surface wear, are in exc. condition. Mechanically exc.+.
A particularly good reference for this gun and the names involved with it is to be found in the work “Confederate Handguns” by Albaugh, Benet & Simmons ……………………………………$2,950. SOLD
R357 ONE OF THE MOST RARE OF ALL AMERICAN PERCUSSION PEPPERBOXES! (The last (and only) specimen of this great rarity we ever had available was in 1954!). PECARE & SMITH 10 SHOT PERCUSSION PEPPERBOX WITH ENGRAVED, NARROW IRON NIPPLE SHIELD AND CLUSTER OF TEN 3 ½ INCH ROUND, RIBBED .28 CAL. BARRELS. Showing just light, normal aging and wear; metal vg+; patches overall very very light surface blemishes and fine pitting all very light on surface. Gun unmarked with no signs of ever having markings other than numbers which are visible at the breech end of the barrels (near the nipple shield on rib “G.W.87” deeply stamped) with the matching number on the iron back strap (under grip). Full scroll and floral engraving filling the iron nipple shield as well as the iron frame and full length of backstrap, typical of all Pecare & Smiths and engraving still quite sharp (further indicating that if there had been maker markings originally, they would have still been visible!). The mechanical system is unique only to this P & S pepperbox…and it is in exc.+ working order. Handle shape also distinctive, if not unique to this model pistol. The walnut grips showing smooth even aging and wear and are exc. Few pepperbox collections are able to boast of a specimen of this rarity. Circa late 1840’s-early 1850’s. (F#7B-013.5)…
$6,500. ....A real collector's prize, and now only $4,900 .Now $4,400..
R399 THIS FINE CONDITION (ABOUT MINT) ETHAN ALLEN 6 SHOT .31 CALIBER PERCUSSION PEPPERBOX IS JUST BEGGING THE ATTENTION OF THE CURIOUS, DILIGENT AND INVETERATE ANTIQUE ARMS COLLECTOR AND RESEARCHER TO OWN IT AND WRITE IT UP AND FINALLY SPILL THE BEANS ABOUT THE NAMES INVOLVED! It seems to have been awaiting for a long long time. About mint condition authentic percussion pepperbox in its original antique wooden case with full lining intact and original antique label that give all indications that the gun was made not by Allen, but by one of Allen’s dealers the “BOLEN” company in New York City! The pepperbox does allow the words “ALLEN’S PATENT” to remain in small letters stamped on the side of the bar hammer at the top of the frame giving only the indication that Allen owned the “patent” for the firearm and nothing else! The 3 inch barrels retain 98% of the original blue finish with two of the narrow bars which separate barrels marked only with the patent dates while two other of those bars are deeply marked with name “BOLEN 104 B’WAY N.Y.” The pepperbox itself is in very very fine exc. to mint condition. Original fancy engraving scroll and floral filling the frame which has almost all original blue finish remaining (some fading, but it’s all there) and case hardening filling the hammer. Original stamped/etched designs on the separate affixed nipple shield all in mint condition. 100% case hardening on hammer. Metal exc. to mint. Markings and mechanically perfect. Grips mint. CASE in its original handsome walnut box with full original deep green velvet compartment lining all exc.+ (just normal slight aging, but all intact) with all original accessories ( cavity mold; separate welding tool) very fine mint condition especially powder flask all intact . Case exc.+. The very important feature is the full authentic original label still intact of “J.G. BOLEN OF 104 BROADWAY NEW YORK CITY BETWEEN WALL AND PINE STREETS.” It includes a full illustration of the pepperbox in the center of the label and inscribed on the side of the illustration of the hammer is that same company’s “J.G. Bolen N.Y.” name as if they too actually made the gun upon reading the full label which is fascinating as well the guns owner, as well as the reader, would immediately get the impression that BOLEN was manufacturer. The Allen name is never mentioned on the label in which ends merely with the words “manufactured and for sale or by any quantity….J.G. Bolen” (with address). It’s a fabulous collectors item for its condition and a fascinating piece for the story it tells and has yet to be told…………………………..$6,500.
R390 RARE IN EXTREMLY FINE CONDITION: COLT “WELLS FARGO” MODEL (so-called) 5 SHOT .31 CALIBER PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL 3 INCH OCTAGON BARREL; SMALL ROUND TRIGGER GUARD AND ALL MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS IN THE CORRECT RANGE FOR THE MODEL (NO. 146903). Barrel still retains 90-95% of its original bright blue finish. Approximately 90-95% orig. case hardening colors still quite bright (slightest fading only) clearly visible in frame and hammer with 99%+ original silver finish still on the backstrap and brass trigger guard. Although cylinder does not retain any blue finish, the cylinder engraved scene of stagecoach hold up and markings are all exc.+. All markings and mechanically exc.+. Handsomely grained walnut grips about mint. (F#5B-047). This is the best specimen we have had available in years of this rarity and for this sale it is only…………….$14,500.
R384 OHIO MADE "KENTUCKY STYLE" HALF STOCK PERCUSSION SPORTING RIFLE 1850-1860'S. Long 38 inch octagon barrel; 46 caliber rifled bore (with thorough scouring will clean vg.+ or better). Deep, even, age brown metal exc. (and with a thorough cleaning will clean even better) very minor faint pitting mostly around extreme breech and nipple. Simple, but very well done, leaf and branch engraving on the back action lock, and matching on hammer, with marking all exc. +. "T. DAVIDSON & CO / CIN'I" Mechanically exc.+ with double set trigger; brass triggerguard and fancy shaped, inset, large Kentucky style, brass patchbox with the inside of the patchbox door bearing the stamped name of a Cincinnati maker or supplier "GARRATT" ! Curly maple half-stock has exceptionally closely formed "tiger stripes" . Wood patina very dark from age needs just a very light surface cleaning but the wood itself shows just light normal wear and may be rated as excellent. With some light cleaning I believe those "tiger stripes" will appear much clearer and outstanding as they are qu9ite nice stripes !. This rifle was likely originally owned at one time by a Civil War Naval Veteran for inlaid on left side of butt stock is a small 1 in. diameter brass Naval button with eagle and anchor design on it which adds nicely to the decoration. Mechanically rifle is excellent. It's weight 10½ pounds. Stock is very sturdy constructed and in exc. condition with all brass mountings........ $2,950.
R400 ORIGINAL ANTIQUE ENGRAVED REMINGTON-RIDER MAGAZINE PISTOL CIRCA 1871-1888 CALIBER .32 RIMFIRE EXTRA SHORT. Original very fancy scroll floral engraving filling both sides of the frame with matching engraving filling the full length of barrel and 100% of original nickel finish still intact. Gun is in exc.+ to almost mint condition; just showing some minor very light normal aging, but it’s very minor. Markings and mechanically exc. to perfect. Very handsomely grained walnut (or maybe fancier wood) grips are exc.+. This was one of the very first metallic cartridge weapons using a tubular magazine. (F#5E-047). A choice specimen particularly for the engraving and attractive wood and now on sale at just…………..$2,950.
R403 IT WAS THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE FAMOUS MARLIN FIREARMS AND JOHN MARLIN’S INTRODUCTION INTO THAT VERY BUSINESS! Here is a fine example of his very first produced handgun made c. 1863, the tiny .22 caliber rimfire “FIRST MODEL DERINGER SINGLE SHOT PISTOL”also known as the “BABY .22.” 2 1/6 inch oct/round barrel. The tiny handgun just 4 inches overall; retains 99% of its original overall nickel finish; just few tiniest spots where nickel is flaked or worn at extreme edges (all very very minor) and overall is exc.+ to almost mint (just some few tiniest blemishes). Markings "J.M. MARLIN / NEW HAVEN. CT." and mechanically exc.+. Rosewood grips exc.+. (F#5D-001). Specimens of this earliest Marlin extremely scarce on collectors market and rarely seen in this fine condition…………………………$1,650.
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E871 VERY SCARCE SABER BAYONET FOR CIVIL WAR U.S. NAVY MODEL 1863 SPENCER REPEATING .52 CALIBER RIFLE (with lug for bayonet on underside of muzzle). Brass hilt. 28 ¾ inches overall. Straight 24 inch, single edge blade with maker marks “S & K” on obverse ricasso and deep marked naval anchor with inspector initials on reverse ricasso and the center of iron cross guard above ricasso. Bayonet shows just lightest wear and normal aging with a nice, even, age brown patina to the iron and steel. Any rusting or pitting is negligible; all metal is exc. (and will clean even better!). Not accompanied with sheath. Bayonet identical to that described in “The American Bayonet 1776-1964” by Hardin No. 98; type II. With less than a thousand of those Spencer rifles ordered by the Navy, and having two variations of bayonets adapted to it, obviously classifies this bayonet as rarity! …………only…$475.
E869 THIS FAMOUS “I*XL” TRADEMARK HEAVY CAST IRON PLAQUE ONCE ADORNED THE IRON GATE TO THE ENTRANCE OF RENOWNED GEOGE WOSTENHOLM & SONS, CUTLERY WORKS IN SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND CIRCA 1850’s TO 1950’s (approx.)! The cutlers particularly noted among collectors for their famed line of BOWIE KNIVES for the American market! The 9 x 9 heavy iron plaque with its huge 3 inch high letters (in half inch high relief) are cast integral with the plaque as one complete unit; weight 5 pounds. Plaque shows its great age and usual rusting, typical for the period (and quite displayable). Even has some traces of its original gold finish on the letters faintly visible, and does have lots of “character.” An absolutely unique and outstanding collector’s item. We originally acquired this along with great number of other Wostenholm factory items in the mid 1970’s, with all having been listed and sold through our catalog no. 110 in October, 1985 (which included many other famous Wostenholm company items at that time). This exact “I*XL” plaque may also be seen illustrated in color on page 363 of “The Bowie; Unsheathing an American Legend.” (Makes a fascinating centerpiece in any cutlery or Bowie collection.)…………………
E868 Presented to a Civil War combat veteran: Patterned directly after the standard U.S. model 1860 “Staff and Field Officers Sword and Scabbard” was the post-war “G.A.R.” (“Grand Army of the Republic”) Civil War Veterans organization sword and scabbard…however, this particular specimen is much more elaborate and fancy than the usual veteran’s type; possibly even custom made for this presentation. Very fancy all brass hilt with almost all original gilt finish remaining. Full open winged, relief eagle on pommel; with high relief decoration on the rigid (front) counterguard which has a unique, large monogram with interlaced letters “GAR” in center over large panoply of crossed flags and wreath. Hinged reverse counterguard with relief American shield over design of crossed arms and wreath. Sharkskin covered grips (exc.+) with brass wire wrap (exc.+). Extremely handsome, double edge 30 inch tapered blade is MINT CONDITION; etched ¾ of length both sides and retains 100% original gilt background on both sides. Etching unique for this type: obverse with miniature portrait of Lincoln; small panel of full standing figure of Civil War soldier and large panel etched with the veterans name to whom sword was given “C.T. CHAPMAN” plus much fancy scroll floral and wreath backgrounds. Reverse of blade etching of large panel of a full company of Civil War soldiers on the attack being led by a soldier holding an American flag; 2’nd panel of Civil War infantryman leaning on his musket; 3rd panel of infantryman saluting; a 4th large panel depicting the “GAR” veteran’s medal; all panels having fancy, delicate scroll and floral backgrounds; smaller panel with American shield and date “1861”. Ricasso has prominent markings of noted makers/dealers “BENT & BUSH / BOSTON, MASS.” and fancy gilt background. Original brass sheath with 100% original nickel finish intact; sheath has exceptionally fancy, large, brass mountings, handsomely embellished with high relief and pierced American patriotic designs of eagle, shield, arms etc.. Rarely encountered as elaborate.
Inscribed in four lines on the underside of the counterguard: “PRESENTED TO / E. T. CHAPMAN / BY HIS FRIENDS / DEC. 25, 1886.” Accompanied with basic research that we performed (further research will bring out a more complete story) Edward T. Chapman of New Bedford, Mass. was a sailmaker who enlisted at age 18 in 3’rd Mass. Infantry (a 9 month regiment) seeing service 1862 to June, 1863 in North Carolina and then re-enlisted Jan, 1864 in 58’th Mass. Infantry for three years; the outfit seeing heavy duty in numerous campaigns; he was wounded June of ’64 at Cold Harbor as a Corporal; discharged April, 1865 for wounds received. The outfit saw heavy duty at the battle of “the Crater” near Petersburg, being one of the regiments which charged into that evil pit and also joined the assault on Petersburg. A unique and fascinating American sword………………………………………………….$395. SOLD
E867 - Were these noted English cutlers deliberately disloyal to England by marking a Bowie knife of theirs designed specifically for the American Western market (circa 1850) with a decidedly anti-British motto? Classic Sheffield made cutlery handle Bowie knife circa 1850. Clip point 8 ½ inch single edge blade with profuse, die-struck, ciphered type markings which include three scroll-like ribands along top with mottos in each: “54-40 NO COMPROMISE”… “THE WESTERN SPORTING KNIFE”… “49 WILL DO”. The “54-40” directly refers to historic clash between U.S. and England on the Oregon and Canadian boundary dispute of 1846 that proposed to adjust the boundary on the “49’th parallel.” The reader will note that the actual Democratic Party slogan for the presidential election for James Polk of 1846 was “54-40 for FIGHT!”. Lower section of blade almost its full length has profuse “cipher” stampings of hunter on horse following a pack of hounds who are chasing a wild stag whose body is marked “I’m Off.” Markings under ricasso of the noted makers “EDWARD BARNES & SONS/226 SOLLY ST,/SHEFFIELD.” Just lightest wear to blade; markings are exc. Some light wear to only front and back lower markings, otherwise all are exc. Shows some light polishing marks to blade, but all minor would rate blade as exc. German silver cutlery style handle exc. with fancy edged german silver crossguard. Accompanied by original gold embossed black leather sheath; some small patches of scuffing and minor wear spots, but very sound and intact. A very interesting embossed design in center of a flying open winged dove holding what appears to be an olive branch in beak; german silver mounts and frog stud. This is the identical knife and sheath illustrated page 417 “The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend” page 417. NOTE: The “54-40”motto is not merely seldom mentioned in literature but extremely few other known specimens bearing that same slogan. Its direct association with American history and particularly that of Oregon and the west adds significantly to its fascination and allure by that direct connection to an important little known piece of American history…and one which is truly unique to be seen affixed to a Bowie knife!.......
$22,500. ...now just $12,500.
E857 THE VERY ULTIMATE OF ANTIQUE BOWIE KNIFE SPLENDOR ! Solid, one - piece mother-of pearl handle ANTIQUE BOWIE KNIFE with pommel carved in large well-defined shape of eagle's head and long narrow gold escutcheon inlaid in center of pearl grip section with deeply engraved sterling silver crossguard and fancy wide silver barrel at base of grips ferrule. Five and a half-inch clip point single edge blade with sharpened "false edge" marked blade "THOMAS TURNER & COMPY". Ricasso marked "SUFFOLK WORKS / SHEFFIELD", blade is just about mint condition, (overall knife is just about mint condition as well). Original all sterling silver sheath fully and fancy engraved on both sides full length is also in exc. condition with profuse deep sunken silver makers, all marks along top edge and on the silver belt clip also indicating THOMAS TURNER ( "TT") accompanied with his trademark indicating date of fabrication as 1871. This is the exact Bowie illustrated / described (page 368) in "The Bowie Knife: Unsheathing An American Legend"... Seldom if ever is any Bowie knife seen available on the collectors market !! And here is one that is for sale at only.... $12,000.
E866 UNIQUE EARLY AMERICAN FIGHTING KNIFE BY NOTABLE EARLY BALTIMORE CUTLER AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT MAKER “CHARLES REINHARDT.” VERY POSSIBLY DESIGNED TO COMPETE FOR THE CONTRACT AGAINST THE AMES MODEL 1849 “U.S. RIFLEMAN’S KNIFE”! The knife is decidedly classified in the generalization as a “Bowie” type and is quite definitely circa 1840’s as the markings clearly indicate. 16 ½ inches overall; straight 11 inch double edge, spear point blade which widens towards tip with a fuller extending almost full length in its center. Marked parallel to the blade in its center, about an inch below the large rounded, forged bolster, large letters “C. REINHARDT / BAL’T”. (Note: The “C” visible, but weak; the “T” at end of name is but partially and very faintly visible; however, that is not unusual for Reinhardt markings as can be seen in other close up photos of his markings); markings are otherwise exc. showing just some normal wear and aging and are absolutely authentic. Blade has some patches, very very fine surface pitting; all very minor. Minor with surface blemishes, will clean or polish vg to exc. or better. Two piece dark wood handle fastened with three iron pins vg+; few small nicks or scratches. Very well made, sturdy iron crossguard. It becomes obvious when hefting this knife that it was intended for serious duty! This knife is the one illustrated on page 330 (shown above) in “The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend”…
E864 A FINE EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE FEW SURVIVING SPECIMENS OF THIS HIGH QUALITY SAN FRANCISCO CUTLER'S BOWIE KNIVES IS THIS EXCEPTIONALLY STURDY AND SOLIDLY BUILT EXAMPLE CIRCA 1880-1900. The 6½ inch clip point, single edge blade deeply marked on ricasso .“J. TODT / S. F. CAL.” markings exc.+. Showing just light wear, metal is exc.+. A few tiny faint blemishes, but pitting negligible. Iron crossguard with rounded quillons. Two piece, tall stag handle grips fastened with three large brass pins; grips have just smooth, light wear and have acquired attractive age patina and are exc.+. Overall Bowie is 11 ½ inches. Accompanied with scabbard which is equally a masterpiece at work and likely original. Entirely of steel with its original dark leather thick covering (all intact with normal surface scuffing; easily cleaned about exc.) with very wide brass mounts which may have been old, period replacements to make unbreakable for heavy duty!. Showing wear; some surface denting and use, but completely intact. Sheath is just about as rugged as will ever be encountered on a Bowie knife. This is the identical specimen illustrated in “The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend” page 358 (second from the left). In a classic work on the subject “Knife Makers of Old San Francisco” by well known knife authority Bernard R. Levine (in his discussion of John Todt’s he specifically mentions that his bowie workmanship was “high quality Bowie knives” and that only “…a few distinctive (specimens) survived” in collections today ...$
7,900. A very scarce Bowie at a very attractive price! Just $4,250.
E859 VERY RARE MARKED CONFEDERATE "D" GUARD BOWIE KNIFE OF WHICH BUT VERY VERY FEW EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN OF THIS ORIGINAL "D" GUARD MODEL IN ORIGINAL CONDITION AND ALL SIGNED SPECIMENS FOR ANY MODEL. In completely original, untouched condition showing wear and use. "D" shaped iron guard. 13 in. overall. Very sturdy, wide 8 1/2 in clip point single edge blade with unsharpened false edge. Blade shows it's wear and use overall light patches surface rusting, some from storage, some from wear and use, light patches overall pitting with cleaning easily made VG and much better. Large oval markings on front of blade in an oval pattern, mostly very clear and visible with name in large letters "BURGER & BROTHERS" (beginning of "Burger" and end of "Brothers" not visible and many and many other markings and words not visible and obscured by light pitting but might be clear if proper cleaned, there are a lot of other markings on the blade as well.) Single piece round wood grips with nice old mellow age patina showing just normal aging, wear and are sound. As an original "D" Guard "Burger & Brothers" Bowie it is especially rare with few known specimens of a choice collectors item, This particular specimen has never been offered before and for only.................. $6,000. SOLD
E841 A RARE EARLY SHEFFIELD BOWIE MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET BY ONE OF THE COMPANY OWNERS WHO ALSO ACTED AS ITS AGENT AND LIVED IN BROOKLYN! “A REAL MISSISSIPPIAN.” Is the large etched motto filling almost half the length of the 9 inch single edge, straight, spear point blade of this circa 1845-1853 Bowie knife by rare maker. Has 5 inch sharpened “false” edge also. The motto is surrounded for its full length, right to the very tip with an etched panel of scroll and broad leaf designs as well. The etching shows aging and light wear but all visible and vg. Very deeply marked (and exc.+) on the ricasso “IBBOTSON PEACE & Co / SHEFFIELD” and also marked horizontally on blade (deeply stamped in a narrow panel above the etched motto in small letters) “OF THE BEST QUALITY.” Blade showing light wear and aging with a gray patina and some light rust patches which when cleaned might leave some very very minor light patches of pitting only. Overall Bowie is 13 ½ inches. Very handsome handle with german silver mounts. Fancy, delicate high relief engraved floral motifs on the ferrule (silver ring at the bottom of the beautifully checkered black ebony grips; deeply fluted pommel). ACCOMPANIED WITH original red leather covered sheath showing usual age and wear; minor single spot along one edge where worn through, other than that, very sound. Gilt embossing along all edges showing wear as well, but sound. Fancy gilt design in center both sides; original brass tip and upper mount with frog stud intact. This Bowie and sheath the exact specimens illustrated (page 35) in “The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend.” .....$12,500.
E837 Extremely strongly built American made large Bowie knife and sheath by well-known Boston maker circa 1856-1860. "KINGMAN & HASSAM" fine 2 line markings on ricasso of the very sturdy wide 10 in. single edge clip point sharpened "false" edge. (Bowie measures 16 in. overall). Blade shows its normal aging and just light normal wear and use and is exc.. A few very tiny minor spots, the very finest light pitting, mostly near the tip, but very trivial. Very soundly / ruggedly made iron crossguard of fine quality work with round, ball type finials. Tall single piece stag antler handle with smooth, even, normal aging and wear and lovely mellow age patina is exc.; small german silver inset at top into which the tang of blade is peened (ie. fastened). Bowie is 16 in. overall and weights 1½ lbs.. ACCOMPANIED WITH ORIGINAL LEATHER SHEATH in very very sound condition, some scuffing on the surface but exc. with wide german silver tip and top mount with frog stud intact. This Bowie is the identical one illus. on pg. 139 "The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend". A fine example of a very soundly built American Bowie intended for rough duty ! Although Frederick Hassam was a well-known Boston cutler and in business 1849 to 1893 he and "KINGMAN" were partners only those 4 years 1856-1860. Most other years he was partnered with his brother.
A very rare American Bowie knife at a special sale price of $12,500.
COLLECTANEA, RELEVANT MISCELLANY AND UNIQUE CURIOSA!
An unrivaled medley of military, nautical and Western Americana together with a fascinating variety
of related collectibles c. 1750-1890's… with notable emphasis on the Civil War 1861-1865….
A BROAD MEDLEY OF COLLECTANEA
M674 IT WAS BOTH A FRIENDLY INVITATION AND A BRISK COMMAND BY THE ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY FOR THEIR SPECIAL CONVENTION AND DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO VOTE AT THE COMING 1840 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS (HARRISON v. s. VAN BUREN).Two page, neatly penned, lengthy personal letter from the “Committee of Arrangements” at their “ANTI-SLAVERY ROOMS/BOSTON/SEPT. 14, 1840.” Sent to “Dear Friend” with letter addressed at his business to the “Augustus Morton & Co. / Beverly / Mass.” Letter opens with personal invitation to attend two significant Society meetings soon to be held at Springfield and Worcester, Mass. “the largest ever…the subjects to be discussed of immediate importance at the present crisis [namely] the duty of anti-slavery voters to with-hold their support from pro-slavery candidates at the coming state and Presidential elections…and the duty of abolitionist in relation to pro-slavery parties and sects.” Letter continues with extremely strong urging for sacrifice that “…ought to be done and must be done for the cause of the slave and for this reason we hope to see the abolitionist [of Massachusetts] at these conventions by the hundreds…” Signed by 3 members of “committee.” Reverse side with address. Some minor light brown spotting, one page only; few small pieces on blank margins; one very small piece out on top of center fold blemished one word; 2 partial tears on centerfolds….$84.50
M809- THE TWO ROADS TO PEACE!... HOW SHALL WE END THE REBELLION—SHALL WE COAX IT, OR CRUSH IT?” Those are the bold headlines at top of this 10 x 12 original Civil War broadside ISSUED IN 1864 FOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S SECOND PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN! and printed at bottom “Published by the National Union Committee, New York.” Two wide columns of text fill most of the broadside of strongly worded support of “The Baltimore Platform” of the Republican party, urging support for Lincoln and the “FORCE OF ARMS” versus the “CHICAGO PLATFORM” of the Democratic party. Lower section itemizes what was wrong with the “Chicago Platform” of the Democrats! And it ends with an appeal to American citizens that “…IT IS A CONTEST FOR THE LIFE OF THE NATION! IF WE SURRENDER TO THE REBELLION THE UNION IS GONE FOREVER. IF WE FIGHT THE REBELS A LITTLE LONGER IT IS SAFE FOREVER.”. Colorfully worded and superbly reflects the passions of America during that heated campaign year. Paper has acquired normal light aging and a narrow damp stain across its center, (not obscuring any wording). Tiny piece out on blank margin only. It is blank on its reverse side; and is authentic Civil War political Americana and Lincolnia. It ends on its bottom line with the dramatic appeal: “THE ELECTION OF LINCOLN AND JOHNSON IS THE DEATH KNELL OF THE REBELLION!!”…
$475.00 now only $350.
M808 The former New Englander was now thought of as “THE GREAT GUN FROM THE WEST!” 1863 dated, very boldly printed 19 x 25 poster (blank on reverse) announcing in extremely large, bold print style, that former New Englander and more recently (1854-1861) Congressman from Michigan WILLIAM HOWARD (who was then in 1863 Chairman of Michigan Republican party) would be in MARLBOROUGH (Mass.) and “WILL ADDRESS THE CITIZENS THURSDAY EVENING FEB. 26, 1863 AT 7:00.” The bold closing line at bottom of poster urges citizens: “FRIENDS OF THE UNION AND THE GOVERNMENT! TURN OUT TO HEAR THE GREAT GUN FROM THE WEST!” (In 1878 Howard was appointed Governor of Dakota territory.) Condition a bit rough; torn in three sections with just a few pieces missing from a few partial letters (easily filled in when assembled and backed properly). Few small pieces out on blank margins. Very worthy of restoring……………………$
135. NOW JUST $57.50
M807 IT WAS THE MAJOR AVIATION FEAT OF ITS DAY! The first completed air flight around the world Septemeber, 1924…and this noted American company played a hand in it! Original c. 1924 boldly printed, profusely and magnificently illustrated large 24 x 37 POSTER with huge (2 ½ inch high) headlines “THE END OF THE GREAT ADVENTURE!” (and bright red sub-headlines) “U.S. ARMY AIR SERVICE CHOSE MOBIL OIL TO LUBRICATE THE GREATEST FLIGHT OF ALL TIMES.” Upper poster/center displays map detailing the entire air route with markings indicating each of the great many stops for refueling worldwide…PLUS 10 superb large and fascinating photographs of the planes and their crews and the crowds that greeted them at various countries as they stopped along the way with captions on each photo. Flight started with four planes; two completed the trip. It was a major feat at the time and created great public interest and furthered the cause of aviation advancement. Bottom margin with “MOBIL OIL” logo at center. All intact; some minor short tears in the areas where folded, none of which affect any wording and a few spots on blank margins only. The photo illustrations are great. A very fascinating piece of American and world aviation history……………………………..Just………..$
175. Now only $97.50 SOLD
M804 - THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY GOV’T CONDEMNS THE OLD REGIME FOR TOLERATING GAMBLING! 1790 DATED PARIS POSTER BY THE MAYOR OF THAT FAMOUS CITY REMINDING CITIZENS OF THE VARIOUS DISTRICTS OF PARIS “…ON THE PROHIBITION OF GAMBLING!.” Original poster 16" x 20" withmassive five lines of headlines (some with type as huge as 1 ½ inches high) in very bold two column (all French text) reminding citizens that the law is going to come down hard against games and houses where gambling is taking place; reminding them the laws are still in effect against “nefarious abuses” and that police are directed to keep watch and denounce perpetrators… “you should not hide anything from us…debauchery, anarchy and (other things) that go along with gambling houses…citizens fortunes eaten up…condemnable abuse of former regime who tolerated these houses proliferating…” and much more seeking cooperation of the Parisians. Dated “Paris July, 1790” and with printed signature of the Mayor. Printer’s signature and date “1790” at bottom. Minor typical aging of documents of this type, but very sound. Just the extreme edges of margins very slightly trimmed (but may have been actually issued this way). Very modestly valued just…..$
175. and very immodestly down-valued at only $89.50
M803 - NAPOLEON ABDICATED AND THE KING RESTORED TO THE FRENCH THRONE! Rare French printed broadside dated “PARIS 20 APRIL, 1814”…just 6 days after Napoleon exiled to Elba. Single sheet 8 x 12; both sides (pages 3 and 4 blank). French text. Very bold printed headlines “MINISTER OF WAR…PROCLAMATION.” All printed in large typeface with very bold heading addressed to “SOLDIERS” (of France): declaring joy for the restoration for the monarchy and proceeds to extol “…this spectacular, joyous Revolution you participated in [and] bless the return of the legitimate dynasty which alone can bring peace and happiness…the King’s brother is touched by your devotion…the faith of each soldier is the concern of the Gov’t…honor your flag…you will be returning the love of a Prince whose presence has taken France from a state of oppression and humiliation into prosperous order.” The ruling Bourbons had returned for but a short period until Napoleon soon escaped from Elba and reorganized his Army (only to lose it a year later, 1815, at the Battle of Waterloo). Printed signature of “GENERAL COMPTE DUPONTE” (who had earlier served under Napoleon but was disgraced by his surrender to the Spanish in 1808). Duponte had returned as Minister of War but fled when Napoleon returned from Elba! Broadside bears imprint of the official signature of the Royal Printer, “A PARIS, DE L’IMPRIMERIE ROYALE, AVRIL 1814” at bottom. Exc.+. Completely original historic document…$275.
M806 With the British Army facing the anguish of disloyalty in 1797 the soldiers of a regiment offer a big reward for arrest of persons attempting to seduce fellow soldiers to desert! Rare original, bold printed single sheet (8 x 13) broadside (blank on reverse) with wide margins, intended for circulation among other regiments and the wide civilian population in the general area surrounding their campgrounds. Datelined at top “HEADQUARTERS, SCARBOROUGH, JUNE 12, 1797.” Text declares that the non-com Officers, Drummers, Privates of the Royal North Lincolnshire Reg’t of Militia “…impressed with the most widely sentiments of duty and loyalty to our Sovereign, with the warmest attachment to our Religion and happy constitution, feel ourselves called upon at this important Crisis when treachery and sedition are abroad to offer a reward of $100 POUNDS...for bringing to conviction and punishment all persons who shall attempt to seduce the Affection and Allegiance of His Majesty’s Subjects, or dare to shake the honor of his Soldiery by causing them to swerve from their principles of love, duty and gratitude to their King and Country; which WE [name of regt.]are proud to declare, will stand true and firm in the most perilous moments, and thereby testify our high sense of the liberality of Parliament and the Paternal Care and attention of His Majesty…” it further advises that if any non-com, drummer or private should catch such a person they will not accept the reward as they consider it part of their duty to do so. Lower half of the broadside headed by bold “GOD SAVE THE KING” has three columns of listing of the names of all the Sgts. Corporals of that regiment including the “drum major” who are signing for “themselves, the drummers and the privates.” Just the normal very light aging; condition exc. Some few slightest margin nicks. Completely authentic. A remarkable document most worthy of framing and discussion!.............................
$250. and our markdown price is an attempt to secure a collector to purchase it !! $145.
M802 - GEN’L GRANT PROCLAIMED REPUBLICAN CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT. “1867” dated poster; large15 x 20 with huge headline “TRUE REPUBLICAN DOCTRINE…READ, REFLECT, CIRCULATE AND POST” published by the “Republican State Committee” of Concord, New Hampshire announcing that Grant was their first choice for president in the coming election. Three column wide, affirming Lincoln’s policies will be continued if Grant elected. Text is virulently anti-Pres. Johnson who had just gone through impeachment hearings. (Includes account of Grant’s letters to Andrew Johnson protesting Johnson’s removal of Gen’l Sheridan and others “…with a presidential campaign before us…under the lead of Grant, if we do our duty the last hope of treason will be crushed…throw your ballots as the Armies under his command sent their bullets straight to the heart of treason.” Some normal light aging; few tiny, minor tears on the folds; exc. Important and scarce original political Americana…and only..$
195. And that was a very modest price! But here's an even more inviting one... $125.
M805 NEW YORK MILITIA CIRCA 1835-1850 BRASS BELT BUCKLE. (Identical plate 398 “American Military Belt Plates” by O’Donnell & Campbell.) All brass 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ (approx.) handsome appearance with high relief American eagle standing atop edge of globe with cannons and four crossed American flags behind it. All surrounded with wreath design. Deep patina showing aging and normal wear and use, but exc. Reverse all intact. This is the identical specimen that was used to photograph for the book and plate 398……$325.00 SOLD
M806 - BRITISH SOLDIERS OFFER THEIR OWN MONEY AS REWARD FOR PERSONS TEMPTING THEM TO MUTINY! Unique “Norwich England May 26, 1797” dated poster/broadside (9 x 15; blank on reverse side) printed in very large, bold print style:…“Whereas on Wednesday evening…a number of most scandalous, wicked and seditious HANDBILLS were put under the Gate of the Barracks occupied by the Oxfordshire Regiment of Militia, tending to excite Jealousy and Misunderstanding between Officers and Soldiers and thereby to excite MUTINY and DISOBEDIENCE on the part of the men…NOW WE, THE NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND PRIVATES OF THE REGIMENT, UTTERLY ABHORRING THE PRINCIPLES LAID DOWN IN THOSE SEDITIOUS BILLS AND BEING FIRMLY ATTACHED TO OUR OFFICERS AND OUR KING AND CONSTITUTION, WHICH WE ARE DETERMINED TO DEFEND AGAINST ALL FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC ENEMIES, DO HEREBY OFFER A REWARD OF THREE DAYS PAY FROM EACH NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER AND PRIVATE SOLDIER, FOR APPREHENDING AND CONVICTING THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO DISTRIBUTED THE ABOVE BILLS.” …Signed with very bold printed signature of the Sgt.-Major of the regiment and printed list of other Sgt’s, who were acting “For the Other Non-commissioned Officers and Privates”. Normal light aging; exc.+ condition; small minor nicks on one blank margin only. Very displayable…$
135. ....and now very (very!) low priced! $79.50
M781 A UNIQUE ANTIQUE HAND CARVING ENTIRELY FASHIONED FROM THE WOOD OF ONE OF GREAT BRITAIN'S MOST FAMED WARSHIPS AND COMMANDED BY THE RENOWNED ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON AT ONE OF BRITAIN'S MOST MEMORABLE NAVAL BATTLES AGAINST A COMBINED FRENCH AND SPANISH FLEET OFF CAPE TRAFALGAR, SOUTH OF CADIZ SPAIN, OCTOBER 21, 1805.
This miniature wood chest with hinged lid (likely to hold tobacco or similar items) size 3¼" x 6" and 2 " high is profusely carved overall in delicate high relied detail and fitted to a matching relief carved, slightly larger, removable base of the same historic wood (maximum height of unit 3½" with base). The four side panels of the chest have each of their borders carved in high relief surrounding their center panels, each of which are individually carved in very high relief with a single word which relates directly to that historic naval victory: "NELSON"... "VICTORY"... "1805"...'TRAFALGAR." All wood and carving is in fine condition; shows its normal aging and exc.+. A relief panel at the center on the top of the hinged lid at one time likely held an 1½ x 2½ thin, flat inlay which is now lacking. The outer fancy high relief carving along all sides of the lid is very elaborate! Two corners of the hinged lid have tiny carvings of a miniature capstan and miniature lifeboat (inverted). Opposite side corners obviously had the exact same two miniatures but both are now lacking.
Very neatly incised carved in 4 large lines almost the full width on the "underside of the base" is the large inscription “CARVED BY S. J. WHITE FROM A PIECE OF H.M.S. VICTORY…EXHIBITION AUGUST, 1888.” Sometime at a later date a less experienced (and lighter) hand had "scratched" a few words (most of which are not clear) also on the underside of that base that states this carving was awarded "1st Prize" for some other project or exhibition.
A unique carving that represents a most significant and historical naval battle, naval officer and naval vessel! Very Modestly valued at only
$550. and now even more modest at $350. ! SOLD
M678 RARE AMAZING DEEP BROWN-GREEN PATINA LIKELY EXCAVATED OFFICER'S MILITIA BELT PLATE, Circa 1810 sword belt plate, square, 2½ by 2½ inch, about 2 ounces rolled brass plate struck from a larger cap plate die. Excellent condition overalll with minor rusting to iron keepers, belt loop bar intact. Likely for use for officer of the artillary since gilded .... an extrodinary specimen for the collector..Patina just amazing..... for only $450.
M799 BARRELS OF BRITISH BATTLESHIP RELICS! Collecting relics of famous vessels has always been popular…but it apparently was particularly so for the British public in the late 19’th and early 20’th century when British shipyards and ship wrecking companies made it common practice when a British warship was taken out of service and dismantled, especially if the vessel had a notoriety or good history in its time of service that my relics were made from some of its wooden or lesser metal parts to sell to a ready market at the time. The following little miniature wooden barrels are all made of teak wood are typical of the most popular type of relic of those shipyards each with a very small professionally made brass plaque affixed to it (each one different, each one with lettering style different, but the lettering very professionally applied all in relief letters with delicate small matching border all different sized as described) and all guaranteed absolutely original to them……
all 5 for $600... 4 for $425.
M799A “FROM THE TEAK OF THE HMS IRON DUKE / ADMIRAL JELLICOE’S FLAG SHIP / JUTLAND 1916” are the three line relief letter markings on the brass 2 inch high by approx. 2 inch maximum diameter miniature teakwood relic barrel made from that famous vessel. Shows its age and nice patina 3 line inscription on the 3 line ½ x 2 brass plaque….$150.
M799B “FROM THE TEAK OF / H.M.S. VALIANT / JUTLAND 1916” 3 line relief markings on approx. ½ x 2 brass plaque on approx. 2 inch high x 1 ¾ max. diameter miniature wood barrel made from that famous warship that had partaken in one of World War I’s most heated naval battles. Lovely rich mellow patina to the wood. Exc.+….$150.
M648C “FROM THE DECK OF / H.M.S. WARSPITE” are the two line bold relief markings on the brass plaque on this nicely grained and patina tiny (and delicately made) 1 ¾ x 1 ½ (max. diameter) teakwood relic barrel from that British war vessel. Although there were 6 British warships that bore that same name (the earliest was 1596!) it is reasonably certain that this little relic was from the last one a battleship built in 1915 and that served with distinction at the Battle of Jutland in WWI. Condition is exc.+….$150.
M799D IT WAS IN BRITISH ROYAL NAVY SERVICE FOR 109 YEARS! Miniature relic wooden barrel believe this also to be teakwood with much larger 1 x 2 brass label affixed having 8 lines of relief lettering on the brass label: “HMS GANGES / BUILT BOMBAY 1821 / BROKEN UP AT PLYMOUTH 1930 / THE LAST SAILING SHIP TO SERVE / AS SEA GOING FLAGSHIP” followed by two lines of the London shipyard and their address who had dismantled the vessel. Also included with three other names that the vessel had earlier sailed under during its history. Wood shows its aging as does the brass, but all is intact. Few slight dents on the brass….$150. SOLD
M799E AT HER TIME SHE WAS THE LARGEST AND FASTEST SHIP IN THE WORLD! (and it seems she was famous enough that the wooden miniature barrel relic was worthy of making as a keepsake even if she wasn’t military!). Here’s a fine souvenir of the famous ship. Beautifully grained tiny 2 x 2 barrel (very dark smooth patina in its age, but exc.+) with the three line relief lettered brass plaque ½ x 2 (affixed has traces of gilt finish remaining): “FROM THE DECKING OF THE / MAURETANIA / THE BOLD LADY OF THE ATLANTIC.” The famous ocean liner was launched 1906 she made the very fastest transatlantic crossing on her first season in 1907 and held the speed record for 22 years! At the time of her launch, she was the largest ship ever built (even larger in size and lengthier than her sister ship the famous “Lusitania”). In WWI she served Royal Navy as a troop transport and a hospital ship resuming civilian service in 1918 until she was scrapped in 1934…….$150.
M796 - CHINA ON THE YANGTSE RIVER, CIRCA 1848 TO 1853, IN THE MIDST OF TWO OPIUM WARS! REMARKABLE GROUP OF 12 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS BY A BRITISH NAVAL OFFICER STATIONED ABOARD A BRITISH NAVAL VESSEL ENGAGING THOSE PIRATES.
These 12 watercolors absolutely original by LIEUT. FREDERICK WILLIAMS, ROYAL NAVY, WERE PAINTED CIRCA 1850’S (BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN STATIONED ABOARD THE HMS WOLVERINE OR HMS HERMES). They are varied sizes (as indicated) painted on heavy paperboard stock. Originally each were affixed by Lieut. Williams to pages in his manuscript album or personal logbook, the thin pages of which were each neatly penned with individual captions by Lieut. Williams personally and accompanied each of those same paintings in his logbook / album. NOTE: For the first two paintings, described here, the captions as quoted, and the paper on which they are written, those that were taken from Lieut. Williams own manuscript and are in his own handwriting (as will be seen in the photographs as well and from the original mounting!). Captions for paintings Nos. 3 to 12 (those in "Quotes") were those that were copied from the original logbook when the paintings were removed and mounted on the heavier paperboard to preserve.
THE PAINTINGS, THEIR SIZES AND CAPTIONS AS FOLLOWS:
(#1.) Boldly and neatly captioned and dated IN THE ORIGINAL HAND OF LIEUT. WILLIAMS in 3 large lines the full width of the 7" x 10" watercolor painting is the fascinating subject of this authentic view: “INTERVIEW OF LIEUT. SPRATT AND SELF WITH LI MANDARIN, IN COMMAND OF THE IMPERIAL FLEET BLOCKADING CHIN-KIANG-FON…JULY 5’th, 1853.” Depicts both those British naval officers seated and properly wearing their dress sabers and sashes while interviewing the seated, fully dressed Chinese commander who is surrounded with staff attendants; the conference apparently taking place within large wood cabin of a Chinese war vessel. (#2.) Also bold ORIGINAL INSCRIPTION IN THE HAND OF LIEUT. WILLIAMS circa 1853 below this fascinating 6" x 10" watercolor painting “ENGAGING STOCKADES AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE GRAND CANAL” depicting a large 2 masted (square rigged) British war vessel right off the Chinese coast, firing a tremendous broadside at a Chinese junk on that nearby coast, with a number of other Chinese junks in far distant background and a few in close proximity as well, all of which apparently firing at the British vessel. (#3.) “FLEET OF CHINESE JUNKS IN ACTION” neat penned inscription on this largest (8" x 12") of the watercolor paintings of Lieut. Williams. The large war vessel, the leader of that fleet in the center with numerous cannons protruding from its deck-ports; and seamen lookouts on its top masts! Lots of action everywhere! (#4.) “FIRING JUNKS AT NIGHT AT A PIRATE VILLAGE.” Neat penned caption under 7" x 10" watercolor painting depicting what appears to be most likely a British longboat being rowed by a group of British seamen into a group of Chinese war vessels at anchor, which they are about to sabotage. (#5.) “H.M.S. HERMES GROUNDED 5’th DEC., 1853 NEAR HU-TAN-SHAN RIVER AFTER CHASING PIRATES.” 6" x 9" view of the British 2 masted, side paddlewheel steamer aground; steam still coming out of her stack and ready to be put back into action! (#6.) “H.M.S. HERMES FORCING PASSAGE OF THE YANGTSE RIVER, FIRED ON BY JUNKS AND FORTS.” An interesting (4 ½" x 10") view of that British vessel in center surrounded with very large fleet of Chinese vessels of all types, a number of them showing cannon smoke; right foreground with a very large Chinese war vessel and in foreground an oriental man and woman spectator in a curious little oriental boat.
(#7.) “H.M.S. HERMES FIGHTING PIRATES.” A small (4 ½" x 5") but fascinating view of that British vessel almost alongside a larger Chinese 3 masted square rigged war vessel with each ship firing full broadsides at the other! (#8.) “KILLING THE PRISONERS.” (4" x 7") captioned. Somewhat blood-curdling painting and obviously an incident common to that part of the world and that war! Depicts a close-up view of a large Chinese junk with a sailor aboard the vessel passing over live prisoners to two Chinese sailors aboard a paddleboat tied up alongside the vessel. Each of those sailors with a large, sharp sword in their hand who are executing (likely decapitating) those prisoners and then casting them into the water next to the boat and letting them float down river! A gruesome scene; not possible to distinguish whether they were British sailors or Chinese civilians (or both) that were being executed, possibly both; the action was a morbid aspect of that pirate campaign. (#9.) EXCELLENT VIEW OF THE H.M.S. HERMES (ITS SAILS REEFED) AND HEAVY SMOKE ISSUING FROM ITS SINGLE STACK, (5 ½ x 7 ½) FOLLOWED BY A SMALL RAFT (ALSO FLYING A BRITISH FLAG), BOTH STANDING BY AND WATCHING A LARGE SHIP IN THE DISTANCE THAT WAS OBVIOUSLY DESTROYED IN COMBAT AND NOW RAVAGED BY COLUMNED SMOKE AND FURIOUS FLAMES ABOUT TO SINK. (This possibly that “pirate” ship the “Hermes” illustrated fighting in painting #7.). The painting itself is not captioned. (#10.) A VERY LARGE CHINESE WAR VESSEL, HEAVILY DAMAGED AND INTENSELY BURNING WITH FLAMES SHOOTING OUT ALMOST COMPLETELY FILLING ITS TOP DECK. (6" x 8"). Although not accompanied by any caption, believe this too may be that Chinese war vessel that is seen fighting the H.M.S. Hermes in illustration #7 here. The vessel is surrounded with other Chinese vessels and a number of Chinese longboats filled with sailors at the oars. (#11.) AN INTERESTING VIEW BY LIEUT. WILLIAMS OF TWO CHINESE JUNKS; (BELIEVED) WAR VESSELS; BOTH FLYING FLAGS AT THEIR BOWS AND MASTHEADS. (uncaptioned). (5" x 8"). (#12.) “SILVER ISLAND, YANG-TSE-KIANG” (captioned). Interesting, original scenic view (also by Lieut. Williams) (4 ½" x 6 ½") lovely oriental buildings; forested area and Chinese woman in foreground; in distant background on left obviously a river with a small sailboat in view.
In our sixty years of handling nautical material and ship paintings, logbooks, etc. we have encountered nothing quite the likes of this group of original watercolors! Truly a remarkable find; for the collector or fancier of ship paintings or British naval history, particularly, CHINA TRADE (and the “PIRATE WARS” between 1848 and 1853) this fascinating collection would be hard to pass! …And they are fascinating to look at as well.
All 12 of them…
$5,900. Just $4,000. SOLD
M784 VERY RARE CONFEDERATE MILITARY BANDAGE OR FIELD ARMBAND FOR VOLUNTEER MEDICAL WORKERS. Long narrow strip of approx. 4 ½ inch wide roughly made cotton with original black, boldly lettered (stenciled) “COMMITTEE FOR OUR WOUNDED” in half inch high black letters with a larger 6 points star at either side of lettering. The long cotton band shows its great age and much wear and usage, but is still very sound and all intact. The long top and bottom edges very ragged and uneven (but give it some “character”). Although ragged on the edges, there are just 2 minor very small worn holes on the star designs, but none on the markings, which are all intact, fading and showing their aging only. Although this strip of cotton is indeed lengthy (38 inches) when used as an armband it was folded to make it sturdier and thicker. VERIFICATION OF AUTHENTICITY: Accompanying this Confederate rarity is a fine, full color, large 9 x 12 copy of a page of a modern published work titled “THE DEADLIEST ENEMY” with the illustration being of 21 pieces of “CONFEDERATE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT” shown in the “Museum of Confederacy” at Richmond, Va. And right there in the lower right corner of the photo very clearly seen is an absolute duplicate. $1,750. SOLD
(M793) - IT WAS A TIME OF WIDESPREAD DISSATISFACTION AND IMPENDING MUTINY AMONG ENGLAND’S MILITARY IN THAT ERA OF A THREATENED INVASION BY NAPOLEON! In reading this unique June 5, 1797 dated printed broadside it appears as if the King and the British government were buying the public’s patriotism! Single sheet; 7 ½ x 13; blank reverse. Broadside opens by: “…We, the non-commissioned Officers and Privates of the Two Troops of Norfolk Fencible Cavalry [thanking the King] with true hartfelt [sic] gratitude to our KING and Country for our late unexpected increase of Pay…and assure His Majesty of our sincere attachment to the best of Kings and our glorious constitution, in Defence of which we shall ever be ready to shed the Last drop of our Blood.” Broadside was issued by the non-coms and privates of the NORFOLK FENCIBLE CAVALRY and addressed to their commanding officer and publically posted at their own as well as other militia company barracks throughout England. It is poignantly an ultra-patriotically phrased: “…There have been persons wicked enough to distribute infamous HAND-BILLS and other SEDITIOUS WRITINGS amongst our brother soldiers in various parts of the kingdom…exciting a misunderstanding between them and their officers to wean them from their affections to their King and Country…we feel just indignation…all such villainous attempts to seduce us from our attachment to our beloved King and Country [we hold in] greatest abhorrence…to prevent such insults we OFFER A REWARD OF THREE DAYS PAY to any soldier who gives information about any person who makes such wicked attempts in seditious writings or persuasive language to excite disturbance [among] the troops.” …Broadside further asks their commander to make the King aware of their gratefulness for his “…goodness towards us and their unshaken support for him…while any spark of life remains.” Exc.+ condition. Just some slight normal aging. Completely authentic with the printed names of the various sergeants and corporals who prepared the document below. Very little, if anything, in a collectible item would ever be available to better impart the unrest and dire threat facing the throne of King George III and the military at that critical moment of English history than this outstanding historical broadside. $275.
M782 AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE CLASSIC CALIFORNIA “FORTY-NINER” GOLD SCALE IS THIS AUTHENTIC SPECIMEN IN ITS ORIGINAL CASE WITH THE MARKINGS ALL INTACT. Although we have had a few similar ones over the years, this one is about the most colorful that we have had and it is slightly larger in size, both in its case and in the scale itself than any of all of those others that we have had or have encountered over the years! THE ORIGINAL OVAL TIN CASE (3 ½ x 7 ½) still retains 100% of its original bright orange finish (which has acquired a nice mellow deep age patina) and bears its absolutely authentic large lettering filling its oval cover “MINERS IMPROVED GOLD SCALE (across top of case) MANUFACTURED EXPRESSLY FOR CALIFORNIA” (along the bottom edge of the cover) with a large wonderful design of an open winged American eagle with a U.S. shield on its breast and holding arrows in its paws. (The case has normal wear with some minor chips and nicks along the edges of the lid and the bottom of the case as would be found on any case of this type that had seen service and use.) Internally the original finely made handheld brass gold scale is still intact and like the case is larger than normally seen on the usual smaller size cases. Each of the 3 inch diameter brass gold scale trays is attached to the scale by 3 delicate brass chains; and again, it is finer and more detailed than the usual scale seen in these type sets. Still with the scale is complete set of six round brass gold weights and another matched set of 5 brass gold weights. Internally the oval tin case bears the same color finish as it does externally, but of course, much of the finish shows scratches and chips from the scale of the weights shifting around. Externally colors are wonderful as are all the markings; just shows its normal aging, with a few minor scratches and tiny negligible chips. Of the many examples of these that we have had over our 60 years of business, this is the best one and for this one-time sale ! only $1,250. SOLD
M780 OBVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN 1864 TO AID LINCOLN’S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN, BY THE THEN RECENTLY FORMED MAJOR WING OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THE “NATIONAL UNION PARTY” (a major bipartisan coalition of Republicans and mild reconstruction War Democrats advocating restoration of the Union, etc.). ELECTION CAMPAIGN POSTER WITH BOLD HEADLINE: "HAS THE WAR RUINED THE COUNTRY?" Followed by 3 lines, widely spaced, “The Copperheads assert that the war has ruined the Country; that we can never pay our debt; and that the war as proved a failure. Look at these Diagrams, based on official records and see if this is true.” That is followed (all of it filling the upper half of this 9 x 16 poster) with 3 varying type diagrams boldly captioned “WHAT WE HAVE DONE” (comparing the loyal Union states to the “Rebel states” financially) “WHAT WE CAN DO” (financially with a bold graph comparing the U.S. to the British population and property-wise over a very lengthy period and illustrating greater advances for the U.S.!). Bottom half of poster divided into 2 columns which compare the “loyal” Union “restored to loyalty” to the “Rebel” population and its area, indicating the war was decidedly not a failure, but specifically mentions “Territory still in Rebel hands.” All proved that much already accomplished by the war. And much, much, more all of which makes interesting reading particularly when they talk about the national debt and compare it to that of great Britain. PARTICULAR NOTE IS MADE THAT ONE OF THE CHAPTERS BEGINS WITH THE STATEMENT: “THE WAR WILL UNDOUBTEDLY END IN 1865…” Bottom margin bears markings “Published by the National Union Executive Committee, Astor House, New York.” Just normal light aging; condition exc. Just the broad left margin has some narrow nicks and a few tiny chips out of the edges of the margin and the top margin appears to have been narrowly trimmed only. Originally offered of our website in 2004 at $950. and now for this special sale a wonderful value at only $450.
M788 Rare model of Civil War U.S. Army copper bugle with separately affixed large oval brass makers label on lower front (just above the “bell,”) marked in high relief in five lines: “NORTON’S PATENT / IMPRO’D FIELD BUGLE / FOR INF’Y. CAV’Y. & / ARTILLERY / 5’TH & MINOR ST. PHILA.” Bugle stands 13 inches high (with mouthpiece). Has the classic separately affixed Civil War era style “brass floating rim” at the mouth of the “4 ¼ inch bell” (flare at bottom). Although a double turn style of bugle (versus the usual single turn larger type) it is completely authentic and of the Civil War. Does show wear and use; very deep age patina could use a good strong cleaning. A number of small dents mostly on the upper outer section (at the top turn) with smaller ones elsewhere. Although bugles were a common instrument with all military outfits of the Civil War, their survival rate has been minimal at best and seldom are they ever seen on the collectors’ market. An item that has always been scarce even in the “good old days” of collecting Civil War material in the 1950’s and 60’s they have been becoming ever more rare with the passing of years and seldom are specimen seen available. A rare variant with these markings…...........................$3,950.
M775 THE CIVIL WAR HAD BEEN OFFICIALLY DECLARED ENDED BY NEW PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON ON MAY 10, 1865, BUT IT TOOK TIME FOR EVERYONE ON BOTH SIDES TO GET THE WORD! Original 4 page “U.S. NAVY DEPARTMENT ‘GENERAL ORDER No. 54’ MAY 11, 1865” issued by Secretary of the Navy GIDEON WELLES (just one day after that official ending) intended for circulation “…for information of officers of the Navy.” 5 ½ x 7 ½ inches; first 2 pages are the “PROCLAMATION” by President ANDREW JOHNSON (as stated by W. Hunter, acting Sec’y of State) of May 10 (the day before which actually end of the war). Makes very interesting reading as Johnson takes into account some of the problems and difficulties likely to be encountered! PAGES 3 AND 4 (starting at bottom of page 2) are the earlier “EXECUTIVE ORDER” of President Johnson of May 9, 1865 his “To re-establish the authority of the U.S. and execute the laws within the GEO. Limits [of] state of Virginia.” Johnson declares “Null and void” all laws etc. of Jeff Davis and other C.S. “Chiefs” and enforce U.S. laws, courts Provost Marshals, federal constitution, etc. etc. Condition exc.+…………A historic document and now in this sale a historic value at just .. $47.50
M772 ANTIQUE, HAND-CARVED TOBACCO PIPE. A most remarkable specimen and a genuine antique in just about mint condition; superb quality, professional quality carving of a soldier's face with an exceptionally long pointed beard. The overall length of the pipe from the tip of the soldiers beard to the top of the cap is 4½ inches. The hinged cap lifts upward to reveal the bowl itself in order to fill it with tobacco and for use when tobacco is lit and pipe is smoked. The carving was obviously highly professional and undoubtedly made by a fine artist and likely pipe was sold by a tobacco company or a fine tobacco store at the time. Has a small oval stamp on the stem "M & T" . The briarwood has a lovely deep-age mellow patina and is about mint condition. In close examination it is seen that the soldier's eyes are small inlaid delicate pieces of black / white marble ! Pipe lacks only the easily replaced mouthpiece. And for this great sale it has a one-time price of only $425.
M762 COLORED MEN TO BE DRAFTED FOR DUTY IN U.S. LABOR BATTALIONS IN WWI IF ENOUGH COLORED VOLUNTEERS NOT OBTAINED. Official printed "War Dept. Washington, Sept. 22, 1917" "General Order" . Three pages. 4½ x 7. Two pages devoted to " ENROLLING CONSCRIPTED COLORED MEN AFTER THEIR MOBILIZATION, OR IF SUFFICIENT MEN NOT OBTAINED BY VOLUNTARY ENLISTMENT OF COLORED MEN 24 COMPANIES (TO BE FORMED)". Also lists 3 "white" commissioned officers for each company plus authorized "ENLISTED COLORED" non-coms for each. First page of the "General Orders" also has directions for shipment of "Sick or unserviceable animals overseas" and "issue of blue denim clothing to troops" . Excellent condition and just $69.50.
M761 HAND CARVED WORLD WAR I AMERICAN SOLDIERS TOBACCO SMOKING PIPE Circa 1917-18. Both the pipe, the lettering and the designs on it are entirely hand carved and obviously by the American soldier that made it and smoked it! The light colored wood has acquired a lovely, deep, mellowed patina showing both its considerable age with deep darkening at top of its bowl from smoking use. Overall almost three inches; maximum height of bowl 1¾ in., front of bowl neatly carved, large "US / 55." Left side of bowl with neatly carved crossed artillery cannon barrels with a circular design in its center surrounding a large singular artillery shell. The right side of bowl with large 2 line, very neatly hand carved name of the two major WW1 battles in which the US soldier obviously had fought "MARNE / ARGONNE" and on the top of the pipe, just behind the bowl in very tiny, simple letters "HAND MADE" plus 2 initials. The soldier who carved this obviously had served in the U.S. 55th Artillery outfit. When acquired the stem was lacking, the stem now with it is a genuine antique one of proper type and aging. It just needs the slightest fitting at it's very bottom. Sale price just $225.
M756 A CIVILIAN AGENCY MAKES IT'S LIVING RECRUITING SOLDIERS FOR THE UNION ARMY DURING THE CIVIL WAR! Fancy printed business card (2½ by 3½ ) of that New Hampshire agency. Multi-style typeface: "GRANITE STATE / UNION VOLUNTEER COMPANY / PORTSMOUTH, N.H. / MARKET ST. / RECRUITS and substitutes furnished Individuals and town Authorities upon the most favorable terms. Best of references given in all cases / GEORGE LEACH & CO." Few small, gray round spots on lower section of card mostly (not obscuring any wording). An interesting but seldom examined phase of Civil War military history...... Sale price $74.50
M751 1795 DATED FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY POSTER IN DUAL LANGUAGE (FRENCH-GERMAN) DIRECTED TOWARDS THE “PEOPLE [SERVED] BY THE ARMY OF THE SAMBRE AND MEUSE.” 13” x 16” (blank on reverse) divided in two sections French entirely on left side; German entirely on the right side with a bold headline on each side (in their respective languages) “LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY.” Top few lines of subtitles also in bold reduced sizes by 16 numbered paragraphs (on each side) regarding the French government's intentions of reducing the contributions they imposed upon their citizens of those specific individual areas and specifically discussing “…the absence of a great number of capitalists and rich freeholders who made off with their money.” Also offers people proof of justice and moderate character of the new French gov’t; payment in-kind may be made for taxes. And much more. Wide margins; blank on reverse. Just some normal aging, but generally exc.+. Right margin only has a 4 inch clipped section out on its top edge only (not affecting any text) otherwise all intact. A very historic piece and undoubtedly much more of interest in the text if fully translated. Most historic document and a fine value at just…………..$69.50
M744 ALTHOUGH HE WAS ACCLAIMED AS A GENUINE HERO FOR HIS PART IN THE EARLY CIVIL WAR FAMOUS (later infamous) “TRENT AFFAIR” (a.k.a. “Mason-Slidell Affair”) IN NOVEMBER, 1861, U.S. NAVY CAPT. CHARLES WILKES WAS EVENTUALLY COURT-MARTIALED IN APRIL, 1864 FOR EVENTS RESULTING FROM THAT Trent Affair earlier. The court-martial and its sentence made a major change in his career and life. President Lincoln reduced his term of suspension from service to just one year and following his retirement from the Navy he was even promoted to rear admiral in 1866 on the retired list. A most interesting thing is how the affair and the legal case and sentence has been treated in all the various biographies of him are seen, most of which make no mention of it whatsoever (and for good reason!). HERE IS THE ORIGINAL U.S. NAVY MAY 3, 1864 ISSUED NOTIFICATION OF THE COURT MARTIAL FINDINGS IN THEIR “NAVY DEPARTMENT GENERAL ORDERS NO. 33 MAY 3, 1864.” Total 4 pages of which just the 2 pages are printed the other 2 pages are blank. Size 5½ x 8½. Entirely concerning the Naval court martial findings of “Commodore Charles Wilkes” and the five charges against him all of which were “guilty” findings and the sentence to be “suspended from duty for the term of three years” as well as that he be “publicly reprimanded” and it specifically mentions that the Navy Department would have been “gladly spared the unpleasant duty…but the appeal made to the public by the accused…was pronounced to be of an insubordinate and disrespectful character containing remarks and statements not warranted [that] rendered it necessary for the [Navy] Department [not to tolerate it].” Condition exc. Very unusual piece of Civil War history…………………..$135.
M742 BRITISH MARINES AND SOLDIERS REPEL ATTEMPTS TO “throw the country into confusion" and "subvert order and discipline” which was rampant at the time. Original May, 1797 dated British military poster (9 x 14) with large bold title “AN ANSWER TO THE INFAMOUS HAND-BILL WHICH WAS READ BY LIEUT. GEN. ROOKE / ON MONDAY THE 22’d OF MAY, 1797 TO THE TROOPS UNDER HIS COMMAND AT BRISTOL.” Then follows a large and one small paragraph, all in very bold print, explaining how the General personally read to the troops “…an infamous hand-bill…the production of some designing villains…and having heard the answer of the Marines at Chatham to a similar hand-bill that we approve of” that our own regiment of militia will do the utmost to find out who those villains are” (etc. etc. etc.). “Solemnly promise our fellow citizens and soldiers that we will use our utmost to find those villains who under pretence of espousing our endeavor to draw us from our allegiance…and to throw the Country into Confusion…should we meet with any such wicked wretches we will deliver them over to the magistrates [etc. etc.].” The poster is filled with vigorous language and the swearing of allegiance to the country and to their General. A three column listing of the names of all sergeants and corporals of the regiment supporting this "Answer to the Infamous Hand-Bill" is at the bottom of the poster. It is very indicative of what was happening to all of the British home regiments at that time. Condition is exc. Just the blank edges of the top and bottom margins have been trimmed but none of the wording has been affected and the poster itself was mounted many years ago on a blank sheet of similar type paper which has not damaged it in any way. Makes very fascinating reading! Very nicely valued at just…………………………………………………………………$145.
M738 ANTI-DEMOCRATIC PARTY POSTER / BROADSIDE CIRCA SEPT.-OCT., 1864 ISSUED/SOLD PRIOR TO THE RE-ELECTION OF REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN! Very colorfully worded, comparing the arch-traitor of revolutionary times Benedict Arnold to Horatio Seymour (who, at that exact time as the Gov. of N.Y. also presided over the Democratic convention had also REFUSED TO BE THE CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. AGAINST LINCOLN!). This handsomely printed original broadside is 10 x 13 (blank on reverse) with large, bold, fancy headlines “BENEDICT ARNOLD & HORATIO SEYMOUR! / THEIR IDENTITY OF VIEWS / AND WHO IS TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?” and below that, in smaller print, mention that the information was just taken “from the NEW YORK TIMES Sept. 19, 1864.” The center of poster compares (side by side) words of Benedict Arnold with those of Horatio Seymour’s with similarity in actions. Bottom sections of broadside further compares and castigates Seymour to Arnold’s treason: “…as long as there is malice in human blood, no government can be without its renegades and malcontents…these are always ready, Judas-like to seize upon every occasion. No matter what the conduct of government…spite will assail it…political leaders [who cause dissention and intrigue] when the country is in danger, never have been forgiven and never will be forgiven by the American people. The Copperhead Chiefs of these times should understand that the sequel to this is endless disgrace.” It all makes very fascinating reading, especially when realizing what was happening at that time. Document has very fancy bordering on all 4 margins. Shows just normal aging and is in exc.+ condition. Along bottom margin "Published and Sold by D.S. Holmes; Brooklyn and also the American News Company, New York City." A most unusual Civil War political tirade and rare Civil War and political Americana!....originally priced at $750., now just ........$375.
M734 THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT RE-ASSURING ITS CITIZENS THE UPSET TIMES OF THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR ARE STARTING TO COOL DOWN! Circa 1871 poster believed official French government issue with very large, bold headline “REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE” and entirely printed in the French language. Size 16 x 22 (blank on reverse). Massive 1 inch headlines (in French) “TELEGRAPHIC DISPATCHES.” Then follows for the entire poster separate listings for 12 cities and provinces of France, individually, and with dates between December 2nd and 5th the current status of each, with such reports as “city at rest, everything calm”…“there has been no order but no trouble”… “tranquility continues to reign”…“some municipal officers protest but presence of police quells it”… (and much more). Bottom bears name of printer and address. Some very, very minor damp staining at edges; very slight tear and a few margin chips. Much of print in very bold size made to capture public attention. Very displayable and only ...
$94.50 ..and now our close-out at just $47.50
A BARGAIN PRICE HARD TO BEAT! We published this book in just a single, limited edition in 1972 (38 years ago!) and assumed we had just about sold out of them quite some time ago and only recently found a small group of them lurking in an obscure corner of our warehouse. Here are absolutely original, 1972 published copies, complete with their original dust jackets of the first and only work published on all these three branches of American nautical service: “SMALL ARMS OF THE SEA SERVICES: A History of the Firearms and Edged Weapons of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard From the Revolution to the Present” by Col. Robert H. Rankin, USMC (ret’d). This book is unique as the only one of its type to ever have been honored with three “Forewords” by the Commandants of each of those three services!!
Large 8 ½” x 10 ½” format. 260 pages with over 350 detailed photo illustrations. Hard covers and in mint, unread condition, some minor shelf wear on dust cover only. Covers in detail, the regulation and non-regulation broad range of firearms, swords, cutlasses, dirks, fighting and utility knives, boarding axes, pikes, signal guns, blunderbusses and shotguns of those three services. Sections on the use and wearing of the great variety of those arms includes a substantial number of variants. Book was sponsored by the Company of Military Historians and honored with their highest endorsement as a ‘Standard Reference Work”. An encyclopedic reference.
We again find it expedient to mention that this very
limited number of “Small Arms of the Sea Services” offered here are all of that
original (and only) 1972 printing and are fully guaranteed exactly as that!
(As further proof of their current value, it is suggested that interested parties verify values by searching websites on their computer where they will quickly see used editions priced between 40 and 80 dollars with a few copies even in excess of that amount). While they last… mint, unread condition…$22.50
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NEW YORK TRIBUNE... 8 pages each…..no 2 alike …Excellent condition…. Dates from April through September, 1862. Our selection, promise to pick out nice ones for you. (Regret, but cannot service orders for specific dates). Each......$17.50
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For the American historian, folklorist and general antique arms collector, the new chapter on “DUELING AND DUELING PISTOLS” is certain to raise some eyebrows with its “Incursions On Virgin Territory” in which the author has actually thrown down the gauntlet and fired the very first salvo to question and provide a logical rationale for understanding the fascinating subjects of “dueling” in early America and the pistols said to have been specifically designed for that “gentlemanly practice.”
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“…At first glance [this book] may be deceptive… photography is so lush it gives the appearance of a coffee table picture book. However, it is [the author’s] historic overview and well-informed discussion that instantly make this book the authoritative text on the subject… [he] goes to great length to document the growth of the Bowie legend [and] its many embellishments and distortions over time. The interplay of popular print culture and development of a body of common folklore that developed into a great American legend is detailed through research… to reveal a strong pattern of misrepresented historical accounts, re-written material and even newly written material represented as authentic history or oral tradition. Flayderman demonstrates how various supposedly valid writings influenced others… and [how] numerous exciting and entertaining popular accounts grow to become generally accepted and persuasive American legends…
I recommend [the book] highly to scholars interested in the folklore and history of American legends. This is the Bowie… book that has been needed for a very long time [and] has the potential to stimulate additional research among academics as well as further the antiquarian concerns of devoted collectors.”
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Whether your interests are devoted to weapons or military or social history, there is something for everyone!
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"[The author] has tackled… the most controversial subject in American
cutlery… and dissected it as no one else has… will appeal to
everyone from neophyte to the aficionado… If it has to do with Bowie
or the Bowie knife… for an extensive source of documented information on the subject, this
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Steve Shackleford, Editor BLADE magazine
"[the author] approaches every imaginable aspect of the
knife’s tangled history with an
enviable understanding of his subject… uncovers the bare truth… [and] the
irrepressible legend that made the
Bowie ‘America’s Knife.’ … the best researched – and most readable – studies the
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Mark D. Zalesky, Editor KNIFE WORLD magazine
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"…at long last, the first
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history and folklore. In almost two centuries of accumulating myth and legend,
[it] has attained iconic status, becoming part of the very fabric of the
nation’s westward movement… the first wholly reliable, richly
detailed and truly exhaustive study of the subject… [he] discusses the practice of
dueling in America with a clarity seldom found elsewhere... [other] allied topics, some of
them contentious such as the popularity of the Bowie in the South and its use in
the Texas Revolution and the Mexican and Civil Wars – are critically examined
and explained…. shrouded in fantasy and myth as it has
been, the Bowie
knife played a larger part than it has been accorded in American civil and
military affairs… [an] admirable and genuinely ground-breaking study of a famous
and yet unexamined artifact and its passage into American history and
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