HISTORIC ARMS & MILITARIA
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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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ANTIQUE AND HISTORICAL FIREARMS
R253 CHOICE EXAMPLE OF A “GOLDEN AGE” STYLE ORIGINAL FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY FULL STOCK (RAISED CARVED) RIFLE IN EXTREMELY FINE, ORIGINAL CONDITION.
A most handsome specimen. Early 19th century. 59 inches overall with a 44 inch octagon barrel. Caliber .52 with very deep rifled bore. Shows just normal, light, even aging and wear; metal with light patina, had been cleaned at one time (but not polished or buffed) some of the faintest surface rust blemishes all extremely minor. Faint remnants of the original maker’s markings on barrel are still visible and with study that name is likely to be proven (consists of 5 large bold script letters the first letter either a G or a B). Extremely handsome grained full tiger maple stock with a lovely mellow patina and most attractive appearance; Exc.+ condition. Lovely large scroll relief carving filling much of the left side of buttstock with a few relief panels around forward sections of lock. Typical Kentucky style brass furniture with handsome large fancy edged brass patch box with a unique and significant engraving filling most of the patch box door of a large panel of 13 full length arrows in a neatly spread “fanned” pattern. Very simple yet fancy flower and branch motifs on the upper panel of patch box. Mechanically exc.+.
Handsome example of this renowned American rifle…$22,500. SOLD
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.
R394 GWYN & CAMPBELL TYPE I U.S. CIVIL WAR CARBINE. Also known as the “GRAPEVINE” model. (F#9B-058). .52 caliber percussion; breechloader. Single shot. 20 inch round barrel. This “Type I” also known as the “Grapevine” model with both the hammer and lever having the long, serpentine shape, etc. Has low matched serial number 127. Rifled bore will clean vg to exc. Deep age brown metal shows its age, needs good cleaning; surface rusting from use and storage; light mostly on barrel somewhat on breech end barrel towards frame and patches on frame (more on left side, only minor on right). Stock sound; very neat repair to small piece on right side just above the lock (small replaced piece, but very well done). Mechanically exc. Steel butt plate needs good cleaning, will have overall pitting of rust. The large rear site on barrel all intact, lacks just the small sliding eye piece that fits on the adjustable sight leaf…………and it's on sale for …………….$1,450.
R393 THE ONLY SPECIMEN OF THIS RARE JAMES REID “POCKET REVOLVER MODEL 1 .22 CALIBER REVOLVER WE HAVE EVER HAD AVAILABLE OR COME ACROSS IN OUR YEARS OF TRAVEL IN COLLECTING! At first glance the collector is very apt to get the impression that the revolver has been repaired and/or mis-assembled from a series of mis-matched parts from other revolvers when incorrectly repaired by someone years ago as it has large outstanding brass parts on both sides of its front frame firmly attached to the overall large iron frame. Those two parts, the large brass loading gate on the right side of the frame, and the smaller round brass escutcheon plate on the left side of the frame are, however, completely original to this First Model 1 Reid revolver and are fully described in articles on the subject as well as the “Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms” (see No. 8A-141). This .22 caliber revolver has a 7 shot cylinder and a 3 ½ inch octagon barrel which was produced by Reid in New York from 1861 to 1864 in quite limited quantity. Gun shows light wear, though a few sections of barrel have bright blue finish still remaining; metal is mostly light age brown; some small spots of light surface rust blemishes. Metal will clean exc. and better; pitting if any is very minor. Unmarked, as are many of Reid’s firearms. Matched serial number either “24” or “524.” The numeral “5” evidently had a broken die when originally struck by Reid with only the bottom part of that die stamp visible on both times it was originally used! Walnut grips lightest wear, but about exc. with just some lightest rounding on the outer edges of the bottom corners of the butt. Mechanically needs internal repair for the hand and the spring to rotate the cylinder properly. …A unique looking as well as rare as well as unique American handgun!……And it's for sale for ……………..$850.
R392 IN EXCELLENT PLUS TO NEAR MINT CONDITION! Tiny Remington “VEST POCKET, SAW HANDLE DERINGER.” Their “No. 1” size made c. 1865-1888. Caliber .22 r.f. single shot. Hammer doubles as the breech block also. 3 ¼ inch round barrel. 98% ORIGINAL BRIGHT BLUE FINISH OVERALL JUST SOME VERY VERY MINOR BLUE FADING TOWARDS MUZZLE OF BARREL; FEW VERY VERY TINY SPOTS (ALL VERY NEGLIGIBLE) ALONG SIDES OF BARREL AND A SPOT ON SIDE OF FRAME NEAR HAMMER; ALL VERY MINOR. Choice condition. Metal exc.+. Dark walnut grips exc. with slightest of surface use, but very very minor exc.+. Mechanically and markings. (F#5E-038) Choice example of this famous Remington also known as their “No. 1 size” at this sale price of only…….$1,095. SOLD
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.
R386 A CLASSIC ANTIQUE COPY OF THE THEN WIDELY POPULAR HENRY DERINGER percussion pocket pistol…not only making an identical gun, but even almost using his identical name (except for one letter). Percussion pocket pistol just 5 ½ inches overall with a 2 ¼ inch oval, tapered barrel. .44 caliber. Marked at breech “DERINGE.” Back action lock with very nicely engraved, large fancy scroll and leaf motif with matching design on the tang of barrel. Deep age brown metal showing age and wear will clean vg to exc. or better. Showing its wear and use, but pitting only very minor in small light patches. Mechanically exc. (needs minor adjustment to stay in full cock). Black walnut stock showing normal aging and similar wear, but in very very sound condition and about exc. Few minor dents on underside of foreend mostly, but not serious at all. Nicely made German silver mountings all intact with large, shield shaped inlay at back of handle and nicely engraved fancy inlay on the left side of stock and on underside of foreend. Mechanically needs minor attention to stay at full cock. This little handgun was among the very earliest to recognize the fame and importance of Henry Deringer’s pistols and take advantage of his fame and infringe upon his business!. .......Now on sale at just .....$1,750.
R385 VERY RARE REMINGTON “NEW MODEL NAVY REVOLVER” WITH FACTORY CONVERSION TO .38 CENTERFIRE (See F5E-022) AND HAVING FEATURES NEVER PREVIOUSLY ENCOUNTERED! Serial number 27523 reasonably low for this model. 6 shot cylinder. Correct length 7 3/8 inch octagon barrel. The basic conversion features are the same as seen on a number of other Remington revolvers (plus scarce ones too!). However it is those “extras” such as the manual ejection rod for the spent cartridges in the cylinder (and its mounting on the right side of the frame and loading lever) that make it unique. Although the gun shows its normal wear and use, yet it still shows considerable signs of its original blue finish and even traces of its original case hardening colors and needs just a careful cleaning to be brought up to vg+ and excellent condition. Any pitting will be very very minor in tiny surface blotches only. Mechanically it is exc.+. The grips are vg+, there is some rounding and slight nicks and chips at the bottom edge of the butt. We will be very pleased to explain any further details on request………………$2,250.
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ANTIQUE EDGED WEAPONS
E855 HE WHO MADE THE SWORD WORN BY GEORGE WASHINGTON THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR! This large, thick, iron, stirrup hilt calvary saber believed the only known specimen of an actual fighting calvary saber by "JOHN BAILEY" OF N.Y.C.. During the Revolution he was located in upstate New York; he worked in N.Y.C. 1784-1815 where he advertised his shop as being "...at the sign of the crossed swords". Sword shows itsage; some blemishes and light surface rusting but hilt easily cleaned vg.+ and better, some minor surface blemishes to hilt. Leather grips all intact with some patches worn through to the wood with brass wire wrap intact as well. Unusual completely flat long curved flat 33 in. curved very sturdy solidly built blade with large stamped markings of maker "JOHN..... / NEW YORK" ( His last name not visible, worn). Reverse side of blade "JOHN..." visible only. Blade shows aging and wear with overall rust blemishes and very light surface pitting. With proper cleaning easily made vg or better. This large thick iron stirrup hilt, believed the only known specimen of an actual fighting calvary saber by John Bailey. Swordis very close in appearance the to Rose contract of 1807 and certainly will rank among the most sturdily built of all early American calvary sabers and for this special sale it's been marked down considerably to a very modest...$875.. SOLD
E856 THE ULTIMATE IN PATRIOTIC AMERICANA ON AN ANTIQUE CIVIL WAR ERA BOWIE KNIFE! Just loaded with impassioned and lively superpatriotic mottos, anxious and sayings, all accompanied with patriotic designs! Circa 1850-1865 Bowie knife and sheath by well known maker “E. BARNES & SONS / SHEFFIELD” whose markings (along with “VR” and crown of Queen Victoria) are on the ricasso of the 8 ½ inch clip point, single edge blade. Has entirely relief decorated both sides with a large American eagle and shield at top of handle; large panel of stars in center handle; surrounded with relief scroll, floral and leaf designs. Handle exc. just light even wear; oval german silver crossguard. Blade shows almost no use and is almost mint!Almost perfect etching filling its full length to near blade’s its tip: very large American eagle in center over banner marked “EDWARD BARNES & SONS” and large panel “THE UNITED STATES…THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE…PROTECTED BY HER NOBLE AND BRAVE VOLUNTEERS” with another panel on the opposite side of the eagle (near the tip) with fancy panel etched “AMERICANS ASK FOR NOTHING BUT WHAT IS…RIGHT…AND SUBMIT TO NOTHING BUT WHAT IS WRONG” . Original black leather sheath with fancy green and red lacquer relief panels each side; some scuffed areas, but leather all intact and easily made exc. and better. Both german silver mounts intact…Exact knife pictured on pg. 415 of "The Bowie Knife: Unsheathing an American Legend". only $3,500.
E852 AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 1861 DATED, INSCRIBED SHEFFIELD MADE SMALL PRESENTATION DIRK OF CONNECTICUT. ARMY OFFICER. UNUSUAL, INTERESTING AND BEAUTIFULLY MADE EDGED WEAPON ! Just 8 inches overall with a 4 ¾ inch double edged, spear point blade marked "WEST & SONS / TR....WORKS / SHEFFIELD" on ricasso (middle line markings only partially visible). There is some light wear to blade with patches and blemishes with minor very light pitting only, most of which will clean even better; showing some wear and use. German silver elliptical crossguard and fancy mounting at the base of the tall single piece ivory grip with a fine light age patina and exc. +. Beautifully engraved in fine script full length on the front of the ivory grip and exc. + condition "PRESERVE THE UNION". Accompanied with original brown leather scabbard showing its age and light wear, few worn spots on edge but all intact and very sound. Wide german silver mounts top and bottom and lovely engraving on the top mount in fancy script "CAPT / S.H. GRAY / 7'th CT. Inf. / 1861." (small round frog stud only on top mount is lacking). The 7th Conn. saw considerable action which this dirk is accompanied with it's Civil War history (including capture of Fort Pulaski and others). Capt. Gray served with the outfit from 1861-1864. Records of regiment and Capt. Gray accompany the dirk. It's a fascinating edged weapon... and only $1,295.. SOLD
E851 SHEFFIELD CUTLER "JUMPS THE GUN" ON THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ! It had hardly begun when this cutler designed and sold this Bowie knife to LOUISIANA SOLDIERS / VOLUNTEERS ABOUT TO GO TO WAR WITH THE CONFEDERATE FORCES !! Classic beautifully made cira 1860-61 Sheffield Bowie knife with fancy German silver mounted handle with a high relief design on the pommel of the coffin shaped handle bearing the design of "THE LOUISIANA EMBLEM OF THE PELICAN FEEDING ITS YOUNG WITH THE SEVEN STARS ABOVE IT". Bowie is a very handsome, large, 14 in. overall with a 9 in. clip point blade having a 5 inch "false-edge". Ricasso marked "MAZEPPA / S. HANCOCK & SON / PEACROFT WORKS / SHEFFIELD." 2 piece ivory grips with light age patina and very minor, partial clean age crack (not causing any weakness) at the extreme top edge of each side; fancy shield shape silver inlay center of front grip, 9 inch single edge clip point blade with 5 in. "false-edge" . Blade is exc.+, has some tiny spots or blemishes but no pitting, blade is exc. with a minor surface cleaning would likely make exc.+. Ricasso marked "MAZEPPA / S. HANCOCK & SON / PEACROFT WORKS / SHEFFIELD" (those names and the makers themselves have an interesting background, all easily found in the famous "Tweedale's Directory of Makers") This Bowie is the identical specimen illustrated in full page color in the book (p.195) "The Bowie Knife: Unsheathing an American Legend". A very interesting and fine example of a Bowie made for the American Civil War market and certainly a Bowie with an interesting story for the Louisiana Confederate market early in the War...and available at only...$ 5,900. SOLD
E850 "M. PRICE / SAN FRANCISCO" are the fine, deep markings on the ricasso of the 6 inch single edged blade of this CALIFORNIA made Bowie knife circa 1850's-1860's. 6 inch single edge, sharpened 1½ inch "false-edge" blade has blemishes overall but pitting negligible and with proper cleaning easily made about exc. or better. Any pitting that would remain very minor. (and mostly on the reverse side of blade). 2 piece stag antler grips have very lovely, mellow age patina, are both exc. +. Accompanied with leather sheath which shows its age, with wear and use, all very sound and intact. This is the identical Bowie and sheath (knife on right) on page 354 "The Bowie Knife: Unsheathing the American Legend". Michael Price was one of California's most noted Bowie makers and here's a particularly fine value for an example of his work. When last priced was $7,900....
now on sale at only $4,950. SOLD
E849 EXPERIEMENTAL U.S. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY "BOLO MODEL 1809" BAYONET FOR THE U.S. KRAG RIFLE. ONE OF ONLY 50 BELIEVED MADE ! Known as the "BOLO, MODEL 1809" and is identical to that illustrated and described as (no. 176 pg. 217-218 (see for exact details/dimensions etc.)) in book "The American Bayonet 1776-1964" by A. M. Hardin. Obverse of blade marked at base "U.S. / 10" reverse of blade marked near base "S.A." (Springfield Arsenal) over the design of a flaming bomb over the date "1911" those markings just about identical to the markings mentioned on specimen illustrated in the book. (Further research not mentioned in the book) Production records at Springfield Armory the Annual Report for the 1911 just 50 of these were shown as having been manufactured with the bayonet handle as illus. here. A choice collector rarity and for this sale only..$1,250. 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.
E832 ONLY SPECIMEN KNOWN !!!!! VARIANT U.S. MODEL 1832 "ROMAN PATTERN" FOOT ARTILLARY SHORTSWORD BY NOTED AMERICAN MAKER. About identical to standard pattern as that made by "N.P. Ames" with large solid brass, cast hilt with the integral, cast brass grips. Basic difference on this variant, is this flattened ovoid pommel does not bear the eagle design (as seen on the Ames); otherwise about identical. The 19 inch double edged (slight wasp-waist shaped) blade is identical to the Ames style, with the double short fullers near base and single long fuller running to tip and marked "HORSTMANN & SONS / PHILADELPHIA" in three lines small block letters on obverse side of blade at ricasso (markings showing normal aging and wear and are lightly stamped but vg.+ to exc.); reverse side of ricasso has very small stamped marking of a tiny, crowned head, which would seem to indicate it was a imported blade ! (That marking also showing its aging and light wear). Blade has deep age brown patina and will clean exc., some patches of very light surface pitting. Leather sheath identical to the "AMES" style, lacks the brass tip and the section of leather at the bottom which holds that brass tip; leather flaked and crackled at surface but very sound. Has original wide brass throat with frogstud. An illus. of this identical sword is known in the Original Horstmann factory / showroom pattern book (copies of which are occasionally available on the collectors' market). Originally priced at $2,250. (previously on our website) and now for this special sale just.... $1,250.
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
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…...........................$3,950.00
M776 IT WAS THE VERY EARLIEST TYPE OF CONFEDERATE FLAG WITH JUST SEVEN STARS! Rare early Confederate patriotic envelope with its entire front a red, white and blue early C.S. 7 star flag. Top red stripe with large “JEFF. DAVIS, PRES’T” . Bottom red stripe in white lettering “ALEX’R H. STEPHENS. VICE PRES’T;” the center white stripe with blue script printing “A Secession Envelope.” Although it is possible that the envelope could have been used to address and mail a letter, we strongly suspect it was designed to have been a display item for a stationery shop (or similar retailing outlet) in the early Civil War years in some southern city and is decidedly to be be considered a rarity for both the Civil War and Confederate collector! There’s absolutely no question about its authenticity.. Definitely shows its age, colors fading slightly; paper definitely shows its antiquity. The closing flap on the reverse of envelope is torn (neatly) at its hinge, but still is in displayable condition and for the collector, a great find! and it's on sale for only...$67.50 SOLD
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
M773 "PART OF THE WRECK OF THE ROYAL GEORGE SUNK AUG. 29, 1782 / RAISED 1839" engraved in an exceptionally high quality professional manner in varying ornate Old English letters, block letters and fine script (in seven lines along top and bottom) surrounding the detailed engraving of that large 3 masted British Warship partially afloat, tipped over on its starboard side... and all of that is engraved beautifully on the small round ⅞ in. diameter round solid gold cap at the top of this 15 in. round, slightly tapered dark wood shaft obviously made from wood taken from that famous warship "ROYAL GEORGE". It is possible this was a full length walking cane at one time or just as possible that it was intended to be short in this length originally for use as a handle or a horse whip or wagon usage. Shows its age and wear and is in very sound condition; has 2 other small gold inlays near the top, each with a piercing for use of a carrying thong to be mounted between them. Fine historic artifact with a wonderful story to tell ! and it's on sale at only $275.SOLD
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.
M768 "OUTLAWS ARE TO BE EXTERMINATED... PUNISHED ON THE SPOT... NO MERCY SHOWN"are the borders on this original April 22, 1862 dated U.S. Army "General Order" issued from "Headquarters, District of Central Missouri / Jefferson City / By Order of General James Totten, Commanding District". A"no holds barred" military order with extremely rare wordage: Its opening lines: "... With feelings of unfeigned horror at the hellish crimes... and profound loathing and disgust for the fiendish outlaws...the General calls the attention of the U.S. Troops and Missouri Militia for increased vigilance that terrible outrages be put to an end and OUTLAWS INFESTING DISTRICTS BE EXTERMINATED." Much more is stated in that same vein with almost every line a quotable statement: "...the country is infested with murderers, robbers, outlaws, these retches disguised in the uniform of our Army; these blood thirsty beasts in human form must be dealt with...the cries of mercy of innocent victims in agonies of death [Go] unhated no mercy to be shown to the brutal lawless tormentors ... punish on the spot when found... bands of guerrillas, jayhawkers, malodors are to be shot down when caught...exterminated" The General Order is 2 pages small print plus 2 blank pages (5½ x 8 ½) shows normal aging and some dust stains (mostly on edges of margins) : Very minor short tear on edge of blank margin, a few small nicks on edge of one blank margin. Document shows its aging and some wear but all intact. THIS UNIQUELY WORDED BROADSIDE WILL CERTAINLY RATE THE MOST EXTREME OF U.S. ARMY GENERAL ORDERS EVER ISSUED. A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT. WE ORIGINALLY HAD IT ADVERTISED ON OUR 2007 WEBSITE AT... $395. and now for this unique special sale how about a special one time price of $159. SOLD
M765 A GREAT RARITY IN U.S. MILITARY HEADGEAR ! U.S. PATTERN 1813 LEATHER SHAKO 1813-1821. A rare form, (seldom found in any condition!) the body rising to 6½ in. with the front rising another 1½ in.. Original brass edged leather visor intact (brass edge partially loose but easily refastened on that one side). All leather is in remarkable condition and would rate exc. + showing just normal aging, but no flaking; mild hardening and misshapening on the round top and slight "crazing" on the visor with no flaking. Still affixed at top of each side are a small round silvered brass ball (plain design and original) into small round flat brass buttons affixed at the bottom of each side. The original 2¼ inch wide front half of the leather sweatband is intact and is still partly stitched in place; the entire wider 3 inch rear section of the headband (heavier, softer leather) also used as a neck protector when needed and is designed to be folded outward is fully intact and may still be opened up! Front of helmet has 5 short piercings for a front plate (not now attached) and still intact between these piercings is a narrow leather socket for a plume or cockade. This pattern 1813 Shako is not merely a rarity for early American headgear but it's a true prize for condition! ..... was $3,750. and for this special sale an outstanding buy ...and below "rock bottom" at just $1,450.SOLD
M763 THEY WERE MAKING A HUGE VARIETY OF MUZZLE-LOADING "ANTIQUE" PERCUSSION FIREARMS IN 1897 AND EARLIER ! Original 1897 catalog of Belgian firm making a vast selection of reproduction antique firearms in that early year for export. 58 page very profusely illustrated 6 ½ in. by 10 in. catalog of "MANUFACTURE LIEGEOISE D'ARMS A FEU, LIEGE" (of Belgium). First 50 pages are all of repro. longarms, almost entirely a fabulous selection of percussion single and double barrel (full stock and half-stock types) percussion sporting arms of various types and qualities; many with fancy patchboxes etc. and varying type mountings and fancy and plain stocks etc. and also few images with large single and double barrel (percussion) holster pistols of varying types; a few military repro flintlock and military percussion longarms also included and just 2 pages of modern military bolt action Mauser and other military longarms. Each page of illustrations accompanied with details and prices of the weapons (in French language) additional catalog pages with information regarding ammunitions and other accessories available. Catalog shows use; most pages loose, but all are intact have had added information (all neatly inscribed in pen). A real "EYE-OPENER", especially for the arms student to realize all these fine specimens of reproductions were being made that late in 1897 (or that early !!).... $125.
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
M755 CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS GIVEN EXTRA BOUNTIES FOR ENLISTING! Civil War or immediate post war era, Boston agent's advertising business card (3in. x 5½ in.) seeking clients. "SOLDIERS BOUNTIES NOW PAYABLE" (headline); card advises that "Congress just passed an Act giving additional Bounties to all soldiers and the heirs of those who have died. We have made arrangements by which we can collect the bounty for those entitled in the shortest time and at least expense. The money will be paid shortly after the claim is completed if filed at once. Fees $3 to $10... Please write immediately and provide discharge which will be promptly returned with Bounty." Dealer's name: Stillman B. Allen, 20 Court Street, Boston Mass.. It's possible it was a scam? First we have come across that extra Bounty ! ....and just $29.50
M754 CIVIL WAR POSTER OVERLOADED WITH RAGE AND HATRED FOR THE "COPPERHEADS" ! (Section of Northern Democrats who opposed the American Civil War and wanted peace settlement with the South) Circa mid 1863-1864, denouncing in the most provoking, fuming, enraged quotations from many noted Northern Copperheads "to show the spirit of the Traitors who are now attempting to gain ascendency in New Hampshire for the encouragement of the Rebels in their attempt to subvert our noble and beneficent government". The poster: 12 by 17 huge 1½ inch headlines "COPPERHEADS IN COUNCIL"and sub headline "DECLARATIONS OF THE LEADERS. / READ AND PONDER WHAT THEY SAY!" With illustration below of very large den of rattlesnakes captioned "KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE IN SECRET SESSION" (The secret society formed for the overthrow of the U.S. Gov't). Almost all lower section of poster followed with 3 columns of text, actual quotes from numerous national and local N.H. politicians reflecting "COPPERHEAD" sentiments include former President "Franklin Pierce"; all are anti-Union and anti-Republican, many quite fascinating and all traitorous such as Wm. A. Richardson, the Senator from Illinois who is quoted: "The Republicans must be put down at the point of the bayonet ! " Very bold (headline sized typeface)at bottom of poster urging "MEN OF NEW HAMPSHIRE / WILL YOU THE VOTE THE TICKET MADE UP OF SUCH MEN ? / PLEASE PASTE UP IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE". Poster shows a normal aging, some very light brown spotting, (and it is fading) on the upper section of poster, but minor, and does not affect the sharpness of any printing. Paper and margins all intact (just a few small nicks on the extreme edges of the bottom blank margin only (negligible). Rare political Americana.
HAS ONLY BEEN ADVERTISED FOR SALE ONCE IN 2007 AT $1,950....
AND NOW FOR OUR SALE A WONDERFUL VALUE AT JUST.... $875.
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
M748 THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS MUTINY! This hand carved pipe rack is directly related to the famous British ship HMS “BOUNTY,” Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific, and all the colorful characters that go with the story. Made by a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian, its dark wood 8 inches wide by 4 ½ inches high and 1 inch in thickness (with the wooden cup at top and the turned wood base at bottom; overall height is 8 inches). Marked deeply (in unskilled manner) in 12 lines filling the front is a lengthy and fascinating 12 line story with the background of the rack and its maker (abbreviated here) “A PIPE RACK MADE AS A SOUVENIR FROM PITCAIRN ISLAND…THE HOMES OF THE MUTINEERS OF H.M.S. BOUNTY WHO LANDED JAN. 23…1790…WHEN BEACHED AND BURNED THE MUTINEERS HAD TO MAKE CANVAS HUTS TO LIVE IN. THE MAKER OF THIS PIPE RACK MR. WARREN CLIVE CHRISTIAN IS A DIRECT DESCENDANT OF FLETCHER CHRISTIAN.” On the reverse side of that same block in larger, deep stamped letters 3 lines “MADE BY WARREN CLIVE CHRISTIAN.” Research (easily available on your website and a copy of which will accompany the rack) proves Warren Clive (born August, 1914) to have “served twice as magistrate of the territory of Pitcairn Island. A direct descendant of famous Fletcher Christian and numerous other of the islands leaders. On either side of that large cup at the top of the rack, there are two openings for total of four more pipes to fit into the rack. The bottom of the rack obviously at one time had a flat base attached to it which no longer accompanies it. Condition is very sound and excellent …………………..$195. SOLD
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
CIVIL WAR NEWSPAPERS
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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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well-grounded, thoroughly researched, conscientiously documented study of the
Bowie knife, an artifact that has long enjoyed a unique place in American
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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