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Had we been in business back in 1864, this undoubtedly would have been our store...
but we have been in business
60 years and we have had just as great a selection over those decades as you see here.







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.


Sale of Norm Flayderman’s Private Collection


In addition to the N. Flayderman & Company inventory, Norm personally over the years collected certain specific things, which he loved which were set aside and never offered for sale.  Sometime last year, our father had begun the process to consign a very select and important collection of special firearms he had collected over the past 60 years.  Some of these guns and edged weapons he had purchased back as early as the 1950’s and early 60’s, each one in stellar condition.  They had been packed away in various out of the way places and were not part of the Flayderman inventory.  Our family has commissioned the internationally renowned firearms auction company, James D. Julia’s, to handle these items at auction as part of the Norm Flayderman Estate.  Please do not confuse the sale of Norm’s private collection with the sale of the inventory.  The inventory as  we stated earlier is still intact and will continue to be offered online.


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.



The Flayderman Family


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A little bit about... N. FLAYDERMAN & CO., INC.

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.

N. FLAYDERMAN & CO., INC. GUARANTEE: Our sound, unqualified guarantee stands firmly in back of every item you purchase from us. Your purchase price will be refunded in full if for any reason you are not fully satisfied. The item must be returned within five days after receipt in same condition as sent. No need for concern, a reasonable shipping time while en route to you (or back to us) is not counted!

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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.




R391 - WITH 80% ORIGINAL BRIGHT BLUE FINISH STILL ON ITS BARRELS. SHARPS 4 BARREL PEPPERBOX.  .32 rimfire.  (Model 4B).  That blue finish still bright on barrel and where lacking mixed with a nice even age brown.  Few minor rust blemishes on those spots, but pitting negligible.  Many traces faint blue on frame mixing with an overall smooth even age brown; metal is exc.+.  Markings and mechanically exc.+.  Gun shows very little use.  Dark walnut grips exc. to almost mint.  (F#5F-088). $1,250.   Now Only……$850. SOLD







R406 - THE VERY TINIEST PERCUSSION PEPPERBOX WE HAVE YET ENCOUNTERED! Completely original and extremely rare! Circa 1840, tiny ring trigger 4 shot, underhammer percussion pepperbox; approx .22 caliber. Just 4 ½ inches overall. Four individual 1 ½ inch barrels. Marked by noted European maker on the backstrap “MARIETTE BREVETE.” Beautifully and profusely scroll and floral engraved iron frame as well as full length of backstrap.  Barrels individually numbered “1” through “4.”  Just light wear; age brown on barrels (with traces of the original twist / damascus finish visible) all metal would rate as exc. and better.  Markings and mechanically +. Very delicate bag shaped handle with black ebony grips (or very dark walnut) exc. +.  An ultimate rarity for the pepperbox collector and certainly a gem to behold! (NOTE: This is an authentic antique “Mariette” and NOT a modern made miniature)$3,450.  Only $1,450. SOLD




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.





R398      MANHATTAN FIRE ARMS CO. “HERO” BRASS FRAME, SINGLE SHOT SPUR TRIGGER PERCUSSION .34 CAL. PISTOL CIRCA 1868-73.  4 inch round, steel, smoothbore barrel with very smooth deep even age brown finish and metal is exc.+.  Nice age patina to the brass and frame as well.  Marked at front of the brass frame on left side “HERO / M.F.A. CO.”  Mechanically exc.+.  Walnut grips showing smooth even aging and wear are exc.  F#5C-023.  And in scarcer barrel length…and now on sale at ………….$525.  SOLD





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.




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.  SOLD


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.  SOLD




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Swords, bayonets, Bowie knives, naval dirks, & misc. edged weapons





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”$17,500. $8,500.



E861  A CLASSIC PRE-BOWIE... BOWIE KNIFE.  Typical of the late 18th or very early 19th century !  Very sturdily made fighting weapon, 14 1/2 in. overall with a 9 in. "clip point" single edged blade with a sharpened 3 1/2 in. false edge very deep sunken large makers relief markings in a rectangular hallmark in the center of that blade with in high relief "PETERSON".  Blade shows age, wear and use but is VG+ and will clean even much better, some blemishes from age of minor light rust, pitting negligible, light minor spots at most.  Tall, heavy one piece stag antler handle showing  it's great age, normal wear and use and is EXC + condition, deep patina, iron pommel cap with light surface rusting in the aged patina, well made solid iron crossguard.  This classic pre- Bowie/ Bowie is illustrated on page 26 in "The Bowie Knife;  Unsheathing an American Legend" and it should make a fascinating conversation piece for any American Bowie knife collection.....$5,000.   SOLD



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.

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 andhttp://www.flayderman.com/images/E856a_000.jpg 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 $2,350.   SOLD



E863  MASSIVE SIZE AND TOP QUALITY , ANTIQUE BOWIE KNIFE CIRCA 1840's-1850's BY SHEFFIELD MAKER WHO DEVOTED MUCH OF HIS ENERGIES TOWARD THE AMERICAN MARKET IN THE YEARS PRIOR TO THE CIVIL WAR (As will be noted, specifically by the marking on the blade of this outstanding specimen intended to take on all comers, be they man or beast !)  Huge 17 inches overall and weighing 2 ½ pounds, it is fitted with a superbly made, very soundly built, thick and most imprehttp://www.flayderman.com/images/E806a_001.jpgssively shaped 12 inch single edge blade with a long, arched, clip point having a 6 ½ inch " false" edge.  Uniquely marked twice (in 3 lines each), on the ricasso and horizontally on the blade "EDWARD BARNES / AMERICAN / HUNTING KNIFE" (Important Note: It is very much thought that those markings are very unusual, if not unique, for the fact that they have purposely omitted this noted cutler's"SHEFFIELD" address (it would certainly seem for obvious reasons,  being one of the prolific makers of Bowie knives for the American market.  It is equally interesting to learn that his registered trademark was soon to have been  "U*S") .  Knife is in fine condition: blade shows some exceptionally fine blemishes and lightest surface pitting but extremely minor and would rate the blade as VG. to EXC. if not better.  (Just the lightest cleaning or polishing will likely easily remove that)  Markings exc.+.  Hilt is very handsome: exceptionally sturdy and well made all solid one piece german silver handle (oval crossguard, pommel and center panel  all cast as one solid unit with two piece stag grips which have acquired a lovely age patina and in exc.+ condition (fastened with five german silver pins and each grip inlaid with a german silver plaque in its center.   This remarkable Bowie is the exact knife illustrated  in " The Bowie Knife: Unsheathing an American Legend" (page 107).....Here's a Bowie that's as fascinating to look at as it is to discuss what it was designed for...or could have accomplished !!  A rarity with a story to tell! .....$24,500. ...and now even a better story at its price of only $10,200. !!!!  SOLD



E862      IT’S A REAL SHOW-STOPPER!  ENORMOUS, CONFEDERATE, PISTOL GRIP, D-GUARD BOWIE KNIFE AND SHEATH WEIGHING OVER 2 ½ POUNDS AND 22 INCHES OVERALL LENGTH.  It displays very competent craftsmanship and extremely rugged construction.  The thick, over 2 inch http://www.flayderman.com/images/E812_001.jpgwide single edge, clip point “classic Bowie” blade has an 11 inch "false edge" (blade shows its age, wear, use and sharpening) some very minor patches of very, very light pitting; easily cleaned to vg+, if not exc. (any pitting would be very minor); showing its aging more on the reverse side of blade.  Particularly interesting is the competent craftsmanship of the iron work of the hilt with its slender, faceted knuckle bow integral with the oval iron crossguard and the round pommel cap.  (All with a very deep even age patina.)  The one piece curved “pistol grip” maple grip has a very attractive, deep age patina and some light curly maple “tiger stripes” in its center; wide pewter ferrules are fitted at both top and bottom of that grip with two pewter pins fastening grips to the tang;  grips are exc..  Still accompanying this massive Bowie, is its original leather sheath; shows its great age.  Surface of most of leather is dried and crackled; some surface areas loosened and tiny piece of the extreme tip lacking.  (Sheath never intended for any brass or iron fittings; a slot on reverse side allowed for a waist belt).  This Bowie knife with sheath is the identical one illustrated full page 233 in “The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend;” it is significant that although unmarked the Bowie has a very close similarity to other “pistol grip D-guard” unmarked Confederate Bowies (of unknown maker) illustrated and described in a  recent important guide “Confederate Bowie Knives” by Melton, Phillips & Sexton pages 158 and 159…….$17,500.

And now for this special sale only $10,500. !!!   SOLD



http://www.flayderman.com/images/E809a_000.jpgE865  EXTREMELY RARE: ONE OF THREE KNOWN AUTHENTIC,  SIGNED BY MAKER, SPECIMENS AND INSCRIBED TO OWNER! CONFEDERATE"WHEAT & VANDALSON", MISSISSIPPI MADE CIRCA 1861- EARLY 1862 CAVALRY SHORT SWORDS / BOWIE KNIFE.  The story of this knife and its makers is particularly detailed and well discussed in the very important work just published"Confederate Bowie Knives" by Melton, Phillips and Sexton (2012) on pages 180-186.  The large iron hand guard is "D" shaped with extra branches (with a total of three guards) forming what, in collector's language, would be considered a "half-basket guard".  The broad, slightly curved  21 ½ inch single edge, clip point blade has a three inch sharpened "false edge".  The very intriguing feature  are the markings!  Absolutely 100% original to it (AND IDENTICAL TO THE TYPE MARKINGS FOUND ON THE OTHER AUTHENTIC SPECIMENS, are the boldly inscribed markings in an amateurish nonprofessional script on the obverse side of the blade "S.B. WILDER / TO / J.C. CULBERTSON."  Toward the center of the blade another smaller script engraving that was undoubtedly a colorful southern motto (which was seen on the other  2 specimens) http://www.flayderman.com/images/E809.jpgwas at one time there but not now readable, being partially obscured by age and pitting.  On reverse side of the blade similar script engraving in an amateurish manner is a single line inscription "MADE BY WHEAT  & VANDALSON".  The knife is in absolutely untouched original condition showing its age but very, very sound.  The wooden grips are aged but excellent; hilt very rusted, pitted, deep age brown.  Blade overall light to medium pitting; the markings (as described) are all clear and about excellent or better.  (This Bowie also illustrated page 234 in "The Bowie Knife: Unsheathing an American Legend".) ELIPHALET   VALDALSON, a known blacksmith and JOHN A. WHEAT, both from DeSoto County, Mississippi (both by 1862 served with 1st Mississippi Calvary).  Wheat also enlisted in that regiment; according to census report, he was listed as a farmer (he obviously also had a role and assisted in the production of the Bowie).  BOTH WILDER AND CULBERTSON WERE RESIDENTS OF DESOTO  COUNTYalso and Wilder was known  to have been a member of Company F 1st Mississippi Calvary.  Undoubtedly Culbertson, with further research will turn up to be a member of same outfit or another of that same state, as more of the story is yet to be uncovered and told !  WE WOULD BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND A WEAPON OF ANY TYPE OR COUNTRY WITH A MORE FASCINATING STORY OF ITS MANUFACTURE AND BACKGROUND WITH LOTS MORE YET TO BE KNOWN !!..  A GENUINE RARITY WITH AN EVEN GREATER HISTORY!! .. $27,500.  and the Confederate collector would be hard-pressed to find a greater or more rare and advantageous "price dive" than now.  JUST $12,500 !!!!    SOLD



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.


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.


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….



Although antique firearms & edged weapons have always been, and continue to be, our primary specialties, we have always handled a very wide & diverse range of antique and collectable MILITARIA (particularly American),  CIVIL WAR ARTIFACTS AND HISTORICAL OBJECTS (for which we have been particularly noted over the years in national publications); including antique nautical artifacts; American western & frontier memorabilia; recruiting and political posters of the 19’th century (Civil War eras particularly); powder flasks & carved powder horns… & a very impressive and broad cross section of historic letters and documents, diaries, journals & log books (etc.) both military & nautical of the 18’th and 19’th century & much more… all of which are to be found in the 120 mail order catalogs we issued between 1954 and 1998.We never ceased to find it always fascinating to assemble the items & describe them for this following “COLLECTANEA” section & trust the reader will be equally absorbed when reading it!

M791 - 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.



M797 - SCARCE VARIANT, MASSACHUSETTS MILITIA INFANTRY CAST BRASS BELT PLATE CIRCA 1880-1900.  This is the exact specimen illus plate 701 (page 420) “American Military Belt Plates” (O’Donnell and Campbell).  Heavyweight 2 ¼ x 3 ¼.  Very high relief, cast design in center of Mass.  Coat-of-arms over crossed muskets with bayonets affixed (for infantry) and relief narrow border.  Large script markings on reverse (partially visible in the illustration in the book) probably had the name and regiment or city of the original militia man to whom issued.  Normal aging and patina; exc. +. This variant style much less often encountered than the similar type that bears the larger company letters…$225.  SOLD



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.


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
  Just $4,000. SOLD


M795 CONFEDERATE SURGEON HAD URGENT NEED FOR FOOD FOR HIS PATIENTS OR THEY WOULD DIE!  Lengthy, neatly penned letter, entirely in the hand of and fully signed by C. S. Surgeon Alexander Hunter as “Surgeon in Charge” Sept. 7, 1863 from the “Office, Surgeon in Charge; Hospitals/Cassville, Georgia.”  Single sheet; 8 x 10 (blank reverse) written in a small, easily read hand, filling the page.  Although addressee not given, it was obviously his superior officer and most likely Dr. Samuel H. Stout, chief C.S. medical officer.  The Confederate military hospital at Cassville, Georgia had only been relocated to that town 30 days earlier from a smaller “Reception Hospital” in Tennessee and was still very much disorganized, as is evident from these excerpts from his despairing / anguished / exasperated letter! … “There are empty houses here sufficient for another hospital of 250 patients.  We have only to take possession of them and go to work.  I find it difficult to transact business with the Kingston [Ga.] officials…every obstacle thrown in the way which their ingenuity can devisespent all day trying to get rations for the sick.  The commissioner absent…his clerk in the billiard room.  …Gave my requisitions regularly [and] approved by the post commander [but] the clerk refused to issue because the Commissary absent…I WAS OBLIGED TO HAVE THE RATIONS OR LET THE SICK MEN STARVE.  Finally obtained them by getting the commander to issue a special order…q.m. promised me two mule teams…but could not get them…[doing] the work on my own responsibility…will soon be ready for a large number of patients.”  All very clear and readable.  Just small piece out upper right blank corner of margin, not obscuring text; a few tiny chips on blank margin.  Original docketing with name and date on reverse.  Interesting information about that Cassville hospital, its move and Dr. Hunter is to be found in “Confederate Hospital is on the Move” by G. R. Schroeder, 1994; Univ. of So. Carolina Press 1994 where it is also mentioned that Dr. Hunter was later selected in his C.S. career as one of Dr. Stout’s “most efficient medical officers.”…$250.  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.




M794 HE FOUGHT WITH CUSTER AND SURVIVED THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN!  Original pencil portrait of GENERAL EDWARD S. GODFREY, the tough Indian fighter, by famous American artist.  FULLY SIGNED, INCLUDING PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION TO GODFREY’S WIDOW BY PROFESSIONAL ARTIST JOSEPH SCHEUERLE.  7 x 10.  Depicts head and shoulders of Godfrey in uniform with his trademark walrus-mustache.  With inscription “TO MRS. GODFREY WITH BEST WISHES, JOE SCHEUERLE, 1933” in lower right.  Godfrey served during Civil War; most of service spent with 7’th U.S. Cavalry; survived the massacre at Little Big Horn while commanding Company K; awarded Medal of Honor for the Nez Perce campaign 1877.  This a fine likeness of him.  The artist noted for his American Indian portraits, was a contemporary and friend of many noted western artists and also known as a commercial illustrator; designed and created many of the famous “BUFFALO BILL” Wild West Show posters for “BUFFALO BILL CODY”.  Exc. condition.  Some very minor spots only along extreme edge of blank borders.  One circular brown stain on extreme right edge by the shoulder only.  A fine example of his work few of which are ever available.  Accompanied by bio sketches of the artist and of Godfrey……$595.  $400.  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.




M792 - IN 1794 HE LED THE INFAMOUS “WHISKEY REBELLION” IN PENNSYLVANIA AND THEN ESCAPED WITH A PRICE ON HIS HEAD!  Two original very neatly penned letters (in a small easily read hand) entirely by, and fully signed by “DAVID BRADFORD.”  Both from “Bayou Sarah” (then in Spanish-owned Louisiana), each bearing rare postmark “FT. ADAMS” (now known as St. Francisville, Mississippi); then an obscure U.S. outpost in West Florida.  Both letters addressed to “David Redick, Attorney, Washington County, PA” who represented the rebelling farmers during Whiskey Rebellion.  (1) Letter Jan. 24, 1804 large 8 ½ x 12; 3 full pages; very lengthy; back sheet acts as cover with postmark (extremely rare “FORT ADAMS” although weak it is all visible)…  (2) Letter November 29, 1805 (7 x 9) also lengthy 2 ½ pages. (only very few letters of “Ft. Adams” postmark faintly visible). Att’y Redick representing friend Bradford for personal and business matters regarding property, debts, business matters; letters filled with personal, financial, business matters (accompanying letters are typescripts for ease in reading and much photostatic detail about Bradford’s story and key role in Whiskey Rebellion).  Letters are in exc. condition with just normal aging and few extremely minor nicks on outer margins on Letter No.1. Att’y Redick’s discussion of prosecuting and defending of various legal cases of Bradford’s personal affairs in these letters undoubtedly has to do with some of those of the Whiskey Rebellion as well and will likely be brought out with further research.  Both letters very modestly priced at…..$495. now only $395.



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.



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.




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.  SOLD




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 1917-18Both 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. 








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 earlierThe 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 ” x 10 ” 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



Authentic wartime issues of famous newspapers for sale

These two competing N.Y. papers were among the most widely read during those turbulent war years. As sole media for keeping the public informed, newspapers wielded great influence, reporting in graphic style unfolding events on the battlefield as well as political, war effort and important national news. Each issue of the TIMES and TRIBUNE is 8 pages, large 16"x20", loaded with war news, military events, political machinations, many interesting ads and much other news and local events.
All with fantastic, bold, front page headlines and sub-headlines, most often in stirring phrasing; filled with plenty of war news. To capture the very feelings of those war years there is little else that does it better than these papers… not only for the content, but for displayability and appearance as well.  All are EXCELLENT CONDITION showing just most minor aging; and on a few some most minor light brown spotting.

THE NEW YORK TIMES... 8 pages each…no 2 alike... Dates from January through early June, 1863. Excellent condition.... Our selection, promise to pick out nice ones for you. (Regret, but cannot service orders for specific dates).

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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Unsheathing an American Legend
     by Norm Flayderman

"The first reliable history of the Bowie knife from it's origin to present day."






AMERICAN FIREARMS...and their values

  Phone: (954) 761-8855 
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Unanimously acclaimed by the critics and reviewers as among the most complete and thorough arms books extant, it ranks as the most comprehensive book on antique gun collecting ever produced!

Included are individual chapters on every major American arms maker… all lesser makers are listed by type, such as: American Percussion Pistols (Classified by: “Revolvers”… “Pepperboxes”… “Single Shots”… “Deringers”… “Underhammers”.). Separate chapters on “American Metallic Cartridge Handguns” (one of largest in the book) Confederate Arms; Kentucky Rifles; Single Shot Rifles… (Muzzle Loading and Breech Loading) Colonial and Rev. War Arms…Repeating Rifles. The chapters on “U.S. Military Longarms and “Military Single Shot Pistols” alone are worth the cost of the book. The “American Shotguns”  chapter is the first in-depth coverage of them, while Chapter 18 individually covers (and values) 8 categories of antique American arms seldom mentioned or discussed in any guide: American Whaling Guns; Indian Trade Guns and Indian used guns; Alarm Guns; American Blunderbusses; early American Spring and Air Guns; and even Salute and Yacht Cannons.

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.”

AND THAT’S NOT ALL… new inroads are made to recognize the very history of American arms collecting itself. Other relevant discussions new to this edition assess the increasing influence of antique firearms auctions to this hobby; a new section on the history of antique arms periodicals and publications and their impact on the hobby; and for the first time anywhere, a history of the very first American antique firearms collection and catalog (1899) of the famous  “A.E. Brooks Collection of Hartford, Conn.” and its subsequent exhibition in 1906 by the Smithsonian Institution and its later adversities.

Perhaps the words of Mike Carrick, Staff Editor of the "Questions and Answers" columns  of the “Gun Report” magazine said it best. Fielding a heavy volume of inquiries about antique arms on a daily basis he wrote: “I have over 2500 books on guns and edged weapons, but I have only [Flayderman’s Guide] on my desk for constant daily use in answering my column’s inquiries… it is the most useful book in my library."




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            by Norm Flayderman

Foreword by James S. Hutchins, Historian Emeritus,       
        National Museum of American History

                     Smithsonian Institution

Large 9" x 12" format …… 512 pages

245 OUTSTANDING COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS DEPICTING HUNDREDS OF BOWIE KNIVES… (along with a wide host of fascinating associated artifacts of the same eras).
Plus 120 black and white illustrations of Civil War and other nineteenth century photographic images of soldiers and civilians with their Bowie knives…
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HERE’S THE IDEAL GIFT FOR THE AMERICAN HISTORIAN AND FOLKLORIST AS WELL AS ARMS COLLECTOR!... you might be interested in reading what the “AMERICAN FOLKLORE SOCIETY” has to say about this ground-breaking study!  Here are a few excerpts from their recent review of The Bowie Knife: Unsheathing an American Legend that appeared in the Summer 2007 Journal of the AMERICAN FOLKLORE SOCIETY:

“…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.”
(We will be pleased to send copies of the complete, lengthier review on request).


 Here are just a few excerpts from the reviews the book has already received (many more in the illus. brochure we'll be pleased to send you on request). They say it more eloquently and with more authority than anything we might write:

The Town Talk. Alexandria, Louisiana (Dec. 26, 2004). The city where the Bowie knife story  began): "…incredible detail… the photographs and text are presented in breathtaking scope and detail… even the most casual of readers will enjoy reading the accounts and details featured within these pages."

The Civil War Courier. (May, 2005). "...the definitive guide to the Bowie knife - the indispensible tool for historian, students of the Old West and knife collectors."

Military Images Magazine (Jan., 2005):
"…an instant classic... Strips away the common misconceptions surrounding the Bowie’s history, use and fabrication… in admirable style… chronicles the entire history of the Bowie in a colorful layout so lavish as to put most other books to shame… a masterpiece of research, presentation and bookmaking."

North-South Civil War Trader (Jan., 2005):
"… extremely well-researched and wonderfully written text… reads like a good novel, fueled with enthusiasm and spiced with wit while maintaining the integrity of reference-book form..."

Man at Arms Magazine
(Dec., 2004):
"...astounding and overwhelming… [in] its textual content… the wealth of supporting images will astonish even jaded readers… will appeal to a far broader audience than just edged weapons enthusiasts… the volume of information is incalculable… the author’s ability to separate reality from fantasy is fascinating… a rare treat."

Knife World Magazine
(Dec., 2004):
"… this is the book that Bowie lovers have been waiting for lo these many years!… photography is outstanding… the research outstanding… the standard reference on Bowies for the next fifty years."

Wild West Magazine. (June, 2005): "…a weapon that has a unique place in American history... a book as large, as sharp and as awe-inspiring as one of those legendary knives... unbeatable."

True West Magazine.
(July 2005):
"...[the author] has slashed through the reams of fiction and presents a meticulously researched accounting... the ultimate guide."

The Gun Report (Dec. 2004):
"…Outstanding… subject examined in great depth… knowledge and source of each [Bowie] story skillfully and often dramatically brought to light for the first time… wealth of information on manufacture, sale and use of Bowie knives… a monumental work… which will remain as a standard reference for decades to come."

Modern Knives Video Magazine
(Feb. 2005):
"An awesome resource book! ...masterfully presented... totally accurate... dispels the nonsense about knife duels - the major reference on Bowie knife lore."



Unanimously acclaimed by the critics as an outstanding contribution to the fields of American history and folklore…
 as well as American arms history.

Whether your interests are devoted to weapons or military or social history,  there is something for everyone!


"[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 book is the best there is."    
                                                                                             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 knife field has ever seen."
                                                                                             Mark D. Zalesky, Editor   KNIFE WORLD magazine
With the general acceptance of the Bowie knife as a national icon, it is surprising that so very little has been written about it... until now. The weapon's complex mix of history, hardware and tangle of deceptive folklore has at last been put in clear, accurate and logical perspective. Sorting out truth from myth offers the first reliable history of the Bowie knife from it's origin to present day.




(By James S. Hutchins, Historian, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution):

"…at long last, the first 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 folklore."






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