August 15, 2009


Lot 650 MODEL 1844 AMES USN PISTOL.
54 caliber smoothbore with 6" round barrel. Lockplate is marked N.P. Ames Springfield Mass in three lines and USN 1844 in two vertical lines at back of lock. Brass mountings have nice patina, browned barrel has scattered pitting. Wood stock is good with initials AR carved in flat opposite the lock, right next to the oval cartouche. Has swivel type steel ramrod with button head. Nice example of a rare navy pistol - only 2000 made by Ames.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
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Lot 651 EARLY MCCLELLAN LEATHER SADDLE.
McClellan saddle with 11.5" seat. Seems to be complete except
for stirrups. Leather is very dry and dirty. Seat is cracking and flaking. Needs some help.
Estimate $300 - 500.
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Lot 652 U.S. INFANTRY SACK JACKET - CIVIL WAR.
Standard issue dark blue wool jacket, 12 small button front and trimmed in yellow wool twill tape. The collar has 2 double stripes of trim with small buttons, the functional cuff has 2 small buttons, and an angled stripe, the back has two stripes finished with standard pillows at the base. Lined interior with left pocket and muslin sleeve lining, signed in the sleeve (illegible) and marked on the back lining "1746B - 42". The buttons are all I.T.C (train - RR) buttons by G. Evans of Philadelphia. The shell has heavy mildew, some late seam repair, some pulling to the back lining and sleeve lining, some wear to the trim at the hip.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,500.
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Lot 653 MANN PROTOTYPE SMOOTHBORE CANNON.
57.5" tube with a 4.5" bore. Has a cast-in integral front sight 1.5" high. Overall length is 65.5" long. Gun has a U-shaped yoke about 36" long that extends from the trunnions to the back of the breech. The gun is loaded by lifting the barrel to expose the open breech end. A shell is loaded first, then a bag of powder. The barrel is then lowered back into the rear of the yoke which acts as the breech. This is a tube only and there is no carriage. The folks at Eastover report that only two of these Mann guns were built - both of which are in this auction. A rare opportunity!
Estimate $30,000 - 50,000.
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Lot 654 BURST ARTILLERY TUBE ONLY CIRCA 1840.
3 5/8" bore, overall length is about 45 inches. Breech area is gone. This tube burst about 2-3" behind the trunnions. Marked with a large US on the top, right in front of trunnions. Muzzle swell is about 8". An interesting piece of history.
Estimate $5,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 655 REMINGTON WHITMORE 10 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN.
30" barrels. Wood stocks have been refinished and metal has been cold-blued in areas. Bores are pitted in some areas.
Estimate $250 - 400.
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Lot 656 PVT. JOHN FRANK POPE "PRISONER OF WAR" BIBLE AND DAGUERREOTYPE - CIVIL WAR.
J. F. Pope was enlisted in the Massachusetts 13th Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Co. "A") in July 1862. He was taken "Prisoner of War" at Gettysburg in July of 1863 and released from Belle Island in March of 1864. The Bible in this lot is leather bound, and was printed in 1860 in New York. The inside cover is inscribed, "J. Frank Pope - Co. A, 13th Regt. - Mass Vols - Dorchester, Mass". The back inside cover reads "Belle Island, August 8th, 1863 to March 7th, 1864". Included is a large sized Gutta-percha daguerreotype case with images of Pope’s mother and father, also with a very miniature tintype portrait of F.J. Pope in his uniform.
This is a great historical find, complete with printed copies of Pope’s U.S. National Archive records.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 657 PETITE FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL.
38 caliber with 1.75" screw-off rifled barrel. Pistol is about 6.5" long and 3.5" tall. Cannon type barrel is mostly silver with scattered rust and surface pitting. Iron mountings are in about the same condition. Very small lock (3" long and 5/8" tall) is unmarked. Wood stock is carved behind the barrel tang and has finely executed silver wire inlay work in all areas of the grip. A well made, unusual little gun.
Estimate $1,250 - 1,750.
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Lot 658 AMERICAN SMALL SWORD, CA 1750-1770.
Has a straight triangular etched blade, a steel urn shaped pommel, steel guard and a wooden handle. Light tarnish to the blade, excellent condition. 39"W x 4"H.
Estimate $150 - 250.
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Lot 659 1942 USA MILITARY TELESCOPE BY WOLLENSAK.
U.S. Navy spyglass in original oak carrying case. Brass plate on front of the box reads U.S.N. BU. of Ships 16 Power Quarter Master Spyglass MK 1. Unit is 31" long and is marked on the eyepiece: U.S. Navy Spyglass Quarter Master Mark 1 Mod .1 16 Power BU Ships No. 19587 1942 Wollensak Optical Co. Rochester N.Y. U.S.A. in 5 lines. In excellent condition with bright optics. Oak case has a few areas of staining. 5"W x 34"H x 5"D.
Estimate $600 - 800.
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