Civil War Era Firearms & Accessories - Black Powder and pre-1898- No FFL Required - All Firearms on this page are Antiques and We do Not recommend firing them.
Nice Whitney Navy Revolver Possibly Issued to a Trooper of the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Here is a Nice Whitney Navy Revolver with Serial Numbers that likely link it to the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry ! I originally sold this revolver in 2008, but recently the man who purchased it wanted to sell it, and I bought it back. In the intervening years, the customer who purchased it, had the serial number researched by Civil War Weapons Search, in Harrington, Illinois, and they determined that the serial was a “Range Match” with the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
The revolver has all matching serial numbers, including on the bottom of the barrel, the cylinder, the loading lever, underside of the trigger guard, and inside of the wood grips. There are U.S. sub inspector’s marks in multiple places. These include a -P on the right rear of the barrel, a -B just behind that on the frame, a -B on the left back of the barrel, and a -P on the trigger guard. Only a tiny bit of cylinder engraving left, all I can see is the shield. Revolver functions smoothly and indexes fine. Grips have had a hard life, with a small chip out of the lower corner of the right side, and some shrinkage on both of them, but they are the originals with the matching serial numbers stamped on the inside of them. With all the inspector’s marks, I’m just about sure there used to be at least one cartouche on the grips, but it is long gone. It now wears either a Silver or Nickel finish, likely done post war, though it is still percussion, and not cartridge converted. That finish is still about 80% or more, much more shiny than my pictures show, and indicative of the value that the original owner, likely the soldier or officer it was issued to, placed on it. Comes with the paperwork & photos by Civil War Weapons Search. Just a Nice Displaying Whitney Navy Revolver, likely carried during the Civil War by a Trooper in the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry !
Nice 1862 Production, Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver. All Matching Serials, Good Mechanical Function, and U.S. Inspected with Cartouche.
Here is a Nice Martially Marked Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver ! It is all original, with all matching serial numbers, except for the unmarked wedge, and the serial number indicates late Fall of 1862, production. The action still works just as it should, holding in first and second positions, and indexing the cylinder correctly, and locking up fairly tight at full cock. The nipples are all in good working condition, none mashed, and the bore though showing some moderate pitting still has good rifling. The serial number matches on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, arbor, bottom of the grip, and cylinder, with an old unmarked wedge. Colt’s maker’s mark is still legible on top of the barrel, and his Patent on the left side of the frame. There is a good portion of the engraved Navy battle cylinder scene still present as well. The right wood grip shows the outline of the original U.S. Government cartouche, indicating this revolver was purchased by the Federal Government, though the inspector’s initials are no longer legible. All the metal shows a brownish/gray patina, with some minor pitting, mostly on the barrel near the muzzle, and the screws have not been buggered. as often seen. The wood grips are in good order, showing some minor shrinkage, but really not bad. A Nice Displaying Example of one of the most issued Colt Revolvers of the Civil War !
$1975 plus shipping
Fine 2nd Pattern .50 Caliber Maynard Carbine - Lots of Blue - Two Sharp Cartouches
Here is a Fine 2nd Pattern .50 Caliber Maynard Carbine ! Also known as the “Model 1863,” over 20,000 of these were produced. The 9th Indiana Cavalry, 11th Indiana Cavalry, & the 11th Tennessee Cavalry were among the Union Cavalry units they were issued to. This example was manufactured in 1865, and is complete with all original parts and a good amount of its original finish intact. The barrel retains a good 75-80% of its original thinning blue, with a few small areas of pitting. There are hints of the case color on the receiver though most of what remains has turned a gray/brown patina. The stock is in fine condition, retaining a generous portion of its original finish, and showing two sharp Government Inspector cartouches, a horizontal “G.W.P.”, and a vertical “J.M.” There is a tiny little chip on the toe of the stock but it is barely noticeable. The butt plate has turned a smooth brown patina. The original nipple is still intact in good condition, and the action works just as it should, the hammer holding firm in both half and full cock. The bore shows several areas of moderate pitting, but still retains sharp rifling. All markings are sharp and completely legible. The left side of the receiver is marked, “Edward Maynard, Patentee, May 27, 1851, Dec. 6. 1859,” and above that on the left flat of the barrel is what is likely a sub-inspector’s mark of S. The right side of the receiver is marked, “Manufactured by Mass. Arms Co. Chicopee Falls.” The bottom tang of the receiver is marked with the date, “1865”, and the serial number. A Fine Example of the 2nd Model Maynard Carbine that Displays Great !
U.S. Model 1860 .52 Caliber [ .56-56] Rimfire Spencer Carbine
Here is a Fine Model 1860 Civil War Period Spencer Carbine ! The barrel blue has turned to a nice, mostly smooth brown patina, with little to no pitting, while the receiver shows a grayish/brown patina, with some moderate pitting. The lever, hammer, sling bar, and barrel band all show a very nice smooth brown patina. The wood stocks have a nice old refinish, but the government cartouches are gone. The right side of the butt stock shows the remnants of Four X s carved into it, for whatever that may mean. Just left of the hammer is the serial number of 29,056, which dates this carbine to late 1863, early 1864. Top of the receiver shows a partial maker’s mark of, “SPENCER REPEATING / RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS / PAT’S MARCH 6, 1860,” in three lines with the top two showing a lot of wear. The action operates smoothly, exactly as it should, and the hammer holds fine in both half and full cock. The bore is very good, still showing sharp rifling, and considerably brighter than my picture looks, with only very minor pitting. Like all the Civil War or Model 1860’s this one is the .56-56 though the bore is actually .52 caliber. Just a Fine Displaying & Above Average Model 1860 Spencer Carbine !
Nice M1858 Starr Army Revolver
Here is a Fine Model 1858 Starr Double-Action Army Revolver ! Manufactured in the late 1850s thru the early 1860s, there was a total of about 23,000 made, with most being purchased by the federal government. This one is in very nice condition, showing about 60-70% of its original blue finish, most of which has gone to a nice smooth chocolate brown, with hints of blue showing thru in places. The action is functional and smooth, operating just as it should. The left side of the frame is marked, “Starr Arms Co. New York” and the right side, “Starr’s Patent Jan. 15, 1856.” The serial number of 12,711 is visible on the front of the frame just under the loading lever opening, the cylinder, and the loading lever itself. Each side of the grip shows a government inspector’s cartouche, with the one on the left showing very well, while the one on the right is only partially legible. There are sub-inspector’s marks all over, with the letter -C on the left side of the barrel, and twice on the left side of the frame. There is a letter -B and a letter -K on the cylinder, and a letter -K on the right side of the barrel. Just underneath the serial number on the front of the frame are the letters JG. There is no doubt this revolver saw action, possibly in the Western or Trans. Mississippi Theater as many were issued in those parts of the country. A Fine Displaying Example of the 1858 Starr Double Action Army Revolver ! [ D.K. ]
Good Martially Marked Civil War Period Rogers & Spencer Army Revolver
Here is a Nice Civil War Period Rogers & Spencer Army Revolver ! The finish on the metal is mostly gone, but the metal has acquired a nice overall brown, and all markings are still easily legible. The top of the frame is marked, “Rogers & Spencer Utica N.Y.”. The matching serial numbers of 2112 are on the left side of the frame, cylinder, underside of the barrel, loading lever, and butt of the grip, indicating this revolver is all original. There are sub-inspector’s marks all over the pistol, with the letter B stamped into the left side of the frame, barrel, and two places on the loading lever. The letter B is also stamped on the right side of the frame, barrel, and the cylinder. There is also a main U.S. Inspector’s cartouche stamped into the left side of the grip. All the metal has a mostly brown/gray patina with some moderate pitting here and there. The mechanics are fine, functioning exactly as it should. Only about 5,000 of these revolvers were produced, mostly in 1864, and several hundred were issued to Union soldiers in Kentucky. They can be found today in Fine condition, with 80% or more of the original blue finish remaining, from $2500 to $3000, but this one is priced much nicer. A Good Civil War Period Rogers & Spencer .44 Caliber Army Revolver ! [ D.K. ]
Fine P1858 British Enfield Navy Rifle - With Star & TC Marking Indicating probable purchase by the State of Louisiana
Here is a Fine & Uncommon P1858 Enfield Naval Rifle Probably Purchased by the State of Louisiana ! Overall, this weapon is in excellent condition, with all the metal having a nice smooth gray/brown patina, and exhibiting only the usual pitting around the nipple and bolster area. The wood stock still has a good amount of what I think is an old re-finish also. These Navy Rifles are similar to the P1856 2-Band Rifle with several differences. The P1858 Navy has a thicker barrel with 5- land and groove rifling, an 1100 yard rear sight, and brass furniture instead of iron. The right side of the barrel has a bayonet lug for cutlass. This particular rifle is quite unusual. It is almost completely unmarked except for the Birmingham Proofs on left rear of the barrel, and a Star with the letters TC on the top flat of the barrel. The proofs of 24 * 24* indicate .58 caliber not the usually seen .577, which definitely indicates it was produced for export. The exterior of the lock plate is completely unmarked, and I see no cartouches or other markings in the wood. Upon partial dis-assembly there are roman numeral mating numbers of VIII, on the bottom of the barrel, the bottom edge of the lock plate, and in the wood inside the lock cavity. The ramrod is not marked though it appears to be original to the rifle. The brass butt plate and trigger guard have a wonderful mellow golden green patina and both sling loops are present and operational. The lock operates as it should with the hammer holding in both positions and releasing when the trigger is pulled. The 5- land and groove rifling is still sharply defined with only minor pitting present. The only mark I see on the inside of the lock plate is the number 20. On the bottom of the barrel in addition to the mating mark, are the letters RM, HM, a large L, and a small T. I say this gun was likely purchased by the State of Louisiana, but it seems there are two camps of thought on this. One says that the Star & TC is indicative of import and sale by Tiffany & Co. of New York, and there are sabers known with this mark. However, in the new book, The Confederate Enfield, by Captain Steven W. Knott, U.S.N. retired, the Star & TC indicates Louisiana Property. I briefly corresponded with Captain Knott when purchasing his book, and he said that there were a few Louisiana Enfields known with the Star mark on the breech area of the barrel like this one, instead of in the wood on the bottom of the comb area of the stock. The mark is known with and without an -L- in the center of the star, with and without the viewer’s initials of TC, and with both a 5 or 6 point star. I know that most of the Enfields I see on other dealer sites with this mark are described as being rifles purchased early in the war for the State of Louisiana, and delivered on Blockade Runners. But,I have priced this as simply a Fine Original Example of a Rare P1858 Enfield Navy Rifle and is is indeed. Yet, there is likely a Great Confederate History to go with it !