Nice Original Pair of Non-Dug Enlisted Shoulder Scales or Epaulets
Here is a Beautiful Pair of Non-Excavated Civil War Period Brass Shoulder Scales ! Both are nicely intact, tight, and complete, except for the attachment tabs that would have been sewn onto the coat or jacket. Looks like they may have been cleaned at some point in the past, but are now starting to acquire a nice mellow patina, with one or two small spots of green verdigris. The reverse shows iron or tin backing plates are also showing some surface rusting, but still tight and well attached, as are the brass support tabs. Originally intended to help blunt the force of a saber blow on the shoulder, these are often seen on period images of cavalry troopers and were issued in some quantity, though many times later discarded by veterans. A Beautiful Displaying Pair of Original Civil War Period Brass Shoulder Scales !
$175 plus shipping
Fine Original Civil War Period Soldier's Housewife or Sewing Kit
Here is an Excellent Original Civil War Soldiers Housewife, or Sewing Kit ! It appears to be made of a thin sewn oilcloth outer, with a thin silk interior, and is still in great condition. Completely unfolded it measures about 7.5 inches long by 4 inches wide. The top section just under the flap has one large compartment that contains a packet of “H. Milward & Sons Patent Helix Needles” made at Redditch, [ England ] and has a great yellow label with sailing ship at middle, and the date 1857, near the bottom. The inner oilcloth also has a horizontal tulip shape compartment for needles, pins, etc. The middle section shows a piece of soft cotton attached with one blued straight pin still inserted in it. The bottom section shows two large compartments and two smaller compartments, one of which contains a dark blue packet of R. J. Roberts Needles, showing a gold top and steel shaft, and faint eagle on the paper. There was nothing else in the housewife such as buttons, thread, etc., so I added a large 1851 Goodyear Patent N. R. Co. [ Novelty Rubber Co. ] button, and two period correct civilian or flat buttons. You could easily find a correct thread to add to it if desired. Just an Excellent Condition and almost “textbook” example of a Civil War Soldiers Housewife ! [ L.L. ]
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Exceptionally Well Preserved Civil War Period Boots - Wood Pegged & Square Nailed Soles
Here is a Fine Pair of Civil War Period Leather Boots ! These would have been perfect for an officer or a cavalryman. They are square toed, with stacked heels hobnailed with square nails, and wood pegged soles. The leather is amazingly supple with little damage, other than the outer pull on the left boot is broken. They have a tan, perhaps once almost red, front decorative upper on each boot, and what appears to be an old repair on the lower outside seam of the right boot. They measure 14.5 inches tall with soles that are about 11 inches long. Just a Super Nice Pair of Civil War Period Boots that any Trooper or Civilian would have loved to have ! [ L.L. ] PS. I have a wonderful pair of large white period wool socks, I can throw in with the boots for $50 extra, if desired.
$525NOW Just $475 plus shipping
Excellent Just Post War New York Cartridge Box & Sling
Here is an Excellent Condition New York Militia Cartridge Box & Sling ! Likely dating to the 1870s-1880’s, it has a wood block cut for twenty cartridges, too small for a .56-56 Spencer Cartridge, but almost too large for a .45-70. I wonder if it wasn’t intended for either the post-war .50 caliber Spencer cartridges, or even the .50-70 of some of the Trapdoor Springfields. There is a box plate on the flap consisting of an entwined stamped brass NY monogram, with solder fill, and both ends of the white cotton sling appear to be attached to the box with Civil War period eagle -I Infantry coat buttons. The sling shows the typical staining, but nothing major and no tears. The ends of it at the box have been reinforced with sewn on leather tabs, likely to prevent fraying. Just a Very Fine, likely immediate Post War New York Militia Cartridge Box, that displays Great ! [ L.L. ]
$475 plus shipping
Excellent Condition Civil War Period Childs's Boots - Grand Army of the Republic Hall Donation
Here is a Super Neat Little Pair of Civil War or Pre-War Cavalry Boots, once worn by a 10th Michigan Cavalry Bugler ! The soldier was Andrew Davis of Co. C who enlisted October 23rd, 1863. Evidently he donated them to be displayed in his local GAR Post after the war, as the old tag accompanying them says they were from a GAR Hall. They show evidence of Gold Paint embellishment around the toes and edges of the sole that likely confirm that Grand Army Display. However, they are very small and I really think they may have been his boots before the war when still a very young man. They are doubtlessly of the period though.
Both boots are in excellent condition to be as old as they are and show no serious damage. The vertical seam on the right side of the left boot is split about ¾ of an inch down from the top, and there is a tiny tear about ¼ of an inch long at the top of the back. The right boot has a vertical tear at the top of the back about ¾ of an inch long. The boots measure about 9.5 inches tall by 6.5 inches long. The soles are still nicely intact and show the method of their attachment very well. Just a Super Neat Little Pair of Civil War Period Cavalry Boots, quite likely for a child ! [L.L.]
$450 plus shipping
Fine 1850s to 1870s Militia Cartridge Box with White Cotton Sling
Here is a Fine Non-Regulation ca. 1850 to 1870’s Militia Cartridge Box ! It is on a white cotton sling or cross belt that is showing its age and dark toning more than my pictures show. The sling is attached to the box by two dime sized brass studs on the reverse. The box itself shows no evidence of ever having any adornment on the flap, and measures about 7.125 inches across the flap, 6.5 inches across the body, by 4 inches tall. There is a block of wood inside that has never been cut, with a name on it, that is likely a previous contemporary owner. It appears to read, “Thomas Pickens – Dickerson”. The leather is in good condition, showing only minor crazing. One end of the strap the sling passes through, is partially torn, but still intact. The closure strap is still nicely intact as is the brass finial. The box displays great. A Fine Civil War Period Non-Regulation Militia Cartridge Box & Cross Belt ! [ L.L. ]
$300 plus shipping
Superb Condition Carbine Cartridge Box for Civil War Sharps or Spencer Carbine
Here is an Excellent Condition Maker Marked Civil War Carbine Cartridge Box ! The leather is still quite supple and there is a minimum of crazing anywhere. The leather closure strap is still present in good condition, as are both the strap buckles. There is a partially legible maker’s cartouche on the inner flap of “E.A. Crossman & Co., Newark, N.J.”, and the inner wood block is still present in very good condition. The wood block has twenty evenly cut holes that would hold .52 caliber Spencer cartridges or .52 caliber linen Sharps cartridges. A Very Fine Civil War Period Maker Marked Carbine Cartridge Box ! [ L.L. ]
$500 plus shipping Layaway
Very Nice 1857 Pattern U.S. Cartridge Box w/Original Plate & Tins
Here is a Fine Civil War Period Pattern of 1857, U.S. Cartridge Box with Original Plate & Tins ! All the measurements are correct for this to be for the .69 caliber round ball cartridges. The leather is still fairly supple with a minimum of crazing. It has the round closure finial and both buckles still present. The box plate shows a nice golden brown patina with only a few minor bumps here and there. The inner flap and tool compartment flap are both in good condition and the closure tab on the tool compartment in good shape. The tin liners fit well and are in good condition though the divider is missing on one side. The top of the inside flap is embossed, “W. H. Wilkinson, Maker, Sprgfld, Mass.” Apparently at one time the outer closure tab broke, and someone re-attached it with a split rivet, possibly indicating continued use post war, or even a later collector. Overall, a Nice Displaying Pattern of 1857, U.S. Cartridge Box ! [ L.L. ]
$350 plus shipping SOLD
Excellent U.S. Army Marked Razor & Paper Board Case Dating from 1821 to 1852.
Here is an Excellent “United States Army Razor” and Original Case ! Manufactured bt the Company of Wade, Wingfield, & Rowbotham, the firm only used that exact name from 1821 to 1852, so this razor is at least 170 years old, and could be even older than that. The blade is in fairly good condition with nicely legible maker’s mark, and still opens and closes properly. The Horn handles are also in very good condition, with one side having been neatly incised with the words, “United States Army Razor.”The razor fits nicely in its original unmarked paper board case which is also still in very good condition. Though I found several Wade, Wingfield, & Rowbotham razors on the internet, there were no others marked for U.S. Army use, so I suspect this may be an uncommon example. A Fine Displaying Pre-Civil War United States Army Razor & Case !