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  • Civil War Navy POW Carved Powder Horn ID'd Paymaster George W. Simmons USS Clifton Sabine Pass Texas

    Our Price: $ 3,500 

    Civil War Navy POW Carved Powder Horn ID'd Paymaster George W. Simmons USS Clifton Sabine Pass Texas.

    Near dawn, on the morning of September 8, 1863, a Union flotilla crept up river with the purpose of invading and occupying Texas. Prior to the Battle of Sabine Pass, there was little action for the Confederate forces. Some of the officers occupying the area were sent there as punishment. To combat boredom, soldiers practiced firing rounds at range markers placed in the river. Their adept shooting served them well and thwarted the four Union gunboats and seven troop transports. Their victory resulted in the capture of 300 Union prisoners and two gunboats. One of the gunboats captured was the USS Clifton which is depicted in detail on this horn.

    George W. Simmons is listed in a number publications related to the Harvard Class of 1861. One was published in July 20, 1864 where he is noted as being prisoner in Texas with 'Hopes soon to be exchanged. Another, called 'the fifth report' with sketches of Harvard Graduates, class of 1861, published in 1892. George Washington Simmons Jr, of Boston, was born July 4, 1839. Completing his studes in Europe and the Holy Land.  June 10, 1863 he sailed on USS Clifton as acting assistant paymaster and was taken prisoner September 8, 1863, with most of the Clifton's officers and crew, at the Battle of Sabine Pass. He was sent to Houston, Texas, and afterward to Shreveport, La, where he escaped, only to be recaptured within 75 miles of the Union lines. He was taken back to Shreveport, then back to Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas. His service is also listed in 'The Harvard Graduates Magazine' of September, 1911. 'taken prisoner and confined till March, 1865; exchanged; resigned, June 14, 1865.'

    After Simmons was exchanged one of his drawings of the interior of Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas was made into a woodcut and published in the March 4, 1865 issue of 'Harper's Weekly'. Simmons must have had some artistic ablility and it is quite likely that Simmons carved his own horn.

    After the Civil War, in 1874 he and his father established G.W. Simmons & Son at Oak Hall in Boston. After Simmons Sr. death the business continued. G.W. Simmons & Co. advertisement appears in 'The United States Army and Navy Journal and Gazette of the United States', March 14th, 1896 describes the business as "Manufacturers of Uniforms and Equipment for Army, Navy, Revenue Marine Service, National Guard, Military Colleges, Band and Drum Corps." Indeed his business was among the more prolific military outfitters of the late 19th century. On Feb. 22, 1898 Simmons died of gun shot wounds to the chest in Nahant, Ma. and was buried in Forest Hill.

    His powder horn is very large, nicely curved size, overall approx. 22 in. Finely curved wooden face with fancy acorn carved motif at its top. Very nicely and specially carved wide octagon spout, with original fancily carved removable wooden plug that is still affixed to the horn with original narrow iron chain.

    The carving style is typical of other examples made at Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas. The center of the powder horn features three very large lines in quite fancy, upper and lowercase, block lettering, G.W.S. JR. / Sept. 8th, 1863 / Sabine Pass, and below the Sabine Pass marking, an open branch and leaf with floral motif. Lower section of horn features a very large, rather crude (but original) illustration of an American naval vessel that is identical to period illustrations of the USS Clifton (side paddlewheel steamer type) with a long flowing narrow American flag flying at top of the rear mast and a larger American flag flying on pole at extreme stern, with a cannon barrel just behind it and another cannon facing forward at its extreme bow.

    Provenance: Estate of Norm Flayderman

    Condition:

    Light surface wear, few scratches. 

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  • Fine 2nd Model Lemat Grapeshot Revolver

    Our Price: $26,500

    Very Fine 2nd Model Lemat Grapeshot Revolver. Serial number 1318. This is a beautiful original example of the standard production Confederate contracted LeMat grape-shot revolver retaining much original finish. Standard production Paris guns, often called 2nd Models, feature some improvements made by LeMat that worked the best after service in the field by Confederates in the field reporting problems in the early Civil War years. This gun still retains the reciprocating pin system for turning cylinder which would eventually be changed to the cog & ratchet system. (note: previous lot SN 1309 is the earliest noted gun with a experimental cog & ratchet). The revolver has the distinctive LeMat 9-shot cyl. 42 caliber rifled bbl with smooth bore ‘grape-shot’ 18 ga bbl for firing buckshot. Top bbl flat is engraved “Col. LeMat Bte s.g.d.g. Paris” which is the typical address on standard production revolvers.

    Wiley Sword in his text Firepower From Abroad notes that probably only the first 1450 LeMats made it to the Confederacy in time for the Gettysburg Campaign. If that is the case this would have been one of the last shipments to make it through blockade for the major 1863 and 1864 Campaigns of the Civil War. LeMat revolvers were prized by their Confederate owners (and Yankee capturers too). Many notable Confederate Generals and Officers were known to have carried these unique weapons. Almost certainly the most popular side-arm of the Civil War then and now.

    This is very fine example, all matching with fine aesthetics and high finish. Original bright blue finish is retained on about 50% of gun, balance of surface is mottled plum/gray with some staining, scratches and other minor cosmetic blemishes. Gun appears 100% original, authentic and matching. Serial number 1318 was found on barrel, shotgun barrel, loading arm & loading arm screw, plunger, cleaning rod, cylinder, frame, trigger, frame pin, each grip and grip screw. Mechanics are fine, bright well discerned shotgun and rifled bores.


     

  • Fine Original Confederate Leech & Rigdon Revolver

    Our Price: $19,500

    Fine Original Confederate Leech & Rigdon Revolver. Serial number 597. Caliber 36. This revolver was made under contract from the Confederate States government in Greensboro, GA in 1863. It conforms to other Leech & Rigdon’s with 7-1/2″ round barrel with octagonal barrel housing, marked on top flat “LEECH & RIGDON CSA”.  Condition is quite nice for a Confederate revolver.

    PROVENANCE: Ex-Ted Meredith Collection, 1980; Pictured on pg 24 “ASAC Bulletin”, #72, May 1995; Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton.

    Very good overall condition, all matching. Everything normally Serial numbered is numbered and numbers all discernible. Numbers are found on barrel, arbor, frame, trigger guard, backstrap, loading arm, latch, wedge, cylinder and penciled inside grips. Maker’ mark is especially crisp and discernible. Metal is grey/plum, smooth overall with traces of original finish in protected areas and scattered areas of staining and pitting. Grips are sound and well fit with light edge wear, hand worn patina, small chip on inside left toe. Good mechanics, clean, crisp bore with light pitting. This revolver has had several professional conserved screws and the latch is an apparent restoration though properly numbered.


     

  • Rare and Unusual Confederate Cavalry Saber

    Our Price: $7500

    This Rare and Unusual Confederate Cavalry Saber is thought by some authorities to be a Tennessee or Texas made sword. At any rate this pattern is rarely encountered and this is a fine, complete, virtually untouched example.

    The form of the hilt is the most unusual and visually striking feature of this sword. It has long, sweeping lines. The pommel is upswept at the rear instead of downward like most other American swords. Also note the unusual form of the quillon and the overall thinness of the crossguard. Metal scabbard is typical of other Confederate swords having copper/brass mounting rings and throat. The most unusual feature of the scabbard is the very large blade of the drag. The blade is consistent in construction to other known examples, having an unusual very rudimentary stopped fuller.

    Condition of this sword is attic mint. Hilt has no bends or repairs. Leather wrap and single strand copper wire are 100% original and complete. 1/2 of original leather washer is present and there is no play. Scabbard is virtually dent free. The ring of the upper mount is an iron replacement from its time of use. 33 inch blade with old sharpening marks and patina staining.

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