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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.

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R428      Model 1855 Springfield Pistol Carbine with and matching stock NRA EXC, fine example with bright metal, crisp marks and bright shiny bore.  Stock has beautiful red color and has been varnished with sharp edges and no residual cartouches.  Assembly # 15 occurs on butt.  Matching barrel and lock dates of 1855, other markings are crisp and fine. Butt stock matches condition overall of gun with matching assembly #15............ $7,500







R427   REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY .44 caliber percussion SN#47086, Very famous Civil War military revolver with a perfect bore! Very famous Civil War military revolver! Metal is exc. to mint with approx. 50% orig. blue; cylinder damaged over time from use and storage; about 40% to 50% is still on barrel and 50% still on the loading lever beneath barrel. Where metal is fading it is mixing with some patches of age brown, minor pitting and blemishes. The walnut grips are mint condition with perfect inspector marks, all markings and mechanically perfect but missing screws at trigger guard and damage to barrel. (F#5E-015) $4,500



R426      EXCELLENT TO MINT CONDITION “MANHATTAN FIRE ARMS CO.” .36 CALIBER 5 SHOT PERCUSSION REVOLVER.  “Series “MANHATTAN FIRE ARMS CO.III” type. All matched serial numbers 29049.  4 inch octagon barrel with 99% original bright blue finish remaining; about 100% original  casehardening colors very visible on frame with colors showing some fading out but still fairly nice .  Although no finish visible on cylinders, the cylinder engraving and all the various scenes on cylinder are perfect.  CYLINDER ENGRAVING AND ALL THE VARIOUS SCENES ON CYLINDER ARE PERFECT.  100% orig. silver finish on backstrap and triggerguard.  All metal is mint. Walnut grips mint.  Markings and mechanically perfect.  (F#5C-013)…..$2,950..... and now just $2,250






R425 - CONFEDERATE RICHMOND ARSENAL “SHORT MUSKET” BROUGHT HOME AS A WAR SOUVENIR BY A UNION ARMY SOLDIER. An interesting & completely authentic specimen utilizing a Union Army .58 caliber Model 1861 percussion musket barrel, stock and triggerguard with Confederate made brass butt plate and iron barrel bands and nose cap on forend. Barrel shortened to 34 inches with an iron front sight / bayonet stud correctly replaced and a crude, open type large brass rear sight (which was obviously affixed to it during its time of use and with its originally equipped, classic Confederate Richmond Arsenal “high hump” lock plate with authentic markings “C.S. / RICHMOND, VA.” dated “1863”. Markings exc. (original barrel marks at breech only faintly visible). Normal aging and wear to metal; overall brown patina; pitting very minor, mostly blemishes of very faint patches on lock and barrel; a tiny bit heavier at nipple area.  Mechanically exc+. Full stock is 3 band fastened (not the usual 2 band as seen on most arsenal shortened C.S. muskets). Stock obviously from Model 1861 U.S. musket and C.S. Arsenal / Contractor shortened during its period of use (observable only when removing mid-barrel band & it is perfectly matched in wear and patina. Shows smooth aging and wear consistent with the metal is vg+; just a small very narrow chip (about an inch) out aheadCONFEDERATE RICHMOND ARSENAL “SHORT MUSKET” of the trigger guard & a small one on the underside of the forend just below the lower barrel band. A few key features which attest to its original Confederate manufacture and assembly are the authentic perfectly fitted brass butt plate (unmarked) and the noticeably, very off-center marking “U” on the upper barrel band, the lack of any “U” marking on the mid-band (both typical Confederate assembled features) and the iron tip of the forend is screw fastened (instead of rivet-fastening as on U.S. models; see page 604 of the classic guide to these altered C.S. muskets in “Confederate Rifles and Muskets” by Murphy & Madaus). Last, but not least: Handsomely inletted on the right side, center of butt stock, is a large brass plate (with some of its original nickel finish remaining, but showing much aging and wear) handsomely and professionally inscribed in large initials “F.C.P.” Although no documentation accompanies this, the musket was actually acquired in the 1950’s in Massachusetts from descendants of Ferdinand C. Poree who fought with the 30’th Regiment of Mass. Vol. Infantry. He enlisted Nov., 1861 rose quickly to Sgt. & commissioned 2’nd Lieut. Nov., 1862, serving the entire war as lieutenant. Outfit saw much active service and action in Louisiana; Port Hudson; Sabine Pass Expedition and much more. The large engraved brass plate in the stock undoubtedly put on when the piece was loaned to a G.A.R. post for lengthy display or other post-war exhibit in which Lieut. Poree later participated. Authentic & not a modern “creation” from spare parts!...$4,750  SOLD



R424      SUPERB CONDITION U.S. MODEL 1817 ORIGINAL FLINTLOCK RIFLE (a.k.a. “COMMON RIFLE,”) an official Gov’t term to distinguish it from the breech-loading flintlock Hall Patent rifle.  Shows almost no use or wear.  Barrel retains nearly all (at least 95%) of its original brown finish, distinctly visible; wearing a bit thin with some tiny rust blemishes, but pitting negligible all caused merely by storage; with a gentle surface cleU.S. MODEL 1817 ORIGINAL FLINTLOCK RIFLEaning it will come up much brighter.  .54 caliber with the bore rifling exc+. (requires just a good scouring from near two centuries of storage).  Light surface rusting on lock; will clean exc. (some very, very fine pitting to surface, but all markings are sharp and exc.+ “N. STARR & SON / MIDD’TN CONN / 1843.”  STOCK IS EXC. TO MINT showing almost no wear at all.  Perfect, deep, sharp inspector markings; just a few minor storage bruises.  The large, oval iron patch box retains much of its original brown finish light and mixing with an age brown, but distinct; requires just some fine surface cleaning (for rust blemishes) to bring it out better. Much original brown finish still visible on the other iron mountings could also use some light surface cleaning.  Original brass tipped ramrod.  An important early American military rifle in a condition seldom encountered or available!  (F#9A-246)….$9,500


R423  Less then 100 of these extremely rare Transition Model Plant Mfg. Co., front loading, cup-primed “Army” revolvers were made.  (Circa mid-1860’s.)  A large, heavyweight piece 10½ inches overall.  Caliber .42.  Six inch oct. ribbed barrel; flat iron frame having the contours of the third model but the front of the Transition Model Plant frame and the barrel lug retaining the longer shape of the Second Model.  Just very light wear.  Considerable traces original blue finish (faint, but visible) on barrel and considerable still on the left sideplate with substantial traces original blue on cylinder with traces elsewhere as well.  Mostly light age brown.  Some very faint surface blemishes, but would rate metal as exc. and even better.  All markings, mechanically exc. + but missing center pin..  Rosewood grips exc.  Serial No. 585 (F# 8A-111.5)…$1,450




R422 RARE AMERICAN FLINTLOCK MARTIAL PISTOL CIRCA 1830’s.  The initial reaction by many knowledgeable AMERICAN FLINTLOCK MARTIAL PISTOLcollectors and dealers alike on viewing this rare variant, early handgun perceived it to be merely a standard U.S. Model 1836 flintlock pistol on which someone, for reasons unknown had replaced the original lock with one from a U.S. Navy Model 1826 “EVANS” pistol, (both very similar in appearance and size).  HOWEVER, A CLOSE ANALYSIS CLEARLY INDICATES THAT WAS NOT THE CASE, AT ALL!  The lock fits perfectly in place and is merely marked in center “EVANS” (which are not the markings to be found on the Navy Model 1826) which are stamped in two lines “W. L. EVANS / V. FORGE” with a date and “USN” at its rear). Hence the lock is not merely an inspected or re-used lock from a U.S. contract pistol (i.e. USN Model 1826). The balance of the pistol resembles it is classic M1836 style; however, the only markings on the barrel are inspector markings (deeply stamped) in small letters “N.W.P.” (of U.S. inspector Nahun? W. Patch) with no other armory proof marks or “U.S.” markings.  Wm L. Evans to fabricate this specimen for AMERICAN MILITIA USE.  For further substantiation and support of this conclusion the collector is urged to refer to “Historic Pistols:  The American Martial Flintlock 1760-1845” (by Smith & Bitter) page 292-3 showing an Evans FL Militia pistol with a military lock (lightly varied style than this) marked only almost identically “EVANS.”  SEE ALSO “American Military Shoulder Arms; Vol. 2” by Moller pages 329-330 with discussion of W. L. Evans use of military pistol locks on militia muskets.  CONDITION:  overall would rate as about exc. Metal with just smooth wear has overall very very light pitting on barrel (will clean much better) and even lighter on lock (mostly on a few patches) both the lock markings “EVANS” and those three inspector markings on barrel are exc.+.  Mechanically exc. (appears only that possibly the main spring and the sear spring were replaced in more recent years).  The stock is exc. just light even wear markings. Complete with ramrod and swivels…and it is definitely original flintlock…$2,450




R421 MINT LIKE NEW CONDITION DETACHABLE SHOULDER STOCK FOR SMITH & WESSON large single action “New Model No. 3” Single Action revolver.  Mint/new condition as will ever be found.  Walnut stock mint.  Nickel finish on the mountings mint.  Hard DETACHABLE SHOULDER STOCK FOR SMITH & WESSONrubber butt plate with “SW” monogram mint.  Still in its original green pasteboard factory box with original bright orange “Smith & Wesson” label clearly marked “EXTENSION 44 STOCK / SINGLE ACTION. NICKEL.”  Label perfect.  Box exc.+; however, the green soft covering although all intact in exc. spotted and faded/stained throughout (probably damp staining and all it needs to be is restained or tint with a dark green coloring to match which should not be difficult to accomplish). Box very very sound (Note: Stock is NF “Guide” No. 5G-141.8 specifically intended for use with models 5G-125 through 5G-141)……$2,500





R420   UNIQUE CONFEDERATE RIFLE AND THE ONLY KNOWN INSTANCE IN WHICH A BREECH-LOADING WEAPON WAS OFFICIALLY CHANGED TO A MUZZLE-LOADER AND ACTUALLY ISSUED FOR MILITARY USE!  Always known to be of Confederate origin they were believed (by earlier researchers) to have been assembled from parts captured at Harper’s Ferry in 1861 and altered by J. B. Barrett of Wytheville, Virginia.  Subsequent extensive research has proven these unusual conversions were actually made from full flintlock and percussion Hall breech-loading rifles and carbines already in Virginia arsenals at the outbreak of the Civil War and ALTERED BY N. T. READ AND J. T. WATSON OF DANVILLE, VIRGINIA IN 1862-1863 for Virginia State Troops.  The story is best told in great detail with fine detailed photos in the classic reference Confederate Rifles and Muskets” by Murphy and Madaus (1996).

REMARKABLE CONDITION, PARTICULARLY FOR A CONFEDERATE FIREARM!  This READ AND WATSON percussion READ AND WATSON percussion rifle rifle shows almost no wear or use!  It does well exhibit its antiquity and gives every evidence that it has never been cleaned, nor otherwise disturbed in any manner since the last day it might have seen service in the Civil War!  It may possibly be due to the one crack in the stock that has had a single screw repair at the wrist that can easily be redone and corrected by a competent gunsmith.  It is fascinating to learn that of all the many variants recorded of these rare Confederate rifles, that this specimen matches identically the dimensions of nearly every part to that “TYPE I” rifle described on pages 584-585 of “Confederate Rifles and Muskets,” having the same 32 ⅝ inch barrel; .54 caliber with the first 1 ¾ inches smooth bore and the balance of that barrel being identical “polygroove / micro-rifling.”  Also both rear and open type sight and front sight are “offset to the left” as typical of their original Hall rifle origins.  Only markings ever observed is the small, deep stamped inspector markings “NWP” (of the original U.S. Government inspector of the Hall rifled barrels) as is correct.  The rifle has the “TYPE I” brass breech block and the centrally-positioned iron breech plug into which the nipple is screwed.  The breech block is also cast integral with a brass tang which extends two thirds length of the wrist.  The metal has a very deep overall smooth, even age brown patina (almost looks like original browned finish and possibly even is that) with a crust of some dry surface rusting and hardened grime for over 150 years of storage.  It will clean exc. and even better; pitting if any, will be very minor; does not show hard wear or use at all; most pitting, if any, will strictly be on the extreme (octagon) breech end of that barrel and around hammer and nipple area only.  Mechanically exc.  FULL STOCK also does not show wear and is consistent with the metal and easily rated as exc., if not better.  Has had a clean crack through at wrist and a very old screw repair at the tang to keep it from splitting apart.  Also small chip at the end of the tang where repaired and could use a competent gunsmith to better it; (the single fault it has and easily corrected).  Stock is correctly fashioned made for this particular model with the forend made in two sections (as mentioned in the Murphy-Madaus book). All three original iron barrel bands are intact (just the simply replaced iron pins are lacking, but those three bands are absolutely original to it).  Ramrod only lacking. These Confederate Hall conversions from breech-loader to muzzle-loader were as unique in American military history as they were fascinating! Genuine firearms curiosa, as well as unexpected Civil War artifacts and Confederate rarities. Specimens are seldom seen available on the collectors’ marketplace. The example described here (F#10 – 025) is the very best we are aware of… and certainly the finest it has ever been our pleasure to own and make available!... $17,500


R419     IT WAS THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE FAMOUS MARLIN FIREARMS AND JOHN MARLIN’S INTRODUCTION INTO THAT VERY http://www.flayderman.com/images/r403a_000.jpgBUSINESS! 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………$1,450





MARIETTE BREVETER418 With exceptional quality, original relief carved walnut grips.  Four barrel, ring trigger “MARIETTE BREVETE” SN 100 (well marked) percussion under hammer pepperbox.  Cluster of four individual, round 3 ½ inch screw barrels; large .40 caliber each.  (Barrels individually numbered on breech; Liege proof marks.)  Delicately scroll and floral engraved frame and back strap.  Much traces of the original browned damascus-like (twist) finish still visible.  Lightest wear, with nice overall age brown patina; metal is exc. +; Few rust blemishes, but all minor.  Markings AND mechanically exc. +.  The grips are  extremely fine with high relief carved, bold leaf-like motifs filling the lower butt sections; the upper sections fine delicately checkered panels; grips exc…the carved grips are a rare feature seldom encountered on pepperboxes…$900








R417       STANDARD U.S. CAVALRY ISSUE IN PRE-CIVIL WAR AND EARLY CIVIL WAR YEARS:  U.S. MODEL 1842 PERCUSSION SINGLE U.S. MODEL 1842 PERCUSSION SINGLE SHOT PISTOLSHOT PISTOL UNDOUBTEDLY THIS SPECIMEN AMONG THE VERY LAST OF THEM MADE AND ISSUED BEARING DATE OF MANUFACTURER “1855.”  .54 caliber; 8 ½ inch round barrel; 14 ½ inches overall.  Showing smooth even aging and wear, metal probably lightly surface cleaned years ago and is about exc. with some small patches of very fine surface pitting.  Markings and mechanically exc.+ “U.S./I. N. JOHNSON/MIDD’TN, CONN/1855.”  Smooth very even aging and wear to the walnut stock (vg+) with slightest short surface splinter just ahead of lock; faintly visible inspector markings.  All brass mountings.  Complete with original iron ramrod and swivels.  (F#6A-042) ……………………………………………………..$795  SOLD




R415      HANDSOME ORIGINAL FLINTLOCK “KENTUCKY” FULL-STOCK (RAISED CARVED) RIFLE BY PROMINENT YORK COUNTY, PENNA. RIFLESMITH.  Fine original condition.  A very graceful, long (59 inches overall) specimen of this famed indigenous early American rifle.  Long 43 ½ inch octagon barrel marked in script along top of barrel “A. ALTLAatland kentucky rifleND” of the notable family of York County riflemakers  .50 caliber deeply rifled bore.  Metal shows only very light normal wear with an even overall age brown patina.  Just the most minor patches of very fine pitting (most of it around breech end of barrel at touchhole area).  Metal markings and mechanically exc. (especially for a Kentucky rifle!).  Very handsome, full slender tiger striped/curly maple stock showing just smooth, light wear consistent with metal (and for a Kentucky rifle, exc+.!  Very delicate, typical Altman family style, relief carving around barrel tang and also wrist right side of stock with a  large matching, fancy panel on left butt stock.  All in a delicate scroll and floral type patterns very similar to the three examples shown in Kindig’s “Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle.”  Brass mountings with very fancy and engraved large patch box with leaf vine and scroll designs (matching engraved brass toe plate as well).  Patch box and script identical to that illus. in Kindig’s book Fig. No. 136 with fancy engraved sideplate about identical (with fancier engraving) to Kindig No. 135.  Oval silver inlay at wrist.  Weight 11 pounds.  There is also an incised carving on the underside of the forend by the lower ramrod pipe.




The Altman family very well known and respected makers of the early 19’th century of York County.  In describing and illustrating rifles by that family, it’s significant to recall that in Kindig’s classic work on the rifle he specifically mentions with his illustration of a rifle by Andrew Altman that is about identical to the example offered here, that it was a particularly “…very fine rifle”…as is this handsome specimen….....$24,500

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R401      SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS BEDFORD COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA, RELIEF CARVED, FULL STOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE BY A FAMOUS MAKER SPECIFICALLY NOTED FOR HIS SLENDER RIFLES WITH BEAUTIFULLY PROPORTIONED LOCKS AND HAMMERS WHICH ARE ALL EXEMPLIFIED ON THIS ORIGINAL FULL STOCK RELIEF CARVED PERCUSSION EXAMPLE OF HIS DISTINCTIVE OUTSTANDING WORK.  One of the leading makers of Bedford County!  “He excelled all others in the exquisite grace of his hammers and the slender lines of his stocks are outstanding.”  As is noted in the book “The Bedford County Rifle and its Makers” (1973).  And this particular rifle is certainly a superb example of that quality of grace and slender lines!  Particularly in the distinctive long narrow classic Defibaugh lock and his distinctive (if not unique) outstandingly graceful hammer!  38 inch octagon barrel boldly inscribed in script “W. DEFIBAUGH” with a matching large script “W.D.” on the lock.  Barrel has a .42 caliber rifled bore (about exc.).  Metal has an overall, very deep, smooth even, age brown patina showing normal wear and would rate exc. with some minor light pitting mostly around the breech at nipple.  Markings are exc.; mechanically all intact.  It weights approx. 10 pounds. Might need some minor adjustment to operate correctly; double set triggers only need some change to operate correctly.  Rifle is also immediately identifiable as that by Defibaugh by its long, slender and very delicate full, curly maple stock with the pronounced, deep, close, tiger stripe grain showing just smooth even aging and wear and is in exc. condition!  An old, very clean crack across wrist has been soundly mended and with some very minor attention can be made imperceptible.  Stock has the classic Defibaugh workmanship showing its highly desirable, profuse high relief fancy carving filling much of left side of butt stock and a relief carved section ahead of lock on each side of the combA large oval, silver inlay on cheekrest is engraved with a very quaint, early style of  American eagle and shield; 2 other silver, tear shaped and an oval silver inlay at the wrist.  Handsome, large brass patchbox with bold scroll engraving (appears to have been some later repairs or "improvements" to the brass inlays on each side of patch box "door" and the brass strip on the underside of the buttstock (all correctly done).  This rifle is wonderful forexhibiting the exact and specific  features for which this historic and famous Pennsylvania "Kentucky Rifle Maker" was noted !!  and amazingly it's on sale $15,000





R410- MATCHED PAIR OF SMITH & WESSON REVOLVERS IN EXTREMELY RARE DOUBLE CASING ! Originally sold to a famous British firearms maker and dealer who in turn cased the pair and sold them to an ennobled Maharajah of India and whose personal markings appear on the gun and the case. Matched models No. 1½, Second Issue revolvers, caliber .32RF with 3½ inch round / ribbed barrels. Serial Nos. 50357 and 50495. Barrels and cyls each with tiny British proofs. Beautifully engraved along backstrap of each revolver "E. M. REILLY & CO. LONDON." Each gun in superb (and matched) condition (one retains 99 percent overall orig. bright blue; the other also 99 percent orig. bright blue on barrel and frame; cylinder about 90 percent plus; few spots blue flaked and mixing with age brown, but most still bright). Each gun engraved with a two letter Hindu marking on left frame just above the grip. Rosewood grips lightest wear, but exc. to mint. All case colors still visible on hammers just a bit light in spots. Markings, mechanically perfect. CASED IN A VERY RARE, ORIGINAL, FINE QUALITY WALNUT BOX WITH FANCY INSET BRASS CORNERS AND EDGES. Large fancy brass plaque in center with two letter Hindu engraved marking. Case exc. Original green bays fitted lining with some fading and showing normal aging and few worn spots inside, but sound. Original fancy label on inner lid "REILLY, GUN MAKER / NEW OXFORD STREET, LONDON" with design of their four storybuilding and store. Label also announces: "LARGE ASSORTMENTS ALWAYS READY FOR INDIA AND EMIGRANTS TO ALL PARTS OF THE UNIVERSE." Some penned Hindu letters in the upper corner of the label: *Also accompanying are three old red tags each imprinted: "NURAJ INDIA PVT. LTD." evidently a gun store or registry of India and penned entries (fading and worn) of these exact guns. This pair was sold with many items from the estate of that Maharajah at Sotheby’s and are shown in their catalog of May, 1974. A rare set…...$7,500.





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


E895 UNIQUE DOUBLE SHEATHING OF TWO HUGE, HEAVY "JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS / SHEFFIELD" MARKED BOWIE KNIVES. Each also marked with identical panels along the backs of their blades "W.H. MAY - ALERT." Reason for the odd combination in the single sheath is unknown, but it is obvious they were custom fitted during their period of manufacture and use, circa 1870s-1880s. W.H. MAY likely RODGERS' dealer who ordered them or the customer for whom they were made. The larger of the two Bowies (Left) a massive 18 inches overall. A thick, heavy, slightly upward curved 12 inch single edge, clip point blade; 4- inch false edge. Weighs 2 pounds. Marked in large letters parallel to the blade "FOREST KING." Ricasso marked "Double Shear / Steel." Large reinforced type elliptical german silver crossguard; thick, dark wood grips fastened by 5 pins. The second Bowie (right) is 15 inches overall; with semi-spear point, single edge 10-inch straight blade; 4 inch false edge. Unique leather covered handle contemporary to use, displays excellent craftsmanship; same pointed elliptical german silver crossguard. Two-piece stag angler grips. Circular piercing at pommel of each knife. Original, unique brown leather sheath also displays fine craftsmanship; wide belt loop intact. These Bowies are shown on page 190 in "The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend.".......$6,500

















E894 CONFEDERATE BOWIE measures 17 in overall with blade just under 11” and leather scabbard as shown in picture.  Bowie is overall VG-Fine with blade with old sharpening and cleaning the blade, the name "JQAN. Co. B  53d M.V.D."  deeply  carved in grips is that of Mass. soldier researched to be "John Q. A. Nutting" of the 53rd regiment Massachusetts  Volunteer Infantry Company B  who  likely captured this knife in Port Hudson, LA. pictured on page 140 (2nd Bowie) in  "The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend"  listed in book as Union, but recent Confederate text shows them to be Confederate.  This knife, like Item E893 (below), pictured on same page is an identical knife but this with beautiful folk art carving …………………$7,800


E893   CONFEDERATE BOWIE measures 17 in. overall with blade just over 11 ½” and tarred leather scabbard with riveted belt loop.  Bowie is overall VG-Fine with blade being nicely polished.  Exact Bowie pictured on page 140 (1st Bowie) in  "The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend" listed in the book as Union, but recent Confederate text shows it to be Confederate Bowie.  This and the above Bowie would be an attention grabbing pair for your collection ….…..$3900





E892  MASSIVE AMERICAN CLIP POINT BOWIE KNIFE measuring almost 17 in. with blade just over 11.5” long, blade is 5/16 thick and blade is about 2 in. wide.  Pinned hardwood slabs with fluted design, simple oval iron cross-guard with accompanying brass mounted scabbard with embossed lines, this knife is pictured as the large knife (third from left) on pg. 341 in "The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend". This large American knife is quite possibly made by an American surgical tool maker as it is similar in style to known Bowies  by Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore instrument makers.  The grip is quite distinctive with ribbed but not cross hatched surface....$3,900


E891 A rare American maker purchased after the publication of his book is this simply styled yet extremely well and professional made American Bowie by New York City makers circa 1850’s-1860’s. Very fine overall condition showing very little wear. 12 ¾ inches overall with 8 inch single edge blade with a pronounced clip point and a sharpened 4 inch false edge. Blade is exc. to almost mint. Brass hilt retains 95% of its original gilt finish and is exc. + with a deep fluted shell shaped wide pommel. Tapered black ebony or black walnut grips all exc. +. Minor narrow scratch on reverse side. Fine authentic three line markings stamped on the underside of the cross guard “GOULDING & FORD / FULTON STREET / NEW YORK.” Original very sturdily made thick black leather, form fitted sheath with the overlaid tip also in matching leather. Original scabbard and frog are cartouched “S.W. SILVER & CO, LONDON” Still affixed is the original leather belt frog (with which to attach to a waist belt). Known as sword makers as well as “Cutlers and Surgical Instrument Makers” the company was first known between 1850 and 1855 as “Wm. R. Goulding” and also known during those same years as “Goulding & Co.” as late as 1866. This is the only specimen so marked that I have yet encountered.... $5,200  SOLD





E890 S.A. WALKER, this Bennington, VT made knife is unmarked, though no doubt a WALKER product .... as pictured in "The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend "As 2nd knife pg, 131 accompanying brass mounted scabbawalker vermont Bowie kniferd, possibly orig. to its time of use as blade is in relatively fine cond. with old tool marks with pitting and staining and some old sharpening, VG overall condition, This VERMONT-MADE CIVIL WAR BOWIE KNIFE, made by Silas A. Walker, a farmer and part-time blacksmith "....made for Company A, also known as Bennington Rifles, under contract"  (article The Gun Report July 1973 "The Bennington Knife") a copy will accompany Bowie.  13 ½ inches overall, single edge 8 ½ inch clip-point blade; 4½ inch false edge.  One piece round wood grips with thick ruggedly contructed, cast brass crossguard and matching dome shaped brass pommel.  Thick stiched edge, leather sheath with brass reinforced mounts.....$3,750


E888      Mint condition etching fills the exc. to mint condition 7 ½ inch clip point single edge blade of this circa 1850-60’s bowie knife bladeCutlery Bowie fills entire full length of the obverse side with very large flying American eagle with upraised wings in center over flowing banner with motto “DRAW ME NOT IN HASTE” large four line fancy panel filling the lower third with motto “WE ASK FOR NOTHING BUT WHAT IS RIGHT…AND SUBMIT TO NOTHING THAT IS WRONG” with section nearest ricasso and the tip both with fancy etched scroll work.  Blade has few tiny spots, blemishes and very very fine pitting almost exclusively on the reverse side only.  Ricasso marked “Best English Cutlery.”  German silver fancy relief designed cutlery style handle and elliptical shape german silver cross guard all exc.+.  Shows no wear or use, blade never sharpened; the etching goes right to the very edge of the blade (due to the manner in which the blade was originally ground / shaped).  Accompanied with original black leather sheath with gold embossed borders and fancy gold embossed design in center; some scuffing to surface only, but very sound will clean exc. and better; german silver mounts (lacks just the frog stud).  An excellent example of this cutlery handle style with an especially choice blade……………….$ 2,650


E887 MASSIVE WELL- CRAFTED BY A RHODE ISLAND CUTLER, CIRCA 1840-60.  Large, heavy Bowie knife. 16 inches overall, thick broad (2 inches at widest) 11 inch single edge, clip point blade, 3 ½ inch false edge.  Deeply marked  parallel to blade "SCHMID/PROVIDENCE."  Two-piece, checkered, black walnut grips fastened by three iron pins.  Nicely made elliptical  german silver crossguard with decorative serrations on edges.  Impressive weight of 1 ½ pounds.  Red leather covered wooden sheath with gold embossed edges and center scroll; german silver mounts.  Illustrated in "American Knives", Peterson, 1958 where cutler was misidentified as "Sommis".  Also pictured in "The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing and American Legend" on page  328...... $15,000 







E886 FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLE OF 1849 U.S. ISSUE KNIFE MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR A U.S. "REGIMENT OF Ames riflemen bowieMOUNTED RIFLEMEN."  One thousand contracted for in 1848 from noted American sword manufacturers.  18 - inch overall, 12 - inch single edge, spear point blade marked on obverse ricasso "AMES MFG CO./CABOTVILLE/1849."  Reverse ricasso marked "U.S." over inspector initials "W.D." and "J.W.R.". Walnut handle fastened to tang by three steel pins.  Leather sheath with brass mounts.  Exact Bowie pictured in "The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend" on page 176. ………..$15,500






E881 IT’S UNIQUE AS A DOUBLE ANTIQUE BOWIE KNIFE RARITY!  MADE BY A FAMOUS AMERICAN FIREARMS AND SWORD COMPANY DURING CIVIL WAR YEARS   HISTORICALLY INSCRIBED TO A AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SOLDIER. This fascinating brass hilt Civil War period American Bowie knife has been quite definitely identified as a product of the AMES MANUFACTURING COMPANY OF CHICOPEE, MASS. (very likely the most famous of all 19’th century American firearms and sword makers). Less than a handful of this particular model of Bowie knives have been identified and of those most were apparently presented toames double dog quillons bowie soldiers from regiments of the Chicopee, Mass. area (and possibly even Ames Company) for their Civil War service! A few known specimens are all about identical and there is even a known photograph taken just two years after the Civil War (in 1867) of a civilian hunter in Chicopee, Mass. in 1867 with an identical Bowie knife in his belt! The 10 inch single edge, clip point blade has a 3 inch sharpened “false” edge. A very neatly shaped panel near the center of the blade has a 2 line etched inscription very professionally and neatly etched “ALBERT B. STEARNS” Panel and etching showing its aging and some wear is all very clear and exc. Pitting at most will be very light. BRASS HILT IS ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE TO THIS AMES BOWIE. The cross guard is not seen on any other American or English or foreign Bowie. Only the handful of Ames Bowies are known with this “signature” guard having each quillon of that crossguard in the full model different shape of a dogs head while the relief center panel of that guard on the obverse side is the relief design of a boar’s head and the panel on the reverse center side of the crossguard is that of a stag’s head. The single piece dark wood grips show their age; smooth even wear and are excellent quality. Neatly and nicely fluted brass cap pommel is exc. ACCOMPANIED WITH its original dark leather sheath in exc. sound condition with original wide brass tip and top mount with frog stud. Original leather belt loops still affixed. ALBERT B. STEARNS was a private in the 46th Mass. Infantry 1862-1863, he saw combat at Goldboro. This Bowie is the identical one illustrated and discussed page 156-157 “The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend.” The serious collector is urged to also check the following books regarding this extremely rare and important American Bowie: “CLASSIC BOWIE KNIVES” by Robert Ables pub. 1967 on page 66 item no. 119 the Ames knife…also “THE AMES SWORD COMPANY 1829-1935” by John D. Hamilton (pub. 1983) page 170 (unmarked Ames-made Bowie knife); and also “THE ANTIQUE BOWIE KNIFE BOOK” by Adams, Voyles & Moss (pub. 1990) pages 86-87. Fine detailed photo of a similar “Ames” Bowie (and also that 1867 photo with huntsman wearing one on his belt). File on Albert B. Stearns showing provenance back to it's publication in Bob Abels prior to 1967 publication and interim owner as well as photostats of his his military records also included...... $22,500




wostenholm push dagger

E885    GAMBLER’S PUSH DAGGER CIRCA EARLY 1860’s BY FAMED SHEFFIELD CUTLER AND MAKER OF BOWIE KNIVES!  7” overall with 4-1/2” double edged, spear point blade; with dark rosewood grip that is 3.5 in. wide and German silver scabbard with leather liner in extremely fine condition,blade exhibits about 80% of its original bright luster Does not show wear, extremely fine condition. Almost 100% of the original bold etched markings fill a large section of the obverse side of blade and are completely intact and are exc+:  “G. WOSTENHOLM &SONS / CELEBRATED I*XL CUTLERY”........$6,800.

wostenholm push dagger












model 1850 foot officers sword E883      U.S. MODEL 1850 FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD AND SCABBARD; the standard sword for all foot officer’s of Infantry, Artillery and Rifleman.  Brass hilt with profuse piercings on the obverse counter guard which is fully decorated with relief scroll and floral designs.  Sharkskin grips show very little wear with few tiny chips near top from storage, but are exc.+ with original wire wrap all intact.  31 inch slightly curved single edge blade shows no wear with light storage blemishes, almost all of which will easily clean, leaving no markings at all; a few only with the most minor of pitting.  The fine etching on both sides of the blade is 100% intact and exc.+ consists of profuse very fancy scroll and floral patterns and American patriotic designs including U.S. shields, flags, mottos, panels of arms and large panel in center with “U.S.”  Ricasso marked with “SOLINGEN” makers name.  Accompanied with original leather sheath; very sound and solid, surface flaky, but will clean nicely.  Brass mountings all intact;  the tip (including the leather at the tip) is broken loose, but is still intact with the scabbard and needs to be repaired (reattached to it), but luckily is still with the sheath.  A specimen worthy of cleaning, polishing and repairing scabbard (additional photos upon request)….…$1,495.

model 1850 foot officers sword



heinisch bowieE877 EXTREMELY RARE NEWARK, NEW JERSEY CUTLER, ROCHUS HEINISCH CIRCA 1850-1865, clip point Bowie has distinctive iron birds head grip measuring 15 ¾” with a 10” blade.   Heinisch was a Newark, NJ cutler, his knives were quite rare. DISTINCTIVELY DESIGNED WITH UNIQUE CAST IRON, RIBBED HANDLES AND IT'S POMMEL IN THE CONTOUR OF AN EAGLE'S BEAK.   ...This exact one is pictured as no. 55 in ABLES, "Classic American Bowie Knife" , also previously part of the Bill Williamson collection and pictured on pg. 324 in "The Bowie Knife; Unsheathing an American Legend".   Knife is in very good - fine overall showing some original luster areas. …$8,200.


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E871     VERY SCARCE SABER BAYONET FOR CIVIL WAR U.S. NAVY MODEL 1863 SPENCER REPEATING .52 CALIBER RIFLE (with lug for bayonet on underside of muzzle).  Brass hilt.  28 ¾ inches overall.  Straight 24 inch, single edge blade with maker marks “S & K” on obverse ricasso and deep marked naval anchor with inspector initials on reverse ricasso and the center of iron cross guard above ricasso.  Bayonet shows just lightest wear and normal aging with a nice, even, age brown patina to the iron and steel.  Any rusting or pitting is negligible; all metal is exc. (and will clean even better!). Not accompanied with sheath. Bayonet identical to that described in “The American Bayonet 1776-1964” by Hardin No. 98; type II.  With less than a thousand of those Spencer rifles ordered by the Navy, and having two variations of bayonets adapted to it, obviously classifies this bayonet as rarity! …………only…$475.

saber bayonet



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!




M897        “SHARPS RIFLE CO. PER E. G. WESTCOTT, V.P.” is the boldly penned signature on this original Nov. 18, 1879 fancy printed check on the “Connecticut National Bank, Bridgeport, made payable to ‘THE LEE ARMS CO.’” in amount of $24.  …And endorsed on the reverse “For deposit [by] the Lee Arms Company by E. G. Westcott, Sec’y” (yes the same fellow who signed the check).  Normal aging, but exc.+; very showy.  After three years of negotiations, Sharps finally acquired Lee Arms in May, 1879.  It is quite possible this check was an internal transfer of money to pay Lee back for the government issuance of the patent for the magazine rifle which had only been assigned to them by U.S. two weeks earlier on Nov. 4th.  Very displayable.  Much about the company and association of the two firms is to be found in “SHARPS RIFLE” by Frank Sellers…$95

M896   Original 1902 “J. STEVENS ARMS AND TOOL COMPANY…CATALOG NO. 50” 126 pages on good quality coated paper stock; 5 x 8 with fine profuse detailed drawings of all their rifles, handguns, shotguns, parts and accessories all intact some aging, minor wear generally exc.+. The original front paper cover has come loose and a piece (about 20 percent) is out in the upper corner which has omitted part of the company name; lacks rear paper cover. Contains a wealth of detail for the collector. The most unusual is the mention on the front cover after listing the varying type of firearms they make is the fact that they are also the manufacturers of the “STEVENS-LURYEA AUTOMOBILES” that’s a product that seems to never have been mentioned about this famous arms company. Sure enough research on the Internet has turned up much about that automobile and Stevens the manufacturer of it (photostats of all that material will accompany catalog)……………………………………………………………………..$75




M895 Most famed American political cartoonist lampoons the Germans, the French and the English for their roles in the Franco-Prussian War:  “THE FIGHT AT DAME EUROPA’S SCHOOL:  Showing How the German Boy Thrashed the French Boy; and How the English Boy Looked On” is the title of this 1871 dated pamphlet with 33 illustrations by the famous THOMAS NAST.  Published, New York; a special “NAST EDITION.”  36 pages; 5 x 7½.  All the wonderful cartoons poke fun at the overbearing subjects, as does the text.  Exc. +.  Original paper covers.  Just few tiny nicks and slight dust mark along one blank border.  Few realized that Nast, as famous as he was for lampooning American politicians was actually born in Germany and that his father not only had fought in a German regiment, but later had to leave Germany for political reasons and then enlisted in the French Navy…thus Thomas had a real axe to grind !..........$55




M894 The very beginnings of a famous American company.  Rare Civil War advertising broadside of military RUBBER GOODS.  Single sheet 6 x 9½; blank reverse.  Large, bold typefaces (some over one inch) in blue ink:  "ARMY AND NAVY EQUIPMENTS....GOODYEAR'S PATENT RUBBER CAMP BLANKETS / KNAPSACKS / HAVERSACKS / CANTEENS / TENTS, gun covers, capes, coats, caps AT THE MANUFACTURER'S STORE GOODYEAR'S ON CHESTNUT STREET" in Philadelphia. Phila. printer's signature.  Showing normal aging; exc +.  Fine Civil War display...... $249



M893          HE ASSASSINATED PRESIDENT GARFIELD JULY 2, 1881 AND WAS LATER HUNG FOR THE DASTARDLY DEED!  Two page boldly penned letter (each blank on reverse) entirely in the hand of CHARLES J. GUITEAU (with fine full autograph signature) from New York April 3, 1868 to his brother-in-law George Scoville (who in later years, while Guiteau was on “death’s row” was his attorney.  At the time he had quit school and joined a controversial religious sect known as the “Oneida Community” in Oneida, N.Y.  Despite the “Free love” aspects of the sect, he was generally rejected during his five years there and was nicknamed “Charles Gitout.”  Leaving the community he attempted to start a newspaper based on that religion but failed returning to Oneida only to leave again and file lawsuits against the community’s founder. This is the time during which this letter to his brother-in-law was written:  “…am real sorry you have anxiety about me. I wrote the [Oneida community] 3 sharp letters in reply to the abusive they wrote me threatening to ruin my character.  I regret writing the letters…they abused me and I felt indignant and wrote on the spur of the moment.  The letters were written to bring that community to a decision [on] my claim…if they [paid it] I should have said nothing…I should have consulted a good lawyer to avoid all appearances of compounding felony but they chose not to recognize the claim”…and more about his views about taking up the study of law as he would “…rather not work for wages.”  Just normal aging.  Exc.+ condition.  One tiny hole at the top of the blank margin not affecting any wording.  A rare insight into the mind of that notorious (and off-the-wall) assassin!..................$ 849 SOLD



M892        THE WAR-TIME GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS AND ELECTED BY GREATEST MAJORITY EVER SEEN IN THAT STATE IN 1860 (4 times re-elected he served to Dec., 1864).  “UNION REPUBLICAN TICKET” bold heading with fancy crossed American flags, eagle and state seal, etc. at top of Civil War era election broadside promoting “FOR GOVERNOR JOHN A. ANDREW OF BOSTON” and Joel Hayden for Lt. Gov. plus other top state officials running for office.  5 x 11; blank on reverse.  Just light aging with partial clean tear on centerfold not affecting wording; fading brown spot near bottom.  Gov. Andrew very influential in the anti-slavery movement; played large role in Lincoln’s nomination for president at Republican convention in 1860 and very influential role RAISING THE FIRST NEGRO REGIMENT FOR U.S. SERVICE FOLLOWING THE EMANCIPATION!...$145





M891       NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTES.  Two political broadsides / circulars.  (1) “PROTECTION AND PROSPERITY…REPUBLICAN TICKET 1886” headline with illus. of N.H. State House & Seal and “FOR GOVERNOR CHARLES H. SAWYER…Rep. in Congress Martin Haynes” with list of other offices campaigning.  5 x 8 ½; blank reverse.  Normal aging, but exc.  (2) Bold, showy heading “PEACE*PROTECTION*PROSPERITY” with designs / illus. of eagle and two different standing female figures of liberty in center panel “1890 REPUBLICAN TICKET” urging election “HIRAM TUTTLE” for Governor and D. A. Taggert for Congress (and other offices).  4 ½ x 8; blank reverse; exc. lightest aging.  Both just.…$55





M890       HE ORDERED A SPORTING RIFLE FROM SHARPS AND WISHED TO ORDER MORE WITH ACCESSORIES.  Neatly penned, single page letter on printed letterhead “Charles Ritzmann & Co. / Dealers and Mfrs. in Guns, Pistols, Ammo, Cutlery / Broadway / New York.” Addressed to SHARPS RIFLE CO.; July 12, 1875. In the hand of and fully signed “Charles L. Ritzmann,” who writes:  “Please send me your list and discount; how much you charge extra to put a pistol stock on an ordinary Sporting rifle.  If I were to order a .40 caliber [rifle] with pistol grip and globe and peep sites with swivels and one set of reloaders?  I have an order for one [from a customer] and shall want more like it. Wish to have your lowest figure.” 6 x 9; blank reverse.  Light aging, exc. (few small notations by Sharps Company about prices in margins)…$89




M888  MAJOR PROTESTANT CHURCHES IN THE NORTH DENOUNCE SLAVERY AND THE CONFEDERACY AND DECLARE SUPPORT OF THE UNION CAUSE!  16 page pamphlet (5 ½ x 8 ½) DATED 1864 boldly titled “CHRISTIANITY VERSUS TREASON AND SLAVERY…RELIGION REBUKING SEDITION.”  Reports the news and decisions of the conventions of ten varied denominations throughout the Union, with each expressing strong patriotic support of the North and their loathing of the South’s treason and slavery! Among the church’s are: the Methodist Episcopal Church; Old School Presbyterian; Baptist; Lutheran; United Presbyterian; Reformed Presbyterian; Congregational; etc.  Light aging; minor usage, but exc.  Makes engrossing reading and affords an intriguing insight into popular Northern feelings about the then ensuing Civil War, seldom read so patriotically phrased elsewhere…$150


M887 HE IS CREDITED WITH ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE AND FAMOUS “EXPRESSIONS” (Orders of Command) OF THE CIVIL WAR:  JOHN A. DIX, as Secretary of U.S. Treasury, with war about to breakout, Jan., 1861, fired off his telegram to his executive officer in New Orleans:…“IF ANYONE ATTEMPTS TO HAUL DOWN THE AMERICAN FLAG, SHOOT HIM ON THE SPOT!”  Dix was later that year 1861 appointed Maj. Gen’l by Lincoln. Beautifully penned single page letter entirely in his hand with fine, large autograph signature New York March 4, 1864, to Mrs. Ames Binney, Chairwoman, for Maryland State Fair held for benefit of U.S. Sanitary and Christian Commission for benefit of Union servicemen.  Writes a pleasure helping her with the noble efforts of the Commission…and of the hardships they are having with the war and in “compromising” with the men of the south who started their rebellion;…“when they are expelled from the country I am confident there will be no obstacle to an honorable settlement with the southern mothers who they have deceived and betrayed.”  Exc. condition... only……$395





M886 -  Spanish Civil War Belt Plate with Belt intact circa 1930's worn by members of the General Franco support troops in Legion Condor.  2¼ x 2½. Shows age, wear and use, but will clean exc. Still affixed to its original thick, wide (2 inches) black leather waist belt with its original brass keeper intact. Leather belt shows much age, wear and use, but is still supple and will clean vg to exc. (just the normal crazing on surface of leather, but not flaking). ……$125




M885       “THE PARKER GUN…Known the World Over as the Old Reliable scarce 1912 shotgun catalog.  Considered among the most handsome and largest ever issued by the Parker brothers of Meriden, Connecticut with “New York Salesrooms at No. 32 Warren St.”  32 pages on fine quality coated paper stock; 7 ½ x 8 ½.  Fine detailed photographically illustrated with all models, details and prices of each plus page illustrating (and prices) of “Ejector Parts.”  Original red and black stiff paper covers.  All exc.+…………………………………………………….$159




M884       Graphic and descriptive “1852” dated, large 20 x 24 poster for a unique water pump having  many applications and uses. Boldheadlines “W & B DOUGLAS’ IMPROVED PREMIUM HYDRAULIC RAM!!” with illustration of the pump and landscape view of a farm, depicting layout for the piping.  Much descriptive information of this “…simple, effective machine for forcing a portion of a brook or spring to [reach / pump] to any required distance or elevation…various uses [for] irrigating lands, supplying dwellings, barnyards, gardens, factories, villages with running water…” Bold printed mfr.: “W & B DOUGLAS, MACHINIST AND IRON FOUNDERS…MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT. JUNE, 1852.”  Fancy border.  Light aging; 4 small brown aging spots (where once folded) and tiniest hole on centerfold; minor chipping on margin.  Only….$75




M883     “WOSTENHOLM’S IXL CUTLERY…SHEFFIELD ENGLAND SINCE 1785” large 9 x 11 ½; 4 page advertising leaflet / brochure circa 1920.  4 pages on coated paper stock specifically promoting a line of folding knives that will be custom made for commercial firms and individuals “…to have a more powerful medium for your advertising message” with details how they will custom  imprint advertisers’ name, trademark “or any advertisement appearing thereon of permanent publicity value…few forms of advertising compare with it for such frequent emphasis and unceasing advantage” …with more sales pitch for that service.  Three of those pages illustrate in actual size 23 different folders showing various types and styles of messages that may be custom ordered on varying types of knife grips. Exc.+ condition; just slightest aging. With original attached 4 x 7 price list…$55






M881 WITH NAPOLEON CAUSING GREAT UNREST IN EUROPE AND ABSOLVING THEMSELVES OF BLAME FOR AN INCIDENT THAT WAS PRECURSOR OF THE WAR OF 1812 WITH AMERICA, THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT IS URGED TO TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY JAN., 1808!  Fascinating to read, rare 1808 dated 4 page printed broad sheet / circular (large 8 x 12) with wide margins.  Fancy front title page “THE SPEECH OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS TO BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT THURSDAY JANUARY 21, 1808” published London official British government imprint dated 1808 with large illus. of royal seal.  This intended to be widely circulated not only to members of government, but to any and all officials, politicians, etc. who sympathies could be mustered to support the actions.  The urgency of the moment is clearly of evident by considerable mention of the significant treaty may with Russia just six months earlier in which Napoleon sought to seal off England from the continent in order to break their economic power.  That combined with Napoleon’s months earlier of Portugal (and soon afterwards Spain) placed Britain in very dire straits…all of which is clearly brought out and quickly understood from the often enraged, occasionally frenzied / infuriated and very resentful wordage and phrasing in proper well-chosen / characteristic / proper language before that legislative body!  Quite a few subjects are covered and America is often mentioned and discussed (it should be remembered that it was but a few months earlier in 1807 that the BRITISH H.M.S. LEOPARD had attacked, damaged and wounded crewman of the America vessel U.S.S. Chesapeake in June 27, 1807 only months earlier.  Quite intriguing that this broadside specifically mentions how that “Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation” between Britain and U.S. that had been concluded in December, 1806 had not taken effect because the U.S. President refused to ratify it, but that Britain had later “…committed against an American ship of war” (not naming it, but obviously the “Chesapeake”) that “his majesty did not hesitate to offer immediate and spontaneous Reparation” (further absolving the British government of blame for the encounter).  Laying before Parliament both a warning of the impending consequences of the impending threat and a strong inducement to take action the broadside ends:  “We are especially commanded to say to you, in the Name of His Majesty that if ever there was a just in national War, it is that which His Majesty is now compelled to prosecute.  This war is in its Principle merely defensive…[and further patriotic persuasive language to take action].”  The entire 4 pages and full margins are all intact.  There are two short tears on sides of centerfold and one diagonal tear on left side of the upper section which do require some competent, but nothing is lacking and this is well worth having professionally repaired.  A very significant document that superbly captures the frenzy and uncertainly of that unsettled era…………………………………….$89

M880 COMPLETE SET OF 10 CIVIL WAR PRINTER’S PROOF SHEETS (SIMILAR ABOVE) FOR A SET OF MATCHING ENVELOPES AND / OR STATIONERY LETTERHEADS. These also are numbered at top corner 1-10 with a second number below to “see [the following number]” indicating their “proof” status. Printed in dark purple ink; each has a small square design in corner with varying illustrations, (either strongly anti-southern or ultra Union patriotic) and each with a varying length caption below in a similar mode. Only No. 10 bears differing (although in same color) of “Uncle Sam’s Farm” with man, woman, horses etc. Accompanying this unique set is its original “extra” and slightly larger advertising sheet that was intended to accompany this complete set of ten to give the prospective buyer an idea of what the set consisted of. This separate proof contains all ten of those square designs that appear individually on the single proofs, but in bright red print and shortened caption below each. For the collector who prizes patriotic covers and letterheads, this really is the ultimate collection. Total 11 individual sheets…$375


M879     “VIVE L’EMPEREUR!  VIVE LA FRANCE!  VIVE LA LIBERTE!”  All in large bold print is the way the mayor of this French community ends his appeal to the citizens of his commune to vote election day at the bottom of this ??? 1870 dated French language poster.  17 x 21 (blank on reverse).  Issued following great political upheaval and disaccord with increased tensions in France following the disastrous Franco-Prussian War.  Issued by the Royalist Mayor and party in the city of Anezoy urging fellow citizens to vote the Royalist ticket and soon to arrive elections reminding them that in 1852 their votes laid the foundations for the Empire which brought France 18 years of peace, glorious prosperity…and much more in that general vein of wording (with the poster comes an English translation of it all which is quite dramatic!).  “…You must vote YES…just as you did in 1852 when you made France glorious and prosperous…your yes vote will support the new Liberal Constitution [and] destroy the Revolution and strengthen the Empire…” (and much more in that patriotic vein!).  Very frameable and very historic.  The fall of the empire and Napoleon III’s defeat and escape to England the republicans had established a shaky government with Royalist’s still vying for power.  This poster well mirrors those turbulent times.  Just some light aging; minor very small pieces and a number of very minor nicks and chips; profuse short tears all on the right and left edges of the very wide blank margins easily trimable.  Printer’s signature at bottom A stirring urge to get out the vote!..................$135



M878 From sheer joy to bitter anguish…and all eloquently / lucidly / memorably expressed by this noted Boston minister’s three sermons just prior to and immediately following Lincoln’s assassination. Unusual 61 page (5 ½ x 9) pamphlet quite likely published within the two weeks following that tragedy:  “MEMORIAL SERMONS.  THE CAPTURE OF RICHMOND.  …SOME OF THE RESULTS OF THE WAR.  …THE ASSASSINATION OF THE PRESIDENT” by Edwin B. Webb, Pastor of Shawmut Church of Boston; pub. Boston:  Press of G. C. Rand and Avery, 1865.  Those three sermons were respectively April 9th, 13th & 16th. Prefatory page reprints letters of April 19, 1865 by committee of prominent Boston citizens seeking permission to print the three sermons “…believing them adapted to perpetuate the memory of those momentous events which followed…” & Webb’s response to the committee of Boston April 20, 1865 granting such permission, etc. This pamphlet obviously followed immediately after that request was granted. They do make interesting reading today and are decidedly fine Lincolnia, unequivocally reflecting the changing public passions of that two week period! Lightest aging; exc.+ condition. Just the original front paper cover lighter brown shade has fading damp stain in the upper blank area. Had a recent era heavier paperboard cover added to preserve it (easily removed)...$175



M877  The only official agent of the Sharps Rifle Co. orders an engraved rifle!  Original Sept. 17, 1880 boldly penned, fancy printed “POSTAL CARD” with printed stamp also addressed to “SHARPS RIFLE COMPANY OF BRIDGEPORT.” Entirely in the neat, bold hand of E. S. Harris of “The Sportsman’s Warehouse” of Broadway, N.Y. City who writes:  “I tryed [sic] to send up the Rifle to be Engraved before, but my man was very busy doing some fine pistols for the King of Sweden and if you don’t think this one is a nice job, you can call me a Garfield man.”  Exc.+ with N.Y. & Bridgeport, Ct postal surcharges. Harris became Sharps official agent in 1876 and was especially noted for his sale of the famous M1874 Sharps sporting models. (much mention of him in “SHARPS FIREARMS” by Frank Sellers.)…$135



M874     A UNIQUE OFFICIAL IMPRINT BY THE BRITISH ADMIRALTY JUST 9 DAYS AFTER THEIR FIRST MAJOR SEA BATTLE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND PRINTED IN THE FRENCH LANGUAGE!! (as propaganda for the French Royalists who were active in northern France trying to preserve their monarchy).  Known and celebrated as “THE GLORIOUS 1’st OF JUNE,”  that tremendously important date in British Naval history commemorates the first major sea battle of the French revolution, in which the British Navy June 1, 1794 under Admiral Howe, defeated the French fleet.  His letter was of course the very first report of Admiral Howe’s made aboard his flagship the Queen Charlotte of June 2, 1794 (which was of course in English!).  His letter to the Admiralty was then reprinted (in English of course) then circulated by the Admiralty to members of the government and the British Navy on June 10, 1794 at which time it was also translated into French, believed to be as propaganda for distribution to French Royalists who were active in northern France in hopes of preserving the monarchy.  This was undoubtedly for that purpose.  The document is a completely authentic, genuine 1794 published broadside.  It is quite a large 3 pages 8 ½ x 14; entirely French text; very bold headlines (French) “REPORT OF THE VICTORY ACHIEVED OVER THE FRENCH” dated below that “Bureau of the Admiralty 10 June” and below that a paragraph describing how it was the report received from Admiral Howe aboard the “Queen Charlotte” of the 2’nd of June, 1794.  Howe describes the fighting and how the fleet under his command defeated the 26 vessels of the French with an added postscript list of the 7 French vessels that were captured (and a large number of cannons aboard each).  Paper, printing and aging are all typical of that 18’th century era; just some slight tattering on extreme outer edges of margins all minor.  Accompanied by recent English translation and letter from the British Maritime Museum regarding their opinion about letter.  A remarkable (if not unique) piece of history directly associated with that hard fought, “glorious” victory, one that is yet celebrated to this day!........................................................$250. 

and a "glorious" price of just $125


M873     “$100 U.S. BOUNTY!!  NOW DUE MANY  SOLDIERS” are the bold headlines on this original circa 1870’s poster on 6 x 8  eye-catching bright, cherry-red paper issued by A Boston bounty claim agent.  Seeks to help Civil War veterans claim money due for earlier C.W. service “…discharge for injury, hurt or damage from violence such as rupture, sprain, fracture, frost-bite, sunstroke…but not for disease or sickness…now entitled to $100 U.S. bounty…”  if they had enlisted for 3 years between certain dates in 1863-64 (etc.) which are given on the poster. Condition is excellent+!  Just................$94.50.  reduced to only $55





M872     "THANKS BE TO GOD THAT WE ARE ONCE MORE ON THE LAND OF LIBERTY” writes this young American sailor to his parents just as he was released from capture and imprisonment by the British during the WAR OF 1812!  Remarkable descriptive, lengthy, 3 page large (8 x 13) letter, very boldly and handsomely penned by young seaman Horace Forts to his parents in Connecticut.  Dated Baltimore, Jan. 26, 1814.  Just released from captivity he describes for them in detail the capture of his ship by the British and all the adversities of imprisonment aboard the British vessels “…after being imprisoned for 28 days…kept us confined and not provisions enough but just to keep us alive.”  After describing the details of the sailing and the capture he writes “after that boarded us they ordered us below, put a sentry over us…and then began our starvation but it has not ended our days yet.  Had they kept us one fortnight longer we should have been [buried] into the ocean…but thanks be to God…through his will…the commander had pity on us and wrote to the [American] general requesting him to send [transportation] for all the prisoners…and he would release us…he did [the Americans sent vessels]…for the prisoners which numbered 145 poor starving Americans.”  He ends letter with declaration:  “I SHALL CONTENT MYSELF TO STAY ON THIS SHORE DURING THE WAR.”  Many more details are included in the 3 pages.  Reverse side of page 3 acts as cover with address to father and postal surcharge.  Typical aging with some very light brown spotting.  Page 1 and 2 with long, but very clean tears where folded (not obscuring any wording).  The handwriting is exceptionally neat.  Second sheet has small hole near top and a very narrow piece out on margin affecting just few words of message to family.  Letter is an exceptionally expressive portrayal of this young American sailor’s capture and return to freedom.  A unique letter...and very modestly valued......................$135


M871     VIRULENT “COPPERHEAD” ANTI-WAR ACTIVIST FROM NORTHERN MISSOURI DURING THE CIVIL WAR copperhead BroadsideWASSTILL RANTING AND RAGING AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER!  Very bold printed poster/broadside obviously published in the immediate years following the Civil War circa 1860’s by individuals or  society hoping to expose the unpatriotic actions of Henry Clay Dean the anti-war Missouri “copperhead” Methodist clergyman (who in 1855 had actually been appointed U.S. Senate Chaplain) was still trying to rub Yankee veterans noses raw now that the war was over!  POSTER/BROADSIDE is 6 x 9 (blank on reverse) with very bold headlines “ATTENTION SOLDIERS!” opening lines:  “How do you like it!  If I could have my way, I would place Jeff Davis in congress where he rightfully belongs then I would go to Concord [Missouri] take all those miserable battle flags from the state house and make a bonfire of them…then I would go all through the North and destroy all the monuments and grave-stones erected to the memory of soldiers…in short put out of sight everything which reminds us that we ever had a war with our Southern brethren.  I do not know as I would hang one-legged and one-armed soldiers, but I would pray to God go get them out of the way as soon as possible!”  Obviously Dean was embittered; an anti-war activist, opposing emancipation he considered war an illegal aggression…conceived by an international conspiracy.  Dean wrote an extensive book in 1868 (since reprinted) “Crimes of the Civil War and Curse of the Funding System.”  Much more about this character to be read.  Poster shows its aging, but generally is exc.  One very small hole center only affecting just the word “in” and a few tiniest chips along extreme edges of the blank margin, all very minor…only………..$195



M870     WITH DISCONTENT WIDELY PREVALENT THROUGHOUT MANY BRITISH REGIMENTS AT THE END OF THE 18’th CENTURY IT TOOK SOME FAST ACTION, LIKE A SOLDIERS PAY RAISE, TO STRAIGHTEN OUT THE MATTER!  ORIGINAL “7’th JUNE, 1797” dated, bold printed poster with large title:  “TO FIELD MARSHAL HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF YORK.”  In all bold print, this original 7 ½ x 13 ½ poster meant for distribution and open posting amongst other regiments of the British Army states that “We the Non-Commission Officers and Private Soldiers of the SOMERSET REGIMENT of Militia…Beg Your Royal Highness will be pleased to convey to His Majesty our sincere and grateful thanks for his gracious attention to Your Royal Highness’s application for the augmentation of our pay which His Majesty has been pleased to grant…that in a time when ill-disposeed persons are endeavouring by seditious Hand-bills to seduce His Majesty’s soldiers from their duty no one has yet to do anything of the kind to the SOMERSET REGIMENT.  If it should happen, the non-commissioned officers and privates of the regiment are fully determined to treat them with the contempt it deserves…to detect such as may under the veil of false pretences attempt to draw the weak and unguarded from their obedience and duty to discipline or their affection, loyalty and allegiance to their king, constitution and government.  …(GOD SAVE THE KING).”  And at the bottom of the poster, in two columns, the names of every sergeant of all categories in the regiment.  Condition  exc. showing just normal aging. Poster is absolutely authentic and of the date 1797.  A historic document worthy of framing and display……………Just………$85




M869       URGENT ORDERS TO DEFEND THE UNION LINE AND SECURE A SAFE RETREAT!  Original, hastily penned single page letter 8 x 9 ½ from Headquarters 18’th Army Corps May 23, 1863 from General I. N. Palmer, Comd’g. to Col. Codman, Comd’g. 45’th Reg’t Mass. Volunteer Militia ordering him to “…proceed at once with seven companies of his Reg’t…to Bachelers [sic] Creek [No. Carolina].  Assume command.  Defend the line of Bachelors [sic] Creek as long as practicable to secure a safe retreat there,…if the attack [word not clear] meant for him, our fighting ground is here.  Col. Claffin 132’nd N.Y. and Col. 3’rd Mass. are on Washington Roads and should you retire must be notified of it.”  Very boldly (and obviously hurriedly!) penned.  All clear; letterhead acquired some light damp staining (some of it light tan and other light bluish color), but not obscuring any writing (with care much of it can probably be lightened or removed)…$195





M889 Complete set of 12 proof sheets WITH CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC STATIONERY / LETTER-SHEETS; published by the most noted of all Civil War printers whose name “CHARLES MAGNUS, FRANKFORT ST., N.Y.” is signed/printed on each of the 12 different Civil War scenes that depict battle, camp and other military scenes.  Each also with that printed caption describing that scene along bottom.  Printed in a radiant bronze colored ink with the scene filling the full 6 inch width of the top of the letter-sheet.  The lower blank section of the letter-sheet either removed or never accompanied it thus only the full letterhead (3 x 6) in size of each of these inspiring for war illustrations.  Each backed at later date with a blue paper (possibly a page of album in which they were affixed) but not affecting their elegant showy appearance but unique to find the entire set of 12 still intact after 150 years!  Exc.  The complete set……….$ 269


M868  Mint condition set of 5 (consecutively numbered 1 to 5) original Civil War era proof sheets by the famed New York printer “C. Magnus, Franklin Street, NY” signed views for Civil War patriotic envelopes or stationery.  Each with label “BATTLE AT WINCHESTER UNDER GEN. SHIELDS” each make a completely different view of heated battle filling the entire sheets.  Also printed in luminous bronze (or gilt bronze) color.  Highly displayable and very fine proofs and a complete set intact!  Just………$175








M867       Set of three fancy bronze / gold printed proof sheets of sequence of views of labeled “Long Bridge, Washington [D.C.] by Moonlight” each also bearing signature of “Charles Magnus, N.Y.”  Civil War patriotic envelopes and/or stationery each 3 x 5 ½ and individually numbered 1 through 3.  Strictly proof sheets and not complete stationery or envelopes and in just about mint condition accompanied by two identical prints of the same set (numbers 1 and 3), but color printed.  Also about mint.  Total of 5 proofs just………….$249








M866     Just bursting with patriotism and venomous against “…copperheads suffering under the rabid influence of disloyalty” is this 1863 dated pamphlet “A SAVOURY DISH FOR LOYAL MEN” published “PHILADELPHIA:  PRINTED FOR GRATUITOUS DISTRIBUTION 1863” (publisher's name not given). Illustration of seated figure of "Lady Liberty" draped in the U.S. flag holding liberty cap on pole and leaning on a large U.S.  shield on the title (cover) page.  16 pages; 5 ½ x 9.  Reverse of title page bears a full “CAUTIONARY NOTE about “true patriots who prefer liberty to bondage” and then advises that “to those who are suffering under the rabid influence of disloyalty or from the venomous bite of the copperhead such fare [i.e. as was just described in paragraphs above] is too rich.  It would disagree with their stomachs…”  The pamphlet is filled with various patriotic letters from Union generals and others.  Very stirring.  Title page and back page are loose.  Light aging, but otherwise exc.  Bursting with patriotism……only$64.50.. now bursting with bargains! Just $355.


  M865     “JOHN A. DAHLGREN / REAR ADMIRAL COMMANDING / SOUTH ATLANTIC BLOCKADING SQUADRON” is the bold printed signature on all three of these 5" x 5" “ORDERS” printed aboard his ship with heading of the first two “FLAG STEAMER PHILADELPHIA / PORT ROYAL HARBOR S.C.” (1) August 17, 1864 dated regarding Lieut. R. B. Swann and U.S.S. “Potomska” near Darien, Ga. and its destruction of several rebel Salt works and skirmish with rebels who “secreted themselves in the bushes and shot and killed our men”.  (2) On blue paper…also Port Royal Harbor November 22, 1864, orders about “Vessels on Blockade” and their careful scouting on rivers and “…to gain early information from deserters” and “…anything new in relation to the movements of the Union forces under Gen’l Sherman… (3) Issued at “CHARLESTON HARBOR MAY 22, 1865” and unusual; heading changed to: “FLAG SHIP PHILADELPHIA” dated May 22, 1865.  Regarding a circular from the Navy dept. about “…terms of enlistment of men commonly known as ‘rebel prisoners’…who enlisted from camps at Rock Island…(etc.).”  Some light age staining on two of the “orders” and two of the "Orders" have had slight trimming on the top and bottom edges of blank margins only).  ……… photos upon request...

All 3 Just……………..$47.50 ....now just $29


M864     Advertising broadside circa 1790-1810 for ENGLISH BRONZE FOUNDRY’S WORKS OF ART!  Single sheet 6 x 9 (blank on reverse) promoting their http://www.flayderman.com/images/M731_000.jpgwork and wares.  Superb quality copperplate engraved view at top of their ornate factory building with large statues on the roof and heading “EDWARD THOMASON’S MANUFACTORY / BIRMINGHAM.”  The fancy multi-line, engraved script message, boldly printed, describes their fine quality work and their skilled craftsman, modeling, casting, sculpturing, engraving, their gold, silver, brass and bronze work and much much, more, etc tiny printed notices in the corner that “any visitors to the factories are not to ‘tip’ or bribe workmen, but rather put any donations in a box provided "…for the relief of sick and impaired workman (etc.).”  Also mentions “the machinery in these works is employed in the manufacturing of medals and tokens…the pressing and stamping of figures and other ornaments.  The show rooms attached to the establishment are very extensive and elegant…(etc.).”  Typical light aging and some very very minor light brown staining or spotting mostly on the left side, but it is light; otherwise all intact and sound.  UNIQUE……..$125  and now just $65 





M863    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



M862     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 moderately valued at just…………………………………………………………………$145

M861  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…………………..$175


M860     1795 DATED FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY POSTER IN DUAL LANGUAGE (FRENCH-GERMAN) DIRECTED TOWARDS THE “PEOPLE 1795 revolutionary war[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





LOUISIANA SWORD BELT PLATEM859 RARE CONFEDERATE  LOUISIANA 1872 SWORD BELT PLATE cast, sand mold weighs about 3 ounces in brass....1.90 inch by 2.96 inches, similar pictured in "Plates and Buckles of the American Military 1795-1874", Sydney C. Kerksis, 1974 figure 366 page 372. Excellent condition... $1600









 M858     CALIFORNIA GOLD MINER'S CLASSIC PORTABLE GOLD SCALE CIRCA 1850’s-60’s.  Completely authentic; 1850 gold scaleshowing genuine wear and use. Accompanied with its ORIGINAL OVAL TIN CARRYING CASE (3 x 6 ½) with original black finish with large gold lettering around edges of hinged cover “MINERS IMPROVED GOLD SCALE…manufactured expressly for California” with large gold design of open winged AMERICAN EAGLE IN CENTER.  Opening cover red painted inside finish shows much wear and use inside with scratching to finish (especially on the inner cover).  Original small brass, hand held scale inside all intact (showing wear and use also).  Both  2 ¼ inch diameter, round brass scale plates are intact each suspended by long brass link chains from the handheld brass top cross- bar.  Scale still works.  A small compartment inside still retains 3 varied size copper weights.  Although everything showing wear and use, it’s all intact and in good sound condition needing just cleaning and the brass could use a polishing.  A genuine piece of history!..........$950.  and a genuine reduced price to just $649




recruiting broadside civil war

M857   ENLIST!  ENLIST! - Resselaer Co. Regiment!  SEEKING VOLUNTEERS $202 BOUNTY !

"Strike! 'till the last armed expires,

Strike! for your altars are your fires,

Strike! for the green graves of your sires,

God, and your nativeland."


Young men of Lansingburgh...Forsake for a time the desk and the counter, the farm and the workshop and let us devote out talents, our strength and if necessary our lives to the suppression of the most infamous rebellion. 

Headquarters at DANIEL KING'S Office, Albany Morning Express Print, 52 State Street Cor., Green Charles H. Fisher, Recruiting Officer.

Framed 17.25 x 23 in., Very Good condition with some water stains...early war broadside.....$2,250

















M852 "FROM THE TEAK OF HMS IRON DUKE / ADMIRAL JELLICOE'S FLAGSHIP JUTLAND 1916" in 3 lines high relief wording on gilt brass plaque ½" by 2"  affixed to top of simple 10" by 1 ½ " piece of that ship (tapers to point somewhat like letter opener).  Authentic  relic; historic WWI vessel; plaque  quite nice......$250





M850     “VIVE L’EMPEREUR!  VIVE LA FRANCE!  VIVE LA LIBERTE!”  All in large bold print is the way the mayor of this French community ends his appeal to the citizens of his commune to vote election day at the bottom of this 1870 dated French language poster.  17 x 21 (blank on reverse).  Issued following great political upheaval and disaccord with increased tensions in France following the disastrous Franco-Prussian War.  Issued by the Royalist Mayor and party in the city of Anezoy urging fellow citizens to vote the Royalist ticket and soon to arrive elections reminding them that in 1852 their votes laid the foundations for the Empire which brought France 18 years of peace, glorious prosperity…and much more in that general vein of wording (with the poster comes an English translation of it all which is quite dramatic!).  “…You must vote YES…just as you did in 1852 when you made France glorious and prosperous…your yes vote will support the new Liberal Constitution [and] destroy the Revolution and strengthen the Empire…” (and much more in that patriotic vein!).  Very frameable and very historic.  The fall of the empire and Napoleon III’s defeat and escape to England the republicans had established a shaky government with Royalist’s still vying for power.  This poster well mirrors those turbulent times.  Just some light aging; minor very small pieces and a number of very minor nicks and chips; profuse short tears all on the right and left edges of the very wide blank margins easily trimable.  Printer’s signature at bottom A stirring urge to get out the vote!..................$135



M849     “JUST FROM THE SEAT OF WAR…THE TEMPERANCE BOY OF KENTUCKY” are the huge title and subtitle on this captivating circa 1864-65 Civil War poster announcing in bold typeface a lecture on “INTEMPERANCE  [i.e. over-indulgence in drinking alcohol] AND THE WAR” to be given by "JOSEPHUS CHEANEY who served his country in the capacity of a SOLDIER in the 68’th Regiment Penn. Vols until while doing duty he received an injury which unfitted him for the service and was honorably discharged and will lecture on the subject."  Two lines at bottom leave space to be filled in where lecture was to be held and bold printed “The ladies are most respectfully invited to attend” plus local printers name.  Size 9 ½ x 12; blank on reverse.  Authentic circa 1864-1865 imprint.  Original wide margins intact.  Normal aging; few tiny minor edge nicks all negligible.  Large center panel with design of open wing American eagle, U.S. shield and national motto in riband held in eagle’s beak.  Although born in Kentucky, young Cheaney (age 23)  served with the 68’th Pa. Infantry;  joining in August, 1862; as  corporal saw service at Battle of Fredericksburg and the notable “MUD MARCH” of Burnside’s campaign, receiving an injury causing his honorable discharge Feb., 1863.  From research and records gathered about “Temperance Boy” Cheaney (which accompany the poster)  it appears the young fellow (age 23) soon after discharge became a Baptist minister and spent much of the rest of his life lecturing on “the evils of indulgence in drinking alcoholic beverages which is frequently mentioned.  (Much of that later life was spent in Texas) ….$395.

now only $250



M848    U.S.N. officer disobeys Navy order, causing himself, 2 other officers and 12 seamen to be captured by Rebel soldiers.  Original “Navy Department, Jan. 4, 1864 / General Order” printed signature of Gideon Welles, Sec’y of Navy who had “… received report from Adm. Dahlgren [recounting] the disobedience of instructions by Ensign W. B. Arrants” who, in command of a boat expedition had been specifically instructed to retain his men in the boat expedition allowing but three to be sent “cautiously ashore”…but chose to disregard instructions and landed all but two of those men “…who were immediately surrounded by Rebel cavalry and taken prisoners…for this flagrant disobedience [he] is dismissed from the service…[the Navy] has no wish to discourage enterprize or acts of daring…but for a senseless disregard of danger and warning…resulting in failure and public laws, no lenity can be manifested.” Originally 5 x 8 order (blank reverse); the wide top and bottom blank margins removed; now measures 5 x 4; otherwise exc…$39


M847        U.S. Navy Capt. Colvocoressis, skipper of the ship “Saratoga” personally leads a raid by his sailors to the McIntosh County Courthouse (near Ga. coast) and captures 26 civilians for answering the call of their local Confederate militia colonel to enlist and serve the C.S. cause!  The U.S. N. Capt. had learned of that meeting from reading a captured Ga. newspaper and received permission from Adm. Dahlgren to perform the mission.  It’s quite a fascinating story with little ever written about it (however much much detail and original correspondence is to be found in the “O.R.’s of Union & C. S. Navy’s” Vol. 15).  Here is the original order congratulating Colvocoressis by Dahlgren; actually issued and printed aboard Dahlgren’s command ship.  Single sheet 5 x 8 (blank reverse) boldly headed “ORDER No. 63 / FLAG STEAMER ‘PHILADELPHIA’ / PORT ROYAL HARBOR, S.C. AUG. 15, 1864.”  In a small print size (and filling the sheet) recounts much of the details of the mission and its success and how the Rebel Colonel, although failing to attend that meeting (and thus be captured), had a few days later published a statement admitting his humiliation and further “…his friends are in better company then they were before” also paying compliments to the Navy Capt…and more.  Overall light damp staining and normal aging, but exc.  (Again, much more of the story before and after is to be found in the O.R.’s.)  A fascinating unexploited incident of C.W. history just waiting to be narrated for today’s readers…$95



M845 INFLAMING BRITISH AND SCOTTISH PATRIOTISM TO DEFEND BRITISH SHORES AGAINST THE TREATENED INVASION IN 1803 BY THE FRENCH UNDER EMPEROR NAPOLEON!  Original August 1803 dated broadside / poster. Large, very bold headline "LOYAL SONGS".  10 in. x 15 in. (blank on reverse).  Divided in two columns; each column with a different typeface and style:  (1)  "THE  BRITON'S SONG" (2) "SONG OF THE HIGHLAND ARMED ASSOCIATION".  Each poem is ultra-patriotic, rallying citizens to support your country;  strongly worded, "Denouncing the French rulers and leaders and their very nature and ridiculing !  Intriguing reading.  London printers name, address and even a sales pitch to buy more "...Causing them to be stuck in their respective villages where they reside that inhabitants may be convinced of the cruelty of the Corsican Usuper " (ie.. Napoleon).  Condition Exc. +. only...$85


M844       He was one of the U.S. Army’s most distinguished officers; GENERAL LEONARD WOOD.  As an Army surgeon he was awarded the Medal of Honor while serving under General Lawton in the Apache Campaign in 1886.  He went on to serve as a regular cavalry officer; eventually was Colonel commanding the famous “ROUGH RIDERS” (First U.S. Volunteer Calvary) of the Spanish-American War (Lieut. Col. Teddy Roosevelt was his second in command) and ultimately Commanding General of U.S. Army. A notable penned letter entirely in his hand with extremely bold signature “WOOD.”  Two sheets; each blank on reverse; from his family home in Pocassett, Mass., May 9, 1888 to his long time friend Henry Lawton:  “Arrived here…on three month leave…will try to see you before I go back…heard you had a good time on your leave…Saw account of [our] regt’s reunion in Los Angeles.”  Both the signature and writing fully verified and guaranteed authentic Leonard Wood.  Light aging; exc. +……$159




M843      Just one year (almost to the day) before Fort Sumter and the outbreak beginning of the Civil War.  An official U.S. gov’t imprint April 2, 1860 of “REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR [by] COL. B. S. ROBERTS RELATING TO A REORGANIZATION OF THE MILITIA OF THE U.S.” made to War Dept. and presented to the U.S. Senate.  13 pages; pamphlet (6 x 9) outlining the urgent necessity for revised militia laws and reorganization of all the states. Includes interesting background and fact that then-current laws “dated back to the last century.”  Warns of dangers inherent if laws were not changed !  Light aging, but exc……………………$49





M842 - UNISSUED CONDITION !!!! MINT!!!!  WWII U.S. Navy flight helmet. This one is absolutely identical except with lighter WWII U.S. Navy flight helmetsummer weight lining. Same fine quality dark brown leather of outer section, entire inner section in a very light beige chamois lining. Has a label inside with "NAF" model number marking "1092" "CONT.NXs-9677". Contract markings are "Slote & Kelin" maker marks. Wide leather chinstrap and buckle and large oval cup-like brown leather chin protector is lined with chamois. In absolute mint, unissued condition; has never been worn...................$249









M835  REUNION ERA "CSA" RECTANGULAR BELT PLATE, measures 46.3 x 66 mm..  Belt plate in the style of belt plates made in CSA Belt Platelate Civil War period.  This may have been recast by Bannerman.....$249  CSA Belt Plate








M834 A little known or recorded piece of U.S. Army history. “HISTORY OF SECTION 625 U.S. ARMY AMBULANCE SERVICE WITH THE FRENCH ARMY.” Published by Walters Print Co. 1919; 46 pages on quality, coated paper stock. Outfit started out as full volunteer unit of Americans in France in 1914 who drove their own personal automobiles onto the battlefield to remove the wounded; taken over as war progressed by the American Field Service and in 1917 taken into U.S. Army Service and then fully manned by enlisted soldiers and officers…its service still remaining with the French Army. The paperboard covers only are loose, but intact. Exc…$29






calvary insignia

M829  SCARCE AND FINE CIVIL WAR "CROSSED SABER" CALVARY INSIGNIA FOR ENLISTEDMAN COMPLETE WITH FOUR LOOPS...measures 2 inches in length and 1 ½ inches in height.....$249












aviation pin

M825a WWI  ERA GOLD PLATED STERLING MARKED AVIATION INSTRUCTORS PIN, measures 2 inches in length by approximately a half inch at widest point in height ...$275






M825b WWI ERA EMBROIDERED AVIATION INSTRUCTORS PATCH, measures 2 and one-quarter inches in length and just over a half inch at widest point in height.... $275

aviation instructors pin





revolutionary war belt bucklesM823  REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA PAIR OF SHOE BUCKLES, 2 1/4 INCHES WIDE MARKED "BB", 100% INTACT...$225






pilot's collar insignia

M822 MID - 1920'S PILOTS COLLAR INSIGNIA.....$175     















M817 BRITISH CAVALRYMEN THREATEN TO EXPOSE AND PUNISH THOSE SEEKING TO CAUSE MUTINY IN THE BRITISH ARMY IN 1797!  Rare, original, single sheet printed broadside datelined “DURHAM MAY 31, 1797.”  6 ½ x 8 ½; blank on reverse.  Bold print style; single large paragraph with printed signatures below (also bold typeface) of the Sgt. Major and 5 other Sgts. of 5 different troops of the “LOTHIAN REG’T FENCIBLE CAVALRY.”  Their message:  “The non-commissioned officers and privates [of the Reg’t]…express gratitude to His Majesty for his paternal care…by an increase of our pay and ensure [him] that out love to our King and country stand firm and unshaken.  We hear with indignation that there are people in the country so abandoned [in] league with our enemies who endeavor to seduce the Army from its allegiance to His Majesty [and] repel with contempt such scandalous attempts and exert ourselves in exposing and bringing to punishment those who seek to ruin our country and happy constitution, [etc.]…and swear further allegiance to the King and Regimental Colonel…”  Fine condition; completely authentic; rare and very historical.  Is to be remembered that those years were indeed very critical ones in history for the British who would soon to be facing a threatened invasion, as well……$135



M815  "TO-NIGHT ! ... SOLDIERS BENEFIT.... AT TOWN HALL, MARLBOROUGH, N.H....MAY 22, 1884...TO AID IN THE EXPENSE OF MEMORIAL DAY."  Graphic, colorfully worded bold printed 5 x 10 broadside (blank reverse) on bright yellow paper.  Classic Americana of that era to help the Civil War veterans with "ENTERTAINMENT WILL CONSIST OF DECLAMATIONS, RECITATIONS, WAR SONGS...A SHORT PLAY."  Very colorful.  Exc. + Condition....  $149






 M813       SHE WAS HUNG FOR A MURDER SHE DID NOT COMMIT…AND FOUND INNOCENT TOO LATE!  Although undated, this English poster will quite definitely date circa 1830 and probably even earlier.  10 x 15 (blank on reverse) with multi-style and size bold headlines:  “A LIFE, TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF MARY WHITE, AGED 19 WHO WAS EXECUTED AT EXETER ON SATURDAY LAST FOR THE MURDER OF HER MASTER AND MISTRESS GIVING AN ACCOUNT OF HER INNOCENCE BEING PROVED AND THE REAL MURDERER DISCOVERED.  And a large quaint woodcut illustration full width of page being read her last rights at the gallows surrounded by a huge crowd of people (looks like mostly women) in the center of a small British country town (a windmill in far background)…………………………………………………………….$125



M809- 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 $349


M808     The former New Englander was now thought of as “THE GREAT GUN FROM THE WEST!”  1863 dated, very boldly printed 19 x 25 poster (blank on reverse) announcing in extremely large, bold print style, that former New Englander and more recently (1854-1861) Congressman from Michigan WILLIAM HOWARD (who was then in 1863 Chairman of Michigan Republican party) would be in MARLBOROUGH (Mass.) and “WILL ADDRESS THE CITIZENS THURSDAY EVENING FEB. 26, 1863 AT 7:00.”  The bold closing line at bottom of poster urges citizens:  “FRIENDS OF THE UNION AND THE GOVERNMENT!  TURN OUT TO HEAR THE GREAT GUN FROM THE WEST!”  (In  1878 Howard was appointed Governor of Dakota territory.)  Condition a bit rough; torn in three sections with just a few  pieces missing from a few partial letters (easily filled in when assembled and backed properly).  Few small pieces out on blank margins.  Very worthy of restoring……………………$135. NOW JUST $59


http://www.flayderman.com/images/m642_small.gifM804 - THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY GOV’T CONDEMNS THE OLD REGIME FOR TOLERATING Goster 16" x 20" withmassive five lines of headlines (some with type as huge as 1 ½ inches high) in very bold two column (all AMBLING!  1790 DATED PARIS POSTER BY THE MAYOR OF THAT FAMOUS CITY REMINDING CITIZENS OF THE VARIOUS DISTRICTS OF PARIS  “…ON THE PROHIBITION OF GAMBLING!.”  Original pFrench text) reminding citizens that the law is going to come down hard against games and houses where gambling is taking place; reminding them the laws are still in effect against “nefarious abuses” and that police are directed to keep watch and denounce perpetrators… “you should not hide anything from us…debauchery, anarchy and (other things) that go along with gambling houses…citizens fortunes eaten up…condemnable abuse of former regime who tolerated these houses proliferating…”  and much more seeking cooperation of the Parisians.  Dated “Paris July, 1790” and with printed signature of the Mayor. Printer’s signature and date “1790” at bottom. Minor typical aging of documents of this type, but very sound.  Just the extreme edges of margins very slightly trimmed (but may have been actually issued this way).  Very modestly valued just…..$175 and very immodestly down-valued at only $89




 M803 - NAPOLEON ABDICATED AND THE KING RESTORED TO THE FRENCH THRONE!  Rare French printed broadside dated “PARIS 20 APRIL, 1814”…just 6 days after Napoleon exiled to Elba.  Single sheet 8 x 12; both sides (pages 3 and 4 blank).  French text.  Very bold printed headlines “MINISTER OF WAR…PROCLAMATION.”  All printed in large typeface with very bold heading addressed to “SOLDIERS” (of France): declaring joy for the restoration for the monarchy and proceeds to extol “…this spectacular, joyous Revolution you participated in [and] bless the return of the legitimate dynasty which alone can bring peace and happiness…the King’s brother is touched by your devotion…the faith of each soldier is the concern of the Gov’t…honor your flag…you will be returning the love of a Prince whose presence has taken France from a state of oppression and humiliation into prosperous order.”  The ruling Bourbons had returned for but a short period until Napoleon soon escaped from Elba and reorganized his Army (only to lose it a year later, 1815, at the Battle of Waterloo).  Printed signature of “GENERAL COMPTE DUPONTE” (who had earlier served under Napoleon but was disgraced by his surrender to the Spanish in 1808).  Duponte had returned as Minister of War but fled when Napoleon returned from Elba!  Broadside bears imprint of the official signature of the Royal Printer, “A PARIS, DE L’IMPRIMERIE ROYALE, AVRIL 1814” at bottom.  Exc.+.  Completely original  historic document…$275




http://www.flayderman.com/images/M658a_002.jpgM806     With the British Army facing the anguish of disloyalty in 1797 the soldiers of a regiment offer a big reward for arrest of persons attempting to seduce fellow soldiers to desert!  Rare original, bold printed single sheet (8 x 13) broadside (blank on reverse) with wide margins, intended for circulation among other regiments and the wide civilian population in the general area surrounding their campgrounds.  Datelined at top “HEADQUARTERS, SCARBOROUGH, JUNE 12, 1797.”  Text declares that the non-com Officers, Drummers, Privates of the Royal North Lincolnshire Reg’t of Militia “…impressed with the most widely sentiments of duty and loyalty to our Sovereign, with the warmest attachment to our Religion and happy constitution, feel ourselves called upon at this important Crisis when treachery and sedition are abroad to offer a reward of $100 POUNDS...for bringing to conviction and punishment all persons who shall attempt to seduce the Affection and Allegiance of His Majesty’s Subjects, or dare to shake the honor of his Soldiery by causing them to swerve from their principles of love, duty and gratitude to their King and Country; which WE [name of regt.]are proud to declare, will stand true and firm in the most perilous moments, and thereby testify our high sense of the liberality of Parliament and the Paternal Care and attention of His Majesty…” it further advises that if any non-com, drummer or private should catch such a person they will not accept the reward as they consider it part of their duty to do so.  Lower half of the broadside headed by bold “GOD SAVE THE KING” has three columns of listing of the names of all the Sgts. Corporals of that regiment including the “drum major” who are signing for “themselves, the drummers and the privates.”  Just the normal very light aging; condition exc.  Some few slightest margin nicks.  Completely authentic.  A remarkable document most worthy of framing and discussion!.............................$250. and our markdown price is an attempt to secure a collector to purchase it !!  $145




M802 - GEN’L GRANT PROCLAIMED REPUBLICAN CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT.  “1867” dated poster; large15 x 20 with huge headline “TRUE REPUBLICAN DOCTRINE…READ, REFLECT, CIRCULATE AND POST” published by the “Republican State Committee” of  Concord, New Hampshire announcing that Grant was their first choice for president in the coming election.  Three column wide, affirming Lincoln’s policies will be continued if Grant elected.  Text is virulently anti-Pres. Johnson who had just gone through impeachment hearings.  (Includes account of Grant’s letters to Andrew Johnson protesting Johnson’s removal of Gen’l Sheridan and others “…with a presidential campaign before us…under the lead of Grant, if we do our duty the last hope of treason will be crushed…throw your ballots as the Armies under his command sent their bullets straight to the heart of treason.”  Some normal light aging; few tiny, minor tears on the folds; exc.  Important and scarce original political Americana…and only..$195.    And that was a very modest price!  But here's an even more inviting one... $125




M806 - BRITISH SOLDIERS OFFER THEIR OWN MONEY AS REWARD FOR PERSONS TEMPTING THEM TO MUTINY!  Unique “Norwich England May 26, 1797” dated poster/broadside (9 x 15; blank on reverse side) printed in very large, bold print style:…“Whereas on Wednesday evening…a number of most scandalous, wicked and seditious HANDBILLS were put under the Gate of the Barracks occupied by the Oxfordshire Regiment of Militia, tending to excite Jealousy and Misunderstanding between Officers and Soldiers and thereby to excite MUTINY and DISOBEDIENCE on the part of the men…NOW WE, THE NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND PRIVATES OF THE REGIMENT, UTTERLY ABHORRING THE PRINCIPLES LAID DOWN IN THOSE SEDITIOUS BILLS AND BEING FIRMLY ATTACHED TO OUR OFFICERS AND OUR KING AND CONSTITUTION, WHICH WE ARE DETERMINED TO DEFEND AGAINST ALL FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC ENEMIES, DO HEREBY OFFER A REWARD OF THREE DAYS PAY FROM EACH NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER AND PRIVATE SOLDIER, FOR APPREHENDING AND CONVICTING THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO DISTRIBUTED THE ABOVE BILLS.”  …Signed with very bold printed signature of the Sgt.-Major of the regiment and printed list of other Sgt’s, who were acting “For the Other Non-commissioned Officers and Privates”.  Normal light aging; exc.+ condition; small minor nicks on one blank margin only. Very displayable…$135.  ....and now very (very!) low priced!  $79




M799    BARRELS OF BRITISH BATTLESHIP RELICS!  Collecting relics of famous vessels has always been popular…but it apparently was particularly so for the British public in the late 19’th and early 20’th century when British shipyards and ship wrecking companies made it common practice when a British warship was taken out of service and dismantled, especially if the vessel had a notoriety or good history in its time of service that my relics were made from some of its wooden or lesser metal parts to sell to a ready market at the time.  The following little miniature wooden barrels are all made of teak wood are typical of the most popular type of relic of those shipyards each with a very small professionally made brass plaque affixed to it (each one different, each one with lettering style different, but the lettering very professionally applied all in relief letters with delicate small matching border all different sized as described) and all guaranteed absolutely original to them…… all 5 for $600... 4 for $425



M799A                       “FROM THE TEAK OF THE HMS IRON DUKE / ADMIRAL JELLICOE’S FLAG SHIP / JUTLAND 1916” are the three line relief letter markings on the brass 2 inch high by approx. 2 inch maximum diameter miniature teakwood relic barrel made from that famous vessel.  Shows its age and nice patina 3 line inscription on the 3 line ½ x 2 brass plaque….$150.

M799B                       “FROM THE TEAK OF / H.M.S. VALIANT / JUTLAND 1916” 3 line relief markings on approx. ½ x 2 brass plaque on approx. 2 inch high x 1 ¾ max. diameter miniature wood barrel made from that famous warship that had partaken in one of World War I’s most heated naval battles.  Lovely rich mellow patina to the wood.  Exc.+….$

M648C                       “FROM THE DECK OF / H.M.S. WARSPITE” are the two line bold relief markings on the brass plaque on this nicely grained and patina tiny (and delicately made) 1 ¾ x 1 ½ (max. diameter) teakwood relic barrel from that British war vessel.  Although there were 6 British warships that bore that same name (the earliest was 1596!) it is reasonably certain that this little relic was from the last one a battleship built in 1915 and that served with distinction at the Battle of Jutland in WWI.  Condition is exc.+….$

M799D                       IT WAS IN BRITISH ROYAL NAVY SERVICE FOR 109 YEARS!  Miniature relic wooden barrel believe this also to be teakwood with much larger 1 x 2 brass label affixed having 8 lines of relief lettering on the brass label:  “HMS GANGES / BUILT BOMBAY 1821 / BROKEN UP AT PLYMOUTH 1930 / THE LAST SAILING SHIP TO SERVE / AS SEA GOING FLAGSHIP” followed by two lines of the London shipyard and their address who had dismantled the vessel.  Also included with three other names that the vessel had earlier sailed under during its history.  Wood shows its aging as does the brass, but all is intact.  Few slight dents on the brass….$
150. SOLD

M799E                        AT HER TIME SHE WAS THE LARGEST AND FASTEST SHIP IN THE WORLD! (and it seems she was famous enough that the wooden miniature barrel relic was worthy of making as a keepsake even if she wasn’t military!).  Here’s a fine souvenir of the famous ship.  Beautifully grained tiny 2 x 2 barrel (very dark smooth patina in its age, but exc.+) with the three line relief lettered brass plaque ½ x 2 (affixed has traces of gilt finish remaining):  “FROM THE DECKING OF THE / MAURETANIA / THE BOLD LADY OF THE ATLANTIC.”  The famous ocean liner was launched 1906 she made the very fastest transatlantic crossing on her first season in 1907 and held the speed record for 22 years!  At the time of her launch, she was the largest ship ever built (even larger in size and lengthier than her sister ship the famous “Lusitania”).  In WWI she served Royal Navy as a troop transport and a hospital ship resuming civilian service in 1918 until she was scrapped in 1934…….$





(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





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


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



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 $75



 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




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


"SCRIMSHAW AND SCRIMSHANDERS: Whales and Whalemen"by Norman Flayderman 1972.

Very limited edition. 305 pages. 100's of illustrations. Large format. Only work that thoroughly covers the subject. With chapters on allied arts such as prisoners-of-war carvings, Eskimo carvings, shell work, etc. Copies have brought as high as $500 at well known nautical auctions within past years. Original dust jackets. Excellent condition, slight shelf wear only. 3 copies available.... 325.00.

First Edition with 3 extra plates and in slip case.... $175.00

Deluxe 1st and 2nd Edition in jacket.....$125.00



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 OUT OF STOCK



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

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The 118 consecutive editions of our widely cited catalogs were the longest run of antique arms and militaria catalogs issued anywhere......anytime!

Catalogs issued Greenwich, Connecticut 1959-1963 (43, 49, 57, 58, 61)...7.95 each

Catalogs issued New Milford, Connecticut 1963-1986 (62, 64, 65, 67, 68, 71, 72, 74, 75, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111)......6.50 each

Catalogs issued Fort Lauderdale, FL 1987-present (112, 114, 116, 117, 118)....5.00 each







AMERICAN FIREARMS...and their values.

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THIS CURRENT 9th EDITION IS NOW AVAILABLE at only... $39.99. Free shipping within continental limits of the U.S ….

Increased over 20% in size, it now numbers over 800 pages... with over 1200 revisions, up-dates, new models and variations... and even more illustrations!

It’s the one book about antique arms collecting that the dealer, trader, collector or merely casually interested cannot do without. Includes all the basic tools for identifying, valuing & collecting antique American firearms…

Celebrating its 30th year as the acknowledged "Bible" for antique arms collectors and with over one million copies already in circulation
this current 9th Edition tops them all!

With values for over 4,000 individual antique firearms (c. 1750-1914) and 1900 photographs, the collector is certain to find this latest issue the best yet and one that lives up to its long-established reputation as "...quite simply the best and most important study of antique American arms ever written" (Man-at-Arms Magazine) and "Indispensable" (The Gun Report).

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."




1st EDITION... $49.50
 3rd EDITION... $24.50
4th EDITION...$19.50
5th EDITION...$14.50
7th EDITION...$12.50


Unsheathing an American Legend
            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…
"A MASTERPIECE OF RESEARCH AND BOOKMAKING!" ("Military Images" Magazine.) ....................................AND IT'S ONLY $79.95!
(plus 4.50 shipping within USA)



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."






And if you would like to know even more about the book an illustrated 4-page brochure is available on request... with our compliments!


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