Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!)
authentic Civil War relics, bought and sold.
Sales listing updated August 9, 2014.

Weapons (pre 1898) of the Civil War

All items listed are guaranteed authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.
Any artillery or ordnance relics have been disarmed and rendered safe.
All weapons are pre 1898 antique weapons, and are exempt from Federal regulation, no licenses or permits are required.

W1026...Rifled percussion musket, Model 1861 subcontract Norwich, 1863, .58 cal.

Ref: Flayderman 9A-323........Sale pending....

W1082...Rifled percussion musket, Model 1861 subcontract Watertown, 1863, .58 cal.

Ref: Flayderman 9A-335...........Sale pending..

W1092...Rifled percussion musket, Belgian Liege, .69cal.

Belgian Liege..........Sold.

W1147...Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1864, banner address, DR.

Ref: Crouch Swords pg 94, Fig 119..........Sold...

W1148...Artillery saber, Model 1840, Ames, 1863, Ames Mfg Co, Chicopee, banner address, DR.

Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 97. $1,200.

W1150...Naval cutlass, Model 1860, Ames, 1862, block address, DR, New Jersey.

Ref: Crouch Swords pg 94, Fig 119..........$1,300.

W1157...Foot officer sword, Model 1850, Ames.

Ref: Thillmann Army Swords pg. 245..........$1,500.

W1173...Cavalry saber, officer, Model 1840, Klingenthal.

Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 253. $1,000.

W1256...Six shot percussion revolver, Whitney Navy, second model, 4th type, .36 cal., (#18307)

Ref: Flayderman 5J-097..........$1,400........Sale pending.

W1257...Six shot double action percussion revolver, Starr Army Model 1858, .44 cal., (#5721)

Ref: Flayderman 7A-113..........$1,500........Sale pending.

W1282...Six shot double action percussion revolver, Starr Army Model 1858, .44 cal., (#6087).

Ref: Flayderman 7A-113..........$1,200.

W1324...Cavalry saber, Model 1840, possibly Confederate assembled, not identified.

Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers, (not identified). $1,100.

W1325...Artillery saber, Model 1840, Ames, 1861, Ames Mfg Co, Chicopee, banner address, GGS.

Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 97..........$1,150.

W1364...Single shot percussion carbine, Sharps New Model 1863, .52cal., (#C13848).

Ref: Flayderman 5F-021.........Sold...

W1368...Cavalry saber, Model 1860, Ames, 1858, block address, JT.

Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 79. Ames Model 1860 saber, dated 1858 with 1906 scabbard, $1,100.

W1374...Single shot percussion carbine, Burnside Model 1864, double hinged loading lever, 1856 patent date, late production "5th model", .54 cal., (#23701).

Ref: Flayderman 9B-045. $1,500.

End of sales listings, check back soon, more to come.

Ridgeway Reference Library, Civil War, weapons.
Pre 1898 Civil War weapons, click here.

All weapons I sell are "pre 1898 weapons". This exempts antique firearms from regulation, which means that they can be owned, or shipped through the mail, no permitting or licensing is required.

The complete text of the law can be found in the Cornell online law library:

The following relevant excerpt is taken from the law:
(3) The term (firearm) means
(A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;
(B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon;
(C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or
(D) any destructive device. Such term does not include an antique firearm.

(16) The term (antique firearm) means:
(A) any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898; or.....

This means that pre 1898 weapons are excluded from the law by definition, therefore none of the rest of the law applies to antique weapons made before 1898. One caution though, the weapons can be dangerous if not properly handled or used maliciously, so please be careful with them.

A note about safety of antique weapons: Pre 1898 weapons are not regulated because the law exempts them as weapons. They are old, they are antique, and some are compromised and altered well beyond their original design. Any of them can be fired, but safety is always a concern with antique weapons. Safety is also a concern if you drive an antique car on the road. With any antique, special care needs to be exercised, you do not want to simply take the thing off the shelf and shoot it. It should be carefully inspected, cleaned, serviced, and tested before firing. Most of these weapons have not been fired in at least 100 years, and the better ones have probably not been fired since the Civil War itself. There is risk of blockage, stressed metal, improper loading, and other problems that might not be imagined. In addition many collectors would consider any cleaning or use of a historic piece to be a compromise. A premium is paid for originality and condition of a historic piece, sometimes this premium is very significant for an unfired piece, a weapon never gets in better condition as it gets handled. However if you choose to fire an antique weapon versus displaying it, you will want to take it apart, thoroughly clean and inspect it before you fire it, or at least you ought to do that. These antique weapons require an entirely different approach versus the licensed modern weapons that are readily available and more easily and safely used for sport firing and hunting. As a dealer selling strictly antique weapons, I do not warrant any use.

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