Civil War Relicman
Harry Ridgeway
Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!)
authentic Civil War relics, bought and sold.
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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.


W1493...Artillery saber, Model 1840, Ames, banner address, 1862., inspected by Connecticut
The model 1840 saber designed for the artilleryman was lighter than the cavalry version. Standard features include a relatively straight wooden handle covered with leather and a wire grip, brass hilt with a single bar, brass pommel cap is relatively low convex and unadorned, steel blade has distinct curve with a flat back with a narrow fuller not stopped and a wide fuller stopped at the ricasso, iron scabbard with iron mountings. The recess on the handle present on the earlier models was removed, leather washer employed, and there is a throat on the scabbard. Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Marks on ricasso, "MADE BY / AMES MFG CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS." (banner style), and "US / (inspector) / 1862". Additional inspector marks on the pommel. Blade length 32in.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 97.

Ames 1862, type II, inspected by Connecticut. The grip has leather wrap and wire intact, leather washer intact, handle is tight and secure, blade appearance is pleasing with smooth grey patina, maker marks are strong, scabbard intact with smooth grey patina,
For Sale.....$950.
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W1513...Breechloader, Spencer seven shot rimfire carbine, Model 1860, with 1865 modifications, Stabler cutoff using "56/52" cartridge, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .52cal., (#45246)
Carbine was manufactured by Spencer Repeating Rifle Co., Boston, Massachusetts, serial numbers run to about 67,000, all were manufactured before 1865 about 10,000 were modified in 1865. This weapon revolutionized carbines, it was a repeater, capable of handling seven all weather or metallic rim fire cartridges at a time, providing a major advantage over the single shot paper cartridge percussion weapons previously employed. The so called "56 / 56" cartridge was originally used, this meant that the side of the cartridge fitted over the bullet was straight, however the bullet and bore are smaller at approximately .52 caliber. Seven cartridges were loaded by a magazine tube fitted through the butt. The magazine had an internal spring, cartridge was readied by raising and lowering a lever also serving as a trigger guard. However, the 7 shot repeater proved to be unreliable, having a tendency to jam, so a number were reverted back to single shot by installation of the Stabler cutoff. This was lever installed on the bottom of the receiver, it could be switched on or off to enable or block the feed from the magazine. A square notch was cut into the bottom of the receiver, if the lever is removed, which is common, the square notch remains. In addition the sharp edges of the top of the receiver were milled rounded, this so that the cartridges could be more easily inserted into the chamber. The straight cartridge was also redesigned to a tapered cartridge "56 / 52" or "56 / 50", the bullet was smaller but still about .52 cal. The orginal six groove rifling was milled, and a sleeve was inserted with three groove rifling. The 22inch barrel was not shortened. The straight edge of hammer was milled to a bevel eliminating the edge protruding from the side of the receiver, however this 1865 beveled hammer was the same size as the 1860 straight hammer, so either can be found. The smooth magazine thumbstall was replaced with a ribbed surface. However, since the point of the conversion was to disable the magazine, either magazine can be found. No changes were made to the other features, iron buttplate with hole and catch to secure the magazine tube, single iron band, Spencer long range sight, saddle bar and ring installed on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of frame: "SPENCER REPEATING - / RIFLE CO. BOSTON. MASS. / PAT'D MARCH 6. 1860. ". Serial number on rear of frame. The wood was often refinished, old cartouches were sanded out and sometimes a new one will appear on the butt. Barrel length, 22in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-087.

Spencer serial number 45246. This reflects 1865 modifications, chamber is milled, three groove rifling, the receiver is notched for Stabler cutoff, however lever tab has been removed. Hammer is straight 1860 hammer and thumbstall is smooth and not ribbed. Metal is brown with light rust, rifling is definite, mechanically sound but could use a good oiling and cleaning.
For Sale.....$2,000.
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W1514...Breechloader, Merrill single shot percussion carbine, "First Type", brass patchbox and breech lever secured with rounded latch, .54cal., (#5778)
The Merrill carbine bears a unique breech system with a long lever released by a spring latch, and is percussion primed using a paper cartridge. Manufactured by H. Merrill, Baltimore Maryland. This model with brass patchbox is referred to as "First Type", however this is a collector term of convenience, and not a contemporary designation. Standard features include brass buttplate, brass patch box, brass trigger guard, single brass band, saddle riding ring and bar on the left side, two leaf hinged sight, rifled with three grooves. On early production, the breech latch is rounded. Marks on lock forward of the hammer, "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858 / APL. 9. MAY 21 - 28 - 61", serial number appears on rear of the hammer, and on the breach tang. Breech lever is marked "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858". Additional inspector marks inside the loading lever. Barrel length 22.125in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-075, rounded latch.

Serial number, 5778, appears on rear of the hammer, and on the breach tang. Metal pleasing with grey patina, wood solid dings and scratches, mechanics fully functional, bore rifling strong.
For Sale.....$2,400.
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W1515...Rifled percussion musket, Model 1861, subcontract Norwich, 1863, .58cal.
The Model 1861 was the primary musket at the start of the Civil War. Musket was designed as a single shot .58 cal. rifled muzzleloader featuring iron buttplate, "C" shaped hammer, bolster with clean out screw, two leaf sight, iron trigger guard, three flat barrel bands held in place with springs, two strap hooks on middle band and trigger guard, tulip head ramrod with bulged shank and threaded end, iron nose cap. Springfield Armory supervised the manufacturing and distribution of the Model 1861 musket. In order to fulfill shortages, production was sub-contracted to a number of private manufacturers, Norwich Arms Co., Norwich, Connecticut produced 25,000 muskets under the subcontract. Lock is marked "1863." behind the hammer, with eagle and "U.S. / NORWICH." in front. Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head and (date). Buttplate is marked "US". Three bands each marked "U". Cartouche in wood on left side opposite the lock indicate government inspection, additional inspector mark on the barrel. Barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 9A-323.

Norwich lock dated 1863, barrel dated 1863. Additional cartouches on right side indicate government inspection and are visible. Metal appearance pleasing and grey patina, maker marks are strong, barrel date is readable, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are visible, Leaf missing on rear sight, tulip head ramrod intact with threads, 3 bands intact, both strap hooks intact, bore rifling is definite needs cleaning, mechanics fully functional.
For Sale.....$1,300.
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W1516...Rifled percussion musket, Model 1861, subcontract Savage, 1863, .58cal.
The Model 1861 was the primary musket at the start of the Civil War. Musket was designed as a single shot .58 cal. rifled muzzleloader featuring iron buttplate, "C" shaped hammer, bolster with clean out screw, two leaf sight, iron trigger guard, three flat barrel bands held in place with springs, two strap hooks on middle band and trigger guard, tulip head ramrod with bulged shank and threaded end, iron nose cap. Springfield Armory supervised the manufacturing and distribution of the Model 1861 musket. In order to fulfill shortages, production was sub-contracted to a number of private manufacturers, Savage Revolving Fire Arms Co, Middletown. Connecticut, produced 25,520 muskets under the subcontract. Lock is marked "1863" behind the hammer, with eagle over "US" and and "SAVAGE R.F.A. Co / MIDDLETOWN. CT" in front. Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head and (date). Buttplate is marked "US". Three bands each marked "U". Cartouche in wood on left side opposite the lock indicate government inspection, additional inspector mark on the barrel. Barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 9A-329.

Savage, lock 1863, barrel 1863. Additional cartouches on right side indicate government inspection and are visible. Metal appearance pleasing with smooth grey patina, maker marks are strong, barrel date is readable, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are visible, sight intact, tulip head ramrod intact with threads, 3 bands intact, both strap hooks intact, bore is clean, rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.
For Sale.....$1,900.
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W1517...Breechloader, Smith single shot percussion carbine, cavalry model with saddle bar, "MANUFACTURED BY / AM' N M'CH'N WKS / SPRINGFIELD MASS", address is under the saddle bar, .50cal., (#6596)
Carbine was manufactured by American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, Poultry and Trimble, Baltimore were selling agents. The Smith carbine utilized a paper or rubber cartridge and employed a unique loading system, the barrel swivels downward like a shotgun upon release by a latch underneath. Developed and marketed early, The Smith carbine was used extensive by Northern cavalry units that enlisted early. Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, latch on top of barrel with release on bottom, hinged sight, six lands & grooves. All marks are on the left side in three panels, manufacturer mark, "MANUFACTURED BY / AM' N M'CH'N WKS / SPRINGFIELD MASS", is on the bottom panel under the saddle bar and is difficult to read, selling agent mark, "ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMBLE / BALTIMORE, U.S.A.", appears on rear panel top, and the patent date, "SMITH'S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857". is vertical on the forward panel. Serial number appears twice on the bottom. Inspector cartouche in wood on left side behind the receiver indicated government inspection, additional inspector markmay be found on the barrel or other parts. Barrel length 21.625in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-085, American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, cavalry model with saddle bar.

Serial number 6596 appears twice on the bottom. Manufacturer mark is directly under the saddle bar. Metal pleasing with original bluing, wood solid dings and scratches, mechanics fully functional, cartouches visible, bore rifling strong.
For Sale.....$2,500.
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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:
http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sec_18_00000921----000-.html
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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