TERMS: I do my best to describe items, but there is a three-day inspection/return privilege. Let me know if something is coming back and it must be returned in the same condition as sent out: no alterations or improvements. The buyer pays postage and insurance both ways. After that I consider the item sold, but stand behind everything as original forever.

I do not do layaway. Items will be held for checks to clear. NY and Ohio residents must pay state sales tax or supply a resale number. Please keep in mind that the buyer pays for shipping and insurance. If you request an item sent without insurance I will not be responsible for loss or damage. I require insurance on items over $200.

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PO Box 6595
Ithaca, NY 14851


1) Indian War Hagner number 2 cartridge box. Modified for cavalry issue by switching the fastening strap and stud, and to .45-70 by adding a small leather strip to the exterior row of cartridge loops. Embossed US on cover, small number 2 on rear. Decent finish....$225

2) Civil War US Marine Corps cap pouch. This is not the USN marked cap pouch, which is a postwar conversion for metallic pistol cartridges. This is a two-piece front pouch with a USNY / Boston marked inner flap. Navy accoutrements included integral cap pouches sewn to the front or side of their cartridge boxes. The only sea service requiring a cap pouch is the Marines. This one was probably turned out as part of limited lot for a detachment stationed in Boston. Formerly in the Stamatelos collection, this is a rare pouch that will pictured and discussed in an upcoming book on cap pouches.....$795

3) American saber, about 1790-1805. About 35 inches overall, 27 1/2 inch blade. Full length. Slight hatchet point such as found on early cutlasses and hangers. Ricasso a little under an inch. Broad central fuller runs to about 6 1/2 inches of tip. (Fuller is actually a tad wider for the first three inches, then narrows slightly.) Flat heavy sheet iron guard in semicircle, with half-counterguard and tall curving quillon with wavy sides and wide arrow point. Grip is round, tapering, and slightly curved toward the pommel. Rudimentary shallow cuts imitate a ribbed grip. Square tang is peened over on the iron guard. All metal is brown, but not deeply rusted or pitted. Edge has a number of dings and nicks from sword play over the years, but is not excessively chewed up. More noticeable to the touch than the eye...$795

4) Revolutionary War British Pattern 1777 Sea Service Pistol manufactured before 1780. Nice wood and metal, nice markings, though the lockplate markings are a little light from wear and use. The ramrod is a replacement and a small section of the foreend is nicely restored above the upper pin for the ramrod thimble. Roman numeral VIII assembly mark in ramrod channel below thimble. Marks in the ramrod channel above its mouth seem to be WW. GR (with no date) store keepers cartouche at upper right wrist; Crown mark and Crown/6 ordnance inspector mark at lower right wrist, below tail of lock.Lock is the 1777 pattern Sea Service Pistol Lock. Standard Tower mark in vertical arc at rear; Crown/GR and crown/broad arrow beneath pan. Side plate is 1756 pattern. Part of the belt hook seems to be still in place as a washer beneath the upper sidescrew. Barrel has King's Proof mark at right center breech: Crown/GR/Broad Arrow proof mark and below it Crown/Crossed Sceptres view mark. At left breech the barrel maker's mark asterisk/IW. Crossed sceptres inspectors mark at front of tang; crown mark at base. The 1756 pattern side plate argues for an early date in the production run of the 1777 pattern pistol. The store keeper's cartouche lacks a date beneath it, indicating a date of 1780 or before. The barrel maker is probably John Whately, the younger, who worked in Birmingham and delivered barrels, locks and rammers from Dec. 1776. The WW mark in the ramrod channel is likely that of William Wilson, a setter up in London, working from Jan. 1777 to Jan. 1782.....$2295

5) Civil War cartridge box and sling. Pattern of July, 1864, with the embossed US on the flap and the 2 inch wide shoulder belt that is not pierced for a plate and is not supposed to be. The outer flap of the box has slits for the cartridge box plate, but it shows no sign of ever having had one on it, which is also proper. Box and sling are in good/very good condition. Both tins present. The belt has a nice deep black polish with just traces of the original finish. The box has the same polish with a lot of the original finish on the face, but smoother toward the top edge where there has been flexing. I see one area on the back side one end of the sling where it passes through the horizontal loop on the back of the box that looks like it might have had a small tear repaired. The belt and sling are in solid condition and can be draped on a torso form for display....$795

6) CW pistol cartridge box. This is the middle size, usually taken to be for .36 caliber revolver ammunition. (In fact it may be for early war styles of cartridge packs of.44 ammunition.) Standard cavalry accoutrement and an early war example with a single straight line of stitching retaining the latch tab. Inner leather dividers to hold the cartridge packs still present. Oval Condict maker stamp at outside bottom of flap. Brownish tone to finish. Some rubbing and abrasion to front and finish wear along top. Solid box...$295

7) CDV of Charles Mosher, 85th NY, author. Mosher's journal has been published as "Charley Mosher's Civil War: From Fair Oaks to Andersonville with the Plymouth Pilgrims (85th N.Y. Infantry.)"Remnants of a printed paper label pasted along the top edge of the card reading "Charles C. Mosher, Co. B 85th New York, 1862." (The "Co." is partially legible and the "85" is obliterated) The same view of him is published on the cover of the book. There is a little abrasion in the area of his hair on the right side of his head and small mark on his left sleeve at the biceps, otherwise decent. He is seated in a chair wearing an enlisted infantry frock with a veteran's stripe. Marsh, Canandaigua (NY) backmark; back shows signs of having been mounted in an album or on a board, perhaps in a GAR hall (which would explain the printed label). Mosher enlisted at age 19 in Hopewell, NY, and mustered in as private in Co. B, 85th NY 10/25/61. Mustered out 6/27/65 at David's Island, NY. He was captured with the regiment at Plymouth, NC, and interned at Andersonville and Florence....$210

8) "A Tribute to the Memory of Chester K. Chapman, A Member of Comany A, 141st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, who died December 6th, 1863, at Loudon, Tennessee" is the title of this handbill/broadside memorial poem of ten four-line stanzas composed by James M. Donnelly and dated March 1st, 1865. Nicely printed with floral border, a bit over 6 by 10 inches overall, composed at the request of Chapman's mother, according to the opening stanza. Chapman enlisted at age 20 in Orange, NY, on 8/14/62 to serve three years and mustered in as a private in co. A 9/11/62; he died of rheumatism and chronic diarrhea 12/6/63 at Loudon, Tenn. One corner slightly clipped not affecting border or text, slight folds at other corners.....$125

9) CW shoulder straps for a Captain of cavalry. Not postwar or reproduction straps. 4 x 1 5/8 inches, bullion 1/4 inch wide with a 3-1 dead-bright ratio. The underlay of the straps has been trimmed in places to the outer border of the straps (probably to neaten their appearance), but they retain both the outer and inner jaceron border wire. The bullion borders and bars are dark gold, not later silver and not "zinced out," and retain traces of original gilding. The background shows the characteristic muting of the yellow to a softer mustard color in exposed areas that is typical of real Civil War cavalry insignia. ...$1095

10) Model 1872 cavalry enlistedman's insignia. Stamped brass crossed sabers with four small loops soldered to the back for fastening to the cap or campaign hat. These are completely original and are from the group of suplus insignia that surfaced from a private collection/museum in the Lancaster, PA, area about 1995. These are similar to the Civil War version, but are a bit smaller and were designed to be worn with separate company letters and regimental numerals. The regulation US cavalry insignia of the Custer era. $25