Second Model LeMat
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Nicknamed, "The Grapeshot Revolver" the LeMat Pistol was invented by a medical doctor of French descent, who resided in New Orleans. His name was Jean Alexandre Francois LeMat. This massive handgun, the most intriguing arm of the Civil War period, as manufactured in Paris, France and ran through the Union blockade to the Confederate Government. The LeMat's firepower made it the favorite weapon of Jeb Stuart and any  Confederate cavalryman fortunate enough to obtain one. It was the weapon of choice also of General Beauegard, Major Henry Wirz, General Braxton Bragg and many other higher ranking Confederate officers. This gun fires nine .42 calibre ammunation, while the arbor upon which the cylinder rotates, "is itself" is a shotgun barrel firing a 20 gauge load. There were approximately 2500 LeMat pistols manufactured for the Confederacy, not all of which were delivered. There are two distinct models of the LeMat revolver and a variant model referred to as a "transitional" model. First model serial numbers  ranged from 1 to about 450. They had "right side" loading levers, spur trigger guards, part-octagon-round barrels, full swivel lanyard rings in the butt, and a few other defining features. Second Models have full octagon barrels, left side loading levers, round trigger guards, fixed butt-rings for lanyards, and some other small defining features. Second Model serial numbers range from 950 to 2500. Transitional Models are found serially numbered from about  450 to 950. Thus we come to the examination of the second Model LeMat #1952. This example has been found to be 100% original in all respects, with all original parts of the gun, with is exceptional for examples in this serial number range. All matching numbered parts. This example has "fourth series" barrel markings (Systeme Le Mat Bte. s.g.d.g. Paris), the "Bte." is French for "patent" and the "s.g.d.g" is the abbreviation for "sans grantie du givernment" translated in English, "patented but without guarantee of the Government." Inspected by CSN Inspector Lt. William H. Murdaugh. Serial number #1952 is properly stamped with the "Star" over LM ( Lt Murdaugh) on the right side of the barrel. Conclusion: Second Model LeMat 1952  is an excellent, original example, boasting all original parts and screws. Additionally this second model LeMat survives in "an astounding state" of "almost new" preservation with generous amounts of blue finish remaining. The numbered cylinder retains almost 95% original bluing with generous amounts remaining on the frame throughout. This example is one of the finest condition Second Models I have personally ever observed and a true treasure to behold.   

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Thomas Griswold Cavalry Officers Sabre
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Exceptional condition example "Thomas Griswold & Company of New Orleans Cavalry Officer Sabre." In August 1861, the partnership of Hyde & Goodrich was dissolved by the the withdrawal of A. L. Hyde and the firm continued as Thomas, Griswold  & Co. at the corner of Canal and Royal Streets, New Orleans. Thomas Griswold & Company manufactured and sold many types of war supplies, but are mainly known for their wide variety of Swords, Sabres and Cutlasses. Shortly after 1861, Thomas Griswold printed a "Lancers Manual" advertising on the back page, of which was devoted to advertising that Thomas Griswold & Co. were "Importers of Guns, Pistols, Bowie-Knives, Caps and Cartridges and Enfield Rifles. Manufactures Cavalry and Artillery Sabres and Field Officers Swords and Lances." It is considered "Thomas Griswold of New Orleans" manufactured some of the finest quality swords for the South. Featured here is one of such an outstanding condition example, with firm address clearly stamped : THOMAS GRISWOLD & Co. over NEW-ORLEANS. This example survives in an "exceptionally perfect state" of original preservation with original "Officers Knot" still present. One of the finest condition examples known to exist. 





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Confederate LeMat Transitional Model Revolver
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Nicknamed, "The Grapeshot Revolver", the LeMat pistol was invented by a medical doctor of French descent, who resided in New Orleans. His name was Jean Alexandre Francois LeMat. This massive handgun, the most intriguing arm of the Civil War period, as manufactured in Paris, France and run through the Union blockade to the Confederate Government. The LeMat's firepower made it the favorite weapon of Jeb Stuart and any Confederate cavalryman fortunate enough to obtain one: it was the weapon of choice also General Beauegard, Major Henry Wirz, General Braxton Bragg and many other high ranking Confederate officers. The gun fires nine shots of .42 calibre ammunition, while the arbor upon which the cylinder turns is itself a shotgun  barrel  firing a 20 gauge load! There were approximately 2500 LeMat pistols manufactured for the Confederacy, not all of which were delivered. There were two distinct models of the LeMat pistol, and a variant model referred to as a "transitional" model. First model serial numbers ranged from 1 to about 450. They had right side loading levers, spur trigger guards, part-octagon-part round barrels, full swivel lanyard rings in the butt, and a few other defining features. Second Models have full octagon barrels, left side loading levers, round trigger guards, fixed butt-rings for the lanyards, and some other small defining features. Second Model serial numbers ranges from 950 to 2500. Transitional Models, then are found  serially numbered from about 450 to 950, making them the rarer and perhaps more interesting of the examples, because they present an admixture of the different features of both the First and the Second Models. Thus, Transitional Models may differ in many respects from one another, depending on which parts are used from the other two models to fabricate any given piece. Thus we come to the examination of the Transitional Model #579.LeMat #579 has been found to be 100% original in all respects, with all original parts of the gun, which is exceptional for pieces in this serial number range. Part-by-part examination reveals the following: All matching serial number parts. Cylinder, Barrel, Frame locking Lever, Grapeshot Barrel Arbor, Frame, Hammer, Ratchet Arm, Sideplate and Spur Trigger Guard. Third series markings example, Inspected by CSN Inspector Lt. William H. Murdaugh. Serial number #579 properly stamped with the Star over LM marking on the side of the barrel. Conclusion: Transitional LeMat #579 is an excellent, original example, boasting all original parts and screws: It would reside comfortably in the most advanced Confederate Collection.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           







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Georgia Cartridge Box
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 Exceptional condition Georgia manufactured cartridge box with it's original Georgia box plate present. This very rare cartridge box was more than likely the product of either William Brands & Co. or N.Crown & Co. of Columbus, Georgia. The Cartridge box and painted linen shoulder strap are in near mint condition, with no tears or breaks. This Georgia cartridge box appears to be "one of the finest condition surviving examples in existence" in a state of almost new preservation. It was more than likely captured in the war as a souvenir, to survive in such remarkable condition. N. Crown & Co. had Confederate contracts in 1863-1864 for accoutrement sets (cartridge & cap boxes, belts and bayonet scabbards)






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Script Two Piece
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One of the most attractive of all Confederate manufactured buckles is the Script two piece buckle. This example still retains its' original "as issued" belt, surviving with a period leather repair. This example is complete and serviceable in all regards, with the character only a "war campaign look" can induce. These men wore their issued service belts in all weather and battle conditions. Rarely are examples still located today, in their "original" unaltered states of preservation. This example has resided in a premier antique arms and edged weapon collection. Most script Two-piece belts were utilized with frequency by Engineers, Surgeons and higher ranking Officers. It is always an exceptional rarity, when these historically important reminders of our past surface and remind us of their service and sacrifice to protect Hearth & Home..        






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Mobile Alabama Artillery Short Sword
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Exceptionally rare Mobile, Alabama manufactured Confederate Short Artillery Sword. Overall length of 26 inches. A seldom encountered CS Short Artillery Sword with its original scabbard. Hand guard CS Ordnance stamped with four X cross-hatches to scabbard assembly marks. Scabbard throat and drag riveted to leather scabbard. There are very few known surviving examples with or without their accompanying scabbards. At the onset of the Civil war various temporary Ordnance works grew up out of existing foundries, machine shops, railroad repair shops the few U.S. Arsenal and Ordnance depots. The main of these in the early part of the war were Richmond, Virginia, Fayetteville, N.C., Charleston, S.C., Augusta, G.A., Savannah & Macon, G.A., Nashville and Memphis, Tenn, Mt. Vernon and Montgomery, Ala, New Orleans & Baton Rouge, La, Little Rock, Ark, and San Antonio and Houston, Texas. Others were added such as Columbia, S.C. Atlanta & Columbus Ga, Selma, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi. Of these latter places Atlanta and Selma became the most important. It is the my belief this CS Artillery Short sword was produced at the Mobile Armory, in Alabama. As war began, Military fervor in Mobile was high, with many responding to recruitment drives for service in the Confederate Army. The Creole Guard and the Southern Guard were among those new troops that manned Mobile's defenses, as did the Mobile Cadats. The Pelham Cadets "1st Battalion Alabama Cadets served at Mobile and in various parts of Alabama in 1864 & 1865. The C.S.S. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel in combat, was built and tested in Mobile before  being shipped to Charleston, South Carolina. Brierfield Iron works and Tannehill Iron works were additional CS Government furnaces purchased from the Bib County Iron Company in 1863. The Tallassee Confederate Armory, was an 1844 cotton mill in Tallassee, utilized by the Confederacy. When the Confederacy feared for the security of Richmond, VA. a decesion was made to relocate Richmond Carbine production to an 1844 cotton mill in Tallassee. The Tallassee CS Armory is additionally known as one of the only Confederate Armories to survive the Civil War.                          




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Harpers Ferry Model 1855 U.S.Percussion Rifle Musket
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Manufactured by Harpers Ferry Armory 1857-1861, with a total recorded production of 59,273. This example is 58 caliber, single shot muzzle loader with 40" round barrel secured by three barrel bands. Iron mounting with all metal parts finished bright. Steel ramrod with tulip shaped end and swelled shank. This example is known as a early production example with "long range rear site" with lock plate dated and barrel dated 1858. Barrels were of three-groove rifling with one turn in six feet. This early production example is manufactured without patch box. Lock markings with eagle motif on tape primer compartment lid and barrel marking at breech: VP Eagle Head with US on tang of butt plate. Inspector initials on left side of stock. A wonderful example Harpers Ferry Rifle musket that was the proven "staple arm" of the Civil War, and being the first U.S. martial arm firing the mini bullet in 58 caliber. Many early production Harpers Ferry Rifle Muskets were utilized by the Confederacy in large numbers.In the reference " C.S. Armory Richmond by Paul J. Davies on page 6, is this mention of interest to the Confederate arms collector. October 1861, The capture of the Model 1855 rifle and rifle musket machinery at Harper's Ferry  by the Jefferson Battalion and the Fauquier Cavalry under Captain Turner Ashby  on the 18th of April 1861 supplied Virginia with one of the largest and most modern sets of armory machinery in the world. The Richmond Model 1855 Rifle Musket known as the Richmond Rifle Musket thus started its life in mid September 1861 from these Harpers Ferry Rifle and Rifle Musket arms and parts. The most notable change to the Richmond Rifle Musket, from the U.S. Model 1855 Rifle musket was "the elimination of the Maynard Tape Primer apparatus from the lock.Reference page 9 of the reference "C.S. Armory" by Paul J. Davies. A very historic and outstanding condition example Model 1855 Harpers Ferry Rifle Musket.                   

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W. J. McElroy Foot Officers Sword
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W. J. McElroy Officers sword manufactured in Macon, Georgia. This example survives in a near perfect state of original preservation. Typical to this manufactures design pattern is the firm name engraved on right side of blade "W. J. McElroy above Macon, Geo.Opposite blade is etched with a pair of crossed cannon and pair of crossed 1st National Confederate flags. This example was patterned similar to the regulation U.S. Model 1850 sword. The firm W. J. McElroy manufactured many additional arms and accouterments for the Confederacy. The wooden grip is covered by the original "tarred linen" which is typical Georgia feature on Confederate swords, and covered with it's original brass wire. This McElroy Officers sword survives in a "near perfect" state of original preservation and is one of the finest examples typically encountered.  



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Leech & Rigdon Staff & Field Officers Sword
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Rare Leech & Rigdon "Floating CS" Staff & Field Officers Sword produced in Columbus, Mississippi. The sword blade, basket pommel, scabbard throat, scabbard mounts & mount rings and drag are all individually number stamped #321. One of the finest condition examples known to exist, in a state of near perfect "new" preservation. This example is the "rarest of two patterns" produced by the firm. This is an exceptionally rare example that survives in a state of unequaled pristine condition. CS Acquisitions Militaria 




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Kenansville Light Artillery Saber
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This Confederate Light Artillery Sabre was the product of Louis Froelich, produced in Kenansville, North Carolina. His operation was known as the Confederate States Armory. The blade is full-length at 32 inches retaining distinctive waves, being hand forged. This examples scabbard still retains it's original red lacquer finish. The leather wrap grip is original and held in place by iron wire.The scabbard has heavy brass mounts, typical for this patterns construction.After the fall of the Arsenal at Harpers Ferry to Confederate forces in April of 1861, plans were made to relocate the rifle making machinery to new workshops at the Fayetteville Arsenal. Arms manufacturing machinery from Harpers Ferry was installed in October 1861, and the arsenal became a major supplier of small arms to the Confederacy. The principal armament was known as the Fayetteville Rifle. At its peak, the arsenal produced 500 rifles per month and various numbers of other ordnance, cartridges, swords and bayonets. An exceptional condition Confederate Light Artillery Saber.         

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Richmond Breech-Loading Sharps Carbine
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In December 1862 the Confederate government entered into a contract with the S.C. Robinson Arms Manufactory in Richmond, VA, of which John H. Lester was then superintendent, to purchase all the breech loading carbines of the sharps pattern that the firm could produce. A quantity of Model 1859 Sharps carbines had been purchased by the state of Georgia prior to the outbreak of hostilities, which were subsequently "loaned" to the Confederacy, and it is likely that those modern, self-priming, self-contained paper cartridge-firing arms served as the model for the carbines made at the Richmond, VA  firm S.C. Robinson. In March 1863 the Confederate Ordnance Department took over the manufacture of Sharps pattern carbines from S.C. Robinson without a break in the serial numbering, although their side-plates were no longer marked with the Robinson name and date of manufacture. A survey among private and institutional collections revealed 183 surviving examples of Confederate Sharps carbines, of which 79 were made by the S.C. Robinson firm and 104 by the Confederate government. This Confederate government manufactured example is serial numbered 2644 and survives in a excellent state of original preservation, with original "matching" serial numbered Confederate "breech-block." The barrel retains a clear Richmond VA firm marking with excellent condition "wood stock" through-out. A completely original CS Sharps carbine is a true rarity to encounter today, in an  unaltered and original state. Research by "Confederate Carbines & Musketoons" Cavalry Small Arms Manufactured in the for the Southern Confederacy by John M. Murphy,M.D. CS Acquisitions provides a "Life-Time Guarantee of Authenticity"  


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South Carolina Waist Belt Plate
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Exceptional condition non-excavated South Carolina waist belt. Palmetto tree device applied a mid-19th century pattern, featuring a laurel-leaf wreath design acquired by many southern states before the war and copied extensively by the Confederacy. The Palmetto tree emblem sometimes called the SC "Military Seal" was a popular representation of the state's original 1776 state seal and displayed on contemporary buttons and other insignia. This example configures to Plate 353 on page 193 in the reference "Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates" by Steve E. Mullinax.           




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CS Artillery Waist Belt Plate
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This very rare pattern exhibits the overall construction of the U.S. Army's 1839 pattern "Artillery Plate." hence it's label "Artillery Style." The extra large belt loops were an 1849 variation made to fit the two-inch wide belts issued for the Regiment of Rifleman. Several examples have been documented to be excavated in Gordonsville, Va, Louisiana camps and other known camp sites of Louisiana occupation. This example conforms exactly to Plates 066 & 067 on page 44 in the reference "Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates" Expanded Edition by Steve E. Mullinax. Exceptional example. CS Acquisitions provides our "Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity."



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Boyle Gamble & McFee Artillery Short Sword
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Manufactured for the Confederacy by Boyle Gamble & McFee of Richmond, Virginia. Patterned after the US Model 1832 Artillery Short Sword, this example is in excellent condition, with accompanying original Boyle Gamble & McFee scabbard. The blade is also in great condition, with a few usage marks. Rarely encountered with original scabbard. "Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity"           

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CSN Naval Cutlass
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Confederate States Naval Cutlass manufactured for the Confederacy at Fredericksburg,Virginia. Classic Confederate Naval cutlass with CSN and fluted anchor cast in pommel. Manufactured in Fredericksburg,Virginia at "Catherines's Furnace" by Charles Wellford and delivered to Richmond as early as mid-1861 to individual Confederate vessels. Rarely are these weapons encountered in such pristine condition. This rare example is accompanied with it's original leather scabbard and integrally sewn canvas & leather frog. Exceptional condition example.  




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