The Parisian LeMat #861
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The LeMat "Grapeshot Revolver" was quite the innovative sidearm during the Civil War. Colonel Alexandre LeMat, served as military "aid-de-camp" to the then governor of Louisiana and probably attended the Congress in Montgomery, Alabama, that created the Confederate States of America on February 4th 1861. Utilized by the Confederacy, Alexandre LeMat's unique revolvers were well received by Confederate Officers for their unequaled delivery. These examples have a cylinder of nine 42.cal chambers, with a 20 gauge lower shot gun barrel. These "rare" Parisian LeMat examples retain full octagon barrels, left side loading lever. This example is a transitional example with "first model pattern" spur trigger guard. Barrel marking COL. LeMat Bte S.G.D.G. Paris {in upper, and lower case type, also in block capitals, and old-style type or italics. The most significant difference between the Paris LeMats and the Liege LeMats is fitting and finishing. The Paris LeMats show much better workmanship as a general rule and the numbers are stamped more evenly. No. 861 is a Paris LeMat, with mixes of early and late features evenhandedly. Center switch makes it easy to to change the hammer nose position with one finger to fire revolver or shot barrels, but trigger-guard and frame assembly latch hark back to the earlier Belgian guns. On this example, the left-side loading lever has become standard. This is the actual example published on page 201 in the acclaimed reference LEMAT. THE MAN, THE GUN By Valmore J. Forgett & Alain F.Marie-Antoinette Serpette. Priced $30,900.00  CS Acquisitions Militaria           





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1862 Richmond Rifle Musket
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On April 18th, 1861 the U.S. Arsenal and Armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia  was captured by forces of the Commonwealth Virginia. The machinery for making .58 Rifle-Muskets for the U.S. Model 1855 pattern, was removed to Richmond, by Lieutenant-Colonel James Henry Burton, and placed temporarily in a tobacco warehouse. After refurbishment of the Old Virginia Armory, equipment was installed and Lt. Col. Burton was placed in charge of the operation. On August 23rd, 1861, the Virginia Armory was officially taken over by the Confederate government, after which it was know as the Richmond Armory. In 1862 the machinery for Rifle manufacturing was sent to the Armory at Fayetteville, North Carolina. Also in 1862, the Richmond stock-manufacturing machinery was first shipped to Atlanta and then to Macon, Georgia. From that point on, Richmond Armory was a assembling and finishing operation only. This exceptionally rare example, is designated as a Type II pattern Richmond Rifle Musket. "High" Humpback lock-plate marked Richmond, Va with CS stamping added above Richmond, Va, indicative of an example produced after the take over by the Confederate government. This rare pattern utilizes parts captured at Harpers Ferry, with iron butt-plate and iron nose-cap. This example is a Confederate manufactured Richmond longarm with Harpers Ferry-type proof barrel stamping i.e."V" over "P" over eagle head and 1862 barrel date. Rear site is three-leaf U.S.model 1858 type with the square ramp to rear base. A very rare Confederate manufactured arm that survives in an exceptional state of preservation.                               CS Acquisitions Museum   
  












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AVC Alabama Infantry Regiment
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In February 1860, the Alabama state Legislature created the Alabama Volunteer Corps, of 74 organized companies with 8,150 men authorized. The 9th Regiment was organized at Richmond, Virginia, in May 1861, where moved to Winchester weeks later. The Regiment was at Manassas, Centerville until March 1862, then moving to Yorktown, Virginia. The 9th Regiment participated at Yorktown, Battle of Williamsburg and Seven Pines without severe losses. Under General Wilcox at the Battle of Gaines Mill and Frazier's Farm, the Regiment sustained severe losses. At the Battle of Gettysburg, the Brigade suffered 781 killed and wounded. The ninth participated at The Wilderness, Second Battle of Cold Harbor, Petersburg and to Appomattox. A remnant of the Ninth surrendered at Appomattox, of 1138 men on its rolls, 200 fell in battle, over 175 died of disease and 208 were discharged or transferred. This exceptionally rare haversack extant example was originally located in the state of Alabama. $12,500.00                     CS Acquisitions Museum.












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High Grade Louisiana Staff Officers Sword
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The Pelican feeding its young has been on the State seal of Louisiana from the time it was admitted into the Union in 1812, the 18th state. During the Civil War, the Confederate seal had the pelican's head turned to it's left, with a nest full of young. Louisiana was the sixth state to adopt an Ordinance of Secession, at a Convention held in Baton Rouge on January 26, 1861. This exceptionally rare Louisiana Staff Officers sword was constructed with a massive guard measuring 4.4 inches. It has six branches off the guard that quickly form into three branches, creating the knuckle bow. The pommel is two-piece seamed, cast with eleven stars representing the eleven Confederate states. The guard is exceptional, with a circle type frame encasing the Louisiana Pelican state seal, with two joined semi-circles, displaying the letters CS. The fixed counter guard boasts a branch with leaves and berry designs, with the entirety of metal surfaces covered in heavy gold gilt. The blade is profusely engraved in "hand cut" scroll designs, running 22.5 inches down both sides for the blade. The scabbard is top seamed leather with gilt brass mounts. An exceptionally rare extant, which survives as "one" of only "two" known examples. Ex: William A. Albaugh and Kevin Hoffman Collection. $135,000.00                                                                                                       CS Acquisitions Museum.   


















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Mississippi Waist Belt Plate
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The state seal of Mississippi has been in use since 1817, when the state was admitted into the Union as the 20th state. The seal portrays an American eagle with an olive branch in the right talon and arrows in the left. Mississippi became the second state to adopt an ordinance of Secession, at a convention assembled in Jackson, January 9th 1861. An exceptionally rare example, with very few known surviving plates of this pattern. Manufactured of cast brass, this example is accompanied on its original waist belt. Manufactured by Emerson Gaylord (ca.1860-1861), Gaylord reported to have manufactured accoutrements and plates for the South before the attack on Fort Sumter. In addition to Mississippi, Emerson supplied the states of Virginia, Alabama, Maryland and Georgia. This example measures 52mm x 88mm without keeper, with production number 605 stamping. This example survives in a excellent state of original preservation.                                 CS Acquisitions Museum.

















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Virginia Manufactory Flintlock Musket
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Virginia Manufactory, Second Model Variation I, flintlock musket dated 1817. The development of the Virginia Manufactory Muskets falls into three periods: 1802-1809, 1810-1811 and 1812-1821. This example is defined as the Second Model Virginia Manufactory Musket (1812-1821) dated 1817. There are two variations of this example noted, with this example defined as variation I. with rounded trigger guard finals, with barrel band springs located, forward of the lower and middle barrel bands. While many of the Virginia Manufactory muskets issued as Flintlocks subsequently were altered to percussion both by the Confederacy and the Commonwealth of Virginia, during 1861 most of the muskets issued served their recipients as flintlocks. Issue records of Virginia's Richmond Arsenal indicate approximately 7000 Virginia flintlock muskets were issued to various units from April 1861 through October 1861. This example has been professionally stored in the World-renowned McMurry collection since the 1930's, being in a state of  "absolute new" mint condition preservation. It is always an exceptional rarity, in the new discovery of any mint condition Civil War period arms, with discoveries of 200 year old Flintlock examples an extreme rarity. $23,900.00                                    CS Acquisitions Museum.      










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Boyle & Gamble Staff and Field
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Located on South 6th street, one block from the old Virginia Armory. Boyle & Gamble of Richmond, Virginia manufactured many types of swords, knives and bayonets during the Civil war for the Confederacy. This featured example has the counterguard cast with the letters CS on a ribbon, which is encircled by a wreath, which in turn is surrounded by a star. The blade is etched with the Confederate battle flag, floral designs, with letters CSA prominently visible. An outstanding example Staff & Field sword, manufactured in Richmond, Virginia for the Confederacy. This sword survives at a very high level of condition, with blade retaining generous amounts of original frosting. A rarely encountered Confederate Staff Officers sword surviving in a very fine state of original preservation. $16,500.00    CS Acquisitions Museum





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RIGDON-ANSLEY REVOLVER
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In January, 1864, found Charles H. Rigdon and his machinery in Augusta, Georgia, forming a partnership with Jesse Ansley, J.A. Smith and Charles Keen, opening operations under the name of Rigdon-Ansley. Under the terms that Rigdon and Leech dissolved partnership, Rigdon was to continue the firm's original contract with the Confederate States for 1500 revolvers and the balance of this old contract was complected, with the guns still being stamped "Leech & Rigdon, CSA." although actually made by Rigdon-Ansley. After completion of 1500 revolvers, marked with the old firm name, the design of manufacture was changed somewhat and a few improvements were made. Foremost of these, were the substitution of twelve stops on the cylinder instead of the customary six stops, providing an additional safety measure. With this change, there was no need of safety pins between the nipples on the cylinder nor of slot in the hammer face to engage them. Another change, important in identifying the revolving , was that the solid frame was milled on the cylinder side with a channel for "spent" caps to be more easily "expelled." Another change on the Rigdon-Ansley was the addition of the "Colt type latch" for the loading lever, from the Leech & Rigdon "pin and ball" type catch on the loading lever. In Rigdon-Ansley production, there was no interruption to the serial numbers as originally started back in Columbus, Mississippi. After the serial number range 1600, the Rigdon-Ansley revolvers are stamped only with serial numbers and the letters "CSA" on the barrel top.This example is in an exceptional state of preservation.                           CS Acquisitions Museum     








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Leech & Rigdon Cavalry Officers Sword
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This Leech & Ridgon Cavalry Officers Sword was stolen at the Maryland Antique Arms Show, late Friday September 29th or Saturday morning September 30th. A reward will be forthcoming to anyone providing information for the return of this Immeasurably rare Confederate Cavalry Officers Sword manufactured by Leech & Rigdon of Memphis Novelty Works, Memphis, Tennessee. On September 18th 1861, the Memphis Appeal advertised the following: Memphis Novelty Works, Thomas Leech & Company, Corner of Main and McCall Sts. Memphis, Tenn. Established primarily for the Manufacture of Army Cutlery and brass castings of all kinds. We are prepared to receive and fill orders for the following: Infantry Swords, Cavalry swords and sabres, artillery cutlasses knives, Bowie knives of every description, bayonets for shotguns and rifles. In the fall of 1861 or early in 1862, Leech was joined by Charles H. Rigdon of St. Louis, Mo. Confederate authorities anticipated the fall of Memphis, Tennessee, and set up an armory at Columbus Mississippi. In 1862 Columbus, was again threatened by the Federals with Thomas Leech choosing the relocation to Greensboro, Georgia. It is believed most sword making production ceased upon location at Greensboro and that all manufacturing was devoted to revolver manufacture. The Leech & Rigdon Cavalry Officers Sword is unarguably considered in a class of the "very rarest" of all manufactured Confederate Cavalry Officers swords. The attention to casting detail and unequaled blade etching, rank this example as a true work of art, with fewer than five examples of this pattern known to exist. $95.000.00   CS Acquisitions Museum 





















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Enfield Pattern 1853 Rifle Musket
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Imported by the Confederacy in large numbers, was the exceptionally well made Pattern 1853 rifle musket. This pattern was considered the backbone of armament for the Confederate forces throughout the war. Type III pattern. Overall length of 55 inches, barrel length of 39 inches, marked 25 bore / .577 calibre, rifled with three broad lands and grooves. Birmingham Arms marked lock plate stamped 1861 over TOWER, with Crown stamped left of hammer. The butt plate, trigger guard, lock plate washers and nose cap of brass. The example is stamped with block letter "S' in front of numbered butt plate tang. The letter "S" represents the furnisher, W. Scott & Sons, as guns provided to fill the "furnishers" contract brokered by Sinclair, Hamilton & Company in October 1861 were all marked with a capital letter corresponding to the respective manufacturer. This example is engraved utilizing a Confederate numbering system, with inventory control number of 1507. JS over Anchor stamping is located behind the rear tang of trigger guard, representing Confederate viewer John Southgate, a contract viewer for the London Armoury Company. Exceptional example of a imported Confederate Pattern 1853 Type III Rifle Musket. CS Acquisitions Museum





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Thomas Griswold "Fort Hilt" Staff & Field Officers Sword
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Immeasurably rare Confederate Staff Officers sword manufactured by Thomas Griswold & Company of New Orleans, Louisiana between 1861 to 1862. This firm operated from 1853 until early 1861 as Hyde & Goodrich. Operating as Thomas Griswold & Company in spring of 1861 until the end of the Civil War, Thomas Griswold & Company produced Officers swords of the very finest quality. The blade of this example is of no exception, surviving in a perfect state of original preservation, with blade fully etched with vine patterns and CS in Script lettering, obverse blade is finely etched with artillery motif of crossed cannon and floral patterns. Of the few known surviving examples of this very rare pattern Griswold Staff & Field Sword, most are associated with Officers in the New Orleans Washington Artillery. The guard and pommel of this example retain generous amounts of original gold gilt plating. The scabbard retains all of the original leather cover over brass, with mount embellishments of decorative ornate beading. Described as the "Fort Hilt" pattern, with "fort motif" cast into the counter guard, the "Fort Hilt" Thomas Griswold & Company swords are among the rarest of all Confederate Officer swords known to exist today. CS Acquisitions Museum











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Confederate Officers Belt
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Script CS Officers Sword Belt & Buckle in an exceptional state of preservation. Manufactured by Boyle & Gamble of Richmond, Virginia, as a supplied or special order belt set, typically accompanying purchased Boyle & Gamble Officers Grade Swords. This pattern buckle is typically associated with CS Engineers and Surgeons. This example survives on it's original, as issued belt and considered one of the finest condition surviving examples known to exist. CS Acquisitions Museum








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B. Douglas Cavalry Officers Saber
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The finest known surviving example of the "B. Douglas Cavalry Officers Saber" extant, manufactured in Columbia, South Carolina at the B. Douglas & Co. Sword Factory, The Old Foundry, at Washington Street. In the September 10th 1862 Daily "Southern Guardian," B. Douglas advertised "Arms: Companies now being equipped, can be supplied with Swords, Sabers, Spurs, Bits and Etc." This example survives in a state of near mint condition, accompanied with it's originally issued wooden scabbard stamped #30. A very rare example, seldom encountered, surviving in it's "as issued" new state of original preservation.                           CS Acquisitions Museum.














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Virginia Pattern Cavalryman Buckle
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Virginia manufactured Cavalryman's buckle surviving in an excellent state of original preservation. Manufactured at the Richmond Arsenal between 1861-1865 for Virginia Cavalry regiments. This example is referenced in "Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates" by Steve E. Mullinex, Expanded Edition on page 14, Plate 009. Excellent condition Bar-Type pattern, exhibiting a high copper content. This non-excavated example is marked with three Roman numeral bench marked "III" located on back edge of the tongue bar.   CS Acquisitions Museum





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New Model 1859 Sharps Carbine
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52 Caliber straight-breech loader carbine manufactured  by Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company, Hartford Connecticut from 1859 to 1866 with total quantities of 115,000. The straight breech models were a definite improvement over the earlier slant-breech types and are considered the most common of the Sharps rifles and carbine. This example is serial numbered 59715 with many in this number range issued to the 1st Colorado Cavalry, 2nd California. By December 1862 more than 60% of all breech loading carbines in the field of service were Sharps carbines. CS Acquisitions Museum  

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