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    LOT 1235
South Carolina Palmetto Armory Model 1842 Percussion Pistol - NSN, 54 cal., 8 1/2 inch round bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. 1,000 Model 1842 pistols were manufactured at the Palmetto Armory by William Glaze and Benjamin Flagg. The latter was previously the superintendent of Asa Waters’s factory in Milbury, Massachusetts. They are believed to have been assembled from condemned and overrun parts from Aston and Johnson from the U.S. contracts. The barrel has a brass blade front sight, captive ramrod, “P/V/ palmetto tree” on the upper left, “Wm GLAZE & CO.” on the left flat, and “1853” at an angle on the upper tang. The lock is marked “PALMETTO, ARMORY/palmetto tree/S*C.” at the center and “COLUMBIA/S C 1852” at the tail. The pistol is accompanied by a letter and analysis information from Dr. Frederick G. Novy discussing this pistol, including the “H2” markings on the breech plug and barrel, lack of a “C” on the bolster and that the left swivel is “probably an old replacement part.” Photos and two editions of “William Glaze and the Palmetto Armory” by Jack Allen Meyer are also included. CONDITION: Good overall with a layer of oil/lacquer on much of the stock and metal, moderate pitting, gray patina, aged patina on the brass, and moderate overall wear. Mechanically fine. Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500
LOT 1236
Large Confederate Style Bowie
Knife with Brass Tack Decorated
Sheath - A wide variety of large
knives and Bowie knives were
employed by Confederate troops
during the Civil War. Many of these
knives were made in small numbers by local blacksmiths, and they rarely bear maker’s marks. It measures 16 3/8 inches overall with an 11 5/8 inch blade. The roughly forged blade has a crest down the middle on each side, a very thick spine, and a very slight clip point. The guard is an elliptical brass disk. The “fish tail” hilt has a thick nearly full tang with bone/horn grip scales retained with crass pins. Includes a simple folded sheath with light tooling and brass tack decoration.
CONDITION: Good, the blade showing a dark grey patina, rough forging and grinding marks, and some scattered mild pitting. The guard is loose. The grip scales show moderate wear with some chipping and flaking. The sheath is good with the belt loop absent and a piece of velcro added along with some mild wear and age-related cracking.
Estimate: 1,500 - 2,500
LOT 1237
Scarce Civil War Era London Armoury Co.
Kerr Patent Single Action
Percussion Revolver - Serial no. 2039, 44 cal., 5 5/8
inch octagon bbl., blue finish, walnut grips. Approximately 11,000 of these Kerr patent revolvers were manufactured
by the London Armoury Company between 1859 to 1866, and the majority were known to have been exported for use by the Confederacy during the American Civil War, with some stopped by
the Union blockade. These revolvers were well regarded by the men who carried them. This example appears to have a very faint “JS/anchor” marking. This marking is found on some of the known Confederate issued examples. The Kerr revolver’s cylinder can be rotated by
pulling the trigger, but the hammer must be cocked manually and also revolves the cylinder when it is. The use of an older style back action percussion lock meant that these revolvers
were easier to work on and repair than more complicated revolver actions. “L.A.C” London Armory Company marking followed by “crown/GP” and “crown/V” proofs on the upper left barrel flat, “LONDON/ ARMOURY” marked on the left of the frame, “KERR’S PATENT. 2039.” on the right of the frame, “LONDON ARMOURY.” on the lock plate, “2039” and faint London crown proofs marked on the outside of the cylinder, “2059” (likely a factory error) is marked on the inside of the frame above and below the cylinder, on the inside of the trigger guard, on the underside of the lock and on the grip inside the lock cutout area. What appears to be “640” is marked on the front face of the cylinder CONDITION: Good with mostly brown patina overall, traces of original blue finish, with scattered moderate pitting and mostly clear markings. Artificially aged and blue finished modern replacement loading lever assembly. Grip is also very good with some light wear areas, some dents and scratches, a minor chip on the right beneath the edge of the lock and otherwise mostly defined checkering. The hammer is functioning, the cylinder does not properly rotate, mechanically needs work. Estimate: 2,250 - 3,500
 LOT 1238
 Documented Civil War Era Bowie Knife with Sheath and Grip Carving Attributed to John Quincy Adams Nutting of the 53rd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry - The left side of the handle is deeply
hand carved “JQAN.
Co.B53d M.V.M.”This
carving is attributed
to John Quincy Adams
Nutting of Company B of the 53rd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Militia). John Q.A. Nutting a piano maker, originally enlisted on October 18th, 1862 at 34 years old as a private, and was later mustered out as a sergeant. The quality of the hand carving matches the woodworking skill of a piano maker. The 53rd Massachusetts, active October 17th, 1862 through September 2nd, 1863, saw action primarily at the siege and capture of Port Hudson, Louisiana. This
exact knife is pictured on page 140 of the book “The Bowie Knife, Unsheathing an American Legend” by Norm Flayderman, in which the caption states that this knife, without maker markings, was possibly made by Ames or some other New England cutlery firm, and indicates the aforementioned name tied to the carving. A similar fighting knife is pictured on page
170 of “Confederate Bowie Knives” by Melton, Phillips & Sexton, which is attributed as
made by an unknown southern factory, with a handful of nearly identical examples known
(differing from Flayderman’s book). It measures approximately 17 inches overall, and the
blade measures 11 5/8 inch long by 1 1/4 inch wide with a 1/4 inch thick spine. Includes a
period brown leather sheath.
CONDITION: Fine, with a lightly aged patina on the blade showing some scattered patches
of dark colored light pin-prick pitting, the brass guard has an untouched age darkened patina, the handle has scattered light scratches with defined carving and edges. The scabbard is very good with mild age related wear and cracking.
Provenance: The Norm Flayderman Collection; Property of a Gentleman.
Estimate: 3,500 - 5,500 189

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