Summer Civil War Catalog - 2018









    SCW-001

Presentation & Engraved Henry Rifle – 114th Ohio – Battle Honors of the Vicksburg Campaign

“Courage & Valor – Chickasaw Bayou, Thompsons Hill, Champion Hills, Big Black River, Vicksburg”

“Presented to Lt. E L Buchwalter by his friends of 114th Regt, OVI”

The Rarest Engraved Henry in Private hands - - Factory engraved possibly by Nimschke, and factory silver plated – a major Civil War rarity - .44 Henry cal. serial #3366 a deluxe model presentation Henry Rifle, both sides the receiver is elaborately engraved and the entire receiver is factory silver plated. A remarkable Civil War gun, made and presented in 1863 after their Vicksburg Campaign which culminated with the siege and capture of the Confederate fortifications at Vicksburg on the Mississippi river. The campaign was commanded by General U.S. Grant and the siege and capture of Vicksburg on July 4th, 1863 divided the Confederacy in half, that same day the Confederate forces led by General R. E. Lee were defeated at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The 114th Ohio were in every battle leading up to the siege and capture of Vicksburg, Lt Buchwalter was severely wounded, he led his men in the assault on the entrenched Confederate lines in Vicksburg. After the fall of Vicksburg he was placed in command of Freed Slaves in the 3rd Mississippi Colored US Infantry and guarded the Mississippi River as well as the captured plantations nearby where many of the freed slaves came from, for this service he was presented a beautifully engraved sword similar to this ultra-rare Henry rifle, his presentation sword is illustrated in “The American Sword “by Harold Peterson, this Henry is a new discovery and is unpublished. Certainly among the rarest guns of the Civil War. In excellent condition and functional action, and good bore it is an untouched Unique Museum showpiece!

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$195,000    








    SCW-002

Very Rare “Double Cased Colt Root & Colt 51’ Navy”

With matching Colt factory Grips and Colt factory engraving in original wood green felt lined oak case.

A very rare matched “Cased Set of a Navy & Root” serial #91856 for the Navy and serial #18809 for the Root revolver. Each one is factory stamped “I” for the matching grips, the engraving is from the Colt Factory and a Wolf head is within the engraving on the hammer of the Navy indicating Gustave Young was the engraver. Excellent condition with matching factory engraving and factory grips. The Navy still retains factory case hardened finish. And the actions are crisp and fully functional. The wood case is excellent and contains the bullet molds for each gun in .36 cal & .31 cal, as well as original and full unopened cartridge boxes with the cartridges still inside for each caliber gun, a full tin of Colt percussion caps. The two power flasks for each caliber pistol have patriotic motifs of a Canon and American Flag on the Navy and the American Eagle for the Root. A Superb ‘Matched Set’ in straight from the Colt factory condition, rarely encountered and it takes a Life-Time collecting to find a cased set like this. An Important Colt set and a major American Gun Rarity.

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$175,000    




    SCW-003

Martially marked 2nd Model Henry Rifle with original factory leather shoulder sling.

The most desirable of all Henry rifles - Martially marked ‘H’ on the receiver and the barrel.

A very rare 2nd Model ‘Martially’ marked Henry Rifle .44 Henry RF serial #10417 with the original New Haven Arms Factory leather shoulder sling. Excellent condition and the brass receiver has a smooth brass factory patina finish with very fine walnut stock, martially marked on both the barrel and receiver with regimental barrel marking, this is the most desirable of all standard issue Henrys produced during the Civil War as very few were martially marked. Very Fine condition, fully functional with an excellent bore, if you have set your sights on a martial Henry this is the one !

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$67,500    






    SCW-004

Colt 49’ Silvered with British Proofs in original case - Presented by the British Consulate in London to Confederate Lt. Col. A. H. Franklin – The Finest Silvered Colt 49’ London in existence

The rarest of all Colt 49’s from London – most have the Colt - New York address on the barrel thus only a small number have the Colt - London Address as this gun does “Address Col: Colt – London.”

A very rare ‘Cased Colt London’ beautifully Silver plated and Colt engraved, the engraving on the cylinder is magnificent and crisp as is the action of the gun, even the bullet mold has been silvered, this is a wonderful Deluxe set; serial #3309 in .31 caliber with a 4 inch barrel with British Proof marks on the frame in a wonderful English Oak red velvet lined wood case with Eley-London tin cap box and British Copper & brass powder flask and cleaning rod.

Confederate Lt. Colonel A.H. Franklin led a historical career both during and after the Civil War, he received this Rare Cased Colt 49’ from the British Consulate as Agent for the Confederate Government to import much needed supplies through the Blockade , he was originally from Mississippi and a direct descendant of the famous American Patriot Benjamin Franklin. He entered the war in command of the 33rd Mississippi and excelled through the ranks becoming a Lt. Colonel. After the war he went West as so many Confederate veterans did to build a new life, and became a Sheriff in West Texas in 1920 he attended Hoods Texas Brigade Confederate Veterans Reunion this was to be his last connection with the war. We have several of his guns in this catalog, they are all ‘New Discoveries’ that have never been on the market before and a great opportunity to own a truly wonderful and perhaps the Finest Cased Colt 49’ with silver finish in existence, a remarkable showpiece

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$47,500    

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    SCW-005

The 1st Repeating Rifle in America made by Robbins & Lawrence – The “Smith Jennings”

One of the rarest and the very first of the American Repeating Rifles, made by Robbins & Lawrence in Windsor, Vermont in .54 cal. With a magazine under the barrel that held ‘rocket balls’ the first cartridge for repeating rifles. Only 1000 of these guns were ever made in four different models. Very rare with a highly engraved receiver which is also marked ‘C P Dixon Agent - New York- Patent 1849’ additionally it has a wonderful engraved oval brass escutcheon depicting the ‘Great American Seal’.

A Unique Museum piece ! (See more images on my website www.garyhendershott.net)

$12,500    







    SCW-006

The 1st Revolver ever made by Smith & Wesson and the 1st cartridge Model – Major J. C. Smith, 5th Ohio Cavalry

The 1st Smith & Wesson Revolver serial #4007 in .22 caliber it is the 1st Issue of the 1st Model and the 1st American pistol made in .22 caliber. Beautifully Factory Engraved with Silver finish presented to Major J. C. Smith of the Ohio Volunteer Cavalry during the early days of the Civil War.

A very rare ‘Cased Presentation Smith & Wesson’ engraved & silver factory finish presented to this officer of the famous 5th Ohio Cavalry ---- Major J. O. Smith led his command in Company K of the 5th Ohio Cavalry during General Grant’s campaign to capture Vicksburg and divide the Confederacy in half. He was present to lead his men against the entrenched Confederates and final surrender of the city to General Grant on July 4th, 1863. He latter led his command in Sherman’s March to the Sea during the Atlanta Campaign in 1864 and in 1865 was at the Army of Tennessee’s Surrender in 1865. A very rare gun in itself and carried by the commander of a hard fighting unit throughout the Civil War. A Unique and Historical Gun!

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$18,500    





    SCW-007

The 1st repeating rifle made by Oliver Winchester – the forerunner of the Henry and the Winchester

Volcanic Carbine, made by Oliver Winchester’s New Haven Arms Company, Connecticut – serial #18 and in .41 caliber made during the 1st week of production in 1857. Factory engraved with a beautiful silver-plated factory finish and in carbine length with a 21-inch barrel which also retains 95% factory blue finish, makes this not only a great rarity but one of the finest condition Volcanic Arms Carbine in existence! Oliver Winchester’s Volcanic was a forerunner to the Henry Rifle and ultimately the Winchester, this Volcanic was America’s 1st repeating rifle that paved the way for both the Henry and Winchester guns. Although known for their pistols, they did produce a small number of carbines which rarely, if ever come onto the market and are lacking in even the most advanced collections as they are virtually unobtainable at any price, they are so rare! A centerpiece to a Henry & Winchester Collection!

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$75,000    





    SCW-008

The 1848 Colt Baby Dragoon - presented to ‘A.J. Darton’ serial #9381 square back trigger guard with the rare 6 “ barrel

Very Rare as most were issued with 3 inch barrels, no ramrod loading facility as it preceded the more widely used 1849 Pocket Model, factory case hardened and blue finish, trigger guard and back strap silvered. In 36 cal. and superb condition - Cased Presentation Baby Dragoon.

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$59,500    





    SCW-009

The Only Known ‘4 Barrel’ Civil War Rifle in Existence – Presented to Major J O Smith 5th Ohio Cavalry with Battle Honors during the Vicksburg Campaign when he was wounded on June 20th, 1863 carrying this carbine length custom made rifle.

A very rare and unique Civil War short rifle in carbine length for cavalry, 4 barrels .36 caliber custom made by P B Hall, Ashtabula, Ohio made from one iron barrel stock that was bored out to make 4 barrels, with ‘Mule Flapper’ side hammers, set trigger, flash protectors and a highly engraved receiver. A custom made gun for Major J O Smith of the 5th Ohio cavalry with a historical Battle Honor inscription on a sterling silver plaque under the barrel ‘June 20th, 1863 Battle of Mud Creeks Miss – Maj. Joseph Smith, 5th Regt Ohio Cavalry severely wounded’ this unique gun also has Major J O Smiths name on the large silver patch box on the stock, the butt plate is also German silver.

Major J. O. Smith led his command in Company K of the 5th Ohio Cavalry during General Grant’s campaign to capture Vicksburg and divide the Confederacy in half. He was wounded in a battle leading up the capture of Vicksburg yet was present to lead his men against the entrenched Confederates and final surrender of the city to General Grant on July 4th, 1863. He later led his command in Sherman’s March to the Sea during the Atlanta Campaign in 1864 and in 1865 he was at the Army of Tennessee’s Surrender in 1865 in North Carolina where he remained as an occupational force, a hard fighting unit throughout the war. A remarkable and unique gun and the only known 4 barrel Civil War rifle known. (Accompanied by 48 page research & his Henry rifle sold several years ago at auction for 125,000.)

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$75,500    







    SCW-010

Fully Engraved & Silvered - Henry Rifle - Presented to Capt. John H McFarland - Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Factory engraved most likely by Nimschke depicting the America Eagle with the Snake of Rebellion in its beak. Excellent condition and fully functional with a bright bore.

Captain John McFarland was from Terre Haute, Indiana he enlisted during Lincoln’s Second Draft Call on July 20, 1863 and held commands in the 115th, 133rd, and 142nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry serving in Nashville, Tennessee protecting that city and he mustered out in May of 1865 after the Army of Tennessee surrendered to Sherman. We have all of Capt. /Lt. McFarland’s guns in this catalog, many are quite rare and all are in excellent condition and all are “New Discoveries” that have never been on the market before. A Great opportunity to own a wonderful highly factory engraved Henry with a patriotic motif and silver finish that was carried by a prominent officer in the Indiana Volunteer Infantry. They just don’t come any better than this. A Unique Museum piece !

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$95,000    











    SCW-011

Parker, Snow, Brooks & Co. - The 1st and Earliest known Parker Brothers Gun and the only gun that is documented to have been owned by one of the Famous Parker Brothers

Presented to Dexter Parker ca. 1861, it is 1 of 3 custom made Repeating Rifles in .44 Henry rim fire with Deluxe wood stock and highly engraved for the Parker Brothers on the eve of the Civil War it has an engraved presentation to ‘Dexter Parker’ on the receiver and among the very 1st Repeating rifles ever made. This is the rarest of the 3 repeating rifles of the Civil War, also known as a Triplett - Scott who built these repeating rifles under government contract and owned the patent, 5000 were made, with 3000 rifles 29 inch barrels, 2000 with 24 inch barrels and all of these were in the military .54 cal. Spencer.

This is the only gun to survive of the 3 built in .44 cal. Henry rim fire for the 3 Parker Brothers, it is featured in the Deluxe II volume Parker Book. This was the beginning of the famous Parker Brothers gun production and is believed to be the very 1st gun that they manufactured, to have the Parkers Brothers name on it as stated in this famous book. Although it does have Parker, Snow & Brooks on the top of the barrel. None of the other models which were military carried the Parker name. This gun was shown for the 1st time at the Parker Collector Convention in Louisville, KY in 1990’s when it was photographed for the upcoming previously mentioned Parker Brothers 2 volume reference book where this gun is now illustrated, it was evaluated at this price over 20 years ago. Accompanied by lengthy provenance including a photograph of his Great-Grandson Charles Parker holding this very rifle, it was discovered by Dan Sineo the famous dealer in early American Guns decades ago from the family. The Ultimate Parker Brothers gun in excellent condition !

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$350,000    




    SCW-012

The Only Known Parker Brothers single barrel rifle in .44 cal. Henry rim fire ca. 1861 with Parker Brothers name on the barrel & Parker style crescent shape deluxe wood butt stock. Presented to “F L Smith” of the Parker Brothers earliest gun company with supplemental Serial No. 2 behind the trigger guard, and Parker Brothers company name stamped on top of barrel during the Civil War.

Charles Parker began the production of guns for the US Army during the Civil War which sparked his interest in the firearms industry. This rare experimental gun is one that Parker had built in .44 cal. Henry rim fire at his factory during the Civil War, as all the military contract repeating rifles that he supplied the Union Army were in .54 cal Spencer. This Unique gun predates his famous shotgun production by almost a decade and represents one of the earliest marked Parker Guns in existence. In excellent condition and highly engraved as is Dexter Parkers Repeating Rifle also in .44 Henry RF. A Unique Parker Brothers 1st Gun and a Museum piece ! (See Ron Kirby’s article on The Parker Gun and the photograph of both guns near identical in design)

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$250,000    







    SCW-013

Matched pair of cased Colt 62’ Police Models - Presented to “Captain John H. McFarland Indiana Volunteer Infantry” – Fully Engraved and Silvered with matching grips consecutive serial # 27596 & 27597 with 4 ½ inch barrels for special holster or shoulder holster, Provenance: discovered in Australia

Beautifully Factory Engraved by Nimschke, and presented to Captain John McFarland was from Terre Haute, Indiana he enlisted during Lincoln’s Second Draft Call on July 20, 1863 and held commands in the 115th, 133rd, and 142nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry serving in Nashville, Tennessee protecting that city and he mustered out in May of 1865 after the Army of Tennessee surrendered to Sherman. We have all of Capt/Lt McFarland’s guns in this catalog, many are quite rare and all are in excellent condition and all are “New Discoveries” that have never been on the market before. A Great opportunity to own a wonderful set of cased Colts – highly factory engraved and silver finish and carried by a prominent officer in the Indiana Volunteer Infantry. They just don’t come any better than this. A Unique Museum piece !

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$75,000    







    SCW-014

Colt Wells Fargo Model 1848 – 3 inch barrel serial #122869 in .31 caliber cased and factory engraved with blued and factory case hardened finish, with silvered trigger guard and back strap – presented to Lt Col A H Franklin (see other A H Franklin guns in this collection) on the rounded Wells Fargo style trigger guard, with no ejector housing as issued and a factory stamped ‘8’ below each serial number. A much rarer model than the Colt Baby Dragoon these Wells Fargo Colt’s rarely come on the market, especially in this kind of superb condition. A Remarkable Cased Colt

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$49,500    

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    SCW-015

The Finest Colt 49’ in existence with the reverse ‘London’ Address and Mint – Serial #7

A Very Rare Colt London serial #7, in Superb condition with a rare 5 inch barrel beautifully engraved in fine English style including the domed screws which are also engraved, it has the famous backward Colt London address on the barrel, and only 18 of these exist with this reversed address. The very rare Brass trigger guard and back strap as only the first 200 had brass then were changed to iron. Original Colt wood case, and rare ‘London’ Colt powder flask, with excellent burl walnut grips. A unique and superb Colt London, the late Colt Collectors; Mel Torme stated that this was the Finest Colt Cap & Ball in existence and Dr. Joe Larosa stated that this 5 inch barrel is the rarest of all the barrel lengths and the only Colt London he has seen with engraved dome screws. A Unique Colt Showpiece!!

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$75,000    







    SCW-016

Colt Model 1855 Root Revolver - Cased and Fully Factory Engraved with Silver finish and Gold wash serial #12931 presented to ‘Lt. Col. A H Franklin CSA’ with engraved Bullet mold & brass Powder Flask

A very rare ‘Cased Presentation Colt Root’ revolver in .28 caliber in the original Colt Case made for the Root revolver. Elaborately engraved and finished in gold & silver on this small frame Root makes this a masterpiece of Colt revolvers which is rarely offered.

Confederate Lt. Colonel A.H. Franklin led a historical career both during and after the Civil War, he received this Rare Cased Colt Model 55’ Root revolver in .28 cal, is inscribed he was originally from Mississippi and a direct descendant of the famous American Patriot Benjamin Franklin. He entered the war in command of the 33rd Mississippi and excelled through the ranks becoming a Lt. Colonel. After the war he went West as so many Confederate veterans did to build a new life, and became a Sheriff in West Texas, in 1920 he attended Hoods Texas Brigade Confederate Veterans Reunion this was to be his last connection with the war. We have several of his guns in this catalog, they are all ‘New Discoveries’ that have never been on the market before and a great opportunity to own a truly wonderful A Unique Gun!

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$49,500    











    SCW-017

Colt 62’ Police Model .36 cal. cased and factory Engraved with Silver finish and 6 inch barrel , Wolf Colt Factory Engraver - Presented on the back strap to Captain John H. McFarland Indiana Volunteer Infantry – the 133rd Indiana Infantry

A very rare factory ‘Cased 62’ Police Model’ Fully Engraved and Silvered with carved ivory grips serial #13263 in .36 caliber accompanied by all of its accoutrements inside the case including an original unopened full box of cartridges, brass bullet mold, tin of percussion caps and powder flask in original Colt Factory wood case.

Captain John McFarland was from Terre Haute, Indiana he enlisted during Lincoln’s Second Draft Call on July 20, 1863 and held commands in the 115th, 133rd, and 142nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry serving in Nashville, Tennessee protecting that city and he mustered out in May of 1865 after the Army of Tennessee surrendered to Sherman. We have all of Capt/Lt McFarland’s guns in this catalog, many are quite rare and all are in excellent condition and all are “New Discoveries” that have never been on the market before. A Great opportunity to own a wonderful cased Colt – highly factory engraved and silver finish and carried by a prominent officer in the Indiana Volunteer Infantry. They just don’t come any better than this. A Unique Museum piece! It is interesting to note that his other 2 Colt Police models were discovered in Australia and this gun was discovered in Lexington, Va.

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$47,500    




    SCW-018

The Famous Colt 1847 ‘Walker’ engraved and unfired cylinder from the Ron Ogden Collection

The 1st Big Revolver in American History some models were issued with an extra and unnumbered cylinder as they had a tendency to explode. A very rare ‘Factory Engraved Walker Cylinder’ perfect for the collector in need of a replacement cylinder for their Walker. A Unique Museum piece from Ron Ogden’s personal collection!!

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$12,500    



    SCW-019

The Famous Iron Frame Henry serial #66 – the Icon of Henry & Winchester collectors

A rare Iron Frame Henry .44 cal. Rifle serial #66, this is 1 of only 3 known to exist that still retains its Factory Case hardened finish. This Rare Henry was made in the very 1st month of production in 1861 during the early days of the American Civil War. Less than 400 of these Iron Frames were ever made as production was discontinued within a few months of which only 3 others exist with original case colors, serial #49 recently sold for $600,000. The ‘Iron Frame Henry’ is the iconic gun that every collector & museum tries to attain for their collections, only a few are fortunate enough to own one of these guns, and in this case finish condition only two others are known to exist. Forerunner to the Winchester 66’ this gun is the rarest and most desirable of all Henry Rifles! To possess one of these “Iron Frame Henry’s’ is to become one of the foremost collectors in the world.

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$250,000    



    SCW-020

Wurfflein Philadelphia Derringer engraved and presented to Captain R. Jamison – C S Navy

A very rare .30 cal rim fire 4” barrel Derringer made prewar by Wurfflein of Philadelphia. Engraved brass frame serial #1856 and presented to Confederate Naval Officer “Captain R. Jamison C.S.N.” Excellent condition and a scarce Derringer carried by a CS Navy Officer.

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$6,500    

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