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Colonial America
 COLONIAL MILITARIA


4188 - HAND WROUGHT FLINT STRIKER, 2.25", crude 18th Century striker with fishtail ends. Comes with some period tow used for starting a fire with the striker/flint. "Tow" is a fiber of the flax plant stem. It is the weight of cotton, but has longer, stiffer fibers. Can be reused. In the early days of muzzle loading guns, "tow" was wrapped around the ramrod's jag and used for cleaning the bore. Cased sets of antique rifles and pistols are included a hank of "tow". Today, "tow" should be used with caution in cleaning the bore of muzzleloaders. Bits and pieces could break off, remain the breech and became a smoldering hazard with the firearm's next shot. "Tow" is easily combustible and is recommended for tinder in starting fires with flint and striker...........................................................$65.00

3000 - REVOLUTIONARY ERA WOODEN CANTEEN, An oval shaped oak staved canteen with a flat bottom, 6.5" X 7" X 8". The oak staves are secured by two 3/4" broad sheet iron bands. [Style copied from the old English leather bottles]. There is a very small simple carved bung for drinking typical of early examples as later ones had high bungs. Very similar in shape and appearance to example #002 in O'Donnell's book on early canteens page 11 with that example showing wooded bands instead of sheet iron. An old cork is inside the canteen and has been replaced with another cork for display. Some small worm holes, staves tight, dark brown finish...............................................SOLD

3002 - MILITIA REVOLUTIONARY WAR  - WAR 1812 PERIOD WAIST LEATHER CARTRIDGE BOX, 7" X 3.5" X 3.0", leather complete, dog ear flap on either side, tapered wooden block forward containing 24 holes of approximately 53 cal. Neumann examples #30 and #43 reflects several aspects of this box which styles he broadly dates 1775 - 1820. The waist loops are intact with a portion of the original leather belt. A brass flower rosette decorates the cover flap. The leather is firm with light to moderate flaking...................................................$595.00

3003 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA CARTRIDGE BOX, 8" X 3" X 3", 24 holes with a caliber of .73 for .69 caliber cartridges, waist style with two leather loops still attached as well as the leather closing strap and leather knob. Excellent militia style box of a larger caliber. Nice leather surfaces. Overall very fine........................................................SOLD

3004 - REVOLUTIONARY ERA FASCINE KNIFE, 1.5" overall, turned hardwood handle, 7.75" blade, armor's markings "FK" within square, several other stamps of a sunburst, blade has a nice sharp edge. Extremely nice appearance to this fascine knife......................SOLD


3005 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR - WAR 1812 PERIOD BRITISH OFFICER FOLDING FORK AND CORKSCREW
, 3.5", three pronged folding for with small folding corkscrew, ivory or bone handle. Very fine. Ex. Robert Oswald Collection.....................................
SOLD

3006 - FOLDING COLONIAL PERIOD HAWK KNIFE, Circ. 1790, overall 7" when opened, horn handle, known as an American lock blade hawk knife, found in Ohio. Knives with locking blades, often referred to as lock-blade knives or clasp knives, have a locking mechanism that locks the blade into its fully opened position. This lock must be released in a distinct action before the knife can be folded. Found in Ohio. Ex. Robert Oswald.............................$165.00

3007 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD AMERICAN FOLDING KNIFE, 7" overall, folding blade 3.5" with decorations on the blade, curved handle made of horn, carved tip to the handle. Ex. New York Collection..................................................SOLD


3008 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD ARTILLERY IRON BUCKET
, 6.5" X 7.0" with iron bail with original hook. Sheet iron construction secured by two iron sheet bands at the top and bottom. All hand wrought workmanship. From an old Boston Collection. Old Collections # on bottom [5154]. Some oxidation to the inside walls but the metal is firm. Extremely rare.............................................
SOLD

3009 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR TO REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD IRON AND LEATHER SWORD HANGER, Overall 9.75". An iron decorative sword hook is mounted on a leather belt hanger. Sheet iron supports secure the iron rivets from tearing the leather from the weight of the sword. Ex. Robert Oswald Collection. In extraordinary condition......................................................SOLD



3010 - ATTRACTIVE 18TH CENTURY HORSE ROSETTE EXCAVATED IN FREDERICKSBURG, VA
, Brass Rosette in a wheel design in extremely high relief, excavated at Fredericksburg, VA. Nice decorative designs to the casting as well as nice lime green natural patina, fine...................................................
$75.00


6250 - IRON GRAPESHOT, FORT WASHINGTON, NY, 1776, The Battle of Fort Washington was a battle fought in New York on November 16, 1776 during the American Revolutionary War between the United States and Great Britain. It was a British victory that gained the surrender of the remnant of the garrison of Fort Washington near the north end of Manhattan Island. It was one of the worst Patriot defeats. Three days after the fall of Fort Washington, the Patriots abandoned Fort Lee. Washington and the army retreated through New Jersey and crossed the Delaware River into Pennsylvania northwest of Trenton, pursued as far as New Brunswick, New Jersey by British forces. After about one month, on the night of December 25-26, 1776, Washington crossed the Delaware and defeated the Hessian garrison under the command of Rall at Trenton. We have a few examples most have a nice casting sprue, 30mm...............................................$49.50/each

6252 - SOLID SHOT FOUND IN LOWER MANHATTAN, 6# solid shot, [5.12# - 3.5"]. In 1776, what we now know as "brownstone Brooklyn" was the scene of the longest, fiercest, and first major battle of the American Revolution. The British eventually won, forcing the Continental Army led by General George Washington to retreat through Manhattan, then into New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This scarce shot is marked in faded old white paint "LOWER MANHATTAN," surface has numerous dimples from ground erosion. RARE SITE..................................................SOLD

6254 - FORT STANWIX, NEW YORK SOLID SHOT, 3# SOLID SHOT, [2.80# - 2.75"], marked in faded white paint, "1777 FT. STANWIX". The Siege of Fort Stanwix (also known at the time as Fort Schuyler) began on August 2, 1777, and ended August 22. Fort Stanwix, in the western part of the Mohawk River Valley, was then the primary defense point for the Continental Army against British and Indian forces aligned against them in the American Revolutionary War. The fort was occupied by Continental Army forces from New York and Massachusetts under the command of Colonel Peter Gansevoort. The besieging force was composed of British regulars, American Loyalists, Hessian soldiers from Hesse-Hanau, and Indians, under the command of British Brigadier General Barry St. Leger and the Iroquois leader Joseph Brant. St. Leger's expedition was a diversion in support of General John Burgoyne's campaign to gain control of the Hudson River Valley to the east. One attempt at relief was thwarted early in the siege when a force of New York militia under Nicholas Herkimer was stopped in the August 6 Battle of Oriskany by a detachment of St. Leger's forces. While that battle did not involve the fort's garrison, some of its occupants sortied and raided the nearly empty Indian and Loyalist camps, which was a blow to the morale of St. Leger's Indian support. They killed some Seneca. The siege was finally broken when American reinforcements under the command of Benedict Arnold neared, and Arnold used a ruse, with the assistance of Herkimer's relative Hon Yost Schuyler, to convince the besiegers that a much larger force was arriving. This misinformation, combined with the departure of Indian fighters not interested in siege warfare and upset over their losses from the raids, led St. Leger to abandon the effort and retreat. St. Leger's failure to advance on Albany contributed to Burgoyne's surrender following the Battles of Saratoga in October 1777. Although St. Leger reached Fort Ticonderoga in late September, he was too late to aid Burgoyne. some surface dimples but not excessive. A rare site............................................................SOLD

6256 - THE BATTLE OF SARATOGA, NY, 5.25# - 6# SOLID SHOT, [4.79# - 3.25"], marked "SARATOGA" in old white script, minor pits to surface, nice seam most probably American in origin. The Battles of Saratoga (September 19 and October 7, 1777) marked the climax of the Saratoga campaign giving a decisive victory to the Americans over the British in the American Revolutionary War. British General John Burgoyne led a large invasion army southward in the Champlain Valley from Canada, hoping to meet a similar force marching northward from New York City, and another force marching eastward from Lake Ontario; the southern and western forces never arrived, and Burgoyne was surrounded by American forces in upstate New York. Burgoyne fought two small battles to break out. They took place eighteen days apart on the same ground, 9 miles (14 km) south of Saratoga, New York. They both failed. Trapped by superior American forces, and with no relief in sight, Brugoyne retreated to Saratoga (now Schuylerville) and surrendered his entire army there on October 17. This is either a 5.25# American solid ball or a 6# American ball that has lost weight through oxidation. Rare.................................................$395.00

6257 - CHAMPLAIN VALLEY, FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, 4# SHOT [4.11# - 3.11"], marked in faded white paint "CHAMPLAIN VALLEY", surface has oxidation dimples but metal firm in every respect. Early in the French and Indian War, French troops moved through the Champlain Valley in their quest to take control of North America from the British. Key battles were fought at Fort Ticonderoga (Ticonderoga, NY) and Fort William Henry (Lake George, NY). The Champlain Valley region also provided the setting for James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel, The Last of the Mohicans. This solid shot is most probably French in origin..................................................$295.00

6258 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR TO REVOLUTIONARY WAR, SCHUYLER FLATTS, NEW YORK, 6# solid shot, [5.29#, 3.25"], most probably a British ball due to the large sprue. Moderate oxidation to surfaces, marked SCHUYLER FLATTS BRITISH 6#. The Flatts included one of the homes of the Schuyler family, the Colonel Phillipus Schuyler House. Schuyler Flatts was possibly purchased by Phillip Pieterse Schuyler in 1672. During the 1700's the property was used as encampments during wartime. As early as 1749, the British built a stockade there to prevent attacks from the French from the North. Later both British and Americans passed through this area and it was used as a hospital site during the Revolutionary War. Unusual site, from the collection of an old Albany collector.............................................$245.00




4203 - 1# SWIVEL GUN SOLID SHOT
, Fort Ticonderoga, NY [1.93" 1.13"] nice prominent seams, casting flaws with two small voids, crude manufacture thus probably American from the Revolutionary War and not an earlier find. Marked Ft. Tic. In white paint.......................
$95.00




4204 - 1# SWIVEL GUN SOLID SHOT
, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, [1.85" 1.03"]. Large casting sprue on seam. British manufacture in every respect as the seams are there but smoother than American cast balls, very fine surfaces............................................
$100.00

 

4206 - BRITISH BROWN BESS FLINTLOCK PLATE, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 6.5" overall. The British coat of arms is still evident on the lock plate in front of the cock, French & Indian War to Revolutionary War. The metal is oxidized but quite solid. The Royal crown is obvious under the surface oxidation. Rare to find so intact......................................SOLD

4208 - VENT PICK FOR A MUSKET, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 3" iron vent pick for a musket that was on a pick and brush ensemble [1760 - 1780], oxidized but metal is firm. These seldom remain intact in the soil when found.........................................$75.00

4209 - IRON NAILS FROM SOLDIERS OUTBUILDINGS [BARRACKS OR HUTS], Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 4 barracks nails, and part of a knife handle, the nails range from 2" - 4", the lot...............................................$45.00

4210 - MUSKET BALLS WITH HUMAN TEETH MARKS, Fort Ticonderoga, NY. We have four of various calibers commonly found in fort sites where wounded were taken for treatment. The balls were used by soldiers being treated by biting down on them when feeling severe pain. These are definite bite marks and not 'shot' balls. Of the numerous Ft. Ticonderoga musket balls in this collection these were the only "hospital balls," small................................$65.00
large.................................................$85.00




4211 - SOLDIER BUZZER TOY
, Ft. Ticonderoga, NY, 1.25: lead buzzer with hole in middle, shows some repair at some point probably after excavation....................................
$25.00

4213 - MUSKET FLINTS - BOTH FRENCH AND BRITISH, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, gunflints used for muskets and pistols 1760 - 1780. It is commonly believed that the honey brown flints are French in origin and the dark flints of various colors are British. Have a handful, 3 French and 6 British, French.....................................$35.00/each      British.....................................$30.00/each




4214 - SMALL TWO PIECE IRON FOLDING COMB
, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, both pieces separated, some teeth missing, but most of form intact. 3.5" when closed, un-usual artifact for minor grooming as probably used to comb out a wig............................................
$59.00



4215 - LOT OF DAILY USED ITEMS FROM FORT TICONDEROGA, NY
, Brass thimble, 13 assorted buttons, some decorative, a stone marble, a small decorative breech buckle, an large plant seed that never germinated, and interesting hut find. 17 items...................................
$85.00

4216 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NATIVE AMERICAN POINTS AND SCRAPERS, 7 flint arrow points, 2 flint scrapers, and one arrow point cut from copper, oval turquoise trade bead 1680 - 1710 - all found in the Fort Tic. area. The lot of 11 items.......................................$79.00


4217 - BRASS SEWING THIMBLE
, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, brass sewing thimbles, excavated from soldier's quarters outside the fort, nice patina. Have several.................
$45.00/each

4218 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR BUTTONS, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, clothing buttons domed with blow holes on the verso, have two with shanks..............................$40.00/each     lot of four, missing shanks, three different sizes, the lot......................................$55.00

4219 - CARTRIDGE BOX OR LEATHER STRAP BUCKLES, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 1" all with tangs, used for cartridge boxes and other small leather straps, have 3 available.......................$35.00/each



4220 - OFFICER'S BRASS WAIST BELT BUCKLE
, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 2.25" X 1.75", brass, missing iron tang as usual, a similar example in Calver & Bolton page 166 - references to one like it dug in a British camp in NYC. Old collection numbers on verso......................
$89.00



4221 - LOT OF THREE SHOULDER STRAP BUCKLES
, Fort Ticonderoga, NY. Brass, 3 different, one missing center post, another double winged, the last rectangular, the lot of three....................................
$45.00





4222 - LOT OF THREE SHOE BUCKLES
, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 1.5" to 2", brass, some ornamentation to two, lot of three....................................
$45.00





4223 - IRON HOE FROM FORT TICONDEROGA, NY
, 8" X 4", actual weight a massive 3.4#, large oval socket, excellent shape and form. The area near Ft. Ticonderoga abounded with small plots of land used to supply produce for the fort..................................
$125.00




4224 - IRON FISHHOOK
, 2.5", good form, Ft. Ticonderoga, NY, a large fishhook used by soldiers for recreation and food in Lake George, some usual oxidation to surface..........................................
$59.00

MUSKET BALLS FROM FORT TICONDEROGA, NY


4225 - BRITISH MUSKET BALLS
, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, .69 caliber dropped balls..................................
$25.00/each


4226 - BRITISH BUCK AND BALL
, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, .69 caliber with three buckshot....................................
$49.00/each

4227 - FRENCH MUSKET BALLS, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 63/64 caliber dropped balls, also used by the Americans with Charleville muskets..............................................$25.00/each

4228 - FRENCH BUCK AND BALL, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 63/64 caliber balls with three buckshot.....................................$49.00/each

4229 - AMERICAN MUSKET BALLS, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 54 - 60 caliber dropped balls, used mostly in fowling pieces and Kentucky style long rifles...........................$20.00/each

4230 - AMERICAN BUCK AND BALL, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 54 -- 60 caliber dropped balls, used mostly in fowling pieces and Kentucky style long rifles, 3 buckshot...........................................$45.00/each

4231 - PISTOL BALLS FROM EITHER SIDE, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, 45 - 49 caliber, dropped balls............................................$15.00/each

4232 - FIRED MUSKET BALLS, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, undetermined calibers but definitely fired and misshapen, these are very popular with collectors as they actually saw some action............................................$25.00/each

4233 - SCRAP LEAD FORM POURING BULLET MOLDS, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, several lead scraps trimmed from sprues found in hut area........................................$10.00



4234 - IRON GRAPESHOT
, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, have several, all have nice casting sprues with good surfaces, 1" - 1.25".......................
$39.00/each

4235 - FORT TICONDEROGA COLLECTION, Includes the following: [a] Pistol ball 45 - 49 caliber, [b] American ball, [c] French ball, [d] English ball, [e] Lead casting waste from pouring balls................................................$75.00/the group

RARE MUSKET FIRED DUMB BELL SHOT

4236 - 63 CALIBER FRENCH MUSKET BAR SHOT, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, two 63 caliber musket balls connected to a presently 1" small lead bar separator that has hit an object and twisted significantly. Originally the connecting lead would have been an inch longer. Known as "Dumbbell shots" first found in sites during the English Civil War - data on these included. at present it is 2.25" in length and weighs 2.3 oz. The caliber matches the French Charleville musket. Extremely rare in Colonial American sites............................$295.00


8800 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR BRASS HORSE ORNAMENTAL HARDWARE FOR LEATHER, 4 items, 2 shell brass leather ornaments with long hooks for attaching to leather harness, 1 partial shell brass ornament, and one rectangular large buckle. 2.5" X 3.5" with six large hooks. These all were dug together near Charleston and since the hooks are identical on all items we assume that the buckle was also part of horse harness hardware and not a buckle worn on a cross strap by an individual. Definitely 18th Century. Similar shell ornamentation can be seen in Debra Sprouse's book, "A Guide to Excavated Colonial and Revolutionary War Artifacts" page 101 figure 7 and is identified as brass horse ornaments. There is no way to ascertain whether this is military or civilian. A nice Charleston group. The buckle is quite massive with a good patina. The group.........................................................$295.00



8802 - UPSTATE NEW YORK, 18TH CENTURY TRADE AXE
, 7" length with a 6" tomahawk style cutting blade, typical of the trade axes, "oval socket," great condition to the metal........................................................
$145.00



8803 - REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD WAR FELLING AXE WITH A GREAT FORM
, 8" overall with a flared 6" cutting blade, 2" eyelet. Marked "Ft. Tic. NY" in white paint. Minimum effects from excavation with evident forge marks in metal. A typical felling axe used for construction. Very fine..........................................................
$250.00




8805 - DELAWARE RIVER, REVOLUTIONARY WAR
, #4 solid shot, [3.25" - 4.4#], huge casting seam evident with nice clean surfaces. Ex. Deborah Sprouse..............................
SOLD



BRITISH DRAGOON HORSE SADDLE EMBLEM

3005 - BRITISH DRAGOON EMBLEM EXCAVATED AT THE BATTLE OF SARATOGA, NY, 27mm X 3mm, shield shaped brass emblem with two partial studs on the verso with the distinctive incised emblem of the Prince of Wales [three feathers with a prince's cornet]. Current conjecture is that the emblem originated from a saddle/harness and has no specific connection to the 23rd Infantry which also used this design. [See Troiani's book on Rev. War buttons]. This one originated from SARATOGA, NY. It is interesting that we have now handled three of these emblems from Saratoga, Charleston, and Concord all had elements of the 23rd Infantry at those battles. We are offering it as a saddle implement found near Saratoga with no specific regimental designation but used by British horsemen. The surface is nice with a pleasant green patina to the brass...................................................$495.00


3007 - 18TH CENTURY COPPER POWDER MEASURE
, 1.5" X 4.0", with riveted copper handle. Copper was used to prevent sparks that could emit from iron measures. Pewter insert in the handle "4MO" possibly for 4 oz. of black powder. Nice patina to the metal....................................................
SOLD

3008 - LARGE 18TH CENTURY ARTILLERY POWDER HORN, 3.5" X 18", large horn most probably used for small artillery pieces, flat wooden plug secured with small iron irregular small shaped headed nails with an original hand-made brass hanging ring. The tip is carved with the traditional shape. Nice patina to the horn being a mellow brown......................................$295.00

3009 - LARGE POWDER HORN 18TH CENTURY IDENTIFIED TO THE OWNER, 17" X 3.25", initials carved into the center "N A IMOE" or possibly "N A JMOE" the latter could be an abbreviation for a longer last name. The wooden plug is tied on with a period piece of twine that has been oiled in colonial days for preservation and strength. The wooden plus is slightly oval and is fastened with irregularly shaped small iron nails. The horn is suspended with a leather thong which is probably not period to the manufacture of the horn but is quite old and these were often replaced as they wore quickly and none lasted any long period of time. It is secured around the carved spout and to the plug with an original iron U hook. The horn has a yellow-brown mellow patina................................................$495.00


6600 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA ARTILLERY QUOIN, 31" shaft and quoin [5" X 9"] which is a triangular hand-hewn wooden wedge used for leveling/adjusting a cannon barrel with five levels of adjustment. 18th Century quoin for use with a 6-9 pound cannon. Hand-carved L. S. initials in base. There is a crude arrow form carved in the base which may denote British use. The wooded quoin shows numerous small worm holes. These antique wooden quoins are extremely rare and seldom seen on the market.......................................SOLD

6601 - BATTLE OF YORKTOWN, wrought iron cannon lever, 12" blunt nose iron level with a flanged socket to fit in a shaft. These were used to move a cannon barrel on the carriage. Nice brown patina to the solid iron implement. Excavated at Yorktown. The flat lever tip is very slightly bent upwards showing definite use. The crude workmanship lends it to be American. Rare...........................................................SOLD


6602 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY
, Rev. War era large rampart cannon/musket yoke, 6" X 9", 6" wide yoke of wrought iron for securing small swivel guns and small arms on the walls of a fort [rampart]. Marked "FT" [Fort Ticonderoga by Frank Kravic]. These yokes were hammered into wooden ramparts or set in masonry with the use of the triangular spike base. This one being unusually large was probably use for a 1 - 2# swivel gun commonly use on ramparts.......................................................
$325.00

6603 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, Rev. War era 4" iron ring with 5" threaded eyelet which screwed into a cannon carriage frame used for securing the cannon or for moving it from site to site. Fort Ticonderoga, NY. Nice brown patina to the iron..................................$75.00

6604 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY Rev. War era Artillery carriage pin with oval ring. 8" round iron pin with a 3" oval ring. These were used on wooden cannon carriages to attach to limbers. Nice brown patina. Massive.................................................$110.00

4333 - EXCAVATED AT BOSTON, 16# SOLID SHOT, [15.3 oz. 5"]. A French ball excavated at Boston. How this French weight ball got to Boston is unclear. Possibly captured cannon from the French & Indian War taken to Boston as captured artillery. The size does not configure to the sizes Colonel Henry Knox hauled to Boston from Fort Ticonderoga in late 1775 after the fort was captured. There is no doubt that the French used 16# cannon at Yorktown and as far back as the French & Indian War. The ball is pitted with some deep dimples as it seems to have been buried in wet terrain which explains why the weight is short due to oxidation. It is possibly a captured cannon used in the siege of Boston in 1775. See Encyclopedia of Black Powder Projectiles pages 426/427 for more information on French solid shot. Solid shot from the Boston area is quite rare......................................$395.00

4334 - UNUSUAL BAR SHOT LAKE CHAMPLAIN AREA, overall 9.5", two 4" in diameter balls affixed to a central round bar, overall weight 15.3". French and Indian War, large high casting seams, small voided casting holes due to crude casting. Old white paint "Lake Ch............]. A different style from the unusual "angels" with the half ball. A similar example can be seen in figure 20, page 12, Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, Kravic & Neumann. Also a similar example shown in "Encyclopedia of Black Powder Projectiles," Page 548 known as a Type I - Full Sphere bar shot, note there is no hand swell on the central handle. Ex-Robert Oswald, only the second similar example we have seen.......................................................$895.00


4332 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY
, 8# solid shot, [8.07 oz., 4.0"], [French], excavated Fort Ticonderoga, NY by Ed Sweeney in 1947 as marked with white paint, acquired from the family, decent surfaces, most probably French and Indian War.........................................
SOLD

6607 - THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BLACK POWDER PROJECTILES, 598 Pages, by Colonel John F. Biemeck, Volume II, Identifying Black Powder projectiles, fuses, and spherical projectiles from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. Profusely illustrated, charts and tables identifying American, British, and French projectiles. A wealth of information on weights and data on construction methods covers from grapeshot, canister, solid shot and shells of these periods. Autographed by the author.......................................$40.00 plus shipping [it is heavy!]

6608 - RARE 16TH CENTURY SOLID SHOT, THE 80 YEARS WAR, HOLLAND, 3# solid shot [2.78" - 2.2# actual measurements] a shell from the 80 years War between Spain and Holland found near Fort Crevecoeur [Fort Suffering Heart]. Built in Bois le Duc a small fort was initially built to defend the town from invasions into Brabant from the north. During the 80 years war the town was held by the Spanish. In 1587 the Dutch built a fortification called "Fort Crevecoeur" to the north of the town on the river Meuse. This allowed the Dutch to cut off the town from the north. The Eighty Years' War (Dutch: Tachtigjarige Oorlog; Spanish: Guerra de loss Ochenta Años) or Dutch War of Independence (1568 - 1648) was a revolt of the Seventeen Provinces against the political and religious hegemony of Philip II of Spain, the sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands. After the initial stages, Philip II deployed his armies and regained control over most of the rebelling provinces. Under the leadership of the exiled William the Silent, the Northern provinces continued their resistance. They eventually were able to oust the Habsburg armies, and in 1581 they established the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. The war continued in other areas, although the heartland of the republic was no longer threatened; this included the beginnings of the Dutch Colonial Empire, which at the time were conceived as carrying overseas the war with Spain. After a 12-year truce, hostilities broke out again around 1619 which can be said to coincide with the Thirty Years' War. An end was reached in 1648 with the Peace of Münster (a treaty part of the Peace of Westphalia), when the Dutch Republic was recognized as an independent country (though the fact of its being such was evident long before). This early solid shot has smooth surfaces that are in some areas show crude casting...................................SOLD


5600 - BATTLE OF SARATOGA, NY, 3" Solid shot, 2/5/8" diameter, excavated near Saratoga, NY battle site on private land, huge seam, obvious American construction, good surfaces with moderate oxidation dimples, used in the "galloper" field guns, markings SARATOGA, NY. Ex. Robert Oswald.....................................................SOLD

5601 - FORT MICHILIMACKINAC, French occupation 1717 - 1763, British 1763 - 1781, a pair of "French" musket balls, one fired and one dropped. These small caliber balls are French and date from the French occupation [c. 1750] of this important fort/trading post in northern Michigan. Two musket balls, one fired and one dropped...............................$40.00

5607 - CASTINE MAINE, PENOBSCOT EXPEDITION OF 1779, The Penobscot Expedition was a 44-ship American naval task force mounted during the Revolutionary War by the Provincial Congress of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. The flotilla of 19 warships and 25 smaller support vessels sailed from Boston on July 19, 1779 for the upper Penobscot Bay in the District of Maine carrying a ground expeditionary force of more than 1,000 colonial Marines and militiamen. Also included was a 100-man artillery detachment under the command of Lt. Colonel Paul Revere. The Expedition's goal was to reclaim control of what is now mid-coast Maine from the British who had seized it a month earlier and renamed it New Ireland. It was the largest  American naval expedition of the war. The fighting took place both on land and at sea in and around the mouth of the Penobscot and Majabigwaduce Rivers at what is today Castine, Maine over a period of three weeks in July and August of 1779. One of its greatest victories of the war for the British, the Expedition was also the United States' worst naval defeat until Pearl Harbor 162 years later in 1941. Musket balls from that site dug years ago by Wendell Lang, Jr.............................................$20.00/each



5608 - FORT LAFAYETTE, HUDSON RIVER, MUSKET BALLS FROM A PICKET POST NORTH OF THE FORT, VERPANCK, NY, 1779
, On June 1st, 1779 British forces attacked 70 North Carolina troops stationed at Fort Lafayette at Verplanck's Point. The American troops surrendered cutting off the important east-west link at King's Ferry. Also, the victories put the British in control of the gateway to the Hudson, just 12 miles south of West Point. Musket balls from a picket Post north of Fort Lafayette. Ex. Dean Thomas.......................................
$20.00/each


7008 - 4TH CONTINENTAL LIGHT DRAGOONS, Huge handmade brass heart martingale with ID plate belonging to G. G. Williams who served in the 4th Continental Light Dragoons that was raised at Philadelphia on January 5th, 1777. The martingale measures 4" X 5" and is hand cut from sheet brass. A name plate "G. G. Williams, Philad" is attached to a part of the leather Horse harness. Both items found in his campaign chest as these came from the family. The 4th Continental Light Dragoons also known as Moylan's Horse was raised on January 5, 1777 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for service with the Continental Army under Colonel Stephen Moylan. The regiment entered the history books by taking the field in captured British scarlet coats as noted in a letter from General George Washington to Colonel Moylan dated May 12, 1777, in which Moylan was directed to have his uniforms dyed to avoid confusion with British dragoons. The regiment changed to green coats faced in red during the summer of 1778, with Tarleton helmets (black leather helmets in the style associated with Banastre Tarleton). The regiment saw action at the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of Germantown in their scarlet uniforms, and the Battle of Guilford Court House and the Battle of Yorktown in their more familiar green coats. The regiment was furloughed June 11, 1783 at Philadelphia and disbanded on November 15, 1783. The fine print was done by Don Troiani. Ex. Michael Mancuso Collection....................................................SOLD


7009 - THE BATTLE OF YORKTOWN
, 4# solid shot, shot by a "Galloper" mobile field piece, 3.05", nice seams, good surfaces, ex. Deborah Sprouse Collection....................................
SOLD


7010 - THE BATTLE OF BRANDYWINE
, 3# solid shot, 2.78", used on the "grasshopper" mobile field piece, nice seams, ex. Deborah Sprouse collection....................................
SOLD


1902 - ONE OF WASHINGTON'S FORTS ON THE MARYLAND AND FRONTIER, FORT TONOLOWAY [HANCOCK COUNTY, MD], FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR. 2.75", 5.02# actual weight. Diameter for the 4# cannon although weight as stated. Accompanying note from Robert Oswald describes the shot as a #3 shot dug near Fort Tonoloway in Hancock, Maryland.This British fort was built after Braddock defeat in 1755 and abandoned when Fort Frederick was built 12 miles to the east. In August 1755, Governor Horatio Sharpe calls out the Maryland Militia and orders Lt. Thomas Stoddert with 15 men to build Fort Tonoloway near present day Hancock, MD (also known as Stoddert's Fort). Similar weight balls were discovered in cases near Fort Pitt [5.25#] buried near 8' deep. This wall is very solid, normal pitting to the surfaces, a rare example of shot from one of Washington's frontier forts................................................$350.00

1903 - FORT MILLER, NY, 1777, Lot of three musket balls recovered near Fort Miller, NY that was north of the Saratoga battlefield. In July 1777, 2500 retreating Americans gathered at Fort Miller after a 100 mile retreat from Fort Ticonderoga. They arrived at Fort Miller hungry, exhausted, poorly clothed and totally disorganized. Under the leadership of General Philip Schuyler, they recovered, regrouped, reorganized and began preparation to meet the British forces moving south from Skenesborough. In August 1777, Burgoyne arrived with British forces numbering close to 8,000. He found no resistance here, since the Americans had moved to positions further south. Shortly after their arrival, Burgoyne launched an expedition of about 1,000 troops to the east toward Bennington to obtain horses and supplies. Most of the troops that Burgoyne sent would not return as the Americans won a decisive victory near Bennington and imprisoned those that surrendered. Caliber of balls suggests American usage....................................................SOLD

1904 - THE BATTLE OF CONNECTICUT FARMS, The Battle of Connecticut Farms, fought June 7, 1780, was one of the last major battles between British and American forces in the northern colonies during the American Revolutionary War. Hessian General Wilhelm von Knyphausen, in command of the British garrison at New York City, made an attempt to reach the principal Continental Army encampment at Morristown, New Jersey. Knyphausen's advance was strongly met by companies of the New Jersey militia at Connecticut Farms (present-day Union Township). After stiff resistance, the militia were forced to withdraw, but the battle and skirmishing that preceded it sufficiently delayed Knyphausen's advance that he remained there for the night. After realizing that further advance on Morristown would probably be met by even more resistance, Knyphausen withdrew back toward New York. We have a few .70 caliber musket balls........................................$25.00/each

1905 - FORT MIFFLIN MORTAR BALL, 5.50" diameter, actual weight 13.7#. A number of years ago, a runway at the Philadelphia Airport was being extended. In the course of that extension, workers uncovered a "cache" of Rev. War mortar balls, perhaps part of a British redoubt opposite the American Fort Mifflin possibly a storage area used by the British during their bombardment of Fort Mifflin. During the American Revolutionary War, the British Army bombarded and captured the fort as part of their conquest of Philadelphia in autumn 1777. After the defeat of Washington at the Battle of Brandywine, the British took control of Philadelphia in September 1777. The British forces then laid siege to Fort Mifflin and Fort Mercer in early October 1777. The British Army intended the siege to pen up its supply line. Fort Mifflin experienced the heaviest bombardment of the American Revolutionary War. The siege left 250 of the 406 to 450 men garrisoned at the Fort Mifflin killed or wounded. The ball is solid, surface roughness associated with many found. Mortar balls are much scarcer than solid shot, from a historical bombardment site deemed as the heaviest in the Revolutionary War.....................................................SOLD

1906 - BATTLE OF SARATOGA, NY, 6# solid shot, 3.75" diameter, actual weight 7.3#. The Battle of Saratoga was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The scope of the victory is made clear by a few key facts: On October 17, 1777, 5,895 British and Hessian troops surrendered their arms. General John Burgoyne had lost 86 percent of his expeditionary force that had triumphantly marched into New York from Canada in the early summer of 1777. Good surfaces with moderate oxidation, seam evident. An excellent example from this famous British defeat.....................................SOLD

1907 - A BEAUTIFUL 18TH CENTURY AMERICAN POWDER HORN FLASK, 3" X 7", triangular shaped horn powder flask, 18th Century. The beautiful period flask has a wooden base and a turned screw top also used a measuring devise. The horn has been scraped thin in order to see how much powder is left within the flask making it translucent. The horn has a beautiful patina to its surface. From a New England collection, very fine.............SOLD



5116 - YORKTOWN 1781
, Solid shot out of an old Virginia collection. 1# swivel shot, 2" diameter [15.6 oz], has nice casting seams, good surfaces, marked [YT] in white paint..................................................SOLD



5187 - YORKTOWN 1781
, 6# solid shot, 3.5" diameter [5.81#], nice casting seam evident, good surfaces, marked YT in white paint..........................
SOLD

142 - CAMP CANTEEN WITH CARRYING HANDLE, 8" X 9.5", large red pained camp canteen with iron bail handle and turned handle. Late 18th - Early 19th Century, in excellent condition. Has stopper and old cloth gasket..........................$450.00  SALE $350.00

143 - OVAL SHAPED LARGE LOG CANTEEN, 6.25" X 10.5", late 18th - Early 19th Century. Hollowed out log canteen with turned designs, similar in design to the way a rundlet was made, but oval shaped, dark brown patina, old crack due to drying out after use, otherwise intact and nice for display, top hole for stopper. Would have been carried with leather or linen straps, nice for the money......................$350.00   SALE $295

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9802 - YORKTOWN AREA, 3# SOLID SHOT, 3# shot, 2.5" diameter, small galloper shot excavated near the Yorktown area. The Siege of Yorktown, also known as the Battle of Yorktown, the Surrender at Yorktown or the German Battle, ending on October 19, 1781, at Yorktown, Virginia, was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops led by General George Washington and French Army troops led by the Comte de Rochambeau over a British Army commanded by British lord and Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis. The culmination of the Yorktown campaign, the siege proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in the North American theater. Very good............................................................SOLD

9804 - 18TH CENTURY BELT KNIFE WITH PEWTER INLAID ANTLER HANDLE, 12" overall, wide blade with clipped tip, antler handle with pewter inlaid trim with a pewter ferrule, really unusual and from an old Pennsylvania collection..........................................SOLD

9805 - 18TH CENTURY ANTLER HANDLE KNIFE WITH A FINE FORGED BLADE, overall 11.5". The antler handle is curved to fit the hand. The fine forged blade is extremely sharp. The pewter ferrule balances the knife perfectly. From a old Pennsylvania collection.....................................................$295.00

9806 - 18TH CENTURY MASSIVE BELT KNIFE, 14" overall with a 9" blade. It appears that the large iron blade was fashioned from a sword blade. Wooden hardwood handle with an iron ferrule. An excellent weapon for hand to hand combat. Overall fine.................................SOLD

9807 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR WOODEN IRON BANDED CANTEEN, 3.25" X 6.0", oak stave canteen with sided planed smooth. 1" iron bands riveted together, two hooks existent for a hanging strap, raised drinking bung. There is the number "8" stamped into one side and the intertwined letters "HB for "Hudson Bay". Almost identical to the canteen #016 in O'Donnell's book that being described as a British copy of an American canteen but that one was 7.5" X 3.5" produced 1780. Possibly this canteen is British and was used by the 8th Regiment of foot and later recycled by the Hudson Bay Company. Both operated in the New York/Great Lakes Region during the Revolutionary War. Nevertheless the canteen is from the Revolutionary War period and surely was used in later years. Formerly in the Frank Kravic and Robert Oswald Collection. Overall fine, staves tight, iron bands showing obvious oxidation to the surfaces...........................................................SOLD


6002 - 18TH CENTURY RIFLEMAN'S POUCH, 5" X 6" brown leather rifleman's pouch with a double compartment interior, the original "leather" button is intact that held the flap down. There is a remnant of the carrying strap on the reverse of the pouch. Leather is in very good condition...............................................$450.00

6007 - 18TH CENTURY WROUGHT IRON HEART SHAPED TRIVET, 11.5" overall, trivet base 6.25", fishtail handle with three penny feet, braised construction. These were used to cook over coals, an ideal size for a soldier to carry in a haversack. Very fine.......................................................$135.00

6008 - LATE 18TH CENTURY HUNTING BAG, 8" X 9" soft leather hunting bag, single opening, heavy leather back strap secured with rivets, long "Beaver Tail" flap. There is part of an old carrying strap attached showing an old repair. This bag has seen quite a bit of actual use as the top of the flap is separated in part from the back of the bag. This bag was once in the famous Tom Wnuck Collection sold at auction 15 or so years ago. If you are handy at some restoration or know someone who is, this would make a nice display item when restored. Priced accordingly............SOLD

6014 - FRENCH DRINKING GLASS BOTTLE WITH TINNED SPOUT, This 18th Century bottle is 7.5" X 4.5", deep pontil base blown bottle, completely wrapped in hemp roping. The iron-tinned seamed spout is made into the bottle when blown. This was in a old New York Collection for many years. Our research has shown this is a French style. The tinned spout set in the bottle when blown makes it very unusual. Tinned-iron spouts were common on tin canteens of the Revolutionary War where the entire canteen and spout were tin. See Neumann page 59 [ENCY. OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. He states the European soldiers preferred tin canteens. Thus the spout, which could be plugged easily, lends this to be a drinking bottle and not a storage container. The condition is excellent............................................................$450.00


5105 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR LARGE SPIKED TOMAHAWK 1730 - 1770, 10" overall, large oval eyelet, early forged designed, 4" square tapered spiked point, rounded 1.75" blade, dog eared socket, from the Mohawk Valley in New York, an excellent massive spiked example from the French & Indian War era. Excavated but with a nice brown patina and good surfaces, very similar to Neumann 52.A ......................................SOLD

5046 - QUEEN ANNE STYLE DAGGER WITH WOODEN SHEATH, Late 18th Century - early 19th Century, 11.5" overall. This fine example had a cherry wood handle a superb single edged beveled blade of exceptional quality. The original sheath is made of wood with brass mounts and trim. Designed to be worn on a belt with brass catch to the rear of the sheath, high quality worthy for an officer..................................................$395.00

5047 - ENGLISH NAVAL DIRK WITH SHARKSKIN SHEATH, Late 18th Century, overall 7", serrated blade that slopes down from the center that Neumann describes as a "flamboyant blade" when describing a plug English bayonet with the exact style of blade, cherry wood handle, brass guard and other fittings, original sharkskin sheath, carried in the belt or possibly boot, excellent condition in every respect...................................$595.00

5048 - HESSIAN DAGGER, 12" overall, 7" blade, c 1680 - 1770, Germanic style dagger with a blunt edge meant for stabbing an opponent, heavy brass handle with massive pommel with ring attached, brass cross guard, makers touch mark on blade. Dark olive patina to the handle, definitely designed for hand to hand combat. Very fine.................................SOLD


5049 - 18TH CENTURY FOLDING KNIFE WITH HORN HANDLE
, 9.25" overall, 3.75" folding blade, slight curve to the two piece horn handle, late 18th Century, from a old New York Collection, tight mechanism, fine..................................................
SOLD

5050 - AMERICAN COPY OF A BROWN BESS BAYONET, Revolutionary War, 17" blade 21.75" overall, typical broad blade, large crudely attached retaining ring, three slots crudely cut into the socket, indistinguishable markings on the blade, appear so either been in a barn or possibly excavated, unusually large for an American copy..........................................$250.00

5052 - AMERICAN EARLY POWDER HORN, early style bulbous wooden plug, crude carved tip with period wooden stopper, 9", c 1750 - 1770, dark olive green tone, fine.................................................SOLD

5053 - AMERICAN 18TH CENTURY POWDER HORN, 11.5", slightly bulbous wooden plug, round carved tip, old repair at edge, c 1770 - 1800, nice and large.................................$115.00

5054 - AMERICAN 18TH CENTURY POWDER HORN, 13.5", slightly bulbous wooden plug, and concentric rings carved into the tip, tip is carved with six bevels, 1770 - 1800, nice pleasant patina....................................................$125.00


5100 - SMALL UTILITY KNIFE, C 1770, A small turned wooden hardwood handle, 5" iron blade, handle nice, blade has some oxidation, found in Vermont...............................SOLD

5101 - WOODEN PATCH KNIFE, C 1770, A small wooden handle with a short iron blade with iron bolster, iron blade has some oxidation, still an excellent example........................................SOLD

5102 - SMALL EXCAVATED IRON BLADE FROM A SMALL BELT KNIFE, 7" with tang with tip in a fish hook form, oxidized, from an old Fort Ticonderoga relic collection [32]....................$39.95

5103 - BELT KNIFE EXCAVATED BLADE FROM FORT TICONDEROGA, 5" wide blade with iron bolster, 3" tang, c 1780, from an old Fort Ticonderoga, NY collection..................................................$49.00

5104 - BELT KNIFE EXCAVATED BLADE FROM CROWN POINT, NY, c. 1750 - 1780, overall with tang 8", iron oxidized, from the Crown Point, NY area....................................$39.00

5108 - BRITISH 55TH REGIMENT MARKED SPONTOON, 2" tapered blade, 8.75" overall, 3.5" sturdy crossbar, threaded end for insertion in a pole. "55" stamped into the blade, c 1760 - 86, spear point design. Nice old patina to metal. The 55th Regiment of foot fought in the French & Indian War, Pontiac's uprising, and the American Revolution where they fought at the Battle of Brooklyn and Brandywine. Very fine........................................$995.00

5115 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, 9# solid shot, 4.0" [8.13#]. An unusual size ball marked in old white paint "Ft. Ticonderoga." Fort Ticonderoga, formerly Fort Carillon, is a large 18th Century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain in northern New York in the United States. It was constructed by Canadian-born French military engineer Michel Chartier de Lotbinière, Marquis de Lotbinière between October 1755 and 1757 during the often referred to as the French and Indian War in the US. It was of strategic importance during the 18th Century colonial conflicts between Great Britain and France, and again played an important role during the American Revolutionary War. Nice smooth surfaces, ex. Robert Thebert Sr. Collection................................................SOLD

A COLLECTION OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR BAYONETS


5117 - AMERICAN COPY OF A BRITISH BROWN BESS BAYONET
, 1760 - 1780, 3 slot socket with an oversized collar in a slight oval, nice surfaces with an even brown patina, large caliber, 16.5" blade, overall 19.5".....................................
SOLD

5120 - AMERICAN FRENCH & INDIAN WAR PERIOD BAYONET, American raised collar bayonet, 3 slot socket, 12" blade, 16" overall, c 1750 - 1770, fluted shoulders to blade, nice brown even patina, scarce shield mount................................................$395.00

5121 - AMERICAN FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR BAYONET, 1750 - 1765, a very early French & Indian War American made bayonet, rare early braised socket without a ring, rounded shoulders with a flat blade, 12.25" blade, 16" overall, long neck style, extremely rare variety...............SOLD

5122 - AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BAYONET WITH THE ORIGINAL LEATHER SCABBARD, rare braised seam socket, three slot 2" socket, 12.75" blade, overall 16", plain socket without collar, flat shoulders to the flat top blade, original center seamed leather scabbard, 1765 - 1780, a rare combination with the original scabbard..............................$649.00

5123 - AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BAYONET, a typical blacksmith made American bayonet found in New York, 12" blade with no fuller, overall 15.5", 3 step mounting slot, squared shoulders, interesting lapped seam at the top of the socket. Local blacksmiths turned out similar bayonets throughout the War for militia soldiers in the Continental Army. Nice patina and surfaces, socket in perfect form...............................................SOLD

5124 - SHORT LAND PATTERN ENGLISH BAYONET, 1768 - 1785, large flat blade with slightly rounded shoulders, 3 slot large caliber socket with raised collar. 12" blade, overall 16", nice brown patina to surfaces. The Short Land Brown Bess saw extensive use throughout the American Revolution and continued its dominance in the British Army until the 1790s when it gave way to the 3rd Model or India Pattern Brown Bess.......................................SOLD

COLONIAL ERA SWORDS

5127 - BRITISH REVOLUTIONARY WAR SWORD OF 1770 - 90, 31.5" no fuller blade overall 38", British Officer's Dress Sword, round pommel, silver wire wrapped handle, heart shaped guard. The handle retains quite a lot of gold gilt, the blade is clean. A nice sword of the period for display...................$995.00


3229 - GRAPESHOT FROM GERMAN FLATS, NY, SITE OF LOYALIST RAID IN 1778, On September 17, 1778 Mohawk Indian chief and British Loyalist leader Joseph Brant lead a force of 150 Iroquois Indians and 300 British Loyalists under the command of Captain William Caldwell in a surprise attack on the area of German Flats, New York. German Flats, now known as Herkimer, New York, was left virtually undefended by Patriot troops prior to the raid. The Indian and Loyalist raiders captured hundreds of head of cattle and sheep before setting fire to every house, barn and mill in German Flats. Despite the complete destruction of the town, including 63 houses, 57 barns, three gristmills and one sawmill, only three men were killed. The day before, four Patriot scouts had run into the Loyalists while on reconnaissance. Though only one, Adam Helmer, survived the encounter, he was able to run the nine miles back to the village of German Flats to warn the residents. As a result, the vast majority of the town's people was able to seek safety in the area's forts, Herkimer and Dayton, and survived the destruction of their town. 1" iron grapeshot, all with nice casting sprues, each..................................................................$25.00

3230 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY
, 18th Century solid shot, 5# shot, 3.5" diameter, huge raised seam, white paint markings, great surfaces, ex. Oswald Collection, dug in the 40's.........................................
$325.00


3231 - CROWN POINT, NY
, 18th Century solid shot, 6# shot 3.5" diameter, great smooth surfaces. ex-Oswald Collection, old white paint markings, dug in the 40's.................................
$325.00


3232 - BATTLE OF BRANDYWINE
, 18th Century solid shot, 9# solid shot 4.25" diameter, great seam, excellent surfaces. Ex-Oswald Collection from an extremely rare site for artillery projectiles.............................................
SOLD

3238 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD PICK AND BRUSH, carried by every soldier, metal pick attached to a length of chain with a brush attached to the other end. Used to clean the priming hole on flintlocks and to wisp away debris from the pan. Excellent condition, brush held in lace by pitch, pitch extends down the chain, brush appears to be unused, old oxidation within the links. First example we have had in quite a while.............................................SOLD


3240 - SUPERB 18TH CENTURY BRITISH SWORD HANGER
, 3.25" plated hanger with chain, marked SAVOY on the reverse. Used by both civilians and military to hang sword on their belts, brass plated, non-dug...........................................
$395.00

3241 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR CARTRIDGE BOX, 2.5" X 3.5 X 7.5", long cover wraps 2" below the box, wooden block has 24 - 69 caliber bored holes for cartridges. Missing belt loops, cover intact with some stitching loose, leather worn at front top, some decorative work to cover. A representative 18th Century box at a very moderate price..........................................SOLD

3242 - AMERICAN BELT KNIFE MADE FROM A SCYTHE BLADE, 10.5" overall, large hardwood handle with iron bolster, 5.5" iron blade made from a scythe blade. A similar example is in the Valley Forge museum; Frank Kravic had also dug a scythe blade knife at Crown Point. These are very rare, normal fissures in handle......................$395.00

3242A - BELAYING PIN FROM THE USS CONSTITUTION, The USS Constitution was refurbished in Charlestown, MA in 1972 - 31. Wood from the Constitution was used to make souvenirs and sold for the benefit of the repair of the famous boat. This belaying pin is attributed to coming from the Constitution [18" length] and a pasted note affirms that it came from the Constitution by Herbert M. Johnson on August 8, 1927. USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. Launched in 1797, Constitution was one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed. Constitution is most famous for her actions during the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: HMS Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane, and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of "Old Ironsides" and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping. She continued to serve as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons, and circled the world in the 1840s. A belaying pin is a solid metal or wooden device used on traditionally rigged sailing vessels to secure lines of running rigging. Also used as improvised weapons and means of discipline on both military and civilian ships. Wooden items made from Constitution wood bring high prices and this is a complete original belaying pin.......................$895.00

3246 - A SAILOR LEATHER COVERED CLUB, 17" in length, leather covered club with a bulbous head that has a weighted lead center. Quite a effective weapon in close combat, late 18th Century. The stitching is tight...............................................SOLD


27003 - TABBY BRICK FROM OLD FORT DORCHESTER IN SOUTH CAROLINA, 3" X 6" yellow tabby brick labeled "Fort Dorchester, SC 1696". The old town of Dorchester was established in 1695 by Puritans from Massachusetts Bay. It became an important trading post and port until trade with Britain ended as a result of the Revolutionary War, by 1811 the town was abandoned. Fort Dorchester was constructed at the southwestern end of the town about 1757 during the French & Indian War as a strong tabby built fortification on the Ashley River. The fort structure had, at its center, a powder magazine and that was surrounded with an eight foot tall tabby wall. In each corner of the fort was a half bastion. As the French & Indian War came to a close and the Revolutionary War began the fort was upgraded and garrisoned by both the British and the American revolutionaries. The fort changed hands at least three times during the Revolutionary War and was finally recaptured by American forces under General Nathanael Greene in December 1781. The date on the brick predates the fort [1757] but the settlement was started in 1695. Tabby is a concrete made from lime, sand, water and oyster shells. Its origin is uncertain: although early documents record Indian burial vaults with walls made of oyster shells and lime, no such structures have survived. It is likely that Sixteenth-century Spanish explorers first brought tabby (which appears as "tabee", "tapis", "tabby" and "tapia" in early documents) to the coasts of what would become South Carolina and Georgia. Tapia is Spanish for "mud wall". An early relic of the South Carolina coast................................................SOLD

2004 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR CARTRIDGE BOX, a curved waist box. 2" X 2" X 10", large flared pointed tip flap that is tolled with decorative trim. The wooden block is curved to fit around the waist and has 30 approximately 50 cal. bored holes. While the large flap cover is in nice shape, the front, back, and underneath leather is missing with one waist strap still existent, leather is still there with the dog ear flaps on either side. Still for display this box is an excellent buy for the money. Right as rain!.....................................................SOLD

2005 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR WAIST CARTRIDGE BOX, a rarer style with no wooden block with tin compartments, 11" X 4" X 2", 24 tins designed to handle 69 cal. cartridges. The large flap is tooled with half moon designs. 95% the leather is there but there is separation of the leather at the back bottom of the box and the small right side is missing the leather. A partial waist flap is existent. Tinned inserts were initiated in about 1778. Priced right for the condition.................................................SOLD


1826 - 18TH CENTURY BAYONET SCABBARD STUD, WILLIAMSBURG/YORKTOWN, 2.5", brass bayonet stud for hanging a bayonet from a belt. Perfectly intact with good form. Excavated in the Williamsburg, VA - Yorktown area, 18th Century.................................$100.00

1829 - EARLY BROWN BESS BRASS BUTT PLATE, 5" brass butt plate for a Brown Bess musket with a 3.5" tang. Three screw holes. Excavated in an unknown site on the east coast. 18th Century but from an undetermined model of the Brown Bess. Nice patina to the brass and in perfect form. The Brown Bess musket was the main weapon of the British Army for decades............................................$85.00

1834 - 18TH CENTURY IRON BULLET LADLE, 13" overall, flat rod arm with 1" deep bowl with two pouring spouts, fishtail wrought iron handle. Found in upstate New York, very fine...................................................$125.00


122415 - FLEUR DE LIS HORSE ROSETTE, 2.25", circular high relief French Horse Rosette with a large fleur de lis emblem, two holes for mounting to leather, excavated near Yorktown, VA. The surfaces have a beautiful lime green patina. One hole extended, otherwise fine. Definitely from a French Officer's saddle apparatus. From an old Virginia collection. RARE...................................................................SOLD


122420 - YORKTOWN, VA. 6# SOLID SHOT
, 6.26#, 3.5", a six pound shot excavated near Yorktown, VA. Obvious sprue mark, surfaces average, light surface marks, definitely American due to the crude casting, definitely Revolutionary War. Fine..........................................
SOLD


9230 - RELICS FROM CROWN POINT, NY
, includes one very large flat button three small clothing buckles, and a pistol ball. Rev. War period. Lot of five items..........................................................
$75.00


7080 - AMERICAN COPY OF A BRITISH FUSIL BAYONET, Revolutionary War, 15" overall, from an old Pennsylvania collection, and noted as a barn find originally. Nice even brown patina. No reinforcing ring on socket which measures 2.75". Ex-Robert Oswald.......................................................................SOLD

SOLDIERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

5118 - The remnants of fabric shown in this display originated from Revolutionary War uniforms worn by American Colonial troops and British troops. The red fabric came from a British coat and the blue fabric came from a soldier in the Continental American army. The old notes that accompanied the fabric state that both remnants originated from a pin cushion. One note appears to have been written in the late 18th Century and the other in the beginning of the 19th Century. The latter note is signed by a Mrs. L. C. Jefferson. While at the beginning of the war American troops wore varied colored uniforms, later the color was mostly blue fabric being the standard. 11" X 14", double matted. Certificate of provenance included. Shrink wrapped ready to frame.................$350.00  Custom framing available.....................................$65.00   [quantity limited]

6004 - LARGE FUR TRADE ERA HUNTING BAG WITH HORN AND POWDER MEASURE, 10" X 10" leather stitched hunting bag with original straps and buckle, 12" powder horn attached to the bag and 38" leather carrying strap. Also attached to the strap is a wonderful carved horn powder measure [3"]. Just an outstanding combination of a Fur trade era hunting bag ensemble dating from the 1820 - 40 period. Ex Julia Auction 2002 where the previous owner paid $850 for it...................................................................SOLD

5101 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR WOODEN CANTEEN, 6.25" X 8.0", this canteen has interlocking double bands probably made a flexible hickory. The body is made of oak and the original red ochre paint is prominent. The long gone leather carrying strap was secured by several irregular headed iron nails with just a trace of the leather. One band is missing showing the original white oak surface before paint was applied. It is thought that the addition of the red paint indicated military usage. Very similar to size and description to Canteen #15 in Mike O'Donnell's book. Definitely 18th Century. Even with the absent band the canteen would display nicely. Found in an eastern Maryland estate. An excellent value........................$395.00



5111 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY
, 14 pound solid shot, marked in old white paint "Ft. Tic", 4.50" brown patina to the surfaces, seams evident and appears to be American in origin. Fine, and a scarcer larger size......................................SOLD


5115 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR BRITISH HANGER, c. 1760 - 1780, overall length 30", 24" curved blade, single fuller blade, single brass branch with turned quillon. Wooden handle covered with brass wrapped wire. Two stamped armors marks on blade. Blade has a nice gray patina with a dark patina to the wire grips. A nice representative British sword of the Revolutionary period, fine...........................................................$950.00


42520 - 18TH CENTURY MEDICAL AMPUTATION KNIFE, 12" overall, wooden turned handle, iron curved blade with iron ferrule, c. 1770 - 1820, crude amputation knife for cutting issue. Very good, gray patina to blade...............................................$125.00

42521 - 18TH CENTURY SUTURE, 7" iron flat blade suture with wooden turned handle. The flat blade is slightly curved with a notch for securing a suture. Old remnants of linen thread wrapped around the handle. c. 1770 - 1820, fine..................................................$95.00


3273 - A MOST UNUSUAL COLONIAL POWDER HORN WITH A MIRROR INSET INTO THE WOODEN PLUG, overall 16", the tip has been carved to retain the carrying strap. The wooden 3" plug is cherry with a bulbous shape in which a small round mirror has  been inset. Late 18th Century. Conjecture abounds on why the mirror was set into the plug - was it for grooming or could it have been for signaling using the sun's rays? Nevertheless it is the first of its kind I have ever seen. The horn has a nice mellow patina. Condition is very fine with no problems....................................................$295.00

3283 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, 18th Century Ice Creeper, excavated by Frank Kravic in March 1971, his white marking [T-3-71]. One leg out of four missing possibly broken off in use and discarded, good surfaces.......................................................$79.00

3285 - AMERICAN TOMAHAWK STYLE HAMMER POLE AXE, FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, 4.25", nice tomahawk style cutting edge. Excavated by Frank Kravic, Fort Ticonderoga, NY, excellent surfaces.........................................SOLD

3286 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, LARGE IRON STONE CUTTING WEDGE, REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD, a massive iron stone cutting wedge found at Fort Ticonderoga by Frank Kravic. By the appearance of the head it was extensively used, 2" X 7" to fashion stone masonry for the walls and buildings. Very heavy and massive.........................................SOLD

3287 - IRON SOLID SHOT, SWIVEL SHOT FOR THE 1# WALL GUN, 1# solid shot, 2" diameter for a wall swivel gun. Excavated by Frank Kravic at Mount Independence, VT., Revolutionary War period, have only two available................................................$79.00/each

3288 - IRON GRAPESHOT, MOUNT INDEPENDENCE, VT, used in canister cans for anti-personnel shot from larger cannons, excavated by Frank Kravic, have nice cast seams. 75" or slightly larger.............................$39.00     1" or slightly larger................................$45.00

SOME SCARCER REVOLUTIONARY BATTLE SITE MUSKETBALLS

3299 - BATTLE OF BENNINGTON, VERMONT, The Battle of Bennington was a battle of the American Revolutionary war, part of the Saratoga campaign, that took place on August 16, 1777, in Walloomsac, New York, about 10 miles (16 km) from its namesake Bennington, Vermont. A rebel force of 2,000 men, primarily composed of New Hampshire and Massachusetts militiamen, led by General John Stark, and reinforced by men led by Colonel Seth Warner and members of the Green Mountain Boys, decisively defeated a detachment of General John Burgoyne's army led by Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum, and supported by additional men under Lieutenant Colonel Heinrich von Breymann. Have several available, all fired..........................................$30.00/each

4000 - FRENCH MUSKETBALLS FROM THE BATTLE OF SAVANNAH, The Siege of Savannah or the Second Battle of Savannah was an encounter of the American Revolutionary War in 1779. The year before, the city of Savannah, Georgia, had been captured by a British expeditionary corps under Lieutenant-Colonel Archibald Campbell. The siege itself consisted of a joint Franco-American attempt to retake Savannah, from September 16 to October 18, 1779. On October 9, a major assault against the British siege works failed. During the attack, Polish nobleman Count Casimir Pulaski, leading the combined cavalry forces on the American side, was mortally wounded. With the failure of the joint American-French attack, the siege failed, and the British remained in control of Savannah until July 1782, near the end of the war. We have several musket balls that are French in origin as there were 4000 French troops at that siege.......................................................$20.00/each



3000 - HUDSON HIGHLANDS, REVOLUTIONARY WAR
, Lead button mold for the popular basket weave design cast button used by many Continental troops and found in numerous camps from Camp Robinson's Farm to New Boston. The design is basically intact, trifle bent from excavation. Ex-Deborah Sprouse Collection...................................................
SOLD


3001 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY
, 4 pound solid shot excavated Fort Ticonderoga, NY. 3" diameter, 4.4#, American made with a very nice high casting seam. Surfaces quite decent with the seam very prominent. Ex-Deborah Sprouse Collection. Marked in white paint "TIC".......................................................
$295.00

3002 - THE BATTLE OF WHITE PLAINS, NY, The Battle of White Plains was a battle in the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War fought on October 28, 1776, near White Plains, New York. Following the retreat of George Washington's Continental Army northward from New York City, British General William Howe landed troops in Westchester County, intending to cut off Washington's escape route. Alerted to this move, Washington retreated farther, establishing a position in the village of White Plains but failed to establish firm control over local high ground. Howe's troops drove Washington's troops from a hill near the village; following this loss, Washington ordered the Americans to retreat farther north. Later British movements chased Washington across New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. Washington then crossed the Delaware and surprised a brigade of Hessian troops in the December 26 Battle of Trenton. We have a very limited grouping of musket balls from that site. Ex-Deborah  Sprouse Collection.........................................$35.00/each [have one buckshot at $20]

BATTLES OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

3003 - FOUR REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE SITE MUSKET BALLS ON AN ATTRACTIVE DISPLAY STAND,  Identified musket balls from the Battle of Brandywine [PA], Fort William Henry, NY, White Plains, NY, and Camden, SC, display in a 3.5" X 5" wooden stand and display slotted sign identifying each ball with attractive color graphics. We have a limited number of these available. Balls from White Plains and Fort William Henry are especially scarce.......................................SOLD


3006 - BATTLES OF  THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
, Iron Grapeshot from three Revolutionary War sites: Mount Independence [across from Fort Ticonderoga, NY, Crown Point, NY, and Fort Haldimand, NY]. All presented on a 3.5" X 4" display stand with a colorful backdrop,  balls are marked as to site found. Have three sets available......................................................
SOLD

3008 - MUSKET BALLS FROM REVOLUTIONARY WAR SITES IN THE SOUTH, four different balls from southern battle sites: includes The Battle of Savannah, Charleston, Camden, SC, and Waboo Barony in South Carolina where Francis Marion's men attacked and sunk a transport. The wooden display has colorful graphics and is 3.5" X 6".......................................................SOLD


6001 - 4 POUND FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR/REV. WAR SOLID SHOT, CHAMPLAIN VALLEY, NY, constructed in the French style. 3.0" and 4.7#. While slightly heavier than a 4# this is a "pounded smooth" ball where the windage was designed to be tighter to the existing barrels (with no seam ridge - pounded out), the balls have been given more weight & diameter to fit the older barrels that were bigger to provide a greater windage measurement room for the seam on these earlier barrels. Although the seam has been flattened it is still evident. Old white paint "Champlain Valley, G. N. 4" may indicate originating from George Neumann. Very fine surfaces.........................................$225.00

6002 - LARGE SHOE BUCKLE DUG AT YORKTOWN, VA, 2.25" X 4", brass 18th Century shoe buckle for a man. The buckle has a nice patination [light green]. The iron catch is missing one prong but still has a remnant of leather attached attesting that it was probably buried with the shoe. Marked "Yorktown, VA 2000." Overall very good..............................$75.00

6003 - OAK REVOLUTIONARY WAR TO WAR OF 1812 CANTEEN, 5.5" X 8", nicely patinated oak construction with 1" riveted iron bands. High mounted drinking bung opening. An owner's name or cooper's name is stamped in the side starting with P. P. with the other letters difficult to decipher. The wood has a dark patina with an attractive appearance. This style was made from the Revolutionary War period through the War of 1812. This canteen held approximately 2 quarts of liquid and was carried in a leather sling as there are no mounts for attaching leather straps. Very fine....................SOLD


4004 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR PERIOD POWDER HORN, 15' overall, a large olive patinated horn with the early style "hooded" plugged end, wooden plug with a carved tip. Period 1750-1770, nice honest wear with no damage to the extended flap hood. From New England. Uncommon........................................SOLD

4006 - 18TH CENTURY TIN TINDER BOX, 8 sided tin tinderbox with push button locking mechanism, 18th Century, used to house flint, striker, and charcloth, staples for making a fire in the woods. A staple of every Continental soldier or woodsman. Nice patina to the metal..............................................SOLD


8233 - SWIVEL SHOT CANNONBALLS, FORT WILLIAM HENRY, 2" swivel shot, 1.34#, found in a construction site in the 1950's at the base of French Mountain near West St. [Site of the French battery] in Fort William Henry Village. French General Francois Gaston de Levis camped here with 8000 soldiers, 6000 Indians, and 200 artillerymen along with their cannons, mortars, light artillery, swivel guns and ammunition. The siege of Fort William Henry was staged here in August 1757. Have two examples, each have seams one a high sprue..................$159.00/each

8236 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, FRENCH CANNONBALL, FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, 8 pound cannonball of French manufacture, research completed on it by the previous owner shows it coming from France from the main military fort at Marseille, France. Huge high seam unlike the Canadian made balls, extremely rare, ex-George Esker Collection.....................SOLD

8237 - 4# CANNONBALL, FORT WILLIAM HENRY, 4# solid shot found in a construction site in the 1950's at the base of French Mountain near West St. [Site of the French battery] in fort William Henry Village. French General Francois Gaston de Levis camped here with 8000 soldiers, 6000 Indians, and 200 artillerymen along with their cannons, mortars, light artillery, swivel guns and ammunition. The siege of Fort William Henry was staged here in August 1757. Ex-George Esker Collection...................................................$325.00

8239 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, FORT WILLIAM HENRY
, 2" solid shot, 2.5" excavated near Fort William Henry, Lake George, NY, nice smooth surfaces.................................
$159.00


8241 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, RARE 12# MARKED SOLID SHOT CANNONBALL
, stamped "12", 12# solid shot [4.50"] recovered at Chateau Richer [Quebec Province]. Richer was laid in waste by Wolfe's troops during August 1759. #12 cast into the ball. Excellent surfaces..........................
$350.00


8002 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, 9 pound solid shot, [4.0", 8.27#] excavated by Frank Kravic as noted by him in white paint [F. Ti. 152]. Great seam and sprue. Excellent surfaces. Fort Ticonderoga, formerly Fort Carillon, is a large 18th-century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain in northern New York in the United States. It was constructed by Canadian-born French military engineer Michel Chartier de Lotbiniére, Marquis de Lotbiniére between October 1755 and 1757 during the Seven Years' War, often referred to as the French and Indian War in the US. It was of strategic importance during the 18th-century colonial conflicts between Great Britain and France, and again played an important role during the American Revolutionary War...........................................$395.00

8003 - MOUNT INDEPENDENCE, VT, 12 pound solid shot cannonball, [4.25", 11.98#] nice seam and button sprue, dug by Frank Kravic with his code in white paint. [MI.A.U3], great surfaces. Mount Independence on Lake Champlain in Orwell, Vermont, was the site of extensive fortifications built during the Revolutionary War by the American army to stop a British invasion. Construction began in July 1776, following the American defeat in Canada, and continued through the winter and spring of 1777. After the American retreat on July 5 and 6, 1777, British and German troops occupied Mount Independence was farm land, used for grazing sheep and cattle. Rare size 12 pound cannon shot............................................$395.00

8013 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, CROWN POINT, NY, 4" solid shot, 3.0", 4.13#, nice surfaces, old white paint marking "Crown Point", from an old NY collection................$295.00

8019 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, fired musket balls for a 1758 site at Fort Ticonderoga, NY dug by Tom Jones in July 1959. Fired balls are much more desirable than "dropped" balls and are much scarcer....................................SOLD

8020A - BATTLE OF BRANDYWINE, Sandy Hollow was the location of the most concentrated fighting of the Battle of the Brandywine took place from Dilworth to Street Road with the center of intensity in Sandy Hollow on September 11th, 1777. This Battle involved the largest number of fighting troops (22,000 to 30,000) of the Revolutionary War and a rare encounter between General George Washington and British Generals William Howe and Charles Cornwallis. Musket balls from that site. Ex-Dean Thomas.........................$20.00/each


4083 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, 2# solid shot, [2"] marked in old white paint, TIC, 2#, extremely high seam, smooth finish to surface, from an old NY Collection............................................$185.00

4084 - BATTLE OF SARATOGA, NY, 6# solid shot, marked in old white paint, 6 PDR. SARATOGA, 3.5" diameter, usual moderate surface roughness, Saratoga shot are quite scarce, Ex - NY collection.........................................................SOLD


REVOLUTIONARY WAR ARTILLERY PROJECTILES

3418 - CROWN POINT, NY, Cast iron hand grenade 2.75", marked in old white paint "Crown Point," the last one coming from an old NY collector that we have purchased others from over the years, nice surfaces...............................................SOLD

3420 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, 6 pounder, 3.5" diameter, marked in white paint on the crown of the ball. Most probably French due to the very smooth seam filings thus c. 1759 French and Indian War. From a collection dug and marked in the 1930's, exceptional........................................................SOLD

2003 - 18TH CENTURY IRON GRAPE SHOT, VIRGINIA, small iron grape shot. 22mm. Excavated in an undetermined 18th Century Virginia site, .75 have 3 only.......................................................SOLD


REVOLUTIONARY WAR YORKTOWN ARTILLERY

14100 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR BAR SHOT, 1781, 8# shot, [7.6#], 10" overall, half ball angel wing type, square bar, 3.5" diameters, found near Yorktown, VA. Quite solid with moderate oxidation to surfaces. A very scarce size and variety, overall fine.....................................................................SOLD

14104 - FORT BULL, ROME, NY, FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, 2# swivel shot, 2.25" diameter, excavated at Ft. Bull, Rome, NY. The Battle of Fort Bull was a French attack on the British-held Fort Bull on 27 March 1756, early in the French and Indian War. The fort was built to defend a portion of the waterway connecting Albany, New York to Lake Ontario via the Mohawk River. Lt. Gaspard-Joseph Chaussegros de Léry led his command consisting of forces from the Troupes de la Marine, Canadian militia, and Indian allies on an attack against Fort Bull on 27 March 1756. Shielded by trees they sneaked up to within 100 yards (91 m) of the fort. Léry ordered a charge at the fort with bayonets. They stuck their muskets into the narrow openings in the fort and shot the defenders. Léry repeatedly asked for their surrender. Finally, the gate was crashed in and the French and Indians swarmed in, killing everyone they saw. The French soldiers looted what they could and set the powder magazines on fire. The fort was burned to the ground. Excellent surfaces. Very fine.................................................SOLD


14113 - CROWN POINT, NY, FELLING AXE
, French & Indian War - Rev. War, 6.5" felling axe with 6" blade, excavated at Crown Point by Frank Kravic, axe solid, some flaking but solid....................................................
$95.00

14116 - PEWTER SPOON BOWL NEAR SARATOGA, 18th Century style, 3" large pewter spoon bowl, excavated near Fort Miller, NY just north of the Saratoga battlefield............$40.00

14119 - LAKE GEORGE, NY, FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR LARGE FELLING AXE, 9" overall, large felling axe recovered during 2006 excavations from English Brook, Lake George Village, NY, form is solid, some usual flaking, small area in eyelet wall void, otherwise good....................................$125.00

14120 - FORT EDWARD, NY - FORT MILLER, French & Indian War, two iron buckles, 1.5" - 2.0", one fishing sinker, three Provincial complete buttons, and one cufflink, recovered south of Fort Edward near Fort Miller on the Hudson River, the lot....................................SOLD


14121 - NORTH OF THE SARATOGA BATTLEFIELD
, Excavated near Fort Miller near Saratoga, NY, 3 trade pendants from 1" to 2" sometimes used as sinkers, lot of three..................................................
$45.00

14127 - COLONIAL PIPE BOWL, FORT HUNTER, NY, Late 17th Century curvature to the petite bowl with a 1" stem remaining, recovered from the area of Fort Hunter on Schoharie Creek, Montgomery County, NY, decoration to tip of bowl, fine..................................$45.00

12311 - REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD WAR FELLING AXE WITH A GREAT FORM, 8" overall with a flared 6" cutting blade, 2" eyelet. Marked "Ft. Tic. NY" in white paint. Minimum effects from excavation with evident forge marks in metal. A typical felling axe used for construction. Very fine................................................SOLD

11070 - CROWN POINT, NEW YORK, 2.5" of lead casting waste found by Frank Kravic in the 1960's in a 'hut find' at Crown Point, NY. The look of overflow drip for filling bullet molds during the Revolutionary War. The residue waste could have made at least three to four musket balls. Only have one available.........................................................$35.00

11071 - CROWN POINT, NEW YORK, French & Indian War to Rev. War. Lot of five pottery shards and four iron nails excavated from the huts at Crown Point, NY by noted historian Frank Kravic in the 1960's. Cir cl 1750-80...........................................................$45.00


10620 - WOODEN NAVAL CARTRIDGE BOX, 18th Century, 6.5" X 16.5", oak turned cylindrical powder oak cartridge container banded by two hand-wrought iron bands. Bands show the distinctive markings of an 18th Century blacksmith. Originally had a wooden top [missing], typical stress crack along one side, numerous "sea worm" holes. These were used to transfer powder charges aboard ships. A very similar example shows in the naval reference book "Heart of Oak" showing once from the HMS Invincible presently in the Chatham Historic Dockyard Museum, Chatham, Kent England. This is the first example we have ever handled. From an old collector [40 year collector] near Crown Point, NY......................................................................$495.00

10603 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, 3" Diameter, 3#, solid shot, excavated in the western frontier part of Maryland in the vicinity of the forts that guarded the frontier from Indian attacks, circ. 1750's, great raised seam with excellent surfaces..................................$225.00


8920 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR MUSKET BALLS, WEST POINT, NEW YORK, Dropped musket balls excavated near West Point, NY. West Point (then Fort Clinton) was a fortified site during the Revolutionary War. Originally picked because of the abnormal S-curve in the Hudson at this point, it was founded by one of the best military engineers of the time, Polish General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. It was manned by a small garrison of Continental soldiers through the entirety of the war. A great iron chain was laid across the Hudson at this point in order to impede British Navy vessels, but it was never tested by the British. The site comprised multiple redoubts, including Fort Putnam, which is still preserved in a Revolutionary-period design. These were excavated near West Point............................................$18.00/each

5099 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR SWIVEL STIRRUPS, 6" X 6" large iron swivel stirrups with a large flat base with a 8 shaped cutout surrounded by decorative hatch marks. A large rectangular bracket with a swivel allows for a 360 degree turn. See Neumann Page 156 "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution" for a similar example. These are heavy duty compared to most of the smaller stirrups often seen.........................................................$250.00/pair

32208 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERSONAL SIZE CANTEEN, 3.75" X 4.0", hardwood sides and body, 1/2" strip of leather around each side that originally was the anchor for a leather carrying strap with only the base still attached, wide open drinking hole. The canteen still shows red oxide paint to the body of the canteen. These small canteens were the type carried by Continental soldiers not the large heavy canteens often seen on the market. Small but very convenient when marching many miles....................................................SOLD


2129 - SOLID SHOT FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, 3" solid shot projectiles for the 4# cannon. Found near Lake Champlain close to Fort Ticonderoga. The high seams suggest French [F & I War French shot were made in Canada and have higher uneven seams compared to more smooth British made shot.] 4# cannons were not used at that Fort during the Revolutionary War while the French did use 4# shot during the French & Indian War. Some surface oxidation....................................................$150.00

110600 - CROWN POINT, NY, Solid shot cannonball 6#, marked in old white paint "CROWN POINT", from an old Albany, NY collection. During colonial times and the American Revolutionary War, its strategic location often made Crown Point an important location. Situated on the west shore of Lake Champlain about 15 miles north of Fort Ticonderoga it provided a fortified position about a day's travel north of that site. After the failure of the American Invasion of Canada in 1776, it represented the northernmost point of American control. During the British Saratoga Campaign in 1777, General Burgoyne organized a supply magazine here to support his attack of Ticonderoga...............................................$295.00


1170 - A RARE FIND, 2" IRON GRAPESHOT BALLS WITH THE TRACES OF THE CANVAS CLOTH FROM THE BAG THE SHOT WERE ENCASED IN, [2.25", 1.6#] Excavated from a Revolutionary War site near Lake Erie in NY. These large grapeshot were encased in canvas bag in clusters and wrapped with twine around a metal stem to give the appearance of "grapes" on a stem. In many cases these bags were painted red. We have several examples were the impression as well as fragments of the cloth still adhere to the iron shot. These were most often used in naval engagements in 32# cannon being a cluster of 16 being in each bag. The few that we have show a dark rust color to the cloth. All have obvious nice seams, British in origin. These are identified as large grape shot instead of swivel shot due to the fabric remnants. Each while they last..........................SOLD

1171A - 1 - 2" SOLID IRON GRAPESHOT, [1.75", 13 oz] Excavated from a Revolutionary War site near Lake Erie in NY. These large grapeshot were encased in canvas bags in clusters and wrapped with twine around a metal stem to give the appearance of "grapes" on a stem. In many cases, these bags were painted red. These were most often used in naval engagements. These have obvious nice seams, British in origin. These are identified as large grape shot instead of swivel shot due to the fabric remnants found on other exact size shot in the same site......................................................$75.00/each


1173 - BATTLE OF YORKTOWN, VA, 1781
, where Cornwallis surrendered his army. Musket balls that came from the vicinity of the Yorktown battlefields in Virginia. Have very few available...............................................................
$25.00/each




1174 - MOUNT INDEPENDENCE
, musket balls from the vicinity of Mount Independence near Lake Champlain in Vermont where American troops built fortifications to prevent a British attack from Canada in 1776. Later captured by the British and Germans. Musket balls..........................
$15.00/each     large 1" canister shot, rare.........................$30.00/each




1175 - CHARLESTON, SC
, musket balls recovered from a site near Charleston, SC where the British captured and moved north finally resulting in the Yorktown Campaign of 1781............................................................
$15.00/each



1176 - CROWN POINT, NY
, musket balls, dropped...................
$20.00  large 1" - 1.5" iron canister shot with some of the larger ones possible being for small swivel cannon. Crown Point was captured by the British and held most of the Revolutionary War..............................$30.00/each

1180 - THE BATTLE OF WADBOO BRIDGE [SOUTH CAROLINA], JULY 17TH, 1781, a detachment of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion's Patriots under the command of Col. Hezekiah Maham with Col. Peter Horry set fire to two British boats and destroyed the bridge. Lt. Col. James Coates and his troops made it across the bridge. Both sides had casualties. At around 5 pm, as ordered by Lt. Col. James Coates, Maj. Thomas Fraser and his SC Royalists struck Col. Horry's camp as they were eating dinner. Col. Horry's men were caught entirely by surprise, but quickly rallied and counterattacked. Col. Edward Lacey and his mounted riflemen drove maj. Fraser's dragons back with minor losses. Lt. Stephen Jarvis found himself in command of a troop and leading a charge, which was soon surrounded by Col. Horry's cavalry. He sounded retreat and rode out of the trap, but some were captured. One of those captured turned out to be a deserter from the Patriots and was executed by Brig. Gen. Sumter the next morning. The 19th Regiment of Foot arrived from Monck's Corner with a field piece that stopped Col. Horry's attack, forcing Col. Horry to withdraw, while Lt. Col. Coates placed his men around Biggin Church. Brig. Gen. Sumter thought that Lt. Col. Coates had marched out to meet him and placed his men into line of battle and waited. The skirmish with the SC Royalists had not been an attack; it was merely a delaying action. Lt. Col. Coates had been using the time to place all of his supplies into the nearby church and then put a torch to them. While the church burned, Lt. Col. Coates retreated with his men towards Charleston. Musket balls from that site from a British transport nearby.......................................................$18.00    Plain flat buttons with shank................................................$20.00

1181 - FORT EDWARD, NY, REV. WAR SITE, Patriot forces used the site as a camp from 1776 to 1777. Became the Patriot base of operations after the recapture of Fort Ticonderoga by the British in July 1777. A Patriot blockhouse was located on present-day Case Street (marker at site) in July 1777. Abandoned and then occupied by the British on their advance to Saratoga. After the Battle of Saratoga (October 1777), Patriot forces under Gen. John Stark took over the Smyth house and erected a stockade around it, naming it Fort Stark. Musket balls have only a few............................................$20.00/each

1182 - BATTLE OF CAMDEN, SOUTH CAROLINA, REV. WAR, the Battle of Camden was a major victory for the British in the Southern theater of the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence). On August 16, 1780, British forces under Lieutenant General Charles, Lord Cornwallis routed the American forces of Major General Horatio Gates about 10 km (five miles) north of Camden, South Carolina, strengthening the British hold on the Carolinas following the capture of Charleston. The rout was an humiliating defeat for Gates, the American general best known for commanding the Americans at the British defeat of Saratoga, whose army had possessed a large numerical superiority over the British force. Following the battle, he never held a field command again. His political connections, however, helped him avoid inquiries and courts martial into the debacle. British unfired .69 cal. Balls...........$20.00 American unfired musket balls various smaller calibers.................................$20.00  Fired balls mostly American.....................................$20.00



3260 - COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
, by Neumann and Kravic, 285 pages, NEW, paperback 8" X 10". A showcase of artifacts from the 18th Century including some civilian but mostly military artifacts including some weapons and many accroucements of military use. Camp and some civilian items used by military of both sides. For years, a classic reference for collectors of Revolutionary War items...............................................$35.00



3229 - FOX INDIAN SITE TRADE AXE
, c. 1790, 6.25" X 3.50", excavated from a Fox site Rock Island County, Illinois, large felling axe. Nice surface. A typical "Fur Trade" ear axe....................................................
$175.00

3233 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR BRASS BUCKLE, c. 1760, 2" X 3" large brass buckle with complete iron keeper intact. Nice designs to frame, fine...................$175.00

PROJECTILES FROM NEAR FORT WILLIAM HENRY - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR 1757 - 1758

Fort William Henry was a British fort at the southern end of Lake George in the province of New York. It is best known as the site of notorious atrocities committed by Indians against the surrendered British and provincial troops following a successful French siege in 1757, an event which is the focus of James Fenimore Cooper's novel The Last of the Mohicans, first published in January 1826. The fort's construction was ordered by Sir William Johnson in September 1755, during the French and Indian War, as a staging ground for attacks against the French fort at Crown Point called Fort St. Frédéric. It was part of a chain of British and French forts along the important inland waterway from New York City to Montreal, and occupied a key forward location on the frontier between New York and New France. It was named both for Prince William, the Duke of Cumberland, the younger son of King George II, and Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, a grandson of King George II and a younger brother of the future King George III. Following the 1757 siege, the French destroyed that fort and withdrew. The following projectiles were found in the 1950's at the base of French Mountain near West Street in Fort William Henry Village. French General Francois Gaston de Levis camped near here with 8000 soldiers, 6000 Indians, 200 artillerymen with cannons, mortars, light artillery, swivel guns and ammunition. The siege of Fort William Henry was planned her in early August 1757.

3241 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, FORT WILLIAM HENRY, REMNANTS FROM A SMALL BAR SHOT, Two round balls that are approximately 2" in diameter with definite stubs on one side where a round bar once was attached as a bar shot. These small bar shots projectiles were used as anti-personal missiles and are extremely rare from that period..........................................................$375.00

3242 - SWIVEL GUN CANNON PROJECTILES, FORT WILLIAM HENRY, REMNANTS FROM A SMALL BAR SHOT, 2" in diameter solid shot for a swivel gun, nice patina.............................................$160.00

3246 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, BATTLE OF CARILLON, 3# solid cannon shot, noted in old paint, TICONDEROGA 1758, very smooth surfaces, from an old collection of the 1930's. The Battle of Carillon, also known as the 1758 Battle of Ticonderoga was fought on July 8, 1758, during the French and Indian War. It was fought near Fort Carillon (now known as Fort Ticonderoga) on the shore of Lake Champlain in the frontier area between the British colony of New York and the French colony of Canada (roughly the present-day Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and mid-western states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin). In the battle, which took place primarily on a rise about three-quarters of a mile (one km) from the fort itself, a French army of about 4,000 men under General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and the Chevalier de Levis decisively defeated an overwhelmingly numerically superior force of British troops under General James Abercrombie, which frontally assaulted an entrenched French position without using field artillery. The battle was the bloodiest of the war, with over 3,000 casualties suffered, of which over 2,000 were British. Extremely scarce period dated as such........................................$295.00

 


120715 - BATTLE OF SARATOGA, Revolutionary War, American ramrod holders for an American musket, excavated near Saratoga, 1777. Nice brown patina with good from remaining, the pair..........................................$95.00

2093 - THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO, The Battle of Waterloo took place near Waterloo, Belgium on June 18, 1815. In this battle, the forces of the French Empire under the leadership of Michael Ney and Napoleon Bonaparte were defeated by the Seventh Coalition and a Prussian Army, which was commanded by Bebhard Won Blucher. The forces were also defeated by an Anglo - Allied Army commanded by the Duke of Wellington. The Battle of Waterloo puts an end of the Hundred Days of Napoleon from exile return. The battle was regarded as an influential battle of all time marking the Bonaparte's last and Waterloo Campaign. Two musket balls recovered from the Battle of Waterloo site, a British musket ball fired from a Brown Bess, and a French musket ball fired from a Charleville musket, 2 distinct different caliber balls in a display box....................................................$65.00


12160 - BRITISH CANNONBALLS FOUND ON SITE OF THE FLORA MACDONALD PLANTATION IN NORTH CAROLINA, 4 pound cannonballs excavated on the site of the Flora MacDonald Plantation near the mansion in Pekin Township, North Carolina [Montgomery County] in 2007. The MacDonald's were Loyalists who provided materials to the British Army and these cannonballs were found buried in groups near the mansion site as ammunition for Loyalist troops.

On 6 November 1750, at the age of 28, she married Allan MacDonald of Kingsburgh, a captain in the army and the eldest son of Alexander MacDonald VI [2]. The couple lived at Flodigarry on the Isle of Skye where they subsequently parented five sons and two daughters. Upon the death of Allan MacDonald's father in 1772, the family moved into the MacDonald family estate at Kingsburgh. In 1774, they immigrated to North Carolina. During the American War of Independence, Captain MacDonald served the British government in the 84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants).

Legend has it that she exhorted the Loyalist force at Cross Creek, North Carolina (present day - Fayetteville) that included her husband, Allan, as it headed off to its eventual defeat at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in February, 1776. He was captured after the battle and was held prisoner for two years until a prisoner exchange occurred in 1777. He was then sent to Fort Edward in Windsor, Nova Scotia where he took command of the 84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants), Second Battalion. After her husband was taken prisoner, Flora remained in hiding while the American Patriots ravaged her family plantation and took all her possessions. When her husband was released from prison in the fall of 1778, she reunited with him at Fort Edward. IN 1779, Flora and her daughter Fanny, returned to Scotland. Flora resided at the homes of various family members, including Dunvegan, her daughter Anne having married Major General Alexander Macleod. After the war, in 1784, Allan also returned and the family regained possession of the estate in Kingsburgh. Cannonball comes with a letter of provenance from the excavator at the site.......................................$185.00


1115 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, French & Indian War to Revolutionary War. Two cannon strap rings set in pins for attaching ropes to cannon carriages for moving in position. 2" rings attached to 2" pins that were set into the wooden frames of the carriages, both marked Ft T in old white paint, in excellent condition. The pair.........................................SOLD

1116 - CROWN POINT, NY, 6" long wrought iron eye hook for attaching ropes for moving an object such as a cannon carriage, old CP in white paint denoting the locale found, quite solid, Revolutionary War period...........................................SOLD

1117 - IRON STRIKER EXCAVATED IN VIRGINIA, French & Indian War period, c 1750-1770, wrought iron striker 2 1/4", nice and solid......................................$30.00


11092 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR BULLET MOLD EXCAVATED NEAR YORKTOWN, VA, half of a mold for a pistol ball excavated near Glouster, VA, near Yorktown, VA. Site of a French encampment during the Yorktown Campaign.................................................SOLD

1100 - BATTLES OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, Three very significant battles of the Revolutionary War were Saratoga, Brandywine, and Yorktown. On September 9 - 11, 1777 at Brandywine, the British under General Howe drove Washington and his 10,500 towards Philadelphia. At the Battle of Saratoga on October 7th, 1777, American forces defeat Burgoyne at Freeman's Farm. Finally at the Battle of Yorktown, Cornwallis surrendered 8000 troops to Washington which effectively shut down British military operations in America, although there were minor skirmishes until 1782. From left to right are lead pistol/musket balls excavated near Saratoga, Brandywine, and Yorktown. Displayed in a 5" X 7" Riker box........................$100.00

1101 - BATTLES OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, Three very significant battles of the Revolutionary War were Camden, Brandywine, and Yorktown. The Battle of Camden was a major victory for the British in the Southern theater of the American Revolutionary War. On August 16, 1780, British forces under Lieutenant General Charles, Lord Cornwallis routed the American forces of Major General Horatio Gates about 10 km (six miles) north of Camden, South Carolina, strengthening the British hold on the Carolinas following the capture of Charleston. On September 9 - 11, 1777 at Brandywine, the British under General Howe drove Washington and his 10,500 towards Philadelphia. Finally at the Battle of Yorktown, Cornwallis surrendered 8000 troops to Washington which effectively shut down British military operations in America, although there were minor skirmishes until 1782. From left to right are lead pistol/musket balls excavated near Camden, South Carolina, Brandywine, and Yorktown. All displayed in a 5" X 7" Riker box............................................$85.00


8191 - FRENCH & INDIAN WAR CAMP AXE, 3" X 6", excavated near Fort Ticonderoga, NY. Eye smaller at top than bottom, quite heavy [14]...........................................................SOLD

7164 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR BRITISH BAYONET, "Brown Bess", 21 1/2" in length, excavated in New York, nice brown even patina.......................SOLD


5060 - GREAT TICONDEROGA AXE
, 1760-80, 3.75" X 7", a nice utility axe found near Fort Ticonderoga with really old white paint markings as commonly done by old collectors. Moderate oxidation and very solid, getting difficult to find these well-marked trade axes, quite nice..................................
$225.00

5061 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD FLINTLOCK PISTOL MOLD AS WELL AS A FISHING WEIGHT CAVITY, Scissors grip iron gang mold that has four cavities for a small pistol ball and one designed for a fishing weight, from an old Maryland collection. The caliber of the balls are approximately 40 cal. Very fine...................................$225.00

50618 - STRAP FROM A GUN CARRIAGE OR WAGON CROWN POINT, NY, 18th Century 10" in length iron strap for a wagon or gun carriage. Large white paint C.P. (Crown Point)......................................$45.00


 

 
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