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 COLONIAL MILITARIA


306 - 18TH CENTURY PRIMER HORN, 5" small priming horn, attractive ivory and green tone, typical wooden hardwood plug, used to prime gunpowder pans on flintlock firearms.....................................$69.00

317 - COLONIAL ERA WATER CASK, 7.5" X 11", oak stave construction, four iron bands, large copper spout, iron handles with turned wooden handle. A typical camp canteen used in the Rev. War through the War of 1812, a nice individually produced water cask, very fine.......................................................$260.00


320 - POWDER TESTER/SALUTE CANNON
, Forged iron cannons such as this served the purpose to test black powder, use as signaling cannons, and as hand cannons. 5" overall, touch hole at bottom, 1' bore, bulbous top, single middle band, excavated near CROWN POINT, very early style possibly earlier than Revolutionary War, surface dimples due to burial, from an old collector, somewhat scarcer style than #319......................................
$395.00


377 - BRITISH TRADE MUSKET BARREL - CHICKASAW SITE, 29.5", portion of a large caliber musket barrel from the lock position. Old tag notes found in a Chickasaw site in Lee County, Mississippi. The Chickasaw Wars were fought in the 18th Century between the Chickasaw allied with the British against the French and their allies the Choctaws and Illinois Confederation. The Province of Louisiana extended from Illinois to New Orleans, and the French fought to secure their communications along the Mississippi River. The Chickasaw, dwelling in northern Mississippi and western Tennessee, lay across the French path. Much to the eventual advantage of the British and the later United States, the Chickasaw successfully held their ground. The wars came to an end only with the French cession of New France to the British in 1763 according to terms of the Treaty of Paris. Barrel oxidized but quite solid.............$125.00

213 - UPSTATE NEW YORK SPIKED TOMAHAWK ON HAFT, 8" spiked tomahawk of great style. 2.5" downward spike, 2.5" curved striking blade, small fissure near socket due to heavy use. The wooden haft is only 9" possible shortened due to breakage or to be easier to use in close combat. Originated from Northern New York near the Canadian border, possibly Huron. From the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman.................................SOLD

625 - LARGE ARTILLERY REVOLUTIONARY WAR LINSTOCK, Iron linstock, 10" high, 8" across, wrapped socket for mounting on a pole. A linstock (also called a lintstock) is a staff with a fork at one end to hold a lighted slow match. The name was adapted from the Dutch lontstok, "match stick". Linstocks were used for discharging cannons in the early days of artillery; the linstock allowed the gunner to stand farther from the cannon as it was dangerous applying the lighted match to the touch hole at the breech of the gun; not only could the charge flash back, but the recoil of the cannon might send the carriage toward the gunner. Modern hemp added for display. Displayed on a nice wooden stand. Excavated in New York, exact site unknown. Light surface oxidation, metal quite solid..................................SOLD

626 - DUAL HEADED SNAKE BUCKLE, commonly used on sword belts, most probably British in origin and excavated in Virginia, metal has a very attractive dark jade green patina, excellent details. Very fine.................................................SOLD

627 - BRITISH LION BUCKLE, YORKTOWN FIND, commonly used on sword belts, center portion of a lion head British buckle, left loop intact, missing belt loop, green patina, lion's head surrounded by rays, excavated at Yorktown, VA. Excellent details..............................SOLD

628 - HUGE GATE LOCK FROM CROWN POINT, NY, FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, 5" X 5" face plate, complete with spring and sliding bar, complete, extremely early c. 1750, some oxidation, used on a large gate or door, unusually large, rare to find intact.............................SOLD

630 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR, SHORE OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN, 4" boat ring with triangular spike for hammering into wood, typically used to secure rigging, securing a boat, 18th Century, very light oxidation.............................................$65.00

631 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD BLACK POWDER CANTEEN, 1770 - 1800, 5" X 6.5" elliptical shape, hardwood stave construction powder canteen secured by four copper bands instead of iron, top opening for filling the powder, bottom hold for pouring powder. Copper bands were used on this powder canteen [keg] to deter sparks that could ignite the powder by accident. Copper was extensively used in powder magazines for this reason. Wood still has some old varnish on the surface. Very fine......................................SOLD

632 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR CANTEEN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, 5" X 9", barrel styled "water bottle" canteen, stave construction with four iron bands secured with crude iron nails, forged iron handle, old red oxide paint, normal wear to staves, purchased from a South Carolina collector who states it came from the area near Cowpens. In many case red paint was used on military items as mentioned in O'Donell's book on canteens. Iron bands are cut very crudely and definitely a locally made canteen. A great example of a militia style canteen...............................................SOLD

640 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR SKINNING KNIFE MARKED ON THE HANDLE XX, overall 10", curved hand forged blade with pewter bolster, hardwood handle with XX carved into one side. Ex. Oswald collection, formally an old New York collection. Mr. Oswald felt that this knife was carried by an Indian fighting with the 20th British Regimental buttons [XX -20 in Roman Numerals]. The Revolution split the Iroquois Confederacy. Mohawks led by Joseph Brant adhered to their long-standing allegiance to the British, and eventually most Cayuga, Onondagas, and the Senecas joined them. But Oneidas and Tuscaroras sided with the Americans, owing in large measure to the efforts of their Presbyterian missionary Samuel Kirkland. The Revolution became a civil war for the Iroquois, as Oneidas clashed with Senecas at the Battle of Oriskany in 1777. Iroquois sufferings were compounded in 1779 when General John Sullivan led an American army through their country, burning forty towns and destroying crops...........................................SOLD

641 - AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF A BELT AXE WITH HAFT, French & Indian War - Rev. War [1760 - 1780]. 15" haft with 4" belt sized axe head, found in a barn near Fort Edward, NY, axe has old oxidation on surfaces from moisture, wood solid. Ex. Mel Laska Collection.............................................SOLD


8004 - REVOLUTIONARY  WAR, IRON GRAPESHOT FROM SOMERSET, PA, Found at a Revolutionary War foundry, site of the whiskey Rebellion in 1794. Ex. Debbie Sprouse [a.] 1" grapeshot, 2 available..............................................$49.00/each  [b.] 1.5" iron, some waffling to surface, balls quite solid, only have two examples.............................................$75.00/each

8005 - SOMERSET, PA, lot of three items. [a.] 2.5" rectangular shoe buckle with designs, intact keeper, [b.] triangular iron implement possibly used to cinch a rope 2.5", [c. ] double bladed felling axe, 8.5" X 3.5", narrow oval eyelet, still has solid form, the lot of three items......................................................$185.00

201 - ROYAL VOLUNTEERS OF NORTH CAROLINA, brass plate, 2.25" X 2.0", "RV" in cursive script, four prongs on verso for attaching to a cartridge box or shoulder sword belt. Excavated in North Carolina, relatively nice face with sharp R and moderately sharp V. Attributed to the Royal Volunteers of North Carolina. In 1777, an influential North Carolina Loyalist by the name of John HAMILTON fled the province with a number of others in a chartered vessel and joined the British at New York. HAMILTON set sail with the force to take Georgia under Lt. Col. Archibald CAMPBELL in late 1778. HAMILTON was given rank of Captain and commanded some North Carolina refugees who met the British in Augusta. The following month he was promoted to Major. More North Carolina refugees had joined the army in Georgia. On 22 February 1779, Lt. Col. CAMPBELL organized these people into a corps of two companies, one of foot, and one of horse, by the name of "Royal Volunteers of North Carolina," commanded by Lt. Col. John MOORE. At some point between February and October of 1779 the corps, by now known as the Royal North Carolina Regiment, consisted of two battalions. John HAMILTON was lieutenant colonel of one or both of them, but it's unknown what John MOORE was doing. In any case, the corps was consolidated into one battalion between the time of the Siege of Savannah and the Siege of Charlestown. In a bit of bad timing, HAMILTON and his servant were taken prisoner by the Rebels scouting Charlestown during the siege. The Royal North Carolina Regiment was a part of the army that advanced to the siege from Georgia under the command of General PATERSON. The Royal North Carolina Regiment served in several bloody encounters, most notably Hanging Rock and the Battle of Camden. In 1781, they were part of CORNWALLIS' army that entered North Carolina, attracting more recruits to the unit. By this time the corps consisted of seven companies (including a light infantry company), with an eighth being raised later on the march to Virginia. An extremely rare plate!........................................SOLD

202 - LARGE KILT PIN FOUND NEAR CAMDEN, SC, 2.5" brass kilt pin, twisted rope design, part of the keeper missing, unbent and with a nice green patina. Excavated near Camden, SC. the 71st Highlanders fought at Camden also known as Fraser's Highlanders. The regiment took part in actions in the Southern theatre and fought under Lieutenant-Colonel Archibald Campbell at the Capture of Savannah in December 1778. At Savannah, Campbell ordered Sir James Baird to take a group of infantry and flank the Americans, while he arrayed his troops just out of view: the Americans were unaware they had been flanked, were routed and abandoned the city. The regiment, now under the command of Lieutenant Colonel John Maitland, went on to take part in the Battle of Brier Creek in March 1779; at Brier Creek the 1st Battalion of the regiment attacked the Americans at the front while the 2nd Battalion attacked them from the rear: again the Americans were routed. After that the regiment took part in the Siege of Savannah in September 1779: during this action the regiment successfully defended the city. The regiment was also present at the Siege of Charleston in march 1780, the Battle of Camden in August 1780 and the Battle of Cowpens in January 1781. It next fought at the Battle of Guilford Court House in March 1781 where one officer of the 71st Regiment claimed that "one half of the Highlanders dropped on that spot." The regiment's last action was at the Siege of Yorktown in September 1781...............................................................SOLD

203 - FRANCIS' MARION'S CAMP, SANTEE RIVER, SC, 2ND SOUTH CAROLINA REG, a nice grouping of relics from one of Francis Marion's camps on the Santee River. Includes the following: ram rod sleeve, 5 small flat buttons, brass rosette from a bridle or saddle, partial neck stock, small shield emblem, and two musket balls one wormed, a nice lot from a Southern theater, the grouping..........................................$125.00

208 - BELT KNIFE FROM COLONIAL KENTUCKY, 10.5" overall, nice hand forged blade made from a file, bulbous hardwood handle, iron ferule. Typical belt knife used by Militia during the Revolutionary War. The blade shows very little oxidation. From the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman........................................................$195.00

209 - AMERICAN DAGGER, 18TH CENTURY, 11" overall, hard wood handle, iron guard, brass ferrule, hand-forged double edged blade showing evident forge markings. Definitely American by the crude construction. Fine, from the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman..............................$425.00

210 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD PIKE HEAD, 8" overall, wrapped style socket, used for close combat on a long haft, excavated near the port area of Charleston, SC, dug 9/3/18 by CJD, nice smooth patina, from the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman................................$395.00

211 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD PIKE HEAD, FORT TICONDEROGA, 10" overall, closed wrapped style socket, used for close combat on a long haft, excavated near, nice smooth patina, from the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman...............................$425.00

215 - LATE 17TH - EARLY 18TH CENTURY FRENCH STYLE TOMAHAWK, Axe head 6 1/4". 4.5" blade, poll end, 15.5" rough hewn handle, vicinity of Watertown, NY, blade solid with some moderate oxidation. From the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman................$595.00

216 - AMERICAN HORSEMAN WAIST CARTRIDGE BOX, 10" X 4.5", concave waist cartridge box, 12 tinned pipes. In 1778, Congress authorized a waist box of 12 tinned pipes for dragoons in the Continental Army. See Neumann's example in the Valley Forge collection. Missing the belt loop but otherwise in fine condition with very pliable leather. Ex. Robert Oswald collection...............................$695.00

AN OUTSTANDING HUNTING BAG WITH HORN AND CARVED POWDER MEASURE


217 - AN OUTSTANDING HUNTING BAG ENSEMBLE
, Cowhide hunting bag with beaver tail styled flap, single pouch, measures 6" X 6.5", attached to a 42" original cowhide leather strap, also attached is a 8" horn with an early style bulbous plug with old stopper and a carved bone powder measure. The ensemble is in superb condition. Provenance Robert Oswald who bought it in Tennessee in the early 1990's, sold to us, and then sold to a Williamsburg Collector about 1995 or so, now we have re-bought it again. Period 1770 - 1800, a great example!..................
$795.00


845 - 18TH CENTURY SWORD CANE, these were popular during the Revolutionary War period and into the 19th Century, 24.5", long brass tip stag horn handle with initials carved into the base of the handle, period 1750 - 1800, hardwood cane, early style 18th Century blade. George Washington carried a sword cane at times when dressed sword less....................$695.00

846 - SUPERB AMERICAN 18TH CENTURY DAGGER, 10", cherry wood turned handle, quillions in opposite directions as a counter guard made of iron, iron ferrule, blade spear point, blade has a double edge blade with a central ridge, blade peened, great original gray patina to the blade, all original, very fine.............................................$495.00

SCARCE MEDICAL AMPUTATION KNIFE

847 - 18TH CENTURY AMPUTATION KNIFE, Curved iron blade with "S" touch mark, iron ferrule, beautiful maple turned handle with blade peened to the base of the handle, stress crack on the bottom of the handle totally unaffecting the tightness of the blade to the handle nor appearance for display. Never touched finish with original patina to the blade. [See Neumann Pg. 188, Fig. 17]........................SOLD


A COLLECTION OF FLINT STRIKERS FROM COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG AND YORKTOWN


218 - FLINT STRIKER
, 2.5", fishtail design, moderate oxidation, dug near an apartment complex off Water St. Yorktown, VA. 18th Century, from the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman........................................
.SOLD


219 - FLINT STRIKER
, 2", club ends design, moderate oxidation, late 17th Century - early 18th Century, excavated in a campsite in a residential area off Jamestown Road across from Lake Matoaka near William & Mary University, Williamsburg, VA, from the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman........................................................SOLD


220 - FLINT STRIKER
, 2.25", fishtail end design, moderate oxidation, late 18th Century, excavated in a campsite in a residential area off Jamestown Road across from Lake Matoaka near William and Mary University, Williamsburg, VA., from the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman................................................SOLD

221 - FLINT STRIKER, 3", fishtail end design, moderate oxidation, one fishtail end missing, 18th Century, excavated in a campsite in a residential area off Jamestown Road across from Lake Matoaka near William & Mary University, Williamsburg, VA., from the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman....................................................SOLD

222 - FLINT STRIKER
, 2.25", fishtail end design, moderate oxidation, 18th Century, excavated in a campsite in a residential area off Jamestown Road across from Lake Matoaka near William & Mary University, Williamsburg, VA., from the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman................................................
.SOLD


1601 - 18TH CENTURY BULLET FORCEPTS, 11.5", brass musket ball extractor, 3.75" alligator nose with fish tail lower handle, marked CSM, original patina to the brass being un-cleaned, a scarce medical instrument.............................................SOLD


1602 - AN EXTREMELY RARE WOODEN TENT STAKE FOUND AT POMPTON, NY
, 8.5" hardwood tent stake, noted POMPTON, NJ. The site of the famous Yellow Tavern and where Washington's troops camped there and he stayed there while traveling with Martha in the winter of 1781 - 82. The style is the same as those found at Fort Ligonier site. From the collection of a noted NY collector. Fine...............................
SOLD

1603 - LARGE 18TH CENTURY FOLDING KNIFE, 9" overall, horn handle which has a rich green patina, carved tip, handle slightly curved, shows good use, small fissure at rear of handle, secured by four rivets. A mainstay of every militia man's equipment as these were use for eating as well as being used as a patch knife, fine, mechanism tight...........................$275.00

1604 - 13" LARGE COLONIAL ERA FOLDING KNIFE, this large knife has an unusual locking mechanism to assure that the blade stays extended, a sweeping curved horn handle with notches carved in the horn to serve as a grip. The blande has some usual oxidation but very minor. One of the largest folding knives we have handled..................................$295.00

1605 - ATTRACTIVE FISH SCALE HORN HANDLE FOLDING KNIFE, 18th century, overall 8.25", straight folding blade, slightly curved horn handle with fish scales carved on either side. Copper washers secure the pins with the last two pins in such a position to resemble fish eyes/face. Very fine.......................SOLD

1606 - FRENCH JACK KNIFE, WITH BLADE MARKED HONORE LERBIAS', Overall 7", single-edged blade stamped "HONORE LERBIAS", steel bolster, bone or horn handle, iron pins attached handle, small fissure in end of handle on one side but quite tight. Late 18th century. Most probably one of the knife makers in Theirs, France where numerous "folding knives" were made for the Indian trade in America. This example fits the bill for trade knives, plain but an excellent utility knife, easy to sharpen, friction opening, and known by the French as a "folder"......................SOLD

1607 - SUPERB FRENCH 18TH CENTURY JACKKNIFE, overall 8.25", 3.5" single edged blade, a carved horn handle wrapped by brass wire, carved "dog's head" tail, large brass bolster with decorative trim, 1750 - early fur trade period. Ex. New York Collection...............................................SOLD

1608 - LARGE 18TH CENTURY FOLDING PATCH KNIFE OR PRUNING KNIFE, 7" overall, curved horn handle with a rich golden patina, curved steel blade with the hallmark of a heart and three arrows. Small chip at end of the curved handle, blade crudely forged..................................................ON HOLD

1609 - COLONIAL ERA PATCH/PRUNING KNIFE, 5.5" overall, curved steel blade, brass bolster, slightly curved horn handle weld together with four iron rivets, "J and F" stamped on the bolster, See Neumann page 244 "Swords and blades of the American Revolution", c. 1760 - early 19th Century, nice honey patina to the horn...................................$195.00

1610 - COLONIAL ERA HAMMER POLE AND AXE WITH HAFT, 11" overall with hardwood haft, flared 4" curved blade with hammer, late 18th - early 19th century, the ideal size for a militia man to carry in his belt. The haft may be origianl if not it has been on the axe a very long time. A super belt axe. Very fine.................................................SOLD

1611 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR SPIKED TOMAHAWK, 1750 - 1760, 13" overall, 2.25" X 5.75" tomahawk on the original hardwood haft. The spiked end has been modified to a hammer pole, forging marks on the ax head. The narrow handle ideal for fighting. Slight split to the handle but tight in the axe. Large oval eye to the axe. This is a well used fighting tomahawk.......................................SOLD

1612 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR TOMAHAWK STYLE AXE HEAD, 4" X 7", Tomahawk style cutting edge. A large example of a French Trade axe with the star touch mark. Period 1670 - 1690, Seneca site, Fox Hill [Rochester]. Excellent surfaces, from an old New York Collection..........................................SOLD

1613 - BEAUTIFUL 16 - 17TH CENTURY SPANISH PLUG BAYONET OR DAGGER, 12" overall, 8" blade. Ornate blade with several central cut outs. Handle or plug area brass with inlaid bone with brass trim. Whether it was used as a plug bayonet or dagger is debatable. Nevertheless it is a beautiful piece of workmanship and very early.........................SOLD

1614 - 17TH CENTURY ENGLISH CARCASS CERAMIC GRENADE, 3" ceramic English grenade used with "Greek Fire" - Sulphur, tar, pitch, boiled, naphtha and oil. The surfaces were grooved when made for a better grip, 6 ¼" holes in sides. The use of such chemicals in ceramic projectiles dated back to the Greek-Byzantine period. This example was found in England and used during the English Civil War. The English Civil War (1642 - 1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians ("Roundheads") and Royalists ("Cavaliers") over, principally, the manner of England's governance. The first (1642 - 1646) and second (1648 - 1649) wars pitted the supporters of King Charles I against the supports of the Long Parliament, while the third (1649 - 1651) saw fighting between supporters of King Charles II and supporters of the Rump Parliament. The war ended with the Parliamentarian victory at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651. RARE..............................................SOLD

1616 - 18TH CENTURY MILITIA CARTRIDGE BOX, 2.75" X 8.5", a nice contour waist cartridge box, 24 large caliber holes in the drilled wooden block, top flap extends 1" over the front, two waist loops on verso, rounded top, has flap for fastening the flap but missing the small leather tab button, front pouch for flints, leather firm with the flap stitched on rather than one piece which tends to break over time with  usage. A nice representative example.............................................$695.00

1617 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR COLONIAL COPY OF A BROWN BESS BAYONET, 17.5" overall, 2.5" socket, unusually large lip to socket, 1.25" blade at base, overall 20". This is a very early American copy of a 1st model Brown Bess [wide blade]. It dates from the French and Indian War to the Revolutionary War. Non dug a typical attic find...................SOLD

1619 - BRITISH BROWN BESS BAYONET EXCAVATED AT YORKTOWN, 21" overall, 17" blade, solid socket, light erosion to blade but minor, quite solid, marked YORKTOWN 1781, quite nice for display......................................SOLD

1620 - FRENCH TRADE TOMAHAWK ON HAFT, Early 18th century, c. 1730 - 1775, axe measures 3" X 6", tomahawk styled axe, rounded blade French touch marks 4 stars [**** and what resembles a snake and a globe]. Usual oxidation to surfaces, oval eye with welded seam. The haft measures 17.5" it appears old but these were changed many times during the use of the axe. By the style it was not used for trimming but for offense or defense. Overall very good...........................................SOLD

1621 - INTERESTING TOMAHAWK STYLE AXE USED ON A SHIP IN LAKE CHAMPLAIN NOTED AS BEING MADE AT THE SKENE FOUNDRY - WHITEHALL, NY, Overall 18.5", axe 5.75" with a 3" rounded blade, tag states "Used on a ship in Lake Champlain, Battle of Vancouver Island", also "Skene Foundry, Whitehall, NY 1770's axe."  Ex. Ed Butkus Collection. There are no particular markings on the axe - the information is from Ed Butkus a long time collector of early Americana. The haft is original and the way it is fitted into the axe eye resembles other naval axes of the period. In 1759, the colonial town of Skenesborough was founded by British Army Captain, Philip Skene. Skenesborough was a center of maritime trade, located at the southern end of Lake Champlain with saw mills, grist mills, and an iron foundry. During the Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold built the first naval fleet in the town of Skenesborough, which was renamed Whitehall after the war. Very fine........................................................SOLD

1622 - ATTRACTIVE AMERICAN MADE DAGGER, 18TH CENTURY, 12" overall, 8" beveled blade, turned cherry wood handle with copper ferrule and iron guard S shaped, great surfaces to the blade, a great side knife for hand to hand fighting...quite attractive................$495.00


1623 - SUPERB 18TH CENTURY DEERSKIN HUNTING BAG
, 7" X 7.5", triple flapped hunting bag with a decorative fringe, 6.5" attached powder horn, attached carved bone powder measure, soapstone sharpening stone and flint inside the bag. Nice wear shown on the verso of the bag, period ties holding the attachments to the bag. Great tone/patina to all items. The nicest hunting bag we have had in many years and very early. The horn appears to be 1770 or earlier. Very fine........................................SOLD

1624 - 18TH CENTURY CANNON LINSTOCK, A linstock (also called a lintstock) is a staff with a fork at one end to hold a lighted slow match. The name was adapted from the Dutch lontstok, "match stick". Linstocks were used for discharging cannons in the early days of artillery; the linstock allowed the gunner to stand farther from the cannon as it was dangerous applying the lighted match to the touch hole at the breech of the gun; not only could the charge flash back, but the recoil of the cannon might send the carriage toward the gunner. This example is 4.5" high with a tubular base to attach to a wooden staff. A rare size used for firing smaller swivel wall cannons on a fortification or boat. RARE..................................$395.00

1625 - AMERICAN SIDE KNIFE WITH ANTLER HANDLE, overall 8.75" with 5.25" blade, crude hand forged blade with S guard and blade all in one piece. The blade is peened through the dark colored antler handle, 18th Century, some oxidation to blade, the blade appears to be held tight at the front of the handle by poured pewter, possibly dug but in very good condition.......................................SOLD

1626 - EARLY GUNTOOL FOR A FLINTLOCK, forged iron in a "Y" design, one side a vent pick, her two other sides are screwdrivers, 18th Century, uncommon to find today. Very fine.....................................................$89.00

1627 - REV. WAR PERIOD AMERICAN BELT KNIFE, 10.5" blade length 5.75", the atypical belt knife carried by most soldiers. The blade was made from a file, the hardwood handle is turned with concentric circle designs, brass ferrule, no guard as usual on these knives, very fine condition.......................................$165.00

1628 - LARGE LEAD FILLED HORSE ROSETTE FOUND NEAR BRANDYWINE, 2.25" round lead filled horse rosette, plain face, dug near Brandywine, obviously American militia. ex. Deborah Sprouse Collection............................................$75.00

1629 - AMERICAN MILITIA BELT PLATE FOUND AT BRANDYWINE, 2" X 3" oval brass buckle, concave. Excavated near Brandywine. All verso hooks remain nice patina to the plain face. Ex. Deborah Sprouse Collection. Exceptional.......................................SOLD

1630 - LARGE OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT POUCH, overall 14.5" deerskin large pouch with carved horn spout, still contains lead shot, stitching is quite tight, 18th Century, a nice early example.............................................SOLD


1631 - SMALL SHOT POUCH 18TH CENTURY
, 5.5" overall, wooden spout with old cork stopper, made of a very soft cowhide, dark brown, stitching shows some old repairs as to be expected, lead shot still inside.................................
$75.00


609 - A NICE 18TH CENTURY MILITIA CARTRIDGE BOX, 7" X 3" X 4", a waist box with both waist bands intact, rounded top with overlapping flap, wooden block interior with 21 openings for a large caliber [69ca.] cartridges. Button on flap missing but replaced with a 1" colonial period flat button but otherwise a very nice example with a minimum of flaking to the leather, some seam looseness at corner. The larger caliber boxes are quite scarce. An excellent example for display...................................................$695.00

7707 - ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA, A NICE LOT OF RELICS FROM THAT SPANISH COLONIAL TOWN, 17TH EARLY - 18TH CENTURY, Three small buckles all of different designs and a small cross medal missing the loop, dug by a local digger.........................................$60.00/the lot

7708 - A GROUP OF RELICS FROM JOLLY OLE ENGLAND, a grouping of pottery fragments and smoking pipes excavated from the Thames River in London. The pipes date from the Late 17th century with some of the pottery shards possibly earlier to the late Tudor era. A nice assortment from the late Tudor and through the Commonwealth era...............................$55.00/the lot

7007 - AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR CARTRIDGE BOX, 8 1/4" X 3", with a huge 9" cover flap. 24 holes in the wooden block [8/8/8]. The leather box is sewn around the block. This is a waist box with the two existing belt loops. The leather is quite pliable and what makes this box so attractive is the huge cover flap. Ex. Robert Thebert, Sr. Collection, [32222].....................................SOLD

7008 - WADBOO PLANTATION SITE OF FRANCIS MARION'S LAST CAMP, Wadboo was a Native American name given to the enormous landholding of James Colleton, a son of Sir John Colleton, who was one of the original eight Lords Proprietors of the Carolina colony. Called a barony according to the Proprietors' plan for American nobility, Wadboo remained in the hands of James colleton's descendants from the original land grant in 1683 until after the Revolutionary War. On August 29, 1782, a British foraging party, made up of white and black troops and commanded by Maj. Thomas Fraser, attacked Brig. Gen. Francis Marion and his militiamen at Wadboo, where they had camped the night before. Arranging his Brigade around the main house and slave quarters and along a lane of large cedar trees (across the creek from here), Marion beat back the British attack. During the engagemnt, Maj. Micajah Ganey, a former Tory who had recently come over to the Whig side in a treaty at Burch's Mill, fought heroically with Marion. From shortly after the skirmish until the British abandoned South Carolina in December, Francis Marion made Wadboo his headquarters. Here on December 15, 1782, the day after the British evacuation of Charleston, Marion dismissed his Brigade and made for his own ruined plantation of Pond Bluff. 8 assorted buckles all excavated from Wadboo Plantation. Ex. Deborah Sprouse. All quite nice.............................SOLD


2266 - BATTLE OF COWPENS, SC, a remnant of silver obviously from a casting, approximately 3 grams [.75"] found on the area of the Cowpens, South Carolina battlefield. The Battle of Cowpens, fought on January 17, 1781, was an engagement between American Colonial forces under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan and British forces under Sir Banastre Tarleton, as part of the campaign in the Carolinas (North and South). Tarleton's force of 1000 British in the King's Army were sent against 2000 men under Morgan. The Colonial forces conducted a double development of Tarleton's force, and suffered casualties of only 20 killed and 69 wounded. Tarleton was one of around 200 British troops to escape. A small force of the Continental Army under the command of Brigadier General Daniel Morgan had marched to the west of the Catawba River, in order to forage for supplies and raise the morale of local Colonial sympathizers. What was being cast is unknown-buttons, insignia? From the collection of noted collector Deborah Sprouse...........................$85.00


9801 - LATE 17TH - 18TH CENTURY SWORD STRAP SHOULDER BELT BUCKLE
, sword strap shoulder buckle, 2" X 15", complete with keeper, excavated at Brandywine, nice green patina, ex. Deborah Sprouse Collection, very fine.....................................
$125.00

9802 - AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR DEEP POCKET CARTRIDGE BOX, 2.5" X 10", 16 large caliber holes in the wooden block. An unusual ox hide leather cover with a deep pocket used for flints, paper wading, and a patch knife. This deep pocket box is very scarce. Very similar to the example seen in Neumann's book on Revolutionary War artifacts #37, page 75. [Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution]. The box's leather covering has seen much use. Not complete on the back, some shrinkage of the leather on the sides, the bottom pouch stitching is loose. The top flap is reattached so care must be used in opening. It is still a very rare example of this deep pocket style cartridge box. Reportedly ex. George Neumann. Picard leather treatment used to soften the leather as it has been in storage for many years. If this was in better condition it would be at $1000+ box. An excellent value at only.....................................................SOLD

4660 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, FORT WILLIAM HENRY, 14', fascine knife excavated three blocks from Fort William Henry [Lake George, NY], nice surfaces in spite of excavation. These were used to remove brush from camps and artillery sites, Ex. Robert Oswald Collection, very good........................................SOLD


5307 - BRASS BUCKLES EXCAVATED NEAR FORT WILLIAM HENRY, FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR PERIOD, Military type belt or shoulder strap buckles found in the vicinity of Fort William Henry. [a.] 1" X 1.5"..................SOLD   [b.] 1.5" X 2................SOLD           [c.] 1.5" X 2", with remnant of the leather strap still attached................................SOLD

9757 - REV. WAR - 1812 LARGE CANNON PIN AND RING, Large 6" iron ring fused to an 8" cannon pin. These were attached to the wooden carriage of a cannon to attach ropes for moving the cannon. Excavated on Kent Island, Maryland where Rev. War American artillery were positioned and during the War of 1812 when British forces set up a base on the island. Oxidized but firm....................................SOLD

4265 - A TRIO OF BUCKLES DUG IN THE YORKTOWN AREA, 3 brass buckles ranging from 1" to 1.5", 2 quite ornate, excavated near Yorktown, VA by Debbie Sprouse years ago, nice condition, the lot of three...............................................$65.00

WASHINGTON AND THE FRENCH AT YORKTOWN

4266 - The battle on October 19, 1781, at Yorktown, Virignia, 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 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, as the surrender by Cornwallis, and the capture of both him and his army, prompted the British government to negotiate an end to the conflict. Above is a strand of Washington's hair and a 8th French Infantry button excavated at Yorktown. The frameable display measures 11" X 14" and is attractively double matted..............................$550.00

A COLLECTION OF AXES


4277 - FLARED BLADE BELT AXE
, 18th Century, 4" flared blade, large oval socket, beautiful surfaces with original patina, from Shelborne, VT., Ex. Bob Speelman Collections...........................................
$250.00


4281 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA BELT HATCHET, overall 4.5" with a 3" cutting blade, narrow oval socket opening, found in a dump site of a New York fort [unknown]. Used by a Revolutionary War soldier and discarded when a break developed at the rear of the socket area, obviously used during the war due to the site find. From the collection of a Williamsburg gentleman.....................................................$145.00

4282 - CHERRY VALLEY, NEW YORK, 18TH CENTURY, Medium sized felling axe, 6" blade, 7" overall, large oval socket, large oval touch mark with several letters of the maker some very weak, others strong, moderate oxidation to surfaces. Excavated by Deborah Sprouse. A very uncommon site.........................$245.00

4283 - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, CROWN POINT, Huge felling axe, 9.5" overall with a 6" cutting blade, decorative hatch designs at the socket area, teardrop socket. This axe weighs near 6# and was used for cutting heavy timber. It has two makers touch marks. I believe this to be French in origin and has excellent smooth surfaces. Two European forts were built here by colonists because of its strategic location at the narrows of Lake Champlain. The forts preceded organization of the town by more than half a century; first was Fort Saint - Frédéric built by the French in 1731, who came to this area from their colonial settlements to the north at Quebec and Montreal. They competed with the British for the fur trade with Native Americans in the area. During the Seven Years' War (known as the French and Indian War in North America), the British gained control of this area. Before that, the French retreated and destroyed their fort to keep it out of the hands of the British. The latter built Fort Crown Point in 1759, then the largest earthen fort in their colonies. With British victory in the war, after 1763 France ceded all its territory in North America east of the Mississippi River to Britain. Ex Deborah Sprouse Collection...........................................SOLD

SOUTH CAROLINA REVOLUTIONARY WAR RELICS

4297 - BATTLE OF STONO FERRY [CHARLESTON CAMPAIGN], The Battle of Stono Ferry was an American Revolutionary War battle, fought on June 20, 1779, near Charleston, South Carolina. The rear guard from a British expedition retreating from an aborted attempt to take Charleston held off an assault by poorly trained militia forces under American General Benjamin Lincoln. Two brass heel plate and one small brass scabbard tip from the site of that battle...................................................$125.00/trio


4634 - BULLET POURING LADLE MARKED "48", 17" overall, bent hook for hanging, iron ladle marked "48" on the handle. Excavated in an unknown site. Possibly belonging to the 48th Foot. The regiment embarked for North America in January 1755 for service in the French and Indian War and, having landed in Virginia in February 1755, saw action at the disastrous Battle of the Monongahela, the Siege of Louisburg in June 1758 and the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in September 1759. Nice form being excavated.............................SOLD

4658 - FORT TICONDEROGA, NY, brass trigger guard excavated near Ft. Ticonderoga, NY, intact except for the back stock decorative trim. Appears to be a Brown Bess instead of a Charleville...............................................$49.00


3171 - CHERRY VALLEY, NY 18TH CENTURY BRANDING IRON, 10" overall, 6" wide, 3.75" large NB letters. Excavated in the Cherry Valley, NY area, moderate oxidation. The modern history of Cherry Valley begins with John Lindesay receiving a land grant from George II of England; he moved there in 1739, and seven Anglo-Scottish families from New Hampshire moved into the area the following year. Due to high snow, the community almost failed but was saved by provisions from local natives. During the American Revolutionary War, Walter Butler, a New York Loyalist, led a mixed force of Indians and Loyalists to the area, resulting in the Cherry Valley Massacre, during which more than 40 people were killed and many were captured. This massacre was followed by a second raid in 1780, leading to the temporary abandonment of the village........................................$325.00

3243 - FOUL WEATHER LOG BOOK, 8" X 11", marble-boarded covers, interior is a slate board within a wooden frame with lines etched into it where nautical notations were noted on deck in bad weather and then transferred into the ships log. From an old 18th Century naval collection...................................................$895.00     NOW $695.00




2048 - ARTIFACTS FROM NEAR FORT EDWARD/HUDSON RIVER, FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR
, Items found south of Ft. Edward and near Fort Miller, 3 iron/brass buckles, holed trade pendant, three provincial style early 18th Century buttons, one copper cuff link, from an old NY Collector..........................................
.SOLD


2049 - CRUDE LEAD MOLD FOR A FLOWER STYLE BUTTON
, 1", lead mold depicting a flower, found in a hut in a Continental Army camp, Hudson Highlands, NY. Details still evident in spite of ground action..............................................
$75.00

2050 - 18TH CENTURY TOP OF A RIDING BOOT, 17" of the top portion of a riding boot of high quality leather. Excavated in a trash pit near Williamsburg, VA. Years ago along with other leather fragments, stitching evident...........................$75.00

8727 - A BEAUTIFUL QUEEN ANNE STYLE POWDERHORN, overall 7" flattened horn with a polished hardwood wooden base. A screw top make also of horn doubling a measuring devise, 18th - early 19th Century. From an old Ohio collection. Choice condition with a beautiful patina to the horn. Excellent condition as many found have small fissures - this one is near perfect...............................................$285.00


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

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

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





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


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

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


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



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.......................................................
.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

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

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!]

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

.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

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

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

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...................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

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



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

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]

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


REVOLUTIONARY WAR YORKTOWN ARTILLERY


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.................................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

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



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.............................................
.SOLD

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


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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