From Our History Gallery Vignette, with Details of Each Piece
Top row, left to right:
Model 1872 Kepi
Brass Coronet Insignia
Dark blue wool body with tarred leather brim and leather strap with brass buttons.
Evidence of some very minor moth damage; interior has sweat band and no other lining. The brim stitching has been reinforced; there is a half-inch crack in leather close to brass button with other side having some thread loss. Losses to edge binding on brim, however...the hat displays well.
American Powder Mills Gun Powder Can
Boston, MA - SOLD
Abraham Lincoln Photograph - SOLD
Pistol, Bible And Grisaille Portrait Of Lieutenant William B. Hill
The bible worn in blouse pocket saved his life at New Bern
21st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
Never Before offered For Sale
William B. Hill, a printer from Gardner, Massachusetts mustered as a private into "A" Company of the 21st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in August of 1861. Family tradition holds that Hill served as Company "A" First Sergeant during the Battle of New Bern, North Carolina in March 1862; Hill was one of 36 men from the 21st wounded during the fierce fighting. His life was apparently saved by a small testament given to him by Edwin G. Adams, pastor of the First Unitarian Church of Templeton. The testament, which Hill carried in a pocket of his blouse, deflected the ball. The impact almost broke the .75-inch thick booklet in half. Hill was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in July of 1862. Immediately following the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, where they were only lightly engaged, the Regiment fought in the Battle of Chantilly. The 21st suffered 140 casualties, including 22 killed. Lieutenant Hill was one of those killed.
This collection includes the 4.5 by 3 by .75-inch New Testament that saved Hill's life at New Bern, as well as his Smith & Wesson Model No. 2 Old Model (Model No. 2 Army) pistol. This pistol with original smooth rosewood grips, serial number 5854 (1862 manufacture) has a 6-inch barrel and retains approximately 60% of its bluing; minor surface rust and pitting. There is a fantastic en grisaille gouache portrait of Hill in uniform wearing the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. (Overall 11 by 9.125-inches; sight: 8.625-inches by 6.75-inches.)
The lot is accompanied by a notarized affidavit of family provenance and a report from Smith and Wesson stating that this pistol having serial number 5854 was shipped from their factory on July 24, 1862, and was delivered to J.W. Storrs, New York City, Smith & Wesson's sole agent from 1857 to 1869.
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Remington New Model Army Revolver
Rollin White Conversion, US markings
Dimensions: 13.75-inch overall length, 6.25-inch barrel length.
11th U.S. Infantry Regiment
Circa 1861 - 1862
Tintype of seated Union sergeant in frock coat, with shoulder scales...a Model 1858 McDowell pattern cap with "11" on the front rests on a table beside him, his buttons, scales and the numbers are picked out in gold, stamped brass mat, red plush interior, stamped leather case remains in excellent condition. (3.25-inches x 3.75-inches.)
GAR Canteen - SOLD
Dimensions: 4-inch diameter.
Quarter Plate Tintype
Soldier and Two Friends
Quarter plate tintype of soldier wearing shell jacket and trousers with stripe down sides seated beside two dapper civilian friends. The images mounted within a stamped brass mat, no case; very good condition. (4 ¼-inches x 3 ¼-inches in mat.)
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