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Misc Military

Union Soldier Doing Laundry
Watercolor on paper, c. 1861 – 1866

A.R. Waud was an illustrator of Civil War and American frontier scenes, beginning his career as an artist-correspondent for Harper’s Weekly and assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He was one of only two artists present at the Battle of Gettysburg, and his sketch of the Battle of Pickett’s Charge may be the only image of the conflict by an eyewitness. The Library of Congress holds a large collection of his wartime sketches, and this watercolor appears to have been painted in the studio from a field sketch. Though this medium can be used for quick recording, even during a reprieve the precise application is more appropriate for a composed image that would later be reprinted in greyscake for Harper’s Weekly. The subject is uncommon for available Waud paintings, few of which have come up at auction or on the market in the past fifteen years.
(Frame: 28” x 23”; View: 16.5” x 21.5”)



Lady Liberty Watercolor, Liberty Cap, Eagle Perched on Shield
Anonymous, signed ML
Circa 1850 to 1900
The emblem of Liberty Holding Rose with Her Companion Bald Eagle on Shield

(The faux grained frame: 18 by 14"; sight-size: 13.25 by 9.5")



Medals, National Society Sons of American Revolution, Lot of 5
NSSAR Minuteman Award, one being 10K gold

$695 for the lot


GAR Medals, Civil War Veterans, Seven Pieces
Including a SCARCE Los Angeles Encampment 1912

$345 for the lot


Drum, Lithographed Tin Drum, Portraits of Admiral Dewey, American Flags
Circa 1898

Chromolithographed Spanish American War expressing the patriotic fever of the Spanish American War period. The drum with similar decoration on two sides features Admiral Dewy - hero of the day. Admiral Dewey within patriotic shield ornamented with olive branches and centered by large American flags with 13-stars. The wood rims are painted red with gold stripe; skin heads, lead grommets, decorative rope, leather slides, and snare are original. Excellent Condition. (Dimensions: 8.75" H, 12" diameter.)



Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes

Drum Fragment, 2nd Battalion, 60th Royal Rifles, a.k.a. "Royal Americans" - SOLD

Colorful piece of military history, with origins in the American colony; Active 1755-1966 Battles represented on fragment: 1808-1860 with primary focus on the Peninsular War One piece section of shell; likely lightly steamed to flatten for hanging display
(H: 33.5"; W: 14.75"; D: 9.5")

660-20 - SOLD

British Copper and Brass Powder Flask
Circa 1858 - SOLD

Approximately 9-inches. Manufactured by James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield as Convex Flute Beaded. April 1858 Registration mark on flask. "JAMES DIXON & SONS / SHEFFIELD" on patented brass cap. Seams excellent, good old lacquer, some slight dents. Pictured in The Powder Flask Book by Ray Riling, pg. 258, fig. 300.

230-18 - SOLD

Antique Rope Tension Snare Drum, Labeled by Henry Eisele, 12.5” by 17”
Per/the 209 and 211 Grand St, New York address; drum is circa 1884 to 1908 - SOLD

Rosewood shell decorated with an eagle clutching an American shield centered by olive branches with red berries; maple hoops feature a scroll and dot pattern within border; walnut vent grommet facilitates clear view of interior label. The rope albeit imperfect is original; ten hooks per/hoop and ten leather ears.

632-53 - SOLD

Antique Rod Tension Snare Drum, Labeled by Henry Eisele, 13.25” by 17”
Per/the 209 and 211 Grand St, New York address; drum is circa 1884 to 1908 - SOLD

Maple shell decorated with eagle clutching staff festooned with a sprig of laurel from which hangs an American flag. The counter hoops ornamented with a scrolled arabesque pattern; gutta-percha vent grommet facilitates view to label. There are five tension rods with claws and wing-form tuning lugs. Complete with marching shoulder sling/strap.

632-54 - SOLD

Early Vermont Militia Snare Drum, Original Painted Eagle & Stars Decoration
Jamaica, Vermont, Circa 1825
Colorful spread winged eagle clutching lush olive branch and arrows within a field of stars centered by saw-tooth oval radiating rays of red; great surface! - SOLD

Antique Vermont Militia Snare Drum with Original Painted Eagle, Circa 1825, angle view

Head of drum bears the names of Metcalf Pierce, Newton G. Pierce, and John Hosley, born 1824, 1827 and 1814 respectively in Jamaica, Vermont. (Dimensions: 14 by 14")

977-64 - SOLD

Historic Drum, Boston Light Infantry
Attributed by Label and Association to Henry H. Prentiss
Possibly Decorated by Charles Hubbard
Made for the Boston Brigade Band
Probably Played by John G. Sylvester (Signed inside)
Circa 1825 (Used through 1879)
The Boston Light Infantry, formed in 1798, is one of the oldest militia organizations in the nation's history. It is speculated that Charles Hubbard, who is credited as the painter of two other surviving Boston Militia drums of similar design, and of the same period, and the Boston City Guards drum, (also made by Prentiss), may have decorated this drum. - SOLD

Decorating one side of the shell is "Boston Lt. Infantry 1798," ornamenting the front is panoply of bugles, spear-tipped flags, and drums surmounted by an airborne eagle with a banner in its beak; the banner reading- "Death or an Honorable Life."

Found within the drum written in chalk is the name John Sylvester who was born in Massachusetts about 1790. He was a gifted musician and artist; in Boston he achieved a reputation for his wonderful skill in drumming. 1

The drums construction, fine workmanship; shaping and tapering of inner reinforcing rings, which are worked by hand, are associated with earlier efforts rather than the mass-produced drums of the Civil War. This rare drum has been retrofitted with new skins, ropes, leather ears, and double-butt gut snares; the hoops are original. We note that an approximately 4" elongated, horizontal area of the shell was expertly repaired using veneer and fill; the paint in that small area was competently restored; all else cleaned, fine and original. Three small holes clustered on the bottom hoop suggest that a metal snare adjuster has long been missing.
The shell measures 15" H with a 16" diameter.


We note that Brian Hill shares a nice article on his blog Field of Drums.

505-54 - SOLD

Flag Pole, Civil War Period, Solid Cast Eagle, Three Sections Including Eagle
Unknown Maker, Great Color - SOLD

(L: 67.5")

1071-23 - SOLD

American Shield, Painted Red, White & Blue, Canvas Stretched on Molded Frame
1876 Centennial
Anonymous - SOLD

Antique American Shield, Red White and Blue, 1876 Centennial, entire view

An unusual example with thirteen carved and applied stars, with reverse also painted. (Minor wear imperfections; 27 by 31 by .75")

606-34 - SOLD

Civil War Era Tin Shaving Mug - SOLD

Dimensions: 4.5-inches high.

146-47 - SOLD

Revolutionary War
American Short Saber
Birds Head Pommel-Cherry Grip
Original Bluing...and scabbard - SOLD

Having a 27-inch single fuller blade of which 6.5-inches is false edge; blade is blued for the first 13.5-inches with some thinning and weakness...however, rarely encountered bluing remains! The blade remains in very good overall condition.
The brass hilt is a variation of the 4-slot D-guard; bird's head brass pommel and a plain cherry grip. Amazingly, the leather scabbard with brass throat has survived missing only its drag and 1.5-inches of its leather tip.
The scabbard has shrunk to fit the blade tightly; note the scabbards conforming fuller depression. Also, the leather has shrunk and no longer meets the guard.

308-174 - SOLD

American Hilted Short Saber
French and Indian War Period
Cherry Grip - SOLD

The 27-inch blade with single fuller and 6.5-inch false edge from tip is an English military blade by the London Cutlers Company, who were in business in London during the eighteenth century prior to the Revolutionary War; witness their fleur de lis mark stamped on both sides of the blade.
This sword has an iron stirrup hilt, pewter pommel and ferrule; a wide spiral cut cherry grip. The forged iron guard has a small section with minor one-side delaminating; this fissure is limited to the area where the blade meets the guard and does not compromise the integrity or the aesthetic.

308-175 - SOLD

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
Medal Issued to Captain Francis S. Schmucker
128th Pennsylvania Infantry - SOLD

In 1865 a number of Union officers gathered in Philadelphia for the purpose of providing an Honor Guard to escort the body of their martyred Commander-in-Chief. Shortly after, from this nucleus, The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States was formed. Based upon the Revolutionary War Society of Cincinnatus, the MOLLUS was made up of officers who had served the Union honorably during the Civil War. Member were called "companions" and as the society grew it came to include many of the most prominent officers of the war including Generals Sherman, Sheridan, Custer, Miles, McClellan, and Meade as well as Presidents Grant, Garfield, Hayes, Arthur, and Harrison. While originally only for commissioned officers, the Order added Hereditary memberships for the male offspring of original members and their descendents.
This medal was originally issued to Captain Francis S. Schmucker who served with Company A of the 128th Pennsylvania Infantry. The regiment suffered heavy losses at Antietam and was heavily engaged at Chancellorsville. Schmucker served from August 1862 until May 1863. He was a doctor in Reading, PA after the war. The medal was issued to him as #10401. The medal is in what appears to be the original box. "Bailey, Banks & Biddle, / Makers, / Philadelphia" is printed on the fabric lining inside of the lid. There is also a note in the box that reads, "Insignia #10401 to be prepared for reissue to Frederick A. Schmucker, and returned in this box." Frederick Schmucker must have become a hereditary number and been given his father's medal. The medal is numbered 14952 on the front of the link. Rather peculiarly the colors on the watered silk ribbon are reversed with the center stripe in blue rather than the red as described in the regulations. The high quality and obvious age of the ribbon suggest that the error occurred when the medal was re-issued to the younger Schmucker and that it is not a later replacement. The enameling is in excellent condition but most of the gilding has worn off the silver.

110-218 - SOLD

A scarce...Civil War Period
Collapsible and Portable
Soldier's Writing Kit
Stamped-PATD DEC. 24 1861 - SOLD

The soldier's rollup writing kit is in fine condition and consists of a cylindrical tin tube-like tray compartment with black Japanned ends. The tray which retains original cover flap is approximately 8.5-inches long with a 1.5-inch wide diameter. Compartment features a 1.5-inch wide opening; the entire length of the tube that was used to hold paper and writing implements.

When laid flat, the flexible wooden slats with their cloth backing present a hard-surface writing area approximately 5.5-inches by 8.25-inches which is stabilized underneath by a small wooden cross-bar that fits into two brass hooks nailed to the outer surface of the first and last slat. This example remains in excellent condition excepting that half of the crossbar is missing. Neatly stamped on the crossbar is the patent date "PAT'D DEC 24 1861". When not in use, the entire kit can be completely rolled up.

146-31 - SOLD

1834 Pattern Artillery Cap Insignia
Circa 1834 - 1851
United States - SOLD

Army Die-struck brass cap badge; crossed cannon worn by artillery officers and enlisted men; retaining all four wire hooks on reverse; dark patina with some verdigris and few specks of gilt shining through. Very good. (3.5-inches wide.)

110-315 - SOLD

Bass Drum, Eagle Banner Painted - SOLD

Dimensions: 24.25" W, 27.75" diameter.

479-9 - SOLD

The Boys, 1861 to 1865>
Signed HORSTMAN, Philadelphia (2.5 by 5 Ft.) - SOLD

A red, white, and blue guidon with applied hand-cut letters sewn to flag, reading both sides, THE BOYS-61 - 65. Scattered losses and minor imperfection; generally very good. Perhaps GAR.

308-192 - SOLD

Flag, Parade
38 Star Parade Flag
Circa 1867 to 1877 - SOLD

Medallion Star Arrangement, Printed on Muslin
Flag on dowel iscribed "22 Thorndike"
No holes or tears, light soiling.
Came out of Manchester, NH; used by resident of recorded address for special events and holidays. (18-inches x 13-inches, dowel 32.25-inches.)

536-24 - SOLD

Early New England Canteen
Interlocking button-hole bands and old paint - SOLD

Excellent Condition
(Diameter: 12.25-inches; depth: 6-inches.)

231-27 - SOLD

GAR Canteen - SOLD

Dimensions: 4-inch diameter.

146-45 - SOLD

19th Century Powder Horn - SOLD

10.5-inch powder horn with domed plug, double rings at spout and copper nails.
The powder horn has a crack at the plug join as well as a crack in plug but otherwise in very good condition.

114-5 - SOLD

A Wood Militia Canteen
Robins Egg Blue Paint
Circa 1810 - SOLD

In the cheese box-style, in fine condition having three original loops for carrying strap; retains original paint and has developed a terrific patina. The canteen is initialed D,D in ochre paint. (Diameter: 6.25-inches; depth: 2.25-inches; found in Dorset, Vermont.)

553-60 - SOLD

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