Measurement: Cap: 12" x 7" x 6.75"; height on wall mount: 25.5"; wall to outside edge
of cap: 14.5"
Material: Carved hardwood
Condition: Excellent, surface displays scattered flaking commensurate with age and
weathering; displays very nicely
Additional Information: Liberty poles capped with Liberty Caps were erected in town
squares…the iconic symbol is displayed on coins, and seals; Miss. Liberty is often
shown with a Liberty cap on pole within diversified mediums. Before the Revolutionary
War, a secret society was formed, its members, The Sons of Liberty often met under
“Liberty Trees”. The “Liberty Poles” were symbols of the same “Liberty Trees”. Not only
is Miss. Liberty depicted carry a pole surmounted with the iconic symbol, she is
frequently depicted wearing the classic symbol also known as a Phrygian cap. Carved
wooden caps were carried in American patriotic parades and at political events such as
parades in cities and towns visited by General Lafayette during his twenty-four-state
tour of 1824-1825. This rare artifact displays a shallow mortise within hat band, likely for
a rope pulley suggesting that it was atop a flagpole. The wrought iron shaft is original to
The cap can be displayed as shown or vertically…or on a conical riser so only the hat is
shown. We have fabrication services available.
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" wide.)
Red stripes with black lettering "GRANT AND COLFAX" and a blue field stenciled on cotton. Very good condition with strong colors and slight toning along a vertical centerfold as well as one or light spots, no holes, tears or repairs. (Approximately 20-inches by 17-inches framed, flag approximately 14.75-inches by 11.5-inches.)
As depicted, relief carved and painted on hardwood with blonde finish and copper ferrule. Accompanying the cane is a tinned iron dish with old paper affixed-John L. Bachelder-G.A.R. Plate-1861-1865. Bachelder was a New Hampshire resident; enlisted 7-30-1864 as a Private-"I" Company, Massachusetts 33rd Infantry; 6-1-1865 transferred into "K" Company, Massachusetts 2nd Infantry; mustered out 7-14-1865. (Plate diameter: 9 inches; Cane length: 35 inches.)
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")
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. HISTORIC HOMES AND INSTITITIONS and GENEALOGICAL and PERSONAL MEMOIRS of WORCESTER COUNTY MASSACHUSETTS WITHIN A HISTORY of WORCESTER SOCIETY OF ANTIQITY, Vol. III, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1907; pp. 28 and 29.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.)
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.
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