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MATTHEWS, N.C. – An estimated 2,000 quality lots of rare and vintage firearms, militaria, ammunition, Civil War memorabilia, personality items, Winchesters and more are all in the now-online auction at SoldUSA.com. The sale ends Sept. 24.
The 1950s-era shirt, bolo tie, guns and holsters worn by Duncan Renaldo, the actor who portrayed the Cisco Kid on the hit TV series is could take top lot honors in the sale. The items come with a personal appearance advance advertising poster and certificate of authenticity.
A Jesse James collectible – a Hopkins & Allen Ranger No. 2 nickel-plated .32 caliber Smith & Wesson solid frame singe-action pistol – was once owned by Zerelda “Zee” James, Jesse’s wife.
Civil War items are surefire crowd-pleasers. This sale features a Union (U.S.) enlisted model 1863 two-piece sword belt plate with applied wreath, unmarked. The non-dug belt plate has a mellow patina, with the reverse side being somewhat darker. It also has some expected scratches and dings, plus some wear on the front of the eagle’s breast, but it’s still a nice piece.
Also offered will be a framed Abraham Lincoln 1860 campaign photo print from the original negative, produced in 1956 by the Herbert Goring Studio. The photo print, measuring 10 1/2 inches wide by 13 1/2 inches tall, is in perfect condition and has been professionally matted and framed under glass (with UV protection). The frame has a 1/4-inch ding on the bottom front side.
Also from the Civil War era is a French import Model 1850 foot officer’s sword and scabbard made by Klingenthal, with a 28 1/2 inch acid etched blade. The sword features a fancy cast brass guard with D-shaped knuckle guard and a brass mounted steel scabbard in very nice shape. It’s a great example of a sword that was carried into battle by Civil War Infantry officers.
A sword of note is an outstanding presentation sword and scabbard made by E.A. Armstrong (Detroit, Mich.). The GAR Model 1860 staff and field officer’s presentation sword – having a 30-inch straight blade that is 3/4-inch wide at the hilt and tapers to a point at the end, with a diamond cross section – is engraved “to D.G. Nesbit, 1895,” and is in outstanding shape.
Ammo boxes are a staple at SoldUSA.com, and this sale’s got some nice ones, like the original, unopened, 50-count, two-piece, fully sealed box of Winchester Model 1873 .44 caliber cartridges. The box top has the correct green label, and graphics include a rifle illustration, the Winchester guarantee and a cartridge illustration. The top and bottom show standard shelf wear.
Powder flasks are also highly collectible, and this auction is featuring an antique eagle pistol powder flask (circa 1860s-1870s), 4 3/4 inches long, double-sided and all-original. The small size flask would have been for .31 or .36 caliber pistols and revolvers. Both sides show a patriotic eagle with a shield over two crossed pistols and with 13 stars spread around an eagle.
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