CRANSTON, R.I. – A powder horn used by a Revolutionary War soldier at the Siege of Boston, a uniform worn by a Confederate captain during the Civil War, and a Civil War-era Missouri First National Confederate flag and sash are a few of the expected highlights in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Historic Arms & Militaria auction slated for Saturday, August 5, starting at 10 am Eastern time and containing 350 lots. In addition to the items mentioned, the sale lineup also features an artillery officer’s coatee worn by Lt. Julius Adolphus De Lagnel in 1847, flintlock pistols and muskets, a large selection of percussion muskets, and socket bayonets. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The 12in-long, Revolutionary War-era powder horn belonged to Richard Andrus, from Simsbury, Conn. He marched as a member of Captain Abel Pettibone’s 7th Company, 2nd Regiment, to the Siege of Boston and then to Roxbury, Mass. The cow horn, decorated with foliate designs, trees and a soldier, is marked, “Richard Andrus his / horn made at Roxbury, Massachusetts” and is estimated at $4,000-$8,000.
The Confederate uniform was worn by Johnston De Lagnel, a captain in the 20th Virginia Artillery Battalion who fought in the Civil War but reportedly died of pneumonia in 1864. The uniform includes a cadet gray superfine broadcloth frock coat with buttons and captain’s bars – and the original tailor’s receipt in one pocket – as well as cadet gray trousers. The uniform carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
The Missouri First National Confederate flag and sash originally belonged to Russell B. Caples, who joined the Confederate army as a private in Searcy’s Sharpshooters and was later wounded at the Battle of Vicksburg. The flag, 4 by 6ft, is hand-sewn silk with broad red and white stripes, a blue silk canton with 14 white silk stars and a silk officer’s sash. It is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
The circa-1847-49 officer’s artillery coatee – a type of tight-fitting uniform coat – worn by Julius Adolphus De Lagnel (the brother of Johnston De Lagnel) features a blue superfine broadcloth body, plus a red leather belt and skirts lined with scarlet broadcloth. It was passed down by a descendant until being donated to a museum in 1962, along with Johnston’s officers uniform. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
A circa-1762 British pattern 1759 Elliott light dragoon pistol with a .68 bore, slightly more than 15in long (with a 9in barrel), features a walnut stock with a light storekeeper’s stamp on the upper right wrist, brass fittings, a lock engraved with double incised lines, a government ownership stamp of a broad arrow and crown and a brass-tipped wooden ramrod. Its estimate is $3,000-$5,000.
A circa-1853 Springfield Armory Model 1851 cadet rifled musket with a 40in barrel and an overall length of 55in carries an estimate of $1,500-$2,500. The U.S.-made cadet musket, one of 342 that were rifled and fitted with long-range sights and sent to West Point to update the smoothbores used previously, is a .57 caliber weapon with serial #234 on the lower barrel band.
A Civil War-era Whitney U.S. Navy Model 1861 Plymouth rifle (.69 caliber, serial #5544) is 50¼in long with a 34¼in barrel. It has a walnut stock with a crisp cartouche on the left side, steel fittings, a butt plate tang marked “US,” a lock marked “1863” and “U.S. Whitneyville” with a large eagle and flag, a barrel tang marked “5544” and a steel ramrod. It has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.
A Confederate Lemat Grapeshot revolver (.44 caliber, 16 gauge, serial #1645, all matching) has checkered walnut grips with a light “C.S.A.” stamped on the upper left side, an octagonal barrel marked on the top flat with foliate designs, the phrase “Col Le Mat Bte S.G.D.G. Paris,” and a 6 ¾in barrel (its overall length is slightly more than 13in). The cylinder is marked “1645” and the whole is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
A circa-1863 U.S. Model 1863 Lindsay double rifle musket (.58 caliber, with a 41¼in barrel and overall 56in long) boasts a walnut stock with two crisp cartouche marks on the left side and a small “K” on the comb in front of the butt plate, steel fittings, the butt plate tang barked “US” and the top of the breech marked “Lindsay / Patent’d Oct. 9, 1860.” It is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
A World War I-era French MAT Model 1917 RSC rifle (8mm Lebel, serial #F23385, matching), has a walnut stock with a round cartouche on the right side of the butt, a 31½in barrel and an overall length of 52½in, the serial number showing on the left side of the butt and base of the forestock, and marked on the right side of the barrel base “MA T1917.” It sports an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
Before purchasing a firearm at auction, Bruneau & Co Auctioneers recommends having it examined by a qualified gunsmith to determine whether or not it is safe to use. FFL transfers are handled by Lost Treasures in Pawtucket, R.I., and are subject to a $35 fee.
To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, email email@example.com, or phone 401-533-9980. To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, please visit www.bruneauandco.com.
Click to view top auction results on LiveAuctioneers: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pages/recent-auction-sales/