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Civil War-used revolver could top $50k at Heritage Auctions
J.H. Dance & Bros. Confederate Percussion Single Action Revolver with History of Use by Horace G. Young, 5th Texas Cavalry. Estimate: $50,000+. Imaged by Heritage Auctions.

DALLAS, TX.- An extremely rare .44-caliber revolver used in the Civil War could bring $50,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Auction June 7 in Dallas, Texas.

J.H. Dance & Bros. Confederate Percussion Single Action Revolver with History of Use by Horace G. Young, 5th Texas Cavalry (estimate: $50,000+) was given by Young shortly after the Civil War ended to a recipient whose family held on to it for more than 140 years. The rarity of the weapon can be traced to its low production numbers: it is believed Dance & Bros. produced no more than 500 guns, with just 275-350 in this .44-caliber configuration.

Young enlisted in Capt. Willis Lang's Lancer Corps, which was incorporated as Company B of the 5th Texas Cavalry, in 1861. He served with the regiment through the New Mexico campaign before returning to Texas to defend Galveston Bay. The unit, including Young and doubtless this revolver, then moved into western Louisiana, and was engaged throughout the latter part of 1863 and 1864 along the Sabine River. In May of 1864, at the Battle of Yellow Bayou, where his military career ended because of severe injury.

“This auction has an extraordinary array of firearms from different eras to appeal to collectors of all levels,” Heritage Auctions Arms & Armor Consignment Director David Carde said. “It also features a fascinating array of custom knives, highlighted by a pair of Pre-Tact Ernie Emerson knives and more than 70 others, including knives by Paul Fox, Frank Centofante, Mel Pardue and Gene Baskett, each of whom is a member of the Knifemakers Guild.”

A Civil War: State of New Hampshire Forage Cap (estimate: $19,500+) is a commercially produced cap issued by the state for its troops. The cap is extremely rare, one of only four examples known to remain in existence, and is adorned with a specially produced set of silver insignia that includes the original “N.H.V.” – “New Hampshire Volunteers” – in letters that measure 5/8 of an inch high. This particular hat is published, along with two other examples, on page 133 in U.S. Army Headgear 1812-1872 by C. Paul Loane and John P. Langellier.

Like others of its era, a Complete Suit of Armor in the 16-17th Century Style (estimate: $15,000+) followed civilian fashion, including, for a time, prominent codpieces like the one on this suit. The offered suit stands roughly 67 inches high – 81 inches high including the wooden base on which it stands. The armor works as designed, with fully articulated arms, elbows and leg joints, as well as a pair of full leg defences and complete gauntlets. The suit also is fitted with 17th century-style spurs, a codpiece and a lance-rest, and is topped by a Maximillian closed helmet.

A Civil War “McDowell” Pattern Forage Cap, Promotion Certificate & Hand-Drawn Map (estimate: $15,000+) was owned and worn by George W. Flagg, Company E 1st Regiment Massachusetts Cavalry. Flagg’s service lasted for nearly the entire war: he enlisted in September 1861 and mustered out in June 1865, at which point he had risen from Private to 1st Lieutenant. The cap is accompanied by an original map hand-drawn by Flagg that shows Co. E’s positions while stationed in Charleston in May 1862. Noted as “Rebel Pickets” and “Our Pickets,” it shows positions around Beaufort, S.C. Flagg’s first active service, between May and August 1862, was in the Charleston Expedition. Prior to the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg Flagg participated in marches and skirmishes before joining the Army of the Potomac. In 1963, he served during the Chancellorsville campaign, and later at Rapidan Station, Brandy Station and Gettysburg. His last service before mustering out in June of '65 was in the defense of Washington, D.C. The crown of the cap bears the original “1” over the “crossed sabers” insignia. Also included is George Flagg's original (10-by-15-inch) Certificate of Promotion to Sergeant of Co. E., 1st Mass. Cav. signed by the Colonel of the regiment.

A Civil War Era Naval Coat & Vest Set Belonging To 2nd Assistant Engineer Theodore Deklyne (estimate: $15,000+) belonged to an engineer who served aboard the U.S.S. Mystic, which was acquired by the Navy just before the Civil War and was used by the Union as a gunboat in support of the blockade of Confederate waterways, an effort that included the capture or destructin of four blockade runners off the coast of the Carolinas. The double-breasted blue wool coat has nine buttons down the front, and a green glazed cotton lining. The name “T. W. Deklyne" is stenciled in each sleeve lining, and the shoulder straps indicate a rank of Chief Engineer with fewer than 12 years of service. Deklyne served from March 5, 1864 to August 28, 1868. The single-breasted vest also boasts nine front buttons on the same blue wool, and also shows the owner’s name.

Robert E. Lee: Large Mounted Albumen of Lee on Traveller (estimate: $6,000+) captures the renowned general on his favorite war horse, Traveller. Taken in the summer of 1866 by A.H. Plecker, at Rockbridge Baths, near Lexington, Virginia, it is a very popular image, but usually is found in smaller sizes; examples from Miley’s studio in this large format are unquestionably rare.

The auction features more than 250 lots from the Estate of Robert Palazzo of items, some of which previously were on display at the Hubbard Museum of the West in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. The selection includes, but is not limited to:

• A Marlin Model 1889 Leaver Action Rifle and Pocket Watch Inscribed To Texas Ranger J.R.H. (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

• A Rare Spencer Arms Model 1890 Slide Action Shotgun Marked Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Co. (estimate: $2,000-3,000)

• A Colt Model 1900 Semi-Automatic Pistol (estimate: $1,200-1,500)

• A Historic Harrington & Richardson Top Break Double Action Revolver with Lawman's Hip Pocket Holster and Badge (estimate: $1,000-1,500)

• A Colt Single Action Army Revolver Once Used in a Montana Train Robbery (estimate: $1,000-1,200)

The sale includes an array of 125 lots with more than 300 knives, a great selection of which were custom-made, including:

• A Great Set of Custom Knives by Keith Coleman of Albuquerque, New Mexico (estimate: $2,000-2,500)

• Lot of Two (2) Gene Baskett Custom Knives, in Custom Case (estimate: $1,200-1,500)

• Two (separate) Emerson Linerlock Knives, each of which carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,000-1,500

• Cased Set of Two (2) Gene Baskett Custom Made Fixed Blade Knives (estimate: $1,000-1,500)

• Custom Fixed Blade Knife by Gene Baskett with Stand (estimate: $800-1,200)

Other top lots in the sale include, but are not limited to:

• A Fine and Rare Signed and Dated Wakizashi by Inoue Shinkai (estimate: $12,000+)

• Don Troiani: Original "Confederate Charge" Oil on Canvas (estimate: $12,000+)

• Inscribed Henry Lever Action Rifle to John W. Rush (estimate: $10,000)

• U.S. House of Representatives: Circa 1857 Chair (estimate: $10,000)

• Italo-Corinthian Bronze Helmet with Spike (estimate: $10,000)

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