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    Posted 2 years ago

    scottvez
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    Sixth plate tintype in a half case of an armed Union Quartermaster Sergeant. The image is very crisp-- some great details visible. The weave on the shoulder stripes can be seen.

    He has his cavalry saber at his side and cradles a .44 caliber Kerr revolver in his arm.

    "The five-shot.44 caliber Kerr revolver was manufactured in England by the London Armoury Company and could be fired either single or double-action. Nearly all Kerr revolvers imported during the Civil War were purchased by the Confederacy and were preferred by many Confederate cavalrymen." (Smithsonian, National Museum of American History)

    Will post a link to the Smithsonian in the comments section.

    This may represent a soldier showing off his captured pistol.

    My original tintype and jpgs, do not copy in any form without permission.

    scott

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    Comments

    1. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Smithsonian link: https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_416169

      scott
    2. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks vetraio, 33rpm, scott and tom.

      scott
    3. flashlarue flashlarue, 2 years ago
      The sword appears to be missing the sharkskin and twisted wire handle cover. Beautiful photo.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks for looking and commenting flashlarue.

      These M1860 cavalry swords are leather wrapped. The twisted wire is probably deeper and not that visible. When I magnify the grip, I do see some small circular areas in parts of the grip indicating there is a wire in there.

      Typically US Navy officer swords are sharkskin wrapped. I have seen some high end presentation swords for Army Officers that are also sharkskin gripped.

      scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks much kiva, fort, vo and watch.

      scott
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Of course, most photography studios supplied props. Sure he isn't Confederate ? Many uniforms in that conflict were hard to tell apart. To me, the grip looks unwound as found on many Confederate sabres.
    7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Trim along buttons and on the sleeve show this to be a Union shell jacket. Usually they have stiff stand- up collars, but I have seen them with this type of lay down collar as well. Maybe just a private alteration.

      Again, I believe the grip wire is there, but I have never read about nor have I seen a higher occurrence of missing grip wire with CS versus US weapons in the era.

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks much cultcha.

      scott
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      The South often used captured uniforms and I've seen "Dog River" swords without wrap or wire.
    10. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      I've owned several M1860s without wire or wrap, as I have seen CS swords missing the wire and wrap. Collectors/ dealers in Civil War don't use missing wire or wrap to assign CS/ US attributions.

      Sure there are instances of Confederates wearing Union uniforms-- the anecdotal evidence doesn't erase the fact that most soldiers in Union uniforms were Union soldiers.

      Without documentation to the contrary-- the photographic evidence supports a US attribution.

      scott
    11. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks pottery and nobucks.

      scott
    12. jgstaeger jgstaeger, 2 years ago
      My Second Lincoln discovery is posted--- finding him with Andrew Johnson was the frosting on the cake , if not for me figuring the Johnson image -- I may have not zeroed in on Lincoln. Yes - they were being sold as unknown ,,,, possibly the oldest Lincoln to exist ? maybe -- maybe not ? picts do not do them justice,,,,,
    13. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Not Lincoln or Johnson!

      scott

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