Sale of Putnam Green Collection continues

Excitement builds for premiere firearms auction Lot 3189. Desirable WWII inland M1 carbine with M3 infrared sniper scope and accessories. Estimate: $4,500-$6,500. Rock Island Auction Company announces their premiere collector’s firearms auction to be held Sept. 9, 10 and 11 … More »

Gettysburg tree yields Civil War bullets

One appears to be a Minie ball Charge of the 2nd Maryland Infantry, CSA into the “slaughterpen” at Culp’s Hill, Battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. So severe were the casualties among the Marylanders that General Steuart is said to … More »

Civil War photo ID help found in a tip of the cap

While studying a Civil War tintype of what appeared to be a Union cavalry trooper, clues about the soldier’s identity revealed itself in a most unusual manner. The soldier’s sword belt with cross strap and brace of Colt revolvers quickly indicated a mounted role, but his Union Army 9-button infantry frock coat seem to contradict that conclusion. It would have been easy to consider the anomalous mounted sword belt and revolvers as “studio props” (an explanation used far too frequently among collectors and dealers of military photographs). Regardless of the incongruous uniform, weapons and accouterment, something about this portrait had an air of legitimacy. The question was, could the details reveal what it was? More »