Civil War is one of the most notable events in the history of the United States. Many pieces that take us through all the events still remain in shelves and antique stores. Auctions of the finest and rarest Civil War artifacts take place, waiting for the highest bidder to take home a significant piece of American history.
We will be going now through some of the coolest antique weapons from the civil war. Everything including guns, pistols, revolvers, etc., is a carrier of great value. Their value is calculated by antiquity, what it was used for and who wielded the sword or used the gun.
So here we go, with no further ado, a list of some cool Civil War artifacts.
During the war, Colt firearms were sold as lighter versions of rifles and heavier guns. These pistols were then seen as practical and efficient. For example, the Colt Model 1851 Navy became one of the most popular guns ever made. It reached 250,000 sales in about 20 years. Pretty impressive for a handgun back in the days.
The other colt firearms used during the Civil War were:
- Colt 1851 Navy Revolver. This was the Confederacy’s preferred gun.
- Colt Army Model 1860. This .44 caliber revolver was made to replace the heavier Colt Dragoon Revolver.
- Colt M1861 Navy. This was an update from the successful Colt 1851 Navy Revolver. About 39,000 of these ones were produced.
- Colt Model 1855. Also known as Colt Root, this was the first revolver with a solid frame design.
- Colt Walker. This .44 caliber was developed into the Colt Dragoon.
- Colt Patterson. The very first real revolver produced by Colt in 1836.
There are of course other models of pistols and rifles used back in the days of the Civil War. We will get to those shortly.
Swords and Sabers
The swords and sabers are truly fine artifacts to see. We are already obsessed with swords of all types. The historical value of Civil War swords and sabers increase their auction value. You can see these pieces selling at prices of around $20,000.
If you research where to buy Civil War swords, you will find some of the rarest ones out there. Of course, the rarer they are, the pricier they get. For example, a very rare Confederate Leech & Rigdon “Floating CS Officer’s Sword”, a very rare sword is sold at $17,500.
Some of the Civil War swords and sabers include:
- Model 1832 Artillery Sword. Artillerymen wielded these ones.
- Model 1840 Light Artillery Saber. This one was issued to mounted artillery.
- Model 1840 Cavalry Saber. Issued to the Union cavalry.
- Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber. This was issues to the Union cavalry as well.
- Model 1850 Army Staff & Field Officers’ Sword. This was the regulation sword for officers. However, most officers used cavalry sabers.
If you are planning on making any investment on any sword or saber, it is important for you to check its validity with a Civil War relic expert and make sure that they have undergone the correct process of authentification.
Very important for combats, rifles had to be as versatile as possible. The Union issued the Spencer and Henry rifles, two of the world’s first repeating rifles. But then there were some other rifle models used by the infantry and that were popular during the Civil War.
- Model 1816 Springfield. This .69 caliber, although dangerous to the shooter, was the most common weapon during the first year of the war.
- Model 1842 Springfield. Still a .69 caliber and a smoothbore musket, it was the last one adopted by the U.S. Army and the first one to be machine made.
- Model 1854 Lorenz Rifle. Austrian’s army standard infantry weapon.
- Model 1855 Springfield Rifle. The first musket adopted by the U.S. Army.
- Model 1861 Springfield Rifle. Considered by many the gold standard of the Civil War infantry weapons.