OK - this seems about my speed. The pistol is an 1851 Colt Navy Revolver. It was a very common pistol, and this one certainly looks period. But they were made for years and years and there are lots of them around. I'm suspicious of the scratched name in the backstrap. It looks uncharacteristically crude compared to other period pieces I've seen, and in an awkward location. (It has the look of something a reenactor might do.) The knife is an almost perfect example of the "Bowie knife" famous on the frontier after Jim Bowie "The Braggart" was given one by his brother. (The knife he used in the famous fight was a sharpened file.) The blade looks heavily pitted, lie it was poorly cared for. The handle is staghorn. It looks good, maybe too good. Bowie knives were a fad, and any big knife was called a Bowie. The knob on the top of the handle looks suspicious. Again, it has a reproduction kind of look to it. I'm not really up on pistol belt boxes, but there is no written evidence that soldiers (or civilians for that matter) carried multiple cylinders. They just carried extra pistols. Jesse James had 4 on his belt the day he died. With no solid provenance (a letter, a photo, an inventory of some sort) I'm suspicious that this group was assembled from authentic pieces and reproduction pieces after the war. (It doesn't take long for leather to degrade under bad conditions. Leather goods made in the 1970s could look that bad by now.)
Originally Posted by Spinster
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