Fall 2023 Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction
November 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2023
This auction will feature an outstanding collection of items spanning multiple categories including Modern, Military, Sporting, & Antique firearms & militaria! Below is just a small grouping of select highlights from the massive offering to be featured in this upcoming sale!
CONFEDERATE USED SHOTGUN, “THOMAS S. MORGAN” MORGAN’S CAVALRY
Cal. 12 ga.
Carved in stock “Tho. S. Morgan”, “C.S.” & Ky”. The carving appears impeccable with some red wax inset still visible. This relic was found about 40 years ago in Youngstown OH antique shop sticking out of an umbrella stand. Shotgun was missing hammers and stock cracked through at locks.
Mike Hilber, well known Ohio Civil War collector who consigned this gun, had stock and hammers restored. He would never sell it till now. I have been cataloging Confederate arms for many years and this is the first time I have seen an original shotgun shortened and altered using musket nipples, there are plenty of fakes though.
John Hunt Morgan and his cavalry raided Ohio in June 1864, and were strongly resisted losing many men in several actions. His brother Thomas was killed July 5th 1863. Capt. Thomas S. Morgan also in the 2nd Kentucky Calvary under Morgan was in raid and was captured & imprisoned in Ohio with John Hunt Morgan. This wonderful relic most likely belonged to Capt. Thomas S. Morgan of Morgan’s Men.
Even though restored, this is a very rare inscribed Confederate used shotgun so common to Confederate cavalry, but almost no documented survivors. Shotgun is standard 1850-1860 vintage back action import, iron mounted with German silver escutcheons. Locks have Philadelphia agent marks and barrel rib has indiscernible quality mark, barrels shortened during to 23.5”.
UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: small file of research compiled by consignor. Copies of service records of both Thomas Morgans of the 2nd KY cavalry.