Monday, May 12, 2014

Hidden Treasure

Hi, this is Gabriel. While working at the Somers museum on another project, I was told of other military related artifacts in storage that I might be interested in. I was amazed at the kinds of items I saw and how I have never knew even existed. These artifacts were antique firearms, swords, and even a cartridge box from the Civil War that had a label attached to it stating it was used in the Battle of Bull Run all the way to Appamatox Courthouse where General Robert E. Lee surrendered. Quite a few of these items including the swords were donated by Mrs. Voorhis though some of them had unknown donors. I would like to learn more about the Voorhis and how they got these items. Perhaps, it could be my next project. I also, would like to learn more about these objects in general and hope to consult with West Point again in the near future.

Colt Model 1860 revolver .44 caliber , donor unknown

Cartridge box from Civil War. Label reads "Cartridge box carried by a New York Volunteer from Bull Run to Appamatox"

On the left is a musket that might be from the late 18 century to the early 19th century. It was donated by Ms. Calahan. On the right is a rifle that might be from the late 19th century. 

Officer's sword with decorated with Knight's Templar symbols. It was made by the  Raymold & Whitlock company that was located in NYC.