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NATHANIEL BANKS' STARR CARBINE RIFLE NATHANIEL P. BANKS (1816 - 1894) Union major general who defeated "Stonewall Jackson" in the battle of Kernstown. After the war he served as a congressman. An exceptional Civil War relic, a Starr carbine rifle owned and used by Banks. The rifle is likely a .54 caliber, and definitely a rifled carbine. Pitted with some rust, good condition, however the pin securing the hammer and lock mechanism is missing. This fine relic comes with impeccable provenance from Douglas Weeks, a direct descendent of Banks, who owned the piece along with other of Banks' personal belongings. He states in a notarized letter (included in lot), that: "I have...Gen Bank's Starr Carbine - Rusty and missing a pin which holds the hammer works in place. All parts still move freely". The lot also contains a war-date A.L.S. by Banks to his wife upon his assumption of the governorship, Washington, Jan. 10, 1863, in part: "...You will be surprised I am sure - Mr. Kelly my tailor...insisted today upon my ordering a suit of clothes saying that is was discreditable to the Gov't. that I am no better dressed. His philosophy is that being long in body & short in legs like Douglas or Napoleon I need a dark coat & vest and light pants. I am to wear a mulberry or dahlia colored coat velvet collar and pants of uncertain color but light...". A wonderful relic with ironclad provenance.
Estimate $ 7,000-8,000

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