General Burnside’s sword and Purdey and Sons earliest known pistols lead June Bonhams Arms & Armor auction

The Antique Arms and Armor auction at Bonhams, June 11, will feature such highlights as a sword presented to Civil War Major General Ambrose E. Burnside, as well as a cased pair of the earliest known dueling pistols made by the prestigious English gun-maker, James Purdey.
The historic figural hilt presentation sword was given to Major General Ambrose E. Burnside by the United States Sanitary Commission at the New York Metropolitan Fair, April 22, 1864, and is … Read More