Tintype of Civil War Soldier with Hall Carbine, ca. 1862
It is a picture of my husband's great-grandfather from the Civil War.
Where did he serve from?
He was in the Merrill's Horse.
If you notice, we've taken the mat off. Underneath that mat is his gun. We have a Hall carbine. John Hall was one of the first guys to make interchangeable parts on guns. Revolutionized the gun business. By the time of the Civil War, these were outdated. And so they get sent off on the frontier, which, out this way in Arkansas and Missouri, was the frontier at the time. It's very rare that you see those odd weapons in a photograph. Sometimes an image can be worth almost as much as the gun itself.
The image, if he didn't have that Hall carbine laid across his lap, would be $300. Because he's got that Hall carbine, this image would be worth, in a retail situation, about $1,000.
Because of that gun laying across his lap.
Oh, my word. $1,000. Wow. (chuckles)
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