Bruneau & Co.'s Aug. 5th Historic Arms & Militaria auction has 350 lots from museums and collections

The auction, starting at 10 am Eastern, is well-rounded, with objects that are affordable for the beginning collector to the advanced. Bidding is on multiple platforms and live in Cranston, R.I.
By: Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Missouri First National Confederate flag and sash.
Missouri First National Confederate flag and sash.
CRANSTON, R.I. - July 23, 2023 - PRLog -- A powder horn used by a Revolutionary War soldier at the Siege of Boston, a uniform worn by a Confederate captain during the Civil War, and a Civil War-era Missouri First National Confederate flag and sash are a few of the expected highlights in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers' Historic Arms & Militaria auction slated for Saturday, August 5th, live and online.

The auction, starting at 10 am Eastern time, contains 350 lots. In addition to the items mentioned, the catalog also features an artillery officer's coatee worn by Lt. Julius Adolphus De Lagnel in 1847, the Confederate artillery uniform of Julius's brother Capt. Johnston De Lagnel, flintlock pistols and muskets, a large selection of percussion muskets, socket bayonets, and other objects.

"Much of the material in this auction comes from museums and private collections," said Joel Bohy, Bruneau & Co.'s Director of Arms & Militaria. "Many of the arms are from the collection of William "Billy" McMillen, who was a good friend and collector of American martial muskets and pistols. The uniforms were deaccessioned by the Valentine Museum in Richmond, Virginia."

The 12-inch-long, Rev War cow horn belonged to Richard Andrus, from Simsbury, Conn. He marched as a member of Captain Abel Pettibone's 7th Company, 2nd Regiment, to the Siege of Boston (and then to Roxbury, Mass.). The horn, marked with foliate designs, trees and a soldier, is marked, "Richard Andrus his / horn made at Roxbury, Massachusetts" (est. $4,000-$8,000).

The Confederate uniform was worn by Johnston De Lagnel, a captain in the 20th Virginia Artillery Battalion who fought in the Civil War but reportedly died of pneumonia in 1864. The uniform includes a cadet gray superfine broadcloth frock coat with buttons and captain's bars (and the original tailor's receipt in one pocket) and cadet gray trousers (est. $10,000-$15,000).

The Missouri First National Confederate flag and sash originally belonged to Russell B. Caples, who joined the Confederate army as a private in Searcy's Sharpshooters and was later wounded at the Battle of Vicksburg. The flag, 4 feet by 6 feet, is hand-sewn silk with red, white and red stripes, a blue silk canton with 14 white silk stars and a silk officer's sash (est. $5,000-$7,000).

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the online-only Historic Arms & Militaria auction planned for Saturday, August 5th at 10 am Eastern time, visit

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