Accouterments & Leather



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  G.A.R. & U.C.V.

  G.A.R. Hall, Hagerstown, MD



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  Musical Instruments


  Personal Items



     About Us

Our period of special emphasis is the American Civil War and our specialty is Headgear from the whole range of history with which we are involved. Please consider us when seeking militaria from the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Seminole War, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Indian Wars, and the Spanish American War, plus the periods in between. 

We stand behind what we sell, and all items are guaranteed to be as described. We want you to be happy and satisfied with your purchase. Throughout our long history, at least 40% of all sales have been to other dealers—that says to us our prices are very reasonable. Less than one half of one percent of our sales has been returned for any reason. 

We won’t always have something from each of these periods at a given time, but as those items become available to us, we will offer them to you. In the past, we have offered numerous items in all of the following categories. The list is long and includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Americana
  • Pre 1898 firearms
  • Swords & knives
  • Flags & banners
  • Headgear
  • Uniforms and cloth items i.e. blankets, etc.
  • Identified items
  • Identified groupings
  • Photography gutta-purcha cases
  • Insignia
  • Accouterments & leather, i.e. boots, etc.
  • Medical items
  • Musical instruments
  • Dug relics
  • Books
  • Paintings, prints, maps
  • Scientific instruments
  • G.A.R. & U.C.V.
  • Camp furnishings
  • Military equipment
  • Buttons
  • Naval items
  • Newspapers, documents, & autographs
  • Personal items
  • Civilian clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Western & cowboy
  • Smoking items
  • Wood carvings
  • Fine art
  • Optics
  • Camp games
  • Cooking items
  • Flasks & bottles
  • Gambling items
  • Canes & walking sticks
  • Fire fighting items
  • Projectiles
  • Coins & currency
  • American Indian
  • Slave & black history items
  • Horns & flasks
  • Armour
  • Plaques
  • Miscellaneous

We are convinced that our long history, the huge variety and wide scope of our offerings (something for everyone and something in every price range), will make this site special, and a favorite place for you to visit. Again, WELCOME! And happy browsing.

Paul Millikan brings 42 years of experience, acquired knowledge, and expertise to this business. He is by profession a historian, having both undergraduate and graduate degrees in American History, he taught American History including special period courses, such as Civil War and Reconstruction, at the college level for 32 years. Before that he taught 6 years at the high school level. Professor Millikan also served for six years as director/curator of George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Fredericksburg, VA.

In addition to his academic credentials, he has collected, studied, researched, written, and dealt in Civil War memorabilia, for those 42 years. One of his special interests has been Civil War and earlier headgear. Over the years he has owned, studied, or handled literally hundreds of pieces of headgear.

Since 1982 he has been author and publisher of The Manual of Arms annual catalog of weapons, accouterments, and Americana. He has a national reputation through his outstanding catalog and regular participation in Civil War shows. In addition he has, for 17 consecutive years, been a participant in the prestigious Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum.

Since his retirement from college teaching in 2000, he has been involved in publishing, writing, research, living history video production, and public speaking.

He is a life member of the Michigan Antique Arms Collector, a member of the Organization of American Historians, the author of several articles and publications, as well as a regular participant in several Civil War shows around the country.

Titus 2:11-14

Richard Listenberger, graphic designer and visual communications consultant, has a passion for military history that spans 30 years as a collector, researcher, writer, dealer, and specialist in the restoration of fine art and militaria. With a BFA degree in advertising and marketing from John Herron Art Institute, Indiana University, Richard has owned and managed his own business since 1975. As well as major corporate clients, he has provided award-winning creative services for a wide variety of history and Civil War publishers, museums and military organizations. He has created and merchandized his own Civil War products and publications in addition to writing and producing a documentary play on the American Revolution.

Richard's specialty is researching and collecting American military headgear, uniforms, art, swords and accoutrements of the Revolutionary War through 19th Century, with specific attention to Federal period military fashion of militia and volunteer regiments. 

He is a member and past President of The Antique Arms Collectors Association of Indiana; member and past Commander of The Benjamin Harrison Camp of Sons of Union Veterans; and long-standing member of The Ohio Valley Military Society.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Contact us

The Manual of Arms
PO Box 27
Schoolcraft, Michigan  49087

Phone  269-273-7702

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