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A popular utility of the colonial era, Revolutionary War period with use through the Civil War era these blacksmith forged iron crackers were reversible with a lesser gap one way than the other so as to accommodate large and smaller nuts.  The cracking surfaces are textured so as to provide a firm grip. An attractive companion piece in a period setting, this pair measure about 5 ¾ inches in length and remain in nice solid , even usable condition but with a pleasant natural age patina. <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Illustrated here with a quarter as size comparison, our photos should do best to describe this excavated Civil War vintage enlisted infantry hat insignia except to advise that it is entirely original and as photographed.   Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired the piece from Francis Lord from his personal collection. Veteran collectors who are fortunate to have known Dr. Lord will remember that Francis had a habit of gluing things to display boards for <I> show & tell</I> at the old Civil War shows.  Remnants of that glue remains on the back and can be easily removed with solvent but we’d leave it as is with the old man’s tracks on the back.   We acquired this relic several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend.  (Our letter will come with this relic to preserve a record of its origin. A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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 <B>Not</B> to be confused with the usually encountered reproduction in this pattern this example is the <U>real thing</U>.  This genuine antique, cast iron trivet, with its classic patriotic shield design, crossed cannons, cannon balls and crossed swords, measures 8 ½ inches long and is 4 1/8 inches wide.  Never painted this desirable original remains in excellent condition and will make a pleasing addition to any collection. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


 Not an uncommon find in a Civil War site excavation (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Phillips) good clean original, non-excavated, examples of these 19th century cast whistles are difficult to find on today’s collector market. Our illustration will speak best for this example.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

1700s early 1800s forged iron NUTCRACKER $65.00

 

Lord collection Excavated Infantry Devic $75.00

 

original - antique cast iron PATRIOTIC T $95.00

 

Civil War era cast WHISTLE $55.00

With a period script  identification on the outer flap and retaining a paper notation tucked inside, the use identification of this attractive <B>GAYLORD</B> marked Civil War percussion cap box will be especially appreciated.  While the leather belt loops have unfortunately been removed the remainder of the box remains in very pleasing condition even to retaining a full complement of its natural wool liner.  The piece is identified to James E. Shepard who enlisted and was mustered in on September 22, 1861 as Sergeant of Co. D <B>9th Maine Volunteer Infantry</B>.   Shepard was promoted to Sgt. Major June 13, 1862 then was commissioned to 1st Lieut. June 23, 1863.  Captured by Confederate troops at Weldon Railroad on August 18, 1864, Lt. Shepard was released on or about October 15, 1864.  He was discharged for disability on January 4, 1865.  A nice display item at a reasonable price!  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of female figure wearing helmet with Liberty on it, star burst above and holding sword with Union on it. Published by Mumford & Co., Publishers, Cincinnati. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 3.  A style initially made popular in this country by German immigrants, the use of this classic type by American Civil War troops has been well documented by period field photos and military camp excavation.  The elongated porcelain bowl was joined to the cherry wood stem by means of a hollow V-shaped secondary bowl, this component intended to collect moisture and tobacco tar making for a fine smooth smoke. The mouthpiece is of natural horn and the bowl is generally capped by a hinged metal lid.   Popular from the earlier 19th century and Civil War era through the later 1800s, the earliest of these bowls were hand painted <U>as is this offering</U>.  The advent of color transfer printing in the later, mid 1800s, and the nearly universal use of that newly available medium to decorate these pipes, is a primary feature in determining whether such a pipe is pre or post-Civil War with hand painted examples as is offered here falling in the just pre and Civil War era.  Especially desirable by virtue of the colorful and especially well done military battle scene, its overall condition and completeness this example will make an attractive addition to any tobacco and smoking grouping or simply as a stand-alone in a period personal grouping.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 This original earlier to mid 19th century fluting or <I>goffering</I> iron;<I> (<I>goffering – to treat a lace edge or frill with heated iron to crimp or flute it;</I>) remains in excellent untouched condition just as we acquired it from an old collection.  For those unfamiliar with the early ironing tool, the cast iron tube or <I>slug</I> was heated by inserting the tip of a hot poker from stove or hearth.  Once heated,  frilled heavily starched cuffs, collars, ribbons and other trimmings were moved across or curled around the iron cylinder to produce expertly <I>ironed</I> ruffles and fancy frills.  (see: Neumann’s <I>Early American Antique Country Furnishings</I> for a hand forged example.) This scarcely found offering will please the antique enthusiast with interest in early costuming, textiles and the like.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

9th Maine Infantry Civil War CAP BOX $95.00

 

Liberty & Union $10.00

 

Civil War era Military Motif - import PO $225.00

 

earlier to mid 1800s Fluting or Gofferin

Tough to find in any size this, especially scarce traveling apothecary or <I>pill</I> tile measures 4 7/8 inches square and remains in excellent condition with no chips or flaws in the porcelain yet with eye pleasing evidence of age and period use.  The scale is graduated in the usual increment of six 6 to coincide with the most common 18th and 19th century prescription issue of pills in increments of six. An especially nice companion piece to lay in a Civil War era medical grouping.  (see: <I>Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments & Equipment</I> by Damman )  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  

 The head of this little blacksmith made axe was fashioned from two pieces of iron formed as one ( high carbon for the blade for a keen edge and lower carbon, less brittle, for the pick) just as the full sized working examples.  Some period ink stains on the original <I>white ash</I> wood haft may indicate that the piece served a practical purpose as a quill sharpener.  We have seen such miniatures in period writing desks. (see: Valley Forge museum collection)  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !        Our photo illustrations will likely do best to describe this nice old Civil War officers waist belt plate and our letter preserving its collector history as having emanated from the widely displayed and well known Civil War collection of Dr. Francis Lord.   Nicely marked <I>Lt. F. J. Bell</I> it is well to assume that the plate was initially used by <B>Frank J. Bell</B>  the twenty-five year old McKean County, Penn. carpenter who enlisted as a 1st Lt. on May, 3, 1861 and was later commissioned into Co. I <B>42nd Pennsylvania Infantry</B>.  The <I><B>’Bucktail’</I></B> would remain in the service to the hard fought Pennsylvania Infantry until October 19, 1863 when he was discharged to the Veteran Reserve Corps.  Wounded at Antietam on September 17, 1862, Bell would be promoted to Captain March 1, 1863 and on the third day of the fight at Gettysburg (7/3/1863) he was severely wounded requiring amputation of the right leg and subsequent discharge to the V.R.C.  Bell promoted to Major by Brevet, March 13, 1865.

     Of interest to the collector and preserved in our accompanying letter will be the fact that we  acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 H 15in. x W 10in. x D 14in.-29in.

antique APOTHECARY TILE

 

vintage hand wrought - MINIATURE HATCHE $65.00

 

Lord collection – Belt Plate: Mjr. F. J.

 

H 15in. x W 10in. x D 14in. -29in. $0.00

H 9in. W 6in. x D 16in.  H 9in. x W 12in. x D 20in.  H 14in. x W 56in. x 33in.  H 28in. x D 8in.

H 9in. W 6in. x D 16in. $0.00

 

H 9in. x W 12in. x D 20in. $0.00

 

H 14in. x W 56in. x 33in. $0.00

 

H 28in. x D 8in. $0.00

H 3 1/2in. x D 5in.  H 14in. x W 13in. x D 9in.  H 30in. x W 14in. x D 6in.  closed H 25in. x W 14in. x D 6in.

open   H 25in. x W 14in. x D 16in.

H 3 1 / 2in. x D 5in. $0.00

 

H 14in. x W 13in. x D 9in. $0.00

 

H 30in. x W 14in. x D 6in. $0.00

 

closed H 25in. x W 14in. x D 6in.
ope $0.00




<b>Written by an officer captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.</b>


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife.


"We marched 27 miles and encamped at Wardensville in a field.  We had no tents but got some straw and rested pretty well.  We had the 123rd Regt. O.V.I., 87th Pennsylvania, 9 Va. Inf., 12th & 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry and 5 pieces of cannon so that there was a pretty big lot of us."   


<b><u>Winchester, Thursday, April 30th, 1863</b></u>


My Dear wife,


After my love to you I will inform you that I am well and hearty.  I recd. a letter from you that John Sill brought yesterday, and was glad to hear that Laura was better.  Well Dear, I have not written to you since last Saturday, we recd. marching orders on Saturday morning at 3 o’clock and to take 4 days rations.  I wrote you a few lines that morning stating the fact.  Well we started at 5 o’clock for Moorefield distant 58 miles.  We marched 27 miles and encamped at Wardensville in a field.  We had no tents but got some straw and rested pretty well.  We had the 123rd Regt. O.V.I., 87th Pennsylvania, 9 Va. Inf., 12th & 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry and 5 pieces of cannon so that there was a pretty big lot of us.  We started on Sunday morning over the Sandy Ridge Mountain.  We went 4 miles to Lost River and could not get across.  We returned to our old camp.  The cavalry brought in 6 prisoners.  Our Company was ordered to head quarters as guard which was at a tavern.  We kept the prisoners in a house so we had a good night of it.  Monday morning we were ordered on again.  We crossed the river on a bridge made with wagons and went on about 2 miles when we were again ordered back so we marched back and encamped on the same ground again.  Next morning we were ordered to be ready to march early for Winchester.  We started and got about 8 miles when we turned off and took the road to Strausburg where we got before night.  Just as we got here our cavalry attacked some of the enemy but it was out of sight of town among the mountains.  Well we camped there and slept in a field without any fences around it but had a good night’s rest and so yesterday morning we started again from camp at this place where we arrived about 3 o’clock.  A good many of the men were pretty near run down and in fact we were all of us pretty tired and glad to get back to our old camp where I think we will stay a while.  Well Dear, I would be very glad to get home again.  I got a letter from Jack Lloyd yesterday.  He is well and doing well but is anxious for the war to be over.  Well it seems that R.V. Morris has got into some trouble about the women where he lives, but I hope it will not amount to much and I hope he will get clear of that fellow who has persecuted him.  Well I think that I will try and let the women alone if I have not done right at all times I have not meddled with them.  I don’t know but I shall write another letter to M.A.F. if I get time and if I do it will count but I don’t know but it would be as well to let the poor soft headed thing alone.  Well I am getting very tired of being away from home and I think that I shall try very hard to get off for it is so hard on you to have so much to do and no help, but dear I hope that you may have strength and help from on high to enable you to bear the trials and troubles that you have to endure and dear if I live to get home I will try and make some amends for the way I have used you.  Well dear, I must conclude this for I am sure it will bother you to read it for I am kind of nervous and I have nothing more to say that will interest you so good by my dear and loving wife.  May the Good Lord bless you and keep you safe is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. Levi Lupton 


Light age toning and wear.


Levi Lupton, was 39 years old, when he enlisted on July 25, 1862, at Columbus, Ohio, as a 2nd lieutenant. He was commissioned into Co. C, 116th Ohio Infantry, on September 19, 1862, at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on June 13, 1863, but was never mustered at that rank because he was captured the next day, June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va. He spent time confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., and at Macon, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., where he died on September 12, 1864.


Levi Lupton married Elizabeth Minor on March 16, 1848, and they were residents of Jerusalem, Ohio.      

 Louis XVI period 18th century French hand carved walnut arm chair circa 1780. Dark blue on white upholstery. Excellent condition, strong and comfortable. Measures 37 inches high to the back, 18 inches high to the seat, 26 inches high to the arms, 24 inches wide at the arms, and 19 inches deep. This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: OldSaybrookAntiques.com If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut add 6.35% state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes, tariffs or customs that might apply.  Antique set of 4 Chinese stacking tables circa 1870. Excellent condition. The tables measure: 28" h x 19" w x 14" d; 24" h x 17" w x 12.5" d; 20" h x 16" w x 10.5" d; and 16" h x 12" w x 9.5" d. This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: OldSaybrookAntiques.com .....If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to .....OneofaKindAntiques.com......We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com,..... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com.Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut add 6.35% state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes, tariffs or customs that might apply.  Vintage Biedermeier table from the Iparművészeti múzeum Museum of Applied Arts Budapest, www.imm.hu/en/ Iparművészeti Múzeum. The table can be used as a dining table or as a center table in a library or a large entrance hall. It measures 39.5 inches across its top and 30.25 inches high. Very good original condition. Superb craftsmanship and design. This table was purchased in Budapest Hungary and brought back several years ago. Just in from a CT estate. The Museum of Applied Arts is the third oldest applied arts museum in the world. The architecture is Art Nouveau. It was built between 1893 and 1896 and was designed by Ödön Lechner. It has a green roof and the interior is designed using Hindu, Mogul, and Islamic designs. Following the establishment of similar museums in London, Vienna and Berlin, and upon realizing the importance of handicrafts and industrial design, the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest was founded by the Hungarian Parliament in 1872. From the start, the Museum has collected applied art works contemporary and historical, from Hungary and abroad. Its collections have come from several sources. The core of the historical collection consists of antiques transferred from the Hungarian National Museum, while the contemporary collection was originally built up from purchases at world fairs (Vienna 1873, Paris 1878, Paris 1889) and gifts by companies (Herend Porcelain Manufactory, Zsolnay). If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut add 6.35% state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes, tariffs or customs that might apply

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

Louis XVI period 18th century French han $1300.00

 

Antique set of 4 Chinese stacking tables $9184.00

 

Vintage Biedermeier table from the Iparm $5800.00

Antique 18th c English Georgian tray top coffee table in flame grain mahogany c1780-1790. This is the finest tray we have ever offered. The quality of the conch shell inlay work is superlative and the entire tray was made from one single wide mahogany board. The tray was later mounted on a table stand by a master craftsman. The tray can be easily removed. The stand is made from solid matching mahogany with crossed stretchers and gracefully curved French tapered legs. The tray measures 21.5" x 29.5" x 1" and the base measures 32" x 24". The overall height is 18.5". If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut add 6.35% state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes, tariffs or customs that might apply.  Early 18th century geographic 1717 map of Paris by P. Starckman "Echelle d'une Lieue Commune de France." Very good original condition with watermark. The beautifully graphic map measures 19 x 25 inches and is hand colored in red, pink, yellow and dark blue. Handsomely museum matted and mounted in a hand made solid wood frame that measures 35.5 x 30.5 inches. Just in from a New Haven, CT, estate. If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut add 6.35% state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes, tariffs or customs that might apply.  <b>of Persons in the Military Service to the Naval Service</b>


4 3/4 x 7 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., June 10, 1864


Circular

No. 21


The following Resolution is published for the information and guidance of all concerned:


Public- No. 87


An Act to repeal the first Section of the Joint Resolution relative to the transfer of persons in the Military Service to the Naval Service approved February 24, 1864.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the first section of the joint resolution entitled a "Joint Resolution relative to the transfer of persons in the Military Service to the Naval Sercice," approved February twenty four, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, be, and the same is, hereby repealed. Approved June 3, 1864.


The Joint Resolution referred to is in the following words:


Public Resolution- No. 14.


A Resolution relative to the transfer of persons in the Military Service to the Naval Service.


Resolved by the Sente and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, First: That the Provost Marshal General be, and is hereby directed to enlist such persons as may desire to enter into the Naval Service of the United States, under such directions as may be given by the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy, which enlistments shall be credited to the appropriate district: Provided, nevertheless, That inasmuch as persons enlisted in the Naval Service receive prize money, persons so enlisting shall not be entitled to receive any bounty upon their enlistment.


Much more content. [Click on the enlargement to read the full document].


Signed in print by JAMES B. FRY, Provost marshal General. Ink notation at the bottom, Received Trenton, June 13, 1864.


There are 2 tiny punch holes at the left edge which do not affect any of the content. Light age toning. Uncommon.    


<b>Robert Smalls Rose from slave to United States Congressman!</b> 


(1839-1915) Smalls was born in Beaufort, S.C., to Lydia, a slave woman. John McKee was his owner and possibly his father. In 1851, McKee moved to Charleston where Smalls was permitted to hire himself out successively as a waiter, lamplighter, rigger and harbor pilot. At the start of the Civil War, the 22 year old slave was employed as a wheelman on the Confederate steamer, "Planter." This 150 foot ship was capable of transporting 1,400 bales of cotton. Armed with 32 and 24 pound howitzers, the vessel laid torpedoes and carried men and supplies for the erection and maintenance of Confederate fortifications along the Carolina coast. Smalls conceived a daring plan to seize the vessel, liberate its black crew and several family members, and escape to the Union fleet blockading Charleston harbor. At about 3 a.m. on May 13, 1862, Smalls and seven crewmen fired the boiler and slipped Smalls wife, daughter and son aboard, as well as four other women and one child. Thoroughly familiar with Confederate regulations, Smalls departed the wharf and headed downstream. He donned the straw hat of Planter's captain, C.J. Relyea, and mimicked his familiar walk. The ship slowly steamed past Fort Johnson and Fort Sumter, received a routine acknowledgement from Confederate batteries to proceed, and headed for the Union blockade. Planter was carrying 200 pounds of ammunition, four guns, and other supplies destined for Fort Ripley. The crew was later rewarded $7,000 in prize money, of which Smalls received $1,500. The success of Smalls stunned the Confederacy. In August, President Lincoln and Secretary of War, E.M. Stanton, welcomed Smalls to Washington and the black hero urged them to employ black troops in the war effort. Smalls served as a pilot on the ironclad Keokuk and was aboard when she sank in the Union attack on Charleston, April 7, 1863. He spent most of the remainder of the war on the Planter, which participated in 17 engagements in the service of the Union army. Smalls intimate knowledge of Carolina's coastal waters was of critical value. He was promoted to captain in Dec. 1864 after assuming command when the ship's white commander panicked while under a Confederate artillery attack along the Stono River near Charleston. Smalls went on to enjoy a prominent career in Republican politics. He was elected to the S.C. state house in 1868, and the state senate in 1870, and he served 3 terms as a U.S. Congressman, being one of the first black congressmen.


Authentic, original woodcut engravings that were published in the June 14, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Includes a portrait of Robert Smalls, the Gun Boat Planter, and Feeding Negroes at Hilton Head, S.C. Includes descriptive text. 11 x 16. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin.

English Georgian tray top coffee table i $3600.00

 

Early 18th century geographic 1717 map o $1800.00

 

1864 Provost Marshal General's Circular

 

Robert Smalls, The Gun Boat Planter & Fe




Civil War patriotic and merchant imprint with vignette of Columbia holding an American flag and sword with the motto, Union Forever! Union Pork House, John Butcher, Agent. Pork Packer, No. 100 S. Germantown Avenue, near Front and Laurel Streets, Philadelphia. 5 1/2 x 3. Uncommon.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.    


4 5/8 x 7 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., June 15, 1864


Circular

No. 22


Circular No. 103, of November 25, 1863, is hereby rescinded, and the following will govern in lieu thereof:


Paragraph 3, of Circular No. 96, of October 23, 1863, is hereby amended to read as follows:


These rolls shall be made in quadruplicate and each shall be signed by the Provost Marshal, who shall certify to the muster of each man from the date of his enlistment. One copy of this roll shall be sent with the clothing account of each and one copy of his enlistment, (as hereinafter directed) to the general rendezvous with the detachment. The other copies shall be sent to the Chief Mustering and Disbursing Officer for the State or Division, who, after having caused the amount of advance pay and bounty paid to each recruit to be entered on the rolls, shall send one copy of said rolls to the Adjutant General of the Army; one, at the same time, to the Adjutant General of the State, and retain the third copy in his office.


Provost Marshals are hereby required to keep a Record Book of all enlistments and musters into the United States service made by them.


Acting Assistant Provost Provost Marshals General will instruct inspecting Officers to report any failure on the part of Provost Marshals to keep this Record Book posted up to date. 


JAMES B. FRY

Provost Marshal General


Ink notation at bottom, Received Trenton, June 17, 1864. There are 2 tiny punch holes at left edge which do not affect any of the content. Uncommon.   


<b>Front page illustration of Confederate General Robert E. Lee</b>


Other illustrations include: multiple views of General William T. Sherman's Georgia Campaign; Burning the Railroad Bridge at Resaca, Woodlands, Georgia, Kingston, Georgia, Adairsville, Georgia, and the Railroad Depot at Resaca, Georgia. Portrait of General John A. Logan. Portrait of the Late Reverend Gordon Winslow. General Joe Hooker's Escort Charging Through the Woods. Full double page centerfold of General Sherman's Campaign; The Rebel Assault on Logan's Position in the Battle at Dallas, Ga., May 28, 1864, as sketched by Theodore R. Davis. Full page topographical map illustrating General Sherman's Advance on Atlanta, Georgia. Portrait of the Escaped Slave. Portrait of the Escaped Slave in the Union Army. General Williams Division, of General Hooker's Corps, Driving the Rebels Through the Woods as sketched by Theodore R. Davis. General Grant's Campaign; The Pontoon Bridge Over the James River, Above Fort Powhatan as sketched by A.R. Waud. General Grant's Campaign; Fort Powhatan, on the James River, sketched by A.R. Waud, and more. Light age toning and wear. Extremely desirable issue with the iconic full standing portrait of General Robert E. Lee with sword, binoculars, and sword on the front page! Complete issue, 16 pages.  


Vignette of the famous ironclad Union gunboat, The U.S.S. Monitor with stars above and the year 1863 on the obverse. An American shield with the motto, Union Forever and the year 1863 is on the reverse. Very fine.

Union Forever

 

1864 Provost Marshal General's Circular

 

Harper's Weekly, July 2, 1864 $195.00

 

1863 Patriotic Token, The Monitor & Unio




Civil War patriotic imprint with interlocking star design within an oval surrounded by stars and with the motto, "UNION" at the center. Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3 1/4.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of an American flag, stars, the Constitution, fireworks and hands clasped in friendship. 5 1/2 x 3.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.    


U.S. half dollar with vignette of Generals' Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on horseback on the obverse, with "In God We Trust" at the top, and "Stone Mountain, 1925" at the bottom. Spread winged eagle with motto, "E. Pluribus Unum," and "Liberty," and "Memorial To The Valor Of The Soldier Of The South" on the reverse. United States of America rims the coin at the top, and Half Dollar at the bottom. Very fine. 


WBTS Trivia: The models for this coin were prepared by Gutzon Borglum, who would later sculpt Mount Rushmore. The first coins were struck in Philadelphia on January 21, 1925, General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's birthday. The funds received from the sale of this issue of half dollars were devoted to the expense of carving figures of Confederate leaders on Stone Mountain in Georgia.

 


Sixth plate tintype of a Yankee soldier wearing a kepi with what looks like a rain cover and possibly feather or plume, shell jacket with piping and buttons on the collar, over the shoulder leather belt, rectangular eagle belt plate, two Colt revolvers tucked inside of his belt, and he holds a cavalry saber with the blade pointing upwards at his side. Comes in a full leather covered case with brass mat, keeper and glass. The leather has worn away in several places on the case, and the spine is starting to separate. Very fine triple armed Yankee image.

Union

 

The Constitution

 

1925 United States Half Dollar, Stone Mo $45.00

 

Tintype, Triple Armed Union Soldier $650.00




8 x 10 1/2, typed letter, on imprinted letter sheet, with names and positions of the officers of the post at upper right.


Headquarters

GETTYSBURG POST, NO. 191

Dept. of Mass., G.A.R.

3 Boylston Place


Boston, Sept. 12th, 1890


Comrades of Gettysburg Post:


The requirements of my business are such that I can give no more time to Grand Army duties. I therefore tender my resignation as Commander of Gettysburg Post, to take effect from this date.


In retiring from the position of Commander, I return my sincere thanks to every individual comrade for the uniform courtesy and kindness with which you have treated me.


The Post is an assured success. It was not organized by "professional veterans." It is not composed of "professional veterans." It was organized on the right basis- that of independence. It has asked no favors of the general public or of individuals. It has been noted for harmony and true fraternity among its members. It has successfully carried out everything that it has undertaken and has ever been an honor to the Grand Army of the Republic. Its future, I doubt not will be as successful as its past. As a humble comrade I shall always be glad to contribute my share to its welfare. Wishing each and every comrade prosperity and happiness,


I am in F. C. & L.,


Yours with respect and esteem,


Harrison Hume


Light age toning and wear. Mounting traces on the reverse. Very fine.


Harrison Hume served in the 11th Maine Infantry during the Civil War with rank of sergeant major, and second lieutenant.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with illustrations of an eye in the sky with chain links above it, an American flag with sunburst, a house, and the slogan, "My God first, my Country next, and then my Family." VICTORY is spelled out in stars and stripes letters at the upper right. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 2 7/8.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   These little penny sized coins were struck in the early years of the American Civil War to fill a commercial need when people began hording hard currency.  By July of 1862 even the lowly copper cent had all but disappeared from public circulation.  Though the U. S. Mint began issuing substitute paper money in the usual coinage denominations and folks began using postage stamps to augment that effort, commercial needs demanded something more familiar and more durable. The private minting of what collectors refer to as <I>HARD-TIME</I> TOKENS began to appear in the fall of 1862.   These private issue coins fell in two categories, the <I>patriotic token</I> which did not carry the name of a specific redeemer and the so called <I>store-card</I> type which carried the name of a specific merchant.  The little private issue ‘penny’  filled the commercial need and soon enjoyed general acceptance as a means of exchange usually allotted the value of one cent.  The little copper cent was minted in several variations and designs (usually patriotic) and were almost immediately a collectable accounting for some limited availability of nice condition examples still available on today’s collectors market.  Not a common find outside of collector circles though, as the short lived Civil War token was outlawed by act of Congress in 1864 when the issuance of currency in any form by private individuals was forbidden.  We have acquired a small collection of these little relics and are offering them individually in our online shop for the collector who would enjoy a nice original example to go in a Civil War grouping or coin collection.  The patriotic example offered here remains in pleasing, uncirculated condition with a natural age patina.  (Will make a neat original Civil War vintage gift without spending lots of money.)You may view all of these that are currently on our site by entering <I> patriotic token </I>  in our search feature.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 We will let our photographs speak for this scarce Civil War era wedding portrait except to advise that the photographer, <I>J. F.Tucker</I> of Lynville, Tennessee.

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Resignation Letter of Commander of Getty $15.00

 

Victory

 

Civil War ARMY & NAVY Patriotic / ‘HARD- $35.00

 

Civil War era Tennessee WEDDING COUPLE / $65.00

This US marked keg spigot is of turned maple with a natural cork insert to insure a leak proof fit.   The spigot measures approximately 11 1/8 inches in length and though it offers good evidence of age and period originality appears never to have been used.  Appropriate for use or display with any number of period barrel, hogshead, or keg applications, the cork insert is generally considered most appropriate to use with beer, wine and spirits barrels and kegs.  A neat display item to lay in with Civil War vintage sutler, country store or military quartermaster items. <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Height:	36 in. (91.44 cm)

Width:	

Depth:	

Country of Origin:	England

Maker:	Unsigned

Style:	Old Master

Condition:	Restored

Year:	Mid-18th C.

Description:	Beautiful antique portrait of an English gentleman in its original gilt wood frame. The painting and frame are in excellent condition. While there is no artist signature, the style of the period suggests the painting was made prior to the mid-18th C. His dress, hair style, make up and pose all point to that period of time. This is a remarkable opportunity to own an 18th C. oil on canvas portrait!

 <b>Regarding Substitutes and Recruits Who Have Deserted</b>


War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., August 24, 1864


Circular

No. 30


Immediately upon receipt of this Circular, Provost Marshals will make out, and forward to this office, a Consolidated Descriptive List of all substitutes and recruits enlisted by them since their appointment as recruiting officers, and who have deserted from their headquarters or while en route to general rendezvous. This report will be made upon the regular Descriptive List of deserters, (A.G.O. No. 117- First,) and, after the first report, will be made monthly.


A full description of each man must be given, and also his whereabouts, if it can be ascertained.


JAMES B. FRY

Provost Marshal General


Notation in ink at the bottom, Received Trenton, August 25/64.


There are 2 tiny punch holes at the left edge which do not affect any of the content. Light age toning. Very fine. Uncommon.


 


Civil War patriotic imprint with ornately designed vignette of General Winfield Scott with a banner above with title, "Our Commander In Chief" and American flags and shield below. The motto, "The War For The Union" is in stars and stripes letters at the upper right. Staining at the corners. 5 1/2 x 3 1/8.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.

antique U S Keg Spigot $95.00

 

7340 18th C. Old Masters Portrait of Eng $5000.00

 

1864 Provost Marshal General's Circular

 

General Winfield Scott $10.00

<b>the Hero of Pea Ridge</b>


Vignette of General Franz Sigel on horseback with his sword in the charge position. Hero of Pea Ridge is printed above the vignette and F. Sigel is printed below, on the obverse. The slogan, "Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned" within a wreath with star above is on the reverse. Very fine. Scarce.


<u>General Franz Sigel</u>: (1824-1902) Was born in Baden, Germany. He graduated from a military academy at Karlsruhe in 1843, and became a subaltern in the service of Grand Duke Leopold. During the 1848 insurrections he acted as minister of war for the revolutionary forces which were overthrown by the Prussians. He fled to New York in 1852. During the years before the war he taught school and held a major's commission in the 5th New York Militia. Sigel became a brigadier general on August 7, 1861, and a major general on March 22, 1862. Despite his military shortcomings, he did much to unify the large German population of the Northern states and contributed thousands of recruits to the Union ranks. "I fights mit Sigel," became almost a password among the Dutch and his influence with them never waned. He performed well at the capture of Camp Jackson, and the engagement at Carthage, Mo. At Elkhorn Tavern he contributed greatly to the Union victory. He saw action in the 2nd Bull Run campaign, and later commanded the Department of West Virginia. In 1864, he had the misfortune to fight the battle of New Market, Va., against the cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, by whom he was soundly trounced. 

 


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the March 8, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Hand to Hand Fight Over Schwartz's Battery at Fort Donelson. 16 x 11. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin.  


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the March 8, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption as above. 16 x 11. There is a small thin hole in the margin.  An original Civil War CDV photo of Surgeon Horace H Gates, 31st Iowa Volunteer Infantry. The waistview photo shows Dr Gates, of Anamosa, Iowa, seated, his shoulder straps show the "MS" insignia and he also has his frock coat pulled back to reveal "MS"  letters on his breast. Dr Gates enlisted as a private in 1862, rising to full Surgeon by 1865.  The photo reverse bears the imprint of Photographers Campbell & Ecker, Louisville, Kentucky and was probably taken in June 1865 when the 31st was mustered out . A sharp image, with minor edge cuts at top margin. The image is identified from the Cedar Falls Iowa Historical Society Archives, and comes w service info and a xerox of the same image bearing his id. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques

Civil War Patriotic Token, General Franz

 

Hand to Hand Fight at Fort Donelson, Ten

 

Seeking the Wounded by Torch Light After

 

IDD CIVIL WAR SURGEON WEARING MEDICAL SE $350.00

An original Civil War veteran prisoner of war national reunion ribbon bearing an illustration of a prison stockade and a bloodhound attacking an escaping POW. The 6" yellow silk ribbon is marked "Re-Union of the Union Ex-Prisoners of War Chicago December 10, 1889". The ribbon has average wear but is sound and Overall VG.  An original Civil War veterans item worn at funerals of GAR comrades, circa 1890s.  A handsome 8" black silk  ribbon w GAR pin bar & color illus of 5th Corp badge, with red ball center. The ribbon has a gilt tassel on the tip. The ribbon is marked "Bartlett Post, No. 668 Binghamton, NY. In Memoriam Honor the Noble Dead".  Reverse with maker label by Torsch & Lee, Baltimore, Maryland. Ribbon wear and age stains, red corp badge ball missing some paint, reverse w archival repair, Overall Fair. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques  An original Civil War veterans item worn at funerals of Grand Army  comrades, circa 1890s.  A handsome 7" black silk  ribbon w GAR pin bar & color illus of GAR membership star medal with applied US flag, and marked " In Memoriam David Ireland Post, No. 158 Brookton, N.Y."  Ribbon repair on reverse, Overall Good. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques  An original large format Civil War to 1870s  albumen photograph of a  cavalry officer wearing a regulation officers overcoat and cape and his slouch hat resting on an adjacent studio pillar. the hat shows the crossed cavalry sabers and numeral 8. The photo is approx 15.5 x 11.5", with excellent tonality.  A few small edge scrapes and edges worn, Overall VG.  Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques

CIVIL WAR PRISONER OF WAR REUNION RIBBON $225.00

 

BIMGHAMTON NEW YORK CIVIL WAR VETERAN GA $95.00

 

BROOKTON NEW YORK CIVIL WAR VETERAN GAR $95.00

 

8TH CAVALRY OFFICER CIVIL WAR to 1870s E $395.00

An original group of 8 different mess spoons, dug in the vicinity of the Petersburg Siege Lines in the 1960s.The spoons vary in design, a few still have traces of their silver or brass finish and all are complete. One is wrinkled like an accordion, the rest are still usable,some w small bends, but overall most are VG. A few show maker marks that I cant read. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques   An original Civil War veteran item- a  color banner with a  large Grand Army of the Republic medal illustration & caption  "Welcome GAR". This came from a Weymouth, Massachusetts area estate of a  Civil War GAR veteran and likely dates from the 1880s to the 1890s. Approx 36 x 20". Age stains, creases, cloth & colors VG Overall. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques  


Second Edition. By O. Henry Mace. Identifies, catalogs and values 19th century cased images and photographs. Updates trends in restoration, conservation and pricing. Contains values for hundreds of images. Published by Ktause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, 1999. Large format, 8 1/2 x 11, soft covers, 214 pages, index, profusely illustrated. Like new condition.


With interest in collecting and preserving 19th century photographs at an all time high, this new edition of a popular guide helps beginning and experienced collectors succeed in the field of early image collecting.


Covering every important element of image collecting, Collector's Guide to Early Photographs is a reference guide that describes the historical and technical background of all the major early photographic types. It also features more than 200 black and white photographs and 16 full color images.  A bit out of our usual scope but so neat we couldn’t resist the acquisition of this WW II mechanical pin.  A whimsical presentation depicts Uncle Sam and Adolf Hitler. A pull on the string and the <I>Fuhrer</I>meets his demise.   Measuring approximately 1 19/32 of an inch in diameter the colorfully lithographed button pin is maker marked on the rim<B>PAT APPLIED FOR – EVANS NOVELTY CO. CHICAGO</B>.  All in pleasing condition. The pin offers good evidence of age and originality while retaining strong graphics with no chips, dings or scratches and the mechanical mechanism functions smoothly.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

CIVIL WAR MESS SPOONS DUG AT 1864-65 SIE $95.00

 

CIVIL WAR VETERAN GRAND ARMY BANNER MASS $195.00

 

Collector's Guide to Early Photographs

 

‘Let’s Pull Together’ – WW II mechanical $125.00

A gem for the sewing and needlework enthusiast is this attractive delicately stained umbrella needle case.  Gathered up and set aside some years ago from a Victorian era sewing basket, this delicate miniature umbrella is carved from bone with a turned, threaded shaft all remaining in fine original condition and will lay in nicely with any ladies sewing implement grouping.    <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  We are going to let our photographs do most of the description on this one to include any conclusion as to exactly what the cryptic subject in its Massachusetts state seal embossed case is intended to address. The colorful reverse painting on glass is backed with a thin sheet of copper foil to give the subject plunging dagger and heart a bright crispness. All is encased in a brass 9th plate photo mat and frame and housed in a photo case with the Massachusetts state seal in the velveteen cover lining. All is pleasingly period original with no condition issues save some separation of the black paint backing which surrounds the main subject.  We would guess this has some fraternal connotation but that is only a guess on our part.  Please send us a note if you are able to offer anything further.   

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 This attractive little two leaf pocket magnifying glass was fashioned from horn in the classic style of the 18th century.  All in nice original condition save a bit of worm damage on one side, (see illustration) this piece is priced accordingly and will make a nice Revolutionary war era companion piece. A neat early piece for the collector of period optical equipment or personal items.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


 These little penny sized coins were struck in the early years of the American Civil War to fill a commercial need when people began hording hard currency.  By July of 1862 even the lowly copper cent had all but disappeared from public circulation.  Though the U. S. Mint began issuing substitute paper money in the usual coinage denominations and folks began using postage stamps to augment that effort, commercial needs demanded something more familiar and more durable. The private minting of what collectors refer to as <I>HARD-TIME</I> TOKENS began to appear in the fall of 1862.   These private issue coins fell in two categories, the <I>patriotic token</I> which did not carry the name of a specific redeemer and the so called <I>store-card</I> type which carried the name of a specific merchant.  The little private issue ‘penny’  filled the commercial need and soon enjoyed general acceptance as a means of exchange usually allotted the value of one cent.  The little copper cent was minted in several variations and designs (usually patriotic) and were almost immediately a collectable accounting for some limited availability of nice condition examples still available on today’s collectors market.  Not a common find outside of collector circles though, as the short lived Civil War token was outlawed by act of Congress in 1864 when the issuance of currency in any form by private individuals was forbidden.  We have acquired a small collection of these little relics and are offering them individually in our online shop for the collector who would enjoy a nice original example to go in a Civil War grouping or coin collection.  The patriotic example offered here remains in pleasing, uncirculated condition with a natural age patina.  (Will make a neat original Civil War vintage gift without spending lots of money.)You may view all of these that are currently on our site by entering <I> patriotic token </I>  in our search feature.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

stained bone - Victorian Needle Case $45.00

 

antique reverse painting miniature – Mas $125.00

 

1700s early 1800s Horn Magnifying Glass $55.00

 

Civil War ‘NOT ONE CENT’ Indian Head - ‘ $45.00




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