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T-53. Richmond, December 2nd, 1862. Bust view of C.S.A. Secretary of the Treasury, C.G. Memminger, and State Capitol at Richmond, Va. Fancy blue reverse. Very fine.  


T-53. Richmond, December 2nd, 1862. Bust view of C.S.A. Secretary of the Treasury, C.G. Memminger, and State Capitol at Richmond, Va. Fancy blue reverse. Small area of paper loss at lower left corner, and cut irregular at bottom edge. VG-Fine.  


T-68. Richmond, February 17, 1864. Vignette at center of artillery horses pulling cannon and caisson with soldiers. C.S.A. Secretary of the Treasury, R.M.T. Hunter at right. Reddish network background. Intricate blue reverse with Ten in large letters. Fine.  


<b>United States Congressman from Pennsylvania</b>


(1824-91) Born in Sunbury, Pa., he was a member of the corps of engineers employed by the State in the survey and construction of public improvements, 1839-42; studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1844, and commenced practice in Sunbury. He was Deputy Attorney General, 1845-47; served in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1850-51; was one of the organizers of the Susquehanna Railroad Co. in 1851; served as U.S. Congressman, 1869-77; was Chairman of the Committee on Railroads and Canals, and the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads. 


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 1 5/8, in ink, J.B. Packer, Pennsylvania.

1862 Confederate $5 Note $65.00

 

1862 Confederate $10 Note $45.00

 

1864 Confederate $10 Note

 

Autograph, John B. Packer $7.00

An unusual gaming or gambling  remnant of a time gone by, this set of four cock fighting spurs or <I>gaffs</I> as they were sometimes called remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and period use. The period slide top box bears a brown ink penned notation advising that <I>This belongs to Wm. E. Pride - Private property</I> and contains four spurs hand stitched in their original leather <I>spats</I>. (William E. Pride will require some research.) Once popular among gambling  enthusiast in this country and most frequently associated with the western frontier, especially in the strongly Spanish influenced  19th century American South West, cock fighting was a  common diversion in Mexican War  and later in Civil War military camps.  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 !   Standing 4 7/8 inches high with a 3 15/16 inch diameter base, this neat old <I>hog-scraper</I> push up iron candle holder is offered here untouched and uncleaned just as it came out of the barn.  (Would clean up but we would leave it as is preserving age and richness that comes only with time.) Designed with a hook on the upper catch rim offering an opportunity to hang the lighting fixture on an exposed beam, the candle push-up feature is patent dated 1853.  A wonderfully pure mid 1800s lighting device for display and use.  <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 !


 A scarce original publication<I>American Cruiser’s Own Book</I> by Capt. George Little, this 374 page volume offers a <I>swashbuckling</I> narrative based on the authors sea adventures in the <B>War of 1812</B>.  An account of lasting popularity among scholars and historical nautical adventure enthusiasts alike, Capt. Little’s work in <I>American Cruiser’s Own Book</I> continues to be enjoyed today in republished print to order format.  Scarce in the original in any condition, this example offers good evidence of age and period use and handling yet remains complete even to the endpapers and solid at the spine with no loose, torn or missing pages. The boards are solid with a blind stamped figure of a seaman front and back with decorative gold inlay and title on the spine. Copyright protected in 1846 and published by Richard Marsh in New York (John J. Reed printer) this original offers an engraved illustration to the frontispiece, another to the half title with additional illustrations by Billings throughout.   A comfortable read that will hold the interest of any enthusiast of early American sail, this well worn but solid and complete old volume offers the charm of time and originality. 

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 Illustrated here with a period quarter for size comparison, our photos will offer the best description of this little pasteboard percussion cap box.  All in pleasing original condition this commercial cap box will fit in well with any proper period cased pistol set or will display nicely with period ammunition or with your favorite 1800s side arm.  <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 !

early COCK FIGHTING SPUR SET $225.00

 

Pat. 1853 Iron CANDLESTICK $95.00

 

War of 1812 narrative – AMERICAN CRUISER $48.00

 

Civil War vintage Percussion Cap Box $50.00

     Our photographs will do best to describe this quality identified antique portrait cameo except to advise that the shell cameo remains in fine condition with no stains, cracks or chips and is offered here with a period ink penned identification <B><I>D. E. Twiggs</B></I> tucked in the back of the gold setting. 

    Born in Richmond county Georgia in 1790 David Emanuel Twiggs served in the U. S. military in the <B>War of 1812</B>, the <B>Seminole Wars</B> and the <B>Black Hawk War</B> becoming a Colonel of the <B>2nd U. S. Dragoons</B> in 1836.   In the <B>Mexican War</B> Twiggs led an army brigade at the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. Promoted to brigadier General in 1846 Twiggs was a division commander at the battle of Monterey and was in command of the 2nd Division of Regulars leading that division in all battles from Veracruz through Mexico City.  Wounded at Chapultepec, Gen. Twiggs was appointed military governor of Veracruz after the fall of Mexico City. <U>After the Mexican War Bvt. Major General Twiggs was placed in command of the Department of Texas and held that position when the <B>Civil War</B> broke.</U>  As the Southern states began to secede Twiggs surrendered his entire command to the Confederacy. <U>This included all Federal installations, property and soldiers in Texas.</U>  Subsequently Twiggs was dismissed from the Union Army and accepted a commission as <B>Major General Confederate States Army</B> and was placed in command of the <B>Confederate Department of Louisiana</B>.  He retired in October 1861 and died of pneumonia in July of 1862. 

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4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, November 24, 1863


General Orders

No. 378


ORDER IN RELATION TO ADVANCE OF WAGES


It being represented that the increased prices of provisions and necessaries render it proper and just that there should be an increased rate of wages for merchants, laborers, and other employees whose compensation is not fixed by law, it is-


Ordered, That the Heads of the respective Bureaus of the War Department make inquiry and report to this Department a just and reasonable rate of advanced wages that should be paid by the Government at the present time.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Small stain at upper right edge which does not touch upon any of the content. Light age toning.  


<b>Signed by General Robert Williams</b>


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, December 1, 1863


General Orders

No. 386


The time for enlisting recruits in the Regular Army, under the provisions of General Orders, No. 190, of June 25th, 1863, and No. 338, of October 16th, 1863, current series, from this Office, is hereby extended to June 25th, 1864, during which the extra bounty of $300 will be paid.


By Order of the Secretary of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Official:

R. Williams

Assistant Adjutant General


Very small stain at upper right edge which does not affect any of the content. Light age toning.


<u>General Robert Williams</u>: (1829-1901) Born in Culpeper County, Va., he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1851. A Regular U.S. Army officer before the war, he was commissioned Captain, U.S. Army Adjutant General's Office, on May 11, 1861, and served for a time on the staff of General Nathaniel P. Banks. On October 7, 1861, he was commissioned colonel of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry, serving until his resignation on October 29, 1862. He was then promoted to Major & Assistant Adjutant General; promoted to Brevet Colonel, September 24, 1864; and Brevet Brigadier General, on March 13, 1865. An item of interest was that Williams married the widow of famous U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas. General Williams is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 2, Lot 972.     


<b>United States Congressman from New York</b>


(1823-78) Born in Lee, Berkshire County, Mass. he graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1843; moved to Herkimer, N.Y., in 1849, and became involved in paper making. Served as a member of the New York State Senate in 1858-59; and U.S. Congressman, 1865-71. Was a delegate to the Republican State Convention in 1867. He was appointed Naval Officer of the Port of New York in 1871, by President Ulysses S. Grant. 


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 1/2, in ink, A.H. Laflin, Herkimer, N.Y.

important- U. S. Army then Confederate- $2250.00

 

1863 Order in Relation to Advance of Wag $15.00

 

Order Regarding Enlisting Recruits in th $35.00

 

Autograph, Addison H. Laflin $10.00




<b>Served with the 48th and 128th Indiana Infantry Regiments during the Civil War


United States Congressman from Indiana</b>


(1832-99) Born in Austintown, Ohio, he moved with his parents as a young boy to Indiana where he attended the public schools and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1855. He taught school in La Porte, Indiana; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1861. After the Civil War broke out he enlisted on October 24, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. D, 48th Indiana Infantry. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on January 1, 1862; Captain on September 12, 1862; and was discharged on March 17, 1864, to accept the commission as Lieutenant Colonel of the 128th Indiana Infantry. He was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General on March 13, 1865 for meritorious service, and was mustered out of the Union Army on April 10, 1866. After the war he decided to venture into politics and served as U.S. Congressman from Indiana, 1869-75; which included being Chairman on the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State; and he also served on the Committee on Private Land Claims. He was appointed Commandant of the State Soldier's Home at Lafayette, Indiana, where he died on December 13, 1899. He is buried in the Soldier's Home Cemetery.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 3/8 x 2 1/2, in ink, Jasper Packard, La Porte, Indiana.    


T-37. Richmond, September 2, 1861. Vignette of Sailor seated next to cotton bale at center with ship in background, C.G. Memminger at left, and Ceres and Justice at right. Small areas of paper loss at bottom of the note, and two tiny pinholes.  


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, November 13, 1863


General Orders

No. 367


The members, recorder, and witnesses of and before Boards instituted under Section 17, act of August 3, 1861, to determine the cases of Officers recommended for the Retired List, will be allowed the same extra pay and traveling allowances as in the case of a General Court Martial. This regulation will take effect from the passage of the act herein cited.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


There is a small stain at the upper right corner which does not affect any of the content.  Important Dutch 19th Century Burl Veneer Long Case Grandfather Clock with Roman Chapter Ring with inset classical figures and moonfaced on dial.  Below is lovely hand painted scene of Holland and windmills.  Waisted case has center bronze open cartouche on outstepped base, resting on carved plinth and detailed claw feet.



Dimensions:  98" H x 24" W x 18" D

Autograph, General Jasper Packard $35.00

 

1861 Confederate $5 Note $35.00

 

1863 Order Regarding the Retired List of $7.00

 

Dutch Long Case Clock Stamped AJ Van Ber $65000.00




Civil War patriotic imprint with large vignette of General George B. McClellan within a wreath design with banner below with his name. 4 3/4 x 2 3/4.  Very sleek cast aluminum Vintage mid-Century swivel chair in great condition.


Dimensions:  35" H x 23" W x 23" D  Cast Aluminum Mid Century Secretarial Swivel, re-upholstered in leather, great condition, and the back and seat are adjustable.  Great Condition Mid Century Modern Vintage Thonet Armchairs, c. 1940, currently upholstered in brown leather.

General George B. McClellan $15.00

 

Mid Century Cast Aluminum Swivel / Secreta $950.00

 

Mid-Cent. Industrial Aluminum Secretari $600.00

 

Mid-Century Modern Set of 4 Thonet Chair $4000.00

Amazing Set of 4 Thonet Armchairs, constructed in solid walnut.  Currently upholstered in original green and red vinyl, in great condition.  Pair of American Renaissance Revival gilt-incised rosewood and walnut pedestals with ebonized details, white inset marble tops, raised gilt-incised panels.  Beautifully detailed matching pair.  American Renaissance Revival Parcel-Gilt and Ebonized Folio Stand, c 1870 New York.  Rectangular drop flap inset with gilded carved circular plaque with wildlife scene. The stand is decorated overall with gilt-incised foliate and floral carvings and decorations.

 Exquisitely detailed Louis XVI Gilt-Bronze Three Piece Figural Clock Garniture, 19th century French, with circular white enamel dial, flanked by putti and floral garlands.  Clock and candelabras have detailed central relief plaque.  This is a truly formidable set. 


Dimensions

Clock: 29"H x 29"W x 10"D 

Candelabras: 34"H x 20"W x 20"D

Set of 4 Mid-Century Thonet Arm chairs, $5850.00

 

Pair of American Renaissance Revival Ped $5500.00

 

Renaissance Revival Parcel-Gilt & Eboniz $6000.00

 

6993 Louis XVI Gilt Bronze 3-Piece Figur $45000.00




Civil War patriotic imprint with colorful vignette of a large eagle in flight with American flags, shield, stars and riband with the motto, E. Pluribus Unum. Published by J.R. Hawley, Cincinnati. 5 1/2 x 3.   <b>Without Special Permission of the War Department</b>


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, November 30, 1863


General Orders

No. 383


I. Commanders of Geographical Departments are authorized to grant leaves of absence in accordance with the General Regulations of the Army; but all officers, of whatsoever grade, are prohibited from visiting the city of Washington without the special permission of the War Department.


II. To serve as a check upon the abuse of the authority conferred by the foregoing paragraph, a report of all leaves granted will be made monthly to the Adjutant General of the Army, stating their length and dates, and the reasons for granting them.


III. No application for extension of leaves of absence will be granted by the War Department unless such extension is recommended by the officer granting the leave.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General 


Light age toning.


 


2 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, from a brother to his sister.


<b><u>Bermuda Hundred, [Va.], July the 12th [1864]</b></u>


Dear Sister,


I received your letter of the 5th and was glad to hear from you. I answer it with a short letter as I wrote to you the other day.  I am in the Hospital yet, but am better than I was when I wrote to you last. There is a good many of the boys sick with the fever. This hot weather is hard on us. I will be glad when cold weather comes. I am much obliged to you for that photograph and stamps. I will be glad when you send that photograph of yourself. I have not got any letter from Matt for a long time. I don't know why he don't write. I won't write to him until he writes to me. I suppose that baby takes up a good deal of his time. You say he is a going to stop driving the wagon. What is he going to do after he quits that. I can't write much of a letter the flies bother me so I will write a longer one the next time. Give my respects to all the girls of my acquaintance. No more at present except my love to mother and all the family.


Your Brother,

John


There is a short note written on the bottom of the second page of this letter in another hand. It is dated 1864 to Bloomington, Ill. Apparently this letter sheet was reused to send another note. This was not an uncommon practice due to the occasional shortage of paper and other regular necessities during the Civil War.  


Light age toning and wear.  

 


City of Richmond, April 14th, 1862. State of Virginia, City of Richmond, The City of Richmond will pay to Bearer on demand, Seventy Five Cents. The note shows staining and wear. Good.

Eagle, American Flags and Shield

 

Officers Are Prohibited From Visiting Wa

 

Union Civil War Soldier Letter From Virg $45.00

 

1862 State of Virginia, City of Richmond $20.00

A patinated and silvered bronze, frosted glass and ivory 'Harlequine' lamp. Cast and carved from a model by Marcel-André Bouraine, circa 1925.


Born in Pontoise (Seine-et-Oise), Marcel-André Bouraine studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Alexandre-Joseph Falguière, who had reintroduced and emphasized realism in nineteenth century sculpture. He was captured in Germany during the First World War and interned in Switzerland. After the war, he returned to France and exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1922. The following year Bouraine joined the Société des Artistes Français, exhibiting regularly at their Salons in Paris, as well as at the Salon d'Automne. He executed small-scale sculptures in bronze, ivory and ceramics for several French firms, including Susse Freres, Max Le Verrier, Etling and Arthur Goldscheider, often exhibiting with the latter's La Stele and L'Evolution groups in various international exhibitions, including the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Moderne, which gave its name to Art Deco.

 

In 1928, Gabriel Argy-Rousseau (1885-1953) commissioned several figurines from Bouraine, mostly female nudes, but also a large fountain and an illuminated group, all of which were executed in translucent pâte-de-cristal in lusciously rich colors such as purple, green, and pink. Bouraine executed two major commissions for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition: a polychrome cement low relief (twelve square meters in size) for a fountain at the crafts center and an earthenware statue representing ceramics for the Sevres Pavilion.

 

The female Harlequin figure is a character from the Italian Comedia del'Arte, whose mime tradition is the basis for much Western theater. The semi-circular base on which the figure stands is intended to evoke one of the many romantic bridges of Venice, while the woman herself reminds one of the costumed revelers at festive balls. The diamond pattern outfit worn by the figure alternates cold-painted sections with parcel-silvered ones, and the triangular designs on the metal sections of the light fittings echo the color combination of the marble base. The sculpture is cast by Etling.


Dimensions:  24"H x 16"W x 6"D

 Antique Empire garniture black and burgundy clock set.

       Commonly referred to as a <I>lace makers</I>lamp this classic blown lighting device was designed to magnify and focus candle or lamp light for  all manner of intricate handwork and would be as perfectly at home among watch and clockmaker equipment, jeweler, engraver, or any such surrounding for precise work.  The lace maker or needle work table would be no exception but certainly would not be the only application for the water filled lighting device. This original one piece blown glass example stands 13 1/2 inches high, its tapered neck with everted rim and bulbous body resting on a spreading pedestal base with folded rim.  The piece remains in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  A particularly scarce and desirable item in this size. <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 !  

 

 Clearly a specialty item for Vicksburg collectors, Civil War paper collectors or enthusiasts of scarce News Papers and Newspaper reprints this is a 12 ¾ X 19 inch republication of the July 2, 1863 wallpaper edition of <B><I>The Vicksburg Dailey Citizen</B></I>.  This particular example was published in Maine on February 2nd 1889 as a souvenir supplement of <I>The Bath Independent</I>.  The <I>Bath Independent</I> was published weekly 1880-1902 .  Reprinted in the 1880s by a number of the countries better known, higher circulation newspapers, the collecting of even the reprints by various papers has become a collectors category  with the surviving examples of smaller, lesser known papers of special interest in the category.  Offered here just as we retrieved from a collection some years ago, the old wallpaper sheet is sandwiched between two sheets of plexiglas.   We’ll do our best with our photos to accurately demonstrate condition so look closely and as always we offer a three day inspection with return as purchased for a no questions asked refund of your purchase price.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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" Harlequin" by Marcel-André Bo $2500.00

 

20th C. Empire Bronze & Marble Clock & G $6000.00

 

original 18th century early 19th century $495.00

 

rare ! Bath, Maine 1889, republished – 1 $145.00

Fashioned from recovered wood from the post Civil War restoration of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, this appealing turn of the century souvenir hatchet remains in excellent original condition offering  good evidence age with hand sawed construction.  Nice color with its original old natural <I>bug</I> shellac finish is set off by the retention of its original graphic entitled <I>Mount Vernon /  Home of Washington</I>.  The little hand constructed souvenir measures 8 5/8 inches in total length. Not a big deal but an attractive piece for the Americana enthusiast without spending a lot of money.  <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 !


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 One of those every day utilities of the mid to later 1800s that has seldom survived to reach todays collector market, this hard rubber desk pen remains in appealing original condition and will be of special interest to the collector as it is of that rarely seen marbled orange rubber.  Now a scarce collectable for the writing instrument collector or antique hard rubber enthusiast, this mixed color  example offers good evidence of age and originality that comes to this material with period handling and decades in time.  Will go well with any Civil War era pen holder, ink well or ink bottle. <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 !  


       Offered here as found and as photographed is this 16 X 20 inch portrait signed by listed 19th century Massachusetts artist Helen M. Hinds. (see: <I>Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975</I> by Peter H. Falk & Audrey M. Lewis)  A penciled name on the canvas back reads <I>Guy C. Goss</I>.  Our quick google search for another likeness took us to the Maine Historical Society, MaineMemory.net site and their photo portrait of Goss.  A search for additional images for comparison produced several photographs of a name sake three misted ship but no additional views of Goss himself who has a different beard configuration in the Historical Society image than in the oil portrait.   (We ask bidders to do their research, look and compare for their own satisfaction.)

      Guy C. Goss was of the shipbuilder firm of Goss & Sawyer later Goss, Sawyer & Packard said to be one of the most prolific shipyards of Bath, Maine.  (see:<I> A Maritime History of Bath, Maine and the Kennebec River Region</I>, by William A. Baker)  Born in 1822 Guy Carlton Goss was first a school teacher then, in the 1860 U. S. Census he is listed as a Bath, Maine <I>mariner</I> & <I>shipmaster</I>, in 1870 and 1880 as a<I>shipbuilder</I>.  He died in 1890 having been a principal of one of the most successful 19th century American ship-building companies in the world.  

      As to condition, there is a small ½ inch puncture tear in the canvas just above the shoulder seam of the subject’s shirt.  The oil on canvas portrait is otherwise solid with some stretcher wear but with pleasing color and an eye appealing <I>look</I>. We do take special care in presentation of our photographs and apologize for our host’s insistence of the distracting watermarking of enlargement. Please inspect our illustrations carefully however and if you have any questions please let us know.       


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By Mark E. Neely, Jr., and R. Gerald McMurtry. Published by Southern Illinois University Press, 1986, hard cover with dust jacket, 203 pages, index, illustrated. Autographed by both authors. Excellent condition. 


In 1875 Robert Todd Lincoln caused his mother, Mary Todd Lincoln, to be committed to an insane asylum. Based on newly discovered manuscript materials, this book seeks to explain how and why.


In these documents- marked by Robert Todd Lincoln as the "MTL Insanity File"- exists the only definitive record of the tragic story of Mary Todd Lincoln's insanity trial. The book that results from these letters and documents addresses several areas of controversy in the life of the widow of Abraham Lincoln; the extent of her illness, the fairness of her trial, and the motives of those who had her committed for treatment. Related issues include the status of women under the law as well as the legal and medical treatment of insanity.


Speculating on the reasons for her mental condition, the authors note that Mrs. Lincoln suffered an extraordinary amount of tragedy in a relatively few years. Three of her four sons died very young, and Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. After the death of her son Willie she maintained a darkly rigorous mourning for nearly three years, prompting the president to warn her that excessive woe might force him to send her to "that large white house on the hill yonder," the government hospital for the insane.


Mrs. Lincoln also suffered anxiety about money, charting an exceptionally erratic financial course. She had spent lavishly during her husband's presidency and at his death found herself deeply in debt. She had purchased trunkful's of drapes to hang over phantom windows, 84 pairs of kid gloves in less than a month, and $3,200 worth of jewelry in the three months preceding Lincoln's assassination. She followed the same erratic course for the rest of her life, creating in herself a tremendous anxiety. She occasionally feared that people were trying to kill her, and in 1873 she told her doctor that an Indian spirit was removing wires from her eyes and bones from her cheeks.


Her son assembled an army of lawyers and medical experts who would swear in court that Mrs. Lincoln was insane. The jury found her insane and in need of treatment in an asylum. Whether the verdict was correct or not, the trial made Mary Lincoln desperate. Within hours of the verdict she would attempt suicide. In a few months she would contemplate murder. Since then every aspect of the trial has been criticized- from the defense attorney to the laws in force at the time. Neely and McMurtry deal with the trial, the commitment o Mary Todd Lincoln, her release, and her second trial. An appendix features letters and fragments by Mrs. Lincoln from the "Insanity File." The book is illustrated by 25 photographs.


Mark E. Neely, Jr., and R. Gerald McMurtry are two of the foremost Lincoln authorities.

vintage MOUNT VERNON SOUVENIR WOODEN HAT $75.00

 

19th century Orange Marbled Hard Rubber $95.00

 

oil portrait - 19th Century Maine Ship B $450.00

 

The Insanity File; The Case of Mary Todd




4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, November 30, 1863


General Orders

No. 384


Complaints having been made of interference by military officers in the running of trains and the transportation of troops and supplies on railroads, such interference is positively prohibited. Any neglect of railroad companies to furnish proper transportation will be promptly reported to the War Department.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General.


Light age toning.  <b>of Prostitution</b>


2 pages, 4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

December 7, 1863


General Orders

No. 389


I. Before a General Court Martial, which convened at St. Louis, Missouri, August 26, 1863, pursuant to Special Orders, No. 28, dated Headquarters, St. Louis District, St. Louis, Missouri, July 23, 1863, and of which Lieutenant Colonel S.S. Curtis, 3d Colorado Infantry, is President, was arraigned and tried-


Second Lieutenant John Miller, 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry.


Charge I. Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.


Specification- In this; that he, Second Lieutenant John Miller, of Company D, 14th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, <b><i>did engage in selling liquors and keeping and attending bar in a house of prostitution and ill fame; and this in the uniform, and while wearing the emblems of his rank and position as an officer, of the volunteer service of the United States.</b></i> This in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, on or about the 30th day of March, 1863.


Charge II. Absence without leave.


Specification- In this; that he, Second Lieutenant John Miller, of Company D, 14th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, did absent himself from his camp and Company at Camp Peoria, at Peoria, Illinois, without leave of absence from his Commanding Officer, and did so remain absent till on or about the 30th day of March, 1863, when he was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri. This on or about the 28th day of February, 1863.


To which charges and specifications the accused, Second Lieutenant John Miller, 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, pleaded, Not Guilty.


Finding


The Court, having maturely considered the evidence adduced, finds the accused, Second Lieutenant John Miller, 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, as follows:


Charge I. Of the Specification, Guilty, except the word "keeping."


Of the Charge- Guilty.


Charge II


Of the Specification- Not Guilty


Of the Charge- Not Guilty


Sentence


And the Court does therefore sentence him, Second Lieutenant John Miller, 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, To be dismissed the service; to forfeit all pay and allowances now due or may become due him from the Government; and to be forever disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit under the Government of the United States; this sentence to be published in the public journals of St. Louis, Missouri, and Peoria, Illinois. 


II. The proceedings of the Court in the above case have been approved by the proper Commanders, and forwarded for the action of the President of the United States. The sentence awarded Second Lieutenant John Miller, 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, is approved, except so much of it as inflicts forfeiture of pay and disqualification for holding any office of trust or profit under the Government of the United States, which, not being authorized by the Article of War under which the accused was convicted and sentenced, is disapproved. 


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning. Very desirable. Interesting document highlighting the legal mind of President Lincoln, the lawyer, who this case was forwarded to for his action. Lincoln realized that part of the sentence pronounced on Lieutenant Miller was not authorized under the Articles of War, and it was thus eliminated from his sentence. Rare.   


March 3, 1863. Bust of George Washington. VG.  


July 17, 1862. Bust of Thomas Jefferson. Receivable for postage stamps at any Post Office in the U.S. VG.

1863 Order Regarding the Running of Rail

 

Court Martial of Officer For Selling Liq $95.00

 

1863 United States 10 Cents Note

 

1862 United States 5 Cents Postage Curre $25.00

This is a beautiful Mandarin weave Art Deco Chinese design rug from the 1910s. It measures 8'11" x 11'6". It has a dusty rose to pink field with eight wreaths of flowering vines and scattered flower blossoms. This is all encompassed with a striking lemon yellow border with flower heads in purple Chinese iconography. The condition is excellent. This rug is clean and ready to go!


Dimensions:  107 in. (271.78 cm)W x 138 in. (350.52 cm)H  <b>for the U.S. Signal Corps</b>


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, December 5, 1863


General Orders

No. 388


The following named enlisted men having passed the examination prescribed in paragraph 4 of General Orders No. 106, War Department, Adjutant General's Office, dated April 28, 1863, are, in accordance with authority granted in paragraph 11 of same Order, transferred to the Signal Corps, U.S. Army, and will be dropped from the rolls of their respective Regiments, and will report without arms, and with descriptive lists, to the Commanding Officer, Signal Camp of Instruction, Georgetown, D.C.:


Sergeant Charles S. Page, Battery M, 2d Artillery, Pennsylvania Volunteers


Sergeant William H. Sherman, Company D, 4th New York Heavy Artillery


Corporal Charles Price, Battery G, 2d Artillery, Pennsylvania Volunteers


Private Henry A. Webster, Company I, 15th Massachusetts Volunteers


Private John Hudgen, Company D, 12th Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps


Private George H. Stone, Battery M, 2d Artillery, Pennsylvania Volunteers


Private Joseph N. Chums, Company K, 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers


Private Nathan A. Perkins, Company D, 18th Massachusetts Volunteers


Private Doam B. Colcord, Company G, 18th Maine Volunteers


Private Thomas F.Reyner, Company M, 112th Pennsylvania Volunteers


Private Alfred Godfrey, Company F, 17th Connecticut Volunteers, who will report to Captain L.B. Norton, Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning.   


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, December 9, 1863


General Orders

No. 391


Commanders of Departments are authorized to grant furloughs to enlisted men in the General Hospitals within the lines of their command, upon the approval of the Medical Director or Chief Medical Officer. The number allowed to be absent at one time to be limited to five (5) per cent, and the period not to exceed thirty (30) days, and to be graduated according to the distances of the applicant from his home. The good conduct of the applicant to be made the rule of the Medical Officers in recommending the furloughs.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of sailing ships, light house and men rowing in a boat. Caption: "The "Union Boys" after Jeff Davis's Pirates, Off Charleston Harbor." 5 1/2 x 3.

6971 Art Deco Chinese Rug circa 1910 $6500.00

 

1863 Orders Naming Soldiers Who Have Pas

 

1863 Orders Regarding Furloughs For Sold

 

The Union Boys After Jeff Davis's Pirate




Roy Meredith, 350 Brady Photographs, Dover Publications, Inc., New York, large 8 1/4 x 11 1/4 format, soft covers, 368 pages, brand new condition. A must for every Civil War library!


<u>Mr. Lincoln's Camera Man; Mathew B. Brady</u>


Mathew Brady, one of the foremost early American photographers and one of the earliest war photographers, was "official photographer" for the Union Army in the Civil War. With his assistants and his horse drawn photographic wagon, Brady accompanied the troops and recorded the war firsthand. His war pictures are among the greatest war photographs ever taken, and constitute a prized pictorial record of American history. 


A photographer much in demand by statesman and celebrities, Brady amassed a gallery of distinguished portraits. Most famous of these is the "Brady Lincoln," the photograph used for the engraving of the Lincoln head on the five dollar bill. There are even photographs of Brady himself. But the heart of the book is the Civil War photographs: Battle Smoke, Union Wounded at Fredericksburg, Burnside's Bridge over the Antietam, Death of a Rebel Sniper, Remains of the Dead at Chancellorsville, Embalming Surgeon at Work, Atlanta, Ga. Just After Its Capture, and others. Meredith's text tells the story behind many of the photographs and gives a lively account of Brady's life and times.


In this Dover edition almost all the photographic prints have been reproduced directly from negatives and photographs on file at the Library of Congress- they are sharper and clearer than the reproductions in the first edition; numbers for all negatives are now included- a great boon to Brady picture research; and corrections have been made in the attributions of some of the photographs. 


Second revised, 1974 edition. Corrections. List of negative numbers. Over 300 photographs and other illustrations. [from the back cover of the book].        


Plate CLIV. Original atlas map that accompanied the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-65. Multi colored, measures 29 x 18 1/2. Light age toning.

 Imposing American Mahogany Executive Victorian Desk with raised Rosa La Vanta marble panels, ebonzied and gilt details with four columns, detailed spindle gallery, bronze hardware and gold tooled burgundy leather top.  Incised spindle gallery 2 etched glass panels with Victorian/ bird motif.  Spacious kneehole, incredible attention to detail including Hidden returns, and hanging files in large drawers.


Dimensions: 31" H (To the Leather Writing Surface) x 75" W x 40" D 

Leather Writing Surface: 66" W x 33" D (Pull out Surfaces: 14" W x 17" D) 

Knee-hole: 27" H x 33" W x 34" D 

Gallery: 11" H (At Highest Point)  American Victorian library table executed in Walnut and burl with gold tooled leather top, and two functioning drawers.  Detailed stretcher and legs, with gilt and ebonized incised details.  A lovely Thomas Brooks piece, ideal with desk in home or office.


Dimensions:  28" H x 72" W x 30" D

Mr. Lincoln's Camera Man; Mathew B. Brad $35.00

 

Topographical Map of Tennessee, Mississi

 

7746 Executive Victorian Desk with Rosa $16500.00

 

12. 7210 19th C. American Victorian Libra $10000.00

American Victorian walnut dining room table with Gothic Revival influences with (1) original leaf and columnar supports circa 1900. 


The table opens up to 115" W so it can accommodate three leaves total.  The two additional leaves can be made for an additional cost.  


Dimensions(closed): 29" H x 57" W x 51" D


Dimensions(open): 29" H x 76" W x 51" D


Dimensions(leaf): 19.5" W  x 51" long  


Trenton, La., May 1st, 1862. Vignette of steamboat in green. J.P. Crosley, Commission and Forwarding Merchant, and Dealer in Western Produce, Groceries, Dry Goods, and Hardware. Will pay to bearer on demand in Confederate or Louisiana Bank Notes, Two Dollars. G-VG. Scarce.


WBTS Trivia: Captain Joseph P. Crosley, (1815-76) was a merchant and planter from Trenton, La., and he served in the Confederate army during the War Between The States.  


Shreveport, March 10, 1863. Personification of the South striking down the Union. Pelican feeding her young at left. Fancy green reverse. Extra fine.  


Milledgeville, Ga., January 15th, 1862. James Oglethorpe in military dress at center. Red overprint at center, with black Treasury Seal on the reverse. Uncirculated condition.

6931 Gothic Walnut Dining Room Table $3750.00

 

1862 J. P. Crosley $2 Merchant Note, Tren

 

1863 State of Louisiana $5 Note

 

1862 State of Georgia $5 Note $50.00




Milledgeville, April 6th, 1864. Vignette of Moneta seated by chest with States Arms in the background. Very fine.  


Milledgeville, Ga., January 1st, 1863. State Arms at bottom. Extra fine.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with spread winged eagle on top of globe with an American flag in its mouth and a riband in its talons with the motto, Forever Wave! Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3.  


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


Memorandum to correct General Orders, No. 390, dated War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, December 8, 1863.


The employment of either males or females as cooks or nurses is authorized in all General Hospitals.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Very small stain at extreme upper right edge.

1864 State of Georgia $5 Note

 

1863 State of Georgia 5 Cents Note

 

Spread Winged Eagle on Globe With Americ

 

1863 Memorandum Regarding Cooks & Nurses $10.00




4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, December 1, 1863


General Orders

No. 387


The time for enlisting Veteran Volunteers, in the respective States, under the provisions of General Orders, No. 191, current series, from this office, is hereby extended to January 5, 1864.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Very small stain at extreme upper right edge.  Carved executive desk executed in walnut. Panels and green leather top. Plenty of room for a swivel chair or armchair. This is the best of the best!  


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Full standing view of a Union private wearing a kepi and four button sack coat and posing in front of a backdrop with tent. No imprint. Age toning, scattered staining, and light wear to card.  


Bust of Robert Walker, Secretary of the Treasury, and red seal on obverse. Fancy green reverse. Act of March 3d, 1863. Patented July 23, 1866. Series of 1874. Columbian Bank Note Co., Washington, D.C. Crisp about uncirculated condition.

1863 Order Regarding Enlistment of Veter $7.00

 

7703 Antique American Executive Desk Exe $12500.00

 

CDV Union Civil War Soldier $39.95

 

1874 United States 25 Cents Note




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