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H 64in. x D 24in.  Still housed in its poplar wood backed period frame this 11 ¾ X 13 9 1/6  sampler was stitched by nine year old Emma Andrew in 1864.  Remaining in pleasing condition while showing convincing age and originality, our photo illustrations will speak best for condition and eye appeal.  Carefully stitched with the alphabet in upper and lower case, and a set of numerals 0 through 9, Emma documented her work with her name and <B>Age 9 years – 1864 – Ketton School</B>.  Found in New Hampshire, a rudimentary search offered a U. S. Census record of Emma listed as <I>Emma Jane Andrew</I> born <I>about</I> 1853 in Sutton, New Hampshire to George and Mary Andrew.   It appears that Emma remained in New Hampshire all her life passing away at New London, N. H. in 1929.    Her needlework sampler remains as a staple of mid 1800s America as while boys (with parents of some means and priority) were taught the <I>three Rs</I>,   their sisters might be tutored in the barest rudiments of reading and arithmetic while the focus of their education was on an assortment of skills necessary to family feeding, clothing and<I>keeping house</I>.  Popular among antique Americana and textile enthusiasts, in the day the 19th century child’s sampler offered tutorial, final exam and future family heirloom.  This Civil War dated example will be of special interest to collectors in that popular venue.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Found in a period paper ephemera lot, these approximately 2 5/8 X 3 3/8 inch <B><I>Sheffield Superior Patent Cutlery</I></B> and 2 13/16 inch <B><I>SAMUEL BAILEY & Co. - SHEFFIELD Superior - POCKET KNIVES</B></I> labels are entirely original and remain in fine, unused condition.  A rare find from one of the several British cutlers who made the name Sheffield synonymous with quality in early and mid-19th century America, these labels will be of special interest to knife collectors and will display well applied to a proper period pasteboard box or simply laid out or framed just as they are.   A bit of an enigma as a cutler Samuel Bailey (1791-1870) is best known as a controversial British philosophical writer.  Born to Joseph Bailey and Mary [Eadon] Bailey, upon finishing his education Samuel entered the family firm, <B>Eadon, Bailey & Co.</B>   As a member of his uncle and father’s cutlery business <U>Samuel Bailey  was one of the first Sheffield merchant cutlers to visited America in order to establish business connections in this country.</U>  It was after the firm of Eadon, Bailey & Co. was dissolved in 1813 that the cutlery firm of Samuel Bailey & Co. came into being, marketing <I>Superior Patent Cutlery</I> such as pocket knives, razors, scissors &c.  Little known today, Samuel Bailey & Co. existed only between sometime after 1813 and the later 1820’s  when Samuel Bailey cashed in his accumulated  fortune as a cutlery merchant and founded the Sheffield Banking Company in 1831.  After his failed effort to gain a place in parliament in 1835 Bailey turned to a reclusive life and is primarily remembered today as an author of books on political and ethical subjects valued by a select few.  He was never married and died in 1870 leaving his property to the town.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This work is  taken from a massive multi volume hand written and illustrated daily account set down by Major John Mead Gould of the  1st, 10th & 29th Maine Volunteer Infantry.  Carefully  transcribed  by historian Wm. Jordan from the originals in our personal collection  with extensive footnotes, chapter introductions and index by nationally noted Civil War scholar Richard A. Sauers,   this quality 8 ½ X 11inch, 574 page hard bound book is extensively illustrated with Major. Gould’s period drawings and vintage photographs from our personal collection and the regimental collection of Nicholas Picerno.    In his Civil War News review  Ethan Rafuse states in part:   Researchers looking for a common soldier’s perspective on life in camp, Banks retreat from Winchester, the battle of Cedar Mountain, Maryland and Red River Campaigns and Sheridan’s 1864 operations in the Shenandoah Valley will be hard pressed to find primary sources, published or unpublished that match the value of this observant (and quotable) young staff officer’s writings.   In our thirty (plus) years of avid interest  and almost daily contact with Civil War material,  we have considered  acquisition of Major Gould’s journals from his descendant, the sharing of his colorful first hand  account via this quality publication by Butternut & Blue and finally placement of the originals in the Maine Historical Society collection, a highlight  of our years in the field.  An enjoyable read and a wonderful reference with limited availability.

H 64in. x D 24in. $0.00

 

1864 Dated – SCHOOLGIRL SAMPLER $325.00

 

two c. 1820 / early 1830 era Samuel Bail $65.00

 

CIVIL WAR JOURNALS OF JOHN MEAD GOULD 18 $50.00

Offered here untouched and pure, just as it came after decades storage, this beautiful early Victorian side saddle offers good evidence of age and originality while remaining in exceptional original condition.  Set off by an attractive cream colored buff leather seat and ornately stitched safe, in combination with the light brown saddle leather skirt assembly and classic, decoratively stitched slipper stirrup, this beautiful old later 1840s, with popular use through the Civil War era, saddle will be a show stopper in any early Victorian equestrian grouping.  While this exceptional saddle remains in most pleasing condition as is, a knowledgeable collector will want to give it a soft brushing and may choose to properly treat the already quite pliable saddle leather.  We’ll leave that decision appropriately with the new owner.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>        A <I>clear-out</I> from our 50 years of collecting mostly Civil War Maine, with an occasional <I>set aside</I> of things that  just strike our fancy, this neat approximately 1/3 size, Southern pine folk art model  fiddle sports a period brown ink penned label hidden deep inside the body where, the maker placed his identification while the fiddle was being constructed.  With some difficulty in viewing (We found it impossible to photograph in its entirety.) yet clearly penned <B>F. P. CRAM  Co. E 1st NHSS  1863</B> appears in three lines.   <B>Frank P. Cram</B> mustered in on Sept. 9, 1861 as a Private of Co. E <B>1st New Hampshire Sharp Shooters</B> (a. k. a.: Co. E <B>Berdan’s 1st U. S. Sharp Shooters</B>).  He was promoted Cpl. on October 15, 1862, Sgt. a year later, re-enlisted January 4, 1864 and was discharged for commission as 2nd Lt., Co. D <B>1st New Hampshire Cavalry</B> in March of1864.  Promoted Captain on June 10, 1865 Cram mustered out on July 15.1865. 

      Made of available Southern red pine in a crude fashion reflecting limited tools yet demonstrating at least a modicum of <I>make-do</I> skill, the little folk-art fiddle measures approximately 15 ½ inches in length, and remains in its heavy pecan wood and red pine case which demonstrates the same level of skill and ingenuity. With some very minor dings in its thick old natural <I>bug-shellac</I> finish the old relic remains in solid condition with eye appeal.  In addition to its unquestionable age and the location of Cram’s label, we felt the red pine and pecan wood (both uniquely Southern) added credibility.  (A crude <I>FRANK</I> faintly cut into the inside cover offers additional interest.)   Likely made as a keepsake gift to be sent home to New Hampshire, we would guess the scaled down model with its case, had been a time passing  winter camp project.           

     Too extensive to adequately cover here, our Hampton Falls, New Hampshire Sharp Shooter then Cavalryman was clearly a hard fought trooper with action in such as Yorktown, Mechanicsville, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg and <B>Gettysburg</B> among his pursuits as a Sharpshooter, then Cavalry engagements such as Ream’s Station, Winchester, Va., Charlestown, Front Royal, Waynesborough, Cedar Creek and more under his belt before mustering out of the 1st New Hampshire Cavalry at the close of the Civil War.  A desirable personal / folk-art piece.

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 A most attractive little brass lantern quite similar in many respects to several earlier style railroad lanterns yet this example stands a mere 7inches high (not counting its bail handle.  A popular type of portable lighting of the 19th century frequently referred to as the <I>skaters lantern</I>.    Excavated fragments of the type may be found in Howard Crouch’s <I><B>Excavated Civil War Artifacts - A Guide for the Historian</I></B>.  This particular example remains in excellent condition and displays an attractive unpolished age patina with good evidence of age and originality.    (see also: Early Lighting – from Tallow to Oil in Early America, by E. L. Smith.) <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>



 H 72in. x D 56in.

c. 1840s - 1850s extra quality - Side Sa $495.00

 

MINIATURE FOLK ART FIDDLE – Co. E 1st

 

Antique hand LANTERN $125.00

 

H 72in. x D 56in. $0.00




(1824-1886) Graduated in the West Point class of 1844. He won a brevet for gallantry in the Mexican War. Played a gallant role in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and in the 1862 Maryland campaign which climaxed into the battle of Antietam. He greatly distinguished himself in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. During the battle of Gettysburg, Hancock commanded the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. His decisive actions on July 1, 1863 helped to save the strategic Culp's Hill for General Meade's army. On July 3rd, his corps became the focal point for the celebrated Pickett's Charge in which he was seriously wounded. After his recovery, he went on to fight in the bloody battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, and earned the sobriquet "Hancock The Superb." In 1880, he was the Democratic nominee for the Presidency of the United States. He was narrowly defeated by another ex Civil War General, the soon to be assassinated, James A. Garfield. 


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 7/8 card. Half view pose in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Light age toning. Card mount is slightly trimmed.  Remaining in nice condition save a small <I>scuff</I> in the emulsion (above the tree line on the right) were calling this 1/2 plate tintype <I>post</I>-Civil War simply because the ambulance wagon is unmarked and seems to be in civilian surroundings.  Though the scene may be Civil War vintage, it seems more likely that the wagon is a, period common, post war repurposing via army surplus.  A second wagon visible behind the first appears to be of the same design though of lighter color.   An interesting outdoor view who’s history and circumstance has unfortunately been lost in time.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This attractive Civil War private contract rain cover was fashioned from coarsely woven cotton textile, tarred and designed for use with the classically  high Civil War issue <I>bummer</I or McDowell pattern forage cap.  A private contract variation of the few legitimately period rain covers that have survived in that the material is a bit heavier and the tarred finish offers a flat tone rather than the gloss of common <I>oilcloth</I>.  A pleasing example to look at as in offers good evidence of age, period use and originality yet remains in exceptional condition, solid seams with no rips or tears save an small period stitched repair to one of the side button holes.  (see illustrations)  This impressive original rain cover remains supple as original yet maintains its shape and character when set out for display.  Would go nicely over an original <I>bummer</I> or simply displayed adjacent to a forage cap.  It is not an overstatement to say this is the most pleasing original Civil War rain cover we have seen in our nearly 55 years of visiting museums, viewing some of the finest private Civil War collections and seeking out such treasures <I>in the wild</I>.   <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Originating in Europe well before the 1700s the game of skittles was a mainstay of English pubs well before immigrating to America where the ten-pin version is now considered a forerunner to modern bowling.  Popular here both as a parlor game where the pins were set-up in diamond fashion on the wood of carpeted floor, the game of skittles was also played out of doors and was popularly played by children as well as adults.  Emanating from a history as an English pub or drinking game, by the time of the American Civil War the game was popularly played by common folk and high society alike, indoors and out by children and adults.  ( An example of such a  ten pin and ball skittles game had been on display as part of the period memorabilia of the Jefferson Davis, <I>White House of the Confederacy,</I> home section of the old <I>Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond<I>.)  Complete with 10  turned <U>Southern red pine</U> <I>pins</I> and ball, the pins show  desirable <I>tail-piece</I> marks of a hand lathe.  Equally appropriate to home or winter camp and with good evidence of age and period use yet remaining pleasing to the eye, this scarce antique skittles game set will go well in any quality period 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

CDV, General Winfield S. Hancock $150.00

 

½ plate post-Civil War era tintype – ARM $175.00

 

original! Civil War McDowell Pattern For $995.00

 

Scarce period Southern Red Pine - SKITTL

Well documented by Civil War site <I>digger</I> historians and period print advertisement, it seems that these little die stamped tin containers saw common use once the original content was used up.  Seldom seen in any kind of condition save partial excavated examples, these little boxes made handy containers for stamps, thread, salt or anything that would fit.  Listed in Civil War vintage Boston directories, <I>Redding & Co.</I> marketed their <B>RUSSIAN SALVE</B> (composed of bee wax, perfumed oil and glycerin) as <I> a <I>pain extractor</I> that <I> reduces the most angry-looking swellings and inflammations, heals sores, wounds, burns, scalds, etc. as if by magic.</I> [ 1864 Harpers Weekly ] This original example with its military motif REDDING & Co. lid remains in excellent condition and will make a nice addition to any Civil War personal or medical cure groping.  <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 product of Sheffield cutler <B>Joseph Lingard</B> whose name is seen on all manner of quality mid 19th century cutlery from the finest American market bowie knives to medical and special purpose tools from sheers, tweezers and a number of specialized combination tools such as this knife, thread cuter, seam pick, and textile tweezer, tailor / seamstress tool.  An especially nice companion piece in any period sewing basket or Civil War vintage textile / tailor grouping.  A specialized piece seldom seen.  <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 !!


 Offering the desirable Maine maker markings <B> A. W. DECROW – MAKER – BANGOR ME.</B>, this .58 caliber Civil War cartridge box is complete with sling strap, lead filled brass US box plate and eagle breast plate, original tin inserts, original roller buckles firmly in place and with complete leather closure tab.  The leather shows age checking as you can see and there are two reinforcements on the back of the sling strap.  The leather remains  pliable and solid with no stitching issues.  Thinning out some of the treasures from our fifty plus years of accumulation, this cartridge box will be of particular interest to <B>2nd Maine</B> and <B>20th Maine</B> enthusiasts  for the strong Bangor, Maine regimental makeup.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


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 H 20in. x D 12in.

original! Redding & Co. Boston – RUSSIA $65.00

 

mid 1800s -Joseph Lingard, Sheffield – $55.00

 

Bangor, Maine Contract – Civil War CARTR

 

Classic pendant copper fixture $0.00

H 24in. x D 8in.  44in. x D 10in.  H 22in. x D 12in.  H 36in. x D 24in.

Foyer light $0.00

 

Deco pendant light $0.00

 

Petite porcelain light $0.00

 

Classic pendant fixture with art glass $0.00




<b>Signed by soldier of the 12th Massachusetts Infantry who was severely wounded in action at Gettysburg!</b>


8 1/4 x 9 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.


Headquarters Department of Massachusetts,

Grand Army Of The Republic,

657 Washington St. (red rubber stamp address) stamped on top of the crossed out address of 12 Pemberton Square, Room 18.


Boston, May 20th, 1890


Special Order

No. 23


In accordance with Chap. II, Art. II, Section 3, Rules and Regulations, a dispensation is hereby granted to Gettysburg Post 191 G.A.R. to enable the investigating committee that may be appointed at the next regular meeting of the Post to report upon application for membership that may be referred to them at the same meeting. 


By Command of

George H. Innis

Department Commander


A.C. Moore

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning and wear.


George H. Innis was a 21 year old baker from Boston, when he enlisted as a private, on August 16, 1862, and was mustered into the 10th Massachusetts Light Artillery. He was mustered out of the U.S. service on June 9, 1865.


Alfred C. Monroe, was a 20 year old shoemaker from Weymouth, Ma., when he enlisted on June 26, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. H, 12th Massachusetts Infantry. He was seriously wounded in action during the battle of Gettysburg, on July 1, 1863. The wound to his left arm was so severe that it resulted in the amputation of his arm. He was discharged as a result of his wound on October 19, 1863.   H 60in. x D 46in.  Found in among our accumulated <I>cultch</I> this neat old bar set is clearly out of our usual time period but full of character such that we couldn’t resist it.  All in nice condition yet with good age, while the figures depict an earlier time, we’d guess this hand carved from native white pine bar set dates to the 1920s or 30s.  The tallest figure stands approximately 7 ¼ inches.  Aside from the above, our  photo illustrations will speak best for this wonderful folk art carved and painted bar set.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Popularly used into the early post-Civil War years, primarily due to inexpensive and readily available fuel in the form of animal fat, lard and even strained cooking grease, the Ufford <I>GREASE</I> lamp clearly saw considerable use in many a country farmhouse and undoubtably offered up lighting on more than a single Civil War winter camp table.  It would be there that the obtainable fuel would be especially appreciated.  Fashioned from tinned sheet iron with a 6 3/4 inch diameter base the lamp stands approximately 7 inches with an applied brass label; <B> S. N. & H. C. UFFORD. / 113 COURT ST. / BOSTON / KINNEARS PATENT / FEB. 4. 1851</B> this example offers good evidence of age with plenty of period use yet remains solid and in pleasing condition.  As is our usual practice we have left this neat old lamp as found, leaving the decision to carefully clean it up to the new owner.  (We’d leave it pure, just as put away.)  .  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Headquarters Department of Massachusetts $25.00

 

H 60in. x D 46in. $0.00

 

folk-art carved BAR SET $245.00

 

Pat. 1851 GREASE LAMP by S. N. & H. C. U $165.00

A scarce <U>first patent example</U> of the much more frequently encountered later Pat. 1861 / 1864 variation with pen holder, this earlier <B>Patent June 4, 1861</B> inkwell remains in excellent all original and as found condition after decades of attic storage.  The spun brass base measures approximately 5 inches in diameter with a glass ink reservoir set in with a patent dated hinged pewter top.  With pleasing evidence of period use and an attractive age patina that comes to brass only with time this piece even retains its original plaster base filling.  A nice piece for display or use this piece will go especially well as a period writing instrument companion. <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  neat looking Civil War vintage stoneware master ink is approximately 2.25 inches in diameter and stands about 5.5 inches high.  It remains in excellent condition with no cracks or damage and retains all of its’ original glaze.  This master ink is nicely maker marked GEORGE SKEY – WILNECOTE – TAMWORTH.  George Skey established his stoneware works in Tamworth in 1860 and quickly became a world leader in the manufacture of all manner of stoneware containers.  His stoneware beer bottles will offer Civil War collectors the most prevalent example of his product.  Of special interest is the period label <B>SUPERIOR BLACK INK  PREPARED BY E. S. CURTIS, BOSTON</B>. The Society of Inkwell Collectors advises that E. S. Curtis appears in historical directories for the years 1847-1848 and made powdered ink only. Its customers were given instructions for mixing and filling stoneware and glass containers. E. S. Curtis also supplied labels to be applied to their customers' bottles.  <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 illustrations will offer the best description of this impressive Civil War bugle except to advise that it measures 14 1/8 inches from the rim of its 4 3/8 inch diameter <U>floating bell</U></U> to the rim of its classically shaped period mouthpiece.  (see: <I>Civil War era MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS</I> by Elrod & Garofalo )   Presented as found, uncleaned and unpolished to preserve its integrity, this attractive all original and period  bugle shows lots of desirable evidence of period use and carrying while remaining in pleasing unrestored and <I>unworked on<I> condition.  Unsigned as to maker, the original, as manufactured, heavy nickel plating remains in pleasing condition with lots of evidence of age with no flaking or marks through the nickel.  Save the slightest wear through the edge of the bell in one location where a well patinaed brass base metal (visible only upon very close inspection) this beautiful old bugle would appear to be entirely of nickel.  An outstanding find in a market awash with later examples pretending to be Civil War, this old bugle will please the most discriminating collector. 

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 H 42in. x D 6in.

Civil War era Pat. June 4, 1861 – INKWEL $135.00

 

mid 19th century E. S. CURTIS - MASTER I $125.00

 

original! Civil War period used – Nickel $875.00

 

Pendant lights. . . pair $0.00

H 89in. x W 38in. x D 35in.  H 22in. X D 12in.  H 7 in. X D 12in.  


<b>1864 Democratic Presidential Candidate</b> 


(1826-85) Graduated in the West Point class of 1846 and fought in the Mexican War. Hailed at the beginning of the Civil War as the "Young Napoleon," he proved to be a brilliant military organizer, administrator, and trainer of men, but an officer totally lacking in the essential qualities of successful command of large forces in battle. He saw action at Rich Mountain, West Virginia, in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and at the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American history. He was defeated for the presidency in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Seated view in uniform wih rank of major general. Artistic pose of "Little Mac" seated with his back to the camera. Backmark: J.W. Black, 163 & 173 Washington Street, Boston, and So. Turo St. Opp. Naval Academy, Newport, R.I. Period ink inscription [not in McClellan's hand] on the reverse, Mg. Gen. G.B. McClellan, U.S.A. Light age toning. Very fine. Scarce pose.

OTIS ELEVATOR VINTAGE $0.00

 

Pair hanging lights $0.00

 

Crystal flush mount light $0.00

 

CDV, General George B. McClellan $125.00




T-66. Richmond, Feb. 17, 1864. Bust view of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Fancy blue reverse. Crisp note that is in about uncirculated condition. 

 


<b>Colonel of the 25th & 96th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiments during the Civil War


Unites States Congressman from Pennsylvania


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1827-99) Born in Northumberland Co., Pa., he was the publisher of the Pottsville Mining Record. He enlisted on April 17, 1861, at Harrisburg, as a lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 25th Pennsylvania Infantry; promoted to colonel, May 1, 1861; mustered out of this regiment, August 1, 1861; commissioned colonel of the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, on September 23, 1861; resigned on March 12, 1863. He served as a U.S. Congressman, 1867-71, including the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress; and was chairman of the Committee on Accounts.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 4 3/4, in ink, H.L. Cake, Tamaqua, Pa.  


<b>Journalist, Famous Poet and U.S. Army officer during the Civil War


Civil War Date Document Signed</b>


(1826-1904) Born near Penn Yan, New York, he moved with his parents to Ohio in 1840. He studied law with Thomas Corwin, was admitted to the bar in 1856, and practiced in Cincinnati as a partner of Thomas Spooner. However, a few years earlier, he had written a poem titled, "Rain on the Roof," which first appeared in the Cincinnati Great West. Its extraordinary merit was instantly recognized and the seeds of a literary pursuit had been sown in Kinney's heart. He gave up the law and became editor of The West Liberty Banner. He later became editor of a literary magazine called the Genius of the West. When the Civil War broke out he was elected captain of a company that was raised in Greene County, but before he could be mustered in, President Lincoln, through the recommendation of Salmon P. Chase, appointed Kinney, Major & Paymaster, U.S. Army. He was commissioned on June 1, 1861, and he served throughout the war being mustered out of service on November 15, 1865, with the rank of brevet lieutenant colonel. After the war he became owner and editor of the Xenia Torchlight, and was subsequently the editor of the Cincinnati Times, and he also wrote for the Ohio State Journal. He later became owner and editor of the Springfield Globe Republic. He was elected as a delegate of the Republican National Convention in Chicago that nominated Ulysses S. Grant for president, and served as the Ohio State Secretary for the convention. He served as an Ohio State Senator, 1882-83. Kinney's career in civil and military life entitles him to the high rank that Ohio has given him among her distinguished sons. His attainments as a classical student, critic and thinker, exhibited by his strong, clear writings in prose, and his eloquent speeches, give him a high position among American scholars, writers and orators. But his reputation rests mainly on his extraordinary originality as a poet. His "Rain on the Roof," "Emma Stuart," "End of the Rainbow," "Discontent," "Threnody," belong to popular literature. A volume titled, "Lyrics of the Ideal and the Real," contain some of his best productions. Source: Dictionary of American Biography. 


<u>Civil War Date Document Signed</u>: 8 x 3, imprinted check with female figure holding sword and shield, filled out in ink.


Cincinnati, Ohio, Octr. 15, 1864. Third National Bank of Cincinnati, Designated Depositary of the U.S. Pay to W.H. Scott, Jr., or bearer, One Hundred & Twenty seven and 30/100 Dollars. $127.30. Coates Kinney, Paymaster, U.S.A. Small punch hole cancellation at the center. Very fine.      A desirable find for the Confederate collector or collector / historian who especially appreciates the interestingly historical side of Civil War collectables, this <U>all original to the period</U> offering was a purchase of arms buyer Caleb Huse who, at the outbreak of the Civil War, traveled through Portland, Maine to Europe with orders from the Confederate States Government to buy all the long arms and accoutrements he could arrange. This nice old <B> B 44th Mass.</B> marked <B>Potts & Hunt</B>  <I>forager</I> began its evolution into the American Civil War as part of a shipment intended for Confederate issue but when the steamer was captured passing through the tentacles of the Union <I><B>Anaconda Plan</I></B>, the British made Pattern of 1853 Rifled Musket was taken as <I>spoils of war</I> and brought as part of the captured blockade runner cargo before prize court for adjudication.   In accordance with prevailing wartime Prize Law for ship captures at sea, if the court ruled in the Navy’s favor, the ship and cargo would be sold at auction, with half of the proceeds going to a fund for disabled sailors and the other half awarded to the officers and crew of the vessel that captured the blockade runner.  

      While it would require research, if one wished it is quite likely that prize court records exist that would establish the precise identity of the Confederate blockade runner that our Potts & Hunt Enfield was taken from on its way to prize court and purchase for issue to the 44th M V M.  ( There are several references in the Civil War years New York Times to presiding Judge Sprague and activities before the Boston District U. S. Prize Court. )  Thanks in part to 44th Mass. Vols. regimental historian Cpl. James B. Gardner’s firsthand account (<I> RECORD OF THE FORTY-FOURTH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER MILITIA IN NORTH CAROLINA </I> published in 1887), we know on page 44 that <I><U> The regiment is armed with Enfield rifles captured from an English steamer</U> and their belts, bayonet sheaths, and cap pouches were similarly obtained.</I>  A further, firsthand account is recorded in 44th M V M veteran John J. Wyeth’s   <I> Leaves from a Diary Written while Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep't of No. Carolina</I>  (Boston: L. F. Lawrence & Co., 1878) when on September 14, 1862 while still in camp at Readville, Mass. he writes; <I>Our guns are on the field somewhere, they are Enfields.</I>  Further that: <I>It is reported that our arms are a lot captured from a blockade runner and intended for the rebels.</I>  On September 24 Wyeth writes, <I>Our rifles have been delivered.</I>   

      Lost in time whether, as we suspect, this forager began its association with the 44th M V M as an <I>extra</I> of the Regiments Enfields that was altered for foraging in the field,  or was altered by its owner after mustering out.  Alteration work to 47 inches in overall length with a 31 inch barrel altered to 69 cal. smooth bore, is clearly period and of pleasing quality with a well contoured fore end utilizing the original brass nose cap with bead front site and notch cut barrel band rear site.    Utilizing the original Enfield ramrod rather than a lighter civilian style wooden ramrod, seems to lend credence to the likely hood that the alteration dates to military camp use.  Of interest with respect to the 44th Mass. forager is an account on page 123 of the earlier mentioned Regimental History by Cpl. James B. Gardner that points to a particular reliability the regiment placed on foraging while in North Carolina.   On the occasion of approaching a number of pigs, <I>lean and active as hounds</I> writes the 44th Veteran,<I> many were sacrificed to appease our hunger</I>.  He advises further that had it not been for their foraging success <I>we could hardly have gone so far into the enemy’s country.</I>  He states that <I>no meat was given out after our start</I>, that their five days rations were consumed in three days.  Indeed at one point in the march some received only a single piece of hardtack in a forty-eight hour period making the fruits of foraging a primary source of food.

      In deference to the intricacies of Confederate markings in this collecting field, we will rely here on our photo illustrations to describe markings that will be evident to the knowledgeable Confederate Tower collector.  We will point out the classic armorer chisel match markings frequently referred to as <I>roman numerals</I> on Confederate  arms and the bold <B>P&H</B> marking  of known Confederate supplier Potts & Hunt. (For reference to these and other Confederate Enfield characteristics we highly recommend the groundbreaking <I>The English Connection</I> by Russ Pritchard Sr. and C. A. Huey.)   Just visible in the wood adjacent to the butt plate tang is the small circle <I>viewer</I> marking as is referenced on page 115 of the above with a photo illustration and, <I>’This mark appears on the comb of the stock of a Pattern of 1853 by Potts & Hunt of London’</I>.  Not a critical piece of information in light of the obvious Confederate lineage demonstrated by this piece, it should be pointed out that the lock plate and hammer offer two incised  lines around the periphery.  Rarely observed on <U>Potts & Hunt London</U> marked actions, this feature seems indicative of early Civil War Confederate purchases Potts & Hunt arms.   Upon close inspection we find a lightly period inscribed <B>Masonic Device</B> on each side of the butt stock.  Saving the worst for last, the forward ramrod guide has some period solder reinforcement where it is fastened to the barrel. While clearly period the reinforcement is of lesser quality in workmanship thus worthy of mentioning.  (Could easily be remedied but we’d leave the <I>field repair</I> as part of the gun’s history.)

      As for the <B>44th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia</B> it can be said the unit was raised to fill the Massachusetts quota under Lincoln’s 1862 call for nine month troops. Its nucleus was the 4th Battalion of Infantry, M. V. M.  Organized at Readville, Mass. and mustered in September 12, 1862 the 44th moved North Carolina in late October.  Here the Regiment in Action at Rawl's Mills, the Demonstration on Newbern and Foster's Expedition to Goldsboro whereupon, <U>of particular interest with respect to our <B>Potts & Hunt forager</U></B>, Co. B of the 44th Mass. was detached for outpost duty at <B>Batchelor's Creek</B> until May when the Company rejoined the Regiment in Newburn eventually to participate in the Expedition toward Kingston then to Dover Road and finally return to Boston where it was mustered out on June 18, 1863.  Regiment lost during service 12 men killed and mortally wounded with an additional 29 by disease.

      An outstanding offering, pure period original with an appealing natural smooth chocolate brown patina on iron components and an attractive age sheen on brass and wood.   <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


<U>A note about firearms:</U>   WE EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE.  IT IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED  FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  <U>PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH  THE ABOVE. </U>

1864 Confederate $50 Note $75.00

 

Autograph, Henry L. Cake $20.00

 

Autograph, Lieutenant Colonel Coates Kin $25.00

 

44th Mass. Inf. - Captured Confederate B $1295.00

Fashioned from a stout tree branch, steamed and bent to form a classic cane grip, the significances of the natural shaft has unfortunately been lost in time baring some additional research.   Fortunate for the collector / historian though is a silver band classically engraved <I><B>Col. Jos. A. Gerk     St. Louis</I></B>.  Born in 1876 of German immigrants, the native Missourian recorded <I>No</I> in response to the 1930 US Census inquiry, <I>Attended School?</I> yet he owned a <I>Radio Set</I> and could record his occupation as <B><I>Chief of Police</I></B> St Louis, Missouri. Our research found that Gerk worked his way up through the ranks to serve as Chief of Police from April 9, 1925 to October 1, 1934. An outstanding piece of Americana from <I>The Gateway To The West</I> in a time when the Chief of Police would have had some stories to tell.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Another <I>find</I> from a corner cleanout, we have owned this wonderful old dovetailed Winchester Repeating Arms Co. ammo box for years using it at antique shows to hold <I>for sale</I> paper ephemera.  (It served as a TV stand on a bedroom dresser for the last 15 years or so.)  Any way this attractive old ammo box is constructed of 9/19 inch thick pine, dovetailed at the corners and measuring 11 ¾ x 9 3/8 x 6 5/8 inches high.  The eye appealing old ammunition box shows good natural age color with good evidence of originality and use while remining in eye pleasing, solid condition.   Marked on both sides; <B>Small Arms Ammunition / Metallic Cartridges / Winchester Repeating Arms Co. / New Haven, Conn. U. S. A.</B> and on both ends; <B>Winchester / 5,000 / .32 Short Rim. / Blank</B> all in that period <I>impressed</I> print that is pressed into the wood.  A classic round first introduced in 1861 for use in the popular new Smith & Wesson Number 2 revolver that was so widely used as a private purchase side arm in the Civil War, the .32 Short, Rim Fire remained popular as a revolver and light rifle cartridge for years.  Usually repurposed till they fell apart and ended up as kindling, the survival of these heavy old ammunition boxes was quite limited making them a popular but difficult to obtain favorite among antique and obsolete ammunition collectors.  An attractive display item.   <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 A neat little piece of Americana this early extract bottle stands about 4 ¼ inches and remains in excellent condition with nice color and no chips, cracks or staining.  Offering all the characteristics of 1800s manufacture, this attractive little bottle is boldly marked<B> HIRES HOUSEHOLD EXTRACT / FOR BREWING ROOT BEER AT HOME / Manufactured By The Charles E. Hires Co. / Philadelphia, Pa. U. S. A. </B>  Marketed as an extract of sixteen wild roots and berries, Hires presented his concoction at the 1876 Centennial Exposition with the claim that it would <I> purify the blood and make rosy cheeks</I>.  While his decision to call his product <I>beer</I> resulted in some public opinion issues and drew the wrath of the Women’s Christian Temperance League, Hires Root Beer became a <I> must have</I> of soda fountains and ice cream parlors across America. <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 !!  


<b>United States Senator from Michigan</b>


(1830-1913) Born in Detroit, Michigan, he attended Thompson's Academy and the University of Michigan. Served as a member of the Michigan State Senate, 1879-80; U.S. Senator, 1883-89. Was the Chairman of the Committee on Fisheries; also served on the Committee on Agricultural. He was appointed U.S. Minister to Spain in 1889 by President Benjamin Harrison serving two years at this post. Served as president of the National Commission of the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, 1890-93. He was one of the founders of the Detroit Museum of Art.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 x 1/2, in ink, T.W. Palmer.

Inscribed cane of Col. Joseph A. Gerk – $350.00

 

Winchester Repeating Arm Co. – 5, 000 - . $135.00

 

19th century Charles E. Hires Co. - ROO $45.00

 

Autograph, Thomas W. Palmer $8.00

Our illustrations will do best to describe this beautiful beaver stovepipe hat except to advise that it stands approximately 7 1/2 inches with a desirable  <I>bell</I> shape at the crown indicating a slightly pre Civil War manufacture.  Evidence of a very slight crush indentation could easily be pushed out (we’d leave it as found).  This and the most minor bit of edge wear only bring character to this attractive stovepipe.  An attractive gold bullion cockade appears to have been applied by the hatter as the stitching is under the original paper lining rather than passing through the lining per a post manufacture application.  A classic wide sweat band remains solidly stitched in place and an applied yellow label inside the crown remains blank.  A feature likely placed by a local hat merchant to cover the original maker identity of simply a feature to facilitate the identification of the owner- wearer.   An outstanding all original and as found  stovepipe with a showy gold bullion cockade of militia or patriotic intent, this offering will go well in any quality Mexican War through Civil War headgear collection.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Another product of last winter’s clean out, we have had this wonderful old period coffee pot for years but it is time to make some room.  Well documented in style and construction by Civil War site <I>diggers</I> and the existence of such in the Steamboat Berterand (sunk on the Missouri River in 1865) excavation collection, this example stands approximately 8 inches from base to mouth, offers period construction characteristics and good evidence of period originality and age by virtue of an attractive natural patina on outer surfaces that comes to tinned sheet iron only after decades.  Of particular note with all this is that when we remove the lid and inspect the interior, we find that it remains <U>nearly as new</U>!   With no dents, rust, or other condition issues yet with convincing evidence of age, this wonderfully preserved period pot appears never to have been used!  An outstanding addition to any period collection.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Printed on one side only, by D. Hooton, Merchants Hall, Boston, this original old medical cure broadside was published in the 1830s and measures approximately 12 X 8 ½ inches extoling the virtues of <B>Dr. Ward's Vegetable Asthmatic Pills</B> prepared and distributed by <B>Thomas Hollis, 30 Union Street, Boston</B>  Established in 1826, druggist and chemist Thomas Hollis did business at this address through the mid 19th century. Advertising for sale Dr. Ward's Vegetable Asthmatic Pills, the piece promotes benefits for coughs, colds, whooping cough, etc. with directions for use. Printed on <I>rag paper</I> the broadside remains in excellent condition save an obviously period water stain.  (Easily removed but we would leave the piece as found and as is.)  No tears folds or separations and a nice size for display.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  With good evidence of having been well smoked in the period yet remaining in nice, all original condition with no chips, cracks or repairs, this period clay tobacco pipe features a gaming motif with figures of playing card suits in panels around its circumference.  Additional panel figures include drinking goblets, crossed baseball bats with balls and one panel offers <I>10-pin</> implements (a crude version of lawn or outdoor bowling of some popularity in the period).  All is set off by an age patina with original decorative lanyard, cherry wood stem and period classic horn mouth piece.  A neat item that will spark the interest of tobacciana, gaming and Civil War personal item collectors as well as enthusiasts of  early American baseball.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

earlier 19th century through Civil War e $625.00

 

exceptionally nice condition! Civil War $165.00

 

c. 1830s Thomas Hollis - Dr. Ward’s Vege $65.00

 

Civil War era - gaming theme – Tobacco P $325.00




<b>Major 50th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War


United States Senator from Wisconsin</b>


(1843-1919) Graduated from the University of Wisconsin. During the Civil War he enlisted as captain and was commissioned into Co. A, 50th Wisconsin Infantry. He was brevetted major March 13, 1865. Was also the military secretary to the Governor of Wisconsin. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1867 and served as assistant attorney general of the State of Wisconsin until 1870. Elected as a Republican U.S. Senator in 1885, he served until 1891, and was reelected to the Senate in 1897 and served until 1907.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 x 3/4 in ink, John C. Spooner.  This unused 19th century paper box label is uncut measuring 7 ½ inches X 15 inches was printed for cutting to produce box end labels for the  <B>The Patent Expansion Lamp Shade</B><I> with White’s Improvements</I>, <B> Mfg. By Woodsum & Co., Boston, Mass.</B> The labels picture the lamp shade installed on an oil lamp and collapsed.  A neat item for the antique lighting enthusiast.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This offering will fall in the <I>who cares?</I> category (especially at 50 bucks a pop!) for all but the antique writing instrument collector or the mid-19th century personal item enthusiast who appreciates the rarity of the many every day personal items, common in their day but seldom surviving.  This rare example remains <I>as new</I>and in out of the box condition while offering good evidence of age and period originality.  Guaranteed to please this rarely surviving writing instrument was fashioned from raw, unfinished, red cedar with the clearly period attachment of its vulcanized rubber eraser.  Our photo illustrations will offer the best description short of holding the pencil in your hand.  I suppose the origin of the common pencil, fitted with a rubber eraser has not been the subject of crushing interest but for those who care, it all began in 1839 when Charles Goodyear developed a method of curing raw rubber called vulcanization.  Aside from making his name common to today’s Civil War era rubber goods collectors, (see: <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner ) the application of Goodyear’s process gave the now durable product wide application potential with the rubber eraser becoming just one of innumerable uses for Goodyear’s vulcanized rubber.  The idea of permanently mounting a rubber eraser on the end of a common wood and graphite pencil first occurred just prior to the Civil War when in 1858 Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil.  In 1862, Lipman sold his patent for $100,000 !  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 An outstanding example of a very scares Civil War sword, this quality, all original <U>war time</U> Ames Mod. 1860 General Staff and Staff Corps grade sword will please the most discriminating collector.   Offering good evidence of age, originality and light period use, yet remaining in exceptional condition, this impressive sword exhibits all of the distinctive Civil War characteristics that set it apart from later commonly seen models: elliptical blade, functional folding counterguard; plain browned (not nickeled) scabbard, plain scabbard drag and eye catching exceptional quality, <U>high-relief</U> cast and <U>chased</U> hilt. The ray skin grip and wire remain in fine all original condition and the folding counter guard exhibits early, plain features and is locked in place by a spring-loaded button which still functions perfectly.  All this and with strong blade etching of early quality, this Mod. 1860 exists as one of the rarest of Civil War swords. ( As demonstrated by the illustrative use of a <U>post-Civil War</U> version by Harold Peterson in his classic reference <I>The American Sword 1775 – 1945</I>.)  Established by War Dept. General Order #21 on August 28, 1860, the Mod. 1860 S & F sword was prescribed for <U>optional wear</U>buy General Staff and Staff Corps grade officers.  (Optional being the operative word here and likely why the unpopular early issue Mod. 1860 Staff grade sword was produced in limited numbers.) On June 11, 1861 Ames received the first order from the Ordinance Department for the new Mod. 1860 General Officers sword.  While the initial order was for 300 swords it was cancelled May 24, 1862 with only 55 swords having been completed and delivered.  Ordinance Departments records show that <U>Ames ultimately delivered only <B>249</B> swords of this model</U> the last delivery dated July 27, 1865 was for 24 swords.  While records indicate that contract arms were to be U. S. marked with date and inspector initials no so marked examples could be documented by the author who classified existence of marked Mod. 1860 S & F swords as <U><I>speculative</I></U> (see: Ron Hickox: <I>Collectors Guide to Ames U. S. Contract Military Edged Weapons</I>)  While the long use of the Mod. 1860 S & F, (made mandatory for all officers except Medical, Pay Department and mounted officers in 1872) and popularly utilized general design features have made the type a most commonly encountered type, the rarely seen early Civil War sword of this model is coveted by knowledgeable collector / historians and is most easily distinguishable from the later example by the configuration of its straight blade which is <U> elliptical in cross section</U> <B>()</B> while the later version is diamond shaped <B><></B> in cross section.  With all this said, our photo illustrations will provide the best physical description of this exceptional Civil War Mod. 1860 General Staff and Staff Corps grade sword.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Autograph, John C. Spooner $10.00

 

3rd quarter 19th century - Patent Expans $30.00

 

ultra-rare! original mid 1800s – wood / g $50.00

 

Rare! Civil War Production Ames - Genera $2350.00

With its oversized, heavy blade this <I>Frederick Reynolds / Sheffield </I> marked straight razor offers slabbed horn grips with pewter spacer at the butt with peened iron pins and brass ferrules.   The 1 inch wide blade is marked <I>The Celebrated – HOLLOW GROUND RAZOR – FOR BARBER USE</I>.  Not for the razor collector who is looking for an <I>as new</I> example but a pleasing item for the collector / historian who appreciates good age and period use, this <I>barber razor</I> offers a nice bright blade with some period carbon steel splotching as evidence of age and decades of storage.  The natural whale baleen grips remain solid with no splits and in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and originality.  

<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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 H 36in. x D 12in.


set of 6  H 30in. x D 24in.  H 28in. x D 26in.

Civil War era Barber STRAIGHT RAZOR $65.00

 

Classic pendants $0.00

 

Formal brass light circa 1930 $0.00

 

Circa 1950 pendant $0.00

H 41in. x D 12in.  H 40in. x D 20in.  H 72in. x D 28in.

Set of 3 available  H 34in. x D 30in.

Classic pendants $0.00

 

Quality foyer fixture circa 1910 $0.00

 

Ornate iron light. . . . hotel scale and qua $0.00

 

Formal crystal / brass fixture $0.00

H 50in. x D 32in.  H 38in. x D 24n.  With lots of character, evidence of considerable period use and caring in the form of a period string reinforcement to protect against the furthering of a small split along the grain of its shaft, the lineage of this relic walking stick has been preserved by an old index label identifying the sticks origin as <I><B>Gettysburg 1877</I></B>.  A small  period silver band fastened below the head is nicely script engraved <B><I> Presented to J. V. M. by Lieut. Geo. Bowen 1877</I></B>. Passed from descendants of <B>Joseph V. Morrison</B> (1840-1890) who served s a Private of Co. A <B>5th Michigan Cavalry</B> <U> Custer’s Cavalry Brigade</U> Morrison was mustered in on August 18, 1862 and remained with the regiment until shortly after the <I>Battle of Gettysburg</I> when he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps. Morrison was awarded a pension for disability in 1866 and entered the National Home for Disabled Veterans, Western Division, in 1874.    Fellow Michigan Cavalry Veteran and benefactor with respect to the walking stick, George Bowen (1841-1931) mustered in on September 7, 1861 as a Private of Co F <B>2nd Michigan Cavalry</B><U> Custer’s Cavalry Brigade</U>.  He remained in service to the 2nd Cavalry promoting through the ranks an receiving commission to Lieutenant before discharge on November 19, 1864.  Remaining sound (the period string reinforcement is not a break) with lots of eye appeal this Civil War remembrance from one old Cavalryman to another, will make a nice addition to any period collection. <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 <I>Coffee Cup</I> is a bit of a misnomer as the resourceful Civil War soldier pressed this stout utility into a wide variety of uses.  While it remains in pleasing original condition, solid at the seams with no rust, corrosion or holes, this cup, stout as it is, is dented up and a bit out of round at the mouth demonstrating a good amount of hard field use and carrying.  Standing the usual issue 4 inches and measuring just a hair over 4 inches in diameter at its base, this  heavy gauge tinned sheet iron cup sports the desirable wire reinforcement at the handle.  A nice original surface offers pleasing evidence of open fire.  Coffee cup, boiler, meat tin, or ration container, next to his musket, shelter half or rubber blanket, these now hard to find issue tin cups were of particular value to the Civil War troop in the field.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Classic formal light $0.00

 

Glas chandelier $0.00

 

Gettysburg Presentation CANE - Lt. Bowe $395.00

 

Civil War issue – wire reinforced COFFE $155.00




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