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<b>Sending the remains home of their gallant colonel who was mortally wounded at Vicksburg!</b>


2 pages, 8 x 12 1/4, in ink, written by Lieutenant Cyrus D. Kendall, 11th Missouri Infantry.


<b><u>Camp at Young’s Point, La., July 1, 1863</b></u>


Mrs. Rovilla Kendall,


Dear Rovilla,


I wrote you yesterday and I told you that I was going over to Gen. Grant’s Head Quarters, and that I would write as soon as I returned. Well I have returned so I will drop you a few lines as I have a few moments leisure. I did not start from there till dark last night. I waited all day for a boat. We have to go 15 miles up the Yazoo River & it is eight miles from the landing to Gen. Grant’s Head Quarters. I did not get there until 2 in the morning. I got a leave of absence for Lieut. Weber and Thomas Hackett (the orderly) (you will remember him) for 20 days. They will start up the River tomorrow with the remains of Col. Weber.* I will send this letter by them and it will be mailed at Cairo or St. Louis. Your letter bearing date June 17 came to hand today. All the letters you have written between the 5 & 17 I have not received. I think it very curious. I was somewhat surprised to hear that you would be off on a visit before I would receive your letter but strange things will happen. I have no objection to you going up north on a visit. I am perfectly willing for you to go but I would rather you had not gone in such a hurry. You said if I did not like it you did not want me to say so for you had too much trouble now. If I did not like it you could be certain that I would tell you so, but I guess I shall not find much fault with my little Pet about it for I want her to enjoy herself whether I do or not. I fear you will not get this as you will be far away before this gets to Louisville. I am not going to write you long letters after this for you will not tell me- you know what, so I am going to spite you a little for once. If you are so afraid of telling me what I asked you I will say no more about it. So I suppose I shall be deprived of that laugh. You say you want $150 more before you can pay for the house & lot. When you get back from the north let me know and I will send the money. I shall not write again until I hear where you are. No more. Good by. My love to all your friends at Louisville & up north. I hope they will get to see me some day.


C.D. Kendall

11th Mo. Vols.


P.S. I asked you in my last for some letter stamps. You said nothing about them. I have none. I have to borrow one for this letter. You are forgetful.


Dear Pet good by again,

Cyrus


Age toning, fold wear, and a small paper chip at one of the folds, with some archival tape repairs on the reverse. Neatly written letter with regimental ID. Very fine content. Missouri Civil War units are scarce to find material on.


Cyrus D. Kendall, enlisted on August 1, 1861, at St. Louis, Mo., as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 11th Missouri Infantry Volunteers. He was promoted to captain however the date of his promotion is unknown. He was mustered out of the service on June 18, 1864.


*Andrew J. Weber, born in Springfield, Mo. in 1840, enlisted on August 1, 1861, at St. Louis, Mo., as a captain, and was commissioned into the 11th Missouri Infantry. He was promoted through the ranks as major, lieutenant colonel and colonel, and was mortally wounded in the fighting at Vicksburg, Miss., on June 30, 1863. He succumbed to his wounds and died the next day, and as mentioned in Lieutenant Kendall's letter the colonels remains were being sent home.  


WBTS Trivia: On the very day that Lieutenant Kendall wrote this letter the first day of the epic three day battle of Gettysburg was taking place on the farmlands of Pennsylvania.  





 Short lived but a key supplier of machinery to a textile industry booming as a result of the Civil War, the <B>Aiken Knitting Machine Co.</B> was active only from late 1860 through the Civil War years.  As demand fell off dramatically at the close of war, the Aiken Knitting Machine Co. found itself on hard times and was closed by 1867.  Produced by war time New York <I>steam job printers</I> Baptist & Taylor, this approximately 10 ¼ X 16 1/2 inch broadside is printed on one side only for posting and remains in excellent original condition with some <U>soft</U> folds that will press out nicely and no rips, tears, repairs or stains.  Well-illustrated, in addition to the knitting machine the sheet offers views of specialty machines for the manufacture of <I>shirts and drawers</I> as well as machines for the manufacture of socks.  All high demand items during the Civil War years.  A rarely surviving piece of Civil War ephemera, the only like example we are aware of is housed in the Princeton University, Library 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>


 Offered here untouched and as found after decades of attic storage, this early mechanical fleam offers good evidence of age and originality yet remains in all original and functioning condition.  Unmarked as to maker with the exception of an <B>FD</B>

touch mark on the sliding cover, this bloodletting or bleeding instrument retains its original travel case also offering good evidence of age and untouched originality with period use and carrying yet remaining solid at its leather hinge and retaining its original wire latch.  Dating to the American colonial, Revolutionary War era such medical bleeding fleams saw documented use through the American Civil War era. Accordingly this example will set well in any medical grouping from the Revolution through the Civil War.  (see: Neumann & Kravic’s ‘Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution &  Howard Crouch’s reference book on excavated Civil War Artifacts) 


 With period pocket wear under a rich natural chocolate age patina this attractive 1836 dated R. & W. Robinson trade token was issued with the figure of an American Institute Excellence Medal on its face with the following on the obverse: <B><I>Awarded to</I> R. & W. ROBINSON<I> For the Best</I> MILITARY, NAVAL, <I>Sporting & Flat Buttons</I> 1836</B>  Catalogued as a <I>Hard Times</I> token in the Smithsonian national collection, the name of the Attleborough, Mass. button manufacturer is synonymous with period military uniform buttons, federal as well as state.   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

11th Missouri Infantry Letter $150.00

 

Civil War vintage - Industrial Knitting $95.00

 

Revolutionary War vintage - CASED MECHAN

 

1836 R. & W. Robinson / Military Button $55.00

      Solid, in pleasing condition, and most importantly, clearly <U>original to the period</U> including the alteration to musketoon, this European import was originally designated the Mod.1809 U/M Potsdam Musket.   This particular example was originally manufactured in Potsdam Prussia in 1831 as indicated by the date on the barrel flat.  Originally manufactured as a flintlock with beech wood stock and a 29 7/8 inch .70 caliber smooth bore barrel finished <I>bright</I>.   The arm featured brass furniture and measured 56 ½ inches in overall length.  Per markings on the barrel underside the gun was converted to the more modern percussion system in 1841.  This was done at the Danzig Arsenal.  At the outbreak of the Civil War I 1861, Union and Confederate arms buyers scoured European arsenals in an effort to supplement domestic arms supplies.  While as the war progressed and better domestic arms replaced the lesser quality outdated early import arms, many saw continued use by Confederate troops. While records indicate that nearly double the number of Prussian smooth bores were contracted for by Confederates, approximately <U>75,000 are clearly documented as delivered to the South</U> in 1861.  The vast majority of the number being the Mod. 1809 Potsdam U/M musket.  Additionally the U.S. Ordnance Department purchased approximately 165,000 Prussian arms of which 100,300 were identified as smooth-bores in 1861 through early 1862. The majority of these <I>smooth-bores</I> were the Mod. 1809.  (see: European Arms in the Civil War by Marc Schwalm, ‎Klaus Hofmann)  This offering is presented in pleasing as found and uncleaned condition with eye appealing deep natural age patina and good evidence of period use and carrying.  Of special interest as having seen potential Confederate use, is the period alteration from a 3 band 56 ½ inch long musket to a more wieldy and easily carried 2 band musketoon measuring 45 inches in total length.

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      <U>A note about firearms:</U>   WE SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF MODERN FIREARMS AND EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE  RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, 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>

      

 Original Civil War vintage lighting commonly referred to as <I>donut</I> candlesticks because of their appearance and size when collapsed and screwed together for travel.  This offering is a complete four piece set from spun brass with the two screw together drip pans and two holder pieces.   These traveling candleholders are approximately 3 5/16 inches in diameter and remain in excellent condition, unpolished with good evidence of age, originality and careful period use and carrying.  A favorite of the space and weight conscious soldier who carried all he had on his back or in his haversack, original examples  have become equally prized by lighting, Americana and Civil War collectors wishing to round out a display with that special personal look.   Relatively available just a few years ago original. complete examples of these <I>donut</I> candlesticks have become difficult to find on today’s collector market. <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!


 An outstanding nautical relic from the 19th century heyday of  New England whaling, this handmade construction model of the classic <I>skiff</I> design <I>longboat</I> will make an eye-catching addition to any quality period oceanic grouping.  A rarely seen <U>builder’s pre-construction model</U> measures approximately 28 inches long X 7 inches wide with the telltale <I>bow-beam</I> reinforcement, flat bottom and square stern design of a New England harpooner’s skiff and would have served not only as a working model for the builder but as a sales model.  Entirely hand fashioned of thinly block planed, one piece sections, iron pinned, and finished with a thick coat of natural <I>bug-shellac</I>, the piece offers good evidence of its hand construction. Square at the stern with a flat bottom and a beam reinforced bow to withstand strain placed on the skiff style whaling <I>longboat</I> of a successful harpooner and crew as the craft is drawn through a churning sea by an angry wounded whale.   Referred to as a <I>Nantucket sleighride</I> by contemporaries, the occasion was the immediate result of a whale’s  attempt to flee when struck by the tethered lance of a skilled harpooner.  Secured to the now imbedded harpoon the coiled tether line would whir through the air as it left the skiff until it became as taught as a bow string fastening the little vessel and its crew to a very determined whale.  The monster could drag the boat at speeds approaching 25 miles per hour with some species known to dive taking the longboat and occupants fathoms beneath the surface.  The duration of the Nantucket sleighride depended solely upon when the whale became too exhausted to continue  the fight. Once ended the sailors, if alive and able would kill the beast and harvest the oil.  

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 Our illustration will likely offer the best description  of this neat little UNION BLUING bottle except to say it retains its stopper and wax seal securing its content, stands approximately 4 ½ inches (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) and will make a nice personal display item without spending a lot of money.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

Civil War import - 1809 U / M Potsdam Musk $625.00

 

Civil War era ‘Donut’ TRAVELING CANDLE $225.00

 

Rare! handcrafted Whaling Skiff BUILD $345.00

 

Wykoff & Co. UNION BLUING - sealed! BOTT $45.00

Measuring approximately 5/16 inch square, we have the advantage of being able to unquestionably date the period of these hand cut bone dice by virtue of the remains the faint* <B>CROWN</B> (worn away)&</B> G. R.</B> faint but still remaining on one of the pair.  <U>These marks were required by British export law during the American Civil War era to record and enforce payment of export tax on gaming devices sent to the American market.</U>  A staple of the Civil War camp, period saloon or gambling parlor, this original pair remain in pleasing condition and yet demonstrate all the characteristics of period hand cut bone gaming pieces.  Clearly hand cut with dots that are somewhat irregular and a natural age patina, these dice will be quickly recognized for what they are in your collection display.  [ *Please note that these original CROWN & GR tariff marks were small and were impressed into the bone with red pigment rubbed into the light impression.  With time and use most if not all of the original red pigment has been worn away in most cases leaving the faintest trace of the original CROWN & GR.  Identification of the remaining tariff marking will requiring close examination of the rare old hand cut die.]  A scarce find! <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!  Our illustrations will offer the best description of this attractive <I>old tar</I> whirligig except to advise that our sailor stands approximately 9 1/4 inches heel to  hat crown and shows good evidence of age and originality.  He is hand carved and sports a milk paint finish.  His arms with paddles turn easily by hand but are currently too stiff to spin in the wind.  (Offered untouched and as found to preserve the integrity of its age and originality we would leave all as is.)   <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 especially nice neat pair of protective goggles of the Civil War era, this original example is fashioned with fine wire mesh side protection and glass lenses.   Sometimes referred to as <I>artillerist’s glasses</I> these goggles were frequently used by an eye injured wearer to protect against further damage.  An example of such use may be seen in a period portrait of nearly blind Confederate General Adam R. Johnson.  (see: Time / Life <I>TOUCHED by FIRE</I> vol. II page 248 )   There is also a period photograph by Gardner of Blackfoot Indian Chief <I>Sitting Crow</I> wearing a pair of these goggles no doubt simply as a fashion statement.  (see: D. Mark Katz - <I>Life & Photographs of ALEXANDER GARDNER</I>  Retaining their original japanned tin pocket case, this pair remain in pleasing condition with original cord and good evidence of period use and carrying.  A nice item for the optical or medical collector as well as the general Civil War era collector.   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> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 <b>in the Civil War


This soldier of the 2nd Maryland Volunteers was mortally wounded during the battle of Fredericksburg, Va. in December 1862</b>


Pair of documents. #1: 8 1/2 x 3 1/2, imprinted form, filled out in ink. This document certifies that Morrison Leiber is a resident of Baltimore and is now a member of Company A, of the Second Regiment of Maryland Volunteers, and that he enlisted at Baltimore on the 20th day of April 1861, and that he claims to have a mother dependent on him for support. Signed by Benjamin Matthews, 1st Lt., Co. F, 2nd Regt. Md. Vols. 


#2: 8 1/2 x 10 1/2, imprinted form, filled out in ink, on an attractive illustrated City of Baltimore letter head. It reads in part: "I, Mary A. Leiber, a resident of 40 Oregon St. and Moth.[er] of A. Morrison Leiber, belonging to Company A of the Second Regiment, Maryland Volunteers, who was enlisted 20 April/61 and is now in the service of the United States, do solicit, under the provisions of Ordinance No. 66, approved September 27th, 1862, of the City Council of Baltimore, allowances for myself, at the time of his enlistment, and now dependent upon him for support. Signed by Mary A. Leiber with her "X" mark. Oct. 29, 1862." Also signed by a Justice of the Peace and two witnesses.


Both documents are in excellent condition with some light age toning. The smaller form is attached to the larger imprint by some old horse glue at the edges. They can be easily separated if desired. Scarce Maryland Civil War dated imprint.


Morrison Leiber, was mustered into Co. A, 2nd Maryland Volunteer Infantry as a private in the spring of 1861. He was mortally wounded on December 13, 1862, at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., dying from his wounds the day after Christmas, December 26, 1862.


Benjamin Matthews, enlisted on July 6, 1861, as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into Co. F, 2nd Maryland Volunteer Infantry. He served with the regiment until his muster out of service, October 5, 1864, having been promoted to captain, March 1, 1863.       


<u>CIVIL WAR SERVICE RECORD OF THE SECOND REGIMENT MARYLAND VOLUNTEERS</u> 


Duty at Baltimore, MD., until March, 1862. Ordered to North Carolina March. Duty at Roanoke Island, N.C., until June. Expedition toward Trenton May 15 - 16. Skirmish at Young's Cross Roads May 15. Expedition to New Berne June 18 - July 2. Moved to Newport News, VA., July 6 - 10; thence to Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg, VA., August 2 - 7. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16 - September 2. Battles of Groveton August 29. Bull Run August 30. Chantilly September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6 - 22. Battles of South Mountain, MD., September 14. Antietam September 16 - 17. Stone Bridge September 17. Duty in Pleasant Valley until October 27. Movement to Falmouth, VA., October 27 - November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, VA., December 12 - 15. Burnside's 2nd Campaign ("Mud March") January 20 - 24, 1863. Moved to Newport News February 11, thence to Lexington, KY., March 26 - April 1. Duty at Frankfort, KY., until September. Rejoined Corps September 10. March to Knoxville, TN., September 12 - 20. Action at Blue Springs October 10. Operations in East Tennessee until November 14. Knoxville Campaign November 4 - December 23. Loudon November 15. Campbell's Station November 16. Siege of Knoxville November 17 - December 4. Repulse of Longstreet's assault on Fort Saunders November 29. Pursuit of Longstreet December 5 - 29. Duty in East Tennessee until March, 1864. Moved to Annapolis, MD., March 30 - April 7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May  - June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5 - 7. Spotsylvania May 8 - 12. Po River May 10. Spotsylvania Court House May 12 - 21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23 - 26. ON line of the Pamunkey May 26 - 28. Totopotomoy May 28 - 31. Cold Harbor June 1 - 12. Bethesda Church June 1 - 3. Before Petersburg June 16 - 18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864. to April 2, 1865, Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Weldon Railroad August 18 - 21. Poplar Springs Church, September 29 - October 2. Boynton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27 - 28. Fort Steadman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28 - April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. March to Farmville April 4 - 10. March to City Point April 20 - 24, thence moved to Alexandria April 24 - 28. Grand Review May 23. Duty in the Department of Washington until July. Mustered out July 7, 1865.

original Civil War vintage - tariff mark $65.00

 

vintage folk-art carved and painted Sai $245.00

 

Civil War era PROTECTIVE GLASSES $75.00

 

Application for Aid for the Mother of a

<b>in the Civil War</b>


By Bobby Roberts and Carl Moneyhon. Published by The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1987. Hard cover, 8 3/4 x 11 1/4, with dust jacket, 242 pages, index, illustrated, brand new condition.


The American Civil War presented the first major opportunity to photograph fighting men and the places where they fought, and so to create an extensive visual record of war. However, most research into these photographic records has focused on the eastern fronts and treated the images only as illustrations for traditional narratives. In Portraits of Conflict, what Mathew Brady called "the eye of history" moves west to Arkansas to leave us one state's family album of the war years.


With over two hundred photographs and related documents the authors make indelibly real the physical and spiritual suffering of the ordinary soldier and his love for his country and its land. We meet men like seventeen year old private William Shores who died of an agonizing stomach wound received in December 1862 at the Battle of Murfreesboro, and Captain Edward Gee Miller of the 20th Wisconsin Infantry, who was charged with the burial of fifty members of his regiment after the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. 


By carefully matching available written sources to photographs, the authors have created a unique opportunity for the reader to see the war on a human scale that may always elude traditional narratives. 


For the photographer, the war presented the first opportunity to capture thousands of portraits of the young men who flocked eagerly to combat.


Together, the photographs, captions, and chapter introductions give us a visual and written history of Arkansas and her people in the Civil War.


The portrait on the front cover is of Mark Noble, who served the entire war in the Second Arkansas Cavalry, rising from corporal to lieutenant in the three years of his service. He was captured at the end of the war in Jefferson County on May 6, 1865, and confined to the military prison at Little Rock until he was finally released on June 10, 1865. He returned to his family and spent the rest of his life farming near Corssett in Ashley County.  With a history of having been recovered from the Boston, Mass., Charlestown Prison, at the time of its closing in 1955, this prison guard baton retains its original, solid but stiff with age, leather lanyard bearing the name of Boston equipment supplier Henry K. Barnes & Co.   Well known as a supplier of police and fire equipment as early as the mid 1890s, the company reaching its zenith during the <I>roaring 20s</I>.  Turned from white oak, the baton measures  approximately 24 inches and was plainly constructed, as a no frills enforcement utility.  Surely a formidable weapon in the hands of a 1920s prison guard.  First opened in 1805 the Charlestown Prison had a long and infamous history stretching through the tumultuous mob activity of the 1920s on into the 50s housing an impressive roster of local Boston area notables in this period, until it was closed in 1955.  The last execution (1947) in Massachusetts occurred within the walls Charlestown Prison which also housed such well knowns as Sacco & Vanzetti with one Malcom Little holding fourth there from 1946 until he was paroled in 1952 and, under the name of <I>Malcom X</I>,  quickly became the public face of the Nation of Islam.   We will include our letter preserving the history of having emanated from the Charlestown Prison closure. <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>  Described in period catalogue listings as <I> Portable gold scales, field use beam scales comprising of a central metal support and two metal dishes attached by three metal chain each to a metal beam</I> this beautiful set of c. 1830s gold scales still retains its original suspension cord for hand holding as was used <I>in the field</I>.  The iron balance beam is marked AVERY in two places and measures approximately 10 ½ inches in length and remains untouched and as found with a touch of fine surface rust with a rich chocolate patina over all.  Suspended from the beam by brass chain are two 5 3/16 inch diameter brass pans.  Unpolished with attractive natural age patina, each bears the all-important <B>W. & T. Avery / late T. Beach PATENTED</B> marking.      <B>Dating :</B> Founded in 1731 by James Ford the company passed to Thomas Beach and Joseph Balden, husband of Mary Avery.   In the early part of the nineteenth century the business was passed to the Avery family who expanded the firm from a small local business to worldwide sale. The firm name became synonymous with quality and their portable patent balance scales were used in gold fields around the world.  When Thomas Beach died in the <U>early to mid-1830s the firm used the name <B>W & T Avery / late T. Beach</B> in transition.</U> The partnership on W & T Avery was dissolved in 1865.  All original and as found this wonderful set of early field use, portable gold scales should not be confused with the general use and much smaller boxed <I>pocket</I> scales on the period.  This set will make a nice addition to any quality period display.   



 A bit out of our usual period but we couldn’t resist this scarce all original and untouched Camillus mess combination knife and spoon.  Dating in the WWI era, we have left this superb example uncleaned and as found for the collector who will appreciate the originality of an example that remains tight at the joints with good <I>snap</I> and a blade that has never seen use or a whetstone.   With only natural age as testimony to its WWI era origin this old standby will clean to near <I>as new</I> in the proper hands (shudder) but we would leave it as is.  Well known to collectors, the Camillus Cutlery Company was one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the U. S. with roots dated to its founding in Camillus New York in 1876.  With its <B>CAMILLUS CUTLERY Co. / CAMILLUS N, Y. / U. S. A.</B> found on many working and defense knives the now defunct manufacturer is among the most widely collected of the type.  A <I>workhorse</I> in its day, nice uncleaned and unused <I>out of the box</I> examples of this knife and spoon mess combination are seldom found today.  <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>

Portraits of Conflict; A Photographic Hi

 

late 1800s / early 1900 Charlestown Pris $95.00

 

W. & T. Avery / T. Beach - PATENT BALANC $195.00

 

scarce original – Camillus Cutlery Co. - $165.00

This outstanding vintage carved meerschaum tobacco pipe offers that eye appealing rich honey color that comes only with time, handling and lots of pleasant period smoking.  It’s intricate detail, quality of carving and immaculate condition, is set off by its natural amber stem and will best be described by our illustrations.  In addition to it’s fine condition with no breaks, chips or cracks this beautiful equine motif antique tobacco pipe remains in it’s original hinged, fitted case.  Left as found, the case remains in excellent condition and will show as fine with a light application of proper leather dressing (we would leave it as is).  <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>


 The product of a <I>cleanout</I> as we go through our 50 year accumulation in an attempt at gaining some <I>drawer space</I>, this vintage tinned iron spoon will be especially appreciated by the Civil War era mess gear or personal item collector.  Unlike the usual personal size spoons, machine fashioned from thinner die struck sheet iron, this example was hand crafted in one piece from heavier iron stock with die struck bowl and hand wrought handle.  All hot dipped in molten tin, this example remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age, hand construction and period use with an appealing natural age patina. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  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>Thomas Hollis’s OINTMENT FOR THE ITCH</B>.  With directions for use and pledging the virtues of the concoction  against all manner of <I>humours and eruptions of the skin</I> to include ring worm and <I>scald head</I>, this broadside is printed on <I>rag paper</I> and 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>

                  

 Illustrated here with a period quarter for size comparison, this attractive handmade beef bone ring is embellished with 2nd, 3rd and 20th Army Corps devices set in red sealing wax.  A nice original example of a common folk art / hand craft utilizing readily available bone from a <I>foraged</I> beef roast or stew, many an hour of dreary in winter camp was expended in such crafting.  This example remains in excellent condition with no cracks and offers good evidence of age, originality and period ware.  <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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antique natural amber stem - carved mee $235.00

 

especially nice Civil War vintage – hand $65.00

 

c. 1830s Thomas Hollis – OINTMENT FOR TH $65.00

 

Civil War era beef bone – Corps Device D $145.00

An original 5 1/8 X 10 1/8 inch, January 1861, <B>L. M. Hoffman & Co.</B> auction bid card complete with bidders penciled in notations on the back.  The commodities auction will offer 371 hogsheads of <B>PRIME NEW ORLEANS SUGAR</B> and <B>50 Barrels of Molasses</B> . A family busies founded in 1795 with the commission auction house of Hoffman & Seton doing business at No. 67 Wall Street.  Hoffman continued business with various partners until 1822 / 23 when L. M. Hoffman joined the house with the addition of & Co. to the firm name.  The old firm continued to grow under various partner combinations always including a Hoffman until 1834 when the firm became L. M. Hoffman & Co.  The auction house continued under that name under the watchful eye of L. M. Hoffman until his death in 1861.   (see: The Old Merchants of New York City: By Walter Barrett )  While early commodity auction catalogues appear rarely as they were sometimes preserved in firm records, bid cards utilized by bidders to manage and launch their bids very rarely survived as they were cast away at the closing.  This just pre Civil War auction of New Orleans Sugar represented one of the last before secession and one of the final auctions under the direction of L. M. Hoffman before his death in 1861. A rare piece of late antebellum Americana from one of the country’s earliest and most successful commission auction houses.  Entirely original with good evidence of age and originality the back bottom of the card shows some separation of the pasteboard and some tattering of one layer.   <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>  


(1824-1881) Graduated in the West Point class of 1847. Mexican War veteran. Serving on the western frontier, he was wounded in a skirmish with Apaches in 1849. He resigned his commission in 1853, invented a breech loading rifle, was appointed a Major General of the Rhode Island State Militia and was elected to Congress as a Democrat. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he organized the 1st Rhode Island Infantry, becoming their Colonel. He was in command of a brigade at 1st Bull Run. Having become a Lincoln favorite, he was given command of the expedition against the coast of North Carolina, fought at Antietam, and in December of 1862 commanded the Army of the Potomac during their bitter defeat at Fredericksburg. Burnside also saw action at Knoxville, the Overland Campaign, and Petersburg. In his post war career he was elected Governor of Rhode Island three times, and later a U. S. Senator.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 1/4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: C.D. Fredricks & Co., New York, Habana and Paris, with 2 cents revenue tax stamp. Card is trimmed. Sharp image.  


(1805-1871) Graduated in the West Point class of 1825. He participated in the Black Hawk, Florida and Mexican Wars and was twice brevetted for gallantry. In November 1860, he was ordered to Charleston Harbor to command the three United States forts there; Castle Pickney, Fort Moultrie, and Fort Sumter, in the face of South Carolina's imminent secession. Anderson refused a formal demand for his surrender and in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was bombarded, and the Civil War began. His small garrison withstood 36 hours under fire before being compelled to surrender. Anderson became a national hero for his gallant actions. He personally raised the U.S. flag over Fort Sumter on April 14, 1865, exactly four years after he had hauled it down.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 1/4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: Brady's National Photographic Galleries, Washington, D.C., and New York. Card is trimmed. Partial 2 cents U.S. revenue tax stamp and "Genl. Anderson" written in period ink on the reverse. Light age toning.   This outstanding Civil War era traveling ink pen has a shaft of natural shell with knurled gold plate grip and steel nib. The attractive writing instrument is approximately 6 ¼ inches in total length and remains nestled in its’ original two-tone leather covered carrying case.  Of special interest to the collector of writing instruments as well as the Civil War enthusiast, will be the <B>FAIRCHILD</B> maker name in the grip. Leroy W. Fairchild began manufacturing writing instruments in New York City somewhere between 1837 and 1843 and remained active through the Civil War era. The buyer will agree that the <I>mother of pearl</I> pen, steel nib and case all remain in exceptionally fine condition.  A nice item for the Civil War collector or writing instrument enthusiast.  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!

1861 - L. M. Hoffman & Co. - AUCTION BID $95.00

 

CDV, General Ambrose E. Burnside

 

CDV, General Robert Anderson

 

Civil War era Fairchild CASED DIPPING P $135.00

Our photo illustrations will best describe this attractive <I>royal flush</I> from a selection of original Civil War era American <B> Samuel Hart & Co.</B> playing cards.  With good evidence of period use, these cards show careful wear and some expected soiling (could be removed with the delicate use of an art gum eraser but we would leave them as original.  With the charm of the original and with no folds, chips, tears or other of the expected maladies that befell period playing cards, this hand will lay in well with any period grouping of personal items, frontier saloon or gambling related items without the significant cost of a full deck. <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>


 Very nice, unused single example of the pattern of 1872 Cavalry Post, Quartermaster Sergeant chevron.   A single <U>example</U> but a tough item to find, this all original, unissued example will make a nice edition to any period Cavalry collection.  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>  Totally un-marked as to maker yet clearly the distinct work and unique design of Milton, Pennsylvania gunsmith, Samuel Morrison Sr. (1826 – 1844)  The forged lockplate, (measuring approximately 5 inches long X 1 inch wide) forged hammer <I> and <I>side-hammer</I> design with unusual <U>external</U> mainspring, sear spring and sear, will satisfy the knowledgeable Upper Susquehanna long rifle collector of the lock’s origin.  Best described by our photo illustrations, the lock remains complete and would likely be functional with application of a little gun oil.  We leave that decision to the new owner preferring to offer the piece here pure and as found with an untouched rich age patina.   A desirable example of the work of Samuel Morrison, by itself, hopefully someone will have one of these rare long rifles in need of an original lock.  <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 nice original old 1800s pickle bottle stands approximately 11 inches.  Absolutely no condition issues, with lots of character and nice color.  An attractive decorator 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 !!

original Civil War vintage poker hand of $75.00

 

Pattern of 1872 Cavalry Post - Quarterma $65.00

 

early Pennsylvania Long Rifle - Samuel M $225.00

 

19th century aqua PICKLE BOTTLE $45.00

Our illustrations will likely do best to describe this beautiful Civil War vintage mourning / memorial ring except to advise that it is entirely original with a bold old English <B><I>IN MEMORY</I></B> over black enamel on the outer band with a hand engraved  <I><B>Elizabeth Baker obit. 2 Dec. 1864 a. 63 </I></B> inscription on the inner surface along with deep artisan markings.  The ring is a rather massive size 14 ½ and remains in excellent condition yet with good evidence of period wear.  <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>

 

 


<b>Prominent American newspaper correspondent


Major 8th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War</b>


(1820-87) Born in Newburyport, Mass., he was a prominent American newspaper correspondent, editor and author, and was considered to be one of the most prolific journalists of his era. He was editor of the Southern Whig, in Athens, Ga., served as the attache of the American legation at Brussels, was foreign correspondent of the Boston Atlas, and editor of the Boston Bee and Sunday Sentinel, and in 1854 he was a Washington correspondent where he earned national recognition. He also served as clerk of the committee of the U.S. Senate on printing records, where he edited the Congressional Directory and the Biographical Directory of the U.S. During the Civil War he organized a battalion of riflemen that formed the nucleus of a company in the 8th Massachusetts Volunteers, in which he served for a time as major. In 1885, he organized the Gridiron Club and served as its first president. Among his writings were Campaign Life of General Zachary Taylor; The Rise and Fall of Louis Philippe, Ex-King of the French; Early Life of Napoleon Bonaparte; The Conspiracy Trial For The Murder of Abraham Lincoln; Federal and State Charters; Life of Burnside; and Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis.


<u>Signature With Sentiment</u>: 5 1/8 x 1, in ink, Yours Very Faithfully, Ben Perley Poore. 

 


<b>For a sergeant who served in the 2nd Regiment Maryland Volunteers</b>


8 1/4 x 11, imprinted form, filled out in ink, with a very nice vignette of the Maryland State seal at the top.


STATE OF MARYLAND


I, Eliza J. Latta, a resident of Balt. and wife of Saml. M. Latta, Comy. Sergt., belonging to Company of the Second Regiment Maryland Volunteers, who was enlisted 21st May 1861, and is now in the service of the United States, do solicit under the provisions of Act. No. 276, of the Legislature of Maryland, passed March, 1862, allowance for myself and two children under twelve years of age; and at the time of his enlistment and now, dependent upon him for support.


Signed, Eliza Jane Latta

April 22nd, 1862


This day, personally appeared before me the above Eliza Jane Latta and made oath for herself, and Husband that, on the 21st day of May 1861, the day of enlistment of the above mentioned Saml. M. Latta, was dependent upon his services, and still is so, for support.


W.H. Maynard, Justice of the Peace

April 22nd, 1862


We hereby make affidavit that we are acquainted with Eliza Jane Latta, the applicant above named, and that the facts alleged and sworn to by her are true. 


Mary E. Ball

Mary E. Cloke


Very fine. Maryland Civil War items are scarce.


Sergeant Samuel M. Latta, served in Company A, 2nd Maryland Infantry Volunteers, until his muster out of the Union Army on June 18, 1864.


<u>Civil War Service of the 2nd Maryland Infantry Volunteers</u>


Duty at Baltimore, MD., until March, 1862. Ordered to North Carolina March. Duty at Roanoke Island, N.C., until June. Expedition toward Trenton May 15 - 16. Skirmish at Young's Cross Roads May 15. Expedition to New Berne June 18 - July 2. Moved to Newport News, VA., July 6 - 10; thence to Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg, VA., August 2 - 7. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16 - September 2. Battles of Groveton August 29. Bull Run August 30. Chantilly September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6 -22. Battles of South Mountain, MD., September 14. Antietam September 16 - 17. Stone Bridge September 17. Duty in Pleasant Valley until October 27. Movement to Falmouth, VA., October 27 - November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, VA., December 12 - 15. Burnside's 2nd Campaign ("Mud March") January 20 - 24, 1863. Moved to Newport News February 11, thence to Lexington, KY., March 26 - April 1. Duty at Frankfort, KY., until September. Rejoined Corps September 10. March to Knoxville, TN., September 12 - 20. Action at Blue Springs October 10. Operations in East Tennessee until November 14. Knoxville Campaign November 4 - December 23. Loudon November 15. Campbell's Station November 16. Siege of Knoxville November 17 - December 4. Repulse of Longstreet's assault on Fort Saunders November 29. Pursuit of Longstreet December 5 - 29. Duty in East Tennessee until March, 1864. Moved to Annapolis, MD., March 30 - April 7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 4 - June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5 - 7. Spotsylvania May 8 - 12. Po River May 10. Spotsylvania Court House May 12 - 21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23 - 26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26 - 28. Totopotomoy May 28 - 31. Cold Harbor June 1 - 12. Bethesda Church June 1 - 3. Before Petersburg June 16 - 18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865, Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Weldon Railroad August 18 - 21. Poplar Springs Church September 29 - October 2. Boynton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27 - 28. Fort Steadman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28 - April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. March to Farmville April 4 - 10. March to City Point April 20 - 24, thence moved to Alexandria April 24 - 28. Grand Review May 23. Duty in the Department of Washington until July. Mustered out July 7, 1865.  


<b>1864 Endorsement Signed as Colonel Commanding


Document Regarding the 2nd Virginia Cavalry</b>


(1831-1918) Born in Richmond, Va., his father Colonel George W. Munford, was Secretary of the Commonwealth for many years, and his mother, Lucy S. Taylor, was a relative of President Benjamin Harrison. Thomas T. Munford graduated from V.M.I. in 1852. On May 8, 1861, he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 30th Virginia Mounted Infantry, later reorganized as the 2nd Virginia Cavalry. Munford's career as a cavalry officer was brilliant, literally spanning the war from Manassas to Appomattox. He was promoted to colonel, April 25, 1862, and led a cavalry brigade attached to General Richard S. Ewell's division in Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, eventually succeeding to the command of all of Jackson's cavalry. He suffered two saber wounds during the 2nd battle of Manassas, and a musket wound at Turkey Ridge. Munford's gallantry at the battle of Aldie was conspicuous. He also fought at Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and many other fields of honor eventually being given command of General Fitz Lee's old cavalry division which he led until the end of the war. At Appomattox, Munford's troopers refused to surrender. They were able to side step the Yankee trap before it closed on the Confederate army, and made their way to Lynchburg where the division was disbanded. Munford is considered to be a Confederate general by many sources including Confederate Military History, Confederate Veteran, Heitman, and in the Official Records of 1865 where he is often times mentioned as general. His promotion to brigadier general was recommended by General Robert E. Lee himself, on March 23, 1865, to date from November 1864, however, no official confirmation of the appointment by President Jefferson Davis has been found this probably due to the fact that General Lee initiated this recommendation only 2 weeks before the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia surrendered at Appomattox when the army was in chaos and facing destruction by General Ulysses S. Grant's Army who were closing in on them. Davis and some members of his cabinet and staff would flee Richmond shortly after this document was written.


2 pages, 6 x 8, in ink, war date document, regarding a condemned horse of Private Robert Meade, Co. A, 2nd Virginia Cavalry. States in part that Private Mead is detailed to go home to Bedford County, Va. for that purpose and he will return to his Regiment at the expiration of Twelve days. Signed by R.C. Wilson, 1st Lt. Comdg. Co. A, 2nd Va. Cav. Further states that the undersigned, a board appointed to condemn horses have examined Pvt. Mead's horse and find him unserviceable. Signed below in pencil by W.F. Graves, Capt. Co. F.


The reverse side of the document bears an endorsement signed in ink by Colonel Munford as follows: Hd. Qrs. Wickham's Brig., Sept. 31st, 1864. Appr. for ten days & respy. forwarded, Thomas T. Munford, Col. Commdg. There is another endorsement below Colonel Munford dated Oct. 2nd, 1864, and signed by a Lieutenant Hatcher, Comdg. Squad. [I was not able to positively identify this particular Lieutenant Hatcher as there were 13 Hatcher's who served in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry during the war. Since the document refers to Private Robert Mead, a member of Company A, I did find 7 of the 13 Hatcher's on the roster who served with Co. A of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry, but only one who ever achieved the rank of lieutenant, Abner U. Hatcher. He was wounded on May 15, 1864, and again on June 30, 1864. He died from his wounds on October 15, 1864. Not sure if this is that same Lieutenant Hatcher that signed the document]. 


Robert C. Wilson, was a 23 year old tobacconist when he enlisted on May 11, 1861, at Liberty, Va., as a 2nd lieutenant; and was promoted to 1st lieutenant, April 25, 1862. He was wounded on August 23, 1862, at Bristoe Station, Va.; was wounded again on August 30, 1862, at 2nd Manassas, Va.; wounded a 3rd time on May 15, 1864, the exact place is not stated; he was wounded and captured on April 6, 1865, at High Bridge, Va.


William Fountain Graves, was a 28 year old farmer, when he enlisted on May 28, 1861, at Davis Mills, Va., as a 1st sergeant. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, August 1, 1861; captain, September 17, 1861; captain April 24, 1862 (re-elected); major, December 7, 1864; lieutenant colonel, April 1, 1865. He was wounded at Spotsylvania, Va., on May 7, 1864; was wounded a second time at Nance's Shop, Va., June 24, 1864; he commanded the regiment on August 31, 1864. He surrendered with the Army of Northern Virginia, at Appomattox Court House, Va., on April 9, 1864.  


Private Robert Mead, Co. A, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, enlisted on February 3, 1864, at Liberty, Va. He was hospitalized with illness in May and June of 1864 spending time in Confederate hospitals at Richmond, Farmville and Liberty, Va. He was back on active duty on the muster rolls dated August 31, 1864, and was armed with a Sharps carbine. His date and method of discharge are unknown.


The document shows some scattered staining which causes the loss of some words. It also has some fold damage and two pieces of tape repair on it.


* Please note that Colonel/General Thomas T. Munford is considered very desirable and scarce in Confederate war date signatures. His signature alone, with rank only, usually sells for $325 to $350. This item we offer is an endorsement signed with the date, and it also includes signatures of other prominent Confederate officers who were wounded during the war, and although there are some condition flaws with the document, the endorsement itself is not affected, and you do get a complete document regarding the hard fighting 2nd Virginia Cavalry! Others may have cut out the endorsement and sold it alone with a $350 price tag on it. Here you get the complete document.

18K Gold memorial ring - IN MEMORY Eli $365.00

 

Autograph, Benjamin Perley Poore $35.00

 

Application for Support by the Wife of M $75.00

 

Autograph, Colonel & General Thomas T. M $250.00

While our photo illustrations will do best in assessing condition, suffice it to say this regulation of 1839 US oval waist belt plate remains in exceptional, unissued condition, while offering good evidence of age and originality.  The die struck sheet brass face has never been polished or cleaned and retains its sharp edges with no dents, scratches or dings and offers a soft untouched natural age patina. The solder filled back is in compatible condition with an even natural age patina and sports the regulation die struck single arrow clasp and hook.  With federal and state use from inception through the advent of the more familiar and much larger <I>two arrow</I> US plate of the same basic design, most of these small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840’s and 1850’s.  With a rich history, this small US oval plate is most quickly associated with the Mexican War and frontier West yet a good many found their way into the Civil War by virtue of early war state issue from existing state arsenal stores. (see: <I>AMERICAN MILITARY BELT PLATES</I> by O’Donnell & Campbell) <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 remnant of a time when horticultural grafting was a necessary aspect on the farm as nearly all had at least a small grove of fruit trees for personal use, the grafting knife was a necessary piece of equipment to the practicing craftsman many of whom traveled from farm to orchard practicing their specialized <I>art</I>.   As the practice of grafting was a major factor in sustaining productive apple, peach, pear and other fruit trees and as the success of getting grafts to <I>take</I> as they would say, could be an iffy effort taking some time before success could be determined, the <I>grafter</I> was a well-paid craftsman highly respected and much in demand in 18th and 19th century farm communities.  This good old grafting knife was, as was the case with many <I>grafters</I>, hand made with an eye toward their personal preferences.  This knife was hand forged from a period <I>single-cut</I>mill file, a favorite source that would take the keen edge necessary in accomplishing a successful graft.  This knife measures 10 inches in total length with a 5 inch blade mounted through a brass ferrule to a stout turned ash-wood grip.  Demonstrating desirable evidence of age, period use and originality, yet remaining untouched and in nice condition, this early grafting knife will go well in any number of period collecting categories.  <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>


 Measuring approximately 50 inches in total length, this pair of <I>make do</I> with what is available, handcrafted crutches will stir the imagination as one ponders the circumstances of their creation.  Crafted from natural cherry wood staffs, each split with a hand saw to within approximately a foot from the end and left rough with the bark on, the sections of green and still supple wood each was reinforced at the end of the cut with strips of available sheet tin wrapped around the circumference.  The strips were spread with a board cut in the shape of a wedge and secured in place above the tin reinforcements.  About half way up a short section of the sapling is secured in place as a hand grip utilizing square iron nuts, classic of the period.  Finally a full round section of the cherry sapling is secured across the top end of the spread wood sections.  With a bit of common skill, ingenuity, and some work, a matched pair of crutches was created from what was available.  Remaining in excellent condition yet with evidence of period wear.  An eye catching companion item in any number of Civil War venues.  <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>  Measuring just under 6 inches, heel to toe, this pair should not be confused with child’s shoes as they demonstrate the qualities of stout work shoes or brogans by style, weight of construction and their Pat.1853 scuff plates, as are unearthed by Civil War site <I>digger</I>/ historians.   In a period when private purchase foot wear was most commonly made by order by local cobblers who were not eager to  expend labor and materials on inventory, such <I>sales samples</I> as are offered here were a common choice for the selection by <I>in the shop</I> buyers and were distributed to country stores, traveling sales persons and yes even sutlers who would measure the troop who would undoubtedly cherish a pair of private purchase shoes over the notoriously ill-fitting issue brogans and pass his order back to the cobbler for construction.  This sales sample pair likely started out as black however have turned a very dark brown with age.  They are without piercing for laces as would have been required of shoes for wear and even retain the cobblers heel string, one to the other, to keep the pair together.  These features offer further assurance that the pair came directly from the cobbler shop as sales samples.  Entirely original and remaining in excellent condition yet, with good evidence of age, this eye appealing pair will go well in any quality Civil War era 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>

exceptional! pattern of 1839 U. S. BELT $335.00

 

early 1800s handcrafted GRAFTING KNIFE $65.00

 

Civil War vintage handcrafted Cherry Woo $165.00

 

original Civil War vintage pair - BROGAN $345.00

An attractive <I>General Grant</I> board game turned from American walnut with a full complement of 32 period handcrafted clay marble game pieces.  This example measures approximately 8 7/8  inches in diameter and remains in pleasing condition yet with good evidence of period use.   A similar to the old <I>Fox & Geese</I> peg board solitaire game that was so popular in the period of the American Revolution, this game was played utilizing marbles rather than pegs as with its earlier cousin but with the same principal of jumping one game piece with another.   A successful player would finish the game with only one game piece left on the board.  A popular solitaire game of strategy among the military, the Civil War era marble variation became commonly known as the <I>General Grant Game</I> as it was a favorite diversion of the hard drinking cigar smoking Civil War Union Commander.  This  outstanding example is in pleasing condition with a <U>full complement of period clay marbles</U>.   <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 US oval cartridge box plate is in as found condition with a deep, rich age patina with a period milk paint identification <B>WILDERNESS</B> crudely printed across the face edge.   A look at the reverse reveals the remains original lead filling the majority melted away. A prophetic testament to the horrors of the fires that erupted in the dry and tangled foliage of the Wilderness battlefield leaving wounded on the field, exposed to potentially inescapable flames.  An early recovery relic <I>‘eyeballed’</I> long before the advent and advantages of modern relic hunting equipment, we  acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1996. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. Like new condition.


This book is a mosaic of the daily life of soldiers during the American Civil War. Encamped in winter, on campaign, or in lulls between battles, soldiers wrote. Their letters and diaries, even their sketches, testify that survival required more than beating the odds in combat. It meant keeping body and soul together against a conspiracy of circumstances. Through this album of emotions and recollections, you can experience the idealism, tedium, petty grievances, jokes and gibes, camaraderie, and desolation of the boys and men who were now soldiers.


Whenever possible these excerpts- collected from hundreds of published and unpublished sources- have been painstakingly matched with photographs, sketches, or artifacts associated with the writer. To do this we had the assistance of an extensive network of expert consultants who have contributed to other Time-Life projects, notably our 28 volume series The Civil War and its companion work, Echoes of Glory. With these diverse resources and access to materials in libraries, archives, and historical societies across the country, we compiled a dramatic account of daily life in the army.


There are several reasons for the abundance of first-hand sources from the Civil War. Postage was relatively cheap, only three cents. And the mail systems were remarkably effective: Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. Above all, a surprising number of soldiers, not only officers but recruits as well, could write, describing their plight with simple eloquence. From camp near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Private Benjamin F. Jackson of the 33rd Alabama wrote: "Ma, I want to see you all the worst I ever did before in my life, but I don't know when I can hear from you for we are fixing to take another march. We got orders yesterday to throw away all our clothing but one suit. We aren't allowed to have but one pair of pants and have them on, one pair of drawers, two shirts, and one pair of socks. We have been in a line of battle or fighting...for fifteen days and it has not missed but one day but what it rained. I have...waded creeks up to my arms without anything to eat for three days at a time. It has been hard times with us and worse a coming I am afraid."


Many soldiers were capable artists who recorded scenes in diaries and sketchbooks. And professional artists, employed by magazines such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly, traveled with troops to collect eyewitness views of events for readers. Besides battle scenes, these correspondents, or "specials," drew everything of possible interest to the people back home: soldiers busy at their mess, makeshift theatricals, field hospitals, the long wagon trains of armies on the march. These sketches were taken by courier to the publications, where small teams of engravers transferred them to woodblocks for printing. 


Contemporary photographs also bring these accounts to life, animating the voice on the page with an image. Technical innovations at midcentury enabled the fledgling craft of photography to record the Civil War extensively, the first such use of the camera for an event of this magnitude. Transporting cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds, men like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months traveling with the army, recording with unforgiving faithfulness the ecpectant gaze of new volunteers and the haggard expressions of weary veterans. 


So between these covers is the enduring testimony of men trapped by war. Men who faced not merely enemy soldiers, but far more constant foes; boredom, hunger, disease, and fear. Here to is a cross section of society in the second half of the 1800's; boys barely in their teens, farmers, freed blacks, devout Presbyterians, plantation owners, mechanics, schoolteachers, deserters and malingerers, heroes and cowards.


As you read the words of individuals struggling to cope with the effect of events swirling around them- trying to make sense of an unknown and unknowable fate- perhaps it will be possible to understand better the shattering toll of the Civil War.


On the cover: Waging the soldier's never-ending struggle for comfort, three Union men capture what warmth they can from a small fire. The title above the photograph reads, "Fancy the comforts of such a life as this!"     


Civil War patriotic imprint with a full color vignette of a Union Zouave soldier holding an American flag and his musket with pistol and knife inside belt, and a sign post in the background, "To the end of REBELLION." The slogan, "REMEMBER ELLSWORTH" is printed below the illustration. Minor staining. 5 1/2 x 3.


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


WBTS Trivia: Elmer E. Ellsworth was famous before the Civil War for organizing the Chicago Zouaves and staging spectacular drill exhibitions throughout the country. In August 1860, he performed on the lawn of the White House. He later accompanied President elect Abraham Lincoln to Washington for the inauguration. He raised the "Fire Zouaves," the 11th New York Vols., and led them into Washington in May 1861. He was shot down and killed by James T. Jackson, the proprietor of the Marshall House Hotel in Alexandria, Va., on May 24, 1861, after having removed a Confederate flag from the roof of that building. It was claimed to have been seen from the White House and Ellsworth found it to be an insult to President Lincoln. Jackson was immediately killed by Private Francis E. Brownell. A correspondent of the New York Tribune was on the scene, and the episode caused an immediate sensation which contributed greatly to the war sentiment in the North. The Lincoln family, who had become close friends with the young Ellsworth, took his death extremely hard, and Colonel Ellsworth became the first national martyr of the Civil War.

Original ! Gen. GRANT Civil War era BO $225.00

 

WILDERNESS - Civil War BATTLEFIELD PICKU $95.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Soldier Life $25.00

 

Remember Ellsworth $10.00




Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a standing Union Zouave soldier holding his musket with fixed bayonet, bayonet scabbard on his belt, kepi, shoulder scales and gaitors. Motto: "Our Nation's Honor The Bond Of Union." Very minor corner staining. Published by J.E. Tilton Co., Boston. 5 3/8 x 3.


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<b>Confederate General captured at Vicksburg</b> 


(1821-1907) Born in Alabama, he studied law at Tuscumbia and was admitted to the bar in 1842. His brother, John J. Pettus, was the war time Governor of Mississippi. At the outbreak of the War Between the States, he helped to raise the 20th Alabama Infantry and was elected their lieutenant colonel, and later colonel. A fearless fighter, he distinguished himself on many of the battlefields in the western theatre of the war. Captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi, he was later promoted to brigadier general on September 18, 1863. Afterwards, he continued to fight with conspicuous bravery from Chattanooga to Bentonville and was wounded in the 1865 Carolinas campaign. His post war career saw him return to Selma where he resumed his law practice, becoming prominent in Democratic politics and he later served as U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1897-1907. He was the last of the Confederate brigadiers to sit in the upper house of the national Congress.


Antique photo engraving of Pettus in Confederate uniform. 2 1/2 x 4. Tiny chip out of the upper left hand corner which is well away from the subject. Light edge wear. The same portrait is published in the Encyclopedia of Alabama. Scarce to find in a war date image. Circa late 1800's.  Worthy of a home in someone’s fire collectables, Civil War Alexandria or just <I>neat stuff</I> collection is this December 7, 1864 check issued and signed by war time <U>Mayor Charles A. Ware of Alexandria, Virginia</U> to <U>Richard F. Tatsapaugh</U> who was <U>Alexandria’s Fire Department Chief Engineer.</U>  The check is issued for $18.00 for repair of fire apparatus and is signed by Mayor Ware with the Fire Chief’s endorsement on the back.  Interestingly enough the check bears a Federal Revenue stamp complete with its <I>Dec. 7 / 64</I> penned cancellation. We have left the check as we acquired it, tipped at the top corners to art board.  An interesting war time South relic without spending a lot of money.   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>


      A candle holder as is with potential use as a finger lamp with the addition of a burner, this Civil War vintage <I>make-do</I> will occupy a special place in someone’s lighting device or personal item collection.  Fashioned from a now rarely seen period <I>condensed milk</I> tin that, while showing good age and period originality, remains in excellent condition with all the telltale construction features that knowledgeable antique tin collectors like to see.  Flat, lap seamed top and bottom with that telltale lead <I>spot</I> seal and lead soldered, side, lap seal, all offer good evidence of period construction of the Borden, Eagle Brand tin.  A true example of the ingenuity of some skilled mid 1800s <I>tin-knocker</I>, the light gauge of the tinned sheet iron used to fashion the neck and finger loop modification tells us that the material used was likely cut from another milk can.     

     As a bit of history regarding the significance of Borden’s then <U>ground breaking</U> process of preserving milk:  Gail Borden introduced Eagle Brand in 1856 to fight food poisoning and other illnesses related to lack of refrigeration and preservation techniques.  Borden’s method of producing vacuum packed (thus the lead solder spot seal applied to the heated tin of condensed milk) cows milk quickly became popular as it offered a wide range of nutritional uses while being easily transported and stored without spoilage.  The Civil War brought about Union Army contracts that made Borden’s condensed milk a nationally recognized commodity. With the vast majority having been used up and cast aside existing examples are a rare relic of 1850s / 1860s daily life.

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Our Nation's Honor The Bond Of Union $10.00

 

Photograph, General Edmund W. Pettus $10.00

 

c. 1864 - Alexandria Virginia Mayor - Sig $65.00

 

Civil War vintage Condensed Milk Tin - $165.00

An outstanding example of the 19th century curry comb so well documented by Civil War site <I>diggers</I> who’s study and excavation efforts have served the collector community so well.  Picked out of an accumulation of antique harness, grooming and other period <I>horse barn</I> gear, we have left this <I>Wheeler Pat. 1861</I> curry comb  as found and as is reflecting its excellent natural age condition.   Most frequently associated with Cavalry by Civil War enthusiasts this Wheeler’s Patent equine tool with the <I>main comb</I> feature as a variation of the more common version will be of special interest .  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques  With the exception of some age staining on its <B>EVANS</B> marked single blade, this tortoise shell mounted, folding medical fleam remains in excellent condition and remains in its original pressed paper mache case.  A nice addition to any Mexican War / Civil War era medical grouping.   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> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  This attractive light aqua hand blown whiskey bottle stands approximately 9 1/4 inches and sports the patriotic figure of a Mexican War era militiaman on its face.   The calabash style flask sports a classic iron pontil  and is topped by an applied  mouth.   The calabash shaped whiskey flask saw considerable popularity in the 1840s through the Civil War era with most surviving examples emanating from the later period.  This early example with the Mexican War period military figure is offered as acquired with a painted collection inventory number on the base which could be easily removed.  All original and period with no chips, cracks or condition issues this colorful patriotic flask will set well in any period grouping.   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> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 All in the original board with leather spine binding, this volume is a collection of <I>Mother’s Assistant & Young Lady’s Friend</I> published in Boston by William C. Brown.   With good evidence of age and period handling yet remaining in pleasing condition over all, tight at the spine with no torn, missing or loose pages, this bound collection of issues spans from January 1843 through July 1850.  A nice collection of entertaining sonnets, poetry, illustrations, good advice and guidance for the Victorian young lady and mother. .  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>

Civil War / Indian Wars - Pat. 1861 CUR $65.00

 

Earlier through mid 1800s - CASED MEDICA $55.00

 

c. 1840s - PATRIOTIC MILITIA figure - WH $225.00

 

Jan. 1843 through July 1850 bound - MOT $65.00

Housed in a period turned oak dice cup, this pair of vintage hand cut bone gaming dice hold a secret advantage to the wily user as upon a close look each gaming piece offers two sided featuring 5 dots with the all important extra 5 panel set in place of the correct panel of six.  A neat original gaming item for the old West gambling collector or enthusiast of  the Civil War military camp <I>sharpie</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>  Our illustrations will provide the best description of this wonderful old lantern except to say that it is entirely original  and complete even to its classic double wicked whale oil burner.  (The two wick design is credited to Benjamin Franklin who discovered that the burning characteristics of  two wicks placed closely adjacent will produce more than double the light.)  The body of the three sided lantern measure approximately 7 ¼ X 8 ¾ inches on a side and the lantern stands about 17 inches including the bail handle.  The hinged door retains its original brass reflector.   All original and period with good evidence of age and period use yet remaining in pleasing condition.   <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>



 Frequently referred to as a <I>gunsmith’s</I> or <I>clock maker’s,</I> vice or any number of specialty applications, the use of this handy old black iron hand vice was as broad as the imagination.  Age to is set at variations from the American colonial / Revolutionary War period through use into the Civil War era with specialty references documenting existence of such hand vises as this on through each time frame.  Examples such as this one are most accurately referred to simply as an <I>artisan hand vice </I> of the 18th through mid-19th century.  Easily distinguishable from the post mid-19th century examples by virtue of design and construction, this little artisan hand vice remains in all original, functional condition and will lay in well with any number of specialty period artisan groupings.  A nice period item without spending a lot of money. 

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 A remnant of the sand casting methods of earlier post Civil War iron and bronze casting foundries, this carved wood foundry pattern was for use in casting GAR markers so widely used to mark the graves on Civil War veterans.  Such <I>patterns</I> were hand carved by craftsmen who duplicated each component of a casting in wood.  The artisans finished component was then used to form an impression in fine damp sand then used as a mold in casting with molten iron or bronze.  Hard to imagine with today’s rapidly accomplished injection casting methods, in the time of traditional sand casting, even the multiple individual components of a cast iron stove would be first carved of wood, painted or shellacked and used over and over indefinitely in the process.  All original and period and in nice condition while offering good evidence of age, this pattern would have been used to cast the standard G.A.R. device measuring approximately 7 inches across.   Will display nicely on the wall or set in with other veteran items.  <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!

vintage hand cut bone DOUBLE FIVE / CHEA $125.00

 

earlier to mid 1800s Whale Oil LANTERN $245.00

 

1700s through early 1800s – Artisan’s HA $75.00

 

Rare! G. A. R. marker FOUNDRY PATTERN $325.00

A nice period <I>Double Eagle</I> one pint patriotic whiskey flask. All in pleasing condition with no chips, flakes, cracks or condition issues, this beautiful hand blown aqua flask with its classic hinged mold marks and applied top will sit well in any earlier to mid 1800s antique grouping. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Complete with finely inlayed bone teeth setting off detail of the figure and skill of the craftsman who created this fine old tobacco pipe, we will let our photos provide the description for this offering.  With a chip or two to the bill of the cap as remnant of period use and carrying, this exceptionally well carved figural pipe bowl remains in pleasing original condition and will set well in any Civil War personal grouping or tobacciana 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>


 A neat Civil War vintage personal item this <I>cloth stretcher</I> was designed to stretch and stabilize a section of cloth for identification with a common dipping pen.  Made of turned birch wood the round <I>plug</I> piece was placed under the cloth and the corresponding wood <I>hoop</I> was placed over the cloth covered <I>plug</I> and pressed down stretching and holding the material firmly for easy marking with a dipping pen. Only the second of such we have seen in our all too many years of paying attention to Civil War vintage personal item marking equipment, we have the other example in our own collection.  (That example retains the original label which is <B>patent dated 1856.</B>)  A scarce little personal 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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 This outstanding pair of original 17 1/2 inch high, fancy stitched <I>cowboy boots</I> are approximately size 10 ½ or 11 and remain in excellent condition with the eye appeal that comes only with age and period use.  Demonstrating all the characteristics of popularly frontier west footwear that collectors commonly refer to as the <I>Wellington boot</I>these boots sport 1 inch stacked leather heels with 16 inch straight tops of decoratively stitched high-grade leather, lined with soft <I>kid</I>leather and sporting 7 inch cotton web pulls.   With the vast majority eventually <I>used up</I> and cast aside in the period with the tops cut off to be repurposed as scrap, original period examples are seldom seen in any condition with well-preserved examples such as these with still pliable leather and solid stitching being extremely rare on todays collector market.  Unmarked as to maker as was common to such period examples most frequently made for the wearer by a local cobbler, our photos will do best to show off the appeal of these classic boots.  


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original! patriotic DOUBLE EAGLE WHISKE $135.00

 

Civil War era - CARVED TOBACCO PIPE $525.00

 

Civil War era cloth stretcher – MARKING $95.00

 

outstanding early mid-1800s - fancy stit $625.00




Postal envelope addressed to James C. Mayer, 8th Company, 7th Regiment, N.Y.S.M., Washington, D.[C.]. Care Col. Lefferts. C.D.S. New York, May 27, with 3 cents rose (Scott #64) George Washington postage stamp. Rough edges where the envelope was opened. 


WBTS Trivia: The 7th New York State Militia was one of the America's most famous military units. Commanded by Colonel Marshall Lefferts, they were one of the first regiments to answer President Lincoln's call for troops after the bombardment of Fort Sumter and immediately left New York City (April 19, 1861) for Washington at the commencement of the Civil War. They also saw duty during the July 1863 New York City draft riots, and participated in the funeral cortege of President Lincoln through New York City.   Remembered primarily for his April 12,1862 gallantly when, under fire, he replaced the American Flag that had been shot away from the Fort Sumter flag pole, the interesting  <I>back story</I> of how the New York City policeman turned <U>civilian</U> aid to the besieged garrison is to lengthy to recount here but well worth a google search.  In short Peter Hart, had served with Major Anderson as Sgt. Peter Hart and personal orderly in the Mexican War.  The two men had developed a special rapport in that time and while Hart had left the military to serve as a New York City Policeman, the Major’s wife Eliza was committed to reuniting the pair as a means of bolstering her husband’s spirits as the Major struggled with what surely must have seemed a <I>no win</I> circumstance in the days culminating in bombardment of his command and the beginning of Civil War.  No small feat as Eliza had to locate and convince Peter Hart to rejoin her husband, then tackle the political bureaucracy of a time and place headed for all-out war.  This required a trip to South Carolina where Mrs. Anderson would personally take on Governor Pickens of that state.  In the heat of the crises the Governor had restricted any access to the Fort that could be seen as upgrading the strength of the garrison.  Again <I>in short</I> Mjr. Anderson’s feisty wife was successful in her effort such that by the time of the attack on Fort Sumter, Peter Hart was present as aid to the beleaguered commander and well accounted for as the first shots of war rained on Sumter.  Peter Hart earned a place in history as when hot shot fired into the fort caused parts of Sumter to catch fire, he repeatedly led a detail of soldiers through suffocating smoke to extinguish flames threatening the fort’s powder supply.  In consideration of this and other action to include replacement of the fort’s fallen flag, Peter Hart’s bravery during the bombardment of Fort Sumter was acknowledged by all members of the garrison when Anderson and later presented him with a gold watch from Tiffany’s. Hart resumed working as a New York City policeman and died in1892.  A rarely seen remnant of Hart’s notoriety in the opening days of the Civil War, this E. Anthony / Brady blackmarked CDV remains in excellent condition with strong contrast.   <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!


 As with so many utilitarian items common to the period the lowly sheet iron <I>cow-bell</I> with its distinctive dull <I>’thunk- thunk’</I>, found its way to the front.  As with so much of this neat <I>stuff</I> we can thank the modern day <I>digger</I>/ historian for verification of field use of such.  (The excavated bell shown here [NOT FOR SALE] is from our own collection. It was found in a Falmouth, Virginia, Maine camp.)    Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, the sheet iron bell offered here remains in excellent plus condition with a deep natural age patina over a full complement of original finish.  Remnants of the original label remain on one side.  Not a big deal but the condition alone will make this piece a welcome addition to any quality Civil War grouping.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


        A rarely surviving relic of the early post-Civil War <I>those were the days</I> when government military surplus <I>treasures</I> were offered for sale en-masse, this original 9 ¼ X 11 ¾ sales broadside offers <B> $100,000</B> in war surplus <B>Army Goods</B> from <B>United States Government Auctions</B> for sale.  A listing of available items includes everything from a large assortment of single and double harnesses and all manner of horse equipage such as bridles, halters, curry combs, horse blankets &c with <B>Cavalry, Artillery </B>and <B>Officers Saddles</B> to <B>India Rubber Tent Blankets, Ponchos </B> & <B>Overcoats</B> with <B>Canvas & India Rubber Horse Covers</B>.  Uniforms include <B> Infantry, Cavalry & Navy Over Coats, Blue Pants</B> and lined and unlined <B>Blouses</B>.   The list of military surplus includes <B>Army Tents</B> of three sizes with <B>Officers Mess Chests</B> and <B> Axes, Picks</B> and other camp gear.   <I>Heavy hand sewn</I> <B>Army Shoes</B> are <U>offered by the case</U> with <B>Dress & Musicians Coats, Forage & McClellan Caps, Haversacks, Knapsacks</B> and <B>Canteens</B> are offered for sale on the J. C. Collins broadside as well as <B>Iron Bedsteads, Linen Sheets</B> and hospital <B>Stretchers</B> along with <B>Camp Kettles</B> and a number of additional items.

      James C. Collins began his life as a Philadelphia merchant in the mid-1840s and is recorded as a <I>middle-man</I> in the rag and scrap iron business around 1849.   Collins got his big start in the military goods business during the Civil War and while remaining largely behind the scenes, he became a significant buyer at post-Civil war government surplus auctions and was a supplier of military surplus to the likes of <U>Francis Bannerman</U> and other well-known dealers of Civil War  military surplus.

     On news print type paper, printed on one, side this original just post-Civil War broadside is in a conveniently displayable size and remains in excellent condition save a small chip at the top center not impacting on text (see photo- We have laid a small section of like paper in the chip.) this original broadside will serve as a wonderful companion piece in any number of Civil War collectable categories.   Most frequently torn down and discarded after the sale, these broadsides were relatively fragile and not the kind of thing one would be inclined to preserve in the period such broadsides as this are seldom seen today and are very rarely offered. 

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Cover Addressed to Soldier in the 7th N. $25.00

 

scarce! Civil War vintage – Hero of Fort $235.00

 

Civil War vintage SHEET IRON BELL $50.00

 

J. C. Collins - Civil War Surplus – earl $395.00




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