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This rare 8 ½ X 11 three page printed promotional for Col. Charles Whittlesey’s <I>Improved Shelter & Combination Tents</I> remains in fine original condition containing several line illustrations and descriptions for the various setup uses of the versatile shelter design. The promotion offers all manner of 1863 / 1864 dated testimonials on Col. Whittlesey’s design by such prominent Union Generals as McClellan, Rosecrans, Grant, Thomas, Gilmore and others.

      A prominent soldier, attorney and scholar of 19th century Ohio, Whittlesey graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1831.  He served in the Regular Army in the <B>Black Hawk War</B> in 1832 before studying law and becoming an attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. during the 1830s. He also served as an editor of the <I>Cleveland Herald</I>, newspaper in 1836 and 1837.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, Whittlesey enlisted in the Army becoming assistant quartermaster general for Ohio troops.  He participated in the western Virginia campaign of 1861, serving as the chief engineer for Ohio's military units.  Following this Whittlesey became a driving force in design of the defenses of Cincinnati.  He became colonel in command of the <B>20th Ohio Infantry</B> participating in the Battles of <B>Fort Donelson</B> and <B>Shiloh</B>.  Ill health caused him to resign from the military in April 1862.  Following military service Whittlesey returned to his geological studies and became a force in the establishment of the Western Reserve Historical Society.   He served as the organization's president until his death on October 18, 1886. Whittlesey authored approximately two hundred books and articles, mostly on geology and Ohio's early history.  <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!



 We have a small quantity of mid 1800s vintage tallow soap acquired some years ago and are offering the individually wrapped personal size cakes individually for those who would enjoy having an example of the real thing to display with their collection of Civil War personal items.  All original and period from decades of attic storage each cake comes wrapped in brown butcher paper secured with period twisted jute string.  Pan made from tallow and wood ash lye, mixed together and allowed to cool before being cut into individual cakes measuring approximately 2 1/8 X 1 ¼ X 3/8 inches thick.  A simple every day item seldom surviving and a wonderful complement to lay in with any personal grouping without spending a lot of money.  Will go especially well with a shaving cup and brush!  We have unwrapped one for illustration, yours will come as originally offered, wrapped and bound with natural twine.  <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>


 Photographed here with a quarter for size comparison is a scarce military issue combination screwdriver for the Indian War era Sharps 50 / 70 cartridge conversion.  The piece remains in excellent untouched and all original condition retaining its period blue – black military finish. (see: Shaffer, Rutledge & Dorsey <I>GUN TOOLS HISTORY & IDENTIFICATION</I>) A nice companion piece for the early post Civil War cartridge conversion carbine or cartridge box.  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!


 Old time Civil War enthusiasts like ourselves will look back fondly at the days when the potential of turning some neat relic was ever present and we all carried our <I>Lord’s Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia</I> Vol.I  in the car.  The deep dish collector of the then growing collectable category of Civil War <I>personal items</I> also carried a copy of Dr. Lord’s <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> which offered lists of hundreds of Sutlers, listed by state, and regiment, along with the names of Post, Hospital and Prison sutlers..  An additional section offered lists of <I>MAKERS & DEALERS IN SUTLERS’ SUPPLIES</I> set in categories such as <I>Camp Equipment, Clothing, Drugs, Food, Lighting Equipment, Liquor, Wines & Beer, Mess Equipment, Patent Medicines, Soap, Candles, Tobacco, Snuff, Matches</I> and more.  This offering of Lord’s <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> is signed by the author and will be a welcome addition to any Civil War collector’s library.   Published in 1969, this volume has seen use but remains complete with 162 pages, all tight and in good condition with no rips, tears or repairs. <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>

rare Civil War vintage promotional for t

 

original 19th century - tallow CAKE SOA $45.00

 

post Civil War Military Issue Sharps 50 / $65.00

 

Signed reference - CIVIL WAR SUTLERS &

           Best described by our illustrations, this neat little tiddlywinks game is complete with a full complement of natural bone game pieces and its original heavily lacquered cup.  Initially a popular skill game of adults  particularly of the gambling persuasion, later versions became more frequently associated with children.  In any case vintage bone tiddlywinks games are seldom complete and will be of special interest.  Ready to play or display.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  This honest old .52 caliber percussion Sharps carbine is all original and mechanically sound with a crisp tight action.  Offering a smooth nicely age patinated   surface on all metal components with some dark staining typical to age and <I>issued</I> arms, is set off by good evidence of period use and carrying.  A close look even shows smooth telltale wear to the sling ring bar that is inevitable to use of the cavalry carbine sling with its heavy iron clasp.  The wood is solid with the high grain one looks for as assurance that it has not been worked down or re-finished.  The usual minor dents from use and a small period chip at the wrist adjacent to the top tang and frame are not objectionable (see photos).  Evidence of inspector cartouche visible under the sling ring bar.   Worn commensurate with use but legible are barrel markings: <B>New Model 1859 & SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CONN.; on the receiver:  C, SHARPS  PAT. / SEPT. 12TH 1848</B> and on the lock: <B>C. SHARPS’ PAT. / OCT. 5TH 1859 & R, S, LAWRENCE PAT. / APRIL 12TH 1859</B>.  Of significance to the Civil War collector / historian is the serial number <B>48854</B> which puts this carbine in the serial number range of issue to the <B>6th New York Cavalry</B>.  The closest sharps carbine serial number available in our <I>issue</I> database was<U> just 12 arms from carbine</U><B>48854</B> and was issued to the <B>6th NY Cavalry</B>.   A desirable neighborhood in consideration of the history of the hard fought New York Cavalry regiment.  The 6th New York Cavalry participated in such well known actions as the Siege of Yorktown, Battle of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, South Mountain, <B>Antietam, Fredericksburg</B>, Battle of <B>Chancellorsville</B>, Brandy Station and Beverly Ford, <FONT COLOR=#0000FF><I><B> Battle of GETTYSBURG</B></I></FONT>, Brandy Station, Mine Run Campaign, Demonstration on the Rapidan, <B>Wilderness, Spotsylvania</B>, North Anna, Yellow Tavern, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor, Battle of Winchester, New Market, Five Forks, Petersburg, Sailor’s Creek, Appomattox Court House, the Surrender of Lee and his army and more.  To these the cavalry historian may add an equal number of actions specific to the Cavalry.  A nice solid, all original Sharps carbine!  <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!


<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>



 Founded in 1844 Lamson & Goodnow is the oldest American cutler still in business.  Well known to Civil War collectors as contractors for the manufacture of the <I>Lamson – Goodnow & Yale</I> infantry rifle musket, the Shelburne Falls cutler has produced all manner of cutting utensils since its inception with one of the most enduring products being their classic serrated backed, clip point <I>fish knife</I> with the bold diamond checked American walnut grip.  While the basic blade design of the Lamson fish knife is still in production, the grips are now smooth. Aside from the classic <I>look</I> of the earlier knife, many a wet handed old-timer has lamented the lack of the course diamond cut of the vintage grips.  We have acquired two <I>old-model</I> Lamson fish knives from old store cutlery stock and are offering them here <U>individually</U> priced.  Original and as new measuring 8 7/8 inches in total leingth with the just post war <I>LAMSON STAINLESS STEEL / MADE IN U.S.A.</I> blade marking and original early grip design, this knife will make a welcome <I>user</I> addition to the tackle box or is worthy of display as a collector among period fishing gear or cutlery.  <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 !!  Remaining in pleasing all original condition with no tears or repairs and in an easily displayable 12 X19 inches, this attractive broadside  was produced in 1875 by the <B> Montpelier & Wells River Railroad</B>.  The broadside promotes the presence of well known orator, abolitionist and Christian preacher of the Civil War and Reconstruction era <B>Henry Ward Beecher</B> who will be preaching at <I>TWIN MOUNTAINS</I> Sunday, August 22, 1875.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

antique TIDDLYWINKS GAME $53.00

 

New Model 1859 SHARPS CARBINE #48854 - $1895.00

 

old model - Lamson FISH KNIFE $65.00

 

Original! 1875 Henry Ward Beecher - BROA

The Model 1834 enlisted crossed cannon artillery hat device is appropriate for use through the Seminole Indian War in Florida through the Mexican War with  use of the <I>left overs</I> and examples from old armory stock pressed into service into the Civil War.  (The post 1851-1872 insignia example is easily desirable as the cannon tubes are more slender than the earlier type offered here.)  Measuring 3 ½ inches wide, die struck from sheet brass and remaining in fine condition, this two fastening loupe variation is tough to find and will please the most discriminating collector.  <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!


 Measuring 9 ¾ inches in diameter at its mouth while standing just over 6 inches to its rim with a slight taper to a 7 3/8 inch diameter base, this brass cook pail is designed for use over an open fire with an <U>oval rather than flat bottom</U> with a hand wrought iron bail handle for suspension.  The bottom bears a partial makers identification with a patent date of 1851 still discernible. Our research found that the kettle was manufactured by the <I>Ansonia Brass and Battery Company</I> (<I>battery</I> being the term then in use for hammering sheets of metal into kettles).  The company was founded in Ansonia, Connecticut in 1844. The inner surface of the pail retains the most of an original tinning.  (This feature and the rounded bottom are likely the basis for the 1851 patent.)  Entirely original and in pleasing condition with a rich untouched age patina to all surfaces and good evidence of period use, this piece will go well with any open hearth and will set in nicely in any period antique environment.  <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 !!


 V-DS4395  

ITEM CODE: 5747

ITEM NAME:

Civil War CDV - Identified! 8th Maine Infantry Officer – DIED OF WOUNDS

SELLING PRICE: 100.00

DESCRIPTION:

A photo from our own collection of Maine Civil War items, we discovered this duplicate while doing some research for our <I>MaineLegacy.com</I> Civil War Maine Display site and decided to move it along to a good home.  Back marked by period Portland, Maine photographer J. U. P. Burnham, this photo is a full standing view of <B>1st Lt. Charles F. Monroe</I>of Livermore, Maine.  Monroe enlisted and was mustered in on September 7, 1861 as Sgt. Co. C <B>8th Maine Volunteer infantry</B>. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant then 1st Lieut. in 1862, Lt. Monroe was severely wounded at the battle of <B>Cold Harbor, Virginia</B> on June 3, 1864 and <U>died three days later on the 6th on June, 1864. </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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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 This attractive 48 star GAR stick flag, is printed in the traditional old style on coarse cotton gauze measuring 18 X 10 1/2 inches. Recovered from a defunct G. A. R. Civil War veteran hall some years ago, we have had a small number of these flags in storage since.  They remain in excellent unused condition yet offer the charm of the early printed construction on course gauze expected of these flags from the 1860s through to the earliest c.1912, 48 star flags.  (After about 1913 these stick memorial and parade flags can be expected to be printed on cotton of a much tighter weave.)  Anyway as part of our <I>clean out / pick up</I> effort we are offering the few that we have individually priced while they last.   A nice all original decoration piece without spending a ton 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. 

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c. 1834 – 1851 U. S. Regulation ENLISTED $195.00

 

Pat. 1856 BRASS COOK POT

 

Civil War CDV - Identified! 8th Maine In $100.00

 

c. 1912 G. A. R. PARADE / MEMORIAL FLAG $40.00

Our photographs will speak best for this crisp cased 6th plate tintype.  A nice item for the medical collector, this image dates in the later 1860s through the early to mid 1870s.  A nice Indian Wars / Western Frontier era piece for enthusiasts of that period.  <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 !!  Here is a beautiful matching antique white ironstone pitcher and bowl.  This is Baltic Shape, a classic design that has the ogee decorations that were first done in the Sydenham Shape.  The popularity of the design spawned many other similar shapes, this being one of them.  It was made the the Thomas Hulme pottery and dates to 1855, the date the shape was registered.  Both the pitcher and bowl are free of chips and cracks.  The ironstone body is very substantial with the beautiful white color and blue undertones of antique white ironstone.


The bowl is 13 inches wide by 5 inches tall.  The pitcher is 11 1/4 inches tall.  This pair was once used in a bedroom for washing up prior to the popularity of indoor plumbing.  I wouldn't want the cumbersome job of emptying these bowls every morning.  Of course, it could be worse.  Bedrooms also had chamber pots.  Here is a charming King Charles Staffordshire spaniel measuring just shy of 13 inches tall by 10 inches wide.  It is in good condition, free of chips and cracks.  Copper lustre decorates the luxurious ears, tail, body spots, and chain.  Sometimes the eyes of these puppies are yellow; however, this one has beautiful baby blues.  Alas, my family members dislike these figures because they say the figures look evil.  Since blue eyes are less common, I asked them if this one was as evil as the rest.  "No, this one looks like a sweet pup," was the verdict. 


Once, this figure was paired with a right-facing twin; however, I only have the one to offer.  The beautiful blue transferware platter presented is an antique dating to the 1835 to 1849 period.  These are the dates that the pottery producing this platter, Charles Meigh operated. 


 It measures 15 3/4 by 12 inches. It is in great condition, free of chips and cracks.  The surface of this antique is in remarkable condition, absolutely free of utensil scratching.  Back in its day, people bought huge china services of transferware for table use - 16 plates in multiple sizes, various bowl and cups, etc., and a series of many platters from very little for serving bacon to huge for roasted meat service.  These platters were the workhorses of food service so wear and scratching is to be expected.  Not with this one.

post Civil War cased 6th plate NURSE TIN $165.00

 

Hulme White Ironstone Matching Pitcher a $300.00

 

Staffordshire King Charles Spaniel Chimn $150.00

 

C. Meigh Antique Blue Transferware Platt $200.00

A little out of our usual fare but unusually surviving in today’s world is this Robert E. Fruin and Thomas Tobin, Pat. May 4,1915 cushion tread horseshoe.  The shoe is maker marked by the Fruin Drop Forge Co. of Chicago, Illinois.  Fashioned of cast iron with a heavy rubber cushion these shoes were intended to protect heavy horses from injury and lameness.   A neat item for the equine enthusiast. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 This eye pleasing old drover’s whip measures just over 6 feet in length and remains in nice condition, soft and pliable yet with good evidence of age and originality and period use.  It’s construction varies from the more usual braided whip of the type in that it was fashioned from bundling multiple tapered strips of hide with a leather covering stitched along its length.  As with the common braided whip, a short piece of cord which could be replaced with use was fitted to the tip.   A must have on the Western bound wagon trail, Army supply train, or cattle drive, the classic 19th century <I>bull whip</I> generally got used up in the period seldom surviving to reach today’s collectors market.  A desirable display item in any number of Americana 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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!



 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 are complete and in excellent condition yet 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 the popularity of original 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!



 This black bridle leather belt (buff reverse) with brass keeper is set off with the retention of its dragoon style <I>puppy-paw</I> belt plate.  Of special interest to the collector will be that this dragoon plate features a scarce variation in that the <I>puppy paws</I> and hook are reversed with the <U><I>puppy paw</I> keepers on the left with the tongue on the right.</U>  The heavy bridle leather belt remains pliable and is in unusually pleasing, likely unissued, condition yet with good evidence of age and originality.  The plate like the belt remains in nice original condition and will be best evaluated by our photos.  These belted dragoon buckles are scarcely seen in this condition and serve well in any quality collection.  Superb belt & buckle collectible.   <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 RUBBER CUSHION HORSESHOE $45.00

 

mid 1800s antique DROVER’S BULLWHIP $165.00

 

Civil War era TRAVELING ‘DONUT’ CANDLES $235.00

 

Civil War ENLISTED – PATTERN OF 1839 DRA

Our illustration will likely offer the best description of this nice Civil War telescoping ink pen except to advise that it is as nice as it looks.  This traveling pen will set nicely in any Civil War era personal or writing implement 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!


 The white ironstone server presented measures 11 inches long by 6 inches tall, domed lid in place.  It was made in the John Meir pottery.  It registered this shape in 1857.


It's in great condition - no chips or cracks.  A bit of rubbing on the handles as might be expected for such a white ironstone elder.  We have a number of original Maine Civil War Lithograph Memorials printed in the period and are offering them here to the collector / historian who has a special interest in one of the Maine Regiments included in our offering.   They average 17 X 21 inches and offer good evidence of age and originality while remaining in pleasing condition once framed.  Most have one degree or another of age staining which is removable by a conservator. (We’d leave the age as original with the charm of decades of exposure to old pine frame backings.)   Each will come loosely rolled in a protective tube.  Most are colored and all will make an attractive showing, framed up and mounted on the wall.   If you see something of interest from among the memorials listed here below send us an inquiry regarding the specific one and we will send you a photo with particulars and price.

<CENTER><B><U> MAINE</U></CENTER>

<CENTER><B> 1st Cavalry       3rd Inf. Co. F    5th Battery Lt. Art.    7th Battery Lt. Art.  

 11th Inf. Co. G   13th Inf. Co. C    16th Inf. Co. F 17th Inf. Co. F    23rd Inf. Co. G    25th Inf. Co. C    

27th Inf. Officers  & NCOs    27th Inf. Co. G  </B></CENTER>


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 Our photographs will likely do best to describe this striking mother of pearl gold nibbed ink dipping pen.  An exceptionally attractive antique writing instrument remaining in fine original condition even to its as new  <I>Norton & Co. No. 2</I> gold nib. 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!

extra nice- Telescoping DIPPING PEN

 

Memmon Shape Antique White Ironstone Veg $125.00

 

SPECIAL! Original Civil War Maine REGIM $0.00

 

antique Mother of Pearl / Gold nibbed DI $95.00

All original and ready to play yet remaining in excellent condition, this staple of the Civil War camp has been well documented by Civil War site <I>diggers</I> and offers lots of eye appeal and period charm. With clear evidence of period construction and a rich age patina this old  <I>Jews Harp</I> will be neat relic for the personal item collector or musical enthusiast. <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  We have rediscovered a small number of antique hard rubber cigar holders acquired years ago when such neat items showed themselves from defunct  lodge and G.A.R. hall cleanouts. Offered here individually priced for the collector / tobacciana enthusiast who would like one. We have used a quarter here for size comparison.  These old <U>hard rubber</U> holders are, despite their obvious age, in new, unused condition and came from the final cleanout of the <B> BOSWORTH MEMORIAL Post #2 G. A. R.</B> which had been located in Portland, Maine.

      One of the last of the functioning Grand Army of the Republic halls in Maine, I remember watching the historic old building fall to the wrecking ball in the 1960s.  Maine collectors since then, we have been fortunate to acquire a number of Maine in the Civil War and Maine Veteran treasures since that time.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>




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 V-AFM419510 

ITEM CODE: 5704

ITEM NAME:

5 Civil War Cavalry letters: exchanged between Co. D 1st U. S. Drag. then 18th NY Cav. friends. 

SELLING PRICE: 365.00

DESCRIPTION:

This group of five soldier’s letters consists of 4 letters by Sgt. then <B>Lt. Wim. Dubois</B>, a veteran of Co. D <B>1st U. S. Dragoons</B> now serving in the <B>18th New York Cavalry</B>, to <I>Friend</I> <I>Solomon O’Rielly</I> (needs research but clearly had some connection to the <I>old Co. D,</I> 1st Dragoons) and one letter on <U>Christian Commission Stationary</U> comes from <B>Sgt. Wm. Shackelford</B> to Solomon O’Rielly. Also a veteran of Co. D 1st Dragoons, Shackelford in now a member of the 18th N. Y. Cavalry but has been hospitalized at Jefferson Barracks by virtue of a gunshot wound for nearly a year.  Best described by our photos and a brief synopsis of each, below, the letters are penned in ink and are relatively easy read.  All remain in decent condition save one that though complete is torn in half.  Dubois’s letters offer a sprinkling of the usual between friends but offers an interesting insight into Cavalryman life in Texas among the deeply pro Confederate population.  Other friends of D Co. and the 18th Cavalry are mentioned with salutations passed along.   <B>Sgt. George Rork</B> (<I>old Rork</I>) of the 1st Dragoons then 18th Cavalry is mentioned along with the shooting of the 18th’s Capt. Nowlan (Henry James Nowlan) by a <I>local desperado</I>.  (Lt. Dubois seems quite contrary to life in Texas except for the abundance of <I>plenty of Mexican girls</I>.)  Sgt. Shackelford’s letter on Christian Commission stationary from Jefferson Barrack’s Hospital may be a favorite of this group as it is penned in light blue ink in a pleasing hand and is devoted almost entirely to a lament of the recent loss of <B>President Abraham Lincoln</B> 





#1  January 18, 1865 - La Fourche, La. : Sgt. Wim. Dubois to "Friend Sol" (Solomon O’Rielly needs research)   : Has been <I>out on scout for the last two weeks and just returned to this place</I>.  Reports on the wellbeing of mutual friend Wim. Shackelford who is not doing well <I>laying in hospital so long</I> (We learn in another of these letters that their friend had been shot). Dubois encourages <I>Sol</I> to write their ailing friend <I>Sergt. William Shackelford</I> at <I>Ward C Jefferson Barracks, Missouri</I>.  Advises that <I>old Rork is well</I> and wishes to be remembered.  ( Geo. Rork Co. G 18th N.Y. Cavalry, like Dubois and Shackelford, had prior service in D Co. 1st U. S. Dragoons) It is clear that Solomon O’Rielly was a veteran of D Co. as well as Dubois inquires of him if he had <I>heard anything from the old Co</I>.   (additional general interest content)



#2 March 4,1865 – Kennerville, La.: Lt. Wim. Dubois to "Friend Sol" (Solomon O’Rielly needs research)  : Advises "Sol" he has received a commission to 2nd Lt. mentions mutual friend George Rock again and advises that he has made Sargent.  Received a letter from Shackelford and advises that "it has been eleven months today since he was shot".  "That is a good while to lay in a hospital" says Dubois.  He expresses doubt as to the optimism of his friend that "the war is almost over".  "There will be a good deal of hard fighting yet" exclaims Dubois penning his opinion that the "Rebs will have to be well whipped".  He advises of a buildup of Union troops in the area and rumors of an impending "expedition".  He expects that "Mobile is the place".



#3 April 24, 1865 – Jefferson Barracks Hospital, Missouri (on U. S. Christian Commission stationary) : Sgt. Wim. Shackelford to Solomon O’Rielly :  The long hospitalized Sgt. Shackelford expresses distress at the death of Abraham Lincoln "all the world will mourn him" writes Shackelford.  "We all looked to him as a father; a heavy blow to our country exclaims.  The obviously distraught wounded Cavalryman expresses his pleasure at the letter he has received from his friend Solomon yet devoted the majority of his letter mourning the loss of the President.  He does mention Dubois and pleasure at receiving a letter from Sgt. Geo. Rock. Sgt. Shackelford closes with assurance that <I>my wound is about healed up</I>. 


#4 Aug. 24, 1865 - San Antonio, Texas : Lt. Wim. Dubois to ‘Friend Sol’ (Solomon O’Rielly needs research) :  Has been on the move and now has been in San Antonio about ten days; <I> We came from New Orleans, La. to this place by land and a long march it has been.</I>  Lt. Dubois reports that <I> There are a good many troops in this state and at present, what they are going to do with us is more than I can say</I>. He advises that <I>the talk is that we are going to Mexico to fight the French</I>.  Seems to like the place in general though all are eager for discharge.  <I>Plenty of Mexican girls here</I> says he.   As always remembers mutual friends Rock and Shackelford.

 


#5 April 1, 1866 San Antonio Springs, Texas : Lt. Wim. Dubois to ‘Friend Sol’ (Solomon O’Rielly needs research)   The Lieutenant’s  opinion of Texas seems to have waned somewhat since his arrival in August of 1865.  <I>Still laying in this old camp doing nothing of any impotence.  Dull</I> says he though they did have some excitement recently when Capt. Nowlan of the 18th NY Cavalry was shot by a local <I>desperado.  The people in this state with few exceptions are as much rebels now as they ever was.  For my part I would rather fight them than to try and live in peace and hear them curse the Yankees every day.  The very worst Rebels here get the best deals.</I>  Lt. Dubois writes of a corral master in the place that is paid $100.00 a month who was Captain of a band of gorillas.  The man boasts of the number of Yankees that he and his band murdered. Dubois writes of a dispute with the man over retrieval of horses from x-gorilla Captain’s corral.    <I>I hit him over the head with a six-shooter and fetched him to his knees</I>.  The fallen Reb soon threatened that he would shoot our Lt. Dubois next time he saw him but the Lieutenant advises that there is little danger. 

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 Our illustration will do best to describe this nice 6th plate daguerreotype.  Comes as found in a half case.  A nice photograph!  <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>

Civil War vintage JEWS HARP $55.00

 

Mid to late 1800s antique hard rubber – $35.00

 

5 Civil War Cavalry letters: exchanged b $365.00

 

Two Dandies – DAGUERREOTYPE $95.00

Remaining in near as new and un-used condition, this nicely marked <B>AMERICAN PENCIL CO. N.Y.</B> dipping pen is one more remnant of our nearly fifty years of seeking out and setting aside especially nice original relics of the mid 19th century.  The origins of the American Pencil Co. to about 1860 or 61.  Hard to find such commonly used every day period writing instruments in this condition.  <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 nice <U>single</U> example of a classic Civil War vintage sand weighted, spun brass candlestick.   All original and standing approximately 5 3/8 inches high, stick will polish up well though we think that would be a shame and so have left such bad acting to the choice of the new owner.  With only the slightest bit of evidence of period use and a very light age patina after years of attic chest storage, this candlestick offers lots of charm and will fit in nicely in any Civil War period grouping.   Until it was unfortunately broken up, an example of this style was,  for many years included in the old <I>Gen. Robert E. Lee Headquarters  Museum</I> collection in Gettysburg.   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting  Gunsight Antiques !!  Heavy cast iron safety match box, this neat little remnant of every day Civil War era life is boldly marked on the cover, <B>Self Closing – for matches & c., Patented Dec. 20, 1864, D. M & Co</B>.  A nice example in a desirable size (illustrated here with quarter for size comparison) this example offers remnants of its original black enamel finish and good evidence of age and originality.

An attractive piece for the antique wood stove or country kitchen as well as to the Civil War collector.  <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!


 This attractive turned, hand cut  bone chess set is complete and in exceptionally nice <I>as new</I>condition yet with good evidence of age and originality.  The set is housed in its original  5 1/2 X 4 1/4 X 2 3/8 inch dovetail box.  A desirable offering to suit a wide variety of collector interest to include antique games and Civil War personal items. (see: Gettysburg Visitor’s Center Civil War Museum 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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Extra nice – American Pencil Co. DIPPING

 

CIVIL WAR ERA BRASS CANDLESTICK $48.00

 

PAT. 1864 SELF CLOSING MATCH BOX $95.00

 

Victorian era antique - BONE CHESS SET $225.00

Not a big deal but a nice companion item to go with Civil War era personal items, period writing instruments or just to lay with an old slate.  All original with good age but likely never used. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 Difficult to find even in relic condition Civil War era food tins in the pleasing condition of this example rate as a special find even in the most common approximately 3 X 4 inch size; add to condition consideration, the fact that this example is in the larger, seldom seen, 5 inch diameter by 5 9/16  inch size and you have rare relic indeed.  Period tin cans of this size with the wide mouth opening are most frequently considered as coffee or oyster cans. (We are offering illustrations of period tins as reference.)  A special item for the Civil War mess gear collector or the enthusiast who has special appreciation for the seldom surviving personal items common to everyday period use.  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 jeweler made identification pin was fashioned from a period silver quarter, smoothed on its face and engraved with the Harp and Shamrock design of the hard-fought <B>Irish Brigade</B>.  The initials of the original wearer <B>AO</B> appear in <I>old English</I> under the harp.    The back of the disk bears the stamped marking <B>88 NY</B> (<U>Clearly period to the piece</U> but struck after the pin was made, the additional identification was likely the afterthought of the wearer.) Our research uncovered <U>only one</U> <B>A.O.</B> in the 88th N.Y..    Per the Regimental roster found in Vol. III of the 1893 publication of the N.Y. Adjutant’s Report  Anthony O’Boye (a.k.a. Anthony O’Bogle) served as a Private in Co. E of the 88th. He was wounded art <B>Totopotomy, Virginia</B> and was listed as <I>absent, wounded, at muster-out of company</I> on June 30, 1865.  <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 bit of a departure from our usual fare to be sure but we couldn’t resist this wonderful WW II vintage child’s representation of an Army Air Corps uniform.  Clearly made in the period for a young boy of four or five years of age the outfit includes cap, <I>Ike</I> style jacket, <I>Sam Brown</I> style belt, tie and trousers.  All remain in nice condition with no tears or repairs. Pleasing condition yet obviously lightly used in the period.  Our photos should describe the outfit best.  A really neat pre US Air Force outfit.  <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!

1800s SLATE PENCIL $15.00

 

rare! Civil War era tin RATION CAN $125.00

 

88th New York IRISH BRIGADE Identificati $495.00

 

WW II - CHILDS ARMY AIR CORPS UNIFORM $250.00

Referred to in the period as a <I>fly bonnet</I> or <I>fly veil</I> back in the day these netted ornamentations served far more as a practical utility than as a decoration.  Our background illustration of such is from a crochet instruction sheet published in an 1863 <I>Godey’s Ladies Book</I>. Acquired years ago when such neat things sometimes surfaced, this  antique hand crocheted bonnet remains in fine apparently unused condition after decades of attic storage and some years in our own accumulation. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 


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


(1797-1849) Born in Hatfield, Mass., he attended Williams College, in Williamstown, Mass., studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Tiffin, Ohio. Appointed prosecuting attorney for Seneca County in 1824, for Williams County in 1826, and for Sandusky County in 1827; served as a member of the Board of Public Works of Ohio, 1836-45; served as a U.S. Congressman from 1847 until his death in 1849.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 1/2 x 1 3/4, in ink, R. Dickinson, Lower Sandusky, Ohio.   H 40in. x D 14in.  H 26in. x W 8in. x D 4in.

original Civil War vintage ‘fly bonnet’ $65.00

 

Autograph, Rodolphus Dickinson $10.00

 

H 40in. x D 14in. $0.00

 

H 26in. x W 8in. x D 4in. $0.00




<b>Hopkins L. Turney, United States Congressman and Senator from Tennessee


William M. Cocke, United States Congressman from Tennessee</b>


<u>Hopkins L. Turney</u>: (1797-1851) Born at Dixon Springs, Smith County, Tennessee, he fought in the Seminole War in 1818. He studied law, admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Jasper, Tenn.; moved to Winchester, Tenn., and continued with his law practice. Served as a member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1828-38. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1837-43, and U.S. Senator, 1845-51. He was the chairman of the Committee on Retrenchment, and also served on the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office. 


<u>Signature With State</u>: 6 1/2 x 1 3/4, in ink, Tennessee [the one written above the signature is in another hand], H.L. Turney, Tennessee [his name and Tennessee written below the autograph are written in the hand of Turney].



On the reverse side is a second autograph, that of United States Congressman William M. Cocke of Tennessee.


<u>William M. Cocke</u>: (1815-96) Born in Rutledge, Grainger County, Tenn., he pursued classical studies and graduated from East Tennessee College at Knoxville. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar and practiced in Rutledge and Nashville. Served as a member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, and later as a U.S. Congressman, 1845-49. Was chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions. Afterwards he held many local and State offices, dying in Nashville in 1896.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 1/2 x 1 3/4, in ink, Wm. M. Cocke, Rutledge, Tennessee.   


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


(1799-1866) Born in Pennsylvania, he attended the common schools, studied medicine and commenced practice in Hanoverton, Ohio. Served as a Democratic U.S. Congressman, 1845-49. Declining renomination, he moved to Cincinnati where he resumed the practice of medicine. He served as treasurer of Hamilton County, 1860-62.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 3/4 x 1 5/8, in ink, Geo. Fries, Hanoverton, Ohio.  


<b>He died while on active service in 1863!</b>


(1806-63) He entered the navy in 1822, and sailed in the West Indies, off Africa, and along the China coast. He was appointed commander of the western flotilla at the beginning of the Civil War, and in Feb. 1862, with the cooperation of Gen. U.S. Grant, captured Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. In the ensuing capture of Fort Donelson, Foote was wounded. He aided Gen. John Pope on the Mississippi River, but his wound was not healing and he was obliged to take leave of his command. Having proved himself a gallant fighter on the rivers, he was awarded the Thanks of Congress, and appointed Rear Admiral, June 16, 1862. While still recuperating from his wound, he was put in charge of the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, and on June 4, 1863 was given command of the fleet off Charleston, S.C. Unfortunately, Foote's wound never healed properly and he died enroute to his assignment on June 26, 1863.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view portrait wearing naval uniform with epaulettes and holding his sword. Backmark: Charles D. Fredricks & Co., 587 Broadway, New York. Small cut in the extreme lower right edge of the mount. Does not affect the image. Light edge wear.  Dr. Francis Lord’s Civil War show 19 X 22 ¾ inch letter and number display board is offered here untouched just as the pioneer Civil War collector and author created it. The display offers 100 original Civil War period letters and numbers organized in sets according to size and style then wired (a few are glued) to a sheet of heavy art board and backed with a second art board sheet.  Please note: We hope this piece will remain intact as a collection and have priced it at much less than half the going retail total of its individual parts hoping that will encourage purchase by an appreciative collector.


<CENTER>A breakdown of the display with approximate is as follows, sizes starting at the top by row:


7- 1  7/16 inch  LETTERS ; 4- 1 3/8, 1- 1 5/8, 1-2, 1 2/4 inch NUMBERS; 8 – 1 1/16 inch LETTERS;  9 – 1 inch NUMBERS; 8 -1 inch LETTERS; 7- 1 inch LETTERS; 13 – ¾ inch NUMBERS; 13 – ¾ inch LETTERS; 7- ¾ inch LETTERS; 10- ½ inch NUMBERS; 12-1/2 inch LETTERS</CENTER>



Of interest to the collector and preserved in our accompanying letter will be the fact that we  acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume 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 any other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Autographs, Hopkins L. Turney & William $20.00

 

Autograph, George Fries $10.00

 

CDV Admiral Andrew H. Foote $50.00

 

Dr. Francis Lord’s own - Civil War LETTE $795.00

Plucked some years ago from a large collection of 18th century tableware, this attractive hand crafted knife and fork remain in exceptional condition with subtle evidence of age while appearing to be unused.  Crafted in classic style with a knife offering a wide (1 1/8 inch) rounded blade tip for eating in the 1700s fashion.  A classic two straight tine fork, both knife and fork of  heavy forged construction, nicely finished yet, upon close inspection, with evidence of hand rasp shaping particularly on the inner surfaces of the fork’s tines.  Both pieces have brass pinned, slabbed bone grips on classic tapered iron shanks.   An outstanding pair that will display well with period eating and tableware.  <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!  Proclaimed on the label as a 1756 discovery by a <B><I>Negro slave named Quassia</I></B> this goblet shaped patent medicine cup stands approximately 5 inches and remains in exceptional original condition retaining  its period shellac finish over <U>both</U> original labels. The primary label states,<I> For Fever and Ague, Dyspepsia, Piles, Indigestion, Headaches and Debility Quassia Mara, Discovered in 1756 by a Negro slave named Quassia - Dr. G.G. Adams</B>. The bottom label advises of additional medical benefit of use with directions <I>for dyspepsia and indigestion, use before meals for piles, use an inch of Lac Sulphur in water 2 or 3 times a day for worms let the water stand in cup.  A neat old example of 1800s patent medicine in excellent all original condition.  <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 wonderful display item for the 19th century textile enthusiast, this <B>MILLERS RIVER SHEETING</B> marking stamp emanates from the <I>Millers River Mfg.</I> textile mill located in Massachusetts. (see: Civil War years Mass. business directories as well as <I> The New England Business Directory </I>by Adams, Sampson & Co.)  Located in a cradle of 19th century water powered manufacturing of all manner of goods, Millers River Sheeting was best known in this period for production of cotton sheeting and printing cloth. This textile hand stamp measures approximately 12 X 14 ½ inches and is a stout  3/4 inch thick.  Constructed in the mid-19th century fashion with good evidence of hand chiseling, classic iron hardware and retaining lots of the <I>old blue</I> powder marking paint this hand stamp would have been applied to the outer sheet of large bundles or bales of sheeting destined for textile printing and fabrication mills.  Rarely seen outside of dedicated  museum collections and even then seldom found, this  period original from the heart of New England’s 19th century textile region will make a decorative addition to any textile 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!


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       Original <I>HAND-BOOK OF ARTILLERY, For The Service of the United States</I> by Joseph Rogers (1863) with period signature <I><B>Col. Chas. O. Wood   8th Infty. Cal. Vol-  Alcatraz Island  San Francisco Harbor </I></B> fly with an additional <I><B> Chas. O. Wood  U. S. Army</I></B> on the same page.  A following page is inscribed <B><I> Chas. O. Wood Capt. 9th U. S. Infty. Bvt. Maj. U.S.A.</I></B> and there are no fewer than six additional <I><B> Chas. O. Wood  U. S. Army</I></B> inscriptions scattered through the manual.  All are in the same stylized hand Charles Wood.   We have left the manual as found, well used in the period and a bit loose at the cover hinges and fly leaf.  All else is tight with no missing, folded, stained or otherwise damaged pages.  (The cover hinges and fly page are intact and could be easily restored but we would leave this historic <B>Alcatraz Island</B> artillery manual as it was last used.)

      Charles Ogden Wood was a Terre Haute, Indiana resident when he first enlisted April 26 1861 and was commissioned as a Major of the <B>11th Indiana Infantry</B>.  Maj. Wood was mustered out with the three month 11th Indiana boys on August 4,1861 and was immediately commissioned as a Captain of the <B>9th Infantry, U. S. Army. </B> headquartered in Washington Territory.  On February 1, 1865 Wood was commissioned Colonel <B>8th California Infantry </B> headquartered at <B>Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Harbor</B>.  During the Civil War, Alcatraz's role was primarily as a military prison holding Confederates with numerous other military prisoners and local civilians who had been arrested for treason. Soon the rooms in the guardhouse were filled and a temporary wooden prison was built.  Later several adjoining structures were built by jailhouse labor. By the close of the Civil War in 1865, the island contained <U>over one hundred cannons to include a number of 15 inch Rodmans</U> used to issue the official mourning salute during San Francisco's honorary funeral procession for President Lincoln.  A rare piece of Western Americana from the early days of what was destined to become the most infamous prison in U. S. history.

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classic late 18th early 19th century sty $65.00

 

19TH CENTURY TREENWARE PATENT MEDICINE C

 

earlier to mid 1800s Millers River Cotto $275.00

 

Historic! 1863 Artillery Hand-Book - Co $425.00

<b>Can Leave Without Permission of His Headquarters</b>


5 x 8, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf

New Orleans, June 20, 1862


General Orders No. 43


No Officer commanding a Post, can leave said Post without obtaining permission from the Headquarters of the Department. 


By command of MAJOR GENERAL BUTLER


R.S. DAVIS, Capt. and A.A.A.G.


Excellent. Scarce Department of the Gulf imprint.  


<b>Forced Issue by General Benjamin F. Butler!</b>


New Orleans. Oct. 24, 1862. Vignette of a dock scene at center, with men loading ships, and a negro holding the horse of a wagon. Coast Watcher Maiden at left, Two ladies at right. "1" in green with intricate green pattern at lower center. Very fine. This was a "forced issue" note issued by the city of New Orleans under the occupational rule of "The Beast," Union General Benjamin F. Butler. All Confederate money was declared illegal by Butler so the city was forced to issue these notes under his supervision. Extremely desirable note!  


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


From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia</b>


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


<b><u>Libby Prison, Jan. 29th/64</b></u>


Dear wife,


After my love to you and my dear children I will just state that I am in tolerable good health at present.  I have had some cold for the past week and also had the neuralgia in my face and head but I have about got them cured but the anxiety of mind that I am in on your account is more than all the pain and trouble of everything else and it almost unman’s me.  I am so [a]fraid that you are worse than you stated in your letter and that the children are sick for it seems that Maggy is never to get hearty again and that some of you are sick all the time which makes it very hard on you and no one to help you.  I see you every night in my dreams but awake to disappointment and vexation and as to our exchange I cannot depend on anything I hear about it anymore for we have been so often disappointed that I have lost almost all hope and all faith in our government officers but they are not to blame.  The good Lord knows what is best for us and I try to put my trust in him and pray to him to help me to be resigned to my fate whatever that may be and to take care of you all in my absence.  Pray for me Dear that my faith fail not and may God give you health, peace and happiness is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. L. Lupton

To Mrs. E.H. Lupton

Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio


Light wear and staining.


Very desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive this cruel war!


As a general rule of thumb, prisoner of war letters were limited to one page and subject to censorship. Confederate and Yankee prison guards and authorities were also known to accept bribes from the prisoners and sometimes allowed longer letters to slip through the censors.


Levi Lupton, was 39 years old, when he enlisted on July 25, 1862, at Columbus, Ohio, as a 2nd lieutenant. He was commissioned into Co. C, 116th Ohio Infantry, on September 19, 1862, at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on June 13, 1863, but was never mustered at that rank because he was captured the next day, June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va. He spent time confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., and at Macon, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., where he died on September 12, 1864.  Once a relatively common find as they were released to antique sales from decades of attic storage such little bronze bells with its turned maple handle and iron clapper is now a scarce item on the antique and decorator market. (The awful habit of polishing off the decades of rich age patina only makes the original pure examples more desirable.) Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this little bronze bell stands approximately 6 inches high and measures just under 3 ¼ inches across the mouth. A good size for desk or counter, this bell remains in untouched and completely original with no condition issues. 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 !

General Butler Orders That No Officer Co $15.00

 

1862 City of New Orleans $1 Note $150.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

attractive antique BRONZE BELL $50.00

This circa 1864 check  bears the ink signature of Bvt. Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Allen who served in the Civil War as Lt. Col. 2nd Wisconsin Infantry and then as Colonel of the  5th Wisconsin Infantry. The Civil War history of Gen. Allen includes command service with the famous Iron Brigade and action at 1st Bull Run and South Mountain  where Allen lead his command as the 2nd stormed the enemy's position and as the brigade dislodged Confederate forces  at Antietam.  At Fredericksburg the 2nd held an exposed position taking heavy artillery fire.  Thomas Allen’s baptism of fire in the Iron Brigade would serve well as he was commissioned as Colonel of the 5th Wisconsin on Christmas day 1862. Colonel Allen would command at Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and at Petersburg.  He was listed as wounded 11/7/1863 Rappahannock Station, Virginia.   On March 13, 1865 Colonel Allen was promoted Brig. General by Brevet for meritorious services during the war. The check measures approximately  7 ¾" X 3 5/8" and remains in crisp condition with brown ink signature. Gen. Allen’s bold endorsement is as Wisconsin’s  Secretary of State. A nice original item for easy display or framing at a reasonable price.  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 nice solid condition with no splits or tears, this rare <B>Co. K 82 Indiana Infantry</B> ribbon shows some fading as good evidence of age and originality but will make a hard to find addition to any Civil War veteran collection.  The hard fought 82nd Indiana participated in the battles of Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta Campaign, battles of Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Siege of Atlanta, battle of Jonesborough, Sherman's March to the Sea and the battle of Bentonville. <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 !!  This Gettysburg souvenir book containing a full complement of twenty chromolithograph images on heavy linen embossed post card like stock as one would expect of mid through third quarter 1900s.  The images sport a string binding and cedar covers of battlefield recovered wood.  Souvenir knickknacks of battlefield cut cedar have long since passed in the local gift shops and have now become a collectable in and of themselves as so many visiting tourists and earlier day aging Civil War veterans wanted something of the battlefield to take home. (use our search feature to see items 4515 and 2000)  The front cover (2 7/8 X 3 ¾ inches) features inset photos of battle commanders Meade and Lee, with <B>Gettysburg, PA  July 1, 2, 3, 1863</B> in the lower right corner.  Images include such well known battlefield locations as the Pennsylvania State Memorial, Spangler's Spring, Little Round Top and the Warren Monument, Hancock Avenue Looking South, Alabama Memorial, North Carolina Memorial, Statutes of Generals Buford and Reynolds and Hall's Maine Battery, New York Memorial and National Cemetery, Lincoln Speech Memorial, Eternal Light Peach Monument, General Meade's Headquarters, General Lee's Headquarters, US National Cemetery, Minnesota Monument, Jennie Wade House, Big Round Top From The Valley Of Death, Monument of Father Corby - Chaplain of the New York Irish Brigade and Virginia State Memorial. This all original Gettysburg Battlefield souvenir remains complete and in nice condition yet offers good evidence of age.   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 !


 We have had this little beauty for years but have decided to pass it along to a good home as we <I>thin out</I> our fifty year accumulation.  Out photos will likely do best to describe this armed and equipped Civil War infantryman as he stands before a striking patriotic backdrop.  <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>

Wisconsin’s General T. S. Allen - SIGNE $55.00

 

Civil War Veteran – Co. K 82nd Indiana – $78.00

 

Gettysburg Battlefield Souvenir $45.00

 

An outstanding 9th plate - CASED CIVIL W

H 24in. x D 14in.  H 88in. x W 24in. x W 36in.


Full scale..........from a seafood restaurant in Boston  H 55in. x D 28in. x D 28in.  H 21in. x W 54in. x D 15in.

H 24in. x D 14in. $0.00

 

PIRATE $0.00

 

H 55in. x D 28in. x D 28in. $0.00

 

H 21in. x W 54in. x D 15in. $0.00




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