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


(1800-1875) Born in Louisville, Ky., he was known by his middle name of "Garnett" Duncan. He graduated from Yale College in 1821, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1822, and commenced practice in Louisville. He served as a U.S. Congressman, from 1847-1849, and was a member of the Committee on Naval Affairs, and supported an act to extend time limitations on satisfying claims made during the War of 1812 involving bounty lands for military services. He moved to Louisiana and settled in New Orleans in 1850, where he continued his law practice. He later moved back to Louisville, where he lived until his death, on May 25, 1875, and was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville.


4 1/4 x 1 1/2, in ink, Garnett Duncan of Kentucky.


   


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


(1798-1850) Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he attended Wilkes-Barre Academy, and later graduated from Princeton College in 1817. He studied law at Litchfield Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1820. Butler was a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 1832, 1838, 1839, and 1843. He served as a U.S. Congressman, from 1847-50, and died on October 5, 1850, at Philadelphia, while still a member of congress, and he was buried in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 1/4 x 1/2, in ink, Chester Butler.    


<b>United States Senator from New Jersey


The first Republican ever nominated as the Vice Presidential Candidate of the United States!


Attorney General of New Jersey


Appointed by President Lincoln as U.S. Minister to France during the Civil War</b>


(1807-1864) Born in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1825, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1830, and became an attorney in Freehold. In 1838, he was appointed an associate judge of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Served as a Whig U.S. Senator, from 1842-1851. Dayton was selected by the newly formed Republican Party as their first nominee for Vice President of the United States over Abraham Lincoln at the Philadelphia Convention. He and his running mate, John C. Fremont, lost to the Democratic ticket of James Buchanan and John C. Breckenridge. He then served as New Jersey Attorney General from 1857-1861, when President Lincoln appointed him to the important position of Minister to France. He served from May 1861 until his death in December 1864. While serving in France, Dayton was the leader of a successful team that prevented the French government of Napoleon III from recognizing the independence of the Confederate States of America, or allowing the Confederacy to use any French ports. He died in 1864, while at his post in Paris, and was buried in Riverview Cemetery, Trenton, New Jersey.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 1/2 x 1, in ink, Wm. L. Dayton. Very nice, large bold autograph. Desirable American politician.    




       This earlier to mid-1800’s bottle stands approximately 7 3/4 inches high and remains in excellent shape with no chips, cracks or other condition issues.  A nice example of a period bottle with applied top and nice <I>bubbly</I> aqua colored glass. One of a very small number acquired years ago when such treasures popped up from time to time, the face of this attractive pharmaceutical bottle sports the period label of <B>G. W.   AIMAR</B>/<B>CHARLESTOWN, S. C.</B> identifying the bottle’s content as ‘OXALIC ACID’.  Used in solution for cauterization to stop bleeding, this strong oxidant had many applications applicable to the Civil War era hospital ward to include a 6% solution in sugar syrup as an insecticide.  Of special note is the fact that  during the Civil War<U> George W. Aimar’s apothecary housed the <B>Confederate dispensary</B> in Charleston and on the second floor, provided space for a hospital.</U> Like so many others of all walks of life, Druggist G. W. Aimar stepped forward in a military way serving as senior 2nd Lieutenant, Kanapaux's Battery, Lafayette's Artillery, South Carolina Volunteers.  A really nice Medical / Apothecary item with Confederate association.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Autograph, W. Garnett Duncan $10.00

 

Autograph, Chester Butler $10.00

 

Autograph, William L. Dayton $35.00

 

Confederate Hospital & Dispensary site - $225.00

This original 1861 dated Civil War color lithographed sheet music is titled <I>Union God & Liberty – Our National Flag</I> and remains in pleasing condition as is best described here by our illustrations.    Complete in four untrimmed 10 1/4 X 13 1/16  inch sheets demonstrating good evidence of age and originality but without tears or repairs.  A desirable and most eye appealing item, matted and framed or simply laid in with any quality Civil War grouping.

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 A classic design of the earlier 1800s with popular use through the Civil War era, this pot is maker marked <B> R. DUNHAM</B who operated in Maine between 1820 and 1830.  Standing approximately 9 1/4 inches, this classic early to mid-19th century pot remains in desirable <I>as found</I> condition after decades of attic storage, un cleaned and un polished with a natural age patina, good evidence of age and period use with no condition issues. <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>


       Best described here by our photo illustrations, we acquired this die struck 11th Corps device from the personal collection of Dr. Francis Lord.  Of additional interest to seasoned Civil War collectors who grew into collecting <I>smalls</I> and personal items under the guidance of Lord’s early references will be that this exact badge <U>is illustrated</U> in Vol. II of his <I> Civil War Collector’s Encyclopedia</I>. 

      Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of the pioneer Civil War collector / author will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from Dr. Lord’s collection several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several personal collection groupings from our longtime friend.  A Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectible 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 in Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s  encyclopedia volumes and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer early reference from the budding days of collecting.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 H 24in. x D 16in.

c. 1861 Civil War Patriotic Sheet Music –

 

c. 1820 / 1830 Pewter Coffee Pot $135.00

 

Lord’s ‘Civil War Collectors Encyclopedi

 

DECO LIGHT FIXTURE 1930 $2800.00

H 32in. x D 14in.

EXTRA LARGE PERIOD GLASS  H 44in. x D 10in.  H 20in. x W 26in x 6in.  H 11in. x W 8in. x D 8in.


SOLD AS A PAIR

MILK GLASS PENDANT LIGHTS. . . OLD GLASS $2400.00

 

VINTAGE PENDANT LIGHT $1500.00

 

GAS STYLE DOUBLE LIGHT. . . OLD GLASS $1250.00

 

ELECTRIFIED GAS STYLE LIGHTS. . . OLD GLASS $1400.00

H 22in. x D 16in.  H 28in. x D 20in.  H30in. x D20in.  Best described here by our photo illustrations, this circa 1700s / 1800s ball mold  (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Phillips & <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I> by Newmann & Kravic ) measures approximately 4 3/8 inches in length and remains in pleasing condition with an attractive natural age patina.  The mold is size marked with the number <I>160</I> referring to the period gauge or caliber reference of 160 balls per pound.  <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>

VINTAGE LIGHT FIXTURE . . ORIGINAL GLASS $750.00

 

VINTAGE LIGHT FIXTURE WITH ORIGINAL GLAS $750.00

 

4 ARM PAN LIGHT $550.00

 

early . 30 / . 32 caliber ball – Bullet Mo $50.00

Not a big deal but still a neat companion to lay with an early black iron fire striker or to include in any colonial tinder box fire starter kit, we have a selection of native obsidian fragments gathered here in Washington state.  Priced here by the piece for those who would appreciate an example, let us know if you want a piece appropriate for a tinder box or one of the heavier pieces for a striker and we will select what will go best.    Commonly utilized by Native Americans of the great north west, collectors of American Indian material will be familiar with the use of obsidian in the making of arrowheads, hide scrapers and cutting tools.

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 Another offering from the downsizing of our 50 + year accumulation from seeking out such treasures, (see: a small representation of our personal accumulation at – MaineLegacy.com ) this friendly old gator measures just over 4 feet in total length and remains in solid condition with good evidence of age.  Off white patches on the head appear to be old milk paint, could be removed but as they are period and part of the relic’s history we would leave all as is.  Acquired some years ago from a family cleanout which included long time attic stored remnants from the defunct <I> S. K. Oakes G A R Post #121</I> in Oldtown, Maine.    The alligator is period marked <I><B>Bedell Plantation – Franklin Parish - 1863 </I></B>.  This Civil War relic is linked by association (attic family lineage)  to one <U> Justin R. Atkins </U> who our research found had served as Pvt. Co. A <B> 22nd Maine Infantry</B> 10/10/1862 – 8/14/1863 and lived in Old Town, Maine until his passing in 1921.  Further that the 22nd Maine served in the area of the <U>Jotham Hulbert Bedell</U> (1807–1859) home in - Franklin Parish during their nine month tenure in the military.  (Bedell owned and operated a sugar plantation and a sugar mill on the property which was subsequently acquired by  Alice and John Calder and in later times became known as the Alice C. Plantation.)  As the alligator had been grouped in storage with things from the Oldtown Post we can reasonably deduct that like so many Vets Justin Atkins had placed his Civil War <I>trophy</I> on loan to his home G.A.R. Post, in this instance the S. K. Oakes Post #121.  The gator will come with our letter preserving the above lineage. 

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 This mid 1800s  coconut shell dipper measures 13 ½ inches in length and is 3 3/8 inches across its pewter rimmed mouth.  While this fine period example is unsigned the maker is unquestionably identifiable by style and construction as having been <B> Cleveland & Bros. Providence, RI</B> (see: the Rhode Island Register, for the Year 1853).  All period original and in excellent shape with no condition issues this coconut drinking dipper retains its classic Cleveland & Brothers pewter lip around the mouth with their typically shaped turned handle and riveted on pewter connector.  These coconut dippers saw considerable use though the Civil War era with few examples to survive in any condition.  Exceptional original condition! 

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5 x 8, imprinted letter sheet, written in ink. 


Office Asst. Quartermaster, U.S. Army,

New Orleans, Jan. 26, 1864.


Colonel,


Captain of Schooner Neptune's Pride reported loaded with oats. The schooner draws 9 1/2 feet. Shall I discharge her, or would you send her to Texas after she will have been lightened.


Very respectfully,

Your most obt. servt.

Jacob Mahler

Capt. & A.Q.M.


Docket on the reverse:


1864

J. Mahler, A.Q.M.

Jany. 26.


Advising arrival of Schr. Neptune's Pride & if she is to be sent to Texas or discharged here.


Dischg. here,

[signed with initials] 


Very fine war date letter regarding the Schooner "Neptune's Pride" bringing in U.S. Army supplies to New Orleans, Louisiana.


Captain Jacob Mahler, who signed this document, was from Wisconsin, and he was commissioned Captain, A.Q.M., U.S.A., on July 21, 1862, and was discharged on June 29, 1865.

American North West - Volcanic Obsidian $22.00

 

Civil War relic alligator – Franklin Par $495.00

 

mid 19th century Coconut Shell – DRINKIN $155.00

 

1864 U. S. Army Letter Regarding the Scho $20.00

H 40in. x D 20in.  H 40in. x D 14in.  H 28in. x D 21in.  H 15in. x D 20in.

Pendant light brass / crystal $2800.00

 

Pendant light $800.00

 

Early electric brass light $2800.00

 

H 15in. x D 20in. $0.00

H 33in. x D 12in.  H 40in. x D 28in. x 5in.  H 34in. x D 14in.  H 34in. x D 22in.

Art glass pendant light $2600.00

 

Double pendant brass light $950.00

 

pendant antique light in stained glass / o $1400.00

 

Pendant light MCM $1200.00

H 25in. x D 20in.

price per fixture  H 52in. x D 24in.


Brass/porcelain fully restored light fixture  H 48in. x D 20in.  H 38in. x D 12in.

Pendant lights in Deco period $1500.00

 

Antique pendant light $4800.00

 

Pendant light $2400.00

 

Pendant light $1500.00

H 14in. x D 12in.


more available  Best described here by our photo illustrations, this rarely seen set of Marine Corps uniform shoulder knots offer good evidence of age and originality while remaining in pleasing condition. Harkening back to a period when the number of Marines in service was limited, this set of knots will go well in any period military collection.


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 Measuring approximately 5 7/8 X 2 9/16 inches wide, this antique harmonica is constructed in the earliest style with riveted on reeds and unshielded plate held in place by black iron nails.    Pre dating the American made Hohner instrument of Matthias Hohner who started his harmonica manufacturing business in in 1857, this early <I> heteroglottal </I> type with the reeds attached to a separately-made reed plate (as opposed to the  method in which the tongue of the reed is cut out of the reed plate which surrounds it) is without the conventional protective reed covering plates.  Offered here untouched and as found as good evidence and preservation of the instrument’s originality, this early rarely surviving type will go well in any antique musical instrument collection and fit especially well in any 1830s through Civil War personal item grouping.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

  

 All in especially pleasing condition, this desirable two volume set by <U>James Fenimore Cooper</U>is titled <B><I> Naval History of the Navy of the United States of America </B></I> and was issued in English by Paris publisher: Baudry's European Library in 1839 the same year as the American and British first editions. Leather and board bindings are in excellent condition with only the most minor evidence of period handling.  Content is bright and clean with light edge foxing throughout.  Cooper, who had joined the navy at age 16, was already famous for his Leatherstocking Tales when he wrote his <I>History of the Navy of the United States of America</I> the winter of 1838-1839.  Published in 1839, it is still a valid history offering fascinating detailed accounts of U. S. Naval history and engagement from inception through the time of authorship.   An interesting read and a desirable addition to any library. 

      (An interesting period side note here is that a feud had long before developed between partisans of Oliver Hazard Perry and those of Jesse Duncan Elliott, his second in command, concerning Elliott's conduct during the battle of Lake Erie. While Cooper dutifully sifted the evidence and tried hard to be impartial, his account did not satisfy Perry's supporters, and Cooper was attacked in the press as a result. He answered his critics with the publication of <I>The Battle of Lake Erie in 1842.</I>)

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Antique style ornate light $950.00

 

Scarce! Early 1870s U. S. Marine – SHOUL $165.00

 

earlier through Civil War era - Harmonic

 

c. 1839 James Fenimore Cooper – History




<b>United States Congressman from New Jersey


Governor of New Jersey


Governor of Washington Territory</b>


(1817-1901) He graduated from Rutgers College, in 1836, and from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, in 1839. He then commenced a medical practice in Allentown, N.J. He served as a U.S. Congressman from 1847-51. Was the Governor of New Jersey 1857-1860. He served as a surgeon that superintended the drafting of Monmouth County, New Jersey Civil War soldiers in 1862, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864. He once again served in the U.S. Congress, from 1865-67. Newell was the Territorial Governor of Washington, 1880-1884. He served as a United States Indian Inspector, 1884-85. 


<u>Signature with Place</u>: 6 x 2, in ink, Wm. A. Newell, Allentown, Monmouth Co., New Jersey.     With a classic shallow depth of a mere 4 inches, flaring to a healthy 16 inch diameter with <U>wire reinforced rim</U>, this tinned sheet iron 19th century gold panning pan offers good evidence of age, originality and period use while remaining in sturdy, eye appealing condition.   Remaining uncleaned and as it was set aside decades ago, this pure old relic of the western gold fields offers that lead soldered country tinsmith construction that sets it apart from later and much more frequently encounter examples.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  H 24in. x D 16in.  H 32in. x D 16in.

Autograph, William A. Newell $25.00

 

original ! c. 1800s handcrafted - Gold P $155.00

 

Brass Pan Fixture $850.00

 

SQUARE ARTS AND CRAFTS PENDANT $1500.00

H 44in. x D 15in.  H 40in. x D 8in.  H 40in. x D 8in.  H 24in. x D 10in.

Vintage pendent light $750.00

 

MCM pendand light $0.00

 

MCM pendant $800.00

 

ORNATE PENDANT LIGHT $950.00

H 24in. x D 16in.  H 86in. x D 12in.  H 24in. x D 14in.


priced EACH

old glass  H 16in. x W 10in. x D 12in.

4 arm pendant light $1200.00

 

Mica Cathedral Fixture $3500.00

 

SET OF 4 milk glass pendants $750.00

 

! PAIR MARBLE ANTIQUE SCONCES $2800.00

H 38in. x D 18in

4 in stock  H 20in. x W 48in. x 12in.  Measuring approximately 15 ¼ X 20 1/2 this attractive Civil War vintage memorial is in memory of <U>Pvt. Charles F. Stuart</U>, Co. A or the hard fought <B>1st Maine Cavalry</B>. Popular in the Civil War period, these colorful memorials were uniquely created from a printed form, with hand painted application of  unit insignia and regimental identification, the soldier’s name, occasionally a tipped on portrait, and battle history . This example offers the subject’s participation with his Co. A 1st Maine Cavalry at the battles of <B>Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam </B> and <B>Fredericksburg</B> with a record of his death at Finley Army Hospital in 1863 and period photo portrait.  Best appreciated here by our illustrations, this desirable escutcheon offers good evidence of age and period originality while remaining bright, solid in form and will frame up to display nicely. 

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 Best described here by our photo illustration, this group of 12 Grand Army of the Republic uniform cap or cuff buttons are backmarked SCOVILLE MFG. CO. WATERBURY and remain on their original 2 X 4 ¼ inch button card.  A nice item for the Civil War veteran / GAR 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Warehouse light $450.00

 

INDUSTRIAL DOUBLE HEADED TASK LIGHT $1500.00

 

period 1st Maine Cavalry MEMORIAL ESCUTC $265.00

 

G. A. R. cap or cuff button group – on O

This unusual <I>donut</I> shaped flask measures approximately 3 ¾ inches in diameter and is marked <I>English Pewter – Sheffield – England</I> and remains in pleasing condition with an unpolished natural patina with good evidence of age and period use.

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       Another treasure from our over 50 years of scouring and accumulating, this Petersburg marked antique pick axe came to us when we were fortunate enough to augment our Maine collection (see: <I>MaineLegacy.com</I>) with a number of Civil War relics from the defunct Portland, Maine, Bosworth Post # 2, Department of Maine.  Best described here by our illustrations this relic pick is approximately 29 3/4 inches in total length measures about 23 1/4 inches tip to tip and remains in solid condition with good evidence of age and originality to include the bold <B>PETERSBURG 7 64</B> identification.  All is preserved under a coat of old <I>bug</I> shellac  just as it came from the disbanded GAR Post in the 1960s.    

     A relic of the July 1864 <B>Petersburg Mine</B> operation which led to the disastrous <B>Battle of the Crater</B>, Petersburg had surely been of special significance in the memories of many Bosworth Post veterans as, in the time of the <I>mining</I> effort and just prior to the Battle of the Crater, the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment had earned recognition their on June 18, 1864 as having suffered the greatest loss of men in a single battle of any Union unit in the Civil War.  Acquired from our friend and fellow collector, Maine historian and Portland preservationist, Prof. William B. Jordan who had acquired an interesting accumulation of historic mementoes from more than a single repository before it succumb to  1960s urban renewal.  One such landmark was the Bosworth G. A. R. Post which stood at 44 Free Street in Portland.   Our letter preserving the origin of the axe as emanating from Maine’s Bosworth Post #2 will be included with the relic.  <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 heavy tinned iron drinking cup measures 5 inches across the mouth with a stout iron riveted handle with a <U>permanently attached</U> 4 foot chain of heavy die-struck iron links.  Seldom surviving, likely due to the cumbersome chain in conventional use, these so called <I>gang-cups</I> were popularly utilized for drinking water for 19th century work gangs.    With use by labor crews, and <I>work gangs</I> of all description their can be little doubt that such would have found a way from the New England logging camp to the Civil War military camp in the South.   Classically mid-19th century in design and material, this sturdy drinking cup, chained to a water barrel, would afford a reliable drinking utensil to all without <I>wandering away</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>


 This traveling utility is reminiscent of a time when the lowly little corkscrew was a must have companion in every gentleman’s pocket, frontiersman’s <I>possible bag</I> or soldier’s haversack. Fashioned from relatively heavy iron for durability yet small and compact for easy carrying, this piece will fit properly in any 19th century personal item grouping. A neat <I>every day</I> utility seldom surviving, this example remains in nice, all original condition.  

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Unusual period Sheffield – Pewter - Spir $60.00

 

G. A. R. hall relic - July 1864 Petersbu $625.00

 

19th century chained Iron Drinking Cup $95.00

 

traveling / pocket - CORKSCREW $55.00

This small hospital steward or nurse’s marking slate measures approximately 6 ½ X 8 1/2 inches in its dovetailed and pegged joint construction wood frame.  The natural slate offers good evidence of period construction methods with the telltale, slightly uneven, surface of earlier to mid1800s hand planed slate sheet. The slate is deeply inscribed <B>BROADWAY LANDING</B> across the top with  <B>WARD No.</B>.  The reverse side has the roman numeral <B>XIX</B> crudely cut into the wood frame and the name Leon Silsby deeply inscribed into the slate. Both of these are much more crude than the hospital designation on the face of the slate but are clearly period. A rudimentary check produced no hits on Leon Silsby?  Broadway Landing Army Field Hospital was situated on the south side of the Potomac River a little more than a mile west of City Point and about four miles from the northern end of the Union trenches before Petersburg. (see: <I>Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War</I> p.266 also  PBS / Ken Burns <I>THE CIVIL WAR</I>) We were fortunate enough to acquire a little group of period marking slates some years ago with a small number of similarly marked Broadway Landing slates mixed in among plain examples. Though we have offered them out to collectors over the years keeping a single example for our own collection, we did uncover this offering from the group as we prepared for our recent move from Maine to Washington state.  A wonderful item for the Civil War medical enthusiast.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 


<b>United States Congressman & Senator from Vermont


United States Postmaster General</b>


(1791-1865) Born in Troy, New York, he moved with his family to Burlington, Vt., and graduated from the University of Vermont at Burlington in 1810. During the War of 1812, he was appointed a U.S. tax collector, and was responsible for collecting levies in support of the war effort. He then served as an officer in a Vermont Militia unit, and was appointed ensign in the 4th Regiment, commanded by William Williams, and served with an artillery unit on Vermont's border with Canada. After promotion to first lieutenant, Collamer served as aide-de-camp to Brigadier General John French, commander of the militia's 2nd Brigade, 4th Division. General French's unit left Orange County, Vt., for upstate New York in September 1814, in response to warnings of an imminent British invasion from Canada. When the brigade was crossing Lake Champlain enroute to Plattsburgh, he was sent ahead in a boat to inform Vermont Militia commander Samuel Strong that French's troops were on their way. Collamer was fired on by American sentinels, but was uninjured. Strong informed him that the Battle of Plattsburgh had taken place the day before, and the British had retreated. He studied law in St. Albans, Vt., was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Woodstock, Vt. until 1833. He served as a member of the Vermont State House of Representatives in 1821, 1822, 1827, and 1828. He was the State's Attorney for Windsor County, Vt., 1822-1824, and Judge of the Superior Court, of Vermont, 1833-1842. He was a U.S. Congressman, 1843-49, and served as Chairman of the Committee on Manufactures, and also served on the Committee on Public Lands. He opposed the extension of slavery, the Texas Annexation, and the Mexican War,  and received national recognition for his "Wool and Woolens" speech on American tariffs. He was appointed U.S. Postmaster General by President Zachary Taylor, and served in that position from 1849-50. He was elected U.S. Senator, as an anti-slavery Republican, and served from 1855-65. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills. At the Republican Nation Convention in 1856, at Philadelphia, Collamer received several votes for Vice President. In the Senate, he defended his positions vigorously. When the Committee on Territories, chaired by Senator Stephen A. Douglas, recommended passage of the Crittenden Amendment, which proposed resubmitting for popular vote the pro-slavery "Lecompton Constitution for Kansas," Collamer and James R. Doolittle of Wisconsin refused to vote in favor, but instead crafted a persuasive minority report explaining their opposition. He also represented the minority view in June 1860, when the select committee chaired by Virginia Senator James M. Mason issued its report on John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. Mason argued that Brown's raid was the work of an organized abolitionist movement, which needed to be curtailed with federal authority. Collamer and Doolittle countered that John Brown and his followers had been caught, and punished, and that further government action was unnecessary. His years on the bench helped develop his reputation as the best lawyer in the Senate, and his colleagues were known to pay close attention to his remarks on the Senate floor. Influential Senator Charles Sumner referred to Collamer as the "Green-Mountain Socrates" and called him the wisest and best balanced statesman of his time. In 1861, he authored the bill to invest the President with new war powers and give Congressional approval to the war measures that President Abraham Lincoln had taken under his own authority at the start of his administration. Collamer was the lead senator of the nine Republicans who visited President Lincoln in 1862 to argue for change in the composition of his cabinet by persuading him to replace his Secretary of State, William H. Seward.  He was Chairman of the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, and the Committee on the Library. After the war ended, he opposed the Reconstruction plans of Presidents' Abraham Lincoln, and Andrew Johnson, and was an advocate of congressional control over the process of readmitting former Confederate States back into the Union. Collamer died at his home in Woodstock, Vt., on November 9, 1865, and was buried in Woodstock's River Street Cemetery. In 1881, the state of Vermont donated a marble statue of Senator Jacob Collamer, created by Preston Powers, to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall.


<u>Signature with Place</u>: 5 x 1 1/4, in ink, J. Collamer, Woodstock, Vt.   Best described here by our photo illustrations, this handmade elk antler cribbage board measures approximately 12 ¼ inches in length and offers a pleasing natural patina as good evidence of age.  A nice old gaming item without spending a lot of money. <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>



 Of interest to collectors in a variety of categories from early photography daguerreotype plates & cases to mid-19th century lighting and silver plate tableware as well as the medical enthusiast, this 19th century dosage spoon is a product of the versatile Waterbury, Conn. manufacturer <I>Holmes, Booth & Hayden</I>.  Best described here by our illustrations, this silver plate, graduated dosage spoon measures approximately 9 inches in length and remains in untouched and excellent condition with an attractive age patina and is boldly marked <B><I> Holmes Booth & Haydens Pat. 1885 </B></I>.  Founded in 1853 as a manufacturer of photograph cases, lens, daguerreotype silver plates, and other photographic apparatus, the firm name quickly became associated with the 18th century manufacture of oil lamps and lanterns as well as a variety of silver plate tableware.  Produced in limited quantity in comparison to their other products, this piece will be a welcome find in a number of 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>

Civil War ARMY HOSPITAL STEWARD SLATE $345.00

 

Autograph, Jacob Collamer $35.00

 

antique Elk Antler - CRIBBAGE BOARD $65.00

 

Holmes Booth & Hayden Pat. 1885 ANTIQUE $125.00




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