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8 x 9 1/4, manuscript in ink. Request addressed to Capt. R.M. Potter, M.[ilitary] S.[tore] Keeper. Sir, Please let me have: the document is an itemized list of supplies needed which includes kersey, shirt buttons, thread, black muslin, spools of cotton, bales of wadding and blue cloth. Signed, Respectfully, W.C. Irvine, Jany. 15- [18]57. Written at the top of the document in pencil is New Mexico, Terr.[itory]. Dated on the reverse, January 15, 1857. Light age toning and wear.


Captain Rueben Marmaduke Potter, the recipient of this document, was born in New Jersey, and enlisted on March 23, 1848, as 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Quarter Master's Department and appointed Military Store Keeper, an officer who was in charge of issuing military supplies to the army.  He retired from the U.S. Army on June 30, 1882, and died on March 18, 1890.   


Full color print by H.A. Ogden titled, "Sheridan At Five Forks, April 1, 1865." Copyright 1912, by The War Memorial Association. 9 x 12. Excellent illustration of General "Little Phil" Sheridan leading the assault at the battle of Five Forks, Va. on his gallant black horse Rienzi as he jumps over the Confederate breastworks while the general is holding his guidon.    


<b>His troops killed the legendary Confederate General John Hunt Morgan</b> 


(1830-75) He graduated in the West Point class of 1851 and served against the Florida Seminoles and on the frontier of Texas. During the Civil War he served at the battles of Mill Springs, Ky., and Shiloh, Tenn. In May 1862, he became colonel of the 10th Tennessee Union Infantry and at the insistance of Andrew Johnson, Gillem was appointed brigadier general of volunteers to rank from August 17, 1863. In 1864, it was his troops that killed the celebrated Confederate guerrilla, General John Hunt Morgan. He later served under General George Stoneman in western North Carolina, commanding a cavalry division. In January 1865, he was vice president of the Tennessee convention and in April became a member of the state legislature. 


<u>Signature With Rank</u>: Partial document signed in ink sent to the head of the U.S. Quartermaster General's Office, Major General Thomas S. Jessup. Sir- I have the honor to enclose to you my Quartermaster papers for the month of January 1852. To Maj. Genl. T.S. Jessup, Quarter Master Genl, U.S.A. Very Respectfully, Your obt. Servant, A.C. Gillem, Lt. & A.A.Q.M. Docket on the reverse: 161. Lieut. A.C. Gillem, Fort Meade, Feb. 10/52. Recd. Feb. 28/52. 7 3/4 x 6 1/2. Light wear and staining at the fold at left edge. Very desirable Union General's signature with his connection to the killing of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan!


<u>WBTS Trivia</u>: 


The recipient of this document, Major General Thomas Sidney Jesup, was a United States Army officer known as the "Father of the Modern Quartermaster Corps." His 52 year military career was one of the longest in the history of the U.S. Army.


Fort Meade, Florida, where this document originated from, is the oldest city in Polk County, Florida dating its origins to 1849 when it was established along a new military road from Fort Brooke to Fort Pierce following the 2nd Seminole War. The town and road were originally sited by then Lieutenant George G. Meade of the U.S. Corps of Topographical Engineers, whose commander named it for him. Meade went on to become a famous Union Major General during the Civil War defeating Confederate General Robert E. Lee during the epic 3 day battle of Gettysburg, July 1,2,3, 1863.   Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was stationed at the fort in 1851. The town was burned by Union forces in 1864.   


2 x 4 1/4, cream colored ribbon with vignette at the center of an American flag with blue imprint, 18th Conn. Vols. Reunion Sept. 26th, 1862-1868. Light age toning and typical wear. No pin, ribbon only.


The 18th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment saw their share of action participating in the battles of Winchester, New Market, Harrisonburg, Piedmont, Lexington, Buchanan, Liberty, Quaker Church, Lynchburg, Salem, Hedgeville, Snicker's Ford, Kernstown, Martinsburg, Cedar Creek, Stony Point, Middletown, Opequon, Hallstown and Charlestown, Va.

1857 Request to U. S. Army for Stores $15.00

 

General Philip H. Sheridan at Five Forks $15.00

 

General Alvan C. Gillem $75.00

 

18th Connecticut Volunteers Reunion Ribb $15.00

This neat little Chinese motif stamp box is fashioned from sheet brass with applied cast bronze embellishments and is offered here with two  period penned notations each carefully trimmed to fit the delicate hinged container. The brown ink notations advise: <I><U> This stamp box was bought in the Chinese settlement in Helena Mont. by Dorr F. Diefendorf. 1892</I></U> and <B><I> This Penny traveled 7000 Miles through the West in the Pocket of Door F. Diefendorf. 1892 </B></I>. Our initial research found that Door F. Diefendorf was born in 1875 in New York and became a prominent Methodist Pastor listed in <I>Who Was Who in America</I> as well as <I>Who’s Who among North American Authors</I>.  Some additional research may shed light on Rev. Diefendorf’s travels in the American West, particularly what took him to the Chinese settlement in Helena, Montana.  A neat piece of Americana with potential interest for the early Western Rail Road 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>


 Those who know us and those familiar with our MaineLegacy.com museum site will be surprised to see us offer such a Maine related item here but as we dig through our 50 plus year accumulation we find we must necessarily accommodate dwindling space and father time.  Accordingly we have decided to offer this fine condition old John Stetson Co. / Lt. Col Charles S. Emerson slouch hat to a deserving new home.  Best described here as to eye appeal and condition by our photo illustrations, suffice it to say this wonderful old Civil War veteran’s slouch hat remains in fine condition in all respects while offering good evidence of age and careful period wearing.   Constructed of the finest soft wool felt the hat retains its nicely embossed <I>Pat. 1878</I>  sweat band logo identifying the maker as <I>James Stetson Co. Phila.</I> and turn of the century  Maine hatter as <I>T. J. Murphy – Lewiston</I>. (see: turn of the century publication <I>Leading Business Men of Lewiston, Augusta and Vicinity</I>  A period glazed gauze label on the sweat band bears identity to <I> Charles S. Emerson</I>.  The hat sports a 19th Corps 1st Division corps device on the side of its crown.  Interestingly, the crimson Civil War corps device is held in place by a narrow silk ribbon so as to be removable or applied in accordance with the occasion and desire of the wearer.  (We have seen this feature before but applied to display of the usual GAR device at the front of the crown.)

      Well documented by frequent reference in John Mead Gould’s period history of the <I> 1st 10th and 29th Maine Volunteer Infantry</I>, the text of which is available on the internet, suffice it to say here that Col. Emerson entered the service on May 3 1861 giving his residence as from the Auburn side of the Androscoggin River of the <I>twin cities</I> of  Lewiston / Auburn where he would return and live out his life.  Commissioned as Captain of Co. H of the 1st Maine Infantry Emmerson would retain command of that Co. in the 10th Maine and be promoted to Field & Staff of the 10th as Major in January 1863.   Promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel in November 1863, Charles Emerson was transferred to the Field & Staff of the 29th Maine on May 31 1864 and would muster out on June 21, 1866.  During service with the 19th Corps 1st Division’s  10th & 29th Maine, Colonel Emerson’s Regiments would be represented at such actions as at Culpeper, VA -  Frederick, MD - Manassas, Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Antietam and Chancellorsville. 

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 No photographers back mark but a nice period example of from the well known Mathew Brady of Mary Lincoln in mourning attire.  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 !  Best described here by our photo illustrations, we acquired this scarcely recovered, die struck 3rd Corps 1st Division device from the personal collection of Dr. Francis Lord, additionally this exact badge <U>is illustrated</U> in his <I>Lord’s Civil War Collector’s Encyclopedia</I> Vol. II page 43.  It should be noted further that though not described in detail beyond the Vol. II inclusion of the corps badge group, this badge retains fragments of red enamel on the back identifying it as 1st Division.  Lords personal collection notation on this device indicated that it was a <B>Gettysburg</B> recovery.   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 the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of 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 valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  <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>

ethnic Americana - Helena Montana Chines $95.00

 

Civil War Veteran - Stetson SLOUCH HAT $595.00

 

Mary Lincoln in mourning – PERIOD CDV $75.00

 

Lord’s ‘Civil War Collectors Encyclopedi $165.00

Our well-equipped Union troop stands full length before a painted patriotic backdrop befitting the occasion after dawning what we suspect to be equipage provided for by the photographer for the purpose.  Matted, framed and housed in its original case, the image retains its period penned notation found behind the photo:  <I>Ille Christus Cor Unum</I> (That Christ is the one) <B> Geo. R. Merrill</B> <I>Aug. 14th 1863</I>.   Though a bit of an enigma as our man appears in what is considered common foot soldier equipage, the excellent condition of which seems to support our inclination that Merrill’s knapsack, haversack, canteen and especially his choice of a Mod. 1842 musket are of photographer’s supply it seems that our man is indeed <U>Pvt. (later Sgt.) George R. Merrill</U>  Co. I,  <B>1st U. S. Sharp Shooters</B>.   Unlikely as it may be to find a Sharp Shooter attired as we see Merrill here, it should be said that extensive research of all State and Federal Union rosters (discounting those serving in the cavalry, mounted artillery or navy and those not in service on the date of the photo), <U>produced but one</U> <I>George R. Merrill</I> a.k.a <I>**Merr<B>e</B>ll</I>.

      Research queries included potential spelling variations and utilized, but were not limited to, all Union State and Federal material offered by the <I>Historical Data Systems, Ancestry.com, Fold 3</I> and <I>National Park Service</I> databases.   **Geo. R. Merrill is listed in the HDS erroneously as Geo. R. Merrell (see: <I>Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers 1861-65</I>).  Numerous period records (see Illustration) clearly show Merrill and Merrell are one and the same Geo. R Merrill serving in Co. I 1st U. S. Sharp Shooters.  

      George R. Merrill was 22 years of age when on February 15, 1862 he enlisted at Mooreville, Michigan as a Private of Co. I U. S. Volunteers 1st Sharp Shooters. He is listed as promoted to Sargent and <B>killed in action</B> at Wilderness, Virginia, May 7,1864.  While this outstanding 6th plate tintype shows some light period creasing it displays well as will be seen in our photo illustrations and will make a pleasing addition to any quality Civil War image collection.

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 All in nice condition with no chips, cracks or other condition issues this neat old Irish Malt Whiskey  bottle will make a nice companion piece for the ethnic collector, 19th century saloon, gambling hall or Frontier West enthusiast.  (see: 1860s 1870s Liverpool Directories ) <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 an enigma upon referencing the U. S. Patent office description referring to the <I>WASHBURN PAT. MAR. 27. 94</I> (1894) -<I> FEB 4. 96.</I>(1896) clip simply as a <I>cuff holder</I> with patent 517,084 issued 3/27/1894 as a <I>clasp</I>, playing card and gambling enthusiasts have long sought out these strange little clasps as a period card cheat, <I>hold-out</I> devise popularly utilized by unscrupulous gamblers.  Capable of securing the proverbial <I>ace up your sleeve</I> with one end of the clip attached inside the sleeve-opening above the cuff and the other clipped to the card Washburn’s device would serve a slight of hand <I>river boat slicky</I> or gambling hall cheat well whatever the patent intent.  The clip was invented by prolific inventor of clips, clasps and fasteners James V. Washburne of Morrison, Ill.  A neat little piece of Americana, this hard to find relic of the late 1800s will lay well in any period playing card 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>



 Measuring 36 inches in total length this all original 19th century walking stick offers a silver band inscribed <I>Jera Mansfield</I> and is topped by an age cracked and nicely age patinated ivory head.  While missing its tapered ferrule tip, the rosewood shaft remains in pleasing to the eye condition with no cracks, repairs or major dings and retains its original finish while offering good evidence of age and originality with period use and carrying.  Good fodder for additional research, this descendent acquired cane is attributed to <B><I>Jera Mansfield</B></I> who was born in Dudley, Massachusetts in 1825, immigrated to California in 1849 and passed away in Napa, California at age 71 in 1896.  Upon his passing the <I>Sacramento Daily Record-Union</I> advised under the heading <B><I>DEATH OF A PIONEER</B></I> that <I>’Mr. Mansfield <U>came to California in 1849, and was a member of the Society of Pioneers</U>, was a director of the Bank of Napa and <U>one of the wealthiest citizens of Napa County</U></I>.  The Napa Valley newspaper further advised that <I> His estate is estimated to be worth several hundred thousand dollars.</I>  A tidy sum in 1896, our perusal of the years of U.S. censes material while Mansfield was a Californian simply show him as a <I>’farmer’</I>.   Good fodder for the collector / historian who enjoys research, one wonders how Jera Mansfield acquired his millions in today’s money?  Known today for its expanse of fine vineyards which began producing wine in quantity a short time following his arrival in Napa one wonders if Mansfield’s amassing of wealth was in connection with the budding wine industry that began in the Napa Valley just a short time after the Massachusetts Yankee’s arrival or was he one of the fortunate gold rush immigrants to California who found wealth in the gold fields?   Set aside for some years in our own early cane accumulation it is time to offer this historic 19th century stick to an appreciative new home.  <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>

outstanding! armed & well equipped - Ide

 

Mid 1800s W & J FLETT Irish Malt Whiske $75.00

 

Pat. 1896 SHIRT CUFF - PLAYING CARD ‘HOL $55.00

 

Massachusetts to California ‘49er’ - in $185.00

      A bit of a departure from our usual but in the spirit of <I>something for everyone</I> we could not resist the opportunity to acquire this period authentic pair of bronze Spanish Conquistador stirrups.  Offered here as found, and unpolished with an attractive natural age patina, this authentic matched pair of Conquistador saddle stirrups measure a full 11 ¼ inches in length, are 4 inches wide by 5 ½ inches high and <U>should not be confused with later, popularly cast smaller <I>display</I> examples.</U>  Most likely evolving in Europe to aid rider stability under the weight of protective armor, utilization of these heavy enclosed stirrups not only offered protection but provided a solid base from which the advancing horseman could stand while wielding sword or lance.  While widely thought to have been introduced to this continent by Spanish Conquistadors  it is believed that such were also subsequently produced on this continent.   A nice display item on the shelf, the shape and construction of these stirrups would lend themselves well to wall display.  <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 most interest to the advanced percussion era accessories collector, black powder cartridge enthusiast, or fine period arms collector who would view this offering as an outstanding companion pair to accompany a <I>minty</I> percussion firearm, our photographs will likely offer the best description.  Unmarked as to maker, this fine condition percussion capper offers good evidence of age and originality while showing minimal evidence of period use.   External surfaces retain a nearly full complement of its original clear lacquer finish still preserving a period original bright finish and internal surfaces remain clean and operable with natural age patina.  Acquired together as a pair, this offering includes a rarely found in any condition  <B>COX’S BEST WATERPROOF PERCUSSION CAPS </B> marked percussion cap tin retaining an impressive amount of its original lustrous period lacquer finish while offering complement of Cox’s percussion caps.  A rare find in any condition this fine all original pair will brighten any quality collection.

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 This outstanding hand blown Master Cologne bottle stands approximately 11 1/8 inches and features a distinctly mid 18th century / first quarter 19th century sheared and applied lip top with a deep broken pontil base.   The deep amber color of its heavy glass is set off by the remains of its French cologne label.  A really nice early bottle in fine condition.  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 outstanding little 19th century traveling spice set comes in its original 7 ¼ inch covered container complete with lid and a strong complement of its period lacquer (<I>japanning</I>) finish.  All demonstrating desirable Civil War period construction techniques and remaining in excellent untouched condition just as it has set since stored away decades ago, this cooking spice set contains six cylindrical tin containers measuring 2 1/8 inches in diameter by 2 1/8 inches high.  Each tin retains a near full complement of period finish with strong period stenciling.  Nestled in the center is a 1 ½ inch diameter by 2 ½ inch high shaker with finger loop.  All completely original and as found with good age yet remaining in pleasing condition, this spice set will set well in any period mess or cooking related 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!

period authentic – Spanish Conquistador $125.00

 

rare! near as new condition! original $525.00

 

hand blown - blob top Master Cologne BOT $55.00

 

Civil War era undersize - TRAVELING SPIC $98.00

Not for the razor enthusiast seeking fine condition examples of the category, but a desirable period <I>used and carried</I> personal item of the time for the historian / collector who covets the eye appeal and character of the everyday item so frequently <I>used up</I> and cast away in the period.  This well used straight razor offers a pleasing condition whale baleen grip while the tang of the razor bares the barely legible marking of the HOBSON, HOUGHTON & CO LTD Steel Works who commenced work in Sheffield in 1863.  The period paper mache case offers the considerable attention of the original owner who covered the case in cotton cord macrame.  A popular hand craft of the period, while macrame is most frequently attributed seafarers the skill was a pastime of many a coastal born Civil War volunteer.  With considerable evidence of period ware and carrying, this example remains in solid condition.    <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Best described here by our illustrations except to advise that while offering good evidence of age, originality and period use, save the missing tip of the two closure straps and a buckle, these Mod. 1859 saddlebags remain complete, solid and ready for display on the Civil War McClellan saddle or simply set out in any period grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 These seldom found original 18th century Liverpool Transfer Ceramic Buttons remain in excellent original condition and will be best described by our photo illustrations.  A special find when offered individually, a set of five of these desirable buttons presents a special opportunity. An especially nice grouping for the 1700s button and sewing item enthusiast, these buttons are photographed with a US quarter fore size comparison.   <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 purchased this attractive hand carved peach pit watch fob from the personal collection of Dr. Francis Lord.  The piece <U>is illustrated</U> in his <I>Lord’s Civil War Collector’s Encyclopedia</I> Vol. V page 217 where the author identifies the fob simply as once the property of <I><B> T. Williams, 1st Maine Infantry</I></B>.  Recently rediscovered as we peruse long set aside Maine related items we find that some in depth research will be necessary to nail down our <I>T. Williams</I> of the <I>1st Me. Inf.</I>. as our initial check of Maine rosters did not produce a 1st <U>Infantry</U> T. Williams.   As there were four Mainers by that name serving in 1st Maine designated units, (1st Me. SS, 1st Heavy & two in the 1st Me. Cav.) we assume the <I>Infantry</I> reference was in error in the book or more likely that one of the four served in the three month 1st Maine Infantry prior to enlisting in one of the above.  

      Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of the pioneer Civil War collector will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of 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 valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.

mid-19th century baleen STRAIGHT RAZOR $65.00

 

Civil War vintage - pattern of 1859 - M $285.00

 

rarely offered set of 5 - 18th Century L $295.00

 

Dr. Francis Lord collection – published $225.00

Full length and <I>well got up</I> for his photo, this classic early Civil War drum major will best be described by our photo illustration.  One of those pleasing ambrotypes with the extra depth and eye appeal offered by the early process ruby glass backing this images will show well in any Civil War grouping.

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 Best described here by our photo illustrations, this all original <I>tooth key</I> dental instrument shows good evidence of period use and age yet remains in pleasing condition ready for display.  Used from the period or the American Revolution through the Civil War era, (see: National Museum of Civil War Medicine collection) this menacing looking instrument was sure to dispatch a troublesome molar when wheedled by barber, doctor, dentist. This example will fit well in any quality medical / dental 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>  H 42in. x D 10in.

Great old glass    set of 2  H 24in. x D 13in.

Civil War vintage Bandsman / DRUM MAJOR $435.00

 

original 18th through mid-19th century T

 

COOL pendant lights from the 50's $0.00

 

Old brass pendant light w / blue swirl sha $0.00

H 36in. x W 52in. x D 14in.  H 22in. x D 36in.  H 42in. x D 30in.  H 19in. x W 12in. x D 21in.

INDUSTRIAL TRIPLE LIGHT $0.00

 

MCM art glass pendant light w / Vienne gla $0.00

 

COOL INDUSTRIAL LIGHTS IN QUANTITY $0.00

 

EXTERIOR WALL SCONCES CA 1920 $0.00

H 36in. x D 14in.  H 17in. x D 16in.  


<b>One of the most desirable flags in War Between The States history!


The Last Confederate Flag That Flew Over Fort Sumter, South Carolina!</b>


A fragment of the 2nd National Confederate flag that flew over Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina until it was evacuated by the Rebels on February 17th, 1865, once owned by General Thomas Abram Huguenin. He was present at the capture of Fort Sumter on April 12th & 13th, 1861 and commanded the rear guard at the evacuation of Morris Island. He was in command of Fort Sumter from July of 1864 to February 17, 1865 and was the last to leave the fort. Two months after the evacuation of Fort Sumter Huguenin surrendered at Greensboro and would later be paroled at the end of the war. During the war he was wounded on four occasions never incapacitating him from performing his duties. The Second National Flag of the Confederacy, also known as the "Stainless Banner," was adopted on May 1, 1863. This flag caused confusion because its long white field often made it look like a surrender flag while lying limp. It was replaced with the Third National Confederate Flag on March 1st, 1865. The 2nd National flag was the type that was removed from the fort by General Huguenin when he evacuated the fort. An example of that style of flag is shown above. This small remnant was part of the entire remnant that is accompanied by a copy of the note attesting that the remnant was once part of the last Confederate flag that flew over Fort Sumter that was given to the previous owner by General Thomas Abram Huguenin, and a copy photo of the interior of Fort Sumter. This very handsome 11 x 14 display is double matted in Confederate gray and trimmed in red. The cloth remnant of this famous Confederate flag in the center of this display measures approximately 1/2 x 5/8. A letter of provenance and authenticity is included. Shrink wrapped and ready to frame. Rare and very desirable Fort Sumter relic.  


5 x 7 3/4, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf,

New Orleans, November 12, 1862


General Orders No. 94


The following named Officers, serving in this Department, have been reported by the Commissary General, to the Paymaster General, recommending the stoppage of their pay, for non-rendition of their returns and accounts in the Commissary Department, as required by law and regulations; and the same have been reported to the Paymaster of this Department by the Paymaster General ordering their pay stopped.


Lieut. A. Putney, 8th N.H. Vols.

Lieut. H.G. Cushing, 8th N.H. Vols.

Lieut. Chas. D. Webb, 12th Maine Vols.

Lieut. J.H. Crowell, 14th Maine Vols.

Lieut. W.A. Brainerd, 13th Maine Vols.

Lieut. Stewart Newell, 4th Wisconsin Vols.

Lieut. James Monroe, 26th Massachusetts Vols.

Lieut. J.W. Cushing, 31st Massachusetts Vols.

Lieut. L.C. Howell, 31st Massachusetts Vols.

Lieut. E.A. Fisk, 30th Massachusetts Vols.

Lieut. C.W. Stone, 6th Michigan Vols.

Lieut. J.A. Leonard, 1st Louisiana Vols.

Lieut. J.B. Bromley, 13th Connecticut Vols.


By Command of 

MAJOR GENERAL BUTLER


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


Excellent condition.

RUSTY CAGE LIGHTS X4 $0.00

 

Pair of classic pendant lights in brass / $0.00

 

Last CSA Flag to Fly Over Fort Sumter $350.00

 

Officers in the Dept. of the Gulf to Hav $10.00




Celluloid pin back button with a full color bust view illustration of President Abraham Lincoln with gold background on the obverse. This is what is known as the famous $5 bill pose. The original image was taken by Anthony Berger, of Mathew Brady's Gallery, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, February 9, 1864. The button measures 1 1/4 x 1 1/4. Complete with the original pin on the reverse. Circa early 1900's. Very fine condition.


WBTS Trivia: Thirty years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, his eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln said, "I have always thought this Brady photograph of my father to be the most satisfactory likeness of him." 

 


<b>Confederate salt print photograph</b>


(1825-1901) A native of Kentucky, he saw action in the Mexican War as a lieutenant in the 3rd Kentucky Infantry. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Taylor was appointed lieutenant colonel, of the 1st Kentucky Infantry, and colonel to rank from October 14, 1861. After service in the Virginia Peninsular campaign, the 1st Kentucky, one of the state's 12 months regiments, was mustered out in the summer of 1862. Taylor then reported to General Edmund Kirby Smith in East Tennessee and commanded a brigade in Stevenson's division at Cumberland Gap and in Kentucky. While serving under General John C. Pemberton at Vicksburg, he was captured and paroled, and after his exchange he commanded the District of South Mississippi and East Louisiana. At the end of the war he was post commander at Mobile, Alabama.


Wet plate, salt print, carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 1/8 card. Bust view in Confederate uniform taken after his November 1862 appointment to brigadier general. Very tiny chip out of the photographic paper at the bottom edge well away from the subject. Light age toning. No imprint. This is a rare, war time Confederate salt print image. Very desirable.

 


<b>25th North Carolina Infantry


Wounded three times during the War Between The States</b>


(1839-1921) Born in South Carolina, he attended the University of Virginia. Rutledge, whose grandfather was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was recalled by a friend as being a, "boyish looking young man of 22, with military education and bearing," but by war's end Rutledge was a battle scarred veteran. He was commissioned lieutenant of infantry in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, on May 21, 1861, and was commissioned major of the 25th North Carolina Infantry, on August 15, 1861. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, on April 29, 1862, and colonel, on May 17, 1862. He was wounded three times during the war; at Malvern Hill, Va., when he was stunned by an artillery shell, but he recovered in time to command his troops with much enthusiasm at Sharpsburg, where he was again wounded, and afterwards was presented with a horse that was bought by his men; he led the regiment at Plymouth in 1864, and briefly commanded the brigade at Drewry's Bluff; he was hospitalized for a gunshot wound in June 1864, but returned to the army, and surrendered with General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, Va., on April 9, 1865. Colonel Rutledge recalled, the disheartening day when Grant's army overran the thin Confederate lines at Five Forks, a few days before the final surrender. He wrote, "I was attempting to whip the enemy with the 25th North Carolina, and I knew I could do it. I thought I was getting along finely, until I happened to look to the front, left and right, and saw we were surrounded with but a small loop hole to get through. We backed through that, emptying into their faces the last cartridge we had."  After the war he returned to Hampton Hall, his plantation on the Santee River, in S.C., that had been in his family since 1686. In 1918, he revisited the Antietam battlefield with his son and startled a tour guide, who had just regaled some tourists with the story of Henry M. Rutledge, serving as the youngest colonel of the Confederacy in the battle. He maintained his farming operations until he died in 1921. He is buried in St. John's in the Wilderness Cemetery, Flat Rock, N.C. 


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 card. Standing view posed in front of a studio back drop, wearing a double breasted Confederate colonel's frock coat with 3 stars on the collar, and braiding on the sleeves, rectangular belt plate, and holding his kepi with braiding on the top of it. No imprint. Card is trimmed at the corners and edges. There are 2 small areas of ink coloration at the bottom corners of the print edges which do not affect the subject. Light age toning. Rare and very desirable Confederate colonel.  


Provenance: An early war time image of Henry M. Rutledge as lieutenant, is published in, "Portraits of Conflict; A Photographic History of North Carolina in the Civil War." You can easily see that the Rutledge cdv that I am offering is in fact the same officer as the one in the published source mentioned above. 


The 25th North Carolina Infantry saw action in the 7 Days battles, at Malvern Hill, Harper's Ferry, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Bermuda Hundred, Petersburg, Plymouth, N.C., Five Forks, Sayler's Creek and in the Appomattox campaign, to name a few of their battle honors.


Sources: Units of the Confederate States Army; Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-65; and Portraits of Conflict; A Photographic History of North Carolina in the Civil War.    


(1807-1870) Born at Stratford, in Westmoreland County, Va., he was the son of the legendary Revolutionary War hero, "Lighthorse Harry" Lee. Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1829 without a single demerit to his name in 4 years! He emerged from the Mexican War with one wound, three brevets for gallantry, a brilliant reputation, and the ever lasting esteem of the commanding General of the United States Army, Winfield Scott, who said Robert E. Lee was "the very best soldier that I ever saw in the field." Served as Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point, 1852-55, and he commanded the detachment that captured John Brown at Harper's Ferry in 1859. Lee turned down President Lincoln's offer for him to command the Union Army in 1861, as he said he could never raise his sword against his native Virginia. Instead he was appointed commander of all military forces of Virginia, and soon after general in the Regular Army of the Confederate States of America. During the War Between The States, he commanded the Army of Northern Virginia at such battlefields as 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, Richmond and Appomattox. His reputation became legendary and he might very well be the most famous soldier in American history! In the last years of his life, he served as president of Washington College at Lexington, Va. (now Washington & Lee University) where he is buried in the chapel.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform. No imprint. Excellent portrait.

President Abraham Lincoln Celluloid Butt $15.00

 

CDV, Confederate General Thomas H. Taylo $250.00

 

CDV, Confederate Colonel Henry M. Rutled $350.00

 

CDV, Confederate General Robert E. Lee $20.00

      A bit of an enigma to us as we had not encountered such before we uncovered this <B>ARNOLD & SONS London</B> marked instrument in a small cash of Civil War and earlier medical / surgical instruments, our familiarity with the maker and Confederate use of their wares by way of blockade runner meant we’d have to take it home.   While we have not been able to locate another for study and comparison  we were successful in acquiring an image of the torturous looking thing from a period Arnold & Sons instrument catalogue.  Aside from dimensions and construction information our photos will likely offer the best description.  This and an appreciation of the 19th surgeon’s  emphasis on speed when accomplishing field <I>bite the bullet</I> amputation, leaves little to the imagination.  Surely faster than a surgical saw, one would think splintering would have been an issue and likely the reason the later would have been preferred to this instrument.  

      Measuring approximately  17 inches in total length this 7/8 inch thick instrument is fashioned from now darkly patinaed surgical steel blade component and mated receiver, each constructed with a stoutly tapered integral 12 inch arm.  Each of the two pivoting steel components is sandwiched between slabbed rosewood held firm with heavy iron pins.  All components remain solid and in pleasing condition with an eye appealing age and good evidence of period use. 

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 This scarce all original 19th century <I><B>DOUBLE 9</I></B> bone and ebony domino set is complete with 55 dominos housed in their original 8 11/16 x 5 11/16 x 2 1/8 inch walnut case. Offering good evidence of age with period use and wear, the large 1 x 2 x ¼ inch game pieces sport an attractive natural patina with telltale 19th century construction in the form of play worn saw marks on the slabbed bone, slightly irregular brass <I>spinners</I> and virgin ebony backs.  In the scarce 55 piece, Double 9 format as opposed to the more common 28 piece Double 6 domino set, this game will set well in any Civil War period grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Just acquired from an old collection put together when such quality could be found, this classic style of the Civil War era, pine framed oval travel mirror measures approximately 6 ¾ X 4 7/16 inches wide and remains in excellent original and untouched condition with no cracks, stains or other condition issues.  The original antique mercury backed mirror remains in place with no cracks or scratches and only some age blemishes to the mirror backing as occurred with this period process. Still retains its original brass loop for hanging.  A desirable piece for the Civil War personal item 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>  With the exception of some age staining on its <B>EVANS</B> marked single blade, this tortoise shell mounted, folding medical fleam remains in excellent condition and remains in its original pressed paper mache case.  A nice addition to any Mexican War / Civil War era medical grouping.   As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

rare! 19th Century Arnold & Sons / Londo $875.00

 

antique - bone & ebony Double 9 - 55 pie $195.00

 

Civil War vintage Travel - SHAVING MIRR $135.00

 

Earlier through mid 1800s - CASED MEDICA $55.00

This pleasing malacca wood cane with the gold monogramed <B>R. B. P.</B> band will best be  described here by our photo illustrations except to advise that it was acquired from an established collection where it was attributed to late <B>Major General Robert B. Potter</B>.  Potter enlisted on October 12, 1861 as a Major , Field & Staff <B>51st New York Infantry</B>.  He was quickly promoted to Lt. Colonel on November 1, 1861 and was awarded command  as Colonel of the 51st N. Y. Infantry on September 20, 1862.  Col. Potter was promoted to Brig. General on March 29, 1863 then Bvt. Major General, August 1. 1865 and Major General on September 29, 1865.  He took part in Burnside's expedition to North Carolina, led the assault at Roanoke Island, was wounded at New Berne, and participated in the battles of Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, Antietam where he took part in the assault on the stone bridge and was wounded and Fredericksburg.  Potter commanded a  division at Vicksburg, the siege of Knoxville and commanded a division in the Wilderness campaign and was severely wounded during the final assault on Petersburg.  ( see: <I>The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History</I> by John F. Schmutz)    Affiliated with the Atlantic & Great Western Rail Road after the Civil War, Gen. Potter died in Newport R. I> in 1887 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. <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>  Showing good evidence of age and originality to include that telltale crazing that comes with time to the old mercury backed mirrors, and remnants  of the period advertiser label, this little  3 7/8 X 2 3/8 traveling or <I>pocket</I> mirror will be a find for the Civil War personal item enthusiast.  Seldom surviving out of their period, such mercury backed mirrors were likely an advertising giveaway by  <I>Joseph Ward & Co -  Manufacturers of - LOOKING GLASSES – 94 Hanover Street – Boston Mass.</I> (see: Civil War date Boston Directory).  Free or at the least very inexpensive, these fragile little mirrors would have made popular <I>stuffers</I> for the ladies putting together small <I>travel packs</I> of light weight, practically orientated gifts for departing soldiers.  <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>



 Available in reprint for reading, nothing will set off a nice old primitive hunting, fishing and <I>gunning</I> display like a well-used and rarely surviving original printing of the anonymously authored classic <I>The Art of Hunting, Trapping & Fishing</I>.  In addition to information on these subjects the title page boasts material on <I>the art of training dogs – using the gun and rifle – the best known methods of preserving, tanning and dying all kinds of skins and furs</I>.  This rarely surviving period example offers the remains of the attractive green paper on board cover and retains the original paper label of the Union Publishing Co. of Newark, New Jersey.  Offering eye appealing field ware with original boards and a period <I>make do</I> jute cord binding  this attractive old outdoorsman guide remains tight and complete in 68 pages with no loose, torn or otherwise damaged pages, the 14 wood cut illustrations will offer pleasant entertainment and reference.  <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>  Standing roughly 6 ¼ inches from base to the top of its period original glass chimney, this nice old finger lamp is fashioned from nickel plated  spun brass.  While the nickel finish would polish to bright we have left that choice to the buyer (horrors!), offering the lamp here pure and as found with its natural <I>attic</I>finish and good evidence of age, period use and originality.  Will fit nicely in any Civil War or mid to later 1800s 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>

19th century walking stick of Mjr. Genl. $245.00

 

rarely surviving! Civil War vintage Merc $65.00

 

original! 1874 edition – The Art of Hunt $65.00

 

antique FINGER LAMP $65.00

We’ll depend on our photo illustration to provide the physical description of this attractive Reconstruction era except to advise that it is in excellent condition as you can see with a beaver body and exceptionally nice leather to include its original chin strap with Civil War vintage <I>Eagle I</I> buttons.  The shako retains its early style 2 inch wide split leather sweat band with the maker label of <I> Pollard & Leighton MILITARY GOODS 104 Tremont St., Boston</I>.  (Pollard & Leighton Co. formed sometime after 1863 and dissolved in 1872.) <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>


 Long considered one of the most significant personal records of the Civil War, this hard to find original 1886 printing of  Washington Davis’s <I> Camp-Fire Chats of the Civil War</I> offers firsthand accounts of <I> ‘Adventure and Wayside Exploit of the Bivouac and Battle Field, as Related by Veteran Soldiers Themselves : Embracing the Tragedy, Romance, Comedy, Humor and Pathos in the Varied Experiences of Army Life’</I> and has been considered a <I>must have</I> on the book shelf of the GAR collector for its <I><B>History of the Grand Army of the Republic</B> from formation to the 1886,  20th National Encampment at San Francisco</I>.   Widely reprinted for its depth of information and reflections of <I>personal</I> experiences as well as activities of the Civil War veteran’s grand old G. A. R., original printings are seldom offered in nice condition.  This 420 page <I>illustrated</> original remains in pleasing condition with minimal evidence of period handling while remaining tight at the binding and complete with no missing, marked up or otherwise damaged pages.  A nice addition to any Civil War library. 


 Said to be a favorite with late 1800s / early 1900s <I>bunkhouse</I> cowboys with their Western <I>pull off</I> boots, this hard to find all original and period example of Nellie remains in excellent condition with its original paint save a bit of wear to the <I>high spots</I>.  Not to be confused with the plethora of late copies out there, there is little need for further description beyond a look at our photo illustrations. <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 out of our usual fare but a neat piece of Americana is this 23mm die struck <B> HOTEL GLENWOOD BAR</B> merchant token <B> GOOD FOR 12 ½ c</B>. (Shown here with a quarter for size comparison.)  Located in Glenwood Spring, Colorado the Hotel Glenwood opened in 1887 as a two story wood structure but was over the years was destined to become an ornate three story attraction of seventy-five rooms accommodating as many as two hundred guests. The Glenwood attracted the elite of the day attracting such well known of the period as gambler, gunfighter, and dentist <B>John <I>Doc</I>Holliday</B>.  After splitting with Wyatt Earp, an ailing Holliday took up residence in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where his health continued to deteriorate.  <I>Doc</I> Holliday died of tuberculosis at the Hotel Glenwood in 1887. A nice piece of Western Americana and a neat companion piece to set in any gambling or <I>Wild West</I> 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!

Civil War Reconstruction era beaver – Po $350.00

 

scarce original 1886 printing! Camp-Fi $65.00

 

original antique - Naughty Nellie Boot J $135.00

 

Hotel Glenwood (Colorado home of Dock Ho $65.00

Another treasure from a back corner of our 50+ year accumulation where we have had an affinity for <I>squirrelling</I> away relics as fodder for future research. We acquired this well used but still intact <B>SALEM LEG Co.</B> prostheses some years ago at the legendary old  Brimfield Antique Market in Brimfield, Mass.  Laid out on a table in the early morning light along with a myriad of papers, books and other <I>culch</I> from the Burns family in Salem, Mass. was this vintage artificial leg.  As the table proprietor peered at me over his steaming coffee cup, he advised upon my inquiry that all this <I>stuff</I> had come together from a Salem <I>clean-out</I>.  <U>The family had advised that the leg had been used by Charles Burns who according to family lore had lost his leg in the Civil War.</U>  Clearly a scarcely surviving Civil War vintage prostheses, which was worthy in and of itself, the coffee drinker’s account seemed realistic to us given other items on the table with the Burns family name, so we purchased the piece, brought it home, stuffed a notation of the name in the leg socket and leaned the relic in a corner of the barn for future study.   That had to be nearly 30 years ago!  Some advantage though, for as we <I>dug it out</I> recently we found ourselves in a <I>new age</I>, a time when by the wonders of the internet we can assemble a mere scrap of knowledge as to the relic’s origin, plug it into the internet and <B><I>voila!</I></B> we have the following!   

      <B>Charles E. Burns</B> was a 21 year old <I>sailmaker</I> resident of Salem, Massachusetts when on June 26, 1861 he enlisted and was mustered in as a Private of Co. D <B>12th Mass. Volunteer Infantry</B> .  As such he would have seen action at Ball’s Bluff, Winchester, Gaines Mill, Cedar Mountain and at Thoroughfare Gap before he fell severely wounded on the field at <B>2nd Bull Run</B>.  Pvt Burns would for a time be considered a <B>POW</B> (see illustrated POW Certificate) as he lay on Confederate controlled ground and would be counted among 79 killed or wounded, 9 POWs, and 46 missing in action members of the 12th Mass.  Eventually carried from the field, Co. rolls would none the less record Pvt. Burns as <I>wounded</I> and <I>missing in action</I> for a time before the September / October, 1862 Co. Muster records as <I>Absent in Hospt. from wounds received Aug. 30 at Bull Run Va.</I> (see illustration).  Pvt. Burns is recorded in the <I>Civil War Medical / Surgical History</I> Part III, Volume II as having a <I>double flap</I> amputation of the right leg performed by Surgeon J. H. Baxter U. S. V.  Finally discharged on July 11, 1863, Burns returned to his native Salem where he became a member of the local <I>Phillip H. Sheridan</I> Post No. 34, GAR.  Evidently pleased with his locally manufactured <B>SALEM LEG Co.</B> prosthesis Burns wrote the wrote them in 1870 extolling the virtues of their product which he had begun to wear since the summer of 1863 and had been in <I>almost constant use ever since</I>.  The Salem Leg Co. chose to publish their local patron’s testimonial in their period brochure. (see illustration)   Charles E. Burnes died in Salem in 1916. 

      Measuring approximately 32 inches in total length, this piece offers the eye appeal of age and originality with good evidence of period use while remaining sound and functional.  (A note about our document illustrations:  A documents illustrated are images from internet or research DVD sources. Digital images for printing may be provided to the buyer upon request. The image of the unknown amputee is from our own clip-art files.)  <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 5in. x W 6in. x 12in.  H 32in. x D 14in.  H 32in. x D 10in.

Civil War vintage Artificial Leg attribu $595.00

 

Vintage hall light fixture w / fler de li $0.00

 

Decorative vintage art glass pendant lig $0.00

 

Vintage deco pendant lights / pair $0.00

H 4in. x W 4in. x D 10in.


A PAIR  H 19in. x D 19in.  H 6in. x D 16in.  H 24in. x D 8in.

DECO WALL LIGHTS $0.00

 

Classic light fixture w / Edison bulbs $0.00

 

classic brass flush light fixture $0.00

 

Hall pendant light w / star cut glass $0.00

H 38in. x D 6in.  H 14in. x D 7in.  H 16in. x D 6in.  H 6in. x D 16in.

RETRO pendant lights. . . . set of 2 $0.00

 

Pair of early pendant brass lights $0.00

 

Set of 4 classic pendant lights $0.00

 

Classic brass flush mount light $0.00




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