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Best described by our photo illustrations this <I>Littlefield Parsons & Co.</I> <B>UNION AND CONSTITUTION</B> displays only the most minor evidence of period use while remaining in pleasing condition.  Tight at the hinges and pleasing to the eye, this Patent 1856 / 1857 <I>UNION</I> case will set off any 9th plate image nicely.  <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>        Acquired some time back from a Michigan Civil War collector, this attractive period drum measures approximately 16 3/8 inches in diameter, stands 13 ¼ inches and offers lots of eye appeal  with its colorful, use worn, period decoration.   Visible through the vent are the remains of the missing except for the small but clearly legible title of the period Waud illustration <I>1st MAINE CAVALRY at BRANDY STATION</I>.  The drum retains the c. 1939 Hartford, Michigan, Van Buren County Fair display tag with origin identification to the  <B> Ellsworth GAR Post 20</B>, of Hartford, Michigan.  The faint but legible penciled name<I> Henry Utter</I> coincides with  the then eighteen year old Henry Utter residing in neighboring Lawrence, Michigan when he enlisted on New Year’s day 1863 as a <I>Musician</I> of Co. H <B>27th Michigan Infantry</B>.  Good fodder for some additional research, we expect Henry was a bit younger than the eighteen years given at the time of enlistment as he is listed as having been discharged <I><U>for minority</I></U> at Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 28, 1863.  (A <I>minority</I> discharge was provided by special order as a parental remedy when a minor son enlisted.)   Not an uncommon circumstance as more than one   adventuresome young boy was caught up in the excitement of military service, we expect young Henry Utter returned and remained in Lawrence as he died there in 1903.  We would surmise that he was a member of the Ellsworth G. A. R. Post in neighboring Hartford.  An especially desirable Civil War drum for the Michigan collector or simply as an eye appealing companion to any quality collection.  A bit of hyperbole  for the veteran collector but as an aside, we would encourage anyone out there caught up in the <I>Civil War drums must be laced through the rims</I> <U>myth</U> to check out Mark Elrod’s reference on <I>Civil War Musical Instruments</I> (p.39) or refer to some quality museum collections such as the <I>Gettysburg Visitors Center</I> or <I>Ford’s Theater </I> museum displays.  <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 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!

  

 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>

Pat. 1856 – 1857 9th plate Gutta Percha $125.00

 

Michigan G. A. R. Post Acquisition - 2 $875.00

 

Civil War era undersize - TRAVELING SPIC $98.00

 

mid-19th century baleen STRAIGHT RAZOR $65.00

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.  

 This especially appealing old lantern will be best described here by our photo illustrations except to advise that it stands approximately 12 inches not counting the bail and the spun brass body measures about 4 inches in diameter.  The lantern utilizes an unusual spring tension design that holds the chimney in place.   All remains in excellent condition showing little period use while offering a pleasing patina as evidence of age and originality. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF

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

 

antique brass coal oil - LANTERN $145.00

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.

<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, 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 36in. x W 52in. x D 14in.  H 36in. x D 14in.

Civil War vintage Bandsman / DRUM MAJOR $435.00

 

original 18th through mid-19th century T $135.00

 

H 36in. x W 52in. x D 14in. $0.00

 

H 36in. x D 14in. $0.00




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


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.

The Last Confederate Flag That Flew Over $350.00

 

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

 

President Abraham Lincoln Celluloid Butt $15.00

 

CDV, Confederate General Thomas H. Taylo $250.00




<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.  Best described here by our photo illustrations, this outstanding CDV size tintype remains in fine condition with exceptionally crisp focus.  The subject stands full length with clear <B> U. S. Signal Corps</B> insignia on cap and both sleeves.   <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 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. 

      <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!

CDV, Confederate Colonel Henry M. Rutled $350.00

 

CDV, Confederate General Robert E. Lee $25.00

 

scarce! Civil War - U. S. Signal Corps -

 

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

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!  This original 8 X 5 inch Abraham Lincoln funeral <I>Order of Exercises</> was printed for the Holyoke, Massachusetts service of April 19, 1865 and remains in excellent condition with no rips, tears or repairs and only the most minor soiling on the face page.  All with good evidence of age and originality, this is a remnant of one of the many services held across the country in coordination with the national funeral in Washington.  A desirable piece of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia.  <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 !

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

 

original Abraham Lincoln – April 19, 186

 

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

Constructed from heavy 1/8 thick by 1 ½ inch wide bridle leather with a stout brass <I>roller buckle</I> and utilizing period indicative copper <I>rivet & washer </I> fasteners (see photos), this 19th century flag bearer sling remains in exceptional condition.  Offered as found and untouched to preserve veracity as a period sling, this piece remains pliable and without age cracking yet offers good evidence of period age and construction.  Left as a decision for the new owner this piece will restore to near as new with a bit of proper dressing.  A nice item for the Civil War and Indian War collector at a reasonable price.  <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>


 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>

extra nice period bridle leather FLAG BE

 

Civil War Reconstruction era beaver – Po $350.00

 

scarce original 1886 printing! Camp-Fi $65.00

 

original antique - Naughty Nellie Boot J $135.00

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!  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 6in. x D 16in.

Hotel Glenwood (Colorado home of Dock Ho $65.00

 

Civil War vintage Artificial Leg attribu $595.00

 

H 5in. x W 6in. x 12in. $0.00

 

H 6in. x D 16in. $0.00

H 6in. x D 16in.  H 15in. W 18in. x D 8in.  Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this extra nice period light artillery officers hat insignia.  Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of 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 collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest in Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>



 The configuration of this little tin nutmeg grater with its storage compartment for the nut, has given the grater a distinctive shape resulting classification of the type by collectors  as a <I>coffin style</I> grater. This example is handmade of tinned sheet iron. This attractive period example sports a small wire loop for hanging and remains in pleasing original condition with some remains of the old <I>japanning</I> finish with a partially used nut in the storage compartment.  A popular condiment from the colonial era through the Civil War period, grated nutmeg was commonly used on meat to offset any offensive taste due to age.  A nut was thus frequently considered a desirable <I>carry-along</I> when traveling.  So desirable in fact that in the earlier times unscrupulous types were known to carve fake nutmegs for sale or trade with the unwary.   Too long a story I suppose but such trivia is part of what we have loved about our <I>antiquing</I> all these years.  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 !

H 6in. x D 16in. $0.00

 

H 15in. W 18in. x D 8in. $0.00

 

Lord collection – Civil War Officers Mou $150.00

 

earlier 1800’s through Civil War era COF $45.00

Sealed in its original display frame this antique needlework collar relic offers a stitched on age faded but still legible paper label identifying the piece as having been: <I><B> Worked by ROSANN MILLINER FAIRFAX while in Boarding School in London, England between the years 1815 – 1817</I></B>  At one time likely prepared for local Historical Society or museum display as the tag advised : <I>Loaned by Mrs. F. Hardison</I>.   Rosann Milliner was born in 1796 thus she was 19 to 21 years of age when she completed the young ladies <I>finishing school</I> needle work project.  Rosann Milliner married British aristocrat George Fairfax (direct descendant of Sir Thomas Fairfax, the first Lord) when she completed finishing school in 1817.  George and his bride Rosann traveled to Canada where they settled in Montreal where George was engaged in the operation of a packet boat on the St. Lawrence River for many years.   The couple later located New York, where Rosann Milliner Fairfax died in 1853.  George Firfax passed in 1855.  Both are interred in the Washington Street Cemetery in Geneva, 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>


 Easily identifiable as <B>4th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry</B> by the nomenclature on his cap and the <U>4th N. H. V. issue</U> Belgian copy of, or French Mod. 1842, .69 cal. musket, (see: <I>An Introduction to Civil War Small Arms</I> by Earl J. Coates & Dean S. Thomas) our man stands before the photographer’s lens with full complement of cartridge box and waist belt with cap box and bayonet scabbard.  Though not legible in the photo but indicative of the 4th New Hampshire, are regimental markings on his canteen.   An especially well posed and equipped New Hampshire Civil War troop with the depth and quality of the <I>ruby-glass</I> process, this desirable ¼ plate is offered from an old collection still housed in its Littlefield – Parsons & Co. Patent 1856 and 1857 gutta percha case.  (Solid and in pleasing condition but with some expected edge chipping.)  Lost in time is the significance of the hair mourning pin still mounted on the velvet inside cover.  Clearly period original to the case and image, the <I>T- back</I> pin houses intwined light and dark hair of two individuals as was the period practice when memorializing the loss of a spouse.  <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 approximately eight inches high with lots of charm and character, our photo illustrations will do best to describe this quality old carving except to advise that it remains in nice condition with good evidence of age.  A neat little stained and painted pine carving with a rich natural age patina.  <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>  


By James L. Swanson & Daniel R. Weinberg. Published by Arena Editions, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2001, First Edition. Hard cover with illustrated dust jacket, front cover- the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators in Washington, on July 7, 1865, back cover-executed conspirator, Lewis Powell, hand cuffed and sitting against the battle scarred turret of the ironclad Montauk or Saugus. 9 3/4 x 12. 151 pages, illustrated, selected bibliography. New condition.  Excellent President Lincoln assassination related book with some fantastic and rare illustrations.

identified - c. 1815 / 1817 Finishing Sc $145.00

 

well-equipped 4th New Hampshire Infantry

 

well-armed & vigilant – antique CARVING $125.00

 

Lincoln's Assassins Their Trial and Exec $25.00




<b>Autographed by James L. Lowe</b>


By James L. Lowe. A Check List of Lincoln Postcards, Old and New. Autographed by James L. Lowe on title page. Revised edition by Dean and Mrs. Charles W. Brennan. First Revision. Published by Deltiologists of America, Folsom, Pa., 1973. Hard cover with nice portrait of Mr. Lincoln on the front of the dust jacket, 144 pages, illustrated. Light age toning and a tiny stain on the inner edge of the dust jacket. Very tight binding and the content pages of the book are in excellent condition. Great reference work on Abraham Lincoln postcards. 

 Best described by our illustrations, this classic 18th early 19th century candle lantern stands 11 inches not counting the bail handle and measures 5 inches square at the base not counting the protective <I>grill</I>.  All completely original and as found, this classic early lantern is offered untouched and as acquired after decades of barn storage. Solid in all respects with no condition issues and a desirable natural age patina that some may wish to lightly clean (horrors!) but we’d limit that activity to little more than a dusting and the addition of a period tallow candle.  A nice every day, country lighting device dating from the later 1700s through the Civil War era.  <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 original and in excellent condition yet with good evidence of age to include a pleasing natural patina with the expected short single age crack along the grain of each natural bovine horn grip; this rarely surviving matching eating knife and fork pair offers the strong cutler marking <B>J. ASHMORE PHILADELPHIA</B> with an <B>American Eagle</B> and <B>U. S.</B> on the knife blade.  Listed in Houston’s knife collectors guide as being in operation 1832 – 1858, John Ashmore crafted cutting implements to include razors, utility items such as axes and hatchets and all manner of cutlery to include bowie knives. (They give Ashmore’s work their highest <I>collectability</I> rating.)  Of most interest to American military historians will be that per Bazelon & McGuinn’s <I><B>Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers </I></B> , delivery receipts for the <B>Schuylkill Arsenal</B> record numerous receipt of Ashmore’s goods to the well-known Army Quarter Master Depot.   Best known today as suppliers to the Lewis & Clark Expedition the Schuylkill Arsenal was built in 1800 to function as a quartermaster facility in support of the U.S. military.  The depot at Schuylkill Arsenal became a primary provider of military goods for the Civil War.   Seldom surviving as a pair in any condition, this cutlery pair is worthy of special notice and with the maker and US marking will be of special interest to enthusiasts of the Mexican War through Civil War use eras. 

<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>


 Hand fashioned from birch bark cut and stitched together with grass then set off with braids from the same material, this attractive antique box measures 6 ½ by 3 3/8 inches wide and remains in excellent condition in every respect while offering pleasing evidence of age and originality.  Generally attributed to the Penobscot or Passamaquoddy tribes found here in Maine, this circa 1800s  Native American box will set well in any period environment. <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>

Lincoln Postcard Catalog $15.00

 

outstanding late 1700s through mid-1800s $235.00

 

pre Civil War knife & fork CUTLERY PAIR $85.00

 

19th century hand crafted Birch Bark BOX $75.00

Offered here as found yet remaining in excellent condition with good evidence of age originality and period construction, this tinned sheet iron cup measures 4 3/16 across the mouth and stands, 2 ½ inches high tapering to a 3 7/16 diameter flat base. A nice honest Civil War vintage personal item.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Acquired from a nice old collection and illustrated here with a U. S. quarter for size comparison, our photos should do best to describe this attractive engraved 3rd Army Corps badge.  <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 by our illustrations, this period telescoping cup is offered untouched and as found while remaining in pleasing condition with a nice natural age patina and housed in its rarely found, original, <B>MERIDEN BRITANNIA – POCKET DRINKING CUP</B> stenciled carrying tin. The Meriden Britannia Company was formed in 1852 in Meriden, Connecticut as a manufacturer of wares from a pewter like material called  britannia.   As fragile as these soft britannia telescoping cups were, the survival rate of cups far outnumber existing examples of tin cases.  An original cup in combination with its case retaining manufacturers stenciling will be a special find to 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>


 This nicely made folding leather wallet is of that classic mid 1800s design that will be familiar to Civil War collectors.  It measures approximately 4 X 6 ¾ inches folded and remains in fine, likely unused condition while offering good evidence of period age and originality.  Of importance to the collector / historian and of special interest to the Baker family genealogist will be the penned note tucked away in the wallet: 

      <I> This Wallet made by hand for my grandfather <B>John Scott Baker</B> by his Wife <B>Martha (Moore) Baker</B>.  The leather was tanned by my great, great, grandfather <B>Scott Baker</B>.  He was father of Anthony Baker, Anthony B. was father of John S. B.  Leather tanned and wallet made in Bakersville, town of New Hartford, Connecticut.</I> signed: <I>Clara E. (Holcomb) Hill</I>

      A quick <I>Google check</I> produced a photo of an old three story Bakersville, Conn. building advising that the steam powered mill was built by <B>John Scott Baker</B> in 1859 to replace a water powered tannery built their by his grandfather <B>Scott Baker</B> in about 1812.  We discovered further that Anthony Baker was the Bakersville Post Master in 1851, a position that his son <B>John Scott Baker</B>, for whom the wallet was made, would eventually hold. 

      All in excellent original condition and with a bit of a pedigree, this nice old Civil War vintage wallet is worthy of an appreciative 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>

original Civil War era TIN CUP $50.00

 

original ! Civil War 3rd Army Corps - B $245.00

 

original! Civil War vintage - Telescopi $145.00

 

handmade - Civil War era WALLET - Bakers $165.00

Standing full length before a painted patriotic backdrop, our young Light Artillery troop holds the early Civil War issue heavy Mod. 1840 mounted artillery saber and wears the regulation crimson piped musician waist jacket of a bugler.  The classic knee high boots with early war shoulder scales round out the content of as fine a condition Civil War tintype as can be found.  <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 by our photos this nice little <I>personal size</I> 19th century rye whiskey jug retains good portions of its original label and is offered here in excellent as found with no chips, cracks, imperfections or other condition issues.  An exceptionally nice little <I>spirits</I> jug sporting its original label.  <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>  We’ll let our illustrations do the talking for this desirable mid-19th century, <I><U>set trigger</U></I>, percussion rifle except to advise that it remains in most pleasing <I>as used</I> and set aside condition measuring 52 inches in overall length with a  script <I><B>J&K </I></B> makers mark at the breach of its 36 inch barrel.  (see: Sellers <I>AMERICAN Gunsmiths</I> / <B>Jones & Kelsall</B> Norwich, Connecticut)  The heavy octagonal barrel measures 7/8 of an inch across the flats with a <I><B>fine</I></B> condition .45 caliber bore.  With a pewter nose cap and brass furniture, the heavily figured rock maple remains in excellent plus condition with period finish and sports that subtle but all important raised grain <I>feel</I> that comes to striped maple only with decades of age and is indicative of never having been refinished.  The <I>Goulcher</>style lock offers a crisp action and the percussion nipple sports an unusual thin brass cup designed to shield the barrel breach and lock from corrosion.   As an aside in our research we found the makers Ellis T. Jones and William G. Kelsall listed in the 1877 U. S. Patent Office Report as <I>assignors</I> for a <I>Hand-stamp for tickets</I> design patent with Jones listed as <I>primary</I> in partnership with a different secondary in 2 additional (non-gun related) patent filings.  Additional input into the two <I>Connecticut Yankees</I> was provided by City Directories where we found the versatile Ellis T. Jones in mid 1800s Norwich, Conn. listings with William G. Kelsall listed in the same period in Hartford as a <I>machinist</I> then Norwich as a <I>gunmaker</I>.  An exceptional  New England <I>half-stock</I>, all period original, in excellent shape with no condition issues, and by scarce makers.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


<U>A note about firearms:</U>   WE EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE  FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED  FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PURCHASER ASSUMES ALL LIABILITY FOR PURCHAS, CONTROL AND OWNERSHIP.  <U>PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH  THE ABOVE. </U>


 We will let our photo illustrations speak for this outstanding 6th plate tintype except to advise that it is in as nice condition with sharp focus and strong contrast as it appears hear.  Of interest to the Civil War collector will be that a copy of this original is housed in the Library of Congress collection. ( see: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division / Selected Civil War Photographs, 1861-1865 #B8184-10541 )  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

exceptional condition! ¼ plate Civil War

 

scarce - period pint size RYE WHISKEY J $75.00

 

rare! mid 1800s – Jones & Kelsall - PER $1295.00

 

outstanding Civil War Infantry Officer T $350.00

Our photo illustrations will do best to describe this piece except to advise that it measures just under 11 inches in length and is in fine untouched and unpolished, as found condition in all respects with no breaks, frays or other condition issues to the intricate hand work of the hair.  Set aside decades ago just as you see it here with the distinctive silver 5th Corps fob.  <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>


 Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this  outstanding period officers bullion infantry horn hat insignia except to advise that while it shows good evidence of age and originality it remains in unused as new condition just as it would have been supplied to the hatter for trimming and application.  Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of 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 collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest in Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) <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 very scarce <I>camphene</I> lantern burner!  Fashioned from die struck sheet brass with retainer clips for use in the circa 1850 early 1860 fixed globe style lanterns, this lantern burner is intended for use with <U>camphene</U>rather than the usual whale or coal oil fuel commonly used in these old lanterns. Dangerous though it could be due to its volatility, camphene  (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) gained popularity in the 1850s and early 1860s as it produced a clean burning bright light.  Generally restricted to smaller, stationary lighting devices because of its potentially dangerous volatility, an application such as this one intended for use in the larger portable globe lantern is very unusual. The extra length and small diameter of the wick tube offered an extra measure of separation of flame from fuel reservoir and is a telltale feature of the camphene lighting device. Commonly thought of solely to facilitate extinguishing the flame, the little chain secured cap was in actuality primarily for the prevention of evaporation of the fuel when not on use. ( note: The only lantern we are aware of manufactured for use with camphene is the <I>SARGENT’S PAT. 1861</I> fixed globe lantern.  With some considerable variation from the Sargent’s Patent burner though, the subject example was clearly not of Sargent’s manufacture and was likely offered as a separate purchase for use with the common fixed globe lantern of the period. ) All in nice original condition this scarce camphene lantern burner is offered just as it came to us, uncleaned and unpolished just as collectors prefer.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Our photos will likely do best to describe these  boots except to advise that they stand 12 1/2 inches high measures 10 5/8 inches from heel to toe.  The boots offer good evidence of period construction to include wood pegged soles and remain pliable and solid yet with good age with actual period use and wear.  Most important to the <I>purist</I> collector is that these attractive boots are offered here ready for display, <U>untouched and as they came out of decades of storage.</U>  With no leather dressing, brushing or any attempt to alter appearance from the period used and set aside in storage, while surviving in in pleasing condition look, these boots will add charm and originality to any Civil War vintage 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>

original! Civil War vintage 5th Corps - $225.00

 

Lord collection – Civil War Officers Inf $395.00

 

c. 1850 / 1860s camphene – LANTERN BURNE $145.00

 

Civil War vintage BOOTS $350.00




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