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A desirable find for the Confederate collector or collector / historian who especially appreciates the interestingly historical side of Civil War collectables, this <U>all original to the period</U> offering was a purchase of arms buyer Caleb Huse who, at the outbreak of the Civil War, traveled through Portland, Maine to Europe with orders from the Confederate States Government to buy all the long arms and accoutrements he could arrange. This nice old <B> B 44th Mass.</B> marked <B>Potts & Hunt</B>  <I>forager</I> began its evolution into the American Civil War as part of a shipment intended for Confederate issue but when the steamer was captured passing through the tentacles of the Union <I><B>Anaconda Plan</I></B>, the British made Pattern of 1853 Rifled Musket was taken as <I>spoils of war</I> and brought as part of the captured blockade runner cargo before prize court for adjudication.   In accordance with prevailing wartime Prize Law for ship captures at sea, if the court ruled in the Navy’s favor, the ship and cargo would be sold at auction, with half of the proceeds going to a fund for disabled sailors and the other half awarded to the officers and crew of the vessel that captured the blockade runner.  

      While it would require research, if one wished it is quite likely that prize court records exist that would establish the precise identity of the Confederate blockade runner that our Potts & Hunt Enfield was taken from on its way to prize court and purchase for issue to the 44th M V M.  ( There are several references in the Civil War years New York Times to presiding Judge Sprague and activities before the Boston District U. S. Prize Court. )  Thanks in part to 44th Mass. Vols. regimental historian Cpl. James B. Gardner’s firsthand account (<I> RECORD OF THE FORTY-FOURTH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER MILITIA IN NORTH CAROLINA </I> published in 1887), we know on page 44 that <I><U> The regiment is armed with Enfield rifles captured from an English steamer</U> and their belts, bayonet sheaths, and cap pouches were similarly obtained.</I>  A further, firsthand account is recorded in 44th M V M veteran John J. Wyeth’s   <I> Leaves from a Diary Written while Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep't of No. Carolina</I>  (Boston: L. F. Lawrence & Co., 1878) when on September 14, 1862 while still in camp at Readville, Mass. he writes; <I>Our guns are on the field somewhere, they are Enfields.</I>  Further that: <I>It is reported that our arms are a lot captured from a blockade runner and intended for the rebels.</I>  On September 24 Wyeth writes, <I>Our rifles have been delivered.</I>   

      Lost in time whether, as we suspect, this forager began its association with the 44th M V M as an <I>extra</I> of the Regiments Enfields that was altered for foraging in the field,  or was altered by its owner after mustering out.  Alteration work to 47 inches in overall length with a 31 inch barrel altered to 69 cal. smooth bore, is clearly period and of pleasing quality with a well contoured fore end utilizing the original brass nose cap with bead front site and notch cut barrel band rear site.    Utilizing the original Enfield ramrod rather than a lighter civilian style wooden ramrod, seems to lend credence to the likely hood that the alteration dates to military camp use.  Of interest with respect to the 44th Mass. forager is an account on page 123 of the earlier mentioned Regimental History by Cpl. James B. Gardner that points to a particular reliability the regiment placed on foraging while in North Carolina.   On the occasion of approaching a number of pigs, <I>lean and active as hounds</I> writes the 44th Veteran,<I> many were sacrificed to appease our hunger</I>.  He advises further that had it not been for their foraging success <I>we could hardly have gone so far into the enemy’s country.</I>  He states that <I>no meat was given out after our start</I>, that their five days rations were consumed in three days.  Indeed at one point in the march some received only a single piece of hardtack in a forty-eight hour period making the fruits of foraging a primary source of food.

      In deference to the intricacies of Confederate markings in this collecting field, we will rely here on our photo illustrations to describe markings that will be evident to the knowledgeable Confederate Tower collector.  We will point out the classic armorer chisel match markings frequently referred to as <I>roman numerals</I> on Confederate  arms and the bold <B>P&H</B> marking  of known Confederate supplier Potts & Hunt. (For reference to these and other Confederate Enfield characteristics we highly recommend the groundbreaking <I>The English Connection</I> by Russ Pritchard Sr. and C. A. Huey.)   Just visible in the wood adjacent to the butt plate tang is the small circle <I>viewer</I> marking as is referenced on page 115 of the above with a photo illustration and, <I>’This mark appears on the comb of the stock of a Pattern of 1853 by Potts & Hunt of London’</I>.  Not a critical piece of information in light of the obvious Confederate lineage demonstrated by this piece, it should be pointed out that the lock plate and hammer offer two incised  lines around the periphery.  Rarely observed on <U>Potts & Hunt London</U> marked actions, this feature seems indicative of early Civil War Confederate purchases Potts & Hunt arms.   Upon close inspection we find a lightly period inscribed <B>Masonic Device</B> on each side of the butt stock.  Saving the worst for last, the forward ramrod guide has some period solder reinforcement where it is fastened to the barrel. While clearly period the reinforcement is of lesser quality in workmanship thus worthy of mentioning.  (Could easily be remedied but we’d leave the <I>field repair</I> as part of the gun’s history.)

      As for the <B>44th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia</B> it can be said the unit was raised to fill the Massachusetts quota under Lincoln’s 1862 call for nine month troops. Its nucleus was the 4th Battalion of Infantry, M. V. M.  Organized at Readville, Mass. and mustered in September 12, 1862 the 44th moved North Carolina in late October.  Here the Regiment in Action at Rawl's Mills, the Demonstration on Newbern and Foster's Expedition to Goldsboro whereupon, <U>of particular interest with respect to our <B>Potts & Hunt forager</U></B>, Co. B of the 44th Mass. was detached for outpost duty at <B>Batchelor's Creek</B> until May when the Company rejoined the Regiment in Newburn eventually to participate in the Expedition toward Kingston then to Dover Road and finally return to Boston where it was mustered out on June 18, 1863.  Regiment lost during service 12 men killed and mortally wounded with an additional 29 by disease.

      An outstanding offering, pure period original with an appealing natural smooth chocolate brown patina on iron components and an attractive age sheen on brass and wood.   <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.  IT IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED  FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  <U>PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH  THE ABOVE. </U>


 A critical diagnostic tool in every 1800s doctor’s bag the use of the monaural stethoscope by Civil War military physicians has been well documented in the 1861 publication of Dr. Samuel Gross’s <I> Manual of Military Surgery</I> .  The 1863 <I>Manual of Instructions for Military Surgeons</I> by Dr. John Ordronaux  also references the tool with both Union and Confederate army medical department regulations listing such as required military hospital inventory.  This period example of the 19th century <I>traveling</I> monaural stethoscope is turned from fine grained boxwood measuring approximately 6 1/8 inches in length and is designed in two pieced such that the stem may be inserted thru the earpiece for easy portability.  The piece remains in exceptional all original condition.  A nice item for the Civil War era medical instrument 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>


 Fashioned from a stout tree branch, steamed and bent to form a classic cane grip, the significances of the natural shaft has unfortunately been lost in time baring some additional research.   Fortunate for the collector / historian though is a silver band classically engraved <I><B>Col. Jos. A. Gerk     St. Louis</I></B>.  Born in 1876 of German immigrants, the native Missourian recorded <I>No</I> in response to the 1930 US Census inquiry, <I>Attended School?</I> yet he owned a <I>Radio Set</I> and could record his occupation as <B><I>Chief of Police</I></B> St Louis, Missouri. Our research found that Gerk worked his way up through the ranks to serve as Chief of Police from April 9, 1925 to October 1, 1934. An outstanding piece of Americana from <I>The Gateway To The West</I> in a time when the Chief of Police would have had some stories to tell.  <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>


 Another <I>find</I> from a corner cleanout, we have owned this wonderful old dovetailed Winchester Repeating Arms Co. ammo box for years using it at antique shows to hold <I>for sale</I> paper ephemera.  (It served as a TV stand on a bedroom dresser for the last 15 years or so.)  Any way this attractive old ammo box is constructed of 9/19 inch thick pine, dovetailed at the corners and measuring 11 ¾ x 9 3/8 x 6 5/8 inches high.  The eye appealing old ammunition box shows good natural age color with good evidence of originality and use while remining in eye pleasing, solid condition.   Marked on both sides; <B>Small Arms Ammunition / Metallic Cartridges / Winchester Repeating Arms Co. / New Haven, Conn. U. S. A.</B> and on both ends; <B>Winchester / 5,000 / .32 Short Rim. / Blank</B> all in that period <I>impressed</I> print that is pressed into the wood.  A classic round first introduced in 1861 for use in the popular new Smith & Wesson Number 2 revolver that was so widely used as a private purchase side arm in the Civil War, the .32 Short, Rim Fire remained popular as a revolver and light rifle cartridge for years.  Usually repurposed till they fell apart and ended up as kindling, the survival of these heavy old ammunition boxes was quite limited making them a popular but difficult to obtain favorite among antique and obsolete ammunition collectors.  An attractive display 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>

44th Mass. Inf. - Captured Confederate B $1295.00

 

Civil War era - two piece monaural STET $135.00

 

Inscribed cane of Col. Joseph A. Gerk – $350.00

 

Winchester Repeating Arm Co. – 5, 000 - . $135.00

A neat little piece of Americana this early extract bottle stands about 4 ¼ inches and remains in excellent condition with nice color and no chips, cracks or staining.  Offering all the characteristics of 1800s manufacture, this attractive little bottle is boldly marked<B> HIRES HOUSEHOLD EXTRACT / FOR BREWING ROOT BEER AT HOME / Manufactured By The Charles E. Hires Co. / Philadelphia, Pa. U. S. A. </B>  Marketed as an extract of sixteen wild roots and berries, Hires presented his concoction at the 1876 Centennial Exposition with the claim that it would <I> purify the blood and make rosy cheeks</I>.  While his decision to call his product <I>beer</I> resulted in some public opinion issues and drew the wrath of the Women’s Christian Temperance League, Hires Root Beer became a <I> must have</I> of soda fountains and ice cream parlors across America. <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  


<b>United States Senator from Michigan</b>


(1830-1913) Born in Detroit, Michigan, he attended Thompson's Academy and the University of Michigan. Served as a member of the Michigan State Senate, 1879-80; U.S. Senator, 1883-89. Was the Chairman of the Committee on Fisheries; also served on the Committee on Agricultural. He was appointed U.S. Minister to Spain in 1889 by President Benjamin Harrison serving two years at this post. Served as president of the National Commission of the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, 1890-93. He was one of the founders of the Detroit Museum of Art.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 x 1/2, in ink, T.W. Palmer.   Our illustrations will do best to describe this beautiful beaver stovepipe hat except to advise that it stands approximately 7 1/2 inches with a desirable  <I>bell</I> shape at the crown indicating a slightly pre Civil War manufacture.  Evidence of a very slight crush indentation could easily be pushed out (we’d leave it as found).  This and the most minor bit of edge wear only bring character to this attractive stovepipe.  An attractive gold bullion cockade appears to have been applied by the hatter as the stitching is under the original paper lining rather than passing through the lining per a post manufacture application.  A classic wide sweat band remains solidly stitched in place and an applied yellow label inside the crown remains blank.  A feature likely placed by a local hat merchant to cover the original maker identity of simply a feature to facilitate the identification of the owner- wearer.   An outstanding all original and as found  stovepipe with a showy gold bullion cockade of militia or patriotic intent, this offering will go well in any quality Mexican War through Civil War headgear collection.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Another product of last winter’s clean out, we have had this wonderful old period coffee pot for years but it is time to make some room.  Well documented in style and construction by Civil War site <I>diggers</I> and the existence of such in the Steamboat Berterand (sunk on the Missouri River in 1865) excavation collection, this example stands approximately 8 inches from base to mouth, offers period construction characteristics and good evidence of period originality and age by virtue of an attractive natural patina on outer surfaces that comes to tinned sheet iron only after decades.  Of particular note with all this is that when we remove the lid and inspect the interior, we find that it remains <U>nearly as new</U>!   With no dents, rust, or other condition issues yet with convincing evidence of age, this wonderfully preserved period pot appears never to have been used!  An outstanding addition to any period collection.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

19th century Charles E. Hires Co. - ROO $45.00

 

Autograph, Thomas W. Palmer $8.00

 

earlier 19th century through Civil War e $625.00

 

exceptionally nice condition! Civil War $165.00

Printed on one side only, by D. Hooton, Merchants Hall, Boston, this original old medical cure broadside was published in the 1830s and measures approximately 12 X 8 ½ inches extoling the virtues of <B>Dr. Ward's Vegetable Asthmatic Pills</B> prepared and distributed by <B>Thomas Hollis, 30 Union Street, Boston</B>  Established in 1826, druggist and chemist Thomas Hollis did business at this address through the mid 19th century. Advertising for sale Dr. Ward's Vegetable Asthmatic Pills, the piece promotes benefits for coughs, colds, whooping cough, etc. with directions for use. Printed on <I>rag paper</I> the broadside remains in excellent condition save an obviously period water stain.  (Easily removed but we would leave the piece as found and as is.)  No tears folds or separations and a nice size for display.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  With good evidence of having been well smoked in the period yet remaining in nice, all original condition with no chips, cracks or repairs, this period clay tobacco pipe features a gaming motif with figures of playing card suits in panels around its circumference.  Additional panel figures include drinking goblets, crossed baseball bats with balls and one panel offers <I>10-pin</> implements (a crude version of lawn or outdoor bowling of some popularity in the period).  All is set off by an age patina with original decorative lanyard, cherry wood stem and period classic horn mouth piece.  A neat item that will spark the interest of tobacciana, gaming and Civil War personal item collectors as well as enthusiasts of  early American baseball.  <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 little antique spirits burner remains complete to include its ground glass cap and often lost brass burner with its original wick.  A <I>must-have</I> to set with any complete Civil War era medical or scientific grouping, these little burners were indispensable to period apothecaries and physicians as they prepared medications, preformed cauterizations, or sanitized instruments.  Utilized as a heat source for any number of medical tasks, this little burner will display well with a period<I>cupping</I>glass.  (You may enter <I>bleeding cup</I>in our search feature for an available selection.)  Complete and in nice condition with no chips cracks or other issues.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  


<b>Major 50th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War


United States Senator from Wisconsin</b>


(1843-1919) Graduated from the University of Wisconsin. During the Civil War he enlisted as captain and was commissioned into Co. A, 50th Wisconsin Infantry. He was brevetted major March 13, 1865. Was also the military secretary to the Governor of Wisconsin. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1867 and served as assistant attorney general of the State of Wisconsin until 1870. Elected as a Republican U.S. Senator in 1885, he served until 1891, and was reelected to the Senate in 1897 and served until 1907.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 x 3/4 in ink, John C. Spooner.

c. 1830s Thomas Hollis - Dr. Ward’s Vege $65.00

 

Civil War era - gaming theme – Tobacco P $325.00

 

antique Medical / Scientific SPIRITS BU

 

Autograph, John C. Spooner $10.00

This unused 19th century paper box label is uncut measuring 7 ½ inches X 15 inches was printed for cutting to produce box end labels for the  <B>The Patent Expansion Lamp Shade</B><I> with White’s Improvements</I>, <B> Mfg. By Woodsum & Co., Boston, Mass.</B> The labels picture the lamp shade installed on an oil lamp and collapsed.  A neat item for the antique lighting 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>  Our illustrations will do best to describe this offering except to advise that <I>John Kummerle</I> was 25 years of age when he enlisted and was mustered in on April 23,1861 as a private of Co. F the <B>8th New York State Militia</B>, <I>WASHINGTON GRAYS</I>.  Pvt. Kummerle was <B>Killed In Action</B> on June 8, 1862 at Cross Keys, Virginia. (In the battle of Cross Keys this regiment’s killed, wounded and missing numbered 220 out of a total of 550 engaged.) Besides his distinctive uniform, Pvt. Kummerle’s  <I>WASHINGTON – F – GRAYS</I> waist belt plate is clearly legible in the photograph along with the regimental #8 on his kepi.  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 offering will fall in the <I>who cares?</I> category (especially at 50 bucks a pop!) for all but the antique writing instrument collector or the mid-19th century personal item enthusiast who appreciates the rarity of the many every day personal items, common in their day but seldom surviving.  This rare example remains <I>as new</I>and in out of the box condition while offering good evidence of age and period originality.  Guaranteed to please this rarely surviving writing instrument was fashioned from raw, unfinished, red cedar with the clearly period attachment of its vulcanized rubber eraser.  Our photo illustrations will offer the best description short of holding the pencil in your hand.  I suppose the origin of the common pencil, fitted with a rubber eraser has not been the subject of crushing interest but for those who care, it all began in 1839 when Charles Goodyear developed a method of curing raw rubber called vulcanization.  Aside from making his name common to today’s Civil War era rubber goods collectors, (see: <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner ) the application of Goodyear’s process gave the now durable product wide application potential with the rubber eraser becoming just one of innumerable uses for Goodyear’s vulcanized rubber.  The idea of permanently mounting a rubber eraser on the end of a common wood and graphite pencil first occurred just prior to the Civil War when in 1858 Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil.  In 1862, Lipman sold his patent for $100,000 !  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 An outstanding example of a very scares Civil War sword, this quality, all original <U>war time</U> Ames Mod. 1860 General Staff and Staff Corps grade sword will please the most discriminating collector.   Offering good evidence of age, originality and light period use, yet remaining in exceptional condition, this impressive sword exhibits all of the distinctive Civil War characteristics that set it apart from later commonly seen models: elliptical blade, functional folding counterguard; plain browned (not nickeled) scabbard, plain scabbard drag and eye catching exceptional quality, <U>high-relief</U> cast and <U>chased</U> hilt. The ray skin grip and wire remain in fine all original condition and the folding counter guard exhibits early, plain features and is locked in place by a spring-loaded button which still functions perfectly.  All this and with strong blade etching of early quality, this Mod. 1860 exists as one of the rarest of Civil War swords. ( As demonstrated by the illustrative use of a <U>post-Civil War</U> version by Harold Peterson in his classic reference <I>The American Sword 1775 – 1945</I>.)  Established by War Dept. General Order #21 on August 28, 1860, the Mod. 1860 S & F sword was prescribed for <U>optional wear</U>buy General Staff and Staff Corps grade officers.  (Optional being the operative word here and likely why the unpopular early issue Mod. 1860 Staff grade sword was produced in limited numbers.) On June 11, 1861 Ames received the first order from the Ordinance Department for the new Mod. 1860 General Officers sword.  While the initial order was for 300 swords it was cancelled May 24, 1862 with only 55 swords having been completed and delivered.  Ordinance Departments records show that <U>Ames ultimately delivered only <B>249</B> swords of this model</U> the last delivery dated July 27, 1865 was for 24 swords.  While records indicate that contract arms were to be U. S. marked with date and inspector initials no so marked examples could be documented by the author who classified existence of marked Mod. 1860 S & F swords as <U><I>speculative</I></U> (see: Ron Hickox: <I>Collectors Guide to Ames U. S. Contract Military Edged Weapons</I>)  While the long use of the Mod. 1860 S & F, (made mandatory for all officers except Medical, Pay Department and mounted officers in 1872) and popularly utilized general design features have made the type a most commonly encountered type, the rarely seen early Civil War sword of this model is coveted by knowledgeable collector / historians and is most easily distinguishable from the later example by the configuration of its straight blade which is <U> elliptical in cross section</U> <B>()</B> while the later version is diamond shaped <B><></B> in cross section.  With all this said, our photo illustrations will provide the best physical description of this exceptional Civil War Mod. 1860 General Staff and Staff Corps grade sword.  <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>

3rd quarter 19th century - Patent Expans $30.00

 

Civil War CDV – Pvt. John Kummerle – 8th

 

ultra-rare! original mid 1800s – wood / g $50.00

 

Rare! Civil War Production Ames - Genera $2350.00

With its oversized, heavy blade this <I>Frederick Reynolds / Sheffield </I> marked straight razor offers slabbed horn grips with pewter spacer at the butt with peened iron pins and brass ferrules.   The 1 inch wide blade is marked <I>The Celebrated – HOLLOW GROUND RAZOR – FOR BARBER USE</I>.  Not for the razor collector who is looking for an <I>as new</I> example but a pleasing item for the collector / historian who appreciates good age and period use, this <I>barber razor</I> offers a nice bright blade with some period carbon steel splotching as evidence of age and decades of storage.  The natural whale baleen grips remain solid with no splits and in pleasing condition with good 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>


 H 36in. x D 12in.  H 41in. x D 12in.  H 38in. x D 24n.

Civil War era Barber STRAIGHT RAZOR

 

H 36in. x D 12in. $0.00

 

H 41in. x D 12in. $0.00

 

H 38in. x D 24n. $0.00

With lots of character, evidence of considerable period use and caring in the form of a period string reinforcement to protect against the furthering of a small split along the grain of its shaft, the lineage of this relic walking stick has been preserved by an old index label identifying the sticks origin as <I><B>Gettysburg 1877</I></B>.  A small  period silver band fastened below the head is nicely script engraved <B><I> Presented to J. V. M. by Lieut. Geo. Bowen 1877</I></B>. Passed from descendants of <B>Joseph V. Morrison</B> (1840-1890) who served s a Private of Co. A <B>5th Michigan Cavalry</B> <U> Custer’s Cavalry Brigade</U> Morrison was mustered in on August 18, 1862 and remained with the regiment until shortly after the <I>Battle of Gettysburg</I> when he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps. Morrison was awarded a pension for disability in 1866 and entered the National Home for Disabled Veterans, Western Division, in 1874.    Fellow Michigan Cavalry Veteran and benefactor with respect to the walking stick, George Bowen (1841-1931) mustered in on September 7, 1861 as a Private of Co F <B>2nd Michigan Cavalry</B><U> Custer’s Cavalry Brigade</U>.  He remained in service to the 2nd Cavalry promoting through the ranks an receiving commission to Lieutenant before discharge on November 19, 1864.  Remaining sound (the period string reinforcement is not a break) with lots of eye appeal this Civil War remembrance from one old Cavalryman to another, will make a nice addition to any period collection. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 <I>Coffee Cup</I> is a bit of a misnomer as the resourceful Civil War soldier pressed this stout utility into a wide variety of uses.  While it remains in pleasing original condition, solid at the seams with no rust, corrosion or holes, this cup, stout as it is, is dented up and a bit out of round at the mouth demonstrating a good amount of hard field use and carrying.  Standing the usual issue 4 inches and measuring just a hair over 4 inches in diameter at its base, this  heavy gauge tinned sheet iron cup sports the desirable wire reinforcement at the handle.  A nice original surface offers pleasing evidence of open fire.  Coffee cup, boiler, meat tin, or ration container, next to his musket, shelter half or rubber blanket, these now hard to find issue tin cups were of particular value to the Civil War troop in the field.  <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 stich bound in leather are original issues of  Robert B. Thomas’s <I>FARMER’S ALMANAC</I> 1807 through 1815.  A boldly penned period ink inscription advises: <B>Phinneas Howe   MARLBOROUGH   HIS BOOK </B>  Our research tells us that Phinneas How served in the American Revolution in Capt. William Brigham's Co. of <U>Marlborough Minuteman</U> then as a sergeant in Capt. William Morse's Co., Col. Jonathan Reed's Regiment of <U>6th Middlesex County Militia</U>.  As such our man Phinneas Howe would have been in action at the <B>Battles of Lexington & Concord</B> and would likely have participated in the <B>Siege of Boston</B>.  Howe was a lifetime resident of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts where he died in 1832.

      Phinneas Howe’s bound collection of Farmer’s Almanacs were printed by West and Richardson in Boston and offer woodcut vignette illustrations with astronomical calculations with a Farmer’s Calendar for each month of the volume’s year all intended to aid the early 19th century farmer toward a successful and bountiful planting. The volumes include Stamp Tables, information on Military Fines, Tables of the value of Gold Coins, List of Stages running to New England locations, vital information on the 1813 / 1814 U. S. Navy and more to include poetry, wit and 19th century wisdom.  The volumes show good evidence of age, originality and period use while remaining in pleasing condition.  Considered the oldest continuously published periodical in America, these vintage volumes provide considerable interesting material as well as offering the collector / historian a neat relic from the personal effects of a veteran of the American Revolution.  

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 A <I>must have</I> for the haversack, Civil War personal grouping, or button display is the lowly button board.  A common item of the <I>sharp troop</I> of the day, the button board was used to prevent staining of uniform material while polishing the brass buttons.  While manufactured button boards of sheet brass have proven to be the most likely survivors, hand made boards of wood are known to have been used though original period examples are seldom found outside older collections.  Recently acquired from just such a vintage collection, this hand crafted button board appears to have been made from a repurposed wooden cigar box cover.   Pleasing to the eye this example remains in nice condition with no splits or repairs yet with good evidence of age, originality and 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!

Gettysburg Presentation CANE - Lt. Bowe $395.00

 

Civil War issue – wire reinforced COFFE $155.00

 

1807 through 1815 hand bound FARMER’S AL $95.00

 

Civil War BUTTON BOARD $85.00

       While the larger M 1854, 12mm Lefaucheux pattern pinfire revolver was to become the fourth most commonly used revolver in the American Civil War, surpassed only by the Colt, Remington and Starr percussion pistols, that popularity undoubtedly brought it’s <I>little brother</I> the compact little folding trigger 7mm as is offered here into the field as many took privately owned, Lefaucheux pattern, pin fire revolvers into the fray. Once again we owe <I>diggers</I> a note of gratitude as it is not uncommon for relic hunters to find 7mm and 9mm as well as the more common 12mm pinfire cartridges in known Civil War campsites. Excavated and recovered pinfire revolvers are known from these campsites as well with at least one small privately owned pinfire recovered from the wreck of the USS Cairo gunboat.  It is on display at Vicksburg National Military Park.  While most of those imported for private purchase by the popular military equipage firm Schuyler Hartley & Graham, appear to have been acquired directly from Lefaucheux in Paris, existing examples with American Civil War provenance  clearly place Belgian proofed revolvers in the mix.  Other importers who brought pinfire revolvers to our shores include Herman Boker, George Raphael and Tiffany & Company. Period documentation indicates that pinfire revolvers saw significant use by Confederate soldiers and many deep south arsenals maintained inventories of pin fire cartridges. This revolver is a solid example of a Belgian made gun with strong Liège proofs.   Offered as found and acquired from a small Civil War grouping this pleasing little personal arm remains untouched and as carried even to include the removal of the ejector rod and keeper, common malady of <I>carried</I> examples of these little pinfires, as ejection of spent cartridges was easily accomplished without putting up with a protruding and cumbersome ejection rod when tucking the little hide-out away in pocket, waist belt or boot.   An attractive Civil War display item without breaking the bank.  <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 SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF MODERN FIREARMS AND EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE  RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED  FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  <U>PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH  THE ABOVE. </U>


      <b>in the Civil War</b>


By Richard B. McCaslin, With a Foreword by the General Editors, Carl Moneyhon and Bobby Roberts. Published by The University of North Carolina Press, Fayetteville, 1997. Hard cover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, with dust jacket, illustrated, 403 pages, brand new condition. Scarce. This is probably the hardest volume to find in this outstanding series and I have seen it sell for $250.00 and more.  


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


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


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


Mrs. Rovilla Kendall,


Dear Rovilla,


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


C.D. Kendall

11th Mo. Vols.


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


Dear Pet good by again,

Cyrus


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


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


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


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





 Short lived but a key supplier of machinery to a textile industry booming as a result of the Civil War, the <B>Aiken Knitting Machine Co.</B> was active only from late 1860 through the Civil War years.  As demand fell off dramatically at the close of war, the Aiken Knitting Machine Co. found itself on hard times and was closed by 1867.  Produced by war time New York <I>steam job printers</I> Baptist & Taylor, this approximately 10 ¼ X 16 1/2 inch broadside is printed on one side only for posting and remains in excellent original condition with some <U>soft</U> folds that will press out nicely and no rips, tears, repairs or stains.  Well-illustrated, in addition to the knitting machine the sheet offers views of specialty machines for the manufacture of <I>shirts and drawers</I> as well as machines for the manufacture of socks.  All high demand items during the Civil War years.  A rarely surviving piece of Civil War ephemera, the only like example we are aware of is housed in the Princeton University, Library Collection.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

private purchase Lefaucheux Pinfire Rev $245.00

 

Portraits of Conflict, A Photographic Hi

 

11th Missouri Infantry Letter $125.00

 

Civil War vintage - Industrial Knitting $95.00

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

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


 With period pocket wear under a rich natural chocolate age patina this attractive 1836 dated R. & W. Robinson trade token was issued with the figure of an American Institute Excellence Medal on its face with the following on the obverse: <B><I>Awarded to</I> R. & W. ROBINSON<I> For the Best</I> MILITARY, NAVAL, <I>Sporting & Flat Buttons</I> 1836</B>  Catalogued as a <I>Hard Times</I> token in the Smithsonian national collection, the name of the Attleborough, Mass. button manufacturer is synonymous with period military uniform buttons, federal as well as state.   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!        Solid, in pleasing condition, and most importantly, clearly <U>original to the period</U> including the alteration to musketoon, this European import was originally designated the Mod.1809 U/M Potsdam Musket.   This particular example was originally manufactured in Potsdam Prussia in 1831 as indicated by the date on the barrel flat.  Originally manufactured as a flintlock with beech wood stock and a 29 7/8 inch .70 caliber smooth bore barrel finished <I>bright</I>.   The arm featured brass furniture and measured 56 ½ inches in overall length.  Per markings on the barrel underside the gun was converted to the more modern percussion system in 1841.  This was done at the Danzig Arsenal.  At the outbreak of the Civil War I 1861, Union and Confederate arms buyers scoured European arsenals in an effort to supplement domestic arms supplies.  While as the war progressed and better domestic arms replaced the lesser quality outdated early import arms, many saw continued use by Confederate troops. While records indicate that nearly double the number of Prussian smooth bores were contracted for by Confederates, approximately <U>75,000 are clearly documented as delivered to the South</U> in 1861.  The vast majority of the number being the Mod. 1809 Potsdam U/M musket.  Additionally the U.S. Ordnance Department purchased approximately 165,000 Prussian arms of which 100,300 were identified as smooth-bores in 1861 through early 1862. The majority of these <I>smooth-bores</I> were the Mod. 1809.  (see: European Arms in the Civil War by Marc Schwalm, ‎Klaus Hofmann)  This offering is presented in pleasing as found and uncleaned condition with eye appealing deep natural age patina and good evidence of period use and carrying.  Of special interest as having seen potential Confederate use, is the period alteration from a 3 band 56 ½ inch long musket to a more wieldy and easily carried 2 band musketoon measuring 45 inches in total length.

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 Original Civil War vintage lighting commonly referred to as <I>donut</I> candlesticks because of their appearance and size when collapsed and screwed together for travel.  This offering is a complete four piece set from spun brass with the two screw together drip pans and two holder pieces.   These traveling candleholders are approximately 3 5/16 inches in diameter and remain in excellent condition, unpolished with good evidence of age, originality and careful period use and carrying.  A favorite of the space and weight conscious soldier who carried all he had on his back or in his haversack, original examples  have become equally prized by lighting, Americana and Civil War collectors wishing to round out a display with that special personal look.   Relatively available just a few years ago original. complete examples of these <I>donut</I> candlesticks have become difficult to find on today’s collector market. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Revolutionary War vintage - CASED MECHAN

 

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

 

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

 

Civil War era ‘Donut’ TRAVELING CANDLE $225.00

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

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 Our illustration will likely offer the best description  of this neat little UNION BLUING bottle except to say it retains its stopper and wax seal securing its content, stands approximately 4 ½ inches (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) and will make a nice personal display item without spending a lot of money.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  Measuring approximately 5/16 inch square, we have the advantage of being able to unquestionably date the period of these hand cut bone dice by virtue of the remains the faint* <B>CROWN</B> (worn away)&</B> G. R.</B> faint but still remaining on one of the pair.  <U>These marks were required by British export law during the American Civil War era to record and enforce payment of export tax on gaming devices sent to the American market.</U>  A staple of the Civil War camp, period saloon or gambling parlor, this original pair remain in pleasing condition and yet demonstrate all the characteristics of period hand cut bone gaming pieces.  Clearly hand cut with dots that are somewhat irregular and a natural age patina, these dice will be quickly recognized for what they are in your collection display.  [ *Please note that these original CROWN & GR tariff marks were small and were impressed into the bone with red pigment rubbed into the light impression.  With time and use most if not all of the original red pigment has been worn away in most cases leaving the faintest trace of the original CROWN & GR.  Identification of the remaining tariff marking will requiring close examination of the rare old hand cut die.]  A scarce find! <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Our illustrations will offer the best description of this attractive <I>old tar</I> whirligig except to advise that our sailor stands approximately 9 1/4 inches heel to  hat crown and shows good evidence of age and originality.  He is hand carved and sports a milk paint finish.  His arms with paddles turn easily by hand but are currently too stiff to spin in the wind.  (Offered untouched and as found to preserve the integrity of its age and originality we would leave all as is.)   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Rare! handcrafted Whaling Skiff BUILD $345.00

 

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

 

original Civil War vintage - tariff mark $65.00

 

vintage folk-art carved and painted Sai $245.00

An especially nice neat pair of protective goggles of the Civil War era, this original example is fashioned with fine wire mesh side protection and glass lenses.   Sometimes referred to as <I>artillerist’s glasses</I> these goggles were frequently used by an eye injured wearer to protect against further damage.  An example of such use may be seen in a period portrait of nearly blind Confederate General Adam R. Johnson.  (see: Time / Life <I>TOUCHED by FIRE</I> vol. II page 248 )   There is also a period photograph by Gardner of Blackfoot Indian Chief <I>Sitting Crow</I> wearing a pair of these goggles no doubt simply as a fashion statement.  (see: D. Mark Katz - <I>Life & Photographs of ALEXANDER GARDNER</I>  Retaining their original japanned tin pocket case, this pair remain in pleasing condition with original cord and good evidence of period use and carrying.  A nice item for the optical or medical collector as well as the general Civil War era collector.   As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 <b>in the Civil War


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The portrait on the front cover is of Mark Noble, who served the entire war in the Second Arkansas Cavalry, rising from corporal to lieutenant in the three years of his service. He was captured at the end of the war in Jefferson County on May 6, 1865, and confined to the military prison at Little Rock until he was finally released on June 10, 1865. He returned to his family and spent the rest of his life farming near Corssett in Ashley County.  With a history of having been recovered from the Boston, Mass., Charlestown Prison, at the time of its closing in 1955, this prison guard baton retains its original, solid but stiff with age, leather lanyard bearing the name of Boston equipment supplier Henry K. Barnes & Co.   Well known as a supplier of police and fire equipment as early as the mid 1890s, the company reaching its zenith during the <I>roaring 20s</I>.  Turned from white oak, the baton measures  approximately 24 inches and was plainly constructed, as a no frills enforcement utility.  Surely a formidable weapon in the hands of a 1920s prison guard.  First opened in 1805 the Charlestown Prison had a long and infamous history stretching through the tumultuous mob activity of the 1920s on into the 50s housing an impressive roster of local Boston area notables in this period, until it was closed in 1955.  The last execution (1947) in Massachusetts occurred within the walls Charlestown Prison which also housed such well knowns as Sacco & Vanzetti with one Malcom Little holding fourth there from 1946 until he was paroled in 1952 and, under the name of <I>Malcom X</I>,  quickly became the public face of the Nation of Islam.   We will include our letter preserving the history of having emanated from the Charlestown Prison closure. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Civil War era PROTECTIVE GLASSES $75.00

 

Application for Aid for the Mother of a

 

Portraits of Conflict; A Photographic Hi

 

late 1800s / early 1900 Charlestown Pris $95.00

Described in period catalogue listings as <I> Portable gold scales, field use beam scales comprising of a central metal support and two metal dishes attached by three metal chain each to a metal beam</I> this beautiful set of c. 1830s gold scales still retains its original suspension cord for hand holding as was used <I>in the field</I>.  The iron balance beam is marked AVERY in two places and measures approximately 10 ½ inches in length and remains untouched and as found with a touch of fine surface rust with a rich chocolate patina over all.  Suspended from the beam by brass chain are two 5 3/16 inch diameter brass pans.  Unpolished with attractive natural age patina, each bears the all-important <B>W. & T. Avery / late T. Beach PATENTED</B> marking.      <B>Dating :</B> Founded in 1731 by James Ford the company passed to Thomas Beach and Joseph Balden, husband of Mary Avery.   In the early part of the nineteenth century the business was passed to the Avery family who expanded the firm from a small local business to worldwide sale. The firm name became synonymous with quality and their portable patent balance scales were used in gold fields around the world.  When Thomas Beach died in the <U>early to mid-1830s the firm used the name <B>W & T Avery / late T. Beach</B> in transition.</U> The partnership on W & T Avery was dissolved in 1865.  All original and as found this wonderful set of early field use, portable gold scales should not be confused with the general use and much smaller boxed <I>pocket</I> scales on the period.  This set will make a nice addition to any quality period display.   



 A bit out of our usual period but we couldn’t resist this scarce all original and untouched Camillus mess combination knife and spoon.  Dating in the WWI era, we have left this superb example uncleaned and as found for the collector who will appreciate the originality of an example that remains tight at the joints with good <I>snap</I> and a blade that has never seen use or a whetstone.   With only natural age as testimony to its WWI era origin this old standby will clean to near <I>as new</I> in the proper hands (shudder) but we would leave it as is.  Well known to collectors, the Camillus Cutlery Company was one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the U. S. with roots dated to its founding in Camillus New York in 1876.  With its <B>CAMILLUS CUTLERY Co. / CAMILLUS N, Y. / U. S. A.</B> found on many working and defense knives the now defunct manufacturer is among the most widely collected of the type.  A <I>workhorse</I> in its day, nice uncleaned and unused <I>out of the box</I> examples of this knife and spoon mess combination are seldom found today.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This outstanding vintage carved meerschaum tobacco pipe offers that eye appealing rich honey color that comes only with time, handling and lots of pleasant period smoking.  It’s intricate detail, quality of carving and immaculate condition, is set off by its natural amber stem and will best be described by our illustrations.  In addition to it’s fine condition with no breaks, chips or cracks this beautiful equine motif antique tobacco pipe remains in it’s original hinged, fitted case.  Left as found, the case remains in excellent condition and will show as fine with a light application of proper leather dressing (we would leave it as is).  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 The product of a <I>cleanout</I> as we go through our 50 year accumulation in an attempt at gaining some <I>drawer space</I>, this vintage tinned iron spoon will be especially appreciated by the Civil War era mess gear or personal item collector.  Unlike the usual personal size spoons, machine fashioned from thinner die struck sheet iron, this example was hand crafted in one piece from heavier iron stock with die struck bowl and hand wrought handle.  All hot dipped in molten tin, this example remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age, hand construction and period use with an appealing natural age patina. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

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

 

scarce original – Camillus Cutlery Co. - $165.00

 

antique natural amber stem - carved mee $235.00

 

especially nice Civil War vintage – hand $65.00

Printed on one side only, by D. Hooton, Merchants Hall, Boston, this original old medical cure broadside was published in the 1830s and measures approximately 12 X 8 ½ inches extoling the virtues of <B>Thomas Hollis’s OINTMENT FOR THE ITCH</B>.  With directions for use and pledging the virtues of the concoction  against all manner of <I>humours and eruptions of the skin</I> to include ring worm and <I>scald head</I>, this broadside is printed on <I>rag paper</I> and remains in excellent condition save an obviously period water stain.  (Easily removed but we would leave the piece as found and as is.)  No tears folds or separations and a nice size for display.  .  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

                  

 Illustrated here with a period quarter for size comparison, this attractive handmade beef bone ring is embellished with 2nd, 3rd and 20th Army Corps devices set in red sealing wax.  A nice original example of a common folk art / hand craft utilizing readily available bone from a <I>foraged</I> beef roast or stew, many an hour of dreary in winter camp was expended in such crafting.  This example remains in excellent condition with no cracks and offers good evidence of age, originality and period ware.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


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 An original 5 1/8 X 10 1/8 inch, January 1861, <B>L. M. Hoffman & Co.</B> auction bid card complete with bidders penciled in notations on the back.  The commodities auction will offer 371 hogsheads of <B>PRIME NEW ORLEANS SUGAR</B> and <B>50 Barrels of Molasses</B> . A family busies founded in 1795 with the commission auction house of Hoffman & Seton doing business at No. 67 Wall Street.  Hoffman continued business with various partners until 1822 / 23 when L. M. Hoffman joined the house with the addition of & Co. to the firm name.  The old firm continued to grow under various partner combinations always including a Hoffman until 1834 when the firm became L. M. Hoffman & Co.  The auction house continued under that name under the watchful eye of L. M. Hoffman until his death in 1861.   (see: The Old Merchants of New York City: By Walter Barrett )  While early commodity auction catalogues appear rarely as they were sometimes preserved in firm records, bid cards utilized by bidders to manage and launch their bids very rarely survived as they were cast away at the closing.  This just pre Civil War auction of New Orleans Sugar represented one of the last before secession and one of the final auctions under the direction of L. M. Hoffman before his death in 1861. A rare piece of late antebellum Americana from one of the country’s earliest and most successful commission auction houses.  Entirely original with good evidence of age and originality the back bottom of the card shows some separation of the pasteboard and some tattering of one layer.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  


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


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

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

 

Civil War era beef bone – Corps Device D $145.00

 

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

 

CDV, General Ambrose E. Burnside




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


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 1/4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: Brady's National Photographic Galleries, Washington, D.C., and New York. Card is trimmed. Partial 2 cents U.S. revenue tax stamp and "Genl. Anderson" written in period ink on the reverse. Light age toning.   This outstanding Civil War era traveling ink pen has a shaft of natural shell with knurled gold plate grip and steel nib. The attractive writing instrument is approximately 6 ¼ inches in total length and remains nestled in its’ original two-tone leather covered carrying case.  Of special interest to the collector of writing instruments as well as the Civil War enthusiast, will be the <B>FAIRCHILD</B> maker name in the grip. Leroy W. Fairchild began manufacturing writing instruments in New York City somewhere between 1837 and 1843 and remained active through the Civil War era. The buyer will agree that the <I>mother of pearl</I> pen, steel nib and case all remain in exceptionally fine condition.  A nice item for the Civil War collector or writing instrument enthusiast.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Our photo illustrations will best describe this attractive <I>royal flush</I> from a selection of original Civil War era American <B> Samuel Hart & Co.</B> playing cards.  With good evidence of period use, these cards show careful wear and some expected soiling (could be removed with the delicate use of an art gum eraser but we would leave them as original.  With the charm of the original and with no folds, chips, tears or other of the expected maladies that befell period playing cards, this hand will lay in well with any period grouping of personal items, frontier saloon or gambling related items without the significant cost of a full deck. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Very nice, unused single example of the pattern of 1872 Cavalry Post, Quartermaster Sergeant chevron.   A single <U>example</U> but a tough item to find, this all original, unissued example will make a nice edition to any period Cavalry collection.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

CDV, General Robert Anderson

 

Civil War era Fairchild CASED DIPPING P $135.00

 

original Civil War vintage poker hand of $75.00

 

Pattern of 1872 Cavalry Post - Quarterma

Totally un-marked as to maker yet clearly the distinct work and unique design of Milton, Pennsylvania gunsmith, Samuel Morrison Sr. (1826 – 1844)  The forged lockplate, (measuring approximately 5 inches long X 1 inch wide) forged hammer <I> and <I>side-hammer</I> design with unusual <U>external</U> mainspring, sear spring and sear, will satisfy the knowledgeable Upper Susquehanna long rifle collector of the lock’s origin.  Best described by our photo illustrations, the lock remains complete and would likely be functional with application of a little gun oil.  We leave that decision to the new owner preferring to offer the piece here pure and as found with an untouched rich age patina.   A desirable example of the work of Samuel Morrison, by itself, hopefully someone will have one of these rare long rifles in need of an original lock.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 This nice original old 1800s pickle bottle stands approximately 11 inches.  Absolutely no condition issues, with lots of character and nice color.  An attractive decorator without spending a lot of money.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 Our illustrations will likely do best to describe this beautiful Civil War vintage mourning / memorial ring except to advise that it is entirely original with a bold old English <B><I>IN MEMORY</I></B> over black enamel on the outer band with a hand engraved  <I><B>Elizabeth Baker obit. 2 Dec. 1864 a. 63 </I></B> inscription on the inner surface along with deep artisan markings.  The ring is a rather massive size 14 ½ and remains in excellent condition yet with good evidence of period wear.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 

 


<b>Prominent American newspaper correspondent


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


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


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

early Pennsylvania Long Rifle - Samuel M $225.00

 

19th century aqua PICKLE BOTTLE $45.00

 

18K Gold memorial ring - IN MEMORY Eli $365.00

 

Autograph, Benjamin Perley Poore $35.00




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


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


STATE OF MARYLAND


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


Signed, Eliza Jane Latta

April 22nd, 1862


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


W.H. Maynard, Justice of the Peace

April 22nd, 1862


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


Mary E. Ball

Mary E. Cloke


Very fine. Maryland Civil War items are scarce.


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


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


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


<b>1864 Endorsement Signed as Colonel Commanding


Document Regarding the 2nd Virginia Cavalry</b>


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



       

 While our photo illustrations will do best in assessing condition, suffice it to say this regulation of 1839 US oval waist belt plate remains in exceptional, unissued condition, while offering good evidence of age and originality.  The die struck sheet brass face has never been polished or cleaned and retains its sharp edges with no dents, scratches or dings and offers a soft untouched natural age patina. The solder filled back is in compatible condition with an even natural age patina and sports the regulation die struck single arrow clasp and hook.  With federal and state use from inception through the advent of the more familiar and much larger <I>two arrow</I> US plate of the same basic design, most of these small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840’s and 1850’s.  With a rich history, this small US oval plate is most quickly associated with the Mexican War and frontier West yet a good many found their way into the Civil War by virtue of early war state issue from existing state arsenal stores. (see: <I>AMERICAN MILITARY BELT PLATES</I> by O’Donnell & Campbell) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  A remnant of a time when horticultural grafting was a necessary aspect on the farm as nearly all had at least a small grove of fruit trees for personal use, the grafting knife was a necessary piece of equipment to the practicing craftsman many of whom traveled from farm to orchard practicing their specialized <I>art</I>.   As the practice of grafting was a major factor in sustaining productive apple, peach, pear and other fruit trees and as the success of getting grafts to <I>take</I> as they would say, could be an iffy effort taking some time before success could be determined, the <I>grafter</I> was a well-paid craftsman highly respected and much in demand in 18th and 19th century farm communities.  This good old grafting knife was, as was the case with many <I>grafters</I>, hand made with an eye toward their personal preferences.  This knife was hand forged from a period <I>single-cut</I>mill file, a favorite source that would take the keen edge necessary in accomplishing a successful graft.  This knife measures 10 inches in total length with a 5 inch blade mounted through a brass ferrule to a stout turned ash-wood grip.  Demonstrating desirable evidence of age, period use and originality, yet remaining untouched and in nice condition, this early grafting knife will go well in any number of period collecting categories.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Application for Support by the Wife of M $75.00

 

Autograph, Colonel & General Thomas T. M $250.00

 

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

 

early 1800s handcrafted GRAFTING KNIFE $65.00




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