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Measuring approximately 8 ¾ X 4 inches, this silver plated memorial coffin plate bears the deeply struck figure of a Grand Army of the Republic membership medal with a bold <B>G. A. R.</B> the hand engraved <B><I> Benaiah Colby</I> DIED<I> Feb.5, 1893  A  88ys  2ms  5ds</I><B>.

Benaiah (a.k.a Beniah) Colby was a fifty-five year old resident of Franklin, New Hampshire when he enlisted and was mustered in on August 23, 1861 as a Wagoner of Co. H <B>3rd New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry</B>.  He was discharged for disability on May 7, 1862 at Edisto Island, South Carolina.  Colby saw subsequent service in Co. C <B>24th Veteran Reserve Corps</B>.  Colby was interred in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Peterborough, New Hampshire.  The plate is maker marked on the back <I>SARGENT & CO. – USA – NEW HAVEN, CONN.</I>   A nice item for the GAR or 3rd N.H. collector, these <I>coffin plate</I> memorials were passed to the veteran’s family and seldom reach the collector market.

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 Not to be confused with the later flannel stripes, a good look at our illustrations will establish these as the earlier and more desirable type.  Wish we had the pair but this single example will display well when set in with period material.  A nice display item at less than half the price of a pair. <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!


 More common in the smaller 12 oz size, this pleasing approximately quart size, mid 1800s stoneware bottle, remains in excellent condition with no chips or cracks, good evidence of age and even retains remnants of the period foil seal around the neck. The bottle stands approximately 10 inches and is about 3 5/8 inches in diameter. A nice Civil War display item as seen in any number of period military camp scenes. <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 Civil War CDV was done by photographers <I>Cross & Childs, Forts Richardson & Lyon, Virginia</I> and bears the period ink identification of Silas L. Haywood who enlisted and was mustered in on May 22, 1861 as a Private  of Co. A <B>2nd New Hampshire Infantry</B>.  He was promoted to Sargent then commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant in 1862 then 1st Lt. July 2, 1863.  Lt. Haywood was mustered out on June 21, 1864.  A hard fought regiment, the 2nd New Hampshire participated in the following engagements during Haywood’s tenure with the regiment: Bull Run, Williamsburg, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, <B>Gettysburg</B> Drewry’s Bluff, Cold Harbor and more. Shows some age but a sharp photo with crisp focus and strong contrast.

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3rd New Hampshire Infantry Civil War Vet $95.00

 

Civil War era Cavalry Corporal STRIPES $75.00

 

Quart - Stoneware Beer Bottle $40.00

 

CDV by Cross & Childs – Fts. Richardson $95.00

Best described here by our photo illustrations, we will leave to the experts in the field the specifics as to whether this Bellamy style folk art eagle was rendered by John Bellamy himself or was done as we believe, by one of the several turn of the century New England craftsmen who emulated the popular style.  An easily displayable size, this example measures 34 inches wing tip to wing tip.  Carved from native white pine, with classic deep red oil base paint on the back and under the original rich gold gilt finish, this beautiful old folk art patriotic eagle offers unquestionable evidence of age and originality to the late 1800s to early 1900s.  A desirable piece with period examples seldom reaching the open market in this price range.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This 240 page Government publication was produced in 1864 and is titled in part: <I> ORGANIZATION of the ARMY OF THE POTOMAC & its CAMPAIGNS in VIRGINIA & MARYLAND – Under The Command Of Maj. Gen. Geo. B. McClellan – July 26, 1861 / Nov. 7, 1862 </I>  This, complete in one volume book, contains the official reports of Mjr. Gen. McClellan to Sec. of War Edwin Stanton.  The volume shows little wear and remains in good condition with a tight binding and no loose, torn, marked up, or folded pages.  A deassessed library volume, the book retains a plate in the back identifying it as having been <I>Presented To The Bridgton</I>(Maine) </I><I>Public Library by Samuel Conant Smith 1912 </I>.  Samuel C. Smith enlisted and was mustered in as a Sergeant of Co. I <B> 1st Maine Cavalry</B>.  Promoted to 1st Sgt. in 1862 then commissioned to 2nd Lt. in 1863, Smith was engaged with the 1st Maine Cavalry at Gettysburg.  At Rappahannock Station Smith’s mount was killed and he was wounded in the arm. Lt. Smith was mustered out on Nov. 25, 1864.  This book was passed to the library when he passed away in 1912.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 Our illustrations will do best to describe this classic Co. Ballot box except to advise that we have left all just as we acquired it simply to avoid any question of originality of the markings.  All is in excellent condition as you can see with original marbles and black pieces to cast for rejection.  The top is period marked <B> 5  MS  INF  CoA</B> and on the side in smaller letters is <B>Gene F. Viles</B>.  How Viles came into possession of the Co. ballot box has been lost in history.  We are aware that such boxes were used in some outfits to elect NCOs and on occasion line officers but have never run across an example of use for selection in the musician ranks.  In instances of more than one qualified drummer, the Co. Drummer could have been selected by vote?  Anyway, we know that young Eugene F. Viles was a fifteen year old Charlestown, Mass student when he enlisted and was mustered in on September 29, 1862 as a drummer of Co. A <B>5th Mass. Volunteer Infantry</B>.  He mustered out with the regiment at the conclusion of their term on July 2, 1863 then reenlisted and was mustered into D Co. <B>30th Mass. Infantry</B> on April 16, 1864.  He is listed on Co. rolls as <I>DRUMMER</I>.  He was a patient at Hilton Head General Hospital effective September 7, 1865 and was discharged for disability on October 16, 1865.  His pension records indicate that he also had service in the <B> U. S. Navy</B> serving on the Ohio, the Mohongo, the Mochigan and on the Vermont.  Viles died on July 11, 1929 at the <B>National Soldiers Home, Virginia</B>.  <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 photo illustrations will do best as a description of this colorful old <I>trade bead</I> necklace.  For full appreciation of this classic bead work please take the time to look at the close-ups for definition of the beads and old dark brown lacing.  Remaining entirely complete with no missing, loose beads, frayed thread or weak spots, this attractive old trade bead necklace will make a nice decretive piece for display or wear.   <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 !!

late19th through early turn of the centu $495.00

 

1864 Pub. - Organization of Army of the $55.00

 

Original! 5th Mass. Infantry- BALLOT BO $235.00

 

vintage Native American Trade Bead Neckl $95.00

This OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC by Robert B. Thomas is for the year 1835.  Lots of wear and evidence of age and period use but complete with no missing pages.  Embellished in period brown ink by its period owner ,<I>Samuel Leavitt’s Almanac</I> the almanac is hand stitched at the binding to secure a period wallpaper cover.  Not a big deal but a nice original piece with lots of character to set out on a period table as a companion piece with period collectables.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  This desirable Civil War soldier’s identification disk was hand fashioned from a period U. S. large cent, its faces filed flat and stamped <B>WM. H. PARKER   CO.G  14TH  N.H.VOLS.   1862</B>   Provenance is offered by a deep, obviously natural age patina and our letter documenting the fact that the piece emanated from the long time personal collection of Dr. Francis Lord. (see below)  William Henry Parker was a 16 year old resident of Keene, New Hampshire when he enlisted on June 19 1861 as a <U>drummer</U> of Co. H <B>2nd New Hampshire Infantry</B>.  Parker was discharged for disability at Bladensburg, Maryland approximately one month after the July 21 Union rout at <B>1st Bull Run</B>.  The 2nd N. H. Volunteers loss there was reported as 7 killed, 56 wounded, 46 missing.  Not to be denied, young William Parker enlisted once more on September 23. 1862 and was mustered into Co. G of the <B>14th New Hampshire Infantry</B>.  He was transferred into the Veteran Reserve Corps on July 1, 1864 and was discharged for promotion on April 18, 1865 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant  A Co. 6th U. S. Volunteer Infantry.   He was Breveted to 1st Lt. on January 2, 1866 and was mustered out on October 15, 1866.   After the war Parker relocated to Deadwood, South Dakota, where he died in 1908.  He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.  Of interest to the collector and preserved in our accompanying letter will be the fact that we  acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference, <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Our illustrations will offer the best description of this especially nice U. S. Breast Plate except to advise that it was acquired from the late Civil War relic collector and authoritative author, Stanley Phillips. ( <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> Vol. 1 & 2 by Stanley Phillips)  Acquired years ago from Stanley Phillips as a <I>Fairfax Court House </B> recovery, this plate was found two blocks from the court house in a lady’s front yard. (We have been told it is now a law office.)  All in exceptional condition with both staples and an attractive deep chocolate patina, this piece will go well in any Civil War collection. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Found here in the state of Maine we expect this exquisite gold rush era 6th plate portrait is of an adventurous young <I>Mainer</I> sending his photo back to the folks at home.  Unfortunately, we don’t know who our hero is but, despite his modest dress, he must be doing well at the moment as he is able to afford to have his image captured at the gallery of California photographer James M. Ford.  Housed in its original <I><B>FORD'S - DAGUERREAN GALLERY - CLAY ST. - SAN FRANCISCO - AND - J ST. SACRAMENTO CITY</I></B> imprinted case, the image may be dated by the fact that Ford’s Gallery was established in the late spring of 1854 and the by the end of that year the Sacramento studio had been sold.  This pleasing California gold rush era daguerreotype does have some residue on the <U>back side of the glass</U> that is visible when the image is viewed at an angle.  This common malady can be corrected by breaking the original seal, cleaning the back side of the glass and resealing the image.  A common practice not objectionable to some but we prefer to preserve the photo as original with the period seal intact and so will leave that decision to the new owner.  The case is in excellent condition, solid at the hinge with no splits or repairs.  A nice all original photograph taken in the later part of the California Gold Rush era (considered to be 1848 through 1855) by a desirable Gold Rush, San Francisco artists. <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!

wallpaper bound 1835 OLD FARMER’S ALMANA $40.00

 

Lord collection – 14th New Hampshire Inf $275.00

 

Stanley Phillips - Fairfax Court House e $165.00

 

c. 1854 - Ford’s Daguerrian Gallery - San $435.00

All original and complete with no condition issues save period pencil notes of prices and page folds at the lower right corners that may be easily ironed out, this original Bangs, Merwin, & Co. book auction catalogue offers 19 pages with 263 lots of early through mid 1800s <I>Americana, Local Histories & Rebellion</I> volumes.  A well-known auction house to early and current collectors of fine Americana books the Bangs family managed the longest-lasting New York book-auction firms of 19th-century remaining in the business from 1837 to 1930.  A nice remnant of early book collecting and a valuable reference.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 This attractive little hand lamp was constructed from lead soldered, tinned sheet iron with a broad die truck base and classic long brass burner tube for use with camphene.  All original and untouched just as it was set aside decades ago. Most popularly in use in the 1840s & 1850s, camphene lighting fuel from, highly refined turpentine produced a bright clean light. Largely replaced in lighting by coal oil in the 1860s, camphene was extremely volatile necessitating the small diameter wick and longer burner tubes than were used with whale oil lighting fuel.  The longer burner tube, with a broad base were all common safety features of these  camphene finger lamps.  A nice all original little lamp illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison.   <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 speak best for this attractive pattern of 1872 forage cap. Some minor mothing in the form of a few very small holes will not be objectionable in light of the desirable Indian Wars pattern and over all condition. Nice infantry <B>I</B> buttons and the correct (smaller than Civil War) infantry device set this classic off nicely.  It should be noted that the infantry device attachment wires are <U>under</U> the lining rather than passing through the lining as they would on later embellishment. (Always a concern!)  A nice brown cotton lining is set off by a <B>J. A. Joel & Co. 88 Nassau St. N.Y.  MILITARY SUPPLIES</B> label.   As an aside, Joseph A. Joel was an Ohio resident prior to the Civil War.  He enlisted at the age of nineteen as a Private in Co. F 23rd Ohio.  Wounded at South Mountain, MD, was discharged for disability before the wars end. He shows up in New York as early as 1867 where he is listed as a clerk. By 1891 Joel had formed a military supply business which he ran until 1911 when his sister is listed as chief operator.  Tough to find in any condition with far fewer examples manufactured than the earlier Civil War pattern, this scarce 1872 pattern remains in pleasing condition and  will lay in nicely with any period grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>



 


<b>Colonel of the 5th Maine Infantry


Commander of the regiment during the battle of Gettysburg!


War Date Autograph Cover Signed</b>


(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine.  He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission from the appropriate authorities to form a company of volunteers, and set out to gather recruits from Bethel and the surrounding towns.  This group of men became Company I, of the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry, with Edwards commissioned as their captain on June 24, 1861.  He rose through the ranks and was appointed colonel of the regiment, on January 8, 1863, commanding the 5th Maine Infantry from that date forward. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War service record.


The 5th Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry was one of the first Maine regiments to be mustered into the Union Army.  They fought in many battles from 1st Bull Run to Petersburg.  During the battle of Rappahannock Station the regiment is credited with capturing 4 Confederate battleflags and 1,200 prisoners.  Known as one of Maine's best fighting regiments, it captured more prisoners than the entire number of men who served in the regiment, and three times the number of battle flags than any other Maine regiment.  After three long years of hard fought service only 193 men were mustered out of the regiment when their term of service expired.  Among their battle honors are written the names of 1st Bull Run, Gaines' Mill, 2nd Bull Run, Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Rapidan Crossing, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.


<u>War Date Autograph Cover Signed</u>: Docketed at the top, Soldier's Letter, and below that, Aug. 63, and at the left edge, Aug. 14/63. Addressed in the hand of Edwards to his wife, Mrs. C.S. Edwards, Bethel, Maine, (Oxford Co.) C.D.S., Washington, D.C., Aug. 1[?], 1863. Stamped Due 6. There is also a cross written notation at the postmark, Jewett Execution.** This is a reference to the content of the letter that this envelope once contained. Light staining and edge wear.


** Thomas Jewett was a private of Co. D, 5th Maine Infantry, and a resident of Rockland, Maine at the time of his enlistment. He was court martialed for desertion at Salem Church, Virginia, was found guilty, and executed by a firing squad on August 14, 1863.

Bangs, Merwin & Co. – 1875 AUCTION CATAL $50.00

 

c. 1840 / 1850 tin HAND LAMP $135.00

 

Enlisted Infantry - Pattern of 1872 For $495.00

 

Autograph, General Clark S. Edwards $50.00




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


From the Libby Prison Hospital, Richmond, Virginia</b>


1 page, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Libby Prison Hospital, March 6th, 1864</b></u>


My Dear Wife,


After my love to you and the children I will just say I recd. your letter of the 17th of last mo. and was glad to hear that you were all well.  It found me better than I was when I wrote last but not well.  I am gaining a little every day and I think I will soon be as well as common or I should if I could only get out of this.  The prospect is pretty fair for exchange at present but I am afraid of being disappointed again.  Dear I wish you would get Father or Lt. Tipton to go and see Wm. Hunter and get him to write to Jim Morris at Washington to try and get me exchanged.  Do not fret yourself about me any more than you can help.  Pray for me and may the Lord bless you and keep you safe until we meet again is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. Levi Lupton


Addressed on the reverse: Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio. 

      

Light age toning, staining and fold wear. Small chip out of the paper at the left edge. Desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive the war!


Levi Lupton, was 39 years old, when he enlisted on July 25, 1862, at Columbus, Ohio, as a 2nd lieutenant. He was commissioned into Co. C, 116th Ohio Infantry, on September 19, 1862, at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on June 13, 1863, but was never mustered at that rank because he was captured the next day, June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va. He spent time confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., and at Macon, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., where he died on September 12, 1864.     


Raleigh, Oct. 20th, 1861. Ceres standing at left, with a tiny sailing ship at the center. Very fine.  


4 pages, 7 1/4 x 9 1/2, in ink, written to Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Broadfoot by his Mother.


<b><u>Sep. 16th</b></u>


My Dear Son,


Your letters by Uncle G were rec’d & glad we were to hear from you.  I ought to have sent letters to Raleigh to go by Uncle G, but did not think much that he would be at [?]  May is still confined & has been rather pitiful the last week, but the weather is so very warm it is enough to make older ones fret.  She is a great pet among the children of the neighborhood & had a great many visitors last week.  She attended a party at Mrs. Worth’s which she enjoyed much.  We were all glad to hear from Col. A.  You must remember us to him when you write.  I will deliver the message to H.  I should judge from indications that she would be married shortly.  John has left.  Uncle L has returned.  He was treated very kindly while away & that is what all our people say that go on.  Aunt E. is a little sick.  Her cook is sick also & the girls are very smart about the work.  I very seldom see the town papers.  If I could, would send it to you, for I expect you would like its tone.  Gen. H. came down about 10 days ago & he is talking of renting the Strange place.  (Myrtle Hill).  He told me to say to you that he had 2 horses at Tom’s Hill which you could ride when you feel like coming down & says to tell you for him to study law hard, get a license, & then go out to Arkansas.  By that time things will be settled.  At present they are in a bad state.  Mrs. Jordan has lost everything.  I think it was her that put the torch to her own cotton.  Mr. Wright has lost nothing.  The Gen. sent me some green tomatoes which I have been pickling & hope they will keep better than my onions did.  Will Baker looks very well, but has not gained his strength yet.  James expects to be married early in October.  George has written to you.  I don’t suppose he could give you a decided answer now, but have no doubt that if he speaks of selling his home he is now trying to see if it is profitable to keep one he has here.  He hauls a load nearly every day & sells some.  The pea vines have been partly cut & if it does not rain tonight will be hauled in tomorrow.  They turned out remarkably well.  The corn is tolerable.  We are now eating some new corn meal out of the field.  I have not been able to keep up feeding the cows so they do not do so well, but we sell from 2 to 3 lbs of butter a week at 50 cts. a lb. [that] Grandma churns.  Mr. Hooper has concluded to remain here this winter.  He could not get accommodations for his family when he thought of going.  Do you ever hear from your friends in the 43rd Regt.  It was in Halifax Cty. When Mr. H. had a good situation offered him that brought your old friends to my mind.  Are they not in that part of the state.  I wish George had a good situation.  He earns a living at home & somehow or other we all make out right comfortably.  I have no doubt but the bank will pay your Father something, but the last yr. ended all that pay that he knew of certainly.  He has something to do every day & goes down every morning.  He has been suffering with a sore leg but it is now nearly well.  Did I write you word about getting flannel shirts for yourself.  You must have them when cold weather comes on.  Some of my blackberry vines that I have bottled turns out first rate.  I only made 3 gal. of grape wine of the purple grape.  Scuppernongs** are very cheap & I know you will be disappointed at my not making any but it is such an undertaking & sugar is scarce.  The purple grape skins poisoned my hands.  The pigs are pretty well gone.  Sophy Williams is spending some days with me.  She has been poorly all summer & I want to see if I can’t [?] her up here.  Walter H. is still alive & still refusing to eat.  Our merchants do not seem to find any difficulty in getting goods.  So many goods are arriving that the wonder is where are the purchasers to come from.  I am glad to be able to say that my wants in the dry goods line are few.  May has amused herself for hours today with a doll that has been given to her.  She sometimes fixes out my work box.  She has insisted on having a spelling book & if the boys will learn her I’m no doubt she will learn fast.  She could soon be of assistance to me if she could walk & I trust she will yet be able to do so.  Isn’t it in Oct. that your term will expire.  I am so glad that Ga. & Epps are doing so well & have no doubt that the Gen. thus far turns proud for their good.  We have not heard from Selma yet.  Grandma keeps up astonishingly.  You would think she was a Union woman until she hears of some of the Yankees doings & then she lets out.  God bless you.


Your aff.[ectionate] Mother


Very newsy, interesting letter.


**A variety of grape that is found in the basin of the Scuppernong River in North Carolina. Wine was made from these grapes. 


The recipient, Charles W. Broadfoot, was an 18 year old student when he enlisted as a private on July 15, 1861, and was mustered into Company H, 1st North Carolina Infantry. He was mustered out of this regiment on November 12, 1861. He then served in Company D, 43rd North Carolina Infantry, and was discharged for promotion on September 7, 1862, being commissioned 1st Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp, on the staff of General Theophilus H. Holmes. On July 1, 1864, he was commissioned into the Field & Staff of the 1st North Carolina Reserve Infantry, with rank of lieutenant colonel and colonel. His date and method of discharge are unknown.       

 


Scott #11. 10 cents, Confederate States of America, with bust of President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Unused condition.

116th Ohio Infantry Letter $100.00

 

1861 State of North Carolina $1 Note

 

Letter to Confederate North Carolina Lie $75.00

 

1863 Confederate Postage Stamp- Jefferso

An especially nice enlisted waist belt complete with brass keeper and pattern of 1839 lead filled U. S. oval plate.  In overall near unissued condition this buff leather waist belt remains in the vintage brown coloration on the face with a beautiful cream back as appropriate to pre 1851 regulations.  (By the time of the Civil War the majority of these belts had been stained black to comply with the 1851 regulations.) As some limited issue of brown buff belts were known to have been utilized by the earliest of Civil War responders these belts are considered to be appropriate to late Seminole War and Mexican War through the early Civil War.  With some minor storage marks on the face of the plate and a pleasing mellow patina plate and brass keeper, the condition of all components will please.  A tough one to find in any condition!  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 A well-dressed Black couple appear before the lens of an unknown photographer in a pair of un-backmarked CDV photographs.  All in excellent condition with crisp focus and sharp contrast, both bear U. S. Revenue stamps, one clearly penned <B><I>June 1864</I></B>.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 A nice antique dental instrument grouping of eleven early <B>S. S. WHITE</B> explorers, drills and files, a single <B>S. HANNETY</B> file and an additional maker marked but unidentified explorer.  (Dr. S. S. White founded his firm in Philadelphia in 1844.) All instruments are fashioned of iron, remain in nice original condition and are nicely maker marked.  Of interest to the Civil War medical / dental enthusiast is that at the time of the War one of the few physical requirements of prospective recruits was that they have six upper and six lower teeth. (It has been stated that this requirement was to insure the ability to bite off the end of a black powder cartridge? )  As the Civil War period head of the fledgling American Dental Association (founded in 1859)<B>Dr. Samuel S. White</B> met with Abraham Lincoln with a proposal to provide dental services to the Union soldiers.  No surprise in the turmoil of the War <B>S. S. White’s</B> proposal was lost in the shuffle.  A neat Civil War dental / medical grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!



 An attractive item for the country store or writing instrument enthusiast, this original circa 1840 broadside is printed on one side for posting and measures 10 ¼ X 6 ¾ inches promoting Boston Apothecary and Chemist, Thomas Hollis’s (see Mexican War through Civil War era Boston Business Directories) <B><I>BLACK WRITING INK for steel or quill pens</B></I>   Remaining in excellent original condition with no rips tears or repairs, there is some age staining that could be easily removed by proper restoration methods but we would leave the piece as is.  With lots of eye appeal and a good size for display, this scarce old advertising broadside will set in well in any number of period collectable categories.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

unissued condition - Pattern of 1839 enl $545.00

 

Civil War vintage CDVs – African America $125.00

 

Civil War era – S. S. White, Phila. - DE $155.00

 

original c. 1840 – HOLLIS BLACK INK / Fo $65.00

      Offered here is an extremely rare example of an original non excavated cast iron grenade.   Known in the period as a <I>smokepot</I>or <I>grenadoe</I> (old spelling) this hollow cast, iron sphere of approximately 3 inched in diameter, and weighing roughly 4 pounds, was the forerunner of the modern hand grenade.  This original non excavated example retains its carved wooden fuse plug and glazed cotton and black powder fuse.  (<U>The powder cavity is empty.</U>) Well documented by virtue of site excavation, existing examples when found are generally fragmented and scattered.  The rare exception of a complete shell is to be found only as a result of <I>miss-fire</I> with failure of the original to explode.  Examples of complete excavated spheres may be found in only the best public and private collections (see: American Revolutionary War artifact collections of Valley Forge and the Smithsonian)  and are seldom offered on the open market.  As to original,  non-fragmented, <U>non-excavated</U>, period grenades, this is the only such example we have observed in over fifty years of paying attention to such things in every venue imaginable to include public and private collections, auctions, antique shops, shows et all. 

      Crudely cast of black iron in the classic open hearth, two piece sand mold method, the end result was a tennis ball size hollow iron sphere with thick walls and a ¾ inch hole which allowed the sphere to be filled with black powder.  The <I>touch-hole</I> was then secured by insertion of a wood plug fitted with a heavy black powder fuse.  Too heavy to be thrown very far, a heavy iron <I>grenade</I> with lighted fuse when lobed over a revetment wall, tossed into a troop placement or over the gunnels of a Man of War would surely offer a devastating effect.  While we have categorized this example as <I>Revolutionary War</I> based on the thickness of the casting and size of the opening in comparison with known period examples, Civil War collector historians will be reminded of the Confederate so-called <I>Selma</I> grenade produced at the Selma, Alabama Confederate arsenal.  That hand grenade seems virtually identical except that examples we have seen have thinner walls and a bit larger opening.  They apparently saw some service as battlefield recoveries occasionally turn up.  (see: <I>ARMS HERITAGE</I> Feb. 2015 issue) 

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Civil War patriotic envelope with spoof theme on Confederate President Jeff Davis & General P.G.T. Beauregard. Depicts the pair seated back to back and wearing dunce caps. Davis has a C.S.A. Stars and Bars flag coming out of the top of his, while Beauregard has the black skull and cross bones flag. Slogan below, "J-ackass Davis and G-asconade Beauregard backing each other. Imprint of D. Murphy's Son, 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl St., N.Y. Staining and light wear.  


<b>Autographed by the author</b>


By William A. Frassanito. Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1975. Softcovers, 248 pages, index, profusely illustrated. Autographed and presented on the title page, "Gettysburg, Pa., December 17, 1984. To Len- With best wishes, William A. Frassanito." Wear to edges of the covers and spine with light aging. The pages of the book are very fine. Excellent Gettysburg reference book!


Gettysburg; A Journey In Time is a unique example of photographic detective work in which the famous battle is re-created almost as if it were a contemporary news event. The reader is transported to the battlefield by the photographs and through the analysis of the photographs to the battle itself. We watch it unfold, action by action. In meticulous close up fashion, with documentary force, we see the terrible encounters of men at war. (Taken from back cover of the book].


"Fascinating reading...a remarkable book...will delight Civil War buffs, those interested in the history of photography, and all who have ever walked over an historic battlefield.  It should also provide a thoughtful lesson for historians who tend to underestimate what can be learned from a close study of photographs, for Frassanito has given us more than a book of pictures; he has produced a valuable work of scholarship. He is perhaps uniquely qualified to do this; not only does he have a vast knowledge of early photography and of this particular battle, but he also has an intimate knowledge of the terrain and possesses a detective skill that would be a credit to Lieutenant Columbo." Byron Farwell, The Washington Post.   


Civil War patriotic envelope with a clever Yankee spoof illustration of Confederate President Jeff Davis with the slogan "Jeff Davis Going To War." When you view the cover normally it looks like a soldier in uniform wearing a hat, but when you turn it sideways it turns into a donkey eating leaves, with the slogan "Returning." Published by Mumford & Co., Cincinnati, O.[hio]. Light age toning.

rare non-excavated American Revolutionar $595.00

 

Patriotic Cover, Jackass Davis and Gasco $10.00

 

Gettysburg; A Journey In Time $25.00

 

Patriotic Cover, Jeff Davis Going To War




(1829-1911) Born in Augusta, Georgia, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1853. Boggs resigned his U.S. Army commission as 1st lieutenant of ordnance in February of 1861, and was immediately appointed captain and ordnance officer and assigned to the command of General P.G.T. Beauregard at Charleston, S.C.  He was later transferred to Pensacola, Florida, where he was assigned to the staff of General Braxton Bragg with duties as chief of engineers and artillery.  He served as chief engineer of the state of Georgia for most of 1862 being promoted to rank of brigadier general on November 4th of that same year. His next assignment was that of chief of staff of General E. Kirby Smith who he accompanied to the Trans-Mississippi Department where he served for the remainder of the War Between the States.  After the war General Boggs resided in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was engaged as a civil engineer.  He later taught mechanics from 1875-81 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  Upon his retirement he settled in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he spent his last years writing his military memoirs  which were a very valuable documentation of operations in the Trans-Mississippi theater of the war.  The general is buried in Salem Cemetery, in Winston-Salem.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 7 1/2 x 2 3/4, imprinted bank check filled out in ink.  St. Louis, Mo., March 20, 1872.  Central Savings Bank, No. 312 North Third Street.  Made payable in the amount of Fifty Dollars.  Signed at the lower right, W.R. Boggs.  2 cents George Washington tax stamp affixed at left.  Endorsed on the reverse.  Typical cut cancellations which do not touch upon the signature.  Very nice item.

 This all original pewter medicine spoon is marked <B>JAMES DIXON & SON</B> (1823 – 1835 ) and remains in pleasing all original condition with that deep patina that comes to pewter after decades of use and handling.   Invented by C. Gibson and sometimes referred to as the <I>Gibson medicine spoon</I> the device was manufactured by one maker or another through the first half of the 19th century with the design clearly seeing use through the Civil War.  An 1842 reference we found describes the Gibson medical spoon as <I>a convenient instrument for administering fluid medicine to children or to patients in recumbent position</I> &c.  <I>The bowl is longer and deeper than that of the common spoon and is completely covered excepting a small aperture at the end.   The handle is short and consists of a tube opening at one end into the bowl and capable of being closed at the opposite end by application of the thumb.  The medicine is poured in at an opening in the lid which is then closed with a tightly fitting cover </I> &c.  One of the advantages of the spoon is that by positioning it at the back of the throat before lifting the thumb to allow the medicine to flow from the spoon it may be <I>swallowed with very little annoyance from disagreeable taste.</I>  A scarce medical item suitable for display in any earlier 1800s through Civil War era medical grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This rarely offered  heavy bronze sculpture of <B>The Last Meeting</B> by Ron Tunison was inspired by an oil painting done in 1869 by Everett B. D. Julio portraying the meeting of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. <I>Stonewall</I> Jackson May 2,1863 at the site of the Battle of Chancellorsville. The two were finalizing plans for the following day.  <I>Stonewall’s</I> Corps would march twelve miles to reach Union general Joseph Hooker's vulnerable right flank.  While the surprise Confederate attack was a success, Jackson was shot by <I>friendly fire</I> while scouting for a possible night attack.  He died eight days later.  Initially commissioned for the Virginia Military Institute, the bronze equestrian was done in a collectable size of approximately 13 inches high by 12 inches wide and issued in limited edition of a thousand numbered examples.  Quickly bought up by eager collector / investors in the heyday of Civil War interest, especially Confederate related Civil War interest, the beautifully done bronzes have become a favorite among the fortunate owners who put the money down with few examples reaching the current market.  (We are aware of only two examples being offered on the national market in the last several years.) This example (#901/1000) remains in nice condition and will please the most discriminating collector. 

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 A nice pattern of 1874 U. S. Army waist belt.  While the cast brass <B>US</B> plate was adopted in 1872 army experimentation on exactly how (where required) a solder brace strap and saber sling straps were to be fastened led to some variation until in 1874 this pattern was adopted.  Issued to the Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry universally, additional components, when called for, were added by virtue of sliding leather loops.  A <I>basic</I> for the collector of American Indian War memorabilia, this all original belt rig remains solid and pliable with good evidence of age and originality by virtue of some surface crackling and a reassuring bit of  green verdigris around the brass rivets.  A nice piece at a more than reasonable price! As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Autograph, General William R. Boggs $100.00

 

Antique - PEWTER MEDICINE SPOON $125.00

 

THE LAST MEETING of LEE & STONEWALL JACK

 

Indian War vintage Pattern of 1874 U. S. $225.00

This attractive little hand lamp was constructed with a cast pewter font on a broad pewter base and classic long brass burner tube for use with camphene.  All original and untouched just as it was set aside decades ago. Most popularly in use in the 1840s & 1850s, camphene lighting fuel from, highly refined turpentine produced a bright clean light. Largely replaced in lighting by coal oil in the 1860s, camphene was extremely volatile necessitating the small diameter wick and longer burner tubes than were used with whale oil lighting fuel.  The longer burner tube and generally smaller fuel reservoir, with a broad base were all common safety features of these little camphene finger lamps.  A nice all original little lamp illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison.   <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 A nice document for the Maine Civil War enthusiast and autograph collector, is this original widows pension with the signatures of Selden Connor as Governor and Jonathan P Cilley as Adjutant General.  The document measures approximately 8 ½ X 14 inches and remains in nice period condition, on fading, rips, tears or repairs. Issued in 1876 and embellished with an embossed Maine seal this document authorized payment of a widow’s pension of $5.00 a month to Sarah Whitney, widow of <I> Pvt. Lemue B. Whitney</I> of Co. B <B>1st Maine Heavy Artillery</B>.   Lemue Whitney had enlisted in August of 1862 as a Private of Co. B 18th Maine Infantry which later became the 1st Heavy Artillery.  He was killed in action on May 19, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia.  Civil War historians will recognize <B>Selden Connor</B> for his service as Lt. Colonel with the hard fought <B>7th Maine Infantry</B> then Colonel of the <B>19th Maine</B> and General, U. S. Volunteers.  Severely wounded, losing his right leg at the Battle of the Wilderness Gen. Connor served as Governor of Maine 1876 – 1879.  Equally known is <B>Jonathan P. Cilley</B> who enlisted as Captain of Co. B <B>1st Maine Cavalry</B> in October of 1861.  Wounded at Middletown then Saint Mary’s Church, Virginia, before the close of the Civil War Cilley would be promoted through the ranks to Colonel then Brigadier General.  After the war he was active in veteran affairs, particularly through the 1st Maine Cavalry Regimental Association.  He served as Maine Adjutant General in the Gov. Selden Connor administration.  <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 !!


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<b>12th Vermont Infantry


Awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry at Gettysburg!</b>


(1826-1907) Born in Burlington, Vermont, he was a 35 year old newspaper man when he enlisted on August 23, 1862, as a private, and was mustered into Co. C, 12th Vermont Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant, January 23, 1863, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in the battle of Gettysburg. On July 3, 1863, during Pickett's Charge, he passed through murderous fire to deliver an order to reform the Union lines.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 8 1/4 x 3, imprinted Merchants National Bank check, Burlington, Vt., filled out in ink, $94.25 payable to J.M. Chenery. Stamped date, Jan. 31, 1891. Large signature, G.G. Benedict, above printed title, Collector & Disb'g Ag't. Counter stamped on the front, Payable At The Fourth National Bank of the City of New York, and signed by the cashier. Cut cancelled which does not touch upon Benedict's signature. Endorsements and rubber stamps on the reverse. Very fine. Desirable Gettysburg M.O.H. autograph.  


Civil War envelope addressed to Mrs. Davis B. Stacey, Chester, Delaware Co., Pa., C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Sep. 19, 1862, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp with bulls eye cancellation. Very fine.

c. 1840 / 1850 pewter HAND LAMP $75.00

 

1st Maine Heavy- Widow’s Pension Documen

 

Autograph, Lieutenant George G. Benedict $75.00

 

1862 Civil War Cover Postmarked at New O




<b>Medal of Honor recipient


Autograph with rank</b>


(1825-1912) Hungarian born, he was forced to leave the country in 1849 when the rebellion for independence was suppressed. He came to America in 1859, and for the two years leading into the Civil War he was employed by a German language weekly in New York City. In 1861, he and Louis Blenker recruited the 8th New York Infantry, with Stahel becoming their lieutenant colonel. At the 1st battle of Bull Run, they aided in covering the Union retreat, and on Aug. 11, 1861, Stahel was promoted to colonel of the regiment, and on Nov. 12th, was appointed brigadier general. He fought against General Stonewall Jackson in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, and at 2nd Bull Run he commanded a division. On Mar. 17, 1863, he was promoted to major general and given command of the cavalry in the Washington defenses. During the spring of 1864, he led a division of cavalry under General David Hunter in the Shenandoah Valley, and in West Virginia. He greatly distinguished himself at the battle of Piedmont, on June 5, 1864, and was awarded the Medal of Honor. 


<u>Card Signature With Rank</u>: 3 1/4 x 2, in ink, Jul. Stahel, Maj. Genl. Excellent.

 


Civil War patriotic envelope with vignette of a padlock with the word "Slavery" printed on it. The barrel of a musket with fixed bayonet is being put into the key hole of the lock. Printed just below the barrel of the rifle is "U.S. Rifled." "The Lock and Key" is printed below the illustration. A couple of small stains and some old mounting remnants on the reverse.  Measuring just over 10 inches in diameter with impressed <B>CPB CO</B> this nice old mess plate was die struck from tinned sheet iron.  Eminating from some long forgotten biscuit company, we have been told the Central Paciffic Biscuit Co., but have not been able to verrify that?  With good evidence of age and period use yet remaining in pleasing condition, this tin mess plate will do well with any mid 1800s, very early 1900s mess grouping.  (Use the key word <I>mess</I> in our search feature to locate companion tin mess gear.) <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 patriotic envelope with illustration of a Confederate soldier with a bone in his mouth. Caption: A rebel attack on pickin's. Imprint of S.C. Upham, 310 Chestnut St. [Philadelphia]. This cover has a double theme. Beside the obvious reference to Confederate food or [pickin's] it also refers to the Rebel attacks on the U.S. military fort on Santa Rosa Island, Fort Pickens, Florida.


WBTS Trivia: Despite repeated Confederate threats, Fort Pickens was one of only three Southern forts to remain in Union hands throughout the War Between The States.

Autograph, General Julius Stahel $75.00

 

Patriotic Cover, The Lock and Key $15.00

 

Original! later 19th century tin MESS PL $75.00

 

Patriotic Cover, A Rebel Attack on Picki $15.00

Untouched and as found, this exceptional pair of spectacles feature non-corrective green lenses in their original late 18th early 19th century iron wire frames.  Seasoned collectors will appreciate the retention of original fire blue finish on the old iron frames.  (The process of <I>tempering</I> by heating and quenching the delicate wire frames offered additional strength and gave the iron a dark blue / black finish.  <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 should offer the best description of this Civil War vintage entwined <B>USA</B> bridle rosette.  All original and as found with an honest age patina and solder filled back.  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 !  Remaining in pleasing all original condition with no tears or repairs and in an easily displayable 11 3/8 X 17 inches, this attractive broadside advises of an 1884 <I>EXECUTOR’S SALE & PUBLIC AUCTION</I>  at the Bedford, New Hampshire store of James R. Leach.  The auction will offer <I>4 Shares of the Parsonage Association, 1 Pew in the Presbyterian Meeting House</I> and <I>1 Horse Shed at said Meeting House</I>  A nice piece of decretive Americana!  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  This outstanding all original Civil War vintage man’s cotton pullover shirt is hand and machine sewn of a heavy cotton loomed material, with an attractive striped design and a slight violet coloration.  A classic reversible design is utilized.  Popular in the era, the reversible pattern offers a three button throat on one side  that can be worn open and can be worn <I>turned around</I> with a single button at the throat as more formal <I>Sunday go to meeting</I> attire.  The shirt measures 20 inches across the shoulders, with sleeves that measure 22 inches from shoulder seam to cuff.  The shirt remains in pleasing condition with some fading from age and washing.  The seams and material are all solid with only a small dark stain on one sleeve just above the cuff (see photo) and three small tatter holes (about the size of a dime) on one side below the belt line.  These could be easily repaired by <I>darning</I> or simply closing with period thread but we’d leave all original and as found after decades of trunk storage.  To say such examples are difficult to find is an understatement as men’s every day attire was mostly well used up in the period with the material relegated to the <I>rag bag</I> for mending use and larger swatches saved for repurposing.   

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Late 1700s-early 1800s Colored Iron Fram $125.00

 

Civil War bridle ROSETTE $55.00

 

Original! 1884 Bedford, N. H. - AUCTION $55.00

 

Original! Civil War era man’s COTTON SHI

Truly an item for the discriminating collector / historian who demands highest quality with regard to originality and condition, this rarely seen mounted artillery driver’s saddle tree remains in all original, un-issued condition yet offers the eye appeal and satisfaction of unquestionable age and originality.  The attractive cream rawhide cover remains in exceptional condition sporting the original bold inspector’s marking of <B>P. V. HAGNER / LT. COL. ORD.</B>  ( Lt. Col.Peter Valentine Hagner became supervisor of the Watervliet Arsenal, one of the main points of supply for artillery gear to the Union army, in 1863.)   A West Point graduate in 1836 Hagner  would attain the rank of Bvt. Brig-General before the war’s closing.  This impressive Grimsley pattern saddle tree bears the original brass maker's tag of <B>E. Waters of Troy, N.Y. </B>  Waters supplied saddle trees under government contract, which would be shipped to the Waterviliet Arsenal where they were finished with the addition of  stirrup straps, stirrups, &c.  This offering is a rare example of the Waters contract work just as it would have appeared at the Arsenal after inspection and approval marking, ready for finishing additions.  An outstanding display item for the Civil War Mounted Artillery collector or horse equipment enthusiast, this is only the 2nd of such that we have seen in nearly fifty years of seeking out such things. 


<B>*</B>  Civil War mounted or light artillery rigs required special saddles for the harnessing of  six horses to draw the guns, limbers, and caissons.  Grimsley pattern saddles were utilized for <I>drivers</I> with a <I>driver</I> required for each pair of horses on the gun team.  Drivers were mounted on the left controlling his mount and the horse on his right. 


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Montgomery, Jan. 1st, 1863. Will Pay To The Bearer In Confederate States Treasury Notes When presented at the State Treasury. Vignette of a wagon load of cotton at center, tree and map of Alabama at left, and 25 Cts printed in red. Crisp uncirculated condition. 

 


Civil War envelope addressed to Mr. Samuel E. Bacon, Strafford, Vermont, Orange County. C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Jul. 8, 1863, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp with bulls eye cancellation. Very fine.  


<b>United States Congressman from Georgia


Commissioner of the Confederate States of America in Europe</b>


(1800-64) He attended Westfield Academy, read law with his brother John Floyd King, was admitted to the bar in 1822, and commenced practice in Waynesville, Ga., in 1823. He later settled on St. Simons Island, Ga., and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Served as a member of the Georgia State Senate, in 1832, 1834, 1835 and 1837. Was a delegate to the Georgia State constitutional convention in 1833 and to the State Whig conventions in 1835 and 1843. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1839-43; 1845-50, and was the Chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs. Was a delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1844. He was appointed by President Millard Fillmore as collector of the port of San Francisco, Ca., and served 1850-52. Served as a member of the Georgia State Senate in 1859. Was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860. Appointed a commissioner of Georgia in 1861 to visit Europe in the interest of trade, and was a commissioner of the Confederacy in Europe, serving 1861-63. He did not live to see the end of the War Between the States, dying in Waynesboro, Ga., on May 10, 1864.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 4 7/8 x 1 1/2, in ink, T. Butler King, Georgia. Light age toning.

Civil War Mounted Artillery - Grimsley p $695.00

 

1863 State of Alabama 25 Cents Note

 

1863 Civil War Cover Postmarked at New O

 

Autograph, Thomas Butler King $45.00




Civil War envelope addressed to Mr. William Fay "At" Head Quarters of Maj. Genl. Ord, Dept. of the James, Va. C.D.S., Mar. 1, New York, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp. Very fine.


<u>Union General Edward O.C. Ord</u>: (1818-1883) 1839 graduate of West Point. In 1859, he participated in the expedition which suppressed John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. He was severely wounded at Corinth, Mississippi, in 1862, fought in the Vicksburg campaign, and subsequently had commands in Louisiana and in the Shenandoah Valley. In the operations before Richmond, Ord was again seriously wounded during the successful attack on Fort Harrison. He recovered in time to accompany General Ulysses S. Grant during the Appomattox campaign and was at the official surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the McLean House, Appomattox Court House, Va.  


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


(1804-53) Born in Kentucky, he studied law, was admitted to the bar and practiced in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Served as judge of the circuit court. Elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth U.S. Congress serving 1847-49. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy. Moved to California during the gold rush of 1849.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 4 1/2 x 1 1/4, in ink, P.W. Tompkins, Vicksburg, Miss. Cut slightly irregular.  


Raleigh, Jan. 1, 1863. Vignette of hornet's nest at the center. Crisp uncirculated.  


5 x 7 3/4, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf,

New Orleans, June 2, 1862


General Orders No. 37


All officers and others collecting money for and in behalf of the United States will make a full and explicit return of such moneys up to the 1st of June current, to this office; also of their expenditures and doings in that behalf.


By Command of MAJOR GENERAL BUTLER


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


Excellent condition. Scarce.

Civil War Cover Addressed to the Care of $15.00

 

Autograph, Patrick W. Tompkins $10.00

 

1863 State of North Carolina 10 Cents No

 

Officers Collecting Money in New Orleans $15.00




Civil War patriotic envelope with an illustration of Confederate President Jeff Davis holding a small boat with a  skull and cross bones flag and a rebel flag. He is standing next to a large wooden bucket no doubt to sail his ships in. His hat has the initials "J.D." on it. Slogan below the vignette, "Master Jeff- and his Navy." Imprint of D. Murphy's Son, Print. 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl Sts., N.Y. Light age toning and edge wear. Old mounting traces on the reverse.    


Raleigh, Oct. 1st, 1861. Very good.  Measuring approximately 2 7/8 wide and 7 inches long this cream colored silk <B> GRAND DIVISION OF VIRGINIA – DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY</B> ribbon remains in fine original condition and comes with its original card and Pat. 1883, <I>Whitehead & Hoag Co. </I> storage envelope.  An exceptional Daughters of the Confederacy, United Confederate Veterans, Auxiliary display item with brightly colored 2nd National Confederate flag and Virginia State banner.  Clearly period and original, yet remaining in especially nice condition, this Civil War Confederate veteran, ladies auxiliary memento is worth consideration in the best of collections.  <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!  An especially nice pair of protective goggles of the Civil War era, this original example is fashioned with fine wire mesh side protection and blue tinted 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 spectacles, no doubt simply as a fashion statement.  (see: D. Mark Katz - <I>Life & Photographs of ALEXANDER GARDNER</I>  This all original pair remain in excellent <I>plus</I> condition with velvet trim. and fire blued iron side pieces.   A nice item for the optical or medical collector as well as the general Civil War era collector.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Patriotic Cover, Master Jeff and his Nav $15.00

 

1861 State of North Carolina 5 Cents Not

 

extra nice! GRAND DIVISION OF VIRGINIA – $295.00

 

Civil War era PROTECTIVE GLASSES $125.00

Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison our photos will do best to describe these nice early carved horn needle protectors except to advise that the set remains in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and remains all original and as found even to include the original silk ribbon. An estate sale recovery found nestled away in a period sewing basket. The classic earlier to mid 19th century deer hoof design with original natural hide application will set these off in any period sewing grouping. A nice sewing collectable. <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.  A classic personal arm of the American West <I>49er</I>, gold rush, with use through the Civil War, the menacing appearance of a belted or brandished, cluster of the six .31 caliber barrels of the Allen & Thurber pepperbox likely settled many a dispute.  This percussion pistol is marked <B>ALLEN’S PATENT</B> on the bar hammer and <B>ALLEN & THURBER</B>and <B>WORCESTER</B> with <B>PATENTED 1837 CAST STEEL</B> in the flutes of the clustered 4 inch barrels.  The arm has walnut grips with engraved steel frame and fittings.  It remains in pleasing operable condition yet with appealing evidence of age, period use and carrying.   The steel frame and trigger guard are <I>in the white</I> with even age patina and the barrel flutes retain traces of original blue. These revolvers were made between 1847 and 1865.  A nice display if you want to lay an impressive personal arm in any quality gold rush, frontier Americana or Civil War grouping.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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


 


<b>Killed at the battle of Ball's Bluff, Va. in 1861</b>


Civil War period engraving of a battle scene depicting the death of Union Colonel Edward D. Baker at Ball's Bluff, Virginia. Imprint: F.O.C. Darley, and H. Wright Smith. Overall size is 10 3/8 x 6 7/8. Very fine. 


<u>Edward D. Baker</u>: (1811-61) He read law and was admitted to the bar at the age of 19. A private during the Black Hawk War, he moved to Springfield, Illinois where he became a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln later named his second son, "Eddie," after Baker. Attaining prominence as a great orator, he soon became involved in politics and became a representative of the Illinois general assembly; defeated Lincoln to become a representative in Congress; served in the Mexican War as colonel of the 4th Illinois Infantry; was again elected to Congress; was a presidential elector in 1848; and four years later moved to California where he became a prominent lawyer and public speaker. In 1860, Baker moved to Oregon at the request of the Republican Party of the newly admitted state and in October of that year was elected to the U.S. Senate. He did much to hold the Pacific coast in the Union by delivering several remarkable speeches. Shortly after Lincoln's inauguration he raised a regiment in New York, and Pennsylvania, named the 71st Pennsylvania Volunteers and became their colonel. He was appointed major general of volunteers, Sept. 21, 1861, and was killed in action while commanding a brigade at Ball's Bluff, Va., on Oct. 21, 1861.



<u>WBTS Trivia</u>: Edward D. Baker had known "Willie" Lincoln since he was a baby in Springfield. When Baker was killed at Ball's Bluff, Va., the entire Lincoln family was grief stricken, and Willie wrote a tribute to the fallen Baker in the form of a poem, and wrote the following note to the editor of the Washington National Republican: "Dear Sir, I enclose you my first attempt at poetry. Yours truly, William W. Lincoln." 


The editor thinking the lines quite creditable, especially for one so young, published them in his newspaper on November 4, 1861.


There was no patriot like Baker,

So noble and so true;

He fell as a soldier on the field,

His face to the sky of blue.


His voice is silent in the hall,

Which oft his presence grac'd,

No more he'll hear the loud acclaim,

Which rang from place to place.


No squeamish notions filled his breast,

The Union was his theme,

No surrender and no compromise,

His day thought and night's dream.


His country has her part to play,

To'rds those he has left behind,

His widow and his children all,

She must always keep in mind.


William W. Lincoln, 1861    


<b>Wounded and captured at Chancellorsville, Va. in 1863


War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1819-75) Graduated in the West Point class of 1840 with classmates and future Civil War generals, William T. Sherman, George H. Thomas and Richard S. Ewell. He fought in the Mexican War at the battles of Contreras, Churubusco and Chapultepec, earning the brevets of captain and major. Hays commanded a brigade of horse artillery in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and was an artillery commander with the Army of the Potomac in the important battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg earning promotion to brigadier general, Dec. 27, 1862. He commanded an infantry brigade of the 2nd Army Corps at Chancellorsville where he was wounded and captured on May 3, 1863. However, 2 weeks later he was delivered at Fort Monroe. On July 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, Gen. Meade appointed Hays to command the 2nd Corps after the wounding of Generals' Hancock and Gibbon, a command he held until Sept. 1863. From Nov. 1863, until Feb. 1865, Hays served as Provost Marshal, and he then commanded a division in the 2nd corps during the siege of Petersburg and the pursuit of Gen. Robert E. Lee towards Appomattox.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 1/4 x 1 5/8, in ink, William Hays, Brig. Gen. Vols. Excellent. Very desirable.

Victorian era HORN KNITTING NEEDLE PROTE $125.00

 

Allen & Thurber PEPPERBOX PERCUSSION PIS $675.00

 

The Death of Colonel Edward D. Baker

 

Autograph, General William Hays




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