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Standing roughly 6 ¼ inches from base to the top of its period original glass chimney, this nice old finger lamp is fashioned from nickel plated  spun brass.  While the nickel finish would polish to bright we have left that choice to the buyer (horrors!), offering the lamp here pure and as found with its natural <I>attic</I>finish and good evidence of age, period use and originality.  Will fit nicely in any Civil War or mid to later 1800s grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Constructed from heavy 1/8 thick by 1 ½ inch wide bridle leather with a stout brass <I>roller buckle</I> and utilizing period indicative copper <I>rivet & washer </I> fasteners (see photos), this 19th century flag bearer sling remains in exceptional condition.  Offered as found and untouched to preserve veracity as a period sling, this piece remains pliable and without age cracking yet offers good evidence of period age and construction.  Left as a decision for the new owner this piece will restore to near as new with a bit of proper dressing.  A nice item for the Civil War and Indian War collector at a reasonable price.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 We’ll depend on our photo illustration to provide the physical description of this attractive Reconstruction era except to advise that it is in excellent condition as you can see with a beaver body and exceptionally nice leather to include its original chin strap with Civil War vintage <I>Eagle I</I> buttons.  The shako retains its early style 2 inch wide split leather sweat band with the maker label of <I> Pollard & Leighton MILITARY GOODS 104 Tremont St., Boston</I>.  (Pollard & Leighton Co. formed sometime after 1863 and dissolved in 1872.) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 This attractive cast bronze collar bell measures approximately 5 13/16 inches across the mouth and stands about 5 1/8 inches high with a patriotic panoply of American Eagles with shield, banner and star bursts.  This rarely encountered large <B>Lead Camel</B> bell offers desirable evidence of age and good period use as assurance of originality yet remains in excellent condition with no cracks or flaws. A small period ground <I>toning</I> mark at the rim (see illustration) offers the best evidence of actual period field use as each <I>lead</I> bell was <I>toned</I> to offer a unique sound so as to be disenable, one from another. Cast under contract in three sizes for the U. S. Army Quarter Master Corps, an account of their origin along with a complete set, to include a rare large <I>lead camel</I> bell, may be seen in the <B>U. S. Army Quartermaster Museum</B> collection at Fort Lee Virginia. While there are surely more out there, this offering of the rarely encountered largest size, <U>is only the third of such</U> that we have observed in our fifty plus years of traveling the Country in search of such treasures (1 in the Q. M. Museum, 1 in our own collection and this example). 

      The odd experiment of the U. S. Camel Corps was spawned in 1855 by Secretary of War, <B>Jefferson Davis</B> and would continue for approximately seven years as the strange hump-back creatures made their way back and forth across Texas and the southwestern deserts of New Mexico, Arizona and California.   The ill-tempered beasts were trained to follow the lead or <I>Bell Camel </I>during long marches from Texas to the West coast until finally in 1863 Secretary of War Edwin Stanton ordered the camels sold. It seems by period accounts that while good and reliable as beasts of burden, temperament and odder were beyond even Army tolerance.   

     There is record of at least one of the discarded camels falling into Confederate service when Gen. Sterling Price, used one to carry company baggage until it was shot by a Union skirmisher at Vicksburg.   There is good evidence via Civil War site excavation that the bells were pressed into use by the Union Army during the Civil War with collectors of that era referring to the artifacts as <I>Union Cavalry Bells,</I> see: Dr. Francis Lord’s <I>Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia.</I> (NOTE: Collectors are cautioned that modern cast reproductions of the smaller bells are showing up. Like most cast reproductions however, they are generally easily discernible to the experienced eye but a telltale indication of a reproduction is that they utilize  screws in the top to secure the strap holder while originals are a pressed fit.) 


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antique FINGER LAMP $65.00

 

extra nice period bridle leather FLAG BE $135.00

 

Civil War Reconstruction era beaver – Po $350.00

 

rare! U. S. Army Pack Train - LEAD CAM

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


 Said to be a favorite with late 1800s / early 1900s <I>bunkhouse</I> cowboys with their Western <I>pull off</I> boots, this hard to find all original and period example of Nellie remains in excellent condition with its original paint save a bit of wear to the <I>high spots</I>.  Not to be confused with the plethora of late copies out there, there is little need for further description beyond a look at our photo illustrations. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 A bit out of our usual fare but a neat piece of Americana is this 23mm die struck <B> HOTEL GLENWOOD BAR</B> merchant token <B> GOOD FOR 12 ½ c</B>. (Shown here with a quarter for size comparison.)  Located in Glenwood Spring, Colorado the Hotel Glenwood opened in 1887 as a two story wood structure but was over the years was destined to become an ornate three story attraction of seventy-five rooms accommodating as many as two hundred guests. The Glenwood attracted the elite of the day attracting such well known of the period as gambler, gunfighter, and dentist <B>John <I>Doc</I>Holliday</B>.  After splitting with Wyatt Earp, an ailing Holliday took up residence in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where his health continued to deteriorate.  <I>Doc</I> Holliday died of tuberculosis at the Hotel Glenwood in 1887. A nice piece of Western Americana and a neat companion piece to set in any gambling or <I>Wild West</I> grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Our photos will likely do best to describe these nice rosewood drumsticks except to advise that they measure approximately 17 inches in length and show good evidence of age and period use yet remain in excellent original condition.   A nice companion piece with a Civil War vintage drum.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

scarce original 1886 printing! Camp-Fi $65.00

 

original antique - Naughty Nellie Boot J $135.00

 

Hotel Glenwood (Colorado home of Dock Ho $65.00

 

original! Civil War era ROSEWOOD DRUMSTI

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

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

      Measuring approximately 32 inches in total length, this piece offers the eye appeal of age and originality with good evidence of period use while remaining sound and functional.  (A note about our document illustrations:  A documents illustrated are images from internet or research DVD sources. Digital images for printing may be provided to the buyer upon request. The image of the unknown amputee is from our own clip-art files.)  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 H 5in. x W 6in. x 12in.  H 6in. x D 16in.  H 6in. x D 16in.

Civil War vintage Artificial Leg attribu $595.00

 

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

 

H 6in. x D 16in. $0.00

 

H 6in. x D 16in. $0.00

H 15in. W 18in. x D 8in.  Best described by our illustrations, this attractive little mahogany snuff box remains in pleasing all original and as found condition with good evidence of age, period use and originality even retaining remnants of tobacco snuff from its last 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Offered here is a desirable, all original, circa 1864 abolitionist <I>White Slave, Freedman's Relief Association</I> CDV.  Entitled <I><B>LEARNING IS WEALTH - Wilson, Charley, Rebecca, & Rosa. Slaves from New Orleans</I></B>, this photograph by Charles Paxson of New York was entered according to an Act of Congress in 1864 by S. Tackaberry.   Printed on the reverse is: <I>The net proceeds from the sale of these photographs will be devoted to the education of Colored People in the department of the gulf, now under the command of Major General Banks</I>. Depicted is African American former slave WILSON reading a book to three former slave children who have very fair skin. (Experienced collectors will recognize Wilson as having photographed in 1863 as the <I>Branded Louisiana Slave</I>) . In 1863, the National Freedman's Association / American Missionary Association commenced a campaign to raise sympathy for former slave children with fund-raising photographs, such as this depicting former slave children of light complexion in an effort to persuade U.S. citizens to support abolition.  Elusive original images from this campaign have become prized among today’s collectors.  Remaining in pleasing, all original condition with good contrast, our photo illustrations will offer the best description of 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!


 Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this extra nice period light artillery officers hat insignia.  Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of pioneer Civil War collector will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend.  A Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest in Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

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

 

earlier to mid-1800s pocket SNUFF BOX

 

original ! Civil War pro Abolition- ‘Lea $295.00

 

Lord collection – Civil War Officers Mou $150.00

The configuration of this little tin nutmeg grater with its storage compartment for the nut, has given the grater a distinctive shape resulting classification of the type by collectors  as a <I>coffin style</I> grater. This example is handmade of tinned sheet iron. This attractive period example sports a small wire loop for hanging and remains in pleasing original condition with some remains of the old <I>japanning</I> finish with a partially used nut in the storage compartment.  A popular condiment from the colonial era through the Civil War period, grated nutmeg was commonly used on meat to offset any offensive taste due to age.  A nut was thus frequently considered a desirable <I>carry-along</I> when traveling.  So desirable in fact that in the earlier times unscrupulous types were known to carve fake nutmegs for sale or trade with the unwary.   Too long a story I suppose but such trivia is part of what we have loved about our <I>antiquing</I> all these years.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Sealed in its original display frame this antique needlework collar relic offers a stitched on age faded but still legible paper label identifying the piece as having been: <I><B> Worked by ROSANN MILLINER FAIRFAX while in Boarding School in London, England between the years 1815 – 1817</I></B>  At one time likely prepared for local Historical Society or museum display as the tag advised : <I>Loaned by Mrs. F. Hardison</I>.   Rosann Milliner was born in 1796 thus she was 19 to 21 years of age when she completed the young ladies <I>finishing school</I> needle work project.  Rosann Milliner married British aristocrat George Fairfax (direct descendant of Sir Thomas Fairfax, the first Lord) when she completed finishing school in 1817.  George and his bride Rosann traveled to Canada where they settled in Montreal where George was engaged in the operation of a packet boat on the St. Lawrence River for many years.   The couple later located New York, where Rosann Milliner Fairfax died in 1853.  George Firfax passed in 1855.  Both are interred in the Washington Street Cemetery in Geneva, New York. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Easily identifiable as <B>4th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry</B> by the nomenclature on his cap and the <U>4th N. H. V. issue</U> Belgian copy of, or French Mod. 1842, .69 cal. musket, (see: <I>An Introduction to Civil War Small Arms</I> by Earl J. Coates & Dean S. Thomas) our man stands before the photographer’s lens with full complement of cartridge box and waist belt with cap box and bayonet scabbard.  Though not legible in the photo but indicative of the 4th New Hampshire, are regimental markings on his canteen.   An especially well posed and equipped New Hampshire Civil War troop with the depth and quality of the <I>ruby-glass</I> process, this desirable ¼ plate is offered from an old collection still housed in its Littlefield – Parsons & Co. Patent 1856 and 1857 gutta percha case.  (Solid and in pleasing condition but with some expected edge chipping.)  Lost in time is the significance of the hair mourning pin still mounted on the velvet inside cover.  Clearly period original to the case and image, the <I>T- back</I> pin houses intwined light and dark hair of two individuals as was the period practice when memorializing the loss of a spouse.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Standing approximately eight inches high with lots of charm and character, our photo illustrations will do best to describe this quality old carving except to advise that it remains in nice condition with good evidence of age.  A neat little stained and painted pine carving with a rich natural age patina.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

earlier 1800’s through Civil War era COF $45.00

 

identified - c. 1815 / 1817 Finishing Sc $145.00

 

well-equipped 4th New Hampshire Infantry

 

well-armed & vigilant – antique CARVING $125.00




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


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

 Best described by our illustrations, this classic 18th early 19th century candle lantern stands 11 inches not counting the bail handle and measures 5 inches square at the base not counting the protective <I>grill</I>.  All completely original and as found, this classic early lantern is offered untouched and as acquired after decades of barn storage. Solid in all respects with no condition issues and a desirable natural age patina that some may wish to lightly clean (horrors!) but we’d limit that activity to little more than a dusting and the addition of a period tallow candle.  A nice every day, country lighting device dating from the later 1700s through the Civil War era.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This <I>Ewing & Painter</I>, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, back marked CDV will be best described by our photographs except to advise that we have left the slightly soiled and well-worn back with its period inscription  <I>both on 1 card- Mis Fetrow - L. Black</I> as we found it and as is to preserve subject identity.  Our research identified but three Pennsylvania men by the name of Black and a first name beginning with L. serving in the Civil War.     Two of the three are described as having <I>light</I> hair with the third described as having <U>dark</U> hair. He was <B>Pvt. Lindsay Black</B> Co. G <B> 85th Pennsylvania Infantry</B>.  (see: <I> History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865</I> & PA State Archives:  <I> Civil War Veterans' Card File 1861-1865</I> / Historical Data Systems - database)

     Lindsey Black enlisted as a Private of the 85th  Penn. Vols on October 28, 1861, re-enlisted January 1, 1864 and was transferred to the <B>188th Pennsylvania</B> on June 25, 1865.  He was mustered out on 12/14/1865 at City Point, VA.  Wounded at Deep Bottom Runn August 16 , 1864, Pvt. Black’s hard fought regiment saw action at:  Yorktown, Fair Oaks, Morris Island, Fort Wagner, Bermuda Hundred, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Deep Bottom Runn, Darbytown Road and more.

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Lincoln's Assassins Their Trial and Exec $35.00

 

Lincoln Postcard Catalog $20.00

 

outstanding late 1700s through mid-1800s $235.00

 

wounded in action - 85th Pennsylvania In

Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this  rare circa 1850s, early 1860s <B>U. S. Corps of Cadets</B> kepi insignia.  Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired the piece from Francis Lord from his personal collection. Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of the pioneer Civil War collector will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend.  A Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest in Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.)  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  All original and in excellent condition yet with good evidence of age to include a pleasing natural patina with the expected short single age crack along the grain of each natural bovine horn grip; this rarely surviving matching eating knife and fork pair offers the strong cutler marking <B>J. ASHMORE PHILADELPHIA</B> with an <B>American Eagle</B> and <B>U. S.</B> on the knife blade.  Listed in Houston’s knife collectors guide as being in operation 1832 – 1858, John Ashmore crafted cutting implements to include razors, utility items such as axes and hatchets and all manner of cutlery to include bowie knives. (They give Ashmore’s work their highest <I>collectability</I> rating.)  Of most interest to American military historians will be that per Bazelon & McGuinn’s <I><B>Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers </I></B> , delivery receipts for the <B>Schuylkill Arsenal</B> record numerous receipt of Ashmore’s goods to the well-known Army Quarter Master Depot.   Best known today as suppliers to the Lewis & Clark Expedition the Schuylkill Arsenal was built in 1800 to function as a quartermaster facility in support of the U.S. military.  The depot at Schuylkill Arsenal became a primary provider of military goods for the Civil War.   Seldom surviving as a pair in any condition, this cutlery pair is worthy of special notice and with the maker and US marking will be of special interest to enthusiasts of the Mexican War through Civil War use eras. 

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 Hand fashioned from birch bark cut and stitched together with grass then set off with braids from the same material, this attractive antique box measures 6 ½ by 3 3/8 inches wide and remains in excellent condition in every respect while offering pleasing evidence of age and originality.  Generally attributed to the Penobscot or Passamaquoddy tribes found here in Maine, this circa 1800s  Native American box will set well in any period environment. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Best described by our photo illustrations this roughly 8 ½ X 11 albumin portrait of <I>sack coated</I> Pvt. William J. McAuley</I> offers its period penciled identification on the mount back and remains housed in its period deep walnut frame.  William J. McAuley was a forty-two year old resident of New Haven, Connecticut when he enlisted and mustered in on July 20, 1862 as  a Private of Co F, <B>20th Connecticut Infantry</B>.  Listed as wounded in action at <I>Gettysburg</I> where the hard fought 20th Conn. stood at the front of the line against Elwell’s Corps for a full seven hours.  Pvt. McAuley was transferred to the <B>81st Veteran Reserve Corps</B> on February 5, 1864.  He was discharged on August 14, 1865.   <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>

Lord collection – 1850s / early 1860s U $395.00

 

pre Civil War knife & fork CUTLERY PAIR $85.00

 

19th century hand crafted Birch Bark BOX $75.00

 

identified 20th Connecticut Infantry alb

Offered here as found yet remaining in excellent condition with good evidence of age originality and period construction, this tinned sheet iron cup measures 4 3/16 across the mouth and stands, 2 ½ inches high tapering to a 3 7/16 diameter flat base. A nice honest Civil War vintage personal item.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Acquired from a nice old collection and illustrated here with a U. S. quarter for size comparison, our photos should do best to describe this attractive engraved 3rd Army Corps badge.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Best described by our illustrations, this period telescoping cup is offered untouched and as found while remaining in pleasing condition with a nice natural age patina and housed in its rarely found, original, <B>MERIDEN BRITANNIA – POCKET DRINKING CUP</B> stenciled carrying tin. The Meriden Britannia Company was formed in 1852 in Meriden, Connecticut as a manufacturer of wares from a pewter like material called  britannia.   As fragile as these soft britannia telescoping cups were, the survival rate of cups far outnumber existing examples of tin cases.  An original cup in combination with its case retaining manufacturers stenciling will be a special find to the Civil War personal item collector.     <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


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

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

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

      All in excellent original condition and with a bit of a pedigree, this nice old Civil War vintage wallet is worthy of an appreciative home.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

original Civil War era TIN CUP $50.00

 

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

 

original! Civil War vintage - Telescopi $145.00

 

handmade - Civil War era WALLET - Bakers $165.00

Standing full length before a painted patriotic backdrop, our young Light Artillery troop holds the early Civil War issue heavy Mod. 1840 mounted artillery saber and wears the regulation crimson piped musician waist jacket of a bugler.  The classic knee high boots with early war shoulder scales round out the content of as fine a condition Civil War tintype as can be found.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This outstanding c. 1860 ladies’ fur muff remains in fine condition and is offered here as found in its original 10 ¾ high X 8 inch diameter cylindrical pasteboard box.  All in sound condition despite its age and period stitched reinforcement, the box retains the bold label <B> RICH FURS from PURINTON & HAM’S / New Hat, Cap & Fur House / [ 2  ] Central Street, Dover, N. H.</B>.  Of interest to the Civil War historian, particularly the military head gear enthusiast is the fact that Purinton & Ham were Civil War contractors to the state of New Hampshire producing the now rare and highly desirable  <B>Whipple</B> pattern <I> havelock</I> uniform hat. (see: Bazelon & McGuinn: <I>Directory of American Millitary Goods Dealers and Makers 1775-1950</I>  On the box lid is the period identification of the original owner <I>Mrs. David N. Goodwin – S. Berwick, Maine</I>.  Our research found Mrs. David N. Goodwin (Sarah) in the 1860 U.S. Census as the 22 year old wife of David who owned a prosperous leather tanning business in South Berwick, Maine.  All this said about the box and who owned the piece should not overshadow the quality and condition this beautiful mid-19th century ladies’ fur muff.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


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


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

exceptional condition! ¼ plate Civil War

 

fine condition - Ladies FUR MUFF by the

 

scarce - period pint size RYE WHISKEY J $75.00

 

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

We will let our photo illustrations speak for this outstanding 6th plate tintype except to advise that it is in as nice condition with sharp focus and strong contrast as it appears hear.  Of interest to the Civil War collector will be that a copy of this original is housed in the Library of Congress collection. ( see: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division / Selected Civil War Photographs, 1861-1865 #B8184-10541 )  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Our photo illustrations will do best to describe this piece except to advise that it measures just under 11 inches in length and is in fine untouched and unpolished, as found condition in all respects with no breaks, frays or other condition issues to the intricate hand work of the hair.  Set aside decades ago just as you see it here with the distinctive silver 5th Corps fob.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Our photo illustrations will offer the best description of this attractive mid 1800 lantern except to advise that it stands approximately 15 inches not including the bail handle, is about 8 inches wide and measures 5 ¼ inches deep.  The lantern is hand fabricated of sheet brass with lead soldered seams.  Offered here untouched except for wiping away the attic dust of decades of storage, the lantern retains that deep natural age patina that comes to brass only with considerable age and period use.  An attractive handmade 19th century lighting device surviving with no condition issues, this attractive old oil lantern will set well in any period grouping and will be of special interest to Civil War era enthusiasts.

<B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

  

 Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this  outstanding period officers bullion infantry horn hat insignia except to advise that while it shows good evidence of age and originality it remains in unused as new condition just as it would have been supplied to the hatter for trimming and application.  Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of pioneer Civil War collector will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend.  A Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest in Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

outstanding Civil War Infantry Officer T $350.00

 

original! Civil War vintage 5th Corps - $225.00

 

c. 1800s handcrafted sheet brass LANTER

 

Lord collection – Civil War Officers Inf $395.00

A very scarce <I>camphene</I> lantern burner!  Fashioned from die struck sheet brass with retainer clips for use in the circa 1850 early 1860 fixed globe style lanterns, this lantern burner is intended for use with <U>camphene</U>rather than the usual whale or coal oil fuel commonly used in these old lanterns. Dangerous though it could be due to its volatility, camphene  (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) gained popularity in the 1850s and early 1860s as it produced a clean burning bright light.  Generally restricted to smaller, stationary lighting devices because of its potentially dangerous volatility, an application such as this one intended for use in the larger portable globe lantern is very unusual. The extra length and small diameter of the wick tube offered an extra measure of separation of flame from fuel reservoir and is a telltale feature of the camphene lighting device. Commonly thought of solely to facilitate extinguishing the flame, the little chain secured cap was in actuality primarily for the prevention of evaporation of the fuel when not on use. ( note: The only lantern we are aware of manufactured for use with camphene is the <I>SARGENT’S PAT. 1861</I> fixed globe lantern.  With some considerable variation from the Sargent’s Patent burner though, the subject example was clearly not of Sargent’s manufacture and was likely offered as a separate purchase for use with the common fixed globe lantern of the period. ) All in nice original condition this scarce camphene lantern burner is offered just as it came to us, uncleaned and unpolished just as collectors prefer.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Our photos will likely do best to describe these  boots except to advise that they stand 12 1/2 inches high measures 10 5/8 inches from heel to toe.  The boots offer good evidence of period construction to include wood pegged soles and remain pliable and solid yet with good age with actual period use and wear.  Most important to the <I>purist</I> collector is that these attractive boots are offered here ready for display, <U>untouched and as they came out of decades of storage.</U>  With no leather dressing, brushing or any attempt to alter appearance from the period used and set aside in storage, while surviving in in pleasing condition look, these boots will add charm and originality to any Civil War vintage grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  With good evidence of mid 19th century construction actual period use and originality, this attractive all original and complete antique plow plane is offered untouched and as set away decades ago save a quick wipe of a dry cloth.  A nice example of wood working craftmanship both in its construction and intended use, this attractive old antique molding plane will make an attractive decorator or display item without spending an inordinate amount. 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 !


 Entirely hand stitched and constructed in silk, this earlier to mid-1800s ladies bonnet remains in pleasing original condition and will best be described by our photo illustrations.   With good evidence of period wearing, construction and style while remaining in eye appealing condition, this green silk bonnet will go nicely in any Mexican War through Civil War era grouping. A desirable ladies item simply laid out or displayed on your period form.  <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>

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

 

Civil War vintage BOOTS $350.00

 

ANTIQUE WOOD PLANE, PLOW PLANE $65.00

 

earlier to mid-19th century – Ladies Sil $145.00

     Members of the newly formed 18th Maine Infantry stand before their barracks at Fort Knox, located in Bucksport, Maine.  A known but rare view by Bucksport photographer Geo. E. Collins, the soon to be hard fought Mainers are captured by Collins’s camera lens before the 18th Maine was redesignated to become the renowned <B> 1st Maine Heavy Artillery</B> of Petersburg Mine Explosion / <B>Battle of the Crater</B>.  (Bucksport cemeteries still show testimony to the number of <I>town boys</I> who  died at the Crater where the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment is recognized as having suffered <U>the greatest loss of men in a single battle of any Union unit in the war.</U>  Note that their mascot dog appears front and center. 

     An exceptional photo of one of the hardest fought regiments of the Civil War, aside from Petersburg and the Battle of the Crater, the 1st Maine Heavy was engaged with wounded, killed or captured at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Jerusalem Plank Road, Deep Bottom, Fort Hell, Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, Sailors Creek and more.  We will let our photo illustrations speak for the pleasing condition of this desirable carte de viste.  <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 exceptionally appealing old black iron bound lignum vitae mortar stands 6 inches and is 5 1/16 inches in diameter.  It retains its period 6 inch bone pestle, all pure and untouched with that deep natural age color that comes only with period handling, use and time.   A nice early apothecary item appropriate to the 1700s with use continuing through the Civil War era this attractive mortar & pestle will best be described by our photo illustrations.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  While the physical description of this old .36 caliber, set triggered half-stock rifle will be best provided by our illustrations, the rich history of the piece is deserving of the following: 

      Boldly gunsmith marked on the top barrel flat <B>SCHNEIDER – DAYTON O. – 1858</B>,  (Listed as <I>M. Schneider</I>, Dayton, Ohio 1848 to 1866 when changed to <I>M. Schneider & Son</I>. ) the best of what this untouched Ohio rifle is found only upon removal of the barrel from its bed in the nicely figured rock maple stock.  On the bottom flat just adjacent to the tang plug, the barrel bears the period one line marking <B>REMINGTON</B> advising us that Michael Schneider like so many period gunsmiths acquired his barrels from a separate supplier, in this case <B> Eliphalet Remington Jr.</B> who upon the death of the founder had taken over the fledgling <I>Remington Arms</I> business to, by this time, offer rifled barrel blanks.  (This example measures 33 inches in length and is 1 inch across the flats.)  Pleasing as the iconic early ‘REMINGTON’ marking is to the percussion era Remington enthusiast, a period notation found under the barrel in the stocks barrel bed: <I><B> Martin S. Ward his <U>Reb Nocer</U></B> [Knocker] <I><B>given by Sgt. A. Bailey </U></B>.  We found Martin S. Ward to be an 18 year old <I>Ohioan</I>  enlisted on January 12, 1863 and mustered in as a Private for a 3 year term with the <B>7th Independent Co., Ohio Sharpshooters</B>.  <U>Albert Bailey</U> who had enlisted and mustered in as a Corporal of the newly formed 7th Ohio Sharpshooters (<B><I>Sherman’s Body-Guard</B></I>) in the fall of 1862 had been promoted to Sargent by later January 1863 when Pvt. Ward would likely have physically joined with the 7th Ind. Co. O.S.S.   One would have to surmise that it was in this period between January 27, 1863 and July 1, 1863 when Sgt. Bailey was promoted to 1st Sargent that he passed his  Remington barreled Schneider to the young Pvt. Ward.  His benefactor, 1st Sgt. Albert Bailey was killed on September 20, 1863 at Rossville, Georgia and is buried at Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia.

      Records show that the 7th Independent Co., Ohio Sharpshooters, known as <I>Sherman’s Body Guard</I>  served as sharp shooters under Gen. Rosecrans then General Thomas until ordered to Gen. Sherman’s headquarters in May of 1862 where it remained near the person of the Commanding General through <B><I>Sherman’s March to the Sea</I> the campaign of the Carolinas and the <B><I>Grand Review</I>.    The 7th Ohio Sharpshooters received personal commendation from Gen. Sherman.  Members served in action at Stone’s River, Tenn.,  Chickamauga, Ga., Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, Tenn., Kennesaw Mountain, Ga., Siege of Atlanta and action at Jonesboro, Bentonville, N.C., and <U>more</U>.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


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

 Offered here are two identical images identified as  <B>Pvt. John Anorson</B> by Philadelphia  photographers <I>Winderoth & Taylor</I>.  Best described by our photographs, the first is a soiled and well-worn view with a fragmented revenue stamp on the back with an old pencil notation <I>Uncle John died in the War</I>.  On the front is the very lidht identification <I> John Anorson</I> apparently in the same hand.  The second photo is identical save the notations, but in much nicer condition.  Young John Anorson was just eighteen years of age when he enlisted and was mustered in on October 11, 1861 as a Private of Co. B <I>91st Pennsylvania Infantry</B>.  Pvt. Anorson would have seen action at Fredericksburg before reenlisting o the day after Christmas of 1863.  He was taken prisoner by Confederate forces as <B>Chancellorsville</B> on May 3, 1863 and died of disease as a POW at <B>Andersonville</B> on August 18, 1864. He is buried at Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, GA (Grave #6029).  Of cursory interest is that Anorson was a little fellow as can be noted by his photograph, measuring just five foot four and one half  enlistment records.  A good look at his CDV also reveals that he had one eye that was severely <I>cocked</I>. Clearly visible in the better image the malady was corrected by hand in the identified view.  A nice pair of photographers with a side interest to the prisoner of war collector. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

rare ! Civil War CDV – 18th Maine then $285.00

 

earlier to mid 1800s – iron bound Lignum $135.00

 

rare! E. Remington Jr. barreled - Ohio $3450.00

 

2 Civil War CDVs of: Pvt. John Anorson / $195.00

Unusual in that this <B>HOLLAND GIN</B> is in the common round configuration as opposed to the flat sided, tapered style associated with Holland Gin spirits bottles.  Pleasing with no condition issues, the bottle stands approximately 11 ¼ inches and retains its period label proclaiming popular <I>Holland Gin</I> as content.  Sporting impressive period classic graphics yet devoid of any distillery identification, one wonders if the old liquor bottle was actually a period <I>rip-off</I> posing as the favored <I>Holland Gin</I> when a more truthful label would have identified the treat as <I>BATHTUB GIN</I>.  A neat bar decorator / conversation piece.  <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!  No guarantee of a cure as the title would indicate, the application of this 6 ¾ X 7 ½ inch brown ink penned <I>Cure for Dysentery</I> would surely bring emotional relief from the taking of the concoction with its considerable content of laudanum <I>every hour until better</I>.  (<I>Laudanum : an alcoholic solution containing morphine, prepared from opium) The bane of soldiers from the American Revolution through the Civil War, this period penned prescription will set well in any period medical or personal item grouping.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Constructed from heavy 1/8 thick by 1 ½ inch wide bridle leather with a stout brass <I>roller buckle</I> and utilizing period indicative copper <I>rivet & washer </I> fasteners (see photos), this 19th century flag bearer sling remains in exceptional condition.  Offered as found and untouched to preserve veracity as a period sling, this piece remains pliable and without age cracking yet offers good evidence of period age and construction.  Left as a decision for the new owner this piece will restore to near as new with a bit of proper dressing.  A nice item for the Civil War and Indian War collector at a reasonable price.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 One of those rare quality images of the ambrotype era that just seems to reach out to the viewer in its simplicity, one can only lament the fact that this young man’s identity and circumstances have been lost in time.  Set on <I>ruby glass</I> with an 1864 cancelled revenue stamp on the reverse, one can only wonder given the age of our young subject if the photo in his finely green tinted shirt with crisp new suspenders and rosy cheeks was intended to be left at home as a keepsake.  A simple statement of Civil War life, this beautiful ambrotype portrait will set well in any period Americana grouping.

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antique HOLLAND GIN - Bottle $75.00

 

earlier through the Civil War era : DYS $55.00

 

extra nice period bridle leather FLAG BE $135.00

 

Civil War dated 6th plate: TINTED AMBRO $225.00

Presented here in totally original condition with as found <I>attic</I> outer surface and interior stains remaining from its last use, we have left this pot as found in order to preserve the unquestionable originality of the stamped <B>US</B> markings on its handle. While the inside of the pot retains stains as remnant of its last period use, all is solid save several pinholes in the very bottom. Good soldered seams, no big dents or rust beyond minor staining.  Of the common construction and style of earlier to well through the mid-1800s, our photo illustrations will provide the best description except to advise that the pot stands just over 6 inches and is approximately 6 inches across the base with a 4 1/8 inch mouth diameter.  A nice period find in this condition, the original <B>US</B>markings offer considerable rarity and appeal to this old standard.  (see: Civil War vintage Missouri River <B>Steamboat Bertrand</B> cargo excavation 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>


 Originating in Europe well before the 1700s the game of skittles was a mainstay of English pubs well before immigrating to America where the ten-pin version is now considered a forerunner to modern bowling.  Popular in ten, nine and four pin versions both as a parlor game where the pins were set-up in diamond fashion on the wood of carpeted floor, the game of skittles was also played out of doors and was popularly played by children as well as adults.  Emanating from a history as an English pub or drinking game, by the time of the American Civil War the game was popularly played by common folk and high society alike, indoors and out by children and adults.  ( A period example a skittles game had been on display as part of the period memorabilia of the Jefferson Davis, <I>White House of the Confederacy,</I> home section of the old <I>Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond<I>.)  This scarce scaled down <I>traveling</I> skittles game is complete with nine turned  4 7/8 inch <I>pins</I> and the original ball. Equally appropriate to home, pub or Civil War winter camp, this traveling skittles game offers good evidence of age and period use yet remains pleasing to the eye and will go well in any quality 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>  H 22in. x D 50in. x 8in.  


(1825-88) Graduated #1 in the West Point class of 1849. Gillmore was chief engineer of the Port Royal, S.C. expedition in 1861-62 which effected an important Union lodgement on the Carolina coast. His greatest moment in the Civil War came when his brilliant plan reduced Fort Pulaski, Ga., the Confederate stronghold which guarded the approach to the Savannah River. In 1863 he commanded the Department of the South and was in charge of the Charleston campaign. It was said that his operations constituted a new era in the science of engineering and gunnery. In 1864, he served under General Benjamin F. Butler and was involved in the Bermuda Hundred, Va. campaign. In February 1865, he returned to the command of the Department of the South until the end of the war.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view in uniform with rank of brigadier general, and holding his kepi with U.S. cloth hat wreath insignia. No back mark. Very sharp and desirable image.

original! U. S. Marked Civil War vintag $235.00

 

Scarce scaled down - 19th century 9 pin $95.00

 

H 22in. x D 50in. x 8in. $0.00

 

CDV, General Quincy A. Gillmore $75.00

Famously associated with Benjamin Franklin who’s patent on the two tube lamp burner declared that two closely adjacent flames produced more than twice light of a single tube, the two tube whale oil burner was popularly used through the Civil War era.  Per Hayward’s <I>Colonial & Early American Lighting</I> on page 47, a tinned whale oil lamp of the style offered here is known to have been shown in the 1866 New York exhibition of the Lincoln log cabin.  That lamp had history of ownership and use by Lincoln in his early Illinois law office.  Offered here as found, untouched and seemingly un-used, this tinned lamp will best be described by our illustrations except to advise that it stands approximately 6 3/4 inches with a 5 1/4 inch diameter base.  A nice original example, this attractive old whale oil lamp will go well in any period setting.  (see: Civil War vintage Missouri River <B>Steamboat Bertrand</B> cargo excavation 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>


 Frequently an enigma to many sellers who insist on listing these neat instruments as bloodletting <I>fleams,</I> surgeon <I>scalpels,</I> or <I>quill knives</I> these little tools are more arcuately referred to as <U>ink scrapers</U>.  A forerunner to the modern eraser such ink scrapers were an earlier to mid 19th century must have on the desk of all but the most careful and precise penman.  This original  example measures 7 ½ inches in length and is ivory mounted with an exceptionally nice blade, maker marked <B>ROGERS  -  CUTLERS TO HER MAJESTY</B> with the bold <U>Star & Maltese Cross</U> familiar to students of fine American import Rogers side knives of the Gold Rush and Civil War period.  This nice example even retains its original protective sheath.  A nice personal item that will be of special interest to antique writing instrument enthusiasts.  <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>


 

 Offered here untouched and as found with good age patina and evidence of period originality, this  black iron forged key ring holds three approximately 4 inch cell door keys and a single larger 5 inch key which would have been used to allow access to the 3 cell block of the typical small town jail of the mid to later 1800s. A nice item frequently reproduced for display but seldom found as original and period. 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 !  Our photos will provide the best description of this neat old carved soap stone tobacco pipe except to advise that it measures approximately 6 1/8 inches long (illustrated here with a <I>Yankee</I> quarter for size comparison) and offers good evidence of age with period use and handling.  A desirable item for any Civil War personal item collector, this hand carved soap stone tobacco pipe  with its early war Confederate States flag decoration somehow found its way to New England where it was eventually <I>picked</I> from a Vermont country attic. Alas, though it was not a state of Maine find, (see our collection site at <I>MaineLegacy.com</I>) we have had it set aside in our accumulation of treasures since.  Lost in time but likely the object of a Vermonter / Confederate troop trade or simply a war souvenir cherished for a time then packed away in the family attic, this nice old pipe is deserving of an appreciative home.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

first half of the 19th century - ‘Lincol $125.00

 

Civil War vintage Rogers / Sheffield – I $65.00

 

19th Century JAILOR STYLE KEY-RING $65.00

 

carved soap-stone - Confederate 1st Nati $475.00




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