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


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


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


 This classic Civil War vintage spun brass finger lamp retains a period sheet iron modification to cooker / warmer.  Standing approximately 6 inches the little finger lamp burner sports a hand crafted sheet iron chimney which incorporates a natural mica (isinglass) window emitting light and aiding in adjusting the flame for heat level.  An interesting example of ingenuity aimed toward the conversion of a period common finger lamp into a handy <I>traveling</I> burner for boiling coffee and heating food.  Offered here in as found and in untouched condition this little cooker remains in pleasing condition yet with eye appealing evidence of age and originality.  A neat little personal item that would have served well in winter camp.  <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! mid 1800s – Jones & Kelsall - PER $1295.00

 

outstanding Civil War Infantry Officer T $395.00

 

original! Civil War vintage 5th Corps - $225.00

 

Civil War period - Finger Lamp / Food Wa $95.00

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>  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>

c. 1800s handcrafted sheet brass LANTER $135.00

 

Lord collection – Civil War Officers Inf $395.00

 

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

 

Civil War vintage BOOTS $350.00

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 !


 Our photo illustrations will speak best for this outstanding quarter plate tintype except to advise that it does have some soft creases not impacting on the photo emulsion which remains solid. Acquired here in Maine, we offer this image with some trepidation as our man displays all the earmarks of a <U>1st Maine Cavalry</U> troop and fits well within our personal frame of interest (see: MaineLegacy.com) we have decided to move it along as we attempt to <I>thin out</I> some of our accumulation of 50 plus years.  A nice honest <I>in the field</I> Civil War cavalry image.  <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>


 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>       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>

ANTIQUE WOOD PLANE, PLOW PLANE $65.00

 

Maine - mounted Union Cavalryman - ¼ pla

 

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

 

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

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>  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!

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

 

antique HOLLAND GIN - Bottle $75.00

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>


 While our illustrations will offer the best description of this officers sash we advise that while showing good age and evidence of period use, this attractive Civil War vintage sword sash remains in excellent original condition with no tears or separations and is without the usual fading of that beautifully rich original color.  Measures a full 55 inches in length this New England attic find will make an attractive addition to any Civil War collection and will lay in especially well with a nice period sword.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 

 Well documented by Civil War camp site <I>digger</I> historians and publications of their finds, (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Stanley Phillips) these, emboss decorated, zinc travel mirrors seldom survived to reach todays collector market.  This one is best described by our photos except to advise that it is all original with good evidence of age and originality even retaining its period mercury backed mirror.  A nice original Civil War era personal item.  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 !

earlier through the Civil War era : DYS $55.00

 

extra nice period bridle leather FLAG BE $135.00

 

Civil War era officers SWORD SASH

 

Civil War vintage traveling SHAVING MIRR

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.

<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>

 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.

Civil War dated 6th plate: TINTED AMBRO $225.00

 

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




(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.  Not a frequently seen style even in the period from which it emanated, this low crowned beaver hat is none the less a well-known, scarce and especially desirable style among Civil War head gear enthusiasts who equate the type to Cavalry Mjr. General Phil Sheridan.   Well used with good honest age yet remaining in pleasing un-touched condition with lots of character, this example was certainly equal to the quality of Major General wear as it retains its period paper liner and label of Paris hatter SERVAS. (see: BRADSHAWS GUIDE THROUGH PARIS 1864 / <I>HATTER: Servas, 36 Rue Caumartin.  The hats at this establishment are equal to the best in Paris</I>)  Otherwise best described by a good look at our illustrations, this <I>Sheridan Hat</I> measures 11 3/2 inches across the brim and its 8 inch diameter crown stands 5 inches. (Note that the General’s hat may appear somewhat lower simply because his is a bit crushed.)   It retains its classic earlier to mid-1800s wide patent leather sweat band.  <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>  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>

CDV, General Quincy A. Gillmore $75.00

 

rarely found - Civil War vintage ‘Gen. S

 

first half of the 19th century- tinned $125.00

 

Civil War vintage Rogers / Sheffield – I $65.00

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>  We’ll let our photo illustrations describe these two original Civil War vintage Confederate postage stamps.  Not a big deal but an affordable original Civil War Confederate collectable!  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 photo illustrations will speak best for the quality, originality and condition of this especially scarce  snare drum except to advise that it measures approximately 11 inches high by 14 3/4 inches in diameter and bears the label of Boston drum maker <B>John C. Haynes & Co.</B> at 33 Court Street where the company was established in 1861.  (Note inclusion of <I>rotary-valve</> listing.)  The scarce <I>boys’</I> size, being not so small as to be a child’s toy but larger, measuring  just a bit under standard and clearly intended for <I>real</I> use, retains its’ original, size matched and classically straight tapered sticks.  All in nice original condition including the original heads, the only exception being period cord replacement of two tension tugs.  This attractive <I>laced through the rims</I> Civil War pattern drum will fit nicely in any quality collection and will be of special interest to the <B><I>Drummer Boy</I></B> enthusiast. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

19th Century JAILOR STYLE KEY-RING $65.00

 

carved soap-stone - Confederate 1st Nati $475.00

 

2 uncirculated Civil War Confederate – P $35.00

 

extra nice original ‘Boys’ – Civil War p $425.00




<b>Gallant officer of the famous 7th Michigan Cavalry, of General Custer's Brigade, who fought at Gettysburg!</b>


Sessions, named after the 6th President of the United States, John Quincy Adams, was a 30 year old resident of Charlotte, Michigan when he enlisted on November 13, 1862, and was commissioned as a 1st lieutenant in Co. D, 7th Michigan Cavalry. He was discharged on November 13, 1865, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 


<u>Signature With Title and Date</u>: 4 x 1 3/4, in ink. A.D. 1879, John Q.A. Sessions, Notary Public. The signature only is in the hand of Sessions. 


<u>WBTS Trivia</u>: The original captain of Company D, 7th Michigan Cavalry was none other than the soon to be immortal General George Armstrong Custer, with John Q.A. Sessions serving as his 1st lieutenant.


The Michigan Brigade, known as the "Wolverines," was composed of the 1st Michigan Cavalry, 5th Michigan Cavalry, 6th Michigan Cavalry and 7th Michigan Cavalry. The brigade fought in every major campaign of the Army of the Potomac from the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, to the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, Va., on April 9, 1865.  


During the battle of Gettysburg, one of the most notable cavalry engagements of the Civil War took place, with General George A. Custer commanding the Michigan Cavalry Brigade which included Lieutenant Sessions and the 7th Michigan Cavalry. 


On the fateful day of July 3, 1863, the Michiganders faced one of the Confederacy's most elite cavalry divisions led by the legendary plumed hat General J.E.B. Stuart. In this engagement, out of the 400 officers and men engaged, the regiment lost 13 killed, 4 officers and 48 men wounded, and 39 missing. This was a greater loss than that of any other cavalry regiment in this battle. The 7th Michigan Cavalry led the charge on the Confederate center, followed by the 1st Michigan Cavalry. It was during the desperate mounted fighting that pursued that General Custer cried out, "Come on, you Wolverines!" which became the rallying cry of the Michigan brigade!


On the morning of July 4th, the 7th Michigan Cavalry proceeded with the command to follow General Robert E. Lee's retreating Army of Northern Virginia. On that night, while marching through Monterey Pass, they were met by a volley of canister fire shot from two pieces of Confederate artillery positioned in the road. The 7th promptly charged upon the enemy and took the Rebel guns while the brigade captured many prisoners and 400 army wagons. The regiment was again engaged at Smithburg on July 5th, and at Hagerstown and Williamsport on July 6th. While in action at Hagerstown they advanced under heavy fire and drove the Rebels back. On July 12th the regiment was in action again at Hagerstown, and at Falling Waters on July 14th, where they captured a ten-pound Parrot gun. They also took 400 prisoners and the battle flag of the 55th Virginia Infantry.


<u>Footnote</u>: John Quincy Adams Sessions was a graduate of the University of Michigan and a lawyer. He took an active part in writing the history of Washtenaw County. In 1879, he read before the Washtenaw County Pioneer Society a graphic history of the early settlement of Ann Arbor. He served as president of the society as well as chairman of the executive committee for several years.   


<b>Brevetted for gallantry in the Civil War battles of Fair Oaks, Chancellorsville & the Wilderness, Virginia</b>


(1820-95) Born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, he graduated in the West Point class of 1842. Commissioned brevet 2nd lieutenant, 1st U.S. Infantry, July 1, 1842; 2nd lieutenant, 7th U.S. Infantry, July 21, 1844; 1st lieutenant, February 16, 1847, seeing action in the Mexican War; captain, March 3, 1855; colonel, 37th New York Infantry, September 28, 1861; major, 10th U.S. Infantry, January 21, 1863; brevet lieutenant colonel, for gallantry in battle of Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863; and colonel, May 6, 1864, for gallantry in battle of the Wilderness; brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for gallantry in the battle of Fair Oaks, Va. In the years 1865-66, Hayman was the assistant provost marshal general and disbursing officer at Elmira, New York. He was assigned to the command of Fort Dakota in 1866, and retired in 1872. He died on May 1, 1895.


<u>Partial Document Signed With Rank</u>: 7 1/2 x 5 1/2, in ink, Very Respectfully, Your obdt. Servt., S.B. Hayman, 1 Lt. 7th Inf., A.A.Q.M. Addressed at left to Maj. Genl. Thomas S. Jessup, Quarter Master Gen. U.S.A., Washington City, D.C. Dated January 1855 on the reverse. Light age toning and wear.  


<b>President of Columbia University


Nobel Peace Prize Recipient


Republican Statesman


This is Butler's message to the Columbia men fighting in World War I</b>


(1862-1947) Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was an American philosopher, diplomat, and educator. Butler was president of Columbia University, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. He became so well known and respected that The New York Times printed his Christmas greeting to the nation every year. Butler's academic and other achievements led President Theodore Roosevelt to call him "Nicholas Miraculous." Throughout the 1890's he served on the New Jersey Board of Education and helped form the College Entrance Examination Board. He was a delegate to each of the Republican National Conventions from 1888 to 1936. In 1912, when Vice President James S. Sherman died before the presidential election, Butler was designated to receive the electoral votes that Sherman would have received, however the Republican ticket headed by President William H. Taft was defeated and finished third behind the Democrats and the Progressives. Butler attempted to secure the Republican presidential nomination for his lifelong friend and future United States Secretary of State Elihu Root in 1916, and sought the nomination for himself in 1920, without success.  Butler became president of Columbia University in 1902, and among the many dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony was President Teddy Roosevelt. He held the position of president of Columbia for 43 years, the longest tenure in the university's history, retiring in 1945. As president, he carried out a major expansion of the campus, adding many new buildings, schools, and departments including Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the first academic medical center in the world. Nicolas Murray Butler is buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, in Paterson, New Jersey.


<u>1917 Imprint</u>: 5 1/4 x 8 1/4, folio with 2 pages of content (1 & 3) and 2 blank pages, (2 & 4). Printed signature. This is Nicholas M. Butler's message to the gallant Columbia men who were fighting in World War I. 


Columbia University

in the City of New York


PRESIDENT'S ROOM


To each Columbia man in service


At this Christmas season when the good cheer and good will that should mark it are so sadly absent from the lives and hearts of millions of human beings, Alma Mater has a special word of greeting and encouragement for those of her brave and stalwart sons who have given themselves to the service of the nation, even though their lives be the sacrifice. No contest in which you could possibly be engaged can equal this one in moral significance. Everything which distinguishes right from wrong in public conduct, everything which marks off principle from expediency in national life, everything which draws a line between liberty and despotism, everything which removes human opportunity from the grasping hand of cruel privilege, waits for its safety, and perhaps for its very existence, upon your success and that of the noble men of allied nations who are fighting by your side on land and sea.


Keep a stout heart, no matter how long the waiting, how severe the trials, or how nearby the danger. Life will not be worth living for any of us unless you win this war. Be assured that you are to win, for the whole moral and patriotic force of America is behind you. Columbia intensely proud of her share in this struggle and of her notable contribution of men and service to its successful conduct, sends you this word of good cheer and encouragement. When this war shall have been righteously won there will be peace on earth for all men of good will.


Nicholas Murray Butler

President


THANKSGIVING DAY, 1917


Light age toning and wear. The bottom 3 sentences have been underlined in red. Superb content. 



Trivia: World War I was also known as the First World War, and the Great War. This global war originated in Europe and lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars," it led to the mobilization of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It was also one of the deadliest conflicts in world history with an estimated 9 million combatants, and 7 million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war.  


<b>Outlining the procedures for the 1863 military draft</b>


4 1/2 x 7 3/4, imprint, signed in ink by Henry Stone, A.A.G.


War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., June 25, 1863


To Lt. Col. Robt. C. Buchanan, 4th Inf.

Acting Assistant Provost Marshal General

Trenton, N.J.


Sir:


I am directed by the Provost Marshal General to instruct you to see that each of the Provost Marshals under your supervision, makes all the necessary preliminary arrangements to effect a draft as soon as one may be ordered. The name of each man of the 1st class should be written on a separate card, suitable to be put in a box or wheel for drawing. The necessary box or wheel for drawing should be provided without delay. You will also see that adequate preparation is made for the prompt entry of the names drawn, as required by paragraph 74, Regulations for the government of the Bureau of the Provost Marshal General, and for speedy notification, in each sub-district, of persons drafted.


You will also make without delay any other arrangements, not herein specified, that may be advantageous and proper for the accomplishment of the draft, with the least possible delay.


I am, sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Henry Stone

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning and wear. Very fine.


<u>Henry Stone</u>: (1831-96) Born in Maine, he was a resident of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin at the outbreak of the Civil War, and he enlisted on August 28, 1861, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Co. K, 1st Wisconsin Infantry. He was promoted to rank of 1st Lieutenant, on October 31, 1861. Promoted to Captain & A.A.G., on April 4, 1863, and assigned to the Adjutant General's Department. On January 19, 1865, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the 100th U.S. Colored Infantry; and Brevet Colonel, on March 13, 1865. He was mustered out of the U.S. service on December 26, 1865. After the war he was a member of Gettysburg G.A.R. Post #191, in Boston, Massachusetts.


<u>Robert C. Buchanan</u>: (1811-78) Born in Baltimore, Md., Buchanan the recipient of this order, was Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th U.S. Infantry in 1863, and he had a long and very distinguished military career in the U.S. Army. An 1830 graduate of the United States Military Academy, at West Point, he fought in the Mexican War where he was brevetted for gallantry in the battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Molino del Rey. He was later cited for gallantry in the Civil War battles of Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, Manassas and Fredericksburg, Va., earning promotion to Brevet Brigadier General, and Brevet Major General, on March 13, 1865. After the war he remained in the army serving as Colonel of the 1st U.S. Infantry. He resigned on December 31, 1870.

Lieutenant John Quincy Adams Sessions $15.00

 

Autograph, General Samuel B. Hayman $25.00

 

Nicholas Murray Butler Imprint $15.00

 

1863 Order, Provost Marshal General's Of $25.00




<b>Wounded in the battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee


Judge Advocate during the trial of Andersonville Commandant Henry Wirz</b>


(1836-1924) Born in Union County, Ohio, he attended Washington College, and Cincinnati Law School, graduating in 1859. During his professional career he was a lawyer, judge, and U.S. Congressman, 1871-75. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted on May 28, 1861, as a 2nd lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 2nd Iowa Infantry. He was promoted to major, September 23, 1861, and wounded in the thigh on February 15, 1862, during the capture of Fort Donelson, Tenn. He was discharged for promotion, on April 16, 1862, and commissioned colonel and appointed aide-de-camp, and chief of staff, of General Samuel R. Curtis. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, and was discharged from the service on November 30, 1865. He served as Judge Advocate during the trial of Andersonville Commandant Henry Wirz. After the war he was active in the G.A.R., and served as National Adjutant General in 1869.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of colonel. No backmark. Bottom left corner of the albumen print is chipped off which does not affect the subject. Light age toning. Scarce. Desirable, historical Civil War officer.


 


5 1/4 x 8, imprinted form filled out in ink.


United States Military Telegraph


By Telegraph from Hd. Qrs. A.[rmy] of Ja[me]s

 

Dated Jan. 9, 1864


To Lieut. Trent


Please send by telegraph a report of operations on your line for last week. I merely want a general idea of what has been done.


W.R. King

Lt. & Acting Chf. Engr.


Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Nice content.


William R. King, graduated 5th in the West Point class of 1859. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant of engineers on June 11, 1863; captain on December 31, 1865; major on March 4, 1879; lieutenant colonel on July 23, 1888; and he died on May 18, 1898. 


During the Civil War he received promotion to rank of brevet captain on December 1, 1864, for gallantry and distinguished service during the 1864 campaign in North Carolina; and brevet major on April 9, 1865, for gallant conduct in the field.  


4 x 6 5/8, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, August 1, 1863


General Orders

No. 254


By direction of the President of the United States, the following officers are retired from active service at their own request, and their names will be entered on the retired list of officers of the grade to which they now respectively belong, in accordance with section 15, act approved August 3, 1861; this order to take effect from this date: 


Colonel Hannibal Day, 6th Infantry


Lieutenant Colonel George Nauman, 1st Artillery


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Very fine 1863 Union document.        This earlier to mid-1800’s bottle stands approximately 7 3/4 inches high and remains in excellent shape with no chips, cracks or other condition issues.  A nice example of a period bottle with applied top and nice <I>bubbly</I> aqua colored glass. One of a very small number acquired years ago when such treasures popped up from time to time, the face of this attractive pharmaceutical bottle sports the period label of <B>G. W.   AIMAR</B>/<B>CHARLESTOWN, S. C.</B> identifying the bottle’s content as ‘OXALIC ACID’.  Used in solution for cauterization to stop bleeding, this strong oxidant had many applications applicable to the Civil War era hospital ward to include a 6% solution in sugar syrup as an insecticide.  Of special note is the fact that  during the Civil War<U> George W. Aimar’s apothecary housed the <B>Confederate dispensary</B> in Charleston and on the second floor, provided space for a hospital.</U> Like so many others of all walks of life, Druggist G. W. Aimar stepped forward in a military way serving as senior 2nd Lieutenant, Kanapaux's Battery, Lafayette's Artillery, South Carolina Volunteers.  A really nice Medical / Apothecary item with Confederate association.  <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>

CDV, General Norton P. Chipman $75.00

 

1864 Army of the James, U. S. Military Te $45.00

 

President Lincoln Directs Retirement of $6.00

 

Confederate Hospital & Dispensary site - $225.00

This especially <I>showy</> patriotically decorated antique fish decoy measures approximately 8 ¼ inches in length and while remaining in excellent all original condition offers good evidence of honest age with period use.  Well-shaped with detail carving of mouth and gills, this piece sports a sheet tin tail with five fins, inletted, poured belly weight and early iron staple line tie.  All set off by its pleasing surface and patriotic red, white and blue, <I>stars & stripes</I> motif, this exceptional ice fishing decoy will make a nice addition to any folk art, decorative Americana or vintage fishing 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>


 This attractive all original heavy cast brass flagstaff finial measures approximately 11 3/8 inches in length and is of the period of the three piece variety. With lots of eye appeal, period this example offers good evidence of use and age yet remains in really nice condition with a good amount of the original gold plating remaining.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !   A bit late for our usual fare but we felt a nice item worthy of a proper place is this <B>U S Q M C </B>/ <B>Edward Katzinger Co. Chicago, Ill</B> marked tinned sheet iron dipper.  Best described by our photos, this stout dipper remains in unissued and apparently unused condition while offering good evidence of natural age and originality.  The dipper measures 5 1/2 inches in diameter at the mouth and is 3 1/8 inches deep tapering to 4 1/8 inches across its flat bottom with a handle of 7 1/8 inches in length. Offered here in all original and as found condition save a wipe with a damp cloth, this neat old dipper is best dated by its lead soldered construction and flat bottom stile.  Maker markings add further evidence of manufacture period as Katzinger opened his Chicago business in 1888 and was joined by his son 1919.  This old Quarter Master Corps dipper will be of special interest to early tin and mess gear 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>


 All complete and original, this rarely encountered pattern of 1857 type / Mod. 1861, .58 caliber cartridge box will best be described by our illustrations except to advise that the leather remains moderately stiff with age but flexible while showing some fine checking (no flaking) as good evidence of age and originality.   The box retains its period US plate and the strap <U>is not pierced for the use of a breast plate</U> which is a relatively common trait particular to Maine use.    There are no splits or weak spots to the leather or stitching. The inner flap is marked <B>A. W. DECROW MAKER BANGOR</B>.   The smallest of the Maine Civil War leather accoutrement contractors in terms of quantity of goods, Anson W, Decrow of Bangor, Maine left his maker mark on boxes carried by some of the hardest fought and best known Maine Civil War regiments to include the <B>20th Maine Infantry</B>, the <B>17th Maine</B>, </B>16th</B>, <B>7th </B> >,<B> 6th </B>, <B>5th </B>and<B>4th Maine Volunteers</B>, all of <FONT COLOR=#808000><I><B> Gettysburg</B></I></FONT COLOR> renown.  A nice honest Civil War cartridge box by a scarce contractor. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


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antique ice fishing – FISH DECOY $225.00

 

Civil War vintage Flagstaff Finial

 

U S Quarter Master Corps marked Dipper $95.00

 

scarce DECROW – BANGOR MAINE – Civil War $895.00

H 30in. x D 9in.  


By William A. Gladstone. Published by Thomas Publications, Gettysburg, Pa., 1993. Paperback, 8 1/4 x 11. 227 pages, index, profusely illustrated. The front cover illustration was done by noted Civil War artist, Don Troiani, and is titled, "Soldier of the 1st South Carolina Infantry." Another full color illustration can be found on the back cover, titled, "United States Soldiers at Camp William Penn, Philadelphia, Pa." The book is in new, unread condition. However, it does have some minor cover wear. Overall it is in excellent condition. A comprehensive history of the U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War. Also notes on slavery. Very desirable reference book.


William A. Gladstone, Civil War Photo Historian, has written and lectured extensively on Civil War photography. Recently, he has turned his attention to the role of the black man in the Civil War. He has lectured at Yale University, the Museum of Fine Arts, the United States Military Academy, Gettysburg College, the University of Bridgeport, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Photographic Historical Society of New England, the New York Photographic Historical Society, and for the National Park Service. His articles have appeared in the Negro History Bulletin, Military Images, Civil War Times Illustrated, Photographics, A.B. Bookman, and The Photographic Historian.


Bill has had major exhibits on the black soldier in the Civil War at the U.S. Army Military Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., The Civil War Library and Museum in Philadelphia, Gettysburg National Military Park, and at the Neikrug Gallery and Modernage Photography Gallery in New York City. These exhibitions have won top awards.


Bill was President of the Photographic Historical Society of New York and Chairman of the West Point Chapter of the Company of Military Historians. For his contributions to Civil War photographic history he has been awarded "FELLOW" in both of these organizations.   Nicely hand cut from bone with identification and regiment on the front and patriotic decoration on the back, this all original badge is best described here by our photos except to advise that it is unmistakably identifiable to <B>Pvt. Thomas Keefer Gahagen</B> of the <B>206th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry</B> as <U>he was the only <B>’T. K. G.’</B> in the regiment</U>.

Thomas K. Gahagen was a thirty-five year old resident of Richland, Pennsylvania when he enlisted on September 6, 1864 and was mustered in as a Private of Co. K of the 206th Pennsylvania Infantry. He mustered out with the regiment June 26,1865.  <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>


 Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this extra nice period light artillery 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 30in. x D 9in. $0.00

 

Men of Color $20.00

 

Civil War bone 24th Corps & Identificati

 

Lord collection – Civil War Mounted Arti $185.00

A neat example of the <I>make-do</I> mentality of the 19th century, and the days when everything was used to the <I>nub</I> with nothing thrown out till it was totally used up with no repurposing application, this Civil War vintage lantern found continued even after the globe was broken.  With the chimney and burner likely used to repair another lantern, two wood slats were fitted and placed in the body so as to hold an available whale oi burner, add a house lamp chimney and <I>wha-lah</I> a very adequate portable lantern.  With obvious age and period use, this charming original to the period, <I>make-do</I> lighting device will fit well in any mid 1800s setting. <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>


 As one of only two producers who were able to provide quinine in large enough quantities for the Civil War Union Army, Powers & Weightman was probably the largest and certainly the best known of medical / chemical suppliers of the period with large contracts for all manner of  hospital and medically related chemical formulas.  Used in quantity at the larger apothecaries and medical facilities, containers for their goods were quickly cast aside and less likely to be repurposed as in home use thus seldom survived.  This all original Powers & Weightman, Morphle Sulphas (a bacterial) box measures approximately 3 X 3 1/8 X 6 ½ inches and remains in solid condition while offering good evidence of age, period use and originality.  With its period classic color and familiar Civil War vintage labeling this scarce little pasteboard box will complement any period 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 

 H 18in. x D 12in.

 H 38in. x D 18in.

earlier 1800s through Civil War era – ‘m $75.00

 

Civil War vintage POWERS & WEIGHTMAN Apo $60.00

 

H 18in. x D 12in.
$0.00

 

H 38in. x D 18in.
$0.00

Most commonly referred to as a <I>fireman’s</I> speaking trumpet and clearly most widely used as such, frequently overlooked is good documentation of military use in the Civil War.  As 18th century fire captains use speaking trumpets to amplify their voices over the noise and commotion of a fire scene, so did military leaders use the same to shout encouragement and commands over the din of battle.  Likely the most well-known military application occurred at the Battle of Mobile Bay when Admiral Farragut  issued the now famous order <I>Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!</I> through his speaking trumpet.  (see: The Civil War on the Mississippi</I>by Barbara Brooks Tomblin)  This attractive <I>working</I> example is free of the decorative embellishment most frequently seem on presentation grade fire trumpets yet, save a period sling ring replacement, remains in pleasing condition with an eye appealing natural age patina with no dents, scrapes or scars.  A nice addition to any period firefighting or military grouping. this speaking trumpet measures approximately 17 ¼ inches in length with a 6 ½ inch diameter bell and is offered here as collectors appreciate, unpolished, uncleaned and as 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 old stationery box is a bit of an enigma to us and we call it <I>rare</I> as it is the first we have encountered in our 50+ years of seeking out Civil War and mid 1800s personal items and collectables.  Familiar with the Scoville Mfg. Co. figured, gutta percha topped, collar boxes commonly referred to as <I>ditty</I> boxes by Civil War collectors, this stationery box version is of the same construction and material.  A bit loose at the hinges as is a common malady of the ditty boxes (could easily be tightened but we prefer as found and as used originality) and with good evidence of period use and originality this neat old stationery box remains in pleasing ready for the collection condition.  Of most interest to the collector will be the  Richmond, Virginia, George Washington Equine statue design on the gutta percha lid.  The most desirable pattern found on the Scoville collar box lids, this Equine monument is as was used in Confederate States of America, Great Seal.  Likely an embellishment by the original owner is the Civil War patriotic cover in the box lid.  The box retains an apparently un-used period ink dipping pen and a ream of  un-used Civil War vintage stationery.  An outstanding grouping for the gutta percha, writing equipment or personal item enthusiast.  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 !  Put up in France to be imported and sold by <I>E. Fougera & Company</I> founded in <U>New York in 1849</U>, this little <I>Aubergier’s Pastilles of Lactucarium</I> slip top box boasts medal awards of 1850 and 1853 on the cover label and will set well in any mid-19th century personal item or medical display.  Of particular interest is that this attractive little personal size box came out of attic storage obviously re-purposed as a traveling sewing kit still containing 4 period buttons to include 2 period rubber buttons, mending thread, two patches of cloth for small mending jobs and an original SHARPS #8 1857 dated needle packet..   The pocket size round box measures approximately 3 3/8 inches in diameter and shows appealing evidence of period use and carrying yet remains in solid condition in every respect.  A really neat Civil War era 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>  A nice <U>signed</U> <I>Prang & Co. Boston & Washington</I> lithograph album card of Col. Edwin Cooley Mason as commander of the <B>7th Maine Volunteer Infantry</B>.  A man who surely moved around in his military service, Ohio born Edwin Mason enlisted at age 21 and was commissioned on April 29, 1861 as Captain of Co. F <B>2nd Ohio Infantry</B>.  On May 14,1861he was commissioned as Captain in the <B>17th Regular Army</B>. On November 5, 1861 Mason was commissioned as Colonel in command of the <B>7th Maine</B>.  He resigned that post on August 31, 1862 and on August 21, 1864 he was commissioned into the Field & Staff <B>1st Maine Veteran Infantry</B>. On September 21, 1864 Mason was commissioned as Colonel in command of the 176 Ohio Infantry.   Breveted Brigadier General June 3, 1865, Mason’s last regiment mustered out June 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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

19th century SPEAKING TRUMPET $265.00

 

rare! Gutta Percha topped – Richmond, Vi $185.00

 

1850 / 53 dated - Aubergier's Pastilles $125.00

 

Signed: Civil War Prang Photo Album Card $95.00




(1834-1913) Born on May 10, 1834, in Norridgewock, Maine, he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1854. During the Civil War he served as Chief Quartermaster respectively on the staffs of General Edwin V. Sumner; for the Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac; for the Cavalry Bureau, Washington, D.C.; and on the staff of General Edward R.S. Canby. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865 for faithful and meritorious service during the Civil War. He remained in the Regular U.S. Army after the war and served until his retirement in 1897. He died on January 4, 1913, in Washington, D.C., and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, in Section 2, Lot #1191.


<u>Partial Document Signed</u>: 8 1/2 x 3 1/4, imprinted form filled out in ink. A.Q.M. Genls. Office, New York, Aug. 26th, 1868. Receipt for public property in good order and condition received by steamer. By order Genl. Rufus Ingalls, A.Q.M., Genl., U.S.A. Signed, "C.G. Sawtelle" Bvt. Brig. Genl. & Quartermaster, U.S.A. 8 1/2 x 3 1/4.



<u>Partial Document Signed</u>: On the reverse side of the above is the following: Requisition. Office Deputy Quartermaster Genl., U.S.A., Baltimore, Md., August 20th, 1868. The Baltimore & New York Transportation and connecting lines, will, without delay, furnish transportation for the public property specified below, from Baltimore, Md. to New York. By Order Genl. S. Van Vliet, Q.M.G., T. Hendrickson.  


 


Free franked cover with imprint at the top, "Engineer Department. Official Business." Signed at the upper right by a Chief Engineer. Light C.D.S., Washington, D.C., Mar. 14, Free." Addressed to Jno. L. Putnam, Esqr., Cornish, N.H. Light age toning and wear.  


<b>Killed in action at Petersburg, Virginia in 1865


1862 imprint</b>


(1847-1865) "A.P." Hill graduated in the West Point class of 1847, and served in the Mexican & Seminole Wars. He was Colonel of the 13th Virginia Infantry in 1861. Appointed brigadier general on February 26, 1862; Hill distinguished himself at Williamsburg, and in the Virginia Peninsular campaign; during the 7 Days battles his command was a tower of strength; he fought at Cedar Mountain; Sharpsburg; Fredericksburg; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; the Wilderness; Petersburg; and Cold Harbor. He was killed on April 2, 1865, during the fall of Petersburg, Virginia. 


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Chest up view in double breasted brigadier general's uniform coat with epaulettes. 1862 E. Anthony, New York imprint on the front mount. Back mark: Published by E. & H.T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York. Always a very desirable Confederate general to collect material on.  


<b>Killed in action at Pine Mountain, Georgia in 1864 during the Atlanta campaign


1861 M.B. Brady imprint</b>


(1806-64) Known as the "Bishop Militant," he graduated in the West Point class of 1827. Soon after he entered the Episcopal ministry, and later became Missionary Bishop of the Southwest. Exchanging his clerical vestments for an army uniform upon the outbreak of the War Between the States, he was appointed major general in the Confederate Army on June 25, 1861, and lieutenant general to rank October 10, 1862. In the early months of the war he commanded the vast territory of Department No. 2, including the Mississippi River defenses from the Red River to Paducah, Kentucky. He also organized the Army of Mississippi. He subsequently served as a corps commander at the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and in the opening operations of the Atlanta campaign. While examining the Federal position in company with Generals' Joseph E. Johnston and William J. Hardee, General Polk was instantly killed by a cannon shot at Pine Mountain, Ga., on June 14, 1864. 


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in double breasted major general's uniform coat with epaulettes. Imprint on the front mount, "RT. REV. MAJ. GEN'L POLK, 1861 M.B. Brady, New York. Back mark: Published by E. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York, From Photographic Negative, From Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Choice condition.

Autograph, General Charles G. Sawtelle $15.00

 

Civil War Engineer Department Envelope $8.00

 

CDV, General Ambrose Powell Hill $125.00

 

CDV, General Leonidas Polk $100.00




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