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This original memorial is by period lithograph J. Baillie and bears the ink penned inscription <I>IN MEMORY OF <I><B> Benj. F. Carter of the Fourth Virginia who died July 1863</I></B>.  A bit of a paradox that will require some research as our own extensive effort produced  but a <U>single</U> <I>Benj. F. Carter</I> serving the Union or Confederacy who died in July of 1863 and that was <B>Lt. Col. Benjamin Franklin Carter</B> who was mortally wounded and captured July 2nd 1863 while fighting with the <B> 4th Texas</B> as that regiment took on the Union left flank and the <B>20th Maine Infantry</B> under the command of <B>Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain</B>. Carter died in captivity on July 21, 1863 and was buried at the Methodist Cemetery in Chambersburg, Pa.

      Is the <I>4th Virginia</I> designation simply the product of a mix-up on the part of the calligrapher who penned the memorial inscription, or is there another <I>Benj. F. Carter</I> who’s record of existence and service with the <I>4th <U>Virginia</U></I> has been lost?  As serious collector / historians of Maine history for over fifty years (see: MaineLegacy.com ) we had set side this <I>Brimfield find</I> years ago when such treasures could be <I>picked</I> at estate auctions, antique shows and outdoor markets.  As time passes and we downsize though, it is time to pass this <I>find</I> on to an appreciative home.  All in pleasing condition save a chip at the lower right corner of its original12 3/8 X 16 3/8/inch mid-19th century frame, this offering will come <U>without glass</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>

 Best described here by our photo illustrations this Civil War vintage <I>UNION</I> photo case remains in pleasing condition, tight at the hinges with crisp edges.  A desirable collectable in and of itself, this attractive case houses a nicely matted military albumin photo of a seated Civil War 1st Sargent.  Likely taken from a CDV, trimmed and matted in the period for inclusion in this patriotic case, our <I>well got up</I> 1st Sgt. wears early war issue shoulder scales and holds a Mod. 1840 NCO sword across his lap with regulation white cotton gloves tucked in his NCO waist belt. All toped of by a watch chain and watch tucked between the buttons of his frock.   A pleasing Civil War photo in its original patriotic case.  <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  nice period officers bullion <B>flaming bomb</B> ordnance insignia.  Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired the piece from Francis Lord from his personal collection. Veteran collectors who are fortunate to have known Dr. Lord will remember that Francis had a habit of gluing things to display boards for <I> show & tell</I> at the old Civil War shows.  Remnants of that glue remains on the back and can be easily removed but we’d leave it as is with the old man’s tracks on the back.   We acquired this relic several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.)  <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 desirable grouping is of Spanish American War veteran <U>Pvt. Ernest M. Swett</U> of Co. D, <B>1st Maine Volunteer Infantry</B>.  The group consists of the following military issue and personal items:  Pvt. Swett’s uniform <B>CAP</B>, 5 button <B>SACK COAT</B>, issue <B>TROUSERS</B>, issue <B>LEGGINGS</B> and his issue <B>DRESS GLOVES</B>.   Swett’s personal items include: his service period <B>Journal</B>, knit wool <B>Socks</B>, shaving <B>Mirror</B>, lab / <B>Scalpel Kit</B>, period <B>map of Cuba</B>, his <B>Presidential Service Certificate</B>, family <B>Bible Registry Pages</B> and news clippings to include a mustering in roster of Swett’s Co. D, an account of mustering out and other miscellaneous related paper. 

Best described here by our photo illustrations, suffice it to say Pvt. Swett’s regulation issue uniform cap, sack coat, trousers and leggings remain in all original and pleasing condition, without mothing or other objectionable condition issues while offering good evidence of period use and age.   Like these items, a look at our illustrations will best describe Swett’s personal relics with the exception of his journal offering a firsthand account of the horrors Georgia’s Camp Thomas.  Swett’s journal  content is highlighted here:  

      Covering his primary period of service from the April 25, 1898 decision to <I>go to war</I> to his discouraged July 25 entry <I>dirt and dust, no use writing anymore</I> then a single August 21, 1898 notation expressing the dejection of a postponement of leaving the Chickamauga camp, Swett’s penciled journal is easily read as it offers the reader a sample snap-shot of a simple time in American history. A time not too unlike the Civil War military camp experience.  Foraging for food <I>one of the fellows got us a goose</I>,  heat of the South, a packages of goodies from home, drilling, more drill, eagerness to <I>get into the fight</I>, sickness, death, fighting among troops in camp, court martial and execution, more sickness, then more military life despair at Spanish American War, Camp Thomas, Georgia near the old Chickamauga Civil War battlefield.       In his simple, short on words, country style, Pvt. Swett chronicles the atrocious living conditions in a place that would become known in American history as one of the most abusive military facilities ever to be maintained in this country.  As related to camp life worse conditions than experienced by troops of the Civil War.  Swett notes drinking water so dirty that one could not see the bottom of his dipper.  Hard-tack and rotten meat was the usual mess.  Overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions result in camp wide dysentery.  Pvt. Swett sets up at night with his ailing Captain while he himself suffers from the same malady.  Recording the death and shipment home of his Captain’s body Swett seems to fall to despair as he weakens in his own battle to survive.  At one point (July 25, 1898) he is so weak and discouraged that closes his daily record with <I>No news, dirt and dust, no use writing anymore</I>.    It is not until Aug 16th that Pvt. Swett is moved to write in his journal </I>Tomorrow we are to have the largest review since the Civil War.  There will be over 40,000 soldiers in line.</I>   Shortly after, <I>a train with 178 sick boys of the 1st Maine</I> will be sent home.  Swett’s entries become sparse after this with rumors of being sent home, typhoid fever.  Finally on Sunday, August 21 the discouraged soldier makes his last journal entry, <I> They say we are not going home until Thurs. Probably something will come up to prevent us going then.  It is offal hot here now.</I>  Earlier notations in the back of the little book leave record of the serial number of his issue Mod. 1884 Springfield <I>trap-door</I> rifle, a list of letters received, addresses and the like.  

      A newspaper clipping, hand dated <I>Oct. 31 1898</I>, records the mustering out of Pvt. Swett’s Co. D, 1st Maine Volunteer Infantry at its home armory in Norway, Maine.  The paper records our Pvt. Swett as <I>unable to be present on account of sickness</I>.

      One could consider Pvt Ernest Swett a casualty of a war he never got to serve in directly as he seems never to have regained the young man’s health and vigor lost at Camp Thomas, Georgia.   Records of the National Soldiers Home at Togus, Maine document his death as a patient there some years later. 


This historic Spanish American War grouping will come with our research notes to include the following Ernest M. Swett pertinent site links:

<CENTER>patient register: U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938</CENTER>

<CENTER>pension document: U.S. Veteran Pension Files</CENTER>

<CENTER>1898 New York Times: HORRORS OF CHICKAMAUGA; The First Maine Regiment Returns with Tales Resembling Those Told of Andersonville. </CENTER>

<CENTER>Lewiston Sun: A Ride For Life. Sick Maine Soldiers On The Way From Chickamauga</CENTER>

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July 1863 – Benjamin F. Carter - MEMORIA $235.00

 

Civil War vintage 9th plate Gutta Percha $175.00

 

Lord collection – Civil War Officers – O $95.00

 

important! identified Spanish American $1650.00




Antique portrait engraving of General "Fightin' Phil" Sheridan in uniform with rank of major general. Engraved by A.H. Ritchie. Printed name and rank below the portrait, "Maj. Gen. P.H. Sheridan." 6 1/8 x 9 1/2.


<u>General Philip H. Sheridan</u>: (1831-88) A prominent Civil War commander, he graduated in the West Point class of 1853. Appointed brigadier general of volunteers, on September 13, 1862, and major general, on March 16, 1863. He fought in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, the Chattanooga campaign, Missionary Ridge, Yellow Tavern, Trevilian Station, the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign including the battles of Winchester, Fisher's Hill, and Cedar Creek, and in the 1865 Appomattox campaign which resulted in the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia commanded by General Robert E. Lee, to name but a few of his battle honors. General Ulysses S. Grant  summed up Sheridan's performance in the final days of the Civil War as, "I believe General Sheridan has no superior as a general, either living or dead, and perhaps not an equal." During the Indian Wars General Sheridan saw much action against the Plains Indians in the 1870's.  A really nice <I>package</I> for the Civil War Navy enthusiast with interest from the gutta percha photo case collector, our photo illustrations will speak best for this 6th plate sailor tintype and Union Monitor <I>end of the day</I> case.  We will add that the case remains in excellent with but one very minor edge flake that will be of no consequence.  Tight at the hinges and housing a period sailor!  <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 little desk or counter bell standing about five inches high on its original milk glass base.  This bell itself is of nickel silver with a nicely figured brass  stand and clapper.   All in pleasing condition with no breaks, chips or cracks all offered as found, pure untouched and unpolished.   The bell is patent dated <B>Aug. 8, 1856 - Aug 25 1863</B>.   An example of this style had been housed for viewing for many years in the old Robert E. Lee Headquarters Civil War Museum in Gettysburg.  This example is in excellent functioning condition with the expected evidence of period use and lots of charm.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 

       Another remnant of our fifty plus years of antique Americana meanderings and an affirmation of our tendency over the years to set personally identified items and things with specific historic interest aside as future <I>research projects</I>.  This charming old Revolutionary War vintage cherry wood  stick is a recent rediscovery from among such projects.  The cane measures 35 ½  inches in length, offers good age commensurate with its history and sports a classic 18th century style 4 ½  inch tapered ferrule which remains solidly mounted despite expected shaft shrinkage.   While a fragmented period label offers remnants of an early penned inscription the notation is not discernible leaving only an old museum or collection tag as evidence of the cane’s history (note red ink penned inventory number).  Later than the earliest label yet showing age and originality, the secondary label reads: <B> Gen. McIntosh  Val. Forge 1778</B> <I>No:86013</I>  

     Revolutionary War, Scottish American military and political leader, Lachlan McIntosh was a delegate to the 1776 Provincial Congress.  McIntosh was appointed Colonel of Georgia troops then, in September 1776, he was named Brigadier General of the Continental troops of Georgia.   Personal and political animosity between McIntosh and another Georgia leader, <U>signer of the Declaration of Independence</U> <B>Button Gwinnett</B>, nearly brought McIntosh down when killed Gwinnett to a duel.  While both men were wounded, when Button Gwinnett died of his wound his supporters charged Gen. McIntosh with murder and he was brought to trial.  Though acquitted the incident so divided Georgia patriots that influential friends secured the transfer of General McIntosh to <U>General Washington's headquarters</U>, thus keeping the ranks of patriots united in Georgia.  It was at the Valley Forge headquarters that Washington awarded command of North Carolina to General McIntosh.  It was in this capacity that Gen. McIntosh was taken as a British prisoner May 12, 1780 not to be exchanged until February 9, 1782.  Though his confinement as a prisoner of war  resulted in lifelong health issues, after the war McIntosh was appointed a commissioner to the southern American Indian tribes and was part of the delegation that officially welcomed President George Washington to Georgia in 1791.   Gen. McIntosh died in 1806 at age 80 and is buried in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia.

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General Philip H. Sheridan $15.00

 

Civil War Sailor Tintype in Navy Monitor

 

Civil War era Pat. 1856 & 1863 - Desk o $95.00

 

Valley Forge Cut - CHERRY WOOD CANE of R

      Best described here by our photo illustrations, this 40 X 34 inch <I>bolt end</I> linen remnant remains in attractive, untouched and entirely original just as it was folded and put away decades ago.  With good age and color, that distinctive texture and weave produced by the narrow 40 inch wide 19th century textile loom, and with the rarely surviving <I>bolt – end <B>*</B></I> <B>Continental Soldier</B> with <B>CONTINENTAL SHEETING</B> textile stamp this textile remnant will make a nice addition to any antique textile collection or would serve well as a backdrop to any number of collectable categories from the late 1840s through the Civil War era and on into the late 1870s.

      <B>*</B> As the finished textile sheet passed from the loom it was wound on a shaft to form a roll or <I>bolt</I> as it was referred to in the industry.  The exposed sheet end or <B>bolt</B> end received a stamped or stenciled <I>mill marking</I> to identify the mill product and grade.   As the large textile rolls were later formed into traditional flat bolts for sale, the printed sheet end was removed and was most frequently recycled back into the manufacturing process or sold for reuse in paper manufacturing.   This rare, seldom surviving remnant of that process is believed to have originally emanated from the Bates Textile Mill (a major supplier to the Civil War effort) in Lewiston, Maine. 

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 Remaining in especially nice condition with its deep natural age patina, this little tinned camphene lamp stands approximately 2 ¾ inches including its 1 1/8 inch brass camphene burner.  The lamp measures about 2 11/16 across its <B>PAT APPL’D FOR</B> base.  With its telltale elongated, brass burner tubes especially designed to handle the volatile camphene fuel (made from distilled turpentine) and early patent application marking this lamp would have been manufactured in or shortly after 1837 when camphene was first introduced as lighting fuel.   The use of camphene fell away in favor of kerosene in the early 1860s.  A nice little lighting device with use from the late 1830s 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>  


 A staple of the Civil War troops campfire, these classic sheet iron skillets were much lighter in weight, more durable and though they would not hold the heat as long as the more conventional cast iron fry pan of the period, this lighter, easier to carry, version would heat to cooking temperature much faster and with less fire.  These attributes made the  simple <I>blacksmith</I> skillet, formed from a single sheet of high carbon <I>black-iron</I> with its riveted on forged iron handle, just the thing at company mess.  Common though they were  (see: Howard Crouch’s <I>Excavated Civil War Artifacts - A Guide for the Historian</I>) they saw hard use with surviving, non-excavated examples, seldom seen on today’s market.  This example is all original with that distinctive patina that comes to the old high carbon black iron with repeated use and decades of age.  Measuring 7 3/4 inches across its base with its 2 inch high sides flaring out to form a pan of approximately 9 3/8 inches in diameter, this classic example of camp cook ware will go well in any period 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 !


        Best described here by our photo illustrations, this attractive paint decorated tin drum canteen is convex on both sides and  measures 6 9/16 inches in diameter with period paint <B><I>My Old Canteen 1864</I></B> on one face and a Union flag on the other.  Untouched and clearly period in all respects, this attractive classic remains pleasing to the eye with no splits or condition issued save desirable evidence of period use and carrying.  Acquired from a quality old Civil War collection, the history of this nice utility is otherwise a bit of an enigma as while its decoration is clearly of Union origin, style, dimension and construction would otherwise easily place it as Confederate.  Whether a captured Confederate <I>souvenir</I> paint decorated by a reminiscent <I>Yankee</I> or simply a hand constructed non regulation canteen has been lost in time.  <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>

mid19th century textile mill marked: CO $165.00

 

early Patent Applied For marked - Camphe $95.00

 

Civil War era SHEET IRON FRY PAN

 

1864 paint decorated Civil War CANTEEN

Not a big deal but worthy of preservation, this 1860 pocket diary with period penned identification to <I>John Quincey Robertson</I> of <I>East Boston</I>.  Listed as a carpenter then <I>shipwright</I> in period Boston directories Robertson is 28 years of age in 1860. Like most journals of the era the author limits most of his journal entries to a brief comment of the days weather, sometimes recording a most mundane highlight of the day’s events.  Complete and easily read however Robertson’s little diary offers insight into the simplicity of life in 1860 Boston and would serve visually in any period surrounding.  <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>  Somehow surviving in all original and clearly unused condition, even to retaining its original <I>red lead</I> painted inner surface, this hospital  size, 13 3/7 inch diameter  sheet tin bedpan offers the well-established construction characters of the mid-19th century as well as the Civil War vintage Boston surgical instrument and medical equipment firm name <B>Codman & Shurtleff</B>.   Not for everyone for sure but a rarely surviving hospital necessity for the <I>deep dish</I> medical 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>  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 ten turned  6 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 with its original raw turned hardwood finish 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>  


<b>United States Congressman from Connecticut


United States Senator from Connecticut during the Civil War</b>


(1814-73) Born in Enfield, Hartford County, Conn., he graduated from Williams College, in Williamstown, Mass. in 1834, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1834, and commenced practice in Enfield, Conn. Served as a member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1837-38, 1884, and served as speaker in 1837. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1845-49, and U.S. Senator, 1857-69. He was the Chairman of the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses, and served on the Committee on the District of Columbia, and the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads.


<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 1/2, in ink, James Dixon.

1860 Boston Carpenter / Shipwright’s POC $45.00

 

Civil War medical equipment supplier: CO $175.00

 

Scarce scaled down - 19th century 10 pin $95.00

 

Autograph, James Dixon $15.00




4 pages, The Log Cabin, New York, Saturday, January 23, 1841, with vignette of a log cabin at upper center with an American flag flying with the motto, "Retrenchment And Reform." Published by Horace Greeley with his name printed in the upper left margin. Stories include: Government Officers, Agents, And Salaries. Besides the story it gives an itemized list of positions with their salaries. It is interesting to note that Major Generals in 1841 earned $5,000 annually, while Brigadier Generals received $3,150. The list includes all ranks right down to private, and includes The Naval Department salaries as well as government officials. Debate On The Preemption Bill. There is a very lengthy and interesting article regarding the Funeral Of Napoleon and Re-Entombment in Paris. Much more news. Edge wear, small paper chips at edges, age toning, and small archival tape repairs. Ink name of the subscriber for this newspaper is written in the margin at upper right. Very fine content from 1841.     


<b>Twentieth Annual Meeting And Dinner</b>


St. Denis Hotel, October 20, 1906. 4 pages printed on extremely thick card stock. 7 x 9 1/2. Tied together by red, white and blue ribbons. Excellent photograph of General Nathaniel P. Banks on the front cover with the following caption: As He Was In 1862. Our First Commander. Major-General Nathaniel Prentiss Banks. Died September 1, 1894. Photographed by Mr. Brady, New York City. Page 2: 1864-1906. Twentieth Annual Meeting And Dinner. Society of the Nineteenth Army Corps. St. Denis Hotel. Cor. Of Broadway And Eleventh St., New York City. Saturday Evening, the 20th day of October, 1906, at 8 o'clock sharp. Forty-second anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek, Va., October 19, 1864. Illustration of flag. Lists the various officers of the society for 1906, the Reception Committee, the Floor Committee, and the Committee of Arrangements listing them with their names, rank and positions.  Page 3: Includes the Menu, Grace by Rev. Joshua Kimber, Music by Professor Edwin D. Lewis, No. 54 Gardner Avenue, Jersey City Heights, New Jersey, and the program will close with "Auld Lang Syne" and a Hope to meet again in 1907. The back cover has an excellent photograph of General Philip H. Sheridan with the following caption: As He Was in 1864. Our Second Commander. Major-General Philip Henry Sheridan. Appointed Lieutenant-General U.S. Army, March 4, 1869; appointed General June 6, 1888; died August 5, 1888. Photographed by Mr. Brady, New York City. There is a small chip at the lower edge of the front cover with some paper loss. This is in a border area so it does not affect any of the content on any of the pages. There is also a small edge tear just below this paper chip. It does not touch upon any of the content. Small tear to back edge. Otherwise the program is very clean and nice looking. Very desirable 1906 Nineteenth Army Corps program.    


<b>United States Senator from Missouri


United States Secretary of the Interior</b>


(1829-1906) Revolutionary, orator, ambassador, Senator, editor, and Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War all describe the Prussian born Carl Schurz. A very staunch proponent of abolition, he vigorously campaigned for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Commissioned a brigadier general, April 15, 1862, his appointment had a positive effect on many loyal German-Americans who took up arms for the Union. He was immediately assigned to command of a division of John C. Fremont's Army, then in the Shenandoah Valley. He fought most creditable in the 2nd battle of Bull Run, but at the key battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg his division was routed. Having been promoted to Major General to rank from March 17, 1863, he was then sent to the western theater to serve under General Joseph Hooker. He spoke throughout the North on behalf of President Lincoln's re-election in 1864, and served as chief of staff to General Henry W. Slocum during the 1865 Carolina's campaign. For 40 years after the Civil War he was a lecturer, Senator, and editor of 5 different publications. He was a tireless advocate of negro equality and had a large influence on every presidential election from 1860 to 1904.


<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/4 x 2, in ink, C. Schurz. Large bold autograph.  


7 3/4 x 6, in ink.


State of South Carolina

Anderson District


To any lawful officer you are hereby requested to summons John James to appear before me to answer to the complaint of B. Dunham in a plea of debt, a note of hand for $7.99/100 cents. Two days after date I promise to pay B. Dunham or bearer the sum of Seven dollars and 99 cents for value recd. Signed with my hand and seal this the 1 day of January 1839. You will appear at my house on Wednesday next at twelve o'clock given under my hand and seal this December 16th, 1841.


Adam Elrod, with his hand drawn seal at the lower right.


Staining and light wear. Boldly written.


WBTS Trivia: John James, the subject of this summons, would have two of his sons, Thomas and John, fight for the Confederacy as South Carolina troops during the War Between the States.

The Log Cabin, New York, January 23, 184 $15.00

 

1906 Program, Society of the Nineteenth $15.00

 

Autograph, General Carl Schurz $35.00

 

1841 Anderson District, South Carolina S $10.00

      A style most frequently referred to by Civil War collectors as a <I>Cavalryman</I> knife, this neat period jack-knife is maker marked <B>G. Butler & Co – Sheffield</B> and offers two knife blades, a leather awl for harness adjustment, corkscrew, screwdriver and the all-important folding hoof hook for horse hoof and shoe stone removal.  While this example remains in desirable as found and condition, with good evidence of period use it remains in pleasing shape, fully functional with no cracks in the hard rubber grips and tight at the joints.  An especially nice personal item these folding pocket or saddlebag tools were subject to hard use in the period seldom surviving in any kind of reasonable condition.  

      note:  Reaching back to 1768 when Sheffield artisan William Butler was granted his <I>BUTLER</I> cutler mark, the business had been taken over by George and James Butler by 1814.   Doing business as <I> G. & J. Butler</I> the firm name of <B><I>G. Butler & Co.</B></I> came into use in 1843.  In 1853 <I>G. Butler & Co.</I> displayed their wares in the New York Cutlery Exhibition. 


As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 This attractive all original hatpin is reminiscent of a time when ladies wore fanciful feathered or furred hats requiring a long shafted pin.  There is more than one account of one of these hefty pins offering more than the security of <I>my lady’s</I> hat as the long sharp shaft provided a quick and easy deterrent.  This example was fashioned from a vintage infantry uniform button, back marked <I>OAK HILL CLOTHING CO. BOSTON</I>.   Now relatively scarce except in older collections these uniform button keepsakes were once a relatively common find in antique shops and estate sales.   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Hand crafted from black iron the branches of this pleasing 18th century compass / divider measure approximately 5 7/16 inches in length.   With good evidence of age and originality this compass remains in exceptional condition with eye appealing age patina and good evidence of the skill of an 18th century blacksmith as he plied his trade.  A desirable companion tool laid in with other tools of the 1700s craftsman.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Another offer from our 50+ year accumulation of treasures, this important <U>gold wash</U>, <I>presentation grade</I> lantern is <U>cut inscribed</U> on the globe to <I>’Mrs. T. M. Anderson’</I> and was gleaned from a vintage rail road collection where it was attributed to <I><U>Elizabeth Van Winkle Anderson<I></U> who, turns out, was the wife of <B>Brig. Gen. Thomas McArthur Anderson</B>.  Offering evidence of age and period use with some metal cracking, a small <I>ding</I> in the base rim and some burner staining on the inside of the chimney, this <I>M. M. Buck & Co., St. Louis</I> marked lantern remains in pleasing condition retaining its original bright presentation grade gold wash finish and with no chips, cracks or imperfections in its inscribed globe .  (Our photo illustrations will offer the best physical description of this beautiful old lantern.)  The name <I>M. M. Buck & Co.</I> will be familiar to vintage railroad collectors with the more standard version of this lantern illustrated as <I>The Boss</I> model conductors lantern in their 1880 and 1900 catalogues.  

      Married to Elizabeth <I>’Lizzie’</I> Van Winkle in 1869, Thomas McArthur Anderson enlisted as a Private in the 65th Ohio Volunteers at the  outbreak of the Civil War and, through the influence of uncle, General Robert Anderson of Fort Sumter fame, was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant of the 5th US Cavalry.  Promoted to Captain, he served through the Civil War with the 12th US Infantry. was twice wounded, brevetted to Major for his conduct in the Wilderness Campaign, then to Lt. Colonel for exemplary service at Spotsylvania Court House. After the Civil War he remained in the Army, rising to Colonel, in command of the 14th Infantry. In 1898, with the temporary rank of Brigadier General, he commanded the <U>first troops to reach the Philippines.</U> In command of the 1st Division, he saw action in the battles of Santana, San Pedro, Passe, and Guadalupe in the early months of the Philippine Insurrection. He was promoted to Brigadier General in March 1899 and retired from active service in January 1900.  Both interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Mrs. General Anderson’s obituary noted that she had <I>’shared her husband’s distinguished military career with him both at home and abroad</I>’.

      A desirable lantern for the railroad collector this attractive presentation grade offering will carry special interest for the historian and Americana 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>

G. Butler & Co. , Sheffield - Hoof Hook $95.00

 

vintage military button - LADIES HATPIN $55.00

 

Blacksmith forged - 18th century artisan $45.00

 

Mrs. (General) T. M. Anderson inscribed $595.00




Used, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 postcard, with full color illustration. C.D.S., Warrensburg, N.Y., Sept. 1, 1915, with 1 cent George Washington postage stamp. Handwritten note in ink on the reverse and addressed to Troy, N.Y. Published by The American News Company, New York.


<u>General Ulysses S. Grant</u>: (1822-1885) Graduated in the West Point class of 1843. Fought with distinction in the Mexican War. Commander-in-Chief of all Union armies during the Civil War, 1863-65. He fought in the battles of Belmont, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson,  Shiloh, Corinth, Iuka, Chattanooga, Vicksburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and in the Appomattox campaign where he defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee receiving the surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865. Served as the 18th President of the United States 1869-77. 

 


<b>United States Senator from Rhode Island</b>


(1789-1870) Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he moved to Providence, Rhode Island, graduated from Brown University, in 1809, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Providence in 1812. Served as a member of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1836-42, and 1845-47; was a U.S. Senator, 1847-53.


<u>Signature</u>: 6 x 1 1/8, in ink, John H. Clarke, Providence, R.I.  


By Jerry Korn and The Editors of Time Life Books. Published by Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1987. Hardcover with embossed gray leatherette cover with full color illustration of veterans of the Army of Northern Virginia surrendering. Also has a U.S. and C.S. belt plate, stars, crossed cannons, swords and cannon balls with the title of the book printed in blue. The title is also printed in blue on the spine. Large 9 x 11 size, 176 pages, index, maps, profusely illustrated. Excellent Appomattox Campaign content. New condition.


The Cover: Tearful veterans of the Army of Northern Virginia furl their flag at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. "With a reluctance that was appealingly pathetic, the torn and tattered battle flags were laid upon the ground," wrote General Joshua Chamberlain, who accepted their surrender. "Some of the men who had carried and followed those ragged standards through four years of strife rushed from the ranks, bent about their flags, and pressed them to their lips."  


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

General U. S. Grant Statue, Brooklyn, New $5.00

 

Autograph, John H. Clarke $10.00

 

Pursuit To Appomattox, The Last Battles $15.00

 

1863 Ten Cents Jefferson Davis Confedera $20.00




Stereoscopic, cabinet size photographs of the National President Abraham Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Illinois. A full standing statue of President Lincoln on a pedestal is the central figure. He is flanked by statues of an artillery group and a cavalry group, and a tall stone obelisk rises up behind and above Lincoln. A large ornately designed base with stairs leading up to a platform rounds out this impressive monument to our 16th President. Imprint on the front mount, "Entered by John Carroll Power, in 1883, in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington." Much of the descriptive label on the reverse of the card has been damaged (lifted off) from an old mounting. Wear to the edges of the front of the card mount with some paper lift off, chipping and age toning. 4 1/2 x 7. The images are sharp and clear.   


Union patriotic envelope published by Charles Magnus, New York. Deep lavender color with a gilted silver imprint with a vignette of a spread winged eagle on a shield with the motto, E. Pluribus Unum, and imprint across the top, "U.S. Armies Operating against Richmond, Va." with imprint below providing places to write in the Company, Regiment, Brigade, Division, and Army Corps.  Imprint at the bottom, Entered according to Act of Congress A.D. 1865 by C. Magnus, in the Clerks Office of the Southern District of N.Y. Quite attractive. These are rare to find, especially in lavender.  


<b>President Lincoln orders the release of a prisoner who was sentenced to death</b>


4 x 6 5/8, imprint.


War Department,

Adjutant General's Office,

Washington, August 1, 1861


General Orders,

No. 257


The sentence of death in the case of John W. Sailor, tried on the charge of murder before a Military Commission, which convened at Winchester, Virginia, February 6, 1863, pursuant to Special Orders, No. 17, dated Headquarters, Milroy's Division, Winchester, Virginia, February 5, 1863, is inoperative, on account of informality in the proceedings of the Commission. It does not appear from the record that the order convening the Commission was read to the prisoner, or in his hearing; that he had an opportunity to object to any member of the Commission; that the charge against him was in writing; or that he had, in advance of the examination of the witnesses, any knowledge of the offence for which he was to be tried; nor is it shown that the prisoner was allowed to plead to the charge against him as recited in the order convening the Commission.


In a proceeding involving life, such irregularities are wholly inexcusable, and make the execution of the death sentence legally impossible. The President directs that the prisoner, John W. Sailor, be released from arrest.


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning and wear.  


<b>Alexander Gardner view</b>


Wet plate, albumen photograph, 3 x 2 1/4, on 3 5/8 x 2 3/4 card mount. No imprint. Sharp image showing numerous army tents with the village of Culpeper clearly visible in the background. Light age toning to the mount. Pencil ID on the reverse, "Culpeper, Va., Nov. '63." Very fine. This view is Plate 48 published in the famous, Alexander Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book Of The Civil War. 


The village of Culpeper is situated on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, about seventy five miles from Washington. Sheltered by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the surrounding country was very productive, and after the establishment of railroad communication, the place rapidly grew in size and importance. Its first serious injuries were received during Union General John Pope's retreat from the Rapidan, when many of its buildings were destroyed, and nearly all stripped of their contents. Both Union and Confederate armies alternately occupied it, and cavalry repeatedly fought about it, till the village, once the pride of its district, became a ruin, and the fruitful fields an area of desolation. Reviews, with all their "pomp and circumstance," made brilliant days for its memories, and weeks are numbered in the sorrowful periods when the requiem for the dead sounded continually over the new made graves. History weaves a garment about it more glorious than romance. The pulsations of battle at Bull Run, and on the Rappahannock, and at Brandy Station; at Chancellorsville, at Bristoe, and Groveton, have throbbed through its streets. Cedar Mountain, blazing with conflict, looked down upon it, and General Ulysses S. Grant during the Wilderness campaign, shook its spires with the roar of his guns. The altars of its churches are stained with heroic blood; all along its highways slumber those whose names can never pass away, and in the vacant camp grounds cluster recollections fast blending into traditions, that shall grow dearer as they grow old. Source: Gardner's Sketch Book

President Abraham Lincoln Monument, Spri $15.00

 

Patriotic Cover, U. S. Armies Operating A $25.00

 

Death Sentence in Murder Case is Found I $15.00

 

Culpeper, Virginia $125.00




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


(1802-1901) Born in Parsonfield, Maine, he graduated from Bowdoin College, in Maine. He was the principal of Hallowell Academy, and founder of the first normal school in New England, at Effingham, N.H., in 1829. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1830, and commenced practice in Augusta, Maine, serving as a prosecuting attorney, 1834-38. He was a U.S. Senator, from 1847-53; serving as the chairman of the Committee on Printing, and he also served on the Committee on Retrenchment. He was president of the Maine Historical Society, from 1867-87.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 6 x 1 5/8, in ink, James W. Bradbury, of Maine. The upper loop of the "J" in "James" is slightly cut off.


Bowdoin College Trivia: Famous Civil War General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, former Colonel of the 20th Maine Infantry, was an alumni of Bowdoin College as was James W. Bradbury. Chamberlain served as a professor and president of the college. During the war Chamberlain earned the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the battle of Gettysburg.    


6 x 2, imprint. Lottery of the State of Kentucky. To be Drawn at Covington, Ky., June 27, 1863. Messrs. John A. Morris & Co., Managers, Covington, Ky. The winning numbers on this ticket are 7, 18 and 73. Very fine. Kentucky Civil War items are considered to be desirable and uncommon, and I can't recall see many Civil War date lottery tickets for sale in my career.


WBTS Trivia: Covington, Kentucky was named in honor of General Leonard Covington, who was killed at the Battle of Crysler's Farm during the War of 1812. Stewart Iron Works was established at Covington in 1862, and it was the largest iron fence maker in the world. The city also prospered in Kentucky's tobacco and cigar industries.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with a full color vignette of a spread winged eagle perched on top of an American shield with a star on top with the slogan, Union. Below is the motto, E. Pluribus Unum. Published by J.R. Hawley, Cincinnati.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  


 4 x 6 3/4, imprint.


War Department,

Adjutant General's Office,

Washington, August 1, 1863


General Orders,

No. 259


Veterinary Surgeons of Cavalry, under the act of March 3, 1863, will be selected by the Chief of the Cavalry Bureau, upon the nomination of the regimental commanders. These nominations will be founded upon the recommendation of the candidate by a regimental board of officers, to consist of the three officers present next in rank to the commander of the regiment. The names of candidates so recommended and nominated to the Chief of the Bureau of Cavalry, will be submitted by him to the Secretary of War for appointment. A record of the appointments so made shall be kept in the Adjutant General's Office.


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General

Autograph, James W. Bradbury $8.00

 

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $15.00

 

E. Pluribus Unum $5.00

 

Order Regarding Veterinary Surgeons of C $10.00

Popular in the patriotic fervor of session and the outbreak of the American Civil War, such little printed flags were worn as a popular expression of patriotism and solidarity with the original 13 colonies.  This example  offers the unusual vertical 3-2-3-2-3 thirteen star pattern of the time and while remaining in solid condition shows  good evidence of age and period construction from the material used and water base printing with distinctive moisture staining to the period common <I>mourning</I> style pin fastener.  We found 2 of these tucked away for decades in a period stationary box and are offering them here <U>individually</I> priced for the collector / historian who would like one.

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 Best described by our photos, this early handmade bevel gage was fashioned from bone and American walnut secured by wooden pins and a period indicative iron pin and square nut at the pivot end.  Showing good evidence of period construction with an eye appealing natural age patina, this piece measures 5 1/6 long by ¾ wide by 3/8 of an inch thick and remains in pleasing functional condition.   A neat piece for the early tool collector or Americana 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>  


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that has been hand tinted in color and was published in the October 1, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly. Full double page centerfold illustration. 15 1/2 x 22. President Abraham Lincoln is the central figure in this patriotic scene as he holds a wooden flag pole with a large waving American flag. He is surrounded by Union soldiers and sailors with a ship's mast visible in the background. A sailor standing next to Lincoln brandishes his sword above his head. A soldier at left is in the charge position with his musket and fixed bayonet. A Union drummer boy is in the right foreground. Printed verse below the illustration: Rally round the Flag, boys! Rally once again; There are traitors in the camp boys, And foes across the sea, Who hate the proud republican and scoff at you and me. Rally Round the Flag boys! Rally in your might; Let the nations see how freemen, Can battle for the right; Make the throbbing mountains echo with the thunder of your tread; With music sweet of martial feet, Salute our gallant dead. Rally round the Flag, boys! Rally with a cheer; For all that hold you dear, Defend the brave old banner, Unsullied from the earth- Within its folds enshrined it holds all that this is worth. Then rally round the Flag, boys! Tally, rally still! Rally from the valley, And rally from the hills; Rally from the ship, boys, And rally from the plow; Now or never is the word- Never! failing now. Light age toning and wear. There is some staining on the reverse which does not affect the front of the print and centerfold repair. Excellent content. Very desirable, hand tinted, historical late 1864 illustration of President Abraham Lincoln. Scarce.      


Civil War patriotic imprint with a nice full color vignette of an American shield, wand with Liberty cap, riband with motto, "Liberty Or Death," scrolled "Constitution," the bible, and a snake with "Secession" printed on it and an arrow piercing through its body. Published by J.M. Whittenmore & Co., Boston.


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period Civil War pattern - 13 star LAPEL $45.00

 

18th early 19th century beef bone & waln

 

Abe Lincoln Rally Round the Flag Boys! $150.00

 

Liberty or Death $5.00

      Housed for some years in our own Maine related Civil War collection (see in part: <FONT COLOR=#0000FF> MaineLegacy.com</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>) simply because CS Navy Lieut. John Wilkinson’s CSS Robert E. Lee was captured by the Maine made ship USS Iron Age, we have decided, as we pare down, to offer this piece to a more appropriate home.  Acquired some years ago when it emanated out of Halifax, Nova Scotia where Lieutenant Wilkinson lived for a time after the War, this 41 ½ inch drawn,  <I>Spencer Browning & Co. – London Improved</I> marked telescope bears the clearly period inscription <I><B> Lt. John Wilkinson C.S.N.</I></B> on the drawer.  Measuring approximately 12 5/8 inches closed, this historic Confederate Navy relic remains in pleasing to look at condition, functional with good optics. Entirely brass with no covering  and some minor period dings and scrapes under the patina as evidence of period use but in nice as found and uncleaned condition with a natural overall light patina.  While this could be easily remedied (but we wouldn’t) the telescoping sunshade will only partially advance.  Good provenance for war time presence by this manufacturer is offered by Federal prize court records offering a number of telescopes marked <I>Spencer Browning & Co.</I> found in the cargos of Confederate ships attempting to run the Union blockade.  (see: the outstanding Confederate / English Civil War reference: <I>The English Connection</I> by Pritchard & Huey)  It is of interest to also note here that the American Civil War Museum (formerly <B><I>The Museum of the Confederacy</I></B> in Richmond has in its collection, the scratch inscribed Spencer Browning & Co. telescope of CSS Shenandoah commander James I. Waddell. (Museum Catalog # 0985.13.00164)

      A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, John Wilkinson resigned his commission as a lieutenant in April 1861, and accepted the same rank in the Confederate service.  Captured in the fall of New Orleans, Wilkinson was exchanged in August 1862 and traveled to England to take command of the Confederate blockade-runner <I>Robert E. Lee</I> which was to become one of the most successful of the war. (see: <B><I>The Narrative of a Blockade Runner</I></B> by <U>Captain John Wilkinson</U> 1877 ) Good fodder for some additional research, we know that Wilkinson was in Nova Scotia and Lieut. Richard H. Gayle was in command of the Robert E. Lee when she was captured on November 9, 1863.  We can reasonably surmise that Wilkinson had kept his well-used<I>Spencer Browning & Co</I> telescope as a personal item when he later commanded the raiders Chickamauga and Chameleon and carried it with him to Nova Scotia where he lived in Halifax for a while after the war before returning to Virginia, where he died in 1891.  How his telescope got left in Halifax where it was recovered by a local antique <I>picker</I> decades later has been lost in time.  <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>



 Guaranteed to please would be the product of this 5 X 4 ¾ inch <I>Hops Bitters</I> recipe laced with a <I> half-pint of Alcohol</I>.  This period penned prescription will set well in any Civil War 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 !


 Best described here by our photo illustrations, this attractive 19th Corps badge was hand cut from sea shell (<I>mother of pearl </I>) and remains in excellent condition yet with good evidence of age and originality to its original pin fastener set in with period sealing wax.  An appropriate piece for wear by any Civil War 19th Army Corps soldier or by his sweetheart or mother back 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>  With practical use as broad as the imagination, such <I>sounding</I> or <I>signal</I> horns as this example were in common use for centuries making the age of this example impossible to state exactly except to advise that it clearly dates to the 19th century or earlier.  Fashioned from natural cow horn with good evidence of age with period use and carrying, the best physical description of this nicely hand shaped calling horn is best provided by our photo illustration except to advise that it is entirely original even to the remains of its original hide sling and is solid with no cracks.  .  <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>

Spencer Browning &Co. Telescope of - Civ $2250.00

 

19th century penned HOPS BITTERS RECIPE $40.00

 

Civil War vintage Mother of Perl - 19th $165.00

 

antique hunting or SOUNDING HORN $50.00




Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the December 23, 1865 issue of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Hand tinted in color. Illustrated by the renowned Civil War artist Winslow Homer. Union soldier standing on crutches with his leg amputated at the knee is prominent at left of the view. Caption: Thanksgiving Day- The Church Porch. 10 1/2 x 15 1/2.  


<b>Front page map of Colonel Dodge's Expedition</b>


New York, Monday, May 11, 1863. 8 pages. Headlines and stories include Our Cavalry Raids. Success of the Tuscumbia Movement. Reported Capture of Colonel Streight and His Whole Command in Northern Georgia. Additional Details of Col. Grierson's Operations. Immense Damage To The Rebels. Interesting From Rosecrans' Department. Movements of Wheeler's Cavalry. Confirmation of the Shooting of Van Dorn. Arrival of Deserters from the Rebel Army. Their Statements as to Intended Operations on the Part of Bragg's Forces. Movements on the Mississippi. Bombardment of Grand Gulf and Haines' Bluff. Names of the Gunboats Engaged. The Killed And Wounded. The Batteries Passed By Moonlight. Interesting From Vicksburg. Destruction of Union Vessels Running the Batteries. Twenty Persons Supposed to Have Been Lost on One Boat, Including Six Newspaper Correspondents. The Rebel Retreat From Vicksburg Reported to be Cutoff. Rebel Accounts of the Positions of the Union Forces. Interesting From North Carolina. Arrival of the Steamship Dudley Buck. Military Operations of the Department. Resistance to the Rebel Government Assessment Law. Governor Vance Threatens to Call Home the State Troops. Interesting From the Pamunkey. Activity of Our Forces on York River. The Rebel Bridges at White House Destroyed. The Return of General Dix. The Army of the Potomac. Interesting Details and Incidents of Hooker's Campaign. (Chancellorsville). Stoneman's Famous Expedition. Dispatch From the Rebel General Lee. <i><b>Amputation of Stonewall Jackson's Left Arm.</i></b> Letter From [General] Carl Schurz. The Richmond and Tennessee Railroad Reported Cut by Buford's Cavalry. General Pleasanton Again South of the Rappahannock. Much more. Light wear and age toning. Lots of 1863 war news! Desirable issue with front page battle map.   


<b>Autographed cabinet card with rank


Colonel 207th Pennsylvania Infantry</b>


(1823-1901) Born in Montoursville, Pa., he was a farmer and lumber merchant before the war. He enlisted on November 19, 1862, as major, and was commissioned into the field and staff of the 171st Pennsylvania Infantry. He was mustered out of this regiment on August 8, 1863. He was commissioned colonel of the 207th Pennsylvania Infantry, on November 9, 1864; promoted to brevet brigadier general, April 2, 1865, for gallantry at Fort Stedman and Fort Sedgwick; and he was mustered out of the service on May 31, 1865. He participated with the 207th Pennsylvania Infantry in the siege of Petersburg, the battles of Hatcher's Run and Fort Stedman and Fort Sedgwick, and in the Appomattox campaign. After the war he was a lumber merchant and county court official. He was also active in G.A.R. Post #315, in Wellsboro, Pa.


<u>Signed Photograph With Rank</u>: 4 1/4 x 6 1/2, wet plate, albumen cabinet card photograph. Bust view pose. Signed on the front mount in ink, Robert C. Cox, late Col., 207 Regiment Penna. Vols. Commissioned Brig. Genl. June 5, 1865- Commissioned Major Genl. Nat. Guard of Penna. Scattered staining none of which touch the subject with some age toning. No imprint. Ink ID on the reverse. Very nicely autographed card. 


 


4 x 6 3/4, imprint.


War Department,

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, August 3, 1863


General Orders,

No. 266


The Department of West Virginia will include all of the State of Maryland west of the Monocacy river, including that part of Virginia in the vicinity of Harper's Ferry.


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:


E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General

Thanksgiving Day On The Church Porch $75.00

 

The New York Herald, May 11, 1863 $45.00

 

Photograph, General Robert C. Cox $45.00

 

1863 Order Announcing the Department of $10.00

Per Paul J. Davis in his classic reference <I>’C. S. Armory Richmond’</I>, the Richmond Short Rifle is the rarest of all Confederate long arms produced there representing a mere 4% of the total rifle production.  Indeed when considering the output of all prominent Confederate rifle manufacturers, rarity of the Richmond Short Rifle will compare at least equal to any.  In accordance with the very latest scholarly effort in the field of Confederate made arms, (see: Dr. John M. Murphy <I>’Confederate Rifles & Muskets’</I>) many if not all of these Short Rifles were produced from a <U>conglomeration of parts</U> to include those of Richmond Arsenal manufacture and captured components from the  April 18, 1861 Harpers Ferry raid along with used, salvaged, field captured and scavenged parts including locks, stocks, barrels, barrel bands, miscellaneous furniture, rear sights, ramrods, et al.  Indeed aside from general over all configuration, many individual examples are quite likely to be <U>one of a kind.</U>   No exception to the rule, this arm displays expected variation and uniqueness while offering unquestionable features of the Confederate Richmond Short Rifle.  Likely best described by our photo illustrations we will offer specifics of this example as follows:


With an overall length of 49 inches, the barrel length of this arm is <U>32 inches</U> as opposed to the more usual 33 inch variation of this rare arm with 30 and 36 inch examples known to exist.  (see: Murphy p.604 plt.#9 and p.609 from Springfield Armory museum collection)   As is correct with the Richmond application the captured barrel offers V P and eagle  proof markings <U>with no date</U>. Most crucially, the barrel features the classic <B>Richmond Armory <I>’pinched’</I> front sight</B>.  A feature of Richmond Short Rifles and carbines utilizing captured Harpers Ferry barrels, this sight did not accept a bayonet.  The rear sight is a U.S. marked <I>long range</I> example commensurate with Harpers Ferry acquisition.  It is important to note here that the 32 inch barrel length is clearly and unquestionably  original to the period <U>as are all features of this offering</U>.  The captured early production U.S. Mod. 1855 walnut stock measures 45 ¼ inches, sports the correct early production U. S. marked iron butt plate for this arm and displays a light inspection cartouche opposite the lock.  The stock features the all-important  <B><I>’Richmond’</I> brass nose cap</B>.   The spring retained flat barrel bands are  <U>devoid of the </U><B>U</B> <U>markings</U> as is indicative of <B>Richmond Arsenal manufacture</B>.  The forward band offers no provision for a sling and the sling swivel component was ground off the trigger guard.  The lack of any sling hardware in is of interest as the only identified example of the Richmond Short Rifle found (see: Cowan Auctions - 10/31/2018- Lot #697)  was carried by a 10th Virginia Cavalry troop.  As one would expect of a cavalry used arm, it too is without provision for use of a common rifle sling.  With a length useful to both cavalry or infantry, it is known that as a result of a short supply of carbines  261 Short Rifles manufactured of <I>’old parts’</I> were issued to the Virginia Cavalry.   The U. S. Model 1855 lock plate Maynard tape cover was clearly broken off in the period yet the original internal mechanism remains.  This and the Springfield marking would indicate the lock was salvaged or field captured.  <U>Per Dr. Murphy’s <I> Confederate Rifles & Muskets</I> some Springfield marked locks were used in early production Richmond Short Rifles.</U>  The 1858 dated lock functions crisply.   Ever true to its heritage of mixed components with a good representation of C. S. Richmond features in combination with U. S. rifled musket parts, this rifle has what is likely a <I>battlefield pickup</I> Tower ramrod.    As to general condition this piece offers good evidence of age and originality with a deep brown patina on all metal components with wood showing the expected evidence of period field use and carrying while remaining solid with period finish and no repairs.  While our photos will offer the best <I>feel</I> for condition let it be said here that this piece will be special treat and a rare find for the knowledgeable collector / historian  as it projects <U>untouched period originality in all respects.</U>   


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 Acquired by us many years ago and best described here by our photo illustrations, this ¼ plate tintype and accompanying carte de viste emanated from long stored remnants of the Philadelphia estate of the <B>Rev. Elias Root. Beadle</B> (1812 / 1879).  A distinguished Civil War era Presbyterian Minister, he was pastor of the Pearl  Street Church in Hartford, CT from 1852 to 1863, Second Presbyterian  Church, Walnut St., Philadelphia from 1865 to 1879 and represented the American Board of  Missions, as a missionary to Beirut, before service in Albion,  NY, and in Rochester, NY.  <U> Rev. Beadle served ten years a minister in </U><B>New Orleans</B>, which in the time of the Civil War caused much distrust of him by  most of his fellow Clergy as they embraced Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.  Though publicly not of a pro slavery bent, Rev. Beadle, influential as he was, had been and continued to be, of the thought that the troublesome issue of slavery was a political issue.   Believing that politics and religion did not mix, he had a rather consistent record of not being an abolitionist.  Quite unique among his peers, Beadle was considered on the wrong side of the slavery issue.  His ten years’ service in New Orleans with the many continuing ties their only fed popular suspicion as to his allegiances.  (see: <B><I>Onward Christian Soldier: The Life of Rev. E. R. Beadle</B></I> by Roger Rochlen)  This rare ¼ plate tintype offers crisp contrast with sharp focus and remains in excellent condition.  The accompanying CDV is back marked DAVIS 245 MAIN STREET HARTFORD CONN.  (see: Civil War period Hartford Directories) and remains housed in its period identifying photo album page.  <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 desirable grouping consists of an impressive 46 X 64 inch medallion or <I>bullseye</I> pattern <I>Brig Crocus</I> marked 34 star U. S. flag with <B>¼ plate and 6th plate ambrotypes of the very same flag on the fly over the Ship Master, Captain John C. Nelson’s period home in Pittston, Maine.</B>  This group consists of flag and ambrotypes, Capt. Nelson’s chamois <I>hide-out</I> gold & money vest, his shipboard <I>Day Book</I> and period supporting documents all emanated from among personal items long since held in Sea Captain, John C. Nelson’s home.   While we will depend largely on our photo illustrations as physical description of the flag’s construction and condition, noting that the bottom three stripes are <U>period</U> hand sewn replacement / repair, the charm of which will be offered below.  

      

       Making his family home near the Kennebec River in Pittston, Maine, John C. Nelson (1815-1877) was captain of a number of vessels, (see: John C. Nelson: papers - <I>Phillips Library / Peabody Essex Museum</I>) one being the <B>Brig Crocus</B>.   Built in 1848 on the banks of the Kennebec in neighboring Gardner, Maine, Capt. Nelson served as master of the Crocus during the early Civil War years when the 34 star <I>bullseye</I> flag was officially in use.  With the faded but legible penned inscription <I>Brig Crocus</I> on this flag’s hoist, one must imagine that the banner saw service on the Crocus during the Captain’s tenure.  Whether the period repair was as a result of sea wind tattering or not has been lost in time however the ambrotype images of the flag with a full complement of stripes over the Nelson home with the additional close up image is testimony of the esteem the Nelsons gave the flag.  An importance that conjures the likelihood that the repair was accomplished to facilitate early post Brig Crocus display over the captain’s home.  


In addition to the flag and ambrotypes this grouping consisting of Capt. Nelson’s  chamois gold and cash <I>money</I> vest a personal shipboard <I>Day Book</I>, and a small grouping of personal documents:

     

       A desirable earlier through mid-19th century item, Nelson’s vest remains in wonderful condition yet with good evidence of age and period use.   The thin chamois vest was worn under the shirt and waist coat and, supported by Capt. Nelson’s ledger notations of payments in <I>Havana Gold</I>,  was constructed with stitched narrow pockets <U>specifically intended it facilitate the carrying of gold coins. </U>   The ledger is primarily of value here as accompanying provenance  while adding personal insight.  The ledger measures approximately 6 ½ x 8 inches x ½ inch thick with penned expenditure notations in Capt. Nelson’s hand on approximately 25 pages.  The ledger bears Nelson’s penned signature  and is titled <I>Day Book</I> both in his hand on the fly followed by 2 pages neatly period removed,  then an initial entry page dated 1860 with the majority if the entries being circa 1868 when Nelson was master of the Brig Nellie Mitchell.   An entry near the back of the ledger is entered in New York, names the Crocus and is dated in 1862 when Nelson was Master of that Brig.  Some of Nelson’s <I>Day Book</I> entries are:  cash from Brig. Nellie Mitchell owners D. B. Dearborn Bros. , S. C. Cobb & Co., James Barlow & Co  /  reference to pay in <I>Havana Gold</I>  (In general all references to money paid or taken in are referred to as <I>Cash of Gold.</I>  / offers continued references to Tobacco, Havana, Pensacola  and business with <I>U. S. Hospital</I>  /  pay for <I>Steamboat & Pilot</I>  (likely a requirement when entering a harbor)  /  Gold paid to crew  (names each of 8 crewman with rank)  /  buys 240 tons of mahogany /  above mentioned notation in back of ledger abord the Brig Crocus dated Nov. 1, 1862  in New York  then a number of penciled notations to include <I>We are 8 days from Charleston S. C.</I>     Additional document materials include:  John C. Nelson’s Maine issued <I> Certificate of Naturalization</I> dated in 1850 (Nelson was born in Denmark) his <I>To All Knights Templar Throughout The Globe</I> membership identification certificate dated 1860, his Masonic Lodge 3rd Degree certificate of completion in 1853 issued in 1864 and 2 Hermon Masonic Lodge by-law booklets (1854 with Nelson’s penned identification and 1865).  A third booklet dated 1869 is titled <I>Suggestions to MASTERS OF VESSELS and List of Agents for VESSELS AND CARGOES IN DISTRESS</I>  issued by The American Shipmasters’ Association.   


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 Another <I>back corner</I> find from a winter perusal of our 50+ year accumulation this early Civil War issue Mod. 1858 <I>bullseye</I> canteen will best be described here by our illustrations except to advise that it was <I>picked</I> several years ago from an old <I>on site</I> Bangor, Maine area country estate auction.  With good evidence of field use yet retaining its original Co.<B>G 2nd Infantry</B> marked cover with <I>herring bone</I> cotton strap and original stopper, this neat old canteen will be a special acquisition with its 2nd Maine Infantry association and potential use in the 20th Maine.  <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! early Confederate Arsenal producti $3750.00

 

¼ plt. Tintype & CDV of: controversial $250.00

 

Civil War c. 1861 / 1863 34 Star ‘BULL $6750.00

 

early Civil War Mod. 1858 ‘BULLSEYE’ Ca $525.00

Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison, this attractive hand blown peg lamp offers lots of figure in the glass and sports the period classic pewter collar with double wick whale oil burner.  No condition issues and ready for display this is an especially nice earlier 19th century through Civil War era lighting device.   <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>  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 !  Another treasure from our winter <I>corner - clean out</I> from our 50+ year (yes <U>50</U> and that’s <U>x2 </U>!) accumulation of period treasures, this period leather fire bucket is offered just as we acquired it from a defunct GAR post collection.  Standing approximately 11 5/8 inches and 8 ¼ inches in diameter at the mouth by 5 7/8 inches across the base, this historic Civil War era fire bucket is branded <B> DIME HOTEL – 84 MAIN </B> on its base. (see: 1860 Richmond, Virginia business directories.)  Missing its easily replaced leather strap handle and a bit out of round the bucket is solid with no splits holes or other condition issues and is clearly all original and period.   Just how this war trophy was acquired and found its way into a <I>Yankee</I> veteran hall collection has been lost in time but of interest to the historian will be that we found one <I><B>William H. Hayward</I></B> listed in an 1860 Richmond directory as <I><U>proprietor,</U><B> Dime Hotel, 84 Main Street</I></B>.  Of further interest is that William H. Hayward is listed in Confederate records as a Captain in command of Co. B <I><B>1st Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Local Defense</I></B>.   A February, 1864 <I>RICHMOND SENTINEL</I> article adds some local color - <I><B>’Stampede of Prisoners -</B> One hundred and nine Yankee officers made their escape from the Libby Prison on Tuesday night, and seventeen of the prisoners confined in Castle Thunder levanted from that institution on Monday night. Captain Hayward's cavalry left the city on yesterday, in pursuit of them. It is hardly probable that many of them will succeed in getting off entirely’.</I>    Worthy of some additional research, we assume Capt. Hayward’s position with the Confederate Cavalry was a fully encompassing commitment during the war years as, per Richmond directories, the <I>DIME HOTEL</I> ceases to operate under that name by the publishing of the 1861 directory.  It seems likely that the name of the <I>DIME</I> was changed when Hayward left to serve in the Confederate <I>Home Defense</I>.  Of additional interest is that the Libby Prison escape that put Capt. Hayward and his Co. B to the chase was the one in which Col. Chas. W. Tilden of the 16th Maine and over one-hundred of his fellow prisoners escaped from that place in February of 1864.  (see page 41 of our <FONT COLOR=#800000> MaineLegacy.com :</FONT COLOR=#800000> collection site.)


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 Best described by our photo illustrations, this stack of twenty 1800s  bone poker chips will make a worthy addition to any playing card display Civil War or Wild West. 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 to mid-1800s hand blown PEG LAMP $85.00

 

earlier through the Civil War era : DYS $55.00

 

Civil War vintage - Dime Hotel Richmond, $695.00

 

twenty original 19th century - BONE POKE $75.00

Our photo illustrations will likely do best to describe this neat old pair of military style Civil War period saddle stirrups except to emphasize that unlike Union issue the hoods are of pig hide rather than common leather.  An additional variation from standard McClellan stirrups is the addition of a <I>keeper</I> strip extending from the bottom of the hood and fastened to the bottom of the wooden stirrup.  Well worn from period use yet remaining in pleasing original condition, this pair of pig hide hooded stirrups will pair up especially well with a Confederate saddle.  A rare opportunity for the Confederate collector who has a <I>Reb</I> used saddle needing a pair of stirrups.  <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 classic 18th century / early 19th century personal item referred to by collectors as salt or snuff horns in line with their most frequent use.  As a small screw top container measuring approximately 3 ¼ inches long, these little traveling containers of natural cow horn would have served well to carry the usual personal bit of salt or other food seasoning, snuff, herbs or other medical preparations.  Practical use would have been limited only by imagination.  This scarce original example shows good evidence of age with a small <I>chew</I> (a common melody that will be familiar to early horn collectors) located just at the mouth of the horn and of no significance when the bone cap is in place.   Pleasing originality and period use yet remaining in nice condition with its original turned bone screw cap.  With no cracks or splits as usually found in original examples, this one displays a most attractive age patina.  (see: Newman & Kravic's <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I> ) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 Measuring a mear 5 3/8 inches from toe to heel, this early shoe maker’s form is a bit of an enigma when considering its classic 18th early 19th century <I>adult</I> style.  With that long instep, square toe and without a left or light distinction we are inclined to identify this neat old form as specific to the construction of an adult footwear sales sample as was displayed in period country shops and by traveling salesmen.  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 !


 Another product of a winter search of our 50 plus years accumulation, this attractive high grade bullion hat cord with the netted acorns is from a small acquisition of some years ago when we were fortunate enough to acquire a grouping of Civil War surplus <I>smalls</I> that had been set aside from the inventory of the defunct Philadelphia <I>Army Surplus</I> firm of <B>Stokes / Kirk</B>.  No exception to the other items in the lot, this officers hat cord remains in fine, as new and unissued condition yet offers good evidence of age and originality and will please the most discriminating collector.  This <I>extra rich</I> grade cord is of the gold bullion, single cord type with netted caps and slide with extra thick 3/16 inch diameter cord and acorns that measure a full 1 3/8 inch in length.  A variation of the type is referred to in the 1864 Schuyler, Hartley & Graham Military Goods Catalogue as a General Officers cord though they are seen on the better officer slouch hats of all grades (see: Don Troiani's <I>REGIMENT'S & UNIFORMS of the CIVIL WAR</I> p. 252, see also: Gen. Thomas G. Stevenson slouch hat, p. 185 Time Life’s <I>ECHOES OF GLORY – Arms & Equipment of the Union</I>.)  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Civil War vintage - Pig Hide Hooded / W $245.00

 

Antique SALT or SNUFF HORN $75.00

 

1700s early 1800s - Cobbler’s salesman’ $55.00

 

original! Civil War- Extra Rich- STAFF G $165.00




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