Original 18th Century - Benjamin Franklin Miniature Bas-relief Portrait
Acquired from the personal collection of an established antique American art buyer and earlier director of the Smithsonian's American Portrait Gallery, this offering remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and originality. Our illustrations will do best to describe the condition of this wonderful 18th century miniature of Benjamin Franklin. While period examples of American subjects are considered a rarity on today's collector market, these bas-relief miniature wax portraits were exceedingly popular among the well to do of the mid to later 18th century. This rendering of a bewigged Benjamin Franklin retains its original rich coloration and remains as originally mounted on reverse painted glass in its deep painted wood 6 X 7 1/8 X 1 ¾ inch deep oval frame. Most of the frames backing paper has fallen away with the remainder bearing the period ink identification of the subject. (Likely done at the time of original framing as it is on the underside of the remaining period paper backing.) While it remains solidly in place without peeling, some age crazing of the original painted glass backing offers further evidence of age and originality without being objectionable. An outstanding piece for the early Americana enthusiast. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Flowers of Song Transplanted to Southern Soil O Give Me A Home By The Sea Published by Blackmar & Bro., Augusta, Ga. Lithograph done by B. Duncan, Columbia, S.C. The front page, printed in green, includes tiles and authors of other songs published in The Exotics series. 4 pages. This imprint is for the song, O Give Me A Home By The Sea. Words and Music by E.A. Hosmer. 8 1/2 x 12. Light age toning, soiling and wear. Fine. Parrish & Willingham # 7309. B. Duncan is the same lithographer who did many of the Confederate States of America currency notes.
From Their Plantation 2 pages, 7 3/4 x 12 1/2, manuscript in ink. This document is a revocation of a Power of Attorney in Loudon County, Virginia. In its content it mentions that the party involved is suing the United States for seizing and taking possession of 572 bales of cotton from the plantation of her father-in-law. Here is the full content of the document: Whereas Mary E. Elgee did on the day of March 1867 execute to Robert Mott a power of Attorney authorizing him to ask, demand, sue for, prosecute and take all legal or needful means to collect a claim in her favor against the United States for seizing and taking possession of five hundred and seventy two bales of cotton as captured or abandoned property on the plantation of her father in law, John K. Elgee. And whereas, since the execution of the said power of Attorney, the said Mary E. Elgee has intermarried with Charles M. Fauntleroy. Now know all men by these presents that we the said Charles M. Fauntleroy, and Mary E. Fauntleroy, his wife, late Mary E. Elgee, for good and sufficient causes do by these presents revoke and declare null, void and of no effect the aforesaid power of attorney executed by the said Mary E. Elgee, to said Robert Mott. In witness whereof the said Charles M. Fauntleroy and Mary E. Fauntleroy, his wife, have hereunto set their hands and seals this 17th of July 1867. Chs. M. Fauntleroy (Seal) Mary Eliza Fauntleroy (Seal) Teste, John James T.T. Fauntleroy, Jr. State of Virginia Loudon Co. to wit Be it remembered that on this 17th day of July 1867 before me the undersigned Edward B. Powell, a notary public residing in said County of Loudon, duly commissioned and qualified by the Governor of Virginia, to take the acknowledgement of deeds, Commanding Naval Defenses, 1861; on duty (exact dates not stated) with the C.S. Army, 1862-63. He also had the following Confederate naval service: CSS Nashville, 1861-62; Richmond Station, 1862; CSS Economist, 1862; CSS Rappahannock, Commanding, France, 1864. He was born in Virginia. The plantation where the cotton was confiscated by the Yankee army was located in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, and was owned by John K. Elgee. After the death of Judge Thomas Scott, his widow, Marie Francoise Laulette LeDoux, was married to John Kingsberry Elgee who came to Rapides Parish from Ireland with his wife and four year old daughter, and entered the law offices of Judge Scott. A short time later his wife died. They had but the one daughter, Bessie Elgee, who after her mother's death was sent back to the old country to be educated.... Mr. Elgee was a highly educated, polished gentleman, and soon became very prominent in the legal profession in Louisiana. The old Scott family Bible contains the following record: J.K. Elgee and Mary Frances Laulette Scott were married at Big Creek on the 28th day of July, 1835, by Judge Murray. One child, Charles LeDoux Elgee, was born of this marriage. His birth occurred at Big Creek, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, on the 20th day of September, 1836. He married Mary Eliza Chambers, a daughter of Josiah Chambers and his wife, Frances Willliams, and had two children both who died in infancy. Charles LeDoux Elgee was a Captain in the Confederate army during the War Between the States; was a staff office, and later served with a Louisiana Cavalry Regiment. He died in Alexandria, Louisiana, on November 13, 1864, and soon after his widow was married to Captain Charles M. Fauntleroy, a native of Virginia, and had three daughters, all of who reached adult life. They were Frances (Fannie), Alice and Laura. On February 4, 1861, a committee was appointed for the task of devising a national flag for Louisiana, with John K. Elgee, of Rapides Parish serving as the chairman. In January, 1861, John K. Elgee, Thomas C. Manning, V.W. Smart and Louis Texada were elected delegates to the Louisiana State convention. They received 771 votes against 395 cast for their opponents. It was John K. Elgee who reported from the committee on the adoption of the Confederate flag, and it was he who was foremost in demanding the disruption of the Union in that historical convention of January, 1861. John Kingsberry Elgee died in New Orleans on October 7, 1864, at the age of fifty-three years, and was buried in the Metairie cemetery there. Sources: Rapides Parish, Louisiana History and Genealogy. History of the LeDoux's of Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Not our usual thing but worth preserving and passing along, is this classic old Remington No. 4412 butcher knife. Measuring 17 ¼ inches in total length with an 11 ¾ inch carbon steel blade the knife shows age and use but remains in nice condition for the person who appreciates the old Remington working knives. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
1960s / 1970s Norm Flayderman Military & Nautical Antiques Catalogs
We found this small cash of 1960s / 1970s Flayderman catalogs buried in a long ago forgotten corner and are offering them here individually price for the collector who would enjoy leafing through one. Whether you are a seasoned collector who like so many, cast outdated copies away as new editions came out, or a younger enthusiast who will be blown away by availability and prices in the 60s and 70s, these old catalogs are a joy to leaf through not to mention their reference value. All complete and solid but well handled, some with notes on the cover. A word about Norm Fladyerman's passing: A first rate fellow we have known since the early days when he started a mail-order business with a mimeograph machine and a five or six page list sent out from the family home on Route #1 in southern Maine. Norm was a knowledgeable collector / dealer who could be relied upon for his honesty and business ethics. Always a gentleman, he will be missed.
Most popularly seen from the mid 1800s through the 1870s, the wearing of these hand woven shirt cuff protectors was, in their time, nearly synonymous with clerking and bookkeeping with service pressed into all manner of continual activity where a reasonably well dressed gentleman was charged with repetitive writing or the handling of material before a desk or table. In their prime many a pair of these cuffs saw use at the card table as a well got up dandy protected the cuffs of his best shirt from wear. Seldom seen today as most were used up and cast aside in the period, this pair remain in excellent original condition and are sure to please the most discriminating antique collector. Measuring just under 7 inches in length and 2 ¾ at the wrist flaring to approximately 4 ¾ inches in diameter, these period cuff guards will set in well in any writing instrument, country store of gambling grouping. A scarce piece of Americana seldom surviving. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Civil War Marking Stencil Kit - L. R. Hill Drummer 100th Illinois
One of those little personal treasures tucked away years ago as a someday research project, we acquired this L. R. Hill marking stencil years ago when it came through the door at the old Wheaton, Illinois, Civil War show with all but the box housed in an old envelope. Offered here as a complete marking set with stencil, ink bottle and ink brush all now in an original METCALF'S STENCIL CUTTING ROOMS pasteboard box that we had found since acquired. Our notes from a limited verbal history indicated only that R. L. Hill was a drummer in an Illinois regiment. (A paper scrap id with the outfit when we acquired it remains with the group.) Our quick check of limited pre-internet sources were not fruitful and in a storage box went the little marking stencil, not to see the light of day until recently when our rummaging and more modern research efforts offered new appreciation. A check of Historical Data Systems, National Park Service and Broadfoot's database rosters produced a single L. R. Hill in any Union roster . He was Lorenzo R. Hill a.k.a. Lorenzo R. Hills , listed as a musician 100th Illinois Infantry . (We found Lorenzo listed as both Hill and Hills in State documents, to include one instance where both were used on the same record.) We also found a State record of early war service as Pvt. Co. K 10th Illinois Infantry 4/29/61 - 7/29/61. Lorenzo's service was destined to be all too short as after serving in the ninety-day 10th Illinois regiment he enlisted in the 100th Illinois as a musician August 30, 1862 and died on November 5, 1862 at Lebanon, Kentucky. An attractive must have example in any well rounded Civil War soldiers personal item grouping, popular use of these little brass with tinned iron frame, marking stencils, glass ink vials and sheet iron mounted natural bristle ink brushes have been well documented by diggers . An original pasteboard box complete with label is an especially difficult find. Metcalf's Stencil Room advertised widely cutting stencils to order for delivery by Mail and Express. They may be found at this address in 1862 Boston directories. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
By LaVere Anderson. Garrard Publishing Company, Champaign, Illinois, 1971. Hardcover with dust jacket, very nicely illustrated by William Hutchinson, 80 pages. Light wear to dust jacket. Very tight, clean book in excellent condition. Eight year old Tad Lincoln saw to it that life in the White House was unpredictable and full of fun in 1861. The hijinks and horseplay of the president's youngest son involved everyone from gardeners to cabinet members. Tad and his friends got lost in the Capitol basement, went sledding in the White House attic, and Tad, to the astonishment of visitors, drove a team of goats through the beautiful East Room. But most exciting of all to Tad was the big party his Pa gave for the midget Tom Thumb and his bride. Life in Washington also held personal tragedy for the Lincoln family. Willie became sick and died. The president, burdened with sorrow, found solace in Tad. Sensing his father's need, Tad became his constant companion, giving him help and encouragement during the dark hours of the Civil War. In this biography of Tad Lincoln, at play and in moments of great sorrow, he emerges as a very real and unforgettable little boy.
This classic old 18th century, very early 19th century, antique straight razor is marked only as WARENTEED on the blade. Its original old (false tortoise) horn grips remain solid with some worming and offer an attractive natural age coloration with an inletted pewter escutcheon. A nice early straight razor, all original with lots of charm and eye appeal. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
This attractive 10 5/8 X 17 5/8 antique document is print entitled Inspection RETURN of the 4th Company of the 8th Regiment of Connecticut Militia and offers a penned roster of 51 names of Company members. The document records the individual issue of Espontoons - Swords - Guns - Bayonets - Bayonet Belts - Cartridge Boxes - Cartridges - Flints - Primer Wires - and Knapsacks to include the fife and drum to Co. Fifer and Drummer . An attractive early Americana document specific to a leading regiment of the American Revolution, the 8th Connecticut Regiment wintered at Valley Forge. All in nice original condition on rag paper with period folds but no tears repairs or restoration. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Illustrated here with a quarter as size comparison, our photos should do best to describe this nice antique militia plate except to advise that this specific piece emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord and is published Vol. II p. 17 of his classic reference Lord's CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA . We acquired this piece several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord. A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference, Lord's CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA . While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and value of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord's first and second volumes in particular and his Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors. (Use Lord in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Measuring 4 ½ inches in diameter these turned fruitwood traveling candlesticks remain compete and original even to the snuffer and are in fine seemingly unused condition. Commonly referred to as donut candlesticks by Civil War collectors and antique lighting enthusiasts the vast majority of surviving examples of the type are of spun brass though finely turned wood examples such as offered here are known to have seen use from the period of the American colonial and Revolutionary War period through the Civil War era. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Standing 11 3/4 inches from base to lip and measuring 9 inches across the mouth, this nice antique fire bucket retains its bold maker markings on the bottom MANUFACTURED BY THE N. HAYWARD CO. D. HAYWARD'S PATENT 1854 HAYWARDVILLE, STONEHAM, MASS. . A complete accounting of the type with a photograph of a bucket like this one may be found in Mike Woshner's India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era . (see also: NORTH SOUTH Traders Civil War Jul./Aug 1993) Woshner's reference book also offers a period military camp photo documenting the use of such buckets in the field. All in nice original condition with good markings and pleasing age. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
1864 Abraham Lincoln & Andrew Johnson Election Ticket
Lake County, Ohio. UNION PRESIDENTIAL TICKET. Election November 8, 1864. With very nice woodcut engraving of Columbia wearing a helmet and holding sword with UNION inscribed on the blade, and star burst overhead. For President, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Of Illinois. For Vice President, ANDREW JOHNSON, Of Tennessee. Lists 21 Electors At Large. Very desirable. Excellent condition! Footnote : One of the electors listed on this ticket, John McCook, (3rd from the bottom) was the father of Union Generals' Alexander M. McCook, Daniel McCook and Robert L. McCook, of the Fighting McCooks .
Enlisted cloth insignia with fouled anchor on dark field with white borders. These were worn on the sleeve above the elbow. 3 1/8 inches wide x 4 inches high. Light staining in the white border area. The cloth shows some wear and has a few small holes in it.
Model 1858, U.S. Marine Corps Civil War era shako plate. 2 piece, stamped brass. Includes the stars and stripes shield which measures about 3 1/2 x 3 1/2, and the wreath which measures about 6 inches wide. No hook attachments on the reverse. The shield was never completed and was most likely government surplus. Very fine.
Gold - Ladies Of The Gar - Past President Medal- Gen. Lew Wallace Circle, Indiana
A beautiful 14k gold Ladies of the G. A. R. past president medal inscribed Carrie J. Dalton - Lew Wallace Circle No. 68 - 1911 . The medal weighs 13.5 grams and remains in fine as new condition with crisp relief and hand engraving. A lawyer by trade Lewis ( Lew ) Wallace (1827-1905) is best remembered today as the author of Ben-Hur , though he served in the Mexican War and rose to the rank of Major General in the Civil War and in the reconstruction period served as Territorial Governor of New Mexico when he worked to end the fighting of the Lincoln County War. When the Civil War broke out, Wallace raised a Zouave regiment which was afterward known as the 11th Indiana Volunteers . Lewis Wallace continued to distinguish himself through the Rebellion with promotion to Division Commander then in recognition of his action at the storming of Fort Donnellson was promoted to Major General. A nice item for the Civil War and G. A. R. Axillary enthusiast as well as the antique collector. A good chance to have your cake and eat it to given today's gold prices! Buy with confidence! All direct sales are backed by no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased ! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Just as plain a Civil War infantry soldier as you can imagine, this quarter-plate tintype is, with all its simplicity, worthy of a place in good collection. A wonderful demonstration of what a period infantry recruit should look like. A nice viewable size with crisp focus, strong contrast and striking hand applied color that is so frequently seriously muted by age. With only the most minimal evidence of age as good evidence of originality, this image will display well as is as a nice demonstration of period photography or will lay nicely behind glass in a period mat and frame. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!
Rare Connecticut - 1916 Mexican Border War - Ribbon
A rare find is this 5.5 X 2.5 inch dark blue silk ribbon that reads: - RECEPTION - WELCOME TO OUR BOYS HOME FROM MEXICAN BORDER - HARTFORD - October 1916 Showing age and with dark but clearly legible lettering, all as evidence of originality, this scarce reception ribbon is a relic of U. S. action along the Mexican border remembered as the Mexican Border War or Bandit War when Mexican revolutionary Poncho Villa attacked the U. S. garrison at Columbus, New Mexico. The 2nd Connecticut Infantry were among the National Guard troops called to action against Pancho Villa'a revolutionary band. The 2nd Connecticut mustered out of Federal service in November 1916, only to be mobilized again in February 1917.for service in WW 1. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
A small piece of Southern pine (approximately 4 inches long X 1 ¾ X 1 ¾ square) is hollowed out to make a box and fitted with a slide top cover of the same material. The crude little box is just the required size to house a complete set of game pieces of hand cut beef bone. Each measures approximately 1 1/16 X 5/8 wide and varies in thickness from1/8 to 3/16; likely dependent on the thickness of available raw material. Good evidence of age and handcrafting of game pieces is offered by patina, tool marks and slight variation in size and markings. A wonderful example of the common practice of bone carving in the period. (See some examples from our personal collection at www.MaineLegacy.com) Thanks for visiting our Gunsight Antiques!
With little change in design and construction through a considerable period of popular use, (from approximately the period of the Civil War through WW I) dating of such binoculars as Civil War era takes a bit of care. Experienced collectors generally consider the diameter of the eye piece lens as telltale with the larger 7/8 and 1 inch diameter eye piece lenses accepted as antique, Civil War vintage. With little if any change otherwise, these French import binoculars were utilized by American military for decades with the eye piece lenses becoming progressively smaller until they were soon less than half the size of the Civil War variety. These binoculars are engraved U. S. SIGNAL GLASS and DAY & NIGHT with CHEVALIER OPTICIEN PARIS eye pieces over one inch diameter lenses. Though they show appropriate age with good evidence of period use and carrying this pair remain in unusually nice condition. Bearing all the evidence of mid 19th century manufacture that Civil War collectors like, these glasses are complete and operable with excellent optics and original leather covering on body and lens shades. (see: W.C. Davis Fighting Men of the Civil War Union Signal Corps, p. 184) Most frequently exposed to hard service, original marked examples are seldom encountered in this condition. Note: Established circa 1765, the Chevalier family made some of the world's finest optics to include early telegraph operator telescopes, the camera obscura, early scientific microscopes, and binoculars to include those for the U. S. Signal Corps. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Earlier To Mid 19th Century Ladies Fur Gloves & Muff
A wonderful companion piece to lay in with earlier to mid 1800s antique ladies collectables, this beautiful vintage fur muff and gloves grouping show good age and originality yet remain in excellent eye appealing condition. Clearly crafted as a matched set, the hand stitching and decorative lining remains solid and in pleasing condition. Buy with confidence! All direct sales are backed by no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased ! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Civil War collectors will quickly recognize the design of this antique traveling razor strop as a classic of the period showing up in numerous museum collections (old Gettysburg Visitor's Center Civil War Museum collection) and collectors reference works. This one features the usual two sided strop for course and fine honing and a tin draw for straight razor storage. This strop is being offered as found with its content of a nice old George Wostenholm, Sheffield, whale baleen griped straight razor. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
18th Early 19th Century Early American Belt Knife & Scabbard
An exceptional early hand crafted belt knife measuring just under 10 inches in total length with a 5 5/16 inch blade. The blade is fashioned from an early hand cut file indicative to the 18th, early 19th century, with the tang set in a stout stag antler and secured by cast on pewter. Nearly equal to the knife in desirability, in the eyes of the serious collector, is the original hand stitched leather scabbard. Totally original with pleasing age patina on all components this attractive early American knife and scabbard will please the most advanced collector or will lay in beautifully as a single complement to a period muzzle loader, powder horn, hunting bag or the like. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Civil War Era Medical / Surgical ¬- India Rubber Court Plaster
This original, Civil War era India Rubber Court Plaster remains in its nicely printed, INDIA RUBBER COURT PLASTER, / WARRANTED / Manufactured by J. H. Thacher / Portsmouth, N.H. The unopened packet remains in fine original condition containing a single surgical plaster measuring approximately 4 ¼ by 3 ¼ inches. The antique court plaster was a thin sheet which when wetted adhered to the skin so as to offer protection of the wounded surface. (see: India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era by Mike Woshner , also National Museum Of Civil War Medicine collection Pamplin Park) Joseph Haven Thacher began his druggist's business at the corner of State and Pleasant Streets in Portsmouth, New Hampshire sometime before 1851 (see period City Directories) and may be found in the 1861 New Hampshire Apothecary Directory . We'd guess that his brother who also ran an apothecary operated the business for a time during the Civil War as Joseph is listed as serving as Capt. Co. K of the 16th New Hampshire Infantry . A neat addition to any Civil War vintage medical / surgical grouping without spending a lot of money. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Measuring approximately 5 ½ inches in length and about 3 inches wide, this attractive little antique hand stitched leather shot or bullet pouch sports a flat seam soldered tinned iron spout and its original cotton cord sling. All in nice original condition with good evidence of age and period use and carrying, the pouch remains supple and solid at the seams. The pouch retains a good portion of period lead shot. A nice companion piece to hang with any early fowler or muzzle loading shotgun. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
Offered here with some age staining and a bit dog eared just the way we found it, is this scarce 6 ½ X 9 period cartoon depicting the plight of the South under the thumb of the Yankees . Printed on one side on typically poor local paper stock for handout or public posting, this satirical cartoon with the unkempt Confederate and the classically portrayed U. S. Grant still retains its hurriedly done period watercolor embellishment. As we say a bit dog-eared from age and on poor paper stock but this rarely surviving piece of Americana remains solid and will lay nicely in any period collection. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Our photos will likely do best to describe this piece except to advise that it emanated from an old and established collection as a Brandy Station excavation find. Stanley Philips has left us with just such an example in his classic reference Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War ) where he identifies the eagle rosette as Confederate. Charles Harris, in his Civil War Relics of Western Campaigns 1861- 1865 offers an example of another, excavated at the site of a Confederate camp at Boonville, Mississippi. He refers to the antique rosette as of pre-Civil War origin. A rare piece, in our opinion, likely of prewar origin but clearly of Confederate association. This example and the two published references referred to are the only three we have encountered. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
An attractive original Patent JULY 1862 wall frame measuring approximately 4 ¾ X 6 inches with a 2 X 3 1/8 viewing area, this frame is made of a pressed pasteboard material with a heavy lacquer finish. The frame is designed to slip a CDV or tintype in behind the glass through a slot in the paper backing. All in nice condition as you can see the original paper backing is thin and tended however and will require careful handling (maybe even reinforcement) when mounting a photograph. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Vermont Indian Fighter - 8th Minnesota Inf. (1862 Sioux Uprising)
Emanating from a period Vermont family album, this photograph by G. S. Cooper of Winooski, Vermont seems most mundane on its face. For the historian / collector who appreciates an interesting circumstance however, the tug of appreciation begins to develop as one reads an old penciled notation on the back of the carte de viste photograph. William Worth Defoe, son of Emery Defoe, Westford, Vermont. Taken just before or soon after Civil War, Wm. came home ill. Wm. was named after his mother's brother Wm. Worth who was Town Clerk of Starksboro, Vt. Many years. A quick check of available databases advised that Vermont native William W. Defoe enlisted on August 13, 1662 and was mustered in as a Pvt. of Co. K 8th Minnesota Infantry . Defoe served with the 8th Minn. Vols. from its inception in the summer of 1862 until its mustering out at Ft. Snelling in the summer of 1865. Students of Western history and action against the Native Americans will be familiar with the 8th Minn. as a significant participant in the Dakota War of 1862 (a.k.a. Dakota Conflict or Sioux Outbreak of 1862 ). Pvt. Defoe's Co. K is specifically noted in the Official Records on more than one occasion for its participation with the 8th Regiment in this action. Not to be outdone in War efforts on the more conventional front, following this the Regiment was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Corps and followed Confederate General John Bell Hood to the Tennessee River. The Regiment was then ordered to North Carolina where it participated in the repulse of Bragg's Confederate force at Kinston, and occupied Goldsboro before joining Sherman's Army. While what brought the New England, Vermont born William Defoe to service in the 8th Minnesota Indian Fighters and what was the cause of his post-Civil War illness will take some additional research but a look at period census reports tell us the Vermonter was living Centerville, Minn. in 1860 and returned to his home state of Vermont after the war. A lot to say about a CDV of a man with hat in hand but once perusing the old family notation on its back our curiosity made inquiry a necessity. Not a big deal but worthy of sharing and preservation. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Civil War Era Pat. 1861 - 1864 Desk Pen & Ink Stand
A nice all original Patent June 4, 1861 / Nov. 5, 1864 desk pen stand and inkwell. The spun brass base measures approximately 5 inches in diameter and is fitted with a pen stand of cast iron. A glass ink reservoir is set in with a patent dated hinged pewter top. All in nice original condition with natural age, uncleaned and with pleasing evidence of period use; has a large period ink stain on the underside. A neat piece for the Civil War personal item and antique writing instrument collector. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Illustrated here with a U. S. quarter for size comparison is an attractive antique cow horn spoon, hand crafted with a pronounced offset to the bowl to facilitate feeding. handmade and personalized with an applied silver PAS monogram escutcheon, this attractive old spoon will set nicely in any quality medical / nursing grouping dating from the earliest 1800s through the Civil War era. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
Those collector / historians who pay attention to such things will recognize the construction of the pan of this attractive antique candle holder as of the same three piece design as was used by 19th century tinsmiths in fashioning mess pans, wash basins and the like. Measuring 6 ½ inches in diameter at the mouth and tapering to approximately 4 ¼ inches at its base, the tinned sheet iron pan stands 2 ¼ inches from base to rim not counting the rolled finger loop. All original and as found after decades of storage(even to a period gummed inventory label on the bottom) this classic old deep-pan candle holder appears never to have been used and retains its tin coating with much of the as new gloss mixed with a darker natural age patina. (see: Steamboat Arabia Museum collection ) Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
Department Of Maine - Women's Relief Corps Auxiliary - Badge
Our photos (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) will do best to describe this Maine Women's Relief Corps badge except to remind you that it is all original and in fine + condition after decades of storage. A nice Civil War veteran ladies auxiliary item without spending a lot of money. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
These hair strands originated from the estate of Mrs. Caroline Wright, wife of Governor Joseph A. Wright, of Indiana. The Lincoln's and the Wright's were good friends and the hair locks were given to Mrs. Wright by the Lincoln's just after Lincoln's 1865 Inauguration. Mrs. Wright collected hair locks from famous personalities and these were given to her by the Lincoln's as a token of their friendship. This hair relic consists of small strands of hair that are encased with a 3x magnified cover to amplify the hair for better viewing. The 8 x 10 display is double matted in burgundy suede with gold trim. It is highlighted with a copy photo of President Lincoln. The Wright Collection was sold by Christie's Auction House. Certificate of authenticity accompanies the display.
Identified in earlier Civil War collector references as a surgeon's amputation knife , today's collectors generally recognize the style as one intended primarily for use by butchers in their work with cattle. The fact that the type has appeared in better private and respected museum field hospital equipment displays (old Gettysburg Visitor Center collection) leaves a place for these combination instruments in quality Civil War era collections. Frankly we'd be surprised if such a thing had not been selected by at least one resourceful army field surgeon. This example measures approximately 18 ½ inches in total length with a 12 inch blade. This knife remains in excellent condition but with eye appealing evidence of age, period use and originality. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
Well documented by modern relic hunters and Civil War site diggers , museum collections and Civil War reference books, these little antique brass cased pewter religious figures fit well in any Civil War grouping of personal items or religious relics. This example remains untouched and original with a nice age patina that comes to brass and pewter with considerable period handling and decades of storage. Shown here with a quarter for size comparison, this all original and period example is sure to please. (see: Philips Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War and the Gettysburg Visitor's Center Civil War Museum collection) Thanks for visiting our Gunsight Antiques!
A wonderful little 4 ½ square X 3 ¼ high antique box of an attractive honey birch with hinged gutta percha lid in the design of the equestrian statue of Gen. George Washington. A popular item among Civil War collectors, these boxes were offered in a variety of designs and were utilized as collar boxes and receptacles for miscellaneous personal smalls. Set with patriotic stars and flags, the Richmond Va. statue was used in the great seal of the CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA and is thus as desirable among Confederate collectors as Union. (Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as President of the Confederate States of America, in front of this statue on February 22, 1862.) Period photo collectors will recognize this design from the cover illustration of William Albaugh's classic reference Confederate Faces . All in nice original condition with no splits, chips or cracks. Difficult to find and an exceptional piece of Americana. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Earlier To Mid1800s New Bedford Mass. - Copper Vessel
Measuring 11 ¼ inches in diameter with a 2 inch high copper spout that is boldly maker marked A. D. Richmond & Co - New Bedford , this piece of early copper is a bit of an enigma to us as we are frankly not sure what to call it? We acquired the piece as a canteen with a provision for a missing cup that screwed on over the copper spout? The name of the maker was enough to attract us though as we were aware of A. D. Richmond & Co. as a New Bedford, Massachusetts brass founder and copper smith. Doing business in the sea going heyday of the whaling community of New Bedford, (see: 1849 New Bedford Directory) the artisans of A. D. Richmond & Co. produced all manner of copper and brass items from copper cooking kettles to candle molds, with a major emphasis on the necessities of ship's chandleries and articles for the nautical trade. A wide variety of such brass and copper items as copper spikes, eye bolts, rudder joints &c for ship building and repair to nautical signal lanterns, candle molds and cooking kettles. (see: Mystic Seaport Museum & Nantucket Historical Association collections) A desirable name particularly among collector / historians of nautical antiques, in particular whaling artifacts, we have seen a later version of this copper container fitted with a heavy cast brass spout designed to accept a long wooden handle. (see photos) These are bed warmers and date in the last quarter of the 19th century. At any rate a nice piece of Americana from the earlier to mid 19th century whaling village of New Bedford. All in excellent as found and unpolished condition with no dents or damage of any kind and a pleasing rich natural age patina to the copper body and led soldered copper spout. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Not a big deal but a neat little display item is this POND'S EXTRACT bottle. Standing approximately 5 ¼ inches high with the founding date of the product ( 1846 ) embossed on the bottom. Actually dating in the post Civil War era, this antique bottle held a which hazel extract and alcohol mixture first marketed in 1846 by Theron T. Pond of New York under the name Golden Treasure . Upon the founder's death in 1852 the cure was marketed as Pond's Extract by successors who added the founding date to their bottle. Said to have emanated from the recipe of a Central New York Oneida Indian medicine man who came to the attention of Theron Pond the healing elixir was marketed as an externally applied healing aid for cuts, scrapes and minor, burns. Not to be outdone by a myriad of cures popularly marked in the day POND'S EXTRACT taken internally was said to serve favorably for everything from common colds and piles to female complaints . A forerunner to modern day PONDS CREAMS . A neat piece of Americana, this example remains in nice condition, free of condition issues. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Don't let the price fool you on this one! With good age, solid and nicely handcrafted, we picked this nice old belt knife up right and so are passing it on at a modest price. Measuring just over 10 inches in total length, this attractive old knife was fashioned from a saw blade set into a section of deer antler and secured in place with molten lead or pewter. A small age crack along the underside of the grip does not impact on durability and a solidly placed blade. A nice looking old belt knife for display and use. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting our Gunsight Antiques!
All original and complete save missing tassels on its decorative cord (easily replaced if you wish) this antique drum major parade baton measures approximately 46 ½ inches in length with naturally age patinaed metal fixtures. The bulbous head remains in excellent condition with no dents or scars and the extra-long tapered shaft finial is just what knowledgeable collectors like in dating antique batons in the Civil War era. (see: Elrod & Garofalo's Civil War era MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS p. 105 -also the Gettysburg Visitor's Center Civil War Museum collection) Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Over 1,000 pages, and profusely illustrated, these magazines cover many different Civil War topics. Some of the stories covered include: John Brown at Harper's Ferry. The First Battle of Manassas. Valley Thunder; The Battle of New Market, Va. The Boys of Battle; The V.M.I. Cadets March to War. The Invasion of Maryland; The Antietam Campaign. Chancellorsville. A House Divided; Civil War Washington. In the Wilderness. Damn the Torpedoes! The Battle of Mobile Bay. Gettysburg. Leading the Charge in the Lone Star State. Home Front Heroines. Abraham Lincoln; The People's Choice? Chickamauga; Georgia's River of Death. Fort Sumter; The Prize in Charleston Harbor. Missouri Ablaze at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Medals of Honor Won. The Battle at Ball's Bluff, Va. Fort Donelson; Unconditional and Immediate Surrender. Shiloh. Stonewall Jackson Defiant in the Valley. Week of Blood and Fire; The Seven Days Battles. A Scary Sequel; Second Manassas. It is Well That War is so Terrible; Fredericksburg. Stones River. United States Colored Troops at Battery Wagner. Vicksburg. Chickamauga. Chattanooga. Knoxville, The Museum of the Confederacy, Life of the Civil War Soldier and more. Most of the magazines are in great condition. Excellent reading for the advanced or beginning collector alike.
This rarely surviving traveling boot jack retains its original paper label identifying the piece as CASE'S PATENT/ Folding Boot-Jack / Patented December 7, 1869 / MANUFACTURED BY/ WHEELER CASE per the patentee to furnish the public with a jack, light, cheap and convenient and capable of being folded in a compact form for transportation . Entirely original and all complete, measuring approximately 15 inches in length when folded. A neat old antique boot-jack for the collector historian who, as we do, especially appreciates the scarcity of every day 19th century utilitarian items, most frequently used up and cast aside in the period. (see: Mystic Seaport Museum collection) Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
American School , 19th century, Lady in Blue , miniature watercolor on ivory, unsigned, beautifully rendered hair under glass en verso. It measures 2 15/16 inches (not including the suspension loop) x 2 1/2 inches wide, in original copper pendant frame. All in wonderful original condition with no fading or cracks, this piece is a bit out of our field of experience thus we will limit our description to the above except to attest to the fact that this classic miniature emanated from the personal collection of a once prominent buyer of American antique portraiture who attributed the piece to one of the best, and most prolific, American miniature painters of the early 19th century Nathaniel Rogers (1787-1844). Suffice it to say that knowledgeable collectors of these miniatures on ivory will recognize the name and will be aware that Rogers rarely signed his work. Those familiar with his work however say his style offers a very distinctive look . One such expert has written that Rogers soft perfection with his brush, and that distinctive look is best explained and understood by comparing the eyes of his various subjects. With that we will let those more experienced in the field judge the attribution and have priced this piece simply as a desirable original example of the medium with the additional benefit of the hair design in the back. Buy with confidence! All direct sales are backed by no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased ! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Once upon a time before the modern day advent of plastics and other alloys, bone was the staple from which any number of decorative or utilitarian smalls were cut, shaved and filed to shape, frequently as a gift to a loved one or friend. Rings, pendants and assorted carved objects of the imagination called whimseys were often an object of the attention of a country craftsman squinting in the lantern light while winter winds howled at the night door. Sewing implements as are offered here offered many an evening's pastime to the maker and a durable token of affection to the recipient. More difficult to find now there was a time not so long ago when these little decorative whimseys and utilitarian tokens were commonly found in attic stored antique sewing baskets, keepsake thread or candy boxes. Saved away among relics of the family attic, their stories, as unique as their shape and origin, long since lost in time. This little grouping of four antique sewing tools (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) will offer an attractive example of such long ago crafted implements and will display well in any antique sewing implement grouping or Civil War winter camp or personal item collection. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
For Private John Watts, Co. F, 1st Regt. Pa. Artillery. Describes Watts as being 22 years old, with grey eyes, auburn hair, and standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall. It also gives his pay and clothing account information. I Certify that the above account is a correct transcript from the records of Co. F, 1st Regt. Pa. Arty., C.B. Brockway, Lieut., Commanding Co. F, 1st Regt. Pa. Arty. Date: March 13, 1863. There are also several stamped signatures of J. Hopkinson, Surg., U.S.V. Age toning and wear with a paper chip out of the bottom edge of the document. The folds have been repaired on the reverse with archival tape. John Watts, was a resident from Schuylkill County, Pa., when he enlisted as a private on July 8, 1861, and was mustered into Battery F, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery. He was mustered out of the service on July 27, 1864. Joseph Hopkinson, was commissioned surgeon U.S. Volunteers, October 4, 1862; promoted to brevet lieutenant colonel, March 13, 1865; died July 11, 1865. Charles B. Brockway, was mustered into Battery F, of the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, as a private on July 8, 1861. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant, on February 28, 1862; promoted to 1st lieutenant, on March 16, 1863. During the battle of Gettysburg, on the evening of July 2, 1863, Louisiana and North Carolina troops charged up Cemetery Hill. Lieutenant Brockway was one of the officers who helped defend the hill and he explained an unconventional practice used by the batteries when hard pressed by infantry at close quarters. We bore the brunt of the attack along our left piece, which was close to the stonewall and spiked by the enemy, but only after they had killed, wounded, or taken prisoners every man belonging to it. Some of the drivers were bayoneted on their horses. Still our men stood at their post, the officers and drivers supplying the places of those who had fallen. Our canister failing, rotten shot was used; that is shrapnel shell without fuse, the shell bursting at the muzzle of the gun. Brockway was brevetted captain, on March 13, 1865. The hard fought 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery saw action at 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Petersburg, to name but a few places. Footnote: Batteries F the cannoneers fought them hand to hand with handspikes, rammers, and pistols, and succeeded in checking them for a moment, when a part of the 2nd Corps charged in and drove them back. During the charge I expended every round of canister in the battery, and then fired case shot without the fuses. The enemy suffered severely. His report goes on to state that he lost 6 killed, 14 wounded, 3 missing, 20 horses killed and 1,200 rounds of ammunition spent.
The exact date of these will take some additional research but the pasteboard card and backing label set this attractive store card in the 19th century. With plenty of age yet quite displayable, this 9 ¼ X 4 3/8 inch card retains all 72 of its antique stitched on English import fasteners. A nice period sewing or country store item. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
Printed on rag paper, well tattered on the edges but complete with no major tears or repairs, this four page (21 X 13 ½ inches each) newspaper is headed COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER New York September 28, 1789 . In addition to the latest City news and correspondence from away, a myriad of advertisements are placed by local merchants as they list their wares and the latest stock from new ship arrivals. Advertisements for cotton, molasses the latest food stuffs, textiles, gentlemen's hats and ladies fancy goods, sugar, coffee and barrels of pilot bread are sprinkled in among an array of notices for tobacco, rums, brandies and Bordeauxs. Gun flints gunpowder and weaponry are offered with one foundry offering For Sale : cannon of any size from 4 to 8 pounds cast at Salisbury foundries will be delivered here or on the Hudson at short notice the superior quality of this metal and workmanship gives them a preference to any other guns made in the United States. The Captain of the Brig Apollo offers a $20. reward for a runaway indentured apprentice while a cobbler offers that $5. will be paid to any person who shall apprehend or cause to be lodged in any jail within the state, Richard Paul and apprentice has abandoned from service . Seems the seventeen year old Richard took off carrying with him his working tools and some leather. The arrival, departure and even sale of various ships is offered in the somewhat faded but mostly ledgeable 18th century print. The news offers such intelligence as; number of deaths in the city for 24 hours ending yesterday evening - 60 - 17 of the fever / number of burials in Philadelphia for 24 hours ending Wednesday at noon - adults 72 - children 5 . The FEVER seems to be of major concern on land and at sea as the Captain of the Ship Argonaut writes: A greater portion of officers both in the Army and the Navy have died of yellow fever than privates or sailors which I ascribe to their eating too much putreseent food. The physician general told me last week that this fever had baffled the skill of all the faculty both English and French. Extracts from a ships letter out of Charleston is dated Havana and advises: We have been boarded by two British privateers near the Bahama Banks, they treated us very politely and after overhauling dismissed us. We were also boarded by a French privateer, or rather pirate, they rummaged, broke and plundered a number of things. (They) beat my mate and I expected nothing else but they would have murdered all hands. They hove a rope to the yardarm and fixed it around a Negroes neck to hang him but after I pleaded with them sometime they let go. What they could not well carry off they threw overboard but not the cargo. After exercising the cruelty of demons for 22 hours they left us Too much to cover here but you get the idea. A neat companion item with other 18th century antiques and an interesting read. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
This outstanding antique straight razor remains in wonderful condition in all respects save a chip in the heel of the tortoise shell grip on the back side. Easily restorable but given that this fine old razor will display equally as well as is, we would leave it as found. The extra heavy blade is boldly marked with the maker's hunting horn logo and ARMY RAZOR . The blade remains securely in place and boasts the maker identification of M. HUNTER AND SON / CELEBRATED RAZOR / TALBOT WORKS / SHEFFIELD on its shank. Talbot is listed in Richard Washner's fine old reference, Sheffield Bowie Knife Makers as having been in the business 1835 / 1865. With lots of original luster on a desirably marked blade and attractive figured tortoise grips this classic old razor will lay in well in any quality Civil War grouping. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, our photographs will likely speak best for this offering except to advise that it is ivory with period application of a false bullion style Co. E device of die struck brass. The remains of its original classic Civil War vintage T pin hinge and clasp are on the back. The back of the badge has a blue stain likely a transfer from long exposure to the die of a cap or uniform jacket. An attractive attic find, original and as found among antiques and period personal items. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
The Harvard Medical College professor who was hanged for murder! (1793-1850) John White Webster was born in Boston to a well connected New England family. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School graduating in 1815. After commencing a private medical practice in Boston, Webster was unable to make a success of it so he decided to make a career change, and in 1824, he was appointed a lecturer of chemistry at Harvard. Promoted to professor in 1827, he continued to lecture and at the same time he published chemistry books. He was arrested on November 30, 1849, and charged with the murder of Doctor George Parkman, who he owed a great deal of money to. Webster was convicted in March 1850, and hanged in August 1850. The Webster murder case was highly publicized and very noteworthy not only because it involved well known Boston men, but because it was one of the first cases that used forensic evidence to identify a body. Engraved portrait, 3 1/2 x 4, tipped to a 6 x 9 1/4 album page. Excellent.
This neat little six inch hard rubber antique parallel rule is boldly marked 1861 and will lay in nicely with Civil War vintage nautical, mapping and engineering things. Our illustration will do best to describe the condition, un-touched and as found with no cracks or splits. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
All in fine original condition, this was the first, all new and unaltered from earlier types, gun tool adopted after the Civil War. The tool was designed for the 1879 .45/70 Springfield Trap Door rifle and carbine. It offered two screwdrivers, a mainspring clamp and a band spring and tumbler punch. A nice companion piece! Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison is an exceptionally nice early pocket loupe. All in excellent nearly unused condition with nice sharp edges, this beautiful old loupe appears never to have been carried and yet offers clear evidence of age and originality. With an attractive patina and texture that comes to horn with decades of age, this lovely little optical instrument is secured with fine iron pins which themselves offer good evidence of age and early construction. Will set in nicely with any later 18th century through 19th century grouping, medical, scientific or personal, the purest will even enjoy carrying this handy little instrument. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Contemporary Historical Sketch - By A Soldier Of Co. A 1st N. H. Heavy
Beat up with loose and missing pages but complete in so far as the ten pages presenting Corporal Hevekiah E. Hadlock's fascinating A Sketch of Co. A 1st N. H. H. A. . The historic period brown ink sketch begins in the spring of 1863 with the authorization of Charles H. Lang (earlier Lt. Col 17th N. H. Vols.) to raise an independent company of Heavy Artillery for the garrisoning of Fort Constitution, Portsmouth Harbor. Hadlock offers an interesting inside account of life and military duty at Ft. Constitution from the earliest days of the outfit when it consisted of merely forty enlisted men and the time in July when the draft was ordered resulting in the Company quickly filling its manning to the required one-hundred-forty enlisted. The author states as most everyone supposed that our company would not leave the state and fearing the draft the recruits then came in in droves. Corporal Hadlock describes early life at Ft. Constitution as passing pleasantly along and the boys had a very easy time, fishing, catching lobsters &c was the general amusement while not on duty . When winter came though such leisure was replaced with the unloading of coal, wood and commissary stores from schooners. As the snow came on parties were detailed for shoveling snow and keeping the Fort and yard clear. . In the last days of April 1864 things would change for the New Hampshire natives relegated to the protection of Portsmouth Harbor. Relieved of duty here by State Militia the Co. was ordered to Washington. Corp. Hadlock leaves us with details of Battery assignments at Ft. Slocum then movement up the Potomac for assignment about three quarters of a mile from Georgetown overlooking the City . Despite his description of this place as pleasantly situated Hadlock tells the reader that the weather at this time was extremely hot and large details were made out each day for cutting trees and brush which caused a general growling throughout the camp. It was about July 8th, that Hadlock's group was moved to Fort Bauard, a timber and earthwork fort constructed northwest of Tenleytown in the District of Columbia. It was at this place that the New Hampshire Corporal pens the meat of his record as he offers the reader a common soldiers view of the Union defeat of Confederate forces in their July 1864 assault on the Capital City . Here we will offer Corporal Handcock's own words as he writes: about this time they was expecting the Johnies up to make them a call and they was not disappointed on the 10th of July in the afternoon Gen Early made his appearance on the Rockville Turnpike with about thirty thousand men, this caused great excitement for we had a mere handful of men and the most of those were green militia being one hundred days men from Ohio and the prospect of saving Washington was rather slim but they made no attack that night but the next morning the 11th they began quite a smart skirmish in front , our Fort Bayard and the Rebels gained a quite a commanding piece of ground in front of our Fort and placed a light Battery but they did not have any effect on the fort and for some reason unknown to us did not seem anxious to approach any nearer but held their grounds against our line all that day and night. The morning of the 12 commenced with a very smart skirmish the whole length of the line but about noon the Rebels fell back some distance and as our army was small and fearing that they was up to some trap we did not follow them and it was well that we did not for the next day about noon they were seen returning with reinforcements the Rebel Gen Breckenridge had come up with 40,000 more men making 70,000 in all. Washington was then seemingly in their hands and the long coveted prize was then secured. It is here that our writer offers a bit of political insight as he comments on feelings toward the former Vice President of the United States turned Confederate General. Breckenridge was again to have the chance to press the hands of his Copperhead friends that had wished so much to see him and that has elected him Vice President. On came this gallant band eager to clasp their serpent like fangs into and destroy that starry banner that had protected them in their infancy and just as they were ready to send up their shouts of victory they met with a banner that struck a panic to their whole army. Here Corporal Hadlock sets down his personal exuberance for the turning of the Confederate onslaught the roll of his Corps in accomplishing that. For the sixth corps was there, says he! The most dreaded by Breckenridge of any corps in the Union army but the engagement was a hard one for they had much the larger numbers but nevertheless at ten o'clock they were driven back from the lines with a great loss of men, on the morning of the 14th not a living rebel was to be seen and the sixth corps was on their track for Rockville. After this action Hadlock continues to record the movements of his unit to include promotion of its officers until their return to Fort Constitution and the defense of Portsmouth Harbor on the 30th day of November 1864. A nice item for the New Hampshire collector, this all original and complete soldiers folio will come with a 1987 letter on the letterhead and in the hand of Francis Lord as he responds to a research inquiry on Corporal Hadlock account to include Dr. Lord's notations on the Corporal's military record. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
Not to be confused with the more frequently seen traveling flask by Olrey & Co. - Phila. , this nice old Civil War vintage flask was offered with a tinned sheet iron companion cup with pigskin covering rather than the one piece pewter cup and cowhide cover offered by Olrey. This example remains in excellent original condition with attractive antique patina to its soldered tin cup, skin cover and pewter mouth and cap. A scarce variation of one of the more popular personal items. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
This attractive antique tin torch remains in excellent plus condition yet with good evidence of age and the construction techniques of the Civil War period. Fashioned in the classic style most frequently associated with the Wide Awakes and their supportive effort to elect Lincoln in the 1860 presidential campaign. The body of the torch is approximately 4 ¼ inches in diameter at its base. The original early brass burner is marked PATENT APPLIED FOR . A neat item for the lighting collector as well as the political Americana enthusiast. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
A rare opportunity for the political collector and Lincoln enthusiast, we offer this piece with some trepidation as we have set aside a small accumulation of Abraham Lincoln artifacts ourselves. (see: MaineLegacy.com) Acquired from the collection of a long time personal friend and historian who had this wonderful old oil cloth kepi since 1958 when he pried it away from a then budding Americana collector Norm Flayderman. No connection to Maine though which we have set as a perimeter for our personal collection, so we have decided we will part with the old kepi to a good home. Political collectors and Lincoln enthusiasts are well aware of oil cloth capes and kepi style caps worn by the Wide-Awakes of the 1860 presidential campaign. Well documented by period photography and political illustrations, original examples of the rather cheaply made and fragile caps are extremely rare, seldom seen outside of the most prestigious museum collections. Best described here by detailed illustrations, we will add only that the antique cap remains in excellent all original and untouched condition. A classic example of its origin as a short lived political amenity made to last through the campaign period, the cap is unlined with an oil cloth sweat band, a stitched on coated pasteboard bill, and a faux chin strap held by period three piece buttons. The brass numeral is clearly original to the period and likely represents a political district or precinct. If you have questions send us an e-mail. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! FREE SHIPPING for this selection!!
Letter From Veteran Of 9th New York Infantry, Hawkins Zouaves
8 1/2 x 11, typewritten letter signed, on imprinted letter sheet. Robt. H. Ingersoll & Bro. Manufacturers Ingersoll and Ingersoll-Trenton Watches Home Office, 45 John St., New York Sept. 14, 09, Mr. John A. Kershaw West & Hubert Sts. New York, N.Y. Mr. John A. Kershaw, West & Hubert Sts. New York, N.Y. Dear Mr. Kershaw- You were appointed a member of the Excursion Committee of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of our Club. The reurns at present are coming in very fast. I received over $100 this morning. It looks as if the limit of one-half the capacity of the boat, which we set as the maximum number of tickets to be sold, will be reached very quickly. You have overlooked sending me your own application and I will be in an awkward position if the tickets are sold without members oof the committee having been provided for. Won't you please therefore send in your reservation at once, so that I will know how many tickets there are still to be sold. Very much appreciating your co-operation, I am, Sincerely yours, Wm. H. Ingersoll Light age toning. Very fine. William H. Ingersoll, was 22 years old when he enlisted at New York City, on May 3, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. F, 9th New York Infantry, Hawkins Zouaves. He was promoted to sergeant, September 5, 1862, and mustered out of the regiment on May 20, 1863. During his time in the service his regiment saw action in the battles of Roanoke Island, Camden, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Suffolk, Va. He had subsequent service in the 13th and 3rd New York Cavalry Regiments, 1863-65.
Illustrated here with a U. S. quarter for size comparison, our photographs will do best to describe this antique percussion musket, single shot percussion pistol, or pistol-carbine combination wrench. A Y configuration tool most frequently associated with 1700s / early 1800s military flintlock muskets, this combination tool offers two percussion nipple sockets and a screwdriver. The percussion sockets are in two sizes so as to accommodate the standard musket nipple and the smaller single shot percussion pistol or pistol carbine. A rare early percussion combination tool, all original with good evidence of period use and age yet remaining in pleasing condition. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
The standard U. S. Model 1861 rifled musket has long been considered the workhorse of the Civil War and as such is the nucleus of any collection of Union percussion long arms. This example is the product of a Trenton contract with J. T. Hodge and A. M. Burton, at the Trenton Locomotive and Machine Co. , Trenton, New Jersey. (Private contracts for the U. S. Mod. 1861were awarded to fill shortages at the Springfield Arsenal with manufacture and distribution under such contracts supervised by the Springfield Arsenal.) With sharp edges on all metal parts, the lock markings are eagle motif with U. S. over TRENTON and 1864 behind the hammer. All metal components are appropriately marked and the barrel is proofed with VP over eagle head and dated 1863 with New Jersey marking ( N.J. ) on the flat. The 1863 / 64 dating is indicative of an early 1864 date of manufacture. The stock bears all appropriate markings with a strong inspector cartouche. Upon close inspection of the lock side of the buttstock adjacent to the buttplate, a period scratched name A. WRIGHT appears in large block letters over the initials A W . While the lightly incised name will be unobtrusive in display, it is clearly period and there were a number of A. Wrights serving from New Jersey giving the research some potential. (We can attest that the musket came from a New Jersey descendant with a family history as having been set aside by a Jersey Civil War veteran.) Just how we would offer this musket has been a bit perplexing to us as for the exception of a light brown patina, this rifle musket remains in exceptional, likely unfired, condition. The wood remains in pleasing condition with sharp edges and incidental evidence arsenal storage. It would require little if any attention in an upgrading effort. (The issue, proper restoration to ++ condition and higher market value?) In line with our usual practice of leaving items in pure, as found condition, we will to forego the additional market value brought by appropriately done restoration to the white . We leave that advantage to the buyer if they choose. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
This handsome display contains the following important relics related to President Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln conspirators: Strands of Abraham Lincoln's hair, a piece of the wooden scaffold that the Lincoln conspirators were hanged from in July 1865, and a piece of wooden wall lath board and nail that came from the home of Dr. Samuel Mudd. Dr. Mudd was the physician who set John Wilkes Booth's broken leg after his escape from Washington after shooting Lincoln. David Herold, who accompanied Booth to Dr. Mudd's house, was later hanged with three other Lincoln conspirators. The 11 x 14 display is double matted with an attractive red suede mat and Florentine gold trim. Letters of provenance on the hair, wood from the gallows, and lath wood accompany a certificate of authenticity. Comes shrink wrapped. * Please note that our catalog illustration is cropped as the piece is larger than our scanner. The original display has nice full borders.
With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation decree of 1863 was legally the law of the land. Charles Sumner and Schuyler Colfax were important advocates of this law being passed granting freedom from slavery to all in America. Throughout the war, Sumner had been the special champion of blacks, being the most vigorous advocate of emancipation, of enlisting blacks in the Union army, and of the establishment of the Freedmen's Bureau. As one of the Radical Republican leaders in the post-war Senate, Sumner fought to provide equal civil and voting rights for the freedmen on the grounds that consent of the governed was a basic principle of American republicanism and in order to keep ex-Confederates from gaining political offices and undoing the North's victory in the Civil War. Schuyler Colfax was an energetic opponent of slavery. In 1862, following the electoral defeat of House Speaker Galusha Grow, Colfax was elected Speaker of the House. During his term as Speaker, he announced the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 after working diligently for the necessary votes for Lincoln to secure passage in the House. This handsome display includes strands of hair from Abraham Lincoln, Charles Sumner, and Schuyler Colfax. These strands came from locks of hair collected by Mrs. Caroline Wright, the wife of Indiana Governor Joseph A. Wright. Mrs. Wright collected hair of political figure during the latter half of the 19th Century and these were given to her after Lincoln's inauguration in 1865 as a token of friendship between the Wrights and the Lincolns. These relics passed through the Wright family until sold with other items at Christie's auction house in 1992. In 2002, these relics were again sold by Christie's as a part of the Forbes Collection (Lot #121). A description of the lot is attached to the certificate of authenticity that accompanies the piece. This display is 11 x 14 and is double matted in scarlet with gold Florentine trim, and comes shrink wrapped. * Please note that our catalog illustration is cropped as the piece is larger than our scanner. The original display has nice full borders.
A bit of a puzzle in our mind as we have seen examples of this style of canteen identified as of American Revolution with Hessian derivation (Valley Forge Museum collection also Neumann's Early American Country Furnishings ) and know of at least one published example of the type credited with having been taken from a Confederate and retained as a Civil War souvenir. Our opinion, for what it is worth, is that the piece is much earlier than Civil War and any example of use in that period would have been of one pressed into service from family relics. This example like all that we have seen appears to be of maple, the body measuring approximately 6 ¾ inches in diameter and stands about 9 ½ inches from footed base to tip of the spout. We would guess the spout was originally fitted with a cap of some fashion though we have never encountered such. Observed examples have been as is or with a wood or natural cork plug. This one has more of the original blue / green paint remaining than the few examples we have seen in our forty plus years of paying attention to such things. In excellent condition as you can see with lots of original paint and eye appealing period wear. Nice age patina with no chips, cracks or other condition issues. If you have anything to add to what we have surmised here we would like to hear from you. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
A nice ladies antique smelling salts or scent bottle, this beveled swirl pattern bottle measures approximately 3 1/4 inches in length and remains in perfect condition with no flaws or damage. (Illustrated here with a Civil War vintage quarter for size comparison.) Commonly referred to in the period simply as smelling bottles , ladies of the era would fill the little tapered bottle with alcohol or vinegar based smelling salts. The bottle was then stoppered and slipped into the ladies glove or carried in a small purse. A subtle waft of the un-stoppered bottle would offer my-lady a quick pick me up (see: McKearins American Glass for similar examples. Illustrated here with a Civil War vintage quarter for size comparison. ) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Corcoran's Irish Brigade In October 1862, more than 400 Buffalo men, most of them Irish, heeded President Abraham Lincoln's call for additional volunteers during the Civil War and crowded into Fort Porter near the present day Peace Bridge to become the basis of the 155th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, part of Corcoran's Irish Legion, 2nd Division 2nd Corps. The 155th, marching under a green banner emblazoned with the Harp of Erin, journeyed to Staten Island, N.Y., where it was consolidated with other units so that ultimately the regiment contained only two companies from Buffalo; another two companies became part of the 164th New York. The 155th moved south into Virginia where, on Jan. 30, 1863, it saw its first action in what was to become known as the Battle of Deserted House near Suffolk, Virginia. Months of mind-numbing monotony mixed with hardships caused by weather and disease were to follow. In the spring of 1864, it became part of the Army of the Potomac, and at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, suffered about 60 casualties. More engagements resulted in further losses and the assault on Cold Harbor, Virginia, cost the 155th more than 160 men. Tipping was to refer to the frontal assault as murder, not war. During the attack on Petersburg in June 1864, the 155th was riddled with casualties at the rate of 50 percent, or about 80 men, and was soon down to a mere 75 men. By July 1864, only 41 remained of the 820 who had arrived at Suffolk in December of 1862, according to the history. The 155th participated in 16 battles or campaigns and was present on April 9, 1865, for the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. On July 15, 1865, the 155th New York Volunteers were officially mustered out of service. These U.S. flag remnants were part of the effects of Captain Joseph F. Eustice of the 155th N.Y. who distinguished himself at the Battle of Hatcher's Run and was carried by that unit. The copy photo above shows Union troops during the assault on Petersburg. Handsomely displayed in archival mats of cream and green. Overall size is 11 x 14. Comes with letter of authenticity.
Display, The Battle Between The Cumberland And The Virginia
The U.S.S. Cumberland sailed into Hampton Roads, Va. and took up station as a blockader. She served as one several ships of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron until 8 March 1862. The sloop-of-war engaged Confederate forces in several minor actions in Hampton Roads and captured many small ships in the harbor. Additionally, the Cumberland was part of the expedition that captured the forts at Cape Hatteras. The Cumberland was rammed and sunk by the C.S.S. Virginia, (commonly referred to as the Merrimac) in an engagement known as the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads. Considered to be a turning point in the history of world naval affairs, it showed the advantage of steam powered, armored ships over sail powered wooden hulled vessels. It should be noted that because of the Cumberland, the Virginia lost two of her guns, her ram, and suffered some internal damage. Congress later recognized that the Cumberland did more damage to Virginia than the U.S. Navy's ironclad U.S.S. Monitor, which did battle with Virginia the next day. The wood fragment to the left originated from the Cumberland and the fragment on the right from the Virginia. Double matted in museum quality mats of gray and red. 11 x 14. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
Includes an authentic fabric remnant from the chair of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and a remnant from the last flag to fly over the Confederate Capital Building at Richmond, Va. Incorporated in an 11 x 14 display which is double matted in museum quality mats of gray and red, with copy photograph of the Confederate Capital Building. Overall size is 11 x 14. Comes with a Letter of Authenticity. Fabric from the chair of Jefferson Davis: The period note that was attached to this souvenir fabric remnant attests that it was removed from the Presidential chair of Jefferson Davis in the Confederate House of Representatives on April 3, 1865, as Union troops and support forces captured the city. The note is written by George D. Murray and states, A piece of the covering of the Pres. Chair in the House of Representatives taken at the time of occupation of Richmond by the Union troops, April 3rd, 1865, by George D. Murray. Federal records show a George D. Murray, Co. F, 5th Connecticut Volunteers. As the 5th did not pass through the city until later in the month, either Murray was detached from his unit and entered the city with another unit or was one of the many civilian participants who entered the city with the advancing troops such as Sutlers, Sanitary Commission workers, and Doctors. Since the fabric originated from a Connecticut Estate sale which contained other war souvenirs, we feel it is more likely that this George D. Murray was from the 5th Connecticut Infantry and not a civilian entering Richmond. A remnant from the flag removed from the Capital Building: John O. Foster was a Methodist minister attached to the 24th Army Corps and is said to have preached the first sermon following the fall of Richmond, April 4th, 1865. Foster landed at City Point on April 2nd, 1865, at 2 PM and upon his arrival helped tend to the wounded from both sides that had arrived by train nearby. Foster also had the opportunity to watch the bombardment of Petersburg. That evening Foster watched Richmond burn, and was later given a pass to enter the city. On April 3rd or 4th, Foster undoubtedly the first Union chaplain in the city, was given a section of the enormous Confederate flag which flew over the Confederate State House. On April 5th, his diary states he visited the Confederate Treasury. He noted, Promises to pay in ton lots- told help yourselves. Did so... Foster obtained as many varieties of bonds and Confederate money as he could and glued the sections of the Confederate flag he had obtained onto them. A label was later affixed to one section stating: Confederate money, valuable as curios, pieces of flag floating over Capitol at Richmond on day of capitulation. Foster then preached under guard at the Presbyterian Church to an audience composed of mostly liberated slaves. The flag remnant above is from the flag taken from the Confederate Capitol with the edge turned to show a portion of a Confederate bond or banknote Foster removed from the Treasury and glued thereon.
We have a small number of nicely marked LAMSON & GOODNOW MFG. Co. mess knives and are pricing them individually for the collector who would like one for use as a re-enactor or for a companion piece with other original items of the Civil War era. A nice size measuring over 10 inches in length with riveted natural bone grips on a tapered shank as one would expect of earlier to mid 1800s construction. Civil War arms collectors will recognize Lamson & Goodnow in association with Lamson, Goodnow & Yale who manufactured rifled muskets for the Union. With good evidence of age and originality with classic period construction in combination the maker will set this knife off well. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Our illustrations will do best to describe this attractive set of original V. M. I. shako buttons. Illustrated here with a U. S. quarter for size comparison. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
Pennsylvania Master Blacksmith Then 47th Infantry Troop With Children
This pleasing image of a well dressed man nicely posed with two youngsters is augmented by a penned period identification on the back. We'd guess the writer was Mrs. E. Houdeshell as she boldly declares ownership and identity of the country Pennsylvania photographer's work as Samuel Noss and child . (The hand of an apparent elderly lady runs out of space as she inscribes the back of the photo mount.) After a quick check advised us that Houdeshell was a relatively common surname in the Pennsylvania countryside we moved on to Samuel Noss and were pleased to find him listed as a Private of Co. I 47th Penn. Volunteer Infantry . Listed in National Archives records, (M554 roll 92) Samuel Noss (a.k.a. Samuel F. Noss) enlisted in the 47th on July 1, 1863. His record then becomes a bit foggy as the History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 has Samuel Noss transferring to the Veteran Reserve Corps March 12, 1864 and Samuel F. Noss joining the 200th Pennsylvania on August 6, 1864. Archives records seem to indicate that Samuel and Samuel F. are one and the same? The 1860 U. S. Census lists our man as a 35 year old Master Blacksmith in Petersburg Borough, Pennsylvania. His daughter, 9 year old Caroline and son, 5 year old Bimas are recorded as household members. Much-a-do about nothing for some folks, our interest in digging out such things has offered many pleasant hours. A pleasing photograph! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
C. 1810 / 1820 Miniature Profile Of Oliver Hazard Perry
This rare period miniature profile is in excellent condition mounted on silver under a hand cut protruding oval glass measuring approximately 3 X 2 ¼ inches. All this is secured by a gold wash oval and mounted in its period painted 6 X 5 3/8 inch wood frame. A period inked inscription on the back offers the name of the subject 'Commodore O. H. Perry' . All original and as sold at Christie's (Mrs. J. Insley Blair collection) Americana sale held in New York, 21 January 2006. (A record of the sale complete with description, photo and hammer price may be found at Christies.com. advance search, past sales, sale # 1618 lot #589 ) Such portraits as this were particularly popular among the particularly refined and well to do of the second half of the 18th century and early pre-photography 19th century. Often modeled from life such miniatures were as was this example sometimes hand painted producing a beautiful naturalistic portrayal of the subject. A rare opportunity for the more advanced early Americana collector, this miniature of American Naval hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry will go well in any early American nautical grouping or with War of 1812 things. Buy with confidence! All direct sales are backed by no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased ! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
President Abraham Lincoln Hair Display With 1909 Lincoln Cent
(1809-1865) Illinois lawyer. 16th President U.S.A., 1861-65. Led the Union through the Civil War. Famous for The Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves, and the Gettysburg Address, at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. His second term in the White House was cut short when he became the first American President to be assassinated. He was shot by the famous actor, John Wilkes Booth, at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., on the evening of April 14, 1865, dying early the next morning. These hair strands originated from the estate of Mrs. Caroline Wright, wife of Governor Joseph A. Wright, of Indiana. The Lincoln's and the Wright's were good friends and the hair locks were given to Mrs. Wright by the Lincoln's just after Lincoln's 1865 Inauguration. Mrs. Wright collected hair locks from famous personalities and these were given to her by the Lincoln's as a token of their friendship. This hair relic consists of small strands of hair that are encased with a 3X magnified cover to amplify the hair for better viewing. The 8 x 10 display is double matted in burgundy with florentine gold trim. It is highlighted with a copy photo of President Lincoln. The Wright Collection was sold by Christie's Auction House. Certificate of authenticity comes with the display. The display also includes an authentic, original 1909 Lincoln one cent coin that was issued on the 100th Anniversary of Lincoln's birth.
(1818-82) Wife of President Abraham Lincoln. Of an aristocratic Kentucky family, she was living with her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth (Todd) Edwards, in Springfield, Illinois, when she met and married Abraham Lincoln, on November 4, 1842. Elizabeth was married to Ninian W. Edwards, who was prominent in Springfield society and politics. His father, Ninian Edwards, was Governor of Illinois. These hair strands originated from the estate of Mrs. Caroline Wright, wife of Governor Joseph A. Wright, of Indiana. The Lincoln's and the Wright's were good friends and the hair locks were given to Mrs. Wright by the Lincoln's just after Lincoln's 1865 Inauguration. Mrs. Wright collected hair locks from famous personalities and these were given to her by the Lincoln's as a token of their friendship. Theses hair relics consist of small strands of hair that are encased with a 3X magnified cover to amplify the hair for better viewing. The 8 x 10 display is double matted in burgundy with florentine gold trim. It is highlighted with a copy photo of Mary Lincoln in mourning attire. The Wright Collection was sold by Christie's Auction House. Certificate of authenticity comes with the display.
A classic sewing implement of the period, frequently referred to as a sailor's sewing palm by nautical enthusiasts but in the period just as at home in the harness makers box or among the working utensils of any artisan who may have occasion to stitch heavy material. Many a section of tent, sail and wagon cover canvas was hand-stitched by benefit of a palm such as this one. Harness and leather workers too used the palm to force needle and thread through heavy work. This example remains in nice original condition with good evidence of age, period use and originality. (If you would like an original heavy period needle to go with the palm use our search feature to see # 3023.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
This nice old traveling ink pen has a shaft of natural shell (mother of pearl) with knurled gold plate grip and period tapered 14k gold nib marked Edward Todd & Co. / New York 3 . The attractive writing instrument is approximately 6 inches in total length and remains nestled in its original carrying case. All with good evidence of age and originality but with no condition issues to pen or case. A nice item for the writing instrument enthusiast. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
All in excellent condition with no weak spots breaks or stains as is the case with nearly all of these period working hats. Wonderful natural age color with a faded red decorative design woven into the outer brim reinforcement, this beautiful old hat still retains its original leather sweat shield at the brow. A tough item to find in any condition period menswear intended for everyday use generally got used up and cast aside in the period with few original examples surviving. The exceptional condition of this example will please the most discriminating collector. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
Civil War Cincinnati Arsenal - Mounted Artillery Shell Jacket
A nice Civil War vintage mounted artillery shell jacket from the collection of a seasoned enthusiast who told us of purchasing the piece years ago while browsing the offerings of old time dealer Robert Abels. This attractive light artillery jacket sports a wonderful rich blue wool fabric with original bright red piping, eagle buttons and muffins at the back of its waist with its original wool lining in the body. Original Cincinnati Depot U. S. Inspector markings of F. H. Shaffer are at the right shoulder of the cotton sleeve lining with small circle of the sleeve lining removed at the left shoulder (see photo). Not to be confused with the later (softer) Indian Wars examples we generally see, this jacket is of that scratchy coarse wool material indicative of Civil War manufacture. The jacket remains in excellent condition, worthy of the most discriminating collector with no mothing or fading and is solid at the seams. The afore mentioned swatch taken from the inside left shoulder lining a replacement button (Indian Wars era) at the throat and the overall excellent condition of the garment tells us the jacket was likely Civil War government surplus at the close of the war. Destined for sale to any one of a number of government surplus dealers such as Francis Bannerman, the jacket was acquired and pressed into service by a costume shop. The missing swatch in the shoulder lining is generally indicative of removal of a costume shop name. A not an uncommon path for such a gem and a well-known resource of Mr. Abels as late as the 1950s. An exceptional example from a fine vintage collection, this uniform jacket even retains its early Civil War shoulder scale retainers. With only a small thin spot in the body lining and the swatch in the shoulder lining as imperfections (see photo) this uniform jacket will offer a most eye appealing base when displayed with appropriate military equipage and personal gear of the Civil War light artillerist. We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased guarantee !
Those of you accustom to our taste know we have an affinity for once common everyday items that by their nature were used up and cast away, seldom surviving to reach today's collector. This wonderful period farrier knife is an example of just such. The natural age color of the iron riveted bone grip and blade is set off by the solid but nearly relic condition blade with its evidence of period use and honing. Close inspection of the blade reveals remains of the original maker markings of GEORGE WOLSTENHOLM / SHEFFIELD . A nice example, all original and with lots of charm. B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Original Earlier 1800s To Civil War Vintage Military Web Belt
Remnants of a long ago acquisition from old Bannerman Island inventory, we have a small number of original cotton web belts and are pricing them here individually for the collector who would like an example for display or to go with a proper antique plate. These belts are of heavy cotton herringbone web measuring 2 inches wide by 46 inches long and remain rolled just as they came from the old military supplier. In pleasing unused condition, these belts are appropriate for display from the Mexican War era through the Civil War period and into the Indian Wars period. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
1700s Early 1800s Traveling Medical / Dental Container
Our illustrations will do best to describe this neat 18th early 19th century turned horn medical container. All in excellent original condition save a small period chip at its base as evidence of period use (see photo), this little horn bottle is shown here with a quarter for size comparison. Will go nicely in any Revolutionary War through War of 1812 personal item or medical grouping. A look at p. 179 of Mike Woshner's India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era will illustrate a similarly shaped but later hard rubber vile identified as a mercury vile used by dentists. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
This collection of 32 period clay marbles will make a neat little companion grouping in a Civil War vintage gaming or personal item display. The correct number for the classic marble board game that was so favored by one Union general that it became known as the Gen. Grant Game , these all original and period clay marbles will display well by themselves or to place on an original game board. Rich color and good evidence of period originality. (illustrated here with a U. S. quarter for size comparison) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Civil War Era Tower Short Sea Service Rifle - Sword Bayonet
Set aside years ago when acquired in a large bayonet collection, this scarce sword bayonet will be best described by our illustrations and a review of Hardin's The American Bayonet Fig. 80. All in nice original condition with the S & K (Schnitzler & Kirchbaum of Solingen, Prussia) marking along with the desirable D. G. with anchor marking familiar to American Civil War import Enfield collectors. A number of these bayonets saw service by Confederate Marines. A good opportunity for the Civil War bayonet / edged weapons collector. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
Referred to in the period as an apple parer , this neat early cast iron mechanical kitchen appliance is boldly marked PATENTED JUNE 17 & DEC. 16, 1856 / TURN TABLE APPLE PARER / MFG. BY LOCKEY & HOWLAND . Though it is missing a tooth in the fly gear (see illustration) the piece seems to be totally functional and will make a nice display piece for the enthusiast of Civil War era mechanical items. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
This original old lantern slide dates will date in the late 1800s early 1900s. These slides were fashioned by sandwiching two thin 4 X 3 ¼ inch sheets of glass together with paper tape. As you see in our illustration this example has suffered a chipped corner with a cracked section along the edge of the back glass sheet. These imperfections do not impact on the viewing portion of the slide however, leaving the portrait of Gen. Oliver Otis Howard untouched. Relatively expensive in their day, these views were popular with veterans who flocked to G. A. R. and other Civil War veteran gatherings to view magic lantern slide shows and talks offered by traveling entrepreneurs. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
A wonderful expression of earlier 19th century through Civil War period handcrafting, this little slide top box (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) houses its original full complement of 40 game pieces. The game pieces are delicately shaped miniature hand farm implements of the period such as saws, axes, hoes, forks and so on even with a complement of rifles. All untouched and as found after decades of attic storage, this little game serves as a neat example of period handcrafting and will lay in well with any Civil War era personal grouping. A popular winter camp pastime. Buy with confidence! All direct sales are backed by no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased ! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Civil War Camp & Hospital Army Cot - Document Grouping
This outstanding Civil War vintage document grouping consists of the original issue U. S. Patent office patent award certificate for a New and Improved Camp and Hospital Cot . The patent is awarded to George M. Powell of River Falls, Wisconsin, Charles D. Lincoln of Biddeford, Maine and G. Evans of Richburg, New York. The velum patent document measures 14 ¾ X 19 ¾ inches and remains solid with light folds and is in nice condition save 4 small holes along the left margin a nickel sized hole as seen in our photographs. Patent document No. 39954 is dominated by an engraving of the U. S. Patent Office and is signed by Secretary of the Interior G. Usher and Commissioner of Patents G. P. Holloway. With the patent award is the original 21 X 14 ½ pen and ink patent drawing issued by Patent Attorneys, Munn & Co. along with two approximately 14 ½ X 20 inch penned descriptive sheets. All remain solid and legible but with some achievably restorable mouse chews as seen in our illustrations. With the official Patent certificate, descriptive sheets and drawing are two penned letters pertaining to marketing of the New and Improved Camp and Hospital Cot . They remain in excellent condition and are as follows: To Brig. General Rufus King In Fredericksburg, Virginia dated July 11, 1862 on Wisconsin Soldiers' Aid Society Washington D. C. penned in the hand and signed by Society Vice President W. Y. Selleck, a letter of introduction of Geo. M. Powell a co-patentee of the Camp & Hospital Cott. The introduction extols the many virtues of Powell's Cot and advises that the inventor is desirous of submitting the cot to the Surgeons and Officers in your Command and give them an opportunity to decide upon its merit. A three page letter to Secretary of War, Edward M. Stanton is signed by J. S. Brink (see U. S. Department of State). The letter is dated December 10, 1862 and introduces Powell as a perfectly respectable man, an Odd Fellow brother and acquaintance who proposes to furnish the Government with the 'Lincoln Cot' . Brink goes on to set forth the superiority of the cot, being designed exclusively for 'field hospitals' it has been made equally light and strong writes Brink. He advises that with the addition of a rubber blanket the cot can be converted into a shelter tent . He advises Secretary of War Stanton that Surgeons will offer certificates that the light and simple convenience will serve the purpose either as a bed, a tent or an operating table Brink assures Stanton that he will not personally benefit from the success of Government contracts but that he deems it his duty to contribute what I can in securing it's adoption . An outstanding document grouping for the Civil War medical collector! Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
This attractive old iron bound jackknife sports a stout 4 inch long blade and measures just under 8 ½ inches long in the open position. The knife remains in nice tight condition with lots of evidence of period use and carrying yet remains in excellent original condition. The slabed stag grips offer an attractive age coloration and remain solidly held in place by original iron pins. No cracks! The blade is marked with the initials J.R. on one side and on the other side of the bolster a makers identification has been mostly worn away. Untouched and sporting all the evidence of mid 1800s manufacture, this knife will go nicely in any period personal item grouping. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Acquired from old stock, we have a small number of unused old natural reed tobacco pipe stems and are pricing them here individually for the collector who would like one for a period pipe. (May require minor fitting to individual pipes.) If you would like an unused but period clay pipe to go with the stem enter clay pipe search feature and take a look. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
The plain eye appeal of this wonderful crudely hand carved old serving spoon will speak best for this offering except to advise the viewer that the old rock maple utility measures approximately 14 inches in length and was found in the beams of a Maine roadhouse active from the mid 18th century through the mid 1800's. A nice country kitchen or camp item dating from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Such pure gems of a simple country past are an advantage of years of seeking out such treasures here in Maine. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
This Civil War era folding candle lantern shows age and evidence of period use yet will display nicely when set in with any period grouping. It stands approximately 5 1/4 inches high and when unfolded and setup for use is about 3 1/2 by 3 inches square at its base. The piece remains in all original condition with nearly a full complement of its original 'Japanning' lacquer finish, and retains its natural mica ( isinglass )inserts. An attractive piece for the Civil War era collector and antique lighting enthusiast. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
This iron shipwright tool measures 10 ½ inches in length and was forged from 5/8 inch square black iron stock. It was made in a form that will be familiar to tool collectors as a spike puller. This hand wrought tool will be of particular interest to the early Americana enthusiast as it bears a bold US marking that will be known to arms and accoutrement collectors of US forces of the American Revolution. Used by early American artisans under contract to the fledgling United States government to indicate government ownership of their wares, the deeply imbedded US marking may be seen on firearms, axe and hatchet heads, pikes and branded into the wood of canteens and other government items. Of particular interest as it relates to this offering will be the US markings seen on the heavy copper spikes known to have come from the foundry of Paul Revere. Even more interesting is the knowledge that the S in the US marking on many of the Revere spikes recovered from the US Constitution is inversed as is the case with the spike puller. (see illustration: Revere foundry S. S. Constitution spike ) Worthy of preservation and some research as it may or may not relate to the Paul Revere iron and copper foundry and their contract ship spikes. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
Just the thing to set off that special Civil War vintage condiment jar or simply to lay in with mess gear or personal items this all original brightly printed label measures approximately 3 ¼ X 6 3/8 inches. RUSSELL, STEWART & Co. EXTRA FINE MUSTARD (see: F. F. Russell and G. C. Stewart in period Boston Directories) Another one of those common to the period items of every day 19th century life that seldom survived to reach the modern day historian. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
C.1857 Franklin House, Kingston, N. H. Militia - Grand Levee Ticket
Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison is an admission ticket to a Feb. 28, 1857 militia social function held at the Franklin House, Kingston, New Hampshire. Printed on a thin sheet of bond the ticket has folds and evidence of period carrying but is sound. Must have been quite a function as admission is given as $1.00. Quite an amount for 1857! Not a big deal but a nice item for the New England militia enthusiast. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
Our illustrations will speak best for these wonderful old iron framed reading glasses. Offered here just as they came out of an 18th century document box set aside and undisturbed for decades, these old spectacles are offered just as they were last worn and laid aside. Old hand crafted iron frames with large ribbon loops a cracked lenses and a personal touch in the form of period stitched on bridge padding. A wonderful accent piece to lay on a special 1700s book, map or ledger. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
Civil War Veteran - Gar - Gettysburg Reunion Photograph
An exceptionally crisp photograph with sharp focus and strong contrast, this image measures approximately 9 7/8 X 16 ½ inches and is back marked MUMPER & CO. - Photo - ARTISTS - Baltimore St. Gettysburg, PA . An exceptional G. A. R. photograph by one of Gettysburg's best known photo studios of the period. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
Our photographs will do best to describe this neat antique lighting device except to advise that the lamp to include its original brass patent burner remain in nice even useable condition. The glass lamp body stands approximately 5 ¼ inches to the top edge of its fuel catcher flange. An ever present issue with oil lamps was the potential of spilling the flammable liquid when filling the lamp. In 1863 Geo. Henry Lomax of Massachusetts addressed this concern with his patent for a fuel catcher, a raised flange around the top edge of the font. The flange was formed during the hand finishing of the glass lamp. On September 20th, 1870 Lomax received a patent for producing his drip catcher lamp in a pressure-mold. The date of this patent was embossed around the base of the glass lamp. The lamps were produced by the Union Glass Company of Somerville, Mass. This neat, just post Civil War, lighting device will fit nicely in any period grouping and will be especially interesting to the Western frontier enthusiast or Indian War era collector. As with all direct sales , we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
16th Maine Regimental Association - 1892 Reunion Pamphlet
This scarce 16th Maine Infantry Regimental Association pamphlet was published in 1892 on the occasion of the 16th Maine Regiment's sixteenth annual reunion. All original and in excellent condition save a small chip at the lower right edge of the front cover (see photo), this eleven page 5 7/8 X 4 1/8 inch pamphlet offers a brief record of the reunion to include a record of association officers, resolution offered by General C. W. Tilden, 16th Maine, recording the names of members diseased in the previous year and a roster of members attending the 1892 reunion. A hard fought regiment with a well known Battle of Gettysburg history. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!