Us American Flag 46 Stars Adopted Oklahoma Circa 1907- 1912 Large
An original 46 star US Flag dating 1907 to 1912 adopted when Oklahoma Territory was admitted as a state. The large 13 x 9 foot flag has good bright colors, sewn stars and brass halyard grommets and original rope loops.The flag is complete. It has tears that can be repaired, as shown in the images, also moth holes, wrinkles, overall the cloth is strong & sound, Good condition. The colors are bright.
Nebraska Volunteers Spanish American War Photo & Letters
A nice group of original items belonging to Captain Charles Smrha, 1st Regiment Nebraska Volunteers and aid to General McArthur who served in the Philippine Campaign signed by photographer in pencil on front mat, 2) Letter from Charles at Terrace, Utah, May 1898 describing rail travel w his troops across the West- exc content, 4pp pencil, tears, archival repairs. 3) Nov 1898 Letter from HQ, 8th Corp, Manila to Charles Father, Milligan, Nebraska, re son;'s illness, 2pp ink 8 x 11 , 4) US Military Telegram, San Fernando, June, 1899 orders Smrnha to rejoin his unit. The group VG except as noted.
Fort Hamilton New York Colonel & Family Photograph 1880s
An original outdoor albumen photo of a US Army Colonel and his family on the porch of their home at Fort Hamilton. Long Island, New York. The photo dates to the 1870-1880s era, showing a 2-story frame home with large porch; taken in the winter the Colonel mat bears an ink inscription Taken at Fort Hamilton just before the birth of Little Meade. The Colonel, Charlie, Edward, George . The Colonel has a crossed cannon insignia on his kepi. The front bears the Photo imprint of Long . Age stains on mat, edges worn w corners clipped. The image is slightly faded but clear.
Charles Gatewood Geronimo Apache War Officer Us Army Order
Charles Gatewood was the young cavalry officer who befriended Geronimo . An original August 27, 1892 US Army HQ Special Order, Washington, DC, reassigns various men ptd with ink notation. 2 punch holes on left margin, overall VG. General at the end of a year the regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼ red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression government red tape ). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers.
Apache Jack Nixon Indian Scout & Buffalo Hunter Signed Items
Apache Jack Nixon, alias John R Norton, was a buffalo hunter, 7th US Cavalry trooper The Tumble Weed, describing a cowboys life, Don't Forget to o Pray . Each item is 1p., 8 x 11 typed and ink signed Apache Jack . The 2 items comes w an original typed obituary from the Sunday Bulletin May 11, 1958 descr his life as an Indian Fighter, buffalo hunter, nephew of noted Buffalo Hunter Tom Nixon, service w the 7th US Cavalry incl descr of mortal combat with a Sioux warrior at Wounded Knee, burial in the US Natl Cemetery, Beverly, New Jersey. The 2 signed items & obit have edge wear, overall Good.
Color Lithographs Mount Shasta Lassens Butte Mount Jefferson 1854
A beautiful group of 4 original color lithographs incl 1) Shasta Butte with fine colors. All 4 images were made by Baron von Egloffstein, survey artist for Western Explorer James Beckwith's US Army 41st Parallel Railroad Survey of California & Oregon 1854. Each has minor foxing, edge wear, overall VG except as noted. The US Army conducted USPRR exploration surveys of the West for the proposed Transcontinental Railroad to the Pacific from 1855-1859. The survey reportswere published by the War Department at Washington in 1860, and included stunning maps and lithographs drawn by government artists with the expeditions. The group
An original American fraternal sword, identical to the US Model 1860 military dress sword but with relief US eagle the 32 steel blade is unmarked, with age darkening but no pitting. The brass fitted 3-ring nickled steel scabbard has light pitting but overall is VG. I am told this is a Scottish American Society sword, circa 1890s. The sword came from the East Weymouth, Massachusetts area and had s an old 3 strip of green tartan wool still attached to the guard. VG overall.
United States Cavalry Fight Indian War Werner Color Lithograph 1899
A handsome Indian Wars battle lithograph of US Cavalry troopers in pursuit of war- bonneted Plains Indians, w caption US Cavalry Pursuing Indians 1876 a very handsome color image, 16 x 13 w 1899 copyright by Werner Co, Ohio. This striking 16 x 13 color lithograph was published by the Werner Lithographic Company, Akron, Ohio, 1899. Light water stain lower right margin, overall VG.
Irish Ancient Order Of Hibernians Vintage Sword Belt
The AOH is an Irish Catholic militant fraternal organization, founded in Ulster AOH Ridabock (1883-1898). The buckle & keeper are VG, the belt is very worn, uncleaned, & the belt & sword straps need repairs. A rare early AOH belt, I got this with some GAR items from the East Weymouth, Massachusetts area.
Deadwood Pioneer Excursion Custer City South Dakota 1891 Photo
A great original photo of the Reunion of the Society of the Black Hills Pioneers, June 9 1891, South Dakota, showing a group of pioneer men Pioneer Excursion Custer City S.D. June 8th 1891 . A Great image of rough looking Deadwood types, the image is light but legible w age stains, mat rough. Notable members of the Society included Calamity Jane, Sol Starr, Thomas Russell, Seth Bullock, etc. Approx 10 x 8 .
A nice pair of Indian War era field glasses, brown leatherette wrap black enameled brass w sliding lens shades. Tubes marked Field Marine Extra Powerful . eyepieces are maker mkd Sportiere Paris . No case. 9 extended. This style is illus in Davis Commanders of the Civil War . Exc.
A very uncommon circa 1880s artillery shell casing, 3 diameter, approx 6.2 tall, with a very thick applied brass base, latter with a single stamp of 2 interposed capital letters N ; I believe this is an early Nordenfeldt casing. VG, brown patina.
Donner Party Sierra Nevada Villian Autograph Us Navy
Selim E Woodworth, a US Navy officer, was placed in charge of the relief expeditions from Sutter's Fort to rescue the Donner Party survivors in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Truckee Lake (Donner Pass), 1846, but despite the heroism of individual expedition members in attempting to rescue the Forlorn Hope survivors, Woodworth, fearing the Winter snows, repeatedly delayed the rescue efforts. An original US Navy pay check, issued to Woodworth at the US Navy Yard, New York, August, 1844, and signed on front S.E. Woodworth , 2 years before the Donner Party Expedition, the most famous episode f group cannibalism in American History. A rare autograph. 8 x 3 blue paper, ptd/ink, VG.
An original set of pocket scales as used for weighing coins, gold, and apothecary items. The 2 brass pans and balance have the original green cotton strings, and dark green leather covered wood case, the later with embossed image of an American eagle and shield. The case is approx 7 x 3 x 1 . The case is fair with hinge repaired and wear on leather & the inside cloth lining. There is a compartment for the weights which are missing.
A nice group of 26 issues of the newspaper, the Democratic Free Press, a weekly newspaper, , Detroit, Michigan, publ JS Whiggery , attacks on political opponents, also some national, state & local news. All issues complete, each 4pp, overall G-VG, some w edge cuts, age spots. The 26 issues
A nice group of Oklahoma history books incl 1) The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. Hoig, 1989 OHS Press, 285pp, Exc w dj. 2) Here We Rest Historic Cemeteries of Oklahoma, Ruth & Argo, 1986 OHS, 145pp , Exc, dustjacket wear. 3) History of Canadian County, Oklahoma, 1991, Canadian Co Hist Book Assn, El Reno, 362pp, VG, 4) Oklahoma County An Illustrated History, Blackburn, 1982, Windsor Publ Co, 264pp, VG w dj wear, 5) Historical Atlas of Oklahoma, Morris & McReynolds, 1966 OU Press, VG w dj wear, 6) Ghost To wns of Oklahoma, Morris, 1977, OU Press, Softcover, 229pp, spine torn, rest VG, 7) Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales, Wilson, 1988 OU Press, 325pp softcover, VG, cover stains. The group of 7 books
Pair of Spanish American War of 1898 era cabinet photos of Cuban Liberation leaders 1) Chestview of Maximo Gomez Commander in Chief Army of Cuba , 2) Chestview of General Antonio Maceo Both are in uniform. No photographer imprint, Each image has age spots, wear, overall fair condition. A scarce pair of images. Gomez was Cuba's National hero, leading the nation to freedom in 1898. Maceo, his greatest General his grave is a Cuban national shrine. The pair of images
A nice original photo of a prairie farm family, the patriarch and wife in their buggy, the rest of the family stands on the porch of their large frame home, w printed caption on front Prairie Home of Philip Carpenter, Bremer Co., Iowa . The images is VG, the mat is 12 x 10 , mat is trimmed at bottom corners, VG overall. No photographer imprint. I believe the photo dates to the 1870s.
8 Hour Day Us Army Order & Circular President Us Grant Proclamation
An historic pair of original US Army items published when the US established the 8 hour work day, 1) US Army Ordnance Circular, Washington, DC, June 14, 1869, President Grant orders wages of Govt workers are not be reduced by the 8 Hour Day Proclamation. 1p 8 x11 ptd, w stamped US Ordnance Department imprint, June 22, 1869. Edge trimmed. 2) War Dept General Order, Washington, May 26, 1872, Proclamation by President US Grant reaffirms the prior proclamation in response to persistence by some government agencies in denying workers the fair pay due, and orders repayment to the workers of the money denied since 1868. 1p 8 x 5 , 3dge trimmed. VG. General at the end of a year the regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼ red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression government red tape ). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers The pair
Shattuck School, Faribault, Minnesota `began as an Episcopal mission school for Native American Crack Squad . A fine group of 11 cabinet photos, each 5 x 7 , of cadets, kepi cap badges SC ; one image is a full standing view, rest are chestviews, 10 of the 11 are in uniform, 8 are ink idd, members of Class of 1892. Some idd include DA Rogers, Wanego, Kansas, NY Kimball, Ogden, Utah, SA Mendenhal, Montana, T Hamilton, Milwaukee, , Bert Kinaston, Minneapolis. All VG. The group
An unusual photo of 60 plus reduced image photos of military officers and soldiers wearing shooting medals; the images are surrounded by an American flag. The photo is approx 7 x 5 on a 9 x 7 mat, is circa 1880-90s, no photographer listed. I am told these these are Massachusetts Militia marksmen wearing marksmen medals, circa 1897.
Niantic Connecticut Connecticut National Guard Army Camp Photo 1898
A nice birdseye view photo of the Connecticut National Guard camp at Niantic, taken around 1898 during the era of the War with Spain. A nice 12 x 6 view of the camp with the Town of Niantic in the background. Edges chipped, image vg, reverse w small pencil notation Niantic . No photographer listed, I got this with some CNG items from the era of the Spanish- American War.
Fort Gibson Cherokee Nation 1870 Us Army Frontier Imprint
Fort Gibson Oklahoma, the main US Army post for the Indian Territory, was located in the Choctaw Nation. November,1870 Circular, HQ Post of Fort Gibson, C.N., announces that Reveille and Tattoo roll calls will be overseen by a commissioned officer and all officers will attend retreat with their Companies, by of Order Colonel David Huston. 1p 8 x 11 ,. Sgd by Lt Jacob F Munson,, 6th Infantry. Vg.
General HG Thomas was a notable combat commander during the Civil War; postwar Thomas was Army Paymaster in Colorado. Group of 4 original Western Union telegrams sent by Thomas as US Army paymaster re funds incl 1) Denver, Feb 1884, to Major Gibson, Leavenworth, Kansas, 2) Denver, Feb 1884 to PMG, Wasington, 3) Denver, Feb 1884 to Major Gibson, Leavenwrth, Kansas, 4) Denver, Jan, 1884 to Commander at Uncompahgre, Colorado re his arrival (The latter issued when troops were sent to maintain order following the Gold Mining Camp Labor Strikes at Uncompahgre, Colorado. Each 8 x 5 ptd/ink, 1p, brown paper. All vg, the group
A nice pair of original photos Maine Steamship Company officers 1) Steamship Captain, chestview, wearing cap w logo B , possibly Boston B , as above. Photo by Towne, Boston, Massachusetts. Crease in top corner not affecting subject. The BBSS Co became the famous Eastern Steamship Line. Each 6 x 4 cabinet photo is vg., circa 1880-1890. The pair
Original photo of the Sidewheeler Steamboat Nelly White, moored at a dock. You can easily read the boat name below the sidewheel. The photo is by Hughes Photo, 84 Patterson Ave. (James Hughes Studio was located in Baltimore, Maryland) I believe this photo is circa 1880s. The photo has foxing & fading.
A nice group of 5 photos, circa 1880s, each an 8 x 5 photo, incl a panoramic view of the entire city, w ink inscription on the reverse Rutland, Vt from the West also 4 views of various downtown scenes. The images are slightly faded. The group of 5 are circa 1890s.
A nice large photo of the Michigan State Armory, from the effects of Major Harry L Rogers, who was a Michigan Volunteers officer in the Spanish American War of 1898 and later became the United States Army QM General in charge of the entire AEF in France. A nice image w exc detail of the castle style armory, rev w stamped imprint of Major Rogers. 10 x 8 exc.
An original US Army Ordnance Invoice for 3 Guns & accessories, Hotchkiss, Parrott shells, & Colt & Remington revolvers, ammo, issued at Fort Smith, Arkansas,1867. 4pp ptd/ink, sgd by Post Comdr WJ Lyster. vg. 8 x 11 ptd/ink 4p. w illus of the US Ordnance logo- crossed cannons. Fort Smith was the main Army post protecting the Indian Territory and seat of the federal Court presided over by Judge Roy Parker.
Group of 6 1898 era 6 x 4 cabinet photos of War with Spain American commanders include 1) General William Smith, USA, chestview, by Prince, Washington DC, rev ink inscr 1896, 2) General John S Rodgers, USA, w colonels rank, rev ink inscr, 1898, Governor 's Island by Pach Bros, NY (margin ink), 3) Captain Albert Cummins, 4th Artillery, Lt Col 27th Infantry Volunteers, ink inscr 1899, by Prince, Point Comfort, Va, (margin ink), 4) Colonel JC Baker, Virginia NG, ink inscr 1898, Woodstock, Va, by Harrisoburg, Va photographer, 5) Lt AE Wood, 13th Iowa, w medals, by Pach, NY, w ink label affixed to front. 6) Generla Fitzhugh Lee, chestview lithograph, rev w Fairbanks Soap advert. All real photos chestviews, vg except as noted. The 6 images
George H Mumford was a co-financier of the Western Union Telegraph & VP of the Company, also President of the Pacific Coast Telegraph Company. Group of 7 letters from Mumford, all w ptd logo, Western Union Telegraph Co Vice-Presidents Office, to friend re financial & family matters, all date 1871-1872. All complete, vg, sgd. The group
Partial Bound Run of the Worcester, Massachusetts Evening Gazette, January to June 1882, w approx 120 issues, incl John L Sullivans famous fight w Paddy Ryan, Indian Fights, The Frontier, Mormons terrorizing women in Utah,news of the prolonged Trial of Garfield's Assassin, Guiteau, w a large cover map of the courtroom, Baseball games and scores, General Burnsides Funeral, Floods & natural disasters, Ireland rebels, Gettysburg veterans reunion, Gar Post announcements,Explorer David Stanley Searching for Dr Livingston, issues are still bound but old hard outer covers are gone. Good content, most issues fragile but complete and good-vg, some w edge tears.
A fine Group of 8 original Fort Brown Texas telegrams, 7 are standard Western Union telegrams, 1874, issued at Fort Brown by Army QM AS Kimball, to officers at San Antonio and New Orleans, re shipping supplies, best routes, items needed, etc, each is a retained copy signed by an officer, most by Lt John B Nixon, 24th Infantry (a notable officer of the US Colored Infantry in the Kiowa Wars). The 8th is a translated Mexican telegraph company telegram, w English note by an American officer , re supplies from Matamoras, also sgd by a 24th Infantry officer. Each is approx 7 x 5 , all vg w age stains on top margin. The group
Group of 19 ancient Bison teeth found at an ancient Native-American cliff hunting site near Missoula, Montana. Very early, possibly pre-Columbian . All are worn, more or less complete, uncleaned, The group
An original issue of the Washington National Intelligencer newspaper, Washington, DC, Dec 8, 1832, w 4pp of news incl Full Report of the Secretary of War, Lewis Cass, on the US Army Operations in the Black hawk war, Fort Crawford Massacre, Rock River depredations, and subjection & of Black Hawk's band of Sac & Fox removal by General Scott's Forces & the Illinois Militia. also removal of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek Indians, treaties for their colonizing the Indian Territory West of Arkansas, also ads for Negros wanted for Purchase by various slave trading companies. Vg.
Arctic Explorer Adolphus W Greely Personal Calling Card
General AW Greely was a Civil War veteran officer who commanded the Greely Arctic Exploration Expedition in the 1880s and became Chief of the US Weather Service, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and founder of the National Geographic Society. General Greely's personal calling card, 3 x 1.5 , ptd inscription Major General A.W. Greely United States Army (Retired) 1914 G Street . Small crease in one corner, overall VG.
A nice group of 4 cabinet photographs 1) Young man w handsome field CHS belt plate E.L. Hurd 1891 . 3 ) Full view of cadet w eagle pommel sword, long frock coat w eagle beltplate, photo by Smith, New Bedford, Massachusetts, 4 ) full view cadet w zouave pants, gaiters, eagle betlplate, holds a pair of musican's cymbals. Photo by Alden, Boston. Each photo 6 x 4 . All vg. The 4 images.
Fort Laramie- Grattan Massacre 6th Us Infantry Casualty Notice 1854
The Lakota Sioux killed US Army Lieutenant John L Grattan, after Grattan sought a fight over a Mormon cow near Fort Laramie Wyoming, Aug 19, 1854. An original US Army Promotions List, General Order 21, War Dept, Washington, Dec 1, 1854, announces Army promotions and deaths. Under the latter, Brevet 2d Lieut John L Grattan, 6th Infantry, in an engagement with the Sioux Indians near Fort Laramie,Nebraska Territory, August 19, 1854 . 4pp, General at the end of a year the regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼ red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression government red tape ). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers
Ferdinand De Lesseps Suez & Panama Canal Builder Photograph
Ferdinand De Lesseps built the Suez Canal and laid the ground work for building the Panama Canal, - although unable to build the latter, his inspiration and genius led the United States to assume the task and complete the canal. De Lesseps was the recipient of worldwide acclaim and given the honor of presenting the Statue of Liberty to America on behalf of the People of France. An original cabinet photo chestview image of De Lesseps circa 1880s, by JM Lopez, Paris. VG. Comes w bio info. VG.
Cuban Army General Calixto Garcia Us Navy Ship Bulletin
A fantastic original Cuba Liberation imprint- A US Navy Squadron Bulletin , publ by sailors aboard the US Flagship New York Off Santiago De Cuba , June 19, 1898, announcing blockades established off Cienfuegos ptd 1p. A rare Cuban Liberation War of 1898 broadsheet. Punch holes in top margin as indexed by naval officer, w age stains, overall VG.
a nice US Army Discharge for Corporal Calvin Epps, US Coast Artillery, w enlistment info- born Siloam Springs, Kansas, discharged at Fort Hancock, NJ, Feb 7, 1914, sgd by Lt Col Morris K Barroll and other officers, reverse w lists him as '1st class gunner . 8 x 11 w eagle logo.Military Record lists him as '1st class gunner . 8 x 11 w eagle logo.
Ned Buntline was a noted Western writer The New York Weekly w illustrated frontpage, showing frontier figure lassoing an Indian warrior, Little Buckshot, The White Whirlwind of the Prairie , by Ned Buntline, Col. EZC Judson, Author of Buffalo Bill . 8pp newspaper format also includes lurid stories incl 'Arabella's Two Lovers , Edna's Debt etc. wear at folds , edges, but very presentable & graphic.
Group of 5 photos of Iowa Agricultural School cadets ( now Iowa State University) 1) CDV photo seated view of a cadet in uniform, rev ink idd JF Finch, Wyoming, Jones Co, Iowa 2) CDV standing view w sword, of cadet, 3) The same cadet, w cavalry saber. 6 x 4 photo (margins trimmed) 4) CDV chestview photo of a cadet, 5) Outdoor view of the cadets at drill, w artillery IAC wreath . All photos vg.circa 1880. The lot
A great group of 62 US Army orders, most issued at HQ, Vancouver Barracks, Washington, 1893- 1898 Orders by Generals Otis, Merriam , a few 8 x 11 , all ptd/ink, many signed by officers incl George Milroy, Tully McCrae, Edwin Glenn. John Schon, John B bennet, George S Wilson, All Vg, complete, some trimmed. . The group
A fascinating group of 21 letters from Jonathan H Moore, Hotchkiss Ordnance Co, 1503 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, to US Navy officer Nathan Kimball, re contract work for Hotchkiss Guns, ammunition, gun carriages etc, Includes 14 letters w handsome Hotchkiss Ordnance Company logo illus w crossed cannons. Most letters 1 page, typed, ink signed. Unresearched. All letters VG, complete. The group
Casey Iowa Military Cdv Photograph Cavalry Soldier 1881
A nice Indian Wars era CDV photograph- full standing view of a cavalry cadet, w campaign hat bearing crossed sabers insignia, M1851 eagle sword belt w silver wreath, and holding his cavalry saber. The photo reverse is ink inscr GW Thompson, Casey, Iowa, Guthrie Co, IAC [Iowa Agricultural College] 9/18/81 Class '84 . Image good, background light.
James Mercur California Explorer Us Army Officer Photograph
Major James Mercur, West Point Class of 1862, served w the US Army Engineers in the Indian Wars- Mercur, California, and Mercur Peak, Yosemite are named for him. 6 x 4 chestview photo, w oak leaf rank straps by Pach, NY, 6 x 4 cabinet photo- chestview w rank straps, by Pach Bros, NY, taken 1880s. Ink idd applied label on front lower mat. Vg. Comes w biogr data.
Colonel Robert Watkinson W Huntington, of West Hartford, Connecticut, was a notable US Marine officer- during the Civil War he fought as a Marine under Major John G Reynolds at First Bull Run and in the US Marine landings at Port Royal RW Huntington Colonel Marine Corps . W service info incl copies of family letters re his fight at Bull Run. Vg.
original issue of the United States Army Navy Journal, for March 24, 1894, w cover illus of military ordnance- rapid fire cannon, UMC 45-70 ammo, also ads by Krupp & Hotchkiss cannon makers, inside features the Carlisle indian School Graduating Class of 1894 w photo image, also news of the Army, western Frontier posts, US cavalry, officer news, US Navy, revenue marine news, ads for everything from gatling guns to Mills web belts. 22pp, 15 x 10'. Vg,.
A vintage silver finish brass circular cornet, approx 17 overall w 11' wide bell. 3 brass rotary valves and maker marked C. Fischer New York . dents and no mouthpiece. 50% silver remains. An early circa 1870-80ss Carl Fischer musical instrument.
an original Assassination Broadside, issued by Iowa Governor John Gear, announcing the mournful intelligence of the death of the President of the United States, at 10:35 this evening ... James Garfield, a worthy sucessor of Lincoln, has been similarly assailed by a murderous hand , eulogizes Garfield, vg.
Rhode Island Military Buttons Hedley's National Band 1880 Vintage
A scarce original Pair of military coat buttons depicting the American eagle perched on a bugle, worn by Hedley's National Band, a notable 19th century Rhode Island Militia band, founded by Civil War veteran William H Hedley, 10th Rhode Island Infantry, circa 1880s, the band only existed a few years, and the band in protest of original manager defaced each by removing the first 2 letters of National logo. Maker Whitlock, NY. (RIB370 Tice) a handsome and scarce pair of RI Military Band buttons, with the logo alteration. VG. The pair
Pottstown Pennsylvania Fireman Badge 19th Century Vintage
A really unusual fireman's badge- an engraved ladder-style badge showing a firefighter's steam pumper and engraved Committee Philadelphia S.F.E. Co. No. 1 Pottstown, Pa. . 4-pc stamped sheet tin or potmetal, I believe this is for Steam Fire Engine Company 1, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and was originally attached to a ribbon as it has no trace of pin bar on the reverse. Silver finish is worn, and one loop for the 3rd ladder rung is missing.
Colonel Albert Mills won the Medal of Honor at Santiago, Cuba, 1898. while severly wounded in action. US Army Discharge, on parchment, for US Infantryman at West Point, Deptember 24, 1898. 8 x 12 w eagle illus, sgd by Mills as Colonel, US Army. VG. Comes w His Congressional Medal of Honor info.
a massive early percussion shotgun w oversize triggerguard to allow room for mitten- wearing hunter. Bore is approx 20mm (13/16 ), barrel is 46 , 63 overall. The gun is unmarked except for underside of barrel- stamped I Marson , and bears the English viewing final gunmakers proofs. The oversize triggerguard and buttplate are uncleaned brass. The Tower musket styke stock retains one brass lock bolt fitting, stock is attached by flat pins w oval keepers. Ramord rail is old resoldered, w 1 brass, one iron rr loop. The gun shows much use, age, w rough, cleaned lock. Marson may be an early Birmingham England maker. weighs approx 12 lbs. THIS GUN IS AN ANTIQUE ONLY AND IS NOT SAFE TO SHOOT
a great bunch of approx 100 original brass artillery coat buttons captured from the Spanish in 1898- I obtained these from Bannerman's Collection. Handsome 2p--pc brass coat buttons w crossed cannon, piles of cannon balls and crown, also a few Pioneer Corp buttons in lot, the latter w crossed picks & crown, maker Scovill Mfg Co, Waterbury. All vg, uncleaned. The group.
Victor Hugo Funeral Photograph & 1869 Paris Journal L' Eclipse
A NICE original pair of Hugo items- 1 ) large 15 x 12 albumen photo showing French troops in the funeral cortege of Victor Hugo, at Paris. Vg detail of uniforms, equipage, w caption Funerailles de Victor Hugo Cortege Traversant les Champs-Elysees 1 Juin 1885 . Mat trimmed , w crack L' Eclipse Journal hebdomadaire w color illus featuring Le Nouveau Livre De Victor Hugo par Gill , 4pp. . edge & fold wear.
a great 19th century ocean liner item! An original 1884 Flyer distributed to promote Cunard Liner RMS Oregon, Remarkable Atlantic Steaming , announcing the ocean liner has set new speed records for crossing the Atlantic, with speed trials excerpted from Belfast News-Letter . 8 x 5 ptd. Vg.
San Francisco Mourning Items President James Garfield 1881
A terrific group of original items for San Francisco, California's public obsequies for the Late President pf the United States, James A Garfield, include 1 ) Invitation to the Funeral Obsequies Program for Garfield, Sept 22, 1881, held at the of Commerce, San Francisco. 8 x 5 w bold black margins and ink insscr to Hon. GH Rogers, 2 ) Invitation to serve as aide to the Grand Marshal in the Garfield Obsequies ,same date, . 8 x 5 ptd, ink inscribed.. 3 ) Program for the Monument Association Grant Tournament Nov 22, 1881- w horse 4pp. 4 ) 1882 Broadside for San Francisco's proposed Monument to the late President. 8 x 11 ptd. 3) All vg, an historic group of 4 items
2 items- 1 ) an original, April 18, 1882. issue of Beadles Half Dime Library, Issue No 247, vol X, titled Old Grizzly or, The Wild Huntress of the Hills , by Captain Bruin Adams . 20pp magazine format w large cover illus of Grizzly Adams Rosebud . Edge chips, vg.scarce and early reference to Western icon Grizzly Adams. 2 ) circa 1904 postcard shows 2 litho hand-drawn images, one of Grizzly Adams and His Family , hows him with 3 bears dressed in human attire, the other a bust view of Grizzly w his trademark fur hat. Vg, w margin sgd H.O Rawson, 04 vg. The pair
Wild West Pageant Photograph With "danl Boone" 1890s Era
A great photo of a small town pageant, shows 20 or so citizens dressed up in western attire- cowboys, Indians, even Buffalo Bill Cody, and a military band in US uniforms w horsehair plumed US helmets, w a big banner Dan'l Boone Tonight . Nice view w town Main street shops in background. Medina, New York photographer. Circa 1880s. Crack in mat but image VG.
A nice 20 x 16 albumen photo of agroup of 200 some Pennsylvanians- men, women, kids, in the front yard of lovely brick country church, Circa 1870s, with lots of men who are the right age for Civil War veterans. Fine image, from Adams County, Gettysburg area and needs research.
Avery scarce issue of the Prairie Farmer publ by J.S. Wright, Lake St, Chicago, February, 1854, Vol 4, #2, 21pp of everything from stock and fodder to manure, strawberries, veterinary, Chicago prices, & plans for construction of country school houses. Cover illus of a milk cow. 8 x 11'. Covers w margin tears & back cover stain. 1 inside page missing a strip of the margin, not affecting the text.
An original complete issue of the October 28, 1876 issue of Harper's Weekly, w news Deadwood City, Black Hills of Dakota , also illus of Army carrying a casualty Indian style, on a travois, Also double page illus of Negro Civil war veteran w musket, by Thomas Nast, defending his home from the KKK, and a full page illus of a huge cavern in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. The cover illus is a satire of Samuel Tilden hugging Boss Tweed, also by Nast. 19pp vg w a few small edge tears.
A stirring 1899 letter from a First Illinois Volunteer veteran at Scranton, Pennsylvania, William A Heath, to comrade Edward W McGlenen, mentions he is the only Mexican War veteran remaining in Scranton, who marched with me in Mexico! Adios . Signed Wm A Heath, 1 Reg, Ill Foot Volunteers . 2pp 8 x 9 ink. Vg.
An original vintage Glassplate lantern slide photo of President Theodore Roosevelt as a young man- waistview w coat, vest lantern slide, w maker label, TH McAllister Co, NY, and ink id. Exc circa 1890s.
Mormon Leader Righam Young Illustrated News Gleasons Pictorial 1854
An original June 3, 1854 issue of Gleason's Pictorial, New York, w illus news of the day, incl illustration of Brigham Young with biographical sketch of the Mormon Leader at Salt lake City, Utah. Also illus of the New York militia uniforms, f Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio and a striking cover illus of Long Island Sound New York fishermen in a small cutter, catching Blue Fish. 12pp complete, VG.
a rare broadside titled Telescope and Microscope , advertising for Mr William Grosser, Telescopist , a presentation of astronomical and miscroscopic wonders revealed through his instruments - see the planets, doubel stars, clusters discovered up to May 1877 , also a showing of the world of nature through a microscope! A handsome 12 x 6 broadside w bold block lettering. Vg. A scarce one man science show item.
M 1903 US Pattern Enlisted man's sword belt hanger (RS Dorsey,p51), markings on the short strap are 1 15 6 , the long belt is marked 1 15 70 7 , underside of this strap is mkd 1544 .the belt straps are complete w brass studs, no swivels. The catch 66 . The leather is flexible, needs a little softening only .
A super silvertone photo of Apache Warrior Naiche, son of Cochise, Chief of the Chiricahua Apache. Full seated view of Naiche in Apache garb and holding a double-trigger carbine. His wife stands at his side. The photo is 8 x 10 , mounted on a 12 x 15 mount. This image is made from a circa 1880s glassplate; the photo dates to the 1950s. A pencil caption on the mat states Chiricahua Apache Naiche . Vg. A stunning image
Mrs Samuel Colt Charity Bazaar Ribbon Hartford Connecticut 1883
Mrs Colt ran the Colt Company after her husband's death in 1862; she also was an importanty philanthropist and founded the Union for Home Work to raise funds for poor Irish women. An annual Carnival of Authors was held as a fundraiser,involving Mrs Colt, Mark Twain, HB Stowe, etc. Original and very scarce Booth Marshal ribbon for the Hartford Carnival of Authors, Union for Home Work, December 1883 . maroon silk w gold lettering, approx 8 x 4 w gold bullion fringe. This ribbon came from the estate of Captain Henry Ellsworth Taintor, a notable Hartford GAR officer. Vg.
A super silvertone photo of Apache Warrior- chestview of grizzled warrior wearing headband, ragged vest with a Mexican silver brooch on his vest. The photo is 8 x 10 , mounted on a 12 x 15 mount. This image is made from a circa 1880s glassplate; the photo dates to the 1950s. A pencil caption on the mat states Tonto Apache . Vg. A stunning image
Civil War Cavalry Notable Sh Bodfish Powell Expedition Mapmaker
An original Indian Wars photo chestview of a handsome young West Point graduate, Class of 1868, nicely ink inscr on photo front SH Bodfish 2d Lt 6th Cavalry 15 June 1868 . Sumner H Bodfish served w the 46th Mass Infantry in the Civil War- from North Carolina he was admitted to West Point in 1863, became a 6th US Cavalry officer and a mapmaker on the famous John Wesley Powell Expedition to the Grand Canyon of Colorado. 8 x 10 . Vg.
An original US Army Indian Wars Order, issued at HQ Dept of California, San Francisco, September 19, 1871 announces that US Cavalry Private John Jones, 8th US Cavalry, aka John Cary, formerly of the 14th US Infantry,sentenced to 3 years hard labor a ball weighing 12 pounds attached to his leg by a chain 3 feet long , is restored to his unit, on recommendation of his commanding officer who cites his good conduct, by command of General Ord. 1p 8 x 11 ptd/ink, sgd by Lt Hugh Brown, 12th Infantry. With stamped docket by Captain GC Smith, San Francisco, Sept 22, 1871. VG. General at the end of a year the regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼ red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression government red tape ). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers.
Peoria Illinois Steamboat Company Agency Nicholas Boilvin Contract
WC Boilvin was the son of noted Indian Agent Nicholas Boilvin. Halsey O Merriman was the Peoria, Illinois Circuit Court attorney who argued cases against Abraham Lincoln; in 1847 the two formed a Steamboat Company. The original 1847 Articles of Agreement between Boilvin Steamboat Agency , ink signed by both Boilvin and HO Merriman . 4pp ink, 8 x 14 ink.
Oregon Pioneer Original Settler Reunion Ribbon 1843 To 1890
A very scarce early Oregon Trail reunion item.ribbon mkd 1843 Oregon Pioneers Association loyalty to Oregon is Our Motto Not Transferable June 15, 1900 . 7 re/white silk, fair w much wear but very nice lettering & fine for display.
Custer Massacre First News Captain John S Poland Dakota Territory
Captain John Poland was the Sioux Indian Agency Standing Rock, Dakota Post commander in 1876 and reported the first returning Sioux warrior accounts of the Massacre ptd/ink signed w bold signature. VG. Poland also served w distinction in the Civil War and became an Army general in the 1890s. VG. (reference The Custer Myth, Graham). Also sdg by QM Lt William Badger, 6th Infantry.
A Handsome original 19 x 13 color lithograph US Dragoon in a confrontation w a Mexican carrying a huge dagger, during the Mexican War, 1846. A fine image, in full color, and exc cond, from Barrie Army & Navy of the United States, Philadelphia, w 1893 copyright.
Jim Bowie's Texas Revolution Fort At San Antonio Image
Mission Concepcion, a Spanish Mission at San Antonio, Texas, was located near the Alamo- in 1835 Jim Bowie photo on 6 x 5 mat. reverse w ink inscr First Mission near San Antonio, Texas, 1897, rented by a German who charges for showing persons over the building . VG. Looking for a particular item or subject? Try Search Now in the gray box at the top of this page.
7 ribbon w large letters Crescent Rifles First Prize Louisville, June 28, 1882 vg. A nice example of an early Southern shooting ribbon. I believe the Crescent rifles were a New Orleans, Louisiana unit.
An amazing huge Huge US garrison flag, approx 20 x 12 feet, w 45 sewn stars, bright colors and vg condition. This beautiful American Has hung as the centerpiece for the prestigious New England Antique Arms Show the past 4 years. the pattern adopted 1898 and dates from the period, in remarkable condition. (please note the bright spots in image are due to backlighting. All items are unconditionally guaranteed, and may be returned , as purchased , upon 3-day inspection, for a full refund, less postage.