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Fourteen(14) white ironstone plates in the Corn + Oats shape. 5 are made by Wedgwood, 9 made by Davenport. 8 3/4 inches D. Ca. 1863. Excellent condition with 2 with spots and minor chiggers on rims(pictured). Price is for all 14.  Six(6) white ironstone plates in the Corn + Oats shape. 5 made by Wedgwood, 1 made by Davenport. Ca. 1863. Excellent condition except one has a rim hairline(pictured). Minor roughness on a couple of rims. Price is for all 6.  Fifteen(15) white ironstone Honey Plates in the Corn + Oats shape. 8 made by Wedgwood, 7 by Davenport. Ca. 1863. They are 4 3/4 inches D. Crisp detail and good color. Mint condition with no chips or hairlines. Minor roughness on some rims, 3 have spots(pictured). Price is for all 15. May break up leaving an even number left.  Six(6) white ironstone plates in the Corn + Oats shape. Made by J Wedgwood. Ca. 1863. Mint except for one with rim chigger and one with glaze pop(pictured). Nice color and detail. Price is for all 6.








Ten(10) white ironstone Corn + Oats Soup Bowls. Al made by J Wedgwood. Ca. 1863. 8 3/4 inches D. Great color and crisp detail. Mint condition with no chips or hairlines. One has a glaze crease which is not a hairline(pictured). Price is for all 10.  Pair of Mid Century Modern Thonet chairs, excellent quality, very substantial, in original condition


31.5" H x 22.5" W x 24.5" D  

7 3/4 x 10, imprinted form, with vignette of the Missouri State Seal, filled out in ink.

Head Quarters, State of Missouri,

Adjutant General's Office,

St. Louis, September 29th, 1864

E.[nrolled] M.[issouri] M.[ilitia]

Special Orders,

No. 171

IV. F. Wilhelmi having been appointed a Lieut. Colonel in the Enrolled Militia of the State, you are hereby directed to report to Col. D.Q. Gale, commanding 54th Regiment for orders.


W.M. Cord, A.A.G.

By order of the Commander in Chief:

Signed John B. Gray

Adjutant General

[to] Lieut. Col. F. Wilhelmi

Light staining, age toning and wear. Scarce war date Missouri document.

Francis Wilhelmi, also had service as captain and major in the 17th Missouri Infantry, known as the Western Turner Rifle Regiment, during the Civil War.


Civil War patriotic imprint with illustrations of General Fremont and battle vignette. Major General John C. Fremont is printed along the left edge. Published by J.E. Tilton & Co., Boston. Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3.

***Please read the history about these Union patriotic imprints recently discovered in their individual category section on the website. CIVIL WAR MEMORABILIA/Patriotic Imprints.



2400 Pair of Mid Century Chairs Thonet $1900.00


1864 Special Orders, Head Quarters, Stat $45.00


Major General John C. Fremont $25.00

(1814-90) Born in Madison County, Alabama, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in the class of 1835, but resigned to study law. He served as a volunteer during the Creek uprising, and subsequently practiced law, was engaged in cotton manufacturing, and was active in the Alabama state militia, making his residence in Tuscaloosa and Mobile. At the outbreak of the Mexican War he was reappointed in the U.S. Army as lieutenant colonel of the 13th U.S. Infantry, and was later promoted to colonel of the 9th U.S. Infantry, resigning again after the hostilities ended. From that time until the beginning of the War Between the States he was a merchant in Mobile, and served as mayor of that city from 1858 to 1861, and he also served in the state legislature. Entering the Confederate Army as colonel of the 3rd Alabama Infantry, he was promoted to brigadier general on July 10, 1861, and major general, April 6, 1862. He was in command of the Mobile defenses; then fought at Shiloh at the head of two brigades; took part in the Kentucky invasion; and at Murfreesboro where he was highly commended by both General Braxton Bragg and General Leonidas Polk. He subsequently served out the rest of the war in Alabama. Thereafter he was a cotton broker; editor of the Mobile Tribune; again mayor of Mobile; city treasurer; and later was a claim agent in Washington, D.C. Source: Generals in Gray     

Authentic, portrait engraving, in Confederate uniform, with printed facsimile autograph below. Etched by Charles B. Hall, New York. 12 x 16. Comes with printed biographical record outlining the military career of General Withers. Scarce.  This Civil War postal cover is complete with its original stamp and postmark .  It bears the ink penned name and postal address of its original recipient:  <B>A. O. Shaw M.D.</B> who served as Surgeon 20th Maine Regiment </B>    Maine Surgeon, Abner O. Shaw had a distinguished Civil War record and is best remembered for his night long work in a Petersburg field hospital when he was brought to the aid of the horribly wounded Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain by the fallen heroís brother, Capt. Thomas Chamberlain.  Dr. Shaw would be credited with saving the life of the Colonel, soon to be Brigadier General, <B>Joshua L. Chamberlain</B>.   The skilled regimental surgeon would remain a close friend and the lifelong personal physician to Chamberlain.  As a matter of interest, this cover was acquired some years ago with others to Shaw that were noted as having been written by <B>Dr. John Benson</B>.  <U>Dr. Benson had served as Regimental Surgeon to the 20th Maine in July and August 1863.</U>  A nice Chamberlain related Civil War relic without spending a lot of money.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 All in excellent condition with no weak spots, breaks or stains as is the case with nearly all of these period palmetto straw hats, this example sports a colorful stitched on secession badge.  Wonderful natural age color with some evidence of wear at the outer brim, this classic old hat offers an especially dapper profile, narrow at the brim with that high crown so indicative of the mid 1800s.    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 originality and exceptional condition of this example will please the most discriminating collector.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!

 This attractive little oil lantern in marked Pat. Aug. 13, 1878 and stands approximately 7 Ĺ inches to the chimney top; about 14 inches total height including bail handle. The reservoir is of spun brass with sheet iron bottom.  The bail handle is of iron, all else is of formed sheet brass.  All in nice condition, unpolished with an eye appealing natural age patina.  A nice camp item for the Indian Wars era enthusiast, this little lighting device is ready to set in any period collection.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <U>key word</U> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Confederate General Jones M. Withers $25.00


20th MAINE SURGEON Civil War Postal Cove $55.00


Civil War era - Palmetto Straw Hat


Patent 1878 LANTERN $135.00

Weíll not repeat the entire story of <I>Butlerís Folly</I> here except for a quick reminder that it was a Union initiated scheme to strip and disguise a government ship (USS Louisiana) to look like a blockade-runner, load it with 215 tons of black powder and, under cover of darkness, anchor the thing in the shallow just off Fort Fisher at the mouth of North Carolinaís Cape Fear River.  Upon setting an elaborate clockwork fuse system the Yankee sailors abandoned the rouse ship to wait in the clear for what they knew would be a disastrous result upon the Confederate fort. But alas, once the eruption of flames and rattling shock waves cleared, Fort Fisher stood pretty much as before, stout and proud.  A report of the Union fiasco wound be included in the 1891 Government Printing Office publication of the <I><B>Official Records of the Union & Confederate Armies</I></B>.  The product of this 4 X 8 X 7/8 inch wood and type lead printing plate of the Union <I>Powder Vessel</I>is seen in the Government Printing Office  Official Record Atlas, Vol. 40, Plate 1.  Emanating from a local estate sale the printing plate bears an old pencil inscription <I>Lower Cape Fear Historical Society</I> on the back. 

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

      Outstanding as a standalone example of early American country blacksmithing, an understanding of the artisan who left his name boldly set in the skilletís iron handle, will be necessary to full appreciation of the old fry panís historic potential.  Deeply set in the handle of this hand forged skillet is <B>AMES</B> a name that will ring true to the student of early American manufacturing as well as Mexican War and Civil War collector /historians.  With a history too extensive to cite here, suffice it to say that it was as early as the later 1700s that blacksmith Oliver Ames set up his single forge shop in Massachusetts.  Typical of the usual country blacksmith, in his early days, Ames would eak out a living fabricating all manner of iron tools and equipment from cooking grates and fry pans to door hinges, to farming and artisan tools.  From here Oliver Amesís would become the largest shovel manufacturer in the country. The Ames bloodline continued to expand in the foundry busuness to include John Ames in Chelmsford and Johnís son N. P. Ames in old Springfield who would establish the Ames Sword Co. as the best known of Union Civil War contractors supplying all manner on military arms to the Union cause. (see: <I>Sketches of the Old Inhabitants and Other Citizens of Old Springfield</I> by Charles Wells Chapin ) This hand wrought skillet to include the <B>AMES</B> marked handle was blacksmith forged from a single piece of black iron.  The bowl measures approximately 8 1/8 inches in diameter with an 8 ĺ inch handle.  All remain in excellent original condition with a pleasing patina and good evidence of age and originality.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  

 Grand scale pair of early 20th century Mahogany entry doors with   inset Jeweled and beveled glass with floral motif.

The dimensions are 96" H x 72" W x 1.5" Deep  

Pair alone is 96" H x 36" W x 1.5" Deep  Massive mahogany English partners desk with raised panels and black leather top. These high quality monumental desks are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

Fort Fisher N. C. - Powder Vessel - Offi $135.00


early AMES marked Blacksmith Forged Skil $235.00


322 Mahogany Entry Doors with Beveled Gl $25000.00


Antique Partners Desk with Black Leather $9500.00

A 3 piece white ironstone Soup Tureen in the New York shape. Potted by J Clementson. Ca. 1858. Underplate is 15 x 10 1/2 inches, 13 inches H. Excellent color and detail. Wear on the finial, bowl rim. Chip under one handle that barely shows from the side(pictured). Priced as is.  Remarkable 17th century oil on canvas portrait of Sir John Morden (Aug. 23, 1623 - Sep. 6, 1708). Sir John Morden was founder of Morden College in Blackheath, Kent, England. This painting is in pristine condition and includes its original gilt wood frame.

We also have a portrait of Nathaniel Brand which is a mate to this piece. Both paintings may be purchased as a set for $50,000.  

Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of Commodore Louis M. Goldsborough with caption below, "Commodore Goldsborough, Commanding Naval part of Burnside's Expedition." Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3. Scarce.

***Please read the history about these Union patriotic imprints recently discovered in their individual category section on the website. CIVIL WAR MEMORABILIA/Patriotic Imprints.  

<u>Louis M. Goldsborough</u>: (1805-73) Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of a chief clerk of the U.S. Navy Department. He received his lieutenant's commission in 1825, and saw service during the Seminole and Mexican Wars. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed commander of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. He earned the Thanks of Congress in 1862 for the capture of Roanoke Island and the closing of the North Carolina sounds. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in August 1862. In June 1865, he was appointed as the first commander of the European Squadron. He took command of the Washington Navy Yard in 1868, and served there until his retirement in 1873.


By Pulitzer Prize Winner, David Herbert Donald. Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003. Hard cover with dust jacket, 269 pages, index, illustrated front piece, brand new condition.

"We Are Lincoln Men" examines the significance of friendship in Abraham Lincoln's life and the role it played in his presidency. Though Lincoln had hundreds of acquaintances and dozens of admirers, he had almost no intimate friends. Behind his mask of affability and endless stream of humorous anecdotes, he maintained an inviolate reserve that only a few were able to penetrate. In this highly original book, two time Pulitzer Prize winner David Herbert Donald examines, for the first time, those close friendships and explores their role in shaping Lincoln's career.

"We Are Lincoln Men" shows how Lincoln's experiences as a boy growing up in frontier Indiana made it hard for him to develop warm, supportive relationships later in life. Not until 1837, when he met Joshua Fry Speed, with whom he shared a room and bed for the next four years, did he learn the real meaning of friendship. These two young men confided everything to each other, and they even helped each other as they diffidently sought brides. After Speed returned to Kentucky, Lincoln developed a close relationship with his younger law partner, William H. Herndon. He became Herndon's mentor and hero, and Herndon's idealization of him satisfied one of Lincoln's basic psychological needs.

When he was elected President, Lincoln had no close personal friends in Washington until Illinois Senator Orville H. Browning arrived. Browning became his confidant and, under Lincoln's skillful guidance, served as his strongest supporter in Congress. This useful friendship dissolved when the two men disagreed over emancipation, and Browning became further alienated when Lincoln three times passed over the opportunity to name him to the United States Supreme Court.

In his greatest triumph of friendship, Lincoln won over his powerful, opinionated Secretary of State, William H. Seward, who thought he was better qualified than the President for his job. With psychological insight and charm, Lincoln gained Seward's friendship and secured his loyal support.

Lincoln's closest, and most genuine, friendships while he was in the White House were with his private secretaries, John G. Nicolay and John Hay. Always at his best when dealing with young men, he served as a role model, and they, in effect, were his surrogate family. He won their devotion, and they became his most ardent supporters and, ultimately, his official biographers.

Professor Donald's remarkable book offers a fresh way of looking at Abraham Lincoln, both as a man who needed friendship and as a leader who understood the importance of friendship in the management of men. Donald penetrates Lincoln's mysterious reserve to offer a new picture of the President's inner life and to explain his unsurpassed political skills.

<u>Acclaim For David Herbert Donald's Lincoln</u>

"Eagerly awaited, Lincoln fulfills expectations. Donald writes with lucidity and elegance." James M. McPherson

"A grand work, the Lincoln biography for this generation."  Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

"Mr. Donald's Lincoln is so lucid and richly researched, so careful and compelling, that it is hard to imagine a more satisfying life of our most admired and least understood president." Geoffrey C. Ward

"The best biography of Abraham Lincoln I have ever read." Mark E. Neely

"Never has the man [Lincoln] been brought so effectively to life or portrayed with such richness and freshness of detail. This book must be considered the best biography of Lincoln ever published." Richard N. Current



17th C. Oil on Canvas Portrait of Sir Jo $25000.00


Commodore Louis M. Goldsborough $15.00


We Are Lincoln Men; Abraham Lincoln and $25.00

<b>United States Congressman from Missouri

Confederate Senator and Congressman</b>

(1802-85) Born in Madison County, Kentucky, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1824, and practiced in Fayette, Missouri. During the Black Hawk Indian War he served as colonel of the Missouri Mounted Volunteers. He was commissioned major general of the Missouri Militia in 1848. Served as a member of the Missouri State House of Representatives 1850-51; and was a U.S. Congressman, from 1857 until July 13, 1861, when he was expelled for taking up arms against the United States. Clark was a strong secessionist and a leader in Missouri's secession movement. In the spring of 1861, his worth was estimated at a million dollars and he owned 160 slaves. Appointed brigadier general of the Missouri State Guard in May 1861, he fought at the battle of Wilson's Creek, where he was wounded. Known by the soldiers to be a brave and genial old gentleman, he was soon elected to represent Missouri in the Confederate Provisional Congress. He won election to the First Confederate Senate and the Second Confederate House of Representatives. While in Congress he was a strong supporter of the administration and of a more Draconian prosecution of the war. The Federal government offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of General Clark and when Richmond fell he disguised himself, adopted an alias, and fled to Mexico where he remained until he heard that the Federal authorities no longer wanted him. Crossing the border into Texas, Clark was promptly arrested and imprisoned at Fort Jackson. Eventually freed by President Andrew Johnson, he did not return to Missouri until five years after the war when he resumed his law practice in Fayette and attempted to restore his fortunes. He made one final effort to win a nomination for the U.S. Congress, but suffered defeat at the hands of his own son, Confederate Brigadier General John B. Clark, Jr., who went on to have a long congressional career. Clark, Sr. died in Fayette on October 29, 1885, and is buried in Fayette Cemetery. Source: More Generals in Gray

Oval salt print photograph. 3 1/2 x 5. Displayed in archival gray mat with gold oval trim. The mat measures 8 x 10. This photograph came from a Whitehurst Gallery scrapbook, circa 1857-59. Very fine image. Scarce.     

<b>United States Congressman from Michigan</b>

(1823-80) Born in Dansville, New York, moved to Michigan in 1844, taught school in Ingham County, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1849, and practiced in De Witt, Clinton County, Michigan. He was elected prosecuting attorney for Clinton County in 1852, 1854, 1856, 1858, and 1862. He was a member of the Michigan State Senate in 1861-62; and provost marshal of the Sixth Congressional District, 1863-65. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1856 and 1868; and served as U.S. Congressman, 1869-71.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 3/8 x 4 3/4. Huge ink signature, R. Strickland, St. Johns, Mich.  

8 pages. From The Army of the Potomac. The Battle of Falling Waters. An Official Dispatch from Gen. Meade Refuting Gen. Lee's Denial. The Report of General Kilpatrick. A New Rebel Camp Discovered. Changes and Promotions. General Meade and the Army. A Letter From General Sickles. Naval Movements. Reception of the Flagship Hartford by the Navy Yard. Effect of the Rebel Fire on Our Vessels. Survey of the Steamer Richmond. Mysterious Naval Battle. A United States Gunboat and a Rebel Privateer Engaged on the Coast of Maine. The Battle Witnessed by a Number of Persons. No Official Report of the Affair. Jeff Davis Captured Correspondence. The Indian War. Fight on the Missouri River. All the Indians This Side of the Rocky Mountains Hostile. News From Fortress Monroe. Advice From Charleston. The Draft. Who Are Deserters? Skedaddlers Arrested. Important From California. Trouble With the Secessionists in the Southern Counties. The Operations Against Vicksburg. General Grant's Report. The National Draft. Report of the Judge Advocate to the Governor of New York. The Metropolitan Police. Their Service During the Riot Week. Their Honorable Record. Affairs in Tennessee, and much more war news. Light wear.  A white ironstone Sugar in the Victor shape. Potted by F Jones + Co. Ca. 1868. It is 8 inches H. Mint condition with a tiny chigger on inside rim of lid.

Salt Print Photograph, Confederate Gener $250.00


Autograph, Randolph Strickland $10.00


The New York Times, August 13, 1863 $35.00



A white ironstone Teapot in the popular Laurel Wreath shape. Elsmore + Forster. Ca. 1867. Mint condition with excellent color and detail. 8 1/2 inches H.  

<b>Commander of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry</b>

Civil War patriotic imprint with an excellent illustration of Colonel Richard H. Rush wearing a Hardee hat with plume and cavalry insignia. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. 5 x 3. Rare.

WBTS Trivia: Richard H. Rush graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point on July 1, 1846.


Edited by Michael Burlingame. Published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 1998. Hard cover with dust jacket, 291 pages, index, new condition.

With this volume Michael Burlingame exhumes yet another valuable but largely forgotten trove of Lincolniana. Noah Brooks observed Lincoln almost daily in various settings, and with a reporter's keen eye for detail.

During the Civil War, few outside Abraham Lincoln's immedite circle of family, friends, and advisers had as much access to the president as the young journalist Noah Brooks. Brooks had lived in Illinois where he first met Lincoln before migrating to California. The Sacremento Daily Union posted him to Washington, D.C., in 1862. From the Union capital, Brooks filed dispatches that were unusually candid, not only because he and the president were so close but also because of the long delay between the time Lincoln disclosed something to Brooks and the time the issue of the Sacremento Daily Union containing that information could reach Washington. Meeting with Lincoln nearly daily during the last two and a half years of the war, Brooks witnessed firsthand the president's actions and was privy to his thoughts and feelings about political enemies and the evolving purpose of the war. The relationship was such that Brooks was slated to be the president's personal secretary during the second term.

Brooks's famous 1895 memoir, Washington in Lincoln's Times, included none of the raw material- wartime dispatches, selected letters, and personal reminiscences- which Michael Burlingame collects for the first time in Lincoln Observed. This new volume provides a singular perspective on Lincoln's last years and a solid appraisal of the president's personality and politics. It also reveals much about Washington politics during those anxious times and reflects public opinion in the North about the conduct of the war. Lincoln Observed offers an intimate portrait of Abraham Lincoln and a riveting insider's account of Washington during the Civil War.  

Sixth plate ambrotype of seated Union officer wearing a single breasted frock coat with shoulder straps. His coat is worn open to show his military vest. He poses next to a table with a book visible on top. Comes in a full case with brass mat, keeper and glass. Very sharp and clear image. The original photograph is much clearer than the scan indicates.



Colonel Richard H. Rush $25.00


Lincoln Observed, Civil War Dispatches o $25.00


Ambrotype, Union Officer $200.00

Large coat size button, Albert LA. 24a, monogram two piece button with interlaced PG initials. 20mm, with backmark of T.W. & W., Paris, complete with shank with anchor and bomb. This button came from a coat found in Houston in the early 1970's from which Albert obtained the buttons and used to illustrate in his excellent reference book. It comes with a note [copy] by Albert written in 1975 expressing his gratitude in obtaining several of these buttons. The Pelican Guards were Company B, organized on October 26th, 1861, [Orleans] and they served aboard the floating battery New Orleans at Columbus, Kentucky, and at Island #10, Tennessee, where they were captured, on April 8th, 1862. Very desirable.  

The Nashville was destroyed by the Union ironclad monitor Montauk in the Ogeechee River off Fort McAllister, Georgia, on February 28, 1863. 

Clump of pine resin that was originally shipped in casks. Desirable Confederate blockade runner relic.      

<b>Killed in 1863</b>

(1820-63) Graduated in the West Point class of 1842 with James Longstreet. He saw service in the Indian campaigns and was brevetted captain and major for gallantry in the Mexican War. He resigned from the U.S. Army on Jan. 31, 1861, in order to join the Confederacy. Commissioned brigadier general on June 5, 1861, he was assigned to Texas where some of the Union forces there surrendered to him. Promoted to major general on September 19, 1861. The following January he was appointed commander of the Army of the West in the Trans-Mississippi theater where he fought at Elkhorn Tavern. Transfered to the Army of Mississippi, he served at Corinth and Vicksburg. Placed in charge of General John C. Pemberton's cavalry, he destroyed General Grant's supply depots at Holly Springs, Miss., an important achievement in disrupting Grant's Vicksburg operations. He was murdered in his headquarters in May 1863 by a Dr. Peters, who alleged Van Dorn had violated the sanctity of his home!

Authentic, portrait engraving, in uniform, with printed facsimile autograph below. Etched by Charles B. Hall, New York. 12 x 16. Comes with printed biographical record outlining the military career of General Van Dorn. Scarce. 


Sixth plate tintype of a seated Union cavalryman wearing a kepi, shell jacket with the piping tinted gold, rectangular eagle belt plate, and posing with one arm on a studio table. The image is housed in a worn half case with brass mat, keeper and glass. Very fine image. The original photograph is much sharper than the scan indicates.

Confederate Louisiana Pelican Guard Butt


Relic From the Confederate Blockade Runn $10.00


Confederate General Earl Van Dorn $45.00


Tintype, Union Cavalryman

Thumbtack pierced at the top where it was once posted likely by the proud <I>dog track dandy</I> posing with dog and trophy, this neat old piece of Americana shows eye pleasing evidence of age bears a period inscription on the back, <I> Papa Ė in 1870-1</I>.  Collectors of dog track memorabilia will recognize this as a very early example of the sport here in the U. S. with most references dating the beginning of dog track racing here as early 1900s.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 A classic old Masonic hall ironstone coffee cup, totally original and in fine condition with no chips, dings, cracks or imperfections of any kind.  Illustrated here with a U. S. quarter for size comparison this neat old lodge hall cup sports a Masonic device on one side and the emblem of the Eastern Star on the other.  Not a big deal but for the Masonic collector a nice piece of turn of the century Americana without spending a lot of money.  Some of us old-timers can still attest to the pleasantness of a cup of <I>joe</I> from one of these heavy old pottery cups.  <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 A nice <B>CARTERíS INK</B> embossed stoneware master ink with the early <B>STIFF & SONS LAMBETH</B> potter marking.  (James Stiff commenced his pottery in 1842 then in 1863 he brought his sons aboard to create Stiff & Sons in Lambeth.)  The bottle stands approximately 6 inches and retains a portion of the original paper label.  <B> CARTERíS WRITING FLUID</B> is desirable on the age discolored label.  All in nice original condition with no chips, cracks or crazing and nice smooth glaze. A nice companion item with antique writing instruments and equipment.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 A white ironstone soup tureen base without the lid in the Divided Gothic shape(we think). Potted by Anthony Shaw. Ca. 1850s. 10 panel. 10 inch OD., 8 1/4 inches recessed area for lid. Excellent condition with minor wear on inside rim and some crazing. Nice color and handles.



antique Masonic / Eastern Star - Lodge H $35.00


Carterís Writing Fluid - STONEWARE MAST $75.00



A white ironstone pitcher in the Wheat in the Meadow shape. AKA Prairie Flowers. Potted by Powell + Bishop. Ca. 1869. It is 10 inches H. to the handle. It has been used. Wear on the high points and a seam separation on the handle(all pictured).  A four(4) pc. white ironstone Sauce Tureen in the Sydenham shape. Potted by T + R Boote. Ca. 1853. Excellent color and crisp detail. Mint condition with no flaws. 9 inches H., underplate is 8 1/2 inches lg., ladle is 7 inches lg.  

The "Minho" ran the Union blockade between Charleston and Bermuda. On October 2nd, 1862, she ran aground and was struck by a shell from the U.S.S. "Flambeau," while trying to enter Charleston Harbor. Her cargo consisted of arms for the Confederate Army. 

Three English Enfield percussion caps. Desirable Confederate blockade runner relics.  

<b>State Chemist of Texas, was in charge of the Texas Percussion Cap Factory in Austin, and he served with the Confederate Nitre and Mining Bureau during the War Between The States</b>

(1825-1903) Born in Bavaria, he was educated at the University of Munich and participated in the 1848 revolution against the king. He later emigrated to the United States and settled in Kingston, Tennessee where he built a cottonseed oil mill. In 1856, DeRyee moved to New Braunfels, Texas, and while there he experimented with photographic systems that did not use silver or mercury and developed a photographic system called homeography. The process used photography to make multiple copies of drawings and was used to print Texas Cotton Bonds during the Civil War. DeRyee earned a living by photography and lantern slide exhibitions. He exhibited photographic transparencies, which he produced on glass. He made an album of photographs of the Eighth Texas Legislature, and two famous photographs of Governor Sam Houston in 1860. With Ben McCulloch, he accompanied the Texas troops that secured the capitulation of San Antonio and recorded the surrender. At the beginning of the War Between the States DeRyee was appointed state chemist and put in charge of the Texas Percussion Cap Manufactory in Austin by the Texas Military Board on January 11, 1862. He was the only chemist west of the Mississippi who knew how to make fulminate of mercury, and he personally prepared all that was produced from the Texas Military Board. Toward the end of the war he served with the Confederate Nitre and Mining Bureau, and he developed several important sources of nitrate from the bat caves of Central Texas. As a part of developmental research, he worked out a procedure for making gun cotton and demonstrated its value as an explosive in marine torpedoes. Source: Texas State Historical Association

<u>Manuscript Receipt</u>: 6 3/4 x 3 1/2, in ink. Corpus Chrisit, Dec. 16th, 1879. Received of Mr. W.N. Gullett Seventy five Dollars for one Iron gray Horse. Wm. DeRyee. Light age toning. Very fine.





Relics From the Confederate Blockade Run $10.00


William De Ryee Sells a Horse in Texas $45.00

Sixth plate tintype of a seated Union officer sporting a goatee beard and wearing a single breasted frock coat with shoulder straps, rectangular eagle belt plate, gauntlets, and holding his slouch hat. The image is housed in a half case with brass mat, keeper and glass. Very fine image.   

(1832-1913) The 29 year old Prince de Polignac came to the Confederacy with a distinguished record in the Crimean War, and was named Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of Staff to General P.G.T. Beauregard on July 16, 1861. After fighting at Corinth, he was named brigadier general on January 10, 1863 and served under General Richard Taylor in the Red River campaign of 1864. Put in command of a Texas Brigade, he met with disapproval, hostility and the nickname, "Polecat." He soon won their respect and admiration as a combat leader moving up to division command at Sabine Cross Roads, and on June 13, 1864 was appointed major general. About 6 foot 4 inches tall, and thin, he was a gallant and talented soldier as well as one of the war's most romantic figures. His statue is on the Sabine Cross Roads battlefield.

Authentic, portrait engraving, in uniform, with printed facsimile autograph below. Etched by Charles B. Hall, New York. 12 x 16. Comes with printed biographical record outlining the military career of General Polignac during the War Between The States.  Rare.  A white ironstone Vegetable in the Hyacinth shape. Wedgwood + Co. Ca. 1860s. 9 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches ID. Mint condition with slight wear on one handle.  A white ironstone Vegetable in the Laurel shape. Potted by Wedgwood + Co. Ca. 1860s. Wonderful crisp detail and color. Mint condition. 11 x 7 3/4 inches OD.

Tintype, Union Officer Wearing Gauntlets


Confederate General Camille Armand Jules $45.00





Three(3) white ironstone Cups + Saucers in the Chinese shape. Potted by T + R Boote. Ca. 1858. Saucers are 5 3/4 inches D., cups are 3 1/4 inches D., 2 3/4 inches H. Mint condition except one cup has a tight hairline on one panel. I tried to take a picture- looks like crazing. Price is for all.  

<b>Written by Clark S. Edwards, Colonel of the regiment

He commanded the 5th Maine during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General

"We are still in camp near the C.H. and I do not see much prospect of a move at present as the roads are awful and are growing still worse as the rains come. We have not received a mail of late and do not think we shall at present as the roads are almost impassable at the present time"</b>  

(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine.  He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission from the appropriate authorities to form a company of volunteers, and set out to gather recruits from Bethel and the surrounding towns.  This group of men became Company I, of the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry, with Edwards commissioned as their captain on June 24, 1861.  He rose through the ranks and was appointed colonel of the regiment, on January 8, 1863, commanding the 5th Maine Infantry from that date forward. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War service record.

The 5th Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry was one of the first Maine regiments to be mustered into the Union Army.  They fought in many battles from 1st Bull Run to Petersburg.  During the battle of Rappahannock Station the regiment is credited with capturing 4 Confederate battle flags and 1,200 prisoners.  Known as one of Maine's best fighting regiments, it captured more prisoners than the entire number of men who served in the regiment, and three times the number of battle flags than any other Maine regiment.  After three long years of hard fought service only 193 men were mustered out of the regiment when their term of service expired.  Among their battle honors are written the names of 1st Bull Run, Gaines' Mill, 2nd Bull Run, Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Rapidan Crossing, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.

2 pages, 5 x 8, one page is in ink, and the other one is in pencil. Comes with cover addressed in the hand of Edwards to his wife Mrs. C.S. Edwards, Bethel, Maine, [thus autographed] with partial Washington, D.C.  postmark and 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp. 

<b><u>Thursday, P.M., [November]* 20th/62</b></u>

As I have no chance of sending your letters to Hd. Qrs. today, I thought I would add a little more with it.  I want you to send me with my coats a flannel shirt, something that is good made of fine English blue plaid if you can find it.  Make them long enough to cover my lower extremities.  I have been expecting Chas. here for some time but as we have been on the move all the time if he comes it will be hard for him to find us.  The best way for him to get here is to come by Aquia Creek & take the R.R. and come by on to Fredericksburg, or find some conveyance to Brookís Division and I think it will be Smithís Corps and Franklinís Grand Corps.


Friday noon- as I have not had a chance to send this to the Post Office I thought I would put in a line or two more.  We are still in camp near the C.H. ** and I do not see much prospect of a move at present as the roads are awful and are growing still worse as the rains come.  Yesterday was very rainy, also last night, but today it has rained but little.  We have not received a mail of late and do not think we shall at present as the roads are almost impassable at the present time.  The boys are all about the same that is the Bethel boys.  Dan Stearns is not very well and if he does not get better I shall try to get him discharged.  Brownís boys are well.  The Clever fellow is back to the Hospital somewhere.  Dave is well.  Bryce is quite smart but I think is homesick.  I have not heard from Sue Sawyer of late. 

Light age staining and wear. The letter is unsigned. As Edwards mentions, these few lines were in addition to another letter he had written. Since the roads were impassable and the mail was not going out that day, he wanted to take advantage of the extra time he was afforded and add some more lines to his wife. These two pages were separated from the other letter somewhere in time. However, this came out of a large group of war date letters written by Colonel Edwards so rest assured that the ID is absolutely correct. The envelope further corroborates the ID. Interesting content written shortly before the battle of Fredericksburg, Va.

* I consulted a Civil War calendar and Thursday the 20th was in November 1862. Other letters written by Edwards at the time indicate that the 5th Maine Infantry were quartered near Stafford Court House, Virginia.

** Stafford Court House, Virginia  

Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of Colonel Joshua T. Owen of the 69th Pennsylvania Volunteers. 5 3/8 x 3. Light staining and corner wear. 

Joshua T. Owen was later promoted to Brigadier General in the Union Army.

***Please read the history about these Union patriotic imprints recently discovered in their individual category section on the website. CIVIL WAR MEMORABILIA/Patriotic Imprints.  

(1820-66) Born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, he was successively a resident of Missouri, where he received his education at Marion College; Mississippi, where he taught school and became a lawyer and planter; and Louisiana, where he was a member of the legislature for two terms. Meantime he studied law at Harvard, traveled in Europe, and saw service in the Texas War for Independence. He enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army and was immediately elected lieutenant colonel of the 4th Louisiana Infantry, and shortly colonel. He was first wounded at Shiloh in April 1862; and his leg was so shattered at Baton Rouge, La., in August of that year as to compel him to walk on crutches for the remainder of his life. He was appointed brigadier general on August 19, 1863. General Allen's most distinguished service was as governor of Louisiana during the last year of the war. Faced with enormous difficulties, his accomplishments in shoring up the economy of the Trans-Mississippi Department were unequalled. He was certainly one of the finest administrators produced by the Confederacy. After helping to negotiate the surrender of the forces under General Kirby Smith, he went to Mexico City, where he established an English language newspaper. His death occurred there on April 22, 1866. He is buried in Baton Rouge, on the grounds of the old state capitol. Source: Generals in Gray

Authentic, portrait engraving, in Confederate uniform, with printed facsimile autograph below. Etched by Charles B. Hall, New York. 12 x 16. Scarce, especially in this large format.



5th Maine Infantry Letter $85.00


Colonel J. T. Owen, 69th Regiment Pennsyl $25.00


Confederate General Henry W. Allen $25.00

<b>Awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Mo., in 1861</b> 

(1836-1918) Wherry was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for distinguished gallantry at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, Aug. 10, 1861. He was brevetted for gallantry for his actions in the Atlanta campaign, at Franklin, Nashville and Wilmington, receiving promotion to brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865. He was the bearer of the rolls and terms of surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston's Army to Washington, D.C. He fought in the Spanish American War participating in the battle of San Juan Hill and the capture of Santiago.

<u>Document Signed</u>: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2, imprint signed in ink. 

Headquarters Military Division of the Pacific, 

San Francisco, Cal., January 15, 1872

Special Orders, No. 12 

Captain Robert P. Wilson, 5th Cavalry, will proceed to his station in the Department of Arizona without delay.

By Order Of Major General Schofield


Assistant Adjutant General 

Large ink signature at the bottom, Wm. M. Wherry, above his printed title of Aide-de-Camp

Stamped below his signature, Capt. G.C. Smith, A.Q.M., San Francisco, Jan. 16, 1872.

Addressed in red ink at bottom left, G.C. Smith, A.Q.M.

Light age toning and wear.     

<b>He also served in the 1st Indiana Cavalry</b>

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in single breasted uniform coat with shoulder straps visible. Displayed in fancy oval medallion frame design. Light staining and edge wear to the card mount. Backmark: W.T. Worthington, New Albany, Indiana. This photograph was identified from an autographed cdv of Bennett that was signed, "James H. Bennett, Surg. 46th U.S.C. Infty." I will include a xerox copy of the signed image. Scarce.

James H. Bennett, was a resident of Crawford County, Indiana, when he enlisted as a private on August 20, 1861, and was mustered into Co. E, 1st Indiana Cavalry. He was discharged for promotion on April 16, 1863, and commissioned into the field and staff as a surgeon in the 46th United States Colored Infantry. He was mustered out of the service on January 30, 1866.     

Confederate patriotic cover with vignette of the South Carolina flag with palmetto tree and moon and slogan below, "We Are Seven." Light wear. "Necessity" cover which looks like it was made out of a piece of stationary.  


3 x 4 1/2, imprint.

Full color vignette of a Confederate shield flanked by Confederate 1st National flags, and a shield with the Virginia State Seal and motto, Sic Semper Tyrannis. The slogan, THUS WILL IT EVER BE WITH TYRANTS" is printed above, and "VIRGINIA THE MIGHTY" is printed below. Below this is a larger oval Virginia State Seal with their motto, "Sic Semper Tyrannis." Light age toning and wear. Two very tiny paper chips and tears at the top edge. Very desirable Virginia Confederate secession card.

These were used to express Confederate patriotism and oftentimes pinned to clothing or proudly displayed in the window of a Southern home.

Autograph, General William M. Wherry


CDV, Surgeon James H. Bennett, 46th U. S. $150.00


South Carolina Patriotic Cover, We Are S $60.00


Confederate Secession Card

(1822-1900) Born in Fredericksburg, Va., he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1842. He commenced the study of law but soon obtained an appointment to West Point from which he graduated in 1846. His antebellum record in the regular army was distinguished and included the brevet of 1st lieutenant for gallantry at Cerro Gordo in the Mexican War. His first post in the Confederacy was as colonel and chief of staff to General Earl Van Dorn, then commanding in the Trans-Mississippi. He was promoted to brigadier general for gallantry at Pea Ridge on March 18, 1862. He also fought gallantly at Iuka and Corinth and was appointed major general November 4, 1862. After brief service at Vicksburg and in East Tennessee, he assumed command at Mobile, which he most ably defended until its capture in 1865. In 1868 he was the founder of the Southern Historical Society.

Authentic, portrait engraving, in Confederate uniform, with printed facsimile autograph below. Etched by Charles B. Hall, New York. 12 x 16. Comes with printed biographical record outlining the military career of General Maury during the War Between The States. Scarce, especially in this large format.

 A white ironstone Gravy in the Ceres shape. Made by Elsmore + Forster. Ca. 1850s. Excellent color and crisp detail. near mint condition with some wear-roughness on one area of foot. 8 1/4 inches lg.  

<b>Photographer's Advertising Imprint

Mentions General William T. Sherman & Sergeant Boston Corbett</b>

5 1/2 x 8 1/2, imprint, with vignette of an eagle in flight carrying an American flag.


Soldiers' National Re-Union

Caldwell, Ohio

September 15th and 16th, 1874

This brilliant encampment, honored as it was by the presence of General W.T. Sherman himself, Boston Corbett, Chaplain McCabe, and other distinguished men, besides ten thousand soldiers and citizens was photographed in eight views by D.C. Pierce, photographer, Caldwell, Ohio, as follows:

1. Parade Ground and Camp

2. Soldiers forming for Parade

3. Parade, Battle Flags and People

4. Forming for the Charge

5. Charging Breastworks

6. Capturing Cannon

7. Grand Return March to Camp

These Photos are twenty five cents each.


Please name which one you desire.

Also, a large Solar View, showing: The Whole Line of Battle; The Old Battle Flags; The Artillery; Ten Thousand Spectators; The Railroad Track; Headquarters and the Entire Camp; in one colossal view. This is a fine Albumen Print; 8 x 10, $1; 10 x 12, $1.50; 11 x 14, $2. This is a very fine picture, and every family should have one.

Send in orders at once, with the money, and the pictures will be promptly mailed to any address. I have also fine photographs of Boston Corbett and Private Dalzell, for 25 cents, sent on receipt of price.




Light age toning and wear. Small paper chips at the corners. Very desirable Ohio photographer's advertising imprint. Scarce.

 A white ironstone lidded Punch Bowl and 6 cups in the President shape. made by John Edwards. Ca. 1855. The bowl is 9 3/4 inches D., 6 1/4 inches H. without he lid. Beautiful color and detail. Mint condition with no crazing, hairlines or chips. The cups are 2 3/4 inches D., 3 3/4 inches H.

Confederate General Dabney H. Maury $25.00




1874 Soldiers' National Re-Union Broadsi



<b>Who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga, Ga. in 1863</b>

<u>General Preston Smith</u>: (1823-63) Born in Giles County, Tennessee, he attended Jackson College at Columbia, then studied law, and after admission to the bar, practiced in Memphis. In 1861 he was commissioned colonel of the 154th Tennessee, a militia regiment which was mustered into the Confederate service under its old state designation. While leading the 154th he was severely wounded at Shiloh. He was attached to Cleburne's division of General Kirby Smith's command during the invasion of Kentucky, in command of a brigade. After the wounding of Cleburne at Richmond, Kentucky, Smith commanded the division. He was promoted to brigadier general on October 27, 1862. The following year he took into the battle of Chickamauga a brigade of four Tennessee regiments and a battalion in General Benjamin F. Cheatham's division of General Leonidas Polk's corps; the corps that was intended to form the right wing of the army. In the course of an attack launched at dark on the night of September 19, 1863, General Preston Smith unwittingly rode into the front of a Federal detachment, which recognizing him as a Confederate officer, fired a volley that mortally wounded him and killed his aide outright. Transported to the rear, he died less than an hour later. His body was taken to Atlanta and buried. It was later re-interred in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn. Source: Generals in Gray

7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink.

Memphis, Mch. 31st, 1866

The undersigned agree to pay the sums opposite their respective names (to the committee appointed to receive the same) for the creation of a fund to be used in paying the necessary expenses in the removal of the remains of the late Genl. Preston Smith to this city (his old home) for interment in Elmwood Cemetery, and to provide a modest and appropriate monument to be erected to his memory. 

Includes eight signatures with each one committing to donate $50.00.

Light age toning and wear. Very fine. An extremely desirable document relating to this Confederate General who was killed during the War Between The States! 


<b>Killed in action at Blair's Landing, Louisiana in 1864</b> 

(1814-64) Born in Amelia County, Va., he graduated from the University of Nashville, and studied law under his father who was a justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Moving to Texas, he fought at San Jacinto in the War for Texas Independence, and with General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War as captain of the 1st Texas Rifles. He served as clerk of the Texas Supreme Court 1841-61. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed colonel of the 5th Texas Cavalry which he led at Valverde, New Mexico Territory. He distinguished himself at Galveston, Texas, and under General Richard Taylor in Louisiana. Promoted to brigadier general, May 20, 1863, he saw action in the Red River campaign, at Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, and was killed in action at Blair's Landing, La., April 12, 1864. He was struck by a shell from one of the Union gunboats.

<u>Signature With Date</u>: 3 1/4 x 1 1/8, in ink, Oct. 25, 1860, T. Green. Very fine autograph signed shortly before the commencement of the War Between The States.  

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette featuring the uniforms of ten different Zouave regiments. Each soldier has a number with corresponding key below with identification. Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3 1/8. Published by J.E. Tilton & Co., Boston. Scarce.  

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

(1824-81) He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1843, and remained there for two years. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1847, and practiced in Boston, Mass. He moved to Beloit, Wisconsin in 1848, and served as the district attorney of Rock County, 1850-54. He belonged to the Stephen A. Douglas wing of the Democratic Party until the start of the Civil War. He served as a Republican U.S. Senator, 1869-75, and 1879-81, and was president pro tempore during the 43rd U.S. Congress. Served as  chairman, of the  Committee on Enrolled Bills. 

Authentic, 6 x 9 1/4, portrait engraving, with printed facsimile autograph. Excellent.

Document Regarding Reburial of Confedera


Autograph, General Thomas Green


Zouave Regiments


Matthew H. Carpenter $10.00

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