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An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan 2, 1862, w front page a full page map  "The Siege of Yorktown"  incl Williamsburg & Yorktown, Big Bethel incl small illus of Professor Lowes Balloon,  Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Portsmouth, etc, in cl sites of rebel rifle pits, forts, etc, w 8pp of War news incl latest from Yorktown, also Beaufort, NC & Siege of Fort Macon, Bombardment of Fort Jackson, Louisiana, etc. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

 An original complete 8pp Civil War  newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer  October 4, 1862  with a nice 7 x 10" front page map titled "Seat of War in Virginia and Maryland" showing the battle sites from Hagerstown & Sharpsburg to Harpers Ferry with the latest from the Battlefield at Antietam, Maryland- President Lincoln's Review of the  Army at Antietam & details of his vist to Harpers Ferry, Battle Report minors Hill & Bolivar Heights, Lincoln's First Emancipation Proclamation, etc. VG, disbound with small edge cuts. The Inquirer was one of the few Civil War papers that routinely showed fine front page illustrations of War events and these illus issues are suitable for framing.

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I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

 An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb 20, 1862, w 8 x 7" front page map of "Columbus And Its Vicinity " showing  Columbus, Kentucky & Belmont, Missouri, incl the Confederate defenses & water batteries.  The 8pp complete issue announces Columbus has been evacuated, w details of the town defenses, and  headlines the Union Capture of Fort Donelson, Tennessee w details of the assault, gun boat attacks, Commodore Foote, Navy casualties, Capture of General Price, etc. The map shows exc detail of the Confederate batteries and defenses, now part of Columbus-Belmont State Park. Edge cuts, disb, Overall VG.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

 An original group of 97 brass artillery coat buttons captured from the Spanish in 1898- I obtained these non-dug buttons years ago from Bannerman's Arsenal. Francis Bannerman purchased the captured Spanish Army ordnance and uniforms, insignia, etc from the US government circa 1900. The handsome 2pc brass coat buttons w crossed cannon, cannon balls and the crown of Castile.  The brass buttons  have silvered iron backs and copper button hooks. The buttons bear Barcelona and Paris maker  backmarks.  All are Good to Exc condition, a few with minor  rust spots on reverse only. The group.


   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

YORKTOWN VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR SIEGE ILLUS $85.00

 

CIVIL WAR MAP ILLUS NEWS LINCOLN VISITS $85.00

 

FORT DONELSON BELMONT & COLUMBUS CIVIL $85.00

 

CAPTURED MILITARY BUTTON GROUP CUBA PHIL $125.00

General William Sidney Graves was a Wyoming Frontier infantry officer but is best remembered as Commander of the Siberian Expedition  American Expeditionary Forces, keeping the Trans-Siberian railroad open and providing safe conduct for the Czech Legion during the Allied peacekeeping effort. He was called "the only honorable man" in the catastrophic affair. An original circa 1929 Photo of General Graves taken in Panama where he commanded US Forces on the canal, 1927-29 . General Graves is seated at his desk, with major general rank straps and AEF campaign bar. 8 x 6" w linen back, blue pencil idd "Gen Graves Cristobel (Panama)".  VG. Comes w bio info.


   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance


 US Navy Lieutenant Frank K Hill was an officer on the Cruiser USS Brooklyn during the Battle of Santiago Bay, Cuba 1898. An original signed chestview photo of Lt Hill wearing his campaign medals including the USS Brooklyn Medal given by the Citizens of Brooklyn, and also the Battle of Santiago Bay WT Sampson Medal. The 8 x 10" sepia tone photo is ink signed on the lower margin "With Love F. K Hill".  Reverse w a circa 1898 "War Department" imprint. Age dark at margins, Overall Exc.


   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance


  An original India Proof Engraving of Illinois General John Logan, winner of the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Vicksburg; Logan was a brilliant combat commander, from Belmont & Fort Donelson, to Resaca, Dallas & Atlanta. One of only 100 copies made, publ by Vertue & Yorston, NYC, 1865, at the Civil War's End. 16 x 12" waistview. This Series was unmarked, & I will provide copy of the gallery fronts-piece. This is not  one of the small bookplate images often encountered. Edge wear, age spots, Overall VG.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 


  I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn.  

 I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance

 An original pair of binoculars, typical Civil War era constructed brass tubes with , black enamel finish, tubes micely etched  "US Signal Glass Day & Night" The eyepieces  bear the makers marks "Chevalier Opticien Paris".  extends to 7"'. The leather covers are gonewere replaced with  and old dark green paint, showing wear and brass underneath. They are similar to a pair shown in WC Davis "Commanders of the CW" The optics & mechanism are VG overall.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

US GENERAL WILLIAM S GRAVES SIBERIAN EXP $95.00

 

SIGNED PHOTO BATTLE OF SANTIAGO BAY CUBA $135.00

 

GENERAL JOHN LOGAN ENGRAVED CIVIL WAR PO $95.00

 

CIVIL WAR US SIGNAL CORP GLASSES $150.00

Joab Nelson Patterson of Hopkinton, New Hampshire was a notable Civil War Colonel of the 2nd NH Volunteers, wounded at Gettysburg, Brevet Brigadier General and postwar United Sates Marshal in New Hampshire, 1860s-80s. An original group of 27 US Marshal Account documents for Patterson, 1867-1886, most in the 1870s, Most are 2pp 16 x 13" ptd/ink Account Lists for compensation for jurors, deputies,  witnesses, support of prisoners, marshal's expenses , District of New Hampshire and each signed by Patterson as US Marshal. All G-VG, some w age staings, edge cuts. The group comes w Pattersons Civil war service info. The group

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.


 An original Civil War CDV photo of a young noncom officer standing with hand in coat like Young Napoleon. The very serious young man has a light stripe on his coat lower sleeve. The CDV has lower corners clipped, but the image is sharp & clear & Overall VG. This is only the 2nd Decorah, Iowa soldier image I have seen, despite the fact that over 300 volunteers, many of Norwegian heritage enlisted from Decorah, Winnesheik Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.


 General Truman Seymour commanded the Florida Expedition of February, 1864, resulting in the Capture of Jacksonville and Battle of Olustee where the Union Forces were defeated in one of the heaviest fought battles of the war. An original order issued by General Seymour at his HQ, "Hilton Head, Pulaski, Tybee and St Helena Islands", Hilton Head, SC. Jan 30, 1864 ordering his command to drill with marching gear  "to  assure steady marching under fire".   This Order was issued for Seymour's Florida Campaign and 3 weeks later resulted in the decisive Battle of Olustee. 2pp 8 x 5" ptd. Edge wear & age stains, folds, 2 punch holes in left margin, Overall VG.

General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army. Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops. 

General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; 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.

Usually, American Military Orders of the 19th century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5" sheet of quality rag paper.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques - www.mikebrackin.com

I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance

 Union General Thomas Crittenden of Russellville, Kentucky and General Alexander McCook of Columbiana, Ohio  were blamed for the Union defeat at Chicamauga, Georgia, 1863 and courtmartialed but exonerated. An original War Dept Order, Washington, DC, Sept 28, 1863, issued days after the Battle of Chickamauga  ordering a Court of Inquiry into the conduct of General Crittenden & General McCook  in the Battles of Sept 18 & 19 and relieving them from duty w the Army of the Cumberland. 1p 8 x 5" ptd.  Edge wear, stains, 2 punch holes in left margin, Overall VG.

General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army. Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops. 

General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; 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.

Usually, American Military Orders of the 19th century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5" sheet of quality rag paper.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com

UNITED STATES MARSHAL DOCUMENTS GROUP 1 $135.00

 

DECORAH IOWA CIVIL WAR SOLDIER CDV PHOTO $85.00

 

BATTLE OF OLUSTEE FLORIDA CIVIL WAR CAMP $150.00

 

CIVIL WAR TENNESSEE BATTLE OF CHICKAMAU $225.00

Frank Tousey's Five Cent Wide Awake Library was published in New York and Tousey was the first to publish stories of the Jesse James Gang in this dime novel style format.

The first James Boys Adventure appeared in 1881. An original May 24, 1882. issue of the Five Cent Wide Awake Librarty titled "The James Boys in Mexico, Publication No 490 (the 10th issue in the James Boys Series) The 16pp magazine is approx 8 x 11.5" with large cover illus of the James Boys shooting a Mexican bandit, illus by DW Stevens. The back page  lists the Library Publications incl the James Boys Series. Age stains, edge tears, margin chips, chips, complete and Overall Good.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War.  An original, complete issue of the Harpers Weekly news Oct 10, 1863 issue, with a  full cover illus of "Major-General George H Thomas, USA, the Hero of Chickamauga- Photographed by Brady". The 12pp issue includes War news and illustrations of the Union Artillery at Black Island, Siege of Charleston & a fine double sheet illus of the Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac by Thomas Nast, also the classic "Sharpshooter" image by Alfred Waud, 14pp, small archival repairs on edges, overall VG. Harpers Weekly,  the leading Civil War news journal  w illus of leaders, battle scenes, reports by war correspondents,  maps,  etc. The issues are typically 12-14pp, disbound, complete, w small edge tears, age spots & VG condition except as noted.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.


 A group of 31 original calling cards for RAF officers, many who served from WWI to WWII. The group includes cards for group Flight Captains, Wing Commanders, Squadron Leaders, Medical Service  etc, also a few spouses, includes HS Scroggs (KIA 1941, AJ Pegg (test pilot), PBB Ogilvie, GH Russell (DFC), HJ Pringle, P Polglase, HE Proud, JH Herring, HB Wrigley Fighter Command Air Marshal) GH Vasse, JBM Wallis, JKR Landells, JLN Bennett-Boggs, CT Oneill, CEV Porter, Trafford Leigh-Mallory, RAF Nurse Gladys Taylor, Capt Claude H Keith,  etc, total 24 officers and 7 wives. A few of the cards are duplicates, all date from circa 1920s-30s.   A few w small age spots, most are VG-Exc, all approx 3.2 x 1.5" . The group 

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War.  A striking carved wood bas relief of a scene showing medieval knights jousting in a tournament. The beautifully carved 41 x 18" single piece of pine wood is beautifully carved  and the knights, their steeds and the soldiers show wonderful 3  dimension relief. I believe this was carved in Europe, possibly mid 19th century during the upsurge of interest in knight errant generated by the novels of Sir Walter Scott. The overall size approx 41 x 18 x 3.5 inches. The figures and background retain much of their original paint. The figures have cracks and a few are are missing their feet or lower limbs. The bas relief has a lengthwise crack recently repaired with steel straps on the reverse. Shipping Wt 28 pounds, UPS Shipping Only.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

THE JAMES BOYS WIDE AWAKE LIBRARY 1882 P $250.00

 

GENERAL GEORGE THOMAS ILLUS HARPERS WEEK $85.00

 

WORLD WAR TWO RAF OFFICER CALLING CARD G $125.00

 

KNIGHTS TOURNAMENT JOUSTING 19TH CENTUR $2500.00

The Military Order of the Loyal Legion, known as MOLLUS was formed at the End of the War by Civil War officers and included many of the leading Commanders. An original group of 9 Reunion items for the Minnesota Commandery of MOLLUS, 1892-1897  incl 2 multipage  Registers of Minnesota members, 4 Reunion Programs including the Program & Dinner Menu, and 3  Programs for  Loyal legion Dinners for Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Anniversary.  All approx 7 x 5", all complete, some w color illus covers, all disbound w edge cuts, age stains, wear. The group of 9 items

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.


 An attractive item for the country store or writing instrument enthusiast, this original circa 1840 broadside is printed on one side for posting and measures 10 ¼ X 6 ¾ inches promoting Boston Apothecary and Chemist, Thomas Hollis’s (see Mexican War through Civil War era Boston Business Directories) <B><I>BLACK WRITING INK for steel or quill pens</B></I>   Remaining in excellent original condition with no rips tears or repairs, there is some age staining that could be easily removed by proper restoration methods but we would leave the piece as is.  With lots of eye appeal and a good size for display, this scarce old advertising broadside will set in well in any number of period collectable categories.   <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!  Gleaned from a country sale some years ago when they came out of attic trunk storage carefully tied together just as they remain today, we were impressed enough with the prophetic inscription penned on the back of <I>Little Freddy’s </I> image to keep the pair together as they had been for decades.  Faded with age but still clearly legible is <I>’My Darling little Freddy - From his Father in camp at Poolsvill -Sargent 10th Mass Battery - In the great Rebellion of 1862 and 1863 to his Mother - Croline Gwell’ </I> on the back of this image of <I>Little Frederick</I>.  Set aside years ago as a <I>some-day</I> research project the little group just came out of our own storage accumulation.  Now with the benefit of the internet and some helpful data base access, we were able to take advantage of what fragments the inscription provided to complete the story with only a few key strokes.  Asa L. Gowell, the <U>only</U> Gowell in the 10th Mass. Battery, was a 27 year old Boston teamster when, in the summer of 1862, he mustered in as a member of the <B>10th Massachusetts Light Artillery</B>   Assigned to the defenses of Washington in the fall of 1862, the 10th Battery with its six 3 inch Rodman guns, started for <I>Poolesviille</I>, Md. and winter camp the day after Christmas.   

Gowell  remained with his unit throughout the Civil War mustering out with the Battery back in Boston on June 9, 1865.  During his tenure with the 10th the hard fought battery saw action at such as Mine Run. Brandy Station, Battles of the Wilderness, Deep Bottom, Ream’s Station Hatcher’s Run, Petersburg, Sailor’s Creek, Appomattox C. H. and many more.  Born in Litchfield, Maine, Asa and Caroline were married in 1858.  When he went off to war <I>Little Freddy</I> (Fredrick  Meriam Gowell )was their second of two children.  At the time of his passing in 1902 Asa Gowell  had been an active member of G.A.R. Post # 200 in Jamaica Plain, Mass.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 <b>of the High Commanders of the Confederate States of America</b>


Featuring the Michael Reese II Collection of Confederate Generals' Autographs. Compiled by Robert J. Raynor. Edited by Ethan Raynor and Ryan Raynor. Raynor's Inventory Management Services Publication, Burlington, N.C., 2007. Hard cover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, with dust jacket, 260 pages, profusely illustrated and full of information, index. Brand new condition. 


"No other work offers to the collecting and research communities, from neophyte to advanced collector, a more convenient, simplified and easier to use reference to all 427 officers elevated to the rank of "general" in the army of the Southern Confederacy. Bob Raynor has made available, veritably at one's fingertips, the instant identifications of them and their autograph signatures, along with a teeming myriad of Confederate political personages who played influential roles in leading their respective states to secede from the Union in 1860-61. Many of those names possess historic interest, and consequently value, that might otherwise go unrecognized except by the most astute, experienced collector, and hence, open entirely new horizons for collecting!" Norm Flayderman, author of Flayderman's Guide to Antique Firearms, and The Bowie Knife; Unsheating an American Legend and others. 


"A single convenient volume that provides access to verified signatures for every Confederate general! What an invaluable tool for collectors and historians." Robert Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain and Civil War Weather in Virginia.


"A crucial guide for Civil War history collectors. In an age of information overload, it is very helpful to find this comprehensive collection of autograph exemplars and checklists of generals. This Compendium organizes for easy reference the key names of the men who formed and fought for the Confederate States of America," Seth Kaller, President of Seth Kaller, Inc., a leading collections builder and dealer in historic documents and artifacts.


"Raynor's Compendium is an absolute must for any Civil War collector, scholar and enthusiast. It is not only a collector's guide to Confederate material but a useful reference packed with information." James J. Holmberg, The Filson Historical Society.

MINNESOTA CIVIL WAR VETERAN OFFICER MOLL $95.00

 

original c. 1840 – HOLLIS BLACK INK / Fo $95.00

 

Pvt. Asa L. Gowell-10th Mass. Battery Mo $245.00

 

Raynor's Compendium of Autographs & Biog $50.00

This cover is postmark dated 1860, retains its original stamp, and is <U>self-addressed in Shaw’s hand</U> <B>Dr. A. O. Shaw </B> at his home address in Portland Maine.  As surgeon, <B>20th Maine Infantry Regiment </B>, Maine physician, 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 <B>Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain</B> by the fallen hero’s brother, Capt. Thomas Chamberlain.  <U>Surgeon Abner O. Shaw would be credited with saving the life of the Colonel, soon to be Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.</U>   The skilled regimental surgeon remained a close friend and the lifelong personal physician to Chamberlain.  A nice Chamberlain, 20th Maine  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!


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 With that distinctively deep chevron shape most familiarly seen on cadet and militia tail coats from the 1820s through the post-Civil War era, dating this attractive pair of sargent stripes will depend on interpretation of construction and material.  As such we’ll let our photographs and the opinion of the viewer set the bar as to period of this pair. Fashioned with that gold bullion tape on a heavy wool backing as was utilized through the 19th century the <I>look and feel</I> of this pair will satisfy the knowledgeable collector looking for a pair of Mexican War through Civil War and early Indian Wars militia or cadet sargent chevrons.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 All original and period with absolutely no condition issues is this carved horn toothpick and ear spoon.   Rendered in the form of what we will call <I>the happy monk</I> we have laid a quarter in with our friend for size comparison and will, for obvious reasons, let the illustrations of our little friend provide the description.  An unusual comic utility of the late 1700s through early 1800, someone will love this unusual form of an otherwise common personal hygiene instrument.  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 must have for the complete Victorian era writing kit or desk, few remain complete with the elusive paper mache  

travel case.  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this all original example is bone mounted with that pleasing soft age patina that comes to bone with period handling.  The blade is marked <B>ROGERS CUTLERS TO HER MAJESTY</B>.  A remains solid and in nice condition with the charm of age, period use and originality.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

20th MAINE SURGEON Dr. Abner O. Shaw -

 

c. 1800s Infantry Sargent STRIPES $235.00

 

late 18th early 19th century comic HORN $125.00

 

Victorian INK SCRAPER $40.00

This early Massachusetts Militia Shako Plate remains in excellent plus original condition with an attractive natural age patina that sets off exceptionally fine detail of its deeply struck die work.  Struck from sheet copper 4 ½ inches high with a tin plume holder and two fastening eyes on the back, this outstanding plate emanates from the James Hart collection and comes with Hart’s original card display mount.  Hart’s long time dedication to the collection of antique American military insignia will be familiar to collectors in this field as examples were displayed and extensively published.  (see: acknowledgements & credits: Campbell and O'Donnell - <I>American Military Headgear Insignia </I>) An outstanding acquisition opportunity for the early American insignia enthusiast!  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Acquired from among a number of 19th century apothecary instruments and equipment, this antique blown hour glass stands approximately 7 ¾ inches and  remains in perfect original condition with no chips, cracks, or stains.  An essential of any well-equipped 18th and early through mid 19th century apothecary, this classic early time piece will set in nicely with earlier through Civil War era medical or scientific material.  Original, period examples like this one are extremely difficult to come by. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1818-79) Graduated in the West Point class of 1838. He served during the Mexican War as aide-de-camp to General William J. Worth. He fought the Seminoles in Florida and helped pacify the warring factions in Kansas. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Barry served first in the defense of Fort Pickens, Florida. Ordered north, he then served as chief of artillery to General Irvin McDowell at 1st Bull Run and held the same position under General George B. McClellan. Appointed brigadier general on August 20, 1861, he took an active part in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and was later chief of artillery of the huge defense system which encircled Washington, D.C. In 1864, he was assigned as chief of artillery on the staff of General William T. Sherman participating in all the actions of the Atlanta campaign, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign which terminated in the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 2 1/2 x 1 1/4, in ink, William F. Barry, Brig. Genl., Inspt. of Art. Light staining.  Acquired several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collections of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord, this just post Civil War militia piece was noted by Lord as a waist belt plate of the <B><I>HOUSUM ZOUAVES</I></B> worn by  <I>John C. Gerbig</I>.  (Will come with our letter to preserve its origin.)  A quick google search found John C. Gerbig and the Housum Zouaves in the 1902 Pennsylvania Adjutant General Report where the following is offered on page 421:

      

<I><B>Capt. John C. Gerbig</B> He was a private in Chambers Artillery, April 1860.  Pvt. Co. A 2nd Penn. Vol. Inf. three months service, 1861.  Quartermaster Sgt. under Capt. P. L. Pearse, Co. A, 2nd Maine Infantry to 1864.  Sergeant, <B>Housum Zouaves</B> August 13, 1868.  2nd  Lt. Co. C 8th Regt. Infantry, Oct. 6, 1882. 1st Lt. Aug. 2, 1883, honorably discharged June 19, 1884.</I>  


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 had an abiding interest in all manner of 19th century military equipage.  His primary interest was in Civil War however and led to his widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference, <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

fine! c. 1821- 1835 Massachusetts Militi $375.00

 

antique HOUR GLASS $225.00

 

Autograph, General William F. Barry $75.00

 

Francis Lord collection- post Civil War $175.00

This antique salesman’s sample is a scaled down working, demonstration model of the full scale, <I>hand crank</I>,  cloths wringer by the American Wringer Company of New York.  [Seldon A. Bailey invented the mechanical clothes wringer in 1859  and began producing the wringers on a small scale in 1860 as the <B>American Wringer Co.</B>.  The company prospered for years until the powered washing machine became widely available.]  Fashioned of wood with tinned cast iron components and rubber rollers, the body of the wringer (minus the crank) is 5 ¾ inches wide.   This miniature remains in nice all original condition.  A really neat little collectable, this wringer will come with a copy of a wringer advertisement taken from a Civil War era <I>Leslies</I>.     As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !



 Measuring 7 1/8 inches square when completed this six piece pasteboard <B>SCOTCH</B> puzzle remains in eye appealing condition with bright color yet with good evidence of age and originality.  An attractive display item illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison. <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !   Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison our photographs will likely do best to describe this outstanding old clay pipe except to advise that after decades of attic trunk storage it remains in excellent un-smoked condition yet shows good evidence of age and originality.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !         Measuring approximately 3 X 7 ¼ inches and remaining in nice all original condition with no rips, tears or repairs, this 1864 presidential ballot for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson was printed for use in the field in voting for the Lincoln / Johnson ticket under newly established absentee voting provisions.  With no federal statute addressing absentee voting, each state determined their own process for its soldiers' to vote.  California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin establishing absentee voting procedures. Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, and Rhode Island, did not pass legislation allowing soldiers to vote in the field.  The Ohio ticket offered here reflects that state’s process of balloting by home county. A nice piece of political Americana.   <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 !

working model - Salesman’s Sample CLOTHE $195.00

 

19th century word & picture PUZZLE $40.00

 

19th century occupational Clay Pipe $55.00

 

original - 1864 Abraham Lincoln PRESIDEN $155.00




(1827-80) Born at Augusta, Ga., he graduated from Yale in 1845, having studied law. He then worked in the newspaper business in Baltimore, and gave up journalism in 1848 to become a civil engineer associated with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. He then moved on to the Blue Ridge Railroad in 1855, working in Georgia and South Carolina until the commencement of the War Between the States when he enlisted as a private in the Fort Hill Guards of South Carolina. Soon afterwards he was  appointed chief engineer of General John B. Magruder at Yorktown, Va. In October 1862, he was commissioned major of artillery, and placed in command of the Nitre Corps. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, and then colonel in 1863, he rendered very valuable service in producing desperately needed ordnance supplies for the Confederate Army. He was promoted to brigadier general, and commissary general, on February 16, 1865. Paroled at Thomasville, Ga., he returned to his profession of civil engineering and was associated with various railroads, and served as chief engineer for two years with the city of Louisville, Ky. At the time of his death he was in charge of the mining and engineering department of the Chesapeake & Ohio R.R. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va. where many of his Confederate brothers in arms rest.


Antique photograph, 2 1/2 x 3 7/8, view in Confederate uniform. Circa 1800's post Civil War print.


  


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>




(1836-94) Born in New York City, he was the eldest son of Judge Henry E. Davies. Educated at Harvard, Williams and Columbia colleges, he graduated in 1857 from the latter. He then studied law and was admitted to the N.Y. state bar and began practice. At the outbreak of the Civil War he became captain in the 5th New York Infantry and fought at the battle of Big Bethel, on June 10, 1861. In August, he was appointed major of the 2nd New York Cavalry. The regiment was attached to McDowell's corps on the Rappahannock during the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and he saw hard service during the 2nd Bull Run campaign. Davies was promoted to lieutenant colonel in December 1862, to colonel in June, 1863, to brigadier general in September 1863, and to major general by the end of the war. In June 1863 his regiment suffered very heavy casualties at Beverly Ford and Aldie while the army was enroute to Pennsylvania. From then until the close of the war Davies was in brigade and divisional command in the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac; he played a gallant role in the raids on Richmond and in all the actions in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 and rendered outstanding service in the cavalry operations which culminated in the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox. He was wounded on February 6, 1865, at Hatcher's Run, Va. After the war Davies became a prominent New York attorney and served as Public Administrator of the City of New York, from January 1, 1866, to January 1, 1869, and Assistant District Attorney of the United States for the Southern District of New York, from July, 1870, to January 1, 1873. He then returned to his private law practice.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 3 x 1, in ink, H.E. Davies, Jr., Maj. Gen. Light age toning. Very fine.


 Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, our photographs will likely do best to describe this nice all untouched and original patent 1853 marked pushup candlestick.  Fashioned from tinned sheet iron this candlestick offers good evidence of age and originality yet remains in pleasing condition.  <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 !  


 H 18in. x D 14in.

WILL MOUNT UP OR DOWN

Photograph, General Isaac M. St. John $10.00

 

Autograph, General Henry E. Davies $50.00

 

Patent 1853 ‘PUSH-UP’ CANDLESTICK $120.00

 

CLASSIC LIGHT FIXTURE $550.00




<b>Free frank signature with rank on Engineer Department cover</b>


(1788-1864) The tenth graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He was commissioned second lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, on July 1, 1805. During the War of 1812, he won the brevets of major and lieutenant colonel. After years of distinguished engineering service, he became chief engineer of the army. In the Mexican War he operated as Winfield Scott's chief engineer during the siege of Vera Cruz and was brevetted brigadier general. During the Civil War he continued as chief engineer of the army until his sudden death in Washington, on April 22, 1864. 


<u>Free Franked Engineer Department Envelope</u>: 5 1/2 x 3 1/8, imprinted cover, "Engineer Department, Official Business" signed in ink, J.G. Totten, above printed rank of B't Brig. Gen. & Col. Eng'rs. Addressed to Jno. S. Putnam, Esqr., Cornish, N.H. Partial "free frank" cancellation. Light age toning and wear.  Measuring approximately 5 ½ X 4 1/8 inches this small preprinted and hand completed receipt confirms the extensive utilization of slave labor on <B><I>fortifications at and near the City</I></B> as Richmond prepared for the Seven Days Battles that would soon swirl around the Capitol City. The slave <I>Booker</I> was provided by <I>Anne Belle Leftwich</I>, child bride of [destined to be Colonel] <I>Alexander Hamilton Leftwich</I> who would serve in Co. B <B>VMI Corps of Cadets</B> at the <I><B>Battle of Newmarket</I></B>.  Ordered by regular Confederate Engineer, <B>Lt. Col. W. H. Stevens</B> who was responsible for Richmond’s fortifications. He was promoted to Brig. General in August 1864 and is said to have been the last man to cross the Mayo Bridge the night Richmond was evacuated.  All original and in pleasing condition with no rips, tears or repairs.   <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!


 H 64in. x W 27in.  H 20in. x W 26in.

TWO AVAILABLE..PRICE PER UNIT

Autograph, General Joseph G. Totten $50.00

 

rare! 1862 Slave Labor Receipt for: FORT $435.00

 

VINTAGE CRYSTAL CHANDELIER $3400.00

 

DECO PENDANT LIGHTS $1800.00

This nice original earlier to mid 19th century W. Smith & Son sail makers needle packet still contains 9 period needles in a variety of stout sizes.  A neat item for the Civil War era and collector, these heavy, hand cut needles will clean up nicely however they are offered here just as they came to us after decades of storage and likely just as they were carried in an original W. Smith & Son needle case. A necessary utility to the soldier in the field for repair of shelter half, Sibly tent, or leather accoutrement, these heavy steel needles were a staple among entrepreneurial soldiers and sailors who considered them a primary tool as they cut fanciful scrimshaw decorations in beef, whale bone or ivory for trade, sale or to send back home.  A nice original and as found period personal item. (If you would like a single example  of a slightly smaller #12 needle use the search word <B>needle</B> see our Item # 900 ) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !   A fine condition early design <I>Goodyear’s Patent</I> antique hard rubber cup <U>complete</U>and in its original blue lacquered tin travel case.  The case lid is embossed <B>INDIA RUBBER – TELESCOPING TUMBLER – MADE BY – THE INDIA RUBBER – COMB C</B>.  The original case remains in pleasing condition and retains a good amount of its period blue finish.  Difficult to find as they frequently lost a section and were cast aside in the period, this design pre dated the Niles Patent 1860 cup which added a base flange to prevent separation and a cover to make the cup self-contained. (see: <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner )  A nice item for the Civil War <I>smalls</I>, personal item or hard rubber 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!


 Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison is a post Civil War veteran’s <B>7th Army Corps</B> badge.  Of interest to the collector and preserved in our accompanying letter will be the fact that 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,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This nice stained bone mounted, two tine fork and matching knife will be best described by our photographs.  All in nice original condition with no cracks in the classic green stained bone, this later 18th century / early 19th century will make an attractive companion set laid in a Revolutionary War era haversack or with a period mess grouping .  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Civil War era SAIL MAKERS NEEDLE PACKET $95.00

 

early India Rubber TELESCOPING CUP with $175.00

 

Lord collection - post Civil War - Veter $95.00

 

mid to late 1700s through early 1800s K $65.00




<b>Document Signed</b> 


(1837-1910) Commissioned 2nd lieutenant, 31st New York Infantry, January 2, 1862; 1st lieutenant, May 9, 1862; captain, A.A.G., March 11, 1863; major, A.A.G., July 15, 1864; brevet lieutenant colonel, January 23, 1865; brevet colonel and brigadier general, March 13, 1865. Cited for gallantry during the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Va., and Monocacy, Md. King served on the staffs of Generals' Calvin E. Pratt, Henry D. Terry, James B. Ricketts, Christopher C. Augur, and Winfield S. Hancock respectively.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 6 3/4 x 9, imprint, signed in ink. 


Head-Quarters, Middle Military Department 

Baltimore, June 29th, 1866 


Special Orders, No. 129 


1. Leave of absence is hereby granted the following named officer:


1st Lieutenant George B. Rodney, 4th United States Artillery, for ten (10) days.


2. The men on detached service at these Headquarters will be mustered for pay tomorrow, June 30th, by Brevet Lieutenant Colonel H.H. Bingham, Judge Advocate, 1t 11 o'clock, A.M. 


By command of Major General W.S. Hancock


ADAM E. KING

Assistant Adjutant General


OFFICIAL:

Adam E. King

Assistant Adjutant General


Signed in ink by King. Staining at bottom of the document.


George B. Rodney, enlisted on April 24, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Heavy Artillery. He was mustered out on August 5, 1861. On August 5, 1861, he was commissioned 1st lieutenant, 4th U.S. Light Artillery. Promoted to captain by brevet on December 31, 1862, for Stone River, Tenn.; and major by brevet on September 20, 1863, for gallantry in the battle of Chickamauga, Ga.


Henry H. Bingham, Awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the battle of the Wilderness, Va.


Wounded three times during the war!


(1841-1912) Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he graduated from Jefferson College in 1862. He enlisted on Aug. 22, 1862, and was commissioned 1st Lieutenant, in the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry, and was soon promoted to Captain, on Sept. 9, 1862. During the battle of Gettysburg, in July 1863, he was serving as Judge Advocate on the staff of General Winfield S. Hancock, when he was wounded on July 2nd. The next day he witnessed Pickett's Charge, from a position near the "Angle" where the Confederates reached what is now called the "High Water Mark." He received the personal effects from Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead, whoo lie mortally wounded, and carried the sad news to General Hancock, Armistead's dear friend from before the war. Bingham was a Mason, as was Armistead, and the story of how he provided assistance to his dying fellow Mason, was used in Masonic literature. Today, near the Gettysburg National Cemetery, is a monument which is titled, "Friend to Friend," which depicts Captain Henry H. Bingham, assisting General Lewis A. Armistead. During the battle of the Wilderness, on May 6, 1864, Bingham rallied and led into action a portion of the troops who had given way under fierce Confederate assaults, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his conspicuous bravery. On May 12, 1864, at the battle of Spotsylvania, Va., he was wounded for the second time during the war, and he was wounded for the third time on April 7, 1865, at Farmville, Va. He was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General, on April 9, 1865. Bingham was appointed postmaster of Philadelphia, by President Andrew Johnson, in March 1867, and served until December 1872. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1872 though 1900, and was elected United States Congressman in 1878, and served until his death. In Congress, he served as Chairman of the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, and on the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department.

   A neat item simply as a Civil War era personal item or period medical component, the bottle collector will quickly recognize the rare embossing variation <B>E. HARTSHORN & SON</B> [singular] /<B> ESTABLISHED 1850</B> / <B>BOSTON, MASS</B> instead of the usual <I> E HARTSHORN & SONS</I> [plural with a reverse order of: ] <I>BOSTON MASS. - ESTABLISHED 1850</I> as seen on these bottles. (The only such variation example we have found.)  Likely an important feature with respect to desirability for the bottle collector, though as Civil War era collectors we were most pleased with the presence of the original label.   Dr. Edward Hartshorn was born in Gloucester, Mass. 1817 and graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1840.  After practicing medicine for some time Dr. Hartshorn turned his attention to pharmaceuticals taking his sons aboard each in turn as they reached the age of majority.   The bottle is in pleasing condition and the label, as you can see remains in excellent condition.  A neat display item! As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a Union sailor in uniform standing on a rope ladder and waving his cap. A large American flag is seen behind him. Motto below, "Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue." 5 3/8 x 3. 


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


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a soldier standing at attention wearing a shako with plume, crossed belts, and holding his musket with fixed bayonet. Behind him is a flag pole with waving American flags, tents and the U.S. Capitol building flying American flags in the background. Motto: "Our Flag Is Still There." 5 1/4 x 3.


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

Autograph, General Adam E. King $25.00

 

E. HARTSHORN & SON / ESTABLISHED 1850 $65.00

 

Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue $5.00

 

Our Flag is Still There $5.00

H 30in. x W 32in. x D 10in.  H 48in. x D 14in


Sold as a pair  H 40in. x D 21in.

TWO AVAILABLE  


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a Union Zouave soldier in zouave garb and holding an American flag and musket with fixed bayonet. A wooden signpost in the ground beside him reads, "To Richmond." 5 1/4 x 3.


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

VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL TEE LIGHT $1200.00

 

INDUSTRIAL PULLEY PENDANTS $0.00

 

ANTIQUE PENDANT LIGHT $4500.00

 

Zouave On To Richmond $5.00




Addressed in ink to Miss Ruth Bradley, Meredith, Deleware Co., N.Y., with blue military postmark, Portsmouth, Va., Oct. 17, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64] which has been cancelled. Very fine war period example that no doubt once contained a soldier's letter.  


(1807-1891) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1825. One of his classmates was Robert E. Lee. He served with great distinction in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, in which he was wounded and brevetted repeatedly. He was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army in May 1861. The forces he commanded at Harpers Ferry linked up in time to fight with General Beauregard at 1st Manassas, turning the tide of battle in favor of the Confederacy. This performance earned him a full generalcy and the command of the Army of Northern Virginia. He fought against McClellan in the Peninsular campaign and was severely wounded at the battle of 7 Pines, Va., in May 1862. He was later given the command of the Army of Tennessee which he led in the early stages of the Atlanta campaign. He later opposed General William T. Sherman in the 1865 Carolina's campaign and eventually surrendered his army at Greensboro, N.C., on April 26, 1865. From 1879-81, Johnston served as a U.S. Congressman from his native state of Virginia, and was U.S. Commissioner of Railroads from 1885-91. He died in Washington, on March 21, 1891, supposedly as a result of a cold contracted while marching bareheaded in the rain in the funeral procession of his old Civil War adversary, General William T. Sherman.


Antique portrait engraving of General Johnston in Confederate uniform. Engraved by H.B. Hall, N.Y. Printed facsimile autograph and the title, "Genl. Joe E. Johnston" below his likeness. Engraved expressly for the Lost Cause by E.A. Pollard. Staining around the corners and edges none of which comes close to the subject. 6 x 9 1/2.  An outstanding companion item for the righting instrument enthusiast, this wonderful old <B>American Lead Pencil Co.</B> measures a full 12 15/16 inches in length with the nib in place and sports 99% of its original marbled enamel finish in the shaft.  All in nice original condition with an age patina on the nib and metal components.   One of the first pencil factories in this country, the American Lead Pencil Co. was founded by Edward Weissenborn who immigrated to America in 1854. In 1860 after <U>assisting in the design and construction of the Civil War battleship, </U> the <B> USS Monitor</B>, Edward set up his pencil factory.  His American Pencil Company quickly earned a reputation for producing quality writing instruments and utilized complimentary letters from four members of President Lincoln's cabinet in their advertisements.  Nicely maker marked from the American Lead Pencil Co. this unusual oversize ink pen will clean nicely if you wish but we’d leave it as is with the nice natural age coloring.  Will  display nicely with any writing instrument or antique store display. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 Whether called a <I>night stick, Billy club</I> or <I>truncheon</I>, the site of this stout 12 ¾ inch weapon of hand turned lignum vitae would most likely serve as a satisfactory deterrent on any lantern lit waterfront street. In dark alleys though and in different hands many a young man out on the town would feel the sting of such only to come around in the morning as an unintended ships crewman bound for some unknown far away port.  Hand turned variants of the more commonly shaped and finer made Constable of Police are considered to be more than likely the choice of the ruffian in the dark alley than to be a companion of the Law. The weight and density of the exotic lignum vitae wood offered special properties which made it a common material of the ships carpenter shop.  A neat piece for the 18th and 19th century collector of nautical related memorabilia, we have left this example untouched and as found, solid as stone and nearly as heavy with that natural opening at the grain that vintage lignum vitae is known for.  Will polish to an attractive luster if you choose but we would leave the age of the wood and natural patina of the cotton cord just as the decades have put them there.   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Civil War Envelope With Portsmouth, Virg

 

General Joseph E. Johnston

 

rare oversize – American Lead Pencil Co. $125.00

 

antique Lignum Vitae Truncheon $95.00




By Lloyd Ostendorf. Published by The Illinois Historical Society, Springfield, Illinois, 1969. Hard cover, illustrated front cover, 64 pages. This compilation of twenty six photographs is believed to be the first attempt to enumerate and catalog all the photographic likenesses of Mary Todd Lincoln. At least four of these photographs are virtually unknown to historians and Lincoln students and are published here for the first time. Excellent reference book. Rare and extremely desirable.  


<b>Killed near Bethesda Church by a Yankee Sharpshooter in 1864</b>


(1830-64) Born at Milledgeville, Georgia, he was the captain of a militia company known as the "Baldwin Blues" and the company entered Confederate service in 1861 when they joined the 4th Georgia Infantry. He was elected colonel of the regiment in May 1862 and saw action with the Army of Northern Virginia at South Mountain, and Sharpsburg and was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on November 1, 1862. He went on to fight at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania. Considered one of the premier brigadiers in the Confederate army, he was instantly killed by a Yankee sharpshooter on June 2, 1864, near Bethesda Church, while supervising the entrenchments of his line. 


Antique photograph, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2, in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa early 1900's print.  


<b>United States Congressman from Alabama


Confederate Senator</b>


(1814-63) He practiced law in Alabama, and served in the U.S. Congress, 1844-46, where he became a leader of the Southern "Fire-eaters." He drafted the Alabama Platform in 1848, which asserted that slaveholders had the right to take their slaves with them to the new territories, and later advocated secession. He supported the Southern Democrats in their nomination of John C. Breckinridge for president in 1860, and drafted Alabama's secession ordinance and served in the Confederate Senate from 1861 until his death in 1863.


Antique photograph, 3 3/4 x 5 3/4, chest up view portrait. No imprint. Circa 1800's post Civil War print. Light wear.  


<b>Commander of Waul's Texas Legion</b>


(1813-1903) Born in Sumter District, South Carolina, he studied law in Vicksburg, Mississippi and was admitted to the bar in 1835. He afterwards moved to Gonzales County, Texas where he became a plantation owner and continued to practice law. He was elected to the Provisional Confederate Congress in 1861 and served until the establishment of the permanent government. At that time he recruited what became known as Waul's Texas Legion and was commissioned their colonel on May 17, 1862. He surrendered with his command at the fall of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863, and after his exchange he was promoted to brigadier general. He commanded a brigade during the 1864 Red River Campaign, fighting in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. Later transferred to Arkansas, he fought at the battle of Jenkins' Ferry. After the close of the war he was elected to the first Texas reconstruction convention and thereafter he practiced law in Galveston.


Antique photograph, 4 1/4 x 6 1/4. Bust view portrait in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War print. Scarce.

The Photographs of Mary Todd Lincoln $75.00

 

Photograph, General George P. Doles $25.00

 

Photograph, William L. Yancey $10.00

 

Photograph, General Thomas N. Waul $20.00




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