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Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of an American flag and ship with the slogan, "Thou too sail on, O Ship of State, Sail on, O Union, Strong and great!" Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 3.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  An original group of 50 photos of the newly constructed Panama Canal Zone and US Military posts  circa 1920s, a few dated, , incl views of the Canal & Locks, Forts Randolph, DeLesseps, Davis, the 14th US Infantry, US Army officers, generals, sights incl San Blas Island, Cruces, Cristobel, Bruja Point, Colon, Chiriqui Volcano, Gaton Railroad,  military commanders, prominent visitors, soldiers, scenery, jungles, military maneuvers, soldier R&R,Taxi Dancers,  barracks scenes, Spanish ruins, etc. Most images are approx 10 x 7.5", w linen back, some w stamped Signal Corp imprint and some w pencil id. The group are all G-VG, w exc detail and tonality; many w edge wear and some w age spots, Overall VG. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques  The Minnesota Correctional Facility was built at St Cloud in 1889. An original photo of a group of 14 men wearing military coats, many hold stetson hats. A distinguished  man in the foreground is wearing his hat, perhaps the warden. These stern looking men look like lawmen, and are posed in front of a huge granite archway, adjacent a steel barred window. The front mat has the photo imprint of " ES Hill, St Cloud, Minn", and I believe this is a circa 1889 view of the Minnesota Correctional Facility at St Cloud.  The 9 x 8" photo is mounted on a 14 x 11" mat. The image is nicely toned and clear, with light age spotting, Overall VG. The mat corners are worn. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques  An original pair of brass rosettes from a horse bridle, made of stamped brass with iron backs and loops. These were not military issue but have been dug in Civil War Union & Confederate camps in Virginia and Tennessee. Uncleaned brass with small dents and green patina. The iron backs & loops are rusty but sound,  approx 2" diameter.  Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques

Ship of the Union $8.00







A handsome original cherrywood ballot box with turned wood handle and sliding lid, as used to vote by soldiers- each cast a vote by dropping a black or white ceramic ball into hole.   (The origin of the term "blackballed"). The box is approximately 9 x 6 x 3.5", the handle is approx 6" long  VG with nice original finsih and still contains 24 original black & white glass balls.Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- 

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.


<b>The notorious Missouri duelist who was supposed to have killed 15 men!</b>

<u>John Smith T</u>

John Smith "T" first settled in Saint Genevieve, Missouri in about 1800 then later moved to Shibboleth, in what is now Washington County. He was a wealthy, well educated and prominent Missouri businessman. Smith "T's" principal business was mining but he also manufactured guns and his weapons were considered the finest in the country. He was originally from Georgia and after residing in Tennessee he came to Missouri. Having a common name like "Smith" he devised a very ingenious way to differentiate his name from all other Smiths. He added the "T" to his name. "T" stood for Tennessee, indicating that he was John Smith "T" from Tennessee.

John Smith "T" had a notorious reputation as a duelist and carried on a long career of violence and intimidation.  It was rumored that during his lifetime he had killed as many as 15 men. He was tall and slender with courteous manners and did not give the impression of being at all dangerous. He was described as "as miled a mannered man as ever put a bullet into the human body." He had a quick temper and when aroused he was considered one of the most dangerous men in the state of Missouri.

John Smith "T" had a mania for firearms and was a skilled weapons maker and an excellent marksman. Rumor had it that he traveled, ate, and slept with his rifle beside him which he called "Hark from the Tombs." He carried two pistols in a belt around his body, two pocket pistols in a side coat pocket, and a dirk in his bosom. His house, which resembled an arsenal, was filled with a variety of guns.

Smith "T" kept a number of slaves who were expert at making weapons. His slave gunsmith, Dave, had five mechanics working for him in a shop built expressly for his use. The slave's only duty was to keep the rifles, guns, and pistols in order. A dueling pistol made by one of Smith "T's" slave gunsmiths is on display in the Saint Genevieve Museum.

Smith "T" and Moses Austin were the two most powerful men in Washington County and became lifelong adversaries. Will Carr once advised Moses Austin, "Beware of that man! He is the spirit of faction and exists only in the element of discord!" Smith "T" as like Moses Austin, had "supporting gangs of thugs" in his employ.

In 1804 Smith "T" was made a justice of the Saint Geneviere district which included Washington County. He was also a Lieutenant Colonel of Militia and Commissioner of Weights and Levies. 1806 was quite a year for Smith "T." He was appointed as one of the Territorial Judges of the court of General Quarter Sessions. He became a business partner of William H. Ashley, and Smith "T" had a showdown with Moses Austin. At one time Smith "T" had demanded that Austin surrender the three pound cannon which Austin had been keeping for several years by Dunham Hall in Potosi. Smith "T" threatened to attack the mansion if Austin did not relinquish it voluntarily. When Austin did not comply Smith "T" carried out his threat on July 4th, 1806.

Also in 1806 Smith "T" attempted to join Aaron Burr's scheme for invading Mexico but upon learning it was illegal he returned to Saint Genevieve. Upon his return he was presented with a warrant issued against him for treason. Smith "T" drew his pistol, defying lawmen to place him under arrest and he was not arrested. However, for being implicated in the Burr conspiracy, preventing the execution of a warrant and resisting a public officer the acting governor of the Territory of Louisiana, Frederick Bates, removed John Smith "T" from all public offices in 1807. For the next several years Bates interfered in some of Smith "T's" extensive mineral speculations; finally, in 1812, an angry Smith "T," on Christmas eve, actually sent a challenge to Governor Bates for a duel, however, Bates declined stating that he was accountable only to the government.

In the year 1819, John Smith "T" evidently made some sort of derogatory remark about Aaron Burr. Lionel Browne, former sheriff of Washington County, and a nephew of Aaron Burr, apparently took offense and challenged Smith "T" to a duel. It was the custom of the times and area that duels were fought on an island in the Mississippi River. This duel took place on an island opposite Herculaneum, Jefferson County, and on September 20th, Lionel Browne was shot through the head in the first fire and fell dead on the ground. Smith "T" was unhurt. 

In July, 1821, the first person indicted for murder in the Washington County Circuit Court was none other than the notorious John Smith "T." He claimed that Mr. Richard Rose had tried to persuade some of his slaves to leave him. When Smith "T" and Rose happened to meet at Samuel Thompson's still house, four miles northeast of Potosi, Smith "T" shot and killed Richard Rose. John Smith "T" was never punished for the murder.

In September of 1830 John Smith "T" was up to more mischief. While drinking at the bar of William McArthur's tavern in Saint Genevieve he became involved in a quarrel with a stranger named Samuel Ball. Smith "T" shot Ball, killing him instantly.  Smith "T" was acquitted of the murder and was not punished.

Despite his turbulent life-style, John Smith "T" died a quiet, non-violent death while on a trip to Tennessee. He contracted a fever in 1836. His body was returned to Missouri and he is believed to be buried at "The White Cliffs" of Selma on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Jefferson County. There is no tombstone to mark his grave. (The above biographical sketch was researched and written by Esther M. Ziock Carroll).   

7 1/2 x 6 1/2, manuscript, in ink. For value received we promise to pay Matthew McPete or order three hundred and forty one dollars and fifty cents within one month from the date hereof, July 27th, 1811. Jno. Smith T & Co. Age toning and edge wear with some slight paper loss. This does not affect any of the content. This note may very well be written in the hand of John Smith "T." Desirable early 1800's manuscript directly connected to the notorious John Smith "T."


By Thomas Truxtun Moebs. Confederate Naval Imprints Described and Annotated, Chronology of Naval Operations and Administration, Marine Corps and Naval Officer Biographies, Description and Service of Vessels, Subject Bibliography. Specifically Compiled for Collectors, Historians and Librarians. Published by Moebs Publishing Company, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1991. First Printing, 1 of 500 Copies. Hardcover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, dust jacket, 578 pages, illustrated. Excellent condition. Great reference source for the Confederate States Navy. A must for all Confederate naval collectors. Rare.  

Sixth plate tintype of a gentleman sporting a thick mustache. He is nicely dressed in a jacket, vest, white shirt and tie. Comes with brass mat, keeper, glass and a full leather covered case with red velvet liner. Minor bend in the tintype. Very fine image.



1811 Promissory Note, John Smith T


Confederate States Navy Research Guide $100.00


Tintype, Gentleman Sporting Thick Mustac $45.00

Full color bust view illustration of President Lincoln on the obverse. This is what is known as the $5 bill pose. Measures 1 1/4 inches in diameter. With the original pin on the reverse. Circa 1909. 

 H 32in. x D 16IN

PRICE PER EACH  H 20in. x W 40in. x D 1in.  H 16in. x D 22in.

President Abraham Lincoln Celluloid Butt $25.00







H 37in. x W 12in. x 13in.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view of Yankee soldier sporting a thin mustache and wearing his shell jacket open to show his checkered shirt. Backmark: Gorgas & Mulvey, Photographers, Madison, Ind. There is a period ink identification written on the back, D. Doile. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.  

Brass store token with an excellent vignette of a building and Boy's Clothing, Shirts, Fine Trunks, Umbrellas, &c. on one side, and Robt. Pitkin, Clothing And Furnishing Goods, 15 Camp St., New Orleans on the opposite side. With some of its original luster still showing. Circa 1850-1860. Scarce Antebellum New Orleans merchant token.   

<b>United States Congressman from Wisconsin

Appointed U.S. Consul General to the British Province of Canada by President Lincoln in 1863</b>

(1817-99) Nicknamed "Bowie Knife Potter," he was born in Augusta, Maine, attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in East Troy, Wisconsin. He served as Judge of Walworth County, Wisconsin, 1842-46, and was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1856. He served as a delegate to the Whig National Conventions in 1852 and 1856, and to the Republican National Conventions of 1860 and 1864. Served as a Republican U.S. Congressman, 1857-63.  He served as the Chairman on the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, and served as a member of the Committee on Public Lands. President Lincoln appointed him Consul General of the United States to the British Provinces in Canada and he served in that capacity from 1863 to 1866, residing in what was then the capital city of Montreal.

<u>Signature With Title</u>: 3 3/4 x 2, signed in ink by Potter while he was serving as U.S. Consul General.



CDV Identified Union Soldier Photographe $45.00


Merchant Token, Robert Pitkin, New Orlea


Autograph, John F. Potter $20.00

Sixth plate tintype of a handsome young gentleman with chin whiskers. He is wearing a high quality jacket with silk trim, and a white shirt and tie. Comes with brass mat, keeper, glass and a full leather covered case with red velvet liner. The case is separated at the spine, and there is a small chip to the bottom edge of one side of the leather case. Nice quality antebellum or Civil War era image.    Had we not seen one of these years ago in a Civil War medical collection we would likely have not recognized it for what it is.  Set aside in our own accumulation for a good period of time, it is time now, as we clean out the corners, to move some of the old relics on.  Made of heavy gauge iron wire twisted and shaped into the form we see here, the wire was then tempered for strength and to facilitate a spring action.  The resulting utensil simply required a squeeze to dispatch meat or whole vegetable making serving and eating less of a chore for amputee or invalid with use of only one hand.  <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!

 Hand crafted from hickory wood with a <I>rose head</I> pivot pin, the branches of this wonderful 18th century compass / divider measure approximately 13 ¾ inches in length.   With the exception of the black iron pivot pin and branch points, this attractive tool is crafted entirely of wood.  With good evidence of age and originality this compass remains in exceptional condition with eye appealing age patina and good evidence of careful period use and handling.  A desirable companion tool laid in with other tools of the 1700s craftsman, as a wall display or set with period nautical items.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Patriotic and politically satirical  postal covers were a popularly circulated art form in the times of the American Civil War with virtually every subject and opinion of the day expressed.  Political and social satire envelopes were second only to patriotic subjects with both pro Union and pro Confederate bent.    While the vast majority were put to use in the mails and have not survived, the wide variety of subject matter made the little covers a natural collectible even in the period.  An ever dwindling supply of nice condition, unused examples have thus survived offering today’s collector / historian an opportunity to put together a respectable collection of quality original examples.  Though steadily growing in value these covers still offer an opportunity on to accumulate a category of original Civil War artifacts and watch them grow in interest and value all at a relatively modest initial cost.  We try to keep a small and varying supply of these on our site for those folks who might enjoy them.  You can bring them all up for viewing by entering <I>satirical envelope</I> in our search feature.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Tintype, Handsome Young Gentleman $50.00


Civil War era vintage INVALID FORK $95.00


outstanding hand crafted large 18th cen $125.00


Civil War era - Black SATIRICAL ENVELOP $35.00

Though the figure of an arrow is most commonly associated with the 17th Army Corps, Department of the Tennessee, use of the arrow came to be only after the early use of a five pointed star was disallowed in favor of a design more easily distinguished from the device of the 12th Army Corps.  While  the Official Records mention the use of a five pointed star as designation for the 17th corps only in context of the use by its members of a corps device <I>being similar to one formally adopted by another corps</I> we know by rare existing examples and a contemporary advertisement for the sale of a commercially produced 17th Corps five pointed star badge that indeed the five pointed star was the first used by soldiers of the 17th Corps. (see: <I>Civil War Corps Badges </I> p. 72 - 75 by Stanley Phillips)  The badge offered here is 1 ¾ inch wide of die struck sheet brass with red enamel of the 1st Division.  The soldered on pin back has long been separated from the badge.  All is clearly original and period with an eye appealing natural age patina. Of additional interest is the fact that we acquired this item some years ago from the personal collection of pioneer collector and widely published early Civil War scholar Dr. Francis Lord who authored the multi volume Lord’s Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia.     A neat item for the Civil War corps badge 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!


Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of General George B. McClellan. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   <b>as Candidate for President of the United States

Together With his June 15, 1864 West Point Oration</b>

1864 imprint, 6 x 9 1/4, 8 pages. Published by E.P. Patten, 35 Park Row, New York City. 


Orange, N.J., Sept. 8, 1864

Gentlemen: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter informing me of my nomination by the Democratic National Convention, recently assembled at Chicago, as their candidate at the next election for President of the United States.

It is unnecessary for me to say to you that this nomination comes to me unsought.

I am happy to know that when the nomination was made, the record of my public life was kept in view.

The effect of long and varied service in the army during war and peace has been to strengthen and make indelible in my mind and heart the love and reverence for the Union, Constitution, laws, and flag of our country, impressed upon me in early youth.

These feelings have thus far guided the course of my life, and must continue to do so to its end.

The existence of more than one government over the region which once owned our flag is incompatible with the peace, the power, and the happiness of the people.

The preservation of our Union was the sole avowed object for which the war was commenced. It should have been conducted for that object only, and in accordance with those principles which I took occasion to declare when in active service.

Thus conducted, the work of reconciliation would have been easy, and we might have reaped the benefits of our many victories on land and sea.

The Union was originally formed by the exercise of a spirit of conciliation and compromise. To restore and preserve it, the same spirit must prevail in our councils, and in the hearts of the people.

The reestablishment of the Union in all its integrity is, and must continue to be, the indispensable condition in any settlement. So soon as it is clear, or even probable, that our present adversaries are ready for peace, upon the basis of Union, we should exhaust all the resources of statesmanship practiced by civilized nations, and taught by the traditions of the American people, consistent with the honor and interest of the country, to secure such....... Much more excellent content in General McClellan's acceptance letter, and the complete content of his oration at West Point on June 15th, 1864. 

Age toning and light wear. There is a very small area of paper loss at the bottom of the last page (pages 7 & 8). This does not affect any of the content. Important General McClellan and 1864 presidential campaign imprint.    

<b>With Louisville, Kentucky imprint</b>

(1826-86) Nicknamed "Black Jack." He served in the Mexican War as a lieutenant of Illinois volunteers; and was perhap's the Union's premier civilian general during the Civil War. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1858 and 1860, he attended the Democratic National Convention in Charleston as a supporter of Stephen A. Douglas. After fighting at 1st Bull Run, he returned to Illinois to recruit the 31st Illinois Infantry of which he was commissioned colonel. An instant success as a field commander, he saw action at Belmont, and Fort Donelson where he was wounded. Promoted to rank of brigadier general, Mar. 21, 1862, and major general Mar. 13, 1863, he fought at Corinth, Shiloh, Vicksburg, the Atlanta campaign where he was wounded again, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign. After the war he returned to politics and served as congressman or senator from Illinois almost uninterruptedly until his death. He was greatly involved in veteran's affairs and was instrumental in founding Memorial Day.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: D.C. Bettison, Photographer, Main Street, below Second, Over Telegraph Office, Louisville, Ky., with 2 cents G. Washington revenue tax stamp. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.

rare early use - Civil War 17th Corps Ba $325.00


General George B. McClellan $8.00


General McClellan's Letter of Acceptance $35.00


CDV General John A. Logan $150.00

Indian wearing headdress with the year 1863 on the obverse. Not One Cent within wreath on the reverse. Fine.  

<b>With Nashville, Tennessee imprint</b>

(1816-1870) Graduated in the West Point class of 1840. Brevetted for gallantry in the Mexican War. One of the ablest Union commanders during the Civil War, he saw action at Mill Springs, Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stone's River, Franklin & Nashville. However, his finest moment probably came during the battle of Chickamauga. His heroic stand on Horseshoe Ridge earned him the sobriquet of "The Rock of Chickamauga."

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Seated view in uniform with rank of brigadier general holding his sword. Backmark: Thos. J. Merritt's Photograph Galleries, 42 & 44 Union St., Nashville, Tenn. Age toning and wear. Scarce pose.  

Unused, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 linen postcard, with full color illustration of American flags, and a bronze table with a bust view of President Abraham Lincoln and the words to his immortal Gettysburg Address which was delivered at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, on November 19, 1863. Descriptive text on the reverse: This Bronze Tablet has been erected on the old Wills Building in the Public Square at Gettysburg. In this house, then a private residence, Abraham Lincoln prepared his Address which was delivered the following day when the National Cemetery was dedicated. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is considered one of the masterpieces of English literature. Excellent Gettysburg/Lincoln item.  

Sixth plate tintype in full thermoplastic case. Half view of a New York Infantryman wearing a kepi with reversed regimental numerals visible. I'm not 100% sure what the second numeral is, but the first one is definitely a "4." The second numeral is either a "0," an "8" or a "9," so this Yankee soldier served with the 40th New York Volunteers, the 48th New York Volunteers, or the 49th New York Volunteers, all good regiments. The reason I know that he is a New York soldier is because he is wearing a (reversed) "S.N.Y." belt plate. He is also wearing a 9 button frock coat with shoulder tabs, holds his musket with fixed bayonet at his side, and has a bowie knife, possibly a Sheffield, and a pistol tucked inside of his belt. The tintype shows light scratching and scuffing and some surface blemishes. The image has some obvious condition flaws, however, the content is extremely desirable being a triple armed Yankee soldier, with regimental numerals on his kepi and an S.N.Y. belt plate. It comes complete with brass mat, keeper and glass, and is displayed in a full thermoplastic case with velvet liner and scroll design. This is illustration #321 in the excellent reference book, "Union Cases, A Collector's Guide To The Art Of America's First Plastics," by Clifford and Michelle Krainik, with Carl Walvoord. Very reasonably priced.

1863 Civil War Patriotic Token, Not One $15.00


CDV General George H. Thomas $125.00


President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg A $5.00


Tintype, Triple Armed New York Infantrym $550.00

Measuring approximately 17 inches square with bright color and good evidence of age and period use yet remaining solid with no tears or repairs, this vintage set of Signal Corps flags will display nicely as companion to any period military grouping.  While we believe they date no earlier than 1870s / 1880s their bright yet obvious age with good evidence of period use will complement any group display from Civil War through the American Indian Wars and Spanish American / Philippine Insurrection.  A tough item to find on today’s collector market.  <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!

 All in pleasing attic found condition with no cracks, repairs or major condition issue yet with the charm of age and period use in the form of a chip or so at the mouth and age crazing, primarily to the inside glaze, our photo illustrations will do best to speak to the condition of this attractive remnant of the abolition movement in pre Civil War America.   Standing approximately 9 3/8 inches to the top of its figured handle, this scarce antique American yellow ware pitcher depicts the major events and characters of Harriet Beecher Stow’s 1852 powerful anti-slavery work <I>Uncle Tom’s Cabin</I>.   Depicted around the body of the pitcher are Uncle Tom on the auction block with a weeping woman and child at his feet.  An auctioneer plies his wares to potential buyers.   On the opposite side is the figure of <I>Liza</I> escaping across the frozen Ohio River with <I>little Harry</I> in her arms.  Cruel overseer <I>Simon Legree</I> is close behind with whip in hand.  Un-marked as to maker, the now quite rare period domestic copy of a more finely rendered and, in its day, much more expensive English pitcher of the same design, this domestic example satisfied demands for a less expensive and more practical counterpart.  Likely these less refined American yellow ware examples saw much heavier use than their more purely decorative cousins resulting in their extreme scarcity today.  An outstanding piece of antique Americana, this rare old just pre Civil War American yellow ware pitcher emanated from the remains of a small country historical society collection as evidenced by a small hand applied inventory number on its base.   A fortunate circumstance as otherwise the piece would likely not survived in its wonderfully pure and untouched 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!

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   Sometimes seen as one or two individual letters, this classic set of wooden printer type in bold vintage font contains <U>all the letters of the alphabet</U> plus <B>&</B> and <B>!</B>.  Carved from 15/16 inch thick rock maple blocks, each letter is 1 5/8 inch high in a bold Civil War vintage font as was popularly utilized in printing those wonderful old broadsides of the period.  This scarce set will go in well in any period grouping and will display especially well with a period recruiting or advertising broadside. 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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 Sawed to size (18 x 8 x 9/16 inch thick) from seasoned Maine white pine, then stenciled on one side, these panels were then stacked and sent along to the <I>box- shop</I> with corresponding plain pine panels each cut to proper size.  Here workers would assemble the rough cut panels to fabricate wooden crates and boxes for containment of all manner of goods.  Side panels for standard size containers frequently utilized pre stenciled decoration with a place left for later addition of the end user’s name or content identification.  The bold figure of a steam powered <I>side-wheeler</I> with its American flag fluttering from the stern was a popular figure in the patriotic 19th century. We have a small number of all original antique stenciled <I>side-wheeler</I> box panels and are offering them here individually priced for the collector / decorator who would like one.  Recovered from the pine wood scraps of a turn of the century country<I>box shop</I> cleanout, these period panels remain in fine untouched condition with a wonderful honey age patina and clearly period stenciling.  Wonderful Americana decorators seldom encountered in such nice 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 !

antique SIGNAL CORPS FLAGS $225.00


period ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ - American YE $425.00


Earlier 1800s through Civil War era - Le $195.00


c. 1800s SIDE-WHEELER decorated pine box $45.00

Sixth plate tintype of Union soldier sporting a goatee beard and wearing a  uniform coat with shoulder tabs, and U.S. oval belt plate (reversed in image), pistol and bowie knife can be seen sticking out of his belt. Comes in a half case, with brass mat, keeper and glass. Typical wear.  

8 x 12, imprinted form, filled out in ink.

Invoice of Clothing, Camp and Garrison Equipage transferred by C.H. Gaubert, Capt. and Asst. Quartermaster, U.S. Army, at Lebanon, Ky., to H.S. Palmer, 16th Ky. Inft., March 29th, 1864. For ten camp kettles that are in new condition. Signed, C.H. Gaubert, Capt. & A.Q.M. Very fine. Uncommon regiment.

Charles H. Gaubert, enlisted on March 24, 1864, as a captain, and was commissioned into the U.S. Volunteers Quartermaster's Department. He was mustered out of the service on July 8, 1865.   

Unused patriotic envelope with vignette of John Bull, representing England, and a Southerner with Confederate bonds. The descriptive text reads: Those bonds will never do my friend, For Johnny Bull has said it. Go home, and mediate your end, Your thieving friends have d[amne]d your credit. Published by Brown & Ryan, N.Y.  

Unused patriotic envelope with large bust illustration of Colonel John W. Geary. Imprint at upper right, Col. Geary's Twenty-Eighth Regiment P.[ennsylvania] V.[olunteers. Col. Geary in script below his likeness. Published by Magee, Phila. Light age toning. Very fine. Desirable Pennsylvania regimental cover. 

<u>John W. Geary</u>: (1819-1873) From the age of 16 he had been a militia lieutenant and with the outbreak of war with Mexico, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and took part in General Winfield Scott's advance from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. In the interval between the close of the Mexican War and start of the Civil War, Geary organized the post office system in California, served as the 1st mayor of San Francisco, and for several months was the territorial Governor of Kansas. On June 28, 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry and joined the command of General Nathaniel P. Banks at Harpers Ferry. He distinguished himself in several engagements and was wounded at Bolivar Heights, captured Leesburg in March 1862, was twice wounded at Cedar Mountain, and returned to action in time to command a division of the 12th Corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Later transferred to the western army, he fought at Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign and took part in General Sherman's celebrated March to the Sea. After the capture of Savannah, Ga., Geary was appointed it's military governor. His post war career saw him elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 1866, serving two terms.

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