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Clipped corners but still a nice old 1860s image of the historic Hancock Mansion on Beacon Street in Old Boston.  Demolished in the period of the American Civil War a bronze plaque now documents its location as <I> the residence of John Hancock, a prominent and patriotic merchant of Boston, the first signer of the Declaration of American Independence, and First Governor of Massachusetts</I>. 

The photographer of this interesting period illustration is not identified. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 Usually encountered without the unusual looped top, this little nickel silver counter bell with its figured cast iron base, remains in excellent condition with an attractive natural age patina and evidence of period use. Cast into the underside of the base is <B>PAT. JUN. 25 1838 & APR. 8 1856</B> then <B>PAT’D AUG. 5 1856 – PAT’D AUG 25 1863</B> on the striker housing.  The top loop which is held in place by the threaded striker housing is marked <B>PAT’D JULY 25 1876</B>.   Weather this piece is a later addition to a Civil War period bell or the latest feature of a bell of post Civil War manufacture we are unable to say. The bell is easily displayed and well usable with or without the later feature.  <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 !   A bit late for our usual fare but we couldn’t resist when we had the opportunity to acquire a small lot of these original Star Brand Repeating Paper Caps and are offering them here priced by the single box for the collector who would enjoy having an original unopened 1930s / 1940s box of five rolls of the old paper caps. A nice companion display piece if you are fortunate enough to have one of the old cast iron or <I>white-metal</I> cap guns us old-timers remember from our boyhood.  (These are modern times however so we must offer the appropriate caution that these caps are offered for display purposes only.)  Each of the colorful old red, white and blue pasteboard boxes remains in fine unopened condition retaining its original content of five rolls of <B>Star Brand, M. Backes’ Sons, Inc.</B> repeating caps. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Not a big deal but worthy of a good home is this c. late 19th / early 20th century silver plate U. S. Grant souvenir spoon.  A popular souvenir item of the period, as visiting tourists and Civil War veterans now gathering as members of the G. A. R. at a growing number of Battlefield Parks, were eager collectors of such as remembrances of their visit.  Fashioned with the patriotic flair of an armed military figure, U. S. A. in a shield, and the profile of Andrew Jackson, this souvenir spoon would have been a natural keepsake for the period.  Offered unpolished and as found after decades of storage, this example remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and a full complement of its original silver plate.  <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 !!

CDV - The Old Hancock House Beacon Hill $65.00


mid 1800s COUNTER BELL


Star Brand / Backes’ Pat. 1931 Repeating $15.00


late 19th / early 20th century ANDREW J $45.00

2 x 4 1/4, cream colored ribbon with vignette at the center of an American flag with blue imprint, 18th Conn. Vols. Reunion Sept. 26th, 1862-1868. Age toning and wear. Missing pin.

The 18th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment saw action at Winchester, New Market, Harrisonburg, Piedmont, Lexington, Buchanan, Liberty, Quaker Church, Lynchburg, Salem, Hedgeville, Snicker's Ford, Kernstown, Martinsburg, Cedar Creek, Stony Point, Middletown, Opequon, Hallstown and Charlestown, Va.    

2 3/4 x 4 1/2, imprinted advertising card with full color illustration of a negro with large head standing at a table with one arm raised in the air, and an umbrella at his side. The imprint below him reads, "H. Yates. New Discovery Caugh Tablet. Cures Cold, Caughs and Horseness. No's 4 & 5 Covent Garden Bazaar." Light age toning and wear. Very fine.  

<b>Colonel 22nd Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War

United States Senator

Vice President of the United States under President U.S. Grant</b>

(1812-75) A strong supporter of abolition, he entered politics as a Whig and in 1840 was elected to the Massachusetts legislature. He served in the state senate from 1844-46, and 1850-52. Was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1855 and served until 1873. In the Senate he served on the committee on military affairs and with the outbreak of the Civil War, became committee chairman, a post in which he demonstrated exceptional ability in making necessary preparations for war. In his capacity of brigadier general of the Massachusetts Militia, he worked effectively to promote recruitment in his state. He also took a commission in 1861 as colonel of the 22nd Massachusetts Infantry. Following the war he joined forces with the Radical Republicans to impose harsh Reconstruction terms on the South, although several visits to the South convinced him of the wisdom of being more conciliatory. He served as Vice President of the United States under President Ulysses S. Grant, from March 1873 until his death in office in Washington, D.C., on November 22, 1875.

<u>Signature With Sentiment</u>: 4 x 1 1/2, in ink, With the regards of Henry Wilson. Very fine. 

 <b>in Philadelphia</b>

5 1/2 x 4 1/4, imprinted card, with a large vignette of a G.A.R. membership badge and the original envelope. The Grand Army of the Republic of Philadelphia request the honor of your company at the Reception to be given to Comrade U.S. Grant at the Academy of Music, Thursday evening Dec. 18th, 1879 at eight o'clock. Committee: John W. Kester, Post 6. Smith D. Coxens, Post 10. W.B. Rose, Post 94. Comes with the original 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 envelope with illustration of the Philadelphia coat of arms on the reverse flap. Light age toning and wear. Very fine and desirable U.S. Grant item.

18th Connecticut Volunteers Reunion Ribb $25.00


Negro Advertising Card, H. Yates Caugh T $10.00


Autograph, Henry Wilson $75.00


1879 G. A. R. Invitation to Reception for $20.00

This antique cast iron ladle is marked <B>MONROE’S PATENT JUNE 1, 1864</B> and measures 15 ½ inches in length to include its turned wooden handle.  All in pleasing original condition with good evidence of age and period use yet with no condition issues.  Especially designed for casting the large bore lead projectiles of the period, this scarce old ladle will lay in nicely as a companion piece in any Civil War long arm collection.  <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 !!  This attractive old <I>ring-neck</I> aqua glass pickle jar stands 9 ½ inches and remains in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or stains.  Offering a pleasing aqua color with the telltale <I>blob-top</I>, bubbles in the glass and twisted <I>grain</I> at the neck, this nice old jar will be equally at home in a country kitchen display or set in with period tinned sheet iron eating utensils of a well-stocked camp table.    <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!  An outstanding companion piece for display with a late 1700s early 1800s military musket, this brass mounted horn measures approximately 13 ½  inches in length from its 2 5/8 diameter base to the charger tip.  Clearly made for heavy use, the heavy brass charger offers a removable measure affording the  appropriate charge for the period 69 caliber smoothbore musket.   With eye appealing deep patina on the uncleaned brass furniture and attractive natural coloration of the horn body, our illustrations will speak best for this rare old horn.  A scarce opportunity for the marshal collector, this is the first Riling #1172 we have seen on the market for a good many years. (see: Ray Riling's <I>The Powder Flask Book</I> plate #1172) <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!  

<b>Author of "The President's Hymn; Give Thanks All Ye People," which was written in response to President Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation recommending a general day of Thanksgiving on November 26, 1863

War Date Autograph Letter Signed</b>

(1796-1877) An Episcopal clergyman and educator, he was the  grandson of Frederick Muhlenberg, a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. William A. Muhlenberg is considered the father of church schools in the United States. An early exponent of the Social Gospel, he founded St. Luke's Hospital in New York City. Muhlenberg was also an early leader of the liturgical movement in Anglican Christianity. His model schools on Long Island had a significant impact on the history of American education. His interest in church music, particularly hymns, prompted his 1821 pamphlet, "A Plea for Christian Hymns," and he compiled "Church Poetry" in 1823 for his parish. That year Muhlenberg was appointed by the General Convention to its committee on psalms and hymns. Its collection contained several of Muhlenberg's compositions, including "I Would Not Live Always," "Shout the Glad Tidings and Savior," and "Who Thy Flock Art Feeding." He was also the author of "The President's Hymn; Give Thanks All Ye People," which was written in response to President Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation recommending a general day of Thanksgiving on November 26, 1863.

2 pages, 5 x 7 3/4, in ink, Autograph Letter Signed, with religious related content. "There is a growing desperation for greater freedom in the use of Hymns among the clergy." Also mentions St. James, the General Convention and more.  Dated, St. Luke's Hospital, N.Y., Feb. 21/64. Signed, "Yrs. very truly, W.A. Muhlenberg." Light age toning and wear.

Civil War vintage Monroe’s Pat. 1864 - B $165.00


antique Blob-Top Aqua Glass PICKLE JAR $45.00


early 19th century martial POWDER HORN $425.00


William Augustus Muhlenberg, American Cl $50.00

1863 print of President Lincoln in caricature by Rufus Rockwell Wilson titled "Holding A Candle To The *****" (Much The Same Thing.) This cartoon appeared in the November 7, 1863 issue of Punch Magazine, again offering proof of how the tacit alliance between Russia and the United States grated on the sensibilities of certain high placed Britons, the artist sought to move the multitude to laughter by depicting President Lincoln as Mephistopheles bowing and saluting the Russian Bear. Mr. Lincoln was the victim of many forms of abuse both at home and abroad, but the writer fails to recall any other instance in which he was portrayed in Satan's livery. It stands to Tenniel's credit that not he but another was responsible for this vicious drawing. Imprint at the top, Punch, or The London Charivari-November 7, 1863. 10 3/4 x 8 1/4. Scarce and very desirable Civil War date Abraham Lincoln print. Excellent condition.  Height:	31 in. (78.74 cm)

Width:	72 in. (182.88 cm)

Depth:	34 in. (86.36 cm)

Country of Origin:	USA

Style:	Empire

Condition:	Original

Year:	c. 1920

Description:	Empire-Style Brass-Mounted Mahogany Desk, the brass-bound rectangular top with a leather-inset writing surface, above a conforming case fitted with a central drawer flanked to either side by three short drawers, the sides and back paneled, raised on tapering square legs ending in caps, the whole richly ornamented with brass mounts and millwork.  Height:	70 in. (177.8 cm)

Width:	56 in. (142.24 cm)

Depth:	33 in. (83.82 cm)

Country of Origin: 	USA

Maker: 	Wooton Desk Co.

Style:	Rotary Desk

Condition: 	Original

Year: 	c. 1884

Description:	Wooton No. 10 Extra Grade Cylinder Top Rotary Desk. Carved gallery top with arched crest and seashell carvings at the corners, cylinder roll top with slide out leather top writing surface, double bank rotary base under 3 drawers and single door in the knee hole compartment; top interior and rotary bank sections have multiple storage and postal compartments with drawers having maple fronts, desk is highlighted throughout with gilt incised carvings, ebonized trim and raised burled walnut panels. This desk appears to be a variation to to the No. 10 extra grade seen in the "Wooton Patent Desks" by The Oakland and Indiana State Museums book and "American Furniture of the 19th Century" by Eileen & Richard Dubrow. Desk is completely restored & refinished, very clean and ready to use, has keys.  Country of Origin:	USA

Style:	Rococo

Maker:	John and Joseph W. Meeks

Condition:	Restored

Year:	c. 1850-1860

Description:	Attributed to John and Joseph W. Meeks, New York, in the pattern commonly referred to as "Stanton Hall", comprised of a settee, pair of armchairs and pair of side chairs, (5 pcs.).

Provenance: The "Bonnie Burn" Collection of Nan Dennard Kilbourne, East Feliciana Parish, LA.


Sofa       48.5"H x 58" W x 34" D

Arm chair  44" H x 28" W x 32"D

Sidechair  41" H x 20" Wx 26" D

President Abraham Lincoln Holding a Cand $100.00


7819 French Mahogany Desk $6500.00


7822 Extra Grade Cylinder Top Rotary Des $40000.00


7808 American Rococo Carved Rosewood Par $36000.00

Unused, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 antique postcard, with full color illustration. Descriptive text on reverse: Georgia State Monument, Chickamauga Battlefield, Chattanooga, Tenn. The following appropriate inscription is inscribed on this monument: To the lasting memory of all her sons who fought on this field. To those who fought and lived. To those who fought and died. To those who gave much. To those who gave all. Georgia erects this monument. Circa 1907-15. Very fine.  

2 pages, 8 x 6, in ink.

<b><u>Raleigh, [N.C.], August 19th, 1864</b></u>

My Dear Sir,

I frequently ask your advice and then are governed by my own judgment.  I have been advised by an influential friend to run before the next Genl. Assembly for Secty. Of State.  It is the opinion of many that I can easily defeat the present Secty. Col. Russ. [1].  He has made himself obnoxious to many of the [?] men, but whether he can be beaten or not remains to be seen.  The office is a prominent one and is on that account desirable.  I have many good friends in the Assembly and think I can secure the Gov’s influence.  I would like your views on the subject.  I am very loth to scramble for office and this is the most serious objection to offering.

Your statement of Treasy. Acct. is correct.

Yours Truly,

P.A. [?] 

I do not wish the matter spoken of to any one.

Light age toning and wear. Interesting war date North Carolina political letter.

*** I can not make out the last name of the letter writer. Maybe someone with more experience in North Carolina history will recognize it.

[1] This letter is regarding John P.H. Russ, Secretary of State of North Carolina. Russ served in this position in the cabinet of Governor Zebulon B. Vance, from 1864-1865.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of an American flag and an Indian wearing a headdress with the slogan, Union And Liberty Now And Forever. 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.  

Gem size tintype of a young lady displayed in a cdv card holder with window to display the image. Raised embossed vignette with stars around the window. Photographer's label on the reverse: C.L. Lovejoy, 429 N. 2nd St., Philad'a. Finished in Fifteen Minutes. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.

Georgia State Monument, Chickamauga Batt


1864 Letter Concerning the North Carolin $50.00


Union And Liberty Now And Forever


Tintype, Young Lady Photographed in Phil $10.00

Half plate tintype of a cute young girl seated in a chair. Very fine looking image in this large format. Measures 5 x 7. Tintype only. Would look nice in a frame.  

Indian wearing headdress encircled by stars with the year 1863 on the obverse. "Not One Cent" within wreath on the reverse. Extra fine.  

<b>A future private of the 13th North Carolina Infantry who was twice wounded during the War Between The States</b>

4 pages, 4 3/4 x 7 3/4, in ink, written by John Thompson to his uncle.

<b><u>Davidson College, N.C., Oct. 4th, 1858</b></u>

Dear Uncle,

I have seated myself tonight to write you a few lines though I have nothing of interest to write.  My health is and has been good since I left home.  I found it pretty hard to set into close study after a recess of so long a time, but I believe I am getting pretty well used to it again.  There have been about 35 new students admitted of whom all are "Fresh" but three who were so fortunate as to enter the sophomore class.   Several were rejected on account of not being well enough prepared to enter among that number are Frank and Charley Watt and our friend Wm. Ross.  I suppose Bill will have to "rally and fire" again. 


I occupy the same room I did last year with same roommates with the exception of Kerns who did not return to college this session.  Instead of him we have John Elms, son of W.W. Elms of Charlotte.  I suppose however he will leave us shortly as he is going to join the Philanthropic Society and on the principles that "birds of a feather flock together," I suppose he will seek a mate among those of his own tribe.   It is not usual for members of different societies to room together.  He is a clever little fellow and if he would join our society I should like to have him with us, but as it is I don’t care how soon he leaves.

My expenses will be about the same as last year $9 per month for boarding and room and $1 per month for washing.  If I mistake not, next Sabbath is the day of the communion at Steel Creek.  When you write tell me if the new church is finished and if the meeting will be held in it.  Give my love to all my friends and relations in Steel Creek and please write soon.  Wallace is well.  He is rooming with McDuffie from Marion District, S. Ca.

Don’t forget to write soon and give me all the news.

Yours &c,

J. Thompson

Light age toning and wear. Very neatly written and desirable antebellum letter from this soon to be twice wounded Confederate soldier.

John W. Thompson, was a student from Caswell County, N.C., when he enlisted as a private, on May 31, 1861, and was mustered into Co. A, 13th North Carolina Infantry. He was wounded in action on May 1, 1863, at the battle of Chancellorsville, Va.; was wounded again on June 11, 1864, the place not stated; and was paroled at Greensboro, N.C., August 8, 1865.  

The hard fought 13th North Carolina Infantry saw action in the battles of Williamsburg, the 7 Days Battles, South Mountain, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and many other places of honor.

Davidson College was founded in 1837 and was located in Davidson, North Carolina, 19 miles north of Charlotte, N.C.


<b>Volumes I & II</b>

By Dr. Francis A. Lord. Complete & unabridged in this double volume. Blue & Grey Press, Edison, N.J., 1995. Hardcover, dust jacket, profusely illustrated, large format, 566 pages, includes appendix, list of Federal & Confederate contractors and patents, index, and bibliography. Like new condition. An excellent reference book.

This comprehensive volume is a treasure trove of information for students, collectors and Civil War buffs. Cataloged and described in this edition are virtually every item carried by both Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors and marines.

This edition of the Civil War Collector's Encyclopedia examines and explains the weapons, clothing, military insignia and personal equipment carried by men on both sides of this country's historic conflict.

There is an added bonus in the extensive list of Federal and Confederate contractors, pantentees and suppliers. This and the exhaustive bibliography are truly the researchers delight. Hundreds of photographs and drawings serve to bring this period alive as well as providing an invaluable tool to aid in identifying Civil War items and memorabilia.

Tintype, Young Girl $20.00


1863 Civil War Patriotic Token, Indian w $35.00


1858 Letter Written by Davidson College, $25.00


Civil War Collector's Encyclopedia $50.00

Height:	54 in. (137.16 cm)

Width:	33 in. (82.82 cm)

Depth:	2 in. (5.08 cm)

Country of Origin:	USA

Style:	Military Embroidery

Condition:	Original

Year:	c. 1910

Description:	Beautifully framed antique American silk embroidery framed under glass. The embroidery features an eagle crest with glass eye, metallic threading for anchor, stars and stripes shield panel. Bottom banner reads 'E Pluribus Unum.' Painting on silk in lower panel with silver threaded framing around it. The main scene of depicts George Washington crossing the Deleware River.  

At the end of the 19th century the United States was rising as a world power. The U.S. Navy cruised the oceans to Show The Flag to emerging Far East countries. Merchants in the 'Treaty Port' cities of Hong Kong, Tokyo and Manila commissioned artisans to adapt their skills to create beautiful low relief embroideries for sailors and officers who visited their ports. They mixed gold, silver and copper silk thread along with hand painted panels of their ships to create a highly effective memorial of their visits to these ports.  

Embroideries featured their national symbols in impressive compositions with lovely detail work. They came in various sizes and designs. The ones owned by AT represent the largest and most impressive of those ever created. These pieces featured their ships done in one off original paint, a series of flags from the different Treaty countries, a photograph of the young sailor and often times a photo of his captain.   

Most were special ordered and turned out in an efficient fashion in time for the sailor’s departure. These exceptional creations were the highest expression of this art form. They were also the most expensive and delicate works of the genre and consequently few were produced.   

This finely done highly detailed original guache painting depicts a detailed historical scene of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River, which occurred on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War. This was the first move in a surprise attack organized by George Washington against the Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey on the morning of December 26. Planned in partial secrecy, Washington led a column of Continental Army troops across the icy Delaware River in a logistically challenging and dangerous operation. Other planned crossings in support of the operation were either called off or ineffective, but this did not prevent Washington from surprising and defeating the troops of Johann Rall quartered in Trenton. The army crossed the river back to Pennsylvania, this time burdened by prisoners and military stores taken as a result of the battle.  

This rare example is exceptional in its size, condition and inclusion of a fine original painting a very famous historical scene. We have presented it in a magnificent gilt frame so that it can hang in a man’s library as a piece of art.  Height:	59 in. (149.86 cm)

Width:	8 in. (20.32 cm)

Depth:	8 in. (20.32 cm)

Country of Origin:	USA

Style:	Empire

Condition:	Original

Year:	c. 1927

Description:	Pair of Empire-Style Mahogany and Ebonized Torcheres, early 20th century, each with four candle arms issuing from an ebonized maiden's head, and raised on a tapering square standard to ebonized feet above a stepped socle base, h. 57-1/2".


59" H x 8" W x 8" D  Height:	28 in. 

Width:	16.5 in. 

Depth:	16.5 in. 

Country of Origin:	


Condition:	Excellent


Description:	Large Bronze Bracket Clock. 7 in. bronze dial with black incised hour numbers and original hands, quality brass 8 day triple fusee spring driven movement with quarter hour progressive Westminster strike on 4 coiled gongs and hour strike on the fifth gong, quality brass pendulum with lockdown hardware, movement numbered "1703", is running and striking. In a massive bronze case with pierced decorated filigree, pineapple finials and winged putti on the front below the dial, in very nice condition. 28 in. high x 16.5 in. wide x 16.5 in. deep. Weight: 93 lbs.

 Height:	14 in. (35.56 cm)

Width:	8 in. (20.32 cm)

Depth:	8 in. (20.32 cm)

Country of Origin:	France

Style:	Egyptian Revival 

Condition:	Excellent

Year:	19th C.

Description:	Pair of French Polished Bronze Garniture Urns, fourth quarter 19th century, in the Egyptian Revival style, the vasiform urns mounted with sphinx handles and hung with "beads" suspending classical medallions, above anthemion-molded bases, 

h. 14-3/4", dia. 7-1/2".

7825 Washington Crossing the Delaware $12500.00


7820 Empire style & Ebonized Torcheres $12500.00


7821 Bronze Bracket Clock $15000.00


7818 Pair of French Garniture $3500.00

Country of Origin:	France

Style:	Art Nouveau

Maker:	Louis Majorelle

Condition:	Original

Year:	c. 1895

Description:	 Art Nouveau rare 4-piece Bedroom suite, by Louis Majorelle, c. 1895.  Extensive marquetry and carved decorations on all pieces, including bed (expertly expanded for original full to king size), grand armoire with center mirrored door above lower drawer and flanked by open shelves and marquetry detailed curved cabinets. The two matching nightstands have original hardware, veined marble tops, and lower cabinets with marquetry details. 


Bed: 65" H x 86" W x 84" D

Armoire: 101" H x 75" W x 22" D

Nightstands: 45" H x 16" W x 16" D

  Height:	31 in. (78.74 cm)

Width:	61 in. (154.94 cm)

Depth:	85 in. (215.9 cm) 

Country of Origin:	USA

Style:	Renaissance Revival

Condition:	Original

Year:	c. 1880

Description:	Walnut heavily carved American Renaissance Revival dining table with carved Ram’s head at base, with egg and dart details, central cartouche with foliate and floral swags extending around ram’s heads.

The Tobey Furniture Company of Chicago was founded in 1856 by Charles Tobey.  It was a leader of handmade furniture in the latter half of the 19th century, and employed the talents of Joseph Twyman, a former designer for William Morris.  Through Twyman’s efforts, the Tobey Company created the "William Morris Room" line of Arts and Crafts furniture and goods that included textile and wallpapers by William Morris.  The Tobey Furniture company designed furniture for Chicago’s Grand Pacific Hotel, and the Tremont House.  Gustav Stickley also designed furniture for the Tobey Company as well.  The Patented Toby Chair (1901)was a streamlined version of the Morris chair.

Dimensions: 31"H x 61"W x 85"D closed  -  open 145" D  

Bust of General McClellan and * This Medal Of G.B. McClellan * Price, on the obverse. "One Cent" within wreath with Union shield on the reverse. Very fine.  

<b>The famous abolitionist who was executed for his raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859</b>

(1800-59) John Brown was a white abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. During the 1856 conflict in Kansas, Brown commanded forces at the Battle of Black Jack and the Battle of Osawatomie. In 1859, Brown led an unsuccessful raid on the Federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Va. that ended with his capture. Brown's trial resulted in his conviction and a sentence of death by hanging. 

Handsome display with a strand of John Brown's hair from the Dow collection. 8 x 10, double matted with dark green linen and gold filigree mats, featuring a strand of Brown's hair enclosed at the center with an iconic oval copy photograph of a bearded Brown at the top, and descriptive text. Comes with a letter of provenance. The strand of John Brown's hair in this display originated from a small lock of his hair encased and authenticated by the legendary autograph and handwriting expert Charles Hamilton. Also included is a copy of an affidavit made in 1996 by historical hair expert John Reznikoff, who has the largest collection of celebrity hair in the world, attesting that he witnessed the original lock of hair being broken up and that this strand originated from that lock. Comes shrink wrapped.

Art Nouveau Majorelle Bed, Armoire & Pr $135000.00


7810 Renaissance Revival Tobey Dining Ro $20000.00


Civil War Patriotic Token, General Georg $95.00


John Brown Hair Display $275.00

American flags, drum, wand with liberty cap and crossed cannons with the years [17]'76 and [18]'61 on the obverse. "Our Country" within wreath with an American shield on the reverse.  

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a Union officer brandishing a sword in one hand and holding an American flag in the other. Slogan below, "By the Eternal It shall wave." Published by Mumford & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. 5 3/8 x 3.

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

<b>Regarding the career of her husband, the Honorable William Hawkins Polk, and the Confederate Monument in Warren County, North Carolina she was responsible for erecting!</b>

6 pages, 5 x 8, in ink. Comes with a 2 3/8 x 2 3/8, diagram of the proposed Confederate memorial with a written description.

Mrs. Lucy Eugenia Polk, was the wife of William Hawkins Polk, a Mexican War veteran, U.S. Statesman & Congressman  from Tennessee. William H. Polk was the youngest brother of United States President James K. Polk.

<b><u>Warrenton, [North Carolina], Nov. 5th</b></u>

My dear Jessie,

Your letter of the 17th Sept. was received & as you spoke of going to the Reunion at Paris, Ky. I postponed arriving until your return to Henderson, but I have delayed my reply longer than I intended.  You asked if I would give you some of Maj. Polk’s experiences in Mexico.  I wish I could.  He sometimes spoke of the war in the home of the Aztec’s, [1] but the great Civil struggle came along destroying & obliterating the past so completely for the four years of its continuance & kept us so busy trying to keep body & soul together that our past experiences like sand heaps were wiped out by the great conflict & carnage of Brotherhood.  As President of the Memorial Association of Warrenton I have given much time to try & erect a monument to the brave sons of Warren who fell in a cause, the lost still just & hope before next Decoration [Day] to have a statue in Italian marble the first ever erected in the county unveiled at Fairview & when this is completed I shall resign the Presidency & return to private life…the big old world will turn around just as jolly as if I was at the helm.  My late husband Hon. William H. Polk of Columbia, Tenn. was appointed by President Tyler to represent the United States at the Court of Rome & Naples.  President Polk succeeded Tyler & war with Mexico was declared in Polk’s administration.  Mr. [William] Polk asked to be recalled to the United States.  He then joined the Army & went to Mexico as Major of the 3d Dragoons & remained there until the close of the war.  I think I am right patriotic but don’t think my patriotism would have prompted me to resign a pleasant position abroad with a salary of nine thousand dollars to go to Mexico to be shot at & punctured with the thorns of the cactus which grows so abundantly in that country.  After his return home he represented his District in [U.S.] Congress.  He was afterwards the Democratic Elector for Tennessee.  He died in Nashville not very long after the Civil War commenced & I returned to Carolina to be with my mother the most perfect Christian I ever knew.  Was much pleased with the City & its fine Institutions of learning.  On the return stopped at [?] for a week or two & had a delightful visit to dear old friends.  Wish I could see them right now.  Wharton has always felt so near to me & Genl. Green & Mrs. Green how I loved them.  I often think of the pleasant winter spent at the Old National, "a long shot back for memory’s over," but the recall of this past is full of pleasant memories.  Tasker [2] has three beautiful bright children who keep things stirred up & lively.  There is little of local interest to write & what I have written is done so miserably.  I feel it would be just to myself & you too to throw it in the waste basket & try again, but don’t know when I shall do any better.  With the very kindest regard for your Father & Mother, tell them in the flight of time no silver threads amongst the old have made their appearance & while I do not quite reach a hundred in weight I can keep pace with others many years my juniors.  I say this not boastingly but thankfully.  Friends have come in so I must say good bye.


L.E. Polk

[P.S.] Tomorrow is the circus & little William is looking forward with much pleasure seeing the elephants & monkeys.  Tasker has not been very well but daily at his office.  His new office will soon be completed on Main Street, very pretty & comfortable & I hope he may long enjoy it. Lucy Hawkins spent her summer vacation in Nashville.

Included is a small diagram of the Confederate monument park Mrs. Polk is writing about in her letter. The following is written on the back of the illustration: "Plan of Confederate Square- 52 feet- Southern Cross with mound & statue in the center with 11 evergreens [representing the 11 Southern States of the Confederacy]- name & date of each State as seceded. Ask your Father what he thinks of my plan- mound & pedestal 10 ft."

Light age toning and wear. Very fine.

Excellent content written by Mrs. Lucy Eugenia Polk regarding the career of her husband, William Hawkins Polk; a Mexican War veteran, U.S. Statesman & Congressman, and about the Confederate monument she was responsible for erecting in Warren County, North Carolina. Very desirable!

[1] This is a reference to the Aztec Club a historic society founded in 1847 by United States Army officers of the Mexican–American War.

[2] Tasker Polk was the son of William H. Polk and Lucy E. Polk.

<u>William Hawkins Polk</u>: (1815-62) Born in Maury County, Tennessee, he was the youngest brother of U.S. President James K. Polk. In 1838, William H. Polk killed Robert Hayes, a young Nashville lawyer, following an altercation at the Nelson House in Columbia, Tenn. The two had apparently been arguing when Polk insulted Hayes, and Hayes responded by throwing a cup at Polk. Polk then obtained a whip and lashed Hayes with it, prompting Hayes to flee. Shortly afterward, Hayes attempted to ambush Polk with a derringer, but his lone shot missed. Polk drew his own gun and returned fire, killing Hayes. Polk was tried for murder, but convicted of a lesser charge, and sentenced to six weeks in jail and a $750 fine. He was defended at trial by his brother's former law partner, Gideon Pillow, a future Confederate General. Polk graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1839, and commenced practice in Columbia. He was a member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1841-45; appointed as U.S. Minister to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, serving 1845-47, and he fought as a major of the 3rd U.S. Dragoons in the Mexican War. He ran for Governor of Tennessee in 1861, but lost to the secessionist incumbent, Isham G. Harris. In late 1862, Polk fell ill while staying at the St. Cloud Hotel in Nashville. He died suddenly on December 16, 1862. His sister-in-law, former First Lady Sarah Childress Polk, arranged for his body to be taken to Columbia (which was behind enemy lines) under a flag of truce for burial. He is interred at Columbia's Greenwood Cemetery.

The monument discussed in Mrs. Polk's letter was erected in Fairview Cemetery, Warrenton, N.C., and was named Confederate Dead of Warren County, Warrenton, N.C. It was designed by the Cooper Brothers, of Raleigh, N.C., and the sculptor of the statue was Harry Dempster. It consists of a marble statue of a Confederate soldier standing on a granite pedestal; a young mustachioed soldier, at ease resting against a tree trunk and leaning on his rifle, looks forward and downward with his hat in his hand. The inscription reads: Brave And Fearless, Proud And Peerless Were Warren's Sons Who Wore The Gray. Erected By The Memorial Association Of Warren County. To The Confederate Dead Of Warren County, N.C. Erected By The Efforts Of Mrs. Lucy E Polk. Dedicated August 27, 1903.

William H. Polk married Lucy Eugenia Williams on July 14, 1854 in Montmorenci, North Carolina. She died on January 11, 1906 in Warren County, North Carolina.        

 Portrait of a woman, 19th Century with gilt frame, unsigned.

Civil War Patriotic Token, Our Country $25.00


By The Eternal It Shall Wave


Letter Written by Mrs. Lucy E. Polk $100.00


Oil Portrait of a Woman, 19th Century $7500.00

Portrait of a lady, oil painting under glazed glass with gilt frame; 19th century, excellent condition, unsigned  

Civil War patriotic envelope with a  vignette of Uncle Sam at the center cranking a machine to make rope for a hangman's noose with the slogan, "Hemp For Traitors North or South" on it, printed below him is "Manufactures," to his left are hemp plants with "Agriculture" below, and to his right is a gallows with a noose and the title, "Fine Arts." Scarce.  

5 1/4 x 8 1/4 imprint, 7 pages, with illustration of a G.A.R. membership badge at upper left.


Department of New York

Grand Army of the Republic


Albany, N.Y., May 1st, 1916

General Orders No. 6

I. The long, dreary days of winter have at last surrendered to that delightful season when Nature, in her most attractive garb, is welcomed by the melodious warbling of song birds, the gleeful laughter of happy children and the grateful appreciation of all her creatures. The month of May- "Flowery May," the poets call it, that ushers in this charming season, embraces three days of more than ordinary interest to every member of the Grand Army of the Republic; days of sweet, sad memories dear to the heart of every survivor of the Civil War.


II. This day, never to be forgotten, is an occasion of sacred memories to the veteran of the Civil War, reminding him of the constant, vigilant care; the ceaseless love and enduring devotion of his mother. On this day the thoughts of the veteran revert to the time long gone by when as a child he knelt in devotion at his mother's knee, and a little later received her blessing when with trembling voice and tear dimmed eyes she embraced him, for the last time for ought she knew, as he sadly turned away in obedience to his country's cry for help. The boy went out but not alone, for he took with him his mother's love, aye her very heart, and she was left to distracting fear, to terrible doubt, to dreadful apprehension as day by day she waited and watched and prayed for his safe return. 

Much more excellent content. Other topics include Memorial Sunday; Memorial Day; President Lincoln's Address at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863; Flag Day; The National Encampment; In Memoriam, and more. 

Issued by command of Zan L. Tidball, Department Commander. 

Light age toning and wear. Very desirable.  


Indian with headdress, United States of America, and the year 1897 on the obverse. One Cent within wreath with American shield on the reverse. Fine.

Oil Portrait of a Lady under Glazed Glas $7500.00


Patriotic Cover, Hemp For Traitors North


General Orders No. 6, G. A. R. Department $20.00


1897 One Cent Piece $8.00

Civil War patriotic envelope with vignette of a hand with the initials W.S. below it. This represents Union Commander-in-Chief General Winfield Scott. The hand is reaching out to catch Confederate President Jeff Davis who has the wings of a fly and is holding a skull and cross bones flag with the initials J.D. below. The slogan below the illustration reads, "This tells its own story." Very fine, early war, satirical Union cover. Desirable.  

Bust of General George B. McClellan in uniform on the obverse with his name above and the year 1863 below, with Army & Navy within wreath on the reverse and crossed sabers at the bottom. Extra fine.  <b>During the Rebellion</b>

5 x 8, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, April 11, 1867


Officers who have been appointed in the army under the Act of July 28, 1866, are requested to immediately forward to the Adjutant General a statement showing all the volunteer organizations in which service was rendered during the rebellion.

By Order Of The Secretary Of War:


Assistant Adjutant General

Light age toning and wear. There are 2 tiny holes at the left edge which do not affect any of the content.  

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of Miss Liberty wearing an American flag dress, and holding an American shield and wand with Liberty cap. U.S. is in stars and stripes letters below her. Light staining. 5 1/4 x 3.

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Patriotic Cover, This Tells Its Own Stor


1863 Civil War Patriotic Token, General $125.00


War Department Circular Regarding Office $7.00


Miss Liberty, U. S.

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color illustration of a zouave soldier in full regalia holding his musket with the above slogan. 5 1/2 x 3 1/8. 

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 Our photo illustration will likely offer the best description of this colorful old print except to say that it measures 10 X 13 ½ inches and it is offered just as we found it torn from a June 16, 1894 issue of the satirical publication <I>Judge</I>.   The cartoon is titled <I>THE DEMOCRATIC RICHELIEU </I> and is captioned - DEMOCRATIC SENATOR (ex-confederate brigadier):  <I> ‘Take away the sword. States can be ruined without it. Bring me the pen,it is mightier than the sword!’</I>  The graphic satire refers to an all too common division between North & South during Reconstruction and the strong feeling by many in the North that ex-Confederate leaders were continuing their attack against the Union utilizing the pen and politics.  A colorful conversation piece, this neat old piece of Americana will frame up nicely.

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 <B><I>Statistical Gazetteer of the United States of America from Official State & Federal Returns & the Census of 1850</B></I> by Richard s. Fisher M.D.  Published by J. H. Colton & Co., New York 1857   A wonderful antebellum resource or simply a nice item to set out on a period desk, reading table or book shelf.  Leather bound with lots of evidence of age and period use, the leather cover and spine could use treatment with a proper dressing, but the spine is tight and pages are solidly bound with expected age but complete with no stains, tears or repairs or other condition issues. (Offered here un-touched and as found so the new owner can decide what leather dressing to use. We would do no more than that.) An outstanding accumulation of material from population and land use, to industrial and governmental information, this volume will be of special interest as it offers insight into the antebellum south.

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1 1/2 pages, 5 x 7 1/2 imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 17, 1862

General Orders

No. 81

Court martial document that details the charge, specifications, finding and sentence which was brought against Lieutenant Wesley F. Miller, Seventh U.S. Infantry, when he served at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor. He was charged with "repeated neglect of duty, to the prejudice of good order and military discipline." 

"Finding Of The Court. After mature deliberation, the Court finds the accused, First Lieutenant Wesley F. Miller, Seventh Infantry, Guilty of the charge and specifications preferred against him, and does therefore sentence him to be reprimanded in General Orders from the War Department."

"II..The proceedings of the General Court Martial in the foregoing case have been submitted to the Secretary of War, and the following is his order thereon: Lieutenant W.F. Miller, Seventh Infantry, is found guilty of neglect and violation of duty, deserving the serious censure of the Department."

By Order Of The Secretary Of War:


Adjutant General

Excellent. Uncommon to find a court martial document related to Fort Columbus in New York harbor.

WBTS Trivia: Fort Columbus was named after the famous explorer Christopher Columbus. It was located on Governors Island in New York Harbor, and it played an important role in the military life of New York City as the largest army post defending the city.

The Zouave Defenders $10.00


colorful post Civil War Southern Reconst $45.00


1850 U. S. Statistical Gazetteer $85.00


1862 Court Martial of an Officer at Fort $25.00

<b>Plan Of Organization For Contributing Societies</b>

8 1/2 x 13 3/4, imprint. Published by the Committee on Correspondence and Organization, Room 22 Bible House, New York. Outlines the Name, Object, Officers, Duties of Officers, Meetings-Order of Business, etc. The reverse of the document has a very interesting handwritten section in ink titled, "Preamble and Constitution of the Peruville [N.Y.] Freedman's & Union Relief Association. It includes the Preamble and 7 Articles of their Constitution. Light age toning and wear. Uncommon. Desirable.

***Please note that the borders on the actual document are wider than our scan indicates. The document as shown on the website is cropped because it is larger than our scanner bed.


Bust view of General Andrew Jackson in uniform with the slogan, "For Our Country Common Cause" on the obverse. Motto, "Now And For Ever" on the reverse. Very fine.

Andrew Jackson served as the 7th President of the United States, 1829-37.  

Bust of William Henry Harrison in uniform with Maj. Gen. W.H. Harrison, stars and the year 1841 on the obverse. A spread winged eagle with American shield on its chest and an olive branch and arrows in its talons. Riband above with the motto, "Go It Tip," and below, with the motto, "Come It Tyler" with encircling stars around the edges. There is a very tiny hole in the top of the token where it was once worn by a chain.

"Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", originally published as "Tip and Ty", was a very popular and influential campaign song of the Whig Party's colorful Log Cabin Campaign in the 1840 United States presidential election. Its lyrics sang the praises of Whig candidates William Henry Harrison (the "hero of Tippecanoe") and John Tyler, while denigrating incumbent Democrat Martin Van Buren.

William Henry Harrison  was the ninth President of the United States (1841), an American military officer and politician, and the last President born as a British subject. He was also the first president to die in office. He was 68 years, 23 days old when inaugurated, the oldest president to take office until Ronald Reagan in 1981. Harrison died on his 32nd day in office of complications from pneumonia, serving the shortest tenure in United States presidential history. His death sparked a brief constitutional crisis, but its resolution settled many questions about presidential succession left unanswered by the Constitution until the passage of the 25th Amendment in 1967. He was the grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, who was the 23rd President from 1889 to 1893.

Before election as president, Harrison served as the first territorial congressional delegate from the Northwest Territory, governor of the Indiana Territory and later as a U.S. representative and senator from Ohio. He originally gained national fame for leading U.S. forces against American Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, where he earned the nickname "Tippecanoe" (or "Old Tippecanoe"). As a general in the subsequent War of 1812, his most notable action was in the Battle of the Thames in 1813, which brought an end to hostilities in his region. This battle resulted in the death of Tecumseh and the dissolution of the Indian coalition which he led.   

<b>Medal of Honor Recipient for gallantry at Port Hudson, Louisiana</b>

Marcus A. Hanna, was a 21 year old seaman, from Rockport, Massachusetts, when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted as a landsman, at Boston, on May 9, 1861, and was mustered into the U.S. Navy. He was discharged on June 20, 1862 having served on the U.S.S. Ohio, the U.S.S. Mississippi and the U.S.S. Niagara respectively. He then decided to join the Union army and enlisted on September 15, 1862, and was mustered into Co. B, 50th Massachusetts Infantry. During the regiment's service at Port Hudson, Louisiana, Sergeant Hanna, was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry when he exposed himself to a heavy Rebel fire in order to get water for his comrades who were pinned down in their rifle pits. He was mustered out of the 50th Massachusetts Infantry on August 24, 1863, and was then mustered into Co. K, 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. He served in this unit until his discharge at Wilmington, N.C., on September 3, 1865.

Marcus A. Hanna

Port Hudson, LA



"VOLUNTARILY exposed himself to a heavy fire to get water for comrades in rifle pits."  This is the inscription on the Medal of Honor, the proud bearer of which is Marcus A. Hanna, sergeant of Company B, Fiftieth Massachusetts Infantry.

The incident occurred at Port Hudson, on July 4, 1863, and serves not only to illustrate the hero's feeling for his suffering comrades, but his courage and resourcefulness as well.  Sergeant Hanna gives a detailed description of the occurrence, as follows:

"While our forces were closely investing Port Hudson, four days before its surrender, the Fiftieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was ordered into the rifle-pits to support a New York battery.  It was early in the morning, and we had just been relieved from similar duty, performed during the night.  The men went back to the pits without having time to replenish their haversacks or canteens.  The day was intensely hot and by noon the men were suffering from thirst.  How to get water was a  problem, with the enemy on the alert and posted on works but a short distance from and considerably higher than our position.

"At about 2 or 3 o'clock P.M. the thirst of our men had become almost unbearable and Lieutenant William H. Hurd, in command of our company, gave some of us permission to go to the rear for water.  Orderly Sergeant Blatchford and myself were the only sergeants present that day.  I at once volunteered to go, and asked for a file of men to assist me.  No one responded.  I decided to try it alone.  I took twelve or fifteen canteens-all I could conveniently carry-hung them about my neck, and placed them about my body to afford protection from rebel bullets.  A dummy, made by rigging up a musket with a blouse and cap, was prepared, the idea being to raise it above our pit and, if possible, draw the fire of the enemy, and then, before they had time to reload, I was to take my chances.  Carefully we raised the dummy until the cap only could be seen, then we ducked it out of sight, to 

hoist it again at once, this time showing the head and body.

The deception was a success, for at once there came a heavy volley, and before the smoke had cleared away, I was up and off as rapidly as my light but bulky load would permit. I steered across the level plains for the nearest cover some 600 yards away, but I had not gone far, before I could hear the patter of bullets all around me, and knew that I was within sight and range. Yet, I kept on my course, until about half the distance was covered when I realized that I could not escape being hit, and bethought myself of the ruse of throwing myself prostrate, as if killed or badly wounded.  The trick was successful. The firing ceased, and, after lying prone until I was well rested, I sprang to my feet and ran like a deer for the blackberry hedge. In this second race, no further shots were sent after me by the enemy.

"I went about half a mile further to a spring, filled my load of canteens, not one of which, in spite of the firing, had been punctured, and began cautiously to work my way back to my company in the rifle-pits.  Instead of making a bee-line for the pit, I made a detour to the left, in order to bring one of our batteries between myself and the enemy.  After I had reached the battery I had still some sixty or seventy yards to go to the right, wholly exposed to the enemy's fire.  However, I covered this distance 

unmolested.  Lieutenant Hurd and the men warmly congratulated me, and expressed gratitude for the partial relief I had brought them."

Source:  "Deeds of Valor"

<u>Autograph</u>: 6 1/4 x 9, in ink, Marcus A. Hanna. Included with the signature are three, 6 1/4 x 9 antique typewritten pages (circa late 1800's). The first two pages include the same content that is quoted above from "Deeds of Valor." The third page mentions Hanna's Civil War naval service, and his service with the 50th Massachusetts Volunteers, and the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. 

The closing paragraph reads as follows: "After the war he entered the lighthouse service, and in 1885 was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for rescuing on January 5th, single handed, the crew of the wrecked schooner Australia, which had floundered near the Cape Elizabeth Light Station. Lieut. Hanna was born in Franklin Co., Maine, on November 3, 1842.

Light age toning and edge wear. There are some tiny indentation holes from when these pages were once bound together. Very desirable autograph of this Civil War hero and Medal of Honor recipient.

Imprint, New York National Freedman's Re $25.00


Token, General Andrew Jackson


1841 Presidential Token, William Henry H $75.00


Autograph, Marcus A. Hanna

Stamped brass hunting horn device. This authentic insignia was worn on the hats of Civil War soldiers to designate that they were in the infantry branch of the service. Complete with original fastening hooks on the reverse. Measures 3 1/2 inches in width. Very fine and desirable Civil War relic.


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of a Union shield within a large star with North, East, South and West at the four corners. Light staining. 5 1/4 x 3.

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4 1/2 x 7, two page imprint, plus a  manuscript list of the names of the 18 graduates who attended the dinner.

Young's Hotel, Dinner For The Class of 1862, Tuesday, July 16, 1867. The inside page shows the Bill of Fare listing the various choices of soup, roast, entrees, game and dessert. The back page is handwritten in ink listing the last names of those 18 graduates who attended the dinner: "Present: Boyden, Brigham, Ellis, Fiske, Gilbert, Hedge, Hosmer, Kemp, Mathes, Munroe, Payson, Porter, Priest, Quincy, Rogers, H.M., Sawtell, Sibley, Soule. 18." Very fine and desirable 1860's Harvard related imprint.

I have confirmed the 18 names listed on this program as having all attended this dinner through the report of the secretary of Harvard for the class of 1862. In an entry dated July 17, 1867 it was noted that the supper was held last evening, [July 16th] at Young's Hotel and lists these exact 18 names written on the program as having been present. Most likely some of these men fought in the Civil War.

Young's Hotel operated from 1860 to 1927 and was located on Court Street, in Boston, Massachusetts. The building was designed by William Washburn, and George Young established the business, which was later taken over by Joseph Reed Whipple and George G. Hall. Famous guests at Young's Hotel included Mark Twain, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, William Lloyd Garrison, Charles Sumner, Rutherford B. Hayes, and numerous others.

WBTS TRIVIA: 475 Harvard College graduates fought in the Civil War among which 73 died in service. There were also an additional 114 Harvard students who had not graduated that served in the war among which 22 died in service.        

<b>Signed by a Pennsylvania officer wounded and captured at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va.</b>

4 1/2 x 7 1/2, imprint.

War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., October 6, 1864

To. Col. R.C. Buchanan, 1st U.S. Inf.

Act. Ass't Provost Marshal General

Trenton, N.J.

The "Daily Reports of the state of the draft," received at this office, disclose the fact that an extraordinary proportion of drafted men fail to report for examination. You will immediately adopt the best course you can devise to secure the arrest of the delinquents, and, under no circumstance, permit them to lurk within your jurisdiction. You will, whenever necessary, invoke the aid of such military authorities as are within your reach, and request the co-operation of the civil authorities.


Provost Marshal General


Theo. McMurtrie

Captain, and Act. Ass't Adjt. Gen.

12 Pa. Reserves

There are 2 very tiny punch holes at the left edge which do not affect any of the content.

Theodore McMurtrie, who signed this document in ink, enlisted on August 18, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. D, 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry, known as the "Bucktails." He was discharged for promotion on January 10, 1862, and was commissioned into the field and staff of the 41st Pennsylvania Infantry, with rank of 1st lieutenant and regimental adjutant. He was severely wounded and captured at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., on December 13, 1862, the wound resulting in the amputation of his left leg. He was transferred out of this regiment on October 18, 1863, and served out the war in the Veteran Reserve Corps.

Civil War Infantry Hat Insignia


Union Shield & Star


Harvard Class of 1862 Dinner Program $15.00


1864 Provost Marshal General's Office Im $35.00

<b>Featuring President Grover Cleveland & Mrs. President Cleveland</b>

3 1/4 x 4 1/4, two sided advertising imprint. One side has a portrait of President Grover Cleveland with a clever advertising imprint, "Keep a Watch on the PRESIDENT! And let it be a WATERBURY. Being the head of the people he should carry the people's Time Piece." The reverse has a portrait of Mrs. Cleveland, also with a very clever advertising line, "Keep a Watch on MRS. CLEVELAND! And let it be a WATERBURY, so that the WHITE HOUSE dinners will always be "on time." Imprint below Mrs. Cleveland's image: (From a Photograph by W.J. Baker, Buffalo). The corners of the imprint have been slightly trimmed. Very fine, circa late 1800's advertising imprint using the president and first lady to promote a Watch Company. Interesting and very desirable 1800's combination presidential/advertising item.

The Waterbury Clock Company was founded in 1854 in Waterbury, Conn. Originally the company produced less expensive clocks as alternatives to compete with the high end European market. By 1887 the company created a large pocket watch which is most likely what this advert is referring to.

Grover Cleveland served two terms as President of the United States. He was the 22nd president, serving, 1885-89; and the 24th president, serving, 1893-97.    

<b>United States Congressman from Ohio

Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>

(1809-1890) At the outbreak of the Civil War, Schenck, who had campaigned enthusiastically for Abraham Lincoln, was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers to rank from May 17, 1861. He commanded a brigade of General Daniel Tyler's division at 1st Bull Run and saw action in the Shenandoah Valley the following spring during General Stonewall Jackson's famous campaign. At 2nd Bull Run he led a division of General Franz Sigel's Corps of the Army of Virginia and was disabled for further field service from a serious wound in the arm. He was promoted to major general to rank from Aug. 30, 1862, and commanded the Middle Dept. and 8th Corps at Baltimore. Schenck also served 8 terms in Congress, was diplomatic representative of the U.S. in South America and served as a member of the Alabama Claims Commission.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 4 x 2 1/2, in ink, Robt. C. Schenck, Dayton, Ohio. Very fine. 


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of a soldier holding sponge with cannon behind him and an American flag above, pair of Indians wearing headdresses and the following verse: "Our Volunteers a noble band Of men, prepared to fight, They'll drive all treason from the land, And put the foe to flight." Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3.

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(1825-64) Saw action in the Mexican War. He organzied the Lexington Rifles in 1857, and when the Civil War broke out, he led his command to join the Confederacy. From then until his death his exploits made him one of the legendary figures of the Confederacy. He was promoted to colonel of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry on April 4, 1862, and brigadier general on December 11th. His series of raids into Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio earned him a vote of thanks from the Confederate Congress and the undying hatred of a large segment of the frightened Northern population. On his most famous raid north of the Ohio in 1863, he was captured near New Lisbon and imprisoned in the Ohio State Penitentiary with several of his officers. But no prison could hold the notorious Confederate raider as he soon escaped! On the night of September 3, 1864, while enroute to attack Union forces near Knoxville, he camped near Greenville, Tenn. Early the next morning he was surprised by a detachment of Union cavalry and was killed in the garden of the house where he had been sleeping.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Seated view of Morgan wearing a kepi and a double breasted frock coat with rank of brigadier general. He poses with his legs crossed which show off his high black cavalry boots. Standing at his side is his 21 year old bride, Martha (Mattie) Ready, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., wearing a heavy overcoat. This view was taken in 1863 at the time of their wedding. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York. 2 cents blue George Washington tax stamp on the reverse. Light age toning and wear.

Waterbury Clock Company Adverisement $10.00


Autograph, General Robert C. Schenck


Our Volunteers a Noble Band of Men $8.00


CDV General John Hunt Morgan & Wife $295.00

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