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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.  

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

Civil War Patriotic Token, Our Country $25.00


Letter Written by Mrs. Lucy E. Polk $100.00


Oil Portrait of a Woman, 19th Century $7500.00


Oil Portrait of a Lady under Glazed Glas $7500.00

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.  

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.

Patriotic Cover, Hemp For Traitors North


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


1897 One Cent Piece $8.00


Patriotic Cover, This Tells Its Own Stor

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

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

 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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1863 Civil War Patriotic Token, General $125.00


War Department Circular Regarding Office $7.00


The Zouave Defenders $10.00


colorful post Civil War Southern Reconst $45.00

<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.       

<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.

1850 U. S. Statistical Gazetteer $85.00


1862 Court Martial of an Officer at Fort $25.00


Imprint, New York National Freedman's Re $25.00


Token, General Andrew Jackson

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.      

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.

1841 Presidential Token, William Henry H $75.00


Autograph, Marcus A. Hanna


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.

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

(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

Civil War patriotic envelope which satirical theme on a bright red flag showing the leg and boot of A.[braham] L.[incoln] kicking a figure representing Confederate President J.[efferson] D.[avis] is the butt. The slogan on the flag is "A.L., His Mark."  

Civil War patriotic envelope with spoof theme on Confederate cavalry horses. Vignette of a very under nourished horse with barking dogs at his feet, a pair of vultures sitting in a tree, and one vulture hovering above. The slogan reads, Rice Straw! Effect of "feed" on the Cavalry Horse in the Secession Army. Executed by W.J. Baker. Uncommon.  Housed in its period 15 1/8X 18 1/4 inch deep walnut frame, this photograph measures approximately 6 ¾ X 9 1/2 on its original 10 X 13 inch mount and remains in excellent original condition.  The photograph mount offers a period brown ink penned title identifying the subject as <B><I> Co. C 10th Veteran Reserve Corps / Washington D. C. April 1865</B></I>.  A rare view obviously taken on the same occasion as a similar view preserved on glass negative in the Library of Congress, this view records the presence of a small <U>Black Drummer Boy</U> standing with his drum at left of the enlisted formation.  Standing at the right forefront of his Co. C 10th V. R. C. is Lt. Walter F. Halleck.  A veteran of the <B>11th Michigan Infantry</B>, Lt. Halleck sports an eye patch won at Stone’s River (Murfreesboro) Tennessee when he lost an eye and was taken prisoner by Confederates as a result of action there on 12/31/1862.  (A period portrait complete with eye patch may be found on <I>Find a Grave</I>. Halleck is buried at Arlington plot section 3, grave 1783)  The 10th Veteran Reserve Corps was initially organized in New York City in the fall of 1863 and was primarily a consolidation of the 12th NY Infantry, 13th NY Infantry, 14th NY Infantry, 15th NY Infantry, 19th NY Infantry and 57th NY Infantry.  A bit of research will likely offer additional individual identification particularly of the officer at Halleck’s right. A rare photograph, well documented by a <I>same sitting</I> collodion plate negative in the Library of Congress.  <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 envelope; spoof theme on the Confederacy with an illustration of a floating, broken cup with a  C.S.A. flag design on the outside. Three men are within the vessel; the officer at the rear is leaning over the side and vomiting, the man standing at the center is using a whiskey bottle for a telescope to look at the Union warship in the background, while the seated man at the front is holding a whiskey bottle. Titled, "The Impending Crisis." Uncommon.

Patriotic Cover, Flag, Abraham Lincoln H


Patriotic Cover, Rice Straw, Confederate $15.00


rare variant !! original Civil War photo $695.00


Patriotic Cover, The Impending Crisis $15.00

Vignette of General Franz Sigel on horseback with his name Sigel below. Counter stamped "W.C.P." on the obverse. Union For Ever with American shield and the year 1863 on the reverse. Fine. Scarce.  A bit of a departure from our usual fair, this outstanding mid 1800s court sword will fill the bill for the right collector.   High relief, chiseled bronze furniture retains virtually all of its original heavy gold plating over a laurel motif set off by the classic figure of a patriotic eagle.  Beautifully colored natural mother of pearl grips offer a pleasing age patina.   Overall length is 36 ¾ inches with a slender 30 ½ inch,  three fuller triangular blade which retains much of its original fire blue embellishment over decorative line engraving.  Of special note is that the slender leather scabbard with its furniture remains in excellent original condition commensurate with the pleasing condition of the sword.  Of <I>special note</I> because as experienced collectors will attest, the delicately slender leather scabbard of these court swords are nearly always broken or missing furniture or both.  An outstanding, all original example of a classic style seldom surviving in collectable condition, a good look our photos will offer the best description.  <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!


 Country of Origin:	USA

Style:	Renaissance Revival

Condition:	Restored

Year:	c. 1880

Description:	Spectacular antique 19th C. four-piece American Victorian/Aesthetic Movement King Size bedroom suite. This epic bed has been expanded to a king size by AT. Set consists of a bed, dresser, and 2 night cabinets.  This set belongs to Steven Segal and the night cabinets were custom made to fit the style of the bed.  The dresser has a 2" beveled mirror. and the entire set has been impeccably restored and is now ready for its new home.  


Bed: 105"H x 89"W x 58"D

Dresser: 109"H x 64"W x 21"D

Nigth Stands (2): 28"H x 22"D x 41"W  An 1833 dated large cent (shown here with a quarter for size comparison) as was originally worn as a badge of identification by members of the frequently militant <B>Peace Democrats </B> or <B><I>Copperheads</I></B> of Civil War era notoriety.  This pierced U.S. large cent retains a rich age  patina and good evidence of period wear.  The <I>Copperheads</I> were so-called by their opponents in recognition of their practice of wearing a pierced  copper penny  as a badge of identification as a Peace Democrat. (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Stanley Phillips)  Offered as found some years ago when we were able to pick one up on occasion here in Maine where the <I>Copperheads</I> were extremely active in certain areas throughout the Civil War years. A neat item for political collectors ! please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!

1863 General Franz Sigel & Union Forever


exceptional 2nd Empire French – Officer’ $895.00


4-Pc Victorian Aesthetic Movement King S $30000.00



A nice <B>single</B> example of the pattern of 1872 U. S. Cavalry Sgt. stripes.  All original and in ‘minty’ condition after decades of storage, this example should not be confused with the lighter fabric type of a later period that are more frequently seen.  With their heavy yellow / orange wool felt and higher quality chain stitch trim, these original issue artillery stripes will add quality and color to any Indian Wars era or U.S. insignia grouping. A relatively common item only a few years ago, real examples are getting harder to find with demand fostering the fabrication  of cheaper reproductions.  <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  All in excellent condition with bright original ribbons (no splits or weak spots), this attractive Civil War veteran GAR National Encampment Representative medal is dated 1928 and was issued to veteran representatives attending the 62nd National Encampment in Denver, Colorado.  The medal carries the figure of GAR National Commander <B>Elbridge L. Hawk</B>.  Hawk served as Captain, <B>114th Ohio Volunteer Infantry</B>. <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 !  Our illustrations will likely do best to describe this offering except to advise that it is a size seven and while it offers good evidence of age and originality, remains in pleasing condition.  An exceptional 19th century felt hat! <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!

 A popular utility of the colonial era, Revolutionary War period with use through the Civil War era these blacksmith forged iron crackers were reversible with a lesser gap one way than the other so as to accommodate large and smaller nuts.  The cracking surfaces are textured so as to provide a firm grip. An attractive companion piece in a period setting, this pair measure about 5 ¾ inches in length and remain in nice solid , even usable condition but with a pleasant natural age patina. <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 !

1872 Pattern Cavalry SERGEANT CHEVRON $65.00


1928 Denver G. A. R. National Encampment $195.00


original c. 1800s DANDY’S FEDORA $95.00


1700s early 1800s forged iron NUTCRACKER $65.00

<B>Not</B> to be confused with the usually encountered reproduction in this pattern this example is the <U>real thing</U>.  This genuine antique, cast iron trivet, with its classic patriotic shield design, crossed cannons, cannon balls and crossed swords, measures 8 ½ inches long and is 4 1/8 inches wide.  Never painted this desirable original remains in excellent condition and will make a pleasing addition to any collection. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  

 A style initially made popular in this country by German immigrants, the use of this classic type by American Civil War troops has been well documented by period field photos and military camp excavation.  The elongated porcelain bowl was joined to the cherry wood stem by means of a hollow V-shaped secondary bowl, this component intended to collect moisture and tobacco tar making for a fine smooth smoke. The mouthpiece is of natural horn and the bowl is generally capped by a hinged metal lid.   Popular from the earlier 19th century and Civil War era through the later 1800s, the earliest of these bowls were hand painted <U>as is this offering</U>.  The advent of color transfer printing in the later, mid 1800s, and the nearly universal use of that newly available medium to decorate these pipes, is a primary feature in determining whether such a pipe is pre or post-Civil War with hand painted examples as is offered here falling in the just pre and Civil War era.  Especially desirable by virtue of the colorful and especially well done military battle scene, its overall condition and completeness this example will make an attractive addition to any tobacco and smoking grouping or simply as a stand-alone in a period personal grouping.   <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!

 The head of this little blacksmith made axe was fashioned from two pieces of iron formed as one ( high carbon for the blade for a keen edge and lower carbon, less brittle, for the pick) just as the full sized working examples.  Some period ink stains on the original <I>white ash</I> wood haft may indicate that the piece served a practical purpose as a quill sharpener.  We have seen such miniatures in period writing desks. (see: Valley Forge museum 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 !  H 8in. x W 8in. x D 11in.

original - antique cast iron PATRIOTIC T $95.00


Civil War era Military Motif - import PO $225.00


vintage hand wrought - MINIATURE HATCHE $65.00



H 15in. x W 10in. x D 14in.-29in.  H 13in. x W 10in. x D 18in.-46in.  H 13in. x W 4in. x D 7in.  H 9in. x W 8in. x D 11in.








H 24in. x W 31in. x 8in.  H 9in. W 6in. x D 16in.  H 9in. x W 5in. x D 8in.  H 8in. x W 8in. x D 30in.








H 9in. x W 12in. x D 20in.


nickel stem available in any length

original prismatic industrial glass  H 18in. x W 8in. x 8in.  H 30in. x W 75in. x 30in.



Halophane pendant light fixture $450.00





H 14in. x W 56in. x 33in.  H 9in. x W 12in. x D 26in.  H 32in. x D 19in.  H 32in. x W 48in. x 12in.

Industrial glass top table $0.00


H 9in. x W 12in. x D 26in. $0.00


Brass pendant fiture $650.00



H 7in. x D 3in.  H 3 1/2in. x D 4 1/2in.  H 4in. x D 5in.  H 8in. x D 12in.








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