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An original Civil War Proclamation Broadside issued by President Andrew Johnson, May 2, 1865-   "Rewards Offered for the Arrest of Jefferson Davis and others May 2, 1865"-  as the "atrocious murder of the late President Abraham Lincoln was incited by Jefferson Davis, "late of Richmond" and others named, Presdent Johnson orders descriptions of said persons & notice of rewards published- $100,000 for Davis, etc  The Proclamation is printed on light green stock, approx 33 x 21 cm. Age stains on edges & wear on edges, overall VG.  Only 1 copy is listed in the World Catalog.  I am told this came from the estate of a New York Civil War congressman. Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- 

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

 A bit out of our usual scope but so neat we couldn’t resist the acquisition of this WW II mechanical pin.  A whimsical presentation depicts Uncle Sam and Adolf Hitler. A pull on the string and the <I>Fuhrer</I>meets his demise.   Measuring approximately 1 19/32 of an inch in diameter the colorfully lithographed button pin is maker marked on the rim<B>PAT APPLIED FOR – EVANS NOVELTY CO. CHICAGO</B>.  All in pleasing condition. The pin offers good evidence of age and originality while retaining strong graphics with no chips, dings or scratches and the mechanical mechanism functions smoothly.  <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 gem for the sewing and needlework enthusiast is this attractive delicately stained umbrella needle case.  Gathered up and set aside some years ago from a Victorian era sewing basket, this delicate miniature umbrella is carved from bone with a turned, threaded shaft all remaining in fine original condition and will lay in nicely with any ladies sewing implement grouping.    <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  We are going to let our photographs do most of the description on this one to include any conclusion as to exactly what the cryptic subject in its Massachusetts state seal embossed case is intended to address. The colorful reverse painting on glass is backed with a thin sheet of copper foil to give the subject plunging dagger and heart a bright crispness. All is encased in a brass 9th plate photo mat and frame and housed in a photo case with the Massachusetts state seal in the velveteen cover lining. All is pleasingly period original with no condition issues save some separation of the black paint backing which surrounds the main subject.  We would guess this has some fraternal connotation but that is only a guess on our part.  Please send us a note if you are able to offer anything further.   

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‘Let’s Pull Together’ – WW II mechanical $125.00


stained bone - Victorian Needle Case $45.00


antique reverse painting miniature – Mas $75.00

These little penny sized coins were struck in the early years of the American Civil War to fill a commercial need when people began hording hard currency.  By July of 1862 even the lowly copper cent had all but disappeared from public circulation.  Though the U. S. Mint began issuing substitute paper money in the usual coinage denominations and folks began using postage stamps to augment that effort, commercial needs demanded something more familiar and more durable. The private minting of what collectors refer to as <I>HARD-TIME</I> TOKENS began to appear in the fall of 1862.   These private issue coins fell in two categories, the <I>patriotic token</I> which did not carry the name of a specific redeemer and the so called <I>store-card</I> type which carried the name of a specific merchant.  The little private issue ‘penny’  filled the commercial need and soon enjoyed general acceptance as a means of exchange usually allotted the value of one cent.  The little copper cent was minted in several variations and designs (usually patriotic) and were almost immediately a collectable accounting for some limited availability of nice condition examples still available on today’s collectors market.  Not a common find outside of collector circles though, as the short lived Civil War token was outlawed by act of Congress in 1864 when the issuance of currency in any form by private individuals was forbidden.  We have acquired a small collection of these little relics and are offering them individually in our online shop for the collector who would enjoy a nice original example to go in a Civil War grouping or coin collection.  The patriotic example offered here remains in pleasing, uncirculated condition with a natural age patina.  (Will make a neat original Civil War vintage gift without spending lots of money.)You may view all of these that are currently on our site by entering <I> patriotic token </I>  in our search feature.  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 U. S. Grant, 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 !!


 Likely the most popular and widely visited site among aging Civil War veterans both Union and Confederate, the market for souvenirs of the Gettysburg Battlefield has left todays collectors with a myriad of related collectables from the earliest 1900s.  Ageing veterans who flocked to the location of the key battle, created a souvenir  market that could no longer be satisfied by the limitations of original battle relics or even cut and quickly marked <B>GETTYSBURG</B> canes from local growth.  The <I>A. C. Bosselman</I> company of New York was a primary post card publisher and souvenir supplier importing all manner of saleable items to the eager veteran market.  Collectors generally date their goods as between 1905 and 1914.   This classic example of Bosselmans’ offerings is a small <I>pot metal</I> tray.  Measuring 4 ½ X 3 ¾ inches the little cast tray is embellished with figures of the <B>Gen. Meade Headquarters</I> and the <B>Jennie Wade House</B> under a bold <B>SOUVENIR OF GETTYSBURG PA.</B> heading.  All in nice condition with good A. C. Bosselman & Co and import marking on the back, the original silver finish is untouched and tarnished with age.  A nice relatively inexpensive collectable for the enthusiast of Civil War Veteran material.  <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!


<b>With front page quote from John Hay, one of Lincoln's private secretaries during the Civil War!</b> 

6 1/8 x 9 1/2.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL CONCERT. Saturday Afternoon, February Twelfth, Nineteen Hundred And Ten, At Quarter To Two O' Clock. "What but lifetime schooling in disappointment; what but the pioneer's self-reliance and freedom from prejudice; what but the patient faith, the clear preceptions of natural right, the unwarped sympathy and unbounded charity of this man with spirit so humble and soul so great, could have carried him through the labors he wrought, to the victory he attained!" John Hay. Congregational Church, Norfolk, Connecticut. Artist: Mischa Elman, Violinist. Percy Kahn, at the Piano. Page two has a verse titled "Violin Music: Is it that Nature draws a well-strung bow, O'er all the human hearts, whose quivering strings Die near her breast, and for an answer brings A cry of passion vaster than we know, An endless vibrating of love and woe! Is it the gathered sadness of the sea? Or all the wind says in its agony? Is it the tread of men who feel they go To certain death? Yes! all of these and more; Beyond the sweeping storm, the depth of calm; Beyond the maddened waves, a quiet shore; Beyond the anguish of the wound, a balm. Hid in that resonant refrain Lie joy and victory beyond all pain." Page 3 gives the details of the programme noting that one of the numbers is a minuet by Beethoven. Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Desirable Abraham Lincoln related item with a nice quote from John Hay, one of his private secretaries during the Civil War.

Civil War ‘NOT ONE CENT’ Indian Head - ‘ $45.00


late 19th / early 20th century U. S. GRA $45.00


early 1900s Gettysburg Souvenir $45.00


1910, President Abraham Lincoln Memorial $25.00

Ninth plate tintype of a Union soldier wearing a shell jacket, over the shoulder leather belt, rectangular eagle belt plate, a Colt pistol is prominently displayed tucked inside of his belt and he holds a cavalry saber at his side. Comes in a full leather covered case with red velvet liner, brass mat, keeper and glass. Very fine double armed Yankee cavalryman.  

American shield with anchor, New York, and the year 1863 on the obverse. Edw. Scharf, 14 & 16 Division St. on the reverse. Near uncirculated.  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 caps for 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.)   Offered here as a <U>lot of 10</U> blue paper rolls, these neat old caps will lay in well with a single example or collection of those wonderful old toy <I>repeater</I> cap guns. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison is this brass in-line or <I>straight</I> percussion capper.  A handy item for loading any of the period percussion hand guns, these little gadgets were especially useful in charging percussion revolvers. All in pleasing condition with nice natural age patina to the brass and original blue on the spring steel clip.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Tintype, Double Armed Yankee Cavalryman $395.00


1863 Civil War Merchant Token, Edward Sc $35.00


antique toy Cap Gun – CAPS (10 rolls) $35.00


in-line Percussion Revolver CAPPER $35.00

Though they could be properly utilized by militia through the Mexican War era, these are the larger strap buttons utilized with the regulation <I>bell crown</I> cap of 1821 through 1832.  Acquired many years ago in a collection of early American military insignia, this <U>pair</U> remain in fine <I>as new</I> condition as a reflection of what was available from the large 1940s and 50s military surplus dealers. Nicely die struck from brass and lightly gold gilded with soldered on wire fasteners this fine example of the type should not be confused with the smaller counterparts of the 1870s and 80s or lesser quality modern reproductions. <U>Priced for the pair.</U>  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I> All direct sales are backed by </I> <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased !</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 A classic style iron ball mold best described by our photos except to advise the viewer that it measures about 6 7/8  inches in overall length and offers an especially desirable cavity size suitable for and most often related to, use with a heavy military musket rather than the more common and much smaller ball mold of the period hunter.  The mold is marked with the <B>#15</B> which, consistent with the early smooth-bore ball sizing system, indicates that the mold casts balls  at twelve to the pound.  With a patch this ball would load appropriately in a #16 bore. (Approximately 11/16 inch in diameter.)  A nice companion piece with an antique powder horn, with a period musket or with a nice hunting bag.  (Illustrated here with a vintage quarter for size comparison. )  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 A classic sewing implement of the Civil War period, frequently referred to as a sailor’s sewing palm by nautical enthusiasts but just as at home in the harness makers box or among the working tools of any artisan who may have occasion to stitch heavy material, this extra heavy antique hand stitched leather palm will go well in any period artisan grouping.   Many a section of tent, sail and wagon cover canvas was hand-stitched by benefit of a palm such as this one. Harness and leather workers too used the palm to force needle and thread through heavy work. This example remains in nice original condition with good evidence of age, period use and originality. (If you would like an original heavy period needle to go with the palm use our search feature to see # 3023.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

 This attractive 48 star GAR stick flag, is printed in the traditional old style on coarse cotton gauze measuring 18 X 10 1/2 inches with the original 30 inch stick. Recovered from a defunct G. A. R. Civil War veteran hall some years ago, we have had a small number of these flags in storage since.  They remain in excellent unused condition yet offer the charm of the early printed construction on coarse gauze expected of these flags from the 1860s through to the earliest c.1912, 48 star flags.  (After about 1913 these stick memorial and parade flags can be expected to be printed on cotton of a much tighter weave.)  Anyway as part of our <I>clean out / pick up</I> effort we are offering the few that we have individually priced while they last.   A nice all original decoration piece without spending a ton of money.  <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. 

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c. 1821 – 1832 BELL CROWN HAT CHIN STRA $75.00


American Revolutionary War through Civil $95.00




c. 1912 G. A. R. STICK FLAG $45.00

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published on the front page of the October 18, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: Major General Franz Sigel, Commanding Twelfth Corps, Army of the Potomac. From a Drawing by Mr. Emil Sigel. 11 x 16. Harper's Weekly, date and their ornate illustrated masthead at the top. Thin mailing label at lower left edge not affecting the subject.  An original group of 50 photos of the newly constructed Panama Canal Zone and US Military posts  circa 1920s, a few dated, , incl views of the Canal & Locks, Forts Randolph, DeLesseps, Davis, the 14th US Infantry, US Army officers, generals, sights incl San Blas Island, Cruces, Cristobel, Bruja Point, Colon, Chiriqui Volcano, Gaton Railroad,  military commanders, prominent visitors, soldiers, scenery, jungles, military maneuvers, soldier R&R,Taxi Dancers,  barracks scenes, Spanish ruins, etc. Most images are approx 10 x 7.5", w linen back, some w stamped Signal Corp imprint and some w pencil id. The group are all G-VG, w exc detail and tonality; many w edge wear and some w age spots, Overall VG. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques  The Minnesota Correctional Facility was built at St Cloud in 1889. An original photo of a group of 14 men wearing military coats, many hold stetson hats. A distinguished  man in the foreground is wearing his hat, perhaps the warden. These stern looking men look like lawmen, and are posed in front of a huge granite archway, adjacent a steel barred window. The front mat has the photo imprint of " ES Hill, St Cloud, Minn", and I believe this is a circa 1889 view of the Minnesota Correctional Facility at St Cloud.  The 9 x 8" photo is mounted on a 14 x 11" mat. The image is nicely toned and clear, with light age spotting, Overall VG. The mat corners are worn. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques  An original pair of brass rosettes from a horse bridle, made of stamped brass with iron backs and loops. These were not military issue but have been dug in Civil War Union & Confederate camps in Virginia and Tennessee. Uncleaned brass with small dents and green patina. The iron backs & loops are rusty but sound,  approx 2" diameter.  Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques

General Franz Sigel $15.00







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

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


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

<u>John Smith T</u>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



1811 Promissory Note, John Smith T


Confederate States Navy Research Guide $100.00


Tintype, Gentleman Sporting Thick Mustac $45.00

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

 H 32in. x D 16IN

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

President Abraham Lincoln Celluloid Butt $25.00







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


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

<b>United States Congressman from Wisconsin

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

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

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

Sixth plate tintype of a handsome young gentleman with chin whiskers. He is wearing a high quality jacket with silk trim, and a white shirt and tie. Comes with brass mat, keeper, glass and a full leather covered case with red velvet liner. The case is separated at the spine, and there is a small chip to the bottom edge of one side of the leather case. Nice quality antebellum or Civil War era image.



CDV Identified Union Soldier Photographe $45.00


Autograph, John F. Potter $20.00


Tintype, Handsome Young Gentleman $50.00

Had we not seen one of these years ago in a Civil War medical collection we would likely have not recognized it for what it is.  Set aside in our own accumulation for a good period of time, it is time now, as we clean out the corners, to move some of the old relics on.  Made of heavy gauge iron wire twisted and shaped into the form we see here, the wire was then tempered for strength and to facilitate a spring action.  The resulting utensil simply required a squeeze to dispatch meat or whole vegetable making serving and eating less of a chore for amputee or invalid with use of only one hand.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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

 Though the figure of an arrow is most commonly associated with the 17th Army Corps, Department of the Tennessee, use of the arrow came to be only after the early use of a five pointed star was disallowed in favor of a design more easily distinguished from the device of the 12th Army Corps.  While  the Official Records mention the use of a five pointed star as designation for the 17th corps only in context of the use by its members of a corps device <I>being similar to one formally adopted by another corps</I> we know by rare existing examples and a contemporary advertisement for the sale of a commercially produced 17th Corps five pointed star badge that indeed the five pointed star was the first used by soldiers of the 17th Corps. (see: <I>Civil War Corps Badges </I> p. 72 - 75 by Stanley Phillips)  The badge offered here is 1 ¾ inch wide of die struck sheet brass with red enamel of the 1st Division.  The soldered on pin back has long been separated from the badge.  All is clearly original and period with an eye appealing natural age patina. Of additional interest is the fact that we acquired this item some years ago from the personal collection of pioneer collector and widely published early Civil War scholar Dr. Francis Lord who authored the multi volume Lord’s Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia.     A neat item for the Civil War corps badge collector. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Civil War era vintage INVALID FORK $95.00


outstanding hand crafted large 18th cen $125.00


Civil War era - Black SATIRICAL ENVELOP $35.00


rare early use - Civil War 17th Corps Ba

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General George B. McClellan $5.00


General McClellan's Letter of Acceptance $35.00


CDV General John A. Logan $150.00


1863 Civil War Patriotic Token, Not One

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

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

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

Sixth plate tintype in full thermoplastic case. Half view of a New York Infantryman wearing a kepi with reversed regimental numerals visible. I'm not 100% sure what the second numeral is, but the first one is definitely a "4." The second numeral is either a "0," an "8" or a "9," so this Yankee soldier served with the 40th New York Volunteers, the 48th New York Volunteers, or the 49th New York Volunteers, all good regiments. The reason I know that he is a New York soldier is because he is wearing a (reversed) "S.N.Y." belt plate. He is also wearing a 9 button frock coat with shoulder tabs, holds his musket with fixed bayonet at his side, and has a bowie knife, possibly a Sheffield, and a pistol tucked inside of his belt. The tintype shows light scratching and scuffing and some surface blemishes. The image has some obvious condition flaws, however, the content is extremely desirable being a triple armed Yankee soldier, with regimental numerals on his kepi and an S.N.Y. belt plate. It comes complete with brass mat, keeper and glass, and is displayed in a full thermoplastic case with velvet liner and scroll design. This is illustration #321 in the excellent reference book, "Union Cases, A Collector's Guide To The Art Of America's First Plastics," by Clifford and Michelle Krainik, with Carl Walvoord. Very reasonably priced.  Measuring approximately 17 inches square with bright color and good evidence of age and period use yet remaining solid with no tears or repairs, this vintage set of Signal Corps flags will display nicely as companion to any period military grouping.  While we believe they date no earlier than 1870s / 1880s their bright yet obvious age with good evidence of period use will complement any group display from Civil War through the American Indian Wars and Spanish American / Philippine Insurrection.  A tough item to find on today’s collector market.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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

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CDV General George H. Thomas $125.00


Tintype, Triple Armed New York Infantrym $550.00


antique SIGNAL CORPS FLAGS $225.00


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

  Sometimes seen as one or two individual letters, this classic set of wooden printer type in bold vintage font contains <U>all the letters of the alphabet</U> plus <B>&</B> and <B>!</B>.  Carved from 15/16 inch thick rock maple blocks, each letter is 1 5/8 inch high in a bold Civil War vintage font as was popularly utilized in printing those wonderful old broadsides of the period.  This scarce set will go in well in any period grouping and will display especially well with a period recruiting or advertising broadside. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

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 Sawed to size (18 x 8 x 9/16 inch thick) from seasoned Maine white pine, then stenciled on one side, these panels were then stacked and sent along to the <I>box- shop</I> with corresponding plain pine panels each cut to proper size.  Here workers would assemble the rough cut panels to fabricate wooden crates and boxes for containment of all manner of goods.  Side panels for standard size containers frequently utilized pre stenciled decoration with a place left for later addition of the end user’s name or content identification.  The bold figure of a steam powered <I>side-wheeler</I> with its American flag fluttering from the stern was a popular figure in the patriotic 19th century. Recovered from the pine wood scraps of a turn of the century country<I>box shop</I> cleanout, this period panel remain in fine untouched condition with a wonderful honey age patina and clearly period stenciling.  Wonderful Americana decorators seldom encountered in such nice condition ! <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


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

Sepia tone lithograph. 6 3/4 x 4 3/4. Caption: Federal Fort No. 9, Atlanta, Ga., New Line Of Defenses, Looking towards No. 7 and 8. Imprint at bottom left: Accompanying report of Capt. O.M. Poe, U.S. Engrs. This illustration accompanied the Atlas To Accompany The Official Records Of The Union And Confederate Armies, 1861-1865. Light wear.

Earlier 1800s through Civil War era - Le $195.00


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


Tintype, Double Armed Yankee Wearing U. S $395.00


Federal Fort No. 9, Atlanta, Georgia

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

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

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

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

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

<u>John W. Geary</u>: (1819-1873) From the age of 16 he had been a militia lieutenant and with the outbreak of war with Mexico, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and took part in General Winfield Scott's advance from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. In the interval between the close of the Mexican War and start of the Civil War, Geary organized the post office system in California, served as the 1st mayor of San Francisco, and for several months was the territorial Governor of Kansas. On June 28, 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry and joined the command of General Nathaniel P. Banks at Harpers Ferry. He distinguished himself in several engagements and was wounded at Bolivar Heights, captured Leesburg in March 1862, was twice wounded at Cedar Mountain, and returned to action in time to command a division of the 12th Corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Later transferred to the western army, he fought at Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign and took part in General Sherman's celebrated March to the Sea. After the capture of Savannah, Ga., Geary was appointed it's military governor. His post war career saw him elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 1866, serving two terms.  H 29in. x W 20in. x D 9in.


16th Kentucky Infantry Invoice $20.00


Patriotic Cover, Those Bonds Will Never


Patriotic Cover, Colonel Geary's 28th Pe $25.00



H 43in. x W 20in. x D 7in.  14in. x 14in. x 1in.

PADDED LEATHER IS MINT  H 39in. x W 74in. x D 5in.  H 9in. x W 70in. x D 1 1/2in.








H 12in. x W 8in. x D 10in.  H 84in. x D 24in.  H 18in. x W 12in.  H 11in. x W 8 1/2in. x 6in.





OLD B / A GAS CAN $120.00



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