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<b>The Little Giant!


U.S. Senator from Illinois


Ran for president in 1860 against Abraham Lincoln</b>


(1813-1861) An outstanding legislator, and orator, he was one of the founders of the Democratic Party in Illinois. Served as U.S. Senator, 1843-61. He is best known for his debates in 1858 against Abraham Lincoln. He was narrowly defeated for the Democratic nomination for president by Franklin Buchanan in 1856. He did gain the Democratic nomination in 1860, but was defeated for the presidency by his old friend and rival Abraham Lincoln. Upon secession, and the outbreak of the Civil War, he supported Lincoln and his policies. He died of typhoid fever in 1861.


<u>Autograph With Place</u>; 5 1/4 x 1 1/4, in ink, S.A. Douglas, Chicago, Ills.

 


<b>Original 1860 woodcut engraving of slaves!</b>


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the June 2, 1860 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption above the illustration: The Africans Of The Slave Bark "Wildfire," From Our Correspondent," and caption below: "The Slave Deck Of The Bark "Wildfire" Brought Into Key West On April 30, 1860. From a Daguerreotype." Lengthy descriptive text below the illustration that is dated from Key West, Florida, May 20, 1860. 10 3/4 x 16. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin. In less than a year from the time this illustration was published the United States would be fighting a devastating, and ruthless Civil War with the horrible institution of slavery being one of the central issues. Rare and historic 1860 slave illustration!    


<b>1863 Philadelphia imprint</b>


(1826-85) Graduated in the West Point class of 1846 and fought in the Mexican War. Hailed at the beginning of the Civil War as the "Young Napoleon," he proved to be a brilliant military organizer, administrator, and trainer of men, but an officer totally lacking in the essential qualities of successful command of large forces in battle. He saw action at Rich Mountain, W.V., in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and at the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American history. He was defeated for the presidency in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of major general. 1863 imprint on the front mount, F. Gutekunst, 704 & 706 Arch St., Philadelphia. Backmark: F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, with 2 cents blue George Washington U.S. Inter. Rev. tax stamp. Very fine, sharp quality image.  


Unused, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 postcard, with full color illustration of the General McClellan Statue, in Washington, D.C. Published by A.C. Bosselman & Co., New York. Very fine. Circa early 1900's.

Autograph, Stephen A. Douglas $125.00

 

The Slave Deck of the Bark Wildfire Brou $125.00

 

CDV General George B. McClellan $125.00

 

General George B. McClellan Monument, Wa $2.00

24 handmade needle lace inserts circa 1900

This is a set of 24 new old stock needle lace inserts, they measure 1.25 inches in diameter.  They are in excellent, unused condition, still stitched into their lot of 12 pieces (there are 2 sets of 12 pieces each) there is age related discoloration that will wash out.  These would be great to replace lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 24 handmade needle lace inserts circa 1900

This is a set of 24 new old stock needle lace inserts, they measure 1.25 inches in diameter.  They are in excellent, unused condition, still stitched into their lot of 12 pieces (there are 2 sets of 12 pieces each) there is age related discoloration that will wash out.  These would be great to replace lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 2.25 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 1.75 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

24 handmade needle lace inserts circa 19 $15.00

 

24 handmade needle lace inserts circa 19 $15.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 1.75 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 


<b>Includes Map of the Scene and Plan of the Battle of Port Royal, S.C.</b>


8 pages. The Great Naval Expedition. The Latest War News. The Possession of Beaufort, S.C. Celebrate the Union Victories. THE WAR FOR THE UNION. Dismissal of Gen. Fremont's Staff. Great Fright at Richmond. Reconnaissance's of Rebel Position. The Piketon Victory. Trade to be Opened with the South. Great Product of Arms at Springfield. The Chicopee Works Taken Possession of by the Government. The Arming of Union Men of Color. The Secretary of War's Opinion. Cameron's Frank Talk at Springfield. Stampede From Rebeldom. General Heintzelman's Division. Runaway Negroes. Beaufort to be a Port of Entry. No More Slave Catching by Our Troops. Conviction of a Slaver. The Rising in East Tennessee. Five Railroad Bridges Burned. The Cumberland Bridge Destroyed. Great Alarm Among the Traitors. Gen. Zollicoffer in Peril. News From the North Potomac. Arrest of Gen. McKinstry. The Fight at Piketon. The Great Expedition. Rebel Accounts of the Action. The Effect upon the Fire Eaters. Their Rage at Their Defeat. The Black Flag Raised by the Fiends. Union Prisoners to be Murdered. Col. Corcoran, Three Captains, and 18 Lieutenants Selected for Death. If the Savannah's Crew is Condemned, They Will be Hung. The Vessels Engaged in the Action. Sketches of Gen. Sherman and Staff. The Fleet at Beaufort. From Missouri. Gen. Hunter's First Official Orders. His Policy During the Kansas Invasions. Gen. Lane and the Irrepressible Negro. Tribute to a Dead Soldier. Col. Cochrane's Speech. Another Rebel Account of the Port Royal Battle. Map of Port Royal. Scene and Plan of the Battle. More content. Edge chipping and light wear.     


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a tree with numerous American flags in its branches with the names of the states of the U.S. on them. "Union" is in large red, white and blue stars and stripes letters to the right, and a verse below the tree reads, "Traitor! spare that Tree, Cleave not a single bough, In youth it sheltered me, and I'll protect it now." Published by Mumford & Co., Cincinnati. 5 1/2 x 3 1/4. 


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


(1826-85) Graduated in the West Point class of 1846 and fought in the Mexican War. Hailed at the beginning of the Civil War as the "Young Napoleon," he proved to be a brilliant military organizer, administrator, and trainer of men, but an officer totally lacking in the essential qualities of successful command of large forces in battle. He saw action at Rich Mountain, W.V., in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and at the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American history. He was defeated for the presidency in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln.


Wet plate, albumen cabinet card photograph, mounted to 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 card. Bust view in civilian attire. Warren's imprint on the front mount. Period ink inscription below the portrait, "Genl. George B. McClellan, U.S." Backmark: Warren's Portraits, 465 Washington St., Boston. Very fine image.

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

New York Daily Tribune, November 15, 186 $45.00

 

The Union Tree $8.00

 

Photograph, General George B. McClellan $50.00




<b>Autographed by the author</b>


By William A. Frassanito. Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Hardcover with dust jacket, 304 pages, profusely illustrated. The dust jacket shows light discoloration and light wear. This book is from my own personal library and it has been autographed and presented to me by my old Gettysburg colleague, Bill Frassanito as follows, "Gettysburg, Pa., December 17, 1984, To Len- With best wishes, William A. Frassanito." My personal embossed library stamp is below the signature at the bottom corner of the page, "Library Of Leonard Rosa." The book is in excellent condition. An extremely desirable book which is a must have for any Antietam or Civil War Photographic library. This hardcover edition is long out of print.


In September of 1862, following Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's victory at Second Manassas, the Southern army turned northward in its first great invasion of the Civil War. The opposing Union army was commanded by Gen. George B. McClellan. In the battle that ensued in the fields and woods surrounding Sharpsburg, Maryland, and along Antietam Creek, 26,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded, making September 17, 1862, the bloodiest single day in American history- a distinction that has never been equaled.


Immediately following the battle two seasoned photographers, Alexander Gardner and James F. Gibson, recorded ninety five scenes of the freshly scarred battlefield and its environs. Their studies of dead soldiers were the first the American public had ever seen depicting the true carnage of war, and an exhibition of their work in a New York art gallery a month after the battle prompted a reporter to comment that if the photographers had not "brought bodies and laid them in our door-yards and along streets, they had done something very like it."


With the same analytical skill and meticulous historical research that earned his first book, Gettysburg, so much critical acclaim, William A. Frassanito re-creates the battle of Antietam through its photographs. By documenting the photographer, date, and camera location for each view, Frassanito provides a definitive report on the Antietam photographs and highlights Antietam's role as a landmark in the visual documentation of war.


Frassanito's treatment of the Antietam photographs, however, goes beyond the battle plan and the history of photography. To convey the personal tragedy that lies behind each photograph of the "Dead at Antietam," the talented author presents vignettes of some of the common soldiers who fought and died in the battle. Offering glimpses into men's private lives- their activities before the war, their military training and experiences, how their families coped with their deaths- Frassanito introduces us to the true subjects of Gardner's and Gibson's work at Antietam.


William A. Frassanito has been studying Civil War photography since the age of nine. He was educated at Gettysburg College and received his master's degree in American cultural history from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in both Germany and in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star, he was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an intelligence analyst. He is also the author of Gettysburg; A Journey in Time.


Front cover illustration: The grave of John Marshall, Company L, 28th Pennsylvania, by Alexander Gardner, September 19 or 20, 1862.


Back cover illustration: Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Maryland.


  


<b>Original 1859 woodcut engravings of slaves!</b>


Authentic, original woodcut engravings that were published on the front page of the November 19, 1859 issue of Harper's Weekly. EFFECT OF JOHN BROWN'S INVASION AT THE SOUTH! #1: "Much Obliged To Dar Ar Possum Wattomie For Dese Pikes He Gin Us- Dey's Turrible Handy To Dig Tatters Wid." #2: "What's Dem Fool Niggers Fraid On? I'd Like Ter See One O' Dem Folks Ondertake To Carry Me Off, I Would!" #3: A Southern Planter Arming His Slaves To Resist Invasion. 11 x 15 3/4. Harper's Weekly, date and their ornate illustrated mast head at the top. Historic and extremely desirable 1859 dated John Brown Invasion related illustrations on the entire front page of Harper's Weekly. Suitable for framing or display. RARE!  12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 1.75 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 8 handmade needle lace inserts circa 1900

This is a set of 8 new old stock needle lace inserts, they measure 2.25 inches square.  They are in excellent, unused condition.  These would be great to replace lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

Antietam, The Photographic Legacy of Ame $50.00

 

Effect of John Brown's Invasion at the S $150.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

8 handmade needle lace inserts circa 190 $10.00

12 handmade needle lace inserts circa 1900

This is a set of 12 new old stock needle lace inserts, they measure 2.25 inches square.  They are in excellent, unused condition, still stitched into their lot of 12 pieces, there is age related discoloration that will wash out.  These would be great to replace lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 2.75 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade needle lace inserts circa 1900

This is a set of 12 new old stock needle lace inserts, they measures a bit over 1.75 inches square.  They are in excellent, unused condition, still stitched into their lot of 12 pieces.  These would be great to replace lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

Price $12.00

 


5 x 8, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, August 12, 1865


Memorandum


It has been decided that the men of the Signal Corps shall be considered, as regards payment of balance of bounty, on the same footing of Volunteers.


They will therefore be entitled to receive the balance of bounty in the same way as Volunteers, under the recent orders for discharge on account of their services being no longer required.


OFFICIAL:


Assistant Adjutant General


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

12 handmade needle lace inserts circa 19 $15.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $12.00

 

12 handmade needle lace inserts circa 19 $12.00

 

Memorandum Regarding Bounty For Signal C $10.00




<b>With Rare Vicksburg, Mississippi Imprint</b>


(1827-1894) He graduated in the West Point Class of 1852. Commissioned Colonel 27th New York Infantry in May 1861. He fought at 1st Bull Run where he was wounded, and later commanded a division in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and in the battles of 2nd Bull Run and Antietam. Promoted to the command of the XII Corps, Gen. Slocum led them at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He went west to command the District of Vicksburg, and then took part in the Atlanta campaign, General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: Washington Gallery, Odd Fellows Hall, Vicksburg, Miss. Light age toning and wear. Card mount is slightly trimmed. Rare to find with this Vicksburg imprint.  8 handmade filet lace insert butterflies circa 1900

This is a set of 8 handmade filet lace butterflies, new old stock.  The lace butterflies measure 1.75 by 3 inches.  The lace butterflies are in excellent unused condition.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure a bit under 2 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure a bit under 2 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

CDV General Henry W. Slocum $150.00

 

8 handmade filet lace insert butterflies $24.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure a bit under 2 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure a bit under 2 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

  12 handmade filet lace insert hearts circa 1900

This is a set of 11 handmade filet lace hearts, new old stock.  The lace hearts measure 2.25 by 3 inches, design elements are floral.  The top heart has one broken bridge, the other 10 lace hearts are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 11.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 2.25 by 2.5 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert hearts cir $22.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 2.25 by 2.5 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1997. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. Brand new condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the struggle for Vicksburg. Through their words and images you can relieve the intense emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the humor- of this protracted, bloody campaign. You hold in your hands an album of personal recollections, embellished with drawings, maps, photographs of artifacts, and especially, images of the people.


To compile this special volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from a network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their personal accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Lieutenant Samuel H.M. Byers of the 5th Iowa Infantry, on the fierce fighting of Champion's Hill, said: "Pretty soon a musket ball struck me fair in the breast. I am dead, now, I said, almost aloud. It felt as if someone had struck me with a club. I stepped back a few paces and sat down on a log to finish up with the world...My emotions I have almost forgotten. I remember only that something said to me, It is honorable to die so. I had not a thought of friends, or of home, or of religion. The stupendous things going on around me filled my mind." 


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the army to depict events for readers. These correspondents drew virtually everything of possible interest: battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few minutes during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication, where they were transformed into woodblock engravings suitable for printing. 


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the fledgling craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and equipment and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are well chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men who endured great hardship. Photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. 


So here you find living testimony of the grim, drawn-out struggle for the geographic linchpin of the Confederacy. As you look into the eyes and read the words of the soldiers who fought over Vicksburg, and the townsfolk who endured in the midst of the strife, perhaps it will be possible to understand the extremes of emotion to which combatants and civilians alike were pushed.  


Cover Photograph: Union bombproofs and dugouts riddling the once beautiful grounds and bountiful gardens of Wexford Lodge on the outskirts of Vicksburg typify the underground shelters resorted to by people on both sides during the 47 day siege of that key Mississippi city. 


Cover quotation: "War, terrible war, had come to our very hearthstone." Alice Shirley.  12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 2 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 2 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Vicksburg $35.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 2 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 2 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 2 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 2 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $10.00

10 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 10 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 3.5 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 10 though they are starting to come loose from the lot a bit.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

 12 handmade filet lace insert squares circa 1900

This is a set of 12 handmade filet lace squares, new old stock.  The lace squares measure 4 inches square, design elements are floral.  The lace squares are in excellent unused condition, they are still with the original paper and thread holding them in their lot of 12.  These would be great to replace filet lace pieces on antique linens or for a project design of your own!

  Single linen pillowcases all hand stitched late 1800s.

This  handmade pillowcase measures 22 by 33 inches, the French stitched seams are sewn by hand.  The linen is soft with a cool, fluid hand found only in quality antique linens.  There is a 1/3 inch hole on one side, the case is otherwise in very good condition, I have washed and pressed it.

 Quality linen queen size sheet circa 1910

This white linen sheet set measures 90 by 104 inches, circa early 1900s, it has a hand stitched monograms that read HG.  The sheet is in excellent condition, I have washed and pressed it.  The linen is very soft, cool to touch with a drapey, fluid hand found only in antique linens of high quality.

10 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $20.00

 

12 handmade filet lace insert squares ci $24.00

 

Single linen pillowcases all hand stitch $25.00

 

Quality linen queen size sheet circa 191 $140.00

Queen linen sheet and pillowcase circa 1910

This white linen sheet set circa early 1900s consists of a sheet measuring 90 by 104 inches and a single pillowcase 24 by 36 inches, they have matching hand stitched monograms that read HG.  The pillowcase is entirely hand stitched, there is a small 1/3 inch hole at one corner, it is otherwise all good.  The sheet has 3 small specs at the bottom, it is otherwise in excellent condition, I have washed and pressed them.  The linen is very soft, cool to touch with a drapey, fluid hand found only in antique linens of high quality.

 


<b>Governor of Florida</b>


(1831-89) A lawyer by occupation, he served as a judge for Escambia County, Florida from 1857 through 1861. During the War Between the States, Perry fought with distinction for the Confederacy, rising from the rank of private to brigadier general. In May 1861, he enlisted in the "Pensacola Rifle Rangers," which was later designated Company A of the 2nd Florida Infantry, and was elected as its captain. A year later, he was elected colonel of the regiment. In June 1862, he was wounded during the battle of Glendale, Va. during the Peninsula campaign. On August 28, 1862, he was promoted to rank of brigadier general and he returned to active duty the following year. He led an all Florida brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia at the battle of Chancellorsville, but was stricken with typhoid fever and missed the Gettysburg campaign. Perry returned to the Army of Northern Virginia to command his brigade in the Bristoe campaign in the fall of 1863. He was severely wounded in the battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864. He briefly returned to the trenches during the Siege of Petersburg, but had not recovered sufficiently for active duty. Hence, he was sent to Alabama for the duration of the war, serving in the Confederate Invalid Corps. After the war he resumed his law practice, and served as Governor of Florida from 1885-89.


Antique photograph, in Confederate uniform. This is a late 1800's copy photograph of an engraved portrait of Perry. Overall size is 7 3/8 x 9. Light staining. General Perry is extremely rare to find in a war date image.  Tambour lace veil museum de-accession late 1800s.  

This Tambour lace veil is a de-accession from the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York).  The veil measures 55 inches in width and 43 inches in length, the lace was made using a machine made mesh with the chain stitched designs added by hand.  There are several holes in the center of the veil that you should be able to make out in the pics, the bottom part with the most decoration is in good shape.


 Princess lace wedding veil museum de-accession early 1900s.

This lovely lace veil is a de-accession from the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York).  The veil measures 126 inches in length and is 54 inches wide.  The lace is made by hand stitching the designs onto the mesh.  There are no holes or flaws other than age related color that should soak out, the color is dark cream now.  The veil is still sturdy and in excellent shape.  It is folded over a cable in the pictures to get the whole veil in.  It could be worn covering the face or with the top gathered at the crown, either way would look lovely!

Queen linen sheet and pillowcase circa 1 $155.00

 

General Edward A. Perry, Confederate Sta $10.00

 

Tambour lace veil museum de-accession la $35.00

 

Princess lace wedding veil museum de-acc $545.00

 Summer weight Linen sheet provenance c1900.

This linen sheet measures 70 by 100 inches, the top hem is hand stitched there is a hand embroidered I in on top corner.  This sheet came from the Iselin estate, a direct descendent of Charles Oliver Iselin Captain of the winning yachts of the America’s Cup fame in Premium Point, New Rochelle NY in the early 1900s who traveled widely and enjoyed high quality items.  When I bought them, these linens were stored in the best (Goyard and Louis Vuitton trunks no less).  I will include some family history to the buyer when I ship the sheet.  There is a 1 inch weave flaw near the top (not a hole just a slight difference in the weave pattern) and a 1/2 inch darn at one of the edges it is otherwise in very good condition, I have washed and pressed it.

 Summer weight Linen sheet provenance c1900.

This linen sheet measures 70 by 100 inches, the top hem is hand stitched there is a hand embroidered I in on top corner.  This sheet came from the Iselin estate, a direct descendent of Charles Oliver Iselin Captain of the winning yachts of the America’s Cup fame in Premium Point, New Rochelle NY in the early 1900s who traveled widely and enjoyed high quality items.  When I bought them, these linens were stored in the best (Goyard and Louis Vuitton trunks no less).  I will include some family history to the buyer when I ship the sheet.  This sheet is in excellent condition, I have washed and pressed it.

 Lot 3 handmade hankies circa 1850 to 1940s.

Lot of 3 hankies as follows top left circa 1940s, measures 15 inches square with hand applique tulips in very good as found condition, should come clean and usable with a soak.  Top right circa about 1900, scalloped edges with whitework floral edges and needle lace centers and a fish caught in a net in the corners.  There are some hand darns and a few holes but still in good condition.  Bottom circa mid 1800s with the wide hems that were stylish during that time period, plain with a stamped ink letter P in one corner, no holes, storage staining that should soak out.

 Lot 3 handmade whitework hankies circa early to mid 1800s.

This lot of 3 hankies is a follows top left whitework hankie circa very early 1800s, it measures 19 by 19.5 inches with sheer handwoven batiste fabric and hand embroidered floral whitework at the scolloped edges and embroidered initials in one corner, easily seen holes.  Top right circa 1820 or 30s hankie measures 17 by 17.5 inches, finely embroidered initials in one corner and flowers with tiny needle lace centers around the scalloped edges, all beautiful handwork, there are some nicely done hand darns and also some holes as shown.  Bottom circa mid to 3rd quarter of the 1800s measures 15 inches square with Swiss whitework flowers and scalloped border. Some hand darns and plenty of holes.  These hankies make fine examples for study.

Summer weight Linen sheet provenance c19 $85.00

 

Summer weight Linen sheet provenance c19 $95.00

 

Lot 3 handmade hankies circa 1850 to 194 $35.00

 

Lot 3 handmade whitework hankies circa e $40.00

Lot 2 handmade whitework and lace hankies circa 1700s to 1800s

This lot has 2 hankies as follows on the left is a whitework and lace hankies measuring 19 by 20 inches circa early 1800s with the handmade valenciennes lace added later as its from the late 1800s.  The whitework is lovely, done by a skilled hand with tiny little needle lace centers in the work so small you need magnification to see the threads, lots of holes as shown in the pics, still it would be a fine piece for study.  The right hankie is from the late 1700s, it measures 20 by 22 inches with a drawnwork near the edge with Buckinghamshire lace around the edge which I believe is original to the piece.  The lace is in excellent condition, the body of the hankie has some fine hand darns and some holes with a rip in the corner of the drawnwork but over all reasonable condition for its age.

  Lot 3 linen and whitework hankies early to mid 1800s

There are 3 hankies in this lot, all of them have major issues but remain good examples for study and fine handwork.  They are as follows far top left measures 13.5 inches square, early 1800s, fine hand done scalloped  whitework border, some tears clearly seen in the pictures but lovely embroidery.  Top right hankie with inked signature in the center measures 13.75 inches square, mid 1800s hand embroidered flowers in the corners, hand darns and holes.  The last measures 14 inches square early 1800s edged with handmade Valenciennes lace with initials embroidered into the lower corner, lots of holes in the fabric but the lace is mostly good.  These are good for showing some of the different styles of work that could be passed around to a group and handled without worrying about it much.

 


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1996. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. The dust jacket shows very light edge wear. A tear in the spine area of the dust jacket has been repaired on the inside with archival tape. The book is in brand new condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the Chancellorsville campaign. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of one of the Civil War's major campaigns. Thus you hold in your hands an album of personal recollections, from letters, diaries, photographs, sketches, and artifacts.


To compile this special volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from a network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their personal accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Corporal Nicholas Weeks of the 3d Alabama described the fray at Chancellorsville: "What a din. What a variety of hideous noises. The ping of the Minnie ball, the splutter of canister, the whistling of grape, the where are you, where are you of screaming shells and the cannon's roar from a hundred mouths went to make up the music for the great opera of death."  


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the army to depict events for readers. These correspondents, or specials, drew virtually everything of possible interest: pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few minutes during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication, where they were transformed into woodblock engravings suitable for printing. 


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the fledgling craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and equipment and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are well chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men who endured great hardship. Travel was tedious with cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds. But photographers like Captain Andrew J. Russell, who captured images of the Chancellorsville campaign, spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. When Mathew Brady's stark photographs of the dead were first exhibited in New York City in 1862, the public thought, albeit briefly, that such horrific images could actually bring the war to an end.  


So here you find living testimony from the fighting fields of Chancellorsville. As you look into the eyes of these husbands and wives, sons and daughters, as you read the words of soldiers and civilians dazed by the violence or by the grief that follows the fighting, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the shattering experience that was the Chancellorsville campaign.  


Cover Photograph: In a photograph by Andrew J. Russell taken on May 1 or 2, 1863, two Union officers standing just beyond enemy musket range survey Rebel positions southwest of Fredericksburg while their infantrymen take cover in captured rifle pits. On May 3 these troops of William T.H. Brooks' division would advance toward Chancellorsville and suffer a bloody repulse at nearby Salem Church.


Cover quotation: "Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees." Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.  A bit of a departure from our usual fair but we couldn’t resist when we found these in an old sewing basket.   An attractive  group of 8 buttons each fashioned from an original buffalo nickel pressed so as to be convex with a loop fastener.  Three are Indian head and five are buffalo side out.  The classic American <I>buffalo nickel</I> was minted between 1913 and 1938 and remains a favorite among Americana enthusiasts.   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

Lot 2 handmade whitework and lace hankie $75.00

 

Lot 3 linen and whitework hankies early $25.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Chancellorsvill $35.00

 

8 BUFFALO NICKEL BUTTONS $65.00

A nice all original hand carved <I> Jack Straws</I> (a.k.a. <I>pickup sticks</I>) game still housed in their period slide top box.  A popular game of the Civil War era such handmade <I>pickup sticks</I> games as this may be found in many of the best known Civil War museum collections such as the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center, and Museum of the Confederacy collection in Richmond.  Not part of the game but included just as we found the set is a folk art carved knife and fork. All original and in excellent condition just as it was set aside in attic trunk storage decades ago.    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>  Fine linen sheet with Provenance c1900.

This sheet measures 72 by 108 inches, it is summer weight of the very finest French linen.  There is a hand embroidered monogram in one corner that reads COHI for Charles Oliver Iselin.  This sheet came from the Iselin estate, a direct descendent of Charles Oliver Iselin Captain of the winning yachts of the America’s Cup fame in Premium Point, New Rochelle NY in the early 1900s who traveled widely and enjoyed high quality items.  When I bought them, these linens were stored in the best (Goyard and Louis Vuitton trunks no less).  I will include some family history to the buyer when I ship the sheet.  This sheet is in excellent condition, I have washed and pressed it.

  Vintage Porthault linen sheet king size with tag c1970s.

This fine linen sheet measures 104 inches wide by 118 inches in length, it will fit king beds but also a queen, my bed is a queen size and I often use king size sheets on it as its easy to just tuck the extra under the mattress or let it hang for a truely decadent drape.  The linen quality is what one would expect from Porthault with a soft almost liquid hand and drape.  There are a couple of small hand darns at the edge, and a small opening 1/4 inch at the fold on the bottom hem, the sheet is otherwise in very good condition, I have washed and pressed it.

 Magnificent handmade pt lace and linen tablecloth c1900 Provenance

This  handmade tablecloth from the early 1900s measures 90 by 215 inches, the pictures do NOT do this tablecloth justice, not even close, it's just gorgeous! The French linen is of the highest quality, smooth weighty linen with a fine hand, the handmade Pt de Rose Venise lace is fine handwork, teensy individual stitched making up the lace bridges and designs, the work of skilled artisans all hand stitched to the linen.   There are two large lace monograms, (MEG probably for Mary Edith Goddard Iselin's wife's mother) each 6.5 inches long inside a lace medalion 15 inches long.  The lace insert in the body of the tablecloth measures 29 by 98 inches.  This tablecloth came from the Iselin estate, a direct descendent of Charles Oliver Iselin Captain of the winning yachts of the America’s Cup fame in Premium Point, New Rochelle NY in the early 1900s who traveled widely and enjoyed high quality items.  When I bought them, these linens were stored in the best (Goyard and Louis Vuitton trunks no less).  I will include some family history to the buyer when I ship the tablecloth.  There are just a few very small, almost pinprick specs that didn't come out in the wash (you will have to really look to find them), the tablecloth is otherwise in excellent condition, I have washed and pressed it.

Civil War era folk art – Jack Straws - G $95.00

 

Fine linen sheet with Provenance c1900 $150.00

 

Vintage Porthault linen sheet king size $275.00

 

Magnificent handmade pt lace and linen t $1600.00




<b>United States Senator from New Jersey


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


(1816-94) Born in Salem, N.J., he was elected to the New Jersey state assembly in 1840; served as clerk, 1842-44; and was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1844. He moved to Philadelphia in 1846 where he was engaged in business and banking; served as a member of the Philadelphia Common Council, 1848-54; and organized the Corn Exchange Bank and was president 1858-71. He moved to Merchantville, N.J. in 1863; was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from 1866 to 1871 which included the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. Served as chairman of the Committee on the Library. He was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant as a member of the first United States Civil Service Commission and served two years, resigning to accept a position of United States financial agent in London, serving 1874-74. Served as a member of the New Jersey Board of Tax Assessors 1884-91, and was president 1889-91. He was appointed a member of the State board of Education in 1891 for a term of three years.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2, in ink, Alex. G. Cattell, New Jersey.     Handmade filet lace original card C1900.

This handmade lace measures 3.25 inches by 12.5 yards.  The design elements are classic with a scollped edge at the bottom and scrolls, leaves and flowers over the body.  This lace is in excellent, as found condition on its original card.

 One of those Civil War treasures we have <I>hung on to</I> for years as a reflection of our special interest in identified personal items, but not in our area of special interest in Maine related relics, we have decided to offer this <I>keeper</I> to a new home.  All in nice original and period condition yet with good evidence of age, originality and period use and carrying, this little leather bound pocket New Testament was printed by the Oxford University Press in 1858.  On the front and back fly leaves the Testament bears the period stencil identification <B><I>PETER F. RAFFERTY * 69th N. Y. V. *</B></I>.  A quick <I>Google</I> will offer much more detail on Rafferty and his <I>Irish Brigade</I>, <B>69th New York Infantry</B> but suffice it to say here that Pvt. Rafferty won the <B>Congressional Medal of Honor</B> for action at <B>Malvern Hill, Virginia</B>, in early July 1862 as he remained to fight with his 69th New York Volunteers despite a <I>gunshot wounds of the face and side</I> and the evacuation of wounded to the rear.  (see: <I>Deeds of Valor</I> where Rafferty’s own words are used to record action against the Confederate <I>Louisiana Tigers</I> that day and his wounding.  <I>I got two bullets in the mouth and the lower part of the jaw, which smashed the bones and carried away part of my tongue</I> says he, further advising, <I> I was left on the field for a long time, and two days later was captured and sent to Libby, reaching there on the Fourth of July. </I>) Adding additional charm to Rafferty’s Testament is a <I>tipped</I> in figure of then Colonel Michael Corcoran the <I>Irishman</I> who was captured at as he led his 69th N.Y.V. into action at 1st Bull Run.  Corcoran’s imprisonment by the Confederates led to his prominence as a national figure and of special account among the Irish   If not acquainted with the Irish General’s fascinating history, a quick Google search will bring an appreciation of his Civil War experience and the text found under his figure pasted into Peter Rafferty’s pocket testament. <B><I>SONS OF ERIN!  Let the watchword be Corcoran! Rescued if living, avenged if dead! </B></I> The face of the fly leaf offers additional patriotic words pasted above Rafferty’s stenciled identification.

   Picked years ago from a miscellaneous lot of New York related Civil War material offered at the Brimfield Antique Market, (Those were the days!) our loss will be some fortunate collector / historian’s gain as we clear away some of the accumulation of our lifelong interest in such.  <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!

 Published by William H. Hortsmann and Sons, Philadelphia, this 1851 folio (11 ¾ X 14 7/8 x ½ inch thick) 1st edition of 1851 is Illustrated from the <I>Original Text and Drawings in the War Department. </I> Drawn by G. C. Humpries.  Nine pages of text outline and describe the new (1851) uniform and dress code for artillery, infantry, riflemen, insignia, swords, and dragoons; officers and enlisted.  Detailed illustrations cover all manner of dress to include buttons, swords and sashes as well as horse furniture for <I>General Officers</I> and the <I>Cavalry Corps</I>.  This highly collectable volume offers seven finely colored plates from chromolithograph printing and four additional original hand colored plates. Thirteen additional lithographic line drawing plates show uniform details.  The volume is rebound with new boards and black <I>library</I> covering, new brown end papers and retaining its original gold embossed <I><B>UNIFORM AND DRESS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY</I></B> on the front board.  All else original and as published with good evidence of age, originality and moderate period use but no tears, repairs or objectionable condition issues.  An outstanding item for the <I>deep dish</I> Civil War enthusiast this piece has been in our own library for over thirty years.  <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!

Autograph, Alexander G. Cattell $20.00

 

Handmade filet lace original card C1900 $24.00

 

69th NY – Irish Brigade – MEDAL OF HONOR $525.00

 

Rarely seen! Horstman & Sons 1851 - U $2350.00




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