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(1820-1891) Graduated #6 in the West Point class of 1840. Rising to be one of the Union's most renowned military leaders, Sherman saw action at 1st Bull Run, Shiloh, Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, the infamous March to the Sea, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign. He received the surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's army at Greensboro, N.C., on April 26, 1865. Sherman continued in the Regular Army after the war and became a Lieutenant General on July 25, 1866, and Full General, on March 4, 1869.


Antique engraved portrait of Sherman in uniform with rank of major general. Engraved by A.H. Ritchie. Printed title below his portrait, "Maj. Gen. Wm. T. Sherman." 5 3/4 x 8 1/4. Light wear.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color illustration of a female figure wearing an American flag dress and holding a sword in one hand and the scales of justice in the other. Slogan below: "No North, no South, No East, No West But Equal and Exact Justice to all."  Light age toning and a small tear at bottom right edge that has been repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. 


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 Standing 6 3/4 inches and 4 13/16 inches in diameter with a 2 1/2 inch wide opening at the mouth, this attractive 19th century oyster jar remains in pleasing condition with no cracks, chips or other detracting issues and is nicely maker marked GEORGE SKEY – WILNECOTE – TAMWORTH.  George Skey established his stoneware works in Tamworth in 1860 and quickly became a world leader in the manufacture of all manner of stoneware containers.  His stoneware beer bottles will offer Civil War collectors the most prevalent example of his product with oyster jars such as this one showing up in far less quantity.   A coveted culinary treat of the Civil War camp, period photographic examples of these stoneware oyster jars seem reserved to the officer’s mess table.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Our photo illustrations will do best as a description of these nice old 18th century scales.  Untouched and completely original even to the original green cotton suspensions, the iron beam is nicely shaped in the classic style of the 18th century.  The brass pans offer an attractive deep age patina.  The original sharkskin covered pocket case remains sound at the hinges and while one of the closure clasps is missing, remains in nice condition commensurate with age and period use.  The inside cover retains its period silk lining under an attractive printed guide to weight of various gold coins.  All original and pleasing to the eye, this little scale will lay in nicely with Colonial / American Revolutionary War relics.  <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 !!

General William T. Sherman

 

No North, No South, No East, No West $5.00

 

19th century -- Skey’s - Wilnecote Works $65.00

 

18th century CASED BALANCE SCALES $195.00

With hand stitched leather and white cotton cord with decorative hand rendered macramé embellishments in a familiar patriotic style of the earlier 1800s, this attractive antique girth strap remains in exceptional, seemingly unused condition while offering good evidence of age and originality. [A bit of blue milk paint in one place (see photo) can be easily removed if the new owner wishes.]  This outstanding piece of Americana measures approximately 37 inches in length by 7 1/2 inches wide and will display well on a wall, with antique western or equestrian  equipment or as companion to a nice period antique saddle, military or civilian..  <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!  Set aside in our own accumulation for years, this offering is a product of our many years of searching out such treasures from estate sales, antique shows and the now all but extinct antique orientated weekly markets, this desirable Old & New Testament Bible was published in four leather bound volumes by the New York Bible Society 1859.  The fly leaf of each bears the period brown ink inscription <B><I> Return to Chaplain’s tent Camp Letterman</B></I>.  No real Maine connection beyond being found here in Maine, we none the less set this aside years ago as part of our state of Maine related Civil War relics, (You can see a small portion of that accumulation at <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>MaineLegacy.com </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>)  All complete and in pleasing condition with solid bindings and  yet with good evidence of originality and careful period use, we need not <I>go on</I> here about the roll of  Letterman Army Hospital as more than 14,000 Union and 6,800 Confederate wounded of the Battle of Gettysburg were treated there.  A favorite for years, it is time to pass this desirable set on where it will be preserved, appreciated and hopefully set among other Battle of Gettysburg or Civil War medical material.    <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>



 


<b>Colonel of the 7th Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War


U.S. Senator from Louisiana


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress


Governor of Louisiana</b>


(1830-1918) Presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1860. Appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Nebraska in 1861. Served as Colonel of the 7th Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War until ill health forced his resignation. Appointed by President Lincoln as collector of the port of New Orleans in 1865. This launched Kellogg's notable 20 year political career in Louisiana. Served as United States Senator, from Louisiana, 1867-72. Served as Governor of Louisiana, 1873-74. Re-elected as U.S. Senator, serving, 1877-83.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2, in ink, Wm. P. Kellogg, Louisiana.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of George Washington within an oval design with points around the oval with the names of all of the States of the United States at the commencement of the War Between The States. Light age toning.  


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fine antique - Saddle Girth Strap $175.00

 

Gettysburg – Camp Letterman Chaplain’s T $795.00

 

Autograph, William P. Kellogg $35.00

 

George Washington $5.00




<b>Union commander during the battle of Gettysburg</b>


(1815-1872) Graduated in the West Point class of 1835. Won a brevet in the Mexican War. Meade fought in the Peninsular campaign and the Seven Days battles being very severely wounded at Glendale. He recovered in time to see action at 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Elevated to command of the Army of the Potomac, he defeated General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg and went on to fight in all of their battles culminating in the surrender at Appomattox Court House.


Antique 1864 portrait engraving of General George G. Meade seated on a camp stool in front of his tent. A drum is on the ground just behind him, and a tented campground can be seen in the background. Executed from a recent photograph from life. Published by Johnson, Fry & Co., New York, dated 1864. Includes his printed facsimile autograph below his likeness. 8 x 10 3/4.  


<b>Civil War period signature as Major General</b>


(1831-88) A prominent Civil War commander, he graduated in the West Point class of 1853. Appointed brigadier general of volunteers September 13, 1862, and major general, March 16, 1863. Fought in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, the Shenandoah Valley and Appomattox campaigns, to name but a few. Sheridan also saw action against the Plains Indians in the 1870's. 


<u>Signature With Rank:</u> 3 3/8 x 1 1/8, in ink, Phil. H. Sheridan, Maj. Genl. There is a light vertical tear in the paper. It runs downward in between the "a" and "n" in Sheridan, and loops down around the outer side of the "l" in Genl. It has been repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. Still a very fine example of a Civil War period Sheridan autograph with rank.    


<b>Includes Generals' John Buford & George Armstrong Custer!</b>


Antique Civil War portrait engraving. Composite views of some of the leading Union cavalry commanders of the Army of the Potomac. Included as the central figure is General Philip H. Sheridan. He is surrounded by General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, General John Buford, General Alfred T.A. Torbert, General George A. Custer, General William W. Averill, and General Wesley Merritt. Light age toning and wear. 6 1/2 x 10. Scarce. Anything related to General George A. Custer's Civil War career is always in high demand.  


<b>Mortally wounded at Chancellorsville, Va. in May 1863</b>


(1824-1863) He graduated in the West Point class of 1846, a class that was to furnish 24 general officers to the Union and Confederate armies during 1861-65. He won the brevets of captain and major during the Mexican War. Resigning his U.S. Army commission, he became an instructor at the Virginia Military Institute in 1852. He earned the sobriquet "STONEWALL" for his gallant stand at the battle of 1st Manassas in 1861. He waged a magnificent campaign in 1862, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Jackson was mortally wounded on the evening of May 2, 1863, at Chancellorsville, Va., accidentally shot by his own men as his made a night reconnaissance. His left arm was amputated and he died on May 10th. His loss to the Confederacy was catastrophic. General Robert E. Lee lost not only a friend, but his best general.


Antique portrait engraving of "Stonewall" Jackson in Confederate general's uniform with printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. 6 x 9.

General George G. Meade

 

Autograph, General Philip H. Sheridan $225.00

 

Union Cavalry Commanders

 

General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson




Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of Columbia holding a sword and an American flag. Motto above, "Never let that Flag be Dishonored." Light age toning. 


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Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a zouave officer holding a sword and an American flag while standing on a Confederate stars and bars flag. Slogan below, "Remember Ellsworth." Published by King & Baird, Philadelphia.


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 Offered in fine, <I>as new</I> condition after decades of storage, we have a very limited number of <B>Dr. CHILTON’s FEVER and AGUE CURE Manufactured by COMSTOCK & BROTHER, New York</B> labeled pill boxes of turned birch wood, each containing a complement of pills.   Founded in New York in 1853 the Comstock & Brother apothecary firm was a colorful outfit to say the least, spending as much time in court fighting off charges that they had invented doctors such as <I>Dr. Chilton</I> out of thin air simply to promote their <I>cures</I>. In one instance court records show they not only created an cure creator but invented a history to include family members and life among the Indians where the secrets of the <I>cure</I> were learned.  By 1863 the brothers Comstock had parted ways and their apothecary business ceased to exist. More than anyone needs to know we suppose but an interesting bit of Americana.  Priced here individually for the collector who would enjoy one, this offering will go well in any period apothecary, early <I>quack</I> medicine or Civil War era personal grouping.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  This US oval cartridge box plate is in as found condition with a deep, rich age patina with a period milk paint identification <B>WILDERNESS</B> crudely printed across the face edge.   A look at the reverse reveals the remains original lead filling the majority melted away. A prophetic testament to the horrors of the fires that erupted in the dry and tangled foliage of the Wilderness battlefield leaving wounded on the field, exposed to potentially inescapable flames.  An early recovery relic <I>‘eyeballed’</I> long before the advent and advantages of modern relic hunting equipment, we  acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Never Let That Flag Be Dishonored $5.00

 

Remember Ellsworth $10.00

 

Original! c. 1853 / 1862 Dr. CHILTON’S $45.00

 

WILDERNESS - Civil War BATTLEFIELD PICKU $95.00

Our photographs will likely do best to describe this colorful multi-dimensional Victorian picture puzzle.  Offered here as attic found, stored in a wonderfully labeled <B>CRANDALL’S - Great Show Acrobats – Pat. 1867</B> dovetailed, game box.  The slide top pine box remains in excellent condition measuring approximately 9 7/8 x 6 1/8 x 2 inches.  The puzzle consists of 20 wood blocks each 1 ¼ inch square. Each covered on four sides by colorfully illustrated lithograph paper, each side a portion of one of six detailed scenes. (see photos).  Two period printed sheets remain in the box as a guide to scenes.  (We will include laser printed views to each of the additional scenes.)  The blocks remain in eye appealing condition with bright colors but with wear at the edges as evidence of period use of the toy.  An attractive mid 1800s play item, the owner will have a tough time deciding which of the colorful illustrations to display.  <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!        An opportunity for the Civil War collector historian, especially one with a bent towards Civil War Cavalry, to acquire an original issue weapon that, by virtue of not just a single serial number but by period happenstance a second serial number, <U>both of which</U> fall in the serial range of known <B>4th Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry</B> Burnside carbines offers a solid link to that regiment.  As is our usual habit and to preserve the historic integrity of the piece, we have left it untouched so as to preserve its natural age with a patina that comes with period field use followed by decades of attic storage.  This all original Burnside remains in pleasing to the eye, functional condition, yet offers the charm of period issue with the added appeal of ties to a specific regiment.  A good look at our carefully rendered photos will provide the best physical description.   


<CENTER><FONT COLOR=#008000><B>A Word About Serial numbers. </B></FONT></CENTER>


<CENTER>This Carbine offers the serial # <B>16168</B> on the breach block & serial #<B>34616</B> on the receiver  frame and barrel. </CENTER>


<CENTER> Of the serial numbers recorded # <B>16114 & 16174</B> and #<B>34576 & 34677</B> were issued to the 4th Wisc. Cavalry </CENTER>


<CENTER> As both primary arm numbers <B>34576 & 34677</B>went to Co. K it is most likely that this arm was issued to that Co. K as well    </CENTER>


      While mismatched serial numbers are not pleasing to firearms collectors, the circumstance of the mismatching can offer important information to the Civil War collector / historian with respect to the weapons issue history.  That is to say, when the mixed serial numbers each fall in the range issued to the <U>same</U> regiment, it is most likely that the misnumbered component was inadvertently mixed when the weapon was <I>broken down</I> for cleaning.  (A task frequently accomplished by a group cleaning their arms together or in some situations certainly by one or two troops who drew the <I>short straw</I>.)  In our experience, such mixing of components occurred most frequently with the cavalry issue Colt percussion revolver and Burnside cavalry carbine, the mixing of components occurring with revolver cylinders and in the case of the carbines the inadvertent switching of breach blocks, one arm to another.  The likelihood of switching of these specific components quite high when one considers that cleaning of the revolver required removal of the cylinder from the frame just as cleaning of the Burnside carbine required removal of the breach block.  When several arms were cleaned together it is not difficult to understand a likelihood of mixing of these the numbered components.  When the mismatched breach and frame both fall in a known issue serial range of the same regiment, the origin of the <I>mismatched</I> arm is well established. 


<CENTER>In this instance both serial numbers are in the range to the <B>4th Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry</B> with the primary serial number of the carbine (that is the frame and barrel number) falling in the range of Co. K of that regiment. </CENTER>


<CENTER>As preservation of the history of this arm a copy of our research notes (to include a roster of Co. K) will be provided under our letterhead</CENTER>



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<U>A note about firearms:</U>   WE SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF MODERN FIREARMS AND EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE  RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED  FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  <U>PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH  THE ABOVE. </U>



 


By Roger D. Hunt & Jack R. Brown. Published by Olde Soldier Books, Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland, Revised Edition 1997. Nicely autographed for me in person by the author with date and place, "Roger D. Hunt, Richmond, Va., Nov. 15, 1997." Large 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, hard cover, with gold embossed lettering on the front cover and spine with facsimile of brigadier general's shoulder strap. 700 pages with illustrations and biographies of all known Union Brevet Brigadier Generals. New condition. A must for any serious collector, historian or student of the Civil War. An indispensable reference work done by the noted Civil War photo historian and my dear old friend and colleague, Roger D. Hunt.     


<b>Commanded the Union artillery during the battle of Gettysburg</b>


(1819-1889) Graduate of the West Point class of 1839. He fought in the Mexican War receiving two brevets for gallantry. Hunt played a prominent role in the 1st Bull Run campaign, and became chief of artillery. At Malvern Hill, the concluding battle of the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, Hunt's guns shattered the Confederate assault. He fought with distinction at the battles of Fredericksburg and Antietam, and on July 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, his guns on Cemetery Hill helped to stop the celebrated Pickett's charge. He remained as chief of artillery until June 1864 when General U.S. Grant put him in charge of all siege operations on the Petersburg, Va. front.


<u>Autograph With Sentiment and Rank</u>: 5 x 2, in ink, Respectfully, Your obedient servant, "Henry J. Hunt," Colonel 5th Artillery, Commdg. The signature only is in the hand of Hunt. Extremely desirable Gettysburg autograph.

attic find Antique Wood Block PICTURE PU $125.00

 

Civil War Burnside CARBINE – 4th Wiscons $1450.00

 

Brevet Brigadier Generals In Blue

 

Autograph, General Henry J. Hunt




<b>Mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern, Virginia, in May 1864</b>


(1833-1864) Graduated #13 in the West Point class of 1854. He was wounded on the frontier during Indian fighting. He was the aide of Colonel R. E. Lee during John Brown's raid of Harpers Ferry. During the Civil War he became one of the most daring and legendary cavalry commanders, serving with Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. He was mortally wounded on May 11, 1864, after intercepting Union General Phil Sheridan's raid at Yellow Tavern, Virginia, dying the next day. His death was a severe blow to the Confederacy!


Antique portrait engraving of General Stuart in his Confederate uniform holding his plumed slouch hat and saber. Printed facsimile autograph with sentiment below his likeness, "Yours to count on, J.E.B. Stuart." Engraved from a photo by H.B. Hall, 60 Fulton St., N.Y.C. 5 1/4 x 8 1/2. Extremely desirable portrait of one of the most famous cavalryman to have fought in the War Between the States. 


 


Civil War patriotic imprint with spread winged eagle in flight with a riband in its mouth with the motto, "State Sovereignty National Union." 


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Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of George Washington with the following slogan below: "The Father Of Our Country- We will cherish his memory, and emulate his example." Published by Mumford & Co. [Cincinnati]. 


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Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of a red rooster with the imprint below: "Any Reliable News Down South Yet From Zolicoffer! or the balance of his Army? What about the Burnside! and Tennessee River Expedition? Is it 1 to 5, or 5 to 1?"


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General J. E. B. Stuart

 

State Sovereignty National Union $5.00

 

The Father Of Our Country

 

Any Reliable News Down South Yet From Zo




Civil War patriotic imprint with sticker of Major Anderson in uniform within a red, white and blue American shield. Major Anderson commanded the Union Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor during the bombardment that started The War Between The States on April 12, 1861. Uncommon in this format. 


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Civil War patriotic imprint with sticker with bust view illustration of Colonel Ellsworth within an American shield. Uncommon in this format. 


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<u>Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth</u>: (1837-1861) He was famous before the Civil War for organizing the Chicago Zouaves and staging spectacular drill exhibitions throughout the country. In August 1860, he performed on the lawn of the White House. He later accompanied President elect Abraham Lincoln to Washington for the inauguration, having become very close to the Lincoln family. He raised the Fire Zouaves, the 11th New York Vols., and led them into Washington in May 1861. He was shot down and killed by James T. Jackson, the proprietor of the Marshall House Hotel in Alexandria, Va., on May 24, 1861, after having removed a Confederate flag from the roof of that building. It was claimed to have been seen from the White House and Ellsworth found it to be an insult to President Lincoln. Jackson was immediately killed by Private Francis E. Brownell. A correspondent of the New York Tribune was on the scene, and the episode caused an immediate sensation which contributed greatly to the war sentiment in the North.

 


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of crossed American flags, spread winged eagle with an American shield on its chest, and arrows and olive branch held in its talons. A red banner below has the motto, "E. Pluribus Unum," and below that is the slogan, "Liberty's Emblems." Light age toning.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of Columbia wearing an American flag dress and holding a sword and the scales of justice. Slogan below, "Columbia, Columbia, to glory arise. The queen of the world and the child of the skies." Light age toning.


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Major Robert Anderson $10.00

 

Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth $10.00

 

Liberty's Emblems

 

Columbia, Columbia, To Glory Arise $5.00




Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of George Washington in an oval. Slogan printed below: "First in Peace. First in War and First in the hearts of his Countrymen." Light age toning and wear.


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WBTS Trivia: The well known slogan on this patriotic imprint was given a humorous spin and used in the 1900's in regards to the Washington Senators professional baseball club. The slogan adopted for the hapless Senators was, "Washington; First in Peace, First in War, and last place in the American League."     


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of a star at the center of this design surrounded by American shields and flags, with a spread winged eagle at the top. The banner reads, "E Pluribus Unum." "Star Of Destiny" is in large letters at the upper right. Published by James Gates, Cincinnati. Light age toning and wear. 


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Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of an American shield as the central theme with a spread winged eagle on top of the shield clutching arrows in its talon, and females figures on each side with the one at the left holding a spear with Liberty cap on top of it while the one at the right is holding a cornucopia with fruit. Banner below with the motto, "E Pluribus Unum." Published by Mumford & Co., Cincinnati, O.[hio]. Light age toning.


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Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a spread winged eagle on top of an American shield with oak leaves and an American flag in the background. The eagle is holding a banner in its mouth with the slogan, "Our Union Must And Shall Be Preserved." Light age toning.


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George Washington $5.00

 

Star Of Destiny $5.00

 

E. Pluribus Unum

 

Our Union Must And Shall Be Preserved




Civil War patriotic imprint with a  vignette of a zouave officer holding an American flag in one hand and a sword in the other. The remnants of battle can be seen around his feet in the form of a Confederate flag, a broken drum, a knife, a bayonet and a broken cannon wheel with a cannon barrel lying on the ground. Trimmed in red and blue around the edges. Published by James Gates, Cincinnati. Light age toning.


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(1824-1881) Graduated in the West Point class of 1847. Mexican War veteran. Serving on the western frontier, he was wounded in a skirmish with Apaches in 1849. He resigned his commission in 1853, invented a breech loading rifle, was appointed a Major General of the Rhode Island State Militia and was elected to Congress as a Democrat. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he organized the 1st Rhode Island Infantry, becoming their Colonel. He was in command of a brigade at 1st Bull Run. Having become a Lincoln favorite, he was given command of the expedition against the coast of North Carolina, fought at Antietam, and in December of 1862 commanded the Army of the Potomac during their bitter defeat at Fredericksburg. Burnside also saw action at Knoxville, the Overland Campaign, and Petersburg. In his post war career he was elected Governor of Rhode Island three times, and later a U. S. Senator.


1862 antique portrait engraving of Burnside in uniform with rank of major general. Nicely designed with Burnside within an oval display with a spread winged eagle and American flags at the top, and a soldier scene below. Includes a printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. Engraved by G. Stodart, from a M.B. Brady photograph. Imprint: Entered according to act of Congress A.D. 1862 by Virtue & Co. in the clerk's office of the district court of the United States for the southern district of New York. 8 1/4 x 10 3/4.  


<b>Killed in the Atlanta campaign</b>


(1828-64) Graduated #1 in the West Point class of 1853, a class which included Philip H. Sheridan and John Bell Hood. Eleven years after their graduation, now Confederate general Hood opposed McPherson before Atlanta, and Hood's battle order would result in the death of his old classmate. By the fall of 1862, McPherson had risen to rank of major general. He saw service at Forts Henry and Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth and Vicksburg. On March 26, 1864, he was given command of the Army of the Tennessee which he led in the subsequent campaign in northern Georgia. McPherson was killed before Atlanta on July 22, 1864. General William T. Sherman's tears rolled through his beard and down on the floor when he viewed the dead body of his friend laid upon a door torn from its hinges and improvised as a bier.


Antique engraving of McPherson in uniform with rank of major general with sword and holding slouch hat. He is standing inside fortifications with an artillery sponge and the smoke of battle in the background. Printed facsimile signature under his likeness. Imprint: From the original painting by Nast in the possession of the publisher. Johnson, Fry & Co., Publishers, New York. Entering according to act of Congress A.D. 1865 by Johnson, Fry & Co. in the clerk's office of the district court in the southern dist. of N.Y. 7 1/2 x 10 1/2. Light age toning.  

 


<b>Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!


From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia</b>


2 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Libby Prison, Jan. 1st, 1864</b></u>


Dear and loving Wife,


After my love to you I will inform you that I am in good health at present and hope these few lines may find you all in good health.  Well I have commenced another year in Libby.  I was greatly in hopes that I should have been at home for my Christmas and New Year’s dinner, but I have been disappointed, but I shall hope that it will not be long until I shall see you again as the prospect for exchange seems to be more promising for the last week and oh how rejoiced would I be to get out of this prison for I am very tired of such close quarters.  Well yesterday was as gloomy as one could wish.  It rained all day but today it is clear and pleasant if one could only be where he could enjoy it with freedom and liberty.  I wish you a happy New Year and hope that you may have strength to bear up under the many trials that you have to endure.  It makes me feel bad to think of the trouble and affliction that I have caused you, but I cannot help it, but hope to be able to make some amends in the future.  I have not rec’d a letter for some time, but am expecting one every day.  Dear pray for unworthy me and may our Heavenly Father bless our afflictions to our future good and may he keep you and my Dear children safe until I get home is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. Levi Lupton



Lieut. L. Lupton 

To 

Mrs. E.H. Lupton

Jerusalem,

Monroe Co.,

Ohio 


Scattered staining, age toning and light wear.  Desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive the war!


Levi Lupton, was 39 years old, when he enlisted on July 25, 1862, at Columbus, Ohio, as a 2nd lieutenant. He was commissioned into Co. C, 116th Ohio Infantry, on September 19, 1862, at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on June 13, 1863, but was never mustered at that rank because he was captured the next day, June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va. He spent time confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., and at Macon, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., where he died on September 12, 1864.

Zouave Holding American Flag & Sword

 

General Ambrose E. Burnside

 

General James B. McPherson

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

Finely die struck with gold wash, this <I>extra quality</I> false bullion cross cannon insignia remains in exceptional condition in all respects and comes with an equally fine pair of <B>A</B> cap buttons. Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, the crossed cannon insignia measures 2 ½ inches wide and retains all four of its original soldered on fastening wires.  The buttons are back marked <B>HORSTMANN’S  NY & PHI</B>.  An extremely fine all original Civil War artillery grouping!  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  


<b>Commanded the Union artillery during the battle of Gettysburg</b>


(1819-1889) Graduate of the West Point class of 1839. He fought in the Mexican War receiving two brevets for gallantry. Hunt played a prominent role in the 1st Bull Run campaign, and became chief of artillery. At Malvern Hill, the concluding battle of the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, Hunt's guns shattered the Confederate assault. He fought with distinction at the battles of Fredericksburg and Antietam, and on July 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, his guns on Cemetery Hill helped to stop the celebrated Pickett's charge. He remained as chief of artillery until June 1864 when General U.S. Grant put him in charge of all siege operations on the Petersburg, Va. front.


Antique portrait engraving of Hunt in uniform with rank of major general. 6 1/4 x 9, engraved by A.H. Ritchie,* [N.Y.], "Maj. Gen. H.J. Hunt" is printed below his likeness. Very nice item of an extremely desirable Union Gettysburg general. 


WBTS Trivia: *Alexander Hay Ritchie (1822–1895) was an artist and engraver. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and studied in the UK under Sir William Allan, before moving to New York in 1841.  


(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.


1865 antique portrait engraving of Logan in uniform with rank of major general, holding his slouch hat, sword and scabbard attached to his belt, wearing high black leather boots with spurs, and he is striking a Napoleonic pose. Union soldiers with an American flag can be seen in the background. Printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. Imprint: From the original painting by Nast in the possession of the publishers. Johnson, Fry & Co., Publishers, New York. Entered according to Act of Congress A.D. 1865 by , Johnson, Fry & Co., in the clerk's office of the district court of the southern district of N.Y. Light age toning at the edges. Nice content.   

 


<b>Killed in battle at Spotsylvania, Virginia in 1864</b> 


(1813-1864) Graduated in the West Point class of 1837. Won two brevets in the Mexican War. Sedgwick saw action in the Peninsular campaign until his wounding at the battle of Glendale. He distinguished himself at the battle of Antietam, and was wounded three times before being carried off the field unconscious. He later fought at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the Wilderness. At Spotsylvania, on May 9, 1864, his aides cautioned him about the unnecessary risks he was taking in exposing himself to the enemy. Sedgwick, replied, "they couldn't hit an elephant at this distance!" Moments later a Confederate sharpshooter found his mark and killed him instantly! It was a terrible loss to the Union army as "Papa John" Sedgwick as he was known was not only a capable general, he was loved by his men.


Antique portrait engraving of Sedgwick in uniform with rank of major general. "Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick" printed below his likeness. Engraved by A.H. Ritchie. 5 x 8 1/4.

extra fine! original Civil War – ARTILLE $225.00

 

General Henry J. Hunt

 

General John A. Logan

 

General John Sedgwick




<b>18th President of the United States</b>


(1822-1885) Graduated in the West Point class of 1843, and fought in the Mexican War. He served as Commander-in-Chief of all Union armies from 1863-65. He fought in the Civil War battles of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and the Appomattox campaign. Served as 18th President of the United States 1869-77.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 x 2 1/8, in ink, boldly signed in large letters, U.S. Grant. Very desirable.   Considered by many to be the first officer to fall as a causality of the Civil War, the image of young Zouave Colonel Elmer Ellsworth became a center piece among Union sympathizers after he was shot and killed as he removed a Confederate flag from the Marshal House in Alexandria, Virginia.   Badges such as this one featuring a <I>gem</I> size tintype of Col. Ellsworth were worn by military and civilian citizens in the patriotic fervor of the early Civil War. (see cover: <I>MILITARY IMAGES</I> Autumn 2017 p.32 )   A scarce period example, our illustration will do best to describe this attractive offering.  <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  A nice item for the lighting enthusiast, Indian War era personal item collector or 19th century Americana fan, this little oil lamp is offered untouched and just as it came out of decades of storage.  Remaining entirely original, complete and in fine condition yet with an eye pleasing natural age patina on its brass components, this little finger lamp is marked <B> *  PATENTED * OCTOBER 28, 1873*</B> <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 classic of common life seldom surviving to reach todays collector of Civil War mess gear or personal items, the vast majority of these cans were crushed and cast away once they had served their purpose.  Telltale of the period is the extremely thin sheet iron material, over lapping lead soldered seams and the spot of solder sealing what had served as a vent hole in the top of the can.  The period preservation process required that full cans be heated with the small vent hole then sealed with a spot of lead solder.  (The heating and resulting vacuum resulting from sealing off the vent before the content was entirely cool offered some considerable shelf life in the days before refrigeration.)  This rare intact example somehow avoided the crushing boot and trash heap and just for effect comes with a good old cast spoon of the same era.  A simple period pair that will add a finishing touch to any Civil War personal or winter camp grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Autograph, General Ulysses S. Grant $595.00

 

Early Civil War - Col. Elmer Ellsworth P $295.00

 

Patent 1873 FINGER LAMP $75.00

 

original! Civil War vintage TIN CAN & SP $75.00

This attractive little traveling ink measures approximately 1 inch in diameter, stands about 1 7/8 inch high and remains in an eye appealing as found and untouched condition just as it came out after decades of storage.  The body and original screw cap offer that rich chocolate patina that is so desirous in this material and comes only with good honest age.  A neat piece for inclusion in any Civil War vintage grouping, writing instrument enthusiast. (see: <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner )  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 H 35in. x W 58in.  H 30in. x W 138in.  H 14in. x W 20in. x D 10in.

Civil War era HARD RUBBER TRAVELING INK $65.00

 

BLACK CAT TOBACCO SIGN $0.00

 

H 30in. x W 138in. $0.00

 

Classic wall lights $0.00

H 31in. x W 31in.  H 24in. x W 24in.  H 17in. x W 14in.  H 17in. x W 17in.

ROAD SIGN $0.00

 

STOP SIGN $0.00

 

INSURANCE SIGN $0.00

 

SHUR-GRAIN SIGN $0.00




<b>Wounded during Pickett's Charge at the battle of Gettysburg</b>


(1824-1886) Graduated in the West Point class of 1844. He won a brevet for gallantry in the Mexican War. Played a gallant role in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and in the 1862 Maryland campaign which climaxed into the battle of Antietam. He greatly distinguished himself in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. During the battle of Gettysburg, Hancock commanded the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. His decisive actions on July 1, 1863 helped to save the strategic Culp's Hill for General Meade's army. On July 3rd, his corps became the focal point for the celebrated Pickett's Charge in which he was seriously wounded. After his recovery, he went on to fight in the bloody battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, and earned the sobriquet "Hancock The Superb." In 1880, he was the Democratic nominee for the Presidency of the United States. He was narrowly defeated by another ex-Civil War General, the soon to be assassinated, James A. Garfield.


<u>Card Signature With Date And Place</u>: 4 3/4 x 3, in ink, Governor's Island, N. York, November 11, 1882, Winfd. S. Hancock.    

       A desirable photo on its original 10 x 12 in. mount, imprinted <I> Photographed by GORMAN & JORDAN</I> on the front and on the back, <B><I>Gorman & Jordan, Army Photographers, Alexandria, Va.</I></B> with inked negative number <I>255</>and dated <I>April 1864</I>.   This photograph is an original example of Gorman & Jordan's only known war time images rendered of <B>5th Corps headquarters</B> at <B>Rappahannock Station </B>.  This image remains in fine original condition depicting enlisted men, officers, quarters and <U>regimental flag</U> of the <I>18th Massachusetts Infantry </B> at Corps Headquarters in the spring of 1864.  Precisely in the center, flanked by a staff officer on either side, stands Colonel, soon to be, <B>Brigadier General Joseph Hayes</B>.  As set in a period pencil notation on the mount back, Gen. Hayes was a graduate of Harvard class of 1855.  He mustered as Major of the 18th Mass Vols. on Aug. 24, 1861 and was promoted to Lt. Col. in August of 1862 then Colonel Nov. 30, I862.   He saw action with the 18th Massachusetts, in the Peninsula and Wilderness Campaigns suffering a head wound at the Battle of the Wilderness.  Commissioned Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on May 12, 1864.  He was taken prisoner at Weldon Rail Road. Breveted as Major General of U.S. Vols. in March 1865, Gen. Hayes commanded an advanced Brigade of 5th Army Corps in pursuit of Lee's forces in April 1865.

<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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF

 Penned on a single 8 X 10 sheet folded to offer 3  pages of cursive script laying out the <I>British & European Law</I> of <I> Uniform System of Night Signals</I> with a matching brown ink penned notation on the 4th page originally folded to serve as a cover. That notation is simply directed <I>Capt.</I> and advises <I>Night signaling as is required in British waters.  Per order:  <B>Adml. Semmes C. S. N.</B></I>  <U>Not a signature</U> but clearly an effort to pass along with emphasis the requirements of night signaling while sailing in British and European waters, to a ship’s Captain unfamiliar with sailing in such locations.  The particular circumstances of this interesting communication has been lost in time and must be left to the speculation.  A neat remnant of the Confederate Navy effort to keep the <I>homeland</I> supplied with the necessities of war, we would guess that the document was aimed in some fashion toward blockade running operations.  A neat item for the Confederate Navy and blockade running.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Most frequently referred to by collectors simply as a <I>foot warmer</I> these attractive portable warmers were in actuality  as versatile as the imagination and need to ward off the chill of winter.  Under the heavy blanket or buffalo robe of carriage or sleigh, family pew of a drafty church in winter, or in a sick room, these hand crafted ember <I>stoves</I> offered much comfort in a wide variety of circumstances.  This one measures approximately 8 inches square and stands about 5 ½ inches high not counting the wire bale carrier.  The new owner will likely wish a light cleaning and a bit of wax polish as we were fortunate enough to acquire the piece as you see it here untouched and as found after decades of attic storage.  A rarity in this condition, we chose to leave it pure and as found..  Complete even to include the original sheet iron <I>ember-holder</I> which is nearly always missing, this example remains in especially nice condition with no breaks, repairs or condition issues.   A classic of the type the wood frame sports turned columns with mortis and tenon joints all without the use of nails or metal brads.  The pierce decorated body is of tinned sheet iron, lead soldered with classic hinged door and wire latch.  The beveled ember container is of the classic design with a slightly curved up at the center bottom so as to allow air circulation  preventing overheating and eventual burning through at the bottom.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Autograph, General Winfield S. Hancock

 

Civil War Photograph -18th Mass. Col. - $235.00

 

British and European UNIFORM SYSTEM OF N $245.00

 

c. 1700s through mid 1800s portable - W $245.00

A bit of a departure from our usual fare but we thought someone would like this little Wheaton Bottle as a nice display item without spending a lot of money.  Standing a mear 3 inches from base to its original cork and remaining in excellent condition with no chips cracks or other damage, this attractive little cobalt bottle is embossed <B>A. LANCASTER’S INDIAN VEGETABLE JAUNDICE BITTERS   COL. SAM JOHNSON PROPRIETOR  RICHMOND, VA.   1852</B>  Devoted mostly to the making of pharmaceutical glass bottles since inception in 1888, the Wheaton Glass works has fascinated the collector market for decades manufacturing, in addition to their usual commercial products, a line of commemorative bottles and reproductions of all manner of attractive collectable bottles until today <I>Wheaton Bottles</I> have become a popular collector category all to itself. (see: Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, NJ)   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 H 28in. x D 14in.


more in stock  H 72in. x W 37in. x D 1 1/4in.  H 77in. x W 33 1/2in. x D 1 3/4in.

Lancaster's Indian Vegetable Bitters - R

 

INDUSTRIAL PENDANT LIGHTS $0.00

 

4 SETS OF WOODEN SHUTTERS IN FRAMES $0.00

 

OLD FRONT DOOR $450.00




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