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Doctor Josiah  Bartlett, Kingston, New Hampshire was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. A very handsome piece of quartz crystal with a thin layer of raw gold covering most of one surface. I got this at the Bartlett Family Museum Auction in 1989 along with other assorted relics, most dated circa 1860s-1870s, so perhaps this ore is from the Colorado or Dakota Gold Rush. The mineral is approx 2.5 x 1.2" and the quartz & gold together  weigh about 36 grams total.

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


 An original group of 97 brass artillery coat buttons captured from the Spanish in 1898- I obtained these non-dug buttons years ago from Bannerman's Arsenal. Francis Bannerman purchased the captured Spanish Army ordnance and uniforms, insignia, etc from the US government circa 1900. The handsome 2pc brass coat buttons w crossed cannon, cannon balls and the crown of Castile.  The brass buttons  have silvered iron backs and copper button hooks. The buttons bear Barcelona and Paris maker  backmarks.  All are Good to Exc condition, a few with minor  rust spots on reverse only. The group.


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


 On July 27, 1909 Orville Wright flew the Wright Flyer at Fort Myer, Virginia with Army Lt Frank Lahm aboard, setting a new duration record, and the Army adopted the plane as US Signal Corps Flyer # 1. An original period photo of this event, the first US Military plane with Orville Wright aboard &  Army officers in foreground, with ink caption on front margin "Wright's Flight at Ft. Myer, Va., July 27, 1909". The  7 x 5" photo is on a 9 x 7" linen backed mat and the US Air Service number "9680AS" is visible on photo margin. The mat has age darkened edges, the linen on reverse has age spots. VG Overall. This came from a 1910-1920s era archive of military photos.


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


 General William Sidney Graves was a Wyoming Frontier infantry officer but is best remembered as Commander of the Siberian Expedition  American Expeditionary Forces, keeping the Trans-Siberian railroad open and providing safe conduct for the Czech Legion during the Allied peacekeeping effort. He was called "the only honorable man" in the catastrophic affair. An original circa 1929 Photo of General Graves taken in Panama where he commanded US Forces on the canal, 1927-29 . General Graves is seated at his desk, with major general rank straps and AEF campaign bar. 8 x 6" w linen back, blue pencil idd "Gen Graves Cristobel (Panama)".  VG. Comes w bio info.


   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

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

GOLD IN QUARTZ SPECIMEN CIRCA 1870S BART $1500.00

 

CAPTURED MILITARY BUTTON GROUP CUBA PHIL $125.00

 

WRIGHT BROTHERS FIRST MILITARY AIRPLANE $550.00

 

US GENERAL WILLIAM S GRAVES SIBERIAN EXP $95.00

US Navy Lieutenant Frank K Hill was an officer on the Cruiser USS Brooklyn during the Battle of Santiago Bay, Cuba 1898. An original signed chestview photo of Lt Hill wearing his campaign medals including the USS Brooklyn Medal given by the Citizens of Brooklyn, and also the Battle of Santiago Bay WT Sampson Medal. The 8 x 10" sepia tone photo is ink signed on the lower margin "With Love F. K Hill".  Reverse w a circa 1898 "War Department" imprint. Age dark at margins, Overall Exc.


   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

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


  An original India Proof Engraving of Illinois General John Logan, winner of the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Vicksburg; Logan was a brilliant combat commander, from Belmont & Fort Donelson, to Resaca, Dallas & Atlanta. One of only 100 copies made, publ by Vertue & Yorston, NYC, 1865, at the Civil War's End. 16 x 12" waistview. This Series was unmarked, & I will provide copy of the gallery fronts-piece. This is not  one of the small bookplate images often encountered. Edge wear, age spots, Overall VG.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 


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

 I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance

 An original pair of binoculars, typical Civil War era constructed brass tubes with , black enamel finish, tubes micely etched  "US Signal Glass Day & Night" The eyepieces  bear the makers marks "Chevalier Opticien Paris".  extends to 7"'. The leather covers are gonewere replaced with  and old dark green paint, showing wear and brass underneath. They are similar to a pair shown in WC Davis "Commanders of the CW" The optics & mechanism are VG overall.

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


 Joab Nelson Patterson of Hopkinton, New Hampshire was a notable Civil War Colonel of the 2nd NH Volunteers, wounded at Gettysburg, Brevet Brigadier General and postwar United Sates Marshal in New Hampshire, 1860s-80s. An original group of 27 US Marshal Account documents for Patterson, 1867-1886, most in the 1870s, Most are 2pp 16 x 13" ptd/ink Account Lists for compensation for jurors, deputies,  witnesses, support of prisoners, marshal's expenses , District of New Hampshire and each signed by Patterson as US Marshal. All G-VG, some w age staings, edge cuts. The group comes w Pattersons Civil war service info. The group

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

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

SIGNED PHOTO BATTLE OF SANTIAGO BAY CUBA $135.00

 

GENERAL JOHN LOGAN ENGRAVED CIVIL WAR PO $95.00

 

CIVIL WAR US SIGNAL CORP GLASSES $150.00

 

UNITED STATES MARSHAL DOCUMENTS GROUP 1 $135.00

An original Civil War CDV photo of a young noncom officer standing with hand in coat like Young Napoleon. The very serious young man has a light stripe on his coat lower sleeve. The CDV has lower corners clipped, but the image is sharp & clear & Overall VG. This is only the 2nd Decorah, Iowa soldier image I have seen, despite the fact that over 300 volunteers, many of Norwegian heritage enlisted from Decorah, Winnesheik Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

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


 The Civil Rights Act of 1866, the predecessor of the 16th Amendment was the first federal law to affirm equal protection for all citizens, enacted to protect Freedmen after the Civil War. An original US Army General Order issued at Washington , DC July 21, 1866 publishing the Civil Rights Act, declaring all persons, "excluding Indians "  to be citizens of the US regardless of previous condition of slavery, and detailing their rights under the law, noting the Act has been passed  by 2/3 Senate vote, overriding the veto of the President of the United States. 6 pp 8 x 5" ptd. Age darkening, edge cuts, stains, Overall Good.

General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army. Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops. 

General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; at the end of a year the  regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼" red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression "government red tape"). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers.

Usually, American Military Orders of the 19th century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5" sheet of quality rag paper.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

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


 General Truman Seymour commanded the Florida Expedition of February, 1864, resulting in the Capture of Jacksonville and Battle of Olustee where the Union Forces were defeated in one of the heaviest fought battles of the war. An original order issued by General Seymour at his HQ, "Hilton Head, Pulaski, Tybee and St Helena Islands", Hilton Head, SC. Jan 30, 1864 ordering his command to drill with marching gear  "to  assure steady marching under fire".   This Order was issued for Seymour's Florida Campaign and 3 weeks later resulted in the decisive Battle of Olustee. 2pp 8 x 5" ptd. Edge wear & age stains, folds, 2 punch holes in left margin, Overall VG.

General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army. Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops. 

General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; at the end of a year the  regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼" red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression "government red tape"). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers.

Usually, American Military Orders of the 19th century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5" sheet of quality rag paper.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques - www.mikebrackin.com

I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance

 Union General Thomas Crittenden of Russellville, Kentucky and General Alexander McCook of Columbiana, Ohio  were blamed for the Union defeat at Chicamauga, Georgia, 1863 and courtmartialed but exonerated. An original War Dept Order, Washington, DC, Sept 28, 1863, issued days after the Battle of Chickamauga  ordering a Court of Inquiry into the conduct of General Crittenden & General McCook  in the Battles of Sept 18 & 19 and relieving them from duty w the Army of the Cumberland. 1p 8 x 5" ptd.  Edge wear, stains, 2 punch holes in left margin, Overall VG.

General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army. Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops. 

General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; at the end of a year the  regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼" red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression "government red tape"). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers.

Usually, American Military Orders of the 19th century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5" sheet of quality rag paper.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com

DECORAH IOWA CIVIL WAR SOLDIER CDV PHOTO $85.00

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 186 $250.00

 

BATTLE OF OLUSTEE FLORIDA CIVIL WAR CAMP $150.00

 

CIVIL WAR CHICKAMAUGA ORDER GENERAL THO $95.00

Lieutenant Patrick Tracy Jackson Jr left Harvard College to enlist as a private in 1862, rising  to company commander with the 1st Mass Cavalry &  the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry, serving to the End of the War, the first cavalry unit to enter Richmond. An original  Civil War era oval albumen bust view of Lieutenant Jackson wearing a military coat.  The image is mounted on a 14  X 12" mat. Age dark and wear at edges, Overall  VG. Comes w his service record and bio info. Jackson served with the 1st Mass Cavalry in the St John's River Expedition, Florida in 1863 and with the 5th Mass USCT Cavalry in the Battle of Baylor's Farm, Petersburg and the Fall of Richmond.

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


 Frank Tousey's Five Cent Wide Awake Library was published in New York and Tousey was the first to publish stories of the Jesse James Gang in this dime novel style format.

The first James Boys Adventure appeared in 1881. An original May 24, 1882. issue of the Five Cent Wide Awake Librarty titled "The James Boys in Mexico, Publication No 490 (the 10th issue in the James Boys Series) The 16pp magazine is approx 8 x 11.5" with large cover illus of the James Boys shooting a Mexican bandit, illus by DW Stevens. The back page  lists the Library Publications incl the James Boys Series. Age stains, edge tears, margin chips, chips, complete and Overall Good.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War.  An original, complete issue of the Harpers Weekly news Oct 10, 1863 issue, with a  full cover illus of "Major-General George H Thomas, USA, the Hero of Chickamauga- Photographed by Brady". The 12pp issue includes War news and illustrations of the Union Artillery at Black Island, Siege of Charleston & a fine double sheet illus of the Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac by Thomas Nast, also the classic "Sharpshooter" image by Alfred Waud, 14pp, small archival repairs on edges, overall VG. Harpers Weekly,  the leading Civil War news journal  w illus of leaders, battle scenes, reports by war correspondents,  maps,  etc. The issues are typically 12-14pp, disbound, complete, w small edge tears, age spots & VG condition except as noted.

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


 A group of 31 original calling cards for RAF officers, many who served from WWI to WWII. The group includes cards for group Flight Captains, Wing Commanders, Squadron Leaders, Medical Service  etc, also a few spouses, includes HS Scroggs (KIA 1941, AJ Pegg (test pilot), PBB Ogilvie, GH Russell (DFC), HJ Pringle, P Polglase, HE Proud, JH Herring, HB Wrigley Fighter Command Air Marshal) GH Vasse, JBM Wallis, JKR Landells, JLN Bennett-Boggs, CT Oneill, CEV Porter, Trafford Leigh-Mallory, RAF Nurse Gladys Taylor, Capt Claude H Keith,  etc, total 24 officers and 7 wives. A few of the cards are duplicates, all date from circa 1920s-30s.   A few w small age spots, most are VG-Exc, all approx 3.2 x 1.5" . The group 

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5TH MASSACHUSETTS CAVALRY CIVIL WAR OFFI $225.00

 

THE JAMES BOYS WIDE AWAKE LIBRARY 1882 P $250.00

 

GENERAL GEORGE THOMAS ILLUS HARPERS WEEK $85.00

 

WORLD WAR TWO RAF OFFICER CALLING CARD G $125.00

A striking carved wood bas relief of a scene showing medieval knights jousting in a tournament. The beautifully carved 41 x 18" single piece of pine wood is beautifully carved  and the knights, their steeds and the soldiers show wonderful 3  dimension relief. I believe this was carved in Europe, possibly mid 19th century during the upsurge of interest in knight errant generated by the novels of Sir Walter Scott. The overall size approx 41 x 18 x 3.5 inches. The figures and background retain much of their original paint. The figures have cracks and a few are are missing their feet or lower limbs. The bas relief has a lengthwise crack recently repaired with steel straps on the reverse. Shipping Wt 28 pounds, UPS Shipping Only.

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



 The Military Order of the Loyal Legion, known as MOLLUS was formed at the End of the War by Civil War officers and included many of the leading Commanders. An original group of 9 Reunion items for the Minnesota Commandery of MOLLUS, 1892-1897  incl 2 multipage  Registers of Minnesota members, 4 Reunion Programs including the Program & Dinner Menu, and 3  Programs for  Loyal legion Dinners for Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Anniversary.  All approx 7 x 5", all complete, some w color illus covers, all disbound w edge cuts, age stains, wear. The group of 9 items

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


 An attractive item for the country store or writing instrument enthusiast, this original circa 1840 broadside is printed on one side for posting and measures 10 ¼ X 6 ¾ inches promoting Boston Apothecary and Chemist, Thomas Hollis’s (see Mexican War through Civil War era Boston Business Directories) <B><I>BLACK WRITING INK for steel or quill pens</B></I>   Remaining in excellent original condition with no rips tears or repairs, there is some age staining that could be easily removed by proper restoration methods but we would leave the piece as is.  With lots of eye appeal and a good size for display, this scarce old advertising broadside will set in well in any number of period collectable categories.   <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!  Gleaned from a country sale some years ago when they came out of attic trunk storage carefully tied together just as they remain today, we were impressed enough with the prophetic inscription penned on the back of <I>Little Freddy’s </I> image to keep the pair together as they had been for decades.  Faded with age but still clearly legible is <I>’My Darling little Freddy - From his Father in camp at Poolsvill -Sargent 10th Mass Battery - In the great Rebellion of 1862 and 1863 to his Mother - Croline Gwell’ </I> on the back of this image of <I>Little Frederick</I>.  Set aside years ago as a <I>some-day</I> research project the little group just came out of our own storage accumulation.  Now with the benefit of the internet and some helpful data base access, we were able to take advantage of what fragments the inscription provided to complete the story with only a few key strokes.  Asa L. Gowell, the <U>only</U> Gowell in the 10th Mass. Battery, was a 27 year old Boston teamster when, in the summer of 1862, he mustered in as a member of the <B>10th Massachusetts Light Artillery</B>   Assigned to the defenses of Washington in the fall of 1862, the 10th Battery with its six 3 inch Rodman guns, started for <I>Poolesviille</I>, Md. and winter camp the day after Christmas.   

Gowell  remained with his unit throughout the Civil War mustering out with the Battery back in Boston on June 9, 1865.  During his tenure with the 10th the hard fought battery saw action at such as Mine Run. Brandy Station, Battles of the Wilderness, Deep Bottom, Ream’s Station Hatcher’s Run, Petersburg, Sailor’s Creek, Appomattox C. H. and many more.  Born in Litchfield, Maine, Asa and Caroline were married in 1858.  When he went off to war <I>Little Freddy</I> (Fredrick  Meriam Gowell )was their second of two children.  At the time of his passing in 1902 Asa Gowell  had been an active member of G.A.R. Post # 200 in Jamaica Plain, Mass.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

KNIGHTS TOURNAMENT JOUSTING 19TH CENTUR $2500.00

 

MINNESOTA CIVIL WAR VETERAN OFFICER MOLL $95.00

 

original c. 1840 – HOLLIS BLACK INK / Fo $95.00

 

Pvt. Asa L. Gowell-10th Mass. Battery Mo $245.00

     Our photo illustrations will likely do best to describe this beautiful old hat.  Rather crudely woven in comparison to most examples in this material, we’d guess this broad brimmed hat with the classic high<I>bee hive</I> crown that collectors of Southern and Western antique headgear love, was truly <I>home-made</I> as opposed to the finer bear grass work usually associated with Native American basketry.  Done in a <I>soft weave</I> so as to be pliable and facilitate air flow, this beautiful old slouch hat, crude though it’s weave is, remains as solid as it must have been in its inception.  The brim measures a full 17 inches in diameter and the <I>hat size</I> would fall in the modern day <I>medium</I> (approximately 21 inches diameter).  The cotton sweatband measures 1 ¾ inch wide.   

       Bear grass is a distinctive American medium, known by several colloquial names.  The wide spread North American vegetation was noted in the Lewis and Clark journals when on June 15, 1806 Lewis wrote that <I> there is a great abundance of a species of bear-grass which grows on every part of these mountains</I>.  While we have seen examples of the fiber use by period country folk, (mostly for light headgear) the weaving of bear grass is most commonly associated with a finer variety of workmanship by Native Americans who used the leaves to weave garments and baskets and ate the roasted rootstock. Other common names for this plant are squaw grass, elk grass, turkey beard, bear lily, and pine lily.


     Once again, something we have had for a while and offered here to facilitate our attempt to down size some.  A real treasure!  <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>Written by an officer captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.</b>


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, on regimental patriotic stationary, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Head Quarters, 116th Ohio Vet. Inf., Co. C, Camp Fort Acknoe, May 17th/63</b></u>


My Dear wife,


After my love to you I will inform you that I am in good health and hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing.  Well this is Sunday and I have been at meeting in Winchester.  I went to the Hospital to see Thomas Booth.  He is very low with the fever.  He has been sick about 5 weeks and there is very little hopes of his ever getting well and I should not be surprised if he did not live till morning.  I have been to see him almost every day for some time and last night I was there till 10 o’clock.  I have talked with him about his condition and he seems perfectly satisfied with his lot and willing to die if it is the will of his blessed master, and I think that he is prepared for the change that must sooner or later overtake us all.  His brother is here with him and has been here for three weeks.  He is not very well and I was afraid that he was going to have the fever, but I think that [he] will not have it now.  There is a good deal of sickness in the town at present.  Some of the citizens told me that there was hardly a house but what there was one or two sick with some kind of fever, and there is a great many soldiers sick though we have but five sick in our company, but we have [a] very healthy situation and much better than it is about town.  Well dear in my letter of last Thursday I mentioned that I had a notion to go to [a] Quaker meeting to get a pass and so I give it out and went to Methodist meeting in town.  They have a very fine church here but not a very large congregation, but perhaps it is larger in time of peace.  Well dear I recd. your letter of the 10th on last Friday and was glad to hear that you were in tolerable good health, but I wish you would get some person to do your washing for you so that you would not have so much to do.  I was sorry to hear of the disappointment of the girls for I wish it had been me instead of the Captain.  I was glad to hear that the money got home safe and dear I think that you made that twenty dollars hold out well, and I am afraid that you have not kept enough out of that which I sent for I do not know when I will get any more although there is some talk of our getting paid again on the first of June.  Well dear the mail has just come and I got no letter which was a great disappointment, but I expect to get a big one when Capt. comes back.  Well in regard to Nate when I started he said that he wanted to have some talk with me.  I told him that I had no time to talk, but that I did not know as I had anything against him as I did not hold ill will towards anybody, but I did not say that I did not blame him for what he had done, but I don’t care now, so good by dear for my paper is done.


From your loving husband,  

Lieut. L. Lupton       


Light age toning, staining and wear. Scarce regimental letter sheet. 


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.     


By Mark E. Neely, Jr. Published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1982. 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, hard cover, no dust jacket, profusely illustrated, 356 pages, index. This is a superb A-Z encyclopedia with information about the events, people, places and things related to Abraham Lincoln. It also appraises all the major Lincoln biographers and their books and covers others associated with the subject; collectors and collections, portrait painters and photographers, famous documents and sites.  Great reference book. Ex-library copy with typical markings and stampings. The book is tight and in very fine condition. Long out of print this is a must for any serious Lincoln collection.    


By David J. Eicher. Foreword by Robert E. Lee IV. Introduction by Gary W. Gallagher. Published by Taylor Trade Publishing, Lanham, New York. First Trade Publishing paperback edition, 2002. Large 8 1/4 x 11 format. 238 pages, index, profusely illustrated. New condition.


From the back cover: With over 380 illustrations, 28 in full color, including all 71 photos of Lee taken during his lifetime.


Drawing on a multitude of personal letters from legendary Confederate General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), his family, and fellow army officers, David J. Eicher takes an all encompassing look at Lee's life on and off the battlefield. Despite a sometimes troubled boyhood, Lee went on to become a stellar cadet at West Point and a devoted family man. During the course of the Civil War, he solidified his reputation as a humane, courageous, and brilliant leader. 


Eicher has illustrated this life portrait with some 380 photos (including 28 in full color). These include previously unpublished photographs and all 71 visuals of Lee taken during his lifetime, as well as many photographs of friends, family, military colleagues, relics, and significant places associated with Lee.


Even the most knowledgeable Lee aficionado will find surprises within these pages. 


"I am truly glad that Eicher's book, which brings together all of the important images of the general and offers a valuable glimpse of Lee the man and Lee the commander, has arrived to help celebrate my great-grandfather's life." Robert E. Lee IV


"Whatever readers think about Robert E. Lee, they should be grateful that Eicher put together this book. A turn through its pages underscores how photographs and artworks have assisted the printed word in shaping the ways in which Americans interpret him." Gary W. Gallagher, author of Lee and His Army in Confederate History and Lee; The Soldier.


"This well written, richly illustrated book is sure to become a favorite of Civil War buffs." Publisher's Weekly.

hand crafted antique - ‘Bee Hive’ BEAR G $650.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia

 

Robert E. Lee; A Life Portrait

<b>In The Civil War</b>


By Carl Moneyhon and Bobby Roberts. Published by The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, 1990. Signed in ink on the title page by Moneyhon and Roberts. Hard cover, 8 3/4 x 11, with dust jacket, 356 pages, illustrated, and index. The book is in excellent condition and it is very difficult to find in the out of print hard cover edition. Extremely desirable.


The Civil War presented the first major opportunity to photograph fighting men and the places where they fought and to create an extensive visual record of war. Most collections of such photographs, however, have focused on the eastern fronts and have treated the images only as illustrations for traditional narratives.


Centering on the common soldier, "Portraits of Conflict; Louisiana" tells stories of the individual - his heroism, his fear, his boredom. With over 250 photographs, five maps, and related documents, Moneyhon and Roberts make immediate the physical and spiritual suffering of the ordinary recruit in his fight for his country and its land.


By carefully matching available written sources to photographs, the authors have created a unique opportunity for the reader to see the war on a human scale that may always elude conventional narratives. Included in this photojournalistic album are the place and date of the photograph, as well as the place and date of birth and death for many of the soldiers mentioned. For each picture, a caption identifies the subject and the type of photograph represented.  


Large star with an American shield inside of it and United States of America and the year 1851 on one side, with the Roman numeral III and stars around the edges on the opposite side. Extra fine.

 <b>of the High Commanders of the Confederate States of America</b>


Featuring the Michael Reese II Collection of Confederate Generals' Autographs. Compiled by Robert J. Raynor. Edited by Ethan Raynor and Ryan Raynor. Raynor's Inventory Management Services Publication, Burlington, N.C., 2007. Hard cover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, with dust jacket, 260 pages, profusely illustrated and full of information, index. Brand new condition. 


"No other work offers to the collecting and research communities, from neophyte to advanced collector, a more convenient, simplified and easier to use reference to all 427 officers elevated to the rank of "general" in the army of the Southern Confederacy. Bob Raynor has made available, veritably at one's fingertips, the instant identifications of them and their autograph signatures, along with a teeming myriad of Confederate political personages who played influential roles in leading their respective states to secede from the Union in 1860-61. Many of those names possess historic interest, and consequently value, that might otherwise go unrecognized except by the most astute, experienced collector, and hence, open entirely new horizons for collecting!" Norm Flayderman, author of Flayderman's Guide to Antique Firearms, and The Bowie Knife; Unsheating an American Legend and others. 


"A single convenient volume that provides access to verified signatures for every Confederate general! What an invaluable tool for collectors and historians." Robert Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain and Civil War Weather in Virginia.


"A crucial guide for Civil War history collectors. In an age of information overload, it is very helpful to find this comprehensive collection of autograph exemplars and checklists of generals. This Compendium organizes for easy reference the key names of the men who formed and fought for the Confederate States of America," Seth Kaller, President of Seth Kaller, Inc., a leading collections builder and dealer in historic documents and artifacts.


"Raynor's Compendium is an absolute must for any Civil War collector, scholar and enthusiast. It is not only a collector's guide to Confederate material but a useful reference packed with information." James J. Holmberg, The Filson Historical Society.  


<b>Civil War Congressman from Indiana


Captain 76th Indiana Infantry during the Civil War


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


(1817-82) Attended Gettysburg College, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1839, and practiced in LaFayette, Indiana. Member of the Indiana State Senate, 1843-48, serving one year as president. Was a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1848. He was a delegate at the 1861 peace convention held in Washington, D.C. which attempted to prevent the Civil War. Served as a captain of the 76th Indiana Infantry in 1862. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1863-71. He was the chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims, and also served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and during his tenure he served in the 40th U.S. Congress which was the Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. He later served again in the U.S. Congress, 1873-75, and 1879 until his death in 1882. In between those terms he served as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Austria & Hungary, 1875-76.


<u>Signature With Sentiment & State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 3/4, in ink, Yours truly, Godlove S. Orth, Indiana. Very fine.

Portraits of Conflict, A Photographic Hi $125.00

 

1851 United States 3 Cents Piece

 

Raynor's Compendium of Autographs & Biog $75.00

 

Godlove S. Orth




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


1 page, 7 1/2 x 6, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>May 8th/63</b></u>


My Dear wife,


I thought that I mixed things up so in yours and Willey’s letters that I had better state them over again.  I have sent two hundred and five dollars to you.  I want you keep what you need for your own use and pay Jim thirteen dollars if he wants it and then give the balance to Mr. Thornberry unless Father has paid him off.  If he has you may let Father have the money if you think best and he can pay it where he thinks best.  So good by dear.  Kiss [?] for me.  Oh that I could slip in this morning and kiss you all which I hope will be soon.  May the good Lord bless you is my prayer.


From your loving husband,  

Lieut. L. Lupton       


Light age toning, staining and wear. 


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.     This Civil War postal cover is postmarked <I>Oil City Penn., Nov. 8,1864</I>, retains its original stamp, and is addressed to then 20th Maine Infantry Surgeon, <B>Dr. A. O. Shaw </B> at his home address in Portland Maine.  Surgeon, 20th Maine Infantry Regiment </B>, Maine physician Abner O. Shaw had a distinguished Civil War record and is best remembered for his night long work in a Petersburg field hospital when he was brought to the aid of the horribly wounded <B>Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain</B> by the fallen hero’s brother, Capt. Thomas Chamberlain.  <U>Surgeon Abner O. Shaw would be credited with saving the life of the Colonel, soon to be Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.</U>   The skilled regimental surgeon remained a close friend and the lifelong personal physician to Chamberlain.  A nice Chamberlain, 20th Maine  related Civil War relic without spending a lot of money.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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<b>Signature With Rank</b>


(1824-81) Born in Fairfax County, Va., his grandfather was a general in the American Revolution, and his father was a graduate of West Point. The younger Davidson also graduated from West Point, in the class of 1845. He served on the Kansas frontier and then took part in the Mexican War with the Army of the West which saw action in California. In the 1850's he served as captain of the 1st Dragoons fighting Indians in New Mexico and California, and he was wounded in an engagement with the Jicarilla Apaches. When the Civil War broke out he was stationed at Fort Tejon near Los Angeles and it was said that Davidson was offered a commission in the Confederate Army, which he declined. Instead he went east, serving in the defenses of Washington. Appointed a brigadier general, to rank from February 3, 1862, he then commanded a brigade in Keyes 4th Corps during the Virginia Peninsular campaign. In the summer of 1862, he was assigned to command the District of St. Louis. He was then appointed commander of the Army of Southeast Missouri in 1863, the Army of Arkansas in 1864, and was chief of cavalry of the Department of West Mississippi in 1865. He was brevetted major general in the Regular Army and the U.S. Volunteers for his stellar Civil War record. Davidson was brevetted for gallantry in the battles of Gaines' Mills, Va.; Golding's Farm, Va.; and in the capture of Little Rock, Arkansas.  


<u>Signature With Rank</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/4, in ink, J.W. Davidson, Bt. Maj. Genl., U.S.A. Light age toning. Very fine.  


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the September 6, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Hand tinted in color. Caption: The Battle of Baton Rouge. Sketched From The Camp of the Indiana Regiment. 16 x 11. Harper's Weekly and the date are printed in the margin.

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

20th MAINE SURGEON Abner O. Shaw - Civ $65.00

 

Autograph, General John W. Davidson

 

The Battle of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

With that distinctively deep chevron shape most familiarly seen on cadet and militia tail coats from the 1820s through the post-Civil War era, dating this attractive pair of sargent stripes will depend on interpretation of construction and material.  As such we’ll let our photographs and the opinion of the viewer set the bar as to period of this pair. Fashioned with that gold bullion tape on a heavy wool backing as was utilized through the 19th century the <I>look and feel</I> of this pair will satisfy the knowledgeable collector looking for a pair of Mexican War through Civil War and early Indian Wars militia or cadet sargent chevrons.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 All original and period with absolutely no condition issues is this carved horn toothpick and ear spoon.   Rendered in the form of what we will call <I>the happy monk</I> we have laid a quarter in with our friend for size comparison and will, for obvious reasons, let the illustrations of our little friend provide the description.  An unusual comic utility of the late 1700s through early 1800, someone will love this unusual form of an otherwise common personal hygiene instrument.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  An outstanding personal Civil War personal item, rarely found in any condition, this example remains in exceptional original and untouched condition.  Measuring approximately 3 1/8 inches wide and approximately 42 inches in length including its cotton web belt, its natural chamois remains soft and pliable.  The belt retains its original Pat. 1855 marked buckle and is divided into five sections to accommodate coins and bills or documents.  The cotton tape bound protective flap is secured with its original milk-glass buttons.  A neat companion item in any period grouping, this all original and complete old money belt will lay in especially well with a display of Civil War currency.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  A must have for the complete Victorian era writing kit or desk, few remain complete with the elusive paper mache  

travel case.  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this all original example is bone mounted with that pleasing soft age patina that comes to bone with period handling.  The blade is marked <B>ROGERS CUTLERS TO HER MAJESTY</B>.  A remains solid and in nice condition with the charm of age, period use and originality.  <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 !!

c. 1800s Infantry Sargent STRIPES $235.00

 

late 18th early 19th century comic HORN $175.00

 

Civil War vintage chamois Money Belt $265.00

 

Victorian INK SCRAPER $40.00

This early Massachusetts Militia Shako Plate remains in excellent plus original condition with an attractive natural age patina that sets off exceptionally fine detail of its deeply struck die work.  Struck from sheet copper 4 ½ inches high with a tin plume holder and two fastening eyes on the back, this outstanding plate emanates from the James Hart collection and comes with Hart’s original card display mount.  Hart’s long time dedication to the collection of antique American military insignia will be familiar to collectors in this field as examples were displayed and extensively published.  (see: acknowledgements & credits: Campbell and O'Donnell - <I>American Military Headgear Insignia </I>) An outstanding acquisition opportunity for the early American insignia enthusiast!  <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!


 


(1831-78) Born in Orange County, N.Y., he worked on his father's farm until he was 17. He then walked 75 miles to New York City where he gained employment working in an office. In 1858 he established a commission agency which took on the name of Thomas S. Dakin & Company, operating it until 1861. He then became engaged in the oil trade as head of the firm Dakin & Gullick. He enlisted in the Union army in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1862 and was elected captain of the 13th New York Infantry serving in the Virginia campaign as a member of the staff of General George Crook. After the war he was commissioned major general of militia and was known internationally as an expert marksman and a member of the American rifle team. He diligently practiced shooting at long range and took part in the first international contest at Creedmoor in September 1874, where he led the American team to a victory over the Irish team. The Americans defeated the Irish team again the following year at Dolly Mount, Ireland, where General Dakin made the remarkable score of 165 out of a possible 180. He was afterward elected as a member of the legion of honor of France. In the international match in 1876, the Americans defeated teams from Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and Canada, with their success mainly due to the efforts of General Dakin. In the first day's shooting, Dakin had a score of 203, the highest in the match. He also took part in the Irish-American return match of the same year, when his score was again the highest, reaching 208. He was the only rifleman that shot in every international contest that was held in the United States or in Europe. He was the director of the National Rifle Association as well as several other rifle associations. In 1876, Dakin was the democratic nominee for congress in the third New York district, but he was defeated by a narrow margin.


Portrait engraving, bust view in uniform wearing epaulettes with the rank of major general. Engraved by A.H. Ritchie. Printed facsimile signature below his likeness. 8 x 10 1/2. Light age toning.     Acquired from among a number of 19th century apothecary instruments and equipment, this antique blown hour glass stands approximately 7 ¾ inches and  remains in perfect original condition with no chips, cracks, or stains.  An essential of any well-equipped 18th and early through mid 19th century apothecary, this classic early time piece will set in nicely with earlier through Civil War era medical or scientific material.  Original, period examples like this one are extremely difficult to come by. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 


<b>United States Congressman & Senator from New York</b>


(1829-88) Born at Albany, N.Y., he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1850, and quickly rose to prominence in the Whig Party and became mayor of Utica, N.Y. in 1858. He served as a U.S. Congressman, 1859-62, and 1866-67, becoming a "War Republican" and an advocate of vigorous repression of the South during Reconstruction. Ambitious and very able, he was elected U.S. Senator from New York, in 1867, and from then until his resignation from the Senate in 1881, he was the Republican leader in his state and an aspirant for the presidency. A good friend and supporter of President Ulysses S. Grant, Senator Conkling was a bitter enemy of Presidents' Hayes and Garfield and of James G. Blaine.


Portrait engraving with printed facsimile autograph below his likeness and the title, "Hon. Roscoe Conkling, Senator From New York. 7 x 10 1/4.

fine! c. 1821- 1835 Massachusetts Militi $625.00

 

Major General Thomas S. Dakin $15.00

 

antique HOUR GLASS $225.00

 

Roscoe Conkling




<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1818-79) Graduated in the West Point class of 1838. He served during the Mexican War as aide-de-camp to General William J. Worth. He fought the Seminoles in Florida and helped pacify the warring factions in Kansas. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Barry served first in the defense of Fort Pickens, Florida. Ordered north, he then served as chief of artillery to General Irvin McDowell at 1st Bull Run and held the same position under General George B. McClellan. Appointed brigadier general on August 20, 1861, he took an active part in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and was later chief of artillery of the huge defense system which encircled Washington, D.C. In 1864, he was assigned as chief of artillery on the staff of General William T. Sherman participating in all the actions of the Atlanta campaign, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign which terminated in the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 2 1/2 x 1 1/4, in ink, William F. Barry, Brig. Genl., Inspt. of Art. Light staining.  


(1824-1901) Born in the village of Achern, Germany, he graduated from the military school at Karlsruhe in 1843. He became a lieutenant in the Grand Duke's Army, but defected to the rebels during the revolution of 1848. After the revolt was crushed by the Prussian Army, he emigrated to New York. At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Weber organized the "Turner Rifles" which were mustered into the Federal Army as the 20th New York Infantry, on May 9, 1861. On April 28, 1862, he was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers and became the commandant at Fort Monroe for a time. At the battle of Antietam he greatly distinguished himself as commander of a brigade of Gen. French's division, of Gen. Sumner's 2nd Corps. In this battle he was severely wounded permanently losing the use of his right arm. In 1863 he did duty in Washington, D.C., and in 1864 was assigned to command the post at Harper's Ferry. 


Portrait engraving in uniform with printed facsimile autograph below his likeness. Engraved by J.C. Buttre from a photograph by J. Brill. Published by J.C. Buttre, New York. 6 3/4 x 10 1/4.  


Antique engraving that has been hand tinted in color. Caption: Wheeler's Confederate Cavalry Capturing a Supply Train Near Jasper, Tenn. From a Sketch by J.F.E. Hillen. 14 3/4 x 10 3/4. Small tear in lower right margin has been repaired with archival tape. This does not affect the content. Circa 1800's.  Acquired several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collections of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord, this just post Civil War militia piece was noted by Lord as a waist belt plate of the <B><I>HOUSUM ZOUAVES</I></B> worn by  <I>John C. Gerbig</I>.  (Will come with our letter to preserve its origin.)  A quick google search found John C. Gerbig and the Housum Zouaves in the 1902 Pennsylvania Adjutant General Report where the following is offered on page 421:

      

<I><B>Capt. John C. Gerbig</B> He was a private in Chambers Artillery, April 1860.  Pvt. Co. A 2nd Penn. Vol. Inf. three months service, 1861.  Quartermaster Sgt. under Capt. P. L. Pearse, Co. A, 2nd Maine Infantry to 1864.  Sergeant, <B>Housum Zouaves</B> August 13, 1868.  2nd  Lt. Co. C 8th Regt. Infantry, Oct. 6, 1882. 1st Lt. Aug. 2, 1883, honorably discharged June 19, 1884.</I>  


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 had an abiding interest in all manner of 19th century military equipage.  His primary interest was in Civil War however and led to his 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.) As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Autograph, General William F. Barry $50.00

 

General Max Weber

 

Wheeler's Confederate Cavalry Capturing

 

Francis Lord collection- post Civil War $175.00

This circa 1890s salesman’s sample is a scaled down working, demonstration model of the full scale, <I>hand crank</I>, Horseshoe Brand, cloths wringer by the American Wringer Company of New York.  Fashioned of wood with galvanized cast iron components and rubber rollers, the body of the wringer (minus the crank) is 5 ¾ inches wide.   This <I>No. GEM</I> miniature remains in nice all original condition.  A really neat little collectable.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Measuring 7 1/8 inches square when completed this six piece pasteboard <B>SCOTCH</B> puzzle remains in eye appealing condition with bright color yet with good evidence of age and originality.  An attractive display item illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison. <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 !   Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison our photographs will likely do best to describe this outstanding old clay pipe except to advise that after decades of attic trunk storage it remains in excellent un-smoked condition yet shows good evidence of age and originality.  <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 !         Measuring approximately 3 X 7 ¼ inches and remaining in nice all original condition with no rips, tears or repairs, this 1864 presidential ballot for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson was printed for use in the field in voting for the Lincoln / Johnson ticket under newly established absentee voting provisions.  With no federal statute addressing absentee voting, each state determined their own process for its soldiers' to vote.  California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin establishing absentee voting procedures. Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, and Rhode Island, did not pass legislation allowing soldiers to vote in the field.  The Ohio ticket offered here reflects that state’s process of balloting by home county. A nice piece of political Americana.   <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 !

c. 1890s working model - Salesman’s Samp $195.00

 

19th century word & picture PUZZLE $40.00

 

19th century occupational Clay Pipe $55.00

 

original - 1864 Abraham Lincoln PRESIDEN $155.00




(1827-80) Born at Augusta, Ga., he graduated from Yale in 1845, having studied law. He then worked in the newspaper business in Baltimore, and gave up journalism in 1848 to become a civil engineer associated with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. He then moved on to the Blue Ridge Railroad in 1855, working in Georgia and South Carolina until the commencement of the War Between the States when he enlisted as a private in the Fort Hill Guards of South Carolina. Soon afterwards he was  appointed chief engineer of General John B. Magruder at Yorktown, Va. In October 1862, he was commissioned major of artillery, and placed in command of the Nitre Corps. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, and then colonel in 1863, he rendered very valuable service in producing desperately needed ordnance supplies for the Confederate Army. He was promoted to brigadier general, and commissary general, on February 16, 1865. Paroled at Thomasville, Ga., he returned to his profession of civil engineering and was associated with various railroads, and served as chief engineer for two years with the city of Louisville, Ky. At the time of his death he was in charge of the mining and engineering department of the Chesapeake & Ohio R.R. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va. where many of his Confederate brothers in arms rest.


Antique photograph, 2 1/2 x 3 7/8, view in Confederate uniform. Circa 1800's post Civil War print.


  


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>




(1836-94) Born in New York City, he was the eldest son of Judge Henry E. Davies. Educated at Harvard, Williams and Columbia colleges, he graduated in 1857 from the latter. He then studied law and was admitted to the N.Y. state bar and began practice. At the outbreak of the Civil War he became captain in the 5th New York Infantry and fought at the battle of Big Bethel, on June 10, 1861. In August, he was appointed major of the 2nd New York Cavalry. The regiment was attached to McDowell's corps on the Rappahannock during the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and he saw hard service during the 2nd Bull Run campaign. Davies was promoted to lieutenant colonel in December 1862, to colonel in June, 1863, to brigadier general in September 1863, and to major general by the end of the war. In June 1863 his regiment suffered very heavy casualties at Beverly Ford and Aldie while the army was enroute to Pennsylvania. From then until the close of the war Davies was in brigade and divisional command in the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac; he played a gallant role in the raids on Richmond and in all the actions in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 and rendered outstanding service in the cavalry operations which culminated in the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox. He was wounded on February 6, 1865, at Hatcher's Run, Va. After the war Davies became a prominent New York attorney and served as Public Administrator of the City of New York, from January 1, 1866, to January 1, 1869, and Assistant District Attorney of the United States for the Southern District of New York, from July, 1870, to January 1, 1873. He then returned to his private law practice.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 3 x 1, in ink, H.E. Davies, Jr., Maj. Gen. Light age toning. Very fine.


 


<b>He died while on active service in 1863!</b>


(1806-63) He entered the navy in 1822, and sailed in the West Indies, off Africa, and along the China coast. He was appointed commander of the western flotilla at the beginning of the Civil War, and in Feb. 1862, with the cooperation of Gen. U.S. Grant, captured Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. In the ensuing capture of Fort Donelson, Foote was wounded. He aided Gen. John Pope on the Mississippi River, but his wound was not healing and he was obliged to take leave of his command. Having proved himself a gallant fighter on the rivers, he was awarded the Thanks of Congress, and appointed Rear Admiral, June 16, 1862. While still recuperating from his wound, he was put in charge of the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, and on June 4, 1863 was given command of the fleet off Charleston, S.C. Unfortunately, Foote's wound never healed properly and he died enroute to his assignment on June 26, 1863.


Portrait engraving, in naval uniform with epaulettes and printed facsimile autograph below his likeness and the title, "Rear Admiral Andrew H. Foote, U.S.N." Executed from a photograph by M.B. Brady, and engraved by J.C. Buttre. 7 x 10. Light staining.   

 


(1833-1915) He was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 1858, and to the Democratic National Convention of 1860, which nominated Stephen A. Douglas for the presidency. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed by the governor of Iowa to command the militia in southeastern Iowa, with rank of lieutenant colonel, and on August 10, 1861, he was mustered into the Federal service as colonel of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry. He commanded a small force in addition to his own regiment at the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas and was in command of a brigade of cavalry during General Steele's expedition against Arkansas Post. After a few months in charge of the District of Eastern Arkansas, Bussey commanded a cavalry division of the Army of the Tennessee during the Vicksburg campaign. He was appointed brigadier general of volunteers on January 5, 1864, and during the remainder of the war he was in divisional command in Arkansas where he restored discipline and fought the corrupt practices of contractors and cotton speculators. After the war he served as President of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce for 6 years, was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1868 and 1884, and as Assistant Secretary of the Interior of the U.S.


Portrait engraving, in uniform with rank of brigadier general, with printed facsimile autograph beneath his likeness and the title, "Brig. Gen. Cyrus Bussey, Original Col. 3d Iowa Cavalry." Engraved by C. Buttre, New York. 6 x 9 1/2.

Photograph, General Isaac M. St. John $15.00

 

Autograph, General Henry E. Davies $50.00

 

Admiral Andrew H. Foote $15.00

 

General Cyrus Bussey




Portrait engraving of President Lincoln with printed facsimile autograph below his likeness. Published by the Bureau of National Literature & Art, 1899. Overall size is 5 1/8 x 8 3/4. Very nice portrait of our 16th President.  Relatively common some years ago though most frequently in rough condition, the hand crafted, tinned sheet iron candle mold was a necessity in the earlier to mid 1800 country home with good documentation of Civil War military camp use provided by modern day site excavations. This six cavity example stands 11 ½ inches high and remains in outstanding, as new and unused condition save an attractive natural age patina to the tinned surface and lead solder joints.  Offered here complete with attic dust is the best example is as good an example the lighting collector or country home antique enthusiast could hope to find.  <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!       This offering of an original and as far as we can discern unpublished, crayon portrait of <B>George Armstrong Custer</B> is a product of our ongoing attempt at <I>cleaning out</I> some of the accumulation of our 40+ years of seeking out all manner of historic Americana.  Representative of our decided emphasis on the mid to later 1800s antiques and the <I>good old days</I> when a trip down U.S. Rt. 1 here in Maine could produce such treasures, we acquired this portrait of the <I>Indian fighter</I> and a <I>Libbie</I> Custer signed copy of her <I>Life in Dakota with General Custer</I> literary effort, <I>Boots & Saddles</I>.

While the book was sold almost immediately, our appreciation of  photography and our general interest in Custer caused us to set the portrait aside in our personal accumulation until now.   The portrait remains in its original 20 ¼ X 17 5/8 inch frame and remains in excellent untouched condition with no stains, foxing or fading.  As to provenance we are confident that the new owner will be more than satisfied based on the image alone and comparison with known views of Custer. While students of Custer will be familiar with his <I>mutton chop</I> period as opposed to the more popular vision of <I>Indian fighter</I> with flowing locks, thick mustache and bare chin, we have offered some published images for comparison to the <I>mutton chop</I> look.  

     As to process, the mid through later 19th century crayon portrait generally resembles a charcoal medium but is in essence a photographic enlargement as a base for the artist using conventional art materials such as Cont’e crayon, pastels and watercolors.  While <I>crayon</I> is thought of today as a waxy media the 19th century <I>crayon portrait</I> utilized Cont’e crayon which was a dense stick of black pigment similar to hard pastel.  The end product was an artistic photograph appearing most like a charcoal rendering. They can be monochrome (albumin) or have charcoal coloring.  The subject portrait is the more pleasing albumin tone.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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<b>United States Congressman from Indiana</b>


(1825-1908) Born in Indianapolis, Coburn was a graduate of Wabash College in 1846. A lawyer, member of the Indiana State House of Representatives, and judge, he was appointed colonel of the 33rd Indiana Infantry, September 16, 1861. He commanded the 27th Brigade, 7th Division, from February to October, 1862, the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of Kentucky, the 1st Brigade of Baird's Division, Army of Kentucky, and Coburn's Brigade, in the battle of Murfreesboro. He was promoted to rank of brevet brigadier general for gallant and meritorious services during the war. He served as a U.S. Congressman 1867-75. Was Chairman, of the Committee on Public Expenditures. Was appointed a justice of the supreme court of the Territory of Montana on February 19, 1884.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 3, in ink, John Coburn, Indianapolis, Indiana. Very fine.

President Abraham Lincoln

 

extra nice antique CANDLE MOLD $95.00

 

original! George Armstrong Custer PHOTO $1250.00

 

Autograph, General John Coburn




7 1/2 x 10 3/4, string bound booklet, gray card wraps, with black imprint on the front and back. Printed by The Landi Press in 1903. Limited to one hundred copies. 10 pages. 


Introduction: The following lines first appeared, as an untitled editorial note, in the "Daily Journal" of Syracuse, New York, during the forenoon of that sad day on which the illustrious Chief Magistrate of the United States, after hours of speechless agony, finally breathed his last- martyred, in sight of a terrified world, that Americans of the negro race might become, for all time, men and citizens, instead of slaves and chattels. Written and in type within half an hour after the author had been told of the great crime, they were, at the time, widely copied by the American newspaper press, and have since been occasionally reprinted at the instance of associations like the "Grand Army of the Republic," by patriotic individuals, and by various periodicals, generally, however, with slight errors. They are here reproduced in their original shape. April 15, 1903.


Light age toning and wear. The covers are slightly loose. Overall very fine and an interesting Lincoln imprint.   


<b>Document Signed</b>


(1830-87) Close boyhood friend of General & later President James A. Garfield, Hazen graduated in the West Point class of 1855. He was severely wounded in a fight with Comanche Indians in Texas in 1859. Appointed Colonel of the 41st Ohio Infantry in October 1861. He commanded a brigade in General Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio at the battle of Shiloh. With promotion to brigadier general in April 1863, and major general in April 1865, Hazen played a most commendable part at the battles of Perryville, Stone's River, Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Atlanta, Sherman's March to the Sea, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign. In 1880, President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed Hazen as Chief Signal Officer of the U.S. Army, a post he held until his death. 


<u>Document Signed</u>: 8 x 2 3/4, imprinted bank check, signed in ink. Washington, D.C., Aug. 11, 1886. National Metropolitan Bank. Seventy six & 13/100. Signed, W.B. Hazen. Stamped National Metropolitan Bank, Washington, D.C., Paid, Aug. 11, 1886. Typical cut cancellation. Very fine.  


Portrait engraving of a seated Mr. Lincoln holding a document. Engraved by Perine & Giles, N.Y. Printed facsimile signature under the portrait and the title "16th President Of The United States."  Overall size is 6 x 9 1/2. Light age toning with some corner and edge wear.  


<b>Medal of Honor recipient for gallantry at Chancellorsville, Virginia


Document Signed</b>


(1837-1922) Gilmore enlisted at Potsdam, N.Y., as a captain, and was commissioned into the 16th New York Infantry. He was promoted to major, on September 29, 1862, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during the battle of Chancellorsville, Va., when on May 3, 1863, he seized the regimental colors and rallied his men who were under devastating Confederate fire. He was mustered out on May 22, 1863, upon the expiration of the regiment's term of service. He re-enlisted on March 24, 1865, and was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 193rd New York Infantry. He mustered out of the volunteer service on January 18, 1866. Gilmore subsequently served in the Regular U.S. Army from 1866 to 1901. He saw duty on the western frontier, he served as Assistant Adjutant General of the U.S. Army, and during the Spanish American War he served as Chief of Staff to Lieutenant General Nelson A. Miles, serving in both Puerto Rico and Cuba. He was also a member of the board of officers who prepared the Infantry, Cavalry, and Light Artillery Drill Instructions and Manual of Guard. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, imprinted Special Orders, signed in ink.


Headquarters Of The Army

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, December 21, 1891


Special Orders

No. 296


Extract


1. Under the provisions of General Orders, No. 128, October 29, 1890, from this office, a board of officers, to consist of 


Colonel Henry L. Abbot, Corps of Engineers;

Colonel Cyrus B. Comstock, Corps of Engineers;

Colonel Davis C. Houston, Corps of Engineers;

Colonel Charles T. Alexander, chief medical purveyor;

Major Johnson V.D. Middleton, surgeon;


is by direction of the acting Secretary of War, appointed to meet, at the call of the senior member thereof, in the rooms of the Board of Engineers, Army Building, New York City, to examine such officers of the Corps of Engineers as may be ordered before it, with a view to determining their fitness for promotion, as contemplated by the act of Congress approved October 1, 1890. The junior engineer officer will act as recorder.  


By Order Of Major General Schofield:

J.C. KELTON

Adjutant General


Official:

J.C. Gilmore

Assistant Adjutant General


[to] Col. Abbot

thro Chief of Engrs.


Light age toning.


Comes with an 8 x 10, glossy black and white copy photograph of Gilmore in uniform.


Nice large and bold signature of Gilmore. This is the copy of this order that was sent to Colonel Henry L. Abbot.

The Death of Abraham Lincoln

 

Autograph, General William B. Hazen $75.00

 

President Abraham Lincoln

 

Autograph, Lieutenant Colonel John C. Gi




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