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Quality linen queen size sheet circa 1910

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

 Queen linen sheet and pillowcase circa 1910

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

 


<b>Governor of Florida</b>


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


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

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

Quality linen queen size sheet circa 191 $140.00

 

Queen linen sheet and pillowcase circa 1 $155.00

 

General Edward A. Perry, Confederate Sta $10.00

 

Tambour lace veil museum de-accession la $35.00

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

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

  Summer weight Linen sheet provenance c1900.

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

 Summer weight Linen sheet provenance c1900.

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

 Lot 3 handmade hankies circa 1850 to 1940s.

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

Princess lace wedding veil museum de-acc $545.00

 

Summer weight Linen sheet provenance c19 $85.00

 

Summer weight Linen sheet provenance c19 $95.00

 

Lot 3 handmade hankies circa 1850 to 194 $35.00

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

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

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

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

  Lot 3 linen and whitework hankies early to mid 1800s

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

 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Cover quotation: "Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees." Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

Lot 3 handmade whitework hankies circa e $40.00

 

Lot 2 handmade whitework and lace hankie $75.00

 

Lot 3 linen and whitework hankies early $25.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Chancellorsvill $35.00

A bit of a departure from our usual fair but we couldn’t resist when we found these in an old sewing basket.   An attractive  group of 8 buttons each fashioned from an original buffalo nickel pressed so as to be convex with a loop fastener.  Three are Indian head and five are buffalo side out.  The classic American <I>buffalo nickel</I> was minted between 1913 and 1938 and remains a favorite among Americana enthusiasts.   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  A nice all original hand carved <I> Jack Straws</I> (a.k.a. <I>pickup sticks</I>) game still housed in their period slide top box.  A popular game of the Civil War era such handmade <I>pickup sticks</I> games as this may be found in many of the best known Civil War museum collections such as the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center, and Museum of the Confederacy collection in Richmond.  Not part of the game but included just as we found the set is a folk art carved knife and fork. All original and in excellent condition just as it was set aside in attic trunk storage decades ago.    As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Fine linen sheet with Provenance c1900.

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

  Vintage Porthault linen sheet king size with tag c1970s.

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

8 BUFFALO NICKEL BUTTONS $65.00

 

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

 

Fine linen sheet with Provenance c1900 $150.00

 

Vintage Porthault linen sheet king size $275.00

Magnificent handmade pt lace and linen tablecloth c1900 Provenance

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

 


<b>United States Senator from New Jersey


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


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


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

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

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

   Picked years ago from a miscellaneous lot of New York related Civil War material offered at the Brimfield Antique Market, (Those were the days!) our loss will be some fortunate collector / historian’s gain as we clear away some of the accumulation of our lifelong interest in such.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Magnificent handmade pt lace and linen t $1600.00

 

Autograph, Alexander G. Cattell $20.00

 

Handmade filet lace original card C1900 $24.00

 

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

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

 


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


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the battle of Fredericksburg. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of this pageant of unimaginable courage and bloodshed. You hold in your hands an album of personal recollections, embellished with drawings, maps, photographs of artifacts, and, especially, images of people.


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


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Private Alexander Hunter of the 17th Virginia Infantry, on the hopeless Federal assault against Marye's Heights, said, "From the hill back of the heights the division of Pickett watched the advance, filled with wonder and a pitying admiration for men who could rush with such unflinching valor, such mad recklessness into the jaws of destruction...Across the plain, with no martial music to thrill them, only a stillness that would strike terror into spirits less gallant- across the plain still onward sweeps the dauntless brigade with serried lines and gleaming steel. It was superb!" 


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the Union armies to depict events for readers. Present at Fredericksburg were not only the best Northern artists but an Englishman working for the Illustrated London News who sketched some rare views behind Confederate lines. Such sketches, dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication, where they were transformed into woodblock engravings suitable for printing. 


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the fledgling craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and equipment and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are well chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men who endured great hardship. Photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, capturing powerful images of battlefields already transformed into hallowed ground.  


So here you find living testimony of the sanguinary clash of titanic forces at the quiet town of Fredericksburg, Virginia. As you look into the eyes and read the words of the soldiers who fought there and the townsfolk caught between the two armies, perhaps it will be possible to understand the extremes of tenacity, heroism, and folly on display during these fateful days.


Cover Photograph: Colonel Robert Nugent, commanding the 69th New York Infantry, fell seriously wounded in the celebrated attack of the Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg. His men, although repulsed, were among the fallen who came closest to the Rebel held stonewall on Marye's Heights.  


<b>United States Senator from Virginia and West Virginia


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


(1811-1900) Born in Monongalia County, Va., he graduated from Madison College in 1831, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Morgantown, Va. (now West Virginia). He was appointed clerk of the county court of Monongalia County in 1841 and later clerk of the circuit superior court and held both positions until 1852. He was a delegate to the Virginia constitutional convention in 1850 and 1851. Elected as a Unionist to the United States Senate from Virginia to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of James M. Mason and served from July 9, 1861, to March 3, 1863. He was the chairman of the Committee on Enrolled Bills. Was a delegate to the State constitutional convention of West Virginia and upon the admission of West Virginia as a State in the Union, he was elected as a Unionist to the United States Senate. He was reelected in 1865 as a Republican and served from August 4, 1863, to March 3, 1871, which included the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. Was chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills, and served on the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2 7/8, in ink, W.T. Willey, West Va.   


8 pages. IMPORTANT FROM CHARLESTON. Arrival of the Mary Sanford with News to Saturday. Rebel Reports to Tuesday. Our Forces Expecting Batteries on the Upper End of Morris Island. Forts Moultrie and Johnson Firing on the Working Parties. Explosion of a Rebel Magazine, The Military and Naval Situation in Charleston Harbor. The Failure of the Gallant Attack on Fort Sumter. Alleged Barbarity of Beauregard. Details of Operations. The Storming of Fort Sumter. How the Enterprise Was Planned and Why it Failed. Gallantry of Our Naval Forces. Inhuman Threats From Beauregard. Torpedoes at Fort Wagner. How the Negroes Fight. B.C. Tilghman of the Third U.S.C.I. Writes from Morris Island. THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC. The Position on the Rapidan Unchanged. One Hundred and Fifty Prisoners Taken by Gen. Pleasanton. A Military Suggestion as to Lee's Movements. Perils of General Burnside's Army. Our Cavalry Operations. Gen. Pleasanton's Advance. Gen. Rosecrans' Army. Rebel Reports of the Situation. Skirmishing Near Dalton and Lafayette. A General Engagement Expected. Reported Junction With Burnside. A Voice From North Carolina. An Eloquent Plea for Peace and Reconstruction. A Declaration that it will be Better to Live with than Under the Northern People. The Subjugation of Mississippi and Louisiana Acknowledged. General Lee Stumping the North. The Rebel Military Movement. Parrott Guns Modern Artillery. Gen. Dix and Gov. Seymour. Employment of Slaves in the Army, and more war news. Some edge chipping at extreme left border which does not affect any of the content. Very fine 1863 issue.

Rarely seen! Horstman & Sons 1851 - U $2350.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Fredericksburg $35.00

 

Autograph, Waitman T. Willey

 

The New York Times, September 17, 1863 $45.00

      Inscribed on the fly,<B><I>C. G. GOULD / Washington, D.C.</B></I>, this 1864 Vermont Adjutant & Inspector General’s report was acquired from the Vermont estate library of Major Charles Gilbert Gould, <U>Congressional Medal of Honor</U> recipient who served in the <B>5th Vermont Infantry</B> and the <B>11th Vermont Infantry </B>.  The original 1864 publication covers the period between October 1, 1863 and October 1, 1864.  The book is leather bound at the spine with board covers and remains in excellent original condition, tight at the spine with no rips, tears, folds, stains or loose pages.  The cover and spine show evidence of period use and handling yet with no major issues and is sound at the spine with no splits or separations in the leather.  (Our illustrations will best describe condition.)  Both a personalized relic of a Civil War Medal of Honor hero and wonderful resource on all Civil War related Vermont <I>goings on</I> in the period to include recruiting, Vermont troop action in the field, killed wounded & missing totals, Commander reports by Regiment, Regimental Rosters with individual particulars and more.  

       Charles G. Gould enlisted 8/13/62 as a Private of Co. G 5th Vermont Infantry; promoted to Cpl. 12/27/63; Sgt. Mjr. 2/12/64; and was commissioned Lt. Co F of the 5th Vt. Vols. before transferring on 12/22/1864 to be commissioned into  Co. E  11th Vermont Vol. Infantry.  Wounded 4/2/1865 at Petersburg, Virginia Gould was awarded the Medal of Honor for Gallantry in assault and capture of Petersburg on that date. He was promoted Major 4/2/1865 by Brevet. Mustered Out on 6/19/1865.   

      <B>Buy with confidence! </B>This item will come with our illustrated letter of provenance.   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 photos will likely do best in describing this exceptionally nice Victorian era microscope.  Unmarked as to maker, the microscope remains in fine, as new condition.  Its original 8 x 3 7/8 x 3 hinged case remains in solid condition and is pleasing to the eye while it does offer evidence of age and period use.  A nice item for the optical enthusiast, this old Victorian microscope will set in well with period scientific or medical collectables.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Our illustrations will do best to describe the sharp focus, crisp contrast and overall condition of this just pre or early Civil War  cased 6th plate ambrotype.  A Maine find where late 1850s and early Civil War issue forage caps of the  configuration and light color as is worn by our subject were in vogue, (see: <I>RALLY ROUND THE FLAG  / Uniforms of Union Volunteers of 1861</I> by Ron Field) this image of a well-dressed young boy in oversized military cut forage cap and ivory headed walking stick will lay in well with any Civil War era grouping and will be of special interest to the just post and early Civil War enthusiast as well as the collector of children photos of that period.   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 !


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 All in nice original condition save two or three small fraying spots to the braided cord as evidence of period use and originality. (see photos)  Complete and eye appealing, retaining its original soft infantry blue without the usual fading to blue / gray as is so common with these infantry cords, this turn of the century U. S. Army issue aiguillette will make a nice companion piece with a period infantry spike helmet without spending a lot of money.   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 !

1864 Vermont Adjt. & Ins. Gen. Report of

 

cased Victorian MICROSCOPE $125.00

 

6th plate ambrotype – Boy in early (gray $135.00

 

Indian Wars / Spanish American War - U. $85.00

Now and again we are fortunate enough to acquire a special item we have had before thus affording us the opportunity of renewed enjoyment in owning an especially nice relic and placing it in an appreciative home.    The offering of this all original excavated silver identification badge is just such a case. As recovered at Deep Bottom, Virginia and as photographed and illustrated in Wm. C. Davis’s  best-selling publication <I>Battlefields of the Civil War</I>, our illustrations should do best to describe the physical characteristics of this wonderful old silver badge so we will focus here on the service history of the <B>183rd Pennsylvania Infantry </B> troop who wore it until he was <U>wounded and lost his badge at Deep Bottom</U>.  <B>John S. Clark</B> mustered in on  November 12, 1863 as a Private in Co. C, of the  183rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  The Regiment was in its’ infancy with official organizational efforts only about to commence.  Though his health never seemed to be good and with frequent bouts of hospitalization for maladies to include typhoid fever and gonorrhea, Clark  remained with the 183rd P. V. I. until he mustering out with the Regiment on July 13, 1865.  During Pvt. Clark’s term of service the 183rd PVI  saw action in campaigns from the <B>Rapidan</B> to the <B>James River</B>  The hard fought 183rd P.V.I. saw action at the <B> Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Po River,  Spotsylvania Court House, Assault on the Salient, North Anna River, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor and Petersburg</B>.  Clark’s regiment was present at the <B>Siege of Petersburg</B> and participated in action at <B> Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad</B> and at <B>Deep Bottom</B> where per <U>records now in the National Archives</U>, Pvt. Clark was wounded.  It was here at Deep Bottom sometime before the wounded soldier was moved North to be hospitalized that Clark’s silver identification badge separated from the breast of his Army  blue coat and would lay where it fell until being<U> recovered in 1983 by veteran <I>digger</I> Civil War historian, John Duggan of Virginia.</U>   The history of the exact circumstances of the Clark’s loss of the little silver shield will, at this point, have to be left to supposition though further research could shed more light on the likelihood, based on the condition of the badge, that it came free from Clark’s breast when struck and wounded to the degree that he would not return to his Regiment until March or April 1865. (Records indicate that he was a patient at the 1st Division Field Hospital, Virginia.)  The particulars of Clark’s wounds suffered at Deep Bottom are key to completion of the story of the inscribed silver shield that would fall at Deep Bottom, Virginia where it would lie for decades before discovery and ultimately being featured in Wm. C. Davis’s – <I>BATTLEFIELDS of the CIVIL WAR</I> .    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>  


Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of General George B. McClellan. Light age toning. Fine illustration of "Little Mac" one of the commanders-in-chief of the Union Army during the Civil War.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   <b>of the Soldiers' of the Northwest


Written on Third Annual Encampment, Soldiers' Reunion Northwest imprinted letter sheet</b>


8 1/4 x 10 3/4, imprinted letter sheet, filled out in bold pencil hand on the reverse by General Hiram Hilliard.


Headquarters, Third Annual Encampment, Soldiers' Reunion Northwest. President's Office, 103 State Street, Chicago, Ill., 1880. Includes vignette in red of G.A.R. membership badge, and list of officers printed in blue.


The letter written by General Hilliard is what I believe to be a mock battle communication written to General S.B. Sherer. It was not uncommon for the veteran Civil War soldiers who attended these reunions to put on a mock battle for the education and enjoyment of the people attending the encampment. 


The letter reads as follows:


Fort Lee, near Galesburg, Ill.

August 6, 1880


General S.B. Sherer

Comdg. Federal forces


General,


Having defended the position I hold with a persistence unparalled and having exhausted my supplies and finding that you are about to organize an assault upon my works, in order to spare the effusion of blood consequent upon such an assault which will prove equally destructive to both sides, I have been constrained to enquire as to the terms you are prepared to make should I see proper to surrender.


I Am Sir Very Respectfully,

Your Obt. Servant,

H. Hilliard

Maj. Gen. Comdg.


It is my opinion that the lines drawn on the imprinted side of the sheet represent Hilliard's position, or works as he describes them, at the top, and Sherer's troops, or battle line, at the bottom.


Light age toning and wear. Very fine and desirable imprinted letter sheet with some very neat content.  


Samuel B. Sherer, the recipient of this communication, was a resident of Aurora, Illinois, when he enlisted on August 20, 1861, as a 1st Lieutenant, and was commissioned into Jenks Company, Illinois Independent Cavalry. He was promoted to Captain, July 9, 1862. On December 15, 1862, he was transferred into Co. I, 15th Illinois Cavalry; promoted to Major, July 29, 1863, and mustered out of service on August 25, 1864. After the war he was prominent in G.A.R. affairs, and was a General in the Illlinois National Guard.


Hiram Hilliard, who sent this communication, was a resident of Chicago, and fought as major of the 17th Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. He ended the war with rank of lieutenant colonel.  


<b>Served in the 148th Pennsylvania Infantry


Wounded twice during the Civil War and had his hand amputated!


Pennsylvania State Congressman


Autograph Letter Signed with cover</b>


Meyer was a 21 year old resident of Rebersburg, Pa., when he enlisted on August 25, 1862, as a private, and was mustered into Co. A, 148th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was wounded in action on May 3, 1863, at the battle of Chancellorsville, Va. He was promoted to corporal on November 16, 1863. He was wounded a second time this coming on May 10, 1864, at the battle of Po River, Va., which resulted in the amputation of his left hand. He was discharged for wounds on September 10, 1864, at Campbell Hospital, Washington, D.C. After the war he served as a Pennsylvania State Congressman. 


<u>Autographed Letter Signed</u>: 5 1/2 x 9, in ink, on imprinted Pennsylvania House of Representatives letter sheet with State seal and his name and district printed at the top. Comes with the original imprinted cover with House of Representatives, State of Pennsylvania, Henry Meyer, Centre County, and State seal, C.D.S., Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 12, with 3 cents green George Washington postage stamp. Addressed in the hand of Henry Meyer, to his wife, Mrs. Mattie J. Meyer, Rebersburg, Centre County, Pa.


Harrisburg, Pa. 

Feb. 10, 1883


Dear Mattie,


We had a Saturday's session today, but about seventy five members were absent, nearly all have gone home now. It is snowing fast tonight and no doubt till tomorrow there will be a deep snow. Brechbil and I had bad luck on Monday, his horse fell and broke a shaft of the sleigh. I suppose I will get to Coburn next Saturday till noon- or till 10 o'clock A.M. If our horse will be fit to drive then. Suppose you ask Woodling about it, and if Birds' eyes are not bad, perhaps he could send some one for me. There is nothing new. Please drop a note.


Yours &c,


H. Meyer


Very fine letter and cover with nice Pennsylvania House of Representatives imprints.

'Battlefields of the Civil War' featured $895.00

 

General George B. McClellan $8.00

 

Battlefield Communication From 1880 Enca $20.00

 

Autograph, Henry Meyer $35.00




8 pages. THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC. Continued Advance of the Cavalry. Fighting at the Rapidan. Our Passage at Raccoon Ford Disputed. The Main Body of the Rebels Reported at Richmond. The Cars Running to Culpepper. THE SIEGE OF CHARLESTON. Important Reports. Half of James Island Said to be in Our Possession. A White Flag Flying Over Fort Moultrie. Two Monitors Lying Between Sumter and Moultrie. PRESIDENT'S PROCLAMATION. The Habeas Corpus Suspended Throughout the United States in Certain Specified Cases By the President of the United States. [Signed in print by Abraham Lincoln].  The Rebel Rams and Pirates. The Rebel Pirates. Ironclads in the Mersey. The Privateer Florida. Interesting News From Memphis. Another Pirate Afloat. A Bark rigged Cruiser in the South Pacific. Her Attempt to Capture the Clipper Ship Snow Squall. Interesting Narrative of Captain Dillingham. The War in Arkansas. Gen. Blunt's Brilliant Successes. Progress of General Steele's Expedition. One Hundred Thousand Square Miles Reclaimed From Rebel Rule. News From the Department of the Gulf and The Kansas Border. Much more war news. Some edge chipping which does not affect any of the content. Very nice bright and clean 1863 issue with important Lincoln Proclamation on the front page.  


<b>War Date Orders Signed regarding the discharge of firearms!</b>


(1836-67) Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Colonel John J. Abert, Chief of the Army Topographical Engineers. Commissioned 2nd lieutenant of the 4th U.S. Light Artillery, on June 18, 1855, and promoted to 1st lieutenant, on March 31, 1857. On May 14, 1861, he was commissioned captain of the 3rd U.S. Cavalry, and he was transferred to the 6th U.S. Cavalry, on August 3, 1861. He served for a time as Aide-de-Camp to General George B. McClellan, and as Inspector General on the staff of General Nathaniel P. Banks. He was promoted to brevet major, on May 27, 1862, for gallantry in the battle of Hanover Court House, Va., and brevet lieutenant colonel, on September 17, 1862, for gallantry in the battle of Antietam, Md. On November 17, 1862, he was appointed assistant inspector general. He was commissioned colonel of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, on November 16, 1864. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War service. Mustered out of the volunteer service on September 18, 1865. After the war, Abert served in the Regular U.S. Army, dying on active duty, on August 25, 1867, at Galveston, Texas.


<u>War Date Document Signed</u>: 7 3/4 x 10, in ink.


Head Quarters Rockville  Expedition,

Rockville, [Md.], June 12th, 1861


General Orders

No. 3


The discharge of firearms in camp or on the march except by order or by a sentinel on post in the discharge of his duty is strictly prohibited and orders for firing will be given only as against the enemy and for the purpose of cleaning arms in case of necessity.  In the latter case the order of the commanding officer of the regiment or corps will be required and that will be given only between the hours of 10 to 12 A.M.


The discharge of firearms will be considered an evidence of the presence or approach of the enemy and all guards within hearing will be immediately formed and measures taken by them to ascertain the cause of the alarm.


This order and the 49th Article of War will be read at the head of each Company of the expedition and commanders of regiments and Corps will enforce the strictest observance of both in their respective commands.


By order of Colonel Stone

Wm. S. Abert

1st Lieut., 4th Arty.

A.A. Adjt. Gen.      


Light age toning. Excellent content.  


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1995. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


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


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


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Andrew Coats of the 5th New York Infantry recorded, "War has been designated as Hell, and I can assure you that where the Regiment stood that day was the very vortex of Hell. Not only were men wounded, or killed, but they were riddled." 


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


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


So you hold in your hands living testimony from the battlefield at Manassas. As you look into the eyes of these soldiers and civilians dazed by the violence around them or the grief that follows the fighting, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the experience that was the shattering experience that was Second Manassas.


Cover Photograph: A Federal train lies burned to the wheels by Confederate forces near Manassas Junction.  


<b>Endorsement Signed</b>


Appointed Paymaster, United States Volunteers, on February 19, 1863; promoted to brevet lieutenant colonel, on March 13, 1865, for faithful and meritorious Civil War service. Remained in the U.S. Army until his retirement in 1875.


<u>Endorsement Signed</u>: 3 1/2 x 7 3/4, in ink. Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General with order enclosed. Can this order be looked on as sufficient authority to keep the officer in the Service of the U.S. after the m/o [muster out] of his Regt.? Was his m/o because his services were no longer required? J.W. Nicholls, P.M.U.S.A. [Pay Master U.S. Army]. July 14/66. Circular stamp in black with Jul. 17, 1866 date. Light age toning and wear.


This endorsement is referring to a Civil War soldier named George Sanderson who served in the 8th Illinois Infantry during the war. This information was acquired from the reverse of the endorsement.


George Sanderson was a resident of Cairo, Illinois when he enlisted on July 25, 1861, as a sergeant, and was mustered into Co. G, 8th Illinois Infantry. He re-enlisted in the regiment on February 1, 1864, as a veteran volunteer, and was promoted to 1st lieutenant on November 14, 1864.

The New York Times, September 16, 1863 $45.00

 

Autograph, General William S. Abert $95.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Second Manassas $35.00

 

Autograph, Lieutenant Colonel James W. N $8.00

Some years ago we acquired a small number of earlier 1800s through Civil War era <B>straight shank</B> (eyeless) fish hooks with original <B>hand tied cotton cord leader</B> and are offering them here <U>individually</U> priced for the antique fishing gear enthusiast or Civil War collector who would enjoy having an example.   Remaining in original to the period, unused condition after decades of storage, this example of a once so common piece of basic fishing equipment will lay well in any period fishing grouping.  A handy item in the haversack or <I>ditty</I>bag of any well prepared Civil War troop.   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 !  We have a small number of these 19th century glass dice and are offering them here <U>priced by the pair</U> for the collector who would like a set.  Classic period hand crafting of each individual piece is made obvious by the irregularity of dot placement and <I>out of square</I> shape of each game piece as it was hand sheared  from hot, square drawn, glass stock.  Difficult to find and nice companion item for any earlier to Civil War era personal, or gaming grouping.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  Not a big deal but a nice honest utility to display with Civil War vintage personal items without spending a lot of money.  A <I>must have</I> in the days before plastic bags and cellophane wrapped snacks, the days when a hand full of black walnuts or pecans served as a welcome treat, a <I>nut pick</I> (also a handy tool to loosen a knot) was a common utility carried in pocket or haversack. This antique bone mounted iron pick remains in pleasing condition with a telltale age <I>shrinkage</I> crack in the bone as good evidence of age and originality.  Solid and ready for use!   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this fascinating example of <I>Yankee Ingenuity</I> was developed by one Joseph Ives, a Bristol, Connecticut craftsman.  Listed in government records as a <I>Clock Maker</I> or simply as a <I>Mechanic</I> Ives held at least one clock patent and is credited as the developer / maker of the first <I>wagon spring</I> clock.   The Ives patent mechanical tinder lighter is fashioned of tinned sheet iron with an <B> IVES’S / PATENT / BRISTOL</B> marked sliding lid that opens to reveal three compartments.  The first contains a bit of tinder the second a small bit of finely shaved or splintered wood (kindling) the third section, extra kindling and a bit of flint.  Adjacent to the first compartment is a wheel of high carbon tempered iron.  A brisk pull of the cord wrapped round the striker wheel shaft causes the wheel to spin rapidly.  The flint is then held against the spinning <I>striking wheel</I> producing a shower of sparks into the tinder compartment.  A gentle breath brings the tinder to a bright glow which is then transferred to the kindling compartment.  Another gentle breath and (with knowhow and lots of luck) a flame is produced for transfer to a bit of rush or a candle. Offered here just as it was set aside decades ago, this little early 19th century fire starter remains in excellent original condition retaining its cord still wrapped round the striker shaft spindle and period content of tinder, kindling and flint.  (For those deep dish history buffs <I> Clockmaker / Mechanic</I> Joseph Ives died in 1862 at age 80 and is buried in <I>Old North Cemetery</I> Bristol, Connecticut.)  A neat piece of Americana, this old tinder lighter will go well on a hearth or set in with early lighting.  <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!

Original Civil War era FISH HOOK with ha $30.00

 

earlier to mid 1800s – hand cut white gl $35.00

 

19th century bone mounted Nut Pick $30.00

 

early 19th Century Ives Patent TINDER LI

Crisp in focus and contrast, this photograph measures approximately 4 ¼ X 4 ½ inches on its original mount. Back marked by period Dansville, New York photographer E. J. Betts, this image is one of the less common photos of Clara Barton and will set well in any quality collection, historic photography, Civil War, medical, humanitarian  and more. <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!

 Boldly marked on one side for vertical display this colorful U. . V. banner measures 12 inches wide at the top and is 22 inches in total length.   Stencil printed on cotton in the fashion common to the turn of the century the banner remains solid with some tattering yet bright in color and appears never to have been exposed to the weather or bright sun while offering good evidence of age and originality. Just rediscovered three of these (use our search see # 5656 & 5657) as we rummage through our long ago tucked away <I>stuff</I>, this old banner was recovered as part of a small grouping from, of all places, the attic remains of a long ago defunct <I>Yankee</I> G. A. R. hall. (Those were the days!) How the banner came to Maine Civil War veteran hall storage can only be left to the imagination though it seems more than likely that the piece was a souvenir of a trip South for one of the joint G. A. R. – U. C. V. reunions common in the waning years of first generation Civil War veterans.  <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!  Measuring 24 1/8 x30 ¾ inches on its original stretcher, this oil on canvas beardless Lincoln portrait is signed (<I>A. Aloisi</I>) and offers good evidence of age and originality while remaining in pleasing condition save an easily restorable  small tear just above the ear and some natural age thin spots that are likewise easily restorable. (All easily seen in our illustrations, we have chosen to leave the painting as found to preserve originality.) The painting is taken from a photograph by Alexander Heslet during a June 3,1860 sitting while Lincoln was campaigning for the presidency.  A popular image of the <I>Rail Splitter</I> in the early campaign, Heslet’s Lincoln and images taken from his work, became well known in the period and are especially sought by todays collectors.  Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon, commented that the image was <I> so essentially Lincolnian; no other artist has ever caught it.</I>  Nicely done yet offering a crudeness not seen in the work of a trained artist, the special charm of this old piece will place it in the <I>folk art</I> category to most.  An exceptional piece of Americana, this early presidential campaign rendering from the Springfield, Illinois photographer’s  a beardless Abraham Lincoln photograph will show off well.  <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>United States Senator From Massachusetts


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


(1811-74) After graduating from Harvard, he became a lawyer. A staunch abolitionist, he was violently opposed to the extension of slave territory, and was elected Senator in 1851 on this ticket. In 1856 he delivered an invective laden speech called "The Crime Against Kansas" in which he insulted a South Carolina senator who was not present. Two days later, Representative Preston Brooks, of S.C., a relative of the reviled man, attacked Sumner viciously with a cane. Sumner did not recover for three years, although he continued to hold his Senate seat. After secession he refused to let the Senate consider a compromise between the sections and constantly urged emancipation and equal rights for negroes. He was one of the people in the room when President Lincoln died. Although he had supported Lincoln, he was one of the most important leaders in the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2 3/4, in ink, Charles Sumner, Mass. An important autograph for any U.S. political collection!

period albumin - Civil War Nurse & Foun $175.00

 

Late 1880s / early 1900s UNITED CONFEDER $125.00

 

c. 1860 Abraham Lincoln - FOLK ART OIL P $525.00

 

Autograph, Charles Sumner $65.00

This set of 6 earlier to mid 1800s shirt or blouse buttons (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) were fashioned from natural <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  They will go especially well with Civil War period material.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.)  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 This set of 6 earlier to mid 1800s shirt or blouse buttons (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) were fashioned from natural <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  They will go especially well with Civil War period material.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.)  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This set of 11 antique  vegetable ivory buttons will be distinctive to the vintage clothing enthusiast as they were fashioned in the classic 18th early 19th century design with <U>two holes on the back and a single hole on the front.</U>  All are matching and remain in excellent condition and are of a nice size comparable to those used with the period frock or coat.  This set will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.) Ideal for restoration of vintage clothing of all design, these buttons will go especially well on southern made garments.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 This set of 7 earlier to mid 1800s shirt or blouse buttons (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) were fashioned from natural <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  They will go especially well with Civil War period material.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.)  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

antique natural VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTON s $32.00

 

antique natural VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTON s $30.00

 

1700s early 1800s VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTO $35.00

 

antique natural VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTON s $35.00

This set of 7 earlier to mid 1800s shirt or blouse buttons (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) were fashioned from natural <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  They will go especially well with Civil War period material.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.)  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This set of 9 antique  burl walnut buttons will be distinctive to the vintage clothing enthusiast as they were fashioned in the classic 18th early 19th century design with <U> two holes on the back and a single hole on the front.</U>  All are matching and remain in excellent condition with the exception of one which has a period chip.  A nice size comparable to those used with the period military frock or waist coat, these buttons would go especially well on a Southern style garment.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut </I>vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.) Ideal for restoration of vintage clothing of all design, these buttons will go especially well on southern made garments.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 We have acquired a nice lot of original antique black iron <I>roller buckles</I> and are offering them here individually priced for the collector / historian who would like an example for use or display.  Originally emanating from the clean out of 19th century harness and leather work shop where the harness maker cut the buckles from used leather and threw them into a large wood box for reuse.   From this mix we have separated a number of classic <I>roller buckles</I> and are offering them here in <U>two sizes</U> all remaining in pleasing <I>as found</I> and usable condition many even retaining remnants period black paint finish.  We have buckles sized to accept 1 3/8 and 1 ¼ inch wide straps so <U>be sure and note the size you need</U> when ordering.  Wider waist belts were frequently cut down on the leading end to accept the standard 1 3/8 inch buckle.  (<I>see illustration</I>)   A classic design of the Civil War era we have seen these heavy black-iron roller buckles in use back to the Mexican War vintage <I>Grimsley</> U. S. Dragoon saddles.   Wide Civil War military use on all manner of leather accoutrements, horse equipment, waist belts and more has been well documented. 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 !  Lots of folks may file this offering under <I>who cares</I> but for the serious mess gear collectors offering will be meaningful.  A nice all original and period example of F. Grosgean’s <B>Patent January 28, 1862</B> two piece mess spoon.  Fashioned from light, tinned sheet iron, die struck with overlapping sections of the handle and bowl soldered together to form the finished spoon.  Grosgean’s design claimed a stronger yet lighter eating utensil.  This rarely surviving example remains in pleasing all original condition yet with good evidence of age and period originality.  (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>    <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!

antique natural VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTON s $25.00

 

late 1700s early 1800s hand-cut BURL WA $35.00

 

Original! Antique! ROLLER BUCKLES $32.00

 

F. Grosgean’s Patent 1862 – two piece t $85.00

An unusual and desirable item for the Civil War era mess equipment and personal item enthusiast is this <B>J. Fallows Patent 1865</B> mess spoon was constructed of die-struck tined sheet iron in accordance with the direction offered by the Fallows patent (see illustration).  The spoon handle is formed from two thin iron sheets with the top sheet crimped over the lower with the two piece handle crimped and soldered to the bowl.   (Patent markings are barely discernable on the spoon handle.)  The design resulted in a stronger spoon while utilizing lighter material.  This rarely surviving example remains in excellent original condition yet with good evidence of period originality.  An especially nice personal item, this piece will lay in well with any quality Civil War grouping.   (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>    <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 unusual and desirable item for the Civil War era mess equipment and personal item enthusiast is this <B>J. Fallows Patent 1865</B> mess spoon was constructed of die-struck tined sheet iron in accordance with the direction offered by the Fallows patent (see illustration).  The spoon handle is formed from two thin iron sheets with the top sheet crimped over the lower with the two piece handle crimped and soldered to the bowl.   (Patent markings are barely discernable on the spoon handle.)  The design resulted in a stronger spoon while utilizing lighter material.  This rarely surviving example remains in excellent original condition yet with good evidence of period originality.  An especially nice personal item, this piece will lay in well with any quality Civil War grouping.     (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>   <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!

 

 Clearly for the <I>deep dish</I> Civil War mess equipment enthusiast, this offering is for a rarely found <B>Parker & Perkins</B> Meriden, Connecticut, <B>PATENT APR. 1, 1862</B> mess spoon.  Fashioned according to the 1862 Pat. essentials (see illustrations) this sturdily constructed mess spoon is die-struck in two pieces, with the <I>handle</I> and spoon secured by a single iron rivet.   Lead solder was applied and the piece was <I>tinned</I>.  This scarcely surviving period example remains excellent condition yet with good evidence of period age and originality.  An especially nice personal item, this piece will lay in well with any quality Civil War grouping. (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>  <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>Autograph Document Signed</b>


(1809-73) A planter and lawyer in Clarke County, Va., Underwood was a Free-Soiler in politics and was virtually driven from Virginia for his attacks on slavery during the presidential campaign of 1856. A Republican office holder during the Civil War, he became a U.S. district court judge in Virginia, in 1864. In this capacity he asserted the right of the United States to confiscate property of persons in rebellion and treated Confederate President Jefferson Davis with great harshness during and after Davis' indictment for treason in 1866. He presided over the Virginia constitutional convention which met at Richmond in December 1867.


<u>Autograph Document Signed</u>: 8 x 2 3/4, manuscript in ink. Received of Mrs. E.E. Jackson one hundred eighteen Dollars & seventy five cents it being a portion of four hundred & seventy five Dollars recently received by her from the estate of Col. George Jackson for the benefit of her children. John C. Underwood for Maria G. Underwood. 


Light age toning and wear.


E.E. Jackson and Col. George Jackson were kinfolk of Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. This document came out of a Jackson family collection I had many years ago. 


Comes with an original newspaper clipping titled, "The Funeral of Judge Underwood," that is dated Washington, Dec. 14, 1873.

Scarce J. FALLOWS PAT. 1865 – table spoo $65.00

 

Scarce J. FALLOWS PAT. 1865 - MESS SPOON $85.00

 

rarely surviving! Patent 1862 – two pie

 

Autograph, John C. Underwood $75.00




3 pages, 5 3/8 x 8 3/4, imprint.


House.....No. 8


Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Office of Pension Agent, 29 Pemberton Square

Boston, January 1, 1894


To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled:


I have the honor to submit my sixth annual report for the year ending December 31, 1893.


The business of this office, since the change of administration, is much more perplexing than it has been in previous years. One reason is from the fact that many claims which had been prosecuted, claimants examined, and the testimony necessary to establish the claim under the Act of June 27, 1890, had been forwarded to the Department and placed upon the completed files ready for the certificates to be issued, the rulings of the new Commissioner, in which a different construction was placed upon the Act of June 27, 1890, made it necessary for these claimants to again furnish the testimony with some additions to comply with the new ruling of the Commissioner.


Much more content including a detailed statement of the business of the office during the year. Signed in print by J.B. PARSONS, State Pension Agent. Click on the enlargements to see the complete content of the document.


Light wear. There is a small chip out of the paper at the upper corner of the last page which does not affect any of the content. Interesting Massachusetts pension document concerning Civil War soldiers and their families.  


HT-66. The obverse has a vignette of the phoenix rising from the flames with the date Nov'r 1837. "Substitute For Shin Plasters" is printed around the edges. The flames symbolize that the only use for paper money, "shin plasters," was for it to be burned.  The rising of the phoenix was meant to symbolizes the resumption of specie payments. The reverse side of the token has a wreath design with the date "May Tenth 1837." The slogan "Specie Payments Suspended" is printed around the edges. Very fine.  Whether you prefer to consider them <I>child’s</I> or, in consideration of their adult style and apparently unworn condition, as <I>sales samples</I>,this exceptionally nice pair of Civil War vintage boots measure 6 3/8 inches heel to toe and stand 9 ½  inches high.  With classic Civil War period design and construction that will be familiar to collectors of period military ware, these boots will serve well as a demonstration of the larger examples worn into the Civil War.  Remaining in exceptional original condition, with no evidence of wear, these boots sport the <B>Pat. Nov. 29, 1853 </B> marked brass toe caps as found in so many Civil War site excavations. (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Phillips)   While there are no maker markings, the classic style with the toe caps and set in patent leather panels with <I> Warranted</I> embossing, are most consistent with the work from the John Batchelder Holliston, Mass. <I>’ten by ten’*</I> cobbler shop.  (So called by 1850s and first half 1860s locals of Holliston, Mass. where nearly one half of the working population labored in a number of small 10 X 10 foot cobbler shops that dotted the countryside.)   Typically as many as a half dozen artisans plied their trade in each <I>ten X ten</I> making boots and shoes under the direction of the owner who marketed the footwear.  In excellent original condition with no <I>issues</I>, this classily styled pair of Civil War era boots are sure to please!  <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>Member of the Iowa Territorial House of Representatives


Governor of Iowa


Member of the 1861 Peace Convention


United States Senator from Iowa


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


(1816-72) Born in Deering, N.H., he graduated from Hampton Academy, attended Dartmouth College, studied law, moved west and commenced practice in the "Black Hawk Purchase," Wisconsin Territory. Member of the Iowa Territorial House of Representatives, 1838-39, and 1843-44. Governor of Iowa, 1854-58. He was a member of the 1861 peace convention held in Washington, D.C. which attempted to prevent the Civil War. Served as U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1859-69, including the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. Was the chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia, and also served on the Committee on Naval Affairs.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, J.W. Grimes, Iowa.

Report of the State Pension Agent of Mas $10.00

 

1837 Hard Times Token, Substitute For Sh

 

outstanding! Civil War era ‘Quarter Size $295.00

 

Autograph, James W. Grimes $25.00




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