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A nice Civil War vintage crochet cotton, cut steel decorated misers purse.  Narrow in the middle and closed at both ends, miser's purses ranged in the course of their history from 8 to 10 inches long.  A knitted or crocheted <I>tube</I> with short slit in the narrow midsection to let the carrier drop coins or other small objects into either end of the tube.  The purse was closed by moving the rings, or sliders toward the ends, gathering the fabric snugly around the contents. The <I>toes</I>or ends were usually tasseled, one end was generally square the other rounded.  Frequently categorized by collectors as being exclusively for ladies use, the misers purse was an equally popular personal item of both sexes.  All in excellent original condition, we’d expect the considerable cut steal decoration on this example would more likely place it in the ladies us category. While the cut steal embellishment shows some rust as evidence of age and originality, this classic example remains solid and suitable for careful use or will fit well in any period accessory or personal item collection.  <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 photos will do best to describe these nice Civil War era die-struck brass hat letters except to offer that they are completely original and in fine unissued condition with a mellow natural patina as evidence of age and originality.  The letters stand approximately 1 inch (illustrated with a quarter for size comparison) and sport original soldered on fastening wires.  Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired these letters several years ago now when we were fortunate enough to purchase a number of items brought home by a W. Stokes Kirk clerk when the Philadelphia based Civil War surplus dealer closed up shop in 1976.  Founded in 1874, W. Stokes Kirk, like Bannerman in New York, purchased large quantities of all manner of Civil War surplus at government auction. Seems like an impossibility today but seasoned collectors can remember the two outfits offering original Civil War material as late as the 1960s and early 1970s.  This small grouping of Co. insignia offers a now rare opportunity as we make the letters available here <U>individually priced</U>for the collector who would like a single example as a companion piece or more than one for display.  We have just a few each of letters <B>A</B> through <B>G</B> with <B>K</B> and <B>L</B>. Just indicate in your order which letter or letters you would like. (Use key word <B>letters</B> or <B>numerals</B> in our search to find other examples.)  <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 4 3/4 inches in diameter, these turned fruitwood traveling candlesticks remain in original even seemingly unused condition.  Wonderful patina and a single fine age crack along the grain of one side offer good evidence of age and originality. (see illustration insert)   Commonly referred to as <I>donut</I> candlesticks by Civil War collectors and antique lighting enthusiasts, the vast majority of surviving examples of the type are of spun brass though finely turned wood examples such as offered here are known to have seen use from the period of the American colonial and Revolutionary War period through the Civil War era.  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!  


4 x 6 5/8.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 23, 1863


General Orders

No. 226


The County of St. Mary's, Md., is detached from the Middle Department, and will form a separate Military District. Brigadier General G. Marston is assigned to the command of St. Mary's District; Headquarters at Point Lookout.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning. Very fine.


Trivia: St. Mary's County is where Francis Scott Key, the author of a poem which became The Star Spangled Banner, grew up.


Over 600 African Americans from St. Mary's County served in the Union Army during the Civil War; two were awarded the Medal of Honor.

CIVIL WAR era LADIES MISER’S PURSE $95.00

 

original ! Civil War era enlisted Hardee $35.00

 

antique turned fruitwood TRAVELING CANDL $225.00

 

General Marston Assigned to Command $15.00

<b>For Exchange of Prisoners After Being Wounded at Gettysburg</b>


4 x 6 5/8, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 23, 1863


General Orders

No. 227


Brigadier General S.A. Meredith will repair to Fort Monroe and relieve Lieutenant Colonel Ludlow of the duties of Agent for exchange of prisoners. After turning over to General Meredith all papers connected with his office, Lieutenant Colonel Ludlow will report to the Adjutant General of the Army.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning. Very fine and desirable. 


General Meredith had been wounded less than 3 weeks earlier at Gettysburg and was being sent to Fort Monroe, Va. on prisoner exchange duty while he convalesced from his wound.




<b><u>General Solomon A. Meredith</u>


Commander of the famous Iron Brigade</b>


(1810-75) Served as sheriff of Wayne County, Indiana and was later elected to four terms in the state legislature. In 1849, he was appointed U.S. Marshal for the district of Indiana. Meredith had a most distinguished Civil War career, first being elected colonel of the 19th Indiana Infantry. In 1862, he saw action in the second battle of Bull Run where he was severely wounded. He was promoted to brigadier general on Oct. 6, 1862. At the battle of Chancellorsville, his brigade of one Michigan, two Indiana, and three Wisconsin regiments, known as the "Iron Brigade," fought in Gen. John F. Reynold's 1st Corps. Meredith's and Cutler's brigades opened the infantry fighting at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, and he was wounded again and knocked out of action until November of that year. In early 1864 he was assigned to command the post at Cairo, Illinois, and in September of that year to the post at Paducah, Kentucky.

 


<b>War Date Endorsement Signed</b>


(1822-1905) Graduated from West Point in 1842 and fought in the Mexican War. At the battle of Cerro Gordo he was so severely wounded that he was left for dead until picked up by a burial detail 36 hours later. On October 2, 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 1st Minnesota Infantry, which he commanded at the battle of Balls Bluff, Va. In the spring of 1862, now a brigadier general, he commanded a brigade in the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. At the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, he was very severely wounded which left him incapacitated for several months. Promoted to major general to rank from November 29, 1862, he successively commanded the defenses of Philadelphia, the operations at Brazos Santiago Pass on the Texas Gulf Coast, the 13th Corps, and various districts along the Mississippi River. In December 1864, he was given command of the Department of the Mississippi, which he held until the end of the war.


<u>War Date Endorsement Signed</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2, in ink, Head Quarters U.S. Forces, Matagorda Bay, Feb. 2, 1864. Approved, other articles will be disposed of as recommended in this report. N.J.T. Dana, Maj. Genl. Light age toning.  


<b>Killed at the battle of Shiloh, Tennessee</b>


(1803-62) Graduated in the West Point class of 1826, saw action in the Black Hawk War, was Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas, fought in the Mexican War as a colonel of Texas Volunteers, served as colonel of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry on the Texas frontier, led the Utah expedition against the Mormons, was appointed a full general in the Confederacy in 1861, commanded all C.S.A. troops west of the Alleghenies, and was mortally wounded during the battle of Shiloh, on April 6, 1862, dying on the battlefield.


Antique, silver print photograph, 3 3/4 x 5 3/4. Half view wearing double breasted uniform coat with epaulets. The hilt of his sword and sash are visible at the bottom of the view. No imprint. Light horizontal crease across the center. Circa early 1900's print.  An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, August 8, 1862, with a large  front page  Map "The Field of Battle near Dranesville, Va, Friday Dec 20, 1861", w headlines & account of the Battle, rebel Dead & Prisoners, also war news etc. The Battle of Dranesville took place between General EOC Ord and JEB Stuart in Fairfax County, Virginia. A very scarce original map illus Battle of Dranesville paper. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

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 Solomon A. Meredith is Ordered t $35.00

 

Autograph, General Napoleon J. T. Dana $125.00

 

Photograph, General Albert Sidney Johnst $10.00

 

BATTLE OF DRANESVILLE VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR $85.00

An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept 15, 1862, w front page 7 x 7" Map "The Seat of War in Maryland" , Hagerstown, Sharpsburg, South Mountain, w headlines "Good News from Frederick", "Retreat of the Rebels", "US Troops occupy Frederick", Also The Battle at Harpers Ferry, Jackson at Chambersburg, Defense of Fort Ridgely, Minnesota, Battle of Mumfordsville, Kentucky, Philadelphia  Corn Exchange recruiting ad etc. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts  and unusually fine cover illustrations seldom seen in other major newspapers of the era. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge repairs, cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

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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 historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, June 14, 1862, w detailed front page Map of "Richmond the Rebel Capital and its Surroundings" incl Gaines Mills & Coal Harbor, Williamsburg road, White Oak Swamp,  14 x 11", War news incl  Battle  of Cross Keys w casualty List, 81st Pennsylvania news, The Occupation of James Island. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts and unusually fine cover illustrations seldom seen in other major newspapers of the era. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

   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.

  Confederate Forts Walker & Beauregard defended Port Royal Sound, Hilton Head & Beaufort South Carolina during the Civil War.  An original Nov 15, 1861 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, with front page maps of Fort Walker & Fort Beauregard & headline news of the Battle at Port Royal, w details of Captain John Rodgers Union Navy capture of the forts, names of casualties etc, also schematic diagram of the positions of the Union Fleet during the Battle, Confederate Accounts of the Battle, reaction to the loss of Beaufort, etc. 8pp. Complete issue, Disbound, VG.

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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 historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan 2, 1862, w front page a full page map  "The Siege of Yorktown"  incl Williamsburg & Yorktown, Big Bethel incl small illus of Professor Lowes Balloon,  Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Portsmouth, etc, in cl sites of rebel rifle pits, forts, etc, w 8pp of War news incl latest from Yorktown, also Beaufort, NC & Siege of Fort Macon, Bombardment of Fort Jackson, Louisiana, etc. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

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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.

ANTIETAM MARYLAND CIVIL WAR MAP ILLUS N $85.00

 

RICHMOND VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR 1862 SIEGE M $85.00

 

SOUTH CAROLINA CIVIL WAR PORT ROYAL & B $85.00

 

YORKTOWN VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR SIEGE ILLUS $85.00

An original complete 8pp Civil War  newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer  October 4, 1862  with a nice 7 x 10" front page map titled "Seat of War in Virginia and Maryland" showing the battle sites from Hagerstown & Sharpsburg to Harpers Ferry with the latest from the Battlefield at Antietam, Maryland- President Lincoln's Review of the  Army at Antietam & details of his vist to Harpers Ferry, Battle Report minors Hill & Bolivar Heights, Lincoln's First Emancipation Proclamation, etc. VG, disbound with small edge cuts. The Inquirer was one of the few Civil War papers that routinely showed fine front page illustrations of War events and these illus issues are suitable for framing.

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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 historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb 20, 1862, w 8 x 7" front page map of "Columbus And Its Vicinity " showing  Columbus, Kentucky & Belmont, Missouri, incl the Confederate defenses & water batteries.  The 8pp complete issue announces Columbus has been evacuated, w details of the town defenses, and  headlines the Union Capture of Fort Donelson, Tennessee w details of the assault, gun boat attacks, Commodore Foote, Navy casualties, Capture of General Price, etc. The map shows exc detail of the Confederate batteries and defenses, now part of Columbus-Belmont State Park. Edge cuts, disb, Overall VG.

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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.


 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.


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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

CIVIL WAR MAP ILLUS NEWS LINCOLN VISITS $85.00

 

FORT DONELSON BELMONT & COLUMBUS CIVIL $85.00

 

CAPTURED MILITARY BUTTON GROUP CUBA PHIL $125.00

 

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.

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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.  

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 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

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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.

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.


 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.

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 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  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.

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DECORAH IOWA CIVIL WAR SOLDIER CDV PHOTO $85.00

 

BATTLE OF OLUSTEE FLORIDA CIVIL WAR CAMP $150.00

 

CIVIL WAR TENNESSEE BATTLE OF CHICKAMAU $225.00

 

THE JAMES BOYS WIDE AWAKE LIBRARY 1882 P $250.00

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 

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War.  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

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 GEORGE THOMAS ILLUS HARPERS WEEK $85.00

 

WORLD WAR TWO RAF OFFICER CALLING CARD G $125.00

 

KNIGHTS TOURNAMENT JOUSTING 19TH CENTUR $2500.00

 

MINNESOTA CIVIL WAR VETERAN OFFICER MOLL $95.00

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 !

 <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.

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

 

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

 

Portraits of Conflict, A Photographic Hi $125.00

 

1851 United States 3 Cents Piece

<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.  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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 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!

Raynor's Compendium of Autographs & Biog $50.00

 

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

 

c. 1800s Infantry Sargent STRIPES $235.00

 

late 18th early 19th century comic HORN $125.00

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 !!

 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!


 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 !

Civil War vintage chamois Money Belt

 

Victorian INK SCRAPER $40.00

 

fine! c. 1821- 1835 Massachusetts Militi $375.00

 

antique HOUR GLASS $225.00




<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.  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 !


 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 !

Autograph, General William F. Barry $75.00

 

Francis Lord collection- post Civil War $175.00

 

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

 

19th century word & picture PUZZLE $40.00

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 !  


 


(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.

19th century occupational Clay Pipe $55.00

 

original - 1864 Abraham Lincoln PRESIDEN $155.00

 

Photograph, General Isaac M. St. John $10.00

 

Autograph, General Henry E. Davies $50.00




<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.   

      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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 Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, our photographs will likely do best to describe this nice all untouched and original patent 1853 marked pushup candlestick.  Fashioned from tinned sheet iron this candlestick offers good evidence of age and originality yet remains in pleasing condition.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


 H 18in. x D 14in.

WILL MOUNT UP OR DOWN

Admiral Andrew H. Foote

 

original! George Armstrong Custer PHOTO

 

Patent 1853 ‘PUSH-UP’ CANDLESTICK $120.00

 

CLASSIC LIGHT FIXTURE $550.00




<b>Free frank signature with rank on Engineer Department cover</b>


(1788-1864) The tenth graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He was commissioned second lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, on July 1, 1805. During the War of 1812, he won the brevets of major and lieutenant colonel. After years of distinguished engineering service, he became chief engineer of the army. In the Mexican War he operated as Winfield Scott's chief engineer during the siege of Vera Cruz and was brevetted brigadier general. During the Civil War he continued as chief engineer of the army until his sudden death in Washington, on April 22, 1864. 


<u>Free Franked Engineer Department Envelope</u>: 5 1/2 x 3 1/8, imprinted cover, "Engineer Department, Official Business" signed in ink, J.G. Totten, above printed rank of B't Brig. Gen. & Col. Eng'rs. Addressed to Jno. S. Putnam, Esqr., Cornish, N.H. Partial "free frank" cancellation. Light age toning and wear.  


(1816-1894) He was Speaker of the Massachusetts House, presided over the Constitutional Convention of 1853, and the same year was elected to Congress, the first of ten terms. Elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1856, Banks showed moderation in deciding among factions during the bitter slavery debates. In 1858 he was elected Governor of Massachusetts, serving until January 1861, when Abraham Lincoln appointed him a Major General of volunteers after Banks offered his services. Many West Point officers could not understand this appointment considering that Banks had substandard military qualifications for the job of a field commander. He did contibute immeasurably in recruits, morale, money and propaganda to the Federal cause however. He was defeated by Stonewall Jackson in the celebrated Valley campaign with the loss of 30% of his force, and again by Jackson at Cedar Mountain. Banks commanded the siege and capture of Port Hudson, La., and also commanded the Red River campaign. After the war Banks returned to his political career.


Portrait engraving of a seated General Banks in uniform with rank of major general with epaulets, his sword cradled over his arm, and high black leather boots with his chapeau hat sitting on top of the table at his side. Executed from the original painting by Alonzo Chappel, circa 1863. Printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. Overall size is 5 1/2 x 8 1/4.   Measuring approximately 5 ½ X 4 1/8 inches this small preprinted and hand completed receipt confirms the extensive utilization of slave labor on <B><I>fortifications at and near the City</I></B> as Richmond prepared for the Seven Days Battles that would soon swirl around the Capitol City. The slave <I>Booker</I> was provided by <I>Anne Belle Leftwich</I>, child bride of [destined to be Colonel] <I>Alexander Hamilton Leftwich</I> who would serve in Co. B <B>VMI Corps of Cadets</B> at the <I><B>Battle of Newmarket</I></B>.  Ordered by regular Confederate Engineer, <B>Lt. Col. W. H. Stevens</B> who was responsible for Richmond’s fortifications. He was promoted to Brig. General in August 1864 and is said to have been the last man to cross the Mayo Bridge the night Richmond was evacuated.  All original and in pleasing condition with no rips, tears or repairs.   <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!


 H 64in. x W 27in.

Autograph, General Joseph G. Totten $50.00

 

General Nathaniel P. Banks

 

rare! 1862 Slave Labor Receipt for: FORT $435.00

 

VINTAGE CRYSTAL CHANDELIER $3400.00

H 20in. x W 26in.

TWO AVAILABLE..PRICE PER UNIT  This nice original earlier to mid 19th century W. Smith & Son sail makers needle packet still contains 9 period needles in a variety of stout sizes.  A neat item for the Civil War era and collector, these heavy, hand cut needles will clean up nicely however they are offered here just as they came to us after decades of storage and likely just as they were carried in an original W. Smith & Son needle case. A necessary utility to the soldier in the field for repair of shelter half, Sibly tent, or leather accoutrement, these heavy steel needles were a staple among entrepreneurial soldiers and sailors who considered them a primary tool as they cut fanciful scrimshaw decorations in beef, whale bone or ivory for trade, sale or to send back home.  A nice original and as found period personal item. (If you would like a single example  of a slightly smaller #12 needle use the search word <B>needle</B> see our Item # 900 ) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !   A fine condition early design <I>Goodyear’s Patent</I> antique hard rubber cup <U>complete</U>and in its original blue lacquered tin travel case.  The case lid is embossed <B>INDIA RUBBER – TELESCOPING TUMBLER – MADE BY – THE INDIA RUBBER – COMB C</B>.  The original case remains in pleasing condition and retains a good amount of its period blue finish.  Difficult to find as they frequently lost a section and were cast aside in the period, this design pre dated the Niles Patent 1860 cup which added a base flange to prevent separation and a cover to make the cup self-contained. (see: <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner )  A nice item for the Civil War <I>smalls</I>, personal item or hard rubber collector.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison is a post Civil War veteran’s <B>7th Army Corps</B> badge.  Of interest to the collector and preserved in our accompanying letter will be the fact that we acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

DECO PENDANT LIGHTS $1800.00

 

Civil War era SAIL MAKERS NEEDLE PACKET $95.00

 

early India Rubber TELESCOPING CUP with $175.00

 

Lord collection - post Civil War - Veter $95.00




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