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An especially nice item for the antique writing instrument collector, an attractive companion piece laid in a writing desk or displayed with a period ink well, we have a small number of original writing quills and are offering them here <U>individually priced</U> for the collector who would enjoy an original example for display.  Each of these original goose writing quills measures approximately 9 1/2 inches in length and remains in fine un-used condition.  These writing quills were acquired in their period slip top box with original label proclaiming the content as <B>CONGRESS QUILL PENS</B><U> which identifies the pens as the product of </U> <B>E. DeYoung</B> who is listed as a New York quill cutter from 1846 to 1854.  (see: <I>New York Historical Society Museum</I> and the <I>American Antiquarian Society,</I> Worcester, Massachusetts collections. (Each period quill pen will come with a copy of the original CONGRESS QUILL PENS label.)  A scarce acquisition for the antique writing instrument 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 Measuring approximately 7 inches in total length, this wonderful old feather cockade remains in excellent original condition as you can see and comes as found with its period straight pin for fastening.  The un-backmarked period one piece disk button shows a pleasing age patina.  A rare accessory for your original Civil War or earlier military hat, we acquired four of these from an attic storage box years ago and as we <I>thin out</I> have decided to keep one and offer the remaining cockades individually priced.  Most frequently associated with uniform <I>slouch</I> and <I>Hardee</I> type headgear, these embellishments will go equally well on a forage cap.

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<b>United States Congressman from Virginia 

Civil War Congressman; Serving in West Virginia's First Delegation to the U.S. Congress!</b>

(1800-84) Born in Kingwood, Preston County, Virginia (now West Virginia), he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1823, and commenced practice in Kingwood, Va. Was a member of the Virginia State House of Delegates in 1832 and 1840-43. Served as a U.S. Congressman, 1845-49. Was a delegate to the Virginia State constitutional conventions in 1850 and 1861. Delegate to the Democratic National Conventions at Charleston, S.C., and Baltimore, Md., in 1860. He was elected as a Unionist to the 37th U.S. Congress serving 1861-63. Upon the admission of West Virginia as a state into the Union he was elected as an Unconditional Unionist from West Virginia and served 1863-65.  

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 x 2, in ink, Wm. G. Brown, Kingwood, Va.  

<b>Written by Captain Clark S. Edwards, future Colonel of the regiment

He commanded the 5th Maine Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General for gallant conduct during the Civil War!

1861 letter with excellent references to the 1st Battle of Bull Run, Virginia</b>

(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine.  He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission from the appropriate authorities to form a company of volunteers, and set out to gather recruits from Bethel and the surrounding towns.  This group of men became Company I, of the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry, with Edwards commissioned as their captain on June 24, 1861.  He rose through the ranks and was appointed colonel of the regiment, on January 8, 1863, commanding the 5th Maine Infantry from that date forward. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War service record.

The 5th Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry was one of the first Maine regiments to be mustered into the Union Army.  They fought in many battles from 1st Bull Run to Petersburg.  During the battle of Rappahannock Station the regiment is credited with capturing 4 Confederate battleflags and 1,200 prisoners.  Known as one of Maine's best fighting regiments, it captured more prisoners than the entire number of men who served in the regiment, and three times the number of battle flags than any other Maine regiment.  After three long years of hard fought service only 193 men were mustered out of the regiment when their term of service expired.  Among their battle honors are written the names of 1st Bull Run, Gaines' Mill, 2nd Bull Run, Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Rapidan Crossing, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.

4 pages, 7 1/4 x 9 1/8, in ink, written by Captain Clark S. Edwards, to his wife.


<b><u>Clarmount, Va., July 30/61</b></u>

Dear Wife,

I have wrote you some three or four times since I rec. a letter from you the last letter I rec. from you was dated July 17th.  I have been looking for a letter from you the last week.  All the letters I have sent you of late was in frank[ed] envelope[s] and I begin to think you do not receive my letters.  I sent Frank a letter and papers not long since.  I think you are at Waterfall or Hayesburg or you would have written before now. Write me as soon as you receive this. Has Kate got home. Why cannot she write me if you cannot. We are now at Clarmount about four miles from Alexandria and about thirteen miles to Washington. We have the mail received to W.[ashington] every day after it is written. I am now writing on a box in my little tent, not the tent we had at Camp Preble, one not more than half as long. John B. Walker [1] is not very well. I think he will have to go to Washington or some place and have the best of care to stand this climate and still I think it is a beautiful climate, but we are on a low piece of land that a good many will have the shakes or fever ague as it is [a] common disease in this part of the country.  I am well as I was when I left Camp Preble, but not so heavy.  Tell Monroe’s wife that he is well and tuff.  J.B. Hammond [2] is pretty smart. David is in good health and the most of the boys, some of them have got colds, but will be better after they get where the Bull Run fight.  I see some of the Portland papers.  I have not seen a true account of it in any eastern paper, yet I see by the E. Augus[ta] that there was not but two or three officers on the field of battle, but it was a great mistake about all of [the] officers was on the field from one to two hours.  I want you to write me all of the news, write about the children, if they go to school, if they learn well, how they get along.


Wednesday Morning, July 31/61

Dear Wife,

I find myself well this morning and I hope you and all of the children are the same.  It is a beautiful morning here in old Va.  The country is beautiful but the Army make everything look bad where it goes.  There is not a garden in this vicinity.  The Boys are up to all sort of depredations.  I would say that I have not heard a word from W.B. Robertson, [3] C. Freeman, [4] and I do not think either one of them are killed.  Robertson & Charley was seen by our Regt. after the battle was over so the folks need not be alarmed about them as they will turn up by & by.  I would say that I am a going out on guard duty tonight and hope I shall have a good time.  It is a little risky business sometimes. Our Regt. is in rather bad condition.  We have not more than quarter tents enough as our tents was with the teams at Bull Run.  We also loss about all of our cooking ware, but are expecting the tents and ware of the First Regt.  They leave for home today by R.[ail] Road.  Some of them I think will be back in a few weeks again.  That is the way they talk.  They have had an easy time compared with our Regt.  They went into camp at Meridian Hill and have been there ever since.  Our Regt. has been on the move ever since we left Camp Preble.  Freeman is going home soon.  I do not know but what he goes today with the First Maine Regt.  He is quite unwell and has been for some time.  There is quite a number of this Regt. that is going home with the First Regt.  Some of them are sick and some of them are afraid they will have to go to Bull Run again, but some of them are really sick.  John Winship [5] is one of that number.  He is a going home today.  I must close as the mail leaves soon.  I cannot think of much to write as I have written you all of the news from day to day.  There was a man in the Saco Co. [Co. C, 5th Maine Infantry] that had a finger shot off by his pistol, but we think nothing of a man getting his finger or hand shot as it is so common a thing.  If you do [not] answer this I shall stop writing as I have not received but five letters from home since I came from Portland.  I write to C. & C.H. Mason a day or two ago and hope they will answer it soon.  Give my love or best respects to the people of Bethel.  Tell them I am alive and doing well and shall go home sometime between this and Dec.  I think Frank, Nellie, Waldo and Mason be good little children, and kiss the baby for me.

Good By for this time,

C.S. Edwards

Light staining. Very fine. Excellent content with references to the recently fought 1st battle of Bull Run which the 5th Maine Infantry had participated in. Signed with nice full signature.

[1] John B. Walker, was a 27 year old resident from Bethel, Maine when he enlisted as a 1st lieutenant, on June 24, 1861, and was commissioned into Co. I, 5th Maine Infantry. He was promoted to captain in 1862, and discharged for disability on January 18, 1863.

[2] J.B. Hammond, was a 36 year old resident of Bethel, Maine, when he enlisted as a sergeant, on June 24, 1861, and was mustered into Co. I, 5th Maine Infantry. He was discharged on September 27, 1861.

[3] Washington B. Robertson, was a 33 year old resident from Bethel, Maine, when he enlisted as a private on June 24, 1861, and was mustered into Co. I, 5th Maine Infantry. He was captured on July 21, 1861, at the 1st battle of Bull Run, and confined in prison in Richmond, Va. He was then sent to Alabama. He deserted on June 15, 1862, and was discharged from the service on September 12, 1862.

[4] Charles Freeman, a 14 year old resident of Bethel, enlisted on July 24, 1861, as a drummer boy, and was mustered into the 5th Maine Infantry. He was captured on July 21, 1861, at the 1st battle of Bull Run, Va., and confined in prison in Richmond, Va. He was released on November 15, 1861, at Richmond, and was discharged for disability on Christmas Day, December 25, 1861.

[5] John O. Winship, was a 22 year old resident of Gorham, Maine, when he enlisted on June 24, 1861, as a sergeant, and was mustered into Co. A, 5th Maine Infantry. He was promoted to 1st sergeant, June 1, 1861, and was discharged on July 28, 1861.

original c. 1846-54 CONGRESS QUILL PENN b $55.00


Original Civil War & earlier - ostrich f $125.00


Autograph, William G. Brown $25.00


5th Maine Infantry Letter $200.00

<b>With Christmas Message and original pencil sketches on the reverse of the broadside</b>

5 7/8 x 9, imprint.

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Printed by Evans. Light age toning and wear. Archival tape repairs on the reverse.

Interestingly there are 3 original pencil sketches on the reverse. Their origins are unknown.  

<b>Signed and addressed by a Confederate captain who was wounded at Sharpsburg, Md., and Fort Harrison, Va.</b>

Confederate war period used postal envelope. The cover has been signed and addressed by Captain Winsmith as follows. Written at the upper left corner is, "From Capt. Winsmith, Co. H, 1st S.C.V." He has addressed it to his father, "Dr. J. Winsmith, Glenn Springs P.O., South Carolina." The cover has a C.D.S. from Winchester, Va., Oct. 18, and it has been stamped in black at the upper right, "Due 10." Light corner wear but otherwise a very nice war date Confederate cover.

John Christopher Winsmith, was a resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina, when he enlisted as a private on March 1, 1861, and was mustered into the 1st South Carolina Volunteers. He was promoted to lieutenant, and then captain of Co. H, the dates of his commissions being unknown. During the War Between the States, Winsmith was twice wounded; the first time being in the bloody battle of Sharpsburg, Md., in 1862, and his second wound was received in 1864 during action at Fort Harrison, Va., which was a very important part of the Confederate defenses of Richmond. 

The hard fought 1st Regiment of South Carolina Infantry were assigned to the brigades of Generals' Maxey Gregg and Samuel McGowan, and fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor. It then participated in the very difficult Petersburg, Va. campaign and siege, and in the Appomattox campaign. The regiment lost 20 killed and 133 wounded during the Seven Days Battles, had 53 percent disabled of the 283 engaged at Second Manassas, and had 4 killed and 30 wounded at Sharpsburg. It suffered 73 casualties at Fredericksburg, and 104 at Chancellorsville, and then lost 34 percent of the 328 that fought at Gettysburg. There were 16 killed, 114 wounded, and 7 missing at The Wilderness, and 19 killed, 51 wounded, and 9 missing at Spotsylvania. On April 9, 1865, the regiment surrendered at Appomattox Court House with 18 officers and 101 men.            

Austin, June 11, 1862. Under Act of Jany. 14, 1862, for Military Service. The Treasurer of the State of Texas Will Pay Five Dollars. Vignette of George Washington holding sword at the left. Printed on light blue paper with green overprinting. Roman numeral "V" at upper right. Fancy "FIVE" overprint at the bottom. You will seldom find these not cut cancelled like this one. Choice condition.  

<b>Featuring Confederate Generals' R.E. Lee, Hood, Ewell and Toombs!</b>

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the August 5, 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: PARDON. Columbia- Shall I Trust These Men. Executed by the notable illustrator Thomas Nast. Interesting scene showing Columbia sitting in a chair that looks like a throne with Union patriotic symbols all around her. Confederate General Robert E. Lee, down on one knee, is bowing before her as he presents his sword and a battle flag. At Lee's right is Confederate General Roger A. Pryor, a former U.S. Congressman, who is holding out a large document or newspaper to her. Among the notable Confederates seen kneeling in the view are Captain Raphael Semmes, C.S.N., commander of the famous Confederate raider, the C.S.S. Alabama; Governor John Letcher of Virginia; Confederate Secretary of State, and General Robert Toombs, who before the war was a U.S. Congressman and Senator from Georgia; General Richard S. Ewell, of Gettysburg fame; and General John Bell Hood, of Gettysburg fame, and who later was commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee; and others. 10 1/8 x 15. Light age toning. Harper's Weekly and date are printed at the top. Very desirable Nast illustration.

1897 Advertising Broadside For Carter & $15.00


Confederate Cover From Captain of 1st So $150.00


1862 State of Texas $5 Treasury Warrant $125.00


Pardon, Shall I Trust These Men $50.00

<b>Franchise, And Not This Man?

Featuring a wounded, amputee United States Negro Soldier!</b>

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the August 5, 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: FRANCHISE, And Not This Man? This poignant illustration shows Columbia with patriotic adornments all around the scene. Columbia is standing with her hand on the shoulder of a wounded negro soldier in uniform. The soldier is holding his kepi in one hand while he proudly stands wearing the uniform of the Union Army with his U.S. belt plate clearly visible. He is standing on two crutches as one of his legs has been amputated above the knee. Executed by the famous illustrator Thomas Nast. Light age toning in the border areas. 10 x 15 1/4. Harper's Weekly and date are printed at the top. Extremely desirable black American Civil War soldier illustration, and a superb example of early African American military history representing the bravery and heroism that was displayed by the negro soldier during the Civil War!  

<b>War Date Document Signed concerning an officer of the 136th New York Infantry</b>

(1831-78) Graduated in the West Point class of 1853. Military service: 2nd lieutenant, 4th U.S. Artillery, July 1, 1853; promoted to 1st lieutenant, May 1, 1856; regimental adjutant, Dec. 14, 1857, to Apr. 24, 1861; promoted to captain, 15th U.S. Infantry, May 14, 1861; promoted to major, a.d.c., July 3, 1862; promoted to lieutenant colonel, a.a.g., Aug. 20, 1862; served on the staff of Generals' Nathaniel P. Banks and John A. Dix; he was cited for gallantry at the battle of Cedar Mountain, Va., appointed brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for valuable, distinguished and meritorious service in the field during the Civil War. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery. 

<u>War Date Document Signed</u>: 7 3/4 x 10 1/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. 

War Department,

Washington City, July 7th, 1864


I am directed by the Secretary of War to inform you that you have been reported to this Department by the Second Comptroller as having failed to render your accounts for the month of April 1864 within the period prescribed by the act of July 17, 1862, a copy of which is hereto annexed. [the order referenced is printed below the signature of General Pelouze]. 

You are therefore instructed, immediately upon receipt of this communication, to forward your accounts to the proper office, and submit to this Department such explanation as you may desire to make in order to relieve yourself from the penalty of the act above cited.

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Louis H. Pelouze

Asst. Adjt. Genl.

[to]: Orange Sackett, Jr., Capt. 136th N.Y. Vols., A.C.S.

Below this is the "Act" referenced in the body of the document: 

"AN ACT to provide for the more prompt settlement of the accounts of Disbursing Officers," approved July 17, 1862. [Please click on the enlargement to read the entire contents of this "Act." 

Very fine.

Orange Sackett, Jr., was 27 years old when he enlisted at Portage, New York, as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into Co. G, 136th New York Infantry. He was promoted to captain, on March 18, 1863; and mustered out of the service on June 13, 1865, at Washington, D.C. 

<u>136th New York Infantry</u>

The 136th New York Volunteer Infantry were known as the "Ironclads," and the regiment was recruited in the counties of 

Allegany, Livingston and Wyoming and they  rendezvoused at Portage, New York, where it was mustered into the U.S. service for three years on Sept. 25-26, 1862. It left the state on Oct. 3; was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 2nd (Steinwehr's) division, 11th corps; went into winter quarters with the corps at Stafford, Va.; fought its first battle at Chancellorsville, Va., losing a few men killed, wounded and missing; and was heavily engaged at Gettysburg on the first two days of the battle, losing 109 men in killed, wounded and missing.

In Sept., 1863, it was ordered to Tennessee with the 11th and 12th corps and was engaged the following month at the midnight battle of Wauhatchie, Tenn., losing 6 killed and wounded. It was active at Missionary Ridge in the Chattanooga-Ringgold campaign, losing 11 killed and wounded. When the 20th corps was formed in April, 1864, it was attached to the 3d brigade, 3d (Butterfield's) division of that corps, moving on into the Atlanta campaign early in May.

It was active at the battles of Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Cassville, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain and in the siege of Atlanta. Its heaviest loss was incurred at Resaca, where the casualties were 13 killed, 68 wounded and 1 missing.  

After the fall of Atlanta it remained there until November, when it marched with Sherman to the sea, engaged in siege of Savannah, and closed its active service with the Carolinas campaign, in which it was engaged at Fayetteville, Averasboro, Bentonville, Raleigh and at the Bennett's House, losing 45 men in killed and wounded in the battles of Averasboro and Bentonville.

After the close of the war it marched with its corps to Washington, D.C., where it took part in the grand review, and was mustered out on June 13, 1865.


The regiment lost by death during its Civil War service, 2 officers and 74 men, killed and mortally wounded; 1 officer and 91 men, died of disease and other causes, a total deaths of 168.

Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2


<b>The elite 1st Virginia Cavalry was commanded by the legendary Confederate Cavalryman Colonel J.E.B. Stuart in 1861!

Autograph Document Signed by a Confederate officer in J.E.B. Stuart's command who was wounded by a cannon ball in 1862!</b>

7 3/4 x 7 1/2, manuscript in ink, Autograph Document Signed, by Lieutenant John Milton Lock, 1st Regiment Virginia Cavalry.

The Confederate States, To John H. Brown, Dr., 1861 Nov. 26th, To Hire of Horse from Oct. 1st to Nov. 26th @.40 $23.80. 

I certify that the above account is correct and just, that the services were rendered as stated, and that they were necessary for the public service. John M. Lock, Lt. & A.Q.M., 1st Regt. Va. Cav. 

Very fine, neatly written, early war 1861 document from an extremely desirable Confederate cavalry regiment!

John Milton Lock, was a 30 year old farmer from Berryville, Virginia, when he enlisted on June 23, 1861, at Camp Jefferson Davis, Va. as a private, and he was mustered into Co. A, 1st Virginia Cavalry. Lock was promoted to 2nd lieutenant on July 1, 1861, and served for a time as the Regimental Quartermaster and Commissary of the Regiment. He was promoted to captain on April 23, 1862, and was wounded in action on November 1, 1862, when he was hit in the leg by a cannon ball. He was absent from his regiment as he convalesced from his wound until being assigned to command the Confederate post at Harrisonburg, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley, on May 15, 1864. Still needing the service of this gallant and experienced Confederate officer he was later transferred into the Veteran Reserve Corps. The date and place of his official discharge are unknown. After the war Captain Lock was a hotel owner in Harrisonburg, Va. He died on March 30, 1889, and is buried in the Green Hill Cemetery, at Berryville, Va.

<u>WBTS Trivia</u>: After fighting in the First Battle of Manassas, Va., the 1st Virginia Cavalry was brigaded under Generals J.E.B. Stuart, Fitzhugh Lee, Williams Carter Wickham, and Thomas T. Munford. It participated in more than 200 engagements of various types including the Seven Days Battles and General J.E.B. Stuart's famous ride around General George B. McClellan's Yankee army in 1862. The regiment was active in the conflicts at Gainesville, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Kelly's Ford, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, the Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, Spotsylvania, Bethesda Church, and Cold Harbor. Later it was involved in General Jubal Early's 1864 operations in the Shenandoah Valley, the defense of Petersburg, and in the Appomattox Campaign.

In April, 1862, the unit totaled 437 men, they lost 25 men at Gettysburg, and had 318 men fit for duty in September, 1864. The regiment cut through the Yankee lines at Appomattox and later disbanded. Only 1 man from the regiment was present to surrender at Appomattox Court House! Among the regiment's most celebrated field officers were colonels J.E.B. Stuart, Fitzhugh Lee and William E. "Grumble" Jones, all going on to become famous Confederate generals, with Stuart and Jones both being killed during the war! [Source: Units Of The Confederate States Army].

<b><u>First Virginia Cavalry</b></u>

The Field Report of Colonel J.E.B. Stuart, First Virginia Cavalry, at the 1st Battle of Manassas.



July 26, 1861

GENERAL: I have the honor to make the following report of the operations of my regiment in the battle of Manassas:

I received your order to charge the enemy's flank, and proceeded immediately across the run to his left flank, but finding that it would be easier to attain his right flank, I immediately returned and marched rapidly towards the heaviest fire. As I approached the ground General T.J. Jackson, whose brigade was then engaged, sent me word to protect his flanks, but particularly his left flank. I divided the regiment, giving Major Swan half(I had but 300 men for duty), and with the remainder hurried up to Jackson's left, leaving his right to Swan. Entering a skirt of woods, I received intelligence that the enemy was rapidly outflanking us. I hastened forward through several fences just as a regiment dressed in red was running in disorder towards a skirt of woods where the fire had been heaviest. I took them to be ours, and exclaimed with all my might: "Don't run, boys; we are here." They paid very little attention to this appeal. When passing in column of two's through a narrow gap to gain the same field and very close to them, I saw in their hands the U.S. flag. I ordered the charge, which was handsomely done, stopping their flank movement and checking the advance upon Jackson. I rallied again for another charge, as only a portion of my command was in the first, owing to the difficulty of closing up; but finding the enemy had gained the woods to my right and front, leaving no ground for charging, I retired to the next field to give them another dash if they penetrated beyond the woods, which, however, they did not attempt.

In this encounter the enemy's line, or rather column, was broken and many killed. Captain Carter's company on which the heaviest of the action fell, lost 9 men killed or mortally wounded, and 18 horses killed. Captain Carter's horse was shot dead as he was gallantly leading his company into the enemy.

Of the gallantry of those engaged I cannot speak in too high terms. The regiment charged was the Fire Zouaves, and I am informed by prisoners subsequently taken that their repulse by the cavalry began the panic so fearful afterwards in the enemy's ranks.

Just after the charge our reenforcements arrived upon the field and formed rapidly on right into line. The first was Colonel Falkner's regiment of Mississippians, whose gallantry came under my own observation. As these reenforcements formed I gradually moved off to the left, where I soon found myself joined by a battery, under the direction of Lieutenant Beckham, which my cavalry supported. This battery made great havoc in the enemy's ranks and finally put them in full retreat. The principal credit here was due to this battery; but having thrown forward vedettes far out on the eminences, the important information I was thus enabled to give the battery as to position and movements must have contributed greatly to its success, and here I may add that this information was also sent back to the infantry, which was still far to our right, notifying what woods could be gained, &c.

The enemy being now in full retreat, I followed with the cavalry as rapidly as possible, but was so much encumbered with prisoners, whom I sent as fast as possible back to the infantry, that my command was soon too much reduced to encounter any odds, but I nevertheless followed our success until I reached a point twelve miles from Manassas, when, by sending back so many detachments with prisoners, I had but a squad left. The rear of the enemy was protected by a squadron of cavalry and some artillery. We cut off a great many squads, many of whom fired upon us as we approached, and the artillery gave us a volley of grape. One man of ours was killed and another was wounded at this point. I have no idea how many prisoners were taken.

I encamped that night on Sudley farm, where was a large church, used as a hospital by the enemy, containing about 300 wounded, the majority mortally.

I cannot speak in too high praise of those whom I had the honor to command on the field, but to Mr. L.T. Brian, and Mr. P.W. Hairston and Mr. J.F. Brown, having no commissions, whose meritorious conduct and worth have been made the subject of previous letters to the general, I was specially

indebted for their valuable assistance.

Of my regiment the acting chaplain, Reverend Mr. Ball, was conspicuously useful, while my attention was particularly attracted to the adjutant, Lieutenant W.W. Blackford; the sergeant major, Philip H. Powers, and Lieutenant Cummings, whose good conduct on this as on every other occasion deserves the highest commendation. Lieutenant Beckham deserves high praise for the success of his battery, as he acted as gunner to each piece himself. In the pursuit Lieutenant William Taylor alone captured six of the enemy with arms in their hands. A large number of arms, quantities of clothing and hospital stores, and means of transportation were found abandoned on the road.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel First Virginia Cavalry



Source:  Official Records


[Series I. Vol. 2. Serial No. 2.]


<b>United States Congressman from Mississippi

United States Secretary of the Interior

Inspector General in the Confederate Army

Confederate Secret Agent</b>

(1810-85) Born in Caswell County, North Carolina, he attended Bingham Academy, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1831, and served as a member of their faculty in 1831-32. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1834, and commenced practice in Pontotoc, Mississippi. He was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Congress, and served from 1839-51. He was the chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs in the 29th Congress. He was appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior in the Cabinet of President James Buchanan and served from March 6, 1857, to January 8, 1861, when he resigned to throw his lot in with the Confederacy. Horace Greeley's New York Daily Tribune denounced Thompson as "a traitor," remarking, "Undertaking to overthrow the Government of which you are a sworn minister may be in accordance with the ideas of cotton growing chivalry, but to common men cannot be made to appear creditable." He served as Inspector General in the Confederate States Army during the War Between the States. Thompson later served as an aide to General P.G.T. Beauregard at the Battle of Shiloh, and was present at several other battles in the Western Theater of the war, including Vicksburg, Corinth, and Tupelo. He later was the leader of the Confederate Secret Service in Canada in 1864 and 1865. From there, he directed a failed plot to free Confederate prisoners of war on Johnson's Island, off Sandusky, Ohio. He also arranged the purchase of a steamer, with the intention of arming it to harass shipping in the Great Lakes. Regarded in the North as a schemer and conspirator, many devious plots were associated with his name. On June 13, 1864, Thompson met with former New York governor Washington Hunt at Niagara Falls. According to the testimony of Peace Democrat Clement Vallandigham, Hunt met Thompson, talked to him about creating a Northwestern Confederacy, and obtained money for arms, which was routed to a subordinate. Thompson gave Ben Woods, the owner of the New York Daily News, money to purchase arms. One plot was a planned burning of New York City on November 25, 1864, in retaliation for Union Generals' Philip H. Sheridan and William Tecumseh Sherman's scorched-earth tactics in the south. Some speculate that John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, met with Thompson, but this has not been proven. Thompson worked hard to clear his name of involvement in the assassination in the years after the war. His manor, called "Home Place," in Oxford, Mississippi was burned down by Union troops in 1864. After the war, Thompson fled to England and later returned to Canada as he waited for passions to cool in the United States. He eventually came home and settled in Memphis, Tennessee, to manage his extensive holdings. Thompson was later appointed to the board of the University of the South at Sewanee and was a great benefactor of the school. He died in Memphis in 1885 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 4 3/4 x 1, in ink, J. Thompson, Oxford, Miss. Cut irregular at the top which does not affect any of his handwriting. Very desirable Confederate secret agent's autograph.

African American Civil War Soldier $75.00


Autograph, General Louis Henry Pelouze $75.00


1st Virginia Cavalry Receipt For Hire of $150.00


Autograph, Jacob Thompson $125.00

H 54in. X D 14in.  

<b>U.S. Congressman & Senator from Mississippi

Governor of Mississippi

Confederate Captain

Confederate Senator</b>

(1813-80) Attended Mississippi College, and Jefferson College, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1833, and practiced law in Gallatin, Miss. Served as a member of the Mississippi state house of representatives, 1835-39; U.S. Congressman, 1839-41; Governor of Mississippi, 1844-48; U.S. Congressman, 1847-53; U.S. Senator, 1854-61. During the Civil War he served as captain, in the 18th Mississippi Infantry, and as Confederate Senator, 1862-65.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 1/4, in ink. A.G. Brown, Gallatin, Missi.


War Between the States envelope addressed to Mrs. D.S. Stocking, Charleston, S.C., with C.D.S., Richmond, Va., Oct. 17, 1861, and hand stamped Due 5. Endorsed at the upper left, Priv. Jno. D. Munnerlyn, Georgia Hussars, Capt. J.F. Waring. Scarce and very desirable war date cover from the elite "Georgia Hussars."

The Georgia Hussars. Organized 13 February 1736. This troop of Mounted Rangers was raised by General Oglethorpe to patrol and protect the Colony of Georgia from the Spaniards and Indians. It fought at Bloody Marsh in 1742 and at the Siege of Savannah in 1779. Its record during The War 1861-1865 is unsurpassed as was its service in Mexico, World War I, World War II and Korea. It remained Horse Cavalry until October 1940. From Colonial times to Vietnam, Hussars have represented Savannah in all our Wars. It is still an active unit in the Georgia Army National Guard. [Inscription on The Georgia Hussars Marker located in Savannah, Georgia].

During The War Between the States, The Georgia Hussars, raised two companies to fight for the Confederacy; Company A, became Company F of the Jeff Davis Legion, and Company B, served as Company D, 2nd Battalion Georgia Cavalry.

Private John D. Munnerlyn, served in Captain Joseph Frederick Waring's company in the Jeff Davis Legion. Munnerlyn enlisted as a private on September 17, 1861, and served with the unit until being discharged on December 26, 1862, by reason of physical disability.

Captain Joseph Frederick Waring, was born in Savannah, Ga., on February 13, 1832. He graduated from Yale in 1852, studied law, and became a successful planter in Georgia, as well as being an Alderman in Savannah. When the war commenced in 1861, Waring was a Captain in the Georgia Hussars, and he took his company to Richmond, Virginia to report for duty. Originally assigned to the 6th Virginia Cavalry, this assignment did not last long. Captain Waring was seriously wounded in the face on December 4, 1861, near Annandale, Va., when he led a night raid in an attempt to capture a Union picket post. He received a gunshot wound to his right cheek, another bullet grazed his head, and he had a dozen holes shot through his cape and uniform coat, but he managed to survive. A few days later, Waring's company was assigned as Company F, of the Jeff Davis Legion. He was promoted to major in early 1862, and after seeing action in both the Virginia Peninsular campaign and the Maryland campaign, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel of the Jeff Davis Legion, on December 2, 1862. When Colonel William F. Martin, the original commander of the Legion was promoted to brigadier general, and transferred to the western theatre of the war, Waring was appointed commander of the Jeff Davis Legion. His unit then served in General Wade Hampton's command where Waring led his troops through all of the major cavalry battles of the eastern theater of the war, including Brandy Station, Gettysburg, where he was wounded for the second time, and Trevilian Station. He was promoted to colonel in July 1864, and when General Hampton was ordered to South Carolina in February 1865, the Jeff Davis Legion commanded by Colonel Waring accompanied them south. They participated in the 1865 Carolinas campaign against General William T. Sherman, and Waring and his remaining troops surrendered at Bennett's Place, on April 26, 1865, with the army of General Joseph E. Johnston.              



  H 50in. X D 24in.

Huge fixtures with ceramic original electrical features

sold as a pair only

INDUSTRIAL LIGHT #1786 $700.00


Autograph, Albert Gallatin Brown $35.00


1861 Confederate Cover From The Elite Ge $150.00



H 8in. X W 36in. X D 19in.  H 27in. x W 22in. x W 10in.  Not a big deal but worthy of appreciation, these late 18th through mid 19th century US print blocks were fashioned in rock maple offering a bold 3 5/16 high <B>US</U> in classic period font.  Will go nicely in a display or on the wall. <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 !!  

<b>Sent to Major in the 11th New York Cavalry</b>

Stamped Civil War envelope addressed to Maj. G.W. Richardson, Box 420, New Orleans, La., with 3 cents George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with C.D.S., Aurora, N.Y., Feb. 28.

George W. Richardson, age 36 years; enrolled on December 16, 1861, at New York City, to serve 3 years; mustered in as Captain, Co. K, 11th New York Cavalry, March 19, 1862;  as Major, November 1, 1862; mustered out, July 21, 1865, at Memphis, Tennessee; not commissioned Captain; commissioned Major, March 1, 1864, with rank from November 1, 1862, original. [Source: New York in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865, Compiled by Frederick Phisterer].

INDUSTRIAL 3 GANG LIGHT #3177 $1800.00




late 1700s to mid 1800 U S Print Blocks $35.00


Cover Addressed to Yankee Major in New O $15.00

We will let our photo illustrations do the talking for this offering.  A common American worker of the mid 1800s, this early 6th plate ambrotype remains in pleasing condition and comes in its original case which is solid with no splits at the hinge.  A classic occupational. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 A rare companion piece to a nice 18th early 19th century apothecary flask or bottle, we have three original cast lead caps and are selling them <U>individually priced</U> for the collector who would like an example for display or to complete a nice period medical bottle or flask.  Seldom seen today except in the oldest collections, the shaft of the cap fit loosely into the neck of the bottle with the weight and flat surface of the rounded cap providing a seal against the lip of the bottle.  Easily removed for dispensing and quickly dropped back in place to make the seal, these cast lead caps were a handy utility in the 1700s early 1800s apothecary.   Seldom surviving, I suppose to some extent, because of the multiplicity of lead use and the common re-purposing of the material by virtue of a simple charcoal fire and casting ladle original period examples are rarely seen today.  <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 !!  

<b>United States Congressman from South Carolina

1861 South Carolina Commissioner who conferred with the Federal Government to try and prevent hostilities</b>

(1796-1867) Born in Charleston, S.C., he graduated from Yale College in 1815, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Charleston. Served as a member of the Charleston city council. Was a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1826-29, and 1832-33. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1839-51, was chairman of the Committee on Commerce and also served on the Committee on Naval Affairs. In 1861, he was appointed a commissioner of the State of South Carolina to confer with the Federal Government in an attempt to prevent hostilities. He died in Charleston in 1867 and is interred in Circular Church Yard.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 x 1, in ink, I.E. Holmes, Charleston, So. Ca.   

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of an eagle with an American flag, and the names of all of the states of the United States printed around the edges of the oval design. Motto below: "One Flag, One Country, One Government." Light age toning.

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

Occupational AMBROTYPE $225.00


earlier through mid 1800s cast lead APOT $45.00


Autograph, Isaac E. Holmes $25.00


One Flag, One Country, One Government $5.00

<b>United States Congressman and Senator from Connecticut

Governor of Connecticut

Attorney General of the United States

United States Secretary of the Navy</b>

(1792-1869) Born in Newtown, Conn., he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1818, and commenced practice in Hartford, Conn. He was the prosecuting attorney of Hartford Co., 1822-35, and 1842-44; served as U.S. Congressman, 1835-39; elected Governor of Connecticut by the legislature in 1846; appointed U.S. Attorney General, in the Cabinet of President James K. Polk, 1848-49; served as U.S. Senator, 1852-57; appointed U.S. Secretary of the Navy, in the Cabinet of President James Buchanan, 1857-61.

<u>Signature With Sentiment</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 1/4, in ink. </u>: Very respectfully, y[ou]r. ob[edien]t. s[ervan]t., I. Toucey.      

<b>Commanded the 32nd Missouri Infantry during the Civil War and was wounded at Vicksburg

Governor of Louisiana

Louisiana State Congressman</b>

(1842-1931) He studied law, was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1860, and established his legal career while serving as a district attorney in Missouri. During the Civil War he was lieutenant colonel of the 32nd Missouri Infantry seeing action with them at the capture of Arkansas Post, and at Vicksburg where he was wounded. He was dishonorably discharged from the army for allegedly exaggerating the number of Union casualties, but after his personal appeal to President Abraham Lincoln he was reinstated to his former military status. After rejoining the army he commanded the regiment at the battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, took part in the Atlanta campaign, and reinforced General N.P. Banks at the Red Cedar retreat. He was later commissioned as judge of the Department of the Gulf Provost Court. Henry C. Warmoth was the 23rd Governor of Louisiana, from 1868 to 1872.** Facing criticism from some Republican leaders for supporting weakened civil rights legislation and for endorsing a Democratic/Fusionist ticket in the 1872 election, Warmoth's term culminated in impeachment proceedings and suspension from office. Lieutenant Governor P.B.S. Pinchback assumed office during Warmoth's absence, becoming the first African-American governor in the United States. The impeachment charges against Warmoth were dropped after his term of office ended. He was the first elected Reconstruction Governor of Louisiana; later, he was elected as a Louisiana State Representative, serving one term from 1876 to 1878 while Reconstruction ended and the federal government withdrew its troops from the state. In 1888, Warmoth challenged former governor and ex-Confederate General Francis T. Nicholls in a gubernatorial contest and narrowly lost to the Democrat in an election noted for widespread voter fraud. In 1890, Warmoth was appointed U.S. Collector of Customs in New Orleans and served in that capacity for several years. He published his memoirs, "War, Politics and Reconstruction," in 1930. It is well regarded and considered a classic of the genre. Warmoth died in New Orleans in 1931, at the age of 89.

<u>Signature</u>: 4 3/4 x 1, in ink, H.C. Warmoth.

** WBTS Trivia: Henry C. Warmoth was sworn into office as Governor of Louisiana on July 13, 1868. Elected at the age of 26, he was one of the youngest governors in United States history. Stevens T. Mason, the first governor of Michigan, was the youngest state governor, elected at age 24. 


8 x 10 1/4, imprinted form filled out in ink. The United States To W.W. Sherman, Pay Master, U.S.A. 1863. For Transportation as per appended statement. $119.50. 

I certify that the above account is correct and just, that the services were rendered as stated; and that they were necessary for the public service; and that the services have been reported by me, according to the Army Regulations. W.W. Sherman, Paymaster.

Received at New Orleans, La. the 22 of June 1863 of Capt. J.W. McClure, Ast. Qr. Mr. United States Army, the sum of One hundred nineteen dollars and Fifty cents, in full of the above account. W.W. Sherman, Paymaster.

Light age toning and wear with a small riveted hole at the upper center which does not affect any of the content.

William W. Sherman, a native of New Jersey, twice penned his large and bold signature to this document. Sherman enlisted on June 1, 1861, as a major, and was commissioned into the U.S. Volunteers Paymaster Department. He was dismissed on January 4. 1864.   

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color illustration of Columbia holding an American flag and a cornucopia, with spread winged eagle at lower left. Verse above, "We must keep that Flag where it e'er has stood, In front of the Free, the Wise, and the Good!! And fight and fall, at our Country's call, To defend the Flag of the People!" Light age toning.

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

Autograph, Isaac Toucey $25.00


Autograph, Lieutenant Colonel Henry C. W $35.00


1863 Transportation Payment to U. S. Paym $15.00


We Must Keep That Flag $5.00

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color illustration of a Revolutionary War officer resembling George Washington holding his sword aloft in one hand and an American flag in the other. Motto above, "Death To Traitors. Light age toning. 

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

 <b>to U.S. Officer Stationed in New York City Harbor</b>

Civil War date envelope with C.D.S. New Orleans, Sep. 4, 1862, with 3 cents George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64] with bulls eye cancellation. Addressed to Lieut. M.H. Stacey, Fort Hamilton, New York. The envelope is torn along the upper edges where it was opened. Red wax seal on the back flap. 

May Humphreys Stacey, a Pennsylvania native, enlisted on May 14, 1861, as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 12th U.S. Infantry. He was promoted to captain on August 18, 1864, for gallantry in action on the Weldon Railroad, Va.; brevet major, and brevet lieutenant colonel, April 9, 1865, for gallantry in the campaign that resulted in the surrender of the insurgent army under General Robert E. Lee. 

WBTS Trivia: During the Civil War, Fort Hamilton's garrison protected the New York City harbor against the possibility of Confederate raiders. It also provided troops to help put down the 1863 New York City Draft Riots, and served as a prisoner-of-war camp.    

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

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

 Standing 6 3/4 inches and 4 13/16 inches in diameter with a 2 1/2 inch wide opening at the mouth, this attractive 19th century oyster jar remains in pleasing condition with no cracks, chips or other detracting issues and is nicely maker marked GEORGE SKEY – WILNECOTE – TAMWORTH.  George Skey established his stoneware works in Tamworth in 1860 and quickly became a world leader in the manufacture of all manner of stoneware containers.  His stoneware beer bottles will offer Civil War collectors the most prevalent example of his product with oyster jars such as this one showing up in far less quantity.   A coveted culinary treat of the Civil War camp, period photographic examples of these stoneware oyster jars seem reserved to the officer’s mess table.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Death to Traitors $5.00


1862 Cover Sent From New Orleans, La. $10.00


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


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

Our photo illustrations will do best as a description of these nice old 18th century scales.  Untouched and completely original even to the original green cotton suspensions, the iron beam is nicely shaped in the classic style of the 18th century.  The brass pans offer an attractive deep age patina.  The original sharkskin covered pocket case remains sound at the hinges and while one of the closure clasps is missing, remains in nice condition commensurate with age and period use.  The inside cover retains its period silk lining under an attractive printed guide to weight of various gold coins.  All original and pleasing to the eye, this little scale will lay in nicely with Colonial / American Revolutionary War relics.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  

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

U.S. Senator from Louisiana

Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress

Governor of Louisiana</b>

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

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

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

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   Our photographs will likely do best to describe this colorful multi-dimensional Victorian picture puzzle.  Offered here as attic found, stored in a wonderfully labeled <B>CRANDALL’S - Great Show Acrobats – Pat. 1867</B> dovetailed, game box.  The slide top pine box remains in excellent condition measuring approximately 9 7/8 x 6 1/8 x 2 inches.  The puzzle consists of 20 wood blocks each 1 ¼ inch square. Each covered on four sides by colorfully illustrated lithograph paper, each side a portion of one of six detailed scenes. (see photos).  Two period printed sheets remain in the box as a guide to scenes.  (We will include laser printed views to each of the additional scenes.)  The blocks remain in eye appealing condition with bright colors but with wear at the edges as evidence of period use of the toy.  An attractive mid 1800s play item, the owner will have a tough time deciding which of the colorful illustrations to display.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

18th century CASED BALANCE SCALES $195.00


Autograph, William P. Kellogg $35.00


Never Let That Flag Be Dishonored $5.00


attic find Antique Wood Block PICTURE PU $125.00

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

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

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

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

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

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State Sovereignty National Union


Major Robert Anderson $5.00


Columbia, Columbia, To Glory Arise $5.00


Star Of Destiny $5.00

A nice item for the lighting enthusiast, Indian War era personal item collector or 19th century Americana fan, this little oil lamp is offered untouched and just as it came out of decades of storage.  Remaining entirely original, complete and in fine condition yet with an eye pleasing natural age patina on its brass components, this little finger lamp is marked <B> *  PATENTED * OCTOBER 28, 1873*</B> <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  This attractive little traveling ink measures approximately 1 inch in diameter, stands about 1 7/8 inch high and remains in an eye appealing as found and untouched condition just as it came out after decades of storage.  The body and original screw cap offer that rich chocolate patina that is so desirous in this material and comes only with good honest age.  A neat piece for inclusion in any Civil War vintage grouping, writing instrument enthusiast. (see: <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner )  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

 H 35in. x W 58in.  H 30in. x W 138in.

Patent 1873 FINGER LAMP $75.00







H 14in. x W 20in. x D 10in.

I pair  or more available  H 31in. x W 31in.  H 24in. x W 24in.  H 17in. x W 14in.

Classic wall lights Pair #2599 $1100.00




STOP SIGN $150.00



H 17in. x W 17in.  Penned on a single 8 X 10 sheet folded to offer 3  pages of cursive script laying out the <I>British & European Law</I> of <I> Uniform System of Night Signals</I> with a matching brown ink penned notation on the 4th page originally folded to serve as a cover. That notation is simply directed <I>Capt.</I> and advises <I>Night signaling as is required in British waters.  Per order:  <B>Adml. Semmes C. S. N.</B></I>  <U>Not a signature</U> but clearly an effort to pass along with emphasis the requirements of night signaling while sailing in British and European waters, to a ship’s Captain unfamiliar with sailing in such locations.  The particular circumstances of this interesting communication has been lost in time and must be left to the speculation.  A neat remnant of the Confederate Navy effort to keep the <I>homeland</I> supplied with the necessities of war, we would guess that the document was aimed in some fashion toward blockade running operations.  A neat item for the Confederate Navy and blockade running.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Most frequently referred to by collectors simply as a <I>foot warmer</I> these attractive portable warmers were in actuality  as versatile as the imagination and need to ward off the chill of winter.  Under the heavy blanket or buffalo robe of carriage or sleigh, family pew of a drafty church in winter, or in a sick room, these hand crafted ember <I>stoves</I> offered much comfort in a wide variety of circumstances.  This one measures approximately 8 inches square and stands about 5 ½ inches high not counting the wire bale carrier.  The new owner will likely wish a light cleaning and a bit of wax polish as we were fortunate enough to acquire the piece as you see it here untouched and as found after decades of attic storage.  A rarity in this condition, we chose to leave it pure and as found..  Complete even to include the original sheet iron <I>ember-holder</I> which is nearly always missing, this example remains in especially nice condition with no breaks, repairs or condition issues.   A classic of the type the wood frame sports turned columns with mortis and tenon joints all without the use of nails or metal brads.  The pierce decorated body is of tinned sheet iron, lead soldered with classic hinged door and wire latch.  The beveled ember container is of the classic design with a slightly curved up at the center bottom so as to allow air circulation  preventing overheating and eventual burning through at the bottom.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 H 72in. x W 37in. x D 1 1/4in.



British and European UNIFORM SYSTEM OF N


c. 1700s through mid 1800s portable - W



H 77in. x W 25in x D 5/8in.  H 18in. x W 30in.  H 17in. x W 13in. x D 10in.

6 available....... priced per item  H 48in. x W 20in. x D 10in.





Large brass wall lights. . . up / down240 # $1500.00


PORTER CART. . . . . . RAILWAY $455.00

H 12in. x W 15in. x W 15in.  H 22in. x W 27in. x D 40in.  H 13in. x W 18in. x D 2in.  H 17in. x W 15in. x D 8in.








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