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Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view of Yankee soldier sporting a thin mustache and wearing his shell jacket open to show his checkered shirt. Backmark: Gorgas & Mulvey, Photographers, Madison, Ind. There is a period ink identification written on the back, D. Doile. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.  

<b>United States Congressman from Wisconsin

Appointed U.S. Consul General to the British Province of Canada by President Lincoln in 1863</b>

(1817-99) Nicknamed "Bowie Knife Potter," he was born in Augusta, Maine, attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in East Troy, Wisconsin. He served as Judge of Walworth County, Wisconsin, 1842-46, and was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1856. He served as a delegate to the Whig National Conventions in 1852 and 1856, and to the Republican National Conventions of 1860 and 1864. Served as a Republican U.S. Congressman, 1857-63.  He served as the Chairman on the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, and served as a member of the Committee on Public Lands. President Lincoln appointed him Consul General of the United States to the British Provinces in Canada and he served in that capacity from 1863 to 1866, residing in what was then the capital city of Montreal.

<u>Signature With Title</u>: 3 3/4 x 2, signed in ink by Potter while he was serving as U.S. Consul General.  

Sixth plate tintype of a handsome young gentleman with chin whiskers. He is wearing a high quality jacket with silk trim, and a white shirt and tie. Comes with brass mat, keeper, glass and a full leather covered case with red velvet liner. The case is separated at the spine, and there is a small chip to the bottom edge of one side of the leather case. Nice quality antebellum or Civil War era image.



CDV Identified Union Soldier Photographe $45.00


Autograph, John F. Potter $20.00


Tintype, Handsome Young Gentleman $50.00

Had we not seen one of these years ago in a Civil War medical collection we would likely have not recognized it for what it is.  Set aside in our own accumulation for a good period of time, it is time now, as we clean out the corners, to move some of the old relics on.  Made of heavy gauge iron wire twisted and shaped into the form we see here, the wire was then tempered for strength and to facilitate a spring action.  The resulting utensil simply required a squeeze to dispatch meat or whole vegetable making serving and eating less of a chore for amputee or invalid with use of only one hand.  <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!

 Hand crafted from hickory wood with a <I>rose head</I> pivot pin, the branches of this wonderful 18th century compass / divider measure approximately 13 ¾ inches in length.   With the exception of the black iron pivot pin and branch points, this attractive tool is crafted entirely of wood.  With good evidence of age and originality this compass remains in exceptional condition with eye appealing age patina and good evidence of careful period use and handling.  A desirable companion tool laid in with other tools of the 1700s craftsman, as a wall display or set with period nautical items.  <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!  Patriotic and politically satirical  postal covers were a popularly circulated art form in the times of the American Civil War with virtually every subject and opinion of the day expressed.  Political and social satire envelopes were second only to patriotic subjects with both pro Union and pro Confederate bent.    While the vast majority were put to use in the mails and have not survived, the wide variety of subject matter made the little covers a natural collectible even in the period.  An ever dwindling supply of nice condition, unused examples have thus survived offering today’s collector / historian an opportunity to put together a respectable collection of quality original examples.  Though steadily growing in value these covers still offer an opportunity on to accumulate a category of original Civil War artifacts and watch them grow in interest and value all at a relatively modest initial cost.  We try to keep a small and varying supply of these on our site for those folks who might enjoy them.  You can bring them all up for viewing by entering <I>satirical envelope</I> in our search feature.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!   


Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of General George B. McClellan. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3.

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

Civil War era vintage INVALID FORK $95.00


outstanding hand crafted large 18th cen $125.00


Civil War era - Black SATIRICAL ENVELOP $35.00


General George B. McClellan $5.00

<b>as Candidate for President of the United States

Together With his June 15, 1864 West Point Oration</b>

1864 imprint, 6 x 9 1/4, 8 pages. Published by E.P. Patten, 35 Park Row, New York City. 


Orange, N.J., Sept. 8, 1864

Gentlemen: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter informing me of my nomination by the Democratic National Convention, recently assembled at Chicago, as their candidate at the next election for President of the United States.

It is unnecessary for me to say to you that this nomination comes to me unsought.

I am happy to know that when the nomination was made, the record of my public life was kept in view.

The effect of long and varied service in the army during war and peace has been to strengthen and make indelible in my mind and heart the love and reverence for the Union, Constitution, laws, and flag of our country, impressed upon me in early youth.

These feelings have thus far guided the course of my life, and must continue to do so to its end.

The existence of more than one government over the region which once owned our flag is incompatible with the peace, the power, and the happiness of the people.

The preservation of our Union was the sole avowed object for which the war was commenced. It should have been conducted for that object only, and in accordance with those principles which I took occasion to declare when in active service.

Thus conducted, the work of reconciliation would have been easy, and we might have reaped the benefits of our many victories on land and sea.

The Union was originally formed by the exercise of a spirit of conciliation and compromise. To restore and preserve it, the same spirit must prevail in our councils, and in the hearts of the people.

The reestablishment of the Union in all its integrity is, and must continue to be, the indispensable condition in any settlement. So soon as it is clear, or even probable, that our present adversaries are ready for peace, upon the basis of Union, we should exhaust all the resources of statesmanship practiced by civilized nations, and taught by the traditions of the American people, consistent with the honor and interest of the country, to secure such....... Much more excellent content in General McClellan's acceptance letter, and the complete content of his oration at West Point on June 15th, 1864. 

Age toning and light wear. There is a very small area of paper loss at the bottom of the last page (pages 7 & 8). This does not affect any of the content. Important General McClellan and 1864 presidential campaign imprint.    

Sixth plate tintype in full thermoplastic case. Half view of a New York Infantryman wearing a kepi with reversed regimental numerals visible. I'm not 100% sure what the second numeral is, but the first one is definitely a "4." The second numeral is either a "0," an "8" or a "9," so this Yankee soldier served with the 40th New York Volunteers, the 48th New York Volunteers, or the 49th New York Volunteers, all good regiments. The reason I know that he is a New York soldier is because he is wearing a (reversed) "S.N.Y." belt plate. He is also wearing a 9 button frock coat with shoulder tabs, holds his musket with fixed bayonet at his side, and has a bowie knife, possibly a Sheffield, and a pistol tucked inside of his belt. The tintype shows light scratching and scuffing and some surface blemishes. The image has some obvious condition flaws, however, the content is extremely desirable being a triple armed Yankee soldier, with regimental numerals on his kepi and an S.N.Y. belt plate. It comes complete with brass mat, keeper and glass, and is displayed in a full thermoplastic case with velvet liner and scroll design. This is illustration #321 in the excellent reference book, "Union Cases, A Collector's Guide To The Art Of America's First Plastics," by Clifford and Michelle Krainik, with Carl Walvoord. Very reasonably priced.  Measuring approximately 17 inches square with bright color and good evidence of age and period use yet remaining solid with no tears or repairs, this vintage set of Signal Corps flags will display nicely as companion to any period military grouping.  While we believe they date no earlier than 1870s / 1880s their bright yet obvious age with good evidence of period use will complement any group display from Civil War through the American Indian Wars and Spanish American / Philippine Insurrection.  A tough item to find on today’s collector market.  <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!

 All in pleasing attic found condition with no cracks, repairs or major condition issue yet with the charm of age and period use in the form of a chip or so at the mouth and age crazing, primarily to the inside glaze, our photo illustrations will do best to speak to the condition of this attractive remnant of the abolition movement in pre Civil War America.   Standing approximately 9 3/8 inches to the top of its figured handle, this scarce antique American yellow ware pitcher depicts the major events and characters of Harriet Beecher Stow’s 1852 powerful anti-slavery work <I>Uncle Tom’s Cabin</I>.   Depicted around the body of the pitcher are Uncle Tom on the auction block with a weeping woman and child at his feet.  An auctioneer plies his wares to potential buyers.   On the opposite side is the figure of <I>Liza</I> escaping across the frozen Ohio River with <I>little Harry</I> in her arms.  Cruel overseer <I>Simon Legree</I> is close behind with whip in hand.  Un-marked as to maker, the now quite rare period domestic copy of a more finely rendered and, in its day, much more expensive English pitcher of the same design, this domestic example satisfied demands for a less expensive and more practical counterpart.  Likely these less refined American yellow ware examples saw much heavier use than their more purely decorative cousins resulting in their extreme scarcity today.  An outstanding piece of antique Americana, this rare old just pre Civil War American yellow ware pitcher emanated from the remains of a small country historical society collection as evidenced by a small hand applied inventory number on its base.   A fortunate circumstance as otherwise the piece would likely not survived in its wonderfully pure and untouched 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!

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General McClellan's Letter of Acceptance $35.00


Tintype, Triple Armed New York Infantrym $550.00


antique SIGNAL CORPS FLAGS $225.00


period ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ - American YE $425.00

  Sometimes seen as one or two individual letters, this classic set of wooden printer type in bold vintage font contains <U>all the letters of the alphabet</U> plus <B>&</B> and <B>!</B>.  Carved from 15/16 inch thick rock maple blocks, each letter is 1 5/8 inch high in a bold Civil War vintage font as was popularly utilized in printing those wonderful old broadsides of the period.  This scarce set will go in well in any period grouping and will display especially well with a period recruiting or advertising broadside. 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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 Sawed to size (18 x 8 x 9/16 inch thick) from seasoned Maine white pine, then stenciled on one side, these panels were then stacked and sent along to the <I>box- shop</I> with corresponding plain pine panels each cut to proper size.  Here workers would assemble the rough cut panels to fabricate wooden crates and boxes for containment of all manner of goods.  Side panels for standard size containers frequently utilized pre stenciled decoration with a place left for later addition of the end user’s name or content identification.  The bold figure of a steam powered <I>side-wheeler</I> with its American flag fluttering from the stern was a popular figure in the patriotic 19th century. Recovered from the pine wood scraps of a turn of the century country<I>box shop</I> cleanout, this period panel remain in fine untouched condition with a wonderful honey age patina and clearly period stenciling.  Wonderful Americana decorators seldom encountered in such nice 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 !


Sixth plate tintype of Union soldier sporting a goatee beard and wearing a  uniform coat with shoulder tabs, and U.S. oval belt plate (reversed in image), pistol and bowie knife can be seen sticking out of his belt. Comes in a half case, with brass mat, keeper and glass. Typical wear.  

8 x 12, imprinted form, filled out in ink.

Invoice of Clothing, Camp and Garrison Equipage transferred by C.H. Gaubert, Capt. and Asst. Quartermaster, U.S. Army, at Lebanon, Ky., to H.S. Palmer, 16th Ky. Inft., March 29th, 1864. For ten camp kettles that are in new condition. Signed, C.H. Gaubert, Capt. & A.Q.M. Very fine. Uncommon regiment.

Charles H. Gaubert, enlisted on March 24, 1864, as a captain, and was commissioned into the U.S. Volunteers Quartermaster's Department. He was mustered out of the service on July 8, 1865.

Earlier 1800s through Civil War era - Le $195.00


c. 1800s SIDE-WHEELER decorated pine box $45.00


Tintype, Double Armed Yankee Wearing U. S $395.00


16th Kentucky Infantry Invoice $20.00

Unused patriotic envelope with large bust illustration of Colonel John W. Geary. Imprint at upper right, Col. Geary's Twenty-Eighth Regiment P.[ennsylvania] V.[olunteers. Col. Geary in script below his likeness. Published by Magee, Phila. Light age toning. Very fine. Desirable Pennsylvania regimental cover. 

<u>John W. Geary</u>: (1819-1873) From the age of 16 he had been a militia lieutenant and with the outbreak of war with Mexico, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and took part in General Winfield Scott's advance from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. In the interval between the close of the Mexican War and start of the Civil War, Geary organized the post office system in California, served as the 1st mayor of San Francisco, and for several months was the territorial Governor of Kansas. On June 28, 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry and joined the command of General Nathaniel P. Banks at Harpers Ferry. He distinguished himself in several engagements and was wounded at Bolivar Heights, captured Leesburg in March 1862, was twice wounded at Cedar Mountain, and returned to action in time to command a division of the 12th Corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Later transferred to the western army, he fought at Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign and took part in General Sherman's celebrated March to the Sea. After the capture of Savannah, Ga., Geary was appointed it's military governor. His post war career saw him elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 1866, serving two terms.  H 29in. x W 20in. x D 9in.

ORIGINAL RED PAINT  14in. x 14in. x 1in.

PADDED LEATHER IS MINT  H 9in. x W 70in. x D 1 1/2in.

Patriotic Cover, Colonel Geary's 28th Pe $25.00







H 12in. x W 8in. x D 10in.  H 84in. x D 24in.  H 18in. x W 12in.  H 11in. x W 8 1/2in. x 6in.





OLD B / A GAS CAN $120.00



H 15in. x D 11in.  H 4in. x D 3 1/2in.  

FILLER SPOUT IS $45.00   tin is sold  H 12in. x W 6 1/2in. x 4in.



H 4in. x D 3 1 / 2in. $50.00


SPOUT 0IL TIN $45.00



H 11in. x D 6 1/2in.  H 14in. x W 8 1/2in. x 5 1/2in.  H 10in. x W 8 1/2in. x 5 1/2in.  H 7in. x W 5 1/2in.

OLD GAS CAN $60.00




H 10in. x W 8 1 / 2in. x 5 1 / 2in. $80.00



H 14in. x W 8 1/2in. x 6in.  H 8in. x W 8in. x 4in.  H 15in. x W 9 1/2in. x 9 1/2in.  H 11in. x W 8 1/2in. x 6in.





OLD OIL CAN $80.00



H 10 1/2in. x W 8 1/2in. x 5 1/2in.  H 32in. x D 18in.

more available similar  H 11in. x W 8 1/2in. x 6in.  H 10in. x W 9in. x 5 1/2in.








H 16in. x D 11in.  H 16in. x D 11in.  H 17in. x D 11in.  H 5 1/2in. x D 4in.





OLD GAS CAN $60.00



H 22in. x D 20in.  H 12in. x W 14in. x D 13in.  H 21in. x W 28in. x 42in.


By Stephen W. Sylvia and Michael J. O'Donnell. Published by Moss Publications, Orange, Virginia, 1978. Large, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, hard cover book, 319 pages, index, profusely illustrated. No dust jacket. This comes from my personal library and has my own embossed ex-libris on the bottom corner of the first blank page. Excellent condition. Great reference book.

The "Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics" is the culmination of two years of intensive research by the authors.

Tracing the history of relics and relic collectors from the tumultuous years of the war down through the ensuing century, the authors have, for the first time, portrayed the little known story behind the artifact.

Stephen W. Sylvia and Michael J. O'Donnell have paid honor by word and picture to the soldier, the historian, the collector, and the artifact hunter, and to these authors shall go the well deserved thanks of future generations of Americans for the preservation of the record to this date.







The Illustrated History of American Civi $45.00

H 34in. x W 70in.

HANG IT FROM YOUR ROOF  H 38in. x W 36in. x D 26in.  H 66in. x W 66in. x D 1 1/2in.

QTY AVAILABLE  H 62in. x W 62in. x D 5in.







IRON RINGS. . . HUGE & OLD $600.00



H 18in. x D 10in.

price per item  H 48in. x D 60in.  H 36in. x D 26in.

Plastic dome is original  24" w  X  24"d  X  36"H


Old soda fountain lights $450.00




Deco pendant light fixture $350.00



H 48in. x W 38in. x 3in.

VSRIOUS SIZES AND STYLES IN STOCK  H 12in. x W 52in. x D 56in.

GREAT AWNING OR SIGN  H 45in. x W 5in. x 5in.


OLD CAR & TRUCK DOORS 1930, S $450.00







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