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Offered here are two identical images identified as  <B>Pvt. John Anorson</B> by Philadelphia  photographers <I>Winderoth & Taylor</I>.  Best described by our photographs, the first is a soiled and well-worn view with a fragmented revenue stamp on the back with an old pencil notation <I>Uncle John died in the War</I>.  On the front is the very lidht identification <I> John Anorson</I> apparently in the same hand.  The second photo is identical save the notations, but in much nicer condition.  Young John Anorson was just eighteen years of age when he enlisted and was mustered in on October 11, 1861 as a Private of Co. B <I>91st Pennsylvania Infantry</B>.  Pvt. Anorson would have seen action at Fredericksburg before reenlisting o the day after Christmas of 1863.  He was taken prisoner by Confederate forces as <B>Chancellorsville</B> on May 3, 1863 and died of disease as a POW at <B>Andersonville</B> on August 18, 1864. He is buried at Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, GA (Grave #6029).  Of cursory interest is that Anorson was a little fellow as can be noted by his photograph, measuring just five foot four and one half  enlistment records.  A good look at his CDV also reveals that he had one eye that was severely <I>cocked</I>. Clearly visible in the better image the malady was corrected by hand in the identified view.  A nice pair of photographers with a side interest to the prisoner of war 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Unusual in that this <B>HOLLAND GIN</B> is in the common round configuration as opposed to the flat sided, tapered style associated with Holland Gin spirits bottles.  Pleasing with no condition issues, the bottle stands approximately 11 ¼ inches and retains its period label proclaiming popular <I>Holland Gin</I> as content.  Sporting impressive period classic graphics yet devoid of any distillery identification, one wonders if the old liquor bottle was actually a period <I>rip-off</I> posing as the favored <I>Holland Gin</I> when a more truthful label would have identified the treat as <I>BATHTUB GIN</I>.  A neat bar decorator / conversation piece.  <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!  No guarantee of a cure as the title would indicate, the application of this 6 ¾ X 7 ½ inch brown ink penned <I>Cure for Dysentery</I> would surely bring emotional relief from the taking of the concoction with its considerable content of laudanum <I>every hour until better</I>.  (<I>Laudanum : an alcoholic solution containing morphine, prepared from opium) The bane of soldiers from the American Revolution through the Civil War, this period penned prescription will set well in any period medical or personal item grouping.  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 !  Constructed from heavy 1/8 thick by 1 ½ inch wide bridle leather with a stout brass <I>roller buckle</I> and utilizing period indicative copper <I>rivet & washer </I> fasteners (see photos), this 19th century flag bearer sling remains in exceptional condition.  Offered as found and untouched to preserve veracity as a period sling, this piece remains pliable and without age cracking yet offers good evidence of period age and construction.  Left as a decision for the new owner this piece will restore to near as new with a bit of proper dressing.  A nice item for the Civil War and Indian War collector at a reasonable price.  <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>

2 Civil War CDVs of: Pvt. John Anorson / $195.00

 

antique HOLLAND GIN - Bottle $75.00

 

earlier through the Civil War era : DYS $55.00

 

extra nice period bridle leather FLAG BE $135.00

One of those rare quality images of the ambrotype era that just seems to reach out to the viewer in its simplicity, one can only lament the fact that this young man’s identity and circumstances have been lost in time.  Set on <I>ruby glass</I> with an 1864 cancelled revenue stamp on the reverse, one can only wonder given the age of our young subject if the photo in his finely green tinted shirt with crisp new suspenders and rosy cheeks was intended to be left at home as a keepsake.  A simple statement of Civil War life, this beautiful ambrotype portrait will set well in any period Americana grouping.

<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>

 Presented here in totally original condition with as found <I>attic</I> outer surface and interior stains remaining from its last use, we have left this pot as found in order to preserve the unquestionable originality of the stamped <B>US</B> markings on its handle. While the inside of the pot retains stains as remnant of its last period use, all is solid save several pinholes in the very bottom. Good soldered seams, no big dents or rust beyond minor staining.  Of the common construction and style of earlier to well through the mid-1800s, our photo illustrations will provide the best description except to advise that the pot stands just over 6 inches and is approximately 6 inches across the base with a 4 1/8 inch mouth diameter.  A nice period find in this condition, the original <B>US</B>markings offer considerable rarity and appeal to this old standard.  (see: Civil War vintage Missouri River <B>Steamboat Bertrand</B> cargo excavation 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Originating in Europe well before the 1700s the game of skittles was a mainstay of English pubs well before immigrating to America where the ten-pin version is now considered a forerunner to modern bowling.  Popular in ten, nine and four pin versions both as a parlor game where the pins were set-up in diamond fashion on the wood of carpeted floor, the game of skittles was also played out of doors and was popularly played by children as well as adults.  Emanating from a history as an English pub or drinking game, by the time of the American Civil War the game was popularly played by common folk and high society alike, indoors and out by children and adults.  ( A period example a skittles game had been on display as part of the period memorabilia of the Jefferson Davis, <I>White House of the Confederacy,</I> home section of the old <I>Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond<I>.)  This scarce scaled down <I>traveling</I> skittles game is complete with nine turned  4 7/8 inch <I>pins</I> and the original ball. Equally appropriate to home, pub or Civil War winter camp, this traveling skittles game offers good evidence of age and period use yet remains pleasing to the eye and will go well in any quality period grouping.  <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 22in. x D 50in. x 8in.

Civil War dated 6th plate: TINTED AMBRO $225.00

 

original! U. S. Marked Civil War vintag $235.00

 

Scarce scaled down - 19th century 9 pin $95.00

 

H 22in. x D 50in. x 8in. $0.00




(1825-88) Graduated #1 in the West Point class of 1849. Gillmore was chief engineer of the Port Royal, S.C. expedition in 1861-62 which effected an important Union lodgement on the Carolina coast. His greatest moment in the Civil War came when his brilliant plan reduced Fort Pulaski, Ga., the Confederate stronghold which guarded the approach to the Savannah River. In 1863 he commanded the Department of the South and was in charge of the Charleston campaign. It was said that his operations constituted a new era in the science of engineering and gunnery. In 1864, he served under General Benjamin F. Butler and was involved in the Bermuda Hundred, Va. campaign. In February 1865, he returned to the command of the Department of the South until the end of the war.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view in uniform with rank of brigadier general, and holding his kepi with U.S. cloth hat wreath insignia. No back mark. Very sharp and desirable image.  Famously associated with Benjamin Franklin who’s patent on the two tube lamp burner declared that two closely adjacent flames produced more than twice light of a single tube, the two tube whale oil burner was popularly used through the Civil War era.  Per Hayward’s <I>Colonial & Early American Lighting</I> on page 47, a tinned whale oil lamp of the style offered here is known to have been shown in the 1866 New York exhibition of the Lincoln log cabin.  That lamp had history of ownership and use by Lincoln in his early Illinois law office.  Offered here as found, untouched and seemingly un-used, this tinned lamp will best be described by our illustrations except to advise that it stands approximately 6 3/4 inches with a 5 1/4 inch diameter base.  A nice original example, this attractive old whale oil lamp will go well in any period setting.  (see: Civil War vintage Missouri River <B>Steamboat Bertrand</B> cargo excavation 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Frequently an enigma to many sellers who insist on listing these neat instruments as bloodletting <I>fleams,</I> surgeon <I>scalpels,</I> or <I>quill knives</I> these little tools are more arcuately referred to as <U>ink scrapers</U>.  A forerunner to the modern eraser such ink scrapers were an earlier to mid 19th century must have on the desk of all but the most careful and precise penman.  This original  example measures 7 ½ inches in length and is ivory mounted with an exceptionally nice blade, maker marked <B>ROGERS  -  CUTLERS TO HER MAJESTY</B> with the bold <U>Star & Maltese Cross</U> familiar to students of fine American import Rogers side knives of the Gold Rush and Civil War period.  This nice example even retains its original protective sheath.  A nice personal item that will be of special interest to antique writing instrument enthusiasts.  <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>


 

 Offered here untouched and as found with good age patina and evidence of period originality, this  black iron forged key ring holds three approximately 4 inch cell door keys and a single larger 5 inch key which would have been used to allow access to the 3 cell block of the typical small town jail of the mid to later 1800s. A nice item frequently reproduced for display but seldom found as original and period. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

CDV, General Quincy A. Gillmore $75.00

 

first half of the 19th century - ‘Lincol $125.00

 

Civil War vintage Rogers / Sheffield – I $65.00

 

19th Century JAILOR STYLE KEY-RING $65.00

Our photos will provide the best description of this neat old carved soap stone tobacco pipe except to advise that it measures approximately 6 1/8 inches long (illustrated here with a <I>Yankee</I> quarter for size comparison) and offers good evidence of age with period use and handling.  A desirable item for any Civil War personal item collector, this hand carved soap stone tobacco pipe  with its early war Confederate States flag decoration somehow found its way to New England where it was eventually <I>picked</I> from a Vermont country attic. Alas, though it was not a state of Maine find, (see our collection site at <I>MaineLegacy.com</I>) we have had it set aside in our accumulation of treasures since.  Lost in time but likely the object of a Vermonter / Confederate troop trade or simply a war souvenir cherished for a time then packed away in the family attic, this nice old pipe is deserving of an appreciative home.  <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>  


<b>Gallant officer of the famous 7th Michigan Cavalry, of General Custer's Brigade, who fought at Gettysburg!</b>


Sessions, named after the 6th President of the United States, John Quincy Adams, was a 30 year old resident of Charlotte, Michigan when he enlisted on November 13, 1862, and was commissioned as a 1st lieutenant in Co. D, 7th Michigan Cavalry. He was discharged on November 13, 1865, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 


<u>Signature With Title and Date</u>: 4 x 1 3/4, in ink. A.D. 1879, John Q.A. Sessions, Notary Public. The signature only is in the hand of Sessions. 


<u>WBTS Trivia</u>: The original captain of Company D, 7th Michigan Cavalry was none other than the soon to be immortal General George Armstrong Custer, with John Q.A. Sessions serving as his 1st lieutenant.


The Michigan Brigade, known as the "Wolverines," was composed of the 1st Michigan Cavalry, 5th Michigan Cavalry, 6th Michigan Cavalry and 7th Michigan Cavalry. The brigade fought in every major campaign of the Army of the Potomac from the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, to the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, Va., on April 9, 1865.  


During the battle of Gettysburg, one of the most notable cavalry engagements of the Civil War took place, with General George A. Custer commanding the Michigan Cavalry Brigade which included Lieutenant Sessions and the 7th Michigan Cavalry. 


On the fateful day of July 3, 1863, the Michiganders faced one of the Confederacy's most elite cavalry divisions led by the legendary plumed hat General J.E.B. Stuart. In this engagement, out of the 400 officers and men engaged, the regiment lost 13 killed, 4 officers and 48 men wounded, and 39 missing. This was a greater loss than that of any other cavalry regiment in this battle. The 7th Michigan Cavalry led the charge on the Confederate center, followed by the 1st Michigan Cavalry. It was during the desperate mounted fighting that pursued that General Custer cried out, "Come on, you Wolverines!" which became the rallying cry of the Michigan brigade!


On the morning of July 4th, the 7th Michigan Cavalry proceeded with the command to follow General Robert E. Lee's retreating Army of Northern Virginia. On that night, while marching through Monterey Pass, they were met by a volley of canister fire shot from two pieces of Confederate artillery positioned in the road. The 7th promptly charged upon the enemy and took the Rebel guns while the brigade captured many prisoners and 400 army wagons. The regiment was again engaged at Smithburg on July 5th, and at Hagerstown and Williamsport on July 6th. While in action at Hagerstown they advanced under heavy fire and drove the Rebels back. On July 12th the regiment was in action again at Hagerstown, and at Falling Waters on July 14th, where they captured a ten-pound Parrot gun. They also took 400 prisoners and the battle flag of the 55th Virginia Infantry.


<u>Footnote</u>: John Quincy Adams Sessions was a graduate of the University of Michigan and a lawyer. He took an active part in writing the history of Washtenaw County. In 1879, he read before the Washtenaw County Pioneer Society a graphic history of the early settlement of Ann Arbor. He served as president of the society as well as chairman of the executive committee for several years.   


<b>Brevetted for gallantry in the Civil War battles of Fair Oaks, Chancellorsville & the Wilderness, Virginia</b>


(1820-95) Born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, he graduated in the West Point class of 1842. Commissioned brevet 2nd lieutenant, 1st U.S. Infantry, July 1, 1842; 2nd lieutenant, 7th U.S. Infantry, July 21, 1844; 1st lieutenant, February 16, 1847, seeing action in the Mexican War; captain, March 3, 1855; colonel, 37th New York Infantry, September 28, 1861; major, 10th U.S. Infantry, January 21, 1863; brevet lieutenant colonel, for gallantry in battle of Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863; and colonel, May 6, 1864, for gallantry in battle of the Wilderness; brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for gallantry in the battle of Fair Oaks, Va. In the years 1865-66, Hayman was the assistant provost marshal general and disbursing officer at Elmira, New York. He was assigned to the command of Fort Dakota in 1866, and retired in 1872. He died on May 1, 1895.


<u>Partial Document Signed With Rank</u>: 7 1/2 x 5 1/2, in ink, Very Respectfully, Your obdt. Servt., S.B. Hayman, 1 Lt. 7th Inf., A.A.Q.M. Addressed at left to Maj. Genl. Thomas S. Jessup, Quarter Master Gen. U.S.A., Washington City, D.C. Dated January 1855 on the reverse. Light age toning and wear.  


<b>President of Columbia University


Nobel Peace Prize Recipient


Republican Statesman


This is Butler's message to the Columbia men fighting in World War I</b>


(1862-1947) Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was an American philosopher, diplomat, and educator. Butler was president of Columbia University, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. He became so well known and respected that The New York Times printed his Christmas greeting to the nation every year. Butler's academic and other achievements led President Theodore Roosevelt to call him "Nicholas Miraculous." Throughout the 1890's he served on the New Jersey Board of Education and helped form the College Entrance Examination Board. He was a delegate to each of the Republican National Conventions from 1888 to 1936. In 1912, when Vice President James S. Sherman died before the presidential election, Butler was designated to receive the electoral votes that Sherman would have received, however the Republican ticket headed by President William H. Taft was defeated and finished third behind the Democrats and the Progressives. Butler attempted to secure the Republican presidential nomination for his lifelong friend and future United States Secretary of State Elihu Root in 1916, and sought the nomination for himself in 1920, without success.  Butler became president of Columbia University in 1902, and among the many dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony was President Teddy Roosevelt. He held the position of president of Columbia for 43 years, the longest tenure in the university's history, retiring in 1945. As president, he carried out a major expansion of the campus, adding many new buildings, schools, and departments including Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the first academic medical center in the world. Nicolas Murray Butler is buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, in Paterson, New Jersey.


<u>1917 Imprint</u>: 5 1/4 x 8 1/4, folio with 2 pages of content (1 & 3) and 2 blank pages, (2 & 4). Printed signature. This is Nicholas M. Butler's message to the gallant Columbia men who were fighting in World War I. 


Columbia University

in the City of New York


PRESIDENT'S ROOM


To each Columbia man in service


At this Christmas season when the good cheer and good will that should mark it are so sadly absent from the lives and hearts of millions of human beings, Alma Mater has a special word of greeting and encouragement for those of her brave and stalwart sons who have given themselves to the service of the nation, even though their lives be the sacrifice. No contest in which you could possibly be engaged can equal this one in moral significance. Everything which distinguishes right from wrong in public conduct, everything which marks off principle from expediency in national life, everything which draws a line between liberty and despotism, everything which removes human opportunity from the grasping hand of cruel privilege, waits for its safety, and perhaps for its very existence, upon your success and that of the noble men of allied nations who are fighting by your side on land and sea.


Keep a stout heart, no matter how long the waiting, how severe the trials, or how nearby the danger. Life will not be worth living for any of us unless you win this war. Be assured that you are to win, for the whole moral and patriotic force of America is behind you. Columbia intensely proud of her share in this struggle and of her notable contribution of men and service to its successful conduct, sends you this word of good cheer and encouragement. When this war shall have been righteously won there will be peace on earth for all men of good will.


Nicholas Murray Butler

President


THANKSGIVING DAY, 1917


Light age toning and wear. The bottom 3 sentences have been underlined in red. Superb content. 



Trivia: World War I was also known as the First World War, and the Great War. This global war originated in Europe and lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars," it led to the mobilization of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It was also one of the deadliest conflicts in world history with an estimated 9 million combatants, and 7 million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war.

carved soap-stone - Confederate 1st Nati $475.00

 

Lieutenant John Quincy Adams Sessions $15.00

 

Autograph, General Samuel B. Hayman $25.00

 

Nicholas Murray Butler Imprint $15.00




<b>Outlining the procedures for the 1863 military draft</b>


4 1/2 x 7 3/4, imprint, signed in ink by Henry Stone, A.A.G.


War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., June 25, 1863


To Lt. Col. Robt. C. Buchanan, 4th Inf.

Acting Assistant Provost Marshal General

Trenton, N.J.


Sir:


I am directed by the Provost Marshal General to instruct you to see that each of the Provost Marshals under your supervision, makes all the necessary preliminary arrangements to effect a draft as soon as one may be ordered. The name of each man of the 1st class should be written on a separate card, suitable to be put in a box or wheel for drawing. The necessary box or wheel for drawing should be provided without delay. You will also see that adequate preparation is made for the prompt entry of the names drawn, as required by paragraph 74, Regulations for the government of the Bureau of the Provost Marshal General, and for speedy notification, in each sub-district, of persons drafted.


You will also make without delay any other arrangements, not herein specified, that may be advantageous and proper for the accomplishment of the draft, with the least possible delay.


I am, sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Henry Stone

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning and wear. Very fine.


<u>Henry Stone</u>: (1831-96) Born in Maine, he was a resident of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin at the outbreak of the Civil War, and he enlisted on August 28, 1861, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Co. K, 1st Wisconsin Infantry. He was promoted to rank of 1st Lieutenant, on October 31, 1861. Promoted to Captain & A.A.G., on April 4, 1863, and assigned to the Adjutant General's Department. On January 19, 1865, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the 100th U.S. Colored Infantry; and Brevet Colonel, on March 13, 1865. He was mustered out of the U.S. service on December 26, 1865. After the war he was a member of Gettysburg G.A.R. Post #191, in Boston, Massachusetts.


<u>Robert C. Buchanan</u>: (1811-78) Born in Baltimore, Md., Buchanan the recipient of this order, was Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th U.S. Infantry in 1863, and he had a long and very distinguished military career in the U.S. Army. An 1830 graduate of the United States Military Academy, at West Point, he fought in the Mexican War where he was brevetted for gallantry in the battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Molino del Rey. He was later cited for gallantry in the Civil War battles of Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, Manassas and Fredericksburg, Va., earning promotion to Brevet Brigadier General, and Brevet Major General, on March 13, 1865. After the war he remained in the army serving as Colonel of the 1st U.S. Infantry. He resigned on December 31, 1870.      


<b>Wounded in the battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee


Judge Advocate during the trial of Andersonville Commandant Henry Wirz</b>


(1836-1924) Born in Union County, Ohio, he attended Washington College, and Cincinnati Law School, graduating in 1859. During his professional career he was a lawyer, judge, and U.S. Congressman, 1871-75. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted on May 28, 1861, as a 2nd lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 2nd Iowa Infantry. He was promoted to major, September 23, 1861, and wounded in the thigh on February 15, 1862, during the capture of Fort Donelson, Tenn. He was discharged for promotion, on April 16, 1862, and commissioned colonel and appointed aide-de-camp, and chief of staff, of General Samuel R. Curtis. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, and was discharged from the service on November 30, 1865. He served as Judge Advocate during the trial of Andersonville Commandant Henry Wirz. After the war he was active in the G.A.R., and served as National Adjutant General in 1869.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of colonel. No backmark. Bottom left corner of the albumen print is chipped off which does not affect the subject. Light age toning. Scarce. Desirable, historical Civil War officer.


 


5 1/4 x 8, imprinted form filled out in ink.


United States Military Telegraph


By Telegraph from Hd. Qrs. A.[rmy] of Ja[me]s

 

Dated Jan. 9, 1864


To Lieut. Trent


Please send by telegraph a report of operations on your line for last week. I merely want a general idea of what has been done.


W.R. King

Lt. & Acting Chf. Engr.


Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Nice content.


William R. King, graduated 5th in the West Point class of 1859. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant of engineers on June 11, 1863; captain on December 31, 1865; major on March 4, 1879; lieutenant colonel on July 23, 1888; and he died on May 18, 1898. 


During the Civil War he received promotion to rank of brevet captain on December 1, 1864, for gallantry and distinguished service during the 1864 campaign in North Carolina; and brevet major on April 9, 1865, for gallant conduct in the field.  


4 x 6 5/8, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, August 1, 1863


General Orders

No. 254


By direction of the President of the United States, the following officers are retired from active service at their own request, and their names will be entered on the retired list of officers of the grade to which they now respectively belong, in accordance with section 15, act approved August 3, 1861; this order to take effect from this date: 


Colonel Hannibal Day, 6th Infantry


Lieutenant Colonel George Nauman, 1st Artillery


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Very fine 1863 Union document.

1863 Order, Provost Marshal General's Of $25.00

 

CDV, General Norton P. Chipman $75.00

 

1864 Army of the James, U. S. Military Te $45.00

 

President Lincoln Directs Retirement of $6.00

This especially <I>showy</> patriotically decorated antique fish decoy measures approximately 8 ¼ inches in length and while remaining in excellent all original condition offers good evidence of honest age with period use.  Well-shaped with detail carving of mouth and gills, this piece sports a sheet tin tail with five fins, inletted, poured belly weight and early iron staple line tie.  All set off by its pleasing surface and patriotic red, white and blue, <I>stars & stripes</I> motif, this exceptional ice fishing decoy will make a nice addition to any folk art, decorative Americana or vintage fishing grouping.  <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 bit late for our usual fare but we felt a nice item worthy of a proper place is this <B>U S Q M C </B>/ <B>Edward Katzinger Co. Chicago, Ill</B> marked tinned sheet iron dipper.  Best described by our photos, this stout dipper remains in unissued and apparently unused condition while offering good evidence of natural age and originality.  The dipper measures 5 1/2 inches in diameter at the mouth and is 3 1/8 inches deep tapering to 4 1/8 inches across its flat bottom with a handle of 7 1/8 inches in length. Offered here in all original and as found condition save a wipe with a damp cloth, this neat old dipper is best dated by its lead soldered construction and flat bottom stile.  Maker markings add further evidence of manufacture period as Katzinger opened his Chicago business in 1888 and was joined by his son 1919.  This old Quarter Master Corps dipper will be of special interest to early tin and mess gear enthusiasts.  <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>


 All complete and original, this rarely encountered pattern of 1857 type / Mod. 1861, .58 caliber cartridge box will best be described by our illustrations except to advise that the leather remains moderately stiff with age but flexible while showing some fine checking (no flaking) as good evidence of age and originality.   The box retains its period US plate and the strap <U>is not pierced for the use of a breast plate</U> which is a relatively common trait particular to Maine use.    There are no splits or weak spots to the leather or stitching. The inner flap is marked <B>A. W. DECROW MAKER BANGOR</B>.   The smallest of the Maine Civil War leather accoutrement contractors in terms of quantity of goods, Anson W, Decrow of Bangor, Maine left his maker mark on boxes carried by some of the hardest fought and best known Maine Civil War regiments to include the <B>20th Maine Infantry</B>, the <B>17th Maine</B>, </B>16th</B>, <B>7th </B> >,<B> 6th </B>, <B>5th </B>and<B>4th Maine Volunteers</B>, all of <FONT COLOR=#808000><I><B> Gettysburg</B></I></FONT COLOR> renown.  A nice honest Civil War cartridge box by a scarce contractor. <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>


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 H 30in. x D 9in.

antique ice fishing – FISH DECOY $225.00

 

U S Quarter Master Corps marked Dipper $95.00

 

scarce DECROW – BANGOR MAINE – Civil War $895.00

 

H 30in. x D 9in. $0.00




By William A. Gladstone. Published by Thomas Publications, Gettysburg, Pa., 1993. Paperback, 8 1/4 x 11. 227 pages, index, profusely illustrated. The front cover illustration was done by noted Civil War artist, Don Troiani, and is titled, "Soldier of the 1st South Carolina Infantry." Another full color illustration can be found on the back cover, titled, "United States Soldiers at Camp William Penn, Philadelphia, Pa." The book is in new, unread condition. However, it does have some minor cover wear. Overall it is in excellent condition. A comprehensive history of the U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War. Also notes on slavery. Very desirable reference book.


William A. Gladstone, Civil War Photo Historian, has written and lectured extensively on Civil War photography. Recently, he has turned his attention to the role of the black man in the Civil War. He has lectured at Yale University, the Museum of Fine Arts, the United States Military Academy, Gettysburg College, the University of Bridgeport, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Photographic Historical Society of New England, the New York Photographic Historical Society, and for the National Park Service. His articles have appeared in the Negro History Bulletin, Military Images, Civil War Times Illustrated, Photographics, A.B. Bookman, and The Photographic Historian.


Bill has had major exhibits on the black soldier in the Civil War at the U.S. Army Military Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., The Civil War Library and Museum in Philadelphia, Gettysburg National Military Park, and at the Neikrug Gallery and Modernage Photography Gallery in New York City. These exhibitions have won top awards.


Bill was President of the Photographic Historical Society of New York and Chairman of the West Point Chapter of the Company of Military Historians. For his contributions to Civil War photographic history he has been awarded "FELLOW" in both of these organizations.   Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this extra nice period light artillery hat insignia.  Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of pioneer Civil War collector will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend.  A 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 in 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.) <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 neat example of the <I>make-do</I> mentality of the 19th century, and the days when everything was used to the <I>nub</I> with nothing thrown out till it was totally used up with no repurposing application, this Civil War vintage lantern found continued even after the globe was broken.  With the chimney and burner likely used to repair another lantern, two wood slats were fitted and placed in the body so as to hold an available whale oi burner, add a house lamp chimney and <I>wha-lah</I> a very adequate portable lantern.  With obvious age and period use, this charming original to the period, <I>make-do</I> lighting device will fit well in any mid 1800s setting. <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>


 As one of only two producers who were able to provide quinine in large enough quantities for the Civil War Union Army, Powers & Weightman was probably the largest and certainly the best known of medical / chemical suppliers of the period with large contracts for all manner of  hospital and medically related chemical formulas.  Used in quantity at the larger apothecaries and medical facilities, containers for their goods were quickly cast aside and less likely to be repurposed as in home use thus seldom survived.  This all original Powers & Weightman, Morphle Sulphas (a bacterial) box measures approximately 3 X 3 1/8 X 6 ½ inches and remains in solid condition while offering good evidence of age, period use and originality.  With its period classic color and familiar Civil War vintage labeling this scarce little pasteboard box will complement any period medical grouping.  <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>

Men of Color

 

Lord collection – Civil War Mounted Arti $185.00

 

earlier 1800s through Civil War era – ‘m $75.00

 

Civil War vintage POWERS & WEIGHTMAN Apo $60.00

H 18in. x D 12in.

 H 38in. x D 18in.

 Most commonly referred to as a <I>fireman’s</I> speaking trumpet and clearly most widely used as such, frequently overlooked is good documentation of military use in the Civil War.  As 18th century fire captains use speaking trumpets to amplify their voices over the noise and commotion of a fire scene, so did military leaders use the same to shout encouragement and commands over the din of battle.  Likely the most well-known military application occurred at the Battle of Mobile Bay when Admiral Farragut  issued the now famous order <I>Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!</I> through his speaking trumpet.  (see: The Civil War on the Mississippi</I>by Barbara Brooks Tomblin)  This attractive <I>working</I> example is free of the decorative embellishment most frequently seem on presentation grade fire trumpets yet, save a period sling ring replacement, remains in pleasing condition with an eye appealing natural age patina with no dents, scrapes or scars.  A nice addition to any period firefighting or military grouping. this speaking trumpet measures approximately 17 ¼ inches in length with a 6 ½ inch diameter bell and is offered here as collectors appreciate, unpolished, uncleaned and as found.  <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>


 This old stationery box is a bit of an enigma to us and we call it <I>rare</I> as it is the first we have encountered in our 50+ years of seeking out Civil War and mid 1800s personal items and collectables.  Familiar with the Scoville Mfg. Co. figured, gutta percha topped, collar boxes commonly referred to as <I>ditty</I> boxes by Civil War collectors, this stationery box version is of the same construction and material.  A bit loose at the hinges as is a common malady of the ditty boxes (could easily be tightened but we prefer as found and as used originality) and with good evidence of period use and originality this neat old stationery box remains in pleasing ready for the collection condition.  Of most interest to the collector will be the  Richmond, Virginia, George Washington Equine statue design on the gutta percha lid.  The most desirable pattern found on the Scoville collar box lids, this Equine monument is as was used in Confederate States of America, Great Seal.  Likely an embellishment by the original owner is the Civil War patriotic cover in the box lid.  The box retains an apparently un-used period ink dipping pen and a ream of  un-used Civil War vintage stationery.  An outstanding grouping for the gutta percha, writing equipment or personal item enthusiast.  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 !

H 18in. x D 12in.
$0.00

 

H 38in. x D 18in.
$0.00

 

19th century SPEAKING TRUMPET

 

rare! Gutta Percha topped – Richmond, Vi $185.00

Put up in France to be imported and sold by <I>E. Fougera & Company</I> founded in <U>New York in 1849</U>, this little <I>Aubergier’s Pastilles of Lactucarium</I> slip top box boasts medal awards of 1850 and 1853 on the cover label and will set well in any mid-19th century personal item or medical display.  Of particular interest is that this attractive little personal size box came out of attic storage obviously re-purposed as a traveling sewing kit still containing 4 period buttons to include 2 period rubber buttons, mending thread, two patches of cloth for small mending jobs and an original SHARPS #8 1857 dated needle packet..   The pocket size round box measures approximately 3 3/8 inches in diameter and shows appealing evidence of period use and carrying yet remains in solid condition in every respect.  A really neat Civil War era personal item.  <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 nice <U>signed</U> <I>Prang & Co. Boston & Washington</I> lithograph album card of Col. Edwin Cooley Mason as commander of the <B>7th Maine Volunteer Infantry</B>.  A man who surely moved around in his military service, Ohio born Edwin Mason enlisted at age 21 and was commissioned on April 29, 1861 as Captain of Co. F <B>2nd Ohio Infantry</B>.  On May 14,1861he was commissioned as Captain in the <B>17th Regular Army</B>. On November 5, 1861 Mason was commissioned as Colonel in command of the <B>7th Maine</B>.  He resigned that post on August 31, 1862 and on August 21, 1864 he was commissioned into the Field & Staff <B>1st Maine Veteran Infantry</B>. On September 21, 1864 Mason was commissioned as Colonel in command of the 176 Ohio Infantry.   Breveted Brigadier General June 3, 1865, Mason’s last regiment mustered out June 14, 1865.  <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!  


(1834-1913) Born on May 10, 1834, in Norridgewock, Maine, he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1854. During the Civil War he served as Chief Quartermaster respectively on the staffs of General Edwin V. Sumner; for the Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac; for the Cavalry Bureau, Washington, D.C.; and on the staff of General Edward R.S. Canby. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865 for faithful and meritorious service during the Civil War. He remained in the Regular U.S. Army after the war and served until his retirement in 1897. He died on January 4, 1913, in Washington, D.C., and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, in Section 2, Lot #1191.


<u>Partial Document Signed</u>: 8 1/2 x 3 1/4, imprinted form filled out in ink. A.Q.M. Genls. Office, New York, Aug. 26th, 1868. Receipt for public property in good order and condition received by steamer. By order Genl. Rufus Ingalls, A.Q.M., Genl., U.S.A. Signed, "C.G. Sawtelle" Bvt. Brig. Genl. & Quartermaster, U.S.A. 8 1/2 x 3 1/4.



<u>Partial Document Signed</u>: On the reverse side of the above is the following: Requisition. Office Deputy Quartermaster Genl., U.S.A., Baltimore, Md., August 20th, 1868. The Baltimore & New York Transportation and connecting lines, will, without delay, furnish transportation for the public property specified below, from Baltimore, Md. to New York. By Order Genl. S. Van Vliet, Q.M.G., T. Hendrickson.  


 


Free franked cover with imprint at the top, "Engineer Department. Official Business." Signed at the upper right by a Chief Engineer. Light C.D.S., Washington, D.C., Mar. 14, Free." Addressed to Jno. L. Putnam, Esqr., Cornish, N.H. Light age toning and wear.

1850 / 53 dated - Aubergier's Pastilles $125.00

 

Signed: Civil War Prang Photo Album Card $95.00

 

Autograph, General Charles G. Sawtelle $15.00

 

Civil War Engineer Department Envelope $8.00




<b>Killed in action at Petersburg, Virginia in 1865


1862 imprint</b>


(1847-1865) "A.P." Hill graduated in the West Point class of 1847, and served in the Mexican & Seminole Wars. He was Colonel of the 13th Virginia Infantry in 1861. Appointed brigadier general on February 26, 1862; Hill distinguished himself at Williamsburg, and in the Virginia Peninsular campaign; during the 7 Days battles his command was a tower of strength; he fought at Cedar Mountain; Sharpsburg; Fredericksburg; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; the Wilderness; Petersburg; and Cold Harbor. He was killed on April 2, 1865, during the fall of Petersburg, Virginia. 


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Chest up view in double breasted brigadier general's uniform coat with epaulettes. 1862 E. Anthony, New York imprint on the front mount. Back mark: Published by E. & H.T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York. Always a very desirable Confederate general to collect material on.  


<b>Killed in action at Pine Mountain, Georgia in 1864 during the Atlanta campaign


1861 M.B. Brady imprint</b>


(1806-64) Known as the "Bishop Militant," he graduated in the West Point class of 1827. Soon after he entered the Episcopal ministry, and later became Missionary Bishop of the Southwest. Exchanging his clerical vestments for an army uniform upon the outbreak of the War Between the States, he was appointed major general in the Confederate Army on June 25, 1861, and lieutenant general to rank October 10, 1862. In the early months of the war he commanded the vast territory of Department No. 2, including the Mississippi River defenses from the Red River to Paducah, Kentucky. He also organized the Army of Mississippi. He subsequently served as a corps commander at the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and in the opening operations of the Atlanta campaign. While examining the Federal position in company with Generals' Joseph E. Johnston and William J. Hardee, General Polk was instantly killed by a cannon shot at Pine Mountain, Ga., on June 14, 1864. 


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in double breasted major general's uniform coat with epaulettes. Imprint on the front mount, "RT. REV. MAJ. GEN'L POLK, 1861 M.B. Brady, New York. Back mark: Published by E. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York, From Photographic Negative, From Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Choice condition.   This attractive pair of heavy nickel silver framed spectacles remain in excellent condition with a pleasing natural age patina and are nicely maker marked<B>COOPER</B> on the right temple. This sliding temple came into use in about 1800 and remained in popular use through the Civil War period.  These neat Civil War vintage eye classes remain in their <B>PARKER’S PAT. 1860</B> marked case complete with original liner. Spectacles and case show appealing evidence of age and period use yet remain pleasing all original 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 

 Available in reprint for reading, nothing will set off a nice old primitive trap display like a well used and rarely surviving original 1875 printing of Stanly Hardings classic on the subject of hand made traps like <I> The Amateur Trapper & Trap-Makers Guide</I>.  This rare period example offers the attractive green paper on board cover of New York publishers Dick & Fitzgerald.  Offering eye appealing field wear yet remaining tight and complete in 134 pages with no loose, torn or otherwise damaged pages, the myriad of 44 wood cut illustrations will offer pleasant entertainment and reference. <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>

CDV, General Ambrose Powell Hill $125.00

 

CDV, General Leonidas Polk $100.00

 

earlier through mid-1800s sliding temple $135.00

 

original! 1875 edition of The Amateur $85.00

Well-worn from period handling and with a good old char from many a pleasant smoke, this attractive old tobacco pipe shows good age and was hand crafted from nicely figured laurel root.  One can only imagine the inspiration for the grizzly faced figure with a patch over one eye, but the subject will make a nice addition to any vintage folk art or carved tobacco pipe collection.  A popular winter camp project of Civil War troops, this pipe will make a nice companion piece with any period grouping.   <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>


 Standing approximately 9 inches from base to charger top and maker marked <B>AM FLASK & CAP CO.</B>  this sought after powder flask remains in desirable <I>used but not abused</I> condition with an attractive natural age patina, functional and minus the usual heavy dents, scars and seam splits.  Offered here untouched just as it came out of decades of storage, this example may be seen as #570 on page 314 of Ray Rilings classic reference <I>The Powder Flask Book</I>. <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 bit of a departure from our usual fare but we couldn’t resist this charming Monk at his stove.  With lots of evidence of age, yet bright and in pleasing condition, this 12 X 18 inch antique oil painting is fun to look at.  A culinary Friar worthy of an appreciative home.   <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>  Best appreciated here by our photo illustrations, this outstanding pair of heavy blacksmith wrought tinsmith shears were skillfully forged from <I>used up</I> file stock and measure approximately 12 1/8 inches in length.  Remaining in exceptional condition while showing unmistakable age and originality with only minimal period use, this fine old pair of shears will date from the mid-1700s through the Civil War era.  This exceptional pair of shears will be of special interest to the antique tool collector and country sheet metal 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>

Civil War era hand carved - LAUREL ROOT $95.00

 

ornate Deer / Dogs & Oak Leaf – HUNTING $165.00

 

19th century Monk – OIL PAINTING $125.00

 

exceptional early Blacksmith Forged TINS $65.00

H 48in. x W 28in. x 8in.  H 38in. x D 24in.  H 10in. x W 8in. x D 3in.  H 36in. x D 8in.

H 48in. x W 28in. x 8in. $0.00

 

H 38in. x D 24in. $0.00

 

H 10in. x W 8in. x D 3in. $0.00

 

H 36in. x D 8in. $0.00

H 30in. x D 12in.  Offered here is a <U>c. 1852 penned copy</U> of Revolutionary War General and Battle of Bunker Hill participant Samuel Holden Parsons.  Well-worn with good age to include some old tape fold reinforcement, (Visible in our illustrations and easily conserved) the old letter remains solid and clearly legible.   The content will be best described here by inclusion of portions of Gen. Parsons eye witness account:  

      

<I> the Regulars have made a very dear Purchase; tis confidently reported they lost one Genl. officer supposed to be <B>Gen. How</B>; <B>Majr. Pitcairn</B> & <B>Majr. Sheriff</B> <U>are among their Dead</U>, with whole they have lost about 30 officers and not less than 300 privates, besides wounded.  Many imprudencies may be corrected by us by this dear bought victory of theirs.  Each side are making the best preparations in their Power for another Battle which is soon expected.  <B>Lt. Bingham</B> of Lyme</I> [Conn.] <I>who was supposed to be killed is well & returned to camp safe.  <B>Robert Hallam</B> is wounded, he discharged 28 cartridges without retreating one foot, 8 of which was after he was wounded.  <B>Thos. Grosvenor</B> is wounded, the ball went twice thro his hand & wounded him in the breast afterwards,  <B>John Saunders</B> of Lyme wounded.  Capt. ?____ had 10 wounded, two dangerously; none killed;  <B>Capt. Chester</B> 4 killed & 5 wounded, in the whole from Connect, about 25 kild and as many wounded.  The whole loss on our side not less ascertained but I think it will not fall short of 130 kild & wounded.

      We are raising Batteries and should be soon able to do their work if they had Powder sufficient which at present I fear.  Many suppose the number of their Troops exceed our expectation which must be the case if their number of tents are not for a deception which I suspect it to be.  They fought bravely. Were twice repelled by our men & rallied again & forced our intrenchments sword in hand.  We have had nothing few scattering short here since Sunday.  I am pretty well over the fatigue of Saturday night which I spent on the soft side of a rock on my arms amidst  a flood of bombs  & cannons balls but thanks to God but two men were kild & about the same number wounded.</I>

      One of <B>Capt. Chester’s</B> men kild two regulars and wrenched a gun out of the hand of another & shot him dead & bro’t off the gun.  What my fate will be God only knows.  I hope He will give me fortitude.  </I>


      All good fodder for additional research. we did take the time to do a limited search on  the original author Samuel Holden Parsons and found his letters had been published in a volume titled, <I> LIFE & LETTERS of SAMUEL HOLDEN PARSONS / Major General in the Continental Army & Chief Judge if the North Western Territory 1737- 1789</I> .  This record of the original is noted as being penned <U>with the permission of S. H. Parsons</U>, who was likely a son or grandson as the originating Gen. S. H. Parsons the 4th who had long since passed by the date of this circa 1852 copy.  This penned record of Gen. Parsons original written on June 21, 1775 just four days after the Bunker Hill battle, is clearly an example of an early attempt to preserve the writings.  In our quick search for basics on Gen. Parsons we found that he had studied law in Lyme, Connecticut where he was admitted to the bar and began to practice law in 1759.  He was admitted to the General Assembly in 1762.  Relocating to New London Conn. where he became a Revolutionary activist to the point that he wrote <B>Samuel Adams</B><U> suggesting that it was time to form a congress in the colonies and that it was time to discuss colonial independence.</U>  Appointed Major in the 14th Conn. Militia in 1770 and commissioned a colonel in the 6th Connecticut Regiment in 1775.  In June of that year he was <U>ordered to lead his regiment to Boston where he participated in the Battle of Bunker Hill.</U> By the time the British surrendered in Yorktown in July 1782 then <B>Major General Parson</B> had been in continuous service for more than seven years.   A neat piece of Americana!

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 Best described by our photos, this scarce 1700s / early 1800s vintage diamond tipped glass cutting tool remains in pleasing original condition and will be of special interest to period tool enthusiasts.  Will lay in well with any period artisan tool grouping.

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 Still housed on old cotton batten in its original  painted 9 ¾ X 12 ½ inch frame just as it was put together, this group Civil War veteran grouping, was the keepsake of <B>Corp. Edward B. Prince</B> late of the <B>10th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry</B> and a member of the <B>Srorer G. A. R. Post # 1</B> in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Best described by our photo illustration, the group consists of  an 1887, eleventh encampment New Hampshire Veteran Association ribbon, three first half of the 1880s, 10th N. H. Regimental Association ribbons, a GAR cuff or cap button along with a like size Civil War, New Hampshire uniform button, Prince’s G. A. R. membership medal along with a STORER Post envelope addressed to Prince.  The framed display includes a badly deteriorated war time tintype of Prince in uniform. 

      Clearly identifiable as <U>the only other <I>Prince</I> in the 10th NHV was a Gray, Maine resident, before and after the Civil War</U>, Edward B. Prince was an eighteen year old resident of Portsmouth, New Hampshire when he enlisted and mustered in on September, 13, 1862 as a Private of Co. G 10th N. H. V.  Participating in such actions as Fredericksburg  Drewry’s Bluff  Cold Harbor and Petersburg, Edward Prince was promoted to Corporal on May 18, 1864 before being<U>wounded at the battle of Fair Oaks</U> on October 27, 1864.  He was discharged for disability on May 20, 1865.  He resided in Portsmouth after the war and worked in neighboring Kittery.  

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H 30in. x D 12in. $0.00

 

18th century penned copy: Revolutionary $175.00

 

18th early 19th century - diamond tippe $55.00

 

10th New Hampshire Infantry - Civil Wa $225.00




(1818-93) The 4th highest ranking officer in the Confederacy, and one of the best known Confederate Generals to come out of the War Between The States. He graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1838, and was brevetted captain and major for gallantry in the Mexican War. He was in command at Charleston, S.C., in April 1861, during the bombardment and capture of Fort Sumter, and rose to instant fame in the Confederacy. He also saw action at the battles of 1st Manassas and Shiloh, fought in the 1863-64 Charleston, S.C. campaign, and at Bermuda Hundred and Petersburg, Va. Beauregard was a railroad executive in the 1860's and early 1870's and later served as Commissioner of public works in New Orleans, and Adjutant General of the State of Louisiana.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. No backmark.


Classic standing view wearing double breasted brigadier general's frock coat with shoulder straps and posing with his arms folded across his chest. This striking image of Beauregard was taken during his first sitting as a Confederate general and was originally made in Charleston in March or April of 1861.  Not a real big deal but this nice mid-19th century, all original, unsharpened and as new, cedar mounted <U>slate</U> pencil will be appreciated by collectors of Civil War era <I>everyday</I>and personal items as well as deep dish antique writing instrument enthusiasts.  <U>Not to be confused with the more commonly encountered <I>graphite</I> pencil</U>, this example has a slate center for use with the personal size writing slate used in the period.  Boldly marked <I>AMERICAN LEAD PENCIL CO. / SCHOOL SLATE 490</I> the piece was manufactured in the Jersey City Heigthts, New Jersey pencil factory set up in 1860 by Edward Weissenborn.  We have only a few of these and are offering them <U>priced individually</U> for the collector who would like one or two.  <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 soldiers letter is authored by  Dean W. Tainter while serving as a Pvt. of Co. A <B>13th Mass. Volunteer Infantry</B>.  His four page letter is legibly penned from <I>Camp Jackson </I> in Williamsport,  Maryland and is dated, Feb. 15, 1862.   Tainter had entered service on July 20, 1861 as a twenty-five year old bookkeeper / genealogy author (see: <I> A History and Genealogy of the Descendants of Joseph Taynter</I>  by ‎Dean W. Tainter* [1859] ) who according to his letter had passed up potential advancement in the 16th Mass. in favor of commitment to the 13th as it <I>was composed of American born Boston boys among whom was many of my friends</I> and, <I>was about to start without delay.</I>  Further expressing the recruits common sense of patriotism and eagerness to <I>help keep the old flag flying</I> Pvt. Tainter  advises, <I>I have not regretted my choice yet for the 16th did not leave until Sept. and have remained at Fortress Monroe inactive ever since while we have been in the Potomac from Washington to the Penn. line, had two or three brushes and won for ourselves a name.</I>  Tainter <U>writes of a book he had written</U> and  comments to the reader regarding his post Civil War plans advising that <I>your scheme about the Museum attracts my attention</I> but he has <I> talked of wool growing out west.</I>   Tainter states though, that <I>Antiquities touch a week point in my human nature</I> and advises that he <I>would like to see an inventory of the material which you have to form a Museum.</I>  Indeed, Pvt. Tainter seems to have more heart for <I>antiquities</I> than growing wool as he goes on to write more on the subject, eventually circling back to expressing once more a desire to see an inventory for the proposed museum.    No <I>deep dish</I> Civil War content but the letter is complete, an easy read and offers interesting insight.  Of interest is that according to the HDS database Tainter was <I>discharged for promotion</I> on May 28, 1862 and was commissioned into the U S Navy on that date.  We did find record of Navy service as <I>Acting Ensign</I> but will leave research of his Civil War Navy service to the new owner of his letter. 

            *  Dean W. Tainter’s letter offered here is addressed to <U>Charles M. Taintor</U> (yet another spelling variation) who authored an earlier published (1847) Taynter / Taintor / Tainter family genealogy titled <I> The Genealogy and History of the Taintor  Family, From the Period of Their Emigration From Wales, to the Present Time</I>.   Both works have made their mark and have been considered important enough to be republished through time.  Both are currently well represented in print and on the internet.  In addition to mentioning his own effort at authorship in this letter Dean Tainter recounts a request received for purchase of the work of both men.

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 Entirely hand stitched and constructed in silk this earlier to mid-1800s ladies bonnet remains in excellent original condition and will best be described by our photo illustrations.   With good evidence of period construction and style while remaining in pleasing condition this black silk bonnet will go nicely in any Mexican War through Civil War era grouping and will be of special interest to the earlier to mid-19th century mourning collector.  A desirable ladies item simply laid out or displayed on your period form.  <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>

CDV, General P. G. T. Beauregard $75.00

 

mid 1800s – SLATE (‘SCHOOL’) PENCIL $18.00

 

c. 1862 - 13th Mass. Infantry - letter o $135.00

 

earlier to mid-19th century – Ladies Mou $145.00

H 48in. x D 18in.  Our photos will offer the best description of this lot except to advise that each daguerreotype retains its original seal and while the postmortem has some specs behind the glass (on the glass &<U> not on the image</U>) the three 6th plate daguerreotypes remain in pleasing, all original and as found condition.  Emanating from a Maine estate where they had been maintained together the two of the gentleman are easily recognizable as one and the same.  The accompanying lady bears an identification as <I>Mary Hanson Verrill</I>.   Good fodder for some researcher, this group of three daguerreotypes is deserving of staying together.  <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>  


4 1/4 x 7, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, October 7, 1862


General Orders

No. 153


The Headquarters of Colonel William Hoffman, 3d Infantry, Commissary General of Prisoners, is transferred from Detroit, (Mich.) to Washington, D.C.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:


L. THOMAS

Adjutant General


Light age toning and wear. The upper left corner of the paper is very slightly clipped. 



Colonel William Hoffman

Commissary General of Prisoners


(1807-84) Born in New York, he was the son of Lieutenant Colonel William Hoffman, who served in the War of 1812. He graduated from West Point in 1829, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 6th U.S. Infantry. He served in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1829; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Ks., 1829-1831; was in the Black Hawk War, 1832; at Ft. Leavenworth, Ks., 1833; and in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1834-1836. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, 6th U.S. Infantry, November 16, 1836. Hoffman was next on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1836; at Camp Sabine, La., 1836; and in the Florida War, 1837-1842. He was promoted to Captain, 6th U.S. Infantry, February 1, 1838. He served on recruiting service, 1842; on Frontier Duty at Ft. Smith, Ar., 1843-1846; and in mustering volunteers into service, 1846 before becoming involved in the Mexican War. In Mexico, he was engaged in the march through Chihuahua, 1846; Siege of Vera Cruz, March 9-29, 1847; Battle of Cerro Gordo, April 17- 18, 1847; Skirmish at Amazoque, May 14, 1847; Capture of San Antonio, August 20, 1847; Battle of Contreras, August 19-20, 1847; and Battle of Churubusco, August 20, 1847. He was brevetted to Major, August 20, 1847, for gallant and meritorious conduct in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco. Hoffman was next engaged in the Battle of Molino del Rey, September 8, 1847; storming of Chapultepec, September 13, 1847; and the assault and capture of Mexico City, September 13-14, 1847. He received a brevet to Lieutenant Colonel, September 8, 1847, for gallant and meritorious conduct in the Battle of Molino del Rey. Following the Mexican War, he was on recruiting duty, 1848-1849; frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Ks., 1849-1850; and at the crossing of the Arkansas, Ks., 1851. He was promoted to Major, 5th U.S. Infantry, April 15, 1851. Hoffman was in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1852. Transferred to the 6th U.S. Infantry, February 20, 1852, he was at Newport Barracks, Ky., 1852-1854; on frontier duty at Ft. Laramie, Dakota Territory, 1854- 1855; on the Sioux Expedition, 1855; at Ft. Laramie, Dakota Territory, 1855-1857; on the Utah Expedition, 1858; on the March to California, 1858; on frontier duty in Mojave Country, 1858-1859; at Benicia, Ca., 1859-1860. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, 8th U.S. Infantry, October 17, 1860. He continued on frontier duty at San Antonio, Tx. where he was made a prisoner of war by the Texas Rebels, and not exchanged until August 27, 1862. He was promoted to Colonel, 3rd U.S. Infantry, April 25, 1862. Hoffman served as Commissary General of Prisoners, at Washington, D. C., to November 3, 1865. He was brevetted to Brigadier General, U. S. Army, October 7, 1864, for faithful and meritorious services during the Civil War, and brevetted to Major General, U. S. Army, March 13, 1865, for faithful, meritorious and distinguished services as Commissary General of Prisoners during the Civil War. Following the Civil War, Hoffman was in command of a Regiment at St. Louis, Mo., December 16, 1865-April 18, 1866; in command of a Regiment at Ft. Leavenworth, Ks., April 18, 1866-March 6, 1868; and Superintendent of the General Recruiting Service to May 1, 1870 when he retired. [Source: Aztec Club].  


<b>Colonel of the 9th Louisiana Infantry</b>


(1818-71) Born in Jefferson County, Tennessee, the 6 1/2 foot tall Peck moved to Louisiana in the early 1840’s and purchased a plantation in Madison Parrish, opposite Vicksburg. He enlisted as a private at Camp Moore, La., on July 7, 1861, and was mustered into the 9th Louisiana Infantry. The first colonel of this hard fighting regiment was Richard Taylor, son of General and President Zachary Taylor. The younger Taylor went on to prominence during the War Between the States and promotion to the rank of lieutenant general. Arriving on the First Manassas, Va. battlefield just after the Union army retreated, thereafter the 9th Louisiana Infantry fought in every engagement that the Army of Northern Virginia participated in. The regiment eventually surrendered at Appomattox with only 64 men and 4 officers left. Peck was promoted to colonel, October 8, 1863, and brigadier general, February 18, 1865. He was paroled at Vicksburg on June 6, 1865. 


Antique photograph, 3 3/4 x 5 1/2. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War. Staining on the front and back. Peck is scarce to find any images of.


WBTS Trivia: The 9th Louisiana Infantry had 21 killed and 55 wounded at the battle of Sharpsburg, Md., and 25 killed and 57 wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville, Va.

H 48in. x D 18in. $0.00

 

outstanding ‘before & after’ Postmortem $625.00

 

The Hdqtrs. of Commissary General of Pri $10.00

 

Photograph, General William R. Peck $15.00




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