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H 21in. x D 14in.  H 20in. x D 17in.  H 33in. x D 17in.  H 32in. x D 16in.

Old hanging bowl light. $700.00

 

Classic hanging light. $1200.00

 

Brass ceiling pendant ca 1920 $0.00

 

5 arm pan light fixture $750.00

H 30in. x D 18in.  H 28in. x D 16in.  H 52in. x D 10in.  From the bowels of our many years of seeking out and accumulating <I>neat stuff</I>, comes this all original period decorated 18th century powder horn.  A  relic of the  pre-Revolutionary War  burning of the British warship HMS Gaspee by colonial patriots, this<I>common man’s<I/> powder horn is period decorated with ships and bears the scratch engraved period inscription <B> HMS Gaspee</B> and is boldly dated <B>1772</B>.  While our photographs will offer the best description, suffice it to say that with a period lead <I>hole</I> repair that adds rather than detracting from the horn’s charm and lots of good evidence of age and originality, the horn remains in pleasing condition with no cracks or splits and offers an attractive surface with natural age patina.   The horn measures approximately 15 ½  inches from the spout around the curve to the butt which offers the name <B>E.BEW</B>.  ( We did find a Revolutionary War clothing issue record for a 13th Pennsylvania troop identified simply as <I>’Bew’</I>  With particulars too extensive to present here a quick internet search of the <I>Gaspee Affair</I> will bring details of the 1772 boarding and burning of the Gaspee as the British vigorously enforced unpopular trade regulations off Rhode Island.)  An important remnant of building Colonial resistance in the pre-American Revolution period, this historic powder horn was yielded up years ago at the Brimfield, Massachusetts antique extravaganza where we discovered it laying unrecognized on a dealers table. (Those were the days so fondly remembered by the thousands of antiquers who, three times a year, plauded the fields of Brimfield tables.) <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>

Art Deco pendant light with original gla $2800.00

 

Pan fixture with old glass $650.00

 

single hall light $550.00

 

historically important ! 1772 ‘HMS Gaspe $645.00

A mark of the Victorian genteel , the mid-19th  century smoking cap was an especially comforting accessory to many a socially minded officer of the more leisurely geared life of winter camp.  A demonstration of individuality with a frequently rich gaudiness, the smoking cap, designed and stitched by loving hands, offered a most popular remembrance from home when shipped to the front.  Examples of these highly prized 'camp' or smoking caps may be seen in the more advanced public and private collections with published illustrations appearing in both of Time Life’s <B>Echoes of Glory</B> volumes.  This offering is of colorfully hand embroidered black silk with quilted silk lining. The cap is in excellent all original condition yet with the most minimal evidence of age and period use as testimony to originality. A wonderful all original example remaining in fine condition.  

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       Not to be confused with the much more commonly seen late 19th,early to mid-20th century examples, this seldom surviving earlier to mid-1800s native American Indian <I>frame drum</I> measures approximately 20 inches in diameter, is about 2 3/8 inches deep and remains in pleasing untouched condition.  Among the oldest of native American Indian types, the <I>frame</I> drum is known to have been used by Indian shamans providing a beat allowing entrance into a trance-like state, hence common reference to the type as <I>shaman</I>,medicine-man or <I>spirit</I> drums.    

      With classic period construction details best described here by our photo illustrations, suffice it to say this piece was formed utilizing stout hide (note remnants of cropped hair remaining on some lashing) stretched over a circular frame.  The formed cedar frame is secured in its oval by <U>stitching</U> (see illustration) as is indicative of  early period construction and the inner surface bears remnants of a faint geometric design.  The heavy hide head was stretched over the frame, lashed on the back by hide thongs and decoratively secured at the circumference with domed iron tacks.  The head remains strong, tight and is solidly in place.  All period and untouched, this rare mid 1800s native American Indian artifact remains in pleasing condition with lots of desirable evidence of age and originality.  A single stress fracture of the frame is a result of decades of hide shrinkage (see illustration) and does not impact on the stability or desirability of this rarely encountered early drum. A rarely encountered original earlier to mid-1800s native American Indian shaman drum as opposed to the usually seen later examples intended primarily as trade or sales pieces.  <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 nice original earlier to mid-19th century W. Smith & Son needle packet still contains an original content, maker marked # 14 <I>SAIL MAKERS NEEDLE</I>.  A necessary utility to the soldier in the field for repair of heavy shelter half or Sibly tent canvas or leather accoutrement, these heavy steel needles were a staple among entrepreneurial soldiers and sailors who considered them a primary tool as they cut fanciful scrimshaw decorations in beef, whale bone or ivory for trade, sale, or to send back home.  A nice original and as found period item with goog evidence of originality with period use and carrying.

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 Well documented by Civil War camp site <I>digger</I>/ historians and publications of their finds, (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Stanley Phillips) these, emboss decorated, zinc travel mirrors seldom survived to reach todays collector market.  This one is best described by our photos except to advise that it is all original with good evidence of age and originality even retaining its period mercury backed mirror.  A nice original Civil War era personal item.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Civil War era SMOKING CAP $335.00

 

mid-19th Century- Native American India $475.00

 

Civil War era W. Smith & Son #14 SAIL MA $75.00

 

Civil War vintage traveling SHAVING MIRR $85.00

We have a small number of original as new, from period stock, slate pencils and are offering them here <U>individually</U> price for the collector who would like an example to go with a period marking slate.  Fashioned from slate mined here in Maine, these pencils are the product of period manufacturing practices in which freshly mined slate slabs were cut into ¼ inch square rods, turned round, cut into 6 inch lengths and hand <I>sharpened</I>.  (Not sharpened to a point but left blunt, simply hand cut to a slight taper at one end as one would use the pencil on a slate.)  Each pencil is a bit unique with slight variances as evidence of early manufacture.   Not a big deal but a common utility in the days of hand carried marking slates and seldom seen in unused condition.  A neat period item for the Civil War era personal item collector or writing implement enthusiast without spending a lot of money. 

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 Recently re-discovered as we clean out the back corners of our 50 + year accumulation of treasures, is this historic Civil War grouping of mementoes was put together by Maj. Gen. James B. Rickets and caringly maintained by wife Fanny, a prominent Civil War figure in her own right for the personal care of her wounded husband while held at Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia.

<CENTER>THE GROUP CONSISTS OF </CENTER>

<CENTER><B>Bull Run FLAG FRAGMENT & Gen. Ricketts wound BUCK SHOT:</B> With envelope bearing period ink notation on face, <I><U>Battery Flag & Buck Shot  Bull Run July 21,`861</I></U>     Period note: <U><I>Piece of Battery Flag carried at Bull Run July 21, 1861  and Buck Shot taken from Genl. Ricketts Shoulder in Lewis House on Bull Run battlefield July 23, 1861.</U></I>  The <I>Buck Shot</I> is approximately 50 cal. with an iron loop for suspension and is marked <B>J B R</B> (James Brewerton Ricketts). </CENTER>


<CENTER><B>Richmond FLAG FRAGMENT: </B> In official business envelope with period ink <U><I>Genal. Ricketts</I></U> on the face and pencil notation, <I><U>Piece of last flag that waived in Richmond before Lee’s ------?------.   Hauled down & given me in person Aug.10</I></U></CENTER>


<CENTER><B>Confederate Bills: </B> A group of 4 tattered and worn Confederate bills and a 25 cent Richmond Bank note.  CS bills / 25 cent bill with RR illustration -   15 cent bill, Tennessee  10 cent bill.  All from  small period envelope ink inscribed <I><U>Confederate Bills</I></U></CENTER>


<CENTER><B>Fanny & daughter CDV: </B>  Fanny with daughter Julia in her lap.  Pencil notation on back, <I><U>Fanny Ricketts & daughter Julia? who died young (10) </I></U> (note: Though not part of Fanny’s collection we are including a nice period CDV of the General in this grouping.) </CENTER>  


<CENTER><B>1866 Maj. Gen. Benjamin Brice Paymaster General note: </B>Note card in envelope addressed to <I><U>Gen. Ricketts1892 G Street</I></U>from the Paymaster General’s Office re: 50 cent ration. Signed  <I><U>B. W. Brice </I></U>  as Paymaster General </CENTER>


<CENTER><B>Pres. Johnson Impeachment Ticket : </B> July 12, 1868 U. S, Senate admittance ticket.  Period ink notation on back, <U><I> Used for the Impeachment Trial of Presdt. Johnson by J. Ricketts</U></I></CENTER>


<CENTER><B>1874 Admiral David Dixon Porter POEM: </B> penned by the Admiral to Fanny, a whimsical poem addressed to <U><I>Mrs. R</U></I> regarding payment of dues with check enclosed. Signed: <U><I>Ad. Porter </U></I>with <U><I>Check enclosed, D. D. Porter</I></U> signature notation and <U><I> 4/13/1872</U></I>.</CENTER>


<CENTER><B>1874 Gen. Thomas M. Vincent Note to Ricketts:</B> A boldly penned note on the personal stationary of Thos. Vincent re: a document request is addressed <I><U>Major General Jas. B. Ricketts U. S, Army</U></I> and signed <I><U>Thomas M. Vincent</U></I></CENTER>



<CENTER>The provenance of the above grouping as secured by General Rickets and Fanny, along with her treasured gift from Mary Lincoln of a lock of the martyred President Abraham Lincoln’s hair (now in our personal collection)  will best be understood by a visit to our <I>MaineLegacy.com</I> site and clicking on the Abraham Lincoln link in the right margin.  Here you will find a more complete account of the group’s history and how it came to Portland, Maine.  Accounting of the Gen. Ricketts extensive military history to include his early Civil War service as Battery Commander, his wounding at 1st Bull Run and nursing provided to him by Fanny while her husband was imprisoned at Libby, will be more completely addressed by an internet search.</CENTER>


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 Best described here by our illustrations, this rarely found black powder cartridge charging funnel retains a good portion of its original label proclaiming to be <B>WILKINSON’S CORRECT CHARGER <I>for filling cartridges </I>– Pat July 24, 1877</B>.   Nearly always among the missing if you are fortunate enough to find an original <I>CORRECT</I> charger, this all important companion piece is even less likely an acquisition.  We have surmised that the frequency of separation of the funnel from the charger was likely due to independent use.  Is it a total coincidence that the mouth of the funnel is just the appropriate size for powder dipper charging of the period .52 caliber <I>Buffalo</I> rifle cartridge, or was the precise size intended as a handy option?  This example offers all the earmarks  of period material and construction with a <I>lap seamed,</I> led soldered, tinned sheet iron body and copper .52 caliber spout.  A rarely surviving remnant of the <I>big bore</I> buffalo hunting days, this offering will be of special interest to the antique cartridge and reloading enthusiast. 

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 A nice Civil War vintage telescoping pewter cup, all original and in pleasing, untouched condition with nice age patina.  Though the soft pewter of these handy travel cups was somewhat fragile, they were commonly found item in the soldier’s collection of personal items.  Period examples remaining in nice  condition and retaining the period <I>japanned</I> finish carrying case are popular with collectors and are now seldom found.  We have left this pleasing example as found and uncleaned just as it came from decades of attic storage.  <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>

original 19th century hand cut - SLATE $18.00

 

IMPORTANT grouping! - Maj. Gen. James

 

original! Pat. 1877 Wilkinson's Correct $95.00

 

Civil War era – cased Telescoping PEWTER $95.00

Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison, this 19th century <I>cap</I> or hat oil lamp is of the type most frequently referred to by lighting collectors as a <I>teapot</I> lamp and is constructed of lead soldered, tinned sheet iron, and is designed specifically for use on a cap.  Most commonly associated with mining, these little lamps saw use in celebratory patriotic parades and political demonstrations of the era.

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 Complete and in untouched, unused condition, while offering good evidence of age and originality, this little leather <I>roll-up</I> offers a place for <I>Railroad Tickets</I>, compartments for calling cards, &c, notebook with attached pencil, (both unused), a separate clasped compartment and a section containing original content of a moustache comb natural horn, nail file, scissors and a natural tortoise mounted quill or pen knife.  An especially nice little 19th century  personal item from our 50 + year accumulation of period treasures.

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<b>Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution


First President of the United States of America</b>


Very nice antique portrait engraving, of the "Father of Our Country," President George Washington, in an oval format. Executed from the original painting as done by Stuart. Published by John, Fry & Co., New York. 8 x 10 3/4. Light age toning. 


George Washington was revered by citizens from the North and South alike, and portraits like this one hung in the parlors of many homes during the American Civil War years, 1861-1865.  


<b>At Valley Forge, Pennsylvania</b>


10 1/4 x 8, antique, 1856 engraving. Titled, Valley Forge...Washington & Lafayette. Executed from the original painting by A. Chappel. H.B. Hall, engraver. Published in 1856 by Martin, Johnson & Co., New York. Very fine and historic Revolutionary War illustration.

1800s vintage tin ‘Tea Pot’ - Cap Lamp $75.00

 

outstanding! 19thcentury – Grooming kit $165.00

 

George Washington Portrait $15.00

 

General George Washington & The Marquis $15.00

This colorful old Red, White & Blue patriotic cap is fashioned from the classic 19th century <U>polished cotton</U> that will be appreciated by Civil War era collectors and while offering good evidence of age and period originality, remains in pleasing condition. With potential application to patriotic, political, military or even as a winter camp smoking cap sent from home, this simply made cap will make a showy addition to any period grouping.

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<b>United States Senator from Louisiana</b>


(1801-54) Born in Montgomery County, Tennessee, he graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1823, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1826, and commenced practice in Bayou Sara, West Feliciana Parish, La., and in New Orleans. He was United States attorney for the district of Louisiana 1845-1847, and a member of the Louisiana State Constitutional Convention. Served as U.S. Senator from 1847-1853, and was the chairman, of the Committee on Engrossed Bills, and also served on the Committee on Private Land Claims. Downs was appointed collector of the port of New Orleans in 1853 by President Franklin Pierce. 


<u>Signature with State</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 1/2, in ink, W.S. Downs, with Louisiana written above in another hand.    


<b>Gave the keynote speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1863!


U.S. Congressman & Senator, Governor of Massachusetts, and U.S. Secretary of State


1853 Letter Signed when Secretary of State</b>


(1794-1865) Famous American orator and statesman. He made many famous speeches for the Union cause, the best known being his 2 hour oration preceding President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. He also served as U.S. Congressman, Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain, President of Harvard University, Secretary of State and U.S. Senator.


<u>1853 Letter Signed</u>: 8 x 13, in ink.


Department of State

Washington, January 4th, 1853


Hon._ble T.H. Crawford

Judge of the Criminal Court

Washington, D.C.


Sir:


The enclosed papers, praying the pardon of Albert H. Beach, now confined in the Washington Penitentiary, under conviction of forgery, have been referred by the President to this Department, with directions to request of you a statement of the facts of the case, and also your opinion in connection with that of the District Attorney, as to whether the prisoner is a fit subject for the exercise of the executive clemency.


The President also desires a statement from the Keeper of the Penitentiary as to the conduct of the prisoner during his confinement.


I am, respectfully,

Your Obedient Servant,

Edward Everett


Light age toning, light fold wear, and some archival tape repairs on the reverse. The body of the letter is very neatly written. The signature only is in the hand of Mr. Everett. Very fine content written while Secretary of State on the behest of President Millard Fillmore. Very desirable.


The president mentioned in this letter was Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States. Fillmore served from July 9, 1850, to March 4, 1853. He was the last president to be a member of the Whig Party. He was elected as the 12th Vice President of the U.S., in 1848, and became president on July 9, 1850, upon the death of President Zachary Taylor.


The recipient of this letter was Thomas H. Crawford (1786-1863). He was a Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, serving 1829-1833. Born in Chambersburg, Pa., he graduated from Princeton in 1804, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1807, and commenced practice in Chambersburg. Crawford was elected as a U.S. Congressman, and served, 1829-33, and was a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1833-1834. He was appointed commissioner to investigate alleged frauds in the sale of the Creek Indian Reservation in 1836. President Martin Van Buren appointed him Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and he served in that position from 1838-1845. He was appointed by President James K. Polk as judge of the criminal court of the District of Columbia in 1845, and served until 1861, when the court was reorganized. He died in Washington, D.C., in 1863, and is interred in the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.


 


    


Copper token, with a raised vignette of spread winged eagle at center, and United States Copper stamped around the edges. The opposite side has a Union shield at the center with Good For One Cent stamped within, and Tradesmens Currency at top and bottom edges. The token is not dated, but it is circa 1863, with a beautiful even brown patina, and it is in about uncirculated condition. An excellent example for your collection.

19th century Polished Cotton - PATRIOTI $225.00

 

Autograph, Solomon W. Downs

 

Autograph, U. S. Statesman Edward Everett $175.00

 

Civil War, U. S. One Cent Tradesmens Curr $50.00




<b>United States Congressman from Louisiana</b>


(1803-50) Born in Norfolk, Virginia, he pursued classical studies, and graduated from Jefferson College, Washington, Mississippi. He moved to Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, in 1830, was engaged in agricultural pursuits, studied law, and was admitted to the bar and commenced to practice. Was a member of the Louisiana State Senate in 1844. Harmanson served in the U.S. Congress from 1845, until his death in New Orleans, La., on October 24, 1850. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department.


<u>Signature with Place</u>: 5 1/2 x 2 1/2, in ink, J.H. Harmanson, Atchaffalaya, Point Coupee, La.  


<b>Winner of the Pulitzer Prize</b>


By Ron Chernow. Published by Penguin Books, 2010. Paperback, 6 x 9 1/4, 904 pages, index, notes, bibliography, illustrations. Minor wear, very fine to excellent condition. This magnificent study of the life of Washington won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. A must read for anyone interested in George Washington!  


Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow, winner of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one volume biography of George Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his adventurous early years, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president. In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow shatters forever the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional figure and brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods. (Book Review)



 


<b>Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution


First President of the United States


1862 Civil War dated card</b>


(1732-99) "The Father of Our Country." George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and served as the first president of the United States. The phrase, First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen, was coined in honor of the love and great respect his country had for him.  


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 1/4 card. Bust view portrait. Backmark: Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by David Nichols, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court, of the District of Massachusetts. Printed legend on the reverse: "G. Washington. This was done in New York 1790 and is acknowledged by all to be a very strong likeness. B. Goodhue." Some light surface scratching to the front of the card none of which touch the subject. Light age toning and wear. No doubt some proud American, North or South, displayed this image of George Washington, "The Father of our Country," in a parlor album or possibly on a mantle in plain view to show their patriotism! Nice card to have with the 1862 back mark.  


<b>A Kentuckian who gallantly defended the Union garrison of Fort Sumter at the outbreak of the Civil War!</b>


(1805-1871) Graduated in the West Point class of 1825. He participated in the Black Hawk, Florida Seminole, and Mexican Wars, and was twice brevetted for gallantry. In November 1860, he was ordered to Charleston Harbor to command the three United States forts there; Castle Pickney, Fort Moultrie, and Fort Sumter, in the face of South Carolina's imminent secession. Anderson refused a formal demand for his surrender and in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was bombarded, and the Civil War began. His small garrison withstood 36 hours under fire before being compelled to surrender. Anderson became a national hero for his heroic actions. He personally raised the United States flag over Fort Sumter on April 14, 1865, exactly four years after he had hauled it down.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view in uniform with rank of brigadier general, his kepi with hat wreath insignia sits on the fringed table at his side. 1861 C.D. Fredricks & Co., New York imprint on the front mount. Backmark: Charles D. Fredricks & Co., 587 Broadway, New York. Period ink signature on the reverse, From S.H. Moseley, with a period ink ID written below, "Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson." Light corner, and edge wear, with a couple of tiny pin pricks near the top edge, and a thin vertical scratch at the top of the card which does touch the side of his head, but it is not deep enough to go through the card mount. Very sharp image. Priced inexpensively to compensate for the surface scratch. Very desirable, and uncommon 1861 pose of the Union hero of Fort Sumter, whose well known name instantly conjures up visions of the bombardment of Fort Sumter, and start of the War Between the States.

Autograph, John H. Harmanson

 

Book, George Washington; A Life $10.00

 

CDV, General & President George Washingt $15.00

 

CDV, General Robert Anderson $65.00




<b>Wood salvaged from the C.S.S. Virginia, also commonly known as the Merrimack</b> 


The C.S.S. Virginia, more commonly known as the "Merrimack," fought the Federal Ironclad U.S.S. Monitor, in the first ever duel between ironclad warships, on March 9, 1862, at Hampton Roads, Virginia


The CSS Virginia was the first steam-powered ironclad warship of the Confederate States Navy, built during the first year of the American Civil War; she was constructed as a case mate ironclad using the raised and cut down hull of the scuttled U.S.S. Merrimack. The Virginia was one of the participants in the Battle of Hampton Roads, opposing the Union's U.S.S. Monitor in early March of 1862. The battle is chiefly significant in naval history as the first battle between ironclads. Prior to that encounter on March 9th, the Virginia had sunk the U.S.S. Cumberland and the U.S.S. Congress on the previous day before the arrival of the Monitor. The fight between the two ironclads was basically a draw, and the Virginia moved back into her port. With the capture of Norfolk, her Captain Catesby ap Roger Jones was ordered to destroy her rather than allow her to be captured by the enemy which he did on May 11th, 1862, after her guns had been removed for future use. Starting around 1883, numerous souvenirs, made from recently salvaged iron and wood raised from Virginia's sunken hulk, found a ready and willing market among eastern seaboard residents who remembered the historic first battle between ironclads. Known examples still exist today, being held in both public and private collections, rarely coming up for public auction. The specimen of wood from the Virginia in this display came from an old collection of relics including those of the Virginia. 11 x 14, double matted in gray and red. Comes with certificate of authenticity. Please note that the image displayed here is cropped. It has nice full borders and looks great!  


T-69. Richmond, February 17, 1864. State Capitol, Richmond, Va., at center, C.S.A. Secretary of the Treasury, C.G. Memminger, at right. Reddish network background, fancy blue reverse. This note has seen a lot of use as it is well worn with edge chipping, small edge tears, folds, wrinkling, worn edges, a tiny pin hole, and some light staining. This is an entry level piece for the beginning collector. If you are looking for an authentic, inexpensive 1864 Confederate note than this one might be for you.    Best described here by our illustrations, this Civil War vintage grooming brush measures approximately 9 x 4 ½ inches and while remaining in excellent original condition, sports a classic mid-19th century <I>tarred</I> finish as testimony of its age and originality.  Appropriate as a companion with any Civil War period grouping, this horse grooming brush will be of particular interest to the Civil War Cavalry or Mounted Artillery 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>



 Best described here by our illustrations, such wood mounted <I>Magic Lantern</I> slides saw considerable use through the mid 1860’s though the type actually predate the wet plate generated photo slides popular in the Civil War era.  This one offers a colorfully hand colored and artist rendered Revolutionary War view of a of a young maiden assisting her <I>Continental Army Officer</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>

Relic from the Confederate Ironclad War $250.00

 

1864 Confederate $5 Note

 

Civil War vintage horse Grooming Brush $95.00

 

early hand painted LANTERN SLIDE $35.00




<b>United States Congressman from Louisiana, 1846-1851


Major 10th Louisiana Infantry, C.S.A.


Chief Quartermaster, Trans-Mississippi Department, Confederate States Army</b>


(1802-82) He was born on the island of Santo Domingo, in 1802, and moved with his parents to New Orleans, La., about 1805. Elected sheriff of the Parish of New Orleans in 1840, he served in this position for several years. He was a U.S. Congressman from 1846 to 1851, serving as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department. During the War Between the States, he fought in the Confederate Army, as major of the 10th Louisiana Infantry. Afterwards he served as the Chief Quartermaster of the Trans-Mississippi Department. He was chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee for more than fifteen years. Served as president of the Tehuantepec Railroad Co., in Mexico. He was interred in the Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, in 1882. Among the notables buried here are Confederate Generals P.G.T. Beauregard, and John Bell Hood. Others include William C. C. Claiborne, the first Governor of Louisiana, and Mel Ott, Baseball Hall of Fame player from the New York Giants, (1926-47), and member of the 500 Home Run Club.


<u>Signature with City</u>: 6 x 1 3/4, in ink, Emile La Sere, New Orleans.  How often have those of us who enjoy such things have read in a Civil War soldier’s letter, a page from a winter camp journal or other first-hand life account, where the writer  phrases the arrival of a carefully got up package of home preserves, or has lamented the fact that he received such but alas the glass preserve jar had been broken in transit? This offering of a quart size preserve jar, boldly marked <B> MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT JAR</B> on one side and  <B>WHITALL’S PATENT JUNE 18th 1861</B> on the other will make a wonderful companion piece in any Civil War collection and will go especially well in any winter camp, medical and sanitary fair grouping.  Much more difficult to find than the more common MASON preserve jar of the period, this nicely marked and dated jar retains its equally well marked and dated glass lid with its cast iron lid clamp.  All in nice condition with that pretty light aqua bubbled glass, the jar remains in fine condition with no chips.  A scarce collectable complete with original components each as collectable as the jar its self.   An exceptional example of period everyday life seldom seen today.  <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>Sunk in 1862 off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.</b>


The "Minho" ran the Union blockade between Charleston, S.C., and Bermuda. On October 2nd, 1862, she ran aground and was struck by a shell from the U.S.S. "Flambeau," while trying to enter Charleston Harbor. Her cargo consisted of arms for the Confederate Army.


This lot includes a .577 caliber Confederate Enfield bullet, and a brass percussion cap.


Confederate marine relics are rare and quite desirable. 

 


<b>United States Congressman from Louisiana</b>


(1812-66) Born on St. Bridget plantation, near Thibodeaux, Terrebonne Parish, La., he was the son of Governor Henry S. Thibodaux. He studied law in Hagerstown, Md.; was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes, La. Was a member of the Louisiana State constitutional convention in 1845 and 1852. He served as U.S. Congressman, 1845-49. After his term in congress Thibodaux resumed his law practice in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, La., and was also engaged as a sugar planter and manufacturer. 


<u>Signature with State</u>: 6 1/4 x 1 1/4, in ink, Bannon G. Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Autograph, Emile La Sere $20.00

 

Pat. 1861 - MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT $165.00

 

Relics from the Confederate Blockade Run $20.00

 

Autograph, Bannon G. Thibodaux

H 30in. x D 17in.  H 28in. x D 19in.  H 38in. x D 21in.  H 37in. x D 21in.

Arts and Crafts pendant light $1500.00

 

pendant light $1200.00

 

Antique 4 arm pan fixture $650.00

 

1920's Hanging light $1250.00

H 14in. x W 11in. x D 9in.


Cast Brass  H 26in. x D 16in.  H 32in. x D 10in.  H 29in. x D 18in.

Solid Brass Wall Sconces. . Pair $1800.00

 

antique pendant light $850.00

 

Brass Pendant Light $750.00

 

3 Arm Pendant Light 1920s $750.00




<b>Inventor of the famous Dahlgren gun!</b>


(1809-70) Appointed Midshipman in the U.S. Navy in 1826, he served as an ordnance officer for 16 years, during which time he invented the "Dahlgren Gun," a rifled cannon, which became one of the standard weapons used by the Civil War navies, and he also set in motion major advances in gunnery. Dahlgren was given command of the Washington Naval Yard on April 22, 1861, a post previously held by Captain Franklin Buchanan, one of the most experienced Federal naval officers, and the first commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy, when he decided to throw his lot in with the Confederacy. During this early war period, Dahlgren established a good friendship with President Abraham Lincoln, who would often come to the Navy Yard to watch Dahlgren test-fire his ordnance guns. Dahlgren, who had established the U.S. Navy's Ordnance Department, was appointed Chief of the Ordnance Bureau in 1862. Promoted to Rear Admiral on February 7, 1863, he took command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. His main task was to seal off Charleston Harbor, and his efforts contributed greatly to the capture of both Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga.


<u>Signature with closing from a letter</u>: 5 x 1 1/4, in ink- hear from Allan sometimes and wish I had him out here- it would be of service to him. Most truly yours, J.A. Dahlgren. There is content on the opposite side of the paper which reads as follows- capital somewhere or else his Generalship will come to a small figure some day. Light wear. Possibly C.W. date.  

 


<b>He surrendered Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, 1863, to General Ulysses S. Grant!</b>


(1814-81) He graduated in the West Point class of 1837, and was commissioned an officer in the 4th U.S. Artillery. His roommate and closest friend at the Military Academy was future Union General George G. Meade, who defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg, July 1,2,3, 1863. 


During Pemberton's antebellum military career he served in the 2nd Seminole War in Florida, and aided in the campaigns against the Cherokees in the west before serving under General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War where he earned two brevets for gallantry; at Monterey, and Molino del Rey. 


A native of Pennsylvania, he married a Norfolk, Virginia gal, Martha Thompson, which resulted in his resignation from the U.S. Army, on April 24, 1861. 


Soon afterwards he was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army, and appointed commander of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He was promoted to major general to rank from January 14, 1862, and lieutenant general to rank from October 10, 1862. He was then assigned to command the Department of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana, an area which included the extremely important Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg, which he was ordered to hold at all costs. Pemberton diligently expended a great deal of energy in revamping the city's defenses, as well as improving the defenses along the Mississippi River, but in spite of these laborious efforts, and after his troops put up a very stubborn defense of the city, his efforts ultimately were unsuccessful. After two failed attempts by General Grant's army to take the city by direct assault which demonstrated the strength of Vicksburg's defenses, Grant decided to lay siege to the city which lasted for 46 days with a steady Federal bombardment forcing the citizens and soldiers to dig caves to live in. Completely surrounded, Pemberton's army now totally lacked supplies, and starvation eventually took a heavy toll forcing him to surrender the garrison with 2,166 officers, 27,230 men, 172 cannon, and almost 60,000 muskets and rifles. 


He surrendered on Independence Day, July 4, 1863, to his old army acquaintance, General U.S. Grant, whom he had served with in the Mexican War. When the two commanders met on the Jackson Road on the afternoon of July 3rd, to discuss the surrender terms, Grant remembered his old comrade with a warm greeting. Grant, ever the conciliator, out of respect for the Vicksburg defenders who had fought so long and valiantly, allowed them to march out of their defenses and stack their arms and regimental colors in a formal ceremony. The Northern troops looked on with admiration at their defeated Southern foes, and there was no exulting or cheering heard from the Union lines, but instead there was an almost reverential silence that hung over the battlefield. General Grant would not have had it any other way! After the surrender of Vicksburg, the city refused to celebrate Independence Day, July 4th, for 81 years!


General Pemberton's Confederate military reputation never fully recovered after the surrender of Vicksburg. Fairly, or unfairly, the blame for the loss of Vicksburg was laid at his feet. What also must be considered though is the part played by Pemberton's superior, General Joseph E. Johnston, who reassigned General Pemberton's cavalry forces to the Army of Tennessee in May 1863. Thus, during a crucial phase of the campaign, Pemberton's Vicksburg's defenders were deprived of their cavalry's eyes and ears, and vital intelligence about the whereabouts of General Grant's army was not forthcoming. Poor communications, and a lack of coordination with General Johnston, also contributed, and despite the constant pleas to Johnston for aid, Pemberton was left completely isolated in a hopeless situation. 


Pemberton finished out the Civil War serving as commander of the Confederate Artillery that defended  Richmond, Virginia.


<u>War Period Signature With Closing and Rank</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 1/2, I am very respty., Yr. obd. svt., J.C. Pemberton, Maj. Genl., C.[ommanding].  Excellent bold signature on blue paper circa 1862. Very desirable Confederate autograph that is essential for any Vicksburg collection, and one I haven't had for quite some time! 

 H 44in. x D 12in.


High quality fixure.  H 36in. x D 30in.

Autograph, Admiral John A. Dahlgren, U. S $95.00

 

Autograph, General John C. Pemberton $395.00

 

Bronze pendant fixture $1200.00

 

Brass European chandlier $1850.00

H 10in. x W 5in. x D 7in.


priced per pair  H 20in. x D 16in.  H 30in. x D 10in.  H 11in. x D 8in.


price per item

Wall Sconces $550.00

 

Ceiling Light circa 1920 $1250.00

 

pendant light with old glass $750.00

 

MCM pendant lights 3823 3824 3825 $550.00

H 28in. x D 18in.  H 36in.x D 14in.  H 32in. x D 24in.  H 24in. x D 6in.

Hanging pendent light $700.00

 

Pendent Light $750.00

 

Antique hanging light $3500.00

 

Brass Foyer fixture $600.00

H 30in. x D 20in.  H 22in. x D 5in.  H 34in. x D 14in.  H 36in. x D 18in.

Sheffield hanging light $2400.00

 

Amber glass pendent lght $600.00

 

Classic pendent light $750.00

 

1940's Pendent light $650.00




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