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All in especially pleasing condition, this desirable two volume set by <U>James Fenimore Cooper</U>is titled <B><I> Naval History of the Navy of the United States of America </B></I> and was issued in English by Paris publisher: Baudry's European Library in 1839 the same year as the American and British first editions. Leather and board bindings are in excellent condition with only the most minor evidence of period handling.  Content is bright and clean with light edge foxing throughout.  Cooper, who had joined the navy at age 16, was already famous for his Leatherstocking Tales when he wrote his <I>History of the Navy of the United States of America</I> the winter of 1838-1839.  Published in 1839, it is still a valid history offering fascinating detailed accounts of U. S. Naval history and engagement from inception through the time of authorship.   An interesting read and a desirable addition to any library. 

      (An interesting period side note here is that a feud had long before developed between partisans of Oliver Hazard Perry and those of Jesse Duncan Elliott, his second in command, concerning Elliott's conduct during the battle of Lake Erie. While Cooper dutifully sifted the evidence and tried hard to be impartial, his account did not satisfy Perry's supporters, and Cooper was attacked in the press as a result. He answered his critics with the publication of <I>The Battle of Lake Erie in 1842.</I>)

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<b>United States Congressman from New Jersey


Governor of New Jersey


Governor of Washington Territory</b>


(1817-1901) He graduated from Rutgers College, in 1836, and from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, in 1839. He then commenced a medical practice in Allentown, N.J. He served as a U.S. Congressman from 1847-51. Was the Governor of New Jersey 1857-1860. He served as a surgeon that superintended the drafting of Monmouth County, New Jersey Civil War soldiers in 1862, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864. He once again served in the U.S. Congress, from 1865-67. Newell was the Territorial Governor of Washington, 1880-1884. He served as a United States Indian Inspector, 1884-85. 


<u>Signature with Place</u>: 6 x 2, in ink, Wm. A. Newell, Allentown, Monmouth Co., New Jersey.     With a classic shallow depth of a mere 4 inches, flaring to a healthy 16 inch diameter with <U>wire reinforced rim</U>, this tinned sheet iron 19th century gold panning pan offers good evidence of age, originality and period use while remaining in sturdy, eye appealing condition.   Remaining uncleaned and as it was set aside decades ago, this pure old relic of the western gold fields offers that lead soldered country tinsmith construction that sets it apart from later and much more frequently encounter examples.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  H 24in. x D 16in.

c. 1839 James Fenimore Cooper – History $225.00

 

Autograph, William A. Newell $25.00

 

original ! c. 1800s handcrafted - Gold P $155.00

 

Brass Pan Fixture $850.00

H 32in. x D 16in.  H 44in. x D 15in.  H 40in. x D 8in.  H 40in. x D 8in.

SQUARE ARTS AND CRAFTS PENDANT $1500.00

 

Vintage pendent light $750.00

 

MCM pendand light $0.00

 

MCM pendant $800.00

H 24in. x D 10in.


 H 24in. x D 16in.  H 86in. x D 12in.  H 24in. x D 14in.


priced EACH

ORNATE PENDANT LIGHT $950.00

 

4 arm pendant light $1200.00

 

Mica Cathedral Fixture $3500.00

 

SET OF 4 milk glass pendants $750.00

H 16in. x W 10in. x D 12in.  H 38in. x D 18in

4 in stock  H 20in. x W 48in. x 12in.  Measuring approximately 15 ¼ X 20 1/2 this attractive Civil War vintage memorial is in memory of <U>Pvt. Charles F. Stuart</U>, Co. A or the hard fought <B>1st Maine Cavalry</B>. Popular in the Civil War period, these colorful memorials were uniquely created from a printed form, with hand painted application of  unit insignia and regimental identification, the soldier’s name, occasionally a tipped on portrait, and battle history . This example offers the subject’s participation with his Co. A 1st Maine Cavalry at the battles of <B>Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam </B> and <B>Fredericksburg</B> with a record of his death at Finley Army Hospital in 1863 and period photo portrait.  Best appreciated here by our illustrations, this desirable escutcheon offers good evidence of age and period originality while remaining bright, solid in form and will frame up to display nicely. 

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! PAIR MARBLE ANTIQUE SCONCES $2800.00

 

Warehouse light $450.00

 

INDUSTRIAL DOUBLE HEADED TASK LIGHT $1500.00

 

period 1st Maine Cavalry MEMORIAL ESCUTC $265.00

Best described here by our photo illustration, this group of 12 Grand Army of the Republic uniform cap or cuff buttons are backmarked SCOVILLE MFG. CO. WATERBURY and remain on their original 2 X 4 ¼ inch button card.  A nice item for the Civil War veteran / GAR 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>  This unusual <I>donut</I> shaped flask measures approximately 3 ¾ inches in diameter and is marked <I>English Pewter – Sheffield – England</I> and remains in pleasing condition with an unpolished natural patina with good evidence of age and period use.

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       Another treasure from our over 50 years of scouring and accumulating, this Petersburg marked antique pick axe came to us when we were fortunate enough to augment our Maine collection (see: <I>MaineLegacy.com</I>) with a number of Civil War relics from the defunct Portland, Maine, Bosworth Post # 2, Department of Maine.  Best described here by our illustrations this relic pick is approximately 29 3/4 inches in total length measures about 23 1/4 inches tip to tip and remains in solid condition with good evidence of age and originality to include the bold <B>PETERSBURG 7 64</B> identification.  All is preserved under a coat of old <I>bug</I> shellac  just as it came from the disbanded GAR Post in the 1960s.    

     A relic of the July 1864 <B>Petersburg Mine</B> operation which led to the disastrous <B>Battle of the Crater</B>, Petersburg had surely been of special significance in the memories of many Bosworth Post veterans as, in the time of the <I>mining</I> effort and just prior to the Battle of the Crater, the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment had earned recognition their on June 18, 1864 as having suffered the greatest loss of men in a single battle of any Union unit in the Civil War.  Acquired from our friend and fellow collector, Maine historian and Portland preservationist, Prof. William B. Jordan who had acquired an interesting accumulation of historic mementoes from more than a single repository before it succumb to  1960s urban renewal.  One such landmark was the Bosworth G. A. R. Post which stood at 44 Free Street in Portland.   Our letter preserving the origin of the axe as emanating from Maine’s Bosworth Post #2 will be included with the relic.  <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 heavy tinned iron drinking cup measures 5 inches across the mouth with a stout iron riveted handle with a <U>permanently attached</U> 4 foot chain of heavy die-struck iron links.  Seldom surviving, likely due to the cumbersome chain in conventional use, these so called <I>gang-cups</I> were popularly utilized for drinking water for 19th century work gangs.    With use by labor crews, and <I>work gangs</I> of all description their can be little doubt that such would have found a way from the New England logging camp to the Civil War military camp in the South.   Classically mid-19th century in design and material, this sturdy drinking cup, chained to a water barrel, would afford a reliable drinking utensil to all without <I>wandering away</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>

G. A. R. cap or cuff button group – on O

 

Unusual period Sheffield – Pewter - Spir $60.00

 

G. A. R. hall relic - July 1864 Petersbu $625.00

 

19th century chained Iron Drinking Cup $95.00

This traveling utility is reminiscent of a time when the lowly little corkscrew was a must have companion in every gentleman’s pocket, frontiersman’s <I>possible bag</I> or soldier’s haversack. Fashioned from relatively heavy iron for durability yet small and compact for easy carrying, this piece will fit properly in any 19th century personal item grouping. A neat <I>every day</I> utility seldom surviving, this example remains in nice, all original condition.  

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 This small hospital steward or nurse’s marking slate measures approximately 6 ½ X 8 1/2 inches in its dovetailed and pegged joint construction wood frame.  The natural slate offers good evidence of period construction methods with the telltale, slightly uneven, surface of earlier to mid1800s hand planed slate sheet. The slate is deeply inscribed <B>BROADWAY LANDING</B> across the top with  <B>WARD No.</B>.  The reverse side has the roman numeral <B>XIX</B> crudely cut into the wood frame and the name Leon Silsby deeply inscribed into the slate. Both of these are much more crude than the hospital designation on the face of the slate but are clearly period. A rudimentary check produced no hits on Leon Silsby?  Broadway Landing Army Field Hospital was situated on the south side of the Potomac River a little more than a mile west of City Point and about four miles from the northern end of the Union trenches before Petersburg. (see: <I>Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War</I> p.266 also  PBS / Ken Burns <I>THE CIVIL WAR</I>) We were fortunate enough to acquire a little group of period marking slates some years ago with a small number of similarly marked Broadway Landing slates mixed in among plain examples. Though we have offered them out to collectors over the years keeping a single example for our own collection, we did uncover this offering from the group as we prepared for our recent move from Maine to Washington state.  A wonderful item for the Civil War medical 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>


 


<b>United States Congressman & Senator from Vermont


United States Postmaster General</b>


(1791-1865) Born in Troy, New York, he moved with his family to Burlington, Vt., and graduated from the University of Vermont at Burlington in 1810. During the War of 1812, he was appointed a U.S. tax collector, and was responsible for collecting levies in support of the war effort. He then served as an officer in a Vermont Militia unit, and was appointed ensign in the 4th Regiment, commanded by William Williams, and served with an artillery unit on Vermont's border with Canada. After promotion to first lieutenant, Collamer served as aide-de-camp to Brigadier General John French, commander of the militia's 2nd Brigade, 4th Division. General French's unit left Orange County, Vt., for upstate New York in September 1814, in response to warnings of an imminent British invasion from Canada. When the brigade was crossing Lake Champlain enroute to Plattsburgh, he was sent ahead in a boat to inform Vermont Militia commander Samuel Strong that French's troops were on their way. Collamer was fired on by American sentinels, but was uninjured. Strong informed him that the Battle of Plattsburgh had taken place the day before, and the British had retreated. He studied law in St. Albans, Vt., was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Woodstock, Vt. until 1833. He served as a member of the Vermont State House of Representatives in 1821, 1822, 1827, and 1828. He was the State's Attorney for Windsor County, Vt., 1822-1824, and Judge of the Superior Court, of Vermont, 1833-1842. He was a U.S. Congressman, 1843-49, and served as Chairman of the Committee on Manufactures, and also served on the Committee on Public Lands. He opposed the extension of slavery, the Texas Annexation, and the Mexican War,  and received national recognition for his "Wool and Woolens" speech on American tariffs. He was appointed U.S. Postmaster General by President Zachary Taylor, and served in that position from 1849-50. He was elected U.S. Senator, as an anti-slavery Republican, and served from 1855-65. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills. At the Republican Nation Convention in 1856, at Philadelphia, Collamer received several votes for Vice President. In the Senate, he defended his positions vigorously. When the Committee on Territories, chaired by Senator Stephen A. Douglas, recommended passage of the Crittenden Amendment, which proposed resubmitting for popular vote the pro-slavery "Lecompton Constitution for Kansas," Collamer and James R. Doolittle of Wisconsin refused to vote in favor, but instead crafted a persuasive minority report explaining their opposition. He also represented the minority view in June 1860, when the select committee chaired by Virginia Senator James M. Mason issued its report on John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. Mason argued that Brown's raid was the work of an organized abolitionist movement, which needed to be curtailed with federal authority. Collamer and Doolittle countered that John Brown and his followers had been caught, and punished, and that further government action was unnecessary. His years on the bench helped develop his reputation as the best lawyer in the Senate, and his colleagues were known to pay close attention to his remarks on the Senate floor. Influential Senator Charles Sumner referred to Collamer as the "Green-Mountain Socrates" and called him the wisest and best balanced statesman of his time. In 1861, he authored the bill to invest the President with new war powers and give Congressional approval to the war measures that President Abraham Lincoln had taken under his own authority at the start of his administration. Collamer was the lead senator of the nine Republicans who visited President Lincoln in 1862 to argue for change in the composition of his cabinet by persuading him to replace his Secretary of State, William H. Seward.  He was Chairman of the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, and the Committee on the Library. After the war ended, he opposed the Reconstruction plans of Presidents' Abraham Lincoln, and Andrew Johnson, and was an advocate of congressional control over the process of readmitting former Confederate States back into the Union. Collamer died at his home in Woodstock, Vt., on November 9, 1865, and was buried in Woodstock's River Street Cemetery. In 1881, the state of Vermont donated a marble statue of Senator Jacob Collamer, created by Preston Powers, to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall.


<u>Signature with Place</u>: 5 x 1 1/4, in ink, J. Collamer, Woodstock, Vt.   Best described here by our photo illustrations, this handmade elk antler cribbage board measures approximately 12 ¼ inches in length and offers a pleasing natural patina as good evidence of age.  A nice old gaming item without spending a lot of money. <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>

traveling / pocket - CORKSCREW $55.00

 

Civil War ARMY HOSPITAL STEWARD SLATE $345.00

 

Autograph, Jacob Collamer $35.00

 

antique Elk Antler - CRIBBAGE BOARD $65.00

Of interest to collectors in a variety of categories from early photography daguerreotype plates & cases to mid-19th century lighting and silver plate tableware as well as the medical enthusiast, this 19th century dosage spoon is a product of the versatile Waterbury, Conn. manufacturer <I>Holmes, Booth & Hayden</I>.  Best described here by our illustrations, this silver plate, graduated dosage spoon measures approximately 9 inches in length and remains in untouched and excellent condition with an attractive age patina and is boldly marked <B><I> Holmes Booth & Haydens Pat. 1885 </B></I>.  Founded in 1853 as a manufacturer of photograph cases, lens, daguerreotype silver plates, and other photographic apparatus, the firm name quickly became associated with the 18th century manufacture of oil lamps and lanterns as well as a variety of silver plate tableware.  Produced in limited quantity in comparison to their other products, this piece will be a welcome find in a number of categories.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Untouched and as found after decades of attic storage, this wooden cannon pull toy offers lots of eye appeal with a pleasing complement of its original gold paint finish with good evidence of age and originality while remaining in pleasing condition. Measure approximately 14 inches in total length and standing about 5 inches from floor to tip of the muzzle, this piece offers will offer an attractive representation of a classic Civil War era toy type.  (see: Jefferson Davis home <I>White House of the Confederacy</I> museum collection) A nice addition to any Civil War period display.

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 A rare offering for the right collector, this little pasteboard box measures approximately 3 ¼ X 2 7/8 inches, is solid without repair and is dated 1875 through 1879 on its <I>A. Lacroix’s <B>ENAMEL COLORS</B> For Painting on Porcalain</I>period label. The box contains a 10 unpainted and <I>as new</I> period studs.

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      Seldom surviving intact as cavalry and Civil War collectors have, dismantled these Bannerman display escutcheons removing the nearly always unissued condition carbine socket for display.  Hard to imagine in today’s world of scarcity, Francis Bannerman of Bannerman’s Military Goods acquired an abundance of these carbine sockets when he purchased  all manner of left over military paraphernalia from the reconstruction era U. S. government.   The harness leather sockets were fashioned into match holder wall displays by plugging one end of the socket with a wooden disk and attaching it with a bit of iron wire to an shield shaped wood plaque.  (Though we would discourage it, all easily removeable without damage to the original leather socket.)   The display was further embellished with the attachment of  issue shako chin strap buttons.   Now seldom encountered, a complete original example of an old Bannerman Civil War carbine <I>match holder</I> as was offered in his early 1900s military goods catalogues (even to the typed label on the back) is worthy of preservation over and above the Civil War issue carbine socket. 

    Likely not required here, but for the sake of the uninitiated the carbine socket was buckled to a saddle strap in a position to accept the muzzle end soldier’s carbine as his weapon was slung on the issue cavalry sling. The leather socket would thus hold the carbine muzzle secure even at full gallop without restricting quick access.   <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>

Holmes Booth & Hayden Pat. 1885 ANTIQUE $125.00

 

vintage Cannon PULL TOY $175.00

 

c. 1870’s porcelain studs for decoratin $75.00

 

Bannerman Military Goods – Civil War Cav $165.00

Just the thing if you have one of those little <I>screw off</I> flint lock or early percussion pistols, this approximately .40 caliber ball mold incorporates a <I>spanner</I> for barrel removal for loading.  Offered here untouched with a deep chocolate patina, this neat little ball mold will date to the very early 1800s.

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 <b>and Sons Of Confederate Veterans</b>


By Lynn Jackson Shaw, Past Commander-in-Chief, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Introduction, text, illustrated, 112 pages, paperback, copyright 1989. Very fine.  


<b>First Day Of Issue of Gettysburg Address U.S. postage stamp</b>


6 1/2 x 3 5/8, cachet envelope with an illustration of President Abraham Lincoln at the lower left, with the imprint, "85th Anniversary Of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," above. C.D.S., Gettysburg, Pa., Nov. 19, 1948, with a 3 cents blue, U.S. postage stamp, (A425) with vignette of President Abraham Lincoln, and a quotation from the Gettysburg Address. Stamped in black, First Day Of Issue. Addressed in pencil to Jane Donley, E. Broadway, Gettysburg, Pa. Very fine.  


12 x 7 1/2, two sided imprinted form, filled out in ink.


The Crescent Consolidated Regiment of Louisiana. List of Louisiana soldiers from Company G, by name, date of enlistment, and clothing given to them during their enlistment, and its value. Also listed are the dates of distribution. Includes accounts of Francis Cassell, Thomas Anderson, W.B. Robinson, and Ralph Deming. "This state militia regiment transferred to Confederate service in New Orleans on March 6, 1862, for ninety days with 945 men. The regiment went immediately to Corinth, Mississippi, to reinforce General P.G.T. Beauregard's army. On April 6, the regiment played an important role in the capture of two Union divisions at the Hornet's Nest during the battle of Shiloh. The next day, the men supported the 5th Company, Washington Artillery, and prevented the enemy from capturing three of the battery's guns. In the battle, 23 of the regiment's men were killed, 84 were wounded, and 20 were missing. Retreating with the army to Corinth, the regiment was disbanded on June 3rd by General Braxton Bragg at the expiration of their term of service. Most of the men then went into the 18th Louisiana Regiment. On September 17th, the Confederate War Department reorganized the regiment and ordered it to report to General Richard Taylor in south Louisiana. The reorganization occurred at New Iberia on October 16th, when Colonel McPheeters reclaimed the men serving with the 18th Louisiana. On October 27th, the regiment fought in the battle of Labadieville and retreated with the army to the lower Bayou Teche. After spending several weeks at Bisland, the men moved to Avery Island on December 19th. The regiment went to Butte a la Rose on January 11, 1863. On February 16th, Companies F, G, and H, while on picket on Grand River, fired on and drove off the enemy steamer Grey Cloud. The regiment returned to Bisland on April 7th and fought in the battle there on April 12th and 13th. Retreating with General Taylor's army through Opelousas and Alexandria to Natchitoches, the regiment returned to south Louisiana in June. The men garrisoned Brashear City in June and July while the army conducted operations on Bayou Lafourche. During the next three months, the regiment marched with General Alfred Mouton's brigade back and forth across south Louisiana. On November 3rd, the 11th and 12th [Confederate Guards] Louisiana Infantry battalions were added to the regiment at Simmsport to form the Consolidated Crescent Regiment." The regiment played a major role in the battle of Mansfield, on April 8th. In the attack on the enemy, more than 175 of the regiment's men were killed or wounded; and the regiment became the only Louisiana regiment to lose all 3 field officers in one battle. The next day, April 9th, at the battle of Pleasant Hill, the regiment saw limited fighting since its division constituted the army's reserve force. Pursuing General Nathaniel P. Banks' army back down the Red River, the regiment participated in the battle of Yellow Bayou, on May 18th. Portions, if not all, of the regiment supported the 2nd Louisiana Battery in a skirmish with enemy gunboats on the Atchafalaya north of Simmsport on June 8th. When the army marched through north Louisiana into southern Arkansas in the fall, the regiment remained at Alexandria and then marched to Shreveport. After several months in the garrison at Shreveport, the regiment returned to Alexandria. The brigade joined the regiment there in January 1865, and occupied camps in the vicinity until spring. In May, the brigade marched to Mansfield; it disbanded there on May 19th, prior to the surrender of the Trans-Mississippi Department."


The paper is very crisp, is in very fine condition, and neatly written. Very nice war date Louisiana document.

early 19th century pistol - BALL MOLD $50.00

 

Badges and Ribbons of the United Confede $15.00

 

1948 Gettysburg Envelope, 85th Anniversa $10.00

 

1862 Clothing Account For Louisiana Conf $125.00




Civil War Times Illustrated, Special Issue. The American Conflict in Words. Lincoln in Crisis. A President Battles Low Morale, Ridicule, And Self-Doubt On The Road To Victory. Special News Update: Diving On The U.S.S. Monitor. Discover the Town Sherman Marched 250 Miles to See: Savannah, Georgia. 88 pages, profusely illustrated. Other stories: Lincoln's Christmas Present, Mort Kunstler's Exceptional Brush With History, Headed Into a Hurricane, and more. Excellent Lincoln issue.  


By H.W. Brands. Published by Anchor Books, New York, 2000, 5 1/4 x 8, paperback, 765 pages, index. National Bestseller. Pulitzer Prize Finalist. Brand new condition.


The foremost American of his day, Benjamin Franklin, was perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, and he comes vividly to life in this masterly biography. Wit, diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor, and bon vivant, Franklin was in every respect America's first Renaissance man. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and a host of other sources, acclaimed historian H.W. Brands has written a thoroughly engaging biography of Franklin, the eighteenth-century genius. The First American is a work of meticulous scholarship that provides a magnificent tour of a legendary historical figure.


Cover painting courtesy of Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, design by Jean Traina.  


<b>Chief of Cavalry, Middle Military Division</b>


(1833-80) Graduated in the West Point class of 1855. On September 16, 1861, he became colonel of the 1st New Jersey Infantry. During the first 3 years of the Civil War, Torbert acted as an infantry commander, fighting in the campaign of 1862 on the Virginia Peninsula, in the campaigns of 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He was promoted to brigadier general to rank from November 29, 1862. In 1864, he was assigned to command a cavalry division under General Phil Sheridan. Torbert took part in the several cavalry actions that summer and in August became chief of cavalry of the Middle Military Division in the Shenandoah Valley. He inflicted a severe defeat on the Confederate cavalrymen Thomas L. Rosser and Lunsford L. Lomax at Tom's Brook, in early October, and later that month saw action at Cedar Creek. He drowned in 1880 when the steamer Vera Cruz, which he was traveling on, sunk off Cape Canaveral.


<u>War Date Endorsement Signed</u>: 3 1/4 x 3 1/8, in ink, Hd. Qrs. Cav. Mid. Mil. Div., November 28th, 1864. Respectfully forwarded recommended, A.T.A. Torbert, Bvt. Major General, Chief of Cavalry. Very desirable.   Years ago when we first started attending the larger Civil War shows in the South, enthusiastic <I>diggers</I>would bring wooden boxes filled with excavated treasures for sale or trade to fellow enthusiasts.  I found most of these folks had a depth of knowledge and commitment to history that brought the content of  their relic filled boxes to a special level.  Now and again I would pick out a treasure that was of particular interest to me, usually something with a tag on it or a group of things of known origin, and bring my find back to Maine where it would ultimately get set aside in storage with our accumulation of <I>stuff</I>.  In that accumulation we have a small number of artillery bolt fragments collected just prior to the July 1938 Gettysburg Reunion and are offering each <U>individually priced</U> for the collector who would like an authentic Gettysburg relic without spending a ton of money.   The relics came to us in a small wooden box that had been in the <B>Mountfort G. A. R. Post</B> in Brunswick, Maine; the <U>home Post of Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain</U>.   On the lid of the box was the period identification as <I><B> Confederate relics gathered during preparation for the July 1913 Gettysburg Great Reunion</I></B>.  Though the old wire hinged pine box with a piece or two of its’ content has long since passed, we did have the foresight to save an image of the pine box and its’ paper label to go with the relics we kept for ourselves.  <U> Our note with a photo of the old relic box, its’ label and origin from the Mountfort G. A. R. Post  will come your the shell fragment to preserve its’ history.</U>  A neat original Battle of Gettysburg relic and remembrance of what was to be the last joint reunion of Union and Confederate veterans.

Abraham Lincoln, President At War

 

The Life And Times Of Benjamin Franklin $15.00

 

Autograph, General Alfred T. A. Torbert $225.00

 

Gettysburg Excavated / Civil War ARTILLE $65.00

With eye appeal and condition best demonstrated by our illustrations, this early American decorated powder horn measures approximately 11 inches from spout to butt. With decoration and provenance harkening back to frontier New England and now seldom remembered confrontation there between early inhabitants and Native Americans, this eye appealing decorated powder horn will make a desirable addition to any period collection. The significance of the period depiction of young woman escaping capture by pursuing Indians is revealed by the most rudimentary research of a descendant family note pinned to an accompanying homespun relic.  <I> ‘This piece of Material was spun by your great great great grandmother on Pearl Hill, Fitchburg. She sheared the sheep, dyed the wool spun it into the pattern and cloth. Over 150 years old. Grandma Brown was the person who ran from the Indians.’</I>.  A google search quickly identifies <I> Pearl Hill, Fitchburg</I> as Fitchburg, Massachusetts, with a further search of period Brown family landowners produces a, period singular, <I>Captain William Brown</I> who, shortly after the Revolution, donated land for the Fitchburg town meeting house, and his spouse <I><B>Elisabeth</B></I> (Coffin)<I><B> Brown</B></I>. (see: Elisabeth Brown (Coffin) (1763 - 1843) - Genealogy (geni.com) While beginning with the capture by Indians and carrying away of founder John Fitch and his family in 1748, (see: <I>Fitchburg Massachusetts, Past & Present</I> by Wm. A. Emmerson) Fitchburg’s local lore and a generational history of Native American conflict, leaves much to explore. 

      Remaining with the horn is a 16 inch square piece of wool homespun described in the penned <I>’Granny note’</I> simply as a <I>piece of material</I> spun by great, great grandmother Brown who <I> sheared the sheep, dyed the wool</I> and <I> spun it into the pattern and cloth</I>  Offering clear evidence of period work while remaining in pleasing condition, the remnant is fashioned from two 8 inch loomed swatches, center seamed with overall silk tape binding.   (A matching tape suspension indicates an intended purpose beyond simple display?)  The width of the fabric, structural unevenness and design concept uniformity with variation in execution, are all good evidence of the piece being the product of an 18th early 19th century country popular <I>table,</I> frame loom or rigid Heddle loom.  An exceptional piece in and of itself  for the early American textile enthusiast, it and the powder horn need to remain together with the descendant provenance.  A desirable early 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>

 


<b>Died in 1863</b>


(1812-63) Born in Germany, he belonged to the Bavarian Legion. In 1848, he participated in the revolution against the monarchy and had to seek asylum in Switzerland, but was expelled the following year and came to the United States, settling in Rockland County, New York. His reputation as a revolutionary patriot enabled him to recruit a regiment which was mustered into the Federal service in 1861 as the 8th New York Infantry, with Blenker as their colonel. He was appointed brigadier general on Aug. 9, 1861, and at 1st Bull Run he had command of a brigade, part of Colonel Dixon Miles's division, who performed capably in covering the Union rear on their confused retreat toward Washington. Blenker later commanded a division in the Shenandoah Valley against Stonewall Jackson. He died on Oct. 31, 1863.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view in uniform with rank of full colonel, wearing kepi, and holding sword at his side. Backmark: E. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Light age toning and wear. Small abrasion to the reverse just above the photographer's imprint. Very fine.  


<b>Union Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War


War Date Letter Signed</b>


(1802-78) A former newspaper editor, he held various minor political offices and had been in the Navy Department before joining the Republican party in 1855. Named Secretary of the Navy by President Abraham Lincoln, he served with great efficiency during the war. Completely loyal to Lincoln, his support of Andrew Johnson as well made him a steadying influence in the presidential cabinet. Resigning in 1869, he later wrote "Lincoln & Seward" and published his own, "Diary of Gideon Welles."


<u>War Date Letter Signed</u>: 7 3/4 x 10, in ink. 


Navy Department

September 26, 1862


Sir:


Your letter of the 16th inst. has been received.


You are entitled to the pay of your grade from the date of your appointment, August 2, 1862, and to sea pay while serving in the Western Flotilla.


I am respy.,

your obt. svt.,

Gideon Welles

Secretary of the Navy


Actg. Vol. Lieut.

John V. Johnston

Gunboat Baron de Kalb

Memphis, Tenn.


Capt. Winslow


Light age toning and wear. Neatly written. The signature is bold, but shows some feathering to the ink. Gideon Welles is always a very popular Union Navy autograph to obtain, especially in war date format.


Lieutenant John V. Johnston, U.S. Navy, served in the Civil War from August 2, 1862, to June 23, 1864.


The Gunboat Baron de Kalb, was constructed for the Union Navy by James B. Eads. Originally built at St. Louis, at the Union Marine Works Carondelet, Missouri, for the U.S. War Department, she was launched at St. Louis, on October 12, 1861, and joined the Western Gunboat Flotilla.


On October 1, 1862, the Baron De Kalb was transferred to the U.S. Navy Department. From December 21–28, she took part in the Yazoo Expedition, and participated in the action at Drumgould's Bluff, on December 28th. Four of Baron De Kalb's sailors were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions in the expedition; Seaman Peter Cotton, Captain Pierre Leon, Boatswain's Mate John McDonald, and Boatswain's Mate Charles Robinson.


During 1863, the Baron De Kalb took part in the capture of Arkansas Post (January 10–11); the expedition up the White River (January 12–14); the Yazoo Pass Expedition (February 20 – April 5); was in action at Fort Pemberton (March 11–13); in action at Haines' Bluff (April 29–2 May, May 18); in action at Yazoo City, Mississippi (20–23 May); and in the Yazoo River Expedition (24–31 May).


She was sunk by a Confederate mine on July 13, 1863, in the Yazoo River, one mile below Yazoo City, Mississippi. [Source: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships].   


  


 


State Historical Markers of Virginia, Listing the Inscriptions on All State Markers on the Principal Highways of Virginia, With Supplementary Data. Fifth Edition, 1941. With illustration of the Virginia State Seal. Issued by the Virginia Conservation Commission, Richmond, Va. Published by Division of Publicity and Advertising. Edited by Division of History and Archaeology. 4 3/4 x 8 3/4, booklet with illustrated cardboard covers. The same exact illustration is on the front and back covers. 243 pages, index. The inside front cover has the instructions on how to use this booklet, and the inside back cover is imprinted with the names and positions of the Virginia Conservation Commission. Minor edge chipping and wear to the covers. Very fine.

important! Escaping the Indians – decor $2995.00

 

CDV, General Louis Blenker $125.00

 

Autograph, Gideon Welles $175.00

 

State Historical Markers of Virginia $10.00




<b>Signed by 2 prominent Gettysburg citizens who were prominent during the battle! 


Issued to and signed by a member of the famous Culp family of Gettysburg!</b>


7 1/4 x 3, imprinted check, filled out in ink. Two cents, U.S. Internal Revenue tax stamp at upper left of the check, with a bust view of President George Washington. Gettysburg, PA., Dec. 19th, 1872. Gettysburg National Bank, Pay to Jeremiah Culp. Twelve Dollars and 34/100. Signed at lower right by D. Kendlehart. Endorsed on the reverse by Jeremiah Culp, and S.G. Cook. Light fold wear and age toning. Desirable Gettysburg document signed by two of its prominent war time citizens!



<u>Jeremiah Culp</u>:


The recipient of this check, who signed it on the reverse, Jeremiah Culp, was born in Adams County, Pa., on May 4, 1822. Jeremiah married Rebecca F. Howell, and had 12 children. He owned and operated a carpenter shop located at 141 York Street, which was used as a hospital and operating room during the battle, and its aftermath. His carpenter’s bench made a good operating table, and a pile of amputated arms and legs were left outside of the building just under the window. 


Jeremiah also served as the draft officer for the area and consequently had the names of the local men who were eligible for the war. When the Confederates took over the town on July 1st, they sought out Jeremiah Culp, and found him at his 141 York Street residence/shop. Demanding he give them the names of these eligible men, Culp refused to cooperate with the Rebels and successfully argued his way out of the dilemma. 


Jeremiah and Rebecca had a baby boy, that was born in their York Street location, on July 4, 1863. Known as the "Battle Baby," he was named Jeremiah "Meade" Culp, with his middle name being given to him in honor of the Union Commander at Gettysburg, General George G. Meade.  


Continuing with the patriotic tradition that they started with the birth of their first son, they named their second son, Harvey "Reynolds" Culp, who was born in 1865, in honor of Union General John F. Reynolds, who was killed on the first day's fighting, July 1, 1863. Jeremiah Culp passed away on April 1, 1887, in Gettysburg.



<u>David Kendlehart</u>:


(1813-91)  A prosperous businessman in Gettysburg, he was president of the city council on June 26, 1863, when Confederate General Jubal A. Early, entered Gettysburg, and demanded goods and money from the town. Kendlehart refused, but offered for the stores to be opened so the town's civilians could supply what they could of the general's demands. He later slipped out of town and maintained a low profile during the battle until the morning of July 4th, when he entered the Union lines and informed Union Commander, General George G. Meade of the Confederate withdrawal from the streets of Gettysburg.


Kendlehart, also the owner of a shoe business on Baltimore Street, met General Early as he rode into town less than a week before the outbreak of battle, and demanded to speak with the borough’s mayor. The Confederate general’s inquiry proved fruitless however, as Burgess Robert Martin’s wife informed General Early that Martin and most of the councilmen had already left the town in advance of the arrival of the Confederates army. The responsibility of representing the borough in negotiations with Early therefore fell to Mr. Kendlehart. Early demanded that Kendlehart furnish the rebel troops with thousands of pounds of provisions, shoes, hats, and U.S. currency. Kendlehart’s refusal to supply the rebels, citing limited authority of the Borough, and the impossibility of securing so much material in a small municipality such as Gettysburg.


His tactful argument may have saved the town from ruin in retribution for his noncompliance. Although he refused to hand over the supplies, Kendlehart removed responsibility from the borough, and did, however, suggest that the Confederates go from household to household asking the citizens of Gettysburg to furnish whatever they could. Kendlehart would leave Gettysburg proper that evening to remain hidden two miles outside of the borough at McAllister’s Mill until the end of the battle, at which point the leaderless citizens exercised their own political agenda with General Early. The money in the town bank was hidden, families hid their food and possessions, residents protected their free black neighbors from capture, and most of the Gettysburg citizens lied about having anything of value when the Confederate soldiers asked. The Rebels gained very little from the town’s unified defiance, marveling at how such a population could possess so little.


David Kendlehart died on April 30, 1891, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pa.


WBTS Trivia: The town of Gettysburg, Pa. was established by James Gettys in 1786. 


Culp's Hill, played a major role during the battle and saw much fighting throughout the 3 day battle of Gettysburg, on July 1, 2, 3, 1863.   


<b>United States Congressman from New York</b>


(1804-77) Born in Geneva, N.Y., he received a limited schooling, then moved to Allens Hill, N.Y., and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He also held several local offices. Elected as a Whig to the U.S. Congress, he served 4 years, from 1847-51. 


<u>Signature with place</u>: 6 x 1 1/4, in ink, Robt. L. Rose, Allens Hill.  


<b>United States Congressman from New York</b>


(1790-1849) Born in Phillipstown, Putnam County, N.Y., he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice. He was appointed Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1841, and was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Congress, and served 1847-49. He died at Cold Spring, Putnam County, N.Y., on July 28, 1849, and was interred in the Old Cemetery.


<u>Signature with Place</u>: 5 1/2 x 1 1/4, in ink, Cornelius Warren, Cold Spring, Putnam Co., N.Y.  


<b>United States Congressman from New York</b>


(1784-1869) Born in Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York. He graduated from Poughkeepsie Academy, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and in 1807 he established his law office in Peekskill, Westchester County, N.Y. He served as district attorney for Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties for thirty years. Nelson served as a member of the New York State Assembly, 1820-21, and in the New York State Senate 1824-1827. He the Judge of the Court for the Correction of Errors, 1824-1827. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1847-51.


<u>Signature with Place</u>: 5 1/2 x 1, in ink, Wm. Nelson, Peekskill, N.Y.

Gettysburg National Bank Check

 

Autograph, Robert L. Rose

 

Autograph, Cornelius Warren

 

Autograph, William Nelson

H 38in. x D 20in.

Rewired and ready to hang. Glass is old.  H 16in. x D 7in.  H 24in. x 9in.

Original rare glass and fittings  H 25in. x D 7in.


more available

NOS from the 50's

4 ARM PAN FIXTURE $750.00

 

ART GLASS PENDANT LIGHT $325.00

 

BLUE SWIRL GLASS PENDANT $750.00

 

FACETED GLASS PENDANTS $750.00

H 29in. x D 8in.


Dramatic old glass  H 30in. x D 5in.

More than 12 in stock at the moment. Can be fitted with other holders.  H 20in. x W 8in. x D 18in.

Great for a gothic/ castle scene

1 more also available

Spooky  H 36in. x D 7in.


great quality   can be shortened to your needs

GOTHIS RED PENDANT lights $850.00

 

BLUE SWIRLED GLASS PENDANTS $850.00

 

GOTHIC WALL SCONCES with red glass $2400.00

 

SINGLE DROP ETCHED GLOBE fixture $700.00

H 56in. x D 22in.


Extra large very dramatic.

Larger multi luminaire version also available.  H 27in. x  W 24in. x 4in.  H 28in. x D 14in.


Great patina in original old finish

ready to hang  H 10in. x W 10in. x D 7in.

Great patina and ready to go

Monumental GOTHIC pendant light $2400.00

 

BRASS ISLAND / BILLIARD LIGHT $750.00

 

IRON CANDELABRA PENDANT $1200.00

 

ARTS and CRAFTS IRON SCONCE $800.00

This 6 X 5 1/8 inch enameled sheet metal photography frame remains in excellent all original condition.  Retaining its original <B>PATENTED JUNE 22, 1864</B>, this attractive Civil War dated frame will make a wonderful addition to the display of any period albumin or ferrotype image.  <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 10in. x W 6in. x D 3in.


Ready to install

circa 1930  H 36in. x D 12in.

Great old glass  H 12in. x W 4in. x D 7in.

Priced per pair

Original Patent June 1864 - PHOTO FRAME $75.00

 

PAIR of DECO SCOCES $900.00

 

MERCURY GLASS PENDANT LIGHT $850.00

 

CUSTOM BUILT WALL SCONCES $750.00




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