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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5776: 6th plate ruby-glass - Wisconsin photographer’s MOUNTED ARTILLERY BUGLER - AMBROTYPE

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6th plate ruby-glass - Wisconsin photographer’s MOUNTED ARTILLERY BUGLER - AMBROTYPE One of the special thrills of the truly appreciative collector / historian is to hold one of those distinct period photographs in hand and admire that crisp detail and rich contrast that seems to give life to a long past moment in time. In this image, such quality has frozen the moment of the shutter flash as it allowed the detail of our subjects image to be preserved such that he nearly comes to life as he peers from under a sheet of glass back toward his admirer. This will all sound a bit overdone to all but the true aficionado of quality antique photo portraiture. We usually simply say Our illustrations will do best to describe this one and let it go at that. Please forgive our enthusiasm with respect to this 6th plate ruby-glass ambrotype of a serious looking middle aged troop as he sits before the camera in his regulation mounted jacket with its lightly tinted but distinctive crimson embellishment of a light artillery bugler. Acquired from an old collection where it had been maintained untouched and as is, still nestled in its case, we were pleased to find a light penciled notation on the case behind the ambrotype identifying the photographer as Griswold Photographic Artist, Racine, Wis. Some diligent research of Wisconsin light artillery buglers may be fruitful as it would seem a good chance that our subject’s obvious middle age (late 30s / mid to later 40s) may set him aside from most if not all others. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!



 

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Original Civil War - REGIMENTAL NUMERALS We have a small stock of original Civil War vintage regimental numerals in numbers 12, 58, 64 and 70 and are offering them priced by the individual set for the insignia collector or specific regiment enthusiast who would like one for display or for that special uniform cap. These difficult to find double numerals measure ¾ inch high and are of die struck sheet brass, un-used and period, in fine condition with the original attachment wires. A nice find! (Use key word letters or numerals in our search to find other examples.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5756: original! 19th century STONEWARE DYE BOTTLE with LABEL

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original! 19th century STONEWARE DYE BOTTLE with LABEL Prepared by Nottingham chemist H. J. MANFULL, this scarlet crystal dye in its attractive little stoneware bottle will set well in any 19th century grouping in any number of collector categories and will be of special interest to vintage textile, needle work, and sewing enthusiasts. The original label offers mixing instructions and advises that the dye is for Silks, Ribbons, Woolen Goods &c. &c. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5732: Original!  c. 1830 / 1861 Ball, Harvard, Mass. -  GRAPHITE PENCIL BUNDLE

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Original! c. 1830 / 1861 Ball, Harvard, Mass. - GRAPHITE PENCIL BUNDLE This original manufacturer’s bundle of graphite and natural cedar pencils retains 11 pencils of its original dozen Benjamin Ball writing instruments offered here as a lot for the collector / historian who would like the bundle for display. Per the Harvard, Mass. Historical Society Benjamin Ball set up shop in Harvard in 1830 as the Ball Pen and Paper Co.. His little two story mill manufactured paper on one floor and pencils on the other until shortly before the Civil War. Ball’s pencils were sold in bundles of a dozen cedar pencils with square leads, The pencils were tied together with thread and with a paper label that reads Superior Warranted Black Lead Pencils Manufactured by B. Ball, Harvard, Mass.. The pencils, which are shorter and thinner than the standard pencil produced today, are only approximately round, and no two have the same cross-section. While the leads in some of the pencils are approximately centered, some of the leads are well off center suggesting that there was a component of individual hand crafting in the making of Ball’s pencils. Mass production of lead pencils began in the U.S. after the Civil War. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5829: earlier to mid-19th century -  wool SHAKO POM-POM

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earlier to mid-19th century - wool SHAKO POM-POM Not to be confused with later and more common examples with the wire keeper, this shako pom-pom is fitted with a wooden keeper shaft and will go appropriately with the 1820’s through Mexican War era leather shako. A find for the military headgear enthusiast as the majority of surviving period shakos are missing the pom-pom and individual examples are seldom available. This one remains in excellent condition with no mothing issues. The wool is a bit dingy with age and while it will clean to the condition appropriate to the finest condition, we have left that to the discretion of the of the buyer. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :



 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3024: Civil War era MILITARY RAZOR

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Civil War era MILITARY RAZOR Our photos should do best to speak for this fine old razor but we will advise the viewer that the grip is of natural slabbed horn boldly embossed on one side MILITARY RAZOR With good evidence of age and period use, the piece remains in nice condition without the usual blade nicks or cracked grips. The decorated blade shows good traces it’s original etched decoration of cannon, drum and stand of banners to include the American flag with MILITARY RAZOR across it’s length. The shank is deeply touch marked by it’s Sheffield cutler. The presents of Old Glory in the blade decoration and the bold MILITARY RAZOR proclaimed on blade and grip leaves no doubt that in a time when vastly popular Sheffield cutlery was considered superior by many Americans, this piece was imported with an eye toward an anxious Union military market. As with all direct sales, we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!
 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5635:  CDV group of 4 - 2nd N. Y. Heavy & 109th N. Y. Infantry - includes Bugler – 2 Drummers & Dog Billy

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CDV group of 4 - 2nd N. Y. Heavy & 109th N. Y. Infantry - includes Bugler – 2 Drummers & Dog Billy We’ll depend on our photographs to describe this wonderful little group of 4 carte de vistes except to advise that they have been accurately reproduced here without enhancement and remain in nice original condition with no bends, folds, trimming or clipping. In order of appearance are: #1 – 2nd New York Heavy Artillery BUGLER, Orlando T. Bliss is seated with 109th New York Infantry DRUMMER BOYWilliam Miller standing at his side. #2 – Young Delavan S. Miller,lied about his age when he enlisted as a 12 year old in 1862, DRUMMER 2nd New York Heavy Artillery. #3 – Young Delavan lounges with mascot. #4 - Pvt. James Broderick Co. H 2nd New York Heavy Artillery (later served :Veteran Reserve Corps) is seated with dog at his side.
identification note: We acquired this group together several years ago and have always been satisfied with the period pencil identifications (same hand writing on each and as was used throughout the original N.Y. album) Thanks to the miracle of the internet and google we found three additional CDVs of Orlando T. Bliss (one with Willie Miller at his side) and an identified CDV of Delavan S. Miller. All 4 CDVs and the afore mentioned internet views display the same hand writing. An additional internet find, and likely the most important was the availability of a 1905 publication of war reminiscence by Drummer, Delavan S. Miller. DRUM TAPS IN DIXIE (republished and readily available). A worthwhile addition to the library of any Civil War historian, Delavan Miller’s ramblings offer considerable insight to include the identity of the dog BILLY. Just a plain every day sort of dog with chopped off tail and clipped ears offers the drummer boy, adding ,but in some respects the most knowing little fellow I ever saw. Delavan offers some considerable detail of the life of Billy to include his separation from the Regiment at Bull Run and haggard return some two weeks post battle. Needless to say the insight into this group of images provided by the Drummer’s book and additional material available on the internet is to lengthy to offer here however our research notes including links to the images found on the internet will come with the CDVs.
Outstanding photographs that history dictates should stay together. An active regiment, a record of service will include such familiar actions as : Bull Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Assault on the Salient, North Anna, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor, Bethesda Church, . Mine Explosion, Weldon Railroad, Ream's Station, Poplar Springs Church, Peebles' Farm, Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, Assault on and fall of Petersburg, Appomattox Court House and Grand Review
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5479: Civil War ARMY HOSPITAL STEWARD  SLATE

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Civil War ARMY HOSPITAL STEWARD SLATE This hospital steward or nurse’s marking slate measures approximately 9 7/8 X 14 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 mid 1800s hand planed slate sheet. The slate is deeply inscribed BROADWAY LANDING across the top with a place the WARD No.. 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: Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War p.266 also PBS / Ken Burns THE CIVIL WAR) We were fortunate enough to acquire a group of period marking slates some years ago with a small number of similarly marked Broadway Landing slates mixed in among plain examples. We have offered them out to collectors over the years keeping a single example for our own collection. We came across this remaining example from the group this last winter as we have been going through some of our accumulation. A wonderful item for the Civil War medical enthusiast. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :


 

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Civil War Vet’s – 1892 Detroit National Encampment G. A. R. RIBBON A nice display item with its bold LINCOLN embellishment, this silk GAR ribbon measures approximately 2 X 6 inches and remains in nice condition with evidence of age and originality but with no splits. Bearing the dates 1891 and 1892 for the Detroit, Michigan NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5519: c. 1850 / 1860s pewter & tin camphene –LAMP

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c. 1850 / 1860s pewter & tin camphene –LAMP All original and in excellent original, even unused, condition save a small shallow dent on one side, (could be pushed out but we’d leave it as found) this little lamp is a bit unusual in that while the body is pewter, the fanciful applied handle is of tinned sheet iron and the bottom of the lamp is also of tinned sheet iron. The two slender burner tubes are of brass. Dangerous though it could be due to its volatility, camphene (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) gained popularity in the 1850s and early 1860s as it produced a clean burning bright light. . The extra length and small diameter of the wick tube offered an extra measure of separation of flame from fuel reservoir and is a telltale feature of the camphene lighting device. Commonly thought solely to facilitate extinguishing the flame, the little chain secured caps were in actuality primarily for the prevention of evaporation of the fuel when not on use. As with all direct sales, we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !
 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5819: 1851 Dispensatory of CS Surgeon S. B. Morrison –  in attendance at the death of Stonewall Jackson

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1851 Dispensatory of CS Surgeon S. B. Morrison – in attendance at the death of Stonewall Jackson All original and complete this massive old leather bound 1456 page 1851 published medical reference shows good age with desirable evidence of period use while remaining in pleasing condition with a tight binding and is complete with no loose or torn pages. The cover, end papers and fly pages front and back are festooned with period medical notations (mostly prescription formulas) which appear to be in Dr. Morrison’s hand. Most important are the inscriptions Dr. S. B. Morrison in the center of the first front fly leaf and Dr. Morrison’s signature on the second fly leaf.
Best remembered as being in attendance at the death of Confederate General Thomas Stonewall Jackson, the presence of Surg. Morrison had been requested as Jackson’s recovery from his wounding and left arm amputation took a marked turn for the worse five days post-surgery. Summoned not only as relief for the weary Dr. McGuire who performed the amputation and post-operative care, Dr. S. B. Morrison’s presents at Jackson’s bedside was quickly approved by Gen. Robert E. Lee. Dr. Morrison was a kinsman of Mrs. Jackson and had been the Jackson family physician in the post-Civil War years. Additionally Surg. Morrison’s medical expertise had been well established when he successfully amputated Confederate Gen. R. S. Ewell’s badly wounded leg after the Battle of Groveton. Surgeon Morrison would provide the best of medical aid to the seriously ailing General Jackson and provide comfort to the fallen General’s wife Mary Anna Jackson and five month-old baby Julia who had been rushed to Stonewall’s bedside.. It would fall to Dr. S. B. Morrison to advise Mrs. Jackson that the end was near. Educated at Washington College (now Washington & Lee University) and the University of Virginia, Dr. Morrison enlisted in the 17th Virginia Cavalry at the outbreak of the Civil War. Later made Surgeon of the 58th Virginia then Chief Surgeon of Gen. R. S. Ewell's Division. On April 18,1863, he was made Chief Surgeon to Gen. Early's Division then October 10, 1864 assigned as Medical Director Army of the Valley. After the war, Dr. Morrison established a lucrative medical practice in Kerrs Creek, Virginia. Dr. S. B. Morrison died in 1870 at Rockbridge Baths, Virginia.
This historic old medical reference by Wood & Bache was published in 1851 and was the standard pharmaceutical authority of its day. We acquired the piece years ago when it was brought in at John Dugan’s Virginia Relic Hunters Civil War Show and offered for sale by descendants of Dr. Morrison. We have had it set aside in our fifty plus year accumulation of stuff since that time.
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pro UNION decorated Civil War vintage PARADE TORCH Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this attractive old parade torch remains in excellent condition but with good evidence of age and originality. Fashioned of tinned sheet iron, hand soldered with period telltale flat bottom and lapped seam the torch features a period commercial burner manufactured for sale to tinsmiths for such use. An iron wire bail allows the body of the torch to remain safely upright while suspended on a pole for carrying. A nice item for the antique lighting collector, Civil War Americana or political enthusiast. A classic for the WIDE-AWAKE Lincoln Campaign era! Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5856: Napoleon Bonaparte & The Battle of Waterloo -OIL PAINTING

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Napoleon Bonaparte & The Battle of Waterloo -OIL PAINTING Nestled in its 29 X 36 inch gilt frame, our photo illustrations will provide the best description of this impressive Battle of Waterloo oil on canvas except to advise that the work dates in the first half of the 20th century and remains in excellent, ready to hang, condition with strong color and no condition issues.
A mounted Napoleon Bonaparte is astride his favorite horse Marengo and is accompanied by his staff of officers as they move through the tumult of the Battle of Waterloo. A popular subject of artists through the decades since the historic defeat of Napoleon’s French army at the Battle of Waterloo 1815, this rendering captures the color and diversity period military attire. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :

 

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Civil War era tariff marked BONE DICE Measuring approximately 7/16 inch square, we have the advantage of being able to unquestionably date the period of these hand cut bone dice by virtue of the remains the faint* CROWN& G. R. marking on each of the two gaming pieces. (These marks were required by British export law during the American Civil War era to record and enforce payment of export tax on gaming devices sent to the American market.) A staple of the Civil War camp, period saloon or gambling parlor, this original pair remain in excellent condition and yet demonstrate all the characteristics of period hand cut bone gaming pieces. Clearly hand cut with dots that are somewhat irregular and a natural age patina, these dice will be quickly recognized for what they are in your collection display. [ *Please note that these original CROWN & GR tariff marks were small and were impressed into the bone with red pigment rubbed into the light impression. With time and use most if not all of the original red pigment has been worn away in most cases leaving the faintest trace of the original CROWN & GR. Identification of the remaining tariff marking will requiring close examination of the rare old hand cut die.] A scarce find! Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!
 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5538: extra nice! original Civil War - ‘False Bullion’ ARTILLERY INSIGNIA

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extra nice! original Civil War - ‘False Bullion’ ARTILLERY INSIGNIA As seen in Campbell & O’Donnell’s reference American Military Headgear Insignia (Fig. 290) this false bullion or false embroidered die struck brass artillery device remains in exceptional original condition. While offering a subtle patina as unmistakable evidence of age and originality, this piece retains a full measure of its original rich gold wash over the finely detailed crossed cannon device. Additionally, the device retains all four attachment wires. An exceptional example of a high quality private purchase type. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! 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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 

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