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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5884: Original !   Gen. GRANT Civil War era BOARD GAME

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Original ! Gen. GRANT Civil War era BOARD GAME An attractive General Grant board game turned from American walnut with a full complement of 32 period clay marble game pieces. This example measures approximately 7 ¾ inches in diameter, a more desirable size than the larger more frequently encountered parlor size that would have been less likely to have seen use in the field. A similar to the old Fox & Geese peg board solitaire game that was so popular in the period of the American Revolution, this game was played utilizing marbles rather than pegs as with its earlier cousin but with the same principal of jumping one game piece with another. A successful player would finish the game with only one game piece left on the board. A popular solitaire game of strategy among the military, the Civil War era marble variation became commonly known as the General Grant Game as it was a favorite diversion of the hard drinking cigar smoking Civil War Union Commander. This outstanding field size example is in pleasing condition with a full complement of period clay marbles. 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 5865: exceptional !  high profile Civil War era Zouave Fez

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exceptional ! high profile Civil War era Zouave Fez In a collecting field steeped with variations requiring a specialized appreciation of those variations, there is likely someone out there that will recognize this attractive Zouave fez as indicative to a particular regiment but we will leave that to the experts. With that said our photos will offer the best description of this wonderful crimson red fez. Fashioned from that classic period wool felt that it seems was most desirable to hungry moths, original examples seldom survive in any kind of condition yet while this example exhibits some minor moth tracking as evidence of age and originality it is solid with no holes and retains its original bright crimson coloration with no fading. An especially nice, high profile Zouave fez complete with its original leather sweat band and false bullion regimental number, this early Civil War fez will go well on its own or in any period headgear collection. 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 5768: antique turned bone & leather POUCH

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antique turned bone & leather POUCH Measuring approximately 6 ¼ inches long and 3 ¼ inches wide, this nice old pouch or poke was hand fashioned from leather with a turned bone spout using a cotton string wound attachment. The poke remains in excellence all original condition and is as found retaining its period cork stopped. Solid with no condition issues save desirable evidence of age and originality, these earlier to mid 1800’s pokes were at home in a hunting bag, prospector’s pocket or soldier’s haversack. Ready to use or display! Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 

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Measuring approximately 6 ¼ inches long and 3 ¼ inches wide, this nice old pouch or poke was hand fashioned from leather with a turned bone spout using a cotton string wound attachment. The poke remains in excellence all original condition and is as found retaining its period cork stopped. Solid with no condition issues save desirable evidence of age and originality, these earlier to mid 1800’s pokes were at home in a hunting bag, prospector’s pocket or soldier’s haversack. Ready to use or display! Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4528: W. STOKES KIRK - Civil War surplus - Mounted Artillery HAT DEVICE

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W. STOKES KIRK - Civil War surplus - Mounted Artillery HAT DEVICE Our photos should do best to describe this nice original die-struck mounted artillery hat device except to offer that it is completely original, in fine unissued condition and is of the Civil War period The piece measures approximately 1 15/16 inches wide with soldered brass wire fasteners. (Note that 2 wires are missing.) Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired this piece several years ago now when we were fortunate enough to purchase a number of items brought home by a W. Stokes Kirk clerk when the Philadelphia based Civil War surplus dealer closed up shop in 1976. Founded in 1874, W. Stokes Kirk like Bannerman in New York purchased large quantities of Civil War surplus at government auction. Seems like an impossibility now but we can remember wares of the two offering original Civil War material as late as the 1950s. This piece offers a now rare opportunity to acquire such an item from what for years now has become an ever dwindling and now a nearly nonexistent supply. 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 5644: 19th century Antique Cantonese Puzzle – bone ‘RING OF RINGS PUZZLE’

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19th century Antique Cantonese Puzzle – bone ‘RING OF RINGS PUZZLE’ Believed first made for export in the 1850s, the Ring of Rings Puzzle has existed to ancient times in China with the earliest known Western written reference set down by an Italian mathematician associate of Leonardo da Vinci in 1500. Credited to craftsmen in Canton, China who first fashioned their cow bone Ring of Rings puzzle for export in the 1850s the now rarely surviving puzzle became a popular diversion throughout Europe and the Americas. This period example remains in excellent original condition with no chips, cracks or stains yet with good evidence of age and period construction. The puzzle remains complete even to its original, period appropriate, rose-head brass wires. We will send the purchaser an internet link containing the puzzle resolution, that is to remove all nine bone rings trapped on the decoratively carved handle. (This can be accomplished in 341 steps by following two simple rules.) 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 5796: Civil War vintage sheet iron COOK POT / CUP

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Civil War vintage sheet iron COOK POT / CUP Offered here just as found after decades of storage, this pleasing Civil War vintage cooking / eating and drinking utility was made from relatively heavy tinned sheet iron, rolled and lead soldered in the fashion of the period. Fitting the Civil War era demand for small, easily carried, multiple use cooking and eating utilities, this sturdy personal size vessel offers both a bail for carrying and suspending over an open fire and cup grip for eating and drinking. The pot stands 3 7/8 inches from its 3 ¼ diameter mouth flaring to a 4 inch diameter base. The wider base was intended to offer more heating surface on a camp stove or over an open fire. With no holes, dents or repairs and good evidence of age and originality, this personal utility will do well in any Civil War era grouping. 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 5855: Infantry Major  Insignia Strap of – KILLED IN ACTION -  Maj. Chas. P. Chandler - 1st Massachusetts V

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Infantry Major Insignia Strap of – KILLED IN ACTION - Maj. Chas. P. Chandler - 1st Massachusetts V A single SMITH’S PAT. 1861 extra rich (double border) Infantry Major shoulder strap remains in excellent original condition and bears the period identification label Major Chas. P. Chandler S & F 1st Massachusetts. A 26 year old resident of Boston when he enlisted on May 22, 1661 and was commissioned as a Major, Field & Staff 1st Mass. Volunteer Infantry. Major Chandler served with his 1st Mass. Vols. At 1 st Bull Run, Yorktown , Williamsburg, Fair Oakes and Seven Pines. In the action known as the Seven Days before Richmond Major Chandler was killed in action at the Battle of Nelson’s Farm, Virginia, on June 30, 1862. There was some early confusion as to whether Chandler was killed, wounded, or captured in the fight as his body was never recovered. As a result he was simply carried as missing until August, 1864 when his status was officially recorded as killed at the Battle of Glendale, June 30, 1862.
Held in our own collection of Maine related Civil War material for years (Chandler was born in Foxcroft, Maine) it is time to move this nice old Major’s strap on. The Massachusetts collector will be interested to know that Chandler’s 1861 issue Ames sword and 3-volume Casey’s Infantry Tactics showed up in a Maine auction some years ago. We missed this lot but it is out there somewhere. Per verbal history, the straps were separated by the family so I expect the other half of the pair is out there as well.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5853: c. 1855  Siege of Sebastopol / Crimean War HOMESPUN TABLECLOTH

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c. 1855 Siege of Sebastopol / Crimean War HOMESPUN TABLECLOTH Found in a costal Maine attic, this approximately 37 X 25 inch piece of homespun linen is hand bound at the edges and retains a pinned on, meticulously penned, period notation preserving the relic as a: Piece of English officer’s table cloth Used at the siege of Sebastopol (Sevastopol) Crimean war, 1855. Brought home by Capt. John Lincoln Of Brunswick, Maine Our research of period census records produced a single John Lincoln in Brunswick, Maine. The household consisted of John’s mother, his wife Mary, a brother George, an Englishman named William A. Stevens, his wife Clara and a dressmaker, Peabbecca Farrin. All three males were recorded as mariners. A faded red oval stamp in one corner to the table cloth is not discernable to us but may be of note to a collector of period British material. (see photo) A neat old piece that will likely have a story to tell with some research, one must be fascinated with a connection between the Maine mariner and British sea service at the great Siege of Sebastopol? Was Capt. John Lincoln simply a shrewd Maine seafarer who was enticed by the high profits nautical life of dangerous parts of the world or was he somehow more closely associated with the military aspects of the infamous siege. 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 5518: earlier to mid1800s PASTRY CRIMPER

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earlier to mid1800s PASTRY CRIMPER Our photo illustrations will likely do best to describe this little baking utensil except to advise that remains in nice original condition with a pleasing natural age patina to brass and wood. Obviously hand crafted and completely original, this little pastry or pie crimper as they are commonly referred to, will lay in nicely with additional period kitchen collectables without spending a lot of money. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5827: vintage – Dog & Stag MEERSCHAUM TOBACCO PIPE

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vintage – Dog & Stag MEERSCHAUM TOBACCO PIPE A large example, (shown here with a quarter for size comparison) intricately carved with dog and stag, our illustrations will likely do best to describe this attractive old hunting motif meerschaum tobacco pipe. With lots of rich color as comes to natural meerschaum with many a pleasant smoke and a good period char as additional evidence of age and originality, this old hand carved pipe remains in pleasing condition and will display well in any tobacciana or period grouping. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5877: antique macramé – SAILOR’S AWL

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antique macramé – SAILOR’S AWL Measuring approximately 7 ½ inches in total length (not counting the lanyard loop) this antique awl shows the original draw file marks under a deep natural iron patina on the metal and sports a grip of sail cord macramé. A must have hand tool of the 19th century working sailor, aloft and on the deck, a stout awl suspended from a neck lanyard was ever present to aid in sail repair, picking knots or, in a pinch would serve as an effective weapon. Entirely hand made with a classic nautical macramé grip this piece retains a collection inventory number. A nice original period piece for the Civil War era nautical enthusiast. 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 5791: Rare!! NUMBERED - Type III G. A. R. Membership Medal

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Rare!! NUMBERED - Type III G. A. R. Membership Medal This Type III Grand Army of the Republic membership medal remains in excellent condition with its original ribbon remaining in equally nice condition. Of significance to the deep-dish GAR enthusiast will be that this example offers the rarely seen numbers on back side points. While such numbering was reserved for the earliest Type III medals held for issue to National Officers, this is the only known example of the appearance of two numbers on each of two points (see illustration). Not to be confused with the letter and serial number appearing on the edge of later design membership medals, the information on these numbered Type III medals may be found in Robert J. Wolz’s fine G.A.R. reference GRAND ARMY MEN – The GAR and its male organizations . Per Wolz who refers to Gen. Frederick Starring who designed the Type III, stating that the first of the new medals were presented to national officers and numbered. Starring received No. 1 which remains in the family to this day. Frequently referred to as the Medal of Honor type for its similarity to the Congressional Medal (particularly the design of the eagle), the type three was patent dated Dec. 28, 1869 (see illustration) and was the first of the eagle with suspended star variations. Some variation in color from medal to medal is attributed to the GAR requiring that the medals be struck from the bronze of captured Confederate cannon. As this supply ran out, later examples were struck from standard (consistent) alloy. A rare early example from the largest and most influential of Civil War veteran organizations.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5744: Original Civil War & earlier - ostrich feather MILITARY HAT COCKADE

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Original Civil War & earlier - ostrich feather MILITARY HAT COCKADE Measuring approximately 7 inches in total length, this wonderful old feather cockade remains in excellent original condition as you can see and comes as found with its period straight pin for fastening. The un-backmarked period one piece disk button shows a pleasing age patina. A rare accessory for your original Civil War or earlier military hat, we acquired four of these from an attic storage box years ago and as we thin out have decided to keep one and offer the remaining cockades individually priced. Most frequently associated with uniform slouch and Hardee type headgear, these embellishments will go equally well on a forage cap.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5687: Henry M. Whitmarsh -  PAT. 1864 SHOE LAST

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Henry M. Whitmarsh - PAT. 1864 SHOE LAST Our illustrations will do best to describe this Civil War vintage item except to advise that the two piece rock maple shoe last measures 10 7/16 inches from toe to the back of the heal and both pieces are marked WHITMARSH PAT. 1864 Our research identified the patentee as Henry M. Whitmarsh, listed as a resident manufacturer of Abington, Massachusetts in the 1860 U. S. Census. A bit of a variation from the 1864 drawing, this example has the subject iron plate on the heel rather than the toe as illustrated in the drawing. Well established as a one industrytown (shoemaking) by the 19th century, at the time of the outbreak of the Civil War, Abington, Mass. was well positioned to respond to the Union’s desperate demand for footwear with major contracts for boots and shoes satisfied by Abington cobblers.


 

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