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original! antique Native American Bow Untouched and just as it came from decades of attic storage some years ago, our photos will speak best for this attractive antique bow except to advise that it measures approximately 62 inches in length and retains its period stout twisted hide draw string. The body of the bow retains an attractive period red finish all displaying good evidence of period hand crafting with use and carrying, yet remains in excellent condition with no issues and lots of eye appeal. A highly sought item, original vintage examples are worthy of a special place in any 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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Confederate Hospital & Dispensary site - S.C. APOTHECARY BOTTLE This earlier to mid 1800’s bottle stands approximately 7 1/2 inches high and remains in excellent condition with no chips, cracks but with a minor bit of staining to the inside as evidence of period use. (Could be easily removed and cleaned but we would leave it as is.) One of a very small number acquired years ago when such treasures popped up from time to time, the face of this attractive pharmaceutical bottle sports the period label of G. W. AIMAR/CHARLESTOWN, S. C. identifying the bottle’s content as ‘OXALIC ACID’. Used in solution for cauterization to stop bleeding, this strong oxidant had many applications applicable to the Civil War era hospital ward to include a 6% solution in sugar syrup as an insecticide. Of special note is the fact that during the Civil War George W. Aimar’s apothecary housed the Confederate dispensary in Charleston and on the second floor, provided space for a hospital. Like so many others of all walks of life, Druggist G. W. Aimar stepped forward in a military way serving as senior 2nd Lieutenant, Kanapaux's Battery, Lafayette's Artillery, South Carolina Volunteers. A really nice Medical / Apothecary item with Confederate association. 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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early 19th century - SNUFF BOX Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, our photos will likely do best to describe this attractive little early 1800s ivory snuff box except to advise that it remains in excellent original condition with tight hinge and lid and no chips or cracks. 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 5558: fine condition – America Revolutionary War era - SICKLE

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fine condition – America Revolutionary War era - SICKLE All in outstanding original condition with that sweeping hand forged iron blade and peened on turned maple grip, so indicative to the American Colonial and Revolutionary War era, this all original period sickle measures 13 5/8 inches across (from maple grip to blade tip) the sweep of its 1 ½ inch wide blade. The grip remains solidly in place with a rich natural patina and the hand wrought iron blade is free of chips and dings even retaining telltale carbon patches that result from working the hot high carbon iron as required for bladed tools and weapons. Forged with a heavy 3/16 inch thick ribbed back for extra strength, this heavier than the usual grass sickle, was clearly intended to handle clearing light brush with the heavier growth requiring use of the classic fascine knife. Felling axes, fascine knives and hand sickles such as this were critical tools of the colonial farm and as implements of war they were used by the military in clearing land for the building of fortification, campsites and movement of troops and equipment. How such a relic can survive in such condition is commensurate to the rarity of such a fine period working tool. An outstanding display item on the wall or set in with period treasures of the period. 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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extra nice! folding Knife, Fork & Spoon – MESS SET First merchandised in the Civil War period as one of a number of combination mess utensils designed for easy carrying and sales appeal to a growing camp sutler and individual sales market, this popular design was marketed as the ARMY KNIFE. While Civil War site diggers have well established the type as a popular in the time complete non dug examples are especially appreciated by today’s collectors. This exceptionally nice early post Civil War example is maker marked ULSTER KNIFE Co. N. Y. and remains in crisp, tight condition with only some minor age staining as evidence of originality. With no evidence of sharpening or use, this piece will appeal to the discriminating antique knife collector as well as the Civil War buff looking for an especially nice example of the type. (see: (Excavated) Civil War Artifacts - A Guide for the Historian by Howard Crouch) 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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IMPORTANT ! 40TH Div. CHIEF OF STAFF WW1 UNIFORM GROUP This important uniform grouping of U. S. Army career officer Francis Hamilton Farnum (graduated West Point with Douglas MacArthur in 1903) is best described by our illustrations except to say that each piece remains in fine condition in every respect with several components inscribed to Farnum. Acquired directly from descendants, this offering is as a group only and will come with our letter of provenance.

Born in Norristown Pa., 1881, Francis Hamilton Farnum devoted over twenty years to a career in the military. Following is a compilation of that service from official army records:
Graduating from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1903, Farnum served in the Philippines and in Cuba in the early 1900 before being assigner as Instructor of Tactics at West Point in 1907. Recorded with the 24th Infantry in 1909 we find Farnum back in the Philippines in 1911 through the later part of 1914 when he is transferred to the 23rd Infantry. We next find our man in Augusta, Maine where, in 1915 he is designated in official records as Inspector / Instructor, Maine National Guard. Apparently now on a fast track, Farnum is promoted to Captain of Infantry , July 1, 1916 then to Major of Infantry and Assistant Chief of Staff, 40th Division at Camp Kearny, Cal., August 1917. He is promoted to Lt. Colonel in July 1918 and in September 1918 he is Acting Chief of Staff, 6th Depot Division (40th Div.) La Guerche, France then at Revigny, Meuse, France, Acting Chief of Staff, 1st Replacement Division (40th Div.). Upon the close of World War I in 1918 we find Lt. Col. Farnum en route back to Camp Kearny, California for muster out of the 40th Division until April, 1919. Additional Post War service is recorded as Inspector / Instructor Maine National Guard to October, 1919.
This uniform group of Francis H. Farnum contains: 1 West Point Tail Coat with Trousers, 1 Dress Cape, 3 Dress Coats, 1 pr Dress Trousers, 2 Dress Vests, 4 Un-dress Coats, 4 Un-dress T 1trousers, 1 pr Dress Capt. Shoulder Boards, 1 Dress Waist BeltReasonably priced so as to keep this historic uniform grouping together we invite serious inquiries at:

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5498: 18th century Pewter SPOON

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18th century Pewter SPOON Our photo illustrations will do best to describe this nice old Revolutionary War / colonial era pewter spoon except to advise that it is that typically country alloy pewter, rich in lead with a measure of tin and. little if any, antimony. The period country cast spoon is therefore softer than the pewter alloy of period commercial makers. All original and in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and period use. The spoon measures 6 7/8 inches in length with a desirable period classic 2 ½ inch diameter round bowl. Less durable and made in far fewer quantity than its manufactured pewter spoons, this piece will go especially well in a period country setting. 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 5693: massive Colonial / Revolutionary War era Hand Wrought Knife

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massive Colonial / Revolutionary War era Hand Wrought Knife An unusual piece for the American Revolutionary War / Colonial Americana enthusiast, this massive blacksmith wrought knife is reminiscent of the classic period hook bill fascine knife best known for Rev. War military use (see: COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Newmann & Kravic ) except that the cutting edge on this variation is on the opposite side than the typical hook bill. With clear evidence of originality this knife measures approximately 20 in total length with a 15 inch blade measuring 2 1/5 inches at its widest point. The blade and classic turned maple grip sport a pleasing natural age patina while the iron offers good evidence of hand forging with period use evident by virtue of the unmistakable marks left by the slow turning hand crank or foot treadle stone sharpening wheel. All this is set off by the classic tang pig tail securing the blade to its grip. Whether utilitarian, intended as a weapon, or both this is an outstanding piece of Americana. 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 5882: Daughters of the Confederacy – R. E. LEE PIPE

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Daughters of the Confederacy – R. E. LEE PIPE In as new, never used condition with a nice string wound reed stem, this Virginia clay tobacco pipe is one of those created and sold by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in the 1940s as a promotional and fund raiser for the UDC. A nice original Confederate Veteran organization memento hard to find in any condition today. 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 5846: c. 1871  STATIONARY / GAME BOX

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c. 1871 STATIONARY / GAME BOX A neat item for the game board collector or Indian War era personal item enthusiast, this original ECLIPSE STATIONARY PACKET measures approximately 7 5/8 X 5 X 1 ½ inches closed opening to offer a 10 X 7 5/8 inch writing surface, checker board and, on the inside, a backgammon board. Fine print in several locations advises that the piece was Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1871 by J. C. Clark & Co.. The packet retains a full complement of 30 original baked clay game pieces, an unused ream of period stationary and a red-cedar graphite pencil. A really nice writing and game box combination we have had this piece set aside in our own accumulation for years and have never seen another, complete or otherwise. A really special item for the right collector. 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 5960: c. 1807 book: ‘Brought across the plains in an Ox Wagon – 1862’

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c. 1807 book: ‘Brought across the plains in an Ox Wagon – 1862’ This little leather bound book bears the remains of grass and flowers Picked on the Plains by Matty B. Ross. 1862 pasted inside the front cover and offers the period inscription Presented by Mattie Boone Ross. This book was brought across the Plains in an ox wagon. 1962. The book measures approximately 6 5/8 X 4 3/8 inches and contains 382 pages, all tight and intact with the exception of the fly which though tight has a narrow section missing at the top of the page not impacting on the presentation inscription and the lower corner of the first 10 pages have been torn away not impacting on the print. The book is titled The IMPROVEMENT of THE MIND in two parts – also A DISCOURSE in the EDUCATION OF YOUTH and REMNANTS OF TIME employed in PROSE & VERSES by Isaac Watts, D. D. (Bennington, Vt.) and printed by Anthony Haswell – 1807. [ Anthony Haswell came to America with his father and brother in 1769. He apprenticed as a printer / publisher who after witnessing the Boston Massacre developed an interest in the politics of the time, becoming a member of the Sons of Liberty composing ballads for the movement. and served in the Revolutionary War.] We were able to establish that Mattie Boone was born in 1848 in Chicago and indeed did travel West, per her 1935 obituary, arriving in Oregon in 1862. She attended the Portland Academy and Female Seminary about 1865 and was married in 1869 to Edward C. Ross who was for many years editor of the Walla Walla Statesman. The U. S. Census lists Mattie as keeping house in Walla Walla, Washington Territory in 1870. Good food for further research, one has to wonder where Mattie appears in the pioneer Boone lineage as well as the circumstances of the 1862 ox cart journey from Chicago to the West Coast. A neat piece of Americana, this leather volume offers good evidence of period use and carrying yet remains secure at the binding with no loose pages and is pleasing to the eye. 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 5872: c.1861 – I. M. Singer & Co. SEWING MACHINE  ORDER West

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c.1861 – I. M. Singer & Co. SEWING MACHINE ORDER West Measuring approximately 7 1/4 X 8 5/8 inches this neat old brown ink penned document offers a record for shipment of one of Isaac Singer’s early sewing machines. The I. M. Singer & Co. #2 Table Shuttle Machine is to be shipped with folding Rosewood Cabinet with complement twists of flax and silk thread, a needle assortment and a copy of the I. M. Singer & Co. Gazette All is bound for the West Coast as is evident by an admonition that They must be well packed for the Panama Rail Road. They handle merchandise rather roughly. (Built in 1850 the Panama Railroad carried goods destined for the West between the two oceans across the Isthmus of Panama. With folds and some period paper binding tape on the back the document offers good evidence of age and originality yet remains in solid condition with no rips or tears. A small fragment of period paper on the front could be soaked off but we would leave the neat old document as found. 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 5918: Civil War era TRAVELING INK

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Civil War era TRAVELING INK An especially nice example of a Civil War vintage turned rosewood traveling inkwell, this barrel shaped example measures approximately 1 5/16 inch in diameter by 2 1/8 inches high. The threaded cap is fitted with a gasket and screws down on a spring loaded glass inner bottle to insure a leak proof seal for travel. This example remains in fine condition yet with period ink residue inside the bottle neck and cap gasket as evidence of period use. Relatively available just a few years ago, examples of the type are difficult to find in any condition on today's market. A nice item for the Civil War era personal item collector or antique writing equipment enthusiast. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case or the item number works best.


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5961: Rare! Confederate Sinclair Hamilton & Co. marked Edward Middleton- Enfield Rifle Musket

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Rare! Confederate Sinclair Hamilton & Co. marked Edward Middleton- Enfield Rifle Musket A rare untouched Civil War Pattern 1853 three-band rifled musket as was purchased in Great Brittan by the Confederacy and run through the Union blockade. This arm remains untouched and pure with good attic patina offering eye appealing condition yet with good period evidence of age, originality and field use. This offering is guaranteed to please per our no questions asked return policy as stated below. This arm bears the date 1862 over TOWER with the figure of a crown on the lock and commercial proof marks with 2525 gauge marks (for .577 caliber) at the barrel breech. Typical of the commercial contract P-1853, this arm bears numerous maker marks on stock and metal as was indicative of what, for all intense and purpose, was a cottage industry with components made by a number of craftspeople in their own shops, all to be brought together for final fitting and assembly. The buttstock of this musket bears the marking of Edward Middleton who’s listing may be found in the 1862 Birmingham Directory as a rifle, pistol & gun maker & military contractor. Worthy of note too is that the Henry W. Shoemaker Catalogue Antique of Firearms and Edged Weapons lists an Edward Middleton, Gunmaker, Birmingham marked Confederate import with attribution to the Confederate Louisiana Tigers.
Additionally and most significant to the knowledgeable collector of Confederate arms, this wonderful old rifled musket bears numerous markings known to be indicative with Confederate purchase. They are:
CH/1 - a small marking in a circle located on the stock just below the brass trigger guard tang. Established as the mark of one of the numerous Birmingham based makers who helped supply the Confederacy, it is thought that the mark is that of Curtis & Hughes and is connected in some fashion to the English arms speculators who supplied the Confederacy – William Joshua Grazebrook.

SH/G3 The figure over a crown over SH above G3 appears on the butt stock just above the brass butt plate tang. While the precise origin of who or what the (CROWN)/SH/G3 marking relates to, remains elusive however experts in the field believe that substantial evidence exists to support the belief that it is in fact a Confederate import mark.

IC A script cartouche on the flat of the stock opposite the lock. While for years, this cartouche has been identified as a script JC more recent investigation has revealed the script letters are actually IC and are identical to the way in which Confederate contract arms viewer Isaac Curtis signed his name. As such, it has determined that indeed this is an Isaac Curtis inspection mark as was used on arms delivered to the Confederacy.

The underside of the barrel offers a panoply of marks to capture the attention of the of Confederate arms student. They include the name MIDDLETON as discussed earlier, roman numerals II (always a favorite of Confederate collectors) with larger hand cut IIIX marking. AnE II marking here is matched by two of the same in the wood by the metal stop in the ramrod channel. The back side of the lock bears IIII filed markings with a small E&F. Filed hash or match marks appear on the underside of the tang and finally, the brass butt plate has an engraved marking at the heal adjacent to the tang that will be best described by a look at our photographs.
This is as good a time as any to recommend Pritchard and Huey’s The English Connection. We have known these folks for years and can say from our personal knowledge that their 608 pages of informational photography and detailed text is the product of years of dedicated research, offering much groundbreaking new understanding of the arms and material supplied to the CSA by Great Britain. Finally we would remind the reader that a close look at our numerus illustrations will bring additional clarity to our description here.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5934: 19th century traveling Knife & Fork – SHEFFIELD CAMPAIGN CUTLERY

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19th century traveling Knife & Fork – SHEFFIELD CAMPAIGN CUTLERY First merchandised in the Civil War period as one of a number of combination mess utensils designed for easy carrying and sales appeal to a growing camp sutler and individual sales market, this popular design has been well documented Civil War camp site diggers who’s study and excavation efforts have served the collector community so well. Recently acquired from an old collection put together when such quality could be found this exceptionally nice 19th century example is maker marked F. ASMAN & Co. SHEFFIELD and remains in crisp, as new and unused condition yet with good evidence of age originality. With no evidence of sharpening or use, this piece will appeal to the discriminating antique knife collector as well as the Civil War buff looking for an especially nice example of the 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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