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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5799: original! Civil War vintage TIN CAN & SPOON

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original! Civil War vintage TIN CAN & SPOON A classic of common life seldom surviving to reach todays collector of Civil War mess gear or personal items, the vast majority of these cans were crushed and cast away once they had served their purpose. Telltale of the period is the extremely thin sheet iron material, over lapping lead soldered seams and the spot of solder sealing what had served as a vent hole in the top of the can. The period preservation process required that full cans be heated with the small vent hole then sealed with a spot of lead solder. (The heating and resulting vacuum resulting from sealing off the vent before the content was entirely cool offered some considerable shelf life in the days before refrigeration.) This rare intact example somehow avoided the crushing boot and trash heap and just for effect comes with a good old cast spoon of the same era. A simple period pair that will add a finishing touch to any Civil War personal or winter camp 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 5842: Patent 1873 FINGER LAMP

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Patent 1873 FINGER LAMP A nice item for the lighting enthusiast, Indian War era personal item collector or 19th century Americana fan, this little oil lamp is offered untouched and just as it came out of decades of storage. Remaining entirely original, complete and in fine condition yet with an eye pleasing natural age patina on its brass components, this little finger lamp is marked * PATENTED * OCTOBER 28, 1873* 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 5850: Early Civil War - Col. Elmer Ellsworth PATRIOTIC BADGE

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Early Civil War - Col. Elmer Ellsworth PATRIOTIC BADGE Considered by many to be the first officer to fall as a causality of the Civil War, the image of young Zouave Colonel Elmer Ellsworth became a center piece among Union sympathizers after he was shot and killed as he removed a Confederate flag from the Marshal House in Alexandria, Virginia. Badges such as this one featuring a gem size tintype of Col. Ellsworth were worn by military and civilian citizens in the patriotic fervor of the early Civil War. (see cover: MILITARY IMAGES Autumn 2017 p.32 ) A scarce period example, our illustration will do best to describe this attractive offering. 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 5670: Civil War era tin PENNY WHISTLE

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Civil War era tin PENNY WHISTLE This neat little tin recorder or penny whistle as they were so commonly called dates from the Civil War era and demonstrates the classic design and construction of the period with its rolled and lapped tinned sheet iron body to its mouthpiece with wooden mouthpiece insert. The little musical instrument measures just under 10 inches in length and is illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison. A popular item around the camp fire or in winter quarters this old penny whistle remains in pleasing condition and will lay in nicely with any Civil War personal item or musical 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 5612: Civil War era HARD RUBBER TRAVELING INK

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Civil War era HARD RUBBER TRAVELING INK This attractive little traveling ink measures approximately 1 inch in diameter, stands about 1 7/8 inch high and remains in an eye appealing as found and untouched condition just as it came out after decades of storage. The body and original screw cap offer that rich chocolate patina that is so desirous in this material and comes only with good honest age. A neat piece for inclusion in any Civil War vintage grouping, writing instrument enthusiast. (see: India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era by Mike Woshner ) 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 5860: all original Civil War era SUPERIOR BAY RUM Bottle

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all original Civil War era SUPERIOR BAY RUM Bottle Not much to say about this offering not better said by our illustrations. Suffice it to say this neat old spirit bottle stands approximately 11 inches and retains a good portion of its original Superior Bay Rum label along with the period revenue stamp on its base and foil seal material at the lip. All original with no chips or cracks, this nice old rum bottle will go 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 5607: 20th MAINE SURGEON  Dr. Abner O. Shaw -  SELF ADDRESSED Postal Cover

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20th MAINE SURGEON Dr. Abner O. Shaw - SELF ADDRESSED Postal Cover This cover is postmark dated 1860, retains its original stamp, and is self-addressed in Shaw’s hand Dr. A. O. Shaw at his home address in Portland Maine. As surgeon, 20th Maine Infantry Regiment , Maine physician, Abner O. Shaw had a distinguished Civil War record and is best remembered for his night long work in a Petersburg field hospital when he was brought to the aid of the horribly wounded Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain by the fallen hero’s brother, Capt. Thomas Chamberlain. Surgeon Abner O. Shaw would be credited with saving the life of the Colonel, soon to be Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The skilled regimental surgeon remained a close friend and the lifelong personal physician to Chamberlain. A nice Chamberlain, 20th Maine related Civil War relic without spending a lot of money. 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!

If you have an interest in neat Civil War period things or Maine in the time, you may enjoy our museum site at:

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5876: Civil War Photograph -18th Mass. Col. - soon to be Gen. Hayes at 5th Corps HQ

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Civil War Photograph -18th Mass. Col. - soon to be Gen. Hayes at 5th Corps HQ A desirable photo on its original 10 x 12 in. mount, imprinted Photographed by GORMAN & JORDAN on the front and on the back, Gorman & Jordan, Army Photographers, Alexandria, Va. with inked negative number 255and dated April 1864. This photograph is an original example of Gorman & Jordan's only known war time images rendered of 5th Corps headquarters at Rappahannock Station . This image remains in fine original condition depicting enlisted men, officers, quarters and regimental flag of the 18th Massachusetts Infantry at Corps Headquarters in the spring of 1864. Precisely in the center, flanked by a staff officer on either side, stands Colonel, soon to be, Brigadier General Joseph Hayes. As set in a period pencil notation on the mount back, Gen. Hayes was a graduate of Harvard class of 1855. He mustered as Major of the 18th Mass Vols. on Aug. 24, 1861 and was promoted to Lt. Col. in August of 1862 then Colonel Nov. 30, I862. He saw action with the 18th Massachusetts, in the Peninsula and Wilderness Campaigns suffering a head wound at the Battle of the Wilderness. Commissioned Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on May 12, 1864. He was taken prisoner at Weldon Rail Road. Breveted as Major General of U.S. Vols. in March 1865, Gen. Hayes commanded an advanced Brigade of 5th Army Corps in pursuit of Lee's forces in April 1865.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5705: Lancaster's Indian Vegetable Bitters - Richmond, Virginia 1852 – WHEATON BOTTLE

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Lancaster's Indian Vegetable Bitters - Richmond, Virginia 1852 – WHEATON BOTTLE A bit of a departure from our usual fare but we thought someone would like this little Wheaton Bottle as a nice display item without spending a lot of money. Standing a mear 3 inches from base to its original cork and remaining in excellent condition with no chips cracks or other damage, this attractive little cobalt bottle is embossed A. LANCASTER’S INDIAN VEGETABLE JAUNDICE BITTERS COL. SAM JOHNSON PROPRIETOR RICHMOND, VA. 1852 Devoted mostly to the making of pharmaceutical glass bottles since inception in 1888, the Wheaton Glass works has fascinated the collector market for decades manufacturing, in addition to their usual commercial products, a line of commemorative bottles and reproductions of all manner of attractive collectable bottles until today Wheaton Bottles have become a popular collector category all to itself. (see: Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, NJ) 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 5746: M. A. ROOTS – DAGUERRIAN – Phila.  /  Photographer’s Trade Token

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M. A. ROOTS – DAGUERRIAN – Phila. / Photographer’s Trade Token Illustrated here with a U. S. quarter for size comparison, this c.1850s photography trade token advertises M.A. Roots Daguerrian Gallery 140 Chestnut St. Philada. on one side with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the figure of an American Eagle on the other. Root worked as a successful daguerreotypist at his Chestnut Street, New York City Gallery from 1849 to 1857. A nice companion item for the collector of American daguerreotypes. 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 5845: c. 1700s through mid 1800s  portable - WARMING STOVE

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c. 1700s through mid 1800s portable - WARMING STOVE Most frequently referred to by collectors simply as a foot warmer these attractive portable warmers were in actuality as versatile as the imagination and need to ward off the chill of winter. Under the heavy blanket or buffalo robe of carriage or sleigh, family pew of a drafty church in winter, or in a sick room, these hand crafted ember stoves offered much comfort in a wide variety of circumstances. This one measures approximately 8 inches square and stands about 5 ˝ inches high not counting the wire bale carrier. The new owner will likely wish a light cleaning and a bit of wax polish as we were fortunate enough to acquire the piece as you see it here untouched and as found after decades of attic storage. A rarity in this condition, we chose to leave it pure and as found.. Complete even to include the original sheet iron ember-holder which is nearly always missing, this example remains in especially nice condition with no breaks, repairs or condition issues. A classic of the type the wood frame sports turned columns with mortis and tenon joints all without the use of nails or metal brads. The pierce decorated body is of tinned sheet iron, lead soldered with classic hinged door and wire latch. The beveled ember container is of the classic design with a slightly curved up at the center bottom so as to allow air circulation preventing overheating and eventual burning through at the bottom. 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 5873: British and European UNIFORM SYSTEM OF NIGHT SIGNALS – per order Adml. Semmes C. S. N.

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British and European UNIFORM SYSTEM OF NIGHT SIGNALS – per order Adml. Semmes C. S. N. Penned on a single 8 X 10 sheet folded to offer 3 pages of cursive script laying out the British & European Law of Uniform System of Night Signals with a matching brown ink penned notation on the 4th page originally folded to serve as a cover. That notation is simply directed Capt. and advises Night signaling as is required in British waters. Per order: Adml. Semmes C. S. N. Not a signature but clearly an effort to pass along with emphasis the requirements of night signaling while sailing in British and European waters, to a ship’s Captain unfamiliar with sailing in such locations. The particular circumstances of this interesting communication has been lost in time and must be left to the speculation. A neat remnant of the Confederate Navy effort to keep the homeland supplied with the necessities of war, we would guess that the document was aimed in some fashion toward blockade running operations. A neat item for the Confederate Navy and blockade running. 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 5835: rare early Civil War CDV !    16th Maine Col. then General Charles Tilden - as a 2nd Maine  1st Lt.

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rare early Civil War CDV ! 16th Maine Col. then General Charles Tilden - as a 2nd Maine 1st Lt. The Civil War record of Maine’s Charles W. Tilden will best be viewed beginning on page 41 of our personal collection presentation at MaineLegacy.com but suffice it to say here that, as he appears in this rare locally produced photograph, Tilden entered the military on May 28, 1861 when he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of Co. B 2nd Maine Infantry. Quickly promoted to Captain in just under a month with the 2nd Maine, by the end of June 1862 Tilden had been commissioned Lt. Colonel of the 16th Maine Infantry. On January 8, 1863 Tilden was promoted Colonel of the 16th Maine and would command the Regiment at Gettysburg where he was captured to be confined at Macon, Georgia then at the Confederate prison at Columbia, South Carolina before being moved to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. On February 9, 1864 Col. Tilden escaped from Libby. On March 13, 1865 he was breveted to the rank of Brigadier General. He mustered out on June 5, 1865 at Arlington Heights, Virginia. A duplicate of our own that appears in MaineLegacy.com this circa 1861 Cart de Visite is back-marked by Yarmouth, Maine photographer J. O. Durgan. The particulars of the photograph are best determined by our illustrations. A scarce image!
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5634: mid 1800s advertising checkerboard – SNOW & BROWN – MOBILE, ALABAMA

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mid 1800s advertising checkerboard – SNOW & BROWN – MOBILE, ALABAMA This outstanding Civil War era advertising game board was put out by SNOW & BROWN, 29 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama. The board measures 12 inches square when open and remains in excellent condition, strong at the hinge with a game surface that remains bright and nearly as new. The back which is exposed when closed, remains in pleasing condition while offering wear as good evidence of age, originality and period use and carrying. While we have not been able to date the establishment of the partnership of Snow & Brown at 29 Dauphin, Street, we found that Snow (J. H. Snow) commenced business at that address in 1855 and that the partnership business of Snow & Brown at the same location burned in 1874. One period description advised that the Dauphin Street establishment ’was an elegantly arranged and handsomely fitted up temple of music filled with pianos, organs, and musical instruments’. Equally well known in Mobile as a music teacher, Snow was a prolific publisher of popular Confederate sheet music from this same address on Deuphin, Street. (see: CONFEDERATE SHEET MUSIC by E. Lawrence Able) Among the several such was the JEFFERSON DAVIS GRAND MARCH published in 1861. An exceptionally nice item to set in with any Civil War era gaming or personal grouping, this neat old advertising game board will be of special interest to the collector of period Southern items. 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 3836: Civil War era MEERSCHAUM PIPE

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Civil War era MEERSCHAUM PIPE This beautiful old meerschaum offers the beautifully rich color of untold hours of pleasant smoking and careful period handling while remaining in excellent condition even to the still flexible rubberized stem with original horn fittings. Untouched and as found after decades of attic trunk storage, this beautiful old tobacco pipe will make a nice addition to any Civil War era personal or tobacciana grouping. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best.



 

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