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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4569: Civil War era  'COPPERHEAD' IDENTIFICATION DISK

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4569

Civil War era 'COPPERHEAD' IDENTIFICATION DISK An 1833 dated large cent (shown here with a quarter for size comparison) as was originally worn as a badge of identification by members of the frequently militant Peace Democrats or Copperheads of Civil War era notoriety. This pierced U.S. large cent retains a rich age patina and good evidence of period wear. The Copperheads were so-called by their opponents in recognition of their practice of wearing a pierced copper penny as a badge of identification as a Peace Democrat. (see: Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War by Stanley Phillips) Offered as found some years ago when we were able to pick one up on occasion here in Maine where the Copperheads were extremely active in certain areas throughout the Civil War years. A neat item for political collectors ! 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 63229: c. 1839 James Fenimore Cooper – History Of The United States Navy

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c. 1839 James Fenimore Cooper – History Of The United States Navy All in especially pleasing condition, this desirable two volume set by James Fenimore Cooperis titled Naval History of the Navy of the United States of America 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 History of the Navy of the United States of America 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 The Battle of Lake Erie in 1842.)
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5660: Civil War era Pat. 1861 - 1864  DESK PEN & INK STAND

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Civil War era Pat. 1861 - 1864 DESK PEN & INK STAND A nice all original Patent June 4, 1861 / Nov. 5, 1864 desk pen stand and inkwell. The spun brass base measures approximately 5 inches in diameter and is fitted with a pen stand of cast iron. A glass ink reservoir is set in with a patent dated hinged pewter top. All in nice original condition with natural age, uncleaned and with evidence of period use while remaining in nice original condition. A neat piece for the Civil War personal item and antique writing instrument 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 63206: original !  c.1800s handcrafted - Gold Prospecting Pan

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original ! c.1800s handcrafted - Gold Prospecting Pan With a classic shallow depth of a mere 4 inches, flaring to a healthy 16 inch diameter with wire reinforced rim, 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. 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 6096: c. late 1830s / early 1860s Red – White & Blue CAMPHENE PARADE LANTERN

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c. late 1830s / early 1860s Red – White & Blue CAMPHENE PARADE LANTERN Mounted on its musket shaped oak parade staff and remaining in outstanding original condition, this wonderful old parade lantern retains its original camphene burner with patriotic red, white and blue glass panels. (With its frost etched glass panel, this offering mirrors the design and color configuration of a Lincoln / Hamlin red, white and blue parade lantern documented in the Smithsonian National Museum collection.) Retaining its original burner still fitted with the telltale extra length small diameter, tapered brass burner tubes specifically designed to handle the clean burning and especially bright but volatile camphene fuel. Popular in the 1850s with the use of camphene (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) as a lighting fuel waning in the early 1860s, this lantern easily dated in the Civil War period. Measuring approximately 4 feet, 9 inches in overall length mounted on its oak musket staff, the 5 inch square sheet iron lantern body measures about 11 ¼ inches in height from base to the top of its brass chimney cap. An outstanding piece of Civil War vintage patriotic / political Americana, this rare parade lantern will be of special interest to the Lincoln and Wide Awake enthusiasts as well as Civil War historians.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6278: original! Civil War- Extra Rich- STAFF GRADE OFFICER'S HAT CORD

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original! Civil War- Extra Rich- STAFF GRADE OFFICER'S HAT CORD Another product of a winter search of our 50 plus years accumulation, this attractive high grade bullion hat cord with the netted acorns is from a small acquisition of some years ago when we were fortunate enough to acquire a grouping of Civil War surplus smalls that had been set aside from the inventory of the defunct Philadelphia Army Surplus firm of Stokes / Kirk. No exception to the other items in the lot, this officers hat cord remains in fine, as new and unissued condition yet offers good evidence of age and originality and will please the most discriminating collector. This extra rich grade cord is of the gold bullion, single cord type with netted caps and slide with extra thick 3/16 inch diameter cord and acorns that measure a full 1 3/8 inch in length. A variation of the type is referred to in the 1864 Schuyler, Hartley & Graham Military Goods Catalogue as a General Officers cord though they are seen on the better officer slouch hats of all grades (see: Don Troiani's REGIMENT'S & UNIFORMS of the CIVIL WAR p. 252, see also: Gen. Thomas G. Stevenson slouch hat, p. 185 Time Life’s ECHOES OF GLORY – Arms & Equipment of the Union.) 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 63199: historically important ! 1772 ‘HMS Gaspee  Affair’ - colonial American POWDER HORN

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historically important ! 1772 ‘HMS Gaspee Affair’ - colonial American POWDER HORN From the bowels of our many years of seeking out and accumulating neat stuff, comes this all original period decorated 18th century powder horn. A relic of the pre-Revolutionary War burning of the British warship HMS Gaspee by colonial patriots, thiscommon man’s powder horn is period decorated with ships and bears the scratch engraved period inscription HMS Gaspee and is boldly dated 1772. While our photographs will offer the best description, suffice it to say that with a period lead hole repair that adds rather than detracting from the horn’s charm and lots of good evidence of age and originality, the horn remains in pleasing condition with no cracks or splits and offers an attractive surface with natural age patina. The horn measures approximately 15 ½ inches from the spout around the curve to the butt which offers the name E.BEW. ( We did find a Revolutionary War clothing issue record for a 13th Pennsylvania troop identified simply as ’Bew’ With particulars too extensive to present here a quick internet search of the Gaspee Affair will bring details of the 1772 boarding and burning of the Gaspee as the British vigorously enforced unpopular trade regulations off Rhode Island.) An important remnant of building Colonial resistance in the pre-American Revolution period, this historic powder horn was yielded up years ago at the Brimfield, Massachusetts antique extravaganza where we discovered it laying unrecognized on a dealers table. (Those were the days so fondly remembered by the thousands of antiquers who, three times a year, plauded the fields of Brimfield tables.) 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 63195: 19th century Polished Cotton -  PATRIOTIC CAP

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19th century Polished Cotton - PATRIOTIC CAP This colorful old Red, White & Blue patriotic cap is fashioned from the classic 19th century polished cotton that will be appreciated by Civil War era collectors and while offering good evidence of age and period originality, remains in pleasing condition. With potential application to patriotic, political, military or even as a winter camp smoking cap sent from home, this simply made cap will make a showy addition to any period grouping.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63224: period 1st Maine Cavalry MEMORIAL ESCUTCHEON

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period 1st Maine Cavalry MEMORIAL ESCUTCHEON Measuring approximately 15 ¼ X 20 1/2 this attractive Civil War vintage memorial is in memory of Pvt. Charles F. Stuart, Co. A or the hard fought 1st Maine Cavalry. 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 Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg 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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G. A. R. cap or cuff button group – on ORIGINAL BUTTON CARD 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. 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 4100: Civil War vintage Lamson & Goodnow MESS KNIFE

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Civil War vintage Lamson & Goodnow MESS KNIFE We have a small number of nicely marked LAMSON & GOODNOW MFG. Co. mess knives and are pricing them individually for the collector who would like one for use as a re-enactor or for a companion piece with other original items of the Civil War era. A nice size measuring over 10 inches in length with riveted natural bone grips on a tapered shank as one would expect of earlier to mid 1800s construction. Civil War arms collectors will recognize Lamson & Goodnow in association with Lamson, Goodnow & Yale who manufactured rifled muskets for the Union. With good evidence of age and originality with classic period construction in combination the maker will set this knife off well. 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 63225: G. A. R. hall relic - July 1864 Petersburg Mine – PICK AXE

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63225

G. A. R. hall relic - July 1864 Petersburg Mine – PICK AXE 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: MaineLegacy.com) 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 PETERSBURG 7 64 identification. All is preserved under a coat of old bug shellac just as it came from the disbanded GAR Post in the 1960s.
A relic of the July 1864 Petersburg Mine operation which led to the disastrous Battle of the Crater, Petersburg had surely been of special significance in the memories of many Bosworth Post veterans as, in the time of the mining 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. 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 63168: Unusual period Sheffield – Pewter - Spirits / Medical Flask

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Unusual period Sheffield – Pewter - Spirits / Medical Flask This unusual donut shaped flask measures approximately 3 ¾ inches in diameter and is marked English Pewter – Sheffield – England and remains in pleasing condition with an unpolished natural patina with good evidence of age and period use.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5572: Francis Lord collection- post Civil War HOUSUM ZOUAVES belt plate.

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Francis Lord collection- post Civil War HOUSUM ZOUAVES belt plate. Acquired several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collections of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord, this just post Civil War militia piece was noted by Lord as a waist belt plate of the HOUSUM ZOUAVES worn by John C. Gerbig. (Will come with our letter to preserve its origin.) A quick google search found John C. Gerbig and the Housum Zouaves in the 1902 Pennsylvania Adjutant General Report where the following is offered on page 421:

Capt. John C. Gerbig He was a private in Chambers Artillery, April 1860. Pvt. Co. A 2nd Penn. Vol. Inf. three months service, 1861. Quartermaster Sgt. under Capt. P. L. Pearse, Co. A, 2nd Maine Infantry to 1864. Sergeant, Housum Zouaves August 13, 1868. 2nd Lt. Co. C 8th Regt. Infantry, Oct. 6, 1882. 1st Lt. Aug. 2, 1883, honorably discharged June 19, 1884.

A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis had an abiding interest in all manner of 19th century military equipage. His primary interest was in Civil War however and led to his widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference, Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA. While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and value of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors. (Use Lord in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) 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 5620: Rarely seen!   Horstman & Sons 1851 - U S Army UNIFORM BOOK

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Rarely seen! Horstman & Sons 1851 - U S Army UNIFORM BOOK Published by William H. Hortsmann and Sons, Philadelphia, this 1851 folio (11 ¾ X 14 7/8 x ½ inch thick) 1st edition of 1851 is Illustrated from the Original Text and Drawings in the War Department. Drawn by G. C. Humpries. Nine pages of text outline and describe the new (1851) uniform and dress code for artillery, infantry, riflemen, insignia, swords, and dragoons; officers and enlisted. Detailed illustrations cover all manner of dress to include buttons, swords and sashes as well as horse furniture for General Officers and the Cavalry Corps. This highly collectable volume offers seven finely colored plates from chromolithograph printing and four additional original hand colored plates. Thirteen additional lithographic line drawing plates show uniform details. The volume is rebound with new boards and black library covering, new brown end papers and retaining its original gold embossed UNIFORM AND DRESS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY on the front board. All else original and as published with good evidence of age, originality and moderate period use but no tears, repairs or objectionable condition issues. An outstanding item for the deep dish Civil War enthusiast this piece has been in our own library for over thirty years. 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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