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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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6096

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 6093: pre Civil War knife & fork CUTLERY PAIR by U. S. MILITARY SUPPLIER - J. ASHMORE PHILA.

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pre Civil War knife & fork CUTLERY PAIR by U. S. MILITARY SUPPLIER - J. ASHMORE PHILA. All original and in excellent condition yet with good evidence of age to include a pleasing natural patina with the expected short single age crack along the grain of each natural bovine horn grip; this rarely surviving matching eating knife and fork pair offers the strong cutler marking J. ASHMORE PHILADELPHIA with an American Eagle and U. S. on the knife blade. Listed in Houston’s knife collectors guide as being in operation 1832 – 1858, John Ashmore crafted cutting implements to include razors, utility items such as axes and hatchets and all manner of cutlery to include bowie knives. (They give Ashmore’s work their highest collectability rating.) Of most interest to American military historians will be that per Bazelon & McGuinn’s Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers , delivery receipts for the Schuylkill Arsenal record numerous receipt of Ashmore’s goods to the well-known Army Quarter Master Depot. Best known today as suppliers to the Lewis & Clark Expedition the Schuylkill Arsenal was built in 1800 to function as a quartermaster facility in support of the U.S. military. The depot at Schuylkill Arsenal became a primary provider of military goods for the Civil War. Seldom surviving as a pair in any condition, this cutlery pair is worthy of special notice and with the maker and US marking will be of special interest to enthusiasts of the Mexican War through Civil War use eras.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5900: antique - PALMETTO CUFF GUARDS

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antique - PALMETTO CUFF GUARDS Most popularly seen from the earlier1800s through the 1870s, the wearing of these hand woven shirt cuff protectors was, in their time, nearly synonymous with clerking and bookkeeping with service pressed into all manner of continual activity where a reasonably well dressed gentleman was charged with repetitive writing or the handling of material before a desk or table. In their prime many a pair of these cuffs saw use at the gambling table as a well got up dandy protected the cuffs of his best shirt from wear. Seldom seen today as most were used up and cast aside in the period, this pair remain in excellent original condition and are sure to please the most discriminating antique collector. Measuring just under 7 inches in length and 2 ¾ at the wrist flaring to approximately 4 ¾ inches in diameter, these period cuff guards will set in well in any writing instrument, country store of gambling grouping. A scarce piece of Americana seldom surviving, this is the only pair of such cuffs we have seen outside of museum collections in over fifty years of paying attention to such treasures. 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 5917: vintage – personal travel size - bronze APOTHECARY MORTAR & PESTLE

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vintage – personal travel size - bronze APOTHECARY MORTAR & PESTLE This outstanding heavy cast and turned bronze mortar and pestle set dates to the earlier through mid-1800s and remains in eye appealing condition with good evidence of age and period use while remaining in excellent condition with a nice untouched natural age patina. This small doctor’s bag size bronze mortar stands approximately 2 1/8 inches high , is 2 1/8 inches in diameter at the mouth and 1 7/16 inches across the base. The bronze pestle measures about 3 1/8 inches in length. Not to be confused with more frequently encountered later examples or the common Chinese castings, this rarely found 19th century bronze apothecary mortar & pestle set will make a nice addition to any quality medical grouping or will go well simply as a period decorative piece. 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 5662: Civil War era TRAVELING RELIGIOUS DEVICE

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Civil War era TRAVELING RELIGIOUS DEVICE Well documented by modern relic hunters and Civil War site diggers,museum collections and Civil War reference publications, these little brass cased pewter religious figures fit well in any Civil War personal item grouping. This example remains untouched and original in all respects with that rich age patina that comes to brass with considerable period handling and decades of storage. Shown here with a quarter for size comparison, this all original and period example is sure to please. (see: Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War and the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center Civil War Museum collection) 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 60118: 1817 dated – Harpers Ferry Arsenal - U. S. Mod. 1816 – FLINTLOCK MUSKET

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1817 dated – Harpers Ferry Arsenal - U. S. Mod. 1816 – FLINTLOCK MUSKET Offered here is a rarely surviving Model 1816 .69 caliber smooth bore flintlock musket that, while the hammer and frizzen are clearly replacements, remains in its original flintlock state. A most desirable feature when the vast majority of the then outmoded Mod. 1816 were converted for State militia and later Civil War service. The workhorse of the U. S. Infantry in the Mexican-American War the Model 1816 was pressed into service during the Civil War in both the updated percussion and, especially in the South, the old flintlock format. The source of some considerable political controversy in the early days of the Civil War as many loyal Unionists came to believe that that the 1850s Secretary of War Jefferson Davis had something special in mind when he caused large shipments of the old model muskets to be removed from Northern arsenals for delivery to those located in the soon to be Confederate South. The tail of the lock is marked HARPERS/FERRY/1817 with the old style Federal Eagle and US forward of the hammer. The top of the barrel bears the view and proof marks "P" and an Eagle’s Head. All measurements are correct for this model. While our photos will offer the best description of condition suffice it to say this nearly 200 year old Harpers Ferry, Virginia arm remains in pleasing condition with a deep chocolate brown age patina over all, is complete with good evidence of age and period use and handling yet with no splits or breaks in the walnut stock. The action is still strong and functions crisply. In short this nice old Harpers Ferry will sit nicely in among nice condition period issued equipage. 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!

A note about firearms: WE EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PURCHASER ASSUMES ALL LIABILITY FOR PURCHAS, CONTROL AND OWNERSHIP. PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH THE ABOVE.


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6061: original mid 1800s Gentleman’s Vest

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original mid 1800s Gentleman’s Vest Our photo illustrations will likely do best to describe this desirable Civil War vintage coat except to advise that while demonstrating qualities of age and originality with the most minimal of staining and mothing, the vest remains in excellent condition throughout and is guaranteed to please per our below stated no questions return policy. With showy floral brocade, gold wash, ball buttons and classic polished cotton back with quilt padded chest and fine leather inner waist band, this rarely surviving period gentleman’s vest will be a pleasing addition to any period vintage clothing 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 60136: antique  U. S. Bridle Rosettes

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antique U. S. Bridle Rosettes Our photos will offer the best description of this pair of military US bridle rosettes. All original with a deep unpolished age patina and good evidence of age, originality and period use. 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 60103: identified 3rd Rhode Island Cavalry - New Orleans Civil War CDV

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identified 3rd Rhode Island Cavalry - New Orleans Civil War CDV Our photo illustrations will speak best for this Civil War CDV except to advise that the old pencil identification was bolstered by the period album identification W. T. Rice – R. I. Cavalry and bears a period revenue stamp with the back mark of war time New Orleans photographer Caliste Marmu of 60 Royal St. in that city. Our research found William T. Rice was a resident of Providence, R. I. when he enlisted on July 7, 1863. He was mustered in as a Pvt. of Co A 3rd Rhode Island Cavalry. Detached as a teamster March 15, 1864, Rice is recorded as being hospitalized in New Orleans on September 15, 1864 returning to his regiment June 15, 1865. He was mustered out on August 4, 1865. A bit rough with good age but a desirable southern photographer and a good Red River Campaign cavalry regiment. 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 6079: 18th early 19th Century Treen INKWELL

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18th early 19th Century Treen INKWELL Standing approximately 1 ¾ inches with a 3 3/8 inch diameter this untouched and as found turned wood inkwell will be a classic in any American Colonial / Revolutionary War era surrounding and with a turkey quill, will make a nice addition to any antique writing instrument collection. Best described by our photo illustrations good reference may be found in Neumann’s EARLY AMERICAN ANTIQUE COUNTRY FURNISHINGS and Newmann & Kravic’s COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION 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 60124: desirable! 19th century ‘Bee Hive’ – SLOUCH HAT

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desirable! 19th century ‘Bee Hive’ – SLOUCH HAT With lots of character and good evidence of age, an unbound, turned up brim and that classic beehive crown that Confederate collectors especially appreciate, this classic old butternut colored wool felt slouch hat will be best described by our illustrations. With lots of attractive, honest age, save a missing sweat band, an all too common malady as perspiration from period use took its toll on stitching, this beauty remains in exceptional and will set well in any quality Civil War 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 6109: 19th century hand wrought  ‘Sticking Tommy’ CANDLE HOLDER

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6109

19th century hand wrought ‘Sticking Tommy’ CANDLE HOLDER This exceptionally well wrought black iron sticking tommy candle holder measure approximately 11 ½ inches in length and remains in excellent original condition while offering good evidence of age and originality. Popular among collectors of antique mining memorabilia, with a frequent emphasis on gold and silver mining in the American West these easy to carry and convenient to use lighting implements saw wide application in 18th through mid 19th century. 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 5767: unusual decorated Civil War era sheet-iron  MESS PLATE

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unusual decorated Civil War era sheet-iron MESS PLATE Another piece carved out of our own accumulation of Civil War vintage stuff, this neat old hand crafted mess plate measures a full 10 inches in diameter and remains in pleasing condition yet with good evidence of age and originality. Hand formed of sheet-iron then geometrically hand decorated using hand punches or dies* the plate is finished with rolled over and flattened rim. A classic process of the period tin-smith as he plied his trade without benefit of more efficient sheet metalwork equipment found in commercial shops. (* The punches used were handmade resembling stencil cutting or wood working chisels but rather than a cutting tool, were dulled at the edge so as to create a shaped indentation in sheet iron.) A lot to say about a mess plate I suppose but we sell what we like and as an old Maine Mill, Master Journeyman I do get caught up in the intricacies of the old trades.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6067: 1700s early 1800s Tinder Box with content

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1700s early 1800s Tinder Box with content Constructed from soldered, lap seam, sheet iron, this period tinder box fire starter is of classic period design measuring approximately 4 1/2 inches in diameter and stands about 1 13/16 from rim to rim with an applied candlestick holder and finger loop. Solid with good evidence of age and period use this box contains its period carbon residue under the original sheet iron damper with finger loop, period beeswax fragment, two flints (one of which is clearly is a discharged musket flint), and a period maker marked striker or steel. All is set off by the retention of a period candle stub. A must have 18th early 19th century utility, the tinder box fire starter required some skill, experience and effort to create a usable fire in a time when the open flame was essential to the giving of light, heat from the cold and fire for cooking. Quickly falling out of favor upon the advent of the common match, the tinder box all but disappeared with few examples to survive into today’s antique market. Those few original tinder boxes existing today seldom contain, as does this offering, the period content essential to creating fire. 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 6017: early post-Civil War Gen. U. S. Grant BRONZE PLAQUE

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early post-Civil War Gen. U. S. Grant BRONZE PLAQUE A product of the early post-Civil War years these walnut mounted bronze busts of General Ulysses S. Grant graced many a Union veteran’s home and local G. A. R. post wall. Mounted on a stout 11 ¾ X 9 inch walnut shield, these early post Civil War heavy cast bronze figures of the popular hero were, unlike lesser quality and much more abundant later examples, extremely well done with fine detail. This one is set off particularly well by an eye appealing natural age patina. 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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