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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6342: especially nice -  Decorative Civil War Cavalry Spurs

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especially nice - Decorative Civil War Cavalry Spurs Once a relatively common attic find here in New England, matching pairs of these nicely figured Civil War spurs have all but vanished from that source. Well documented field use is provided by battle field excavation of single examples with surviving matched pairs generally well ensconced (and unavailable) in the better personal and museum collections. Best described here by our photo illustrations this exceptional, all original matched pair retain faint traces of original gold wash in the groves and will please the most discriminating collector / historian. 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 6290: unusual ! Lord’s Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia published – IDENTIFICATION ‘BUTTON’

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unusual ! Lord’s Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia published – IDENTIFICATION ‘BUTTON’ Best described here by our photo illustrations, this unusual identification device emanated from the personal collection of Dr. Francis Lord and is illustrated in his Lord’s Civil War Collector’s Encyclopedia Vol. III page 92. Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of the pioneer Civil War collector will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend. A Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectible categories, Francis authored the widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference, Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA. While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest in Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s encyclopedia volumes and his Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors. 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 60122: Scarce scaled down - 19th century 10 pin traveling SKITTLES GAME

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Scarce scaled down - 19th century 10 pin traveling SKITTLES GAME Originating in Europe well before the 1700s the game of skittles was a mainstay of English pubs well before immigrating to America where the ten-pin version is now considered a forerunner to modern bowling. Popular in ten, nine and four pin versions both as a parlor game where the pins were set-up in diamond fashion on the wood of carpeted floor, the game of skittles was also played out of doors and was popularly played by children as well as adults. Emanating from a history as an English pub or drinking game, by the time of the American Civil War the game was popularly played by common folk and high society alike, indoors and out by children and adults. ( A period example a skittles game had been on display as part of the period memorabilia of the Jefferson Davis, White House of the Confederacy, home section of the old Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond.) This scarce scaled down traveling skittles game is complete with ten turned 6 inch pins and the original ball. Equally appropriate to home, pub or Civil War winter camp, this traveling skittles game offers good evidence of age and period use yet remains pleasing to the eye with its original raw turned hardwood finish and will go well in any quality period 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 6319: 1860 Boston Carpenter / Shipwright’s POCKET DIARY

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1860 Boston Carpenter / Shipwright’s POCKET DIARY Not a big deal but worthy of preservation, this 1860 pocket diary with period penned identification to John Quincey Robertson of East Boston. Listed as a carpenter then shipwright in period Boston directories Robertson is 28 years of age in 1860. Like most journals of the era the author limits most of his journal entries to a brief comment of the days weather, sometimes recording a most mundane highlight of the day’s events. Complete and easily read however Robertson’s little diary offers insight into the simplicity of life in 1860 Boston and would serve visually in any period surrounding. 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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Civil War medical equipment supplier: CODMAN & SHURTLEFF - HOSPITAL BED PAN Somehow surviving in all original and clearly unused condition, even to retaining its original red lead painted inner surface, this hospital size, 13 3/7 inch diameter sheet tin bedpan offers the well-established construction characters of the mid-19th century as well as the Civil War vintage Boston surgical instrument and medical equipment firm name Codman & Shurtleff. Not for everyone for sure but a rarely surviving hospital necessity for the deep dish medical 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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Mrs. (General) T. M. Anderson inscribed presentation grade - Railroad Lantern Another offer from our 50+ year accumulation of treasures, this important gold wash, presentation grade lantern is cut inscribed on the globe to ’Mrs. T. M. Anderson’ and was gleaned from a vintage rail road collection where it was attributed to Elizabeth Van Winkle Anderson who, turns out, was the wife of Brig. Gen. Thomas McArthur Anderson. Offering evidence of age and period use with some metal cracking, a small ding in the base rim and some burner staining on the inside of the chimney, this M. M. Buck & Co., St. Louis marked lantern remains in pleasing condition retaining its original bright presentation grade gold wash finish and with no chips, cracks or imperfections in its inscribed globe . (Our photo illustrations will offer the best physical description of this beautiful old lantern.) The name M. M. Buck & Co. will be familiar to vintage railroad collectors with the more standard version of this lantern illustrated as The Boss model conductors lantern in their 1880 and 1900 catalogues.
Married to Elizabeth ’Lizzie’ Van Winkle in 1869, Thomas McArthur Anderson enlisted as a Private in the 65th Ohio Volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil War and, through the influence of uncle, General Robert Anderson of Fort Sumter fame, was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant of the 5th US Cavalry. Promoted to Captain, he served through the Civil War with the 12th US Infantry. was twice wounded, brevetted to Major for his conduct in the Wilderness Campaign, then to Lt. Colonel for exemplary service at Spotsylvania Court House. After the Civil War he remained in the Army, rising to Colonel, in command of the 14th Infantry. In 1898, with the temporary rank of Brigadier General, he commanded the first troops to reach the Philippines. In command of the 1st Division, he saw action in the battles of Santana, San Pedro, Passe, and Guadalupe in the early months of the Philippine Insurrection. He was promoted to Brigadier General in March 1899 and retired from active service in January 1900. Both interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Mrs. General Anderson’s obituary noted that she had ’shared her husband’s distinguished military career with him both at home and abroad’.
A desirable lantern for the railroad collector this attractive presentation grade offering will carry special interest for the historian and Americana enthusiast. 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 5932: vintage military button - LADIES HATPIN

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vintage military button - LADIES HATPIN This attractive all original hatpin is reminiscent of a time when ladies wore fanciful feathered or furred hats requiring a long shafted pin. There is more than one account of one of these hefty pins offering more than the security of my lady’s hat as the long sharp shaft provided a quick and easy deterrent. This example was fashioned from a vintage infantry uniform button, back marked OAK HILL CLOTHING CO. BOSTON. Now relatively scarce except in older collections these uniform button keepsakes were once a relatively common find in antique shops and estate sales. 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 6207: G. Butler & Co., Sheffield -  Hoof Hook combination - FOLDING KNIFE

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G. Butler & Co., Sheffield - Hoof Hook combination - FOLDING KNIFE A style most frequently referred to by Civil War collectors as a Cavalryman knife, this neat period jack-knife is maker marked G. Butler & Co – Sheffield and offers two knife blades, a leather awl for harness adjustment, corkscrew, screwdriver and the all-important folding hoof hook for horse hoof and shoe stone removal. While this example remains in desirable as found and condition, with good evidence of period use it remains in pleasing shape, fully functional with no cracks in the hard rubber grips and tight at the joints. An especially nice personal item these folding pocket or saddlebag tools were subject to hard use in the period seldom surviving in any kind of reasonable condition.
note: Reaching back to 1768 when Sheffield artisan William Butler was granted his BUTLER cutler mark, the business had been taken over by George and James Butler by 1814. Doing business as G. & J. Butler the firm name of G. Butler & Co. came into use in 1843. In 1853 G. Butler & Co. displayed their wares in the New York Cutlery Exhibition.

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Indian Wars era - 1st Lieutenant CAVALRY STRAPS All in nice original condition yet with good evidence of age and originality our photo illustrations will offer the best description of this attractive pair of Indian War era cavalry straps. 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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Blacksmith forged - 18th century artisan - Compass / Divider Hand crafted from black iron the branches of this pleasing 18th century compass / divider measure approximately 5 7/16 inches in length. With good evidence of age and originality this compass remains in exceptional condition with eye appealing age patina and good evidence of the skill of an 18th century blacksmith as he plied his trade. A desirable companion tool laid in with other tools of the 1700s craftsman. 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 6341: 1st Virginia Light Artillery / 38th Battalion Va. Artillery  -  MARKING STENCIL

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1st Virginia Light Artillery / 38th Battalion Va. Artillery - MARKING STENCIL Best described here by our illustrations, of this 2 5/8 X 1 3/8 inch personal marking stencil, our research of Peter McCurdy (the only Peter McCurdy to serve in the 1st Virginia Artillery) produced digital views of period Confederate rolls (see: Fold3.com) documenting his service in the 1st Virginia Light Artillery and <38th Battalion Virginia Artillery from his enlistment in Richmond on July 14, 1861 through April 18, 1865 when he took the Oath of Allegiance. Entering as a Private, McCurdy promoted through the enlisted ranks to 1st Sargent in June of 1864. He was commended for gallantry as a member of the 38th Battalion which was closely associated with George Pickett’s command through a goodly part of the war the 38th providing four batteries of field artillery to the command. (see: Pickett's Men: A Fragment of War History by Walter Harrison)
In wide use by Civil War Union troops, the personal marking stencil was, if currently existing examples are any guide, it seems these now coveted by collectors personal items were in very limited use by Confederate soldiers. Most likely the limited number of Confederate use examples was simply a reflection of period availability in the resource starved South. Accordingly this obviously repurposed example was made available to Sgt. Peter McCurdy by a stencil cutters addition of Co. I 1st Va. A. to an existing pre-war stencil. While period records, especially Confederate field records, are frequently lacking in such details as middle initials, the middle initial J would indicate that the original may have been provided by the recruit by a family member. We have seen only one other repurposed personal marking stencil in our years and surprisingly enough it is for a resourceful Yankee. 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 6297: Civil War ‘Brothers in arms’ - ¼ plate TINTYPE

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Civil War ‘Brothers in arms’ - ¼ plate TINTYPE We’ll let our illustrations do the talking for this nice Civil War ¼ plate tintype except to advise that it came out of the state of Maine and is as nice as it looks. 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 60130: 18th early 19th century beef bone & walnut – BEVEL GAGE

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18th early 19th century beef bone & walnut – BEVEL GAGE Best described by our photos, this early handmade bevel gage was fashioned from bone and American walnut secured by wooden pins and a period indicative iron pin and square nut at the pivot end. Showing good evidence of period construction with an eye appealing natural age patina, this piece measures 5 1/6 long by ¾ wide by 3/8 of an inch thick and remains in pleasing functional condition. A neat piece for the early tool collector or Americana enthusiast. 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 6229: Civil War Razor Strop & Razor of Surgeon W. A. Child – 1st, 4th & 10th Vermont Infantry

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Civil War Razor Strop & Razor of Surgeon W. A. Child – 1st, 4th & 10th Vermont Infantry A classic style that will be familiar to old time Civil War collectors, (see: Lords Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia Vol. I p. 226) this Edward Sanders (see period Business Directories) razor strop / travel case will like its included razor be best described by our photo illustrations except to advise that the group is period identified SURG. W. A. CHILD 10 REG. VT. INF. and came to us from an old and well established Vermont related Civil War collection. Both the strop, case and ivory mounted razor remain in pleasing condition while offering good evidence of careful period use and carrying.
Willard A. Child initially enlisted on April 26, 1861 to be commissioned as Assistant Surgeon, Field & Staff 1st Vermont Infantry. Mustering out with the early Civil War regiment on August 15, 1861, Child quickly reenlisted on the very same day and was commissioned as assistant Surgeon of the 4th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. Discharged for promotion a year later he was commissioned to the Field & Staff of the 10th Vermont Infantry as Regimental Surgeon. Surgeon W. A. Child mustered out with his 10th Vermont at the close of the Civil War. During his time with the hard fought 4th and 10th Vermont Surgeon Child’s regiments saw action at Antietam, Orange Grove, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Winchester Va., Fisher’s Hill, Cedar Creek, Petersburg Siege, Sailor’s Creek and more. Casualty records tell us Surgeon Child would have experienced no fewer than 500 of the mates killed or wounded during his tenure with the 4th and 10th Vermont Infantries.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6321: period Civil War pattern - 13 star LAPEL FLAG

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period Civil War pattern - 13 star LAPEL FLAG Popular in the patriotic fervor of session and the outbreak of the American Civil War, such little printed flags were worn as a popular expression of patriotism and solidarity with the original 13 colonies. This example offers the unusual vertical 3-2-3-2-3 thirteen star pattern of the time and while remaining in solid condition shows good evidence of age and period construction from the material used and water base printing with distinctive moisture staining to the period common mourning style pin fastener. We found 2 of these tucked away for decades in a period stationary box and are offering them here individually priced for the collector / historian who would like one.
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