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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4336: original ! Civil War vintage ZOUAVE STYLE  FEZ

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original ! Civil War vintage ZOUAVE STYLE FEZ Not to be confused with the common later style fraternal fez, the material, construction and conformation of this heavy virgin wool felt fez will satisfy the most experienced Civil War headgear collector. Fashioned from that wonderfully soft, heavy wool felt so indicative of the 19th century hatter, additional evidence of period is offered by construction of the protrusion or spike at the top center. Unlike later examples which are one piece, the spike on earlier hats are fashioned by tightly rolling a felt sheet and hand stitching it in place on the crown of the fez. (see photo) Unlike the most commonly found period fez examples which are small, almost child sizes, this example was clearly intended for adult use. The fez measures approximately 23 inches in circumference, retains its original bright crimson color. Some lite moth tracking but no holes, this classic 19th century fez will set well in any quality Civil War headgear or Zouave 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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early beardless Lincoln - LANTERN SLIDE This desirable Keystone lantern slide offers the earliest known photograph of Abraham Lincoln depicts the Civil War president at age 37 when the future Great Emancipatorwas a young lawyer in Springfield and Congressman from Illinois. This scarce glass slide remains in fine condition. 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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unusual FOLK ART CARVED – PEACH PIT Best appreciated here by a look at our illustration, this old carved peach pit will make an interesting addition to any Civil War era personal item or folk art collection. A neat example of a war time winter camp pastime, surviving examples of carved peach pits sent home from the front or remaining among veteran’s keepsakes have offered good documentation of the popularity of the craft among Union soldiers. This example will offer some room for speculation as one interprets the subject.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5852: Antebellum SLAVE SERVANT’S - WILMINGTON & WELDON RAIL ROAD  TICKET

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Antebellum SLAVE SERVANT’S - WILMINGTON & WELDON RAIL ROAD TICKET Complete and entirely original is this COLORED SERVANT’S TICKET issued by WILMINGTON & WELDON RAIL ROAD Co. for ONE SEAT FROM WILMINGTON, N.C., to NEW YORK . The ticket measures approximately 17 ½ x 4 5/8 inches wide printed on one side only on yellow newspaper type stock . With a small chip of the upper left corner and some period horizontal folds (all visible in our illustrations) the ticket remains entirely original with no rips, tears, separations, repairs or stains. The top section of the ticket provides space for the ticket holder’s Name, Color, Age, Height, Marks,Owner’s Name and With whom traveling. The ticket was printed by the Daily Journal Job Office, Wilmington, N.C.. The ticket provides for nine transfers necessary for rail travel from Wilmington, North Carolina to New York, the appropriate section to be cut from the ticket and retained by a rail road agent at each transfer site.
Well known to American Rail Road enthusiasts, antique collectors, antebellum South and Civil War collector / historians, the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad was, at the time of its completion in 1841, the longest railroad in the world. A key Confederate resource throughout the American Civil War, students of the Union siege of Petersburg will be familiar with the part taken by the Wilmington & Weldon Rail Road in that action. An outstanding Americana collectable, this offering will frame up nicely or will lay in to enhance any number of collectable categories.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5639: Civil War era percussion conversion - U. S. SPRINGFIELD Mod. 1840 Musket

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Civil War era percussion conversion - U. S. SPRINGFIELD Mod. 1840 Musket A nice honest piece with appealing evidence of age and period use, this Springfield U. S. Model 1840 remains in excellent all original condition with an appealing deep chocolate natural age patina overall and that untouched but issued and used quality that is so hard to find today. A Maine attic find of some years ago, this honest old .69 caliber smooth bore musket is complete with the exception of its ramrod (easily replaced if you wish) and remains otherwise as issued with its nicely marked and 1841 dated SPRINGFIELD lock The Mod. 1840 musket enjoyed a long run in the military with use in the Mexican War through the American Civil War. The .69 caliber smooth-bore Mod.1840 was the last of the flintlocks and as such was found in considerable supply in both Northern and Southern armories at the outbreak of the Civil War. (Conspiracy enthusiasts find it more than interesting that in the late days prior to secession, then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis was said to have caused the filling of Southern States arsenals with such surplus arms.) With arsenal conversion to the percussion system, the old Mod. 1840 musket saw considerable service by both Union and Confederate troops remaining a common site on the battlefield through 1863 with many remaining in action for the duration of the Civil War. (see: Coates & Thomas Civil War Small Arms) An all too scarce opportunity to acquire a good honest example of one of these U. S. Springfield made and converted Civil War Springfield muskets at a less than prohibitive price. 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!

A note about firearms: WE SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF MODERN FIREARMS AND EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE 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. 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 3044: late 1700s / early 1800s – BRASS FRAME SPECTACLES

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late 1700s / early 1800s – BRASS FRAME SPECTACLES This pair of early brass framed spectacles with hinged ribbon loop bows are in excellent all original condition and are untouched after decades of storage leaving a wonderful soft age patina. 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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63115: rarely seen!  Civil War MARINE – regulation Shoulder Scales - complete with Detachable Fringe

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rarely seen! Civil War MARINE – regulation Shoulder Scales - complete with Detachable Fringe Untouched and unpolished with lots of original luster while showing good evidence of age and originality, this ultra-rare pair of Civil War vintage U. S. Marine shoulder scales are made even more remarkable by their completeness in that they retain not only the removable fringe plates but the wool worsted fringe. (See: Frederick Todd, American Military Equipage, pages 578 & 579)
As prescribed and illustrated in the 1859 U. S. Marine Cops regulations for all enlisted, these brass scales differ from Army issue in that they are a bit larger in proportion and feature a worsted fringe which is attached to a separate and removeable brass plate that attaches to the underside of the scales. An additional variation we have noted from the only two sets, neither pair retained the fringe that we have observed in our 50 plus years of seeking out such treasures, is that the scale portion consists of a single sheet of die struck brass rather than multiple small pieces. (See our old friend Rafael’s ShilohRelics.com item #L5149). Seldom encountered as are all Civil War vintage Marine items, the particular scarcity of these fringed scales, even in even in period photos, would suggest that despite regulations few Marine enlisted were actually issued what surely became a frilly excess in time of war. 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 63149: rarely found! NON-EXCAVATED Volunteer Maine Militia – V M M Cartridge Box Plate

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rarely found! NON-EXCAVATED Volunteer Maine Militia – V M M Cartridge Box Plate Best described here by our photo illustrations, this all original and untouched nonexcavated Volunteer Maine Militia cartridge box plate offers a most eye appealing rich chocolate age patina on its face with the desirable lead soldered iron wire loops on the reverse (see: Philadelphia’s War Library & Museum collection Military Order of the Loyal Legion), as opposed to the more usually encountered, just pre Civil War, lead filled examples. All a product of the 1850s these desirable V M M plates were pressed into service by state issue in the early part of the Civil War and are well documented by treasured excavation finds from early Maine camp sites. Later replaced by regulation US plates, many troops of Maine regiments particularly the 2nd, 4th and 5th Maine Infantries on through the 18th (better known as the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery) were eager to retain the early Civil War issue V. M. M. plates as testimony to their veteran status. Veterans of the 2nd Regiment who were moved to the hard fought 2Oth Maine Infantry just before Gettysburg were no exception. With existing prewar V M M plates well exhausted in the state by early Civil War issue and the majority of the issue examples cast aside in the field as has been well established by modern day camp site diggers, few non excavated examples of the elusive VMM cartridge box plates survived. This fact and the reputation of the Maine regiments using the plate have made it one of the most sought after Union box plates among collectors. This one offers unquestionable evidence of period use and originality while remaining in pleasing condition with no issues.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5977: original Civil War vintage pair - BROGAN SALES SAMPLE

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original Civil War vintage pair - BROGAN SALES SAMPLE Measuring just under 6 inches, heel to toe, this pair should not be confused with child’s shoes as they demonstrate the qualities of stout work shoes or brogans by style, weight of construction and their Pat.1853 scuff plates, as are unearthed by Civil War site digger/ historians. In a period when private purchase foot wear was most commonly made by order by local cobblers who were not eager to expend labor and materials on inventory, such sales samples as are offered here were a common choice for the selection by in the shop buyers and were distributed to country stores, traveling sales persons and yes even sutlers who would measure the troop who would undoubtedly cherish a pair of private purchase shoes over the notoriously ill-fitting issue brogans and pass his order back to the cobbler for construction. This sales sample pair likely started out as black however have turned a very dark brown with age. They are without piercing for laces as would have been required of shoes for wear and even retain the cobblers heel string, one to the other, to keep the pair together. These features offer further assurance that the pair came directly from the cobbler shop as sales samples. Entirely original and remaining in excellent condition yet, with good evidence of age, this eye appealing pair will go well in any quality Civil War era 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 6358: 1700s carved wood Eating Spoon

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1700s carved wood Eating Spoon Best described here by our photo illustrations, this hand carved 18th century common eating spoon remains in exceptional condition with an appealing deep patina and good evidence of period hand work. All in the classic form of 1700s individually carried, personal use eating spoon as was commonly utilized from the traveling possible bag, or haversack to the Colonial / early American frontier traveler or soldier. A must have utility of the common man original examples seldom survived. An especially nice Colonial American / Revolutionary War vintage display item. 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 4289: 19th century Turned Bone Whistle

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19th century Turned Bone Whistle Illustrated here with a U.S. quarter for size comparison, this neat little period turned bone whistle remains in excellent condition with no cracks, flaws or repairs and will lay in well in any period personal grouping. Difficult to find in bone, Civil War site digger/historians have well documented pewter examples of the period style. 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 5574: post Civil War cased 6th plate NURSE TINTYPE

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post Civil War cased 6th plate NURSE TINTYPE Our photographs will speak best for this crisp cased 6th plate tintype. A nice item for the medical collector, this image dates in the later 1860s through the early to mid 1870s. A nice Indian Wars / Western Frontier era piece for enthusiasts of that period. 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 6313: Stove Pipe Hat – of early LDS / Mormon Leader, ‘High Priest’ Ezra Booth

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Stove Pipe Hat – of early LDS / Mormon Leader, ‘High Priest’ Ezra Booth Saved from oblivion by the common availability of original research material, this historically significant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints related relic is best described here as to condition and authenticity by our photo illustrations. Remaining in exceptional all original condition, this historic stovepipe bever hat bears the signature of early Mormon leader Ezra Booth. Offered here as found at a well-established Eastern antique market where the significance of the inscription was totally unrecognized, we extend here for authenticity, an illustration of an established signature for comparison to the Ezra Booth inscription in the hat.
Ordained in1831to the high priesthood from among a small group of early followers of LDS founder Joseph Smith, Ezra Booth had been a popular Methodist minister before witnessing a healing performed by Smith. So struck by what he had witnessed at the hands of the fledgling Mormon Church founder, Booth became a convert and was baptized and ordained an elder in May 1831. Ordained to be a high priest June 3, 1831 Ezra Booth was called to go to Missouri to preach the word of the Book of Mormon. Booth quickly became disheartened as he had apparently expected that he would convert people through the performance of miracles, as had been his experience with Smith. When no miracles were forthcoming, he became disillusioned and fell into disfavor of the Church. By September 6, 1831, Booth was silenced from preaching as an Elder by Joseph Smith and less than three days later after being a member for only five months, Booth renounced Mormonism. In a series of letters published in the Ohio Star beginning in November 1831, Booth’s criticisms had a public impact such that they were republished in 1834 book entitled Mormonism Unveiled. Ezra Booth’s brief role in the early Mormon movement continues to be referenced by the LDS today.

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Civil War surplus - W. Stokes Kirk Phila. – 8th Corps, 1st Division BADGE Offered here is an original die cut and paper backed, 8th Corps badge from the Civil War surplus stock of W. Stokes Kirk of Philadelphia. Photographed here with a US quarter for size comparison this fine period example was acquired by us several years ago now when we were fortunate enough to purchase a number of items brought home as keepsakes by a late W. Stokes Kirk clerk when the old Philadelphia based military surplus dealer closed up shop in 1976. Infrequently seen on today’s market and sometimes unrecognized by the casual Civil War enthusiast, the 8th Corps had no official insignia yet the 6-sided star had been adopted by the men of that corps and was in full use by the summer of 1864. Founded in 1874, W. Stokes Kirk like Bannerman in New York purchased large quantities of still available Civil War surplus at government auction. Seems like an impossibility now but we can remember the two offering original Civil War material as late as the 1950s. This piece offers a now rare opportunity to acquire such an item from what for years now has become an ever dwindling and now a nearly nonexistent supply. 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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1700s early 1800s (1775 – 1810) - STRAIGHT RAZOR Best described here by our photo illustrations we have left this rarely surviving early straight razor in as found and untouched condition with a light natural age patina to the blade that would polish to a fine bright surface (horrors !!) but we wouldn’t. The grips or scales are of emboss decorated natural horn and remain in pleasing condition, untouched condition with wonderful natural age and none of the expected splits or breaks as is expected of these early examples. Our 1775 - 1810 dating is based on design and construction characteristics well-established and accepted by knowledgeable collectors. The classic 18th century wedge shape of the blade in cross section, square butt, straight taper of the scales and the same straight line of the blade with short monkey tail are all indicative of the day.
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