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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5777: nice Civil War TINTYPE - Troop with US Flag

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nice Civil War TINTYPE - Troop with US Flag We’ll let our photographs speak for this nice Civil War 6th plate tintype except to say it is as nice as it looks. The case is solid and pleasing to look at but appears to have had some repair at the hinge. A really nice patriotic photograph! 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 5859: 18th early 19th century  iron bound GREASE HORNS

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18th early 19th century iron bound GREASE HORNS Equally in their proper place on a Revolutionary War / War of 1812 Artillery Carriage or suspended from the side of a western bound prairie schooner, the 1700s early 1800s with use into the Civil War era grease horn was an integral utility used in the day to store and carry lubricant for applicant to the heavy wooden wheel hubs. Intact examples such as are offered here are seldom encountered on today’s collector market as discarded or stored horn pairs invited insect and animal damage all attracted by the grease once contained within. Hand crafted from steer horn and blacksmith bound in black iron with forged attachment suspension chain, the mouth of each horn was plugged with a small corked access hole for application and refilling. Stoutly made for rough usage and exposure to the elements this all original pair of grease horns measure 18 from tip to butt and remain as found with good evidence of period use and a deep natural age patina to iron and horn. The exceptional iron work with fancy integral chain will set this pair will set them in good stead in any period display. 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 5594: Rare! original - Civil War Army Hospital Tassel

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Rare! original - Civil War Army Hospital Tassel A very scares and desirable item for the Civil War collector who has a special interest in medical related items or uniform insignia, this little known and seldom seen Army Hospital Patient Tassel was issued to patients to be worn as a badge of their status and quick identification as such by staff members. Clearly seeing very limited use for a short period or in a small number of facilities, reference to use of such and existing examples is extremely limited. Our introduction to the existence of the badge came many years ago when we acquired an identified tintype of a hospitalized 20th Maine troop wounded on Little Round Top, Gettysburg. Though we knew our man had been wounded, the significance of the light colored tassel wasn’t immediately known to us. It wasn’t until sometime later when our old friend Dr. Francis Lord published Vol. III of his Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia that such a badge became known to us. Some years later we were fortunate enough to acquire a large lot of Civil War surplus insignia that had been set aside from the inventory of the defunct Philadelphia Army Surplus firm of Stokes / Kirk. All items remained in as new, unissued condition many remaining in the original wrapping. In the latter was a bright orange / yellow wool tassel suspended from a blue cord. The paper wrapper bore a period penned notation U.S. Army Hospital Badge. That identified tassel was identical to the example offered here and will come with our letter to preserve the above. This original example remains in fine, as new and unissued 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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5731: 1700’s very early 1800s  SUGAR NIPPER / PIPE TONGS

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1700’s very early 1800s SUGAR NIPPER / PIPE TONGS Measuring approximately 19 inches in length and remaining in immaculate all original condition with a pleasing smooth age patina, these desirable old pipe or ember tongs offer an interesting combination of two very different utilitarian tools. The idea of combination of purpose in tools of the period, especially such diverse purpose as demonstrated here, makes one wonder if this combination was truly intended for dual purpose or were these pipe tongs simply made by an artisan who made sugar nippers. At any rate a rare form that will go well on the hearth or 18th century kitchen. 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 5874: exceptionally nice mid 1800s CARRIAGE LAMP pair

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exceptionally nice mid 1800s CARRIAGE LAMP pair This exceptional pair of carriage lamps show little if any evidence of use while offering unquestionable age and originality both in condition and unmistakable mid 19th century tinsmith construction of the matching lantern bodies. Each lamp measures approximately 12 inches in height with heavy, approximately ¼ inch thick, beveled glass lenses measuring 3 7/16 X 3 7/8 inches each. Outer surfaces are of black enamel with naturally patinated brass trim and chimney. Internal reflector surfaces are bright nickel silver plate with plated burner marked E. MILLER & Co. Meriden, Conn. [ Edward Miller began manufacturing and selling camphene and lantern fluid burners in Meriden, Connecticut in the 1840's. By the 1860’s E. Miller & Co. had become a successful manufacturer and marketer in the kerosene lamp and lamp burner business with the latter being merchandized to private lighting makers. In 1866 Miller reorganized under the name Edward Miller & Co. or E M & Co. ] Easily displayed utilizing original mounting sockets, this exceptional matching pair of carriage lamps remain complete and in exceptional condition with pleasing evidence of age and originality. 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 4481: Civil War vintage SURGICAL RETRACTOR

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Civil War vintage SURGICAL RETRACTOR Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison is an original tortoise shell mounted folding surgical retractor as seen in the period traveling surgical instrument kits. (see: Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments & Equipment by Damman ) This example is Sheffield marked and remains in fine original condition. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 

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Civil War vintage MEERSCHAUM We have left this charming old Civil War vintage meerschaum just as we acquired it after decades of attic storage. Well smoked in the period and laid aside just as it was last enjoyed, the old meerschaum tobacco pipe retains its silver furniture with turned horn and wood stem. The pipe even retains its original lanyard with decorative tassels. A truly honest example of a the Civil War era tobacco pipe popular in its day with those who could afford such, this all original and well used example will set in well with a period officers grouping or just to display alone as an honest period use example of the type. 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 4397: original 18th century early 19th century – ‘lace makers’ LAMP

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original 18th century early 19th century – ‘lace makers’ LAMP Commonly referred to as a lace makerslamp this classic blown lighting device was designed to magnify and focus candle or lamp light for all manner of intricate handwork and would be as perfectly at home among watch and clockmaker equipment, jeweler, engraver, or any such surrounding for precise work. The lace maker or needle work table would be no exception but certainly would not be the only application for the water filled lighting device. This original one piece blown glass example stands 13 1/2 inches high, its tapered neck with everted rim and bulbous body resting on a spreading pedestal base with folded rim. The piece remains in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. A particularly scarce and desirable item in this size. 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 4506: antique turned fruitwood TRAVELING CANDLESTICKS

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antique turned fruitwood TRAVELING CANDLESTICKS Measuring 4 3/4 inches in diameter, these turned fruitwood traveling candlesticks remain in original even seemingly unused condition. Wonderful patina and a single fine age crack along the grain of one side offer good evidence of age and originality. (see illustration insert) Commonly referred to as donut candlesticks by Civil War collectors and antique lighting enthusiasts, the vast majority of surviving examples of the type are of spun brass though finely turned wood examples such as offered here are known to have seen use from the period of the American colonial and Revolutionary War period through the Civil War era. 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 247: Civil War era Private Purchase Spurs

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Civil War era Private Purchase Spurs A nice pair of antique private purchase spurs, this attractive matched pair each bear a number 8 size designation with iron rowels, and smooth period wear with an untouched natural age patina. A well-documented period design found in the most reliable Civil War collector references, these all original spurs will go nicely in any quality collection. ( Illustrated here with a Civil War vintage quarter for size comparison. ) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 1651: CIVIL WAR JOURNALS OF JOHN MEAD GOULD 1861-1866

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CIVIL WAR JOURNALS OF JOHN MEAD GOULD 1861-1866 This work is taken from a massive multi volume hand written and illustrated daily account set down by Major John Mead Gould of the 1st, 10th & 29th Maine Volunteer Infantry. Carefully transcribed by historian Wm. Jordan from the originals in our personal collection with extensive footnotes, chapter introductions and index by nationally noted Civil War scholar Richard A. Sauers, this quality 8 ½ X 11 inch, 574 page hard bound book is extensively illustrated with Major. Gould’s period drawings and vintage photographs In his Civil War News review Ethan Rafuse states in part: Researchers looking for a common soldier’s perspective on life in camp, Banks retreat from Winchester, the battle of Cedar Mountain, Maryland and Red River Campaigns and Sheridan’s 1864 operations in the Shenandoah Valley will be hard pressed to find primary sources, published or unpublished that match the value of this observant (and quotable) young staff officer’s writings. In our forty (plus) years of avid interest and almost daily contact with Civil War material, we have considered acquisition of Major Gould’s journals from his descendant, the sharing of the colorful firsthand account and finally placement of the originals in the Maine Historical Society collection, a highlight of our years in the field. An enjoyable read (those familiar with the Time / Life series VOICES OF THE CIVIL WAR will recognize Mjr. Gould as a primary source). An outstanding reference with limited availability.
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Of particular interest to collectors are Gould’s observations about Civil War arms and accoutrements. His description of his growing collection of Confederate buttons and other ‘Secesh’—souvenirs he ‘liberated’ with impunity—is fascinating. This is a well-edited, handsomely presented work... North South Trader’s Civil War.
[the Gould piece] will instantly become one of the most commonly cited of all primary sources relating to the topics it covers. It is a fabulous document. Its’ immediate, unvarnished, and full of detail and observation rarely found in a document of this sort. John Hennessy.
...an outstanding addition to Civil War literature --- clear and appropriate maps and a useful index....a book that deserves a place in every research library Ethan Rafuse, Civil War News.


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5757: Extra nice, original!   Civil War era TELESCOPE

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Extra nice, original! Civil War era TELESCOPE Another remnant of our nearly fifty years of seeking out and setting aside such, this outstanding mid 1800s two drawer, wooden bodied telescope remains in excellent condition with lots of period finish on the brass components and fine optics with all the original finish on the wood. Measuring 8 ¼ inches closed and 19 inches fully drawn, this wonderful old telescope remains in near new, unused condition yet with good evidence of age and originality. A good size for personal field use in the Civil War era military, this piece will also fit well with mid 19th century nautical collectables. An especially nice vintage telescope! 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 5647: earlier to mid 1800s hanging FRY PAN

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earlier to mid 1800s hanging FRY PAN Our illustration will likely do best to describe this nice old open hearth or camp fire hanging fry pan except to advise that it is completely original even to a telltale periodcrust on the underside. A hard accumulation from many a meal from over an open fire. The sheet iron pan measures approximately12 3/4 inches across the mouth with 2 ½ inch sides tapering to an 10 5/8 inch diameter bottom. The heavy hand forged black iron handle is fitted with a swiveling iron ring to facilitate occasional turning of the pan while cooking or serving. An attractive piece of antique cookware appropriate to a period ranging from a colonial open hearth to a 49ers camp on through use in a Civil War troop bivouac or winter camp. A classic piece of antique forged cookware pure and untouched. 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 5841: Civil War vintage MEDICAL CURE BROADSIDE -

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Civil War vintage MEDICAL CURE BROADSIDE - A neat Civil War vintage advertising broadside for HOLLIS’S, Vegetable Pectoral Syrup, a cure for Coughs, Colds, Hooping Cough. (see: 1863 Boston Business Directory) In a nice size for easy display (8" X 7") and in fine original condition after decades of storage, this boldly printed (one side only for posting) broadside will set well in any period grouping. We are pleased to offer a "no questions asked" three day inspection with return as purchased guarantee ! please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!. If you are new to Gunsight Antiques and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page. Thanks for visiting our on-line store !!
 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5479: Civil War ARMY HOSPITAL STEWARD  SLATE

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Civil War ARMY HOSPITAL STEWARD SLATE This hospital steward or nurse’s marking slate measures approximately 9 7/8 X 14 inches in its dovetailed and pegged joint construction wood frame. The natural slate offers good evidence of period construction methods with the telltale, slightly uneven, surface of earlier to mid 1800s hand planed slate sheet. The slate is deeply inscribed BROADWAY LANDING across the top with a place the WARD No.. Broadway Landing Army Field Hospital was situated on the south side of the Potomac River a little more than a mile west of City Point and about four miles from the northern end of the Union trenches before Petersburg. (see: Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War p.266 also PBS / Ken Burns THE CIVIL WAR) We were fortunate enough to acquire a group of period marking slates some years ago with a small number of similarly marked Broadway Landing slates mixed in among plain examples. We have offered them out to collectors over the years keeping a single example for our own collection. We came across this remaining example from the group this last winter as we have been going through some of our accumulation. A wonderful item for the Civil War medical 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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