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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5846: c. 1871  STATIONARY / GAME BOX

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c. 1871 STATIONARY / GAME BOX A neat item for the game board collector or Indian War era personal item enthusiast, this original ECLIPSE STATIONARY PACKET measures approximately 7 5/8 X 5 X 1 ½ inches closed opening to offer a 10 X 7 5/8 inch writing surface, checker board and, on the inside, a backgammon board. Fine print in several locations advises that the piece was Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1871 by J. C. Clark & Co.. The packet retains a full complement of 30 original baked clay game pieces, an unused ream of period stationary and a red-cedar graphite pencil. A really nice writing and game box combination we have had this piece set aside in our own accumulation for years and have never seen another, complete or otherwise. A really special item for the right 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 5960: c. 1807 book: ‘Brought across the plains in an Ox Wagon – 1862’

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c. 1807 book: ‘Brought across the plains in an Ox Wagon – 1862’ This little leather bound book bears the remains of grass and flowers Picked on the Plains by Matty B. Ross. 1862 pasted inside the front cover and offers the period inscription Presented by Mattie Boone Ross. This book was brought across the Plains in an ox wagon. 1962. The book measures approximately 6 5/8 X 4 3/8 inches and contains 382 pages, all tight and intact with the exception of the fly which though tight has a narrow section missing at the top of the page not impacting on the presentation inscription and the lower corner of the first 10 pages have been torn away not impacting on the print. The book is titled The IMPROVEMENT of THE MIND in two parts – also A DISCOURSE in the EDUCATION OF YOUTH and REMNANTS OF TIME employed in PROSE & VERSES by Isaac Watts, D. D. (Bennington, Vt.) and printed by Anthony Haswell – 1807. [ Anthony Haswell came to America with his father and brother in 1769. He apprenticed as a printer / publisher who after witnessing the Boston Massacre developed an interest in the politics of the time, becoming a member of the Sons of Liberty composing ballads for the movement. and served in the Revolutionary War.] We were able to establish that Mattie Boone was born in 1848 in Chicago and indeed did travel West, per her 1935 obituary, arriving in Oregon in 1862. She attended the Portland Academy and Female Seminary about 1865 and was married in 1869 to Edward C. Ross who was for many years editor of the Walla Walla Statesman. The U. S. Census lists Mattie as keeping house in Walla Walla, Washington Territory in 1870. Good food for further research, one has to wonder where Mattie appears in the pioneer Boone lineage as well as the circumstances of the 1862 ox cart journey from Chicago to the West Coast. A neat piece of Americana, this leather volume offers good evidence of period use and carrying yet remains secure at the binding with no loose pages and is pleasing to the eye. 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 5872: c.1861 – I. M. Singer & Co. SEWING MACHINE  ORDER West

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c.1861 – I. M. Singer & Co. SEWING MACHINE ORDER West Measuring approximately 7 1/4 X 8 5/8 inches this neat old brown ink penned document offers a record for shipment of one of Isaac Singer’s early sewing machines. The I. M. Singer & Co. #2 Table Shuttle Machine is to be shipped with folding Rosewood Cabinet with complement twists of flax and silk thread, a needle assortment and a copy of the I. M. Singer & Co. Gazette All is bound for the West Coast as is evident by an admonition that They must be well packed for the Panama Rail Road. They handle merchandise rather roughly. (Built in 1850 the Panama Railroad carried goods destined for the West between the two oceans across the Isthmus of Panama. With folds and some period paper binding tape on the back the document offers good evidence of age and originality yet remains in solid condition with no rips or tears. A small fragment of period paper on the front could be soaked off but we would leave the neat old document as found. 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 5968: nice honest late 1700s early to mid 1800s POWDER HORN

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nice honest late 1700s early to mid 1800s POWDER HORN This nice old powder horn is as honest as can be with that wonderful old graining that comes to scraped horn only from decades of time. Forged square nails and a single hand cut black iron screw offer additional good evidence of age and originality. A nicely formed spout has been cut to accommodate a carrying strap with an iron eye to secure the butt end. This classic country working horn measures approximately 14 inches from spout to butt and, typical of many home grown working horns bears identification marking of the period user. The period initials C E B are cut into the horn in two places. A nice companion piece in any authentic colonial Americana through Civil War grouping. 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 5918: Civil War era TRAVELING INK

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Civil War era TRAVELING INK An especially nice example of a Civil War vintage turned rosewood traveling inkwell, this barrel shaped example measures approximately 1 5/16 inch in diameter by 2 1/8 inches high. The threaded cap is fitted with a gasket and screws down on a spring loaded glass inner bottle to insure a leak proof seal for travel. This example remains in fine condition yet with period ink residue inside the bottle neck and cap gasket as evidence of period use. Relatively available just a few years ago, examples of the type are difficult to find in any condition on today's market. A nice item for the Civil War era personal item collector or antique writing equipment enthusiast. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case or the item number works best.


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5961: Rare! Confederate Sinclair Hamilton & Co. marked Edward Middleton- Enfield Rifle Musket

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Rare! Confederate Sinclair Hamilton & Co. marked Edward Middleton- Enfield Rifle Musket A rare untouched Civil War Pattern 1853 three-band rifled musket as was purchased in Great Brittan by the Confederacy and run through the Union blockade. This arm remains untouched and pure with good attic patina offering eye appealing condition yet with good period evidence of age, originality and field use. This offering is guaranteed to please per our no questions asked return policy as stated below. This arm bears the date 1862 over TOWER with the figure of a crown on the lock and commercial proof marks with 2525 gauge marks (for .577 caliber) at the barrel breech. Typical of the commercial contract P-1853, this arm bears numerous maker marks on stock and metal as was indicative of what, for all intense and purpose, was a cottage industry with components made by a number of craftspeople in their own shops, all to be brought together for final fitting and assembly. The buttstock of this musket bears the marking of Edward Middleton who’s listing may be found in the 1862 Birmingham Directory as a rifle, pistol & gun maker & military contractor. Worthy of note too is that the Henry W. Shoemaker Catalogue Antique of Firearms and Edged Weapons lists an Edward Middleton, Gunmaker, Birmingham marked Confederate import with attribution to the Confederate Louisiana Tigers.
Additionally and most significant to the knowledgeable collector of Confederate arms, this wonderful old rifled musket bears numerous markings known to be indicative with Confederate purchase. They are:
CH/1 - a small marking in a circle located on the stock just below the brass trigger guard tang. Established as the mark of one of the numerous Birmingham based makers who helped supply the Confederacy, it is thought that the mark is that of Curtis & Hughes and is connected in some fashion to the English arms speculators who supplied the Confederacy – William Joshua Grazebrook.

SH/G3 The figure over a crown over SH above G3 appears on the butt stock just above the brass butt plate tang. While the precise origin of who or what the (CROWN)/SH/G3 marking relates to, remains elusive however experts in the field believe that substantial evidence exists to support the belief that it is in fact a Confederate import mark.

IC A script cartouche on the flat of the stock opposite the lock. While for years, this cartouche has been identified as a script JC more recent investigation has revealed the script letters are actually IC and are identical to the way in which Confederate contract arms viewer Isaac Curtis signed his name. As such, it has determined that indeed this is an Isaac Curtis inspection mark as was used on arms delivered to the Confederacy.

The underside of the barrel offers a panoply of marks to capture the attention of the of Confederate arms student. They include the name MIDDLETON as discussed earlier, roman numerals II (always a favorite of Confederate collectors) with larger hand cut IIIX marking. AnE II marking here is matched by two of the same in the wood by the metal stop in the ramrod channel. The back side of the lock bears IIII filed markings with a small E&F. Filed hash or match marks appear on the underside of the tang and finally, the brass butt plate has an engraved marking at the heal adjacent to the tang that will be best described by a look at our photographs.
This is as good a time as any to recommend Pritchard and Huey’s The English Connection. We have known these folks for years and can say from our personal knowledge that their 608 pages of informational photography and detailed text is the product of years of dedicated research, offering much groundbreaking new understanding of the arms and material supplied to the CSA by Great Britain. Finally we would remind the reader that a close look at our numerus illustrations will bring additional clarity to our description here.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5934: 19th century traveling Knife & Fork – SHEFFIELD CAMPAIGN CUTLERY

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19th century traveling Knife & Fork – SHEFFIELD CAMPAIGN CUTLERY First merchandised in the Civil War period as one of a number of combination mess utensils designed for easy carrying and sales appeal to a growing camp sutler and individual sales market, this popular design has been well documented Civil War camp site diggers who’s study and excavation efforts have served the collector community so well. Recently acquired from an old collection put together when such quality could be found this exceptionally nice 19th century example is maker marked F. ASMAN & Co. SHEFFIELD and remains in crisp, as new and unused condition yet with good evidence of age originality. With no evidence of sharpening or use, this piece will appeal to the discriminating antique knife collector as well as the Civil War buff looking for an especially nice 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 5636: c. 1861 – 1865  D.M.&Co. working PADLOCK & KEY

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c. 1861 – 1865 D.M.&Co. working PADLOCK & KEY A neat item for the Civil War enthusiast, this old black iron padlock with its brass D.M.&Co. marked closure was manufactured by Davenport Mallory & Co. of New Haven, Connecticut. They were in business under that name only between 1861 and 1865. (see: Hennessy’s -Early Looks & Lock Makers of America An early innovator of production line manufacturing methods some of which were adopted by the HENRY RIFLE Co. also located in New Haven. This nice old padlock offers good evidence of age and exposure yet functions smoothly and is pleasing to the eye. A nice piece on the hasp of a period door, lock box, chest or simply set out with other Civil War relics. 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 5625: c. 1800s miniature - Salesman Sample Rubber Boots

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c. 1800s miniature - Salesman Sample Rubber Boots A highly collectable matched pair of salesman sample rubber boots each maker marked CANDEE and each remaining in excellent original condition, pliable with no flaking, tearing or other issues yet offering good evidence of age and originality. Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, these miniature boots were intended as a sales sample for boots by L. Candee & Co., Rubber Works established in New Haven, Connecticut in 1842. Leverett Candee (1795-1863) manufactured the new-fangled rubber boots under licenses held by Charles Goodyear and was first in the world to manufacture rubber footwear. An interesting collectable in a number of Americana categories. (see: Bart & Hickcox: India Rubber & Gutta Percha Goods 1860 catalog) 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 5953: Union & Clasped Hands - PATRIOTIC WHISKEY FLASK

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Union & Clasped Hands - PATRIOTIC WHISKEY FLASK This attractive light aqua hand blown whiskey bottle stands approximately 9 1/4 inches and sports a patriotic motif of clasped hands over UNION on one face with EAGLE & BANNER on the other. The calabash style flask sports a classic iron pontil which retains a good portion of its original graphite residue. Topped by an applied double collar mouth this period flask saw considerable popularity in the Civil War era. All original and period with no chips, cracks or condition issues this colorful patriotic flask will set well in any 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 5935: 23rd Army Corps 3rd Division – CORPS BADGE

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23rd Army Corps 3rd Division – CORPS BADGE Organized in April of 1863 the shield device of the 23rd Army Corps was standardized and officially adopted by Special Field Order No. 121 issued September 25, 1864. Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this brass shield badge of the 23rd Army Corps with its blue porcelain insert of the 3rd Division sports the classic Thinged fastening pin that Civil War collectors look for in dating corps badges and id pins. Recently acquired from an old collection put together when such quality could be found, this examples remans 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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5695: 1800s pocket or haversack size – Traveling GAME SET

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1800s pocket or haversack size – Traveling GAME SET This complete set of old hand cut bone dominos remain in excellent condition and are housed in their original partitioned slide top game box along with a pair of period bone dice. Extremely difficult to find on today’s market despite the popularity of the game of dominos in the era, it seems that as such miniature sets did not lend themselves to the conveyance of play of full size sets, thus were not preserved once the easy transport of the miniature sets was not a popular need. This rare set will go especially well in any quality Civil War vintage personal item or gaming grouping. 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 5945: mid 1800s   Apple Vendor STEREO-VIEW

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mid 1800s Apple Vendor STEREO-VIEW Our photos will offer the best description of this wonderful old Apple Lady but for the word search folks we will advise that this classic view of a grizzled old street lady remains in pleasing condition with strong contrast and sharp focus. The back bears only a period penciled titleApple Stand with no photographer identification. An outstanding occupational and wonderful insight into a piece of 1800s Americana. 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 5920: Civil War era  Geo. CLOOS  signed FIFE with signed CHEATER

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Civil War era Geo. CLOOS signed FIFE with signed CHEATER A most desirable instrument in style, condition and maker, this beautiful fife remains in wonderful condition measuring 17 inches in length with the classic 2 inch long silver ferrules indicative of the time. Despite some wear from period use and carrying the marks of the Civil War era New York musical instrument maker GEO. Cloos with the intertwined G. C. familiar to period musical instrument collectors is clearly desirable. (see: Garofalo & Elrod’s Civil War era MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ) Of special interest to the deep dish collector will be that the fife retains its boldly signed THE CLOOS cheater. With use of these pewter cheaters well verified by Civil War relic hunters, signed examples are extremely scarce. All original and in outstanding condition with just enough evidence of careful period use to add to its charm and desirability. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. (located at the top of the thumbnail page) A simple key word in lower case works best.


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4510: Civil War ARMY & NAVY Patriotic / ‘HARD-TIME’  TOKEN

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Civil War ARMY & NAVY Patriotic / ‘HARD-TIME’ TOKEN These little penny sized coins were struck in the early years of the American Civil War to fill a commercial need when people began hording hard currency. By July of 1862 even the lowly copper cent had all but disappeared from public circulation. Though the U. S. Mint began issuing substitute paper money in the usual coinage denominations and folks began using postage stamps to augment that effort, commercial needs demanded something more familiar and more durable. The private minting of what collectors refer to as HARD-TIME TOKENS began to appear in the fall of 1862. These private issue coins fell in two categories, the patriotic token which did not carry the name of a specific redeemer and the so called store-card type which carried the name of a specific merchant. The little private issue ‘penny’ filled the commercial need and soon enjoyed general acceptance as a means of exchange usually allotted the value of one cent. The little copper cent was minted in several variations and designs (usually patriotic) and were almost immediately a collectable accounting for some limited availability of nice condition examples still available on today’s collectors market. Not a common find outside of collector circles though, as the short lived Civil War token was outlawed by act of Congress in 1864 when the issuance of currency in any form by private individuals was forbidden. We have acquired a small collection of these little relics and are offering them individually in our online shop for the collector who would enjoy a nice original example to go in a Civil War grouping or coin collection. The patriotic example offered here remains in pleasing, uncirculated condition with a natural age patina. (Will make a neat original Civil War vintage gift without spending lots of money.)You may view all of these that are currently on our site by entering patriotic token in our search feature. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 

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