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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5972: outstanding early mid-1800s - fancy stitched Wellington style COWBOY BOOTS

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outstanding early mid-1800s - fancy stitched Wellington style COWBOY BOOTS This outstanding pair of original 17 1/2 inch high, fancy stitched cowboy boots are approximately size 10 ½ or 11 and remain in excellent condition with the eye appeal that comes only with age and period use. Demonstrating all the characteristics of popularly frontier west footwear that collectors commonly refer to as the Wellington bootthese boots sport 1 inch stacked leather heels with 16 inch straight tops of decoratively stitched high-grade leather, lined with soft kidleather and sporting 7 inch cotton web pulls. With the vast majority eventually used up and cast aside in the period with the tops cut off to be repurposed as scrap, original period examples are seldom seen in any condition with well-preserved examples such as these with still pliable leather and solid stitching being extremely rare on todays collector market. Unmarked as to maker as was common to such period examples most frequently made for the wearer by a local cobbler, our photos will do best to show off the appeal of these classic boots.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5866: Civil War era - CARVED TOBACCO PIPE

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Civil War era - CARVED TOBACCO PIPE Complete with finely inlayed bone teeth setting off detail of the figure and skill of the craftsman who created this fine old tobacco pipe, we will let our photos provide the description for this offering. With a chip or two to the bill of the cap as remnant of period use and carrying, this exceptionally well carved figural pipe bowl remains in pleasing original condition and will set well in any Civil War personal grouping or tobacciana 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 5955: original!  patriotic DOUBLE EAGLE WHISKEY FLASK

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original! patriotic DOUBLE EAGLE WHISKEY FLASK A nice period Double Eagle one pint patriotic whiskey flask. All in pleasing condition with no chips, flakes, cracks or condition issues, this beautiful hand blown aqua flask with its classic hinged mold marks and applied top will sit well in any earlier to mid 1800s antique 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 5868: identified & 1862 dated Civil War MESS PLATE

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identified & 1862 dated Civil War MESS PLATE This die struck, tinned sheet iron mess plate is approximately 9 1/8 inches in diameter and remains in excellent condition while displaying good evidence of age and period use even to a single period cut-nail piercing on the edge for suspension. A classic Civil War era plate in style, construction and material, this attractive mess plate bears a clearly period scratch engraved identification on the back with an 1862 date (see photos). With the knowledge that the plate came out of Pennsylvania, a close examination of the cursive name with a comparison to a state roster database such as that provided by Historical Data Systems may be fruitful. A nice piece for the Civil War personal item 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 5775: Civil War era  cloth stretcher – MARKING TOOL

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Civil War era cloth stretcher – MARKING TOOL A neat Civil War vintage personal item this cloth stretcher was designed to stretch and stabilize a section of cloth for identification with a common dipping pen. Made of turned birch wood the round plug piece was placed under the cloth and the corresponding wood hoop was placed over the cloth covered plug and pressed down stretching and holding the material firmly for easy marking with a dipping pen. Only the second of such we have seen in our all too many years of paying attention to Civil War vintage personal item marking equipment, we have the other example in our own collection. (That example retains the original label which is patent dated 1856.) A scarce little personal 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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J. C. Collins - Civil War Surplus – early post Civil War - MILITARY GOODS SALES BROADSIDE A rarely surviving relic of the early post-Civil War those were the days when government military surplus treasures were offered for sale en-masse, this original 9 ¼ X 11 ¾ sales broadside offers $100,000 in war surplus Army Goods from United States Government Auctions for sale. A listing of available items includes everything from a large assortment of single and double harnesses and all manner of horse equipage such as bridles, halters, curry combs, horse blankets &c with Cavalry, Artillery and Officers Saddles to India Rubber Tent Blankets, Ponchos & Overcoats with Canvas & India Rubber Horse Covers. Uniforms include Infantry, Cavalry & Navy Over Coats, Blue Pants and lined and unlined Blouses. The list of military surplus includes Army Tents of three sizes with Officers Mess Chests and Axes, Picks and other camp gear. Heavy hand sewn Army Shoes are offered by the case with Dress & Musicians Coats, Forage & McClellan Caps, Haversacks, Knapsacks and Canteens are offered for sale on the J. C. Collins broadside as well as Iron Bedsteads, Linen Sheets and hospital Stretchers along with Camp Kettles and a number of additional items.
James C. Collins began his life as a Philadelphia merchant in the mid-1840s and is recorded as a middle-man in the rag and scrap iron business around 1849. Collins got his big start in the military goods business during the Civil War and while remaining largely behind the scenes, he became a significant buyer at post-Civil war government surplus auctions and was a supplier of military surplus to the likes of Francis Bannerman and other well-known dealers of Civil War military surplus.
On news print type paper, printed on one, side this original just post-Civil War broadside is in a conveniently displayable size and remains in excellent condition save a small chip at the top center not impacting on text (see photo- We have laid a small section of like paper in the chip.) this original broadside will serve as a wonderful companion piece in any number of Civil War collectable categories. Most frequently torn down and discarded after the sale, these broadsides were relatively fragile and not the kind of thing one would be inclined to preserve in the period such broadsides as this are seldom seen today and are very rarely offered.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5824: Earlier 19th century through Civil War era PATRIOTIC BILLFOLD

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Earlier 19th century through Civil War era PATRIOTIC BILLFOLD This attractive earlier through mid-1800s leather wallet will best be described by our illustrations. A standard size of the period (7 ¾ X 3 5/8 inches folded) this nice old wallet remains in pleasing condition, soft and pliable with solid stitching yet with good evidence of age and period use. Attractively embossed inside and out with well-defined Federal Eagle panels, this desirable pattern is difficult to find today. 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 5725: c. 1940s  Confederate Stars & Bars - BANNER

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c. 1940s Confederate Stars & Bars - BANNER A bit late for our usual fare but when this came out of a lot of 1930s & 40s Civil War veteran (G. A. R. & U. C. V.) we felt it worthy of a good home. Measuring approximately 34 X 17 ¾ inches and printed on coarse linen. Packed away out of the light for decades, the colors remain vivid and especially attractive as they reflect the period red and blue printing shades one expects of the 1930s & 40s. Solid and in fine condition, upon the closest inspection one can detect a small pin or tack piercing at each corner indicating use as a banner. A nice farmable size or displayed on the wall or on a table top as is, this colorful Stars & Bars Confederate banner will go well in any Civil War collection room. 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 5947: scarce! Civil War vintage – Hero of Fort Sumter / Peter Hart CDV

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scarce! Civil War vintage – Hero of Fort Sumter / Peter Hart CDV Remembered primarily for his April 12,1862 gallantly when, under fire, he replaced the American Flag that had been shot away from the Fort Sumter flag pole, the interesting back story of how the New York City policeman turned civilian aid to the besieged garrison is to lengthy to recount here but well worth a google search. In short Peter Hart, had served with Major Anderson as Sgt. Peter Hart and personal orderly in the Mexican War. The two men had developed a special rapport in that time and while Hart had left the military to serve as a New York City Policeman, the Major’s wife Eliza was committed to reuniting the pair as a means of bolstering her husband’s spirits as the Major struggled with what surely must have seemed a no win circumstance in the days culminating in bombardment of his command and the beginning of Civil War. No small feat as Eliza had to locate and convince Peter Hart to rejoin her husband, then tackle the political bureaucracy of a time and place headed for all-out war. This required a trip to South Carolina where Mrs. Anderson would personally take on Governor Pickens of that state. In the heat of the crises the Governor had restricted any access to the Fort that could be seen as upgrading the strength of the garrison. Again in short Mjr. Anderson’s feisty wife was successful in her effort such that by the time of the attack on Fort Sumter, Peter Hart was present as aid to the beleaguered commander and well accounted for as the first shots of war rained on Sumter. Peter Hart earned a place in history as when hot shot fired into the fort caused parts of Sumter to catch fire, he repeatedly led a detail of soldiers through suffocating smoke to extinguish flames threatening the fort’s powder supply. In consideration of this and other action to include replacement of the fort’s fallen flag, Peter Hart’s bravery during the bombardment of Fort Sumter was acknowledged by all members of the garrison when Anderson and later presented him with a gold watch from Tiffany’s. Hart resumed working as a New York City policeman and died in1892. A rarely seen remnant of Hart’s notoriety in the opening days of the Civil War, this E. Anthony / Brady blackmarked CDV remains in excellent condition with strong contrast. 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 5563: Civil War vintage SHEET IRON BELL

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Civil War vintage SHEET IRON BELL As with so many utilitarian items common to the period the lowly sheet iron cow-bell with its distinctive dull ’thunk- thunk’, found its way to the front. As with so much of this neat stuff we can thank the modern day digger/ historian for verification of field use of such. (The excavated bell shown here [NOT FOR SALE] is from our own collection. It was found in a Falmouth, Virginia, Maine camp.) Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, the sheet iron bell offered here remains in excellent plus condition with a deep natural age patina over a full complement of original finish. Remnants of the original label remain on one side. Not a big deal but the condition alone will make this piece a welcome addition to any quality Civil War grouping. 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 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 5885: Confederate marking stencil of – Daniel A. Atkinson – Sgt.  1st Virginia State Reserve Infantry

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Confederate marking stencil of – Daniel A. Atkinson – Sgt. 1st Virginia State Reserve Infantry Somewhat crude in appearance yet clearly period this scarce Confederate marking stencil is that of Daniel A. Atkinson a Sargent of Co. C 1st Virginia State Reserves (a.k.a. 1st Battalion 2nd Class Virginia Militia of the City of Richmond ). A bit of an enigma as Daniel A. Atkinson is also recorded in period military records (see illustration) as Daniel H. Atkinson. A check of a period Richmond Directory found Atkinson listed twice, once as Daniel A. and again as Daniel H. Both listings are for a cabinet maker and both are for the same address in the historic old Church Hill district of Richmond. (see illustration) The National Park Service database lists Daniel A. Atkinson as a primary name with Daniel H. Atkinson as an Alternate Name. (A copy of our research notes will come with stencil.) While little is written on the history of this outfit we did find that it was formed in Richmond 1862 and was composed primarily of young men between sixteen and eighteen with some forty-five to fifty-five aged members. Clearly an effort to make non-draft age men available for local duty thus releasing Regulars for more argues duty in the field. The Regt was largely employed as guards for Castle Thunder, and the Treasury Department as well as other posts within the city of Richmond. A scarce item, we have had this stencil tucked away for years having acquired it when it walked into a Richmond Civil War show back in the day. 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 5963: U. S. Army Mod. 1873 KNAPSACK CARRYING BRACE

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U. S. Army Mod. 1873 KNAPSACK CARRYING BRACE Complete and original with all the brass fixtures, no breaks or weak spots but with some crackling in the surface finish as evidence of age and originality, this leather accoutrement is offered from a Bannerman Island military goods salvage sail of many years past. Per text offered in their 1903 Francis Bannerman Military Goods Catalogue, the Mod. 1873 carrying brace was worn over the shoulders with straps for attaching haversack, knapsack or other load to be carried. The piece is Rock Island Arsenal marked and offered as found after decades of storage. While the new owner may want to apply a light coat of Lexol or other appropriate preservative we’d leave this now rare accoutrement just as it is, untouched and still tied with hemp twine just as it came from Bannerman Island. An exceptional Indian War vintage item! 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 5939: Civil War / Indian Wars -  Pat. 1861 CURRY COMB

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Civil War / Indian Wars - Pat. 1861 CURRY COMB An outstanding example of the 19th century design curry comb so well documented by Civil War site diggers who’s study and excavation efforts have served the collector community so well. This same design was well utilized in the military through the Indian Wars era. Acquired while poking through likely antiquing sites and collections in Montana and the Dakotas (we were supposed to be on vacation) we have left this Wheeler Pat. 1861 curry comb as found and as is simply to preserve its excellent natural age condition. That untouched and as found quality is of particular value here not only as presentation of honest condition with traces of original lacquer finish on the metal but as presentation and preservation of the U S 7 marked in the turned maple grip. Picked out of an accumulation of antique harness, grooming and other period horse barn gear, the piece was offered with no price consideration or notation of the marking but only as a nice example of a Civil War era design. Alignment of the characters are clearly indicative of a single stamp as opposed to individual character stamps. This and other considerations offered here offer good evidence of the originality of an exceptional relic of the Indian Wars era. Buy with confidence! As with all of our items, 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 5830: earlier to mid-1800s – FINGER LAMP

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earlier to mid-1800s – FINGER LAMP Easily dated to the earlier 19th century, this attractive old oil lamp offers that distinctive look and feel of the heavier lead glass common to better 18th century glass yet has the seam marks of a bit later two seam mold. This and the early straight burner with the cylindrical wick, the absence of any mechanical wick adjustment and no provision for a chimney will make the old oil lamp appropriate to the earlier 1800s with use through the Civil War era. All in nice original condition with the early burner and lots of telltale ware on the bottom from period use. 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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