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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5618: Original Civil War era ‘Pat. Applied For’ - PADLOCK & KEY

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Original Civil War era ‘Pat. Applied For’ - PADLOCK & KEY This eye appealing old iron padlock is just as you might expect to unearth at a Civil War camp site (see: Howard Crouch’s (Excavated) Civil War Artifacts - A Guide for the Historian) except this one, while it shows good evidence of age and period use, remains in excellent smoothly functioning condition and retains its original key. Difficult to find in any condition and virtually always missing the key when you do see one, this offering will make a nice addition to any Civil War period grouping and will go especially well with a period chest or lock box. 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 5902: outstanding early DECORATED CANTEEN

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outstanding early DECORATED CANTEEN An outstanding example of vintage Americana, this attractive old, black iron bound, canteen measures roughly 9 inches in diameter by 5 ½ inches thick and will fit properly in the American Colonial and Revolutionary War era through Mexican War into Civil War eras. Retaining its period iron suspension chain and brass drinking spout adjacent to the larger filler, this all original antique wagon, camp or Co. size canteen remains in solid condition, tight at the staves. While the decorative star will whistle Dixie to the Confederate or Texas enthusiast, the history of this piece has been lost in time and must be left to speculation. An exceptional piece of Americana! 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 5927: Hotel Glenwood (Colorado home of Dock Holliday) - BAR TOKEN

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Hotel Glenwood (Colorado home of Dock Holliday) - BAR TOKEN A bit out of our usual fare but a neat piece of Americana is this 23mm die struck HOTEL GLENWOOD BAR merchant token GOOD FOR 12 ½ c. (Shown here with a quarter for size comparison.) Located in Glenwood Spring, Colorado the Hotel Glenwood opened in 1887 as a two story wood structure but was over the years was destined to become an ornate three story attraction of seventy-five rooms accommodating as many as two hundred guests. The Glenwood attracted the elite of the day attracting such well known of the period as gambler, gunfighter, and dentist John DocHolliday. After splitting with Wyatt Earp, an ailing Holliday took up residence in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where his health continued to deteriorate. Doc Holliday died of tuberculosis at the Hotel Glenwood in 1887. A nice piece of Western Americana and a neat companion piece to set in any gambling or Wild West 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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Victorian era - Birch Bark Snuff Box Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison is an eye appealing, all original, decorated birch bark snuff box. Dating from the mid-1800s through the later 19th century these little boxes were fashioned of native pine veneered with birch bark then finished with a coat of period bug shellac. The early examples offer an attractive age patina that comes to the period finish only with time. Decorated with a moose on the hinged lid and with a geometric design familiar to native American enthusiasts around the sides, this little antique snuff box will be of interest to tobacciana folks and all manner of smalls enthusiasts to include Civil War personals collectors. 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 5904: 21st Indiana Light Artillery - Sargent’s PERSONAL STENCIL KIT

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21st Indiana Light Artillery - Sargent’s PERSONAL STENCIL KIT Offered here complete and as found is the stencil kit of Wm. H. Whitten 21st Ind. L A. Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, Sgt. Whitten’s marking stencil is housed in a handmade slide top box, the body of the box being fashioned from a single block of wood chiseled out and channeled to accommodate the sliding lid. In the box is a little period corked bottle with the original label identifying the content STENCIL-INDELIBLE INK and offering directions for use in marking cloth. With these is the original tin stencil brush and a small quill brush for fine hand lettering. A small walnut straightedge is included to round out this wonderful little marking kit. All original and as it came from decades of storage, William H. Whitten’s stencil kit would have seen use in marking initial issue articles of clothing from his September 9,1862 enlistment and mustering as a Sargent of the 21st Indiana Light Artillery and would have remained as part of his person gear through his service until mustering out on June 26 1865 after the close of the Civil War. He had been promoted to 2nd Lt. on September 18th 1864. Whitten’s 21st Light Artillery left the state of Indiana for Covington, Kentucky immediately upon mustering as that place was being threatened by invading Confederate forces under Gen. Kirby Smith. From there the 21st moved to Lexington, Richmond, Danville then Louisville. The 21st was engaged in action at Gainesboro and Carthage and participated in the action at Hoover's Gap and the campaign against Chattanooga. It was in an engagement at Catlett's Gap, the battle of Chickamauga and was part in the storming of Missionary Ridge. The battery was engaged with Forrest's forces in October then on Hood's advance fell back to Nashville, where it was engaged in the battle there in December. By mustering out the hard fought 21st Indiana Battery of Light Artillery had lost 26 by death. 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 5633: 19th century Hospital / Invalid Feeder

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19th century Hospital / Invalid Feeder A nice item for the medical collector this period invalid feeder remains in excellent condition with no chips and a single hairline in the glaze as evidence of age and originality. This piece will go well with medical, nursing or hospital items of the Civil War period. see: Dammann’s Collectors Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments & Equipment. (An example of this desirable boat shaped feeder is included in the Gettysburg Visitors Center museum collection. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!. 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 5913: 19th century carved walnut – MASONIC WALL SHELF

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19th century carved walnut – MASONIC WALL SHELF This attractive old folding wall shelf measures 9 ¾ inches wide with a hinged fold down shelf that is 5 inches deep. Hand carved from American black walnut with Masonic embellishment, the wall shelf remains in pleasing all original condition, country made with classic handmade wire hinges and despite its flawless condition offers clear evidence of age and originality. A wonderful backdrop for the display of a favorite Civil War period artifact, our illustrations will offer the best description of this nice old wall shelf. 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 5901: Vintage - Bronze APOTHECARY MORTAR & PESTLE set

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Vintage - Bronze APOTHECARY MORTAR & PESTLE set This outstanding heavy cast and turned bronze # 8 mortar and pestle set dates to the earlier through mid 1800s and remains in eye appealing condition with good evidence of age and period use while remaining in excellent condition with a nice untouched natural age patina. The heavy bronze mortar stands approximately 5 3/8 inches high , is 5 3/8 inches in diameter at the mouth and 3 3/8 inches across the base. The bronze pestle is size number 8 marked as is the mortar and measures about 9 7/8 inches in length. Not to be confused with more frequently encountered later examples or the common Chinese castings, this rarely found 19th century bronze apothecary mortar & pestle set will make a nice addition to any quality medical grouping or will go well simply as a period decorative piece. 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 5573: Lord collection earlier 19th century through Civil War era - MILITIA PLATE

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Lord collection earlier 19th century through Civil War era - MILITIA PLATE Acquired several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collections of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord, this piece will come with our letter to preserve its history as emanating from the personal collection of the pioneer Civil War collectables author. Our photos will provide the best description of this all original and untouched piece. The extra heavy plate would have served equally well as a cross belt or cartridge box plate. 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 5666: 17th early 18th century forged iron DOOR NAIL

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17th early 18th century forged iron DOOR NAIL We have three of these rare black iron door nails recovered from a museum deaccession and are offering them here individually priced for the collector who would like one. Hand forged with a broad decorative head the door nail served to protect the heavy oak primary entrance doors of the time from damage and forced entry. 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 1854: ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL  BANNER

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ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL BANNER ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL April 30, May 1, 3, 4, 7, 8 - Tickets Now On Sale! is the proclamation of this exceptional offering of Civil War related Americana. With the exception of the painted on dates which were clearly added subsequent to the rest of the nomenclature, the piece seems for all the world to date in the 19th century though in actuality it is what is referred to in the theatrical world as a ‘faux antique’ and was used to give period flavor to a production of the play ‘The Andersonville Trial’, which premiered in 1959 at the Henry Miller Theater starring George C. Scott as Judge Advocate, Lt. Col N. P. Chipman. The play saw some popularity through a renewed interest in the subject leading to the period of the Civil War centennial. A bit large to be sure but this four foot wide by fourteen feet long heavy cotton duct canvas banner is easily folded to a manageable size for display, either framed by itself, or simply folded and laid in with other historic items. (Our folded illustration is approximately 27"X 42".) With all of it’s weather and age staining the piece remains in solid condition with no major tears and no repairs. Lots of eye appeal and a piece of Americana deserving of preservation in a good Civil War, theatrical or general Americana collection. To be sure, it will be an eye-catching addition to any Andersonville grouping. Unfortunately all we can offer as to recent history is that the piece was acquired some time ago buy a Midwest antique dealer who’s keen eye spotted the relic in an old estate home where it had been gathered from the attic and was being pressed into service as a drop cloth for a redecorating and paint crew.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5881: Civil War Burnside CARBINE – 4th Wisconsin Cavalry serial range

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5881

Civil War Burnside CARBINE – 4th Wisconsin Cavalry serial range An opportunity for the Civil War collector historian, especially one with a bent towards Civil War Cavalry, to acquire an original issue weapon that, by virtue of not just a single serial number but by period happenstance a second serial number, both of which fall in the serial range of known 4th Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry Burnside carbines offers a solid link to that regiment. As is our usual habit and to preserve the historic integrity of the piece, we have left it untouched so as to preserve its natural age with a patina that comes with period field use followed by decades of attic storage. This all original Burnside remains in pleasing to the eye, functional condition, yet offers the charm of period issue with the added appeal of ties to a specific regiment. A good look at our carefully rendered photos will provide the best physical description.

A Word About Serial numbers.


This Carbine offers the serial # 16168 on the breach block & serial #34616 on the receiver frame and barrel.


Of the serial numbers recorded # 16114 & 16174 and #34576 & 34677 were issued to the 4th Wisc. Cavalry


As both primary arm numbers 34576 & 34677went to Co. K it is most likely that this arm was issued to that Co. K as well


While mismatched serial numbers are not pleasing to firearms collectors, the circumstance of the mismatching can offer important information to the Civil War collector / historian with respect to the weapons issue history. That is to say, when the mixed serial numbers each fall in the range issued to the same regiment, it is most likely that the misnumbered component was inadvertently mixed when the weapon was broken down for cleaning. (A task frequently accomplished by a group cleaning their arms together or in some situations certainly by one or two troops who drew the short straw.) In our experience, such mixing of components occurred most frequently with the cavalry issue Colt percussion revolver and Burnside cavalry carbine, the mixing of components occurring with revolver cylinders and in the case of the carbines the inadvertent switching of breach blocks, one arm to another. The likelihood of switching of these specific components quite high when one considers that cleaning of the revolver required removal of the cylinder from the frame just as cleaning of the Burnside carbine required removal of the breach block. When several arms were cleaned together it is not difficult to understand a likelihood of mixing of these the numbered components. When the mismatched breach and frame both fall in a known issue serial range of the same regiment, the origin of the mismatched arm is well established.

In this instance both serial numbers are in the range to the 4th Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry with the primary serial number of the carbine (that is the frame and barrel number) falling in the range of Co. K of that regiment.


As preservation of the history of this arm a copy of our research notes (to include a roster of Co. K) will be provided under our letterhead



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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 5510: Civil War & earlier U. S. ARMY BELL

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Civil War & earlier U. S. ARMY BELL This attractive bronze collar bell measures approximately 4 7/8 inches across the mouth and stands about 4 1/4 inches high. The bell sports an attractive cast in panoply of American Eagles with shield, banner and star bursts. ( Examples of these bells, with an account of their origin, may be seen in the U. S. Army Quartermaster Museum collection at Fort Lee Virginia.) These bells were cast under contract to the U. S. Army during the Pierce and Buchanan administrations for use by experimental Army camel pack trains moving from Texas to the West Coast. (Camels were trained to follow the lead or Bell Camel during long marches from Texas to the West coast). Bells remaining in arsenal storage are said to have been pressed into use by the Union Army later in the Civil War with collectors of that era referring to the artifacts as Union Cavalry Bells referencing Dr. Francis Lord’s Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia. Rarely seen in any size, these bells were cast in three sizes, this example being the intermediate of the three. Sand cast and machined to a smooth surface at the mouth, this bell has a period blacksmith forged iron clapper and strap loop. An attractive piece of Americana, this Army issue bell will go well with frontier West through Civil War era collectables. (NOTE: Collectors are cautioned that modern cast reproductions of this bell are showing up. Like most cast reproductions however, they are generally easily discernible to the experienced eye.) 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 5566: c.1859 - Petersburg, Virginia – SLAVE BROADSIDE

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c.1859 - Petersburg, Virginia – SLAVE BROADSIDE Measuring approximately 9 ¾ X 13 inches this Petersburg, Virginia slave merchant broadside is in delicate condition with some tattering of its thin southern pulp paper but remains entirely original. Emanating years ago from an attic clean out here in coastal Maine, we simply shrink wrapped it on acid free board and have maintained it in our collection as you see it. A nice size for display and restorible though it may be, we’d leave this piece as is except for proper mounting. The broadside was issued by Benjamin F. Childrey who, per his announcement, maintains an office at No. 30 Bollingdrook St., ONE DOOR BELOW MESS[ERS] BOISSEAU & HARRISON. The Petersburg merchant advises: NEGROES WANTED , that he has received an order to buy Fifty Likely YOUNG NEGROES For the State of Tennessee and that THE HIGHEST CASH PRICES The broadside bears a penciled date (1859) notation of unknown origin which appears to be supported by a partial date (59) still discernable along the tattered bottom edge. The F. Childrey and partial burg appearing at the right of this edge is research identifiable as B. F. CHILDERY of Petersburg, Va. Our Boisseau & Harrison photo insert is from the period and verifies their location in Petersburg, Va. as per the broadside. Our own rudimentary research placed B. F. Childery as a period Petersburg merchant of varying purpose from grocer to estate sale merchant with a number of partnerships over time. By the 1870 he appears to have become associated with city government at one point holding position as Petersburg’s Water Commissioner and later serving as Justice of the Mayor’s Court where he heard and handed down justice in all manner of cases from public intoxication to criminal. Our photos will do best with respect to condition and details of the content of this striking piece of just pre Civil War Americana. 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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antique traveling NUTMEG GRATER Fresh seasoning was a premium to the pallet in Colonial America through the Civil War and into the later 19th century. By that time improved refrigeration and food preservation reduced the common use of seasoning to something more pleasurable than masking the taint of gone buy food. Salt and pepper were the most commonly used seasonings with the heavy use of salt as a drying agent and preservative the most familiar. Next in line, not as a preservative but as a masking agent was the nutmeg. So prized was the nutmeg in the 18th century that the walnut size woody seed was commonly used as tender for trade and bartering. This traveling grater with its’ lidded storage compartment for the pungent little nut falls in the waining days of the time when the nutmeg was so well thought of that fakes were carved from dark hardwood for trade. A neat piece of Americana of the Civil War period, this example retains much of its’ original japanning lacquer finish. (illustrated here with a U.S. quarter for size comparison) A neat common item seldom considered worthy of preservation original period examples are seldom encountered in this condition. A neat little personal item for the Civil War haversack without spending a lot of money. 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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