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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6376: JOHN WILKES BOOTH – Identified PLAY PROMPT BOOK !!

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JOHN WILKES BOOTH – Identified PLAY PROMPT BOOK !! Acquired by us some years ago from a highly respected Portland, Maine antiquarian book dealer who purchased it in the later 1940s from a small Portland area 19th century playhouse cleanout, this prompt book bears two penned identifications on the title page Wilkes Booth and J. Wilkes Booth. A second J. W. Booth signed prompt book emanating from the same source was acquired by the Boothbay Theater Museum to be included in their prestigious theatrical history collection. While the circumstances that brought Booth’s prompt books to Portland have been lost in time, we know that the actor spent several weeks in Portland, Maine in the spring of 1861, leaving the city upon word of the firing upon Fort Sumter.
An extremely rare item (the J. W. Booth Collection : Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas claims the only prompt book of John Wilkes Booth's known to still exist) this French’s Standard Drama No. XXXIII prompt book is titled A NEW WAY TO PAY OLD DEBTS and is a five part comedy by Philip Massinger published in New York by Samuel French. It measures approximately 4 ½ X 7 3/8 inches and bears the book seller / stationer stamp of T. B. Pugh, cor. Sixth & Chestnut, Phila ( see: 1850s / 1860s directories). The prompt book is of 75 pages, tight at the string binding and all complete with no condition issues save normal wear and age. The soft cover is as seen here, complete with no tears, repairs or stains yet with some separation at the spine.
As we thin out part of our fifty year plus personal accumulation, we have looked toward our Abraham Lincoln memorabilia treasures (which include a full lock of the fallen presidents hair (see our MaineLegacy.com museum site), and we have decided to offer this important play prompt book from the group to a deserving new home. An important item and a major purchase, we have made every effort here to offer illustrations sufficient to making accurate evaluation of the prompt book and signatures. 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 6255: earlier through the Civil War era Beaver ‘Stove Pipe’ – HAT with PATRIOTIC COCKADE

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earlier through the Civil War era Beaver ‘Stove Pipe’ – HAT with PATRIOTIC COCKADE Best described by our photo illustrations we offer this if only it could talk earlier to mid-1800s hat with some trepidation as we have had it for some time as witness to our weakness for such colorful old headgear. Time to move it on though, as we continue our attempt in weeding out a 50 + year accumulation. Measuring 13 inches across the brim front to back with an 8 inch diameter crown standing 7 ¼ inches high this character rich old stove pipe shows a good amount of period wear and age while remaining sound and with no holes, tears or separations. The extra wide split leather sweat band indicative of the period remains intact. An eye pealing classic, the clearly period red, white and blue cockade sets this piece of as a most appealing example of classic 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 60135: 19th century - brier & hard rubber TOBACCO PIPE

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19th century - brier & hard rubber TOBACCO PIPE Best described by our photo illustrations, this attractive period used tobacco pipe will make an attractive personal item addition set in with any quality Civil War / Indian Wars 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 6096: c. late 1830s / early 1860s Red – White & Blue CAMPHENE PARADE LANTERN

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c. late 1830s / early 1860s Red – White & Blue CAMPHENE PARADE LANTERN Mounted on its musket shaped oak parade staff and remaining in outstanding original condition, this wonderful old parade lantern retains its original camphene burner with patriotic red, white and blue glass panels. (With its frost etched glass panel, this offering mirrors the design and color configuration of a Lincoln / Hamlin red, white and blue parade lantern documented in the Smithsonian National Museum collection.) Retaining its original burner still fitted with the telltale extra length small diameter, tapered brass burner tubes specifically designed to handle the clean burning and especially bright but volatile camphene fuel. Popular in the 1850s with the use of camphene (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) as a lighting fuel waning in the early 1860s, this lantern easily dated in the Civil War period. Measuring approximately 4 feet, 9 inches in overall length mounted on its oak musket staff, the 5 inch square sheet iron lantern body measures about 11 ¼ inches in height from base to the top of its brass chimney cap. An outstanding piece of Civil War vintage patriotic / political Americana, this rare parade lantern will be of special interest to the Lincoln and Wide Awake enthusiasts as well as Civil War historians.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6320: original! mid 1800s BUGLE

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original! mid 1800s BUGLE While the style is British in origin this Civil War era bugle offers all the evidence of period authenticity knowledgeable collector / historians appreciate and is not to be confused with more common later examples and outright reproductions of the British Mod. 1855 type mounted bugle. A bit of an enigma among collectors who have been swamped with later and outright bogus foreign made reproductions, there is no reason to conclude that genuine period examples did not see service in the American Civil War. The operative terms being genuine and period, examples of the type with British maker markings or, even more desirably, devoid of any marking at all, surely saw service as private and state, even confederate purchase. With earlier to mid-19th century construction features, copper rich alloy floating bell with period brazed body seam, this eye appealing old bugle offers that attractive natural age patina that comes only with the passing of decades. (see: major museum collections to include the Gettysburg Visitors Center collection) A nice companion item with any mounted grouping, artillery or cavalry. 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 6317: antique surgical dispenser – CHLOROFORM TAG

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antique surgical dispenser – CHLOROFORM TAG Best described by our illustrations, this antique chloroform dispenser tag measures 2 X 3 inches, is of white and blue porcelain on sheet iron and remains in excellent original condition with no chips, cracks or stains. A neat medical / surgical item some would be tempted to hang it on a nice whiskey decanter. 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 6399: unopened - Howe & Stevens Civil War vintage – Pat. 1863 DYE PACKET

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unopened - Howe & Stevens Civil War vintage – Pat. 1863 DYE PACKET A wonderful Civil War era display item in an especially desirable color, this all original and unopened textile dye packet measures approximately 2 ¾ X 1 ¾ X 1 inch thick with classic patriotic graphic and nomenclature of HOWE & STEVENS – Dye Color – MAIZE with Patented October 13, 1863 and the reminder that the content is for Dyeing Silk, Woolen & Cotton Goods, Shawls, Scarfs, Ribbons, Dresses, Feathers, Bonnets, Hats and all kinds of Wearing Apparel, with perfect FAST COLORS. Pleasing with its period Lady Liberty patriotic graphic and MAIZE color (a subdued natural yellow) this every day relic of the Civil War period will make a nice companion in any 19th century textile related grouping. (see: Civil War vintage Boston Business Directories) 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 60115: 19th century Salesman Sample PADDED HORSESHOE

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19th century Salesman Sample PADDED HORSESHOE Not a big deal and a bit out of our usual lane but worthy of a good home is this neat little sales sample miniature W & B, rubber composition, padded horseshoe. Founded in the third quarter of the 19th century the Whitman and Barns Co. soon became most well known as a hand tool and agricultural equipment manufacturer. With good evidence of age yet remaining in decent condition our photos will offer the best description. 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 4412: 2nd & 20th Maine - identified - Bugle Call – Civil War Patriotic Music Book

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2nd & 20th Maine - identified - Bugle Call – Civil War Patriotic Music Book Another offering from a back corner of our many year accumulation from aggressively seeking out such treasures, (It has come time to pass some things on to an appreciative home.) this rarely seen BUGLE CALL music book is identified to a 2nd Maine Infantry transferee to the hard fought 20th Maine Infantry troop, this well-worn soldier’s music book is none the less complete with no torn pages and is solid with the exception of the back cover which is there but separated. This rarely seen original 1863 publication of The Bugle Call by Root & Candy of Chicago measures approximately 9 ½ X 6 ½ inches with 60 pages of war songs and patriotic music with lyrics. (An interesting variation to the American music collector is the oddity of having a section of the book, pages 15 through 30, bound in upside down.) The book’s patriotic offerings include: The bugle-call -- Stand up for Uncle Sam, my boys -- The harp of the Union band -- The Union League -- America -- Clear the way -- God save the nation -- The skedaddle rangers -- The ship of Union -- Gone to the war -- Flag of the fearless free -- Call 'em names Jeff -- Stand by the president -- The battle-cry of freedom -- O, wrap the flag around me, boys -- Our soldiers stand upon the field -- Hail, Columbia -- The star-spangled banner (lyrics only) -- What's the cause of this commotion -- After the battle -- Uncle Sam's funeral -- Ho! for the gun-boats -- The battle-call -- Brave boys are they -- Jefferson D., Sir -- Come rouse up! brave boys -- Grafted into the army -- English neutrality -- Fine old Union gentleman (lyrics only) -- Freedom and Union (lyrics only) and more.
A period pencil identification on the front cover offers G. S. Gould – Maine while on the first page in the top margin we see: Bangor Me. – Gilman S. Gould – Maine in period script.
Gilman S. Gould gave his residence as Muscle Rig Place, when he enlisted as a 24 year old Down EastMainer and mustered in on October 17, 1862 as a Private of Co. G 2nd Maine Infantry A list of the important battles in which the 2nd Maine participated during Gould’s tenure with the regiment would include, Yorktown, Hanover Court House, Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. On May 20, 1863 the hardened veteran transferred to Co. H of the 20th Maine Infantry. Here the record becomes a bit foggy as while the Maine Adjutant Report lists a Gilman S. Gold as a transfer from the 2nd Maine to the 20th Maine, the early reference Maine at Gettysburg lists only a single Gould in the regiment, William F. Gould (a transferee from the 2nd Maine) serving as a musician in Capt. Walter Morrill’s Co. B of the 20th Maine. Some further research will likely unravel this all too common records puzzle. The Maine Adjutant Report has our man transferring to the Veteran Reserve Corps on March 15 1865 with no method or date of discharge given? As we have advised, this piece is offered as found with some folds at the corners and lots of evidence of period use but as we say, complete with no major page tears, stains or other issues save separation of the back cover. A scarce Civil War collectable with a desirable 2nd Maine Infantry and 20th Maine Volunteers connection.

If you have an interest in neat Civil War period things or Maine in the time, you may enjoy our museum site at:

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5941: July 16 1864 Scientific American   -   CUSTER’S HORSE-SHOE Patent

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July 16 1864 Scientific American - CUSTER’S HORSE-SHOE Patent Tender with some tattering as good evidence of age and originality, yet nicely displayable with lots of eye appeal, this approximately 10 X 13 inch, July 16, 1864 weekly issue of The Scientific American is complete and contains an account of George Custer’s U. S. Patent improved horse shoe design. An appealing design line drawing is presented over the bold heading CUSTER’S HORSE-SHOE with an accompanying description of the design and intended improvement over the old standard design. The little known George Armstrong Custer effort in the patent arena has been largely forgotten and lost in time with what may have been a nail in the coffin with respect to historical credit being a subsequent transcription error from period hand written 1870 U. S. Census records. Very simply the name of George A. Custer was mistakenly transcribed in a research reference as George C Custer. This simple transcription inaccuracy from the original record led to a conclusion published in Mike O’Keefe’s Custer, the Seventh Cavalry & the Little Big Horn that the subject patent was not issued by George A. Custer but another George Custer. A look at renderings of original hand written census records will show that George A. Custer was the only George Custer with a Monroe, Michigan address as provided in official U. S. Patent documents. (This offering will come with convincing research notes with respect to the above.) Framed up or simply laid out with Civil War or Western Indian War material, this piece will add A neat 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 60164: Civil War vintage - 51 Confederate Portraits - CDV

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Civil War vintage - 51 Confederate Portraits - CDV DESCRIPTION:
Best described by our photographs, this Civil War vintage CDV is marked Fifty One Portraits of the Confederate Army & Navy, is by Chas. D. Fredericks , Broadway N. Y. and offers a printed identification of each portrait on the back. The mount is trimmed on the bottom not involving the photo. Showing appropriate age while remaining in decent condition, this scarce Fredericks CDV will be of special interest to the Confederate collector. 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 6357: late 1800s early 1900s British Bobby Helmet – Kingston upon Hull Police

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late 1800s early 1900s British Bobby Helmet – Kingston upon Hull Police A bit of a departure from our usual fare, we couldn’t resist the acquisition of this late 19th early 20th century classic Bobby Helmet. All complete and in pleasing original condition while offering desirable evidence of period use and age, this Kingston upon Hull police helmet retains its original HULL POLICE plate and sports the classic London hatter marking Christy’s London embossed into the leather sweat band. Now defunct for some years, the Hull police are most frequently remembered today for their public efforts during the catastrophic World War I German Zeppelin attacks on their city. 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 6347: 19th century walnut -  STEREOVIEW HOLDER

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19th century walnut - STEREOVIEW HOLDER Best described by our photo illustrations, this classic black walnut stereo view holder will go well in any stereo card collection. Once commonly seen here in our New England antique shops where they were gleaned from an abundance of such treasures tucked away in farmhouse attics, these old parlor favorites are now quite difficult to find in any kind of presentable condition. This example shows the rigors of time yet remains sturdy and pleasing to the eye. A nice remnant of mid to later 1800s photographeia. 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 6315: earlier to mid-1800s BALANCE SCALES

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earlier to mid-1800s BALANCE SCALES Frequently referred to as gold scales and sometimes as apothecary or medical scales, these little balance scales, once relatively common, are like so many every day treasures of the 19th century, becoming quite difficult to acquire in complete original condition. A nice display companion item in any number of period categories, this set is offered untouched and as found leaving the decision to lightly clean or not (we wouldn’t) to the new owner. 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 6184: Lord collection – Civil War Staff – HAT INSIGNIA

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Lord collection – Civil War Staff – HAT INSIGNIA Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this nice period staff grade hat insignia. Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired the piece from Francis Lord from his personal collection. Veteran collectors who are fortunate to have known Dr. Lord will remember that Francis had a habit of gluing things to display boards for show & tell at the old Civil War shows. Remnants of that glue remains on the back and can be easily removed but we’d leave it as is with the old man’s tracks on the back. We acquired this relic several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend. A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference, Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA. While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and value of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors. (Use Lord in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.)



 

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