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Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63353: ultra rare!  c. 1888 U.S. MARINE Corps. – UNIFORM JACKET

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63353

ultra rare! c. 1888 U.S. MARINE Corps. – UNIFORM JACKET Best described here by our photo illustrations, this Marine Corps uniform jacket remains in pleasing condition while showing good evidence of age and originality. A configuration that we have been unable to reference in text or by example, this wool uniform jacket sports eight HORSTMAN PHILADELPHIA back marked Marine Corps two piece buttons (c.1875-1902). The right shoulder sleeve lining bears the period stamping ‘V. H., N. Y. / Style (120) Size (38) Stock (34)’over QUARTERMASTERS DEPT. / U. S. Marine Corps / 1887-1888 markings. The padded lining offers a period identification to ‘J. McManus’. Worthy of additional research, we have been unable to pinpoint the ‘V. H., N. Y.’ marking and wonder if the link to New York over the Marine QM marking is a link to ultimate transfer of this little used even unissued design uniform jacket from U. S. Marine Corps stores to the then newly created New York Naval Militia which encompassed the 1st Marine Corps Reserve Company ? The New York Naval Militia (NYNM) was first created in 1889 and was formally mustered into state service as the First Battalion, Naval Reserve, on 23 June 1891. Following the sinking of the USS Maine in February 1898, the Navy Department called up Naval Militia volunteers for duty in the Federal Auxiliary Naval Force. The NYNM sent five divisions of its 1st Battalion to fight in the Spanish-American War. With clear speculation as to the origin and specific history of this jacket, it was unquestionably included in U. S. Marine Corps Quartermasters stores in the late 19th century and the scarcity of reference by text or by form can only attest to its rarity. A desirable companion to any Marine Corps or general U. S. military uniform collection.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63355: Civil War era HAT CORD

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Civil War era HAT CORD This impressive Civil War era netted acorn hat cord is of the less common ‘extra heavy’ form and is finely woven of black silk and gold bullion thread. With good evidence of age, originality and size, (the acorns are a full 1 ½" long with caps of ¾" diameter) this cord will go well on any period slouch hat or will display well with period military headgear or insignia. 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 63344: 18th early 19th century traveling INKWELL / QUILL HOLDER

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18th early 19th century traveling INKWELL / QUILL HOLDER A desirable find for sure, this early traveling inkwell with writing quill holder measures approximately 7 3/8 inches in length and was hand fashioned in copper with a lidded inkwell and attached quill carrier. Offered here untouched and completely period original with a deep natural age patina, the inkwell still holds its period filling of once ink soaked cotton. (Note that ink soaked cotton as opposed to totally fluid ink was utilized in such sets to minimize spillage in travel.) With good evidence of period construction, age and period use while remaining in pleasing condition, this rarely seen 18th early 19th century writing set will make a special addition to any quality period collection.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63346: set of 5 -  hand crafted NICKEL BUTTONS

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set of 5 - hand crafted NICKEL BUTTONS We have a small number of old hand crafted buttons each fashioned from a U. S. buffalo nickel and are offering them here priced as a set of 5 with the option of purchasing additional examples individually at $12.50 each if more are needed to fill a special need. Each original button was struck to form a slight crown, then polished with a lead solder copper staple applied to the back. Really nice looking with that classic Native American profile, these buttons show good evidence of age and handcrafting. A nice item for the general button collector and suitable for use.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63359: Fireman Speaking Trumpet

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Fireman Speaking Trumpet Since the beginning of organized firefighting, it became obvious that command communication was needed to assist those fighting fires, salvaging goods and preventing the extension of fires. As such the speaking trumpet was in use for many years as a communication tool and after becoming obsolete, its image is still used as a universal identifier of firefighting with rarely existing original trumpets considered as key firefighting collectable. This example measures 16 3/4 inches in length, is 6 ¼ inches across the mouth and sports a bold hook & ladder fire department logo. Remaining in excellent original condition, nicely burnished with good internal evidence of age and later 1800s, early 1900s manufacturing methods, this speaking trumpet will show well in any firefighting 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 63349: COLT’S PATENT marked - Root or 49 Pocket - Revolver Flask

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COLT’S PATENT marked - Root or 49 Pocket - Revolver Flask Reflective of our personal preference for the charm of untouched real history, period used and pleasing condition over period unused relics this little (4 ½ in length including the charger by 2 inches wide at the base) pistol flask with it’s federal eagle motif, crossed pistols and especially desirable COLT’S PATENT E PLURIBUS UNUM nomenclature will rest well in any quality Civil War grouping. An untouched natural patina combined with it’s period used but not abused originality will fit exceptionally well beside any Colt Root or Civil War, Colt’s Pat. 1849, .31 caliber Pocket Revolver and will make a welcome addition to a cased revolver. 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 63358: Civil War era Abraham Lincoln & family CDV photograph

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Civil War era Abraham Lincoln & family CDV photograph Best described here by our photograph illustrations, this Civil War era CDV features a view of Abraham Lincoln with Mary and their two sons Robert Tod and Tad Lincoln. 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 63342: antique hand crafted -  SHOE HORN

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antique hand crafted - SHOE HORN While a classic personal item of the earlier through 18th century and into the mid to later 1800s, the hand crafted bovine shoe horn as found in nearly every period sock drawer of travel valise, was in time replaced and cast away with few period examples of the everyday utility surviving. Not a big deal but worthy of preservation, this original, period example will lay nicely in any earlier through Civil War era personal grouping.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63345: North Pacific Coast  INDIAN WAR VETERANS GRAND ENCAMPMENT  - RIBBON

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North Pacific Coast INDIAN WAR VETERANS GRAND ENCAMPMENT - RIBBON Best described here by our photo illustration this rarely encountered Indian War Veterans encampment ribbon remains in pleasing condition, solid and intact with no weak spots or separations, while offering good evidence of age and originality. Measuring 9 by 2 inches wide, the ribbons nomenclature is Indian War Veterans - North Pacific Coast – ANNUAL RUNION JUNE 18, 1907. A controversial organization even in the period of its existence, the area war period from the early 1840’s to 1879 was filled with danger and death from the warring tribes and is replete with the struggles and blame for hostilities did not always rest with the Indians. An extensive article from the Oregon Historical Quarterly entitled Pioneer Problems / ‘Wanton Murder’, Indian War Veterans, and Oregon’s Violent History Issued in limited quantity in the period of the organization, these ribbons are seldom encountered 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 63259: Richmond Maker marked – 28th Va. / 5th Virginia Cavalry -   SLOUCH HAT

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Richmond Maker marked – 28th Va. / 5th Virginia Cavalry - SLOUCH HAT Another treasure offered here as we downsize our accumulation of nearly 60 years of aggressive collecting this wonderful old Confederate slouch hat was acquired with no particular history beyond its classic character bolstered by an impressive period Richmond, Virginia maker’s label. A true ‘sleeper’ fellow collectors will appreciate our delight when once on our desk for close examination, the illustrated period J. A. Persinger his hat / Papa’s Army Hat - Robt. Persinger notation was discovered under the band. Our research identified Robert Persinger as the son of John Abner Persinger born just after the War and lived into 1940. J. A. Persinger served in the Civil War as a Sergeant , Co I, 28th Virginia Infantry 5/13/1861 to 12/15/1864 when he transferred to the 5th Virginia Cavalry. During his Confederate service Sgt. Persinger was wounded at Gaines' Mill, wounded and taken prisoner at Gettysburg,(Pickett’s Charge), was hospitalized then paroled, then taken prisoner once again at Point Lookout before taking the Oath of Allegiance June 16 1865.
As to the hat itself our photo illustrations will do best to communicate its charm and eye appeal except to advise that with good age and untouched originality, it remains sound with no cracks or separations save the obviously period break at the top of the crown. (A small single hole on each side at the union of the crown and brim would indicate that the wearer used a thong under the chin.) A ’showstopper’ to the Civil War collector and of special interest to the Confederate Headgear enthusiast, is the period paper label proclaiming the piece as EXTRA QUALITY with the partially discernable RICHARD MOORE above MILITARY HATTER & CAP MAKER with a period wear obliterated street address but bold RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. (see: 1856 / 1860 Richmond business directories under hatters for Moore, Richard, Broad St 5th and 6th). An outstanding item, we are offering this one with some reluctance, but it would fit more appropriately in a strong Confederate collection than with our Maine things. (See a portion of our collection at www.MaineLegacy.com )
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6352: Civil War vintage Mother of Perl - 19th CORPS BADGE

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Civil War vintage Mother of Perl - 19th CORPS BADGE Best described here by our photo illustrations, this attractive 19th Corps badge was hand cut from sea shell (mother of pearl ) and remains in excellent condition yet with good evidence of age and originality to its original pin fastener set in with period sealing wax. An appropriate piece for wear by any Civil War 19th Army Corps soldier or by his sweetheart or mother back home. 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 6234: Mid 1800s W & J FLETT  Irish Malt Whiskey  Quart Bottle with Label

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6234

Mid 1800s W & J FLETT Irish Malt Whiskey Quart Bottle with Label All in nice condition with no chips, cracks or other condition issues this neat old Irish Malt Whiskey bottle will make a nice companion piece for the ethnic collector, 19th century saloon, gambling hall or Frontier West enthusiast. (see: 1860s 1870s Liverpool 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 63339: rare  mid 18th early 19th century -  Sword Swagger Stick

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rare mid 18th early 19th century - Sword Swagger Stick Most frequently carried by ununiformed persons as a symbol of some notoriety, the late 1700s early to mid-1800s swager stick was created in limited quantity with use most popular among the socially elite. Limited in number even in the period, surviving examples are seldom encountered today outside of major museums and private collections. In addition to its presence as a symbol of status or authority, this all original and period example offered the carrier the security of self-defense as it concealed a menacing 9 3/4 inch long dagger. Measuring approximately 20 ¼ inches in total, this especially desirable sword swager stick is fitted with a bovine horn tip to its 7/8 inch diameter tapered wood shaft, a bone ring at the junction to the grip. The attractively formed grip is hand carved from horn with bone embellishment. All original and pleasing with no condition,issues, this attractive swager sick with its concealed triangular blade.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63250: earlier through mid-1800s   Cotton SEWING FLOSS

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63250

earlier through mid-1800s Cotton SEWING FLOSS Direct from decades of period attic storage, we have acquired a small lot of earlier through mid-19th century natural cotton sewing floss and are offering single skeins here for period display or restoration use. All in as new, off the shelf condition while clearly period, a single twisted skein (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) will make a nice addition in any Civil War soldier’s housewife sewing kit, period lady’s sewing basket or will bring period correctness to button application or a textile restoration project. One of those every day, period must have items seldom surviving to reach todays collector / historian. 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 American Eagle – FLAGSTAFF FINIAL This attractive all cast brass American eagle flagstaff finial stands approximately 5 inches and measures about 4 3/4 inches in width. A classic design seen on many a Civil War vintage flag, this example remains in pleasing, eye appealing condition with good evidence of age and untouched originality .
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