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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63150: mid-19th century Sail Maker’s Ditty Bag with ORIGINAL CONTENT

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63150

mid-19th century Sail Maker’s Ditty Bag with ORIGINAL CONTENT A wonderful remnant of the heyday of sale, one has to be impressed with just how this mid 1800s sailmaker’s artifact survives intact with a full complement of craft essential components such as binding and stitching lace of varying material and gauge , hemp and cotton cord, a small paper bound skein of raw cotton yarn, and an interesting mix of odd job remnants such as leather drum tugs, period recovered grommets for re-use, bees wax for treating lacing and thread, even a leather cap visor ready for application. Tools of the craft of sail making and repair, include a small measuring scale, a lignum vitae seam rubber, a heavy hand stitched roping palm, two stitching palms, a heavy 6 inch needle and a splicing and seam knife maker marked IBBOTSON GLOBE WORKS. (closed in 1845) All best described by our photo illustrations it is important to note that the bag and content are period original one to another and as found after decades of Maine sea coast, attic storage. A remarkable remnant of the mid-19th century artificer.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63136-2: 19th century Vegetable Ivory & Bone – BABY RATTLE & WHISTLE

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19th century Vegetable Ivory & Bone – BABY RATTLE & WHISTLE Best described here by our photo illustration, this all-original 19th century baby rattle and whistle measure approximately 4 Ľ inches in length. The rattle is fashioned from carved vegetable ivory with bone beads inside and a turned bone handle doubling as a whistle. This attractive period child’s toy remains in excellent shape with no condition issues.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63141-2: Rose Farm - GETTYSBURG excavated Confederate Bayonet Scabbard Tip

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Rose Farm - GETTYSBURG excavated Confederate Bayonet Scabbard Tip Acquired at the Gettysburg Civil War show back when such excavated items were considered trinkets (those were the days) this classically constructed sheet iron with lead finial Confederate bayonet scabbard tip was recovered from the Gettysburg battlefield’s Rose Farm. Recovered by Gettysburg resident John Cullison who excavated relics on the field from the mid-1930s through the late 1950s, Cullison was one of the last diggers to work the battlefield and is well known among collectors today as a primary source to the famed Rosensteel Gettysburg artifact collection. The collection of artifacts graced the old Gettysburg Visitors Center until sadly, it was largely broken up in the 1990s.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63145-2: Civil War era  traveling - Fire Starter Kit

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63145-2

Civil War era traveling - Fire Starter Kit Measuring approximately 4 Ľ inches in length and about 1 ˝ inches wide, this little pocket or haversack size traveling fire starter is hand fashioned from tinned sheet iron with lead soldered lap seams. The cover offers a built in coal oil starting fluid reservoir with screw cap and the body retains its period content of Civil War vintage Portland sheet matches, a period hand dipped candle and the remains of an original PORTLAND STAR MATCH wrapper likely saved and included as quick catch aid. With clear evidence of the rigors of age with period use and carrying, this all original and as found Civil War vintage personal utility will lay in well with any quality period grouping.
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63149-2

19th century turned maple - Whistle Illustrated here with a U.S. quarter for size comparison, this neat little period turned rock-maple whistle remains in excellent original condition with good evidence of age yet with no flaws, or condition issues. Turned in the classic configuration of the Civil War era, this whistle will lay in well in any period personal grouping. A nice period item without spending a lot!
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Civil War Veteran G. A. R. uniform of Brig. General Stephen H. Manning – 1st & 5th Maine Best described here by our illustrations this exceptionally nice Grand Army of the Republic uniform consists of trousers, vest, coat and slouch hat complete with War time wool 6th Corps device as stitched in place by then Civil War veteran Bvt. Brigadier General Stephen Hart Manning. Emanating from direct descendants of the General along with his ink signed CDV as Col. & Chif. Q. M. Dept. of Texas and family lore regarding the 6th Corps device, this magnificent GAR uniform offers the General’s identification in the right shoulder lining along with the label of the General’s home town Lewiston, Maine clothier.
Born in 1834 to a family of poor patronage Stephen H. Manning was largely self-educated until 1858 when the industrious Lewiston, Maine youngster entered Bowdoin College as a sophomore in 1858, leaving college in April 1861 to join the 1st Maine Volunteer Infantry. Entering service as a Private Manning would be named Quarter Master Sargent of the 1st Maine and would, notwithstanding his absence, be awarded a full diploma from Bowdoin’s class of 1861. In September 1861 he was Commissioned by the Governor as 1st Lieut. and Regimental Qr. Master of the 5th Maine Infantry a position held until August 1862 when he was appointed acting Quarter Master, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac. In October 1862 the fast rising Manning was named acting Chief Q. M. of the 6th Corps’ 1st Division and on November 26, 1862 was Commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln as Captain and A. Q. M., U. S. Volunteers, a position he held until May 1864 when he was appointed acting Chief Quarter Master, 6th Army Corps. Brevetted Major by Lincoln for faithful and meritorious service in the campaigns before Richmond and in the Shenandoah Valley, Manning would continue his rise to Lieut. Colonel and Chief Q. M. of the 6th Corps then Chief Q. M. Provisional Corps Army of the Potomac. Appointed Colonel and Chief Q. M. Dept. of Texas. Breveted to Brig. General to date from March 13, 1865, upon his mustering out on October 5, 1866 Gen. Manning had participated in all the Civil War battles of the Army of the Potomac in which the 6th Corps had been active. Some short time after the Civil War Gen. Manning located in Wilmington, North Carolina where he operated a merchandising business until 1874 when he was elected Sheriff of New Hanover County Gen. Manning eventually returned to his family home in Lewiston, Maine where he was an active member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, the Grand Army of the Republic and the 5th Maine Regimental Association. He died in 1911 at age seventy-six.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5801: Original and as found!  Civil War vintage CAMP COOKING OUTFIT

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Original and as found! Civil War vintage CAMP COOKING OUTFIT Our photos should offer the best description of this desirable period cooking outfit, so suffice it to say here that it consists of a large bail handle camp cook pot that stands approximately 10 Ľ inches not including the bail, and is 11 inches in diameter. This master pot houses a complement of seven pieces of period mess gear. All components are original to the period and except the forged iron skillet, are crafted from tinned sheet iron, lead soldered and iron riveted, in the classic fashion of the Civil War era tin-smith. The content of the master cook pot consists of a forged black iron hanging skillet, a large 6 inch diameter cook / eating tin with cup handle, a tin drinking cup / dipper, an issue size tin boiler / cup with lid, a condiment tin with lid for flower or cornmeal and an oval lidded cook or storage tin for salt pork or what have you and finally a shaker for salt, cinnamon &c. A wonderful display item common in the period but nearly always broken up and seldom found intact. 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 6304: nice spout decorated antique POWDER HORN

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nice spout decorated antique POWDER HORN Not a big deal but a nice all original antique powder horn measuring approximately 14 inches in length with no cracks holes or other condition issues and a nicely carve decorated spout. All original, period and offered at a reasonable price.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 60131: earlier to mid-19th century – Ladies Mourning Bonnet

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earlier to mid-19th century – Ladies Mourning Bonnet Entirely hand stitched and constructed in silk this earlier to mid-1800s ladies bonnet remains in excellent original condition and will best be described by our photo illustrations. With good evidence of period construction and style while remaining in pleasing condition this black silk bonnet will go nicely in any Mexican War through Civil War era grouping and will be of special interest to the earlier to mid-19th century mourning collector. A desirable ladies item simply laid out or displayed on your period form. 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 3674: Mexican through Civil War era FIFE

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Mexican through Civil War era FIFE An exceptionally nice little grenadilla wood fife with that delicate flowing contour and nicely tapered brass ferrules that experienced collectors recognize as indicative of earlier to mid 19th century. (see: Garofalo & Elrod’s Civil War era MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ) This classic is set off nicely by the unpolished and softly patinaed brass ferrules at each end of its 14 9/16 inch length. Experienced antique musical instrument and early drum & fife corps enthusiasts will recognize this shorter than the more usual 17 5/16 inch period fife as a desirable and more difficult to acquire higher pitched altofife. 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!

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63164: unusual FOLK ART CARVED – PEACH PIT

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unusual FOLK ART CARVED – PEACH PIT Best appreciated here by a look at our illustration, this old carved peach pit will make an interesting addition to any Civil War era personal item or folk art collection. A neat example of a war time winter camp pastime, surviving examples of carved peach pits sent home from the front or remaining among veteran’s keepsakes have offered good documentation of the popularity of the craft among Union soldiers. This example will offer some room for speculation as one interprets the subject.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63157: Hayden’s Pat. 1851 spun-brass Basin

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Hayden’s Pat. 1851 spun-brass Basin Measuring a full 10 inches rim to rim this spun-brass basin remains in wonderful as found and all original condition retaining that attractive natural age patina that comes to this material with the decades. Bearing the scarce early manufacture marking, HIRAM W. HAYDEN WATERBURY CONN. PATENTED DEC. 16, 1851 (Hayden sold his patent to the Waterbury Brass Company almost immediately upon its issuance.) this basin will fit well in any quality, earlier through Civil War grouping, and will display especially well among original Civil War hospital and medical items.
Of interest to the collector / historian not familiar with patentee Hiram W. Hayden will be the knowledge that while working for what would later become Scovill Manufacturing he made what are believed, the first chased buttons, made in the United States. His Pat. 1851 method for the fabrication of brass kettles and seldom seen basins completely revolutionized the manufacture of sheet brass items. A prolific discoverer of ideas, among his patented inventions are designs for a breech-loading and a magazine rifle. Hiram W. Hayden was a leader in the development of the daguerreotype and was as well as a process of capturing photographs on paper. . 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 6238: rare! LaFaucheux - ‘LUXURY’ Mod. 1854 of - New Orleans Col. Gustave A. Breaux - 30th Louisiana

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rare! LaFaucheux - ‘LUXURY’ Mod. 1854 of - New Orleans Col. Gustave A. Breaux - 30th Louisiana This rarely seen Mod. 1854 factory decorated Luxury Mod. 1854 LaFaucheux revolver sports the telltale finger rest trigger guard with the Chinaman’s Hat oval diamond but cap indicative of early production of the popular so called Cavalry Model 12mm pin-fire. The arm offers Gothic lettered E. Lefaucheux, B té in Paris markings on it’s 155mm / 6 1/8 inch barrel and classic Lefaucheux marking with the serial number LF2923 of approximately Sept. / Oct. 1857 manufacture. In the white with no evidence of ever having been blued, this rare revolver was referred to as the Luxury model by the manufacturer reflecting its heavy engraving with rare black ebony carved grips. The gun remains in pleasing as found condition with good age and evidence of originality. Complete save the ejector rod, this pinfire revolver is tight and indexes but doesn’t lock up due to a slightly week or dirty trigger return spring which functions but lacks adequate pressure. (The cylinder and hammer lock up if pressure is placed on the trigger pushing it forward when drawing the single action hammer.) A little oil may correct this but the arm is offered entirely as is in order to preserve historic integrity and obvious period originality of its identification to New Orleans Colonel Gustave A. Breaux commander of the 30th Louisiana Infantry (Sumter Regiment). As shown in our illustrations the frame bears, after manufacture but clearly period, die marking Gust. A. Breaux.
A common import into heavily French connected Louisiana, it is not surprising that this highly ornate Lefaucheux was destine for use and carrying by a member of the New Orleans elite such as Gustave Breaux. One of the several biographical references we found, this one from A History of Lafayette Parish, Louisianaby Harry Lewis Griffin, advises that Colonel Breaux represented the best traditions of the old French stock of Louisiana Born of well to do stock Breaux graduated from Harvard with high honors, returned to New Orleans to establish a highly successful law practice. At the outbreak of the Civil War he entered Confederate service and through rapid promotion was made colonel of the 30th Louisiana Infantry. Appointed to command of the so called Sumter Regiment, Louisiana Militia Col. Breaux was actively engaged in all the battles of his regiment and was wounded several times. Col. Breaux’s 30th Louisiana fought at Baton Rouge and Port Hudson where it was captured in July, 1863. Exchanged and reorganized, the regiment subsequently served with the Army of Tennessee in the Atlanta Campaign and Hood’s Tennessee operations.
After the war Col. Breaux returned to New Orleans and his law practice eventually dividing his time between management of his Lafayette plantation and his library which consisted of the most complete French collection in New Orleans. Writings reflecting the Colonel’s earlier and Civil War era life offer insight as to his post Civil War experience as well as his war time popularity with the ladies. (see: The Sweetness of Life: Southern Planters at Home by Eugene D. Genovese and Keep the Days: Reading the Civil War Diaries of Southern Women by Steven M. Stowe
A rare and desirable arm in and of itself, this highly ornate LaFaucheux offers unquestionably, period original, identification to the most experienced eye. With its connection to one of the most prominent New Orleans social and military leaders of of the era, this Mod. 1854 pin fire offers lots of good fodder for further research.
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A note about firearms: WE EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE FEDERAL 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. THE PURCHASER ASSUMES ALL LIABILITY FOR PURCHAS, CONTROL AND OWNERSHIP. 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 5844: Original!  c. 1853 / 1862 Dr. CHILTON’S – COMSTOCK & BROTHER - FEVER PILLS

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Original! c. 1853 / 1862 Dr. CHILTON’S – COMSTOCK & BROTHER - FEVER PILLS Offered in fine, as new condition after decades of storage, we have a very limited number of Dr. CHILTON’s FEVER and AGUE CURE Manufactured by COMSTOCK & BROTHER, New York labeled pill boxes of turned birch wood, each containing a complement of pills. Founded in New York in 1853 the Comstock & Brother apothecary firm was a colorful outfit to say the least, spending as much time in court fighting off charges that they had invented doctors such as Dr. Chilton out of thin air simply to promote their cures. In one instance court records show they not only created an cure creator but invented a history to include family members and life among the Indians where the secrets of the cure were learned. By 1863 the brothers Comstock had parted ways and their apothecary business ceased to exist. More than anyone needs to know we suppose but an interesting bit of Americana. Priced here individually for the collector who would enjoy one, this offering will go well in any period apothecary, early quack medicine or Civil War era personal grouping. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
 

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earlier to turn of the century DISPLAY RAZOR It is not clear weather this entirely handmade model straight razor with it's 11 1/2" long "whittled" grip and 1 3/4" wide black iron blade was simply constructed as a whimsy more for the pleasure of the making than for any more meaningful use, or that it was intended for trade display in a country barber shop, but it is what it is, an interesting and attractive piece of country folk-art. The piece is untouched and as found with lots of age and an eye pealing patina on both wood and metal. Probably not as early as the Civil War but surely turn of the century with that classic mid 19th century blade style, the piece would go especially well set in with period barber shop, razor, trade, or folk-art Americana. In a hurry? Try our View All Items feature located at the top of the thumbnail page. It offers crisp, faster loading thumbnail images with titles as a link if you want more detail.

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