space Antique Arts Home  |  Store Home  |  My Cart  |  My Orders  |  Wish List  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us   
Search:   
separator

GUNSIGHT ANTIQUES

Memorabilia

By Category
Click to view Colonial & CIVIL WAR era through 1880s AMERICANA

Store Home
Browse All Items
Search
Our Products
Click view sub-categories Memorabilia
Click to view Colonial & CIVIL WAR era through 1880s AMERICANA
Order Policies
About Us
Contact Us!
Our Mailing List
Links

Memorabilia > Colonial & CIVIL WAR era through 1880s AMERICANA

NOTICE

********NOW OPERATING FROM OUR NEW HEADQUARTERS ********



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.


Visitors will also enjoy our museum site at www.MaineLegacy.com

View As: List  |  Gallery    

Visitors to our online shop are encouraged to scroll from page to page and enjoy browsing the wide variety of our full inventory or to utilize the word search by entering key words and phrases. ( Always use lower case for best search engine results. ) We hope you find our catalogue informative, entertaining and fruitful.

Item #

Description

Price


New
Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63190: NOW IN THE SHADOW OF Mt. RAINIER - WASHINGTON STATE !

Click for more detail...

63190

NOW IN THE SHADOW OF Mt. RAINIER - WASHINGTON STATE ! Come visit Gunsight Antiques frequently as we unpack posted offerings while presenting an ongoing selection of fresh to the market treasures from long ago packed away inventory along with selected items from our personal collection. A small sampling of the the later may be enjoyed on our museum site at MaineLegacy.com )
 

New
Your Price: $245.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

On Hold & Show
Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63181: Civil War era revenue marked – Match Box & Matches

Click for more detail...

63181

Civil War era revenue marked – Match Box & Matches Measuring approximately 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 in diameter, this little turned wood matchbox bares the original label, Swift & Courtney's/ Parlor Matches,/ Wilmington, Delaware/ New York Office, 141 Maiden Lane. retains a Civil War vintage revenue stamp. With a full complement of abrasion material on the bottom and examples of the period stick matches inside, this rather crudely turned matchbox will serve the Civil War personal item enthusiast, period tobacciana or lighting collector well. note: Per Horace Greely’s The Great Industries of the United States while a form of the company (Tatnall, Swift & Courtney) began manufacture in 1854 Tatnal sold out in July 1861 thus creating Swift & Courtney which manufactured as such until a May 1870 merger.
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!

 

On Hold & Show
Your Price: $70.00
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

On Hold & Show
Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6301: especially desirable!  Civil War 9th Maine Infantry signet ring

Click for more detail...

6301

especially desirable! Civil War 9th Maine Infantry signet ring Another relic of our fifty plus years of gathering up Maine related Civil War treasures (those were the days) this Civil War vintage signet ring will best be described here by our illustrations. Hand crafted from horn with a pinned on escutcheon bearing the script engraved initials A. McG. Attached is a tag with the penned notation: ’removed from the finger of Andrew McGraw 9/19/1863 MORRIS ISLAND S.C.’ A veteran of Fort Wagner along with his two sons, all enlisting to serve in Co. A of the 9th Maine Volunteer Infantry, (Andrew Jr. was wounded at Wagner), records show that Andrew McGraw Sr died in the regimental hospital of typhoid fever, 19, September 1863. His government marker remains in place in the Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort County, South Carolina. (Document illustrations internet available)
While information posted on findagrave indicates that McGraw Sr. enlisted in Co. A 9th Maine Infantry with his three sons (Barney, Andrew Jr. & Thomas) Maine Adjutant Reports show only Andrew and Thomas as having enlisted with their father on September 22, 1861. All the same a prophetic relic of the Civil War service of the McGraw family, likely brought home and tagged by one of the two sons. An especially nice item for the Fort Wagner enthusiast as a representative relic of a father and his two sons all present at Wagner, one being wounded there. 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!

 

On Hold & Show
Your Price: $395.00
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63170: original c. 1850’s early 1860’s - Jenny Lind waistcoat button

Click for more detail...

63170

original c. 1850’s early 1860’s - Jenny Lind waistcoat button Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this little waist coat button reflects the period popularity of the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind who’s 1850-1852 tour of the United Stated under contract with P. T. Barnum was such a sensation that glass houses made glass inserts with her image to be marketed to button makers for inclusion in the period three piece buttons. Remaining in nice all original condition this scarce remnant of the just pre Civil War with use through the 1860s will make a nice addition to any period sewing basket or as a female remembrance in a soldiers house wife sewing kit.
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!


 

Your Price: $35.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63184: Pat. 1861 - MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT JAR

Click for more detail...

63184

Pat. 1861 - MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT JAR How often have those of us who enjoy such things have read in a Civil War soldier’s letter, a page from a winter camp journal or other first-hand life account, where the writer phrases the arrival of a carefully got up package of home preserves, or has lamented the fact that he received such but alas the glass preserve jar had been broken in transit? This offering of a quart size preserve jar, boldly marked MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT JAR on one side and WHITALL’S PATENT JUNE 18th 1861 on the other will make a wonderful companion piece in any Civil War collection and will go especially well in any winter camp, medical and sanitary fair grouping. Much more difficult to find than the more common MASON preserve jar of the period, this nicely marked and dated jar retains its equally well marked and dated glass lid with its cast iron lid clamp. All in nice condition with that pretty light aqua bubbled glass, the jar remains in fine condition with no chips. A scarce collectable complete with original components each as collectable as the jar its self. An exceptional example of period everyday life seldom seen 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!
 

Your Price: $165.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5639: Civil War era percussion conversion - U. S. SPRINGFIELD Mod. 1840 Musket

Click for more detail...

5639

Civil War era percussion conversion - U. S. SPRINGFIELD Mod. 1840 Musket A nice honest piece with appealing evidence of age and period use, this Springfield U. S. Model 1840 remains in excellent all original condition with an appealing deep chocolate natural age patina overall and that untouched but issued and used quality that is so hard to find today. A Maine attic find of some years ago, this honest old .69 caliber smooth bore musket is complete with the exception of its ramrod (easily replaced if you wish) and remains otherwise as issued with its nicely marked and 1841 dated SPRINGFIELD lock The Mod. 1840 musket enjoyed a long run in the military with use in the Mexican War through the American Civil War. The .69 caliber smooth-bore Mod.1840 was the last of the flintlocks and as such was found in considerable supply in both Northern and Southern armories at the outbreak of the Civil War. (Conspiracy enthusiasts find it more than interesting that in the late days prior to secession, then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis was said to have caused the filling of Southern States arsenals with such surplus arms.) With arsenal conversion to the percussion system, the old Mod. 1840 musket saw considerable service by both Union and Confederate troops remaining a common site on the battlefield through 1863 with many remaining in action for the duration of the Civil War. (see: Coates & Thomas Civil War Small Arms) An all too scarce opportunity to acquire a good honest example of one of these U. S. Springfield made and converted Civil War Springfield muskets at a less than prohibitive price. 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!

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.

 

Your Price: $895.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6268: 19th century walking stick of Mjr. Genl. Robert B. Potter – 51st New York Infantry

Click for more detail...

6268

19th century walking stick of Mjr. Genl. Robert B. Potter – 51st New York Infantry This pleasing malacca wood cane with the gold monogramed R. B. P. band will best be described here by our photo illustrations except to advise that it was acquired from an established collection where it was attributed to late Major General Robert B. Potter. Potter enlisted on October 12, 1861 as a Major , Field & Staff 51st New York Infantry. He was quickly promoted to Lt. Colonel on November 1, 1861 and was awarded command as Colonel of the 51st N. Y. Infantry on September 20, 1862. Col. Potter was promoted to Brig. General on March 29, 1863 then Bvt. Major General, August 1. 1865 and Major General on September 29, 1865. He took part in Burnside's expedition to North Carolina, led the assault at Roanoke Island, was wounded at New Berne, and participated in the battles of Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, Antietam where he took part in the assault on the stone bridge and was wounded and Fredericksburg. Potter commanded a division at Vicksburg, the siege of Knoxville and commanded a division in the Wilderness campaign and was severely wounded during the final assault on Petersburg. ( see: The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History by John F. Schmutz) Affiliated with the Atlantic & Great Western Rail Road after the Civil War, Gen. Potter died in Newport R. I> in 1887 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. 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!
 

Your Price: $245.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5997: Jan. 1843 through July 1850 bound -  MOTHER’S ASSISTANT & YOUNG LADY’S FRIEND

Click for more detail...

5997

Jan. 1843 through July 1850 bound - MOTHER’S ASSISTANT & YOUNG LADY’S FRIEND All in the original board with leather spine binding, this volume is a collection of Mother’s Assistant & Young Lady’s Friend published in Boston by William C. Brown. With good evidence of age and period handling yet remaining in pleasing condition over all, tight at the spine with no torn, missing or loose pages, this bound collection of issues spans from January 1843 through July 1850. A nice collection of entertaining sonnets, poetry, illustrations, good advice and guidance for the Victorian young lady and mother. . 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!


 

Your Price: $65.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Sold and Show
Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63162: Civil War vintage Gen. Christopher Augur – Ladies BROACH

Click for more detail...

63162

Civil War vintage Gen. Christopher Augur – Ladies BROACH This Civil War period ladies broach with its classic T-back fastener and photo portrait of Union General Christopher C. Augur will best be described here by photo illustrations. With a military history and Lincoln assignation connection too extensive to detail here suffice it to say that Christopher Auger graduated from West Point (with U. S. Grant) in 1839, served as aide-de-camp to Generals Hopping and Cushing in the Mexican War before taking an active part in the Indian campaigns of the western frontier in the 1850s. Entering the Civil War as a Major Augur was quickly promoted serving through the majority of the war as Brevet Brigadier then Major General. Of note is that he was present at the Peterson House with Sec. of War Edwin Stanton the night Pres. Abraham Lincoln was taken there after being mortally wounded at Ford’s Theater and was part of the escort taking Lincoln’s body back to the White House on the morning of April 15, 1865. Under his command, General Auger was instrumental in mobilizing troops to pursue assassin John Wilkes Booth including detailing the detachment of the 16th Regiment New York Volunteer Cavalry that tracked down President Lincoln's assassin in a tobacco barn near Port Royal, Virginia. After the Civil War Auger served again in the West where a fort in the Wyoming Territory was named for him. Gen. Christopher C. Augur retired in 1885.
While the history of this broach, who owned it and under what circumstances was it worn, has been lost in time it remains an intriguing piece of Americana that will appeal to enthusiasts in a number of collecting fields to include antique ladies jewelry. 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!


 

Sold and Show
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4358: antique Bayou Goula, Louisiana – folk art, Serpent Walking Stick

Click for more detail...

4358

antique Bayou Goula, Louisiana – folk art, Serpent Walking Stick Fashioned from a single piece of wood cut and shaped to form a serpent entwined around a stout 35 inch shaft, our photographs will likely do best to describe this wonderful old folk art walking stick. With good evidence of age and originality, contrasting color and texture are provided by the simple retention of natural bark on the snakes body. The set in eyes appear to be from period shoe buttons. Bayou Goula is penned on the shaft in period brown ink. Located in the low country of Iberville Parish, Louisiana the name of Bayou Goula will be familiar to students of the Civil War deep South. An especially neat companion piece for the collector of Louisiana relics. 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 !


 

Your Price: $295.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3894: earlier 1800s to Civil War era CHILDS  BELL BOTTOMS & BLOUSE

Click for more detail...

3894

earlier 1800s to Civil War era CHILDS BELL BOTTOMS & BLOUSE We’ll let our illustrations speak for this wonderful earlier to mid 19th century boys nautical style outfit except to advise that both the utility weight bell bottom trousers and standard weight blouse are entirely hand stitched and remain in excellent original condition with the exception that the trousers are missing two vegetable ivory buttons. As to measurements, the trousers measure approximately 10 inches across, (Janet advises me that this equals a 20 inch waist.) and the inseam is about 17 inches. The blouse is approximately 11 inches across the shoulders with 13 ½ inch sleeves. The cuff buttons are Pat. hard rubber, all else are of dark natural vegetable ivory. A desirable example of vintage textile this all original little boys outfit, like all of our offerings, is guaranteed to please. 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.  

Your Price: $235.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4139: Pat. July 1862 antique WALL FRAME

Click for more detail...

4139

Pat. July 1862 antique WALL FRAME An attractive original Patent JULY 1862 wall frame measuring approximately 4 ¾ X 6 inches with a 2 X 3 1/8 viewing area, this frame is made of a pressed pasteboard material with a heavy lacquer finish. The frame is designed to slip a CDV or tintype in behind the glass through a slot in the paper backing. All in nice condition as you can see the original paper backing is thin and tended however and will require careful handling (maybe even reinforcement) when mounting a photograph. 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 !


 

Your Price: $75.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5494: Indian Wars / Spanish American War - U. S. Infantry Aiguilette

Click for more detail...

5494

Indian Wars / Spanish American War - U. S. Infantry Aiguilette All in nice original condition save two or three small fraying spots to the braided cord as evidence of period use and originality. (see photos) Complete and eye appealing, retaining its original soft infantry blue without the usual fading to blue / gray as is so common with these infantry cords, this turn of the century U. S. Army issue aiguillette will make a nice companion piece with a period infantry spike helmet without spending a lot of money. 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 !
 

Your Price: $85.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3747: original! Civil War era  Invalid Corps / Veteran Reserve Corps HAT CORD

Click for more detail...

3747

original! Civil War era Invalid Corps / Veteran Reserve Corps HAT CORD This original Civil War wool worsted hat cord retains that rarely seen and desirable light grey-tan color that knowledgeable collectors associate with the earlier Civil War Invalid Corps, re- designated as the Veteran Reserve Corps in 1863. Once fairly common as period surplus (mostly in artillery red) the scarcity of originals, even in the originally more common colors, has fostered manufacture of reproductions for the re-enactor market. We recently acquired a small collection of originals from an old collector friend and are offering them individually to the collector who would like a specific example. As one would expect the vast majority are artillery red with only single examples of the now extremely scarce variations. (use hat cord in our search feature to see other available variations ) This scarce Veteran Reserve Corps cord is fashioned from coarse wool worsted with a distinctive splice in one cord which is indicative of the Bannerman examples. With a considerable amount of War Surplus left in military stores after the Civil War, government agents busied themselves with clearing out surplus stockpiles. If no bulk buyers could be found for a particular item those items would be rendered useless for their intended purpose and sold at a reduced price as scrap or salvage. Closure straps would be cut off cartridge boxes, straps removed from knapsacks, roller buckles cut from leather straps &c. In the case of these wool hat cords, the cord was cut thus allowing use of the cord but taking away the intended use as a hat cord. Many large lots were purchased by Bannerman who promptly spliced the severed cords together with red thread and sold them as hat cords. ) Not to be confused with an infantry cord faded to blue-gray, this original grey-tan Invalid Corps / Veteran Reserve cord is fashioned from that distinctive period worsted wool and remains in excellent as issued condition with the exception of the post Civil War Bannerman splice.
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.
Manufacturer: American antique  

Your Price: $135.00
Make an offer
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

Sold and Show
Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5888: Civil War era - gaming theme – Tobacco Pipe

Click for more detail...

5888

Civil War era - gaming theme – Tobacco Pipe With good evidence of having been well smoked in the period yet remaining in nice, all original condition with no chips, cracks or repairs, this period clay tobacco pipe features a gaming motif with figures of playing card suits in panels around its circumference. Additional panel figures include drinking goblets, crossed baseball bats with balls and one panel offers 10-pin implements (a crude version of lawn or outdoor bowling of some popularity in the period). All is set off by an age patina with original decorative lanyard, cherry wood stem and period classic horn mouth piece. A neat item that will spark the interest of tobacciana, gaming and Civil War personal item collectors as well as enthusiasts of early American baseball. 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! :


 

Sold and Show
Ask a question
Send to a Friend

 

This is Page 1 of 39 in this category. If you are finished shopping, click on the shopping cart button to view your order.

To order an item from GUNSIGHT ANTIQUES, just click on the 'Add to Cart' button. Clicking on the thumbnail picture of any item gives you a larger picture of that item.

Thanks for shopping at GUNSIGHT ANTIQUES!


PayPal.com
We also accept Checks and Money Orders.

Store Home  ·  About Us  ·  Contact  ·  FAQ / Policies  ·  Privacy  ·  Security  ·  Antique Arts home

· Links ·  Tell a Friend About this Site!  · Join our Mailing List ·

GUNSIGHT ANTIQUES
Contact us!
17623 Loop Lane SE
Yelm, WA 98597
United States

Updated Tuesday, November 30 2021
©1995-2021 AntiqueArts.COM. All rights reserved.