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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6272: Civil War vintage Artificial Leg attributed to Charles. E. Burns – 12th Mass. Infantry

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Civil War vintage Artificial Leg attributed to Charles. E. Burns – 12th Mass. Infantry Another treasure from a back corner of our 50+ year accumulation where we have had an affinity for squirrelling away relics as fodder for future research. We acquired this well used but still intact SALEM LEG Co. prostheses some years ago at the legendary old Brimfield Antique Market in Brimfield, Mass. Laid out on a table in the early morning light along with a myriad of papers, books and other culch from the Burns family in Salem, Mass. was this vintage artificial leg. As the table proprietor peered at me over his steaming coffee cup, he advised upon my inquiry that all this stuff had come together from a Salem clean-out. The family had advised that the leg had been used by Charles Burns who according to family lore had lost his leg in the Civil War. Clearly a scarcely surviving Civil War vintage prostheses, which was worthy in and of itself, the coffee drinker’s account seemed realistic to us given other items on the table with the Burns family name, so we purchased the piece, brought it home, stuffed a notation of the name in the leg socket and leaned the relic in a corner of the barn for future study. That had to be nearly 30 years ago! Some advantage though, for as we dug it out recently we found ourselves in a new age, a time when by the wonders of the internet we can assemble a mere scrap of knowledge as to the relic’s origin, plug it into the internet and voila! we have the following!
Charles E. Burns was a 21 year old sailmaker resident of Salem, Massachusetts when on June 26, 1861 he enlisted and was mustered in as a Private of Co. D 12th Mass. Volunteer Infantry . As such he would have seen action at Ball’s Bluff, Winchester, Gaines Mill, Cedar Mountain and at Thoroughfare Gap before he fell severely wounded on the field at 2nd Bull Run. Pvt Burns would for a time be considered a POW (see illustrated POW Certificate) as he lay on Confederate controlled ground and would be counted among 79 killed or wounded, 9 POWs, and 46 missing in action members of the 12th Mass. Eventually carried from the field, Co. rolls would none the less record Pvt. Burns as wounded and missing in action for a time before the September / October, 1862 Co. Muster records as Absent in Hospt. from wounds received Aug. 30 at Bull Run Va. (see illustration). Pvt. Burns is recorded in the Civil War Medical / Surgical History Part III, Volume II as having a double flap amputation of the right leg performed by Surgeon J. H. Baxter U. S. V. Finally discharged on July 11, 1863, Burns returned to his native Salem where he became a member of the local Phillip H. Sheridan Post No. 34, GAR. Evidently pleased with his locally manufactured SALEM LEG Co. prosthesis Burns wrote the wrote them in 1870 extolling the virtues of their product which he had begun to wear since the summer of 1863 and had been in almost constant use ever since. The Salem Leg Co. chose to publish their local patron’s testimonial in their period brochure. (see illustration) Charles E. Burnes died in Salem in 1916.
Measuring approximately 32 inches in total length, this piece offers the eye appeal of age and originality with good evidence of period use while remaining sound and functional. (A note about our document illustrations: A documents illustrated are images from internet or research DVD sources. Digital images for printing may be provided to the buyer upon request. The image of the unknown amputee is from our own clip-art files.) 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 5871: original! Civil War era ROSEWOOD DRUMSTICKS

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original! Civil War era ROSEWOOD DRUMSTICKS Our photos will likely do best to describe these nice rosewood drumsticks except to advise that they measure approximately 17 inches in length and show good evidence of age and period use yet remain in excellent original condition. A nice companion piece with a Civil War vintage drum. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
 

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original antique - Naughty Nellie Boot Jack Said to be a favorite with late 1800s / early 1900s bunkhouse cowboys with their Western pull off boots, this hard to find all original and period example of Nellie remains in excellent condition with its original paint save a bit of wear to the high spots. Not to be confused with the plethora of late copies out there, there is little need for further description beyond a look at our photo illustrations. 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 6270: scarce original 1886 printing!   Camp-Fire Chats of the Civil War by Washington Davis

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scarce original 1886 printing! Camp-Fire Chats of the Civil War by Washington Davis Long considered one of the most significant personal records of the Civil War, this hard to find original 1886 printing of Washington Davis’s Camp-Fire Chats of the Civil War offers firsthand accounts of ‘Adventure and Wayside Exploit of the Bivouac and Battle Field, as Related by Veteran Soldiers Themselves : Embracing the Tragedy, Romance, Comedy, Humor and Pathos in the Varied Experiences of Army Life’ and has been considered a must have on the book shelf of the GAR collector for its History of the Grand Army of the Republic from formation to the 1886, 20th National Encampment at San Francisco. Widely reprinted for its depth of information and reflections of personal experiences as well as activities of the Civil War veteran’s grand old G. A. R., original printings are seldom offered in nice condition. This 420 page illustrated original remains in pleasing condition with minimal evidence of period handling while remaining tight at the binding and complete with no missing, marked up or otherwise damaged pages. A nice addition to any Civil War library.


 

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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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early handcrafted SHOE HORN Just the thing for the early foot wear’s collector or personal item enthusiast of the American colonial period through the Civil War and Western frontier days, this little home made shoe horn measures just over 4 ½ inches long. Fashioned by hand from a cow horn, this neat little piece remains in fine condition with a rich natural age patina. A nice little every day utility sized to fit travel case, carpet bag or haversack. ( Illustrated here with a Civil War vintage quarter for size comparison. )


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 60116: original ! Civil War pro Abolition- ‘Learning is Wealth’- Freedman's Relief Association - CDV

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original ! Civil War pro Abolition- ‘Learning is Wealth’- Freedman's Relief Association - CDV Offered here is a desirable, all original, circa 1864 abolitionist White Slave, Freedman's Relief Association CDV. Entitled LEARNING IS WEALTH - Wilson, Charley, Rebecca, & Rosa. Slaves from New Orleans, this photograph by Charles Paxson of New York was entered according to an Act of Congress in 1864 by S. Tackaberry. Printed on the reverse is: The net proceeds from the sale of these photographs will be devoted to the education of Colored People in the department of the gulf, now under the command of Major General Banks. Depicted is African American former slave WILSON reading a book to three former slave children who have very fair skin. (Experienced collectors will recognize Wilson as having photographed in 1863 as the Branded Louisiana Slave) . In 1863, the National Freedman's Association / American Missionary Association commenced a campaign to raise sympathy for former slave children with fund-raising photographs, such as this depicting former slave children of light complexion in an effort to persuade U.S. citizens to support abolition. Elusive original images from this campaign have become prized among today’s collectors. Remaining in pleasing, all original condition with good contrast, our photo illustrations will offer the best description of condition. 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 60162: earlier to mid-1800s pocket SNUFF BOX

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earlier to mid-1800s pocket SNUFF BOX Best described by our illustrations, this attractive little mahogany snuff box remains in pleasing all original and as found condition with good evidence of age, period use and originality even retaining remnants of tobacco snuff from its last use. 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 3786: Medal of Honor - 46th Mass. CIVIL WAR Vet’s 8 RIBBON GROUP

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Medal of Honor - 46th Mass. CIVIL WAR Vet’s 8 RIBBON GROUP Offered here from a small cash of Co. A 46th Mass. Regimental Association ribbons emanating from Congressional Medal of Honor winner and association Commander, Andrew S. Bryant are eight ribbons beginning with a fine circa 1880 ribbon that doubled as a pass to the festivities. The ribbon bears the identification Com. A. S. Andrews, Co. A 46 M. V. M. on the back with the following in gold print on the face Co. A. Association, 46th Regt. M.V.M., sixth annual, REUNION AND CLAM BAKE, at Callup’s Grove, Wednesday, July 21, 1880, show this badge at the boat and tables, STEAMER RIVER BELL, Will leave pier one, foot of State Street, half past one o’clock P. M. sharp. The group contains seven additional ribbons, one each for the 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th and finally the 23rd reunion held September 25, 1895. These ribbons came together from among Andrew Bryant’s things left from when he was Commander of the 46th Mass Veteran Association and are in excellent condition after decades of storage.
Andrew Symmes Bryant was a 21 year old banker in Springfield Mass. when he enlisted and mustered in on August 15, 1862 as a Sergeant of Co. A 46th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Bryant would be promoted to Sgt. Major and was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery on the field at the Battle of New Bern, North Carolina on May 23, 1863. His citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Andrew Symmes Bryant, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 23 May 1863, while serving with Company A, 46th Massachusetts Infantry, in action at New Bern, North Carolina. By his courage and judicious disposition of his guard of 16 men, stationed in a small earthwork at the head of the bridge, Sergeant Bryant held in check and repulsed for a half hour a fierce attack of a strong force of the enemy, thus probably saving the city New Bern from capture.
After the Civil War Bryant returned to Springfield where he was an active member of the Co. A 46th MVM Veteran Association and GAR Post 16. He died on October 6, 1931 and rests in Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts. A really nice Civil War veteran group with association to one of the war’s Medal of Honor recipients. You will be well pleased with the condition of the old man’s ribbons.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4485: Confederate Navy identified: c.1852 New American Practical Navigator

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Confederate Navy identified: c.1852 New American Practical Navigator With lots of good evidence of period use and some age foxing and light staining, this 1852 edition of The New American Practical Navigator by Nathaniel Bowditch remains complete in its 458 pages with the additional page of advertisements and fold out chart all with no tears or repairs. On the inside front cover is the small period stationers label of J. S. Kellogg DEALER IN Books & Stationary, Mobile, Alabama. On the flyleaf a the bold period brown ink signature J. D. Johnston with a pencil notation: C.S.S. Tennessee. Well accounted for in such early histories as DeLeon’s Navies in War and the Confederate Navy in the War Between the States and such as Addresses Delivered Before the Confederate Veterans Association of Savannah by United Confederate Veterans, Georgia Division and the Official Records of the Confederate Navy, James D. Johnston is recorded as Commander Provisional Navy, June 2, 1864, to rank from Oct. 4, 1863; Comm. C. S. S. Baltic 1861-63. Johnston was second in command of the iron clad ram C. S. S. Tennesseeunder Admiral Buchanan at the Battle of Mobile Bay where he was captured Aug.5 1864; prisoner at Ft. Warren; exchanged, Oct. 18, 1864; Mobile Station, 1864-65; surrendered May 4, 1865; paroled May 10, 1865. (Note: Capt. Johnston’s Confederate Navy sword is housed in the Hargrett Manuscripts Library Museum, University of Georgia; col:# ms508(m).) We found an 1896 obituary account as follows: J. D. Johnston died at Savannah, Ga., age 98; he is said to have been the surviving ranking officer of the Confederate Navy and the senior ranking officer by date of commission of the old United States Navy. Previous to the Civil War Johnston served in the U. S. Navy as Midshipman 30 June 1832; Passed Midshipman 23 June 1838; Lt. 34 June 1843. He resigned to join the Confederacy 10 April 1861. A neat item for the Confederate States Navy enthusiast. 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 6269: well-equipped 4th New Hampshire Infantry -  ¼ plate ‘ruby-glass’ AMBROTYPE with hair MOURNING PIN

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well-equipped 4th New Hampshire Infantry - ¼ plate ‘ruby-glass’ AMBROTYPE with hair MOURNING PIN Easily identifiable as 4th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry by the nomenclature on his cap and the 4th N. H. V. issue Belgian copy of, or French Mod. 1842, .69 cal. musket, (see: An Introduction to Civil War Small Arms by Earl J. Coates & Dean S. Thomas) our man stands before the photographer’s lens with full complement of cartridge box and waist belt with cap box and bayonet scabbard. Though not legible in the photo but indicative of the 4th New Hampshire, are regimental markings on his canteen. An especially well posed and equipped New Hampshire Civil War troop with the depth and quality of the ruby-glass process, this desirable ¼ plate is offered from an old collection still housed in its Littlefield – Parsons & Co. Patent 1856 and 1857 gutta percha case. (Solid and in pleasing condition but with some expected edge chipping.) Lost in time is the significance of the hair mourning pin still mounted on the velvet inside cover. Clearly period original to the case and image, the T- back pin houses intwined light and dark hair of two individuals as was the period practice when memorializing the loss of a spouse. 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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well-armed & vigilant – antique CARVING Standing approximately eight inches high with lots of charm and character, our photo illustrations will do best to describe this quality old carving except to advise that it remains in nice condition with good evidence of age. A neat little stained and painted pine carving with a rich natural age patina. 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 6179: Lord collection – Civil War Officers Mounted Artillery – HAT INSIGNIA

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Lord collection – Civil War Officers Mounted Artillery – HAT INSIGNIA Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this extra nice period light artillery officers hat insignia. Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of pioneer Civil War collector will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend. A 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 in 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.) 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 60141: identified - c. 1815 / 1817 Finishing School Needlework Collar

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identified - c. 1815 / 1817 Finishing School Needlework Collar Sealed in its original display frame this antique needlework collar relic offers a stitched on age faded but still legible paper label identifying the piece as having been: Worked by ROSANN MILLINER FAIRFAX while in Boarding School in London, England between the years 1815 – 1817 At one time likely prepared for local Historical Society or museum display as the tag advised : Loaned by Mrs. F. Hardison. Rosann Milliner was born in 1796 thus she was 19 to 21 years of age when she completed the young ladies finishing school needle work project. Rosann Milliner married British aristocrat George Fairfax (direct descendant of Sir Thomas Fairfax, the first Lord) when she completed finishing school in 1817. George and his bride Rosann traveled to Canada where they settled in Montreal where George was engaged in the operation of a packet boat on the St. Lawrence River for many years. The couple later located New York, where Rosann Milliner Fairfax died in 1853. George Firfax passed in 1855. Both are interred in the Washington Street Cemetery in Geneva, 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!


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 60143: earlier 1800’s through Civil War era COFFIN NUTMEG GRATER

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earlier 1800’s through Civil War era COFFIN NUTMEG GRATER The configuration of this little tin nutmeg grater with its storage compartment for the nut, has given the grater a distinctive shape resulting classification of the type by collectors as a coffin style grater. This example is handmade of tinned sheet iron. This attractive period example sports a small wire loop for hanging and remains in pleasing original condition with some remains of the old japanning finish with a partially used nut in the storage compartment. A popular condiment from the colonial era through the Civil War period, grated nutmeg was commonly used on meat to offset any offensive taste due to age. A nut was thus frequently considered a desirable carry-along when traveling. So desirable in fact that in the earlier times unscrupulous types were known to carve fake nutmegs for sale or trade with the unwary. Too long a story I suppose but such trivia is part of what we have loved about our antiquing all these years. 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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