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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6389:   18th early 19th century forged iron Slave Collar

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18th early 19th century forged iron Slave Collar Emanating from the Civil War curio collection of Pvt. Emerson T. Getchell late of the 3rd Maine Infantry then Co. C of the 17th Maine Infantry, this rare blacksmith forged iron collar remains in purely untouched condition with a 4 to 4 ¾ inch internal diameter and unquestionable evidence of age and originality. With hand wrought construction, the collar was fashioned with three lateral pockets each holding a small stone or two that rattled when the wearer moved about. Sometimes referred to as a crab rattle by collector / historians, this rattle collar or shackle was only one of similarly constructed types to include smaller wrist or ankle devices of the same design intended to detect movement and or location. As such it is said the type saw a primary use in instances of recovered runaway slaves not only for its sound production but as an identifier to discourage future freedom seeking attempts. A rare item that will be of special interest to the collector / historian of the African-American experience, this relic of a darker place in history was part of a large collection of Civil War and related material accumulated by Getchell who settled in Washington D. C. after the war. Traveling extensively the Maine veteran amassed a large collection much of which was donated to the Hubbard Free Library in Hallowell, Maine where much of the material was displayed until the 1950s before being relegated to storage. In 1991 Library officials commissioned Jacob’s Well Auction Co. in Farmingdale, Maine to sell the Getchell material as part of a fund drive. In a small auction advertisement (a copy to be provided) a mix of such as a framed map of Capt. John Smith’s Virginia, Libby Prison relics, slavery items, Confederate knife and lots of unique small items were all set down as a Partial E. T. Getchell listing. As such this rarely surviving runaway slave collar went unnoticed and unappreciated. 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 6385: Civil War era  BINOCULARS

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Civil War era BINOCULARS With little change in design and construction through a considerable period of popular use, (from approximately the period of the Civil War through WW I) dating of such binoculars as Civil War era takes a bit of care. Knowledgeable collector / historians in the field generally consider the diameter of the eye piece lens as telltale with the larger 7/8 inch diameter eye piece lenses such as is offered here considered to be true Civil War vintage. With little if any change otherwise, these French import binoculars were utilized by American military for decades with the eye piece lenses becoming progressively smaller until they were soon less than half the size of the Civil War variety. While demonstrating appropriate age with good evidence of period use and carrying, this pair remain in unusually nice condition, complete and operable with desirable LEMAIRE FABT PARIS marking, excellent optics and original leather covering on body and lens shades. (see: W.C. Davis Fighting Men of the Civil War Union Signal Corps, p. 184) Most frequently exposed to hard service, true Civil War vintage examples are seldom encountered in this condition. Note: Established circa 1846, Armand Lemaire produced some of the periods finest optics to include early telegraph operator telescopes, the camera obscura, early scientific microscopes. His binoculars saw popular military use during the Civil War to include those for the U. S. Signal Corps. 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 6392: 19th century hand wrought  ‘Sticking Tommy’ CANDLE HOLDER

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19th century hand wrought ‘Sticking Tommy’ CANDLE HOLDER This exceptionally well-wrought black iron sticking tommy candle holder measure approximately 11 ½ inches in length and remains in excellent original condition while offering good evidence of age and originality. Popular among collectors of antique mining memorabilia, with a frequent emphasis on gold and silver mining in the American West these easy to carry and convenient to use lighting implements saw wide application in 18th through mid-19th century. 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 6251:  Civil War vintage Fancy Knit COTTON SOCKS

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Civil War vintage Fancy Knit COTTON SOCKS All in outstanding minty condition, this wonderful pair of hand knit cotton socks are in a man’s medium and are offered here in entirely original and as found condition after decades of cedar chest storage. Carefully hand done in an intricate pattern, this beautiful pair of sox bare the period stencil identification of the proud artisan and will serve as a wonderful personal item in any Civil War period grouping. An eye pealing example of period needle work for the sewing and ladies craft 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 6337: Patriotic DESK BELL from period repurposed pre Civil War - US Army Camel Corps bell

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Patriotic DESK BELL from period repurposed pre Civil War - US Army Camel Corps bell Commercially repurposed for sale from army surplus this attractive old bell measures approximately 3 ¼ inches across the mouth and stands about 6 inches high. The bell remains in excellent untouched and original condition retaining a pleasing bronze patina and a goodly amount of its black enamel on the handle. The bell sports an attractive cast in panoply of American Eagles with shield, banner and star bursts. Examples of these bells, with an account of their origin, may be seen in the U. S. Army Quartermaster Museum collection at Fort Lee, Virginia. These bells were cast in four sizes (this being the smallest) under contract to the U. S. Army during the Pierce and Buchanan administrations for use by experimental Army camel pack trains moving from Texas to the West Coast. A solution to the occurrence of blinding dust storms, Camels were trained to march in line following the sound of the bell of preceding camel during long treks. The bells are said to have been later pressed into use by the Army during the Civil War with collectors of that era frequently referring to these artifacts as Union Cavalry Bells referencing Dr. Francis Lord’s Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia. Though in our fifty plus years of seeking out such things, we have had three or four of the patriotic motif bells in addition to a full set of varying sizes in our own collection, we have seen only two other example of this small size repurposed bell. One remaining in our own collection, all are identical in so far as construction clearly repurposed by the same source. 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 4248: c.1822 - 8th CONN. MILITIA INSPECTION RETURN

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c.1822 - 8th CONN. MILITIA INSPECTION RETURN This attractive 10 5/8 X 17 5/8 antique document is print entitled Inspection RETURN of the 4th Company of the 8th Regiment of Connecticut Militia and offers a penned roster of 51 names of Company members. The document records the individual issue of Espontoons - Swords – Guns – Bayonets – Bayonet Belts – Cartridge Boxes – Cartridges – Flints – Primer Wires – and Knapsacks to include the fife and drum to Co. Fifer and Drummer . An attractive early Americana document specific to a leading regiment of the American Revolution, the 8th Connecticut Regiment wintered at Valley Forge. All in nice original condition on rag paper with period folds but no tears repairs or restoration. ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6216: 10th New Hampshire Infantry  -  Civil War Veteran Group

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10th New Hampshire Infantry - Civil War Veteran Group Still housed on old cotton batten in its original painted 9 ¾ X 12 ½ inch frame just as it was put together, this group Civil War veteran grouping, was the keepsake of Corp. Edward B. Prince late of the 10th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry and a member of the Srorer G. A. R. Post # 1 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Best described by our photo illustration, the group consists of an 1887, eleventh encampment New Hampshire Veteran Association ribbon, three first half of the 1880s, 10th N. H. Regimental Association ribbons, a GAR cuff or cap button along with a like size Civil War, New Hampshire uniform button, Prince’s G. A. R. membership medal along with a STORER Post envelope addressed to Prince. The framed display includes a badly deteriorated war time tintype of Prince in uniform.
Clearly identifiable as the only other Prince in the 10th NHV was a Gray, Maine resident, before and after the Civil War, Edward B. Prince was an eighteen year old resident of Portsmouth, New Hampshire when he enlisted and mustered in on September, 13, 1862 as a Private of Co. G 10th N. H. V. Participating in such actions as Fredericksburg Drewry’s Bluff Cold Harbor and Petersburg, Edward Prince was promoted to Corporal on May 18, 1864 before beingwounded at the battle of Fair Oaks on October 27, 1864. He was discharged for disability on May 20, 1865. He resided in Portsmouth after the war and worked in neighboring Kittery.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3648: 1862 dated Coal Traders Association CANDLE STICKS

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1862 dated Coal Traders Association CANDLE STICKS This wonderful pair of inscribed bronze candlesticks stand 14 inches high and remain in excellent original condition with a soft age patina. Each 5 3/8 inch square base is boldly script engraved The Independent Coal Traders Friendly Society / ESTbd. - 31st - JANy. – 1862 . A neat pair for the Civil War era lighting collector, early trade association enthusiast or just to sit out as a nice decorative set. (Some would sell one to recover most of their cost and keep the other but the thought of that would keep us up nights.) Buy with confidence! All direct sales are backed by no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased ! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4576: Civil War era Military Motif - import PORCELAIN TOBACCO PIPE

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Civil War era Military Motif - import PORCELAIN TOBACCO PIPE A style initially made popular in this country by German immigrants, the use of this classic type by American Civil War troops has been well documented by period field photos and military camp excavation. The elongated porcelain bowl was joined to the cherry wood stem by means of a hollow V-shaped secondary bowl, this component intended to collect moisture and tobacco tar making for a fine smooth smoke. The mouthpiece is of natural horn and the bowl is generally capped by a hinged metal lid. Popular from the earlier 19th century and Civil War era through the later 1800s, the earliest of these bowls were hand painted as is this offering. The advent of color transfer printing in the later, mid 1800s, and the nearly universal use of that newly available medium to decorate these pipes, is a primary feature in determining whether such a pipe is pre or post-Civil War with hand painted examples as is offered here falling in the just pre and Civil War era. Especially desirable by virtue of the colorful and especially well done military battle scene, its overall condition and completeness this example will make an attractive addition to any tobacco and smoking grouping or simply as a stand-alone in a period personal 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 MASS. MILITIA / ARTISANS VISE Offered here as attic found and as undoubtedly embellished by it's period craftsman owner, is an early American artisan clamp. Fastened to the main upright by fine iron cut nails is an impressive early Massachusetts Militia cap plate. The old plate was die struck from sheet copper then silver plated (long worn and polished away on this example) and sports the figure of Indian Chief Massasaoit who holds a bow in one hand and arrow in the other. Over the old Chief's shoulder is the five pointed star of the Massachusetts territory of Maine. (Maine became a state in 1820 and took the star for it's own coat of arms). The vise was designed to be used while seated with feet planted on the crossmember base and the upright firmly clamped between the knees. The piece displays classic period construction methods of it's iron clamp and sturdy dark oak body. Display possibilities are unlimited in an early 19th century theme. Buy with confidence! We understand the hesitance of those new to the internet or those new to us when it comes to sending off your hard earned money, accordingly do your research if necessary then buy and we will be 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.
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U. S. Mod. 1842 – H. Aston PERCUSSION PISTOL Long considered one of the most esthetically pleasing of the U. S. martial arms, this example of the Model 1842 single shot percussion pistol is marked U.S. over H. ASTON in front of the hammer, and MIDDTN / CONN / 1848 on the lock plate behind the hammer. The barrel bears a matching date on the tang with US over government inspector initials JH over P on the left barrel facet. The remainder of the gun is unmarked save any internal markings. With good evidence of period use while remaining in pleasing condition the arm presents a soft age luster in metal components with exceptionally nice wood with sharp edges and original oil finish.
The first official percussion ignition pistol to be adopted by the US military, the .54 caliber Model 1842 like earlier flintlock martial pistols used by the US, this had a large bulbous, metal-capped butt allowing the pistol to be used as a club after discharge. Also the last of the large bore, single shot, smooth bore pistols the 1842 Model served as the general service pistol of the time for the US military with use by the Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery before, outmoded, they were largely relegated to state armories. It was from these stockpiles that the 1842 was once more pressed into service by early Civil War Union issue with a more sustained use by Confederate troops from the large quantities of obsolete arms moved to Southern Armories (allegedly by then U. S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis) in the late pre secession period. (see: Time Life Echoes of Glory - Arms & Equipment of the CONFEDERACY p.55)

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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 63104: 2 double cased 6th plate tintypes - 153rd Penn. Inf. - Knecht Brothers – both wounded at Gettysburg

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2 double cased 6th plate tintypes - 153rd Penn. Inf. - Knecht Brothers – both wounded at Gettysburg Acquired by us several years ago from our old friend Howard Hoffman (Will be remembered by old timers for his running of the Allentown, Pa. Civil War shows.) and set aside until now, the 2 double cased tintypes offered here are identified as Grandfather Knecht and brother Edwin (died 1925) in their Civil War uniforms. Acquired by Howard from the Allentown estate of the grandson of Stephen H. Knecht, Amandes V. Albright who died in 1985, the brothers Stephen and Edwin Knecht, ages 25 and 23 respectively, enlisted together on October 7, 1862 as Pvt. Co. F 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry. Both served at Chancellorsville where the 153rd suffered 96 casualties in killed, wounded and taken prisoner with 1 missing in action. The Knecht brothers were both wounded at Gettysburg where their hard fought 153rd Regiment suffered 261 casualties in killed, wounded, taken prisoner and 7 missing in action. Both brothers suffered severe leg wounds on July 1 and were discharged on July 24, 1863 to return home for treatment. Both appear as invalids on Civil War pension rolls though per Edwin’s 1925 obituary, the brothers operated a successful cobbler / shoemaker shop in the post war years. Stephen Knecht died in 1911. As to condition, the scarce double case remains in excellent condition save a split at the hinge which has been nicely repaired. The two 6th plate tintypes remain in original and untouched excellent + condition as you can see here offering exceptionally sharp focus and crisp contrast. 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 60100: earlier to Civil War era - Fire Starter

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earlier to Civil War era - Fire Starter Standing approximately 11 ¼ inches with a 3 5/8 inch base, this lead soldered sheet iron fire starter remains complete with its original spun iron wire and brick fire ball. All original and in pleasing condition yet with good evidence of age and originality, with a little lantern oil inside, this piece would be just the thing in a country home, Civil War winter camp, cook fire, or western chuck wagon as the flame of the oil soaked fire ball made quick work of starting a heat giving fire. 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 6364:  Colonial / Revolutionary War era hand wrought Wig or Hair CURLING IRON

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Colonial / Revolutionary War era hand wrought Wig or Hair CURLING IRON Measuring approximately 10 3/4 inches in length, this slender hand forged curling iron remains in eye pleasing original condition and will set in nicely in any quality colonial Americana or Revolutionary War grouping. A nice companion item set in with period ladies things or with the personal items of a well-groomed 18th century bewigged gentleman. 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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Anson Mills Pat. 1881 - REMINGTON DOG - Cartridge BELT BUCKLE A bit late for our usual fare but a nice collectable worthy of a good home is this original ANSON MILLS PAT. FEB. 1 1881 TC Orndorff Sole Manf Worecester Mass marked Remington Dog cartridge belt buckle. Measuring approximately 3 1/8 X 2 ¾ inches, this sporting buckle with the Remington Dog design was derived from the military U. S. marked 45-70 caliber web cartridge belt issued with the Springfield Trapdoor rifle and carbine. Best described as to condition by our photo illustrations, this all original die struck brass buckle will set well with any period sport shooting collection. 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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