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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63145: Civil War - Maine Presentation Mod. 1850 Foot Officer Sword – Port Hudson siege &  assault

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Civil War - Maine Presentation Mod. 1850 Foot Officer Sword – Port Hudson siege & assault Off our wall where we have enjoyed it for many years, this offering from our personal collection downsizing will best be described here by our photo illustrations. That said this Model 1850 Foot Officer sword remains in historically pleasing totally original, untouched and as carried order, with good evidence of the rigors of period use while remaining in pleasing condition throughout including its leather scabbard. The sword is nicely script inscribed Presented to Lt. A. J. Martin by Co. C 24th Regt. Me. Vols.
Andrew J. Martin was a twenty-seven year old lifelong resident of Pittsfield, Maine when he enlisted on October 13, 1862 and was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of Co. C of the 24th Maine Infantry. Lt. Martin’s regiment was sent to Louisiana where it was initially ordered to Bonnet Carre about forty miles from New Orleans. Here the Maine Regiment joined the 19th Army Corps, Department of the Gulf assigned to the 3d brigade, 2nd division, under command of Gen. Franklin Nickerson. Lt. Martin served with his regiment as it participated in the expedition to Ponchatoula and Amite River, the Capture of Ponchatoula, and action at Civiques Ferry. Ultimately ordered to Port Hudson, Lt. Martin served with his 24th Maine Regiment as it took part in the siege of that stronghold, to include the desperate assaults of May 27th and June 14, 1863. Lt. Martin mustered out with his regiment at the end of its term of service on July 25th 1863. He was one of only 570 of the original 900 to return to civilian life. A classic as was so frequently presented to Union line officers by their Company enlisted, this Port Hudson, Louisiana carried 1850 Foot Officer sword will present well in any grouping of good honest carried Civil War relics.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63101: original 18th century – TOBACCO HORN

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original 18th century – TOBACCO HORN Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison, this early horn container retains its original pressed leather cap and sports a most attractive age, tobacco induced, patina from period use dispensing many a relaxing smoke. Remaining in excellent all original condition even offering unmistakable inside hints of its period use as a smoking tobacco pouch, or container this attractive American colonial / Revolutionary relic is devoid of cracks, splits, worm holes or other condition issues. A good size for the soldier or hunters traveling possible bag, this early utility will fit well in any period grouping.
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Patent 1867 Percussion Cap – BURGLAR ALARM All original and in functioning as new condition, this example of a Mallory Patent percussion cap burglar alarm will best be described by our illustrations except to advise that it is marked PAT. SEPT. 3, 67. The Patent for this rare just post-Civil War burglar alarm was issued as No. 68520 and awarded to Edward F. Mallory of West Springfield, Pennsylvania on Sept. 3. 1867. (see: 1867 Commissioner of Patents Report Vol. IV and Sept. 21, 1867 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN) Mallory’s patent alarm was designed to be mounted at right angle on the door frame of an inward swinging door. The brass, patent marked hook, as referred to by the Patentee in his description, (see illustration) is drawn across the jam so as to rest upon the door such that upon opening the hook engages in the edge of the door thus opening the percussion cap charged spring action until, by design, the hook disengages from the action and it falls upon the anvil portion of the device and is fired.
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U. S. Mod. 1842 – I. N. Johnson 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 I. N. Johnson in front of the hammer, and MIDDTN / CONN / 1855 on the lock plate behind the hammer. The barrel bears 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 / COLLECTIBLE 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 63144: Civil War era Bone Mounted – BOOT PULLS

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Civil War era Bone Mounted – BOOT PULLS A nice item to lay in with any quality Civil War vintage grouping, this turned bone mounted boot pull set remains in pleasing original condition while offering good evidence of age, originality and period use.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63142: Civil War import -  Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle-musket bayonet

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Civil War import - Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle-musket bayonet Best described here by our photo illustration, while this original pattern of 1853 Enfield bayonet will clean to near fine if one wished (horrors!) we are offering it untouched and as found as a preservation of its age and originality. An especially nice example that will go well in any quality Civil War grouping Union or Confederate, this example bares the telltale over stamping of British proof marks as indication that the bayonet was removed from British military stores and sold on the commercial market. Commercial arms dealers over stamped these acquisitions offering them on the open market, to egger arms buyers representing Confederate as well as Union interests,] in many cases on a first come first served basis without political consideration,. While Confederate buyers were most far reaching in the European arms market (see: Confederate Odyssey by Gordon L. Jones) the pattern of 1853 Enfield (Tower) rifle-musket was arguably the best among Civil War import shoulder arms and was widely used by both Union and Confederate.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63143: folk art - APOTHECARY BOTTLE

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folk art - APOTHECARY BOTTLE Likely made possible by long, lantern light, winter nights by the wood stove, this old folk art relic of the days when such amusements helped pass the time, remains in nice condition with no issues. An intricately carved piece of delicately carved folk art.
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traveling CANDLE HOLDER Unpolished with that rich natural age patina that comes to cast brass only with the passing of time and period handling, our illustrations of this take-down traveling candlestick will offer the best description. Even less commonly found today than the popular spun brass donut candle holder prized by Civil War collectors, this heavier cast brass lighting device was designed to better stand up to the rigors of travel while retaining the advantage of an easy fit in valise, haversack or knapsack.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63137: outstanding! 1700s early 1800  Sailors Macrame /  CLAY TOBACCO PIPE

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outstanding! 1700s early 1800 Sailors Macrame / CLAY TOBACCO PIPE Measuring approximately 5 ¼ inches with a 6 7/8 inch stem our illustrations will likely do best to describe this beautifully macrame covered clay pipe except to advise that the pipe and macrame remain in excellent all original shape with good evidence of age and originality with absolutely no condition issues. The stained green reed stem too has good age but though solid and original to the pipe, has an age split along its grain. An interesting feature is that the stem has a threaded bone insert that screws into a narrow metal cap securing the reed to the pipe. A wonderful item for the 18th early 19th century nautical, folk art or tobacciana enthusiast.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63138: Civil War era COFFEE BOILER

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Civil War era COFFEE BOILER Offered here untouched to include period coffee staining inside from the last time it was used, this attractive hand crafted tinned sheet iron boiler stands just over 5 inches high and is approximately 4 1/8 inches in diameter. All in excellent original condition, this nice old coffee boiler will set well in any Civil War personal item collection or vintage country kitchen grouping. 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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63139: gifted calling card / photo case to:  Wim. B. Tuck – Ritch’s Cavalry / Cobbs Confederate Legion

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gifted calling card / photo case to: Wim. B. Tuck – Ritch’s Cavalry / Cobbs Confederate Legion One of those neat things we have had tucked away in our fifty plus year accumulation, this attractive little mother of pearl case measures approximately 3 ¾ X 2 5/8 inches X a mear 7/16 of an inch thick and remains in exceptionally nice original condition A popular personal item, such were frequently utilized in the period as a pocket carrying case for a friendship or sweetheart card or photo and his offering retains both just as it came to us form decades of trunk storage. Thanks to our insatiable curiosity, love of history and the modern technology of internet research, we have lately been able to fill in important blanks as to the background of our old Georgia antique sale find.
Housed in the little pocket case is a print decorated Forget Me Not card offering a finely penned presentation to William B. Tuck from Deborah D. Flint. On the back of the card in a different hand is the period ink inscription of E. B. Tuck who , turns out was the father of William. In the case with the card is a period trimmed to fit CDV mount holding the tintype portrait on an attractive young woman. With no further identification we can only assume based upon our best judgement that the lady is none other than Deborah. A search of available genealogical databases produced but a single William B. Tuck in the period and, low and behold, he was a Georgian! A more extensive look-see found William enlisting on March 3, 1862 as a Private of Capt. Ritch’s Cavalry - Co. B ‘Georgia Troopers’ – Cobb’s Georgia Legion Images of verifying muster rolls and other period documentation to include a letter in father E. B. Tuck’s hand are available with a search of the Fold3.com research database.) Per records found William B. Tuck enlisted for 3 years or war however his mustering out could not be found. His father’s letter indicates that William had died, fallen into it hands of the enemy and had been for some time a prisoner of the Yankees. (William’s father is writing to recover bounty money owed to his son.) As for Deborah Flint, we did find a period Flint family residing in the area but specifics eluded us and more research will be required. 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 63140: antique SPECIAL CONSTABLE  -  ARM BAND

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antique SPECIAL CONSTABLE - ARM BAND All original with good evidence of age and period use, yet remaining in solid, eye appealing condition, this arm band is of coarsely woven linen with 60 SPECIAL CONSTABLE printed on its face. The arm band is fitted with an iron suspender type PARIS marked buckle that will be familiar to Civil War site diggers and clothing collectors of the period. An exceptional display item that will be of special interest to the police and law enforcement enthusiasts. 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 63141: earlier through Civil War era IRON SPURS

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earlier through Civil War era IRON SPURS A nice honest matched pair of late 18th century / earlier 19th century civilian spurs with common use through the Civil War, a single example of private purchase military use of the type may be found on page 124 of Howard Crouch’s excavated artifacts reference Civil War Artifacts a Guide to the Historian. Complete even to the original strap buckles (missing in Crouch’s reference example) this pair of all original iron spurs is offered in excellent, untouched condition and will lay in well in any Mexican War through Civil War grouping.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 63123: ladies South Carolina - Palmetto SECESSION FAN

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ladies South Carolina - Palmetto SECESSION FAN A treasure from our many years of Civil War collecting and Southern travels it has come time to offer some things to an appreciative home. This exceptional relic of the patriotic fervor of secession came to us through the door at one of our years of doing Civil War shows. Best described here by our photo illustrations, the body of this palmetto frond fan measures approximately 11 ¼ X 9 ¼ inches and is about 16 ¾ inches in total length including the handle. The piece remains in solid condition while offering good evidence of age and period hand stitched construction. Embellished with seven stitched sequin stars as will be familiarly seen in use as Confederate officers uniform, collar insignia (see the old Whitehouse of the Confederacy Museum collection) the fan retains a carved vegetable device with a penned palmetto tree in the center with the S. C. South Carolina designation. Patriotic red, white and blue ribbons flow from the S. C. device. While patriotic secession cockades were popularly worn in the period with the Palmetto State palmetto frond cockade of South Carolina likely the best known today, this fan is the only such device we have seen or heard of in our years of paying attention to such things. While we have a commercially made Civil War period patriotic Union ladies fan in our personal collection, we suspect this South Carolina secession fan to have been totally hand crafted thus produced in a limited number.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6286: transitional 17th / 18th century PEWTER SPOON

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transitional 17th / 18th century PEWTER SPOON Our photo illustrations will do best to describe this nice old Revolutionary War / colonial era use pewter spoon except to advise that this transitional English spoon shows the typical deep, round bowl and drawn handle of English spoons dating from the last quarter of the 17th century while offering the shaped handle of the 1st quarter of the 18th century. The bowl is an oversized 2 9/16 inch round shape and the entire spoon is just over 7 inches showing that it has taken more of an 18th century aspect. A British Crown hallmark on the inside of the bowl will require some additional research. All original and period, this rarely surviving common use spoon remains in excellent condition with that natural age patina the antique pewter enthusiasts covet. 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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