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especially desirable! Civil War era MEDICAL OFFICER - STRAPS Recently acquired from an old collection, this all original pair of Civil War vintage medical officer shoulder straps will be best described by our photo illustrations. All in nice untouched condition in a rich dark green velvet as was prescribed by Army regulation, this scarce pair will lay well in any quality Civil War insignia collection and will be of special interest as a Civil War Army Surgeon item. 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 5584: antique - Grass Basket WEAVING TOOL

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antique - Grass Basket WEAVING TOOL Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison this antique grassstripingtool was used to strip or cut narrow strands from wide bladed grass for the purpose of weaving. A blade of fibrous swamp or marsh grass was held in place by pressing down on a spring guide and drawn along its length over the several tiny blades. The grass was thus cut into long narrow strips for weaving baskets or other utilitarian and decorative handcrafts. All original and still in nice working condition this antiquestripper will go well as a companion piece with related items and is still useable for old stile crafting. 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 !!


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6355: Civil War Reconstruction / Indian War era beaver – G. W. Simmons & Son. - Shako

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Civil War Reconstruction / Indian War era beaver – G. W. Simmons & Son. - Shako We’ll depend on our photo illustration to provide the physical description of this attractive Reconstruction era shako except to advise that it remains in pleasing and complete condition while offering good evidence of age and originality. This beaver shako retains its early style 2 inch wide split leather sweat band with the maker label of G. W. Simmons & Son. Military Regalia and Firemen’s Goods OAK HALL 32 to 38 North Street, Boston , with original infantry chin strap buttons and plate. 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 6388: Civil War era - W. T. FRY Pat. 1863 TRAVELING FLASK & CUP

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Civil War era - W. T. FRY Pat. 1863 TRAVELING FLASK & CUP This near as new leather covered one-pint traveling flask is complete with its original pewter maker marked cup with nicely marked W. T. FRY’S PATENT OCTOBER 20, 1863 on the spout and early production W. T. FRY NEW YORK TOP WARRANTED NOT TO LEAK OR COME OFF on the cap. A classic utility of the Civil War era and a favorite personal item of the soldier, examples of this style may be found in such prestigious collections as the Gettysburg Visitor Center Civil War museum collection as well as the old Museum of the Confederacy collection in Richmond. This unusually nice condition example will make a fine addition to any quality Civil War vintage 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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6339: vintage bedside or ‘CHAMBER’ LAMP

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vintage bedside or ‘CHAMBER’ LAMP Not as old as our usual fare but we felt this little Pat. 1911marked lamp was worthy of inclusion. It stands a mere 7 inches from base to top of its milk glass shade and remains in pleasing original condition throughout with the patent marking in the glass gust under the screw off burner. A nice item for the vintage lighting 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 63105: rare!  Civil War import - Mod. 1849 German Bundesmarine  Percussion Single Shot Pistol

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rare! Civil War import - Mod. 1849 German Bundesmarine Percussion Single Shot Pistol While considered as being among the rarer of German origin martial arms, of significance to the American Civil War historian will be that this example of the Mod.1849 German Navy percussion pistol was altered by the Philadelphia, Wurfflein family of gunsmiths when the limited number of these pistols were purchased for import at the outset of the American Civil War. This rather massive three pound single shot percussion pistol measures approximately 16 inches in total length with a 9 1/4 inch 62 caliber barrel and remains in excellent condition as will be best described here by our illustrations. Untouched and original to the period with the signature Philadelphia, Wurfflein belt hook alteration and American standard musket nipple this rare Civil War import will set well in any quality Civil War collection. The lock is marked with the classic Double-Headed Eagle of the German Confederation with SUHL, S&C and Anchor. A total of 1,000 of these pistols were ordered for the Bundesmarine on 19 May 1849. This short lived first German Federal Navy lasted a mere four years upon which two of its ships were transferred to the Royal Prussian Navy with the remainder of their vessels, less their armament sold commercially. Pistols from the ships sold were stored at the Fortress of Mainz until 1861 when in the early Civil War clamor for arms, approximately eight-hundred of these Mod. 1849 pistols were purchased for import to this country. (see illustration Civil War Guns by William B. Edwards p. 292 / see also: illustration and description of a lesser example - 11/18/2013 Bonhmans Antique Arms Auction Catalogue lot#4250)
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6209: Gurnsey’s Rocky Mountain View – Pike’s Peak Signal Station & Signal Corps - Gen. A. J. Myer

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Gurnsey’s Rocky Mountain View – Pike’s Peak Signal Station & Signal Corps - Gen. A. J. Myer A desirable piece of Western photographic Americana and an especially interesting photo for the U. S. Signal Corps collector, this scarce Gurnsey’s Rocky Mountain Views stereo view card is titled U. S. Signal Station & Observatory and depicts the rock bound U. S. Signal Station in operation atop atop Pike’s Peak in 1873. Standing at right in forage cap with binoculars in hand is Albert James Myer. An Army Surgeon before the Civil War, developer of the Army Signal Corps wig-wag signaling system and at the outbreak of the Civil War then Major Myers became the army’s first signal officer and was ordered to organize and command the Signal Corps. Rising in the ranks to Colonel Myer was brevetted to Brig. General before the end of the war. In 1866 Gen. Myer was recognized by Congress as Chief Signal Officer, U. S. Signal Corps, a position he held until his death. Ultimately Gen. Albert James Myer was recognized as founder and father of both the U. S. Signal Corps and the U. S. Weather Bureau. Myer is identified in an alternate view of the Pike’s Peak Signal Station housed in the Library of Congress, prints and photographs collection. ( see our illustration) Clearly taken in the same session as the Library of Congress identified example, (see details) the view offered here has captured Myer now wearing his forage cap but with binoculars still in hand and with the same unidentified companion. 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 6387: important!  THE VIRGINIA COMPANY – harness decoration

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important! THE VIRGINIA COMPANY – harness decoration A bit of an enigma to us, a Google search for The Virginia Co. will offer more insight but suffice it to say here that the antique bass decoration offered here measures approximately 2 ¾ X 3 ¼ inches and features the Virginia Company coat of arms with THE VIRGINIA CO. boldly cast in its banner. The piece was constructed by sand casting and polished on its face all resulting in a loss of fine detail but commensurate with early construction methods. Untouched on its face with a nice patina polished only by handling, the back of the piece is dark with a rough surface commensurate with period sand casting. The decoration remains suspended on its well-worn and crudely hand stitched period leather harness strap sectioned to approximately 9 inches in length. The strap is pierced at the top apparently for display as a wall hanging which is likely how the piece survived. Formed in the pre-colonial time when the entire eastern seaboard of America was named Virginia from Maine to the Carolinas, the Virginia Company was empowered by the Crown to govern the colonies; this right was not conferred onto the colonies until the dissolution of the Company after considerable hardship and widespread destruction by Natives which all but decimated the English population. The right to self-government was not taken from the colonies however, thus establishing the wide spread principle among remaining colonists that they should be self-governing. While the specific history of this piece has been lost in time it is clearly worthy. 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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JOHN WILKES BOOTH – Identified PLAY PROMPT BOOK !! Acquired by us some years ago from a highly respected Portland, Maine antiquarian book dealer who purchased it in the later 1940s from a small Portland area 19th century playhouse cleanout, this prompt book bears two penned identifications on the title page Wilkes Booth and J. Wilkes Booth. A second J. W. Booth signed prompt book emanating from the same source was acquired by the Boothbay Theater Museum to be included in their prestigious theatrical history collection. While the circumstances that brought Booth’s prompt books to Portland have been lost in time, we know that the actor spent several weeks in Portland, Maine in the spring of 1861, leaving the city upon word of the firing upon Fort Sumter.
An extremely rare item (the J. W. Booth Collection : Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas claims the only prompt book of John Wilkes Booth's known to still exist) this French’s Standard Drama No. XXXIII prompt book is titled A NEW WAY TO PAY OLD DEBTS and is a five part comedy by Philip Massinger published in New York by Samuel French. It measures approximately 4 ½ X 7 3/8 inches and bears the book seller / stationer stamp of T. B. Pugh, cor. Sixth & Chestnut, Phila ( see: 1850s / 1860s directories). The prompt book is of 75 pages, tight at the string binding and all complete with no condition issues save normal wear and age. The soft cover is as seen here, complete with no tears, repairs or stains yet with some separation at the spine.
As we thin out part of our fifty year plus personal accumulation, we have looked toward our Abraham Lincoln memorabilia treasures (which include a full lock of the fallen presidents hair (see our MaineLegacy.com museum site), and we have decided to offer this important play prompt book from the group to a deserving new home. An important item and a major purchase, we have made every effort here to offer illustrations sufficient to making accurate evaluation of the prompt book and signatures. 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 63111: rare!  Wadhams / Kinsley & Parker’s  Pat. 1858 -  Thermoplastic PHOTO CASE

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rare! Wadhams / Kinsley & Parker’s Pat. 1858 - Thermoplastic PHOTO CASE Best described here by our photo illustrations this WADHAMS Manufacturing Co. gutta-percha / thermoplastic, 9th plate photo case with its Kinsley & Parker’s HINGE Patented June 1st, 1858, remains in untouched and as found condition with a small tear to the velvet liner and a minor scuff to the original label but importantly, with no imperfections to the case itself. A rare photo case (see: Rinehart case No. 15) tight at the hinges and with no cracks, chips, blemishes or other condition issues. 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 6314: original! Civil War vintage CANDLE HOLDER

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original! Civil War vintage CANDLE HOLDER Untouched and as found with period construction characteristics this tinned sheet iron candle holder looks for all the world to have been fashioned utilizing a 6 ¾ inch diameter haversack size mess plate. Remaining in excellent condition yet showing good age and period originality, this country made tin plate candle holder will lay in well in any Civil War vintage personal item or lighting display. 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 6255: earlier through the Civil War era Beaver ‘Stove Pipe’ – HAT with PATRIOTIC COCKADE

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earlier through the Civil War era Beaver ‘Stove Pipe’ – HAT with PATRIOTIC COCKADE Best described by our photo illustrations we offer this if only it could talk earlier to mid-1800s hat with some trepidation as we have had it for some time as witness to our weakness for such colorful old headgear. Time to move it on though, as we continue our attempt in weeding out a 50 + year accumulation. Measuring 13 inches across the brim front to back with an 8 inch diameter crown standing 7 ¼ inches high this character rich old stove pipe shows a good amount of period wear and age while remaining sound and with no holes, tears or separations. The extra wide split leather sweat band indicative of the period remains intact. An eye pealing classic, the clearly period red, white and blue cockade sets this piece of as a most appealing example of classic Americana. 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 60135: 19th century - brier & hard rubber TOBACCO PIPE

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19th century - brier & hard rubber TOBACCO PIPE Best described by our photo illustrations, this attractive period used tobacco pipe will make an attractive personal item addition set in with any quality Civil War / Indian Wars 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 6096: c. late 1830s / early 1860s Red – White & Blue CAMPHENE PARADE LANTERN

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c. late 1830s / early 1860s Red – White & Blue CAMPHENE PARADE LANTERN Mounted on its musket shaped oak parade staff and remaining in outstanding original condition, this wonderful old parade lantern retains its original camphene burner with patriotic red, white and blue glass panels. (With its frost etched glass panel, this offering mirrors the design and color configuration of a Lincoln / Hamlin red, white and blue parade lantern documented in the Smithsonian National Museum collection.) Retaining its original burner still fitted with the telltale extra length small diameter, tapered brass burner tubes specifically designed to handle the clean burning and especially bright but volatile camphene fuel. Popular in the 1850s with the use of camphene (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) as a lighting fuel waning in the early 1860s, this lantern easily dated in the Civil War period. Measuring approximately 4 feet, 9 inches in overall length mounted on its oak musket staff, the 5 inch square sheet iron lantern body measures about 11 ¼ inches in height from base to the top of its brass chimney cap. An outstanding piece of Civil War vintage patriotic / political Americana, this rare parade lantern will be of special interest to the Lincoln and Wide Awake enthusiasts as well as Civil War historians.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6399: unopened - Howe & Stevens Civil War vintage – Pat. 1863 DYE PACKET

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unopened - Howe & Stevens Civil War vintage – Pat. 1863 DYE PACKET A wonderful Civil War era display item in an especially desirable color, this all original and unopened textile dye packet measures approximately 2 ¾ X 1 ¾ X 1 inch thick with classic patriotic graphic and nomenclature of HOWE & STEVENS – Dye Color – MAIZE with Patented October 13, 1863 and the reminder that the content is for Dyeing Silk, Woolen & Cotton Goods, Shawls, Scarfs, Ribbons, Dresses, Feathers, Bonnets, Hats and all kinds of Wearing Apparel, with perfect FAST COLORS. Pleasing with its period Lady Liberty patriotic graphic and MAIZE color (a subdued natural yellow) this every day relic of the Civil War period will make a nice companion in any 19th century textile related grouping. (see: Civil War vintage Boston Business Directories) 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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