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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6037: earlier 19th century through Civil War era STOVEPIPE HAT

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earlier 19th century through Civil War era STOVEPIPE HAT Our illustrations will do best to describe this beautiful beaver stovepipe hat except to advise that it stands approximately 7 1/2 inches with a desirable bell shape at the crown indicating a slightly pre Civil War manufacture. Evidence of a very slight crush indentation could easily be pushed out (we’d leave it as found). This and the most minor bit of edge wear only bring character to this attractive stovepipe. An attractive gold bullion cockade appears to have been applied by the hatter as the stitching is under the original paper lining rather than passing through the lining per a post manufacture application. A classic wide sweat band remains solidly stitched in place and an applied yellow label inside the crown remains blank. A feature likely placed by a local hat merchant to cover the original maker identity of simply a feature to facilitate the identification of the owner- wearer. An outstanding all original and as found stovepipe with a showy gold bullion cockade of militia or patriotic intent, this offering will go well in any quality Mexican War through Civil War headgear 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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5991: c. 1830s Thomas Hollis - Dr. Ward’s Vegetable Pills BROADSIDE

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c. 1830s Thomas Hollis - Dr. Ward’s Vegetable Pills BROADSIDE Printed on one side only, by D. Hooton, Merchants Hall, Boston, this original old medical cure broadside was published in the 1830s and measures approximately 12 X 8 ½ inches extoling the virtues of Dr. Ward's Vegetable Asthmatic Pills prepared and distributed by Thomas Hollis, 30 Union Street, Boston Established in 1826, druggist and chemist Thomas Hollis did business at this address through the mid 19th century. Advertising for sale Dr. Ward's Vegetable Asthmatic Pills, the piece promotes benefits for coughs, colds, whooping cough, etc. with directions for use. Printed on rag paper the broadside remains in excellent condition save an obviously period water stain. (Easily removed but we would leave the piece as found and as is.) No tears folds or separations and a nice size for 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 6018: exceptionally nice condition!  Civil War era COFFEE POT

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exceptionally nice condition! Civil War era COFFEE POT Another product of last winter’s clean out, we have had this wonderful old period coffee pot for years but it is time to make some room. Well documented in style and construction by Civil War site diggers and the existence of such in the Steamboat Berterand (sunk on the Missouri River in 1865) excavation collection, this example stands approximately 8 inches from base to mouth, offers period construction characteristics and good evidence of period originality and age by virtue of an attractive natural patina on outer surfaces that comes to tinned sheet iron only after decades. Of particular note with all this is that when we remove the lid and inspect the interior, we find that it remains nearly as new! With no dents, rust, or other condition issues yet with convincing evidence of age, this wonderfully preserved period pot appears never to have been used! An outstanding addition to any period 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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5523: antique Medical / Scientific  SPIRITS BURNER

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antique Medical / Scientific SPIRITS BURNER This little antique spirits burner remains complete to include its ground glass cap and often lost brass burner with its original wick. A must-have to set with any complete Civil War era medical or scientific grouping, these little burners were indispensable to period apothecaries and physicians as they prepared medications, preformed cauterizations, or sanitized instruments. Utilized as a heat source for any number of medical tasks, this little burner will display well with a periodcuppingglass. (You may enter bleeding cupin our search feature for an available selection.) Complete and in nice condition with no chips cracks or other issues. 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 5888: Civil War era - gaming theme – Tobacco Pipe

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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! :


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5995: Rare! Civil War Production Ames - General Staff & Staff Corps grade – Mod.1860 Staff Sword

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Rare! Civil War Production Ames - General Staff & Staff Corps grade – Mod.1860 Staff Sword An outstanding example of a very scares Civil War sword, this quality, all original war time Ames Mod. 1860 General Staff and Staff Corps grade sword will please the most discriminating collector. Offering good evidence of age, originality and light period use, yet remaining in exceptional condition, this impressive sword exhibits all of the distinctive Civil War characteristics that set it apart from later commonly seen models: elliptical blade, functional folding counterguard; plain browned (not nickeled) scabbard, plain scabbard drag and eye catching exceptional quality, high-relief cast and chased hilt. The ray skin grip and wire remain in fine all original condition and the folding counter guard exhibits early, plain features and is locked in place by a spring-loaded button which still functions perfectly. All this and with strong blade etching of early quality, this Mod. 1860 exists as one of the rarest of Civil War swords. ( As demonstrated by the illustrative use of a post-Civil War version by Harold Peterson in his classic reference The American Sword 1775 – 1945.) Established by War Dept. General Order #21 on August 28, 1860, the Mod. 1860 S & F sword was prescribed for optional wearbuy General Staff and Staff Corps grade officers. (Optional being the operative word here and likely why the unpopular early issue Mod. 1860 Staff grade sword was produced in limited numbers.) On June 11, 1861 Ames received the first order from the Ordinance Department for the new Mod. 1860 General Officers sword. While the initial order was for 300 swords it was cancelled May 24, 1862 with only 55 swords having been completed and delivered. Ordinance Departments records show that Ames ultimately delivered only 249 swords of this model the last delivery dated July 27, 1865 was for 24 swords. While records indicate that contract arms were to be U. S. marked with date and inspector initials no so marked examples could be documented by the author who classified existence of marked Mod. 1860 S & F swords as speculative (see: Ron Hickox: Collectors Guide to Ames U. S. Contract Military Edged Weapons) While the long use of the Mod. 1860 S & F, (made mandatory for all officers except Medical, Pay Department and mounted officers in 1872) and popularly utilized general design features have made the type a most commonly encountered type, the rarely seen early Civil War sword of this model is coveted by knowledgeable collector / historians and is most easily distinguishable from the later example by the configuration of its straight blade which is elliptical in cross section () while the later version is diamond shaped <> in cross section. With all this said, our photo illustrations will provide the best physical description of this exceptional Civil War Mod. 1860 General Staff and Staff Corps grade sword. 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 4478: Civil War era Barber STRAIGHT RAZOR

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Civil War era Barber STRAIGHT RAZOR With its oversized, heavy blade this Frederick Reynolds / Sheffield marked straight razor offers slabbed horn grips with pewter spacer at the butt with peened iron pins and brass ferrules. The 1 inch wide blade is marked The Celebrated – HOLLOW GROUND RAZOR – FOR BARBER USE. Not for the razor collector who is looking for an as new example but a pleasing item for the collector / historian who appreciates good age and period use, this barber razor offers a nice bright blade with some period carbon steel splotching as evidence of age and decades of storage. The natural whale baleen grips remain solid with no splits and in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and originality.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6021: ultra-rare! original mid 1800s – wood /graphite PENCIL with ERASER

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ultra-rare! original mid 1800s – wood /graphite PENCIL with ERASER This offering will fall in the who cares? category (especially at 50 bucks a pop!) for all but the antique writing instrument collector or the mid-19th century personal item enthusiast who appreciates the rarity of the many every day personal items, common in their day but seldom surviving. This rare example remains as newand in out of the box condition while offering good evidence of age and period originality. Guaranteed to please this rarely surviving writing instrument was fashioned from raw, unfinished, red cedar with the clearly period attachment of its vulcanized rubber eraser. Our photo illustrations will offer the best description short of holding the pencil in your hand. I suppose the origin of the common pencil, fitted with a rubber eraser has not been the subject of crushing interest but for those who care, it all began in 1839 when Charles Goodyear developed a method of curing raw rubber called vulcanization. Aside from making his name common to today’s Civil War era rubber goods collectors, (see: India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era by Mike Woshner ) the application of Goodyear’s process gave the now durable product wide application potential with the rubber eraser becoming just one of innumerable uses for Goodyear’s vulcanized rubber. The idea of permanently mounting a rubber eraser on the end of a common wood and graphite pencil first occurred just prior to the Civil War when in 1858 Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil. In 1862, Lipman sold his patent for $100,000 ! 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 6030: 3rd quarter 19th century - Patent Expansion Lamp Shade – BOX LABEL

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3rd quarter 19th century - Patent Expansion Lamp Shade – BOX LABEL This unused 19th century paper box label is uncut measuring 7 ½ inches X 15 inches was printed for cutting to produce box end labels for the The Patent Expansion Lamp Shade with White’s Improvements, Mfg. By Woodsum & Co., Boston, Mass. The labels picture the lamp shade installed on an oil lamp and collapsed. A neat item for the antique 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 5601: Civil War CDV – Pvt. John Kummerle – 8th N.Y. (‘Washington Grays’)- Killed In Action

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Civil War CDV – Pvt. John Kummerle – 8th N.Y. (‘Washington Grays’)- Killed In Action Our illustrations will do best to describe this offering except to advise that John Kummerle was 25 years of age when he enlisted and was mustered in on April 23,1861 as a private of Co. F the 8th New York State Militia, WASHINGTON GRAYS. Pvt. Kummerle was Killed In Action on June 8, 1862 at Cross Keys, Virginia. (In the battle of Cross Keys this regiment’s killed, wounded and missing numbered 220 out of a total of 550 engaged.) Besides his distinctive uniform, Pvt. Kummerle’s WASHINGTON – F – GRAYS waist belt plate is clearly legible in the photograph along with the regimental #8 on his kepi. 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 3862: Victorian era ladies Mother of Perl - WAIST BUCKLE

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Victorian era ladies Mother of Perl - WAIST BUCKLE Illustrated here with a period U. S. quarter for size comparison, our photos will do best to describe this attractive mid to later 19th century ladies accessory except to advise that the buckle is fashioned from natural figured shell and remains in excellent, even usable, condition. A nice piece for use or display in any quality Civil War vintage ladies grouping. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 769: 148th NYV CIVIL WAR vet's GROUP

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148th NYV CIVIL WAR vet's GROUP A nice group of eleven Civil War veteran items (5 badges with attached ribbons, 2 badges, 3 plain ribbons and a GAR uniform button) acquired from the great granddaughter of Charles A. Gillet who served in the War as a 1st Sgt. Of the 148th New York Volunteer Infantry. Per the granddaughter who has been the last family custodian of Gillet’s mementos he was very active in the 148th Veterans Regimental Association before his death. Be sure and click to see the largest illustration for details. All are solid and in excellent condition with only one ribbon demonstrating a bit of fraying (see the ribbon with badge at the top center of the illustration. We will provide the buyer with our letter of provenance to preserve the history of this attractive veteran’s group. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!. If you are new to our catalog and wish additional ordering information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!

 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5976: private purchase  Lefaucheux Pinfire Revolver

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private purchase Lefaucheux Pinfire Revolver While the larger M 1854, 12mm Lefaucheux pattern pinfire revolver was to become the fourth most commonly used revolver in the American Civil War, surpassed only by the Colt, Remington and Starr percussion pistols, that popularity undoubtedly brought it’s little brother the compact little folding trigger 7mm as is offered here into the field as many took privately owned, Lefaucheux pattern, pin fire revolvers into the fray. Once again we owe diggers a note of gratitude as it is not uncommon for relic hunters to find 7mm and 9mm as well as the more common 12mm pinfire cartridges in known Civil War campsites. Excavated and recovered pinfire revolvers are known from these campsites as well with at least one small privately owned pinfire recovered from the wreck of the USS Cairo gunboat. It is on display at Vicksburg National Military Park. While most of those imported for private purchase by the popular military equipage firm Schuyler Hartley & Graham, appear to have been acquired directly from Lefaucheux in Paris, existing examples with American Civil War provenance clearly place Belgian proofed revolvers in the mix. Other importers who brought pinfire revolvers to our shores include Herman Boker, George Raphael and Tiffany & Company. Period documentation indicates that pinfire revolvers saw significant use by Confederate soldiers and many deep south arsenals maintained inventories of pin fire cartridges. This revolver is a solid example of a Belgian made gun with strong Liège proofs. Offered as found and acquired from a small Civil War grouping this pleasing little personal arm remains untouched and as carried even to include the removal of the ejector rod and keeper, common malady of carried examples of these little pinfires, as ejection of spent cartridges was easily accomplished without putting up with a protruding and cumbersome ejection rod when tucking the little hide-out away in pocket, waist belt or boot. An attractive Civil War display item without breaking the bank. 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!

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.


 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5942: Civil War   BUTTON BOARD

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Civil War BUTTON BOARD A must have for the haversack, Civil War personal grouping, or button display is the lowly button board. A common item of the sharp troop of the day, the button board was used to prevent staining of uniform material while polishing the brass buttons. While manufactured button boards of sheet brass have proven to be the most likely survivors, hand made boards of wood are known to have been used though original period examples are seldom found outside older collections. Recently acquired from just such a vintage collection, this hand crafted button board appears to have been made from a repurposed wooden cigar box cover. Pleasing to the eye this example remains in nice condition with no splits or repairs yet with good evidence of age, originality and period 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 6041: Gettysburg Presentation CANE -  Lt. Bowen 2nd Mich. Cavalry to Pvt. J. V. Morrison 5th Mich. Cavalry

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Gettysburg Presentation CANE - Lt. Bowen 2nd Mich. Cavalry to Pvt. J. V. Morrison 5th Mich. Cavalry With lots of character, evidence of considerable period use and caring in the form of a period string reinforcement to protect against the furthering of a small split along the grain of its shaft, the lineage of this relic walking stick has been preserved by an old index label identifying the sticks origin as Gettysburg 1877. A small period silver band fastened below the head is nicely script engraved Presented to J. V. M. by Lieut. Geo. Bowen 1877. Passed from descendants of Joseph V. Morrison (1840-1890) who served s a Private of Co. A 5th Michigan Cavalry Custer’s Cavalry Brigade Morrison was mustered in on August 18, 1862 and remained with the regiment until shortly after the Battle of Gettysburg when he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps. Morrison was awarded a pension for disability in 1866 and entered the National Home for Disabled Veterans, Western Division, in 1874. Fellow Michigan Cavalry Veteran and benefactor with respect to the walking stick, George Bowen (1841-1931) mustered in on September 7, 1861 as a Private of Co F 2nd Michigan Cavalry Custer’s Cavalry Brigade. He remained in service to the 2nd Cavalry promoting through the ranks an receiving commission to Lieutenant before discharge on November 19, 1864. Remaining sound (the period string reinforcement is not a break) with lots of eye appeal this Civil War remembrance from one old Cavalryman to another, will make a nice addition to any period 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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