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Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5639: Civil War era percussion conversion - U. S. SPRINGFIELD Mod. 1840 Musket

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5639

Civil War era percussion conversion - U. S. SPRINGFIELD Mod. 1840 Musket A nice honest piece with appealing evidence of age and period use, this Springfield U. S. Model 1840 remains in excellent all original condition with an appealing deep chocolate natural age patina overall and that untouched but issued and used quality that is so hard to find today. A Maine attic find of some years ago, this honest old .69 caliber smooth bore musket is complete with the exception of its ramrod (easily replaced if you wish) and remains otherwise as issued with its nicely marked and 1841 dated SPRINGFIELD lock The Mod. 1840 musket enjoyed a long run in the military with use in the Mexican War through the American Civil War. The .69 caliber smooth-bore Mod.1840 was the last of the flintlocks and as such was found in considerable supply in both Northern and Southern armories at the outbreak of the Civil War. (Conspiracy enthusiasts find it more than interesting that in the late days prior to secession, then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis was said to have caused the filling of Southern States arsenals with such surplus arms.) With arsenal conversion to the percussion system, the old Mod. 1840 musket saw considerable service by both Union and Confederate troops remaining a common site on the battlefield through 1863 with many remaining in action for the duration of the Civil War. (see: Coates & Thomas Civil War Small Arms) An all too scarce opportunity to acquire a good honest example of one of these U. S. Springfield made and converted Civil War Springfield muskets at a less than prohibitive price. 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!

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 63192: Civil War era CASED INK PEN

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Civil War era CASED INK PEN This outstanding Civil War era traveling ink pen has a shaft of natural shell with knurled gold plate grip and period tapered gold nib. The attractive writing instrument is approximately 5.75 inches in total length and remains nestled in its original carrying case. All remain in pleasing condition even to the delicate hinge which unlike the vast majority of surviving examples is not split but remains solid and is without repair. A nice item for the Civil War collector or writing instrument 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 63179: vintage macramé covered – Pocket Telescope

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vintage macramé covered – Pocket Telescope Best appreciated here by our illustrations, this antique three drawer pocket telescope measures 5 inches closed and extends to approximately 14 ¼ inches drawn. In nice original condition with good optics and with a nicely age patinated macrame cover, this vintage telescope will do well in use or in a period display.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4096: earlier to mid 1800s South Carolina Barrier Islands – BEADED BAG

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earlier to mid 1800s South Carolina Barrier Islands – BEADED BAG A bit of a conundrum when we acquired this wonderful remnant of early Black Americana because we knew but little of the category yet, thankfully, we learned relatively early on to trust our judgment when presented with a special opportunity. The pattern design of this beaded bag and the fact that the piece came out in the coastal Old South indicated a Sea Islands or Barrier Island plantation origin. Set aside in our personal accumulation, we have enjoyed the piece and now it is time make it available as we clear away some of the fruits of our years of search. (Some of you may enjoy MaineLegacy.com a display from our personal Civil War collection.) Our illustrations will do best to describe this wonderful vintage glass beaded bag, adding only that it measures approximately 6 1/2 X 7 1/4 inches including the fringe with pattern on both sides, cotton draw string and a silk lining. The bag is entirely original with good evidence of age and period use. The glass beaded body and fringe remain solid and the original beige silk lining remains intact but with some splitting and tenderness. 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 63200: Georgia Embossed Wallet of Civil War Confederate Gen. Howell Cobb

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Georgia Embossed Wallet of Civil War Confederate Gen. Howell Cobb Another treasure from our years of seeking out and collecting treasures with an emphasis on the Civil War period, this period wallet will be best described here by our photo illustrations except to reemphasize the period signature of Georgia statesman and Confederate General Howell Cobb. Bearing decorative embossing to include the Georgia State Seal the wallet remains supple with solid stitching while remaining in untouched and as found condition with good evidence of age, period use and originality. The period ink signature is faint with age and wear but remains clearly legible and compares well with period examples of Cobb’s hand. (see illustrations) The wallet bears an additional ink notation that is likely an address but is undecipherable to us.
A southern Democrat, Cobb served five terms in the United States House of Representatives and was Speaker of the House from 1849 to 1851 when he was elected Governor of Georgia serving in that capacity between 1851 and 1853. He was Secretary of the Treasury under President James Buchanan, 1857- 1860. Howell Cobb is most remembered though for his 1861 service to the CSA as one of its founders serving as President of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States where delegates of the Southern declared secession creating the Confederate States of America. Forming Georgia’s Cobb’s Legion, Howell Cobb held the rank of Brigadier General from February 12,1862 until September 9,1863 when he was promoted to the rank of Major General. He died just three years after the close of the Civil War. Another Brimfield, Mass. antique extravaganza find from years ago when such treasures could be found tucked away among the offerings of antique dealers and pickers who gathered there three times a year from all over the Country . 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 63161: mid-19th century tubular wick Oil Lamp

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mid-19th century tubular wick Oil Lamp Standing approximately 5 inches from base to burner top, this attractive little chimneyless oil lamp is an example of a transition from the similarly sized double wick camphene lamps of the 1850s . Despite wide continued use of the volatile camphene lamps through the mid-19th century, by the time of the Civil War the U.S. Patent Office had recorded nearly 250 different patents for all manner of lamps, wicks, burners, and fuels to meet consumer demand for less volatile, clean illumination. The tube wick lamp offered a departure from the dangerous mixture of turpentine, alcohol, and camphor oil (camphene) lamp.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3503: late 1700s early 1800s TINTED SPECTACLES

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late 1700s early 1800s TINTED SPECTACLES A really nice pair of early tinted spectacles, these unusually heavy cast nickel silver frames are in fine condition with sharp edges and little evidence of use. Unmarked as to maker and with classic shape and two piece hinged temples with ribbon loops. An unusually nice early pair of prescription tinted glasses.
Manufacturer: American  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 4468: 31st Mass. Vol. Infantry 19th ARMY CORPS BADGE

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31st Mass. Vol. Infantry 19th ARMY CORPS BADGE This wonderful jeweler made Civil War silver 19th Army Corps badge measures approximately 1 3/16 inch square and sports a tintype image of its’ owner in the center where the division color would usually be seen. The piece came out accompanied by three 31st Massachusetts Regimental Association ribbons and we surmise that the original owner placed the Civil War photograph in his old corps badge for post war wear at Association reunions. A desirable piece in excellent all original condition and still accompanied by the 1883, 1884 and 1885 31st Mass. Regimental Association reunion ribbons. An especially nice item for the Port Hudson 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 63174: Patriotic Lady Cannonier  -  painted LANTERN SLIDE

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Patriotic Lady Cannonier - painted LANTERN SLIDE Best described here by our illustrations, such wood mounted Magic Lantern slides saw considerable use through the mid 1860’s though the type actually predate the wet plate generated photo slides popular in the Civil War era. This one offers a colorfully hand colored and artist rendered Revolutionary War view of a of a young maiden cannoneer.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6300: especially desirable! handcrafted – earlier to 19th century 9 pin SKITTLES GAME

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especially desirable! handcrafted – earlier to 19th century 9 pin SKITTLES GAME This especially nice early handcrafted skittles game is held in its original 11 X 7 7/8 X 3 7/8 inch dovetailed American black walnut, slide-top case and retains its original full complement of 10 pins with 2 game balls of dense lignum vitae wood . The turned pins of a variety of hardwood species from rock maple, pecan, live oak, &c, though each is identical in size and shape very in weight and make the game especially challenging.
Originating in Europe well before the 1700s the game of skittles was a mainstay of English pubs well before immigrating to America where the ten-pin version is now considered a forerunner to modern bowling. Popular in ten, nine and four pin versions both as a parlor game where the pins were set-up in diamond fashion on the wood of carpeted floor, the game of skittles was also played out of doors and was popularly played by children as well as adults. Emanating from a history as an English pub or drinking game, by the time of the American Civil War the game was popularly played in the ten-pin version by common folk and high society alike, indoors and out by children and adults. ( A period example of a skittles game had been on display as part of the period memorabilia of the Jefferson Davis, White House of the Confederacy, home section of the old Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond.)
Equally appropriate to home, pub or Civil War winter camp, this outstanding entirely handmade skittles game offers good evidence of age and period use yet remains in exceptional, all original and period 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 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 63203: Vermont Chaplain’s  -  Sanitary Commission SOLDIER’S FRIEND

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Vermont Chaplain’s - Sanitary Commission SOLDIER’S FRIEND Best described here by our photo illustrations except to advise that while showing age and appropriate period use, this little pocket size soldiers guide remains solid at the binding with tight pages and is pleasingly original to the period without objectionable issues. Published by the U. S. Sanitary Commission as THE SOLDIER’S FRIEND the 128 page guide offers all manner of information of critical information to the Civil War soldier with emphasis on the infirmed. It offers content from a pay scale table, to lists of Soldier Hospitals and visitation, access to artificial limbs, claim agencies, discharge, and furlough information, soldier’s aid societies, homes and lodging, a Warning to Soldiers with a rather specific group of scams aimed at the unwary soldier and informative material on such unpleasantness as Sanitary Commission agents whose duty it is to bury the dead with specifics of their charge. In addition to these and other materials, the little SOLDIER’S FRIEND offers spiritual guidance to include devotionals and patriotic hymns. Of interest to the personal item collector, especially the Civil War Chaplain enthusiast, will be the period fly-leaf inscription attesting to the fact that the volume was carried in the Civil War by Rev. Ephraim C. Cummings as Chaplain of the 15th Vermont Infantry (10/29/1862 – 8/5/1863). The penned brown ink inscription is dated 1897 as a presentation to the Grand Army of the Republic and signed by the widow of Rev. Cummings who was a member of the Bosworth GAR Post #2 in Portland, Maine where he had served as Pastor of the Universalist Church. We acquired this piece some years ago when it came available to us from relics of the long since demolished G. A. R. post. A really nice personal item and period reference. 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 5702: 1700s early 1800s brass DOCUMENT SEAL

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1700s early 1800s brass DOCUMENT SEAL Our photo illustrations should do best to describe this nice old document except to advise that it is entirely original with a most appealing natural age patina and bears the name C. C. Rise. please note: 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 4276: Maine BALLOT BOX

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Maine BALLOT BOX Our illustrations will likely do best to describe this neat old Maine ballot box except to advise that it measures approximately 9 5/8 inches in length, 6 ¾ inches wide and 5 inches high. Hand crafted with decorative cast iron hardware, Maine military staff buttons set on the ballot drawer and retaining the original wooden ballots, this old ballot box remains in nice condition ready to set out with any period military, lodge, Loyal Legion or G. A. R. 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 5979: antique natural amber stem -  carved meerschaum TOBACCO PIPE

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antique natural amber stem - carved meerschaum TOBACCO PIPE This outstanding vintage carved meerschaum tobacco pipe offers that eye appealing rich honey color that comes only with time, handling and lots of pleasant period smoking. It’s intricate detail, quality of carving and immaculate condition, is set off by its natural amber stem and will best be described by our illustrations. In addition to it’s fine condition with no breaks, chips or cracks this beautiful equine motif antique tobacco pipe remains in it’s original hinged, fitted case. Left as found, the case remains in excellent condition and will show as fine with a light application of proper leather dressing (we would leave it as is). 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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