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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 6260: exceptional condition! ¼ plate Civil War Mounted Artillery BUGLER TINTYPE

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exceptional condition! ¼ plate Civil War Mounted Artillery BUGLER TINTYPE Standing full length before a painted patriotic backdrop, our young Light Artillery troop holds the early Civil War issue heavy Mod. 1840 mounted artillery saber and wears the regulation crimson piped musician waist jacket of a bugler. The classic knee high boots with early war shoulder scales round out the content of as fine a condition Civil War tintype as can be found. 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 6213: scarce -  period pint size RYE WHISKEY JUG with LABEL

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scarce - period pint size RYE WHISKEY JUG with LABEL Best described by our photos this nice little personal size 19th century rye whiskey jug retains good portions of its original label and is offered here in excellent as found with no chips, cracks, imperfections or other condition issues. An exceptionally nice little spirits jug sporting its original label. 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 6225: fine condition - Ladies FUR MUFF by the Civil War WHIPPLE HAT makers: Purinton & Ham

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fine condition - Ladies FUR MUFF by the Civil War WHIPPLE HAT makers: Purinton & Ham This outstanding c. 1860 ladies’ fur muff remains in fine condition and is offered here as found in its original 10 ¾ high X 8 inch diameter cylindrical pasteboard box. All in sound condition despite its age and period stitched reinforcement, the box retains the bold label RICH FURS from PURINTON & HAM’S / New Hat, Cap & Fur House / [ 2 ] Central Street, Dover, N. H.. Of interest to the Civil War historian, particularly the military head gear enthusiast is the fact that Purinton & Ham were Civil War contractors to the state of New Hampshire producing the now rare and highly desirable Whipple pattern havelock uniform hat. (see: Bazelon & McGuinn: Directory of American Millitary Goods Dealers and Makers 1775-1950 On the box lid is the period identification of the original owner Mrs. David N. Goodwin – S. Berwick, Maine. Our research found Mrs. David N. Goodwin (Sarah) in the 1860 U.S. Census as the 22 year old wife of David who owned a prosperous leather tanning business in South Berwick, Maine. All this said about the box and who owned the piece should not overshadow the quality and condition this beautiful mid-19th century ladies’ fur muff. 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 60154: handmade - Civil War era WALLET - Bakersville, Conn. - BAKER FAMILY PROVENANCE

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handmade - Civil War era WALLET - Bakersville, Conn. - BAKER FAMILY PROVENANCE This nicely made folding leather wallet is of that classic mid 1800s design that will be familiar to Civil War collectors. It measures approximately 4 X 6 ¾ inches folded and remains in fine, likely unused condition while offering good evidence of period age and originality. Of importance to the collector / historian and of special interest to the Baker family genealogist will be the penned note tucked away in the wallet:
This Wallet made by hand for my grandfather John Scott Baker by his Wife Martha (Moore) Baker. The leather was tanned by my great, great, grandfather Scott Baker. He was father of Anthony Baker, Anthony B. was father of John S. B. Leather tanned and wallet made in Bakersville, town of New Hartford, Connecticut. signed: Clara E. (Holcomb) Hill
A quick Google check produced a photo of an old three story Bakersville, Conn. building advising that the steam powered mill was built by John Scott Baker in 1859 to replace a water powered tannery built their by his grandfather Scott Baker in about 1812. We discovered further that Anthony Baker was the Bakersville Post Master in 1851, a position that his son John Scott Baker, for whom the wallet was made, would eventually hold.
All in excellent original condition and with a bit of a pedigree, this nice old Civil War vintage wallet is worthy of an appreciative home. 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 60171: original!  Civil War vintage - Telescoping Drinking Cup & Pocket Tin

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original! Civil War vintage - Telescoping Drinking Cup & Pocket Tin Best described by our illustrations, this period telescoping cup is offered untouched and as found while remaining in pleasing condition with a nice natural age patina and housed in its rarely found, original, MERIDEN BRITANNIA – POCKET DRINKING CUP stenciled carrying tin. The Meriden Britannia Company was formed in 1852 in Meriden, Connecticut as a manufacturer of wares from a pewter like material called britannia. As fragile as these soft britannia telescoping cups were, the survival rate of cups far outnumber existing examples of tin cases. An original cup in combination with its case retaining manufacturers stenciling will be a special find to the Civil War personal item collector. 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 6254: rare!  mid 1800s – Jones & Kelsall - PERCUSSION RIFLE

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rare! mid 1800s – Jones & Kelsall - PERCUSSION RIFLE We’ll let our illustrations do the talking for this desirable mid-19th century, set trigger, percussion rifle except to advise that it remains in most pleasing as used and set aside condition measuring 52 inches in overall length with a script J&K makers mark at the breach of its 36 inch barrel. (see: Sellers AMERICAN Gunsmiths / Jones & Kelsall Norwich, Connecticut) The heavy octagonal barrel measures 7/8 of an inch across the flats with a fine condition .45 caliber bore. With a pewter nose cap and brass furniture, the heavily figured rock maple remains in excellent plus condition with period finish and sports that subtle but all important raised grain feel that comes to striped maple only with decades of age and is indicative of never having been refinished. The Goulcherstyle lock offers a crisp action and the percussion nipple sports an unusual thin brass cup designed to shield the barrel breach and lock from corrosion. As an aside in our research we found the makers Ellis T. Jones and William G. Kelsall listed in the 1877 U. S. Patent Office Report as assignors for a Hand-stamp for tickets design patent with Jones listed as primary in partnership with a different secondary in 2 additional (non-gun related) patent filings. Additional input into the two Connecticut Yankees was provided by City Directories where we found the versatile Ellis T. Jones in mid 1800s Norwich, Conn. listings with William G. Kelsall listed in the same period in Hartford as a machinist then Norwich as a gunmaker. An exceptional New England half-stock, all period original, in excellent shape with no condition issues, and by scarce makers. 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 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 60133: Civil War period - Finger Lamp / Food Warmer

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Civil War period - Finger Lamp / Food Warmer This classic Civil War vintage spun brass finger lamp retains a period sheet iron modification to cooker / warmer. Standing approximately 6 inches the little finger lamp burner sports a hand crafted sheet iron chimney which incorporates a natural mica (isinglass) window emitting light and aiding in adjusting the flame for heat level. An interesting example of ingenuity aimed toward the conversion of a period common finger lamp into a handy traveling burner for boiling coffee and heating food. Offered here in as found and in untouched condition this little cooker remains in pleasing condition yet with eye appealing evidence of age and originality. A neat little personal item that would have served well in winter camp. 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 6246: outstanding Civil War Infantry Officer Tintype – ( Library of Congress # B8184-10541 )

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outstanding Civil War Infantry Officer Tintype – ( Library of Congress # B8184-10541 ) We will let our photo illustrations speak for this outstanding 6th plate tintype except to advise that it is in as nice condition with sharp focus and strong contrast as it appears hear. Of interest to the Civil War collector will be that a copy of this original is housed in the Library of Congress collection. ( see: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division / Selected Civil War Photographs, 1861-1865 #B8184-10541 ) 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 60125: c. 1800s  handcrafted sheet brass LANTERN

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c. 1800s handcrafted sheet brass LANTERN Our photo illustrations will offer the best description of this attractive mid 1800 lantern except to advise that it stands approximately 15 inches not including the bail handle, is about 8 inches wide and measures 5 ¼ inches deep. The lantern is hand fabricated of sheet brass with lead soldered seams. Offered here untouched except for wiping away the attic dust of decades of storage, the lantern retains that deep natural age patina that comes to brass only with considerable age and period use. An attractive handmade 19th century lighting device surviving with no condition issues, this attractive old oil lantern will set well in any period grouping and will be of special interest to Civil War era enthusiasts.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 60168: original! Civil War vintage 5th Corps - HAIR WATCH CHAIN

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original! Civil War vintage 5th Corps - HAIR WATCH CHAIN Our photo illustrations will do best to describe this piece except to advise that it measures just under 11 inches in length and is in fine untouched and unpolished, as found condition in all respects with no breaks, frays or other condition issues to the intricate hand work of the hair. Set aside decades ago just as you see it here with the distinctive silver 5th Corps fob. 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 60163: Civil War vintage BOOTS

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Civil War vintage BOOTS Our photos will likely do best to describe these boots except to advise that they stand 12 1/2 inches high measures 10 5/8 inches from heel to toe. The boots offer good evidence of period construction to include wood pegged soles and remain pliable and solid yet with good age with actual period use and wear. Most important to the purist collector is that these attractive boots are offered here ready for display, untouched and as they came out of decades of storage. With no leather dressing, brushing or any attempt to alter appearance from the period used and set aside in storage, while surviving in in pleasing condition look, these boots will add charm and originality to any 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 5508: c. 1850 / 1860s camphene – LANTERN BURNER

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c. 1850 / 1860s camphene – LANTERN BURNER A very scarce camphene lantern burner! Fashioned from die struck sheet brass with retainer clips for use in the circa 1850 early 1860 fixed globe style lanterns, this lantern burner is intended for use with camphenerather than the usual whale or coal oil fuel commonly used in these old lanterns. Dangerous though it could be due to its volatility, camphene (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) gained popularity in the 1850s and early 1860s as it produced a clean burning bright light. Generally restricted to smaller, stationary lighting devices because of its potentially dangerous volatility, an application such as this one intended for use in the larger portable globe lantern is very unusual. The extra length and small diameter of the wick tube offered an extra measure of separation of flame from fuel reservoir and is a telltale feature of the camphene lighting device. Commonly thought of solely to facilitate extinguishing the flame, the little chain secured cap was in actuality primarily for the prevention of evaporation of the fuel when not on use. ( note: The only lantern we are aware of manufactured for use with camphene is the SARGENT’S PAT. 1861 fixed globe lantern. With some considerable variation from the Sargent’s Patent burner though, the subject example was clearly not of Sargent’s manufacture and was likely offered as a separate purchase for use with the common fixed globe lantern of the period. ) All in nice original condition this scarce camphene lantern burner is offered just as it came to us, uncleaned and unpolished just as collectors prefer. 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 6185: Lord collection – Civil War Officers Infantry Horn – HAT INSIGNIA

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Lord collection – Civil War Officers Infantry Horn – HAT INSIGNIA Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this outstanding period officers bullion infantry horn hat insignia except to advise that while it shows good evidence of age and originality it remains in unused as new condition just as it would have been supplied to the hatter for trimming and application. Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of pioneer Civil War collector will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend. A Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference, Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA. While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest in Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors. (Use Lord in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) 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 5489: early 19th century martial POWDER HORN

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early 19th century martial POWDER HORN An outstanding companion piece for display with a late 1700s early 1800s military musket, this brass mounted horn measures approximately 13 ½ inches in length from its 2 5/8 diameter base to the charger tip. Clearly made for heavy use, the heavy brass charger offers a removable measure affording the appropriate charge for the period 69 caliber smoothbore musket. With eye appealing deep patina on the uncleaned brass furniture and attractive natural coloration of the horn body, our illustrations will speak best for this rare old horn. A scarce opportunity for the marshal collector, this is the first Riling #1172 we have seen on the market for a good many years. (see: Ray Riling's The Powder Flask Book plate #1172) 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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Maine - mounted Union Cavalryman - ¼ plate Tintype Our photo illustrations will speak best for this outstanding quarter plate tintype except to advise that it does have some soft creases not impacting on the photo emulsion which remains solid. Acquired here in Maine, we offer this image with some trepidation as our man displays all the earmarks of a 1st Maine Cavalry troop and fits well within our personal frame of interest (see: MaineLegacy.com) we have decided to move it along as we attempt to thin out some of our accumulation of 50 plus years. A nice honest in the field Civil War cavalry image. 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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