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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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5993: W. & T. Avery / T. Beach - PATENT BALANCE SCALES

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W. & T. Avery / T. Beach - PATENT BALANCE SCALES Described in period catalogue listings as Portable gold scales, field use beam scales comprising of a central metal support and two metal dishes attached by three metal chain each to a metal beam this beautiful set of c. 1830s gold scales still retains its original suspension cord for hand holding as was used in the field. The iron balance beam is marked AVERY in two places and measures approximately 10 ½ inches in length and remains untouched and as found with a touch of fine surface rust with a rich chocolate patina over all. Suspended from the beam by brass chain are two 5 3/16 inch diameter brass pans. Unpolished with attractive natural age patina, each bears the all-important W. & T. Avery / late T. Beach PATENTED marking. Dating : Founded in 1731 by James Ford the company passed to Thomas Beach and Joseph Balden, husband of Mary Avery. In the early part of the nineteenth century the business was passed to the Avery family who expanded the firm from a small local business to worldwide sale. The firm name became synonymous with quality and their portable patent balance scales were used in gold fields around the world. When Thomas Beach died in the early to mid-1830s the firm used the name W & T Avery / late T. Beach in transition. The partnership on W & T Avery was dissolved in 1865. All original and as found this wonderful set of early field use, portable gold scales should not be confused with the general use and much smaller boxed pocket scales on the period. This set will make a nice addition to any quality period display.



 

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5988: scarce original – Camillus Cutlery Co. - KNIFE & SPOON

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scarce original – Camillus Cutlery Co. - KNIFE & SPOON A bit out of our usual period but we couldn’t resist this scarce all original and untouched Camillus mess combination knife and spoon. Dating in the WWI era, we have left this superb example uncleaned and as found for the collector who will appreciate the originality of an example that remains tight at the joints with good snap and a blade that has never seen use or a whetstone. With only natural age as testimony to its WWI era origin this old standby will clean to near as new in the proper hands (shudder) but we would leave it as is. Well known to collectors, the Camillus Cutlery Company was one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the U. S. with roots dated to its founding in Camillus New York in 1876. With its CAMILLUS CUTLERY Co. / CAMILLUS N, Y. / U. S. A. found on many working and defense knives the now defunct manufacturer is among the most widely collected of the type. A workhorse in its day, nice uncleaned and unused out of the box examples of this knife and spoon mess combination are seldom found today. 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 6014: late 1800s / early 1900 Charlestown Prison - BATON

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late 1800s / early 1900 Charlestown Prison - BATON With a history of having been recovered from the Boston, Mass., Charlestown Prison, at the time of its closing in 1955, this prison guard baton retains its original, solid but stiff with age, leather lanyard bearing the name of Boston equipment supplier Henry K. Barnes & Co. Well known as a supplier of police and fire equipment as early as the mid 1890s, the company reaching its zenith during the roaring 20s. Turned from white oak, the baton measures approximately 24 inches and was plainly constructed, as a no frills enforcement utility. Surely a formidable weapon in the hands of a 1920s prison guard. First opened in 1805 the Charlestown Prison had a long and infamous history stretching through the tumultuous mob activity of the 1920s on into the 50s housing an impressive roster of local Boston area notables in this period, until it was closed in 1955. The last execution (1947) in Massachusetts occurred within the walls Charlestown Prison which also housed such well knowns as Sacco & Vanzetti with one Malcom Little holding fourth there from 1946 until he was paroled in 1952 and, under the name of Malcom X, quickly became the public face of the Nation of Islam. We will include our letter preserving the history of having emanated from the Charlestown Prison closure. 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 5967: especially nice Civil War vintage – handcrafted IRON MESS SPOON

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especially nice Civil War vintage – handcrafted IRON MESS SPOON The product of a cleanout as we go through our 50 year accumulation in an attempt at gaining some drawer space, this vintage tinned iron spoon will be especially appreciated by the Civil War era mess gear or personal item collector. Unlike the usual personal size spoons, machine fashioned from thinner die struck sheet iron, this example was hand crafted in one piece from heavier iron stock with die struck bowl and hand wrought handle. All hot dipped in molten tin, this example remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age, hand construction and period use with an appealing natural age patina. 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 2685: Civil War era MACRAME FLASK

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Civil War era MACRAME FLASK Most frequently associated with nautical handcrafting, this intricate cotton cord macrme work was a mark of the skill of the seafaring sail maker and line worker yet with typical use by many a New England seaman turned soldier volunteer, examples of the craft frequently found way into the military haversack. This beautiful cotton cord macramé covered pint flask measures approximately 7.5 inches in height and remains in excellent condition with the appeal of a natural age color and good evidence of period use. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 3797: Civil War 1st Mass. Infantry  Colonel-  SIGNED PRANG

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Civil War 1st Mass. Infantry Colonel- SIGNED PRANG This nice Civil War vintage photo album portrait is by L. Prang & Co., Boston & Washington and features the image of Robert Cowdin as Colonel 1st Massachusetts Infantry. The engraved portrait features a signature facsimile on the front and on the back is a fine bold original autograph in the hand of Col. Cowdin. Robert Cowdin was a 55 year old Boston merchant when on May 22,1861 he was commissioned Colonel of the 1st Mass. Volunteer Infantry. On October 1, 1862 he was promoted Brig. General of U. S. Volunteers. A nice item for the Mass. Civil War collector or autograph enthusiast. 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!



Manufacturer: Prang  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 1428: early 19th Century American CARTRIDGE BOX  CONVERSION

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early 19th Century American CARTRIDGE BOX CONVERSION This is an outstanding example of an American militia conversion of an early 19th century cartridge or fuse box (depending on the configuration of the tin or wood liner used) for use in the Mexican War period with potential utilization through the Civil War. This all original, unissued condition, Mexican War vintage conversion of a common earlier type, sports a larger and more protective tarred leather front flap with federal eagle plate. This flap replaces the earlier type narrower and thinner outer cover and a single belt loop and a longer more durable closure strap is fitted to close over an easier to manage brass button finial. The earlier wooden block was removed as part of the conversion and the box has no tin insert as you may expect . Though as you can see there is a bit of age defacing to the finish on the box face under the flap, the fine condition of this accoutrement is outstanding. One of those rare finds that likely lay fallow in arsenal stores for decades until deemed obsolete and removed from inventory without ever having seen issue. An exceptional piece for the American military accoutrement collector. We are pleased to offer a "no questions asked" three day inspection with return as purchased guarantee !
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5924: Scarce Pair of - Pattern of 1851 Civil War Brogans.

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Scarce Pair of - Pattern of 1851 Civil War Brogans. Original Civil War issue pattern of 1851 brogans (also referred to as bootees or Jefferson boots) are rarely encountered today most likely simply because they were eventually used up beyond repair and simply thrown away. This classic, square-toed pair is in pleasing, used condition with good evidence of period use and originality. Made from heavy blackened leather, this matched pair measure 11 1/8 inches toe to heel, and feature ankle height sides and four unreinforced eyelets for laces. The vamp, or front, of the shoe is connected to each side by a double row of stitching and the heels and soles are wood pegged. A very common item to the Civil War soldier but quite uncommon and desirable today. (see Mike O’Donnell’s Gettysburg Battlefield Relics & Souvenirs page 233) 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 5914: Civil War era beef bone – Corps Device DECORATED RING

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Civil War era beef bone – Corps Device DECORATED RING Illustrated here with a period quarter for size comparison, this attractive handmade beef bone ring is embellished with 2nd, 3rd and 20th Army Corps devices set in red sealing wax. A nice original example of a common folk art / hand craft utilizing readily available bone from a foraged beef roast or stew, many an hour of dreary in winter camp was expended in such crafting. This example remains in excellent condition with no cracks and offers good evidence of age, originality and period ware. 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 5896: 1861 - L. M. Hoffman & Co. - AUCTION BID CARD – Prime New Orleans Sugar

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5896

1861 - L. M. Hoffman & Co. - AUCTION BID CARD – Prime New Orleans Sugar An original 5 1/8 X 10 1/8 inch, January 1861, L. M. Hoffman & Co. auction bid card complete with bidders penciled in notations on the back. The commodities auction will offer 371 hogsheads of PRIME NEW ORLEANS SUGAR and 50 Barrels of Molasses . A family busies founded in 1795 with the commission auction house of Hoffman & Seton doing business at No. 67 Wall Street. Hoffman continued business with various partners until 1822 / 23 when L. M. Hoffman joined the house with the addition of & Co. to the firm name. The old firm continued to grow under various partner combinations always including a Hoffman until 1834 when the firm became L. M. Hoffman & Co. The auction house continued under that name under the watchful eye of L. M. Hoffman until his death in 1861. (see: The Old Merchants of New York City: By Walter Barrett ) While early commodity auction catalogues appear rarely as they were sometimes preserved in firm records, bid cards utilized by bidders to manage and launch their bids very rarely survived as they were cast away at the closing. This just pre Civil War auction of New Orleans Sugar represented one of the last before secession and one of the final auctions under the direction of L. M. Hoffman before his death in 1861. A rare piece of late antebellum Americana from one of the country’s earliest and most successful commission auction houses. Entirely original with good evidence of age and originality the back bottom of the card shows some separation of the pasteboard and some tattering of one layer. 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 5910: 1800s Boston Stationer – M. R. WARREN’S - MUCILAGE BOTTLE

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1800s Boston Stationer – M. R. WARREN’S - MUCILAGE BOTTLE This unusual aqua glass bottle with applied screw top stands approximately 9 ¾ inches and retains its period label identifying the original content as M. R. WARREN"S – EXTRA HEAVY – MUCILAGE – BOSTON proclaiming additionally that it WILL NOT MOLD OR SOUR. The rear label advises that this paper glue concentrate is made from extra thick PURE GUM ARABIC (sap of the Arabian acacia tree) and will withstand dilution with water from one third to one half. Remaining in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or stains, nice color and lots of bubbles in the glass, this large quart size bottle would have served as a master container from which the old natural mucilage would be diluted to fill individual desk glue pots. A well-established Washington Street stationer of the period Marcellus R. Warren may be found in Civil War era Boston directories. Of interest to bottle collectors because of the patented applied screw top of tinned sheet iron, this piece will display well as an interesting addition to any quality period writing, book-keeping or clerking, 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 5992: c. 1830s Thomas Hollis – OINTMENT FOR THE ITCH -  BROADSIDE

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c. 1830s Thomas Hollis – OINTMENT FOR THE ITCH - 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 Thomas Hollis’s OINTMENT FOR THE ITCH. With directions for use and pledging the virtues of the concoction against all manner of humours and eruptions of the skin to include ring worm and scald head, this broadside is printed on rag paper and 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 6024: original! Richards Patent July 23, 1861 Combination MESS SET

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original! Richards Patent July 23, 1861 Combination MESS SET Clearly period used with that dark age patina common to the tin alloy used in the manufacture of the Richards Patent 1861 combination knife, fork and spoon, this desirable Civil War mess set remains in pleasing condition, and is entirely original with RICHARDS PATENT JULY 23, 1861 markings on the knife and the fork and spoon components. Fashioned from die struck sheet iron and designed with an eye on convenience of use and carrying, William Richards stated in his patent application that, the object of this invention is to provide a simple and efficient knife fork and spoon for camp purposes at small cost and which, when not in use, can be so put together as to occupy but little space in a soldier's knapsack so as to inconvenience him as little as possible. It seems Richards more than met his objective as his early war effort resulted in the most commercially successful of the several combination mess sets offered by military suppliers and camp sutlers. 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 6023: original Civil War vintage poker hand of - Samuel Hart & Co. PLAYING CARDS

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original Civil War vintage poker hand of - Samuel Hart & Co. PLAYING CARDS Our photo illustrations will best describe this attractive royal flush from a selection of original Civil War era American Samuel Hart & Co. playing cards. With good evidence of period use, these cards show careful wear and some expected soiling (could be removed with the delicate use of an art gum eraser but we would leave them as original. With the charm of the original and with no folds, chips, tears or other of the expected maladies that befell period playing cards, this hand will lay in well with any period grouping of personal items, frontier saloon or gambling related items without the significant cost of a full deck. 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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