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earlier to Civil War era TRAVELING BOOTJACK

This wonderful personal accessory of the 1820’s to the Civil War era takes the form of a folding boot jack in the shape of the square heeled and toed gentleman’s shoe of the period. This traveling bootjack is delicately shaped from richly stained soft pine held secure by a single brass hinge and measures approximately 11" in length. A neat all original example of practically used American folk art that will fit well in any number of collectable categories. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!. Thanks fot visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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CIVIL WAR JOURNALS OF JOHN MEAD GOULD 1861-1866

This work is taken from a massive multi volume hand written and illustrated daily account set down by Major John Mead Gould of the 1st, 10th & 29th Maine Volunteer Infantry. Carefully transcribed by historian Wm. Jordan from the originals in our personal collection with extensive footnotes, chapter introductions and index by nationally noted Civil War scholar Richard A. Sauers, this quality 8 ½ X 11 inch, 574 page hard bound book is extensively illustrated with Major. Gould’s period drawings and vintage photographs In his Civil War News review Ethan Rafuse states in part: Researchers looking for a common soldier’s perspective on life in camp, Banks retreat from Winchester, the battle of Cedar Mountain, Maryland and Red River Campaigns and Sheridan’s 1864 operations in the Shenandoah Valley will be hard pressed to find primary sources, published or unpublished that match the value of this observant (and quotable) young staff officer’s writings. In our forty (plus) years of avid interest and almost daily contact with Civil War material, we have considered acquisition of Major Gould’s journals from his descendant, the sharing of the colorful firsthand account and finally placement of the originals in the Maine Historical Society collection, a highlight of our years in the field. An enjoyable read (those familiar with the Time / Life series VOICES OF THE CIVIL WAR will recognize Mjr. Gould as a primary source). An outstanding reference with limited availability.
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Of particular interest to collectors are Gould’s observations about Civil War arms and accoutrements. His description of his growing collection of Confederate buttons and other ‘Secesh’—souvenirs he ‘liberated’ with impunity—is fascinating. This is a well-edited, handsomely presented work... North South Trader’s Civil War.
[the Gould piece] will instantly become one of the most commonly cited of all primary sources relating to the topics it covers. It is a fabulous document. Its’ immediate, unvarnished, and full of detail and observation rarely found in a document of this sort. John Hennessy.
...an outstanding addition to Civil War literature --- clear and appropriate maps and a useful index....a book that deserves a place in every research library Ethan Rafuse, Civil War News.

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19th century VEGETABLE IVORY POKER CHIPS

We have a small quantity of these original 19th century poker chips and are offering them here by the ½ dozen for the collector who would enjoy a small display example without spending lots of money. Each measures approximately 1 1/8" in diameter. Particularly popular in the earlier to mid 1800’s as a base for ornate carving of such items as sewing basket items, ornamental Victorian style jewelry and the like, the pulp of the Tagua nut. (Pronounced: Ta qwa or Tah gwa) was also used extensively through this period in more utilitarian applications. In the pre plastic world of the 19th century everything from buttons to surgical instrument handles and even poker chips were found made from this substitute for bone or ivory . An attractive display companion for any Civil War, Indian Wars, wild West or period gaming collection, these nicely patinaed poker chips are in excellent, all original condition.
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U. C. V. CONFEDERATE Civil War Vet LAPEL PIN

Back in the "good old days" when such things could still be found, we acquired the remnants of a box of little Confederate battle flag lapel pins and are offering them here individually priced for the collector who would enjoy having one. These brightly colored little paper battle flags (illustrated here with a U.S. quarter for size comparison)are still on there original common pin shafts and remain in "out of the box" condition after decades of storage. The inexpensively made and poorly indexed printing job is reflective of early 1900’s origin and a time when the United Confederate Veteran’s of the South like their Northern counterparts of the G. A. R. made a ready market for such inexpensive patriotic embellishments. A neat little display item.
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MAINE at VALLEY FORGE - DEDICATION & ROLL

Maine at Valley Forge : Proceedings at the Unveiling of the New Marker, October 17, 1907 & the Roll of Maine Soldiers. Published on rag paper, in wraps by The Maine Society of the American Revolution, Portland, Maine in 1908. A difficult little reference to find in any condition, this photo illustrated, 56 pages with fold out map, remains in nice condition and offers a wealth of material on an area of difficult source. Deaccessed from the Maine Historical Society collection this is a good item for the Maine collector or history enthusiast of the American Revolution. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!. If you are new to Gunsight Antiques and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page. Thanks for visiting our on-line store !!
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early TOBACCO HANK

This classic original tobacco hank is about 18" in length and is twisted with a wrap at the top to be hung for drying. Per Geo. Newman in his EARLY AMERICAN ANTIQUE COUNTRY FURNISHINGS the dried hanks (see illustration on his page 329) were hung in the home where their mellow aroma was considered health giving as well as discouraging "house pests". The handy tobacco hank would also serve as a ready source for the master’s pipe a the dried leaves were plucked off to be rolled and crushed in the psalms for packing in a favorite pipe. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing the precise age this original example but you will agree it is period. Natural age has taken away any aroma and had left a wonderful rich coloration. A most attractive wall hanging in any Colonial America through Civil War era setting. Will make a nice companion item for the antique pipe / cigar, smoking collector. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!. If you are new to Gunsight Antiques and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page. Thanks for visiting our on-line store !!
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early AMERICAN SCRIMSHAW DECORATED POWDER HORN

This classic American 18th / early 19th century decorated powder horn measures approximately 13 ¼" in length and is about 3" x 2 3/8" at it’s oval butt. The horn is solid and in nice condition without the usual worm holes one so often finds in these early horns and yet offers the eye appeal of lots of period use as evidenced by it’s rich patina and period black iron staple repair of a crack at the butt. The body of the horn is covered by period decoration of hand cut images spiraling down it’s length to a nicely carved and patinaed maple plug at the base. These well worn designs feature ships, animals, fancy dressed ladies and costumed men and a team of horses harnessed to what appears to be a ‘hand-pumper’ fire wagon with whip brandishing driver. Trees and architecture to include large buildings and a coastal New England style gothic home complete with it’s ‘widow’s walk" roof add to the charm of this popular folk-art form. With it’s delicately shaped spout on one end and patriotically designed rock maple plug on the other this nicely decorated powder horn will go well in any Americana grouping. We are pleased to offer a "no questions asked" three day inspection with return as purchased guarantee !
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1872 REGULATION - U. S. CAVALRY INSIGNIA

Original 1872 enlisted Cavalry hat device. Die struck with four soldered on attachment loops, this Indian War version of the Civil War vintage cavalry device is a bit smaller than it’s predecessor measuring approximately 2 ¾" across. Regulation wear was to be on the front of the forage cap rather than on the crown as was the case in the Civil War. We have acquired a very limited number of these from decades of storage and are offering them here at a reasonable price for the Indian Wars and Cavalry collector who would enjoy an original or the Civil War enthusiast who would like a representative piece for wear or display without laying out the more hefty sum of the earlier model. please note: ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!. If you are new to Gunsight Antiques and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!
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C. S. Lt. GEN. WADE HAMPTON’S SIGNED FREEMASON’S MONITOR

Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton’s inscribed 1858, 1st edition copy of Webb’s Freemason’s Monitor. Entering the war on July 12,1861as Colonel of "Hampton's South Carolina Legion" (which he equipped at his own expense), Wade Hampton would be wounded at 1st Manassas and would command an Infantry Brigade in the Peninsula Campaign. He was soon be promoted to Brig. General and assigned to brigade commander in J. E. B. Stuarts Cavalry Corps (7/18/1862). General Hampton participated in Stuart’s operations from 1862 to 1864, again suffering severe wounds at Gettysburg. Hampton succeeded to command General J. E. B. Stuart’s corps upon Stuart’s death at Yellow Tavern. At the close of the war this hard fought patriot of the Confederacy would hold the rank of Lt. General in command of the Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. Gen. Wade Hampton’s signed Masonic volume remains in excellent condition with a good tight binding and minimal period wear. It’s deeply embossed cover with gold guilt Masonic embellishment offer lots of eye appeal. A most desirable signature and an outstanding personal item of one of the Confederacies most renowned patriots. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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1862 Phila. BOND to THE NORTHERN SOUP SOCIETY

An attractive remnant of the hard financial times of the Civil War, this 8 ¾" X 15 bond was printed by the American Bank Note Company for issue to those who had the means and the desire to loan funds to the City of Philadelphia as it struggled to meat war time debt. This beautifully engraved bond certifies a loan of $1400.00 to the city by The Northern Soup Society. The loan bond is issued on the 16th of January 1862 and is redeemable July 1872 at 6% interest paid annually in two half payments. The bond is drawn in a fine hand in brown ink and is signed by the City Collector Geo. W. Hufty and City Treasurer James McClintock. The Northern Soup Society was a leading beneficiary of Philadelphia’s needy and was well known to Union soldiers who depended on there generosity as they passed through the city. Many a discharged and partially disabled trooper took refuge and a hot meal here as he made his way east from the front.
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ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL BANNER

ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL April 30, May 1, 3, 4, 7, 8 - Tickets Now On Sale! is the proclamation of this exceptional offering of Civil War related Americana. With the exception of the painted on dates which were clearly added subsequent to the rest of the nomenclature, the piece seems for all the world to date in the 19th century though in actuality it is what is referred to in the theatrical world as a ‘faux antique’ and was used to give period flavor to a production of the play ‘The Andersonville Trial’, which premiered in 1959 at the Henry Miller Theater starring George C. Scott as Judge Advocate, Lt. Col N. P. Chipman. The play saw some popularity through a renewed interest in the subject leading to the period of the Civil War centennial. A bit large to be sure but this four foot wide by fourteen feet long heavy cotton duct canvas banner is easily folded to a manageable size for display, either framed by itself, or simply folded and laid in with other historic items. (Our folded illustration is approximately 27"X 42".) With all of it’s weather and age staining the piece remains in solid condition with no major tears and no repairs. Lots of eye appeal and a piece of Americana deserving of preservation in a good Civil War, theatrical or general Americana collection. To be sure, it will be an eye-catching addition to any Andersonville grouping. Unfortunately all we can offer as to recent history is that the piece was acquired some time ago buy a Midwest antique dealer who’s keen eye spotted the relic in an old estate home where it had been gathered from the attic and was being pressed into service as a drop cloth for a redecorating and paint crew.

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1855 ADVERTISING BROADSIDE

This 17" X 10 ¾" red white and blue broadside will mat and frame to a most attractive example of pre Civil War Americana. It will be of special note to a wide variety of specialized collectors as the broadside seeks to enlist ‘agents’ to purchase formulas with the direction for making for resale a variety of ‘modern discoveries’. The formulas are of coures offered at discount prices and the prospective ‘agent’ is assured that these ‘articles of real value’ will when in the hands of an ‘efficient young man’ enable him to make ‘first rate wages’. All at a ‘trifling outlay’ and surely ‘without any risk’. Instructions for the making of 21 ‘Modern Discoveries’ are offered for sale individually priced or for $8.00 an especially enterprising budding businessman could purchase all 21 formulas and receive a bonus volume titled ‘Chances To Make Money’. Some of the highly valued ‘DESCOVERIES’ listed are: American Commercial Writing Ink – Shaving Soap – American Washing Compound - Magic Copy Paper - Patent Gold & Silver Counterfeit Detector – Indelible Ink – Hair Color – Crockery Mending Cement and others to include medical cures, Freckle Remover and hair restorer. A neat advertising piece all printed on one side and remaining in excellent condition with only a small chip in the lower right margin (see our illustration) and period fold lines as evidence of age and originality.
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c. 1833 American MILLITARY BUTTON MAKER TOKEN

This attractive 28.5 mm copper token was struck as an advertising copy of the American Institute medal of excellence received by Robinson’s Jones & Co in the fall of 1833 for their metallic buttons. Located in Attleboro, Mass., Robinson, Jones & Co. were button makers from early 1828 to November of 1834 when Jones sold out and the firm continued as R. & W. Robinson 1848 when the well known maker of Civil War uniform buttons Daniel Evans took over. The name of R. & W. Robinson saw continued use by the Evans firm well into the 1850s however. All original and as found with a bit of pocket wear and a rich age patina this token will be a neat memento for the military button collector as well as the advertising Americana enthusiast. (see: Bazelon & McGuinn "Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers" )
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Civil War era BUTTON CARDS WITH ORIGINAL SHELL BUTTONS

We have a small quantity of original Civil War era button cards each with original threaded on natural shell buttons. The printed cards measure 2" X 2 ½" with a dozen shirt or blouse with 7/16" diameter buttons. All original and in excellent, as found, condition after decades of storage. We are offering the cards priced individually each with it’s dozen buttons for the sewing, country store or Civil War era collector who would like one or more cards for display with their things. At the same time we have priced each card with it’s set of 12 buttons at a level that will afforded use of the buttons for a restoration or re-enactor garment.
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late 18th through first half 19th century DOCUMENT SEAL

An attractive early seal designed to impress the initials E.A. into hot sealing wax. This nicely turned desk or writing accessory is approximately 2 3/8" in length and is fashioned of brass and fine grained bone. Used to seal folded letter stationary for mail or courier before the days of common envelope use and to seal or verify authenticity of important documents. A neat little implement from earlier days with popular use through the Civil War era. (see: Neumann’s EARLY AMERICAN ANTIQUE COUNTRY FURNISHINGS)
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Civil War era IRON THIMBLE

The lowly sewing thimble seldom reaches any Civil War artifact catalogue and yet a good thimble is essential to the most rudimentary mending kit and would surely be included every soldier’s housewife mending kit. We have a small quantity of the heavier iron type and are pricing them here individually if you would like one to go with your grouping of personal items. Less likely to be a preference in the gentle ladies sewing basket, these pure utilitarian iron thimbles were less common, even in the period, than the myriad of finer types. Aside from camp excavations that produce relic examples (see: Philip’s Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War ) this type can be a tough one to find when you need a non excavated example. These are original, period examples that remain in excellent condition with a nice age patina as evidence of originality. A good chance to add an original to your sewing kit if you need one.
If you would be just as happy with the more finely made brass type we have period examples as well and for a bit less. (use our search feature to see item 1177)
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earlier to mid 19th century PROTECTIVE WALKING STICK

This rather delicate looking walking stick measures 33 ½" in length and remains in excellent condition in every respect. Carried in the city gentleman style of the day and for quick defense rather than support, this slender stick would have been quite unobtrusive and disarming by virtue of outward appearance. It’s construction of thick leather washers pressed together on a spring steel shaft and bound by a heavy lead/pewter cap at the bulbous head and a finely tapered brass ferrule at it’s tip. By these features the slender walking stick was in actuality a quite respectable weapon. By parry and thrust of it’s pointed brass tip, less injurious but quite discouraging flat blow of the leather covered spring steel shaft ,or where and when appropriate, a potentially crushing blow of the weighted head the slender stick was sure to dispatch the advancing ruffian. All original and in nice condition with an attractive age patina.
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earlier to turn of the century DISPLAY RAZOR

It is not clear weather this entirely handmade model straight razor with it's 11 1/2" long "whittled" grip and 1 3/4" wide black iron blade was simply constructed as a whimsy more for the pleasure of the making than for any more meaningful use, or that it was intended for trade display in a country barber shop, but it is what it is, an interesting and attractive piece of country folk-art. The piece is untouched and as found with lots of age and an eye pealing patina on both wood and metal. Probably not as early as the Civil War but surely turn of the century with that classic mid 19th century blade style, the piece would go especially well set in with period barber shop, razor, trade, or folk-art Americana. In a hurry? Try our View All Items feature located at the top of the thumbnail page. It offers crisp, faster loading thumbnail images with titles as a link if you want more detail.
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GETTYSBURG Civil War SOUVENIR CANNON

A neat little souvenir field artillery piece, nicely identified July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd - GETTYSBURG, Pa. in the original old script print. A nice early keepsake from the hey day of veteran visitation to Gettysburg, this is one of the earlier souvenirs reminiscent of the days when many a surviving local veteran was engaged in the making and selling inexpensive knick knacks fashioned from battlefield cut pine and cedar. Attractive deep age patina and a nice size (5 ½ inches total length). An especially nice Civil War Veteran item all original and available without spending lots of money. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. (located at the top of the thumbnail page) A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!
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Pat. 1851 LADY LIBERTY PATRIOTIC BUTTON

With it's high relief Lady Liberty figure on the face and bold N.R. Co. - Goodyear's Pat. May 6, 1851 on the back, this large (1 1/8" diameter) decorative hard rubber button remains in excellent original condition and will be of special interest Civil War era collectors. A popular design in an era of great patriotic fervor, hard rubber buttons of this figure were offered in several sizes with the smaller sizes by far the most common. The larger size like this one were considerably more expensive and were generally reserved for use where one or two would do the trick. We have seen them used in pairs at the throat of a gentleman’s cape and stitched alone on the breast of a shirt or frock coat simply as decoration. A neat all original item offered here at a reasonable price.
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